Tuesday, December 12, 2017

San Leandro's revenues have dipped over past six months, says city manager

San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata
suggested Monday that the council revisit
pension reform in January.
After a few years of robust revenues, San Leandro's tax receipts have fallen short of expectations over the past six months, said City Manager Chris Zapata.

For roughly the past three years, San Leandro's revenue streams, including various successful tax-generating ballot measures, have bolstered its general fund, in part, leading to a boom in the city's capital improvement projects. San Leandro's economy, however, might be showing signs of regression.

Monday, December 11, 2017

How A's, Dave Kaval choked on Peralta site still eludes many

The Peralta Community College Board of
Trustees delivered a strong blow last week
to the A's plan for a new ballpark
 near Laney College.
In the early 2000s, a young and talented Oakland Athletics ball club appeared on the cusp of clearing a long pesky obstacle by finally upending the New York Yankees in the playoffs. Up to 2-0 in the series, the A's were in an advantageous position, that is, until Jeremy Giambi, a lumbering figure who is also the brother of the team's then-superstar Jason Giambi, seemingly forgot the most elemental of baseball acts. He didn't slide at home plate and was tagged out on a glorious play by Derek Jeter.

"Slide, Jeremy, slide!" is a phrase that curdles the blood of many A's fans, but the appearance of another unforced error last week, this one political, could have similarly painful ramifications for its loyal fans. 

Bonta and Wieckowski's holiday wish: Let's kick Trump's ass!

Assemblymember Rob Bonta has used fiery 
rhetoric against President Trump in the past.
Alameda County Democrats, led by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, were in a festive holiday mood last week, except when it came to talk about President Donald Trump.

Bonta and Wieckowski, speaking at last Wednesday's monthly Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting in San Leandro, sent a message intended to whip up the gathering of progressives. The message was typical boilerplate--recapping the county Democrat's accomplishments, along with continued success in 2018.

Part of their future success, according to Bonta, apparently, includes giving Trump a swift kick in the rear. "Let's kick Trump's ass!" exclaimed Bonta, as party leaders cheered. Bonta has represented Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the assembly since 2012.

Friday, December 8, 2017

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


--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 report. The 2017-18 fiscal year budget alloted only $14.8 million for overtime. The bulk of the increased overtime this year comes from OFD, projected to be $22.3 million, but the city only budgeted $1.2 million for the year, while setting aside $12.4 million for OPD. The police department's overtime, conversely, is projected to be $29.9 million. // Embattled Oakland City Auditor Brenda Roberts will provide the committee with the offic's annual report.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chabot, Las Positas Colleges become sanctuary campuses

Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board
of Trustees voted Tuesday to declare its
campuses as sanctuaries for students.
After months of sidestepping the issue, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustees approved a pair of resolutions Tuesday declaring a sanctuary campus designation for each college. The board also directed its staff to explore a similar district-wide policy.

58 House Democrats considered impeaching Trump, but Swalwell, Khanna wasn't one of them

The White House said the 58 Democrats who 
supported President Trump's impeachment
were "extremists."
A procedural vote in the House Wednesday on whether to table discussion on the impeachment of President Donald Trump included support from Republicans and Democrats that effectively

A motion to table Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green's Article of Impeachment against President Donald Trump was supported Wednesday by House Republicans and Democrats, effectively ending the discussion for now.

A's strike out looking at Laney College ballpark site

A's management has long maintained there
is no "Plan B" if Laney plan strikes out.
The Oakland Athletics' dream of building an intimate downtown ballpark near Laney College may have been dashed Wednesday without the team ever stepping up to the plate in negotiations over the site with the community college board.

The Peralta Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday instructed its chancellor to scrap plans with the A's for the purchase of 15-acres its owns near Laney College, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chan raises possibility of countywide ballot measure to combat homelessness

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting
in Oakland.
Homelessness is so pervasive in Alameda County that the only long-term solution to the problem may be to ask voters to approve a bond measure, says Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.

"There just isn't enough money to serve this county," Chan said during an agenda item at Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to allocate $1.9 million for the unsheltered homeless.

Monday, December 4, 2017

3,000 Oakland city employees set to strike on Tuesday

Oakland is headed toward a work stoppage as more than 3,000 members of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 and other city unions announced they will strike on Tuesday.

SEIU Local 1021 and the Oakland city administration have been in negotiation since the early spring. In recent months, SEIU Local 1021 representatives have alleged the city has committed unfair labor practices and its overreliance on temporary workers has not only impacted its members, but by extension, lowered the quality of life in Oakland.

Friday, December 1, 2017

EBC AGENDA | DEC 1-6 | BERKELEY Climate plan makes progress; ALAMEDA weighs-in on Israel-Palestine; OAKLAND labor strike cancels meetings


--OAKLAND-- [MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO LABOR NEGOTIATIONS] City Council committee meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 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 report. The 2017-18 fiscal year budget alloted only $14.8 million for overtime. The bulk of the increased overtime this year comes from OFD, projected to be $22.3 million, but the city only budgeted $1.2 million for the year, while setting aside $12.4 million for OPD. The police department's overtime, conversely, is projected to be $29.9 million. // Embattled Oakland City Auditor Brenda Roberts will provide the committee with the offic's annual report.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Alameda County rekindles idea of selling its share of Coliseum property to Oakland

Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson
McElhaney, center, speaking at Thursday's
Coliseum JPA meeting at Oracle Arena.
Oakland and Alameda County representatives on the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority showed keen interest Thursday for revisiting the idea of the county selling its interests in the stadium complex to the city.

In the midst of running negotiations in recent years with all three of city's sports franchises, several Alameda County supervisors have raised an interest in getting out of the stadium business and selling its share of the jointly-owned and operated Coliseum to the City of Oakland.

With the possibility that all three teams will leave the Coliseum complex within the next seven years, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, during a retreat for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board of Commissioners Thursday morning, urged the city and county to resume talks for a proposed deal. "It would be best if the city bought out the county," said Miley.

Hayward elected officials voice strong support for Urban Shield

Activists protesting Urban Shield last year
in Pleasanton. PHOTO/stopurbanshield.org
Few local issues rankle East Bay progressive more than Urban Shield, the annual emergency training event and law enforcement trade show in Pleasanton founded and hosted by Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern.

Community activists and immigrant groups say Urban Shield increases the militarization of local police departments and targets immigrant groups. The depiction of Muslims as terrorists in some Urban Shield training exercises proves this point, say its critics.

In fact, political will in Oakland, where the event was previously held, was so great it forced a move to the Tri-Valley two years ago. Urban Shield costs roughly $1 million and is funded by federal Homeland Security grants.

But in Hayward, which represents the largest concentration of Latinos in the East Bay--roughly 40 percent of the population--the City Council on Tuesday offered strong support for the city's involvement in the annual event.

Swalwell and Trump finally agree on something

East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has fashioned himself as one of the leaders of the so-called "resistance" to President Donald Trump. For the better part of this year, Swalwell has skewered Trump both in social media and repeatedly appearances on cable news show to highlight the the president's alleged ties to Russia.

Swalwell almost never sees eye-to-eye with Trump. But that ended Thursday following the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the undocumented immigrant, who in 2016, killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco. The incident become an early lightning rod for then-presidential candidate Trump's fiery campaign rhetoric against illegal immigration.

Following the verdict, Trump tweeted his disapproval, as did Swalwell:

Before Swalwell began his political career in 2010, he was an Alameda County prosecutor. His interest in the Steinle case is also personal. According to the Los Angeles Times, Swalwell knew Steinle and her family.

Coliseum JPA officials question whether A's interest in Peralta site is a 'bait-and-switch'

When it comes to the Oakland Athletics' plan for building a new ballpark near Laney College, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said he just wanted to put out in public what some have recently speculated about in private.

"I'm just hoping the A's don't do a bait-and-switch," Miley said during a retreat Thursday morning for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority Board of Commissioners .

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hayward accepts new anti-discrimination plan, but still has 'Commitment' issues

Hayward's Community Task Force on anti-
discrimination during a meeting in April.
A community task force's list of nearly 50 recommendations to help foster equity and equality in Hayward was accepted by the council Tuesday night, although three of its most controversial items were set aside for further examination.

Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted to accept the report, which was produced by a 22-person task force created by the council last January to update its 1992 Anti-Discrimination Plan. The group was later tasked with offering a recommendation to the council over whether Hayward should declare sanctuary city status.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oakland police chief says she didn't know about deportation before August ICE raid

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick reiterated that she was not previously aware that a raid conducted by federal agents in West Oakland on Aug. 16 involved a potential deportation matter. 

The raid in West Oakland by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents involved a warrant for human trafficking, but ultimately included the arrest of a person now at risk for deportation. 

Community members and later Oakland officials criticized OPD's involvement acting as traffic control during the operation and following a council resolution last summer prohibiting collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Khanna gets into a spat with FCC Chair over Net Neutrality

Rep. Ro Khanna's tweet last month has
garnered nearly 65,000 retweets, but also
received criticism from FCC Chair Ajit Pai.
Rep. Ro Khanna has had it in for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai almost from Day One.

Upon Pai's nomination to chair of the FCC in February, Khanna, himself, a newly-minted congressmember, called him a "poster boy" for placing corporate interest over those of the public, and his appointment by President Donald Trump as “one of the worst picks possible in government.”

SEIU files suit against Oakland for violation of City Charter

Oakland's largest public employees union filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday alleging the City of Oakland is violating its City Charter with an over-reliance on part-time workers.

Representatives for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1021 contend Oakland administration is undermining full-time positions with less expensive temporary workers.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Khanna has first piece of legislation signed into law

They say you always remember your first. President Donald Trump last week signed into law a bill authored by Rep. Ro Khanna that is intended to help veterans gain apprenticeships.

Trump's signature make Khanna the only Democratic freshman legislator in either the House and Senate to have a bill signed into law, according to his congressional office.

Man known as "Papa John" dies. Helped save San Leandro Hospital from certain closure

"Papa John" Kalafatich passed away Nov. 22
He was 80.
John Kalafatich is a big man. He doesn't use his size to intimidate, nor does he raise his voice very often. His face is ruggedly ringed with a white beard and topped by a thick mane of gray hair. He conveys a point without a word said, but the man known as Papa John cannot stay quiet any longer; not when his entire livelihood is dependent on the fate of San Leandro Hospital. It's the source of the food in his pantry and the health of the heart beating in his chest. If Papa John can save the hospital, he figures, he can save lives, including his own.
--"Papa John's Crusade," East Bay Citizen, Sept. 19, 2009

On the day before Thanksgiving, the man known to many in San Leandro simply as "Papa John" passed away. He was 80. It's a seemingly apropos date since so many people in San Leandro owe an endless amount of gratitude to people like John Kalafatich.

He didn't save San Leandro Hospital from impending closure earlier this decade all by himself, but he was one of the handful, who, through their words and tenacity, likely saved the life of loved ones all over the East Bay by keeping the hospital's emergency room in operation. In a medical emergency, it is said, the difference between life and death is mere seconds. "If you're having a heart attack, every minute counts and you are interfering with the possibility of me living," he reminded an Eden Township Healthcare District board member in 2010.

EBC CLASSIC | Papa John's Crusade: One man's fight to save his life and others by keeping a community hospital open

John Kalafatich is a big man. He doesn't use his size to intimidate, nor does he raise his voice very often. His face is ruggedly ringed with a white beard and topped by a thick mane of gray hair. He conveys a point without a word said, but the man known as Papa John cannot stay quiet any longer; not when his entire livelihood is dependent on the fate of San Leandro Hospital. It's the source of the food in his pantry and the health of the heart beating in his chest. If Papa John can save the hospital, he figures, he can save lives, including his own.

The story of how San Leandro Hospital has reached the precipice of closure is a long and complicated tale of government secrecy, corporate deceit and community apathy. When you couple that triumvirate of evil, you have a recipe for disaster and Papa John is on a crusade to do what he thinks is the only right thing to do; speak up.

Aside from hurling a few choice barbs at a television set, Papa John had never been involved in a cause and his first foray into public speaking nearly fell flat. He meticulously wrote out notes to address the Eden Township Health District for a meeting in May, but mistakenly left them at home. He spoke extemporaneously only to see a camera crew from a local television station capturing his speech for the 10 o'clock news. Everybody told him he was great.

Since then, Papa John has spoken at nearly every hearing on behalf on saving the hospital. Once, Papa John, with his large frame ambled to the microphone during a meeting one afternoon in June and addressed the cocksure Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. He punctuated his allotted time by pointing at the supervisor and saying, “Remember my name. I'm Papa John.” His visage and moniker has become so popular that there is no longer any need to utter it. Just last month when addressing a panel brought together by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, Papa John merely rose to the podium, twisted his body towards the group of 300 behind him with outstretched arms like a prophet leading his flock and said, “What's my name?” There were cheers among a cascade of nurses, yelling “Papa John!” But, that's where the fun ends.

Friday, November 24, 2017

EBC AGENDA | NOV 24-30 | OAKLAND probes ICE raid, remembers Ghost Ship; HAYWARD adopts 'The Commitment'; BERKELEY examines Measure GG


--OAKLAND-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--OPD/ICE PROBE-- A likely volatile discussion of the events surrounding the Aug. 16 ICE raid in West Oakland returns to the council agenda after being pulled in Rules two weeks ago. According to OPD, U.S. Homeland Security notified Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick that its agents would be conducting a criminal search warrant related to human trafficking. "Chief Kirkpatrick agreed that traffic control was advisable to ensure both officer and public safety," according to the report. "Chief Kirkpatrick provided strict instructions that OPD personnel were not to engage in any other capacity. On the morning of August 16, 2017, OPD deployed one sergeant and two officers to the area of the HSI operation in West Oakland. The assigned OPD personnel were directed to provide traffic control only. OPD personnel were directed to take no part in the efforts undertaken by HSI." The event, however, resulted in one undocumented immigrants being detained. Further complicating the incident is the council voted this summer to cut all ties with ICE.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


1I think Rep. Eric Swalwell is the greatest salesman in America. Over the past two years or more absolutely nobody, except for fellow Golden State Rep. Adam Schiff, has leveraged cable news and social media better to raise their profile in Washington. It started with clever, cutesy social media postings--"#swalwelling on Twitter and short videos on Vine--and morphed into hours upon hours of appearances on the gamut of cable news networks. Here's a story: I was on vacation in New York City two weeks ago and met a man from New Jersey (I also met another man from New Jersey. His name is Bruce Springsteen. More on that another time). I told him I write about politics in Northern California. This person was clearly a political junkie, so I asked if he knows Swalwell. He clearly knew more than the name and was appreciative that he was always slamming Trump on TV. Swalwell is clearly making an impact. Here's the crazy thing: All of this has been done without Swalwell ever accomplishing a single thing during his political career! This isn't hyperbole, either. He didn't even accomplish anything while on the Dublin City Council.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

San Leandro councilmember opposed sending its armored police vehicle to U.C. protests

San Leandro's Lenco Bearcat MedEvac on
display at a community meeting in 2015.
As the threat of violent protests at U.C. Berkeley this year escalated, San Leandro Police allowed the university police to twice borrow its armored emergency vehicle. It's a decision that at least one San Leandro elected official criticized Monday night.

"We have to be mindful and have a very balanced conversation right now in the public eye between free speech and hate speech," said San Leandro Councilmember Corina Lopez following a year-end presentation by the city's police brass. "In some cases, vehicles like the MedEac have been used in a way that has sort of inflamed an already volatile situation."

San Leandro severs $700,000 investment with Wells Fargo over scandals, pipeline support

A rash of banking scandals implicating Wells Fargo, in addition, to its controversial investment in the progressive cause célèbre, the Dakota Access Pipeline, has lead another East Bay city to take steps toward ending its banking relationship with the historic California institution.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

A U.S. Department of Justice grant allocated to the Hayward Police Department worth $42,491 is likely at risk after the Hayward City Council instructed its staff to not sign a controversial new certification that runs opposed to its recently approved sanctuary city status.

In Beast Mode, Schaaf responds to Trump's tweet calling for Marshawn Lynch's suspension

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf won't stand for President Donald Trump attacking her city, and for good measure, its native son, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

At Sunday's game in Mexico City, Lynch chose to sit during the National Anthem, but stood during the playing of the Mexican anthem. The display caught the attention of Trump, who for weeks has called out NFL players for sitting during the anthem, while also criticizing owners for not suspending them.

Friday, November 17, 2017

EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-23 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs


--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--WELLS FARGO DIVESTITURE-- San Leandro city staff is recommending against discontinuing business with Wells Fargo after some city officials and members of the community were critical of the bank's investments in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in South Dakota. San Leandro has a $5 million account with Wells Fargo for daily operational expenses and a $700,000 corporate bank note in its investment portfolio. Finance Director David Baum urged a discussion of divesting the latter, but hopes the council will defer on totally ending its relationship with Wells Fargo. Simply put, very few banks are not involved in some way with the Dakota Access Pipeline project, at least, institutions big enough to satisfy San Leandro's banking needs.

--NO ADULT-USE RETAIL CANNABIS-- "The City Council has made no affirmative policy, and by this ordinance prohibits, the distribution, dispensing, and delivery of cannabis and cannabis products for Adult Use. This ordinance also explicitly prohibits the commercial cultivation of cannabis for either adult or medicinal use; it preserves the right of patients and primary caregivers to cultivate medicinal cannabis for personal use. This ordinance is an affirmative statement to comply with State law, and ensures that local City regulations are not preempted by State law. Finally, this ordinance makes clear that dispensaries permitted by the City shall dispense, distribute, and manufacture cannabis and cannabis products for medicinal purposes only."

Hayward's Dobbs saga ends with dropped lawsuit

Case dismissed: Former Hayward
Superintendent Stan "Data" Dobbs.
Former Hayward superintendent Stan "Data" Dobbs' tumultuous tenure appears officially over after he filed to drop his $500,000 lawsuit against the Hayward Unified School District and three of its board trustees.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation

KB Home executive Ray Panek, left, missed the
Oct. 3 Hayward meeting that resulted in the 
council slamming its project due to a lack of
affordable housing.
A month ago, the Hayward City Council appeared to have stomped its collective feet in opposition to a housing development along Mission Boulevard in South Hayward that proposed 35 market-rate town homes and 39 apartment units, but without an affordable housing component. For this reason, the project was unanimously denied by the council on Oct. 3 [Watch video below]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

A's management announced an intention to
build a new ballpark in the above area near
Laney College in 
Legislation 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 Committee.

Swalwell probes Sessions on Carter Page, WikiLeaks

Rep. Eric Swalwell often times used a conversational tone to question U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a House Judiciary hearing Tuesday. In effect, attempting to out-folks the genteel Alabamian over the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential elections.

Friday, November 10, 2017

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


--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 E. 7th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side of the Lake Merritt Channel, there are concerns within the nearby Chinatown and Eastlake neighborhoods that property owners and developers in the area may take speculative actions with nearby properties in ways that could result in the demolition of existing buildings, displacement of existing tenants and/or the removal of rental units from the market."

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

Oakland 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 Rules Committee members Abel Guillen and Anne Campbell Washington. The city is currently investigating Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's involvement in the ICE raid on a West Oakland home that resulted in the arrest of an undocumented individual. The impetus for pulling the item is concern it could conflict with the investigation.

Alameda police chief leads a chorus of support for embattled city manager

Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri added another level of intrigue to the on-going controversy stemming from the hire of a new fire chief Tuesday night when he lead a group of city department heads in standing in support of City Manager Jill Keimach.

"We here to affirm there is stability within the city and that we all, individually and collectively, trust in Jill Keimach's leadership and are working together to accomplish the city's priorities," Rolleri told the City Council, flanked by a number of top city administrators.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

The serious lack of affordable housing in the East Bay was clearly apparent to voters in Alameda County last year with approval of Measure A1, a $580 million general obligation bond to help foster new ownership of affordable housing and units for renters.

On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally approved the issuance of the bonds, while continuing to lay the groundwork for the hard part of deal: equally distributing the bonds' proceeds while also maximizing its ability to leverage additional funding.

Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor's re-election

Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas also ran
for mayor in 2014, finishing second.
Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas made the ultimate political campaign gamble in 2014 when he eschewed likely re-election to the City Council for a run for mayor. His wager, though, came up short. But, after recapturing his council seat last year, Salinas announced Thursday that he is launching another run for Hayward mayor.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Judge tells Berkeley to quit with excuses, orders search for homeless shelters

A federal judge strongly admonished the City of Berkeley Tuesday for its lack of specificity when it comes to finding shelter for its homeless population.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruling in a lawsuit by a group forced to leave land owned by BART for , ordered the city to come up with a plan to shelter people for the coming winter, according to Bay City News.

Alsup, though, added, "Do not simply recite the programs the city purports to offer, for they are admittedly insufficient." The judge also instructed the plaintiffs' counsel, Civil Rights Attorney Dan Siegel, also a former Oakland mayoral candidate, to provide specific proposals for Berkeley to set aside areas to act as shelters for the homeless.

The order stemmed from a lawsuit filed by between 20-30 individuals who are being evicted for areas owned by BART that surround tracks in South Berkeley.

According to the report, Berkeley has roughly 1,000 homeless individuals living in the city.

Bonta hopes Trump continues to be successful at failure

Assemblymember Rob Bonta hopes Trump
continues to be the failure-in-chief.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta had some negative thoughts about President Donald Trump at Tuesday night's Oakland City Council meeting.

In attendance to discuss his legislative year in the Assembly, Bonta said he hopes Trump's agenda continues to fail. Bonta made the comment in response to a councilmember's question about federal funding for low-income housing credits.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Also, also, also, also, also also-ran releases video announcing another run for Oakland mayor

Oakland community activist Ken Houston is
the third candidate to declare an intention to
challenge Mayor Libby Schaaf's re-election.
Three years ago, Ken Houston was a candidate in the sprawling 15-person campaign for Oakland Mayor. He finished 10th with .50 percent of the vote, or 514 votes. But what was more notable was that the contractor turned community activist rarely participated in the campaign process.

Repayment of federal loan is hampering proposed San Leandro dispensary permit

The fate of a San Leandro medical cannabis dispensary may hinge on the repayment of a federal loan previously used to purchase the building where the group intends to open its business sometime next year.

The San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments reaffirmed its vote last Thursday to pave the way for the Davis Street Wellness Center dispensary to open in a portion of what is presently the Davis Street Family Resource Center on Teagarden Street.

Monday, November 6, 2017

EBC AGENDA | NOV 6-9 | Housing dominates City Halls across the East Bay; ALAMEDA COUNTY begins issuing housing bonds; ALAMEDA pot ordinance


--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, NoV. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--CITY-OWNED REAL ESTATE DEAL-- Town Hall Square, the roughly 1.5 acres plot of undeveloped land bounded by East 14th, Hays, Davis Streets in Downtown San Leandro is slated to be sold to a developer for $2.1 million. The vision for Town Hall Square includes 120 housing units within a four story building above retail. Plans for the site, though, have laid dormant since at least 2004 due to the panoply of separately-owned properties. Three properties remain owned by non-city entities including a building belonging to Union Bank. Don't expect the development to sprout anytime soon, though. The developer plans to "wait out" Union Bank's lease that runs through 2022.

--OAKLAND-- Regular council meeting, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--HOUSING REHAB EXEMPTIONS MORATORIUM-- "This legislation would impose a moratorium of approximately 180 days, beginning October 20, 2017, on new petitions for the substantial rehabilitation exemption under the City of Oakland's Residential Rent Adjustment Ordinance... The purpose of the exemption is to encourage private investment in deteriorated residential units in Oakland. However, numerous residents have recently complained to the Oakland City Council and Housing, Residential Rent and Relocation Board that their rents will increase to unaffordable levels if recent petitions filed for the substantial rehabilitation exemption are granted and that this will lead to displacement."

--OAK KNOLL PROJECT-- Expect the union faithful come out in droves Tuesday evening to oppose the Oak Knoll project, a 935-unit housing development in the Oakland Hills. Labor leaders oppose the project after the developer SunCal shut out union workers. On Monday, a coalition of East Bay labor groups delivered a petition with 1,600 signatures to the mayor's office calling for the city to reject the proposal.

➤Rules Committee meeting, Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

Thursday, November 2, 2017


Rebecca Kaplan is going to sweep into the
AD15 race late and take it.
➤I think its absolutely useless to do an analysis of the 15th Assembly District's current large field of candidates because the person who will sworn-in December 2018 is even in the race yet. I think sometime early next year, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will enter the race and gain momentum and media attention that nobody in the current field will have attained. There's a reason why there is so many candidates to replace Tony Thurmond, because every one that has entered the race has failed to move the needle. This only entices others to assess the field and figure they too have as good a shot as anyone else. That ends with Kaplan.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


By the looks of it, Alameda Mayor Trish
might be running for re-election against
the entire City Council.

➤I think after what the East Bay Times and columnist Daniel Borenstein pulled with the Alameda City Council and city manager interference story, you should assume every story in that paper is Fake News or contains strains of lies and inaccuracies. Borenstein wrote a flimsy column alleging serious wrongdoing by one Alameda councilmember without offering any evidence, and then penned an unsigned editorial the next day calling for that person and another councilmember to be removed from office. The whole thing was so amateur. To me, these two pieces amount to Borenstein hinting he's about to retire. He's better than this.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Assemblymember Bill Quirk needs a
signature legislative achievement and
he needs it to happen soon.
➤I think the burgeoning scandal in Sacramento with legislators meting out punishment in secret to colleagues accused of sexual harassment in the workplace is going to result in some special elections across the state next year. 

➤I think if you have followed the East Bay Citizen Twitter feed (@eastbaycitizen) over the last week, you know that some East Bay state legislators, current and former, have been accused of sexual harassment in the past. Here's more: On one occasion, taxpayers were forced to pay out a six-figure settlement with the woman who accused an East Bay legislator of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Friday, October 27, 2017

EBC AGENDA | OCT 27-NOV 5 | OAKLAND's 918-unit Oak Knoll project faces scrutiny; HAYWARD to greenlight cannabis rules; BERKELEY defines 'use of force'


--OAKLAND-- Special Community & Economic Development Committee meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--918-UNIT OAK KNOLL DEVELOPMENT-- "The Applicant [SunCal] is requesting planning-related permits including a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and other planning-related actions that would enable development of 918 residential units, 72,000 square feet of primarily neighborhood-serving commercial uses, relocation and rehabilitation of the historic Club Knoll building to accommodate commercial uses and civic uses, with the remainder of the site consisting of parks, open space and streets, all within the approximately 183-acre Project site. Approval will allow the Project to proceed."

--A coalition of local labor unions, though, say the project is unprecedented in Oakland since no community benefits package or development agreement is in place. The Oakland Planning Commission approved the project on Oct. 19. “SunCal has also refused to negotiate a project labor agreement with local labor unions covering the construction of the projects 935 houses, depriving workers of sustainable wages and opportunities to learn vital to their professions. This will set a bad example for future developments," said a labor groups calling themselves East Bay Residents for Responsible Growth. “SunCal has also refused to negotiate a project labor agreement with local labor unions covering the construction of the projects 935 houses, depriving workers of sustainable wages and opportunities to learn vital to their professions.This will set a bad example for future developments."

Gayle McLaughlin, East Bay candidate for guv lite, wants a millionaires' tax

Lt. Guv candidate Gayle McLaughlin would
raise taxes on the rich by one percent per
million dollars earned.
Gayle McLaughlin already has a reputation as one of the most progressive elected officials in the East Bay so it's no surprise that her campaign for lieutenant governor is starting to sound familiar fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders. McLaughlin's campaign Thursday unveiled a plan calling for wealthy Californians to pay their fair share of taxes.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alameda County rebuttal to grand jury report unsurprisingly swats away sharp criticisms

Supervisor Wilma Chan confronting protesters
during an Alameda County Board of
Supervisors meeting in 2016.
A scathing Alameda County grand jury report last June included a number of sharp criticisms against the county and members of the Board of Supervisors. Among them, questioning the Board of Supervisors' ability to shower unfettered amounts of district funds on community groups without sufficient oversight and allegations of political interference by one supervisor involving a county contract with a well-known Oakland church.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Hayward Anti-Discrimination Task Force
meeting last spring.
At a Hayward City Council meeting last June, city officials basked in the glow of a standing ovation from those who have long advocated for declaring the Latino-heavy city a sanctuary for immigrants.

The city announced Wednesday that it received an award from the Local Government Hispanic Network for its efforts in adapting to changing federal immigration policy and immigration law enforcement. Hayward received the 2017 Civic Engagement Award this week at a conference in San Antonio.

Berkeley rent board gives solace to those who lost their homes in devastating North Bay fires

Tens of thousands of victims displaced by the the North Bay fires have a place to stay in Berkeley after the city's Rent Stabilization Board initiated an ordinance that allows property owners to offer their housing units at below market rates.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oakland proposal to border wall builders: Take your biz elsewhere

Prototypes 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 Financial and Management Committee.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018

A petitioner on Park Street in Alameda last
July seeking a signature for a landlords-
backed ballot measure.
Over the past 18 months, Alameda has seen a number of rent-related ballot measures come and go. Some, like two competing rent control measure last November actually made the ballot, while other proposals have fizzled early or failed to attract enough valid signatures to qualify.

Last summer, a measure backed by area landlords aimed for rolling back just cause renters protections approved by the Alameda City Council a month prior, successfully qualified its petition before elected officials, at the behest of tenant groups, decided against placing the question on a forthcoming ballot and instead rescinded the ordinance.

Friday, October 20, 2017

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


--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 morning council workshop at City Hall could go far in determining Alameda's place in the burgeoning pot industry in the East Bay. But first, the council needs to answer a number of questions: How many permits might be issued and what type of businesses? Medical, commercial, cultivation, etc.? Where will their locations be permitted and when will the city ask voters to approve a taxing mechanism in order for the city's general fund to reap the benefits of Big Green?

--OAKLAND-- City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Oct. 24, starts at 9:30 a.m.
➤Financial & Management Committee, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--BORDER WALL-- In March, the Oakland City Council backed a resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's proposed Border Wall, while also directing staff to create an ordinance that would prohibit the city with entering into contracts with companies providing goods and services for construction of the southern border wall. That ordinance returns to the Finance Committee after a delay and also includes contractors/vendor seeking to do business with the city to declare under penalty of perjury that they do not in fact provide services for construction of the wall.

Coliseum JPA says it will not participate in fan-backed proposed lawsuit against Raiders

A fan-generated proposal to sue the Raiders and the National Football League over the team's move to Las Vegas took a significant hit Friday after Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority declined to participate in the lawsuit.

The plan took a hit after Oakland officials on the governing Coliseum JPA board said the city would not expend taxpayers' money on the case.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NBA champs or chumps? Warriors want to leave their portion of $40 million arena debt on the court

A disagreement over the Golden State Warriors' obligation to pay a previously agreed portion of Oracle Arena's reconstruction debt has simmered in public for three years, or since the team expressed interest in moving to San Francisco. Now, the matter appears to be heading toward arbitration with the reigning NBA champs arguing they owe nothing past 2019.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority (OACCA) board commissioners will decide Friday morning to hire the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, LLC to represent it in an arbitration demand and counterclaim with the Warriors.

Alameda City Council approves independent probe into city manager's interference claims

Over the shoulder of Assemblymember Rob
Bonta, Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, Council-
members Malia Vella, Jim Oddie, and City 
Manager Jill Keimach duirng at a council
meeting Tuesday.
Accusations made by Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach earlier this month alleging interference in the selection of the city's next fire chief will be investigated by an independent probe, the city announced Tuesday night.

The hiring of an independent investigator was unanimously approved by the Alameda City Council following its closed session meeting. During the same session, the council also postponed performance evaluations for Keimach, City Attorney Janet Kern and its city clerk that were scheduled for Tuesday, the city announced.

Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

A week after Hayward elected officials roundly turned away a developer's bid to build a slew of market-rate housing units on Mission Boulevard, councilmembers continued to voice a newfound pledge for more affordable housing in a city currently being racked by displacement and rising rents.

Every member of the City Council signaled to developers that new housing projects that exclude an affordable housing element will face difficulty in the approval process. Councilmembers Al Mendall and Elisa Marquez were unequivocal in their stance, with each saying they will not vote for any project that does not include affordable housing. Councilmember Francisco Zermeno agreed, in addition, to advocating for the city to study a proposal for a tiny homes village.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

BAL Theatre owner Dan Dillman in front 
of the theater's marquee in 2014.
The BAL Theatre, San Leandro's last Art Deco performing arts building has proven scrappy in keeping its doors open while attracting former A-list Hip Hop and R&B acts from the 80s and 90s to an underutilized area strip of East 14th Street.

The theater, though, under Dan Dillman, a colorful former San Leandro mayoral candidate also known for his hobby as an UFO hunter, has undergone a number of improvements over the years with more needed, including an overhaul of its seating.

On Monday, the San Leandro City Council approved a $400,000 personal loan to Dillman to pay off the theater's debts. Separately, the council approved an additional $150,000 forgivable loan from the city to Dillman to pay for theater improvements. The forgivable loan will be issued over three years to Curtain Call Performing Arts, the non-profit that operates the theater, and allocated as reimbursements for theater improvements.

Monday, October 16, 2017

San Leandro dispensary faces another hurdle as permit deadline extension nears

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter has
publicly opposed the proposed site of the 
Davis Street Wellness Center dispensary.
San Leandro city administration is standing firm in its stance against the conditional-use permit for a medical cannabis dispensary near a non-profit clinic and shelter for the poor, according to a staff report.

Earlier this month, the San Leandro Board of Zoning and Adjustments (BZA) rejected a city staff recommendation to deny a use permit for the Davis Street Wellness Center, one of three approved dispensary permits, to house its dispensary in building that houses the non-profit Davis Street Family Resource Center on Teagarden Street. The zoning board directed staff to return with positive findings of fact and conditions for approval of the dispensary site at its next meeting scheduled for Nov. 2.

Alameda city manager, in memo, alleges councilmembers illegally interfered in selection of fire chief

Alameda City Hall is again in upheaval after its city
manager alleged some councilmembers violated its
City Charter.
Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach, in a memo sent to the City Council earlier this month, alleged that some elected city officials illegally pressured her to hire a union-backed candidate for the open fire chief position. Interference by councilmembers in the duties of the city manager is prohibited in the City Charter.

In a letter sent by Keimach to the council dated Oct. 2, the day before she tabbed Ed Rodriguez as fire chief, but sent on the day of the announcement, does not specifically name which city officials allegedly pressured Keimach to select Domenick Weaver, a former president of the Alameda International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 689. It does, however, make a number of serious allegations.

Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won't run for Alameda mayor

Sandre Swanson during an endorsement
meeting last year for the 9th state Senate.
An unsuccessful run for the state Senate last year proved Sandre Swanson is not done with public service. Swanson confirmed Friday that he had strong interest for challenging Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's re-election next year.

"I've been honored by people and organizations in the community that have approached me about running for mayor of Alameda," Swanson said in an interview. "I told them, at the time, that I would do my due diligence and talk to the people that I respect in the city, and my wife, and consider it."

Friday, October 13, 2017

EBC AGENDA | OCT 13-19 | OAKLAND stocks new Police Commission; Another rent measure in ALAMEDA; television chopper problem in BERKELEY; Pot plans in HAYWARD


--OAKLAND-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--POLICE COMMISSION FILLS OUT-- Mayor Libby Schaaf' had her appointments to the Oakland Police Commission ready to go two weeks ago. They are Thomas Smith, Edwin Prather, and Regina Jackson. Picks from a separate selection panel will be nominated Tuesday night. They include, Mubarak Ahmad, Jose Dorado, Ginale Harris, and Mike Nisperos.

--FOX THEATER LOAN ASSIGNMENT-- The Oakland resident who prefaces his remarks at every Oakland City Council meeting with, "For the record" is going to flip. The city is proposing to assume the debt from the $47.8 million renovation of the Fox Theater from the former redevelopment agency. But in order to do that, the council must also approve 30 percent of the loan repayments. A city staff report acknowledges the debt, which could balloon over the life of the loans to nearly $130 million, may never be paid back. During an Oct. 12 committee hearing, its councilmembers expended three minutes on the agenda item.

--SECURITY CONTRACT-- A 3-year, $2.5 million contract for security services at Oakland City Hall and other government building is up for grabs Tuesday night. The council will be asked to choose between ABC Security Services Inc. or the existing vendor, Cypress Security Services.

➤Rules Committee, Thursday, Oct. 19, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--RENT BALLOT MEASURE COMING-- On Sept. 5, the council decided to rescind its just cause ordinance, at the behest of the local renters group, rather than place a landlord-backed ballot measure before voters next year. It was a win for landlords. A second landlord-backed measure, this one to place the city's existing rent stabilization ordinance in the City Charter was certified by the Alameda County Registrar in late September leading to the council on Tuesday to discuss whether to place it on the June 2018 or November 2018 ballot.

--CALL FOR REVIEW GETS CALL FOR REVIEW-- As it stands, any single member of the community or a councilmember can issue a call for review on a zoning determination. In addition, no definitive reason is required. Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft wants to amend the call for review process to require two councilmembers support it, along with a reason.

--CLOSED SESSION-- Ominous, perhaps, but the council is again evaluating City Manager Jill Keimach's job performance amid accusations she made against elected officials and the local firefighters union over interference in the selection of a new fire chief.

--COMMISSION NAME CHANGE-- An amendment to the city municipal code will change the name of the Commission on Disability Issues to the Commission on Disability.

--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--BAL THEATRE LOAN-- In recent years, the city's support for a thriving Bal Theatre on East 14th Street has blossomed. "The City Council has repeatedly stated that support for the BAL is in the public’s interest by supporting the performing arts, and the secondary effects to the City’s economy, especially to south San Leandro," said a staff report. But the theater is still over $54,000 in debt. A proposed $400,000 loan from the city, along with a $100,000 forgivable loan might allow the theater to flourish. However, there is also concerns about the proposal and whether taxpayers will be made whole one day.

--"It must also be noted that the loans come with risk for the City. Almost by definition, said the staff report. "Curtain Call is a non-profit organization that is not well capitalized. Although both staff and the City Council are encouraged by the work being done by Curtain Call and the value it brings to the community, continued solvency is not a foregone conclusion. Thus, in reviewing this action, Council must balance the value of investing in a cultural asset with the risk that the loan may not be repaid in full."

--DISPENSARY DIRECTION-- Following the Board of Zoning Adjustments approval Oct. 5 for a medical cannabis dispensary to be located on Teagarden Street, the council is being asked to give direction on the city's next steps. Keep in mind, the city administration opposes the dispensary site to be located at the non-profit Davis Street Family Resource Center and the staff report this week greatly highlights this stance along with references to the council's deadline for a conditional-use permit is Oct. 20. The next BZA meeting on the subject is Nov. 2. An extension of the deadline is one possibility, said the staff report.

--ASSET FORFEITURE-- The use of state and federal asset forfeiture funds, money and property confiscated by law enforcement from suspects, is often criticized for its lack of due process. On Tuesday, the council will likely approve the allocation of $185,000 in asset forfeiture funds to the San Leandro PD. The uses include $50,000 for firearms, $50,000 to upgrade its existing Automated License Plate Reader technology, $30,000 for office chairs, and $5,000 to purchase free weights for its gym.

--BERKELEY-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--PROTEST TAB-- The council will ask for a detailed accounting of the costs associated with the numerous protests this year in and around U.C. Berkeley. A city staff report suggests that, for instance, the U.C. Berkeley announced a recent protests cost $600,000 to police, but extra spillover costs may also be costing Berkeley city taxpayers.

--HOVERING MEDIA-- Similarly, the Battle of Berkeley protests have attracted massive media coverage. This include news choppers hovering over Berkeley during protests. The council will discuss whether to send a complaint letter to local television stations to remind them to "consider the noise impacts that news helicopters have on residents and whether aerial coverage is absolutely integral to a news story when deploying helicopters."

-HEADS UP FOR HOMELESS PROVIDERS-- "Adopt a Resolution directing staff to urge Berkeley homeless service nonprofit agencies that receive funds from the City of Berkeley, to prepare for funding cuts that could emerge as a result of funding decreases from the federal government or other entities. That Council urge homeless service agencies to engage in increased economic development efforts or partner with other agencies, for economic development purposes, if their agency is limited in resources."

--HAILING TAXIS-- Two agenda items Tuesday evening seek to aid the city's taxi providers, or, at least, foster competitiveness with ride-hailing companies. The lowering of some fees will be discussed, along with other changes such as allowing taxi providers to purchase insurance collectively rather than individually.

--HAYWARD-- Special council work session, Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--LONG-TERM FINANCIAL RETREAT-- Fiscal sustainability is a growing concern in Hayward, a city that has yet to fully recover from the depths of the Great Recession. "In early 2017, as the City’s long-range forecast projection contained a growing structural deficit, staff recommended that the City engage subject matter experts to develop a more comprehensive and agile financial model and to complete an independent evaluation of the Model." Saturday morning, the council will attempt to give direction for a path to greater financial stability.

➤Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--POT ORDINANCE-- For a city that has been conservative in recent years when it comes to medical cannabis, Hayward is now moving at a quick clip. The framework of a cannabis ordinance comes before the council Tuesday night that lays out numerous possibilities when it comes to potential cannabis businesses in Hayward. Although the number of possible permits is not mentioned in the report, the conclusion references three. Based on a recent council discussion, it's possible the number of permits may ultimately be comprised of different segments of the industry, including cultivation, dispensary or even commercial retail. The council's work Tuesday, if moved forward, entails a return of an amended ordinance at a special meeting on Oct. 30.

--AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGIES-- In two related work session items, the council will tackle affordable housing and anti-displacement strategies, and, later, in-lieu fees for developers building market-rate housing in Hayward, which is booming. Among the questions posed by a staff report: "Does Council wish to return to an ordinance that requires provision of on-site affordable units but allows for alternative means of compliance for all projects? Should projects only be allowed to pay in-lieu fees upon petition to the Council (except for those smaller projects identified in the report – less than 100 units for rental projects and less than 9 units for for-sale projects)?"

--FREMONT-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--RESIDENTIAL ZONING/SOLAR ORDINANCE-- "Consider Planning Commission Recommendations for Amendments to Title 18 (Planning and Zoning) of the Fremont Municipal Code and the Citywide Design Guidelines, including: 1) an update to development standards, design rules, and design guidelines that focus on maintaining the character for single-family residential neighborhoods and further assist in achieving compatibility of new, expanded, or reconstructed homes with surrounding homes in the neighborhood; and 2) creation of a citywide Solar Access Preservation Ordinance so that any increase in the height of an existing building or that any new development does not excessively shade solar zones on adjoining properties."

--GATHERINGS-- Free screening of the documentary "Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers," Saturday, Oct. 14, noon, Alameda City Hall Council Chambers. Speakers include Rep. Barbara Lee, Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer and the film's director Jeffrey Heyman.

--Know Your Rights work shop hosted by the City of Hayward, and presented by the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership. The workshops will include information about people’s rights – regardless of their immigration or refugee status, as well as provide an update about the status of Hayward Sanctuary City policies, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m., Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street.

--Rep. Ro Khanna town hall, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Middle School, 821 Bubb Road, Cupertino.

--COLISEUM JPA-- Regular board meeting, Friday, Oct 20, 8:30 a.m.  (Meeting held at Oracle Arena Club Level) [AGENDA NOT YET POSTED]
-- RAIDERS LAWSUIT-- The Coliseum JPA board last month directed its staff to prepare for an up or down vote on whether they would join a proposed lawsuit suggested by the fan group Forever Oakland, that would sue the NFL and the Oakland Raiders for failing to follow their own bylaws leading up to approval for the team's relocation to Las Vegas.

--EDEN HEALTH DISTRICT-- Regular board meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

--ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT-- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]