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New affordable housing for veterans, homeless opens in San Leandro

Refugio Garcia

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New affordable housing for veterans, homeless opens in San Leandro

A new affordable housing development in San Leandro located near the San Leandro BART station opened on April 18 with half of the building’s units reserved for lower-income veterans and the homeless, East Bay Times reports.

The Loro Landing apartment complex has a total of 62 units. The units designated as affordable housing are set aside for residents who earn 20% to 60% of the area median income – roughly $20,000 to $60,000 annually for a two-person household.

The project was developed by Eden Housing of Hayward. Although the grand opening of the new development happened earlier this month, new residents began moving in during the month of February.

“We are delighted to see this project come to fruition and welcome the first wave of residents to Loro Landing,” said president of Eden Housing Linda Mandolini in a statement. “We are proud of this beautiful development that will provide housing to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Loro Landing is the second affordable housing development in San Leandro to be constructed near the BART station. Marea Alta was completed in 2017 with 115 units reserved for renters earning 30% to 50% of the area median income.

New bicycle garden, mini streetscape proposed for Prewett Park

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A new bicycle garden and miniature streetscape has been proposed for Antioch’s Prewett Park with the purpose of teaching youths and adults the rules of the road, East Bay Times reports.

The Antioch City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to locate the “bicycle garden” with real-life traffic features at Prewett Park at 4701 Lone Tree Way. The park is near five area schools.

The park would include scaled-down versions of traffic features, such as traffic signals and road markings, with small roads paved throughout the landscaped area.

The council also designated the Contra Costa Transportation Authority as the agency to head the project following a unanimous vote that also took place on Tuesday. The transportation agency will be partnered with the Street Smarts Diablo Safe Routes to Schools program to create the permanent training facility.

The council made a pledge of $550,000 from the general fund towards the planning and overall design of the bicycle garden. The total cost of the bicycle garden is estimated at $2.5 million.

“I’m really excited this item is back before you,” said Antioch Parks and Recreation Director Brad Helfenbeger. “It’s been a long time coming.”

California Jazz Conservatory announces lineup of concerts, workshops

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The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) has announced the 2022 season lineup of concerts and workshops as the Conservatory prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, featuring noted visiting and local performers, East Bay Times reports.

The 2022 lineup will be highlighted by “JAMBAR Presents Chris Potter at The California Jazz Conservatory” and will also feature the debut of the quartet in CJC’s Emerging Artist series.

The CJC is the only private music conservatory in the U.S. devoted to the performance and study of jazz.

In May, the CJC will showcase saxophonist and composer Chris Potter during two shows slated for May 27 - 28. Potter, who is a Grammy nominee and multi-year winner in the DownBeat Critic’s and Reader’s Polls will also host a workshop on May 28.

On May 21, the CJC will host “Improvised Music,” featuring Phillip Greenlief on tenor saxophone and Bb clarinet, Jordan Glenn on percussion and Fred Frith on electric guitar and effects.

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