September 30, 2009

Sausage and Suds Sunday October 4, 2009

The Sausage and Suds Food and Music Festival will be held in downtown San Leandro on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Admission is free and the festival will be held on Parrott Street between E. 14th Street and Washington Avenue, where the Downtown Farmers Market is held each Wednesday. In addition to an array of sausages and beers, the scheduled musical performances include:

10:00 - 11:00Stereo Freakout
11:30 - 12:45The Spazmatics
1:15 - 2:30The Greg Scott Band
3:00 - 4:15Avance
4:45 - 6Lydia Pense and Cold Blood

There will be a Kids' Green Zone that will feature local singer Asheba at 1pm and 3pm. A rock climbing wall and jumpers will also be available in the kids area.

According to the web site, the Sausage and Suds Food and Music Festival, which was first held in 1997 "was established to celebrate San Leandro's designation as the "Sausage Capital of California," by the California State Legislature."

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September 27, 2009

Peggy Combs Joins the Race for the San Leandro City Council

P_Combs.jpg On September 24, 2009, Peggy Combs filed her Candidate Intention Statement to run for San Leandro's District 5 City Council seat. That seat is currently held by Bill Stephens, who will be termed out of office in 2010 after serving for eight years. Coincidentally, it was Stephens who defeated Combs in 1994 when she ran for the San Leandro School Board.

Combs will face San Leandro School Board trustee Pauline Cutter in the race for the District 5 seat.

In addition to her run for School Board in 1994, Combs served on the Steering Committee for a school bond in 1994 and was co-chair of the successful 1997 school bond. More recently, Combs has been on the Recreation and Parks Commission since April 2007 and now serves as Chair. Combs is also the Vice-Chair of the Shoreline Citizens Advisory Committee.

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September 25, 2009

Former San Leandro City Councilmember Bill Jardin Dies at 85

Former San Leandro City Councilmember Bill Jardin died on September 11, 2009, nearly a month after suffering a stroke. Jardin was 85 years old and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor. William F. "Bill" Jardin was first elected as the District 5 member of San Leandro City Council in 1982 when he defeated Sylvia Landt. Jardin continued to be active in civic affairs after leaving office and served on the Personnel Relations Board from April 2006 until his death.

Jardin grew up in Oakland and served in World War II in Europe and the Pacific. He moved to San Leandro in 1947, where he worked for 40 years at the telephone company and lived in the same house until he passed away.

As an avid golfer, Jardin served for five years on the Shoreline and Golf Advisory Commission and helped get a bridge built over the creek at the golf course. He was also on the San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commission from 1965 until he was appointed to the East Bay Regional Parks District Board in 1974, where he served for 20 years.

Jardin was also on the Board of Directors for the Classic Philharmonic of Northern California foundation and was active in the Lions and San Leandro Breakfast Club.

His funeral was held on September 24, 2009, and attracted family members from as far away as France and Hong Kong. The funeral was attended by former City Councilmembers Don McGue, Ed Suchman, John Faria, Bob Glaze, and Tony Santos.

Editor's Note: The story was corrected to reflect the correct date of the funeral.

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September 24, 2009

City Hires Lianne Marshall as Assistant City Manager

The City of San Leandro has hired Lianne Marshall as Assistant City Manager to replace Interim Assistant City Manager Jacqui Diaz. Marshall served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Martinez, California, since March 2007.

Marshall will start on October 1, 2009, with an annual salary of slightly more than $176,000.

Diaz was Assistant to the City Manager when she was appointed Interim Assistant City Manager in September 2008 following Stephen Hollister's appointment to Interim City Manager. Diaz serves on the Board of the San Leandro Educational Foundation, is the Fine Arts Chair of Bishop O'Dowd High School, and on the School Board at Church of the Assumption.

See for more details about Marshall.

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September 23, 2009

EPA Files Suit Against The North Face Parent Company

According to a press release dated September 22, 2009, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed suit against San Leandro based VF Corporation for the alleged sale and distribution of unregistered pesticides" by The North Face.

The EPA alleges that health claims The North Face made about antimicrobial agents in 70 footwear products violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act because The North Face failed to register the antimicrobial agents with the EPA. VF Corporation, the parent company of The North Face faces nearly $1 million in fines, despite ceasing and removing the claims.

Although the press release states that VF Corporation is based in San Leandro, the VF Corporation web site lists Greensboro, North Carolina as the World Headquarters. The North Face is located at 2013 Farallon Dr. in San Leandro.

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September 16, 2009

Alameda County Constitutional Convention Town Hall Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the Bay Area Council, Repair California and the Alameda County Citizens for Seniors and Persons w/Disabilities (ACCSPD), presents “Repairing California,” a Community Forum and Panel Discussion moderated by Nate Miley, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Fourth District.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
8:45 a.m. Registration | 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Program
Alameda County Administration Building | Board Chambers
1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor (Directions)
Oakland, CA 94612

Repair California is an organization supporting a California constitutional convention.

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Protest Against Creekside Partners


On September 15 and 16, 2009, a protest against low wages has been taking place outside the Creekside Partners construction site at the corner of Davis Street and San Leandro Boulevard. The protest appears to consist of a single person dressed as the grim reaper next to an upright coffin that says, "Don't bury me in low wages" and a large sign that claims Creekside Partners "Uses contractors who Fail to Pay Area Standard Wages & Benefits."

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September 15, 2009

Friends of San Leandro Library Gives $31K to San Leandro Library


Friends of the San Leandro Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, September 12, 2009, with a luncheon at the San Leandro Library. Most of the group's board members, the San Leandro City Council, and former Mayor Shelia Young were on-hand to honor the occasion along with Library-Historical Commissioners.

The luncheon featured a slide presentation of the history of the group and a proclamation from San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos. Friends of the San Leandro Library also presented the Mayor with a check for $31,000 to honor a promise to provide additional funding to the library if budget cuts to the library were minimized.

Friends of the San Leandro Library raises money for programs and materials at the library such as the Summer Reading Program and carnival for kids, the Adult Summer Reading Program, reference books, and scholarships. The group raises money at two annual book sales, running the library gift shop and Booktique, and the annual Trivia Bee, which will be held on October 16, 2009.

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September 14, 2009

Community Meeting on San Leandro BART and Pedestrians

On Monday September 21, 2009, the City of San Leandro will hold a community meeting to gather information on how to better integrate pedestrians and bicycles with the San Leandro BART station and the City's Transit-Oriented Development Strategy. Here is the text of the flyer sent out by the City:

We Need Your Ideas On Improved Pedestrian and Bike Access along San Leandro Blvd.

Please Join Us!

Monday, September 21, 2009 6:30-8:30 San Leandro Main Library-Karp Room 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro

San Leandro-BART Pedestrian Study Community Meeting To Be Held September 21st

The City of San Leandro will host the first of several meetings to gather community input on the creation of a new plan for the San Leandro Boulevard-BART station area relative to pedestrian and bicycle safety and access.

The City has received a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to study how the San Leandro Downtown BART station can be better integrated into the plans of the City's newly adopted Transit Oriented Development strategy. The goal of the study is to provide a transportation environment that contributes to increased ridership by emphasizing accessibility, safety, and a high quality environment for pedestrians, bicycles, public transit and automobiles. Other transportation options, such as utilizing LINKS, a free shuttle linking San Leandro BART and the West San Leandro business community, carpooling, and "kiss and ride" will be encouraged. Development within the station area will ensure that it is multi-modally connected to downtown and enhance opportunities for regional connections. This transportation environment will significantly reduce vehicle miles traveled by residents.

The first community meeting will emphasize design ideas needed to make pedestrian and bicycle access between the Downtown BART station and downtown San Leandro safer and more pedestrian friendly. We welcome your participation in this meeting

For more information please call Philip Millenbah, Senior Planner at 510/577-3327.

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September 13, 2009

City Council Work Session Tonight, Sept. 14, 2009

The San Leandro City Council will hold a work session on Monday, September 14, 2009, to discuss the process for the capital improvement program and Measure WW, park capital improvement program projects and park development fund fees.

Measure WW
was a $500 million bond measure passed by the East Bay Regional Park District in November 2008. Under Measure WW, San Leandro is allocated $3.7 million to assist "with financing the acquisition and improvement of local park and recreation facilities."

An ad-hoc committee for Measure WW consisting of Councilmembers Joyce Starosciak, Diana Souza, and Michael Gregory met on January 29, 2009, February 9, 2009, and April 6, 2009. Unlike standing committees, ad-hoc committees are permitted to meet without posting advance notice of the meetings and without public participation. The first information from the ad-hoc committee came out in May 2009.

On May 18, 2009, the committee recommended that $2.4 million be used to help build a competitive lap pool at the Washington Manor Aquatic Family Center, nearly $1 million for renovations at the San Leandro Marina, and $250,000 for improving other San Leandro park areas.

Another issue for the City Council is the condition of streets through San Leandro, which the Metropolitan Transportation Commission(MTC) gave a pavement condition index of 60 in January 2009, bordering on "at-risk." The condition of the pavement has steadily declined from 2004 to 2007. According to the MTC, San Leandro's streets are "worn to the point where rehabilitation may be needed to prevent rapid deterioration."

Click here for a complete list of Measure WW-eligible projects.

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September 9, 2009

Congressman Pete Stark Town Halls on September 12

Pete Stark, San Leandro's Member of Congress, will hold a town hall meeting on September 12, 2009, at San Leandro City Hall from 10:30am to 11:30am. Health care reform is expected to figure prominently once again at these meetings.

San Leandro City Hall is located at 835 E. 14th Street in San Leandro.

Other town hall meetings will be held at the Fremont Senior Center at 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy at 9am and Alameda City Hall at 2263 Santa Clara Ave. at noon.

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Diana Souza Files to Run for Re-Election

Diana Souza, the current District 3 San Leandro Councilmember, filed paperwork on September 9, 2009, to run for re-election.

Souza was elected in 2006 after defeating former Councilmember Julian Polvorosa in a run-off election. District 3 runs from Davis Street on the north to Washington Manor on the south and is bounded by railroad tracks on the east and west with Interstate 880 running down the middle.

The election is currently scheduled for June 2010, but may be moved to November 2010 if San Leandro implements instant runoff or ranked-choice voting.

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September 8, 2009

Ian Willis Sworn in as San Leandro Police Chief

Interim San Leandro Police Chief Ian Willis was sworn in as San Leandro Police Chief at the September 8, 2009, meeting of the San Leandro City Council. Willis' family and friends, former Police Chief Dale Attarian, and about a dozen San Leandro police officers were on hand to witness the ceremony, which included his wife pinning on his badge.

Willis was appointed Police Chief on August 6, 2009, while the City Council was in its August recess and this was the first meeting of the City Council since the appointment.

Willis is San Leandro's ninth police chief since 1928, when San Leandro's top law enforcement official was given that title. Prior to 1928, the top position was town marshall.

Here is a list of the eight previous San Leandro police chiefs:

  • Joseph F. Peralta
  • Artel J. Lamoureaux
  • Thomas J. Rogers
  • Kenneth Swanson
  • Donald F. Becker
  • Robert J.P. Maginnis
  • Joseph Kitchen
  • Dale Attarian

Peralta, a direct descendant of Don Luis Peralta, was the longest serving top police official, serving as town marshall from 1912 until 1928 and police chief from 1928 to 1945.

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Cell Biosciences Buys San Leandro Company for $17.9 Million

In a press release issued September 8, 2009, Cell Biosciences announced that it had agreed to buy San Leandro-based Alpha Innotech for $17.9 million or $1.50 per share.

According to its web site, "Alpha Innotech is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of digital imaging and analysis systems for the life science research and drug discovery markets."

Alpha Innotech reported $4.2 million of revenue in the second quarter of 2009 with a net loss of $15,785 compared to a net profit of $23,199 in the second quarter of 2008.

Alpha Innotech is located at 2401 Merced Street in San Leandro.

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September 7, 2009

Senator Corbett Speaks Against San Leandro Hospital Closure

California State Senator and former San Leandro Mayor spoke out against the closure of San Leandro Hospital at the annual Labor Day picnic held by the Alameda Labor Council on September 7, 2009.

Corbett was joined on stage by Eden Township Healthcare District Board member Carole Rogers, who joined two other Board members in voting against the sale of San Leandro Hospital to Sutter Health. Corbett sent a letter on August 26, 2009, asking Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate Sutter Health's "alleged misrepresentation of hospital finances, economic and medical redlining, abuse of nonprofit status, anti-trust violations, questionable allocation of public assets, and execution of contracts that may be in conflict with existing law..."

Other local elected officials at the event included California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, San Leandro Councilmembers Jim Prola and Joyce Starosciak and San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos.

The event also featured Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty becoming a registered Democrat, to the delight of the crowd.

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Santos Hosts First of 2010 Campaign Fundraisers

San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos will host the first of the 2010 campaign fundraisers on September 17, 2009, at Vila Cereja restaurant in San Leandro.

According to the flyer for the "Annual Fundraiser," the honorary host committee consists of California State Senator and former San Leandro Mayor Ellen Corbett, Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young, San Leandro Councilmembers Jim Prola and Michael Gregory, former San Leandro Councilmembers Gordon Galvan and Kent Myers, and former California Assemblymember and San Leandro Councilmember Johan Klehs.

According to the flyer, host committee sponsorships are $2,500 and nine of them are listed, a total of $22,500. Tickets are $99 (for those who wish to remain below the $100 reporting threshold) and the event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Vila Cereja is located at 1045 MacArthur Boulevard in San Leandro.

Santos is running to be re-elected Mayor of San Leandro, a position he has held since November 2006, when he defeated San Leandro Councilmember Orval "OB" Badger. Santos previously served as the District 6 Councilmember from 1994 to 1992 and from 2000 to 2006.

Although there had been speculation that former San Leandro Mayor Young might run again for Mayor, her listing as an honorary host of the fundraiser confirms that Young will not be running for Mayor. So far, San Leandro Councilmember Joyce Starosciak is Santos' only opponent.

The election is currently scheduled for June 2010, but if the San Leandro City Council decides to implement instant run-off voting (IRV), also known as ranked-choice voting, the election could be moved to November 2010.

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September 4, 2009

San Leandro in 1940: The "White Spot" City

San_Leandro_Brochure_1940_small.jpg This brochure was produced by the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Leandro to advertise the qualities of San Leandro. The following text was scanned in from the brochure.

Essentially San Leandro is a suburban community neither rural nor big city. To live in San Leandro is to live in a small-town community where one's neighbors are one's friends, where one's social activities are those of club, church, and lodge, where parents take an active interest in their children's affairs through parent-teacher work, where news of their community is brought to them by friendly little community newspapers.

It is such happy situations as these, combined with its blessings of nature, that have built San Leandro's reputation as an ideal residential community.

Because of its many residential advantages, San Leandro during the depression years since 1929, has enjoyed a quiet unspectacular growth. Not a boon in the sense of inflated prices, but a growth which has established it as the "White Spot" city of California.

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With an estimated population of 17,500 persons, a house-to-house count by Uncle Sam's mail carriers showed 4,669 places of residence in November, 1937, 4,375 of which were single-family residences.

Building permits for the last three years have shown $928,164 in 1936, $730,968 in 1937, and $1,048,185 in 1938, of which latter sum, $100,000 is for a new city hall now in process of construction.

There are some exceptionally fine and well restricted residential districts in which homes costing from $10,000 to $15,000 have been built recently. The majority of the homes, however, averaged $4,600 to construct during the past two years.

The city's climate is ideal for residential, horticultural and factory purposes.

San Leandro's residential desirability is enhanced by its extremely rich, loamy soil, which makes a beautiful garden possible in every yard.

The atmosphere is mildly tempered by the waters of nearby San Francisco bay. The city is protected from the bay region fogs by low-lying hills to the north. Its exposure to the southeast, south and west, makes possible the city's boast of "Sunshine and Flowers."

unlike many small communities, San Leandro does not rely on one or a dozen industries for its prosperity. Its residents represent a cross-section of workers in every line of endeavor in a great metropolitan area, working in a thousand industries and drawing their living from the very ends of the earth.

Four public and one parochial schools serve the grade school needs for education.

The San Leandro junior and senior high schools are of the Oakland educational system.

Seven churches, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Congregational and Scientist server the spiritual needs of the community.

The city has excellent transportation.

The East Bay Transit and Key System companies, which operate 61 lines in the East Bay area, closely tie San Leandro to its sister communities by extending free transfer privileges to and from the lines serving San Leandro.

Purest of mountain water, brought to the city by the East Bay Municipal Utility district through a hundred miles of aqueduct and carefully filtered and sterilized, gives to San Leandrans a sparkling drink unsurpassed by the finest mountain brook.

Two newspapers, one a semi weekly, the other a weekly, give the city's residents a digest of the local activities, while the daily newspapers of the nearby larger cities bring daily telegraphic accounts of world events.

The city enjoys a city manager form of government whose efficiency has kept the tax rate down to 93 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

In August of 1938, the voters bonded the city for $185,000 for a new city hall and new sewage and garbage disposal plant, to cost a total of $335,000, the difference being provided by the federal government in PWA grants.

Two great trans-continental railroads and two great inter-state bus lines and sever intra-state bus lines serve the city. Electric interurban trains and ultra modern coach lines give rapid transportation to commuters and others to San Francisco across the new San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge. One of the finest airports in the U.S. is a ??? two miles from the city.


1900 census . . . . . 2,253
1910 census . . . . . 3,471
1920 census . . . . . 5,703
1930 census . . . . .11,455
1938 estimate . . . .17,500

Places of residence (U.S. postal survey Nov., 1937): Single family homes, 4,669; Apartments, 24, units 154; Flats, 60, units 139; occupancy, per cent, 98.9.

Stores and businesses: Store building, 305; places of business, 407; (C. of C. canvass, 1938.)

Industry: Manufacturers, 31.

City Government: Form, city manager; council of 5 who elect mayor.

Assessed value, $9,435,405: city rate, 1938, per $100 assessed value, which is approximately 40 per cent of actual, .95; county rate, $3.38; bonded debt, city, $185,000. Rainfall, average past 12 years, 19.53; area, square miles, 4; elevation, feed, 48.

Schools (Elementary school district): Grade schools, public, 4; Grade schools, parochial, 1; High school, public, 1; Junior high, public, 1. (Junior high and senior high schools part of Oakland school system.)

Higher education: A dozen colleges and universities are located within easy reach of the city.

Churches: 7. Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal, First Presbyterian, All Saints Episcopal, St. Peter's Lutheran, First Congregational, First Church of Christ, Scientist.

10 years, '28-'38 incl. . . $5,696,663.50
Yearly average . . . . $ 464,853.85
1938 . . . . $1,048,125.00

Public Utilities: Gas, electricity, 9,000 outlets; water, 3,748 outlets.

Transportation: Steam railroads: Southern Pacific, Western Pacific . . . Interurban electric, to Oakland and San Francisco . . . Coach services, Greyhound lines, Peerless Stages, Santa Fe (unified bus and rail) Key System, to San Francisco; East Bay Transit company, free transfer over 62 lines. Air transport, United Air Lines, et al.

Recreation: Public parks, 7; Parks open for recreation, 4; School playgrounds under supervision, 6; Tennis courts, located on two parks and at two schools, 8; Swimming pools, public, open air, municipally conducted,2; Veterans' Memorial building, 1. All public schools open as community centers. Numerous private social halls available for public assemblage.


RECREATION is spelled with capital letters in San Leandro.

Never was a community more blessed by location for its residents to take advantage of the facilities offered by nature for the outdoor sportsman and sportswoman, whether the sportsman be child or adult. Besides natural advantages there are those supplemented by the city and school administrations of San Leandro and by the city's large nearby neighbors.

Among the sports provided by nature is striped bass fishing in which sport hundreds upon hundreds of San Leandrans indulge. Within five minutes of the city is San Leandro bay where many limits of this most sporting of all fish are caught. By boat from San Leandro bay it is a matter of but a few minutes to the channel where the big ones lie in wait for bait or lure. Forty minutes by automobile will bring the sportsman to the finest bass fishing on the entire Pacific Coast, Carquinez straits.

Along the shores of San Leandro bay, just a few minutes from town, is excellent duck hunting, and for some of the best hunting in the state, two hours by auto brings one to the duck fields of Gustine, three and a half to the rice fields of Colusa.

Deer are to be found in the nearby hills, in Crow Canyon, the Livermore hills, from 10 to 30 minutes from the city. The better hunting of the state is to be found within three or four hours by motor to the north.

Swimming in San Francisco bay is another sport which hundreds enjoy, though the city is provided with two out-door swimming pools, one operated without charge by the city at Thrasher park, the second operated by the school department at a nominal charge barely sufficient to pay the cost of operation.

In the nearby hills back of San Leandro, the East Bay Regional park is now engaged in developing one of the most extensive park systems in the world, over 10,000 acres having recently been taken over and intensively developed for hikers, campers, golfers, picnickers, swimmers, fly and plug casters, archers and other sportsmen.

Within a mile of San Leandro's southerly city limits is the Oakland Speedway, fastest dirt track in the world, where automobile classics are staged several times each year.

All of the collegiate sports are easily available at the nearby campuses of the University of California, Stanford University, San Francisco University, Santa Clara University, Saint Mary's College, Mills College and other colleges.

The city administration with its recreation department, which at present has a personnel of some 33 directors and assistants, conducts supervised recreation at three city playgrounds, Thrasher, Estudillo and Memorial parks, and six school playgrounds. Memorial park is a new development completed for tiny children, fully furnished with the latest playground equipment in June, 1938. Tennis courts for tournament play have been built by the city at Estudillo park and at the Roosevelt school, the Estudillo courts being

Thrasher park as well as the McKinley school are also provided with tennis courts. Thrasher park is also equipped with flood lights for night softball.

Yachting and motor boating is another sport enjoyed by hundreds, with ample docking facilities provided along 30 miles of waterfront from Alameda to Port Chicago.

Indoor sports are provided by a hundred organizations. Dances, whist parties, bazaars and get-togethers of all kinds offer amusement throughout the year. One of the finest neighborhood moving picture theaters in the bay region brings the cinema to San Leandro, while the best in stage productions are easily available in nearby Oakland and San Francisco and at the nearby colleges.


FLOWERS! One of the most beautiful creations known to mankind. Always in demand, they are always suitable as gifts and willingly accepted by the recipient.

From the time Alameda county became known to the outside world, this community was recognized as a center for flower growing. The soil in and near San Leandro was proved to be especially adaptable for growing flowers. History informs us that among the first iris and tulips imported from abroad were some planted near San Lorenzo.

In later years, the dahlia became a favorite with gardeners who desired a large flower for decorative purposes. The dahlia has been improved since it was first planted here some 40 years ago. Today, San Leandro is rated as one of the outstanding dahlia centers in the United States.

More than half a century ago the chrysanthemum was first successfully grown in the United States in Alameda county, and in experimental gardens near San Leandro.

And San Leandro was the site of the first large commercial green, or hot house. Gardeners were brought over from Scotland to start the enterprise which proved to be a success from the start.

The result is: San Leandro is the center of the floricultural industry which annually amounts to more than eleven million dollars in real money, from a retail standpoint.

A massive flower garden comprising some 3500 acres is what San Leandro and surrounding sections offer as their contribution to beauty of this great Eastbay Empire.

Here are a few salient facts which illustrate the real importance or the floral industry to this community:
San Leandro is the home or the time-honored dahlia show, an enterprise sponsored by civic leaders who enjoy raising dahlias in their backyards.

Carnations and roses grown here have been awarded the highest honors for six consecutive years at the California State fair in Sacramento.

Gladiolus competing against the cream of California's crop were declared the best at the State fair; they were grown in San Leandro.

The outside market demands San Leandro-grown flowers. Each day a fast motor truck equipped with refrigeration leaves San Leandro for Los Angeles to supply the markets of the southland.

By fast train and by airplane fresh blooms are shipped daily to practically every city of importance on the Atlantic seaboard.

From a field in San Leandro thousands of peonies are shipped each year, the greater part of the crop being sent to Louisville, Kentucky.

Growers in New Zealand, Australia, London and Holland call on San Leandro for new creations in dahlia bulbs.

Love of flowers is best exemplified here by the fact that nearly every yard is a beautiful flower garden. The climate, together with a rich soil, makes it possible for the best type of blooms to grow.

Mention San Leandro to the stranger, and he immediately connects the name with the floral industry. More worthwhile publicity for this community has resulted from the enterprise of the floral products than from any other one factor.

Perhaps the best tribute paid San Leandro was when the late Luther Burbank, recognized as the world's outstanding plant wizard, selected San Leandro for his experimental gardens during the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

Iris, dahlias, peonies, gladiolus, Transvaal daisies, zinnias, asters, perennial delphinium, sweet peas, larkspur and other colorful blooms are grown in large quantities during the proper season.

Throughout the year the green houses produce roses, carnations, snapdragons, gardenias, orchids.

Chrysanthemums are grown under cloth to keep the delicate blooms from receiving too much sun.

A tour of inspection among the man beautiful gardens is well worth one's time. San Leandro flower growers will be happy to conduct you on a tour of inspection.


QUALITIES which have contributed to making San Leandro an ideal home community, have made it an ideal place in which to locate industry.

The city's almost perfect climate, with its exceptionally equable temperatures, neither too hot nor too cold, with its abundance of sunny days, make for the finest of working conditions.

There is an abundance of available labor, for industry located in San Leandro can also draw upon the manpower or neighboring communities.

Transcontinental rail service is provided by two railroad systems, the Southern Pacific company and the Western Pacific Company. Numerous truck lines serve the community to deliver the community's products to ocean shipping terminals wherever located throughout the bay region. Oakland port facilities are located but a few minutes from San Leandro's industrial center. A harbor is now being developed at San Leandro bay, 5 minutes from the city's industrial district.

Products from San Leandro factories have world-wide distribution.

Caterpillar Tractor company, the world's largest manufacturer of track-type tractors. Diesel engines and road machinery, had its beginning in San Leandro.

The Holt Manufacturing company of Stockton and the C. L. Best Tractor company of San Leandro consolidated in 1925 to form the Caterpillar Tractor company, with headquarters in San Leandro.

Since the consolidation, Caterpillar Tractor company has had a phenomenal growth, outgrowing its San Leandro manufacturing facilities. "Caterpillar" now has a 60-acre plant at Peoria, Ill., but continues in San Leandro its corporate offices, Western Sales, Service and Parts headquarters and a manufacturing force of nearly 700.

In 1936 the Friden Calculating Machine company, one of the world's largest manufacturers of calculating machines, selected San Leandro as its manufacturing home because of the ideal working conditions found here.

Here, too, is located the Hudson Lumber company, the largest manufacturer of pencil slats in the world.

At San Leandro's very doors is located the truck assembly plant of the Chevrolet Motor company, the city at the same time offering home accommodations for hundreds of employees of the Fisher Bodyworks and the Chevrolet Motor company.

Here, too, is located the manufacturing plant and head office of the United Engine and Machine company, large manufacturers of automobile and truck pistons.

The Wurm-Woven Hosiery Mills are also located here.

Just a short distance over the line in Oakland is the new million dollar manufacturing plant or the Standard Brands corporation, manufacturer of yeast and malt products, scores of whose employees are making San Leandro their home city.

In San Leandro is located plant No.8 of the California Packing corporation, one or the world's largest canners.

Here in San Leandro is located the Universal Pencil Company, the only pencil factory west of St. Louis.

In all, there are 31 manufacturing institutions, large and small, located in San Leandro, and yearly the number increases.

Large acreages of open land located along the rights-of-way of the city's two transcontinental railroads still remain open for industrial development at exceptionally low prices for such ideal sites.

Power there is in abundance, furnished at reasonable prices by the Pacific Gas and Electric company. The finest of water in the largest amounts desired is available from the East Bay Municipal Utility district.

Manufacturers seeking sites for their plants in the far-west should investigate San Leandro as a place in which to locate.


HISTORICALLY, San Leandro can be said to date its white-man's history back to 1820 when Don Maria Luis Peralta received his grant of land from the king of Spain. The grant, which took in practically the entire city of Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville and Piedmont, also included about half of what is now San Leandro.

Actually, however, the city's history began when in 1837 Don Joaquin Estudillo took up holdings which included. among other lands, all of the rest of San Leandro not included under the Peralta grant.

Having established his home some two miles from the site of what is now San Leandro, Estudillo in 1847 built the first house to be erected in San Leandro, a home still standing at 1291 Carpentier Street. He and his family were the city's first white settlers. About 1847, Estudillo erected the Estudillo house, a famous hostelry of the early days which up to 10 years ago continued to serve the wayfarer.

II was after Don Luis Peralta divided his vast holdings evenly among his four sons that his son, Ignazio Peralta in 1860, erected for himself a beautiful home, said to be the first brick structure in Alameda county, in San Leandro. The home is still standing and serves as the club house of the Alta Mira club.

San Leandro was the second county seat of Alameda county, serving in this capacity from 1854 to 1871 when the county seat was removed to Oakland. It was incorporated as a city in 1872.

Site of the old court house is now occupied by the Saint Mary's parochial school, directly opposite the original Estudillo home which is now owned by St. Leander's parish of the Catholic church.

Growth of San Leandro was slow during its early days, the city having but 2253 population in 1900; 3471 in 1910; 5703 in 1920.

During' the '20s, however, it took a sudden spurt which developed into a steady drive which brought the population up to 11,455 by the 1930 census. Since that time, despite the depression, growth has been rapid, and today the population is estimated at 17,500.

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September 3, 2009

Eden CEO Threatens to Call Sherriff to Disperse Hospital Meeting Attendees

At today's meeting of the Eden Township Healthcare District, members of the public have been prohibited from offering any public testimony on the one agenda item.

The agenda item was for consultation with legal counsel about Sutter Health' exercise of its option to purchase San Leandro Hospital. Unlike other public entities and previous meetings of the Eden Township Healthcare District, the public was not given an opportunity to comment on the closed session agenda.

According to attendee Mia Ousley, Eden Medical Center CEO George Bischalaney has threatened to call the Alameda County Sheriff to disperse the would-be attendees of the meeting. Those attendees included San Leandro Councilmembers Jim Prola and Michael Gregory, former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young, and representatives from Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker and California State Senator Ellen Corbett.

Update: The attendees were being locked out of the building as of 6:35pm.

Correction: Councilmember Joyce Starosciak was among the would-be attendees and the attendees were locked out of the meeting room, not the building.

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September 1, 2009

Talk on Child Nutrition at Zocalo Thursday, September 3, 2009

On Thursday, September 3, 2009, the San Leandro Community Action Network will have a talk on child nutrition, focusing on healthy eating habits, weight and eating problems, and body image. The talk will be presented by Kinkini Banerjee, who has a degree in Clinical Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition, and Jill Rodgers-Quaye, a clinical psychologist specializing in eating and anxiety disorders.

The talk is free and will be held at Zocalo Coffeehouse starting at 7pm. Zocalo Coffehouse is located at 645 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro. Free coffee will also be provided.

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