THE WEEK OF JUNE 23-29
The last week was a good one for the accountability of Alameda County elected officials. First, the Alameda County grand jury report kicked dirt on Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley for their handling of county allocations to non-profits they were intimately connected with, and the Oakland City Council for abusing closed session. A few days later a court-appointed investigation into the Oakland police sexual misconduct scandal slammed Mayor Libby Schaaf for her mishandling of the aftermath of the investigation and the Oakland Police Department’s intransigence in getting to the bottom of the horrific scandal. Next week, the Oakland City Council may add a more preventative wrinkle to accountability of its police department with Councilmember Dan Kalb’s Oakland Police Commission, which will give civilians “real” power to rebuke the department and even fire its chief. Further down the line, expect Kalb, who is running for the open 15th Assembly District seat next year, to place this issue at the top of his campaign platform.
It’s a busy week once again in East Bay government in advance of the Independence Day holiday that falls on the Tuesday council day. Here’s your highlights:
➤Fiscal year budgets are slated to be signed, sealed, and delivered in Oakland and Alameda County.
➤Oakland gets behind impeachment and the Paris Climate Agreement
➤Indigent care gets a boost in funding for the next year, along with $4.5 million for homeless shelters
➤Unincorporated Fairview gets a quasi-government framework
➤No raises for Hayward department heads 😞
OAKLAND — Special council meeting, Monday, June 26, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BUDGET APPROVAL NEAR– Or it might not be. Who knows in Oakland where five of the eight councilmembers have their own budget proposals? And that’s not including Mayor Libby Schaaf‘s original proposal. Here’s the entire cache of information.
Special council meeting, Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–POLICE COMMISSION ORDINANCE– An enabling ordinance set for approval Tuesday night would set in motion the creation of the Oakland Police Commission, a civilian-led body with oversight over the Oakland Police Department’s discipline of officers, its rules, and ability to hire and fire a police chief. The ordinance also creates an Office of Inspector General. Oakland voters strongly supported Councilmember Dan Kalb‘s charter ballot amendment last November that formed the commission, known as Measure LL.
–IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION– Councilmembers Kalb, Abel Guillen and City Attorney Barbara Parker want to put Oakland on the record for opposing President Donald Trump. The resolution calls on Congress to investigate the president’s numerous instances of alleged misconduct and potential impeachment. Other East Bay cities such as Alameda, Berkeley, and Richmond have approved similar resolutions this year.
ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, June 27, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES– The board will approve 12 service agreements with area community-based organization totaling $4.5 million to bolster and standardize the county’s shelters. The largest amount, $769,000, allocated to San Leandro’s Building Futures With Women & Children.
–Each year, the emergency shelters provide 129,585 beds for homeless individuals in Alameda County, with the goal of moving 30 percent into permanent housing. Shelters are expected to maintain at least 90 percent occupancy at all times and collect data regarding where clients exit when they leave the shelter. These contracts represent a major first step in standardizing the operation of homeless shelters in Alameda County.
–YOUTH UPRISING FUNDING– An Alameda County grand jury report last week highlighted the mishandling of finances at Oakland’s Youth Uprising and the county’s bailout. The multi-service youth center is set to receive a total of $864,000 in funding this week, in addition, to in-kind use of the county’s property worth $308,000. Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley sit on the Youth Uprising’s board.
–INDIGENT HEALTH CARE– HealthPAC, the health care services for Alameda County’s 28,000 low-income residents and administered by the Alameda Health System is set to receive $33 million for the next fiscal year. Furthermore, another $22 million will be allocated to various community-based organizations, such as the La Clincia de la Raza in Oakland.
–FAIRVIEW MAC– Unincorporated Fairview, which is nestled between Castro Valley and Hayward will get a modicum of self-government following an ordinance establishing a five-member Fairview Municipal Advisory Council. Like Castro Valley’s MAC, Supervisor Miley will appoint each member.
Special board meeting, Wednesday, June 28, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BUDGET FINALIZED– The Board of Supervisors is cutting close. Just two days before the June 30 deadline for state municipalities to approve their next fiscal year, the board is set to sign-off on the county’s $3 billion budget. Official adoption of the county budget, Friday, June 30, 1 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
HAYWARD — Special joint council meeting, Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–DEPT. HEADS GET NO COLAS– A survey of Hayward’s unrespresented employees, primarily department directors, the fire and police chief, and assistant city manager, found a desire for increased pay and some compensation for being “connected” at all times via the Internet. Some department heads, the city found, receive up to 7.5 percent below mid-market compensation.
–The City Manager explained to the executives that she would not be able to provide cost of living (COLA) or equity adjustments this year and indicated that she is working with Human Resources to develop a comprehensive executive performance evaluation process with an expectation that future salary adjustments would be based primarily on performance, with internal and external total compensation being a factor used to determine appropriate increases.”
–NEW MAYOR PRO TEM– In other cities, they call it “vice mayor,” and the largely ceremonial appointment is made in Hayward mid-year. Every member of the current council has served as mayor pro tem at least once, except Councilmember Elisa Marquez. The current pro tem is Councilmember Sara Lamnin.
GATHERINGS — POLITICAL FORUM WITH REPS. BARBARA LEE, KEITH ELLISON, MODERATED BY VAN JONES; Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-noon.; Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
AC TRANSIT — Regular board meeting, Wednesday, June 28, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–CHSRA JOINS TRANSBAY JPA– Adding the California High Speed Rail Authority as a New Member of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority would help ensure that the agency has the strategic leadership to develop federal, state, regional, and local consensus support for key aspects of Phase II.”
EAST BAY MUD— Regular board meeting, Thursday, June 27, 1:15 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]