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Quick Notes - Rep. Lee, TOD & Forum For Families

This weekend Rep. Barbara Lee is visiting San Leandro. Next weekend, we will host a forum on building stronger families. There is also an updated plan for the downtown Transit Oriented Development.

 

Q&A this Saturday in San Leandro with Rep. Barbara Lee 

Representative Barbara Lee will be visiting San Leandro this Saturday and speaking at 10:30 a.m. at on Bancroft near Dutton. Please come and participate in the Q&A with Rep. Lee. Under redistricting, starting in January 2013, she will be San Leandro's representative in Congress.

New Plan for Transit Oriented Development next to San Leandro BART Station 

On April 9, 2012, at a City Council work session, City staff along with project developers unveiled an updated proposal for the mixed use San Leandro Crossings Development Masterplan. A key component is OSIsoft will develop a technology campus on the site west of the San Leandro BART Station. This builds upon and extends the commercial district next to the San Leandro BART station, bringing hundreds of new high-paying jobs to San Leandro. 

In a recent report from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, the authors make the case that there is a strong link between density and job growth. "In fact, we believe that locating jobs closer to transit — and closer to one another — will be key to the Bay Area’s long-term economic growth."

You can learn more about the Crossing development at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/cd/projects/crossings.asp

San Leandro Forum on Children and Teens Coming Soon

On Saturday morning, April 21, the City will join with the San Leandro Unified School District, the San Lorenzo Unified School District, and the San Leandro Education Foundation to co-sponsor a "Forum on Children and Teens" at the Main San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine Eastin, will be the keynote speaker.

Our schools, SLED and the City have been working to create a format where families, children and teens, educators and public officials can come together and discuss the issues facing the families and young people of our community. We are extremely honored that Superintendent Eastin will be our keynote speaker. She has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience regarding education in California. 

With the theme of “Putting the Pieces Together to Build Strong Families,” topics at the forum will include youth wellness, teens and technology, parenting education, job training and mentoring resources, and more. Other speakers include myself; Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan; San Lorenzo Schools Director of Student Services, Dr. Ammar Saheli; Ms. Dale Gregory, MPH; and members of the San Leandro Police Department.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Childcare will be provided, but space is limited and each child must be registered in advance.  To register for childcare, please e-mail childrensforum@sanleandro.org or call 577-3351.

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Fran April 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
It always amazes me how people interpret laws to fit their objectives.. It is up to the individual city, as far as percentages to market rate housing. It was, however, required that redevelopment agencies contribute money towards the goal of providing more affordable housing. San Leandro RDA did that hotel and the senior housing near Grocery Outlet, if I'm not mistaken.
Tonya Willliams April 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM
unknown.... first off half of u people are already to uppity and thats why this world is so messed up cause people who are really low income and are in need of housing or low income theres certain people like u who have issues and thats why there is sooo much crime. people are homeless and all you people do is care about yourself so get a grip of real life. some people dont have family at all to be there probably passed away and they are left with nothing but shelters....
Vanessa June 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Why not make the condo units available for sale? When it was decided to make the units rentals the real estate market was on a downward spiral. Now however, things have changed and there is a shortage of inventory. The condo market for new, well designed, open and bright floor plans has a good demand. The prices will make it very affordable for single people or couples looking to move to a new development. Teachers, firefighters can purchase them with FHA loans. They do not have to be below market rate units as condos are already more affordable by nature. This will be a great compromise, allowing you to build the units, and make San Leandro residents happy by not making the condos into more rentals. If they must be rentals for the $24 million grant to pass, then let's talk about other options for private investment and lets avoid the grant all together. When the negatives outweigh the positives it is time to move own and leave the grant idea behind. As an alternative you can rehab or build them along East 14th neat Bay Fair, 94578 zip code is where most of our problem area is and a better fit perhaps.
Paul Vargas June 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Yes, Leah, I've dealt with the Leauge of Women Voters and they are merely an extention of the liberal Democrat Party, totally non- "non partisan".
Paul Vargas June 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Interesting proposal.

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