Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters will be asked this November to increase its current hotel tax up to 14 percent. A charter amendment to allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions will also appear on the fall ballot, the Hayward City Council decided last week. Hayward's 8.5 percent Transient Occupancy Tax, also known as a hotel … Continue reading Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

Hayward councilmembers approved a $169 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes a $4.1 million cut to the Hayward Police Department. The move comes following several weeks of advocacy by Hayward residents for the City Council to incorporate a list of seven demands to defund the police department. The cut approved on Tuesday … Continue reading Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

San Leandro has ‘cushion,’ but huge drop in sales tax revenue is expected

San Leandro officials said a decrease in sales tax revenues due to the covid-19 pandemic could exceed $10 million, rivaling the 26 percent drop it suffered during the Great Recession more than a decade ago. "It's so early and we don't have perfect information about what the budget impacts will be, but I think I … Continue reading San Leandro has ‘cushion,’ but huge drop in sales tax revenue is expected

San Leandro short-term rental ordinance to ban non-hosted AirBNBs

A short-term rental ordinance returns to the council after a work session last December that favored limiting hosted short-term rentals, commonly known as AirBNB or VRBO rentals based on the popular websites, to 120 days a year and continuing a ban on non-hosted rentals. Stiff penalties for repeated violators of up to six months in … Continue reading San Leandro short-term rental ordinance to ban non-hosted AirBNBs

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

Hayward ballot measure hopes to boost lowest transfer tax in Alameda County

The proposed Real Property Transfer Tax would add roughly $2,000 to the price of $500,000 property, the city said.