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American Legion Move To Sanger, Ca

by / Sunday, 22 March 2015 / Published in California News, Press Releases

The American Legion Department of California announced at their Department Executive Committee (DEC) Meeting in Santa Maria, CA this past weekend that the DEC approved to purchase a building with approximately 8,300 square feet and move the Department Office from San Francisco to Sanger, CA.  The Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion and Legion Riders have all been invited to move into the building with The American Legion.  There is not only room for The American Legion and ancillary organizations  but space available to rent to offset costs.  It is also my understanding that according to City Officials, the  Community College is interested in leasing space in this building as an extension of their classes.

Commander Janet Wilson advised me that The American Legion will be signing a Letter of Intent to purchase the building tomorrow on Monday, March 15, 2015.  On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Pilar Reyes, Advisory Chairman, Terry Mikesell, Advisory Committee, and myself  will be meeting with The American Legion and City Officials to go on a walk-through of the building at 11am.  Regretfully, the Department Vice President, Susie Tozier, was unable to attend.  We hope to have more information to pass on to everyone after visiting the site.

At this time, I know members may have concerns or questions and although we don’t have all the answers at this time, please rest assured as pertinent information becomes available, you will be kept informed on all aspects of the anticipated move.    The American Legion anticipates they will move into the building the end of August.

If you didn’t happen to see it, here is the first article that appeared in the Saturday, March 14, 2015 Fresno Bee and also understand Fresno TV has aired a lot of positive announcements about the anticipated move.

After 96 years in downtown San Francisco, the American Legion is relocating its state headquarters to Sanger, a city official confirmed Saturday.

Sanger City Manager Brian Haddix confirmed in a telephone interview that the legion’s state offices will be housed in a vacant building on Seventh Street that used to be a West America Bank. The building will also house other ancillary groups tied to the American Legion.

A formal announcement by Sanger city and veterans group leaders and American Legion representatives is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

Haddix did not elaborate on how long the city has been in talks with the American Legion’s state leadership about planting roots in Sanger. But he said local veteran groups “did a lot of the early legwork over the last month.”

Ultimately, the city’s low crime rate, school system, housing market, its “small-town feel” and engagement with local American Legion posts convinced the American Legion to relocate its state offices to the Valley, Haddix said. The city hosted the legion’s state finance committee in recent weeks as part of its pitch, he added.

“Our veterans are very much a priority here in Sanger,” Haddix said.

Janet Wilson, state commander, said all 30 district commanders voted Saturday to relocate the headquarters, including seven employees.

Sanger made them feel “wanted,” she said. “They rolled out the red carpet for us. It’s an all-American city.”

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