March 30, 2009

SiCKO Screening at Zocalo on Thursday

The San Leandro Community Action Network (SLCAN) will be showing Michael Moore's SiCKO on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

This documentary takes a look at the U.S. health care system and compares it to those of Great Britain, Canada, and France while highlighting the stories of everyday people in their quest for basic health care.

After the film, there will be a discussion about Sutter Health's plans for San Leandro Hospital's emergency room and other services. After Sutter Health purchased San Leandro Hospital in 2004, there has been widespread speculation that it would close the hospital, since Sutter also owns nearby Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Admission is free and the screening begins at 7pm at Zocalo Coffeehouse. Zocalo is located at 645 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro.

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March 20, 2009

Earthquake Workshop at San Leandro Library on Saturday

The City of San Leandro and Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker are sponsoring a free Earthquake Preparedness Fair at the San Leandro Library on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Representatives from the Alameda County Fire Department, Red Cross, Salvation Army, East Bay MUD, and the US Geological Survey will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information for how to prepare for an earthquake, flood or fire.

A survival kit will be raffled every 30 minutes and emergency supplies will be available for sale at the fair.

The free workshop will be held from 10am to 2pm at the San Leandro Library at 300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro.

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March 19, 2009

Traffic Crackdown on E. 14th Street

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If you're out on E. 14th Street today, make sure you obey all traffic laws. At least four motorcycle officers from the San Leandro Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff Department are pulling over large numbers of vehicles on Thursday, March 19, 2009, on E. 14th Street.

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March 18, 2009

Local Companies Buck Economic Trend

Three local companies are bucking the economic trend by growing while much of the state continues to struggle.

Santos Spice Products recently purchased a 26,400-square-foot industrial building in Hayward for $2.64 million for food storage and distribution. Santos is located at 1188 Montague Street in San Leandro.

TriNet, a human resources outsourcing firm, is seeking to acquire Gevity HR, Inc. for $98 million. However, a lawsuit has been filed that claims the $4 per share offer is too low. TriNet is located at 1100 San Leandro Blvd. in San Leandro.

Energy Recovery, Inc. reported a 59% increase in revenue in Q4 2008 over the same period the previous year. Energy Recovery went public in July 2008 and has seen increasing revenues since 2005. Energy Recovery is located at 1908 Doolittle Drive in San Leandro.

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March 10, 2009

Invitation to City Meeting on Local Housing Issues

The City of San Leandro recently sent out this letter to community members:

March 6, 2009

Dear San Leandro Resident or Interested Party:

The City of San Leandro invites you and your neighbors to attend a community meeting on local housing issues. The meeting will be held at City Hall's South Offices Conference Room (835 E. 14th Street) from 6:30-8:30 PM on Wednesday March 18, 2009.

The purpose of this community meeting will be to discuss proposed policies for meeting San Leandro's affordable housing needs during the next five years. We are seeking your input on these policies as part of a year-long process to update the San Leandro Housing Element, the state-mandated plan addressing affordable housing and housing conservation in the city.

An introductory meeting op.this topic was held in June 2008. Since last summer, staff has collected and analyzed data, met with community members and housing providers, and held work sessions with the City Council and Planning Commission on housing issues. Through this process, new policies and priorities have been identified. The March 18 workshop provides an opportunity for residents to weigh in on these policies before formal Planning Commission and City Council hearings take place later this Spring.

The current San Leandro Housing Element was adopted in 2003. The Plan guides City decisions on new housing construction and rehabilitation, affordable housing development, first-time homebuyer programs, housing for seniors and others with special needs, and fair housing practices. State law requires that an updated Housing Element be adopted by the City Council and submitted to the State Office of Housing and Community Development by June 30, 2009. State certification is an important prerequisite for affordable, housing funds, grants, and other programs that benefit San Leandro residents.

Please visit http://www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/CDPlanHousElement.asp for more information. We look forward to seeing you on March 18.

Sincerely,

Phil Millenbah
Senior Planner

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