City Council Briefing: San Leandro’s green wastewater project; Alameda gun violence town hall

Fremont city staff is skeptical about compostable food serviceware like paper straws and whether they pose new environmental concerns.

>>> SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 7, 7 p.m.)Item 10A
WASTEWATER SOLUTION – The Wastewater Pollution Control Plant on Davis Street is slated to begin design a development for a greener method of removing nitrogen, phosphorus and other contaminants from a portion of the wastewater the city later discharges into the bay. The project, which ultimately will cost $1 million, is inspired by the Oro Loma Sanitary District’s much-praised horizontal levee project in San Lorenzo. AGENDA.

>>> HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m.) – Work session
STRATEGY SESSION – Using a consultant, the Hayward City Council and executive team will attempt to set an early overarching course for the next few years. AGENDA

>>> ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 14, 6 p.m.)
GUN VIOLENCE TOWN HALL – Alameda elected officials will hold a town hall on gun violence at the Alameda Theatre next Monday. The event is headed by Councilmembers Jim Oddie and John Knox White. Local state officials are expected to speak. AGENDA.

>>> TRI-CITIES (Oct. 8, 7 p.m.)
FREMONT city staff is recommending against the the city council approving a “broad product ban” on single-use straws and other compostable dining food serviceware. A city staff report, citing Alameda’s recent straw ordinance, questioned potential new environmental impacts from the use of single-use paper products. For example, whether the paper straws may contaminate compost with fluorinated chemicals (Item 7C). AGENDA

UNION CITY plans to move forward with the controversial closure of an Alameda County Fire Department station. The firehouse could possibly become an emergency medical aid station one day, according to the staff report. The closure will save the city $150,000 a month, they report. (Item 7E). AGENDA. NEWARK (Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.) is planning to allocate a $2.7 million share of its Alameda County Measure A1 housing funds for construction of 79 units of senior affordable housing on Timber Street. AGENDA.