December 7, 2010

Mayor Tony Santos' Farewell Statement

At the December 6, 2010, meeting of the San Leandro City Council, Mayor Tony Santos gave a farewell statement at the end of the meeting. These statements are typically made at the last City Council meeting of the year, which occurs on December 20.

In his statement, Santos noted that "San Leandro has always been known to have a stable government."

Santos said, "This is one of the first cities to have developed a sewer system, one which allowed the community to grow in the early part of the 20th century. In fact, that led to a great deal of annexations in San Leandro."

He thanked Stephens for his work on General Plan and for ensuring the budgets he worked on were balanced. "It was difficult but the budget has always been balanced."

Santos listed his achievements as helping to stop southern crossing and route 61, and forming NACSL, which "led to quieter skies and the school district was able to received over $5 million to sound insulate several of our schools." Other achievements he noted were passing the very first neighborhood preservation ordinance, a noise ordinance, and preserving 400 acres of open space along the shoreline.

On city employees, Santos said, "They have sacrificed much over these past several years - they have had their pay cut and we have lost 20% of the best employees in the county. We were involved in discussing pension reform before it was vogue. I say to our employees: 'Hang in there. Don't give up. You cannot give up what you have earned and deserved.'

On education, Santos stated "I do see a problem with our school system and it needs to be improved."

He ended his statement with, "And I say to all, as stated in my first State of the City address: Know your city and be proud to live, work, and play in the best city in the country."

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