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Renewed call for mandatory vaccination by City of San Leandro

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Dr. Tom Frieden, an infectious disease expert and former head of the CDC, stated today , "The latest Covid wave is receding in the US, but no one really knows what will happen next in the pandemic. Unless we get the nearly 70 million unvaccinated Americans vaccinated, we're at risk for future deadly waves." This is why I do not understand why the City of San Leandro has not yet established a vaccine mandate for all public employees. Government needs to lead by example. The only way to bring the pandemic under control - and ultimately make Covid-19 no more dangerous than the seasonal flu - is through mandatory vaccination. The virus comes in waves. Right now transmission of the virus is low in Alameda County and the Bay Area. That won't necessarily be the case in three months if we stall out on getting people vaccinated. If you want to hold a job at taxpayer expense, expect to be required to have your vaccines, including for Covid. It should be that simple. Please sh

In Support of New Housing In Downtown San Leandro: The Centro Callan Project

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For nearly a decade, a key section of downtown San Leandro has sat vacant and become an eyesore. I am speaking of the northeast property at the intersection of East 14th Street and Davis/Callan Streets that used to have a CVS drugstore.   Now an exciting new development, called Centro Callan, has been proposed for the site, which is in the heart of the city’s Transit Oriented Development Plan. Centro Callan will bring needed new housing to San Leandro, nearly 200 units, plus a specialty grocer (likely Sprouts) and two other retail establishments.  Centro Callan will be an environmentally sustainable project with an all-electric HVAC system and rooftop solar. The project will also generate $26 million in taxes and fees, including $3.4 million in funds for San Leandro parks.    The San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments approved the project. No further hurdles would have to be overcome for Centro Callan but for a group of construction unions that has appealed the project to the San Lean

How to Get the Covid-19 Vaccines in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties & San Francisco

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•  Alameda County is currently vaccinating health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, and will move on to individuals 65 and older and frontline essential workers soon. People can fill out  this form  to be notified when it’s their turn. The county’s latest update on vaccine eligibility says: “For those who are age 65 and older and are interested in getting vaccinated, we encourage you to please reach out to your health care provider to see if they have vaccine available at this time. Otherwise, we anticipate being able to start vaccinating this group in the coming weeks.” •  Contra Costa County : This  online form  currently allows health care workers and individuals 65 and older to request vaccination appointments. •  San Francisco : The public health department and private providers — including UCSF, Kaiser and Sutter — will help open the city’s first  mass vaccination site  at City College on Ocean Avenue near Interstate 280 today. Those eligible for a vaccine

In Support of Measure V V for San Leandro

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  I know many in San Leandro have mixed feelings about Measure V V , but I hope you'll join me in supporting it. Here is a letter I sent to the San Leandro Times in favor of V V. Dear Editor - These are truly challenging times. Many of us have lost our jobs or had to take pay cuts, businesses have permanently closed, students, parents and teachers are adjusting to distant learning, more San Leandrans than ever are relying on local food pantries to feed their families, and many in the community want to see significant reforms undertaken in our police department. In that sense, it's a terrible time to ask voters to approve a tax measure. But it’s also a terrible time for San Leandro to go into a downward spiral. This is a real risk. Covid-19 has dealt a sudden, direct hit on city finances. It is critical that we maintain City services and programs that are helping San Leandrans stay safe and survive the pandemic. This is why I am supporting Measure V V. Measure V V is not an ongo

Be on the Alert for COVID-19 Related Scams and Frauds

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I wrote the text below for today's Eden Health District COVID-19 Bulletin . I don't want anyone to be a victim of a financial fraud while we are all trying out best to stay home as much as possible.  Please share it with family and friends, particularly seniors. All the best, Stephen Cassidy ----- Scammers are using the pandemic as a means to obtain confidential and personal information from California seniors. Any unsolicited phone call or visit from someone claiming to work for or with Medicare and seeking your Medicare or social security number is a red alert that the person is engaged in a fraud. In one widespread scheme, the  Los Angeles Times reports , fraudsters call Medicare beneficiaries at home, knock on their doors or approach them in the parking lots of grocery stores and pharmacies, then offer them home-test kits for COVID-19 or packages of hand sanitizer, masks and other protective equipment. What they’re after, explains Timothy DeFrancesca, a spe

San Leandro Schools Measure N Update

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I was proud to serve as chairperson of the Yes on Measure N campaign. Here is an update on the election results: On Saturday, March 7th, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters released a large amount of additional votes yesterday. The YES vote for Measure N now stands at 61% (55% is required for passage). At the end of election night the support for Measure N was at 59%. The additional votes were most likely mail ballots dropped off at the polling locations on election day and/or mail ballots received by the Registrar's office right before and after election day. Late mail ballot voters are supporting Measure N at level above 60%. How many more ballots remain to be counted? I don't know as the Secretary of State has not updated its document showing the number of unprocessed ballots statewide by county. Based upon what Alameda County reported on Friday (250,000 unprocessed ballots) and new ballots released yesterday (96,000 ballots), there may be 154,000 ballo

Misleading Statistic Used In Editorial Against San Leandro Measure N

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In an editorial in opposition to Measure N, a school bond for the San Leandro Unified School District, the editor recognized that the school district had significant facility needs. The editor, however, opposed Measure N asserting that the size of the bond measure, $198 million, was too large. Combined with earlier debt approved by San Leandro voters, the total debt if Measure were adopted would equivalent to $58,000 per student. The $58,000 per student statistic is meaningless as school districts are limited by law as to how much bond debt they can issue based on the assessed value of all property in the district. The San Leandro Unified School District will be under the limit and in compliance with state law even with the passage of Measure N. The statistic is also highly misleading. It is based on the false assumption all bonds, past and present, adopted in San Leandro schools are just for the 9,000 students in the school district today. The classrooms and facilities tha