City Council Briefing: Bikeways, minimum wage, vacant lot taxes, and rents

>>> BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 15, 6 p.m.) – Item 41
REPAVING PROPOSAL – Berkeley has the fourth-highest percentage in the U.S. of commuters who use bicycles as their primary mode of travel, according to city staff. The council is proposing a referral that prioritizes repaving for bikeways and areas of high-collision rates… The Berkeley City Council will also vote on a resolution in support of the 50,000 United Auto Workers on strike against General Motors. AGENDA.

>>> HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 15, 6 p.m.*)Item 4
MINIMUM WAGE – Hayward will look at accelerating a state mandated increase in the city’s minimum wage Tuesday night. The proposal by staff is to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, a year earlier than the state. AGENDA

*Tuesday night’s meeting will be held at the Matt Jimenez Community Center, 28200 Ruus Road.

>>> ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 15, 7 p.m) – Item 6E
RENT PROGRAM UPDATE   The city’s annual rent program report shows almost half of all tenants are spending more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent. Average rent is $2,558 and the number of multi-family units sold decreased by 37 percent last year… A council referral asking staff to study whether to bring the Alameda Housing Authority back under the fold of City Hall will also be presented. AGENDA.

>>> OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m) – Item 11
VACANT PROPERTY TAX ORDINANCE  – Two weeks ago, the proposed implementation ordinance for Measure W, the ballot measure passed last November by Oakland voters to apply a tax of up to $6,000 a year on unused properties, brought out angry and confused property owners to a committee hearing at City Hall. Tuesday night’s item hopes to answer some of the questions surrounding the special tax, including the definition of a unused property. If approved, the second and final reading would be Nov. 5. AGENDA.