April 28, 2007

Aquatic Center Hours

The new San Leandro Family Aquatic Center features a water play area with three small childrens slides, plenty of spraying and falling water, and a 119-foot circular water slide. The childrens area is shallow enough that a two year-old can navigate all of it, including the small slides. Children can take as much time as they want to get accustomed to the water as there is a very easy gradient from the "shore."

San Leandro Aquatic Center Sprayground

San Leandro Aquatic Center Water Slide.jpg

Since the hours of operations aren't on the City's web site yet, here are the current hours:

As of April 21, 2007, the Center is open on Saturday from 1pm until 6:30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5:30pm. Admission is $4 per person.

Summer hours will begin on June 16, 2007, when the center will also be open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 4:45 pm.

The Aquatic Center and park are located at 14900 Zelma St. in San Leandro. The nearest public transportation is AC Transit's 84 line, which gets within three blocks of the Aquatic Center.

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Senior Housing Project Seeks City Parking Exception

On April 18, 2007, Eden Housing held the second of two community meetings at McKinley Elementary School. Eden Housing has proposed a senior housing development for 2121 E. 14th Street, an empty lot at the southwest corner of Estabrook Street and E. 14th Street where Sir Richards Car Store Outlet was previously located.

Andrea Cohen, the Project Developer, and Marian Gushiken, the Associate Director of Development represented Eden Housing and Paul McElwee and Rich Caldwell represented HKIT Architects, the architects of the proposed development. Hank Deadrich, a local realtor and member of the Eden Housing Board of Directors was present at the meeting. The City of San Leandro was represented by four people. There were about five members of the public. City Councilmembers Michael Gregory and Surlene Grant joined the meeting after it started.

Eden Housing is a developer of affordable housing and has three other projects in San Leandro. The project at Estabrook Street will consist of affordable housing for seniors. Funding is expected to come from a HUD Section 202 Grant, funds from the City of San Leandro, and low income tax credits. The City of San Leandro is listed as one of the contributors to Eden Housing on its web site at http://www.edenhousing.org/edenhousing.asp?page=69&thisparent=98.

The proposed development consists of 50 one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom manager unit. The apartments will be three stories tall with parking provided on the south side of the property and the entrance on East 14th Street.

This is a rendering of the proposed project:
Eden Housing Estabrook Senior Facility

Parking and traffic were the main issues raised during a previous community meeting. As a result, Eden Housing conducted a traffic and parking study and decided on a 51-unit project rather than an alternative 83-unit project.

The traffic study concluded that the project would add 12 vehicle trips per day to Estabrook Street, which has an average of 2,150 vehicle trips per day and 60 vehicle trips per day to E. 14th Street, which has an average of 13,300 vehicle trips per day.

The parking study was conducted at a similar senior housing complex in San Leandro during the morning, afternoon, and evening on a weekday and Saturday. The study recommended that the facility provide a total of 20 parking spaces and the proposed project would provide 28 spaces. However, the City of San Leandro requires 34 parking spaces for this project and the project will need a Parking Exception in order to proceed with the current proposal. This is one of the issues that will be discussed at the May 3, 2007, meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA), which will take place at 7pm at the City Council Chambers at 835 E. 14th Street.

The remainder of the proposed schedule for the project includes an application to HUD in May 2007, Zoning Board hearing in June 2007, City Council hearing in July 2007, start of construction in Fall 2008, and completion of construction in late fall 2009.

According to a notice from the City of San Leandro for the BZA meeting, "Work session on a proposed residential development for a 51-unit affordable senior housing project at 2121 East 14th Street, at the corner of Estabrook and East 14th Streets. The project is comprised of 50 one-bedroom units, one two-bedroom manager's unit, and common areas such as a community room, offices, library and a landscaped open courtyard. Parking is provided in 28 surface parking stalls. The site is zoned SA-2, South Area 2 Zoning District. The applicant would be seeking a Parking Exception, as 28 spaces are provided where 34 are required for this Senior Housing Project; and a Site Plan Review for the design of the site and structures. Assessor's Parcel Numbers 77-556-53, -54, and a portion of 77-556-57-3; 2103-2179 East 14th Street; Eden Housing, Inc. (applicant) and (property owner)."

In a March 13, 2007, staff report to City Manager John Jermanis, Community Development Director Hansom Hon wrote: "Eden entered into a purchase agreement with the seller in late October 2006. Currently, Eden has submitted preliminary plans to the City’s Planning Division for review involving two potential development options for the site: 1) three-story building with 51 one-bedroom units, and 2) four-story building with 83 one- bedroom units. Eden anticipates requesting acquisition and development funding assistance approval from the City Council prior to closing escrow in late July 2007.

During the February Business and Housing Development Committee meeting, the Committee supported allocating $30,000 in predevelopment assistance from the City Redevelopment Agency Housing Set-Aside funds to help cover over $120,000 in preliminary costs such as architecture, finance/appraisal, land acquisition deposit, and environmental work during the escrow period."

See Daily Review coverage.

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April 16, 2007

Associated Aerospace Wins $14.6 Million Air Force Contract

According to a press release from the Department of Defence, Associated Aerospace Activities, Inc. was awarded a $14,641,822 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide divergent flaps for the F101 engine used on the B-1 Bomber. Contracting is being handled by the Air Logistics Center Headquarters at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma under ID# FA8104-07-D-0006.

Associated Aerospace Activities manufactures and supplies jet engine components and high temperature alloy sheet metal fabrication for all industries, according to its website. The facility is located at 2502 Williams Street in San Leandro.

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Greenway Project at Library on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Estudillo Homeowners Association & the Broadmoor Neighborhood Association invite you to learn more about the San Leandro Greenway Project. A meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at 7pm in Room B of the San Leandro Public Library.

The Greenway is a proposed multi-use trail that would run along the BART corridor from East Oakland to the Hayward BART station. It will include safe paths for pedestrians and bicyclists, in addition to well-designated recreational facilities such as parks, exercise equipment, and picnic areas. It is part of a greater project known as the East Bay Greenway and was discussed at the November 24, 2006, meeting of the Downtown Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
Strategy Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC)
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The San Leandro Public Library is located at 300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro.

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Pete Stark Town Hall Meetings in April and May 2007

Pete Stark, the Member of Congress for San Leandro, will be having a few town hall meetings in the upcoming months. The dates for San Lorenzo/San Leandro are:

SAN LORENZO
Sat. April 21st
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
San Lorenzo
Adult School Auditorium
820 Bockman Road

SAN LEANDRO
Sun. May 12th
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
San Leandro Library
Dave Karp Senior Facility
300 Estudillo Avenue

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April 15, 2007

Film Screening on May 3: Motherhood Manifesto

On Thursday May 3, 2007, at 7pm, the San Leandro Community Action Network will show Motherhood Manifesto, the latest in its monthly film series.

SLCAN invites everyone to connect with community, participate in stimulating discussion, and learn more about important social and political issues at SLCAN’s monthly film series.

The film will be shown at Zocalo Coffeehouse, located at 645 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro.

"Celebrate Mother’s Day early and see what happens to working mothers and families in America and what we can do to make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal healthcare, excellent childcare, after-school programs, and realistic living wages a reality for American families." http://www.momsrising.org

TAKE ACTION:

Imagine a beautifully presented long chain of decorated baby onesies stretching all around your state capital as a visual representation of the real people who need the policies being debated inside the imposing buildings. Each onesie signifies one person--mother, father, child, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, or other--who cares deeply about building a family-friendly America, but can't take the time off work, or away from kids, to actually be at the capital. You.

* Bring a new or used baby onesie (or a small kids t-shirt) and we'll decorate them after the screening.

* Can't make the screening? You can buy a ONEsie online, and MomsRising will decorate it for you and add it to the project. https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/momsrising/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2305

One by ONEsie, working together, we can show the nation that we are a creative and powerful force for good family policy, as well as help our politicians to pay attention to issues which have long been ignored. Let's make San Leandro a visible part of the Power of ONEsie action!

Download the film series flyer at http://www.slcan.org/slcan_film3.indd.pdf

The mission of San Leandro Community Action Network is to improve the quality of life in San Leandro by ensuring quality education, smart growth, and an inclusive and equitable community. Visit http://www.slcan.org for more information.

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April 10, 2007

Broadreach Capital Partners Buys Old Kelloggs Site

Broadreach Capital Partners of Palo Alto recently paid $21.5 million for the 22-acre former Kellogg Co. production facility and an adjacent 3.9-acre parcel. The property contains a 186,000 square-foot manufacturing and warehouse building and a 278,727-square-foot warehouse and office building.

The Kellogg Company ceased operations at the site in late 1995, eliminating 325 jobs in the process. The site is located at 2040 Williams Street in San Leandro.

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April 8, 2007

Meeting on Senior Affordable Housing Development at E. 14th and Estabrook Streets

On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 7pm, Eden Housing, an affordable housing developer, will hold a community meeting at McKinley Elementary School to discuss its plans to construct affordable apartments for seniors at the southwest corner of E. 14th Street and Estabrook Street.

According to a flyer from Eden Housing, funding for the project will come from a HUD Section 202 Grant, the City of San Leandro, and low income tax credits. Eden Housing has completed two other projects in San Leandro: Fuller Gardens on E. 14th Street, Eden Lodge at 400 Springlake Drive, and Fuller Lodge at 2141 Bancroft Avenue.

The project is planned for the former location of Sir Richard's Car Store Outlet at 2121 E. 14th Street, directly across E. 14th Street from McKinley Elementary.

From the Staff Report produced by Community Development Director Hansom Hon to City Manager John Jermanis dated March 13, 2007:

Proposed Affordable Senior Rental Housing Development at 2121 East 14th Street (at Estabrook Street): Eden Housing, Inc., an experienced nonprofit developer based in Hayward, is in the process of acquiring the former used car lot on 2121 East 14th Street for new construction of affordable senior rental housing. Eden entered into a purchase agreement with the seller in late October 2006. Currently, Eden has submitted preliminary plans to the City’s Planning Division for review involving two potential development options for the site: 1) three-story building with 51 one-bedroom units, and 2) four-story building with 83 one-bedroom units. Eden anticipates requesting acquisition and development funding assistance approval from the City Council prior to closing escrow in late July 2007.
During the February Business and Housing Development Committee meeting, the Committee supported allocating $30,000 in predevelopment assistance from the City Redevelopment Agency Housing Set-Aside funds to help cover over $120,000 in preliminary costs such as architecture, finance/appraisal, land acquisition deposit, and environmental work during the escrow period. On March 7 at 7 pm, Eden will conduct a community meeting at McKinley Elementary School’s multi-purpose room to receive feedback from neighborhood residents regarding the two development options in order to determine which is most feasible.

In 2004, Resources for Community Development (RCD) put forward a plan to develop the same site, together with the adjacent Salvation Army lot, into 94 units of low-income rental housing. Community residents raised a number of objections to the proposed development and RCD eventually dropped its plans for the project.

McKinley Elementary is located at 2150 E. 14th Street at the intersection with Estabrook Street. The meeting will be held in the multipurpose room, which is located straight ahead as you enter through the doors at the main entrance.

For more information about the project, contact Andrea Cohen, the Project Developer for Eden Housing, at (510) 582-1460.

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April 2, 2007

Stephens' Nominations for City Boards and Commissions

District 5 Councilmember Bill Stephens put forward his nominations for city boards and commissions at the April 2, 2007, City Council meeting. These appointed positions allow Councilmembers to extend their influence and repay campaign donors and supporters. Stephens was unopposed for re-election in November 2006 and he is making few changes to his appointees.

Neal Pearson was re-nominated to serve as the District 5 Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA). Pearson has served on the BZA since May 2004. Pearson has his own dental practice in San Leandro.

Sabrina Almazan was re-nominated as the District 5 Member of the Human Services Commission. Almazan has served since December 2005, is the owner of Aloha Pet Services, and serves as an Ambassador for the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

Denise Bownds Kaplan was re-nominated as the District 5 Member of the Library-Historical Commission. Kaplan has served on the Commission since May 1995 and is also president of the Political Action Committee for Excellence (P.A.C.E.). Kaplan also pens a column for the San Leandro Times.

Heidi B. Finberg was nominated to replace James R. Wohltmann as the District 5 Member of the Planning Commission. Wohltmann had served on the Commission since April 2005. Finberg is the former CEO of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and a member of P.A.C.E. and the Sentinels. Finberg was recently hired as the Assistant Director of the Chabot College Foundation.

Peggy Combs was nominated to replace Finberg as the District 5 Member of the Recreation and Parks Commission. Finberg had served on the Commission since December 2005 and is moving to the Planning Commission. Combs is the Director of Development & Operations for Building Futures with Women and Children and is also a member of the San Leandro Community Action Network.

Elinor “Pat” Free was renominated as the District 5 Member of the Senior Commission. Free has served on the Commission since February 2002.

These nominations were unanimously approved by the City Council at its April 2, 2007, meeting and the appointments will be on the April 16, 2007, City Council agenda.

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