EBC AGENDA | MAR 2-8 | HAYWARD may go carbon-free; FREMONT police seek tech upgrades; ALAMEDA extra special closed session

THE WEEK OF MARCH 2-8
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–HAYWARD– Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–CARBON-FREE ENERGY– Hayward could be heading toward 100 percent carbon-free energy for all its residents through the new East Bay Community Energy program. The council will decide Tuesday whether to make the program’s carbon-free option, called “Brilliant 100,” as the city’s default option. The offering will not cost Hayward residents anything and they will still get their power through PG&E. A lower-tiered option, which features 85 percent carbon-free energy, is estimated to save customers roughly $1 per month.

–CANNABIS TAX RATE– “City staff is proposing introduction of an ordinance establishing the procedure for levying and collecting the Commercial Cannabis Tax approved by the passage of Measure EE. Additionally, staff seeks direction regarding a proposed resolution to establish the

Commercial Cannabis Tax rate at 6% of gross sales.”

–TINY HOMES– A number of Hayward councilmembers have broached the idea of “tiny homes” as a possible avenue for alleviating some of the housing crunch in the city. An informational reports comes their way Tuesday that discusses possible building and zoning changes that will be needed if they council goes forward with studying the issues. The report notes the “allowance for tiny homes within Hayward could eventually meet some of the Council’s objectives within the Complete Communities Initiative.” NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Mar. 13.

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–ALAMEDA– Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–LANDLORDS’ RENT MEASURE– A ballot measure bank-rolled by Alameda landlords appears headed for the November General Election. Landlords were successful last summer in gathering enough signature to qualify for the 2018 ballot. The ballot measure proposes to place the city’s current rent stabilization ordinance in the City Charter. Since the ordinance’s passage, renters’ advocates have soured on the law, while landlords’ have come to embrace it as a means for stifling even greater rent restrictions on property owners.

–CANNABIS PERMITS– The council is set to formally approve a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its burgeoning cannabis industry in an agenda item not heard during the odd Feb. 20 meeting. Alameda has up to nine cannabis-related permits available this spring. One for nursery cultivation, four for manufacturing, two for testing labs, and two medical cannabis dispensaries. The RFP is scheduled to be issued on Feb. 26, with proposals due by April 9. The council could make its selection during the first week of May. Notably the proposed RFP includes a local hire and local ownership provision. But also notably, the section is labeled voluntary

–SEAPLANE LAGOON FERRY TERMINAL-– “In March 2017, the City was awarded an $8.2 million grant for the construction of the Seaplane Lagoon ferry terminal from the Alameda County Transportation Commission which completes the funding for the project. In addition, WETA has obtained funds for the required vessels and the upcoming Regional Measure 3 ballot measure on the June 2018 ballot includes operational funding for the ferry terminal and would allow operations to begin in 2020… This report proposes awarding the $1,604,676 architecture and engineering contract for the Seaplane Lagoon ferry terminal to Marcy Wong Donn Logan (MWDL) in advance of the closing of Site A.”

➤Special council closed session meeting, Friday, Mar. 9, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–INVESTIGATION RESULTS?– Nothing on the agenda specifically suggests the council is scheduled to discuss the four-month-long investigation into allegations made against the council by City Manager Jill Keimach. But common sense tells us the issue has to end sometime, pressure is building in the community to release the report. And that five-hour closed session on Jan. 27 to ended without any resolution? There is nothing going on in Alameda that the council could be talking about behind closed doors except for this potential issues that is likely to dominate Alameda’s election season. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Mar. 20.

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–FREMONT– Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–POLICE IT UPGRADES– Fremont Police is asking for a $1.9 million upgrade to its body-worn cameras, in-car camera system, and digital evidence system. More than $1.1 million is already budgeted for IT capital replacement. Another $339,000 comes from previous COPS grants and $29,000 in Narcotics Asset Forfeiture Funds. That means Fremont PD will ask the council to increase the their budget for IT capital replacement by $380,000.

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–OAKLAND– Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 6, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
–LAKESIDE GREEN STREET PROJECT– …”was born out of the Lake Merritt Master Plan and initiated as part of the Measure DD, Oakland Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks Bond. The project will enhance a major multimodal travel corridor through road reconfiguration that will provide traffic
calming, increased bicycle and pedestrian facilities, expanded park space at Snow Park and Lake Merritt Park and storm water treatment facilities along the shore of Lake Merritt. Approval of this resolution will authorize the City Administrator or her Designee to increase and execute change orders from ten percent (10%) to thirty percent (30%) of the original construction contract with McGuire and Hester, Inc. for construction of the Lakeside Green Street Project for a total contract amount not-to-exceed $15,469,539.00.”

–LIBRARY PARCEL TAX– The library parcel tax approved by the council last month to be placed before voters in June has a problem. The resolution did not meet specification in a new state law that requires ballot questions that extend or raise new taxes to include the amount increased, wrote Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. The error has been fixed and needs council approval Tuesday, which is important because the deadline for inclusion on the June ballot is Mar. 9. NEXT MEETING: Committees, Tuesday, Mar. 13.

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–SAN LEANDRO– Regular council meeting, Monday, Mar. 5, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERENEXT MEETING: Monday, Mar. 19.

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–BART– Regular board meeting, Thursday, Mar. 8, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]