Rendering of the proposed 24-story apartment
tower near Lake Merritt in Oakland.
Oakland City Council Committees
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, first floor
Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015, starts at 9:30 a.m.
Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg
FINANCE & MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Oakland’s difficult path toward switching over its public safety radios to the regional East Bay Regional Communication System Authority isn’t getting better. The Oakland City Council gave approval last July for the city to join its East Bay neighbors and other government agencies in the regional system. The time frame given for Oakland’s inclusion was three months, but according to a staff report, much is still pending, including questions over the inter-operability of the city’s current radios with EBRCSA. Oakland uses Harris mobile radios and while the testing for inter-operability is not complete, city staff’s early conclusion is they “should adequately function” with EBRCSA’s system. There are other reasons why Oakland’s long-awaited inclusion to EBRCSA has lagged. Concerns over how much power Oakland will wield on the multi-agency governing board still have not been determined and the entire deal was further complicated by the untimely death of EBRCSA’s Executive Director Bill McCammon last fall. The entire issue, however, is wrapped around concerns over whether Oakland will be able to patch its radios into the regional network in the event of a natural disaster. (Starts at 9:30 a.m. Committee members: Annie Campbell Washington, Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Abel Guillén; Dan Kalb (chair).
PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE Brooklyn Basin, the $1.5 billion Oakland waterfront development, will have a resolution heard Tuesday to approve a final map for the first phase of the project on the Embarcadero and, pending approval, a guarantee it will construct “public infrastructure improvements, including roads, sanitary sewer mains, storm drain lines, street lights, curb, gutter and sidewalks.” (Starts at 11:30 a.m. Committee members: Noel Gallo, Dan Kalb, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan (chair)
COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The proposed 24-story, 298 unit luxury tower near Lake Merritt has met some controversy of late. Some believe the city’s $5.1 million asking price is too low for the nearly one acre lot. Then came word the project’s developers may have hauled unsuspecting non-english speaking Asian seniors to advocate for the plan at a recent Planning Commission hearing under the falsehood the building would provide low-income housing for seniors. On Tuesday, the committee will discuss moving forward with the propose sale with a Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA). (Starts at 1:30 p.m. Committee members: Annie Campbell Washington, Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Rebecca Kaplan, Larry Reid (chair).
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE An informational report on racial profiling and the Oakland Police Department will be offered Tuesday night. While recent reports over OPD’s compliance with the Negotiated Settlement Agreement have shown improvement in this area, the issue is not going away. Despite encompassing roughly a quarter of Oakland’s population, African Americans are disproportionately represented in police statistics such as stops by police. From July 2013 to June 2014, 27,991 stops were made by police in Oakland. Of those, 59 percent, or 16,542 were African American. The reason for the stops: 9,888 for traffic violations, 3,794 for probable cause, 1,636 for reasonable suspicion and 778 were consensual encounters. The next highest demographic is Latinos, with just 17 percent. The breakdown by gender, according to the staff report is heavily skewed towards men, 75-25 percent. (Starts at 6 p.m. Committee members: Noel Gallo, Abel Guillén, Dan Kalb, Desley Brooks (chair)
LIFE ENRICHMENT COMMITTEE is cancelled. (Committee members: Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo, Abel Guillén, Annie Campbell Washington (chair.).
Keep up the good work reporting on the (usually idiotic) activities of our dysfunctional Oakland Council.