One More Run for ‘Iron Man’ Nelson PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:46



San Leandro High students Alice Chin and Ashanti Hughey and 50 other runners will be in the fundraiser run with teacher Jack Nelson (at left) next Thursday.

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Jack Nelson is going for it one more time.

San Leandro High teacher and coach Jack “Iron Man” Nelson will run his final fundraising marathon on Thursday, Oct. 23. Nelson has been doing the runs to raise money for school sports, scholarships and other programs for 24 years.

Nelson and some of his students will start the 8.8-mile run at noon and return at 3 p.m. to San Leandro High. Along the way the runners stop at all the schools where Nelson has taught over his career – Roosevelt and Garfield elementary schools and John Muir Middle School.

This year’s run has so far raised $14,000 and Nelson thanks the San Leandro businesses and others for their donations.

“I’m lucky for that (the donations),” Nelson said. “Otherwise I would just be an old guy running.”

Nelson came up with the idea for the fundraising run in 1990 when he taught at Roosevelt to raise money for sports. He kept the annual run going through the years as he worked at Muir and now at San Leandro High.

Nelson welcomes any of his former students who ran in past years to join him for the final run. Next year will be Nelson’s final year teaching and he plans on doing another type of fundraising event.

This year’s run won’t be as tough as a few of Nelson’s marathons. One year he ran from Sacramento back to San Leandro, and another year he ran from Monterey. In 2010, he ran from AT&T Park in San Francisco to the Oakland Coliseum where he and the student runners attended an A’s game that night.

On both the Monterey runs and the run from the Giants ballpark to the A’s ballpark, Nelson was stopped by the Highway Patrol.

“They told me you can’t run along 101,” Nelson said.

Students in the high school’s Jefferson Service Club are getting the word out on campus. Alice Chin and Ashanti Hughey posted fliers, and messages on Facebook and Instagram, and hit the quad at lunch time – just talking to students the old-fashioned way.

“You have to go out and talk to people and just say, ‘Look...’” Hughey said.

So the students are learning something about organizing, too.

Over 50 people have signed up so far for next Thursday’s run. Donations for the run can be dropped off at the San Leandro High school bank in the office at 2200 Bancroft Ave.

Former Fire Chief McCammon Dies PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:44

101614n1By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

Former Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 61.

McCammon became a firefighter in 1978 and was fire chief for 13 years before retiring from the department in 2006.

McCammon was the fire chief in San Leandro and helped merge the city’s fire department into the county fire department in 1995. He then became the chief of the Alameda County Fire Department.

McCammon also implemented a hazardous materials response team and a water rescue program during his time as chief. During his career, McCammon served as president of the California Fire Chief’s Association and was named fire chief of the year by the California Fire Chiefs Association.

In 2006, McCammon ran for state Assembly, but lost by just 2 percent of the vote to Mary Hayashi.

McCammon helped create the East Bay Regional Communication System Authority to ensure better communication between 43 law enforcement and fire departments in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and was working for the authority at the time of his death.

Current Alameda County Fire Chief David Rocha said that McCammon would be greatly missed.

“The Alameda County Fire Department has lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor in Bill McCammon,” Rocha said in a written statement. “No words can adequately express our sadness at Bill’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

McCammon was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from UC Davis with a degree in agricultural science before joining the fire department.

McCammon lived in Pleasanton with his wife, Rose Padilla Johnson, the executive director of the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro, and is survived by his three children.


Discuss the Future of the City PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:42

Two public meetings will be held on San Leandro’s future growth and development.

• Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 East 14th St.

• Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Boulevard.

The meetings are part of the City of San Leandro’s General Plan Update, a 2-year effort designed to guide long-range growth and development in San Leandro over the next 20 years.

Both meetings will follow the same agenda and include the same materials. The meetings will include a short presentation, followed by audience comments on a variety of topics, from the “look and feel” of San Leandro, to issues such as climate change, traffic congestion, density and building heights, shopping choices, and the quality of parks and city services.

City staff will be on hand to answer questions. Light snacks will be served.

San Leandro is expected to add more than 7,000 new homes and 13,000 new jobs by 2040, and the General Plan document will guide where and how that growth will take place. At the meetings, residents can share ideas about how the city can adapt to these trends and influence what the city will look like in 20 years.

Over the past six months, the City of San Leandro has focused on updating the “Housing Element” portion of the General Plan, which by law must be submitted to the state by January 31, 2015. The entire General Plan updated is expected to be completed in early 2016.

For more information, visit the General Plan Update website at, or contact , Deputy Community Development Director Tom Liao at 577-6003.  If translation services or reasonable accommodations for physically disabled persons should be needed at the October community meetings, please contact Liao at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.




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