City Of San Leandro City Of San Leandro City of San Leandro
Public Information Office
City Hall
835 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510.577.3351
Fax: 510.577.3340
http://www.sanleandro.org

7/1/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE CMO2020-07-01
Subject :

City of San Leandro Donates Nearly $12,000 in Computer Equipment to Bridge the Digital Divide During the Pandemic
Contact : Paul Sanftner    510.577.3372
    psanftner@sanleandro.org

SAN LEANDRO, CA - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Shelter-in-Place orders, the City of San Leandro recently executed a public-private partnership to bridge the digital divide. Through this innovative program, approximately 95 local residents who were unable to access the internet were provided at no cost with refurbished laptops and assistance in accessing free internet hotspots or reduced cost home internet services.

“The City of San Leandro realizes how critical internet communications are today and how the closure of our public facilities impacted San Leandrans who depend on them,” noted Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. This program is part of a much broader effort to support the public and help our most vulnerable residents during these very challenging times.”  

Tmove forward with the program quickly, the City identified local San Leandro residents who had been negatively impacted by the closure of the City’s library system and community centers. In particular, the City focused on those community members who were known to regularly use the free public computers and internet service available at those City facilities. 

The City worked together with the Oakland-based nonprofit Tech Exchangewhich focuses on refurbishing corporate computers to build a community of digitally proficient Bay Area residents who can access online education, employment, health, financial, and civic services. The program was funded thanks to a grant from East Bay Community Energy and contributions from Common Networks, a local Bay Area company that already has agreements in place to utilize San Leandro’s city infrastructure to deliver residential high speed internet service. 

In total, nearly $12,000 of computer equipment was secured and distributed to vulnerable community members. The City provided maps of locations throughout the City where free public Wi-Fi is available, including expanded outdoor access in front of the Main Library. Participants were also connected with opportunities for reduced-cost home internet service from local service providers.  In addition, through the Library’s Tech-to-Go lending program, dozens of Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots were lent out to Library patrons. 




The City of San Leandro is one of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area. With a vibrant community of more than 89,000 residents, San Leandro is proud of its well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The City also encompasses a large industrial area that is home to a thriving advanced manufacturing industry. For more information on the City, please visit sanleandro.org.



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