The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014
835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 7 p.m.
>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARD
WISHLIST FOR FEDERAL PROJECTS (Item 10D) Proposals include seeking a COPS grant for up to five additional officers in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget; grants for funding the East Bay Greenway, a proposed bike route running along the elevated portion of the BART tracks and the San Leandro Creek Walk; another $5 million in funding for Lit San Leandro;  restoration of federal affordable housing funding to Fiscal Year 2010 levels and leveraging funding to bolster advanced manufacturing in San Leandro.
WHAT IT MEANS San Leandro is looking for a new congressional consultant, however, Rep. Barbara Lee now represents San Leandro in Washington and, you know, “Barbara Lee speaks for me.” San Leandro’s wish list appears bent on continuing a makeover of its traditional factory roots into a much cooler haven for tech manufacturing. These aren’t the Twitter and Facebook wunderkinds of the tech world, but the tinkerers remaking manufacturing in the U.S., so they will need some affordable to live until they make it big and also need somewhere to blow off steam. Hence, a desire for housing, park and recreation grants.
>>> OTHER AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
BE AWARE An amendment to a local hire ordinance contains a “change [that] would expand preferences given to local businesses in City purchasing and contracts,” according to the agenda (Item 10B). Also, a presentation on social services for the homeless in San Leandro will be given by the Davis Street Family Resource Center (Item 3B).
>>> POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
Gary Valenziano and Gregg Valenziano will be presented the 2013 City Council District 4 Leadership Award.
>>> LAST TIMES OUT 
POLICE REVIEW Dec. 9, the council was presented with an update regarding the San Leandro Police Department’s annual review. During the work session, the department urged for greater funding, along with additional police officers. Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli also said the department would begin using shoulder-mounted video cameras to document arrests and other police activity.
POT CLUB IS OFFICIAL The San Leandro City Council ended 2013 by enacting an amendment to the municipal code allowing one medical cannabis dispensary in San Leandro. Councilmembers Diana Souza and Benny Lee voted no. The council also unanimously approved a settlement for $80,000 resulting from an October 2011 incident with two San Leandro police officers. >>>READ THE MINUTESSEE IT FOR YOURSELF.
NOW YOU CAN’T SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW
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