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OAKLANDRegular city council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Oct. 23.
–SAFE PARKING FOR THOSE LIVING IN CARS- “The City engaged in discussions with faith leaders and business owners to explore the prospect of using empty parking lots to provide a safe space for unsheltered individuals to park their vehicles. Vehicle dwellers face the same challenges as other unsheltered persons, and the Safe Parking program aims to provide a safe place for vehicle dwellers to park while enhancing access to critical services,” said a staff report. Now the city will discussed a $300,000 grant to aid those living in the cars. Later, a winter shelter strategy will be discussed that also includes $130,000 from the county.

–23RD AVE. BRIDGE SEISMIC RETROFIT– “The 23rd Avenue Bridge over Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks, located between East 11th Street and East 12th Street, was selected along with other bridges in Oakland by Caltrans for seismic retrofit as part of the seismic safety retrofit program,” said a staff report. Tuesday night, the council will approve allocating the $10 million state and federal grant, while also discussing whether to select Proven Management, Inc., one of five who bid for the contract, to perform the retrofit for $6.3 million.

OPPOSITION TO PROP. 6– Proposition 6, the repeal of the statewide gas tax, is not popular in the East Bay where road infrastructure is already dismal. Getting rid of the funding is not popular here, but of course, many of us live in a progressive bubble. The Oakland City Council will offer a resolution in opposition of Prop. 6, as will councils in Alameda and Fremont the same night.

ALAMEDA — Regular city council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next council meeting: Nov. 6.
–CANNABIS– The cannabis industry is not exactly enthused about doing business in Alameda. Two medical cannabis retail permits were approved, along with four manufacturing permits, and one for cultivation. One five applicants have come forward since last spring, and all were for medical cannabis. A staff recommendation Tuesday night encourages the council to add adult-use retail permits and two delivery-only permits; eliminate a cap on testing laboratories; and create a “two-tier buffer zone from sensitive uses for dispensaries and cultivation businesses.”

–$3 MILLION FOR FIREFIGHTERS– Last month, the city won a $1.8 million federal grant to hire six “limited term” firefighters. But in order to receive the grant, the city must match it with $1.66 million in funding, for a total allocation of $3 million. “Previous SAFER grants paid 100% of the firefighter’s salaries and benefits (exclusive of overtime, uniform, and ambulance differential pays) for two years and did not require a match. However, the SAFER grant requirements have recently changed. The new grant has a three year performance period and does not allow time extensions. It also requires a 25% match for years one and two, followed by a 65% match for year three. If the City accepts the grant, the performance period will begin on February 28, 2019 and will end on February 27, 2022.

–“There is no employee retention requirement when the grant performance period ends. However, the Fire Department must maintain the suppression staffing level for the entire grant performance period. It is important to note that these are temporary, grant-funded positions. There is no commitment, nor expectation on the part of DHS or FEMA, that these additional positions will continue past the conclusion of the grant.”

SAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Nov. 5.
–PLANNING COMMISSION/BZA MERGER– Another step toward combining San Leandro’s Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments will come Monday night. The council will be asked to approve a schedule beginning next year to have both meetings at the same time. Four vacancies on each board currently exist, a scenario that may make the merger go smoother, as the members will participate in both meetings similar to how many councils conduct joint hearings with their redevelopment agencies.

–NEW CITY CLERK– Pending council approval, San Leandro will have a new city clerk. Leticia Miguel is set to replace Tamika Greenwood, according to a staff report. Miguel most recently served since 2016 as the city clerk in Dixon, Calif.

HAYWARD — Regular city council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next council meeting: Nov. 13.
–HUSD/LAS POSITAS CHIP FOR EDUCATION– The City provides education support to Hayward youth and to adult learners through its Library Department. Over the past several years, the City has received funds to supplement the City’s General Fund costs for these programs. Staff requests Council acceptance and appropriation of funds from the Hayward Unified School District in the amount of $100,000, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in the amount of $11,400, and up to $80,000 in grant funds from the California State Library for FY 2019.”

FREMONT — Regular city council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.
–COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS– “Morrison Canyon Road is a narrow one-lane road that has historically provided access to the rural hillside properties in the Morrison Canyon and Vargas Road areas. Over the years, the use of Morrison Canyon road has evolved to create a number of traffic safety issues… Significant commuter cut-through traffic to access the I-680 freeway in the evenings in the eastbound direction. Approximately 80% of the total vehicle traffic on Morrison Canyon Road during weekdays is from eastbound commuters traveling between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.” The city’s solution is to close the middle lane on Morrison Canyon Road to vehicle traffic on a temporary basis.