November 30, 2005

Most people can't tell a city hall from a museum

San Leandro's city hall was one of the buildings used in a study to determine whether form follows function in American architecture. Apparently, the answer is no. The photos used for the study included this one of San Leandro's city hall:

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Questions from Project Literacy's 2005 Trivia Bee

An article in the Argus features some of the questions from Project Literacy's Trivia Bee fundraiser, held on October 21, 2005.

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November 29, 2005

San Leandro Man Killed at His Birthday Party

San Leandro resident Geraldo Salinas was stabbed and killed at his 21st birthday party on November 26, 2005, during a fight at his apartment on Sweetwater Drive. According to police, Luis Rene DeLeon stabbed Salinas multiple times. Salinas later died at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Salinas previously attended San Leandro High School.

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November 22, 2005

San Leandro Police Widow Speaks Out For the Death Penalty

In an op-ed piece in the November 22, 2005, edition of the San Francisco Chronicle entitled Ultimate justice for cop killers, Dionne Niemi speaks out in favor of the death penalty. She is the widow of San Leandro police officer Nels Niemi, 42, who was killed on July 25, 2005. The man suspected of shooting Niemi, Irving Alexander Ramirez, faces the death penalty.

Related sites:
Office Down Memorial Page for Nels Niemi
San Leandro Police Dept. page on Nels Niemi

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No Xbox Mania at Downtown EB Games

While local television news stations were reporting live this morning about hardcore video gamers lined up for Microsoft's new video game console, there was no line outside the EB Games, at 1415 E. 14th St. in San Leandro. A sign on the door said, "NO 360 FOR NON-PRE-ORDERS."

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November 20, 2005

Power Outage Affects San Leandro

The power went out from about 2:20am until about 6:30 am for 90,000 customers in the East Bay early Sunday, November 20, 2005. The power outage, affecting Pacific Gas and Electric customers in San Leandro and Oakland, was caused by a problem with a relay switch at the Moraga high-voltage substation in San Leandro. Power was completely restored by about 7:30am.

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November 17, 2005

San Leandro Man Accused of Killing Fiance's Daughter

San Leandro resident, Kaian Brandon, 24, was charged November 16, 2005, with murder and felony assault child abuse in the beating death of his fiancee's daughter.

According to police, Brandon beat three-year-old Kiara Irwine, after she had a toilet training accident. On Friday, November 11, 2005, Brandon called emergency personnel to a home near 1400 block of 165th Avenue. Irwine was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy completed on Monday revealed that Irwine had broken ribs, a lacerated liver and abdominal injuries.

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November 15, 2005

Kaiser Permanente Buys Albertsons Distribution Center

The East Bay Business Times reports that Kaiser Permanente has purchased the Albertsons Distribution Center, located at 1701 Marina Boulevard, on the west side of Interstate 880. The 63-acre site would be the site of a new hospital by 2012, if the plans are approved by Kaiser's management and regulatory authorities.

The hospital would replace Kaiser's Hayward Medical Center, which was built in 1957 and is not in compliance with state seismic requirements.

Update: Selling price was $94.5 million, according to this article, which has more details about the purchase process.

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San Leandro Man Shot and Killed

San Leandro resident Martress Clarence Rogers, 23, was shot and killed on Saturday, November 15, 2005, in Ashland, an unincorporated area south of San Leandro. Police determined that Rogers was shot near the 16100 block of Ashland Avenue at about 4:30am in the morning after getting into an argument with the occupants of an SUV. Rogers then managed to drive to his apartment on Tropic Court, where he was found lying down by police. Rogers was taken to Eden Medical Center, where he died hours later.

Police estimated that Rogers drove 1.5 miles from where he was shot to his apartment. The distance to San Leandro hospital is about 1.8 miles.

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