>BART to name road after Oscar Grant

BART — Regular board meeting, Thursday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.
-OSCAR GRANT III WAY- The effort to name a thoroughfare near the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland after Oscar Grant received a resolution of support recently from the Oakland City Council. The city, however does not own the road between 33rd and 35th Avenues. On Thursday, the BART Board of Directors will vote on a resolution to rename the road after Grant, who was killed in 2009 by a BART police officer at Fruitvale station. The resolution also directs staff to place signage naming it “Oscar Grant III Way.”

>Oakland push short-term emergency housing ordinance

OAKLAND — Regular council meeting, Thursday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. 19 (committee mtgs).
-EMERGENCY ORDINANCE- “An interim emergency ordinance to temporarily eliminate the exemptions from the Rent Adjustment Ordinance for owner-occupied parcels with,two or three units, consistent with the Just Cause for Eviction Amendment (Measure Y) recently adopted by voters” comes before the council Thursday morning. Six of eight councilmembers must approve the emergency ordinance in order for it to pass. The issue was tabled during the Feb. 5 meeting, further bringing consternation to Oakland renters and advocates facing displacement in the interim.

“If the City Council does not enact an interim emergency ordinance implementing
temporary rent stabilization measures, in the time before a non-emergency ordinance was introduced, received a second reading, and became effective, many tenants could be further subject to rent increases and displacement. Members of the public testified at the public meetings on January 29 and February 5 that some tenants have already subject to large rent increases as a result of the exemption while deliberations on a permanent policy proposal are ongoing.”

>Hayward Downtown Specific Plan EIR comes to Planning

HAYWARDPlanning Commission meeting, Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next planning meeting: Feb 28.
-DOWNTOWN PLAN EIR- The Hayward Downtown Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report covering 320 acres of the northern part of the city, dropped on Jan. 7. The public comment period last until Feb. 20. In the meantime, the Hayward Planning Commission will weigh-in on the 575-page document.

–Some of the areas of concern for buildout of Downtown Hayward, according to the EIR, is the presence of tribal burial grounds, the area’s proximity to the Hayward Fault, and transportation and circulation, among others issues. READ THE DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN EIR HERE.

>Harbor Bay begins transfer of public facilities to Alameda

ALAMEDA — Planning board meeting, Monday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. 25.
-DOWNTOWN HOTEL- Monday night’s agenda item heralds the near completion of a 30-year development agreement between Harbor Bay Entities, the group that developed Bay Farm Island, and the city. In the meantime, the city is nearing the transfer of Harbor Bay shoreline properties that include four acres of park lands, lagoons, fire station, and the Harbor Bay ferry terminal. The transfer is expected to be finalized before the end of the 30-year agreement next year.

>Alameda County Fire seeks drone policy

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Public Protection Committee meeting, Thursday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.
-FIRE DRONES- Several years back, Alameda County residents , because of privacy concerns, opposed a plan by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department to use “small unmanned aerial systems” AKA drones to fight crime. Ultimately the drones were purchased and a policy for its use was crafted by residents and law enforcement. Now, the Alameda County Fire Department wants its own policy to use drones to fight fires. The early stages of a policy comes before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee on Thursday morning. Over the past year, Alameda County Fire has used the Sheriff’s drones to access blazes on several occasions in the county. Alameda County Sheriff’s drones were also used recently to aid in recent Northern California wildfires. The Fire Department hopes to have a policy is placed by October of this year.

AC TRANSIT — Regular board meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. 27
-FARE INCREASE PUBLIC MTG- Last December, the AC Transit board indicated an intent to raise adult fares to $2.50 by July 1, then 25 cents every other year through 2024. A pubic meeting on the matter will be held Wednesday. The proposed fare increase i

EAST BAY MUDRegular board meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1:15 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb. | Water supply update.

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