THE WEEK OF MAY 19-25
The California Democratic Convention is like Comic-Con for political nerds. The big difference being dudes dressed as Chewbacca aren’t scheming to backstab opponents waving a wand and donning Harry Potter glasses in the race for president of the geek senate.
When state Democrats assemble in Sacramento this weekend there will be a lot of anti-Trump trash talk peppered in convention speeches, but behind-the-scenes the skullduggery will pit local leaders against each other in advance of 2018 elections.
This type of positioning has highlighted the race for the state party’s next leader. Earlier on, Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis says party stalwarts across the state literally threatened her not to run against the early favorite, Los Angeles County Chair Eric Bauman. Earlier this month, Bauman claimed there was whisper campaign alleging he was a pedophile. Good stuff, right?!
Less obvious is the future of the East Bay’s overly-ambitious Rep. Eric Swalwell. He’s been checking the boxes for higher office recently. He got married, had a child this week and has been relentlessly putting his name in the national psyche through an anti-Donald Trump assault on cable news going on two months. Most believe he’s thinking about running for Dianne Feinstein’s U.S. Senate seat next year.
But national politics are often based on luck, and while Swalwell has done well in exploiting the Trump story, fellow Golden State Rep. Adam Schiff has been even better at it. Schiff will be speaking at the convention’s evening session and many believe he is also a potential candidate for the senate.
In addition, the East Bay’s 15th Assembly District is also up for grabs next year with no clear favorite to replace Tony Thurmond. Those eyeing the seat will be working for advantages in Sacramento this weekend. California gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin, a former East assemblymember and superintendent of schools, will be speaking during Saturday’s general session.
–Here’s your highlights for a big week in East Bay government and politics:
➤Oakland may study its contracting history through the lens of race and gender.
➤The drought is over, but Hayward wants to keep many water conservation regulations.
➤Electric battery buses for AC Transit
➤Rep. Barbara Lee sits down Watergate counsel John Dean.
SAN LEANDRO — Council Rules Committee, Monday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–TENANT RELOCATION ASSISTANCE– The council’s three-member Rules Committee will discuss a number of somewhat landlord-friendly tweaks to the city’s tenant relocation assistance program. Among the proposed changes is a $10,000 cap on relocation payments. Currently, under landlord-caused evictions, tenants can receive up to three times their rent in payments. Another proposal would limit tenants any additional payments, for instance, for having children or elderly in their household to a single $1,000 special exemption. For example, a family with a child and an elderly parent would only receive $1,000 additional relocation assistance, not $2,000.
HAYWARD — Special budget work session, Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–MONEY TALK– It’s going to be a long Saturday in Hayward as up to 14 city departments attempt make their own marks on Hayward’s proposed fiscal year budget. An agenda for the work session runs through 5 p.m. It may be a reason why the city manager favored a more laid back atmosphere for the City Council to begin deciding how it intends to balance a $10 million budget shortfall.
Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 23, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–DROUGHT IS OVER– But, water conservation policies in Hayward appear to mostly be here to stay. The council will formally rescind the Stage 1 Water Shortage Declaration approved two years ago. “The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the City’s wholesale water supplier, has announced that available water has exceeded what is needed to ensure all water system reservoirs will fill by July 1, 2017, and that SFPUC will be able to meet 100% of its customers’ needs this year.”
–Water conservation is something that Hayward is good at. Last year, it achieved a 23 percent reduction in water use over the same period three years prior. The baseline percentage was 8 percent. It’s currently at 20 percent this years, according to a staff report. But the contingency water ordinance being proposed Tuesday in many ways further bolsters its conservation effort to include additional restriction.
OAKLAND — Committee meetings, Tuesday, May 23, begin at 9:30 a.m.
Finance & Management Committee, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
RACE & GENDER DISPARITY STUDY– The city is recommending a contract with Mason Tillman Associates Ltd for $490,875 to conduct Race and Gender Disparity Study for Oakland. According to their proposal, the city would receive a final report in one year.
“The scope of the disparity study includes a review and analysis of social justice policies,
contracting procedures,· and procurement practices of all City departments; and review of
purchase orders, contracts, and grants awarded to for-profit and not-for-profit prime contractors
and sub vendors, consultants, and grantees within the Oakland geographic market.”
Community & Economic Development Committee, 1 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–HOUSING ELEMENT REPORT– Oakland approved permits for 2,121 housing units slated to begin construction in 2016 or 2017, said the annual housing report. The city’s housing progress report also included implementation of an Affordable Housing Impact Fee for new market-rate
housing development; a reduction in parking requirements to facilitate more affordable housing production; and amendments to zoning regulations to encourage construction of secondary units.
Public Works Committee, 11:30 a.m., Bicycle Master Plan update [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Life Enrichment Committee, 3 p.m., Consideration of funding for aiding homeless on the street in the next budget [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m., Report on gun tracing in Oakland; Measure Z audit; Grant renewal for Oakland Unite. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Rules & Legislation Committee CANCELED for May 25. Next meeting is June 1.
ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 a.m. [AGENDA NOT YET POSTED]
GATHERINGS — Rep. Barbara Lee town hall featuring Nixon White House counsel John Dean and retired U.S. Navy Officer, national security policy anti-terrorism intelligence expert Malcolm Nance , Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley. (Town hall will also be streamed on Lee’s congressional Facebook page.)
San Leandro Speakers Series: Discussion on community policing and reform with Ronald L. Davis, director of the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Monday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., Creekside Community Church, 951 MacArthur Blvd, San Leandro.
AC TRANSIT— Regular board meeting, Wednesday, May 24, 5.p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ZERO-EMISSION BUSES– The District is considering the expansion of the zero-emission bus fleet in preparation of the pending California Air Resources Board (CARB) transit fleet regulations under the proposed Advanced Clean Transit Regulations. CARB has proposed a target of having all transit buses in the state be zero-emission by 2040, which would mean all bus purchases by 2028 need to be zero-emission.”
–A Federal Transit Administration grant could help. The board will discuss giving its general manager the authority to apply for the matching grant worth $2.3 million, enough to purchase five electric buses. A matching grant from the transit authority would cost $1.37 million.
BART— Regular Board meeting, Thursday, May 25, 9 a.m. [AGENDA NOT YET POSTED]
EAST BAY MUD— Regular board meeting, Tuesday, May 23, 1:15 p.m. [AGENDA NOT YET POSTED]➤➤