EBC AGENDA | FEB 23-MAR 1 | SAN LEANDRO runs red light cameras; teachers workforce housing in FREMONT; HAYWARD looks at downtown parking

THE WEEK OF FEB. 23-MAR. 1--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Feb. 27, start at 9:30 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CANNABIS BIZ TAX POLICY-- The committee will received a cannabis business tax policy paper, first requested last November. The analysis urges Oakland to slash its cannabis tax, currenlty topping out at 10 … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 23-MAR 1 | SAN LEANDRO runs red light cameras; teachers workforce housing in FREMONT; HAYWARD looks at downtown parking

DeSaulnier: Someone (who?) should be held accountable for troubled Bay Bridge

MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger andRep. Mark DeSaulnier.MTC-ABAG | During his time on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Mark DeSaulnier, then a Contra Costa County Supervisor, often butted heads with Steve Heminger, the executive director of the influential regional body.Now a U.S. congressman, DeSaulnier told Politico this week, “Someone should be held accountable," for the repeated failures and … Continue reading DeSaulnier: Someone (who?) should be held accountable for troubled Bay Bridge

Bay Area transportation, planning agencies set early stages for merger

MTC chair said the decision to override its ExecutiveDirector Steve Heminger's (pictured) plan is not a knock against the proposal.MTC-ABAG MERGER | Steve Heminger, the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) said his staff pleaded against him showing a rather ominous circle graph comparing the agency’s $945 million annual budget versus the relatively minuscule … Continue reading Bay Area transportation, planning agencies set early stages for merger

Oakland City Council opposed MTC-ABAG ‘hostile takover’ because Schaaf would have voted for it, says Kaplan

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is the city's representative on MTC.MTC-ABAG | The proposed merger of two influential regional  agencies has been likened by some as a hostile takeover. The quickly drawn up merger by Steve Heminger, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, to pull 15 or more union planners from the nine-county planning agency known … Continue reading Oakland City Council opposed MTC-ABAG ‘hostile takover’ because Schaaf would have voted for it, says Kaplan

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

OAKLAND/Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.Coal update; Schaaf's State of the City Oct. 28COAL’S SLOW BURN The promised Oct. 20 update on the lengthy list of questions and comments posed by residents will likely include something to effect of “We’re working on it.” Recall, nearly 700 speaker cards were turned in for the Sept. 21 special Oakland … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

Kaplan Controversy May Undermine Crucial Transportation Measure

Rebecca Kaplan with former aide, nowcampaign manager Jason OvermanPHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan may have circumvented campaign finance rules when she paid staffer for her 2010 mayoral run from a expenditure committee set up for a local transportation measure. However, the appearance of impropriety could greatly undermine a second effort to … Continue reading Kaplan Controversy May Undermine Crucial Transportation Measure

Transformative 30-Year Bay Area Planning And Transportation Plan Gains Approval

An opponent of Plan Bay Area speaks before the joint meeting of regional government bodies in charge of implementing the 30-year planning initiative approved Thursday night in Oakland. PHOTO/Steven TavaresPLAN BAY AREA | After years of discussion and fiery dissent from Bay Area conservatives, a regional housing and transportation project, both massive in scope and … Continue reading Transformative 30-Year Bay Area Planning And Transportation Plan Gains Approval

A Proposed Citywide Surveillance Center In Oakland Is Delayed As Opposition Builds

The Domain Awareness Center began as a federal grant for port security, but hasexpanded to include more of Oakland.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The approval of $2 million in federal funding for a citywide surveillance center in Oakland was postponed to July 30 as opposition to the controversial proposal slowly gains public awareness and criticism. The … Continue reading A Proposed Citywide Surveillance Center In Oakland Is Delayed As Opposition Builds

Don’t Blame Striking Workers, Blame MTC

SUNDAY COLUMN | How about blaming the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on Monday morning when your car is sitting in traffic, instead of workers? Oh, you don’t know what or who MTC is? That’s exactly how they like it. Starting on Monday, the East Bay could be in the middle of one major traffic jam, but … Continue reading Don’t Blame Striking Workers, Blame MTC

Plan Bay Area Detractors Object Once More As Approval Nears

Chris Pareja and opponents of Plan Bay Area at a rally in Oakland before Friday's MTC/ABAG hearing on Plan Bay Area. PHOTO/Steven TavaresPLAN BAY AREA | After three years and exactly 249 public meetings, a mash-up of regional  commission's may approve “Plan Bay Area” next month, one of the most long-ranging local planning strategies in generations. Except, … Continue reading Plan Bay Area Detractors Object Once More As Approval Nears

Conservative Opponents of Plan Bay Area Turn To Satire

TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT | Plan Bay Area is likely the biggest local controversy you've never heard about. The initiative led by four Bay Area government agencies aims to foster economic sustainability through conservation over the next few decades. However, it is the specifics of the plan for high-density housing around transit centers, among other issues, that has attracted vociferous opposition at numerous public meetings over the … Continue reading Conservative Opponents of Plan Bay Area Turn To Satire

Sustainable City Strategy Finds Many Detractors In Hayward

COUNCIL FINDS FORECAST OF 28% JOB GROWTH BY 2035 UNREALISTIC; OVER PAST 30 YEARS INCREASED JUST 2.8%By Steven TavaresThe Metropolitan Transportation Commission thinks job growth in Hayward over the next quarter century will greatly outstrip the city’s ability to build additional housing. With more resources flowing towards Sacramento to alleviate the state’s budget situation, the … Continue reading Sustainable City Strategy Finds Many Detractors In Hayward