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Friday, April 3, 2015

ON THE AGENDA: San Leandro eyes conservation, Davis Street Dumps

SLPD could be getting 15 new police cruisers
costing over $739,000 over three years.
PHOTO/SLPD
San Leandro City Council Preview
835 East 14th Street
Monday, Apr. 6, 2015, 7 p.m.
[FULL AGENDA HERE]
Twitter hashtag: #slmtg

SAVING MONEY AND RESOURCES Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown called on California residents to significantly limit their consumption of water amid a worsening drought. The San Leandro City Council Monday night will begin to look at ways its city government can become more efficient with energy and water consumption and also save money. A Request For Proposal was issued in January for an audit of its energy and water resources. The push to conserve resources is included in its Climate Action Plan, approved by the City Council in 2009. The initiative takes into account emissions from city-owned buildings and transportation, along with street lights, along with water and waste facilities.

REMEMBER THE OUTRAGE? When San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee advocated for a competing Oakland garbage franchise, he was inadvertently recommending a contract against San Leandro's interests. The Davis Street Transfer Station (aka the dumps) was slated to expand its infrastructure. If Waste Management's bid for the Oakland garbage contract was not renewed, the dumps' expansion would have been canceled, thereby, costing the San Leandro millions in construction permit fees. In the end, Waste Management retained and split the bid. On Monday, they will brief the council on the planned improvements to the transfer station.

CLOSED SESSION The council will discuss negotiations with its city employee unions, all of which have contracts expiring this year. They include the San Leandro City Employees' Association/International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21 (SLCEA/IFPTE); San Leandro Management Organization (SLMO); Confidential Employee Group; San Leandro Police Officers' Organization (SLPOA); and San Leandro Police Management Association, 

THIS & THAT San Leandro Police Department may receive 15 new police cars under a proposed three-year lease totaling $739,500. A standard police car costs around $54,000, including computer system, according to the staff report....The city will discuss appropriating $485,000 in Measure B transportation tax money for a street sealing contract...Another $180,000 in Measure B funding will be awarded to a contractor for the creation of green-striped bike lanes and bike routes in San Leandro. 

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
The council proclaims the week of April 12 as "National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week," whatever that means. Michael Santos, the son of former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, is appointed to the Board of Zoning Adjustments by District 5 Councilmember Corina Lopez.

LAST TIME OUT
Mar. 23, the San Leandro City Council began its budget talks with presentations on the general fund and Capital Improvement Projects. The good news is San Leandro has some money to play with--about $6 million. >>>WATCH IT HERE Last Mar. 30, Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter delivered her first State of the City address.>>>Next council meeting: Monday, Apr. 20, 7 p.m.; Arts Commission, Apr. 8, 7 p.m.; Senior Commission, Apr. 16, 10 a.m.; Personnel Relations Board, Apr. 16, 5:30 p.m.

ALMANAC
Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter (first term, ends 2018); Councilmember Deborah Cox (first term, ends 2018); Councilmember Ursula Reed (second term, ends 2016); Councilmember Lee Thomas (first term, ends 2018); Councilmember Benny Lee, first term, ends 2016); Councilmember Corina Lopez (first term, ends 2018); Vice Mayor/Councilmember Jim Prola, (second term, ends 2016). 

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