November 27, 2007

'Tis the Season in San Leandro

November and December feature a wide array of events for everyone in San Leandro. Below are some of the events from our schools and city.

Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 pm, Tree Lighting at City Hall, usually includes arts, crafts, and cookie decorating for the kids

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm, Lighted Boat Parade at the San Leandro Marina Harbor; includes refreshments at 5:00pm and parade at 6:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 pm every night through Dec. 11, Lighting of the Menorah at Temple Beth Sholom at 642 Dolores Ave.

Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm, Hawaiian Holiday Concert at the San Leandro Main Library (Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Main Library)

Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:00 – 9:00pm, Miracle on E. 14th Street at Pelton Plaza

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9am, Breakfast with Santa at Monarch Bay Golf Course (purchase tickets at the door)

Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30pm, Winter Orchestra/Vocal Concert at San Leandro High School Gym

Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm, Winter Wind/Jazz Concert at San Leandro High School Gym

Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8am to 12pm, Pancake Breakfast and Santa at Wilson Elementary School

Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30pm, Holiday Puppet Show and Santa at the San Leandro Main Library with refreshments and a suprise from Santa for all the kids.

San Leandro highlights some of its residences in a special "Light up the Night" directory published on the San Leandro web site and in the San Leandro Times. In the past, the displays at the houses near the intersection of Chapel Court and Chapel Avenue have been spectacular.

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November 19, 2007

One Way to Help Local Schools logoDuring the holidays and throughout the year, you can help local schools by donating to specific projects at Started by a group of New York teachers in 2000, connects "classrooms in need with individuals who want to help." Projects in San Leandro include Circle Time, What's an English Learner to Do?, and Wanted: Mayan Myths and Lakota Legends at Jefferson Elementary School and Whiteboards to Brighten Young Minds at Wilson Elementary School.

There are six projects in San Lorenzo and supports public schools all over the United States.

With the California Legislative Analyst predicting a $10 billion budget shortfall in the next two years, this is one way that teachers can obtain funding for projects that are important to their students.

Donations can be made at using a credit card or check.

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November 16, 2007

Jim Prola Files to Run For District 6 Council Seat

Jim ProlaDistrict 6 City Councilmember Jim Prola filed his Candidate Intention Statement on November 15, 2007, with the San Leandro City Clerk. Last month, Hermy Almonte filed his Candidate Intention Statement to run for District 6 City Council. Filing of the Candidate Intention Statement is required before raising or spending any money for an election.

Prola was appointed to the City Council in February 2007 after Tony Santos was elected as Mayor of San Leandro in November 2006. Prola was selected from a field of 12 applicants, half of whom were interviewed for the position. Prola's application can be seen here.

Election day is June 8, 2008, just seven and a half months away. Expect more of these filings in the upcoming months.

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November 14, 2007

San Leandro Chamber CEO Resigns Effective December 31, 2007

Diana GentryThe San Leandro Chamber of Commerce anounced today that CEO Diana Gentry has resigned for personal reasons effective December 31, 2007. Gentry assumed the role of CEO less than a year ago on January 2, 2007, after serving as director of operations and communications for the Orange Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau. Gentry replaced Heidi Finberg, who left the San Leandro Chamber to take a position with the Chabot College Foundation.

Rose Padilla Johnson, the President-elect of the Chamber will form a search committee for a successor to Gentry.

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November 12, 2007

Eden Township Healthcare Board Votes to Give Up Oversight Role

With more than 120 people packed into a conference room at Eden Medical Center for the November 12, 2007, meeting, the Eden Township Healthcare District Board voted 4 to 1 to give up its governing role over Eden Medical Center for a promise by Sutter Health to replace the hospital. Board members Harry Dvorsky, Walter Kram, Rajendra Ratnesar and Frank Rico voted to accept the contract. They all work or have worked as physicians at Eden Medical Center and San Leandro Hospital. Carole Rogers, a former nurse, was the sole vote against the contract. Rogers had motioned to delay the vote pending an opinion by the Attorney General on whether the board could legally remove itself from oversight of the hospital. The motion failed as none of the other board members seconded the motion.

The agreement means that San Leandro Hospital will remain open until 2009, but Sutter can decide to end services at San Leandro Hospital after 2009.

Public comment was limited to two minutes per speaker and a total of 90 minutes. Many of the two dozen advocates were employees and doctors who worked for Eden Medical Center and San Leandro Hospital. A slightly smaller number of opponents of the plan to dissolve the elected board included State Senator Ellen Corbett, and State Assemblymembers Alberto Torrico and Mary Hayashi. A number of speakers reminded the board members of Measure A, which was passed by voters in 1997 and promised to preserve local control with a publicly-elected board.

Eden Medical Center opened in 1954 and needs to be replaced because it doesn't meet current seismic standards.

Daily Review coverage.

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November 5, 2007

City Unveils Public Safety Monument

On Saturday, November 3, 2007, the City of San Leandro unveiled a Public Safety Monument in honor of public safety officers' sacrifice and service. The $83,500 monument by Monument Arts, Inc. was approved at the February 20, 2007, City Council meeting.

Speakers included California State Senator and former San Leandro Mayor Ellen Corbett, California State Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, Mayor Tony Santos, Alameda County Fire Chief Sheldon Gilbert and San Leandro Police Chief Dale Attarian. All of the current City Council except Bill Stephens and many former City Council members attended the ceremony. Former Police Chief Joe Kitchen and former Fire Chief Bill McCammon were also on-hand.

The names of three police officers and one firefighter who died or were killed on-duty were engraved on the monument and all speakers expressed hope that no more names would be added to the monument.

The monument includes the engraved words:

To Serve

We serve the public for the good of the community, to uplift the fallen, to protect the defenseless, to comfort those in need, and to ensure the safety of all. We are the police and firefighters of San Leandro.

The tools of our trade are much more than the metal, plastic, and rubber from which they are made. These tools become an extension of the hearts and hands of the professionals who use them.

Touch them and you touch us.

The program for the event included the following information about the men memorialized on the monument:

Officer Frederick R. Haller
Dates of Service: July 25, 1955 to April 20, 1961
Officer Haller was on routine patrol when he was shot and killed in his patrol car by an unknown assailant.

Firefighter Lyle K. Gruggel
Dates of Service: January 1, 1958 to April 8, 1966
Firefighter Gruggel became ill while performing his firefighting duties. He was rushed to the hospital where he died three hours later of a heart attack.

Officer Donald F. Spingola
Dates of Service: August 1, 1969 to October 1, 1969
Reserve Officer Spingola was accidentally killed after being struck by a ricochet bullet that had been fired by another officer at an escaping burglary suspect.

Officer Nels Daniel Niemi
Dates of Service: February 4, 2002 to July 25, 2005
Officer Niemi was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance complaint.

Proposed monument to San Leandro's Public Safety organizations
A drawing of the proposed monument.

Photo of portion of actual public safety monument
A photo of a portion of the actual monument.

The monument is located on the east wall of the San Leandro Police Department building just north of the entrance.

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November 1, 2007

San Leandro Times Starts a Blog (Kind of)

On October 25, 2007, the San Leandro Times started a blog at Unlike many newspaper blogs, it contains snippets of stories that appear on the web site instead of new or different content. But for those people who use RSS, you can point your newsreader at feed: to see the latest from the San Leandro Times. The blog also enables readers to comments on articles now, as one reader has done in the article about the discussion of the fate of Timothy Drive.

As of November 1, 2007, there were categories for automotive, entertainment and news.

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