City Of San Leandro City Of San Leandro City of San Leandro
Public Information Office
City Hall
835 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510.577.3351
Fax: 510.577.3340
http://www.sanleandro.org

1/30/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE CM2012-01-30
Subject :

City Manager Chris Zapata Begins Service to San Leandro
Contact : Kathy Ornelas    (510) 577-3355
    kornelas@sanleandro.org
Chris Zapata arrived at San Leandro City Hall today for his first day as City Manager of San Leandro.  Mr. Zapata brings with him more than 25 years of local government experience and a Bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University.

"I am truly looking forward to working with the City staff, the City Council and the community of San Leandro," said Zapata.  “I am living in San Leandro, and I am already seeing what a well maintained, diverse and thriving community this is.  There are challenges ahead of us, particularly with the loss of Redevelopment, but I have every confidence that, together, we can all make the future of San Leandro successful and exciting for our residents, businesses and visitors.”

“The City Council and I were highly impressed with Chris’ leadership skills, plus his expertise in management of local government finances and economic development,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy.  “We are honored to have a person of his caliber as our new City Manager and are confident Chris will provide San Leandro outstanding leadership for many years to come.”

Mr. Zapata’s first public meeting with the City Council will be at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.  He will also be introduced to the community at Mayor Cassidy’s “Coffee with the Mayor” meeting on Friday, February 10, 8:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers.

About San Leandro

A diverse community of nearly 85,000 residents centrally located in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro maintains a safe, small town feel where neighbors care for each other, while offering a wide range of shopping, dining, recreation, miles of shoreline, and easy access to nearby regional parks and nature areas.  Over the past decade the community has invested more than $250 million in renovating and modernizing its public schools and building state-of-the-art facilities for students. 

Possessing a rich manufacturing history, businesses in San Leandro enjoy multiple advantages including a large industrial and commercial zone, close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce in the city and East Bay.  Through a public-private partnership, known as Lit San Leandro, a ten mile fiber optic loop is being constructed in the city, assisting a new set of businesses to leverage San Leandro's assets and become industry leaders in the data revolution.  Further information about Lit San Leandro can be found at http://www.litsanleandro.com/.

Visit the City’s website at www.sanleandro.org for more information on the City’s programs and services.  To register to automatically receive press releases, meeting agendas or other electronic notifications, go to http://www.sanleandro.org/portal/default.asp.



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