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 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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