Citizens for a Safer San Leandro began in January, 2008, with a public meeting.  Alarmed at the increasing incidents of crimes such as auto theft, homes being broken into, businesses being vandalized, kids being assaulted, a public meeting was held to seek citizen solutions to the violence. The library auditorium was filled with over 100 people and a list of solutions was compiled. From that meeting, volunteers began meeting twice monthly to change the situation.