–ALAMEDA– Special council meeting workshop, Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–DRAFT CANNABIS ORDINANCE– It’s been nearly a years since the Alameda City Council backed a referral asking the staff to study the possibilities and ramifications of permitting medical dispensaries and possibly commercial sales on the island. A special Saturday morning council workshop at City Hall could go far in determining Alameda’s place in the burgeoning pot industry in the East Bay. But first, the council needs to answer a number of questions: How many permits might be issued and what type of businesses? Medical, commercial, cultivation, etc.? Where will their locations be permitted and when will the city ask voters to approve a taxing mechanism in order for the city’s general fund to reap the benefits of Big Green?
–OAKLAND– City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Oct. 24, starts at 9:30 a.m.
➤Financial & Management Committee, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BORDER WALL– In March, the Oakland City Council backed a resolution denouncing President Donald Trump‘s proposed Border Wall, while also directing staff to create an ordinance that would prohibit the city with entering into contracts with companies providing goods and services for construction of the southern border wall. That ordinance returns to the Finance Committee after a delay and also includes contractors/vendor seeking to do business with the city to declare under penalty of perjury that they do not in fact provide services for construction of the wall.
–CITY CLERK WAGE BUMP– Latonda Simmons is likely the only city clerk in the East Bay with a fan base on social media. Browse the #oakmtg hashtag on Twitter to sample how beloved she is with Oakland government watchers for her transparency. But it turns out Simmons is underpaid, according to a survey of 10 large California cities conducted by the city. In fact, by 9.3 percent. The finance committee will decide whether to amend the city clerk’s salary by more than $30,000 to put it in line with other cities.
➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–TENANT RELOCATION ASSISTANCE– “Currently, relocation assistance payments are only available for tenants due to demonstrable and documented code compliance violations by the property owners due to no fault of the tenants’ or by complete withdrawal of the unit from the rental market. Although staff has previously recognized landlord building negligence and rental unit withdrawal as no-fault eviction rationales, there are others… Specifically, the recourse of financial assistance to tenants would be extended due to displacement by owner move-ins and through condominium conversions.”
–“For a Qualifying Relocation Event, this proposed Ordinance sets the relocation amount per tenant household as follows: $6,500 per studio/one bedroom units; $8,000 per two bedroom units; $9,875 per three or more bedroom units. Furthermore, tenant households in rental units that include lower income, elderly or disabled tenants, and/or minor children shall be entitled to a single additional relocation payment of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) per unit from the owner.”
➤Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–COMMERCIAL CANNABIS REGS– “While the City of Oakland has an existing regulatory system for medical cannabis activity centered around an innovative Equity Permit Program, the City has no regulatory process for non-medical adult use activities. Accordingly, City staff proposes amending the City’s medical cannabis ordinances to incorporate adult use under one unified regulatory system…”
–“For City of Oakland cannabis operators to legally conduct commercial cannabis activity in January 2018, the City Council needs to promptly consider this legislation so local operators, including existing permitted dispensaries, can obtain state licenses when they become available in early December 2017. In turn, this will provide the City of Oakland with an opportunity to be one of the first Bay Area jurisdictions where lawful adult sales of cannabis can take place.”
➤Public Works Committee, 11:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–GREENHOUSE GAS TAX– PG&E’s billing system does not have the ability to allow municipalities to charge different rates to take into account, for instance, greenhouse gas emissions in their User Utilities Tax rates. “Restructuring Oakland’s UUT rates to reflect greenhouse pollution could further incentivize greenhouse reductions,” Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, wrote in a memo to the city.
➤Life Enrichment Committee, 4 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities report // Public access channel // Oakland Museum policies.
➤Rules Committee, Thursday, Oct. 26, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ALAMEDA COUNTY– Regular Board of Supervisors meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–PARAMEDICS PLUS SOLD– The county’s controversial ambulance provider Paramedics Plus was recently sold by East Texas Medical Center Health System to A&M Capital Partners. So what, right? But, according to the county’s agreement with Paramedics Plus, a sale of the company is grounds for termination. The county, however, isn’t looking to rip up the deal, so the board needs to provide written consent of the sale. According to the staff report, A&M Capital Partners is a $1.1 billion equity firm based in San Francisco.
–GRAND JURY REBUTTAL– An Alameda County Grand Jury report this summer blasted the county for a “dual-role” situation that involved Supervisor Keith Carson allocated county money to a non-profit run by his staffer, former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown. In a rebuttal to the findings, the county contends no wrongdoing since Brown was a unpaid employee at the housing non-profit Oakland Against the World (OAW). The county also disagreed with grand jury findings involving a $1 million county bailout of Oakland’s Youth Uprising, and political interference at the Probation Department.
–FIRST-EVER FAIRVIEW MAC– Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley begins to stock the first-ever Fairview Municipal Advisory Council, the unincorporated area’s de facto local government. Miley’s is appointing Jewell Spalding, Dale Silva, April Chan, Chris Higgins and Richard Patenaude to the Fairview MAC, each serving four-year terms.
➤Health Committee, Monday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m., Alameda County Board of Supervisors Chambers [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
➤Surveillance Technology Work Group, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m., Alameda County Board of Supervisors Chambers. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–SAN LEANDRO– City Council Rules Committee, Monday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–GATHERINGS– U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de Leon in Oakland, Sunday, Oct. 22, 10-11 a.m. Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd; 2-4 p.m. Fruitvale San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th St; 6-9 p.m. Wellstone Club paid event at Peony Restaurant, 388 9th St.
–COLISEUM JPA– Regular board meeting, Friday, Oct 20, 8:30 a.m. (Meeting held at Oracle Arena Club Level) [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–WARRRIORS ARENA DEBT– The Authority will vote in closed session whether to hire a law firm to represent it in arbitration over a dispute with the Golden State Warriors over potentially $40 million in debt resulting from the 1996 remodel of what is now called Oracle Arena. The team, according to a report, argue it owes nothing after it moves to its new arena in San Francisco, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.
–RAIDERS LAWSUIT– The Coliseum JPA board last month directed its staff to prepare for an up or down vote on whether they would join a proposed lawsuit suggested by the fan group Forever Oakland, that would sue the NFL and the Oakland Raiders for failing to follow their own bylaws leading up to approval for the team’s relocation to Las Vegas.
–AC TRANSIT– Regular board meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. (NOTE: Location change: Newark City Council chambers, 37101 Newark Blvd.) [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–BART– Regular board meeting, Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]