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

9/12/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE CM2014-09-12
Subject :

San Leandro to Host Town Hall Meeting on Transportation & Housing
San Leandro to Host Town Hall Meeting on Transportation & Housing
Contact : Keith R. Cooke    (510) 577-3428
    kcooke@sanleandro.org
San Leandro, CA:  Mayor Stephen Cassidy and the San Leandro City Council announced that the City of San Leandro will be hosting a Town Hall and Open House meeting on Transportation & Housing on Monday, September 22nd.  The event will take place in the Karp and Estudillo rooms of the Main Library, located at 300 Estudillo Avenue in downtown San Leandro.  Representatives from the City's Community Development Department also will be on hand to provide information about the City’s efforts to update its Housing Element, which serves as a blueprint for meeting the City’s housing needs over the next eight years.  Formal presentations on the current state of transportation and housing in San Leandro as well as future funding opportunities will be provided beginning at 7:00 pm, with opportunities for the public to provide input throughout the evening.  The event is scheduled to conclude at 8:30 pm.

 "I encourage community residents to come out to our Town Hall meeting on September 22nd so that they may ask questions and hear feedback about numerous efforts to improve the state of transportation and housing in San Leandro" stated Mayor Cassidy.  "Having representatives from so many regional agencies like AC Transit and BART in attendance provides a tremendous opportunity for collaboration with the public on a range of topics that directly affect the quality of life in our community."

The primary focus of the Town Hall meeting will be the state of transportation in the city, its relation to housing, and future funding opportunities.  Information also will be provided on the two revenue measures that San Leandro voters will be considering on the upcoming November ballot.  Specifically, voters will be asked to weigh in on the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure BB, which would add an additional half-cent sales tax throughout Alameda County in order to fund various transportation projects, as well as Measure HH, which would extend San Leandro’s local general purpose revenue measure at the half-cent rate.  If both measures are approved by voters, San Leandro will be provided with substantial new financial resources to begin addressing its deteriorating street conditions.  As part of the program, the public will have an opportunity to provide input on these issues as well as receive updates on the Alameda County Transit District’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus station design, improvements to the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), as well as the East Bay Greenway, a planned 12-mile bicycle and pedestrian pathway that will extend through Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward and unincorporated Alameda County.  

During the Open House portion of the event from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, representatives from the following transportation agencies will be available on site for informal conversations with the public:

· City of San Leandro – Department of Engineering & Transportation;
· Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC);
·  AC Transit;
·  BART;
·  The California Department of Transportation (commonly known as CalTrans); and
·   The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area’s regional transportation coordination and planning agency

Also in attendance for the Open House will be Safe Moves, who serves as the City’s traffic safety education consultant, as well as Operation Lifesaver – California, a non-profit organization that promotes and educates on railroad safety.  As an added service for attendees, the Alameda County BikeMobile will be on site in order to offer free bike tune-ups throughout the duration of the event.  Due to limited availability, advanced appointments are recommended.  Please call (510) 577-3428 to sign up.  During the Town Hall meeting, there will be a raffle drawing for a new bike and helmet, along with other prizes for the first 150 attendees (winners must be present to receive prizes).  Free Musical Art activities for children of all ages also will be available throughout the duration of the entire event to make it easier for members of the public who have children to attend.

The Main Library is accessible to persons with disabilities. Upon request, documents may be made available in different languages or in a format that is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations or translation services are needed, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 510-577-3351, TDD 510-577-3343, at least five working days in advance of the event. 

Looking ahead, several other opportunities for public information and feedback on transportation and housing issues are scheduled.  On Monday, September 15th, the City Council will be previewing MTC’s I-880 Integrated Corridor Management Project, which is designed to improve traffic flow throughout the East Bay’s Interstate 880 corridor.  An in-depth update on the City’s Housing Element also will be provided at an upcoming City Council meeting, tentatively scheduled for October 6th.  Both updates will take place during regularly scheduled City Council meetings, which begin at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 835 E. 14th Street in San Leandro. 
 
For more information, please contact Keith Cooke, Principal Engineer at (510) 577-3428.

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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