EBC|AGENDA: July 20-26 – Lackluster interest for ALAMEDA pot permits; SAN LEANDRO moratorium; AHERN’s war on meth

ALAMEDA COUNTY – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 31 (retreat).
–SALES TAX MEASURE APPROVAL– The county is coming back with another half-percent sales tax ballot measure to fund childcare and early education programs after Measure A came excruciatingly close to passage last June. The proposed measure for November is basically the same, except it lowers the sunset date from 30 years to 20 years. Approval Tuesday morning requires support from four of five supervisors. Here’s the proposed question for the “Alameda County Childcare, Preschool, and Early Education Measure– To expand access to childcare and preschool for low- and middle-income families; help homeless and at-risk children; including help preventing child abuse/neglect; attract and retain quality childcare workers; and add spaces for childcare at locations throughout the county, shall the County of Alameda enact a 20-year, half percent sales tax providing approximately 140 million dollars annually with citizen’s oversight, public discourse of spending, and mandatory annual audits?”

–AFFORDABLE HOUSING REHAB IN HAYWARD– The board will approve the allocation of $1.2 million for the “acquisition and rehabilitation of Faith Manor Apartments, a 62-unit rental affordable housing project in Hayward and Tennyson Gardens, a 96-unit rental affordable housing project” using HOME Community Housing Development Organization funding.

–SHERIFF’S WAR ON METH/GANGS– Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern is requesting an increase in appropriations by $732,684 to combat the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the county. The costs, according to the staff report, is offset by revenue the California Emergency Management Agency. “The funds will be used to pay for overtime expenses as well as necessary law enforcement supplies,” wrote Ahern.

–MORE COPS IN INCORPORATED ALCO– Ahern is seeking approval “to apply for and accept the 2017 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program grant, funding will be used to increase law enforcement presence throughout areas served by the AC Transit System and provide community oriented police services throughout San Lorenzo, Ashland-Cherryland, Castro Valley, Sunol and all parts of the unincorporated area of Alameda County, for the grant period of 11/1/17 – 10/31/20, in the amount of $1,000,000.”

Board of Supervisors planning meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE |
–LIVERMORE OIL PERMIT APPEAL– Two environmental groups filed an appeal on June 1 to oppose a conditional-use permit to E&B Natural Resources for two oil wells in unincorporated Livermore that have been in production since 1967. The groups contend the wells and the company’s use of waterflooding to increase the output of oil puts the local aquifer at risk and increase the likelihood of elevated seismic activity. The county’s Department of Community Development says various regulatory agencies have rebutted the claims. On Tuesday they will recommend that the board deny the appeal.


ALAMEDARegular council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 4.
–CANNABIS UPDATE– After approval of two regulatory ordinances last January, the city staff returns with a six-month update on its work toward receiving proposals and actually approving permits in Alameda. To review, the city is allowing permits for one nursery cultivation; four manufacturing permits; two testing laboratory permits, and two medicinal retail dispensaries. But interest in Alameda appears to be lackluster. The city only received a total of five letters of intent. All five were for medical cannabis dispensaries.

–LAST WEEK’S NEWS ITEMS– Last week, the city announced the selection of former Orange City Manager David Rudat as its interim city manager. The council on Tuesday will finalize the short-term hiring to will run at last to Jan. 31, 2019. In closed session, the council will determine a course forward in response to former Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog’s legal complaint against them in opposition to the ballot question that will appear on the November ballot for the renter stabilization charter amendment measure.


SAN LEANDROSpecial council meeting, Monday, July 23, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 3.
–URGENCY SHORT-TERM RENTAL MORATORIUM– Short-term rentals, are already prohibited in San Leandro. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t going on. In one case, for instance, the city is aware of a short-term rental with occupancy of 40 (perhaps for a party). On Monday, the city staff is recommending an urgency moratorium on all short-term housing rentals. “The unregulated expansion of short-term rentals would undermine the City’s achievement of its long-term planning goals and investments. The City Council has received complaints and numerous public comments at its regular meetings indicating that the proliferation of non-hosted short-term rentals within the City adversely affects the quality of life and the character of the City’s residential neighborhoods. In addition, short-term rentals pose challenges for enforcement and tax collection because precise information on their locations, availability, revenues earned, and actual occupancy rates are difficult to obtain. In brief, short-term rentals pose an immediate threat to public health, safety, and welfare. ” In tandem, the city will also discuss an “unruly gathering” ordinance.


OAKLAND – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 5:30 p.m
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 4.


HAYWARD – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 4.


EAST BAY MUD – Regular council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 1:15 p.m
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE |


AC TRANSIT – Regular council meeting, Wednesday, July 25, 5 p.m
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Aug. 8.

PROGRAM NOTE: Almost every local governmental body in Alameda County take an August recess. Not much is happening at City Halls across the East Bay. Therefore, the EBC|AGENDA will return on Friday, Aug.  31. Meanwhile, visit EBCitizen.com all month for the start of the Election 2018 season!

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