Supporting Purchase of GIrls Inc Building & Zero Net Energy Building

Support for a student health clinic and the innovative Zero Net Energy IBEW training facility under construction in San Leandro are among the topics on the City Council agenda for Feb. 4, 2013.


Partnering with the schools and promoting the quality of life and wellness of the community are goals the City Council has set.

In furtherance of these goals, on Monday night, the City Council will consider loaning the San Leandro School District funds to purchase the Girls Inc. building on East 14th Street near San Leandro High School for use as a student health and counseling center.

The school district, in cooperation with Alameda County, applied for and received a federal grant to create a health clinic. As part of the grant application process, the district had to show progress towards acquiring a facility that met the grant's requirements. The district and county focused their efforts on purchase and renovation of the Girls, Inc. building. 

Under the loan agreement, the City will loan the District $1,250,000 from City General Fund reserves. The loan would be subject to 1.5% interest for the first 3 years, 3% interest for the next 7 years and 5% interest for the final 5 years of the 15 year term; there are strict default provisions that would accelerate all loan monies to come due if a non-payment, late payment or other default by the District occurs. The City will have no maintenance, insurance or upkeep responsibilities for the property to be purchased. 

If you wish to voice your opinion on this proposal, please come to the City Council meeting this Monday night at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Another reason to come to our meeting on Monday night is to hear a presentation on the exciting San Leandro Zero Net Energy Training Center under construction in San Leandro.  

The building will consume only as much energy as it creates over a 12-month period.  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595 commissioned the first-of-its-kind facility to train the next generation of electricians for careers in clean energy. The center's three 45-foot-tall wind turbines look like giant handheld mixers. At the front entrance, a solar "tree" with a 35-foot photovoltaic panel will track the sun during the day to maximize electrical output.

The San Leandro Zero Net Energy Center will open this year, 17 years before California’s 2030 requirement that all new commercial buildings be Zero Net Energy.

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David February 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
And in 3 years, SLUSD will propose yet another a bond measure (i.e. parcel tax) to repay the City.
Kate February 05, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I don't get it. The city will allow its only hospital to close, negatively affecting all city residents, but will loan the broke school district over 1 mil to purchase a different building, gut its insides, and build a new health center. The hospital is only across the street from the freshman campus - I think that's plenty close. Give the money to the hospital and give a "wing" of that buiding (already a health center - no construction needed) to the school for its students. It's a win-win, but with our city's leaders deciding I fear that this Girl's Inc idea will pass. How sad, again, for our city.
Stephen Cassidy February 05, 2013 at 10:01 PM
David - the school district has the funds to repay the city from developer fees it receives annually. It doesn't have a lump sum in such fees, however, to purchase the building. That's why it turned to the city for a loan. Kate - the city is not "allowing" San Leandro Hospital to close. The city has no direct authority over the hospital. Sutter Health owns and operates it under license from state agencies. The city offered a substantial contribution ($3 million over 3 years) - combined with sums from Alameda County - to assist the Alameda County Medical Center in taking over operations from Sutter. We thought this would be a win-win situation for Sutter and the community - Sutter no longer has to run a facility it says it is losing money on and the hospital remains a public facility offering acute and emergency care. However, Sutter placed multiple restrictions and conditions on any such transfer that no deal is possible.
David February 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
SLUSD had no other plans for those funds over the next few years that might have included actual instruction or other core responsibilities of a school district? Interesting. So all SLUSD's cries of poverty and lobbying for a massive parcel tax was just a money grab?
Stephen Cassidy February 05, 2013 at 10:18 PM
David - It's not productive to make assumptions and then rely on such assumptions accuse other of incompetence, fraud, etc. Monies a school district receives in the form of development fees under state law can only be used on capital expenditures. These funds can not be used for classroom instruction and operating expenses.
David February 05, 2013 at 10:24 PM
And SLUSD has no other debt incurred for capital expenses that these funds could have paid down?
Stephen Cassidy February 05, 2013 at 11:22 PM
David - Sure, the district has debt from capital expenditures. But the school board decided that establishing a health center at the high school better served the needs of students.
David February 06, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Clearly. Unfortunately, it continues to erode the Board's credibility when they come yet again to help themselves to our wallets, pleading poverty.
David February 06, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Whoever gets a thrill flagging my comments, really needs to get a life.
Stephen Cassidy February 06, 2013 at 06:25 PM
David - The school board is addressing the physical, mental and emotional needs of students by creating the health center, which many public high schools in Alameda County already have and are being run successfully. I'd rather see the school board do that than slightly lower the rate we are paying on bonds issued for school construction projects.
David February 06, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I've no doubt that they can run a clinic. What I have a lot of doubts about are whether that's a useful allocation of resources. I've seen no evidence that schools running such clinics have any better educational outcomes than those that don't. And as I recall in the hazy mists of yesteryear, schools were supposed to be somewhat concerned about the actual education of their pupils. Yes yes, I get the argument that physical health etc is conducive to learning. This is why family members can send their children to the... doctor. Yes yes, now you'll (or others) will tell me they're all poor and can't afford it, which is news to me, considering how much in state taxes I pay to support Medi-Cal and other welfare programs. Then you'll tell me how embarrassed the girls are to ask to go to the doctor. To which I reply, and their peers won't notice them going to this clinic across the street? I certainly realize as Mayor, you're not going to turn the School Board down for such a request. There's no reason to, and you don't run SLUSD. However, it does, as I write, strike a very inconsistent note among us taxpayers when the district comes crying poverty in order to help themselves to our wallets yet again (as they do every year it seems, or maybe twice a year), as they somehow found the money/balance sheet strength to borrow money for what is not a core function of a school system.
Rob Rich February 06, 2013 at 09:04 PM
A school based health center is not some crazy idea dreamed up by our local school board. Medical professionals throughout the country (including Milwaukee and Texas! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10752384 http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/healctr.shtm) recognize the value of increased access to health care that these clinics provide. I wish we lived in a world where our students didn't face the serious issues that our kids in SL schools are dealing with these days. Unfortunately, wishing doesn't make it so. That's where school based wellness centers come in. This was the right thing to do. Thanks to our School Board and the Council for their leadership.
David February 07, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Texas schools are so much better than ours, they have money to burn on extraneous things.
Fred Eiger February 08, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Cassidy doesn't even have the money to fix the streets yet's he's burning money down a rat hole for the low-income students.
Robert Marrujo February 08, 2013 at 07:57 AM
I find it odd that you consider yourself to be helping the district but have chosen, with the rest of the council, to charge them a higher interest rate than what the money is accruing in the bank. Though a modest rate, it seems disingenuous to not only loan the money to a financially beleaguered district, but to then expect to get a little cream off the top at the same time. I address this and a couple other points in a piece I'm putting up tomorrow (hopefully).
Robert Marrujo February 08, 2013 at 08:00 AM
"Sure, the district has debt from capital expenditures. But the school board decided that establishing a health center at the high school better served the needs of students"-if you supported Measure L, which was by all accounts an emergency measure to insure that basic school functions would not be cut, how can you in good faith accept this judgment by the district? It seems completely asinine to ask the people you govern to support the district taking out a loan on a non-essential endeavor after just asking property owners to bail them out.
Robert Marrujo February 11, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Patch-I'm not sure who is getting all of David's comments removed, but I find it disturbing that one imbecile with a "Flagging" obsession is disrupting genuine posting in the comments section. Whether I agree with him or not, he has every right to post on here so long as he isn't crossing into the realm of needless vulgarity.


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