Member Wins Seat on San Leandro Successor Agency Oversight Board

Earlier this week, Local 21 member Steve Hernandez was appointed to the City of San Leandro’s Successor Agency Oversight Board, which is responsible for overseeing the City’s activities as it absorbs certain Redevelopment functions.

In February, the State of California became the successor agency for all redevelopment agencies. When Assembly Bill No. 26 effectively dissolved Redevelopment Agencies, it provided for “one member representing employees from the organization representing the largest number of former redevelopment agency employees,” to sit on each jurisdiction’s Oversight Board.

Because Local 21 represents the largest number of former redevelopment agency employees in San Leandro, one of our members has the right to hold the Employee seat.

In April, the union contacted the City of San Leandro to request a seat on the Board. We were informed that appointees had already been selected. The City failed to comply with the legislation by not providing someone from Local 21 with a seat on the Board.

When we pressed the issue, San Leandro’s City Attorney told us “literal compliance with the statute is impossible.” However, wanting to ensure that our members’ rights and issues are effectively represented in the succession of Redevelopment Agencies, we involved our Attorney. Soon after, the City changed course and had the Union provide candidates’ names for the first June Council meeting. From the names provided, the City selected Hernandez to serve in the Union seat on the Successor Agency Oversight Board. Congratulations, Steve!