>San Leandro to approve adult-use cannabis sales

SAN LEANDRO Regular council meeting, Monday, Mar. 18, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 25.
–RETAIL CANNABIS– San Leandro is poised to allow its three permitted dispensaries to begin selling retail adult-use cannabis, according to a proposed ordinance. Included is a “shot clock” for the city’s two unopened dispensaries — Harborside and Nug — to open before Dec. 31 or lose their permits. Harborside was approved in late 2015 and Nug (formerly the Davis Street Wellness Center) in 2016. San Leandro dispensaries can currently only distribute medical cannabis.

-RED LIGHT CAMERA CONTRACT- City staff is seeking direction for whether to renew a red-light camera contract. An 8-year contract is set to expire on April 20. Over the past five years, the program has cost the city $432,970 annual. But the program makes money for the city, roughly $188,000 per year. Nearly 10,000 citations are issued through its five locations, 88 percent are for right-hand turns. A vast majority of the citations are received by non-San Leandro residents, according to the staff report. The usefulness and safety of the cameras have been questioned in other cities. Hayward, for example, cancelled its program a few years ago.

>Hayward city manager seeks to reform referral process

HAYWARDRegular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 26.
-REFFERAL PROCESS- Since the election last fall of Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab the process (or lack thereof) for offering council referrals has been greatly changed. A proposed change to the Council Handbook, by City Manager Kelly McAdoo, appears to be a power grab. Remember, the City Council is the city manager’s boss. In the proposal, designed to balance the city staff’s work flow, councilmembers would be limited to five referrals per year. Wahab has likely already met or exceeded the limit.

-CANNABIS BUFFER REDUCED- “The City requires a 1,000-foot separation between commercial cannabis retail dispensaries and a 600-foot separation between all commercial cannabis businesses and sensitive land uses, including schools, day care centers and youth centers. The proposed text amendments would reduce the over-concentration buffer between retail dispensaries from 1,000 feet to 500 feet and additionally provide the Planning Commission the ability to reduce the 600-foot buffer for commercial cannabis uses from sensitive land uses, if two additional findings are made,” said a staff report. There are currently three dispensaries seeking permit for downtown locations that are within the 1,000-foot buffer.

-COMMUNITY FOUNDATION- Groups seeking Hayward’s various cannabis permits are expected to offer certain community benefits for the privilege of being awarded the permit. Born out of the city’s cannabis permitting process is an idea to create a community-based foundation that these cannabis operators can support. The non-profit, to be possibly named the Hayward Community Foundation, would then distribute the money to various causes in the city.

>Oakland may increase rental program fee

OAKLANDCouncil committee meetings, Tuesday, Mar. 19, starts at 9:30 a.m.
-5-YEAR FISCAL FORECAST- The pull quote on the first page of Oakland’s five-year fiscal forecast says it all. “None of the Mayor’s and City Council’s goals can be effectively advanced should Oakland’s fiscal foundation become unstable.” The forecast, which will come before the Finance Committee, sees revenues in Oakland continuing to be robust, at the same time, expecting expenditures to nullify the gains. By Fiscal Year 2023-24, the forecast estimates a budget shortfall of $120 million. However, the forecast makes no assumptions for a economic downturn, although the executive summary allude to one or more being likely since the economy has bee robust for 9 years. It also does not prescribe any adjustment that would likely be made within the next 5 years.

-RENT PROGRAM FEE INCREASE- Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program fee is about to increase again. In recent years, Oakland has expanded its number of rent ordinances, thereby, also increasing the number of units to be monitored by the city. During Tuesday’s Finance Committee, councilmembers will hear a proposal to increase per-unit program fee from $68 to $101. In 2016, the fee was increased from $30 to $68. According to a staff report, the increase would go toward expanding personnel, but also a refocus from a passive to aggressive enforcement strategy. Currently, enforcement is driven by rental complaints.

>Fremont Police want more license-plate readers

FREMONT — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 2.
-LICENSE-PLATE READERS- Few East Bay cities are more willing to introduce public surveillance by law enforcement than Fremont. Fremont Police are asking for $110,000 to purchase 8 Automated License Plate Readers on Tuesday night. A controversy involving ALPRs in Union City and data-sharing raged on last week. According to the Fremont staff report, Fremont does not use a vendor. However, the technology it seeks to purchase Tuesday night is run through the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), which privacy experts say shared information with the federal government and ICE. A new state law last fall, however, now restricts the flow of information.

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>No room for breast-feeding at Alameda City Hall

ALAMEDARegular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 2.
-BREAST-FEEDING REFERRAL- Councilmember Malia Vella is offering a referral Tuesday night asking for the creation of baby changing tables at City Hall, in addition, to gender neutral bathrooms. Vella is pregnant and is due in May. She, like all women who work at Alameda City Hall, at present, have no designated place to breast-feed their infants.

NOTES: Councilmember Tony Daysog also has a referral to raise the city’s Hotel Tax. Daysog pushed for a similar tax during his previous time on council… Vadim Sidelnikov is to be appointed to the Rent Review Advisory Committee, filling one of the seats reserved for tenants…. The council will vote to endorse a resolution for “Declaration of a Climate Emergency and Request Regional Collaboration on an Immediate Just Transition and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate.”

BART BOARD — Special board meeting, Thursday, Mar. 21, 10:50 a.m.

CHABOT-LAS POSITASRegular board meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 19, 6 p.m.
ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 2.