EBC AGENDA: May 18-24 — Kaplan goes on tax measure spree in OAKLAND; ALAMEDA COUNTY spends $24m on CBOs

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is proposing two major tax-generating ballot measures for November during Tuesday's slate of Oakland City Council committee meetings.

EBC AGENDA | MAY 4-10 | Haggerty spending $10k on furniture; SAN LEANDRO parcel tax?; 472-units in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF MAY 4-10--HAYWARD-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--SOUTH HAYWARD HOUSING-- "The proposed project will result in development of approximately 25 acres of underutilized and mainly vacant land located near the South Hayward BART Station into a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood composed of 472 mixed-income, multi-family rental and for-sale town home-style units, … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAY 4-10 | Haggerty spending $10k on furniture; SAN LEANDRO parcel tax?; 472-units in HAYWARD

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

EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2-8.--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--BALLOT MEASURE FOR CHILDREN-- The Board of Supervisor will approve placement on the June ballot of a countywide half-cent sales tax measure to fund child care and early childhood development programs. If approved by voters with a two-thirds majority, the half-cent sales … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

EBC AGENDA | JAN 19-25 | Cell-site simulators deployed by East Bay law enforcement 3x last year; Highland needs $11m more for retrofit; ; Oakland’s racial disparity in traffic stops

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19-25--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--DA'S STINGRAY REPORT-- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is required to offer a "report" on law enforcement's use of cell-site simulators, also known as Stringrays. The device allows police to mimic a cell tower in the effort to coerce a suspect's cell phone … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JAN 19-25 | Cell-site simulators deployed by East Bay law enforcement 3x last year; Highland needs $11m more for retrofit; ; Oakland’s racial disparity in traffic stops

Oakland councilmember blasts mayor, police, fire for doing little to limit rising overtime costs

Oakland Councilmember Annie CampbellWashington doubts the city administrationis serious about reducing overtime hours for its public safety employees.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's overtime budget for the police and fire departments is bursting at the seams, leading one normally reserved councilmember Tuesday to unleash a litany of strong criticisms against not only each public safety department's leadership, but also … Continue reading Oakland councilmember blasts mayor, police, fire for doing little to limit rising overtime costs

Oakland is preparing June ballot measure to replace diminished library parcel tax

Oakland voters overwhelmingly supportedMeasure Q in 2004, but the parcel tax hasstruggled to improve libraries in the city.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's libraries have faced years of disheartening budget cuts, but a plan to place a library parcel tax at the ballot box next June is sowing doubts that it will do much to help increase funding and … Continue reading Oakland is preparing June ballot measure to replace diminished library parcel tax

EBC AGENDA | JAN 5-11 | Oakland library parcel tax on the horizon? No ICE, baby!; San Leandro allocates A1 funding for 62 affordable housing units

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 5-11--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Jan. 9, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--LIBRARY PARCEL TAX POLL-- Budget cuts last year significantly hampered Oakland's public library system. Unsurprisingly, reduced library hours were used as a bludgeon by striking city workers against Mayor Libby Schaaf. Now the … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JAN 5-11 | Oakland library parcel tax on the horizon? No ICE, baby!; San Leandro allocates A1 funding for 62 affordable housing units

EBC AGENDA | DEC 8-14 | OAKLAND strike continues; 200-unit senior market-rate housing in HAYWARD; multiculturalism in SAN LEANDRO

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 8-14--OAKLAND-- [MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE] City Council committee meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 12, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--PUBLIC SAFETY OT IN THE RED-- Oakland's overtime budget for police and fire is projected to be in the red by more than $38 million, according to a staff … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 8-14 | OAKLAND strike continues; 200-unit senior market-rate housing in HAYWARD; multiculturalism in SAN LEANDRO

Oakland plan to restrict speculators at proposed A’s ballpark is held in committee

A's management announced an intention tobuild a new ballpark in the above area nearLaney College in OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLegislation that would have placed short-term controls aimed at hindering speculative real estate moves in and around the proposed A's ballpark near Laney College was put on hold Tuesday by the Oakland City Council Community and Economic Development … Continue reading Oakland plan to restrict speculators at proposed A’s ballpark is held in committee

EBC AGENDA | NOV 10-16 | OAKLAND moves to curb ballpark speculators; SAN LEANDRO studies short-term rental effects; HAYWARD pot

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 10-16--OAKLAND-- City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Nov. 14, starts at 9:30 a.m.Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--PERALTA BALLPARK CONTROLS-- "With the Oakland Athletics' (Oakland A's) recent announcement that their preferred location for a new Major League Baseball stadium is the Peralta Community College District administrative headquarters property at … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | NOV 10-16 | OAKLAND moves to curb ballpark speculators; SAN LEANDRO studies short-term rental effects; HAYWARD pot

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

Oakland proposal to border wall builders: Take your biz elsewhere

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILPrototypes for President Donald Trump's border wall are nearly complete. The City of Oakland, however, believes it has its own prototype for stymieing the wall's construction.An Oakland City Council proposal to ban vendors from seeking city contracts who if they help design or construct the controversial border wall was approved Tuesday by the … Continue reading Oakland proposal to border wall builders: Take your biz elsewhere

EBC AGENDA | OCT 20-26 | OAKLAND’s Border Wall biz ban; ALAMEDA lights up pot discussion; ALAMEDA COUNTY rebuts grand jury findings

THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 20-26--ALAMEDA-- Special council meeting workshop, Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--DRAFT CANNABIS ORDINANCE-- It's been nearly a years since the Alameda City Council backed a referral asking the staff to study the possibilities and ramifications of permitting medical dispensaries and possibly commercial sales on the island. A special Saturday … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 20-26 | OAKLAND’s Border Wall biz ban; ALAMEDA lights up pot discussion; ALAMEDA COUNTY rebuts grand jury findings

Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

African Americans were pulled over by OPD15,000 times last year, nearly 10,000 morethan the next racial group.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILHalf of the more than 11,000 traffic citations issued by Oakland police officers last year were given to African Americans, the department reported this week. Similarly, 62 percent of all vehicles stopped by Oakland police were driven … Continue reading Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist