1st Quarter 2022     
The Link Between San Leandro’s Housing Problem and Climate Change

Anybody looking to buy a house or rent in San Leandro knows there’s a lack of homes, and especially affordable ones, in our city. In fact, according to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, we are short 5,000 new units to accommodate current and future needs. This housing deficit is bad enough for people desperate to find a home, but it also makes climate change worse.  Why? When families are displaced from their community because housing costs are going up, those folks will be driving more–some moving out as far as Tracy or Stockton and commuting each day. As a result, they will contribute to the rising emissions of greenhouse gasses, so they can get to work in the Bay Area. On the other hand, being able to live near where you work, go to school or church means less driving. It also means staying close to family, friends and neighbors who can help us in emergencies and times of need and keep us connected.  Read More


Making San Leandro more beautiful, affordable, and livable -
what does it actually look like?

Making San Leandro climate-friendly and affordable for this and future generations means adding a lot more housing here in years to come–at all income levels. Few people disagree that we need to increase housing supply, in theory. However, there is concern among current residents that the only way to achieve higher density and new housing units is to turn San Leandro into a  densely built-up, ultra-urban place like San Francisco, Manhattan or Hong Kong, and losing the kind of suburban place we are all familiar with.  

Fortunately, the status-quo suburb and skyscraper-city are not our only two options. Suburbs have been around for a long time. They don't have to be the current, car-centric model that arose in the mid-20th century. A much better city model to look for San Leandro is the streetcar suburb from around the 1920s and 1930s, before cars took over. These built-up areas achieved density not by a lot of huge buildings, but by having a wide mix of single-family homes, fourplexes, townhouses, cottage courtyards, small apartment buildings, and so on. Streetcar suburbs are full of leafy, quiet streets and are family-friendly, while at the same time having a level of density that supports corner stores and other neighborhood businesses.  Read More

San Leandro 2050 Wins Two New Grants

We are excited to announce that SAN LEANDRO 2050 just received two grants -one from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in the amount of $99,000 and the other from the California Air Resources Board for $294,800.  These funds will enable us to expand on the community engagement we have done in our most polluted and under resourced neighborhoods,  further build community through the development of a community garden, begin to build baseline air quality measurements through a partnership with ACLIMA, and to identify an emissions intervention project.  We look forward to working with our partners and the City’s residents to make San Leandro a more equitable, sustainable and livable community!


Equitably addressing the housing crisis.  If you are looking for a handbook to get an in-depth look at the elements that have driven our housing and climate crisis', this is a great place to start. Via Greenbelt Alliance
For a little about one of the ways San Leandro got to where we are today- take a look at the history of Redlining with this article.   Via FiveThirtyEight

And for a closer look at San Leandro's history- including Redlining, take a look at a brief history from San Leandro 2050   Via San Leandro 2050

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A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, SL 2050’s mission is to eliminate the city’s greenhouse gas emissions—currently 573,300 metric tons annually—by 2050, to reverse the negative effects of climate change that are increasingly felt everywhere, including in San Leandro.

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