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New San Lorenzo Library Opens this Saturday
The library renovation is the first of many improvements that will greatly enhance San Lorenzo over the coming years. Additional funds from the $90 million in redevelopment money that I saved are helping to finance the construction of senior apartments adjacent to the library, the Hesperian Boulevard streetscape project, and a civic plaza.
San Lorenzo: Expanded library reopens with latest in tech
Chan was able to keep the long-planned library project going after redevelopment agencies were dissolved. In 2012, she proposed that the county set aside $90 million over five years to fund redevelopment projects that were in the works at the time, such as the library expansion.
Her fellow supervisors agreed to use county money for the projects, which also include renovation of major thoroughfare Hesperian Boulevard and low-income senior apartments next to the library. In two to three years, a plaza will connect the library to Hesperian.
Next to the library, workers are building low-income senior apartments.
"The library expansion project is the cornerstone of a larger effort to revitalize San Lorenzo," Chan said.
Supervisor Chan Gathers Community to Celebrate Completion of San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project (Press Release)(453KB)
The $10.3 million project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years and doubled the size of library to nearly 20,000 square feet.
Human Impact Budget Toolkit Available(937KB)
The Human Impact Budget (HIB) illuminates how budget and policy decisions impact individuals and families. HIB has been successful in raising awareness about poverty and income inequality in California and Alameda County, humanizing people who have been demonized for being poor, and greatly increasing awareness about the county budget process and the role of counties as the safety net for the State.
The attached toolkit provides a template for other counties to start a conversation about how they can help lift people out of poverty in their own communities. The toolkit includes an outline of components for a Human Impact Budget Project; best practices for gathering Human Impact stories; communications tools and more.
The HIB project is funded with a two-year, $300,000 grant from The California Endowment, and with in-kind support from Alameda County. For more about the HIB click here: www.acgov.org/hib.
Alameda County accepting applications for annual Citizens Academy
Alameda County is accepting applications for its 15th annual Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is a free, six-session, interactive forum for people who live, work, or own a business in Alameda County. Up to 45 applicants are accepted for each Academy. Through presentations from top county leaders, small group and mock public policy exercises, the Leadership Academy provides an excellent opportunity for the community to increase their knowledge of local government.
Applications will be accepted from August 5 - September 3, 2015. For more information about the Leadership Academy, visit www.acgov.org/adultleadership or call (510) 272-6510.