>>Cost of new Alameda County voting system: $23.7M

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Jan. 8.
–NEW COUNTY VOTING SYSTEM– The useful life of Alameda County’s voting system has run its course after 12 years. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is set to approve a new $23.7 million contract with Dominion Voting Services for software and services over the next decade, according to a staff report.

–NOTES– Supervisors Scott Haggerty and Nate Miley will honor Alameda County first responders who provided relief at the Camp Fire in Butte County… Supervisor Wilma will issue a proclamation for the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship last June… Supervisor Richard Valle’s office to allocate $25,000 in district funds to Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital.

>San Leandro election winners take oath on Tuesday

SAN LEANDRO Regular council meeting, Monday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
–ZONING CHANGES– “Based on prior direction from City Council, staff recommended to the Planning Commission that the maximum height limit in the Professional Office (P) zoning district be established at a consistent 30 feet for all commercial and residential development. The Planning Commission approved an amendment to staff’s recommendation by proposing that the City Council provide an exception for any P-zoned parcels greater than 10,000 square feet that are surrounded on all sides by another zoning that allows a 50 foot height limit.”

–In those instances, the Planning Commission recommended the P-zoned properties be allowed to develop to 50 feet in height… Only two eligible parcels were identified: 490 Estudillo Avenue, a three story 18-unit apartment building, and 637 Fargo Avenue, which is Fire Station No.13. Additional properties could hypothetically become eligible for this height exception through a lot merger or a parcel map.”

>>Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
–SWEARING-IN– Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, Councilmembers Deborah Cox and Corina Lopez receive the oath of office Tuesday night following their dominant victories at the ballot box on Nov. 6. They will be joined by newcomer District 3 Councilmember-elect Victor Aguilar, Jr, who issued one of the biggest upsets in the East Bay last month with his narrow victory over incumbent Lee Thomas.

>>Planning Commission meeting, Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
–CONTENTIOUS BANCROFT APT. PROJECT– Last year, a proposed 4-story, 73-unit apartment building at 1388 Bancroft Avenue by prominent San Leandro property owner Tom Silva received considerable opposition from Estudillo Estates residents, along with former San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy over concerns about its height. City staff recommended a denial of the project. Silva went back to the drawing board and returns with a 3-story, 45-unit project that comes before the Planning Commission Thursday night. Two of the units are proposed to be rent restricted. Silva would also pay an in-lieu fee of $160,357.

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>CDBG funds for St. Rose, homeless, affordable housing

HAYWARDRegular council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Jan. 8.
–CDBG FUNDS FOR ST. ROSE– The long-term viability of St. Rose Hospital is in doubt. Alameda County Supervisors will approve $25,000 to the struggling safety-net hospital this week, while the Eden Health District has discussed additional aid. Hayward may add to the total this week. The council will discuss whether to allocate $400,000 of $1.75 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure improvements at St. Rose.  In addition, staff is recommended $1 million to Mia’s Dream Playground, which seeks to build an all-inclusive play area in Hayward; $380,000 for planning and demolition related to affordable housing; and $75,000 for Adobe Services to aid the homeless.

>Spencer, Matarrese step aside

ALAMEDA — Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Jan 2.
–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.

>>Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 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.

EDEN HEALTH DISTRICT — Regular board meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Jan. 16.

BART  — Regular board meeting, Thursday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Election of board president

MTCRegular meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1:35 p.m.