Here’s your highlights for a big week in East Bay politics:
➤Alameda appears to be next up for Bay Area cities offering Just Cause protections for renters.
➤Oakland’s proposed Violence Prevention Department comes to the full City Council.
➤San Leandro begins work on likely budget shortfall.
➤Embattled Eden Health District makes moves.
ALAMEDA — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–JUST CAUSE ORDINANCE– ,As part of its annual review of the rent stabilization ordinance the council passed in March 2016, it is likely Alameda will add Just Cause protections for renters Tuesday night. Other tweaks to the ordinance are expected, including a loophole used by some landlords to avoid paying relocation payments to evicted tenants.
–23 no cause evictions in Alameda were due to landlords seeking to sell their properties, according to data compiled by the city, not because of so-called “bad tenants. The arguments had been made by property owners that Just Cause would severely tie their hands when trying to evict problem tenants.
–UPDATE ON JACKSON-BROADWAY INTERCHANGE PROJECT– By the way, it’s now called the Oakland-Alameda Freeway Access Project, but it still seeks to lessen traffic congestion on Webster Street leading through the Posey Tube and those hoping to gain access to the freeway on the Oakland side. The Alameda County Transportation Commission will provide an update on the $71 million project that is primarily funded by Measure BB, the one-percent county sales tax increase approved by voters in 2014.
–BUDGET WORK SESSION– Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
OAKLAND — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 16, 5: 30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–MAYOR’S BUDGET PROPOSAL– Council President Larry Reid and Pro Tem Abel Guillen want to allocate $80,000 for the purpose of contracting with Harvey M. Rose Associates “to conduct an independent analysis of the mayor’s Proposed FY 2017-19 Budget, And Additional Analyses.”
–DEPT OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION– Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney‘s proposed new city department moves to the full council Tuesday after vetting in three separate committees over the past few weeks. During one committee last week, McElhaney described Oakland the most violent cities in the state. Something must be done to deliver on promises made to voters who have been generous in raising taxes to fund violence prevention, she added. Last week, the city administrator’s office said the new department would cost roughly $950,000 a year and recommended against making the allocation at this time in the budget session. McElhaney noted, “This is not a fight between the mayor.”
–OAKLAND BUDGET FORUMS– District 1 Councilmember Dan Kalb, Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m., Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Avenue. // District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid and At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m. Oakland Zoo – Snow Building, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. // District 6 Councilmember Desley Brooks, Thursday, May 18, 6 p.m., Eastmont Police Department Substation, 2651 73rd Avenue, Oakland.
FREMONT — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–DISTRICT ELECTION REVAMP– The rush to switch Fremont elections from the current at-large to a district-based system continues Tuesday before a 45-day deadline next month. The council’s decision was triggered as a result of a possible lawsuit against it for allegedly violating the state Voting Rights Act. The council is expected to lay the groundwork for how the districts will be divided, including two new seats, and how the next two elections will be spread out among the six districts. Note: the council’s early favored map contains one district containing the homes of three current councilmembers.
HAYWARD — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–MORE HOUSING– The “Proposed Project” consists of residential condominiums and a commercial center off of Mission Boulevard which is connected by a park and trail spine from Valle Vista to Industrial Boulevard. Under the initial proposal, the project may contain up to 351 residential units in either the cluster townhome or row townhome variety, including 884 parking spaces for the
residential component… a retail component of approximately 21,900 square feet of retail containing two 6,700 square foot units (end units) and two 4,250 square foot units (center units), and 76 parking spaces for retail, including parking along Mission and within the plaza to the south of the retail space… roughly 2.5 acres of parkland surrounding an existing Alameda County Flood Control channel and the installation of a trail system.”
–City may potentially convey up to 17 properties to the Developer, including fourteen (14) Caltrans properties (the “Caltrans Property”); one (1) City owned parcel (the “City Owned Property”); one (1) parcel owned by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) (the “BART Property”); and one (1) parcel owned by Alameda County Flood Control (ACFC). The PSA also involves a land swap between the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) and the City for parkland acreage.”
SAN LEANDRO — Regular council, meeting, Monday, May 15, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BIENNIAL BUDGET UPDATE– San Leandro Finance Director David Baum will present the council with it 2018-19 biennial budget proposal. The city’s budget shortfall is believed to be around $6 million for the next fiscal year and will likely be balanced with general fund reserves.
ALAMEDA COUNTY — Urban Shield Task Force meeting, Friday, May 12, 9 a.m., 125 12th Street, 4th Floor, Oakland. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
GATHERINGS — Assemblymember Bill Quirk hosts a Spanish-language “Know Your Rights” workshop to protect against ICE raids and deportations, Friday, May 12, 6 p.m., Eden United Church of Christ, Oliver Hall, 21425 Birch Street, Hayward
–SUPERVISOR NATE MILEY IN A COWBOY HAT — Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade, Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m., Castro Valley Boulevard.
CA DEMS MEET– California Democratic Party Convention, Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, Sacramento. Party will choose its next state chairperson.
–ALAMEDA PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE– City provides an update on implementations of its Local Action Plan for Climate Protection, Tuesday, May 23, 6 p.m., Alameda Free Public Library, 1550 Oak Street.
EDEN HEALTH DISTRICT — Special board meeting, Friday, May 12, 12:45 p.m. — [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–SEARCH FOR NEW CEO?– In recent weeks, Alameda County Supervisors Wilma Chan and Nate Miley sent the Eden Health District a letter asking them to hold off on identifying and choosing a new CEO to replace Dev Mahadevan, who is retiring in June. A special meeting Friday afternoon includes a closed session discussion on the CEO. It is not known whether the meeting is discuss the supervisor’s letter, name the list of applicants or some other related matter. Whatever it is, the board couldn’t wait five days until its next scheduled regular meeting on May 17. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]