HOSPITAL SUBSIDY Two years ago, the San Leandro City Council allocated $3 million over the next 3 years for continued operations of San Leandro Hospital . The third $1 million installment is due this month and the city has shown recently it is a bit reticent about paying up until it’s absolutely clear about the struggling facility’s finances. Reports say the hospital, now under Alameda Health System, is losing about $1 million a month. However, in the larger scheme of things, the hospital’s bottom line is actually improving since AHS took over in late 2013. A representative from AHS will brief the council Monday night followed by a vote for approval of the subsidy.
OAKLAND GARBAGE FALLOUT When San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee addressed his peers at an Oakland City Council meeting last year to advocate for on behalf of a local business seeking Oakland’s $1 billion garbage contract, he had no idea his personal advocacy undermined the interest of San Leandro residents. On Monday, the council will discuss amendments to the City Council Handbook instructed members to either ID themselves as private residents or only speak on behalf of the entire city when instructed by their colleagues. At the meeting in Oakland, Lee failed to ID himself as speaking as a private citizen. Some suggested the act could have gave Oakland leaders the impression he spoke for the entire San Leandro City Council. Giving the contract to California Waste Solution instead of Waste Management, which held the previous contract and paid millions in taxes to San Leandro to dump the garbage at Davis Street, would have denied San Leandro millions and also punched a hole in San Leandro’s general fund. Disaster was later averted when the contract in Oakland was split among the two bidders.
NEW FIRE TRUCK Although the city contracts its firefighting services to the county, it still needs to purchase its own fire trucks. The city is proposing to replace its 19-year-old pumper fire truck at a cost of no more than $530,000. The old truck has 165,000 miles on its odometer, the staff report said. In addition, a similar pumper truck was purchased in 2010.
LABOR NEGOTIATIONS In closed session, the city council will be briefed on labor negotiations with its city employee, management and police officer bargaining groups.
HJKCC GETS A DEVELOPER Pending a bout of legislative pandemonium Tuesday night similar to the East 12th Street parcel sale last month, the revamp of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center will be awarded to one of two bidders. A city staff report recommends the City Council tab Orton Development Inc. for a one-year Exclusive Negotiation Agreement to rehab the historic public space at Lake Merritt. Orton proposes transforming the convention center into a “maker” space, along with light manufacturing, office space, food and retail space and restoration of the Calvin Simmons Theater. A second developer, Creative Development Partners, proposes much of the same uses, but notably calls for construction of a 15-story hotel between the convention center and the Oakland Museum. According to the staff report, the economic feasibility of Orton’s bid, their “financial capacity” and experience outpaces the rival bid. Expect many speakers on the subject Tuesday night.
E12TH STREET SALE PART IV In addition, a second and final reading of the controversial sale of public land at the East 12th Street remainder parcel near Lake Merritt is also on tap. The discussion was likely a formality before the East Bay Express reported late Monday that Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker had issued the City Council an opinion deeming the proposed $5 million sale illegal under the state’s Surplus Lands Act. Yet, the City Council ignored the opinion and ultimately approved the deal late last month. In hindsight, the reticence of some councilmembers like Dan Kalb, who abstained, and Noel Gallo, who voted yes, but questioned the legality of the sale during the deliberation process is elucidating. But what about the others who never wavered in their support despite the city attorney’s caution?
UNO OUT Following a report detailing Port of Oakland Commissioner Victor Uno’s failure to file his economic interest forms, the mishap offered an opportunity to make a change at the commission. Uno is out and Mayor Libby Schaaf is nominating Joan Story, a real estate, land use and environmental attorney, for the appointment. If approved by the City Council, her term will run through June 2019. In addition, Schaaf is set to reappoint Commissioner Ces Butner for another four-year term.
DEL MONTE PROJECT A pair of decisions will be made Tuesday night on the Del Monte Warehouse housing project, which was approved last December. The City Council will discuss a subdivision map for 11 acres of the project on Buena Vista Avenue and the transfer about a half acre of city-owned land to the Alameda Housing Authority. An agreement between the city and housing authority for 31 units of affordable housing on the plot of land will come on July 21, said the staff report.
ALAMEDA POINT Final passage for the long-awaited Site A plan for the Alameda Point housing and retail development comes Tuesday night. The Disposition and Development Agreement between the city and Alameda Point Partners, LLC was first approved last month. The 68-acre development will provide 800 new residential units for Alameda, 600 sq. ft. of commercial spaces and 15 acres of open space.
AIRBNB Maybe Councilmember Tony Daysog is looking to rent out some rooms? Daysog is recommending the city manager’s office draft two related policies to attract visitors to Alameda. One, is a proposal to raise the 10 percent Transient Occupant Tax and direct the increased revenue to better serving guests staying overnight on the island. Second, he is also asking for a draft policies for Alameda on sharing economy services like Airbnb.
YOUTH CENTER FUNDING Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle wants to replace the dilapidated youth center on West Tennyson Road with something like the popular Ashland REACH Center built a few years ago by the county. The problem is this: Valle has only secured about $16 million of the potential $26 million cost of rebuilding the center. Nine million is coming from the county with another $5 million from Kaiser Permanente. But the health care provider’s donation has strings attached to ensure the future center is properly run and for up to five years before ponying up the cash. The Hayward City Council will discuss how it can move forward, but a staff report clearly asserts the city has no money for such an endeavor. However, it does own the land.
LABOR PEACE Over 300 city workers were on the job without a contract since 2013. They even faced a five percent wage cut imposed last year by the City Council with some controversy. The long standoff off has nearly concluded. A tentative three-year contract hammered out June 10 will be approved by the City Council Tuesday night that gives workers a 4.5 percent wage increase over three years, but also requires them to pay up to 12.5 percent toward their pensions.