>San Leandro may ban non-hosted short-term rentals

SAN LEANDRO City Council work session, Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Dec. 17.
–SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE– The city may be effectively shutting down non-hosted short-term rentals, while making it somewhat onerous to run “hosted” short-term rentals, according to a staff recommendation to be offered Monday night. Non-hosted rentals, which can sometimes be noisy and disruptive to neighbors, had previously received seven code violations, leading the city to begin examining the issue. According to the staff proposal, first-time violators of the non-hosted ban will be charged with a misdemeanor, and $1,000 fine or six months in jail. Owners of hosted short-term rentals will be required to obtain a business license, a short-term rental permit, and collect the city’s hotel tax. Violation of the hosted short-term rental ordinance will result in a $1,000 fine and a first strike of three that would lead to revocation of their permit.

>Halliday, Lamnin, Wahab swearing-in

HAYWARDSpecial council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Dec. 18.
–POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE– Few cities in the East Bay put on an inauguration ceremony like Hayward. Tuesday’s special meeting includes the swearing-in of Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, Councilmember Sara Lamnin, and Councilmember-elect Aisha Wahab. But not before an honor guard escorts the trio into the Hayward City Council Chambers, the Pledge of Allegiance led by a local Boy Scouts troop, National Anthem by the Mt. Eden High School choir, an original poem by Hayward Poet Laureate Bruce Roberts, and speeches. The new council will also make its first vote together: choosing a new mayor pro tempore (vice mayor).  Based on suggestions in the Hayward council handbook, the councilmember in line for the appointment is Francisco Zermeño. Reception to follow.

>Spencer, Matarrese step aside; hotel fight comes to Planning

ALAMEDA — Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Dec. 18.
–INTERIM CITY ATTORNEY– The council’s last big decision will be to elevate Interim Assistant City Attorney Michael Roush to replace retiring City Attorney Janet Kern on an interim basis. The proposed interim contract runs from Dec. 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, or 960 hours of work. Roush will earn $113.94 an hour under the deal.

Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
–FAREWELLS/SWEARING-IN– Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and Councilmember Frank Matarrese will receive commendations for their service on the council, followed by “farewell comments.” Mayor-elect Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Councilmember Jim Oddie and Councilmembers-elect John Knox White and Tony Daysog will be sworn-in. Appointment of a new vice mayor, based on recent council tradition bestowing the honorary position on the top vote-getter in the most recent election, means the job will go to Knox White.

Planning Board meeting, Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
–MARRIOTT HOTEL AT BAY FARM– A proposed 5-story, 172-room, waterfront Marriott Residence Inn comes to the Planning Board Monday night and it could be contentious. Opponents of the project at the corner of Harbor Bay Parkway and Bay Edge Road say the hotel is too large, will mean a loss of bay views, home values and increase traffic. Proponents for the project estimate the hotel will generate $1 million in new tax revenue for the city in the first year, and create 85 permanent jobs and 250 construction jobs. The hotel will also share 112 parking spots with ferry riders.

>Search begins for next Union City police chief

UNION CITY — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Dec. 18.
–REPLACING MCALLISTER– Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister is retiring and the council will offer a proclamation for his 37-years of service, including the last five as chief. In a closed session item early in the evening, the council will discuss naming an interim. McAllister was in the news earlier this year–not exactly for his own doing. Media reports showed his son attacked an elderly Sikh man in Manteca. McAllister’s son pleaded guilty on Dec. 6 to felony attempted assault, which was caught on surveillance cameras.

–NEW COUNCIL– Councilmembers Emily Duncan and Pat Gacoscos, along with Councilmember-elect Jaime Patiño, will take the oath of office Tuesday night. Appointment of a new vice mayor, board and committee assignments will follow.

>Newark gets a new city manager

NEWARKRegular council meeting, Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
–BENOUN ELEVATED– Following the retirement of long-time Newark City Manager John Becker, effective at the end of this month, the Newark City Council will name John Benoun, the current city attorney, as his replacement, effective Dec. 29. Benoun will earn $244,092 in salary, boosting his pay by 11 percent. But the staff report notes, Benoun’s contract is still 4.4 percent less than Becker’s. In tandem, the council will also elevate Assistant City Attorney Kristopher Kokotaylo to become interim city attorney.

–TAKING THE OATH– Newark Mayor Al Nagy will be sworn-in for another two-year term Thursday night, in addition, to Councilmembers Mike Bucci and Michael Hannon. All three ran unopposed this year.

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Board Health Committee meeting, Monday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Alameda Health System quarterly financial report.

Special board meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Board retreat. | Next meeting: Dec. 18 |

AC TRANSIT — Regular board meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:00 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Jan. 9.

EAST BAY MUD — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1:15 p.m.