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

7/22/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE CM2014-07-22
Subject :

San Leandro to Host Shoreline Fund & Police Space Planning Workshop
Contact : David Baum    (510) 577-3376
    dbaum@sanleandro.org
Mayor Stephen Cassidy and the San Leandro City Council announced that they will be hosting an upcoming work session on the City's Shoreline Fund and Police Department Space Planning efforts.  Informative staff presentations on both topics will be provided, and time will be set aside for comments and questions from the public.  The meeting will take place on Monday, July 28th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 835 East 14th Street in San Leandro.  

The Shoreline Fund is an enterprise account managed by the City of San Leandro, which maintains all of the revenues and expenditures associated the San Leandro boat harbor, golf course at Monarch Bay, and shoreline operations, including lease payments from the on-site hotel and restaurants.  Both the golf course and the shoreline operations accounts are financially sustainable.  

San Leandro’s boat harbor presently faces a number of long-term challenges threatening its financial sustainability, including deteriorating infrastructure, high debt service costs, and ongoing siltation that necessitates approximately $15 million in dredging costs every decade.  The federal government historically provided funding to dredge recreational marinas; however, this funding source is no longer available.  The future of the boat harbor also was evaluated by the 35 member Citizens Advisory Committee, which was expressly created to provide input on the proposed shoreline development.  The Committee recommended, with concurrence by the City Council, that the City should maintain the boat harbor in its present form for as long as feasible, and then redevelop the site into an aquatic park should additional sources of revenue not be identified.  

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed development at the Shoreline is expected to be released later this Fall, at which time public meetings will be held to receive additional public feedback.  While the proposed development may be briefly touched upon at the July 28st work session, the focus of the meeting will be shoreline finances. 

Following the discussions surrounding the Shoreline Fund, the City Council will hear a staff presentation concerning capital program needs for the Police Department.  The current Police Department facility was constructed in the late 1960s, and was retrofitted for seismic safety in 1995.  In 2009, an extensive needs assessment was completed for the aging facility, which provided a number of recommendations for potential improvements designed to modernize the facility and address outstanding deficiencies.  Of particular note, the report recommended upgrades to the Police Department’s 9-1-1 Dispatch Center, Traffic Division, electrical systems, Records facilities, and physical training space.  As part of the work session presentation, staff will provide an assessment of several facility upgrade options for the Council to consider, the costs of which would range between $3.5 million to $6.5 million.   

For more information about the Shoreline Fund, please contact David Baum, Finance Director, at (510) 577-3376 or dbaum@sanleandro.org.   For questions about the Police facilities space planning, please contact Uche Udemezue, Director of Engineering & Transportation, at (510) 577-3428 or uudemezue@sanleandro.org.

About San Leandro

One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 87,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.  The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro's industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.  In 2014, the City is welcoming new businesses by providing free business licenses for their first year of operation.  

Visit www.sanleandro.org to learn more about San Leandro.  To receive City press releases, meeting agendas or other notifications by email, sign up at www.sanleandro.org/portal.  

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