Alameda to use general fund to repair aging community swimming pool

Swimming pools are a hot-button in issue in Alameda again. Two competitive pools at Alameda High School that had previously received an exemption for maintenance, could now be closed by the end of this month. "The Alameda County Department of Environmental Health is requiring closure of the Swim Center pools by May 30, 2019, unless … Continue reading Alameda to use general fund to repair aging community swimming pool

Fremont’s surveillance state expands; Mayor Mei wants to study ban on overnight RV street parking

Fremont Police will ask the City Council Tuesday night to accept a $182,000 Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant for four solar-powered security camera trailers outfitted with 30-foot telescopic cameras. The cameras "will allow the Police Department to provide additional monitoring, investigation and prevention capabilities at public events and public spaces in general," according … Continue reading Fremont’s surveillance state expands; Mayor Mei wants to study ban on overnight RV street parking

Hayward to add 8 new cannabis permits and rescind one this week

Hayward is set to approve eight more cannabis permits on Tuesday night and may rid itself of one previously approved commercial distribution permit. Three of the eight proposed permits also received permits from the city during a previous round of approval for separate cannabis activities. BAS Research, Empress Extracts, and Gurpreet Sing for manufacturing; Always … Continue reading Hayward to add 8 new cannabis permits and rescind one this week

Alameda County may eliminate overdue library book fees

The Alameda County Librarian is asking the Board of Supervisors to write off late fees for more than 78,000 library card-carrying county residents. The total amount of uncollected fees is $2.3 million. The county library system receives about $450,000 in revenue from the fees. Tuesday's proposal would forgive all fees through the end of the … Continue reading Alameda County may eliminate overdue library book fees

City Hall Tip Sheet: April 19-25 — Oakland City Council offers OUSD students a lift

>Alameda County may oppose 'last call' state bill ALAMEDA COUNTY —  Regular board meeting, Tuesday, April 23, 10:45 a.m.  ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: May 7. -FAIR HOUSING- Alameda County cities will enter an Inter-Governmental Collaboration Agreement to fund a consultant that will ultimately conduct a countywide "Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing Choice Plan." The total … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: April 19-25 — Oakland City Council offers OUSD students a lift

City Hall Tip Sheet: April 12-18 – Oakland’s Measure AA: To tax or not to tax?

>Oakland: Schaaf, city council face-off over parcel tax OAKLAND — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, April 16, starts at 5 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 23 (cmte mtgs) -MEASURE AA PARCEL TAX- Oakland's Children's Initiative, a 30-year, $198 parcel tax for early education, also known as Measure AA, received more than 62 percent of support … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: April 12-18 – Oakland’s Measure AA: To tax or not to tax?

City Hall Tip Sheet: April 5-11—East Bay heads toward budget season

>Alameda County budget hearings begin ALAMEDA COUNTY — Budget meetings, Monday, April 8, 1:30 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Tuesday, April 9, 1:30 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE >>Regular board meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 23. -HERE'S $35M. NO THANKS- Alameda County will forego $35 million in state funding to rebuild … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: April 5-11—East Bay heads toward budget season

City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 29-Apr. 4 – Alameda, Fremont amend rent ordinances; Chabot-Las Positas appoints trustee

>Just-cause could be back on the table ALAMEDA — Special council meeting, Tuesday, April 2, 5 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 9. -RENT ORDINANCE REVIEW- Two years ago, the Alameda City Council approved amendments to its one-year-old Rent Stabilization Ordinance that included just-cause renters' protections, also called "no cause," since landlords can evict tenants … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 29-Apr. 4 – Alameda, Fremont amend rent ordinances; Chabot-Las Positas appoints trustee

City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 22-28 — Alameda County to allocate $13M in state emergency aid for homelessness

>Alameda County may reconsider rodeo act bans ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 26, 9:30 a.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: April 9. -EMERGENCY HOMELESS FUNDING- Alameda County is spending more than $13 million of its one-time-only state Homelessness Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding Tuesday. The amounts and specific projects are wide-ranging. From $4 … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 22-28 — Alameda County to allocate $13M in state emergency aid for homelessness

City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 15-21 — San Leandro revisits red light camera contract; More license plate readers for Fremont

>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 … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 15-21 — San Leandro revisits red light camera contract; More license plate readers for Fremont

City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 8-14 — Urban Shield returns to Board of Supervisors

>Urban Shield returns to ALCO Board of Supes ALAMEDA COUNTY — Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 12, 9:30 a.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 19 (retreat). -URBAN SHIELD- Two weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors and Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern made great headway on a great number of 68 recommendations for reforming Urban Shield, … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 8-14 — Urban Shield returns to Board of Supervisors

City Hall Tip Sheet: March 1-7—Rising rent issues, help for the homeless dominate council discussions

>San Leandro eyes mobile home rent ordinanceSAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, Mar. 4, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 18. --RELIEF FOR MOBILE HOMEOWNERS-- A city staff reports suggests the rise in rents for mobile homeowners in San Leandro, often some of the most vulnerable in the housing market, could … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: March 1-7—Rising rent issues, help for the homeless dominate council discussions

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 23-28—BART wants your personal data

>BART eyes data collection for marketing and planning BART -- Regular board meeting, Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 14. -MOBILE DATA RESEARCH- BART is interested in "collecting electronic and mobile data collection methodologies for research purposes." BART wants the ability to use market information in order to help inform the … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 23-28—BART wants your personal data

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 15-21—Cannabis: charter dispute in Alameda; course correction in San Leandro; Hayward rent control update

>Alameda's cannabis ordinance crisis ALAMEDA — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 5. -POSSIBLE LITIGATION- Alameda's Sunshine Ordinance was violated last October, according to the city's Open Government Committee, after the City Council approved cannabis ordinances that were not properly agendized. In December, the committee declared the council … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 15-21—Cannabis: charter dispute in Alameda; course correction in San Leandro; Hayward rent control update

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 8-14—BART names road after Oscar Grant

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