|City Council Sets Goals for 2013||| Print ||
|Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:15|
By Amy Sylvestri
San Leandro Times
The City Council recently held an all-day Saturday workshop in order to go over their accomplishments of 2012 and set up goals for 2013 and beyond and at last week’s City Council meeting, they finalized them.
Mayor Stephen Cassidy said that hiring City Manager Chris Zapata and new Chief Innovation Officer Deborah Acosta have been the biggest changes for the city and they will both be important in attracting new business to San Leandro.
“I want to see new businesses set up operations here, create quality jobs, and help make San Leandro a center of innovation in the Bay Area,” Cassidy said.
Councilman Jim Prola agreed that business is also the key, and the Lit San Leandro fiber optic broadband loop is the most important thing to hit the city.
“The biggest thing this past year has been Lit SL and it’s wonderful,” said Prola. “It’s a great opportunity for tech jobs in San Leandro.”
Prola also said the 2014 opening of the new Kaiser Medical Center will be good for the city’s economy.
“This is going to put San Leandro on the move,” said Prola. “We are poised to really bust out next year.”
The City Council listed San Leandro’s strengths as a good staff at City Hall and the police department that has the trust of the public, a small town feel, diversity, and access to the water, the airport and freeways.
Challenges that the city will face include pension costs, developing the marina, bringing new business to Bayfair, and getting people to spend their money in San Leandro.
The city’s priorities include fixing streets, adding police officers, providing better customer service, getting recreational opportunities for teens, and reinstating some community events such as the Cherry Festival.
The City Council also put out a list of goals for the future:
• Place the City on a firm foundation for long-term fiscal sustainability.
• Undertake programs and advance projects promoting sustainable economic development, including transforming San Leandro into a center for innovation.
• Provide quality public safety services and work in partnership with the community to keep San Leandro safe.
• Maintain and enhance the City’s infrastructure.
• Support and implement programs, activities and strengthen communication that enhance the quality of life, including wellness in San Leandro and promotes a sense of community and civic pride.
• Maintain and support a strong positive relationship between the city and schools.