May 3, 2021
San Leandro City Council, Residents, and City Employees

Greetings on the first Monday of May! I hope you have enjoyed San Leandro's springtime.

In early April, Governor Newsom outlined the plan to fully reopen California if two criteria are met: sufficient vaccine supply and hospitalizations rates are stable and low. Please continue to adhere to the public health orders as we head into the summer months and to a fully reopened economy.

The City of San Leandro is embarking on the recruitment of a new Police Chief. As part of the preparation efforts, the City is seeking feedback the recruiters can use to help create the candidate profile, identify community members’ perspectives on priorities, and gain additional information that may be of interest to potential candidates. The City has published a brief survey that will take five minutes to complete. I welcome your feedback.

On the afternoon of April 21st, San Leandro Police received reports of planned looting that night at the Bayfair Center. The intelligence-gathering demonstrated these reports as credible threats since the statements made were by known actors associated with other recent acts of looting and vandalism. Therefore, SLPD Command did not take this matter lightly and subsequently implemented an operations plan. In conjunction with the City Manager's Office, the SLPD communications team published community advisory messages on the City's homepage, social media, e-mail, and Nixle. Community Development Department also sent messages to the businesses in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. Television channels KRON4 and KPIX 5 published the announcement. The City's communications efforts prepared our community for the potential criminal activity. 

The San Leandro Public Library is excited to announce the limited reopening of the Main Library starting Wednesday, May 19th. Library staff is working hard to get the Main Library ready to welcome you back for in-person services, including computer use, printing, and collection browsing. For updates, please check the Library's social media pages and website,

The San Leandro Arts Commission will once again offer grants for arts programs and activities benefitting the San Leandro community. Guidelines will be released in early June 2021, with an application deadline in July. Arts organizations, other nonprofits providing arts programming to the public, and individual artists are eligible for grants up to $4000 (organizations) and $2000 (individuals). Applicants must be based in San Leandro. More information is forthcoming. These grants are separate from the existing COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund. This fund continues to accept applicants.

Additionally, the eastside City Council Town Hall meeting (District 1, 2, and 5) is scheduled for Monday, May 10th at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda for the evening will consist of brief updates from Mayor Cutter and the three Council members. The updates will include the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts to the City budget stemming from the pandemic, and updates on various projects in districts 1, 2, and 5. The event format will also include ample time for residents to ask questions or share feedback and concerns. The westside City Council Town Hall meeting (Districts 3,4, and 6) is scheduled for Monday, July 12th.

Finally, the City Council voted during their April 16th Closed Session meeting to appoint me as the City's next permanent City Manager. The City Council will vote on the employment contract at their May 3rd meeting. I'm thankful to be entrusted with this leadership role so that I can continue to support the City Council in the various projects and challenges they will address in 2021 and into the future.
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300 Estudillo Ave.
San Leandro, CA 94577 | (510) 577-3970
Date: April 14, 2021

To: Frances Robustelli, Interim City Manager

From: Nick Thom, City Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Department

By: Kyle K. Lei, Associate Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Department




This memo is regarding substantial completion of the tenant improvements at the Helen Lawrence Building (South Offices) that were done with the subject project. This is for information only and no action is required.


Construction at the H. Lawrence Building began in early 2019 and is near completion as of this writing. Work included the construction of new office space for San Leandro Police staff, a physical training room and showers for use by all City staff, and a new community meeting room dedicated to former councilmember Surlene G. Grant.

The San Leandro Police Department (SLPD) have moved into the H. Lawrence Building during the weekend of April 17 & 18, and construction of tenant improvements at the first floor of the Police Building have commenced. The SLPD public lobby is currently in the Police Building; however, they will utilize the new lobby at the H. Lawrence Building 24/7 after they move-in. 
San Leandro Public Meetings

Note: San Leandro public meetings are being conducted remotely to comply with the COVID-19 pandemic public health orders. Log-in details for any given meeting session will typically be posted on the City’s Agenda page 72 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. The City uses the Zoom Video Conferencing software to facilitate the remote meetings.