September 17, 2007

City Council Finalizes TOD, Nominates New Commissioners, Passes on Iraq Resolution

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

Big applause" to the San Leandro City Council for taking a stand on the Jackie Coates issue; and big applause to Jim Prola for working on an Iraq War Resolution.

Don't these morons understand federalism?

Citizenship is a federal issue--San Leandro can pass resolutions all they want--they have no legitimacy when it comes to the enforcement of Federal Law. I'm surprised Mayor Santos hasn't pronounced us a "sanctuary city" for Mexican illegals. That's probably coming soon enough.

I hope Jackie gets her citizenship; or at least gets to stay in the US under her current status. If she had been married for two years; it sounds like the Federal gub'mint INS/Dept. Homeland Security screwed up their paperwork, like they do most everyone. My foreign national wife and I went through the same thing--in fact, I wrote to Feinstein after our paperwork had been "lost" a third time; but instead of authoring a bill to make my wife a citizen; I got a form letter basically telling us to f*ck off (guess she heard I voted against her).

Posted by: Frank at September 19, 2007 1:10 PM

I dont think that any of the City Council are confused about federalism. Resolutions about things at the state or federal level are symbols that reflect the will or desire of a community as expressed by its elected leaders. Nobody sees them as legally binding.

Cities across the country pass similar resolutions all the time. More than 100 have already passed similar Iraq resolutions, including Alameda on August 21, 2007.

As for citizenship, in order to get a bill, you usually have do something heroic, such as lose your life saving others. Not many people are willing to go that route for their spouse's citizenship.

Posted by: Mike Katz at September 19, 2007 1:44 PM

...sigh; San Leandro is taking steps but it's obvious those steps are well monitored and controlled. Did we have three 50's and move on then into the 90's? One cannot make progress without thinking progressively.

Posted by: Glenn at September 20, 2007 8:36 PM
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