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The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 4, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m.
[FULL AGENDA HERE]
Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg

>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARD
WHAT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA You will be hard pressed to find an Oakland City Council meeting this year less eventful than this one. In fact, the most contention issue Tuesday night will likely be an item not on the agenda. At a Rules and Legislation Committee meeting last Thursday, council postponed further discussion of the Domain Awareness Center, a citywide and port surveillance hub, for another two weeks.

WHAT IT MEANS The issue of approving a contractor for the DAC and determining whether the vendor, Schneider Electric, is in violation of the city's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Ordinance, and therefore, ineligible for the contract, will be heard Feb. 18. Although the DAC is not on the agenda, that doesn't mean it won't attract a bulk of the open forum portion of Tuesday night's meeting. Opponents of the surveillance center will also gather on the steps of City Hall beforehand for a rally.

>>> OTHER AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
BE AWARE A resolution approving a settlement with Douglas and Jenni Howland for $130,000 as result of a sewer backup will be approved (Item 7.8); Councilmember Dan Kalb seeks support for AB 1439, state legislation to prohibit sweepstakes gambling operations (Item 7.15); Mayor Jean Quan appoints Ramona Chang to the Housing Residential Rent and Relocation Board (Item 7.6); Councilmember Noel Gallo is asking the council to approve $1,168 in travel expenses for a trade mission to Mexico, Feb. 12-15, he is attending in conjunction with other local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce groups (Item 12).

>>> POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney proclaims February as Black History Month in Oakland; Councilmember Noel Gallo honors Oakland businessman Walter Craven.

>>> LAST TIME OUT
Jan 21, the council received a report on the state of the city's public safety radio system, which noted the much-maligned radio system used in Oakland has improved in performance. However, the report also recommended ultimately replacing its P25 radios at a cost of between $15-20 million. The council directed staff to begin negotiations with the East Bay Regional Communication System Authority and to identify funding sources for the purchase of new radios. >>> READ THE MINUTES >>> SEE IT FOR YOURSELF

NOW YOU CAN’T SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW

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