June 30, 2007

Dump the Pump Day on July 10, 2007

At the June 25, 2007, joint meeting of the San Leandro City Council and the San Leandro School Board, Mayor Tony Santos announced that July 10, 2007, would be proclaimed "Dump the Pump" day in San Leandro. The proclamation will be issued at the July 2, 2007, meeting of the City Council.

The goal of "Dump the Pump" day is to get people to ride public transportation instead of driving their cars. The event raises awareness that using public transportation can improve the environment, conserve fuel, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

If this seems like dated news, it may be because Dump the Pump day for most other areas was Thursday, June 21, 2007.

City of San Leandro press release

Story (print) on local television station

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Town Hall Meeting #2 on Fate of Marina to be Held July 19, 2007

The second Town Hall meeting on the fate of the boat harbor at the Marina will be held on July 19, 2007, starting at 7 pm at the Marina Community Center.

At the previous Town Hall held on May 24, 2007, about 150 people were divided into six groups to discuss how to address the annual $2 million harbor deficit, necessary improvements, the future of the Marina Shoreline Area, and new land uses, water-related uses, and open space/recreation uses that should be considered.

The City has been unable to come up with the funds needed for ongoing dredging at the Marina and larger boats are now having problems getting to and from the San Francisco Bay from the Marina. The City invites those interested to "Come and learn about the challenges facing the San Leandro harbor and the options being evaluated for its future. Share your ideas, concerns and questions."

Details of previous Marina Committee meetings and presentations from those meetings are available at the web site for the Marina Committee.

The Marina Community Center is located at 15301 Wicks Boulevard.

For more information, call (510) 577-3358.

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June 29, 2007

SLCAN to Show Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible on July 5, 2007

The San Leandro Community Action Network, of which yours truly (Margarita) is a member, is showing Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, a movie that shows how white activists are coming into consciousness and working intentionally with other white people, as well as people of color, to build a more equitable society. White people have a distinct role in teaching, supporting and encouraging other white people to abandon individual, institutional, and cultural racism.

Discussion with the filmmaker Dr. Shakti Butler will follow after the film.

All are invited to come see it!

Thursday, July 5, 2007
7 PM
Zocalo Coffeehouse
645 Bancroft Ave.

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June 28, 2007

Beer Festival & Washoes Tournament Fundraiser for Roosevelt Elementary

On Saturday, July 14, 2007, Drake's Brewing Company will hold its second annual Beer Festival and Washoes (horseshoes) Tournament. The event will benefit the teachers of San Leandro's Roosevelt Elementary School. Musical groups The No Cover Band, The Shuffle King, and The Doormats are scheduled to perform. A similar event in 2006 benefited San Leandro's Jefferson Elementary School.

Attendees can join professional judges in rating the same hop Bravo IPA from twenty micro-breweries:

  • The Beach Chalet
  • Blue Frog Grog
  • Devil's Canyon
  • Triple Rock Brewery
  • Valley Brewing Co.
  • Marin Brewing Co.
  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Sacramento Brewing Co
  • Sonoma Chicken Coop
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Co
  • Magnolia Pub and Brewery
  • Russian River Brewing Co
  • E.J. Phair Brewing Co
  • Seabright Brewing Co
  • Rubicon Brewing Co
  • Bison Brewing
  • Firehouse Grill
  • Thirsty Bear

The event will take place from noon until 6pm at Drake's Brewery located at 1933 Davis St., Suite 177, in San Leandro. For a $35 donation, you get unlimited tastings, a souvenir sample glass, T-shirt, beer, and music. For more information, call 510-562-0866 or email drinkdrakes@drinkdrakes.com.

According to its web site, Drake's Brewery was "founded in 1989 as one of the Bay Area's first microbreweries, Drake's Brewing Company is a small, family-owned business dedicated to the art and science of craft brewing." Drake's is one of numerous companies owned by the Rogers Family, which also owns San Francisco Bay Coffee, The Organic Coffee Co., Fairwinds Coffee, Audobon Coffee, Cafe Jerusalem, and East India Tea Co.

Click here for Daily Review coverage.

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June 27, 2007

Bancroft Teacher Jim Sorensen Sets Masters Track Records

Jim Sorensen competing at Occidental in May 2007Local teacher Jim Sorensen won the men's masters exhibition mile at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held from June 20 to 24, 2007, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sorensen finished the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 13.21 seconds. The masters record for the mile is held by David Moorcroft, who ran the mile in 4 minutes, 2.53 seconds in 1993.

On June 3, 2007, Sorensen set the world masters record in the 1,500 meter race with a time of 3 minutes, 44.06 seconds at the Jim Bush Invitational/USATF West Regional Track & Field Championship at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Sorensen's was just 0.18 seconds slower than the time he set when he finished second while attempting to qualify for the 1996 Olympics at age 29. The previous masters record for 1,500 meters was 3 minutes, 44.89 seconds set by Luis Jose Gonsalvez in 1999.

Two days after Sorensen turned 40, he set the American masters record for 800 meters with a time of 1 minute 51.57 seconds at the Occidental Invitational on May 12, 2007. The previous record of 1 minute 52.42 seconds was held by Olympian Johnny Gray.

Update: At the American Milers Club meet at Indiana University in Bloomington, on Saturday, June 30, 2007, Sorensen set the world masters record for 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 50.34 seconds, besting the previous world record set in 2000 by Ireland's Colm Rothery by 0.35 seconds.

Sorensen teaches physical education at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro, California.

Text of interview from Masters Track Blog in May 2007

Click here for a summary of Sorensen's running career.

Video of a mile race at Stanford.

Video of interview with Sorensen.

Video from 1986 800 meter at Cerritos College

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June 24, 2007

Grocery Outlet Appeals Again

The City Council is scheduled to hear Grocery Outlet's appeal of the previous decisions of the Zoning Enforcement Official and Board of Zoning Adjustments to classify it as a supermarket and not a neighborhood grocery store.

Grocery Outlet has a pending application to open a store at the former Albertsons location at 1550 E. 14th Street. The current classification as a supermarket means that it needs a Conditional Use Permit. Since the site was identified as an opportunity site as part of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy, a Conditional Use Permit cannot be issued until a current moratorium expires on November 6, 2007, or when the Downtown TOD Strategy is finalized.

The official notice from the City of San Leandro follows.

Official City of San Leandro Courtesy Notice of
a Public Hearing During a
Special Meeting Before the City Council

Project Address: 1550 E. 14th Street
(Corner of Juana and Dolores Avenues,
Council District 1 - see area map on back)

Meeting Date/Time: Monday. July 9, 2007
8:00 P.M.

Meeting Place: City Council Chambers of City Hall
835 E, 14th Street, San Leandro, CA

Project Description: The applicants (Grocery Outlet, Inc. and Norcal AI, LLC) are requesting an Appeal of the Board of Zoning Adjustments upholding the administrative decision of the Zoning Enforcement Official with regard to the determination that the proposed Grocery Outlet is a supermarket, not a neighborhood grocery store. The applicants are proposing that their application for a Grocery Outlet at 1550 E. 14th Street is a neighborhood grocery store and a permitted use in the CD Commercial Downtown District. The Planning Manager and then the Zoning Enforcement Official have both determined that the proposed Grocery Outlet would be considered a supermarket, which requires a Conditional Use Permit in the Commercial Downtown (CD) District. A Conditional Use Permit, identified as an Opportunity Site in the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy, would be subject to the existing moratorium related to discretionary action on any opportunity site. The moratorium extends until November 6, 2007, or finalization of the Downtown TOD Strategy, whichever comes first. The Board of Zoning Adjustments upheld the Zoning Enforcement Official's determination at their June 7, 2007 meeting. Assessor's Parcel Number 77-540-9; Grocery Outlet, Inc. and Norcal AI, LLC (applicants and property owner); CD Commercial Downtown District.

For further information, contact Kathleen Livermore, Planner III, City of San Leandro, Community Development Department at 577-3350

Environmental Review: This project (PLN2007-00029) is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Guidelines, Article 19, Section 15301 Existing Facilities.

City Contact/Information: Kathleen Livermore, Interim Planning Manager (510) 577-3350
klivermore@ci.san-leandro.ca.us

Any interested party or agent may appear and be heard. Anyone instituting a legal challenge to the Public Hearing item noted above may be limited to addressing only those issues raised at the Public Hearing described in this Notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of San Leandro, Community Development Department, 835 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA, 94577 at or prior to the Public Hearing.

Si quiere una traducción de este mensaje al español, por favor contáctese con Sally Barros al 510-577-3458.

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June 23, 2007

Senior Housing Project Gets BZA Approval

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) granted a parking exception and site plan review for a senior affordable housing project at its June 21, 2007, meeting. By a vote of four to zero, with Melody Marr abstaining, the BZA gave the go-ahead to the 51-unit project at 2121 East 14th Street, at the intersection with Estabrook Street.

According to analysis of previous BZA decisions, during the past three years, the BZA has approved all eight parking exceptions that have been presented to it. The only vote cast against a parking exception was by BZA member Amanda Goldt in May 2006 for the Cleaire Advance Emission Controls facility at 1950 Burroughs/14333 Wicks Blvd.

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June 20, 2007

Council Adopts Balanced Budget

The City Council unanimously adopted its 2007-2008 budget at its June 18, 2007, meeting. The budget included a surplus of nearly $1 million, which will be used to replenish a 20% reserve that has been used in previous years to dampen budget cuts. The budget represents the first structurally balanced budget in four years.

Changes include the addition of 27 full-time equivalents (FTEs) to the city's current 481. This includes an increase of three sworn and three non-sworn police personnel, additional personnel for the After School Education & Safety Program (ASES) and Washington Aquatic Center, one person for the library, an additional housing specialist, 1.5 FTEs in Public Works and two more general government employees.

As previously reported, the budget includes the revived Cherry Festival, holiday lighting, and Sunday hours at the library.

Revenues to the general fund were estimated at $78.4 million, a 2.1 % increase over last year's budget. Sales taxes generate the greatest revenues (32%) , followed by property taxes (21%), and utility users taxes (14%).

Expenditures were estimated at $77.5 million, a 4.5% increase over last year's budget. The greatest expenditures are for police (33%) and fire (22%). Community development and general government account for 9% each and the library, public works, and recreation and human services account for 7% each.

Traffic improvements planned for this year include the replacement of traffic lights and the pedestrian island at the intersection of Estabrook Street and Washington Avenue. This intersection was listed as the third most dangerous intersection in a 2005 study entitled "Analysis of High Collision Locations in San Leandro."

The intersection of San Leandro Boulevard, Broadmoor Boulevard, and Park Street will have a semi-round-about installed to help reduce driver confusion.

Lighted crosswalks are planned at both libraries.

Councilmember Diana Souza objected to approving the budget for the Redevelopment Agency because she had not been provided with an accounting of where the agency spends its money. She also opposed the increase of $100,000 in funding for the LINKS shuttle, stating, "I oppose increasing the LINKS redevelopment funding with the BID [Business Improvement District] in place." Souza was the sole councilmember opposing approval of the Redevelopment Agency budget.

During public comments, Benny Lee, President of the Heron Bay Homeowners Association and a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Steven Leung, Chair of the Asian Business Council of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, Hendy Huang, and Arlene Lum, a Library-Historical Commissioner, all encouraged the City Council to support the establishment of a friendship city relationship with Yangchun, in Guangdong Province, China. Lee noted that Asians constitute about 26% of San Leandro's population and Lum pointed out the increasing numbers of Asian businesses, with 614 added between 2001 and 2007. San Leandro currently has sister city relationships with Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Ponta Delgada in the Azores Islands, and Naga City, Republic of the Philippines.

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June 19, 2007

Rep. Pete Stark on List of House Members With Family on Payroll

According to a report released on June 18, 2007, by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Congressman Pete Stark paid his wife Deborah $176,800 during the last three campaigns.

From the report:

"On his 2002-2005 personal financial disclosure statements, Rep. Stark reported that his wife received a salary from the Pete Stark Re-Election Committee. Deborah Stark is listed as the campaign committee’s treasurer.

In a San Francisco Chronicle article, Stark said he saved money by having his wife as the only paid campaign staffer, but also said that his wife has now quit to spend more time with their children. Stark was quoted as saying, "Certainly, the attendant publicity was unpleasant -- that was part of it..."

Other Bay Area lawmakers also paid family members, including Tom Lantos ($56,000 to two grandchildren), and Zoe Lofgren ($350,000 to her husband's law firm).

The report lists 64 Congressional representatives (26 Democrats and 38 Republicans) that paid family members through their campaign committees or political action committees.

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June 18, 2007

Housing Community Forum at 7pm on Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007, the Congregations Organizing for Renewal (COR) will hold a community forum on housing at 7pm at St. Leander Church Hall. In an op-ed in the Daily Review, Dennis Davis, a deacon at St. Leander Parish for 25 years, writes that the purpose of the forum is to "ensure that the plan [Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy] includes a range of housing for San Leandro's families." Davis notes that the average family of four cannot afford $550,000 for a median-priced home in San Leandro.

According to its former website, "COR is a faith-based, grassroots community organization made up of fourteen congregations in Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Union City, and Fremont." COR seeks "to improve neighborhoods, schools, access to health care, and access to affordable housing."

St. Leander Church Hall is located at 575 W. Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro.

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June 13, 2007

Affordable Senior Housing Project Seeks Parking Exception

According to a notice from the City of San Leandro, Eden Housing is applying for a parking exception and site plan review for an affordable senior housing project at 2121 Estabrook Street at the June 21, 2007, meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustmentshttp://www.ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/.

Although city regulations require a project of this size to have 34 parking spaces, only 28 parking spaces are planned.

Eden Housing had originally considered an 83-unit project, but after a community meeting where parking and traffic were the main issues raised, Eden Housing conducted a traffic and parking study and decided on a 51-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.

This is a rendering of the proposed project:

Eden Housing Estabrook Senior Facility

The lot was previously occupied by Sir Richards Car Store Outlet. Previous coverage can be found here.

OFFICIAL CITY OF SAN LEANDRO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
BEFORE THE BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENTS

Project Address: 2103-2179 East 14th Street
(at Estabrook Streeet; Council District 1 see map on back)

Meeting Date/Time: Thursday, June 21, 2007
7:00 P.M.

Meeting Place: City Council Chamber,
835 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA

Project Description: PLN2007-00020
The applicant is requesting a Parking Exception and Site Plan Review for 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 project requires a Parking Exception, as 28 spaces are provided where 34 are required for the 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 1027 A Street, LLC (property owner).

In considering whether to approve the site plan review and parking exception, the Board of Zoning Adjustments must find (in part), that the project will not be detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare of persons residing, or working in, or adjacent to the neighborhood of such use; will not be detrimental to properties or improvements in the vicinity; and will not create adverse impacts on traffic or create demands exceeding the capacity of public services and facilities, which cannot be mitigated.

Environmental Review: This project to construct a 51-unit affordable senior housing apartment on a site that is less than five acres is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Guidelines Article 19, Categorical Exemption, Section 15332.

City Contact/Information: Sally Barros, Planner II
(510) 577-3458
sbarros@ci.san-leandro.ca.us

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June 11, 2007

Public Hearing on Bus Rapid Transit June 12 at San Leandro Library

On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, a public hearing will be held at the San Leandro Library on bus rapid transit (BRT), which attempts to combine the best features of rail with the flexibility and cost advantages of roadway-based transit. The hearing will begin at 5:30pm with an open house, when the public can review exhibits of the different alternatives for the BRT and talk with AC Transit and project staff. The presentation and testimony for the hearing will begin at 7:00pm and will take place in the San Leandro Library Lecture Hall.

According to the AC Transit web site, the BRT Project will "improve public transportation service in a key transportation corridor that extends from Downtown Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley at the northern end, through Downtown Oakland, to San Leandro at the southern end, primarily using Telegraph Avenue, International Boulevard and East 14th Street."

According to a fact sheet, other communities operating or planning BRT include Boston, Chicago, Eugene, Oregon, San Diego, and Vancouver, Canada. Completion is expected in 2011.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/R) on the project is available online or at the Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro libraries. Comments on the DEIS/R are due no later than 5:00 PM July 3, 2007 and may be submitted online or in writing to:

East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project
AC Transit
1600 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Daily Review and San Francisco Chronicle coverage.

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June 10, 2007

Transit-Oriented Development Strategy Draft Environmental Impact Report Available

According to a notice from the City of San Leandro, the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development Strategy is available for review at the Main Library and directly from the city's website.

The report is a sizable download at 32 MB and 566 pages (338 pages without the appendices). Comments are due by July 19, 2007, and a Planning Commission hearing on the draft EIR is tentatively scheduled for July 12, 2007.

NOTICE OF COMPLETION/AVAILABILITY
OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR) FOR
DOWNTOWN SAN LEANDRO TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD) STRATEGY

NAME OF PROJECT: Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy (SCH#2006052102)

LOCATION OF PROJECT: The Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy Area is the ½ mile radius around the intersection of East 14th and Davis Streets, representing 502 acres. The Study Area is located in the northern portion of the city and encompasses the downtown core, the downtown BART station area, and the Creekside and Best Manor neighborhoods. The TOD Strategy Area is roughly bounded by East 14th and Georgia Way to the north, Castro Street to the south, Bancroft Avenue to the east, and Orchard Avenue and Davis Street to the west.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The City of San Leandro was awarded a $450,000 pilot planning grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and a $51,750 grant from Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTlA) to study the potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the greater downtown area. The study area, hereby referred to as TOD Strategy Area is the ½ mile radius around the intersection of East 14th and Davis Streets, representing 502 acres. This grant recognizes the TOD opportunities offered by both enhanced AC Transit bus service and the existing BART station in the downtown area, The proposed Downtown San Leandro Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (TOD Strategy) establishes a land use framework, a comprehensive circulation system, design and development guidelines, and a series of implementation actions that will guide new development in TOD Strategy Area San Leandro [sic] for the next 25 years, The Strategy establishes the policies that developers and the City's Planning and Community Development staff will follow for new projects in the TOD Strategy area, informing them of required or allowable uses, building heights and various elements of building design. Therefore, the TOD Strategy does not represent an actual project involving physical development or improvements. Rather, it proposes regulatory changes to encourage future development within the Strategy Area.

The TOD Strategy Area is substantially developed; however, the Strategy identifies 39 opportunity sites, representing approximately 88 acres, where development could occur over the next 25 or so years (to 2030). An adjustment of an additional 15 percent was used to establish potential maximum development in the Strategy Area of 3,431 residential units, 718,240 square feet of office development and 120,870 square feet of retail development by 2030. Fifteen percent of this development activity is expected to occur by 2015 and 90 percent of development is expected to occur by 2030. The City's existing General Plan, with a horizon year of 2015, anticipated 590 residential units, 781,200 square feet of office development, and 195,300 square feet of retail development. The TOD Strategy "Project" is therefore the amount of potential development for the TOD Strategy Area above and beyond what was envisioned in the General Plan and examined in the General Plan EIR; namely construction of 2,841 residential units.

REPORT AVAILABILITY: This is to certify that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the project listed above has been prepared by the City of San Leandro, Community Development Department. Please find attached a CD-ROM of the DEIR. The report may also be found on the City of San Leandro website at: http://www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/CDTODOview.asp and at the San Leandro Main Library. The draft EIR, the Public Draft TOD Strategy and other material related to the Downtown TOO Strategy is available for public review on the city website, at the City's Community Development Department at 835 14th Street or at the Main library. Copies of the DElR may be obtained at the Community Development Department for the cost of reproduction.

PUBLIC REVIEW: The 45-day public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is June 5 to July 19, 2007. Comments related to the DEIR should be directed to Kathleen Livermore, Interim Planning Manager, 835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577 (fax (510) 577-6007). All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2007. Oral and written testimony may also be given at the Planning Commission meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for July 12 2007 at 7:00 p.m, in the City Council Chambers.

PUBLIC HEARING: A Planning Commission public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy is tentatively scheduled for July 12, 2007. The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, Anyone challenging the item noted above may be limited to addressing only those issues raised in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to the close of the comment period.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information Draft EIR [sic] or on the public hearing process, please contact the following planning staff at the City of San Leandro Community Development Department: Kathleen Livermore at (510) 577-3350 or by e-mail at klivermore@ci.san-leandro.ca.us.

Date: June 5, 2007

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San Leandro Boy Dies During Soccer Game

Sixteen-year-old Michael Ezeh Ifeny Jr. suddenly fell down during a soccer game on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Ifeny was transported to Alameda Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that day at 9:12pm. An investigation will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Daily Review and San Francisco Chronicle coverage.

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June 8, 2007

BZA Denies Grocery Outlet Appeal

At its June 7, 2007, meeting the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) denied Grocery Outlet's appeal of the city's decision to to classify Grocery Outlet as a supermarket instead of a neighborhood supermarket. The decision was unanimous (6-0) with BZA member Melody Marr absent.

Daily Review coverage.

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San Leandro Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Meet & Greet

Saturday, June 16
San Leandro LGBT Meet & Greet

7–8:30 pm at Zocalo Coffeehouse
645 Bancroft Ave.

SLCAN is hosting an informal gathering to build community and celebrate pride. San Leandro lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents and their straight allies will get a chance to meet and get to know each other. All ages welcome.

Please RSVP to rrodriguez@slcan.org.

You can also download the flyer at http://slcan.org/slpride.indd.pdf

Coffee and location generously donated by Zocalo Coffeehouse.

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June 7, 2007

City Settles Taser Death Lawsuit for $395,000

At the June 4, 2007, meeting of the San Leandro City Council, City Attorney Jayne Williams announced that the City agreed to settle a $10 million federal civil rights lawsuit for the death of Maravilla Perez Jr.

On October 20, 2005, police were called to an apartment at 540 Callan Ave. where Perez was allegedly violating a restraining order at his ex-girlfriend's apartment. Perez fled on foot, was caught, and Officer Tim Degrano applied a chokehold and used his Taser on Perez. After he was released from a restraining device at the jail, Perez struggled with police and Officer Mike Nemeth and Sgt. Bob McManus both used their Tasers and Perez became unconscious.

Perez was taken to Eden Medical Center, where he later died. According to an autopsy, Perez suffered a fractured neck and 21 Taser applications.

In the settlement, the City of San Leandro does not admit any wrongdoing in the case.

San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Review coverage.

Additional coverage about problems with Tasers in Wired.

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June 6, 2007

History Walk Marks Historic San Leandro Sites

At a dedication at Casa Peralta on June 2, 2007, Library-Historical Commissioner Frederick A. Reicker, Mayor Tony Santos, and City Manager John Jermanis dedicated the recently completed History Walk (West Estudillo Pedestrian Improvement Project and San Leandro History Walk). The History Walk includes a designated path and street improvements from the San Leandro BART Station to downtown San Leandro via West Estudillo Avenue. The History Walk also includes signs at 12 historic sites around the downtown area and four other signs that discuss the Ohlone people, Spanish ranchos, agriculture, industry, transportation, and Cherry Festivals.

Mayor Tony Santos Finishes His Remarks
Mayor Tony Santos completes his remarks at the dedication.

Guests at the dedication included Councilmembers Diana Souza, Joyce Starosciak, Michael Gregory and Jim Prola, former Mayor Shelia Young, former City Councilmember Bill Jardin, State Senator Ellen Corbett, San Leandro Chamber CEO Diana Gentry, City Commissioners Charlie Gilcrest, Dale Reed, Donna Reed, Shirley McManus, AC Transit Directors Elsa Ortiz and Rocky Fernandez, Jo Cazenave from Representative Pete Stark's office, and San Leandro School Board Trustees Linda Perry, Stephen Cassidy and Mike Katz-Lacabe.

Guests were entertained by the St. Felicitas School Children's Choir performing San Leandro is Where the Heart is (San Leandro's Centennial Song) and Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver.

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June 5, 2007

San Leandro Teachers Association Awards Scholarships

On Friday, June 1, 2007, the San Leandro Teachers Association (SLTA) awarded more than $6,000 in scholarship to 25 students. The annual scholarship tea took place at the Marina Community Center where teachers, parents, and family gathered to recognize the accomplishments of local students. Each student was able to invite teachers that inspired them during their school years to share the stage as each student's college plans, activities, and GPA were shared with the audience. Students planned to attend Harvard University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and other schools and were planning careers from medicine to aeronautical engineering.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Beatrice Tesorero
  • Sharon Cheung
  • Jennifer Lau
  • Chris Quintanilla
  • Paulina Maldonado
  • Kya Webb
  • Angie Tu
  • Megan Potsmesil
  • Alex Lucchesi
  • Chelsea Barackman
  • Michelle Lee
  • Hoi Sing Mok
  • Damiya Jones
  • Enarosa Villareal
  • Daniel Olsen
  • Amelia Forney
  • Tiffany Kuang
  • Betsy Cheng
  • Lacey Morris
  • Justin Mason
  • Chrissie Ng
  • Eden Buenavista
  • Wilson Yu
  • Walter Mendoza
  • Nicole Labayog
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June 4, 2007

Brian Copeland Shows in San Francisco and Malibu in June 2007

Local comedian, radio show host, writer, and performer Brian Copeland will perform Not a Genuine Black Man as a benefit for the American Conservatory Theater's Masters Program on June 18, 2007, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

For tickets ($10 to $30), call (415) 749-2ACT or click here.

Copeland will also be performing Not a Genuine Black Man at the Malibu Stage Company in Malibu, California, June 21-23 and June 28-30, 2007.

Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going to www.brownpapertickets.com.

If you haven't seen or read Not a Genuine Black Man, find out more at Brian Copeland's web site.

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June 3, 2007

2007 San Leandro Cherry Festival Schedule and Map (June 9, 2007)

The Cherry Festival is scheduled for 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Admission is free. The listing for the San Leandro Municipal Band at 9:30am may be a typo since other stage activities begin at 10:30am.

Main Stage
9:30San Leandro Municipal Band
11:15Lava Band (Latin)
12:15Mayor’s Welcome
12:45Bayou Boys Band (Zydeco)
2:00Contest Winners Announced (pie & poster)
2:15Avance Band (Salsa)
3:45Stabe Wilson Band (Jazz/R&B)
5:15Willie G (Blues Band)
Community Stage
10:30Pallen’s Martial Arts Demonstration Team
11:15Falun Gong – Demonstration and traditional Chinese Dancers
12:30B*Dazzled Dancers
1:40San Leandro High School Varsity and Jr. Varsity Song Girls
2:00Chinese Community in San Leandro Performs a Lion Dance, Wushu, and Folk Dancing
3:15DC Dance Studio
4:30Tatseena Good Vibes & Troup Tareefa – Belly Dancers
Casa Peralta Stage
10:30San Leandro History Museum – Children’s Program
12:45Julia Lau Trio – Easy Listening Music
2:30Dave Rocha Trio – Jazz
3:45New Dimension Chorus – Men’s Barbershop Music

2007 Cherry Festival 2007 small map

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Activities at the Cherry Festival:

Cherry Pie Bake-Off
The Cherry Pie Bake-off will bring together contestants and their sweet cherry treats in two different categories: Traditional and Non-traditional. All cherry enthusiasts, from beginning bakers to the most experienced, are invited to submit an entry. No need to preregister. Cherry pies and their recipes must be submitted to the Cherry Store between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Winners will be announced on the Main Stage at 2 p.m.

Free Valet Bike Parking
Free valet bike parking will be available through the Cherry City Cyclists on the St. Leanders play yard on the corner of Davis and Carpentier streets. Reduce traffic and help the environment by cycling or walking to the festival.

Casa Peralta and History Museum
The Casa Peralta, History Museum and Art Gallery will be open for tours during the Cherry Festival. Children’s old fashioned activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Casa grounds.

Kids Zone
Games and rides include the Dune Buggy, Tea Cup, Jumping Star, a Rock Climbing Wall and Bounce Houses. Face Painting & Glitter Tattoos too!

Arts & Crafts
25 arts and crafts vendors will be on-hand, with products ranging from handcrafted jewelry to custom-drawn caricatures.

Community Resources
25 community resource vendors will offer information on important community-related topics.

ARTeam
This year's Cherry Festival offers something new – the Artist’s Village, hosted by the recently formed Art Village Resource Team sponsored by the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. The Artist’s Village will present the work of fourteen local artists through beautiful displays and live demonstrations of glassworking, ceramics and other art media.

Cherry Lane
Cherry Lane will showcase of City of San Leandro government services. Kids can hop on board a real police motorcycle or meet the Chief of Police. Fire prevention tips will be offered by the Alameda County Fire Department, and the Public Works department will be conducting a thermometer exchange, where attendees can exchange their mercury thermometers for new digital models.

Cherry Store
The Cherry Store will feature specialty cherry items such as: Cherry Jam, Cherry Salsa, Cherry BBQ Sauce, Sweet Cherry Balsamic Vinegar, Cherry Gumballs, Cherry Sour Patches, Wild Cherry Tea, Cherry Biscotti, 2007 Cherry Festival T-shirts and 2007 Cherry Festival mugs. [FREE canvas tote bag with any Cherry Store purchase.]

Farmer’s Market
Cherries and a wide variety of local, fresh fruit will be available for purchase.

Food
Festival favorites from BBQ ribs and corn dogs to funnel cake and kettle corn. The Englander Restaurant will provide Cherry Beer and Sausage and Robeks Juice will also be offered as just a few of the favorites.

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