EBC AGENDA: May 25-31 — OAKLAND pension strategy; ACTransit supports unions ahead of SCOTUS ruling

OAKLAND – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting, June 5.
–UNFUNDED LIABILITIES– New accounting rules that begin after June 30 mean Oakland has to include unfunded liabilities on its balance sheet. City staff will recommend creating a new policy for unfunded liabilities no later than January 2019. “As of July 1, 2015, the Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (the “UAAL”), was $859.99 million. As of June 30, 2017, the City’s projected net OPEB [Other Post-Employment Benefits] obligation was $359.98 million,” according to the staff report. “It is crucial that the city develop a plan and policy to address the problem of rising OPEB liabilities because pay-as-you-go is not a sustainable option long-term. Additionally, bringing unfunded OPEB liabilities to the forefront has the potential of dragging down the City’s credit rating if there is no plan in place to sufficiently address the growing OPEB obligations. A lower credit rating could result in higher borrowing costs to the City and limits the access to the credit market.”


SAN LEANDRO – Special closed session, Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting, June 4.
–CITY MANAGER CONTROVERSY– The post-Memorial Day weekend special closed session is notable, although the agenda posted Wednesday morning doesn’t appear to suggest as much at first glance. But the last time the council met in a special session in late January, they placed the city manager of paid administrative leave following accusations of improper sexual advances levied against him by the head of the Davis Street Family Resource Center. An investigation was approved by the council and, according to sources, the report is expected sometime in late May. It’s possible no public announcement is made following the closed session. The agenda item only lists potential exposure to one lawsuit. Meanwhile, according to some sources, City Manager Chris Zapata’s future in San Leandro may not be predicated on the accusations against him which may amount to “he said, she said,” but the scathing 23-page letter he wrote named name, some of which serve on the council. Essentially, can the council and Zapata still maintain an overall level of trust moving forward.


HAYWARD – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting, June 5.
–RENT STABILIZATION– No agenda posted yet. But earlier this month, Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo said the city’s discussions for helping struggling renters with possible changes to its rent stabilization ordinance would resume at the May 29 council meeting. A Hayward renters group has for months been lobbying the city to enact a moratorium on rent increases, vacancy decontrol and, just cause protections. Yet the discussion has dragged on.


AC TRANSIT – Regular board meeting, Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m.
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–JANUS V. AFSCME– A U.S. Supreme Court decision that could deeply diminish the labor movement is expected soon. The general consensus is the high court will roll back labor’s ability to collect mandatory union dues from its members. The AC Transit board on Wednesday is offering a resolution that reaffirms support of its unions. According to the proposed resolution, “AC Transit supports the freedom of all employees to exercise their rights to a voice and dignity on the job through joining together in strong unions.”

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