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San Leandro  is a mid-size city in the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California in the United States of America.
San Leandro (known locally as SL) is in Alameda County in the East Bay portion of California's Bay Area. Historically a town with dozens of huge cherry farms and a Spanish missionary ranch, San Leandro today is a rapidly growing city of worldwide industries and a suburb of Oakland. Founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest cities in California. San Leandro does not have as much to offer as its neighbors, however its central location may make it a very economical home base for tourists and commuters, and its panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and its hills are worth a trip for visitors.
San Leandro has a diverse population, with Whites consisting of only 31% of the population, Africans-Americans around 9.9%, and with rapidly growing Hispanic (20%) and Asian (23%) populations.
Weather in San Leandro is very comfortable throughout most of the year, ranging from the mid 50s to upper 70s. However, in January, early morning weather (5AM-7AM) can be as low as the mid 20s with frost and in mid-August the afternoons can reach as high as the mid 100s.
Population: 81,466 (January 2007)
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San Leandro enjoys a mild, temperate climate throughout most of the year.
English is the dominant language spoken in San Leandro, like the rest of the United States. Spanish is also widely spoken in San Leandro, due to a large Hispanic population and the town's history. Other languages include French, German, Cantonese, and many other languages, such as Asian, African, and Pacific Island languages. English and Spanish will mostly aid you throughout the city.
San Leandro is easy to access by car, it is located by two major Bay Area freeways, Interstates 580 and 880. 580 leads to the Civic Center, Downtown, Bayfair Center and the BART station. The exits on 580 to San Leandro include, Grand Avenue/Downtown, 150th Avenue/Fairmont Drive, 164th Avenue/Miramar Avenue and Junction California State Route 238 to Hayward, when traveling westbound, the exits are, Carolyn Street/164th Avenue, Fairmont Drive/150th Avenue, Benedict Drive and Estudillo Avenue/Downtown. Exits on 880 are, Davis Street, Marina Blvd., Washington Avenue and Junction Interstate 238 to 580.
Other highways include Interstate 238, which begins in Castro Valley before arriving into San Leandro at the first exit. 238 connects 580 with 880 and vice versa. Also in San Leandro is an off-ramp to California State Route 238 to Hayward off 580. California State Route 185 is East 14th Street, which leads non-freeway traffic to either Oakland or Hayward. California State Route 112 is Davis Street, which begins in Downtown San Leandro before turning into California State Route 61 (Doolittle Drive) which leads to Alameda. 580 Eastbound leads people to Hayward, Stockton, Fresno and Los Angeles the latter which is via Interstate 5. 580 Westbound leads people to Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento (via Interstate 80) and San Rafael. 880 Northbound leads people to Oakland, Downtown Oakland, Berkeley (via Interstate 980 to 580) and San Francisco (via Interstate 80). 880 Southbound leads to Hayward, San Jose and Santa Cruz (the latter via California State Route 17).
By public transportation
San Leandro is also easy to access by public transportation. BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit , is a subway that connects San Francisco, SFO, Concord, Fremont and Pleasanton/Dublin with 2 stations (San Leandro and Bayfair). San Leandro also has bus services that service thorughout the town.
San Leandro is only 5-20 minutes from the Oakland International Airport  (IATA: OAK) and bus services and BART link San Leandro with the airport. San Francisco International Airport  (IATA: SFO) is also accessible to San Leandro by BART and bus services and is about 25-30 minutes from San Leandro. San Jose International Airport  (IATA: SJC) is the least accessible to San Leandro, because BART doesn't go into San Jose, so access by car, bus or an expensive taxi ride are the only options, San Jose International Airport to San Leandro is 30-40 minutes.
San Leandro is close to the Oakland Amtrak station and is accessible to San Leandro by BART or bus. 
San Leandro is linked to Bay Area cities by bus services and has its own local bus services, Flex Shuttle and LINKS linking parts of town to another.
San Leandro used to have its own ferry terminal near the San Leandro Marina, but due to low ridership, the ferry pier has been closed until further notice. The former ferry pier and building are currently under threat of demolition. The closest ferry terminals are in Oakland's Jack London Square and in Alameda, both can be accessed to San Leandro by car or bus. Ferry services also take riders to San Francisco and Sausalito.
San Leandro's scenes and landscape is best seen by biking around the city and comes in handy in downtown rush hours, when streets are clogged by cars and buses. Miles and miles of bike lanes are found on practically every major street and residents enjoy biking in the city's parks and shoreline.
Interstates 580, 880 and 238, California State Routes 238, 185, 112 and 61, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) 2 stations, San Leandro and Bayfair, local bus services and close access to Oakland International Airport. When visiting downtown, the civic center or Wells Fargo Tower parking meters are always likely to be full. Instead, park at the 2-story Estudillo Parking Garage, which is free of charge, but has a time limit of 1 hour, unless you are a Wells Fargo Tower employee.
During rush hour on weekdays (8AM-9AM) and (4PM-6:30PM) traffic on all interstates can be terrible. Traffic on 580 is troublesome from Downtown on both sides and at the Bayfair Center on Eastbound 580 at 150th Avenue. 880 and 238 are clogged during these times. On weekends, 580 and 880 fare better while 238 is clogged on Sundays. Traveling on California State Routes 185 and 112 are also troublesome on Sundays.
- Oyster Bay and Oyster Lighthouse, (at the end of Neptune Drive). A regional park, shoreline and landmark. Historic site of the former Oyster Bay Beds, the largest oyster fishery in the Americas, the oyster beds are a California Historical Landmark.
- San Leandro Marina and Shoreline, 13801 Monarch Bay Drive. A city park and San Leandro's only city shoreline and one of the city's four water recreational facilities, hosted the Cherry Festival until 2007, when it was moved to the main library.
- Lake Chabot Regional Park, 17930 Lake Chabot Drive, ☎ +1-510-562-7275. One of the largest regional parks in Northern California, this park offers great views, picnic areas, boat trips on the lake, a coffee shop, golf, fishing, birdviewing, camping and sightseeing. Parking Fee: $5, Dog Fee: $2.
- Washington Manor Park and Pool, 14900 Zelma Street, ☎ +1-510-362-7665. Summer hours: Mon-Fri 1PM-4:30PM and 7:30PM-9:30PM, Sa 1PM-6PM and Su 12PM-5:30PM. Boasts one of the tallest waterslides in the Bay Area. $4 per person over 3 years of age.
- Chabot Dam, (on the border of Lake Chabot Regional Park and the city park Chabot Park). The first dam built in Northern California.
- C.Burrell Field, 2451 Teagarden Street. A football stadium that hosts local football events.
- San Leandro Ball Park, 1193 Aladdin Avenue, ☎ +1-510-351-4252. A baseball field that hosts local baseball games, including the minor league.
- Fairmont Ridge Regional Park, 2200 Fairmont Drive. A scenic path that is an alternative to Lake Chabot on busy days.
- Root Park, 1071 East 14th Street. The only park that gives a close-up view of the locally famous and important San Leandro Creek. The portion of the creek closest to the creek is a California Historical Landmark due to the rainbow trout that thrive in the creek, possibly the largest rainbow trout population in a Californian creek.
- Casa Peralta, 384 West Estudillo Avenue, ☎ +1-510-577-3474. Fr-Sa 11AM-3PM. A Spanish adobe-like buliding, remnants of a former ranch owned by Spanish in colonial times.
- San Leandro History Museum, 320 West Estudillo Avenue, ☎ +1-510-577-3990. Th-Su 11AM-3PM. A museum about San Leandro's history, from its founding to present day.
- San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue, ☎ +1-510-577-3971. Mo-Th 10AM-9PM, Fr 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Main branch, one of the largest libraries in the East Bay, it hosts a book store, cafe,art gallery and convention stage.
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory and Headquarters, 1111 139th Avenue, ☎ +1-510-483-6970.
- Otis Spunkmeyer Factory and Headquarters, 14490 Catalina Street, ☎ +1-510-357-9836.
- Rancho San Antonio (Peralta Grant) commemorative plaque, on San Leandro Blvd. at W. Estudillo Ave. (A California Historical Landmark).
- Peralta Home, 561 Lafayette Avenue (A California Historical Landmark;the first brick home built in Alameda County).
- Mulford Point, 40 Mulford Point Drive. A scenic vista point next to the San Leandro Marina that offers a view of the San Francisco Bay and the Oakland Airport.
- Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Avenue, ☎ +1-510-352-3785. A building dedicated to the veterans of the United States. In 1933 A site for the Veteran’s Memorial Building was jointly purchased by the City of San Leandro and the local veterans organizations. From 1927 to 1935, Alameda County funded the construction of ten such memorial buildings throughout the county. County architect Henry Haight Meyers oversaw the designs. When completed the Veterans Memorial building would house activities for the Legion, VFW and the Spanish War Veterans. Ground-breaking ceremony was held on Armistice Day Nov. 11, 1933. March 18th 1934 The cornerstone of the building was placed in position by William Bostaph, a local Civil War Veteran and holder of the Order of the Purple Heart. July 6th 1934, the building was completed. At the time there was enormous civic pride over the building. It was described as one of the finest Italian type buildings in Alameda county. The total cost of construction came to $89,000. A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 1934. Over 1500 people attended the ceremony. The $80,000 New Wing was dedicated July 5th 1951.
San Leandro has several annual festivals (listed chronologically):
- Chinese New Year and Têt Festival. A celebration of Chinese and Vietnamese New Years at the San Leandro Public Library, every Saturday before the observed dates, or the observed date if the New Year falls on a Saturday.
- San Leandro Watershed Festival. A celebration of the San Leandro Creek at Root Park, every last Saturday of April.
- Cinco De Mayo Festival. A celebration of Cinco De Mayo at the Civic Center, every first Saturday of May.
- Cherry Festival. A celebration of San Leandro's historic start of the annual cherry harvest season, every first Saturday of June.
- Veterans' Day Parade. The largest Veterans' Day Parade in the county honoring soldiers for World War I to the Iraq War. Held every Sunday before Veterans' Day in Downtown on East 14th Street.
San Leandro has over a dozen parks and recreational areas for tourists and residents:
- Bonaire Park, 14841 Juniper Street. A 5.4 acre park with picnic tables, barbeques, horseshoes and a softball field.
- Boys and Girls Club Pool, 401 Marina Boulevard. An alternate to the Washington Manor Pool for lap swims.
- Farrelly Pool, 864 Dutton Avenue. An alternate to the Washington Manor Pool on crowded weekdays and Saturdays.
- Heath Park, 1220 143rd Avenue. A park with 4 tennis courts.
- Thrasher Park, 1300 Davis Street. A 12.8 acre park with a softball field similar to the baseball field at the San Leandro Ball Park.
San Leandro is a shopping hub of the East Bay and is home to various malls:
- Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th Street (Macy's, Target, Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy, Staples, Century Theaters, Petsmart, 24 Hour Fitness, Ross, Michaels, Pier 1 Imports, Lucky, etc.) ☎+1-510-357-6000, 
- Westgate Center (Wal-Mart, Pet Food Express, Costco, Sports Authority, The Home Depot, Office Depot, etc.)
- Estudillo Center (Rite-Aid, Jazzercise, Swiss Valley Cleaners, etc.)
- Marina Square Center (Marshalls, Ann Taylor, Eileen Fisher Outlet, Nordstrom Rack, Talbots Outlet, Shoe Pavilion, Office Max, Men's Warehouse, GAP, etc.)
- Greenhouse Marketplace (Factory 2-U, 99 Cents Only, Safeway, Food Maxx, Big Lots, etc.)
- Pelton Plaza (Safeway, Hallmark, Longs Drugs, Avenue, USPS, Payless Shoe Source, Washington Mutual, etc.)
- Floresta Plaza (Kmart, OSH, Pak' n Save, dd's Discounts, Bally Total Fitness, etc.)
- Palma Plaza (Walgreens, Starbucks Coffee, etc.)
- Floresta Center (Dollar Tree, etc.)
There are also plenty of shops selling gifts, souvenirs and other merchandise throughout the town. Pelton Plaza is well-known for its shops and dining. Located in the heart of downtown, one can enjoy delicious food hailing from various nations, go book shopping at friendly independent stores, buy artisan crafted jewelry, treat oneself to gourmet goods, or take a break with a pint or ice cream cone. Family friendly, Pelton Plaza is a destination for many locals.
San Leandro has a vast array of restaurant options, including typical American chains such as KFC, Baskin Robbins, McDonald's, Denny's and Chevy's.
- Pelton Café, (at Pelton Plaza, continental breakfasts) 194 Pelton Center Way, (510) 483-0943.
- Emil Villa's, (steakhouse and ribs) 1800 East 14th Street, (510)351-7427. Daily 7AM-9PM.
- Cozy Kitchen, (at Floresta Center, diner) 14811 Washington Avenue, (510)352-3541.
- Ploughman's Restaurant, (at Pelton Plaza) 1600 Washington Avenue, (510)483-0326.
- Ernie's Sea Food, (seafood, salads, sandwiches and soups) 13775 East 14th Street, (510) 357-2246.
- Bookmark Café, (at San Leandro Library main branch lobby) 300 Estudillo Avenue, (510)577-3984. M-Th 8AM-8PM, F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa 10AM-3PM.
- Nick's Family Restaurant, (near Floresta Plaza) 14660 Washington Avenue, (510)351-5676. Hours:M-Sa 24 hours and Su until 8PM.
- Mutt Hut, (hot dogs and salads) 1904 Washington Avenue, (510) 352-7794.
- Vila Cereja, (casual Californian cuisine) 1045 MacArthur Boulevard, (510)562-3916.
- Nations Giant Hamburgers, (at Pelton Plaza) 1335 Washington Avenue, (510) 352-8820
- Taqueria Los Pericos (at Pelton Plaza) 101 Pelton Center Way, (510)352-7667.
- La Piñata #2 (Mexican cuisine) 2699 Merced Street, (510)352-8901.
- El Torito (Mexican cuisine on waterfront) 5 San Leandro Marina, (510) 351-8825
- Tito's (near Bayfair Center) 15508 East 14th Street, (510) 276-1793
- Taqueria Guadalajara (near San Leandro Hospital) 14327 East 14th Street, (510) 614-7060
- Viva Pancho Villa Restaurant (near downtown) 599 Dutton Avenue, (510) 569-2542
- La Pequena Taqueria, 2014 Marina Boulevard, (510) 895-6839
- Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant (at Floresta Plaza), 14393 Washington Avenue Suite D, San Leandro, CA 94578 (510) 352-4883
- Taqueria Los Pericos #5 , 1389 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 895-0660
- Viva Mexico, (at Bayfair Center), 15100 Hesperian Boulevard, (510) 317-2042
- Joaquin Deli, 275 Joaquin Avenue, (510) 895-3234
- Bavarian Bread Company, 14226 Doolittle Drive (510) 483-0100
- The Rose Garden, 15754 East 14th Street (across from the Bayfair Center), ☎ +1-510-278-1788. This is a small mom & pop place that serves really, really good Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Cantonese food... and absolutely no MSG. Small place, maybe 6 tables at the most. The folks there are super friendly, enthusiastic, remember many guests, and they whip up their food very fast. Try the Rose Garden Vegetable. They deliver, and at night they usually have coupons for a free appetizer, fried rice, or chow mein with a $20 purchase.
- Chili Palace, (at Greenhouse Marketplace) 699 Lewelling Boulevard Suite 270, (510) 895-1818. Hours:Su-Th 11AM-9:30PM and F-Sa 11AM-10PM.
- Asia Delight #2, (at Pelton Plaza) 156 West Juana Avenue, (510)614-7191.
- Hidden Wok, (at Pelton Plaza, Chinese cuisine) 145 Pelton Center Way, (510) 357-6577.
- Jasmine, (at Floresta Plaza) 14393 Washington Avenue Suite G, (510) 357-7028.
- New Hong Kong, (near Pelton Plaza) 1750 East 14th Street, (510)357-6288.
- Chopsticks Express, (near Palma Plaza) 13780 East 14th Street, (510) 483-1218.
- China Cook, (near Floresta Plaza) 14400 Washington Avenue, (510)357-8858.
- Imperial Garden, (Chinese restaurant and dim sum) 310 MacArthur Boulevard, (510)562-3246.
- Lee's Garden Restaurant, (near downtown) 21 Thornton Street, (510)483-2328.
- China Wok, (inside 88 Food Market) 14405 East 14th Street, (510)351-8200. 10:30AM-8:30PM Daily
- Little Pi Express Cuisine, 13876 Doolittle Drive, (510) 351-3312
- Vo's Restaurant, (near Pelton Plaza) 277 Parrot Strret, (510)357-6600. Price:$9-$13.
- Phð An Hòa, (at Floresta Plaza, Vietnamese noodle house) 14391 Washington Avenue, (510)352-2728 Hours:10AM-10PM Daily
- Le Soleil, (near Pelton Plaza), 1515 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 614-0122
- Angelina's, (near civic center) 485 East 14th Street, (510) 568-8646.
- La Bella Italia Inn, (near Bayfair Center) 15015 East 14th Street, (510) 278-5899.
- Paradiso, (Italian seafood) 685 Bancroft Avenue, (510)430-9310. Lunch: Tu-F 11AM-4PM and Dinner: Su 4PM-8PM, Tu-Th 4PM-9PM, F 4PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10PM (closed M). Price:$10-$20.
- Porky's Pizza Palace (Family atmosphere, pizza, pasta, sandwiches and chicken) 15 California & Northwest Micro-Brews on Tap. www.PorkysPizzaPalace.com 1221 Manor Boulevard, (510) 357-4323
- Sergio's Pizzeria and Restaurant, 150 W Juana Ave (downtown, off of E. 14th), (510) 895-0880. M-W 11AM-9PM, Th-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Free delivery in San Leandro.
- Ohegane Korean BBQ, (near San Leandro BART station) 1292 Davis Street, (510)568-4795.
- Al Lunardi & Sons Meat Co., (also a deli, near San Leandro BART station),570 Williams Street, (510) 483-3273
- Nikko Sushi, (near San Leandro Marina) 13805 Catalina Street, (510) 483-0398. M-F 11AM-8:30 PM, Sa 11AM-9PM. Price: $1-$10.
- Sushi Avenue, 1042 Marina Boulevard, (510) 352-5536.
- Tsuru Sushi, 1427 East 14th Street, (510) 352-3748.
- Ozeki Sushi Teriyaki, 14701 E. 14th St., (510) 614-8300.
- Luke's Grill (also serves Italian cuisine, near Pelton Plaza) 1509 East 14th Street, (510) 614-1010.
- Thai Satay (near Pelton Plaza) 1376 East 14th Street, (510)351-2345. Su 11AM-10PM, M-Th 11AM-10PM, F,Sa 11AM-11PM.
- Sweet Fingers 464 East 14th Street, (510) 553-9869.
- Ono Hawaiian BBQ (at Palma Plaza) 13808 East 14th Street Suite C, (510)618-1218. Be sure to try the chicken katsu.
- Ohana Hawaiian BBQ (at Westgate Center) 1933 Davis Street #135 A, 94577 (510)383-9898.
- Waikiki Hawaiian BBQ (near Civic Center) 635 East 14th Street, (510) 430-8832.
- Buffet Fortuna (at Pelton Plaza, Chinese cuisine and BBQ) 1330 Washington Avenue, (510) 614-8768.
- Elio's Family Restaurant (at Floresta Plaza) 260 Floresta Boulevard, (510) 351-0463.
- Cre Asian (Asian fusion) 1269 MacArthur Boulevard, (510)895-8028. Lunch (M-Sa 11:30AM-3:00PM, Dinner: M-Th 5PM-10PM, F,Sa 5PM-10:30PM. Price:$16-$23.
- Horatio's (casual seafood waterfront restaurant) 60 San Leandro Marina, (510)351-5556.
- Cherry Pit (American and Chinese cuisines) 550 San Leandro Boulevard, (510) 632-8851.
- Fifth Wheel Food (greasy spoon type restaurant) 898 San Leandro Boulevard, (510)635-7538.
Snacks & dessert
- Slikker's Donuts (at Estudillo Center) 1321 MacArthur Boulevard, (510) 351-1383.
- East 14th Bakery (Chinese bakery) 1780 East 14th Street, (510)351-7318.
- Loard's Ice Cream and Candies (2 locations in the town) 401 Bancroft Avenue, (510)633-1330; 2000 Wayne Avenue, (510)351-0405
Coffee & tea
Starbucks has nine locations in San Leandro and Jamba Juice can be found at the Bayfair Center and Westgate Center. Other options include:
- Tapioca Express (at Pelton Plaza, coffee, tea, juice and snow bubble) 129 West Joaquin Avenue, (510) 357-3781.
- Maui Wowi (at Floresta Plaza, Hawaiian coffee and smoothies) 579 Floresta Blvd Suite A, (510)357-5602 Hours:Monday-Saturday 6AM-9PM and Sunday 8AM-9PM Price:$1-$6
- Zocalo's Coffeehouse (Wireless Internet available) 645 Bancroft Avenue. (510)569-0102.
- Café Sorriso (near Pelton Plaza, Wireless Internet available) 1746 Washington Avenue, (510)357-1746. Hours:Su:6AM-5PM and M-Sa 6AM-5PM
- Sabinos's Coffee (Wireless Internet available) 1273 MacArthur Blvd., (510)357-JAVA (5282). Hours:M-F 6am-7pm and Sat. & Sun.: 6:30am-6pm
- Planet Coffee (Wireless internet available) 1423 East 14th St., (510)351-5527. Hours: M-F 6am-5pm, Sa 6am-4pm.
Bars & clubs
- Englander Sports Pub and Restaurant (at Pelton Plaza, Pub and British Cuisine) 101 Parrott Street, (510) 357-3571.
- Cunha's Cocktails (at Pelton Plaza) 155 Pelton Center Way, (510) 483-4911.
- Washington Club 1746 Washington Avenue, (510)357-1746. (broadcasts sports games)
- Pagano's Sports Bar, 14830 Washington Avenue, (510)351-5484. (broadcasts sports games)
- Sports Fan Club 15294 Liberty Street, (510) 276-0474. (broadcasts Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics games)
- Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill 15028 Hesperian Blvd., (510)352-0200.
- San Leandro Marina Inn, 68 Monarch Bay Drive (510) 895-1311 Toll Free:(800)786-7783. Great views of the bay, golf, dining nearby and near San Leandro Marina and Oyster Bay. .
- Hilton Garden Inn, 510 Lewelling Boulevard (510) 346-5533, near Oakland Airport, Oakland Arena, Greenhouse Marketplace and restaurant on-site. .
- Budget Inn, 16500 Foothill Boulevard (510) 276-6290. Near Lake Chabot and Bayfair Center.
- Fairmont Inn, 16320 Foothill Boulevard, (510)276-4484.
- Nimitz Motel, 555 Lewelling Boulevard, (510)357-9770.
- Travelers Inn, 17290 Foothill Boulevard, (510) 276-3660
- Valley Inn, 17130 Foothill Boulevard, (510) 276-8151
Despite its suburban characteristics, San Leandro does have its tough neighborhoods at its borders with larger cities. One area to be aware of is the portion of MacArthur Boulevard near the Oakland border. This area is next to the notorious and impoverished "deep" East Oakland, which has some of the Bay Area's highest drug trafficking and murder rates. The area between the Hayward and Ashland borders (just south of the Bayfair Center) is reasonably safe during the day, but gets sketchy after dark. Nevertheless, San Leandro is a safe city with designated crime free zones, including the area near the Castro Valley border at Lake Chabot to the end of Estudillo Avenue (where downtown begins), near the marina, and a large portion of the Washington Manor neighborhood (including the Washington Manor Park and Pool) from Interstate 880 to Farnsworth Avenue. Due to the presence of a juvenile hall, Fairmont Drive in the city's eastern hills is heavily secured between Lake Chabot Park and 152nd Avenue. Police patrols are very frequent and security cameras are hidden on trees and fences.
As with almost every city in the United States, San Leandro has at least one hospital. The San Leandro Hospital is a health care facility treating the most basic of health needs such as the flu to various surgeries and basic emergencies. If in a dire emergency head to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley as it is a Level 1 trauma center. San Leandro also has another hospital, Kindred Hospital in the hills. The hospital has no emergency service.
- San Leandro Hospital, 13855 East 14th Street, (510) 357-6500
- Kindred Hospital, 2800 Benedict Drive, (510) 357-8300
- Oakland. San Leandro's northern neighbor and a diverse and vibrant city and has been regaining that title in recent years due to a growing economy and a general renaissance of the city.
- Hayward. San Leandro's southern neighbor and boasts of a central bay shoreline, a quaint city center with a small town feel in the city flatlands and hills which overlook the bay.
- San Francisco. A 20-30 minute drive from San Leandro, San Francisco is the dominant city in the Bay Area and features many attractions and sights and boasts many upscale hotels and dining.
- San Jose. A 25-45 minute drive from San Leandro, San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area and is the center of the famed Silicon Valley.
- Fremont. Accessible from San Leandro by BART, Fremont features a suburban lifestyle between Oakland and Silicon Valley.
- Castro Valley. San Leandro's eastern neighbor does not offer much, but has spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay from its hills.
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