Monday, June 29, 2015

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 30

OAKLAND/June 30, 5:30 p.m.
Biennial budget must be approved Tuesday night

FINAL BUDGET MEETING It’s down to the wire for the Oakland City Council to approve its 2015-17 $2.3 billion biennial budget. June 30 is the state deadline for municipalities to approve fiscal budgets for 2015-16. Tuesday night’s meeting could be a long one despite the short agenda. And the rafters will again be packed with residents after an Alameda County judge issued an order for the Oakland City Council to reopen the City Hall chambers gallery. But expect those seats and others to be packed with union members getting in their last word on the next budget. Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo and Dan Kalb also have proposed amendments to the council president’s budget.

ALCO BOARD OF SUPES/June 30, 9:30 a.m.
$54m youth correctional facility gets partial funding

CAMP SWEENEY REBUILT A day after an Alameda County grand jury report documented the overall clean, but dilapidated state of the San Leandro criminal justice youth center known as Camp Wilmot Sweeney, the board will allocate $15 million toward rebuilding the facility. The total cost of the rebuilt is $54 million with $35 million coming from a state community corrections grant. $532,000 will also come from the Alameda County Probation Department’s fiscal management rewards fund. The facility has been criticized in the past for being outdated. In the current grand jury report also detailed flaws in the current camp’s video and audio surveillance.

MORE $ FOR ALAMEDA BRIDGE REPAIRS Getting in and out of Alameda at night through the Park Street and High Street Bridges has been difficult over the past few months. Repairs and rehabilitation of both bridges have been ongoing for months. The board last year approved up to $2.25 million to do the job. But cracked welds and replacing worn out traction studs will need another $720,000 to finish the job, says a county staff report. The Alameda County Public Works Department will ask the board to approve a waiver to forego the bidding process for the additional work by the existing company already doing the work.

HAYWARD/June 30, 7 p.m.
City wants to entice residents to participate in local govt

#ENGAGEHAYWARD Participation in city government has not been one of Hayward’s strong suits in recent years. City Council meetings are sparsely attended and exasperated by an extreme media desert exists in most of Southern Alameda County. To foster greater public engagement, the city is proposing to employ various social media techniques to the mix. “The foundation to #EngageHayward is design thinking—focusing on the resident side of engagement rather than the city side,” said a city staff report. The proposal is four-pronged: video and social media; Reddit-style web site; hack-a-thons and “City Hall to You,” which is similar to Hayward’s Neighborhood Partnership Program, essentially bringing city leaders to neighborhood meetings. If approved, #EngageHayward could begin in September.


  1. By MW:

    Concerning the item that supposedly Hayward city government, and which I would assume means the highest ranking officials in Hayward city government, supposedly wants more participation from ordinary citizens:

    We should take that with more than a grain of salt, since I have found that in almost all cases the big boys in government, and regardless of their public pronouncements. in virtually all cases, actually: one, want to keep the general public in the dark as to what govt does; and two, are so firmly convinced that they themselves are so extremely smart and totally superior, that therefore in their opinion it would only cause needless and useless interference to actually let the general public participate in govt and know what is going on.

    For instance, to give some real examples of the actual attitudes of the big boys toward the little and "lesser" people, we had: one,: Nancy Pelosi's comment, "You can read it after we pass it;" and two, the position of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber (Gruber has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, and has also produced a lot of the "research" that such creatures as Nancy Pelosi have used as the "basis" for their "thinking" on economics and social issues) that the general public is supposedly too stupid to understand certain issues, so therefore it is proper for such creatures as Gruber and his co-conspirators to feed the general public a lot of lies and garbage in order to get certain items approved, in other words items that Gruber and his co-conspirators "know" are "good" and "desirable."

    Related to that, the Bay area, the leadership of the Democratic Party, and modern liberalism are packed to the gills with creatures who "know" that they are so "extremely superior" and "super intelligent," that therefore anything they "think" and say is automatically "true" since they said it.

    For instance, Willie Brown and San Francisco mayor George Moscone, and who were not only both lawyers but also graduates of Hastings Law School, and which is one of the very highest rated, and also most very overrated, law schools in the entire country, both "knew" beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jim Jones, and later of Jonestown infamy, was a wonderful person and of the very highest honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness.

    And undoubtedly the saints who run the city of Berserkeley "knew" beyond a shadow of doubt, or at least until a few weeks ago, that their Building Inspections Department was composed of wonderful, completely honest, and totally competent people, and that there was absolutely no possibility whatsoever that it might be infested with drunks, drug addicts, liars, incompetents, and creatures who might possibly approve defective projects and overlook building code violations in exchange for under the table bribes.

  2. So "Broke Hayward" is going to waste more money on another pipe dream? If the citizens of Hayward were engaged in city government, they wouldn't have elected Barbara Halliday for their Mayor. I wonder if this is part of that cockamamie Brand Hayward Campaign? Hack-a-thon, crap-a-thon who cares? What a waste of time and tax payers money. Fran & her gang probably worked overtime on this garbage.