Every week the EBC AGENDA describes a “very busy week in East Bay government.” Unless White House press secretary Sean Spicer is offering the agenda this week, using this phrase would be a total lie! City Councils in San Leandro and Alameda bookend the Fourth of July holiday. Important issues, nonetheless, highlight both meetings. Here’s your guide. ‘Merica!

SAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, July 3, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–TENANT RELOCATION FEES– Two weeks ago, this item came before the San Leandro City Council, but a number of amendments approved on June 19 forced the proposed ordinance to return for another first reading.

–Among the amendments, approved, 6-1, by the council is an exemption for landlords with properties of 1-4 units from paying relocation payments to tenants. The amendments were literally read into the motion that night by David Stark of the East Bay Association of Realtors and Tom Silva of the Rental Housing Authority. Silva is also a member of the California Apartment Association and San Leandro Rent Review Board.

–POLICE HQ EXPANSION– Most accept the San Leandro Police Department’s headquarters adjacent to City Hall is inadequate. The council originally approved a $648,000 contract with consultants Indigo/Hammond & Playle Architects to study a planned $8.4 million expansion of the building and South Offices.

–Another $158,000 is being asked of the council to expand the scope of the consultant’s service contract, bringing the total to $806,000. According to the staff report, more than $6 million for the total projects is earmarked in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.


ALAMEDA — Regular council meeting, Wednesday, July 5, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ALAMEDA POINT SITE A– The 800-unit large-scale development (including 200 units dedicated for affordable housing) at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, that includes 600,000 sq. ft of retail, ran into a stumbling block in April when the developer Alameda Point Partners defaulted on a financing plan for the project. The group said a spike in construction costs meant the project’s finances did not pencil out. But the developer is back Wednesday night with amendments to the Disposition and Development Agreement with the city. Read the city’s extensive cache of documents related to the project HERE.


GATHERINGS –SHERIFF AHERN IN HAYWARD– Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern town hall organized by grassroots organization People Power, Friday, June 30, 5 p.m., Hayward Adult School, 22100 Princeton St, Hayward.

–SF IMPEACHMENT MARCH– A number of Bay Area councils have voted to investigate and impeach President Trump. They will meet Sunday, July 2, 1 p.m. Justin Herman Plaza – Embarcadero, San Francisco,

— ALAMEDA MAYOR’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE– Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m.begins at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. Coast Guard Festival begins, 1 p.m. at Pier 3 on Alameda Point (near USS Hornet).

–BERKELEY STATE OF THE CITY– Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin delivers his first State of the City address, Monday, July 10, 6 p.m.Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley.