City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 8

SAN LEANDRO/Sept 8, 7 p.m.
Road to dispensary ends; road building begins

POT DISPENSARY PERMIT San Leandro’s first-ever medical cannabis dispensary faces its likely final hurdle Tuesday nigh. If the City Council approves its staff recommendation, the city’s lone dispensary operator will be Oakland-based dispensary Harborside, the nation’s largest collective. According to the city staff report, Harborside topped the final list of three applicants for the permit. Pending approval, Harborside will next need to procure a conditional use permit from the city and choose a location for the dispensary, likely somewhere in San Leandro’s industrial corridor in West San Leandro. Fifteen dispensaries initially vied for the single permit, but three finalists were identified in the final round of consideration, said the staff report. In addition to Harborside, BLUM Oakland and the Davis Street Wellness Center were also considered (READ: Background on San Leandro’s history toward its first dispensary). The city staff, with help from an outside consultant, however, found Harborside’s experience in the industry, business strategy and security plans outshone the other applicants. In addition, the report recommends the City Council seek a tax initiative on medical cannabis sales and allow additional dispensary permits in the future.

ROADS, ROADS, ROADS Street reconstruction was completed for Bigge Street and the east side of Bancroft Avenue from Dutton Avenue to San Leandro Creek, along with eight speed cushions in and around East San Leandro at a cost of more than $720,000, said the report. Meanwhile, the city manager’s office will ask for permission to make a number of change orders to existing capital projects related to road construction and maintenance, including annual street sealing and the San Leandro Boulevard rehab. An action item Tuesday night asks the City Council whether it should install a rainbow crosswalk on West Juana Avenue and Clarke Street to celebrate diversity. Lastly, the City Council may pass a resolution calling for the state to provide sustainable funding for state and local transportation infrastructure. The statewide average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is 66, said the staff report. San Leandro, with some of the worst roads in Alameda County, has a PCI of 54, which is considered “at risk.”

MOBILE FOOD VENDING San Leandro’s mobile food vending ordinance get a tweak to include pushcarts and units operated by bicycle. Proof of $1 million each in general liability and automobile insurance is also required in the amendment previously focused primarily on food trucks. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE

OAKLAND/Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Council discusses $6.45 mil downtown parcel sale

ANOTHER PARCEL SALE Housing advocates should be out in force Tuesday evening when the Oakland City Council decides whether to sell a 1.25 acre parcel bounded by 11th and 12th Street near Broadway for $6.45 million to the Strada Investment Group. The sale, if approved, would include a project consisting of  245-unit apartment building and hotel mixed-use. As the East Bay Express reported in July the project does not include provisions for affordable housing. The nearby 12th Street remainder parcel sale proposal received strong disapproval for lacking an affordable housing component and protesters actually shut down one meeting last spring over the issue. However, according to the staff report, Strada has agreed to pay in lieu payments of $1.8 million to the Oakland Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The original offer was $600,000, said the report.

100 BLACK MEN PROPOSALS The groups has recently proposed several proposals to limit abuse by police against African Americans. On Tuesday, a pair of items further their cause. One would reiterate through an amendment to an existing municipal code the right to photograph and record video and audio of police and peace officers. Second, a report will be received with recommendations, including a “Do Shoot” campaign urging anyone witnessing another being pulled over by law enforcement or arrested to film the incident with their cellphone “as a means of self-defense.”

DEPT OF RACE/EQUITY CHANGE The Oakland City Council passed Councilmember Desley Brooks’ Department of Race and Equity last June 30, “as is,” but a few tweaks are still needed to the ordinance. The city attorney’s office is asking to strike one phrase regarding “no private right of action.” City Attorney Barbara Parker believes the phrase is superfluous to its intent and may have unintended legal consequences that “could be interpreted to implicitly grant a private right of action with respect all other departmental provisions” in the ordinance. ENTIRE REPORT HERE

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