City renames park after former mayor

SAN LEANDRO — The city will rename a park after former Mayor
Tony Santos to honor his legacy of public service.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to change the name of
Grover Cleveland Park on O’Donnell Avenue to Mayor Tony B. Santos
Park.

Santos died April 15 at age 86. He served a total of 18 years as
an elected official in San Leandro.

A retired insurance claims manager, Santos was first elected in
1984 to the City Council, where he served eight years until 1992.
He served again on the council from 2000 to 2006, when he was
elected mayor. He lost his bid for re-election in 2010.

As a councilman, Santos recommended the city look into creating
what became known as Grover Cleveland Park in 1985, when there was
talk of building housing on the city-owned property.

The park was completed in 1992 and named in recognition of
Grover Cleveland School, which had been located in the neighborhood
and was demolished to build homes.

“While Mayor Santos made many contributions during and after
his tenure in office, his advocacy for creating the park at the
foot of O’Donnell Street was one about which he was most
proud,” Assistant City Manager Elizabeth Warmerdam said in a
report for the council. “According to those closest to him, he
felt a strong connection to the park, and in his last days
expressed a desire to have the park named after him.”

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City renames park after former mayor