–ALAMEDA– Special closed session council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 3:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ALAMEDA’S CITY MANAGER SCANDAL?– It’s not clear what exactly the Alameda City Council might be discussing behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon. The agenda suggests the city or someone is possibly the plaintiff in a potential lawsuit. Furthermore, two hours were allotted for the discussion, suggesting something significant. One possible item for discussion could be the investigation into allegations made last October by Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri that Councilmember Jim Oddie suggested to him that the city manager choose a fire chief candidate supported by the Alameda firefighters union or her job might be at risk. A rough timetable for the results of the investigation was expected in late January. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 6.


–BERKELEY– Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–SURVEILLANCE ORDINANCE– The Berkeley City Council is discussing an ordinance that would clearly lay out a public process for when its law enforcement seeks to acquire tools for surveillance. “Presently, when surveillance technology is acquired and used by City departments, it is often done so without public discussion of the potential intrusions into civil liberties and privacy rights associated with the use of such technologies,” said a report from the Berkeley Police Review Commission.

–“The proposed ordinance establishes a public process by which benefits are balanced against costs before any new surveillance technology is purchased or used, and applies that process to surveillance equipment currently in use.” Most East Bay cities, in contrast, have employed a piecemeal approach to what Berkeley is attempting. Typically a public debate over purchasing and implementation of surveillance tools only arises amid public concerns or after police departments have already received or are in the process of applying for state and federal grants. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 6.


–SAN LEANDRO– Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting, Thursday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–ANOTHER DISPENSARY APPROVAL– It’s possible that Blum San Leandro, the third and last dispensary permit handed out by the San Leandro City Council, could be the first to gain a conditional-use permit (CUP) needed to actually open for business in the city. Last November, the Board of Zoning Adjustments disagreed with a city staff recommendation to deny a CUP for the Davis Street Wellness Center. But Blum’s proposed 13,015 square-foot medical cannabis dispensary, manufacturing and production kitchen at 1911 Fairway Drive Blüm San Leandro has no such opposition from the city. NEXT COUNCIL MEETING: Monday, Feb. 5.


–HAYWARD– Special council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Special joint meeting with Hayward Area Recreation Park District board; Work session updating Hayward’s Complete Streets, Complete Communities, and Tennyson Corridor two-year action plans. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 6.

–ELECTION 2018– 

California Democratic Party Pre-Endorsement Conferences:
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.

–15th Assembly District Candidates Forum hosted by Albany Democratic Club,  Monday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Albany High School, 603 Key Route Blvd, Albany.

–2017 year-end campaign finance reports released Wednesday, Jan. 31. // Focus: Which candidate has the most cash on hand in the AD15 race?