EBC AGENDA | JAN 19-25 | Cell-site simulators deployed by East Bay law enforcement 3x last year; Highland needs $11m more for retrofit; ; Oakland’s racial disparity in traffic stops

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19-25

–ALAMEDA COUNTY– Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–DA’S STINGRAY REPORT– Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is required to offer a “report” on law enforcement’s use of cell-site simulators, also known as Stringrays. The device allows police to mimic a cell tower in the effort to coerce a suspect’s cell phone to contact it, thereby, giving law enforcement access to the phone’s data. A warrant is needed for this. According to O’Malley’s report–essentially a three-page list–cell-site simulators were requested four times and deployed three times last year. Those requesting were O’Malley’s DAs office, Fremont and Oakland Police. Only Fremont PD did not receive information from the cell-site simulator. O’Malley reports “no known violations of the Policy in 2017.”

–HIGHLAND NEEDS MORE $$ FOR SEISMIC RETROFIT– “Alameda County performed an Evaluation Study in accordance with the requirements of Senate Bill 1953, the State’s Seismic Retrofit Program. The Study determined that the existing structure called the “Acute Tower” at Highland Hospital did not meet the new seismic requirements and could not be cost-effectively retrofitted… Under the terms of SB 1953/SB 306, this must occur on or before January 1, 2020.” Therefore, the county’s General Services Agency is asking the board to increase funding for the $480 million Highland Hospital project by no more than $11.5 million.

–STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT– Here’s how the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department plans on allocating $1.7 million in state Homeland Security grants. Here. A notable percentage of the grants are being directed to the Fremont Police Department.

–GRANT FOR IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE– The Alameda County Public Defender’s office started out with one attorney specializing in immigration law. Last July, it added two more in the wake of the President’s rhetoric and actions against immigrants. More funding is on the way to supplement the office’s work after the board approves a $25,000 grant from the Firedoll Foundation. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Jan. 30 (board retreat)

Surveillance Technology Workgroup meeting, Friday, Jan. 19, 12 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

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–OAKLAND– Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Jan. 23, start at 9 a.m.

Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
-OPD/OFD OVERTIME– The massive increase in overtime for Oakland’s public safety departments raised a ruckus two weeks ago. The estimate is roughly $38 million for this fiscal year. The city budgeted just $14.8 million. Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington blasted just about everyone for the significant uptick, but more specifically, she believes nobody at City Hall has a plan to reduce overtime. The issue was kept in committee Jan. 6 along with a series of additional questions for city staff. Those answers are expected Tuesday morning.

Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–TENANT MOVE OUT ORDINANCE–  “The City has received numerous reports of low-income tenants entering into one-sided move out agreements from community members and legal service providers. While some of these move out agreements fail to cover even the costs of relocation, others require tenants to give up their legal rights or options to return to the unit. Tenants who inadvertently waive these rights or options are then left with the near-impossible task of finding affordable housing in their communities at an equivalent rent, as state law permits vacant units to be rented at market rate or at entirely uncontrolled rents…”

–“Move out agreements have lasting effects on Oakland’s residents and neighborhoods. Many Oakland residents are not able to find or afford suitable housing in their neighborhoods after they accept move out offers.” According to the proposed ordinance, “Prior to entering into move out negotiations, property owners will be required to make disclosures to tenants in order to inform them of their rights and direct them towards useful resources. These disclosures include, among other issues, “A statement that the tenant has the right to refuse to enter into a move out agreement, and the property owner cannot retaliate against them for this decision.”

Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–RACIAL DISPARITY IN TRAFFIC STOPS– A city report last September showed 62 percent of traffic stops by Oakland police officer last year involved African American drivers. In addition, half of all citations were given to the same racial demographic. The Public Safety Committee asked for additional information, such as a breakdown of violations and the arrest rates of those who failed to pay traffic tickets. OPD says there’s no mechanism for capturing such data. But a sample of traffic stops reviewed from September 2017 showed 57 percent were for moving violations, while 25 percent involved less dangerous issues such as improperly displayed license plates and malfunctioning lights. NEXT COMMITTEE COUNCIL MEETINGS, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Public Works Committee – CANCELLED
Life Enrichment Committee, 4 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
Rules Committee, Thursday, Jan. 25, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

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–BERKELEY– Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–HOMELESS TASK FORCE– Berkeley’s Homeless Task Force completed its wide-ranging report in 2015 and returns Tuesday to offer an update–also wide-ranging. Among the recommendations is to expand homeless outreach teams, restrooms, and storage for space; in addition to rehabing and renting vacant multi-family buildings.

–MORE STUDENT HOUSING RESO– “In light of the crisis, UC President Janet Napolitano required each UC campus to prepare a housing plan. UC Berkeley Chancellor Christ spearheaded the founding of a comprehensive student housing plan. They both implemented significant steps towards addressing the student housing shortage. Berkeley should praise and recognize their commitment… The primarily student residents in the immediate area between Dwight to Bancroft, and from College to Fulton have repeatedly supported more housing in their neighborhood. Increased density close to campus reduces air pollution and traffic congestion, and encourages pedestrian, transit and bicycle travel.”

–ROE V. WADE– In recognition of the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the council will issue a proclamation reaffirming Berkeley’s commitment to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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–CANDIDATE FORUMS– 15th Assembly District candidates housing forum hosted by East Bay for Everyone and TechEquity Collaborative, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., 2044 Franklin Street, Oakland.

–GATHERINGS– California Democratic Party Pre-Endorsement Conference:
REGION 5 including federal and statewide races covering Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (in particular the 15th Assembly District race), Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m., U.C. Berkeley, 166 Barrows Hall, Berkeley.

REGION 2 including races in the eastern halves of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (in particular the 16th Assembly District race), Sunday, Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m., Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

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–EAST BAY MUD– Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1:15 p.m. [AGENDA NOT YET POSTED]


–BART– Regular board meeting, Thursday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. [AGENDA NOT YET POSTED]

–COLISEUM JPA– Regular board meeting, Friday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

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