November 19, 2009

SLUSD, Davis Street, and Energy Recovery Offering H1N1 Flu Shots

Additional H1N1 flu vaccinations will be available at clinics today (November 19) through Tuesday November 24, supplies permitting at Davis Street Family Resource Center. H1N1 vaccinations are available free of charge.

The vaccine was purchased by San Leandro-based Energy Recovery, Inc., which has partnered with Davis Street and the San Leandro Unified School District to vaccinate San Leandro's at-risk populations.

Vaccinations will be available as follows:

DayDateTime
Thursday11/193:30 -7pm
Friday11/203:30 - 5:30pm
Monday11/233:30-7pm
Tuesday11/243:30-7pm

Davis Street Family Resource Center is located at 3081 Teagarden Street in San Leandro.

Those at highest risk from the H1N1 flu, including pregnant women and young children are encouraged to get vaccinations.

Children between six months and nine years old will need a second dose of the vaccine three weeks after their initial vaccination.

The Alameda County Public Health Department will also host free H1N1 Vaccination Clinics, including one in San Leandro on Saturday, December 5, at City Hall at 9:00am.

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Free Family Movie Night at Zocalo

Matilda Movie Flyer

The family movie Matilda will be shown on Friday, November 20, 2009, at Zocalo Coffeehouse as a fundraiser for Washington Elementary. The movie, popcorn, and coffee are free, but donations of books and cash are encouraged to support the library at Washington Elementary.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Matilda is the "story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable."

The event starts at 7pm and the movie begins at 7:15pm. Zocalo Coffeehouse is located at 645 Bancroft Avenue (near Dutton) in San Leandro. The event is organized by parent Lisa Jackson, who has previously organized similar events.

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November 12, 2009

Legal Documents Filed by Sutter Against Healthcare District

On October 27, 2009, Sutter Health sued the Eden Township Healthcare District for failing to abide by a March 2008 memorandum of understanding that granted Sutter an "unconditional option to purchase" San Leandro Hospital.

These documents were posted to an email list by Eden Township Healthcare District Board Member Carole Rogers and are posted here so that the public can review them.

Click here to see the summons.

Click here to see the Demand for Arbitration.

Click here to see the Notice of Lis Pendens.

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November 11, 2009

Cassidy to Kickoff Campaign Thursday Night

San Leandro mayoral candidate Stephen Cassidy will hold a campaign kickoff party on Thursday, November 12, at Zocalo Coffeehouse.

The event comes one week after Joyce Starosciak's fundraiser and will take place from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Zocalo is located at 645 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro.

Cassidy was elected to the San Leandro School Board in 2004 when he defeated incumbent Ken Pon for the At-Large seat. He served one-term and is now campaigning against incumbent Tony Santos and Councilmember Starosciak for mayor.

The election is currently scheduled for June 2010 unless moves to instant run-off voting (IRV), also known as ranked-choice voting, which would move the election to November 2010.

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November 10, 2009

Last Meeting on Measure WW Funds Tonight

The San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commission will hold the second of two public meetings tonight to seek community input on how best to spend $3.7 million in Measure WW funds. Measure WW was a $500 million East Bay Regional Park District bond measure passed in November 2008. The $3.7 million allocated for San Leandro is to assist "with financing the acquisition and improvement of local park and recreation facilities."

The workshop will be held tonight (Tuesday, November 10) from 7-10 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro,

For more information, Carolyn Knudtson at the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department at 510-577-3466.

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November 4, 2009

Eden Township Heathcare District to Interview Candidates for Board Seat

The Eden Township Healthcare District will hold meetings on Thursday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 10, 2009, to interview candidates for the seat vacated by Dr. Walter Kran.

Kran abruptly resigned on September 28, 2009. His replacement will have a role in deciding the future of San Leandro Hospital and whether its emergency room remains open.

The meetings will be held at 4pm on November 5 and 5:30pm on November 10 at the Castro Valley Library at 3600 Norbridge Avenue in Castro Valley.

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City Council Brings Back Crossing Guards

At its meeting on Monday, November 2, 2009, the San Leandro City Council approved a contract with All City Management Services for crossing guards at eleven schools throughout the city. The total contract was approximately $76,000 and will cover eight schools in the San Leandro Unified School District and three schools in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Each of the school districts will contribute a portion of the cost to the City of San Leandro - about $27,000 for San Leandro Unified and $11,000 for San Lorenzo Unified.

According to the City staff report, crossing guards should be back on duty this week.

While the agreement is good for the current school year, the San Leandro Unified School District used one-time money that is unlikely to be available next year. Parent volunteers tried to fill in the gap at some schools and the San Leandro Teachers Association donated $100 to each elementary school to fund crossing guards, but volunteer efforts proved difficult to coordinate at many of the schools.

The crossing guard program was eliminated this year in order to balance the City's budget. The San Leandro Unified School District came up with an alternative that involved the City and School District contracting out to All City Management Services and splitting the cost. However, the San Leandro School Board asked the City to engage All City Management Services and the School District would contribute half of the cost to the City.

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November 3, 2009

Local Bank Branch Seized by Federal Regulators

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The San Leandro branch of Pacific National Bank was one of 17 branches seized by federal regulators on Friday October 30, 2009. San Francisco-based Pacific National Bank was immediately sold to U.S. Bank, which is based in the midwest and has more than 2,800 branches throughout the United States.

The bank's failure appears to be related to bad real estate loans.

The Pacific National Bank branch in San Leandro is located at the intersection of Parrott Street and E. 14th Street in downtown San Leandro. U.S. Bank has an existing branch at the corner of Fairmont Drive and E. 14th Street, across from Bayfair Mall.

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November 2, 2009

Documentary by Local Filmmakers Airs Tonight on KQED

Going on 13, a documentary by local filmmakers Dawn Valadez and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan about four young East Bay girls airs tonight on public television station KQED at 11pm tonight. The film was shown at Zocalo Coffehouse in August to a packed house.

Valadez lives in San Leandro and works at Davis Street Family Resource Center.

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