The September 17, 2007, meeting of the San Leandro City Council began by honoring Pat Loomes on her retirement after 30 years as Executive Director of Girls, Inc. and Bancroft P.E. teacher Jim Sorensen for his remarkable track and field accomplishments. Loomes noted that Girls, Inc. would not exist without assistance from the City of San Leandro, such as when former San Leandro Mayor Jack Maltester rented a house to Girls, Inc. in 1958 for $1 a month, including utilities.
Gordon Galvan and Valerie Brock presented information from a survey conducted of LINKS users.
During public comments, Craig Williams, Rev Kathy Huff, Brenda Salgado and others encouraged the City Council to pass a resolution seeking a diplomatic solution to the war in Iraq. Similar resolutions have been passed by City Councils in Alameda, Emeryville, and, of course, Berkeley.
San Leandro High School track coach Dave Ellington was one of two coaches that encouraged the City Council to work together with the school district to make invest in Burrell Field and make it a state-of-the-art facility.
The City Council unanimously approved ordinances implementing the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy and approved a resolution supporting efforts by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi to obtain permanent resident status for Jacqueline Coats, whose husband died helping to save two boys from drowning. The Daily Review article is here.
Debra Vandiver was nominated to replace Kimberly Wilson as the District 3 representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission. Wilson had been appointed less than six months ago. Wilson also served on the San Leandro School Board until November 2004 when she was removed from office. Vandiver was appointed to the Human Services Commission six months ago.
Kati Knox was nominated to replace Vandiver as the District 3 representative on the Human Services Commission. Knox is the owner of KMJ Associates, which operates the Rose Gate and Mori Manor assisted living facilities. Knox is a former member of The Sentinels and contributed $250 to Marcene Nardine's mayoral campaign in 2006. Rose Gate and Mori Manor contributed $250 to Mayor Tony Santos' campaign in April 2007.
During Councilmember comments, Vice Mayor Surlene Grant, Councilmember Joyce Starosciak, and Councilmember Bill Stephens noted that Burrell Field was the responsibility of the School District. Councilmember Jim Prola tried and failed to get consensus to refer an Iraq resolution to committee.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 17, 2007 10:50 PM | TrackBack