Read it and weep

The San Leandro City Council’s Human Relations Committee met last month to discuss a chronology city staff put together to highlight the city’s efforts to address housing discrimination since the 1970s.

The chronology was both alarming and informative, being that it came about as a result of comments raised in recent months about San Leandro’s reputation during the 1970s and 1980s as a racist community.

It has some interesting tidbits about what measures city officials have actually taken over the years to stop the alleged discrimination, including enacting a $50,000 HUD demonstration project in 1972 to help facilitate community discussions about open housing; issuing a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpertrator who was responsible for a cross-burning at a home on Durant Avenue; and establishing a number of committees and programs.

This chronology will be presented to the full council at a later date.

You be the judge.