THE WEEK OF JUNE 2-8
East Bay governments are back for a big full week of action following the Memorial Day weekend. Here’s your highlights:
➤Hayward eyes becoming a sanctuary city…finally
➤San Leandro, but not yet Oakland, looks to ban flavored tobacco
➤Fremont’s move to expand its city council reaches its penultimate hearing
➤Alameda County help its refugee and asylum-seeking population
➤Rep. Barbara Lee leads The Resistance Summer Tour
SAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, June 5, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–FLAVORED TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS– San Leandro is about to get tough on flavored cigarillos and flavored electronic cigarette products, whether they contain nicotine or not. The number of inexpensive cigarillos in a package will also be limited by the proposed ordinance to 15 per pack. Cigarillos currently can be purchased at retail stores for as little as two for 99 cents. The sale of flavored tobacco products is seen by some as the powerful tobacco industry attempting to market their products to teenagers and young adults. Oakland is moving in a similar direction with similar legislation, but the item for this Tuesday’s agenda was pulled by Oakland Council President Larry Reid.
–BUDGET APPROVAL– San Leandro appears to be wasting no time to approve its two-year budget next week. State law requires municipalities to do so before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. One reason is because there has been very little contention over the city’s budget even though they expect a shortfall during the second year of the budget. The City Council plans to dipped into its general fund reserves to balance the $196.8 million budget that includes tens of millions for a barrage of new capital improvement project coming to San Leandro over the next few years.
OAKLAND — Special council meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION– The proposed alternative to Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney’s new Department of Violence Protection sought by Councilmembers Desley Brooks, Anne Campbell Washington and Noel Gallo gets a special hearing prior to Tuesday’s full meeting. The commission would be stocked with appointments from each councilmember and convene a series of “Educational Town Halls” for discussing the issue of violence in Oakland.
Regular council meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BIKE MASTER PLAN– Oakland’s bicycle master plan has not been updated since 2012. The proposed $600,000 expenditure will update the “plan’s vision, goals, and policies, with a focus on equity… documentation of existing conditions and current best practices; planning for a network of high-quality bikeways to serve all ages and abilities; Establishing a methodology for measuring the quality and connectivity of bikeways… “
–HOUSING ELEMENT REPORT– Evidence Oakland’s building boom is boosting market-rate units over affordable housing: “In 2016, the highlights of new building permits issued included, 1,877 market-rate units that were in 30 multifamily developments (buildings with five units or more), 39 market-rate units in 18 developments with less than four units, and one affordable housing project: Civic Center 14 TOD with 40 housing units including 39 targeted to low-, very low- and extremely low-income households and one market rate unit for an on-site manager. The City issued building permits for a total of 2,121 housing units in calendar year 2016.”
HAYWARD — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–SANCTUARY CITY– “The agenda item tonight requests that the Council considers a sanctuary city declaration via the adoption of a resolution and provides guidance regarding a proposed administrative rule.” Months after other East Bay cities have taken stands or chosen not to support becoming sanctuary cities Hayward will finally take a position. The city staff report, however, makes no recommendation.
–An administrative rule may also be applied by the city manager “to ensure that every Hayward resident, regardless of immigration status, has equal access to all City services and equal service when conducting business with the City and to reaffirm that all City of Hayward employees adhere to this commitment.”
–BUDGET TALKS CONTINUE– “The budget work session this evening will include further discussion regarding Library staffing, Airport Hanger Fees, Passport Program, and minor change to the City’s Financial Policies to come into compliance with State law.” The issue of large rent increases for hanger fees at the Hayward Executive Airport has been a point of contention in recent weeks.
ALAMEDA — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ANIMAL SHELTER AGREEMENT— The discontent between the Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and the city has been smoothed over. The animal shelter won’t be getting the $1.9 million in funding they initially asked for, but instead get a bump in funding, increasing from $300,000 to $804,000 in the proposed deal.
–RENTAL FEES– Alameda’s rent stabilization ordinance passed last year created new administrative costs and city staff is recommending approval of a $122 per unit fee and allows landlords to pass half of the fee to tenants in monthly installments, roughly $5.09 a month.
–CANNABIS REFERRAL– A council referral by Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer hopes to begin the discussion of whether Alameda should open the island to the cannabis industry. That may include dispensaries and other types of production.
FREMONT — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–REDISTRICTING CONTINUES– Fremont is almost there in the massive reconfiguration of its City Council and elections. The council will provide its final recommendation for district-based maps and a determination of how future elections will be administered. Note, part of the plan is to expand the City Council from five to seven members, including the mayor. Later this month, the council will approve the maps and the likely wild race for the new seats will commence.
ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–REFUGEE SOCIAL SERVICES PLAN– Alameda is seeking renewal of an estimated $600,000 in federal funding for refugee services. In the recent past, Alameda County helped 518 refugees, 142 seeking asylum and 584 special immigrant Visa holders. In the past fiscal year, county refugee services provided employment services to individuals from Eritrea (120), Burma (44), Cuba (26) Sri Lanka (23), Iraq (20), Iran (14), Mexico (9) and Syria (7), among other countries.
–SHERIFF MOU WITH UC/BERKELEY PD– In recent months, U.C. Berkeley has become somewhat of a battleground between leftists and ultra-right wing groups. Policing these skirmishes is becoming more collaborative. The memorandum of understanding between the Alameda County Sheriffs Department, U.C Police and Berkeley PD “establish[es] clear guidelines as to the role of each agency regarding concurrent jurisdiction, inter-agency assistance, mutual aid and the need for pre-planned assistance on the grounds of the University of California, Berkeley campus.”
–APPOINTMENT– Supervisor Scott Haggerty is appointing Fremont Councilmember Raj Salwan to the Alameda County Housing Authority Commission.
GATHERINGS — Rep. Barbara Lee Resistance Summer Press Conference launch, Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland.
–Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting, Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m., San Leandro Library.
–Alameda County Democratic Party workshop for candidates interested in running for public office, Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sheetmetal Workers Local 104, 1720 Marina Blvd, San Leandro. RSVP to 510-537-6390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.