STATE OF THE CITY Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will give a 2015 State of the City address (starts at 5:45 p.m.) as part of a City Hall Open House that begins at 4-7 p.m. In a short video, Schaaf says you can tour City Hall, get acquainted with city services and even pay a parking ticket! Following the address residents will be able to attend discussions on how to improve the city.
SHORT COMMITTEE SCHEDULE Except for early morning Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee, the usual slate of meetings are all canceled. The Rules Committee, however, is still set for Thursday, 9:45 a.m.
BLACK HOLE A reporter with strong contacts with the National Football League told me recently that the choice of the Paramount Theater for its town hall on the future of the Oakland Raiders in the city was helped by the fact its seat are bolted to the floor. That might give you some idea for what’s in store for the league when it allows residents and fans to vent about keeping the Raiders in Oakland. Similar town halls are being held by the NFL in St. Louis and San Diego, the other franchises involved in the triumvirate with eyes on moving to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the administration in Oakland recently hired a noted stadium consultant following the trap door Coliseum City cheerleader Floyd Kephart fell through along with his plan for two stadiums, hotel and retail at the current Coliseum property. The situation is tenuous, but most observers see the Raiders future less likely in Los Angeles than the other two teams, but the (autumn) winds can change in a heartbeat with this story.
YOUTH CENTER MOU The South Hayward Youth and Family Center proposed for Tennyson Road was first publicly discussed last July. On Tuesday, the council will hear an update on the proposal that will officially include the city, Alameda County and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. A Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties was signed Oct 15, along with a governance structure. But major problems still exist before shovels are in the ground. The proposed building will cost an estimated $26 million, but only $16 million is currently accounted for, including a grant from Kaiser Permanente and funding brought to the table by Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle. And the City of Hayward says it doesn’t have money for construction or operating the center after completion. Operations are estimated to be between $3 million to 8 million annually, says a city staff report. Upside: the dollars and cents portion of the project is virtually unchanged, but the entities involved in its future have put their interests in writing. READ ENTIRE AGENDA
SAN LEANDRO CREEK TRAIL The San Leandro Creek runs east-west from Lake Chabot to the Oakland Estuary. A proposed pedestrian and bike trail that would run along the borders of San Leandro and Oakland and include both cities will begin public outreach Thursday at the San Leandro Library, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funding for the planning stages of the walkway comes from a $201,510 state Department of Transportation grant received by the city last year. The trail would be over four miles long and follow San Leandro Creek from Lake Chabot to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park on Doolittle Drive. A final plan for the trail is expected by Summer 2017. MORE ON THE PROJECT