EBC|AGENDA: June 15-21 — OAKLAND police commission; HAYWARD city manager’s moving expenses; ALAMEDA state of the city

ALAMEDA COUNTYRegular board meeting, Tuesday, June 19, 10:45 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: June 25
–PENSION COSTS REDUCTION– “During the 2014-15 Budget Hearings, [the] Board directed the County Administrator and Auditor-Controller to develop a multi-year plan to reduce the County’s unfunded pension liability… This recommendation is for your Board to formally approve the previously authorized transfer of up to $100 million for FY 2018-19, which will increase the PLRA balance to $602.7 million. The proposed transfer is in response to significant increases in the County’s unfunded pension liability. Alameda County Employee Retirement Association’s total unfunded actuarial accrued liability is over $1.8 billion as of December 31, 2016.”


OAKLANDRegular council meeting, Tuesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meetings: June 26.
–Litter and the police commission highlight Oakland’s city council meeting Tuesday. To combat litter and the chronic problem with illegal dumping, the council will appropriate nearly $500,000 for three litter/nuisance officers. The voter-approved Measure LL citizen’s police commission returns to the council. Last March, the Oakland city attorney questioned the Measure LL charter amendment’s legality because it did not allow the city administrator power to hire its director. This arrangement runs counter to all other departments in the city, said the city attorney.

–MIDCYCLE BUDGET– The council will amend its two-year budget approved last year Tuesday night to include a $11 million projected shortfall “due to increased employee costs, including unbudgeted wage increases and other negotiated employee benefits, as well as charter-mandated obligations such as Kids First. As a result of this projected deficit, City departments were requested to submit the equivalent of 2% expenditure reduction (or revenue enhancement) proposals in order to help close the gap. This proposed Midcycle closes the $11 million deficit through a combination of modest increases in revenues and expenditure reductions, as well as the use of one-time monies made available due to a Council-adopted amendment to the City’s Consolidated Fiscal Policy that allows the City to recategorize some one-time funds as ongoing.”

–PLANNING COMMISSION APPTS– Mayor Libby Schaaf is reappointing Oakland Planning Commissioner Amanda Monchamp, and appointing two others. Aschit Hegde will replace Adhi Nagra, and Sahar Shirazi will replace Emily Weinstein. The appointments are listed as emergency agenda items, meaning approval from two-thirds of the council is required for passage Tuesday night.


ALAMEDARegular council meeting, Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 10.
–RENT MEASURE OPPOSITION– Two years ago, Alameda councilmembers wrote a ballot statement in favor of their 2016 Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Now, after Alameda landlords qualified a ballot measure for the fall to incorporate the same ordinance in the City Charter, some of the current councilmembers may choose to write a ballot statement in opposition of the landlords’ charter amendment. The council still stands behind the ordinance, but perhaps a majority opposes taking away the ordinance’s flexibility to be amended on short-notice. As part of the charter, any changes to the rent ordinance would require a vote of the people.

–MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY– The timing is a bit curious, but Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer will offer the State of the City on Tuesday night. Spencer is up for re-election this November–just five months away–and could potentially be facing every member of the council, except Councilmember Jim Oddie. No political shenanigans are going on here, though. City staff have been putting off scheduling the agenda item.


HAYWARDRegular council meeting, Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: June 26
–CITY MANAGER CONTRACT– The city is offering City Manager Kelly McAdoo a new five-year contract. The previous contract received some heat for including a low-interest loan to McAdoo to purchase a home in Hayward. The benefit has added meaning since many Hayward residents are being displaced due to rising rents. Now the council is looking to reimburse McAdoo for $12,000 in moving expenses. “Ms. McAdoo was extremely fiscally responsible and offset the expenses by attempting to sublet and renting her apartment for brief periods over the last year. The Council agrees that not delaying the move for up to one year was in the best interest of the City and has seen the positive benefit of having the City Manager live in Hayward. Consistent with what has been done for other executives and for City Managers in our survey agencies, the Council has approved reimbursement of $12,000 to offset some of the extra expenses Ms. McAdoo incurred when she relocated to Hayward.”

–CANNABIS LAB APPROVAL-– Last December, Hayward put its commercial cannabis permits out for bid. On the laboratory side, the city received just one applicant, Hayward-based Harrens Labs, Inc. The application was vetted and comes before the council Tuesday for approval.


SAN LEANDRORegular council meeting, Monday, June 18, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting, July 9.
–DOWNTOWN PUBLIC WIFI– “San Leandro has invested in building a Public Wi-Fi network that covers the Downtown core, Casa Peralta and Museum area, Community Centers, Libraries, and City Facilities. In the 2017-18 Capital Improvements Program budget, the City Council authorized funds to expand the Public Wi-Fi network to City Parks and additional areas Downtown.” The parks listed to public WIFI are Floresta Park, Halcyon Park, Marina Park, Memorial Park, Siempre Verde Park, Stenzel Park, and Toyon Park. “Staff recommends City Council approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute the Consulting Services Agreement with SmartWAVE Technologies to procure and install the Wi-Fi expansion to the areas described above in an amount not to exceed $100,000.”

–CITY MANAGER REVIEW– Embattled San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata did not attend last Monday’s work session. The meeting came less than a week after he returned to work after being reinstated by the council on June 4. Zapata had been on paid administrative leave since late January after a San Leandro non-profit CEO accused him of sexual misconduct. An independent investigative report questioned the accuser’s credibility. In closed session Monday, the City Council will give Zapata his employee performance review.


FREMONTRegular council meeting, Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE |
–POSTWAR HISTORY– The construction of Interstate 880 through Fremont in the late 1950s kickstarted the city’s building boom. Fremont also incorporated in 1956, but representative architecture highlighting Fremont’s early years has never been identified. A consulting firm was hired by the city, but its finding appear inconclusive, and did not identify any areas that could be designated as Historic Overlay Districts or Neighborhood Conservation Areas, said the report, but recommended a list of buildings that could be furthered studied for historical significance.

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