April 27, 2009

San Leandro High School Takes Third in San Francisco Bay Area Regional 'Role Model High School' Competition

The Jefferson Awards/Deloitte Youth Service Initiative (YSI) awarded San Leandro High School third place as Regional Role Model High School among 30 San Francisco Bay Area schools competing in the 2008-2009 school year.

San Leandro High received recognition for its youth tutoring and community fundraising events.

Livermore High School was the winner and Burlingame High School was second.

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April 22, 2009

City to Purchase Former Albertson's Property Downtown

According to a press released issued on April 22, 2009, the City of San Leandro announced that it had reached an agreement with Norcal AL LLC to purchase the former Albertson's lot at 1550 E. 14th Street. The purchase price is $6.175 million and includes the demolition of the building. The property will be purchased with redevelopment funds.

Albertson's vacated the property in 2005 and the property has been the subject of years-long litigation, and had been the proposed site of a Grocery Outlet store. Albertson's originally occupied the property in 1947.

The property will be used for temporary parking during the demolition and rebuilding of the downtown parking garage.

See below for the press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Cynthia Battenberg
April 21, 2009 Business Development Manager
(510) 577-3352

City to Purchase Vacant Downtown Albertsons Site

The San Leandro City Council announced at their regular business meeting on April 20th that they have reached a settlement agreement with Norcal AL LLC, the property owner of the former Albertsons site in downtown San Leandro, located at 1550 East 14th Street. The action came following several years of litigation over the future use of the site. Norcal filed a series of lawsuits in Alameda County Superior Court against the City contending that various planning and zoning actions related to the City's approval of the Transit Oriented Development Strategy for the City's downtown area violated their constitutional rights or were otherwise contrary to law. The City prevailed in three actions now on appeal in the State Court of Appeal. A fourth action is pending in State Court. A priority was placed on resolving the litigation due to the prominence of this downtown site and the blight created by the store vacancy. The Council voted unanimously to the settlement terms which included the Redevelopment Agency’s purchase of the site for $6.175 million and Norcal’s demolition of the building prior to close of escrow. No General Fund money will be used in the acquisition of the property. The site will be used for temporary replacement parking during the construction of a new downtown parking garage. Thereafter, the City will pursue potential development opportunities in accordance with the Transit Oriented Development Strategy. The Purchase and Sale Agreement will be considered by the City Council on May 4, 2009.

Once the building on the site is demolished, the City plans to use the site for temporary replacement parking during the 18-24 month demolition and rebuilding of the downtown parking garage located between Estudillo and Callan avenues. The City will repave and landscape the Albertsons site in late June to make it available in the fall to individuals who currently lease space in the Estudillo/Callan garage.

The Lucky grocery store that had been operating at the location since 1947 had been purchased by Albertsons and was subsequently closed in 2005 due to underperformance. The City is hoping to attract a specialty grocery store to the location once the site is redeveloped into a mixed use development with retail on the ground floor and residential units and/or office space above. This type of development is consistent with the City’s award-winning Transit-Oriented Development Strategy.

For more information, contact the Office of Business Development at (510) 577-3352.

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April 17, 2009

Little Shop of Horrors Opens Tonight at San Leandro High

Little Shop of Horrors at San Leandro High School

In recent years, students at San Leandro High School have put on a musical each spring. Recent productions have included Grease and West Side Story. This year, the San Leandro High School Theatre is performing Little Shop of Horrors.

Opening night is tonight (April 17) with shows April 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Front row reserved seats are available for $25.

Shows start at 8pm (2pm matinees on April 18 and 25) at San Leandro High School, located at 2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro, CA.

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April 14, 2009

Grocery Outlet Set to Open While a Starbucks Will Close

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By the end of April 2009, San Leandro will see the opening of Grocery Outlet and the closure of one of the eight San Leandro Starbucks locations.

The new Grocery Outlet will open at 2179 E 14th St., in the location previously occupied by the Salvation Army Thrift Store. It is located next to a site that is being developed for affordable senior housing at the corner of Estabrook Street and E. 14th Street, across from McKinley Elementary.

Grocery Outlet had previously sought to occupy the former downtown Albertson's location at 1550 E. 14th Street in August 2006 but was rebuffed by the City Council's designation of the site as an "opportunity" site as part of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy.

As part of its closure of 200 stores across the U.S., the Starbucks location at 1443 E. 14th Street in downtown San Leandro will be closing by the end of the month. The closure was announced by Starbucks in January 2009. The closure should have little impact since there is also a Starbucks located less than 500 feet away in the nearby Safeway store.

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April 7, 2009

Council Gives Green Light to San Leandro Crossings and $500K to Davis Street

A capacity crowd filled the City Council Chambers on April 6, 2009, as the San Leandro City Council approved financing for the San Leandro Crossings (now Cannery Court) project by a vote of 4 to 3. The City Council unanimously approved a resolution committing $500,000 to help the Davis Street Family Resource Center purchase its property at 3801 Teagarden Street. A 10% rate hike for Alameda County Industries was approved with Councilmember Bill Stephens abstaining.

After honoring long-time commissioner Frank Sidari and installing new commissioners, Mayor Tony Santos shuffled the agenda to address the items that the crowd was interested in: San Leandro Crossings and Davis Street. After a presentation by Tom Liao, Bridge Housing's Lydia Tan advocated against a project labor agreement for the affordable housing project while labor advocate Barry Luboviski of the Alameda County Building Trades Council and other argued in support of an agreement. While the entire Council express support for the affordable housing project, Councilmember Joyce Starosciak argued to approve the financing agreement without requiring a project labor agreement that might delay the project. The financing agreement was approved by a vote of four to three, with Councilmembers Jim Prola, Ursula Reed and Santos, who supported a project labor agreement, voting against.

For Davis Street, the first time the request for financial assistance was on the City Council's agenda, it was narrowly defeated in a four to three vote. After a subsequent meeting of the finance committee, the measure passed unanimously after a motion to modify the agreement by Councilmember Souza was rejected.

A request by ACI to increase it rates by 10% was passed with six votes and an abstention by Councilmember Bill Stephens.

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April 2, 2009

Annual City Financial Disclosures

Members of the City Council are required to file a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) upon election or appointment, annually by April 1, 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.

Mayor Tony Santos was the only Councilmember to report gifts for 2008, including A's tickets from Kent Myers and the Alameda County Mayor's Conference and Raiders tickets from Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele. Councilmember Jim Prola reported rental property income and Councilmember Joyce Starosciak reported income from her computer business, Starotech.

The following disclosures are for the San Leandro City Council for 2008 or assuming office:

The following financial disclosures are for members of the City staff:

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