City Council Briefing: Secret recording, mayor’s pay raise, deadly force policy, vacant lot tax

East Bay city council meeting highlights for the week of Nov. 4:

>>> SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL (Nov. 4, 7 p.m.)Item 8E
CUTTER WANTS A RAISE – San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter will ask her colleagues to approve a request to increase the mayor’s salary by $15,120 a year. San Leandro’s mayor currently earns an annual salary of $30,000. The amount being asked  is three times that of a sitting councilmember, the largest allowable increase under the city charter… The council will also discuss the approval of a $6.2 million construction contract for the replacement of the popular Farrelly Pool on Dutton Avenue. AGENDA.

>> OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL (Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.)
VACANT LOT TAX ORDINANCE – The Oakland City Council will vote whether to implement last year’s successful Measure W vacant lot tax on Tuesday. It issues an annual tax of $6,000 on most types of properties that sit unused for at least 50 days a year… Earlier this month, Oakland reached a contract agreement with its two largest public employee unions. The deals with IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU Local 1021 will be formally approved by the council. The new contracts give a majority of its members a one percent increase over the next two years…

The controversial East 12th Street remainder property returns the council with the developer asking for a nine-month extension of its Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA)… Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will give a report on a future state of city that may be staged in front of City Hall sometime in the early new year.. The council will vote to appropriate $3.1 million in state Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds…  . AGENDA

>>> HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL (Nov. 5, 7 p.m.)Item 5
USE-OF-FORCE POLICY – Following the fatal shooting last year of Agustin Gonsalez by Hayward Police, city staff is recommending a policy that initiates a third-party investigation by the state attorney general’s office in cases when use-of-force by its police officers results in death. The policy, if approved, would include the Gonsalez case. AGENDA

> ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL (Nov. 5, 7 p.m.)
KEIMACH SCANDAL REVISITED – Tuesday night’s big agenda item is not in regular session, but a closed session meeting where the subject of whether to release a 55-minute audio recording of Alameda Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella that was secretly created by former City Manager Jill Keimach is scheduled. Two weeks ago, Alameda County Nancy O’Malley’s called for Alameda to release the audio recording, citing high public demand and government transparency. Keimach recorded the two councilmembers in August 2017 because of a belief, she said, that they may commit a crime during the course of the meeting at City Hall. AGENDA.

>>> BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL (Nov. 5, 6 p.m.)
TRASH TALK – Berkeley’s current garbage and recycling infrastructure is beyond its projected life span and without a replacement will be unable to meet the city’s 2009 Climate Action Plan, according to a staff report for Tuesday night’s work session on a Solid Waste and Recycling Transfer Station Feasibility Study. AGENDA

>> EMERYVILLE CITY COUNCIL (Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.) Item 12.1
AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOAN – The city will decide whether to extend a $2 million loan to a housing non-profit to purchase three parcels on San Pablo Avenue for multi-family affordable housing units… An ad hoc committee will likely be formed for the purpose of composing a ballot argument and rebuttal in favor of the city’s quarter-cent sales tax measure coming to the March 2020 primary ballot. AGENDA

>>> TRI-CITIES 
Over the past year, FREMONT has handed out 229 violations of its real estate signage ordinance. The council will move at its Nov. 5, 7 p.m., meeting to revamp the ordinance and add further penalties. Open house signs are generally allowed only during weekend afternoons. (Item 7B). AGENDA

>>> TRI-VALLEY
DUBLIN will formally approve at its Nov. 5, 7 p.m. meeting, a five-year contract for new City Manager Linda Smith, effective Dec. 31. The Dublin City Council must update its Density Bonus regulations, which have not been amended since 2007, in order to comply with state law. AGENDA.


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