THE WEEK OF JUNE 9-15
The kids are out of school and summer is almost officially here. It’s another big week in East Bay government. Here’s your highlights:
➤Budgets in Oakland and Hayward near approval before the June 30 deadline.
➤Oakland’s public bank proposal comes back to committee
➤AC Transit’s ridership is down, but smaller buses might not be a solution
➤Future of struggling St. Rose’s Hospital in Hayward comes to county health committee
➤Bingo! in Hayward!
OAKLAND — Special council meeting, Monday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BUDGET APPROVAL– Oakland’s two-year budget is headed for adoption at Monday’s special meeting. According to the city administrator’s office, these are the most recent changes to the biennial budget:
1. Revisions within the Finance Department and the Fire Department related to the transfer of fire inspection invoicing and revenue collection responsibilities from Fire to the Revenue Management Bureau, and recognition that a supervisor is needed for span of control by FY 2018-19 to support the increased number of fire inspectors.
2. A set aside of $5.9 million each year for the Community Advisory Board to make recommendations for allocating the City’s general funds to reduce the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages in Oakland, and to address the results of such consumption.
3. Additional funds for Kids First! based on revised revenue projections.
4. Increased funding for the Oakland Museum, Oakland Zoo, Chabot Space & Science Center, the Oakland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and City cultural programs, based on a projected increase in Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue within the Measure C Fund (2419).
5. An appropriation of $50 million from Measure KK Fund first bond issuance for affordable housing.
Oakland City Council Committee Meetings, Tuesday, June 13, starts at 9:30 a.m.
FINANCE & MANAGEMENT, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–OAKLAND PUBLIC BANK– On April 25, a $100,000 contract to study the feasibility of an Oakland public bank was briefly mothballed as some councilmembers questioned whether the job could be done for such a small amount. It returns Tuesday with the same terms and recommendation for the city administrator’s office to instead include the deliberations within the scope of the city budget talks.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–POLICE COMMISSION– The seven-member, civilian-led Oakland Police Commission approved by voters last fall comes closer to fruition Tuesday. “While complaints against Oakland officers decreased… public mistrust in our police force remains significant and there are remaining challenges that need to be addressed,” said the staff report. The enable ordinance further lays out the commission’s framework that includes powers to vet the next police chief and firing, as long as 5 of 7 commissioners agree. Current nor former police officers are barred from serving on the oversight commission.
PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, 11 a.m. Pedestrian Master Plan update [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, 1 p.m. Amendments to public art requirements; non-profits displacement report [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // LIFE ENRICHMENT COMMITTEE, 4 p.m. “Love Life” slogan implementation [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // RULES COMMITTEE, Thursday, June 15, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
FREMONT — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–REDISTRICTING– At the beginning of this year, few in Fremont had any inkling the system by which they choose councilmembers would be turned upside down within just a few months. After a lawsuit forced the city’s hand, on Tuesday, the council will formally approve moving to district-based elections, expanding the council to seven.
HAYWARD — Special council work session, Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–TWO-YEAR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN– “In November 2016, the City Council held a Council priority setting retreat where they identified three strategic initiatives for the next two years: Complete Streets, Complete Communities and Tennyson Corridor…”
–MUNICIPAL CODE EDIT– Last year Hayward hired an outside legal firm to review the city’s municipal code. The revisions, however, were minimal, except for extensive changes to the section that regulates Bingo!
ALAMEDA COUNTY — Board of Supervisor Health Committee meeting, Monday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ST. ROSE HOSPITAL’S FUTURE– The St. Rose Hospital Task Force will present their findings and solutions for keeping the struggling Hayward safety net hospital on its feet. Last month, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle asked the Eden Health District if it might use its tax-raising ability to place a ballot measure next year to improve the hospital’s financial stability.
AC TRANSIT — Regular board meeting, Wednesday, June 14, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–RIDERSHIP DOWN– An analysis of AC Transit’s ridership suggests its fleet could down size to smaller buses in the future. “The data reveal that ridership is down about 20% since January 2002 and 6% since 2014,” said a report. “Recent decreases in ridership suggest the District could deploy a greater number of smaller capacity vehicles. However, staff recommends maintaining the current fleet mix of cutaway and 30-foot vehicles. Because of their capacity constraints, these vehicles are limited to a small number of routes and will be further constrained if ridership rebounds.
EBMUD — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 1:15 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–RATE INCREASES– A public hearing on EBMUD’s proposed water rate increases was supposed to be held Tuesday, but an error occurred in the mailing of the notices to some customers (they did not receive the notice) will result in it being rescheduled to July 11.
Fwd: [AVFC] SB277 Lawsuit update – Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday June 20 in Case Challenging California's Vaccine Laws
Date: Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 2:54 PM
Subject: [AVFC] SB277 Lawsuit update – Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday June
20 in Case Challenging California's Vaccine Laws
*(All the following info and more can be found at
**. **Please share.)*
A group of plaintiffs, led by A Voice for Choice, Inc., filed a lawsuit in
November 2016 in federal court against SB 277 which required kindergartners
to get twenty-five doses of different vaccines – including for a sexually
transmitted disease – before they can attend school. The federal court
judge threw out our case on four technicalities. Three of the four
technicalities were easily addressed. The fourth was that it should be
heard in state court because the fundamental right to school is a CA
constitutional issue, not federal. The way our lawyers put it was she
“punted it” – aka she did not want to hear the case and deal with it in her
Because we will not give up, the same group of plaintiffs plus one
additional plaintiff, filed a similar, but somewhat different, lawsuit in
in Placer County state court on April 4th 2017. We chose Placer County
because it has a good history of supporting parental rights and because of
the high rate of personal belief exemptions filed there prior to 2015. The
case, *Love v. California*, hinges on the doctrine of Unconstitutional
Conditions – that the government cannot force citizens to give up one
constitutional right to exercise another. The four constitutional rights
of our argument are:
· Bodily Autonomy
· The right to raise children as parents see fit
· Fundamental right to K-12 education
· Medical Privacy (added to this state lawsuit)
Specifically in this suit, the plaintiffs argue that the state cannot force
students to give up their constitutional right to refuse medical treatment,
a parent’s right to bodily autonomy of their children, a right to medical
privacy, if they want to exercise their constitutional right to attend
The defendants filed their request for dismissal (as they did in the
federal case) and we countered that with a response brief. All of the
files for this case (and our federal case and the other SB277 lawsuits can
be found here: *www.avoiceforchoice.org/sb277-litigation
*). *The first hearing
will be next Tuesday, June 20th in Placer State Court*. It will determine
if our case will be dismissed as the defendants would like, or if we will
have our day in court. We are hopeful that the judge (who is assigned that
day) will allow the case to continue.
*ACTION TO TAKE: We need a wave of positive energy in that courtroom on
Tuesday morning so please send your positive energy, prayers or whatever
you believe in that way on Tuesday. *Also A Voice for Choice is footing
the bill for 100% of this lawsuit, which even though our lawyers are giving
us a very reduced rate, has and will cost a significant amount. So if you
have any extra pennies lying around, we would very much appreciate them
coming our way so we can continue strongly down this path…
A Voice For Choice, Inc.
The Children's March for Humanity – Rallying FOR Children's Health
June 17, 2017 10:00am
Lake Merritt at The Pergola
599 El Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94610
This group is going to court, fighting to keep the religious exemption law and for us to have informed consent for vaccinations
(Bring back referendum 277 on the ballot)
Share this information: copy this flier and hand them out
Take action to save our children:
March for Children’s health