Sunday, April 19, 2015

AGENDA NOTES: Alameda County to approve issuance of revenue bonds; San Leandro Creek tree removal

Revenue bonds approved by the Alameda County
Board of Supervisors will help bring 66 units of 
affordable housing to West Dublin/Pleasanton BART.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors
1221 Oak Street, Oakland, fifth floor
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Twitter hashtag: alcomtg

BONDS FOR HOUSING Four separate, albeit short, public hearings Tuesday morning could results in the issuance of millions in revenue bonds for four housing and education-related projects in Alameda County.

One project slated for development is 66 units of affordable housing near the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to be funded with $19 million in Multi-Family Housing Mortgage Revenue Bonds (Item 40), which are tax-exempt and allow for developers to secure a lower interest rate for acquiring land and constructing or rehabilitating housing. Opponents of affordable housing in the Tri Valley have often registered disenchantment with proposed additional units around the two BART station in the area, in addition, to the proposed station in Livermore.

A proposed issuance of up to $70 million in revenue bonds would also help refinance two care facilities in Oakland known as Grand Lake Gardens on Santa Clara Avenue and Piedmont Gardens on 41st Avenue. (Item 41.2) In addition,, a proposed charter school on Independence Drive in Livermore is in line for $30 million in Statewide Communities Development Authority revenue bonds (Item 41.1), along with the issuance of $44.5 million in state Municipal Finance Authority revenue bonds for the renovation of Bowles Hall, which houses 192 students at U.C. Berkeley. (Item 41).

THIS & THAT The board will discuss whether to approve a Vegetation Management Plan to evaluate trees around San Leandro Creek on county land between the railroad tracks and the 580 freeway crossing. The plan includes pruning branches that may endanger property, cutting native trees in poor condition and controlling invasive plant species. This issue attracted significant opposition from environmentalists in San Leandro a few years back. Among the chief concerns was public perception that the county failed to properly notice residents of their intentions (Item 34)...

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority member Mary Warren will be reappointed through April 2017...A one-time allocation of $25,000 in Measure A health care tax proceeds is on the agenda to improve working conditions in nail salons...The cost of consulting services for Alameda County's proposed Community Choice Aggregation program will be increased to $70,269 after the contract is extending nine months through Mar. 2016.

CLOSED SESSION Supervisors and negotiators will discuss Coliseum City with the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics, New City Development, LLC and the City of Oakland.

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE Supervisor Scott Haggerty will proclaim May as "CalFresh Awareness Month and the county administrator declares May 3-9 as "Public Service Recognition Week. In addition, April 19-25 is "Victims' Rights Week," the month of April is "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and April 20-26 is "Sexually Exploited Minors Awareness Week." April 22 is "Earth Day" and April 25 is "African American Student Achievement Day."

TRAVELOCITY An Alameda County deputy sheriff will be attending the 10th Annual Gangs, Guns and Drugs Training Conference in Las Vegas on May 10-4 (Cost: $1,389)...Two "retired annuitants" and a deputy sheriff will attend training for computer voice stress analyzer certification in Las Vegas (Total cost: $3,966)...A sheriff captain will travel to Seattle on July 10-14 for FBI National Academy Associates. (Cost: $3,039).


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