EBC|AGENDA: July 9-13 — Tab for Desley Brooks suit drops to $2.2m

OAKLAND – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 17.
–BROWN/BROOKS SETTLEMENT– The amount Councilmember Desley Brooks’ re-election challengers will cite like a weapon against her will be $2.2 million. That’s the amount the council will vote to authorize paying former Black Panther icon Elaine Brown following an October 2015 altercation with Brooks at Everett & Jones BBQ in downtown Oakland. A jury originally awarded Brown $3.75 million in damages, but a judge later urged for the amount to be reduced. Brown will receive $1.2 million, if the settlement is approved Tuesday evening. The jury also ordered Brooks to pay Brown $550,000 in punitive damage–also reduced by the judge. However, Brooks is still appealing the reduced $75,000 payment. Nonetheless, with tough economic times in Oakland likely to get worse in the next 1-2 years, frittering away $2.2 million–albeit mostly paid with insurance funds–is going to wreak havoc on Brooks’ re-election campaign this fall.

–DERBY AVENUE PARCEL– A proposal to sell a vacant, city-owned parcel at Derby Avenue near International Boulevard returns to the City Council. And opponents of charter schools will also be back. The city is proposing to sell the parcel for $500,000 to later be the site of an Aspire Charter School. Opposition has been fervently against the sale and the item was postponed during a meeting last month.


SAN LEANDROSpecial city council town hall, Monday, July 9, 6:45 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 16.
–TOWN HALL– San Leandro Councilmembers Lee Thomas, Benny Lee, and Pete Ballew, and Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter hold a town hall at the Marina Community Center, Titan Auditorium; 15301 Wicks Boulevard.


ALAMEDARegular council meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m. (Special meeting: 6 p.m.)
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 24.
–RENT STABILIZATION ORDINANCE– A review of the city’s 2016 rent ordinance by Management Partners gets its own special council meeting, starting at 6 p.m. “Ordinance 3148 appears to be having the desired effect on the rental housing market: discouraging landlords from terminating existing tenants to gain higher rent from new tenants, providing financial assistance to tenants who are relocated, and providing a forum through which landlords and tenants can resolve rent increase disputes.” The Alameda Renters Coalition disagrees with the assessment and is already marshaling its supporters to register their discontent at Tuesday night’s meeting. Later in the meeting, the council will decide on wording for rebutting a ballot measure in November–backed by landlords–to place the same rent ordinance in the city charter. The council supports the ordinance but not locking it into the charter where future changes will need to be made at the ballot box.

–CITY MANAGER– A closed session item on the city manager position, currently held by Acting City Manager Liz Warmerdam, could be newsworthy. Warmerdam, who filled the position after former City Manager Jill Keimach and the city council decided to part ways, only had a contract through last month. The council may have to decide whether to hire her permanently or find another interim candidate.

–ALAMEDA MARINA EIR– A final Environmental Impact Report for the vast Alameda Marina project also comes before the council for approval. “The project would include a combination of residential, maritime and commercial uses that would be housed in existing structures to be rehabilitated or new structures to be built on the site, including up to 760 housing units, up to 250,000 square feet of maritime and commercial space, approximately 3.59 acres of open space, and up to 530 marina berths.”


HAYWARD Joint Council/Hayward Housing Authority meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 17
–NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES– Forty-five single-family homes are coming to 4th and B Street, according to a proposal before the council from developer Dutra Enterprises. “The proposed project would result in the development of a currently vacant lot in an existing residential neighborhood… The project would generate an estimated $100,129 in annual revenue from property and utility user taxes and approximately $97,462 in annual costs related to City services, resulting in a net positive impact of approximately $2,668 per year . Additionally, the project would generate an estimated $3,157,474 to $3,293,912 in one-time revenue prior to occupation through the payment of various development impact fees such as park dedication fees, affordable housing impact fees, school impact fees, and utility fees.”

–DOWNTOWN LIBRARY/HERITAGE PLAZA– “The new library’s completion is imminent and the next phase of the overall project, the Heritage Plaza restoration, will begin immediately after the new library opens. The new Plaza is estimated to be complete and operational in spring 2019” and is estimated to be as large as Union Square in San Francisco.


ALAMEDA COUNTYRegular board meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 24.
–ACSO/ASHLAND YOUTH CENTER– Earlier this year, Supervisor Nate Miley took heat for his plan to transfer oversight of the REACH Ashland Youth Center in unincorporated Alameda County to the Sheriff’s Office. The community pushed back and the proposal is on hold indefinitely. But the sheriff’s deputies have had a previous presence at the youth center–built in 2013 for young people between the ages of 11-24. The Board on Tuesday will vote to allocate $250,000 to fund recreational activities at the youth center through the Alameda County Deputies Activities League. Among the activities funded: soccer, track, boxing, weightlifting, Zumba, in addition, martial arts and dance. The contract runs through June 2019.


BARTRegular board meeting, Thursday, July 12, 9 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE |

EAST BAY MUDRegular board meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 1:15 p.m.
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