April 5th, 2022
Greetings in April,

The City of San Leandro celebrated its 150 year birthday on March 21st! See Governor Gavin Newsome's commemorative message for the event here.

As part of the public events to honor this 150-year milestone, The City of San Leandro will kick off this year's Farmers Market season with a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Cutter at 5:30 PM on April 6th. Come before 5:30 to get your raffle ticket for a chance to win a Keeping it Local San Leandro virtual gift card. Live music will return on a weekly basis, coordinated by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association in collaboration with the San Leandro Library. This year the market is moving to a new home at the Main Library parking lot at 300 Estudillo Avenue. The 2022 market will run from April 6 through October 5. We hope to see you there!
Legal Updates

Below is a summary of the cases that were discussed at the 3/14/2022 City Council meeting:

Nathaly Frias v. City of San Leandro, et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. 21CV003227
Plaintiff Frias and her two minor children sue the City contending they were walking in the Downtown parking garage when she felt some liquid dripping on her. She alleges that when she looked up, a chemical cleaning substance dripped into her eyes. Ms. Frias claims the liquid substance caused injuries to her eyes and injuries to her minor children. She alleges that a City maintenance worker used bleach to clean the third floor of the parking garage and the bleach leaked out of a small crack on the wall down to the first floor where Ms. Frias was walking. Unspecified damages are alleged, and this litigation is in the early stages. Since the initial claim was filed, and before the lawsuit was served, City Public Works have changed their cleaning agents to be non-caustic, and Downtown parking garage seams and cracks have been filled or repaired to prevent runoff from the upper floors.   
Jonathan Guidel v. City of San Leandro, et al., US District Court, Northern District Case No. 4:21-cv-01379-KAW
Plaintiff Guidel sues contending a SLPD officer used excessive force when he was chased by the officer and fell to the ground sustaining injuries to his right knee. The officer was dispatched to the Bayfair Mall haunted house event after mall security employees called 911 reporting Mr. Guidel had assaulted and battered staff inside the haunted house. When the officer arrived and attempted to speak with Mr. Guidel, Mr. Guidel was intoxicated, belligerent, uncooperative and fled from the officer. The officer chased Mr. Guidel on foot for approximately three seconds before making contact with Mr. Guidel’s shoulders around the same time Mr. Guidel apparently tripped over a parking lot curb and fell to the ground. Mr. Guidel was transported by county fire personnel to the hospital where he was medically cleared for incarceration. He was later diagnosed with a right knee injury. The parties are in discovery. 
Jully Laxamana v. City of San LeandroAlameda County Superior Court, Case No. RG20061079 
Plaintiff Laxamana brings suit contending she was attending a walk-a-thon in the Marina Park when a tree fell over and struck her causing injuries. A survey was conducted post-accident and some trees were removed. Ms. Laxamana alleges she suffered a concussion, suffers from traumatic brain injury, and soft tissue damage to her wrist. The parties are still in discovery. A mediation is scheduled for July 19, 2022.
X.T v. City of San Leandro, et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG21096079
Plaintiff X.T., a minor, brings suit against driver Ms. Pimentel, adjacent property owner Peterson Tractor Co. and the City of San Leandro for an automobile accident. Plaintiff alleges he was riding his skateboard on the sidewalk and tripped on a crack in the sidewalk which caused him to fall off the skateboard and onto the roadway. He was then struck by a vehicle driven by Ms. Pimentel. His claim is for unspecified damages. The parties are currently in discovery. 
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Green Home Features Showcase 
The Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Green Home Features Showcase will take place over the course of four days this spring: 
Online tour - featuring native plant gardens and homes that also have green home features (Alameda and Contra Costa counties) 
Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 
In-person tour of 50 Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens; 10 or more stops have green home features 
Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 
The Tour has an e-mail list of 17,000 people 
Last year nearly 900 people watched the virtual tour 
The Tour’s Youtube channel (where the online tour videos will be posted) has nearly 1,500 subscribers 
At least 2,000 people are expected to register for the in-person tour 

For questions, contact Kathy Kramer 
Family Cycling Workshop on April 16, 10 am-12:30 pm
Join Bike East Bay for a Family Cycling Workshop on Saturday, April 16, 10 am-12:30 pm, at Mulford Point, San Leandro Marina.
This workshop is for kids who are able to ride a bike and ready to take to the paths and roadways with their parents (suggested grade range 2nd-6th). The event includes instructions on:
  • fitting a helmet
  • performing a bike safety check
  • communicating with other road users
  • riding in a straight line and avoiding obstacles
  • as well as navigating safely through intersections, all while playing fun games!

All minors must be accompanied by an adult to participate, both with their own working bikes and helmets. Each child will receive free reflective gear or a blinky light!

Work with City of San Leandro Sustainability Office as a CivicSpark Fellow! 
CivicSpark is currently recruiting Fellows interested in serving with local organizations in California, including City of San Leandro, to address a broad range of resiliency issues. Fellows implement local projects on topics including sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, climate action planning, water conservation, drought response, affordable housing, rural-broadband, equity and environmental justice. Fellows gain exceptional career experience, training to become future leaders in response to emerging environmental and social equity challenges. Learn more about CivicSpark by visiting civicspark.civicwell.org. Applications are due April 30. 
Library of Things Spring Reveal on April 20, 3-7pm 
Join us at the San Leandro Library for the spring reveal of new items at the Library of Things during the farmers market. We’ll be showcasing all of the cool new things, like a sewing machine and stand mixer, that you can start checking out with your library card.  
EBCE and PG&E issue credits to customers with past-due energy utility bills  
Good news - relief is on the way for San Leandro residents that accrued utility bill debt during the covid pandemic. Through the new California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP), utilities including PG&E and East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) received state funds to pay down utility bill debt for customers who incurred and still have a past due balance during the pandemic. If you are eligible for the funds, the credit will be automatically applied to your account and you do not need to take any action. Funds are being applied to customer bills this month (March 2022). EBCE has also sent written notices by mail and email to customers in San Leandro receiving the credit. Residents in San Leandro have already received $357,122.75 in CAPP credits from EBCE, of a total of $8 million that EBCE is issuing in their service area.  

If you have questions about your energy bill, you can contact EBCE’s call center at 1-833-699-EBCE (3223) on weekdays between 9am - 5pm. For information on other bill paying assistance programs, please visit ebce.org/customer-assistance.  

For more information about the California Arrearage Payment Program, visit https://www.csd.ca.gov/CAPP or ebce.org/capp
15th Downtown San Leandro Farmers’ Market to Open in New Location
The popular Downtown San Leandro Farmers' Market returns for its 15th season on Wednesday, April 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The City of San Leandro is excited to announce that this year the market is moving to a new home at the Main Library parking lot at 300 Estudillo Avenue.

The Downtown San Leandro Farmers’ Market hosts an average of 2,500 patrons weekly. Community members have found the market to be a great place to meet family and friends, and enjoy live music, fantastic food and family-friendly entertainment. The seasonal market will occur weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October 5, 2022.

This year, to celebrate the 15th year of the Downtown San Leandro Farmers’ Market, as well as the City of San Leandro’s sesquicentennial (150th year) milestone, the opening market will feature live music by Hella Fitzgerald and a raffle for chances to win one of three Keeping It Local San Leandro virtual gift cards.. The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at 5:30PM on April 6, featuring remarks from Mayor Pauline Cutter and City Manager Frances Robustelli.
There will be up to 30 vendors at the 2022 Farmers’ Market, including San Leandro’s Hummus Heaven. Popular vendors Jaden’s Kettle Corn, Double R Honey Farms, Stueve Organic Family Farms, Lemus Farms, Bunbao, Roli Roti, Sunrise Nursery, J&M Farms, and the Fruit Tree will be returning to the market, among several others. Live music will return on a weekly basis, this year coordinated by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association in collaboration with the San Leandro Library.

Free parking for the new location will be available on the first and fourth floors of the Downtown Parking Garage starting at 3PM on Wednesdays during the market season. The garage is located at 122 Estudillo Avenue and may be accessed from either Callan or Estudillo Avenues. (Visit www.parksl.com for more information). There is also ample street parking on both Callan Street and Estudillo Avenue, adjacent to the Library parking lot. Entry to the Library parking lot will be closed on Callan Street, and partially closed on Santa Rosa Street. The entry on Estudillo Avenue will remain open.

The Farmers’ Market is made possible by partnership between the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association and the City of San Leandro. For more information, contact Economic Development at (510) 577-3311.
Summer 2022 Activities Guide

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn something new, meet new and old friends, get in shape, or get involved in our community. The Summer 2022 Activities Guide will feature Summer Camps, Special Events, Classes, and Community Resources. There is something in the guide for everybody, from tots to seniors and individuals to families.  
San Leandro Resident registration will be available online at www.sanleandrorec.org, in-person, or by mail, starting on Thursday, April 14 at 8:30 A.M. Non-resident registration will be on Thursday, April 21, beginning at 8:30 A.M.  
For more information or general inquiries, contact us by email at [email protected] or phone at 510-577-3462. 
The City of San Leandro’s Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) announced the release of the Youth Mini Grant for the 2021-2022 term.

This innovative annual program provides grant funding to support organizations or programs that are youth-driven and have a positive impact on San Leandro youth.

The YAC raised the grant money by volunteering and implementing special fundraising events. Additional funds to support this program were generously donated by the San Leandro Optimist Club.

The total funding available for this year’s Youth Mini-Grant is $1,000; the amount per award will be dependent on the number of awards granted and their corresponding funding level.

Apply online at www.SanLeandro.org/YAC or scan the QR code to access the application.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 2, 2022, at 12pm. Early applications are encouraged. 

California Assembly Bill 481 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of the applicable governing body (Mayor and City Council), by adoption of a military equipment use policy prior to taking certain actions relating to the funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment as defined by the legislature.

To help guide this process, and create transparency for our community, the San Leandro Police Department has established a link to all of the required materials including draft policy, current applicable equipment and full text of the bill.

At the May 2, 2022 City Council meeting, the San Leandro Police Department will present this military use policy to the City Council and discuss AB 481. 

AB 481 Comments and Complaints Form (Coming Soon)
Cuentacuentos on Zoom

Storytime in Spanish! Native speakers, bilingual families, and those interested in learning Spanish are all welcome. Great for ages 1 through 5. Please register online at bit.ly/SLPLstorytime to receive the Zoom meeting information. You only have to register once to receive a storytime invitation, which we'll send out the evening before each storytime.

Date: April 19, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: 510-577-3960
Eco Poetry Workshop @ Project Teen Lounge
Drop-in eco-poetry workshop for teens in grades 6-12 -- stop by and try some of our eco-poetry prompts, talk about poetry with Portia, and get your eco-poetry contest submission ready! No registration necessary

Date: April 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Estudillo Room @ the Main Library
Address: 300 Estudillo Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
Contact: 5105773955
Please use the buttons below to access upcoming Library programming.
To register for a program, please visit www.sanleandro.org/library.

San Leandro Public Library
300 Estudillo Ave.
San Leandro, CA 94577 | (510) 577-3970
Date: March 23, 2022

From: Sheila Marquises, P.E., Acting Director Engineering and Transportation Department

By: Nicole Noronha Castelino, Associate Engineer Engineering and Transportation Department

Subject: Annual Street Overlay / Rehabilitation 2019-21, Project No. 2021.0050 Disconnected Private Sewer Lateral

This report provides information regarding letters which will be sent to certain residents on Pleasant Way, which is a street receiving repairs as part of the Annual Street Overlay / Rehabilitation 2019-21 project. This notice is for information only and no action is required.


Construction will begin this fall on Phase 1 of the $10 million Annual Street Overlay/Rehabilitation 2019-21 project. A number of private sewer laterals along Pleasant Way are disconnected from the City’s sewer main. Per the Per the City of San Leandro Municipal Code section 3-14-640 relating to Private Sewer Laterals and Sewer Overflows, the operation, maintenance, and repair of private sewer laterals are the responsibility of the property owner or user. Any person responsible for a sewer overflow shall take immediate action to contain, control, and cease the unauthorized discharge and institute and complete all actions necessary to remedy the effects of such unauthorized discharge, whether sudden or gradual, with the cost borne by the discharger. Disconnected laterals can lead to backup of sewage into your home, erosion of the soil around the pipes and even sinkholes. Any properties who fail to make the fix prior to the City’s paving project will have the work completed by the City’s contractor and will be billed for the work. The attached letter will be sent to 8 property owners on Pleasant Way between Belleview Drive to Stoakes Avenue.
Alameda County Fire Department Stays Prepared
ACFD’s Hazardous Materials Team participated in a joint exercise with the 95th Civil Support Team (CST), the 92nd CST, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and multiple Bay Area Fire and Law Enforcement agencies. The exercise simulated weapons of mass destruction released at multiple public venues. These trainings are critical to ensure a coordinated regional response among partner agencies.
Sara Behimehr – Sr. Library Assistant
Lourdes Mora -Public Safety Dispatcher
Natalie Villasenor – Police Business Manager
Nzugu Kitenge – Library Clerk
Sarah Gustafson – Accountant II
Desiree Hoo – Senior Engineering Aide
Scott Koll – Deputy City Manager
Luis Torres – Assistant Police Chief
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.