>A moratorium on businesses that exploit the poor

HAYWARDSpecial council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb 5.
-MORATORIUM WORK SESSION- Some Hayward officials worry about an over-saturation of massage parlors, tobacco and vaping retail establishments, check cashing businesses, fast food restaurants, and alcohol establishments in the city. For instance, there is 113 tobacco retailers in Hayward. On Tuesday, the council will hold a work session for a possible moratorium on permits for these types of businesses in Hayward. City staff, however, is not on board with a moratorium, writing, “existing regulatory framework can address any potential impacts these uses may cause.”

-HOMELESSNESS-HOUSING TASKFORCE- Following last week’s approval of a $3 million Housing Navigation Center to help the homeless in Hayward, comes the formation of a Council Homelessness-Housing Task Force. As proposed, the task force would run for two years starting this March and meet quarterly. During this time, staff will evaluate whether there is sufficient workload to later make it a permanent standing committee.

>Alameda Park St. hotel proposed

ALAMEDA — Planning board meeting, Monday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb 11.
-DOWNTOWN HOTEL- A 96-room hotel could be coming to Park Street in Alameda. The Planning Board will hold a hearing on the project proposed for three-quarters of an acre at 1825 Park Street and Clement Avenue, near the Park Street Bridge. ” The property was formerly known as the Ron Goode Toyota dealership site and is currently occupied by a business selling scooters.  In 2013, the City Council rezoned the area along Park Street north of Lincoln Avenue to establish the North Park Street Gateway District as a way to facilitate redevelopment of obsolete auto row properties into a vibrant commercial gateway into Alameda.”

>CASA housing strategy presented to five East Bay cities

MTCSpecial joint meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m., San Leandro Senior Community Center.
-CASA- The Bay Area’s ambitions plan for alleviating the local housing crisis, known as CASA, gets a public airing Wednesday night for elected officials from Fremont, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, and Newark. Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will offer a presentation.


Sen. Kamala Harris Presidential Campaign Rally, Sunday, Jan. 27, 12 p.m., Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.


-15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT- Saturday, Jan. 26, Emeryville Center of Community Life Gymnasium, 47th Street, Emeryville, 9:30 a.m.

-18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT- Sunday, Jan. 27, College of Alameda Student Lounge, Building F, 555 Ralph Appezzato Parkway, Alameda, 12 p.m.

>>List of candidates for both districts HERE.

>Alameda County allocates funds for rental housing

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. 5.
-MEASURE A1 FUNDS- An allocation of Measure A1 Rental Housing Development funding is coming to several East Bay cities. The funding will allow each project the opportunity to seek additional state funding, along with state and federal tax breaks. The projects include $6.7 million to the City Center Apartments in Oakland (59 affordable units), $18.6 million to the Fremont Islander in Fremont (126 affordable units), $13.5 million to the Berkeley Way project (185 affordable units); and $956,341 to 95th and International project in Oakland (54 affordable units.)

-HELP FOR FEDERAL WORKERS- As the shutdown of the federal government appears near a short-term resolution, Alameda County supervisors nonetheless are set to allocate $1 million in additional funding to the Alameda County Community Food Bank to help federal employees who may be facing food insecurity.

-NOTES- A Utility Box Art Program is coming to unincorporated Alameda County. The board will approve $31,050 to be split among seven artists to recreate their work on utility boxes… Four local hospitals will be designated to receive 5150 psychiatric hold patients. They are San Leandro Hospital, Alameda Hospital, Cal Berkeley Student Health Center, and Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic.

SAN LEANDRO — Council work session, Monday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. 4. | Budget forecast.

CASTRO VALLEY — MAC land-use meeting, Monday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. 11.

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