March 31, 2007

Man Killed in Marina Boat Fire

According to the Alameda County Fire Department, one person person was killed in a boat fire at the San Leandro Marina on Friday, March 30, 2007, at abour 8pm. Firefighters responded to reports of a boat fire, but it had been extinguished by people with hoses and fire extinguinshers by the time firefighters arrived. A body was discovered when firefighters closely examined the boat.

Update: The man was identified as 55-year-old Stanley Garvin, who lived on the boat.

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March 28, 2007

Watch "The Ground Truth" in San Leandro

The San Leandro Community Action Network and Zocalo Coffeehouse will be showing the movie "The Ground Truth" on Thursday, April 5th at 7 PM at Zocalo (645 Bancroft Ave.)

The film is about the ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq, and shows them as they experience recruitment, training, combat, homecoming and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities.

The showing is free. Not suitable for children.

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March 27, 2007

Fate of the Marina

The City Council discussed the future of boating at the Marina at a special work session held Monday, March 26, 2007. At the meeting, Assistant City Manager Steve Hollister summarized the history of the Marina, information about other marinas in Benicia, Martinez, Emeryville, Tiburon, Richmond and Vallejo, harbor revenues and expenses, and the next steps for the Marina. Click here for the presentation.

The harbor was last dredged in 2001 at a cost of $3 million. In 2006, the estimated cost for dredging was $5.7 million. The cost includes dredging a length of two miles between the harbor and deeper water and disposal of the dredge spoils. Total harbor debt from dredging in 1997 and 2001, along with CalBoat loans is currently $6.8 million.

The City can no longer guarantee that boats can safely navigate to and from the harbor and there are no immediate plans to dredge the harbor to change that. The occupancy rate for the 450 berths is 54% (252) and less than 20% (50) of those are San Leandro residents.

The presentation concluded with the recommended next steps:

  • Develop a transition plan to phase out harbor operations
  • Complete Environmental Assessment
  • Continue efforts to obtain Federal dredging funds, including partial funding
  • Explore other options for harbor development
  • Develop a RFQ and secure a master developer to work with the community to develop a Shoreline Master Plan

Councilmember Michael Gregory noted that federal funding for dredging seemed unlikely based on responses from legislators during a recent trip by the City Council to Washington, DC.

Councilmember Surlene Grant's self-described "radical thought" for the meeting was the concept of having residential houseboats at the Marina. Grant also expressed concerns about the "Master Developer" for the Marina having an exclusive right to negotiate, noting that the City had been burned before.

Councilmember Jim Prola asked whether the City had asked the Port of Oakland for financial support or whether Senator Ellen Corbett and Assemblymember Mary Hayashi had been contacted. Hollister and City Manager John Jermanis responded that the City had not directly asked the Port of Oakland for money and that Hayashi and Corbett had not been contacted. However, Jermanis stated that there was unlikely to be any money available from the state for dredging.

Jermanis noted that the Alameda County Fire Department maintains a rescue boat at the Marina and another boat on a trailer at the Williams Street fire station.

Mayor Tony Santos noted that one element common to the other Marinas was residential housing, which has not been present in discussions of the Marina's future.

Seven people, most of whom supported maintaining harbor operations at the Marina, spoke during the public comment period.

Councilmember Diana Souza suggested that a town hall be held to gather more community input and Santos concurred. Santos said that two town halls would be held: one at the San Leandro Library and the other at Garfield Elementary.

There will be a meeting about the Marina on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Spinnaker Yacht Club. The flyer for the meeting states, "If we want to keep the Marina and have the Channel dredged, it looks like we will have to fight for it." Spinnaker Yacht Club is located at 75 Pescadero Point Drive in San Leandro.

Daily Review coverage

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March 19, 2007

Kindergarten Registration for 2007-2008 in San Leandro

If you're in the San Leandro Unified School District, registration for Kindergarten begins soon. On Monday, March 19, 2007, there is a Kindergarten Parent / Child Reception and Orientation at the SLUSD District Office from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Participants will be able meet your child's principal, the Superintendent and the District Team, and learn what to expect. Child care, refreshments and translation (Espanol) will be provided.

Registration for Kindergarten begins as follows:

  • Garfield - March 21, 3 to 5pm
  • McKinley - March 28, 1 to 3pm
  • Roosevelt - April 3, 1 to 4pm
  • Madison - April 18, 3:30 to 6pm
  • Washington - April 19, 9 to 12pm
  • Wilson - April 25, 2 to 4pm
  • Monroe - May 2, 2 to 4pm
  • Jefferson - May 9, 2 to 4pm

Note that these times are the start of registration. You can register your child after these dates and times.

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March 18, 2007

Free Appointments Training Workshop

The East Bay Chapter of the California Elected Women’s Association (CEWAER), Political Action Committee for Excellence (PACE), Commission on the Status of Women – Contra Costa County, Commission on the Status of Women – Alameda County, and California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA) are hosting a free workshop to inform and guide women through the political appointments process.

Featured speakers will be Timothy Simon, Appointments Secretary from the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Liz Figueroa, former Senator and appointee to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board; Scott Haggerty, Supervisor, Alameda County, and Candace Andersen, Councilwoman for the Town of Danville. Participants will learn about current local and state board and commission openings and the application process for appointment to these positions. They will also have the opportunity to assess their personal strengths and skills so that they can decide which board or commission best suits them.

The free workshop will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the San Leandro Library, located at 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA. To register, visit the CEWAER website. For more information, call 916-551-1920 or email

Registration Form

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March 14, 2007

Harsch Investments Buys Polvorosa Business Park

Harsch Investment Properties of Portland, Oregon, has reportedly purchased Polvorosa Business Park from Chamberlain Associates of Pleasanton.

Polvorosa Business Park consists of three buildings totalling 92,250 square feet located at 1555 Doolittle Dr. and 2235 and 2265 Polvorosa Ave. at the intersection of Doolittle Dr. and Polvorosa Ave. The property comprises 5.6 acres and was developed in 1987. Current tenants include TiNi Aerospace, Northern California Marine Association, Bridgepoint Systems, California Teachers Association, Sutter Health, and Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation.

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March 13, 2007

For Sunshine Week, City Council Financial Disclosures

The American Society of Newspaper Editors has declared Sunshine Week for the week of March 11 to 17, 2007. Sunshine Week celebrates open government records made possible by the Freedom of Information Act and the California Public Records Act. Californians Aware is offering free online panel discussions and a Public Records Act training session for law enforcement agencies.

In honor of Sunshine Week, here are the Statements of Economic Interests (California Form 700) that all City Councilmembers are required to file upon being elected, each year thereafter, and upon leaving office. Certain city staff, including the City Manager, City Attorney, Police Chief and police captains are also required to file these documents. These are public documents on file at the City Clerk's office at City Hall and are available to anyone who requests them for $0.10 per page.

City Council:

Surlene Grant
Michael Gregory
Tony Santos
Diana Souza
Joyce Starosciak
Bill Stephens

Recent City Councilmembers:

Orval 'OB' Badger
Glenda Nardine
Shelia Young

City Staff:

City Manager John Jermanis
City Attorney Jayne Williams
Police Chief Dale Attarian

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March 5, 2007

Souza's Nominations for City Boards and Commissions

District 3 Councilmember Diana Souza put forward her nominations for city boards and commissions at the March 5, 2007, City Council meeting. These appointed positions allow a Councilmember to extend their influence and repay campaign donors and supporters.

Darryl Shields was nominated to replace Alice Chin as the District 3 Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustments. Chin has served since March 2003 and previously served on the Planning Commission. Shields served on the Personnel Relations Board since April 2003 and was a member of the Board of Zoning Adjustments prior to that.

Debra Vandiver was nominated to replace Dennis Chin as the District 3 Member of the Human Services Commission. Chin has served since September 2005 and previously served on the San Leandro School Board. Dennis Chin is Alice Chin's brother. Vandiver is the Marketing & Events Director for the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

Renee Souza was nominated to replace Caryl Ann Symons as the District 3 Member of the Library-Historical Commission. Symons has served on the Commission since March 1993 and was previously on the Human Services Commission. Symons also served as the Treasurer for Julian Polvorosa, whom Diana Souza defeated in the November 2006 election. Souza is not related to Councilmember Diana Souza.

Anna Brannan was nominated and Shirley McManus was renominated as At-Large Members of the Personnel Relations Board. Brannan is an attorney and a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy. Brannan is married to Robert Brannan, President of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Recreation and Parks Commission. McManus has served on the Personnel Relations Board since November 1998.

Denise Abero was nominated to replace William Perras as the District 3 Member of the Planning Commission. Perras had served on the Commission since March 2003. Abero has been active in Toastmasters and served as a District Governor.

Kimberly Wilson was nominated as the District 3 Member of the Recreation and Parks Commission. Wilson previously served on the San Leandro School Board and was removed from her seat in November 2004 because she did not live in the district that she represented.

Robert Kvam was renominated as the District 3 Member of the Senior Commission. Kvam has served on the Commission since February 2002.

These nominations were unanimously approved by the City Council and the appointments will be on the March 19, 2007, City Council agenda.

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March 1, 2007

Earthquake Shakes San Leandro

An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 centered 1 mile northeast of Lafayette shook San Leandro on Thursday, March 1, 2007, at 8:40pm.

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