April 10, 2011

Supervisor Chan Has Plans to Keep San Leandro Hospital Open, Help Fund Senior Center

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Newly-elected Alameda County District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan held an open house at her Hesperian Blvd. district office on Saturday, April 9. Chan's district office staff includes former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young, Gene Calderon, who worked for Chan's predecessor Alice Lai-Bitker, and Kevin Cunningham. After a flag ceremony by local girl scouts, Chan addressed a crowd of elected officials and constituents of her district.

For San Leandro, Chan said that on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will vote on a measure that would provide $50,000 each of the next two years to help fund the operation of the newly opened San Leandro Senior Center. Chan said she expects the measure to pass, despite a 19th straight year of budget cuts for the County.

On San Leandro Hospital, Chan sounded optimistic, saying "We're working very hard on San Leandro Hospital and I'm happy to tell you too (it's certainly not done) but we have at least two viable plans to keep the hospital open."

Chan said that she was working to rename the street in front of Bayfair Center and noted that the Chamber of Commerce is interested in this as well. San Leandro Bytes followed up with Calderon, who stated that the street in question is Fairmont Drive. The idea is to give Bayfair Center some extra attention by adding its name to exit signs on Interstate 580. Fairmont Drive runs from Hesperian Boulevard to Lake Chabot.

With recent storms causing at least one large branch to fall at San Leandro Creek, Chan stated, "We'll have three public hearings, probably [starting] in the first week of May" concerning trees in San Leandro Creek so that the beauty of the area can be preserved and homeowners can be safe. To date, there have been five community workshops on trees in San Leandro Creek, after an initial meeting in May 2010.

She's also working with the Chamber to match businesses with local schools, noting the financial situation facing local governments, where local services are being cut.

Update: Corrected the name of Chan's staff member.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at April 10, 2011 5:17 PM | TrackBack
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