Making San Leandro a Smart City

I never imagined I would be recognized as a champion of Smart Cities! But after learning what it meant to be a Smart City, I realized that it was essential for San Leandro to reap the rewards of becoming a smarter, more efficient, more resilient city. So, through collaborations with other cities, support from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, conversations with community members, and strong leadership from the city’s Chief Innovation Officer, we worked hard to make San Leandro a Smart City, and we are already benefiting from the results.

What is a Smart City?

A Smart City uses data and technology systems to improve efficiency, manage complexity, and improve the quality of life for its residents, while using fewer resources. Smart City innovations include smart lighting, smart parking, smart transportation, smart waste removal, and countless other smart technologies and applications.

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A City Where Kindness Matters

A City Where Kindness Matters

During my first term as Mayor of the City of San Leandro, I adopted a slogan: “A City Where Kindness Matters.” I had the slogan printed on the back of my business cards, and I speak about it whenever I can. The slogan gives me confidence, guides my decision-making, and helps me to maintain focus on the things I believe in, including being kind to the earth, to each other, and to ourselves. To me, kindness means giving people the benefit of doubt and helping lift people up instead of bringing them down.

Kindness has been at the heart of my mission throughout my life. Early in my career when I taught preschool, my priority was to prepare my students to be kind individuals. I hoped they would develop an innate kindness they could carry with them throughout their lives. One small act of kindness multiplied across individuals can make a significant impact. That’s what I taught the children, and that’s what I’ve tried to demonstrate through programs and partnerships I’ve established for San Leandro.

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