EBC AGENDA|Sept. 14-20—ALAMEDA minimum wage; ALAMEDA COUNTY may extend ‘dirty dirt’ moratorium; FREMONT settles with Verizon

SAN LEANDRORegular council meeting, Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Oct. 1.
–FIBER OPTIC MASTER PLAN–  The council receives a report Monday night from consultant Magellan Advisors that plots the next stages in San Leandro’s digital future, including how much it may cost. “The City of San Leandro maintains a robust fiber optic network consisting of 21 miles of conduit and anywhere from 48 to 102 strands of fiber per section, depending on the location. In recent years, the City has utilized its fiber optic network to connect its traffic signals, provide data and network services between City facilities, for its public Wi-Fi system, and to connect the Climatec smart street light system. It is anticipated that even more uses will arise in the future.” READ THE REPORT HERE.


HAYWARDRegular council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept 25.
–-DOWNTOWN NIGHTLIFE-– Hayward’s downtown has struggled mightily to attract a nightlife save for a few establishments near Foothill Boulevard. An appeal for a proposed cocktail bar with live entertainment might give a clue to the inside battles that have hampered growth downtown along with the somewhat prudish attitude toward music and alcohol famously fostered by former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney. The bar on 990 B Street was approved by the planning commission, but now comes to the council on appeal. Hayward PD has already questioned the safety around this part of town. Buffalo Bill’s master brewer Geoff Harries also weighed in with an email. “I am disappointed that this bar is anticipating bringing trouble to our downtown community, so much so that their business plan is primarily a security and surveillance solution to combating the expected problems.”


ALAMEDARegular council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Oct. 2.
–589 NEW HOUSING UNITS– The Encinal Terminals master plan comes before the council this week along with 589 new housing units, including 79 set aside for various levels of affordable housing units, to a development located on the Alameda/Oakland estuary. The proposed project also includes a waterfront promenade, 50,000 square feet of retail space and 160 maritime slips for recreational boaters, according to a staff report.

–One issue Tuesday night may include the developer’s request for a building height waiver exceeding 45 feet. “The applicant’s density bonus application demonstrates that only 508 units could be constructed within the 45-foot height limit, and therefore the height limit physically precludes construction of the 589 units in the proposed project permitted with the density bonus,” according to the staff report. “Therefore it can be concluded that a waiver of the City’s height limits must be granted to comply with State Law governing density bonus waiver requirements and allow the development of the requested 589 units.”

–-MINIMUM WAGE–- Alameda could join its East Bay neighbors in accelerating the timeline mandated by state law to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Alameda’s current minimum wage is $11 an hour. A staff recommendation proposes it raise to $13.50 an hour on July 1, 2019 and $15 an hour by July 1, 2020. However, there are signs the recommendation will be met with resistance from the business community which may favor an even more gradual increase. READ THE STORY HERE.


CANDIDATE FORUMS

ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY – Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m., 7750 Pardee Lane, Oakland.

CA SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS – Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.

16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT – Sunday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., 3400 Nevada Street, Pleasanton.

PLEASANTON – Mayoral and City Council forum, Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., 200 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton.

OAKLAND – Mayoral forum, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., 8501 International Blvd, Oakland.

ALAMEDA – City Council forum hosted by Bike Walk Alameda, Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., 2255 Santa Clara Blvd, Alameda.

LIVERMORE – Mayoral and City Council forums, Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., 600 Main Street, Livermore.


FREMONTRegular council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 25.
–-VERIZON SETTLEMENT-– In March, an appeal against Verizon Wireless’ proposed 54-feet-tall cell tower on Blacow Road designed to look like a church bell tower was granted by the Fremont City Council. “Verizon subsequently filed suit against the City for violation of the federal Telecommunications Act. Following a peer review of the evidence by a third-party electrical engineer hired by the City, the City Attorney’s Office recommends that the City Council settle the litigation,” according to the staff report. The issue revolved around the council’s acceptance that a gap in service was evident in the area and the proposed tower was minimally intrusive. Under the law, it must then be approved.


OAKLANDRegular council meeting, Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 25.
–-GRAND JURY RESPONSE– The least informative Alameda County Grand Jury report in recent memory this summer knocked the City of Oakland’s $860 million tab for unfunded liabilities, and its aging sewer systems, among four entries in the annual report. By law, the city must issue a response to the jury’s findings. Somewhat surprisingly, when it comes to its unfunded liabilities, the city’s agrees with most of the findings contained in the report, but offer few concrete steps for limiting the amount of future unfunded liabilities. READ THE REPORT HERE.


ALAMEDA COUNTYRegular board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:45 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Sept. 25.
–LIBRARY FUNDING– Six agenda items Tuesday morning will allocate funding for expanded library hours in Dublin and Union City and other library-related programs across Alameda County. Dublin will received $579,936 in county funding to keep the library open 23 additional hour per week. Union City receives $342,938 for 22 additional hours a week. The funding is through June 2019.

Board planning meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE
–DIRTY DIRT MORATORIUM– After the county learned of a number of cases in east county where large property owner were importing excessive amounts of untreated soil–one case in Livermore involved nearly 1 million cubic yards of potentially contaminated soil–the board moved to place a moratorium on the importation of soil through Sept. 20. County staff will ask the board Tuesday afternoon for a six month extension through Mar. 17, 2019 while it studies potential remedies for the problem and an ordinance. Alameda County has no such rules against the importation of soil, which can present a windfall for the east county farmers and ranchers who accept the “dirty dirt.” READ ABOUT THE MORATORIUM HERE. AND HERE.


EDEN HEALTH DISTRICTRegular board meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE
–DAVIS STREET REPORT– Typically a report by San Leandro’s Davis Street Family Resource Center would not be newsworthy. But since the upcoming board elections for three open seat is being clouded by the board’s recent decision to cut its funding to the non-profit and the existence of three strong candidates aligned with Davis Street, this is something to keep an eye on.


CHABOT-LAS POSITAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTRegular board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Oct. 2.

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