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Mayor Wants More Upscale Housing

At the last city council meeting of the year, Mayor Stephen Cassidy requested that San Leandro focuses on more upscale housing than lower-income housing projects — which has been the focus in the past. 

San Leandro is currently in the process of attracting high-tech businesses to the city. According to Cassidy, in order to successfully lure those types of businesses, the city needs suitable homes so the employees can live in the same town as they work.

“I believe there is a nexus with having jobs and business owners live in the city,” Cassidy said. “Having a balanced and prosperous San Leandro is a goal we all share.”

The new development at the Marina shoreline can be an area where more upscale housing can be built, suggested City Manager Chris Zapata.

According to the San Leandro Times — David Erlich is skeptical about the city’s involvement with both low-income and expensive housing.

“It’s transitioning San Leandro into a place I didn’t want to move to,” said Erlich.

What do you think about Mayor Cassidy’s request to have more upscale housing? Let us know in the comment section below.

greg.haines January 09, 2014 at 09:50 AM
That would be fine BUT I think the Mayor should also find a way to clean up some homes that I am sure have fire and health code violations. There are probably a few more but I only know of the one in my neighborhood -- 966 Dolores Ave.
Jane January 09, 2014 at 12:07 PM
I'm not clear what type of housing Mr. Erlich is unhappy with, or is the combination of both types? I agree with our mayor 100%. SL has become a "one trick pony" of strip malls, dollar stores & taquerias, with a few exceptions. Meanwhile next-door Oakland, even with all it's baggage, is thriving, attracting new business with real estate is sky rocketing. If we are to develop & lure the type of business the Mayor speaks of, we need to develop a city to attract those higher on the economic scale. This change will bring in tax revenue, & additional jobs in the retail & service sector. Additionally, it is important to note that where people want to live has changed. If you're going to put housing in the Marina, you are going to have to develop it into a vibrant neighborhood, not another isolated tract.
Ken Briggs January 09, 2014 at 01:00 PM
maybe da mayor should go check out those high class apartments over at Redwood City, maybe then he will be happy .go to 333 Main street Redwood city , rents start at $ 2100.00 plus for a one bedroom. of course you have your own washer dryer in each unit you have a gym in thr complexand wi fi and all that . check out LiveTownship.com but then da mayor has to think about the hard working class that needs a place to live also, the ones that are making only mim wages . he has to stop the homeless people that needs a place to live also .
Al January 09, 2014 at 01:06 PM
San Leandro is going to right direction attracting jobs. It is far, far better to have a good job that enables you to live in market-rate housing than to have more insta-slums like Hayward is building everywhere!
Ken Briggs January 09, 2014 at 01:13 PM
oh yes, we need jobs , but why is everyone leaving for ? maybe the taxes that has everyone leaving town . but still you need a place for everyone to live , so lets keep the jobs that is here and find a way to get more .
Cindy Colindres January 09, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I want to chime in. I believe if we build better housing, better jobs will support that. If we keep building low-income housing, that's exactly the problems we will attract. I live on Dolores Ave and we don't have a lot of issues here. However, our rents did go up and the riff raft that was living here, moved out!. I don't want to seem an elitist, but after owning a home in East Oakland, I am tired of that whole mind-set. I am happy and comfortable for the first time in years. I can get to BART, Safeway, CVS and take the bus in relative safety. Why build another strip mall of Popeye's chicken and more crap food? We WANT and NEED Peet's Coffee and Trader Joes! Really, nothing else will do it. Then maybe Starbucks will come back. For now, if you just build crappy places, then crappy people will come and do what they do-crappy stuff!
Ken Briggs January 09, 2014 at 02:43 PM
oh yes , most safeway stores have a starbucks . we need jobs that pay a fare wage . need apartments that you can afford to live in , get rid of the drugs and bad apples kick them out. make the drug users take a daily drug test and make them get jobs amd get rid of the crime . you just check out those high class apartments in Redwood City . now just high class can you get with those apartments .. maybe da mayor should go over a check them out himself . you got under ground parking and across the street you got in n out burger and up the street you got carls jr amd other fine eating places and shops with in walking and you got the new hospital two blocks away . DMV across the street also . then you got Kmart two blocks away also and the freway behind the apts two blocks from the on and off exit .
concerned January 10, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Writing in support of the Mayors new focus on upscale housing.
Ken Briggs January 10, 2014 at 01:32 PM
da mayor needs jobs here that will stay , but as for the up scale housing great but where are those up scale jobs at ? then what about the new shops that are to be on E14th street that are not up yet ? why is the food trucks parking in the lot and not buoldings yet ? then where are the up scale hotels at that were to be in at the maria ? lets get something done instead of talk . lets get the jobs here first . then where are those hospital construction workers going when they get done , get something do now and keep local workers here .
Cindy Colindres January 10, 2014 at 02:04 PM
@Ken: Would you please use Spell-check? And perhaps a grammar check? Gesh...jmo
Michelle Lang January 14, 2014 at 05:43 PM
how about first we start with a moratorium for no more hair salons/barber shops/nail salons/auto repair garages - we have a glut of those businesses.
Cindy Colindres January 14, 2014 at 06:30 PM
You are so right, Michelle! Thanks for bringing that up.
Suzanne Pershing January 16, 2014 at 02:47 PM
I believe the mayor is right here. For the first time in a long time I see a chance for San Leandro to make some real progress. I am proud of my city now, but it could be so much better. We have enough low income housing. New, better homes, will attract a better quality of life in San Leandro, including jobs. Let's get behind the mayor on this one!
Ken Briggs January 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM
the mayor needs to find away to get and keep jobs here in town first . then as for the marina he should buy one of those fancy new homes and look out at the mud flats that he wants . who wants to look at the mud flats . fix it so that boats can come in sand out or get rid of all the boats and the docks .
Annalynn Castillo January 17, 2014 at 03:24 PM
I have to ask, what is the mayor's real goal? Is it his goal to build more expensive housing or to attract technology companies? Those two things don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. I love that in San Leandro's 25 mile radius, we can be in Silicon Valley and San Francisco where most of the technology companies currently reside. If it is our goal to attract such companies, we should ask what these locations have to offer. The answer is not upscale housing. It would be great if San Leandro was more of a walking city. We have plenty of strip malls, but we need businesses in said strip malls that Gen X and Y, and Millenials find attractive because that's how we will attract "technology" and start ups to San Leandro. I think the "expensive housing" will follow, similar to the gentrification of the Mission and West Oakland. People who moved there didn't think, "Hey, I want expensive housing!" They probably considered location and what the are had to offer...
Jane January 17, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Extremely well put.

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