Spring Break and Easter in the rearview window, East Bay government begins to heat up again and many of the pressing questions that will begin to be asked revolve around the upcoming budget season.
Here's your highlights for the coming week:
➤Alameda County supervisors continue their slate of budget hearings next week and learn the damage done by another year of large deficits.
➤Alameda's powerful firefighters' union vs. island stalwart fiscal conservatives.
➤West Oakland rezoning and San Leandro is interested in parklets
➤Bevy of Bonta's bill on cannabis come to legislative committees.
ALAMEDA COUNTY -- Board of Supervisors budget session, Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. --
--FUNDING GAP-- After listening to budget overview from each of the county's departments last week, the Board of Supervisors are expected to learn just how far its finances are in the red. Last year's shortfall was $72.2 million and this year's is likely to be larger due to an expected $40 million in state cuts to In-Home Health Services (IHSS). During a hearing April 10, Supervisor Keith Carson said the county was scheduled to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown's office to discuss the proposed cuts. Aside from a looming downturn in the economy dragging down the county's finances and increases in salary and benefits, other factors in the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget forecast are a 3.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment for some community-based organizations, the county said last week.
--TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR INTERVIEWS-- Special board meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. -- The Board of Supervisors will interview all five of the applicants to replace retiring Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector Donald White. The applicants include CPA and former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, Castro Valley Unified School District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, current Alameda County assistant treasurer Gregory Lawson, Castro Valley resident Thomas Wierzba and Berkeley Certified Public Accountant Henry Levy.
*****ALAMEDA -- City Council meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m. -- [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE].
--FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU-- The defining contention of Alameda politics is the on-going contempt held by some fiscal conservatives for the island's firefighters' union and its stranglehold on city politics. A new front in that war opens Tuesday night when the Alameda Fire Department presents its case for creating a Fire Prevention Bureau, along with three new employments positions. The cost of the bureau is $800,000 annually and essentially gives the Fire Department a fire marshal and fire inspectors when none existed. The department was cut during the onset of the Great Recession and the recent "Ghost Ship" fire in Oakland appears to be an impetus for the ask. Some Alamedans, though, are going to find much to oppose here, primarily adding more costs to already soaring unfunded employee pension liabilities.
--CROSS ALAMEDA TRAIL PROPOSAL-- "In 1991, the City Council began enacting policies to develop a multi-use trail on the old Alameda Beltline property. Since then, the City has worked to implement what is now called the “Cross Alameda Trail” (CAT) in this corridor. Today, two segments of the CAT are under development with funding from grants: (1) the Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) segment from Main Street to Webster Street, and (2) the Jean Sweeney Park segment from Constitution Way to Sherman Street. Once built, these sections together will create a 1.5-mile trail from Main Street to Sherman Street that is completely separated from cars and will likely attract a large number and diversity of people, including children, people less comfortable riding, and seniors. The entire CAT, when complete, will be a major east-west walking and bicycling corridor, stretching from the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point to Tilden Way for a total of 4 miles"
"While quite expensive, [each option is roughly $1 million] the Constitution/Atlantic signal work will improve safety by reducing conflicts between people walking and biking on the CAT and motorists, and is less costly and will have fewer auto traffic impacts than installing a dedicated bicycle signal here... Staff has identified Measure B/BB and Development Impact Fee funds for this critical project. A proposed allocation for the project will be included in the 2017-2019 Capital Improvement Program budget, which will be brought to the City Council for approval in June."
--CLOSED SESSION-- Annual employment evaluations for City Manager Jill Keimach, City Attorney Janet Kern.
*****OAKLAND -- City Council meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. -- [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--WEST OAKLAND PLANNING, REZONING-- Amendments are proposed to the Zoning and Height Area Map in West Oakland to: a) encourage more retail and other neighborhood-serving commercial uses on the ground floor of buildings along Mandela Parkway, b) support the further
rejuvenation of 7th Street; c) attract more industrial development to the 3rd Street corridor and away from residential neighborhoods; and d) facilitate the construction of much needed affordable and senior housing."
*****SAN LEANDRO -- City Council meeting, Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. -- [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--PARKLET GUIDELINES-- San Leandro is proposing a two-year pilot program to allow up to two parklets to be designed and constructed. The city manager's office is seeding the program with $5,000 and $150 application fee will be charged for prospective parklets, then $2,500 each for design and restoration deposits. Note: the proposal only includes city streets. That excludes state routes East 14th Street, Davis Street and Doolittle Drive.
--"..A parklet is a temporary sidewalk extension installed to enhance the pedestrian environment and to encourage non-motorized transportation. These installations convert parking or similar roadside spaces into well-constructed temporary plazas that are harmonious with the surrounding businesses and neighborhood."
*****HAYWARD -- City Council meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m. -- [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--CDBG TRUMPED? President Trump's proposal to eliminate the $3 billion previously budgeted for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) would hit Hayward hard, says a city staff report. "The City of Hayward would no longer receive any CDBG entitlement allocation. In FY 2017, the City of Hayward’s final CDBG entitlement allocation was $1,405,002."
--Hayward Anti-Discrimination Task Force meeting, Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m, Hayward City Hall -- [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] -- Task force deliberates whether to make recommendations to the Hayward City Council. During previous meetings, there was much discussion about sanctuary cities.
*****GATHERINGS -- "How Safe Are Our Election? -- Friday, April 21, 7 p.m. -- Special presentation by Dr. Rebecca Mercuri on election security re-engineering, hosted by Hayward Area Democratic Club and South Alameda County Young Democrats, Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street, Hayward.
--Rep. Eric Swalwell town hall in Dublin -- Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m., Dublin High School Student Union, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin.
--Rep. Ro Khanna town hall in Newark-- Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m., Newark Memorial High School Student Events Center, 39375 Cedar Boulevard.
*****LEGISLATURE -- Assembly committee hearings -- Monday, April 17 -- (Watch at calchannel.com)
Revenue and Taxation Committee, 2:30 p.m. - Rob Bonta AB 948 (marijuana: taxation; electronic fund transfer).
Tuesday, April 18 -- Business and Professions Committee, 9:30 a.m. - Bonta AB 64 (cannabis: medical and nonmedical); Health Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Tony Thurmond AB 254 (local educational agency pilot for overall needs.); AB 481 (Medi-Cal: asthma preventive services); AB 1461 (food delivery enterprises). Committee on Health AB 1688 (Alameda County pilot program). Higher Education Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Bonta AB 1038 (postsecondary education: higher education policy). Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Catharine Baker AB 434 (state web accessibility: standards and reports). Public Safety Committee, 8:30 a.m. - Bonta AB 42 (bail: pretrial release).
Wednesday, April 19, Governmental Organization Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Bonta AB 1643 (Health care for All Commission). Housing and Community Development Committee, 9 a.m. - Bonta AB 1447 (factory-built housing law: fines). Labor and Employment Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Thurmond AB 55 (hazardous materials management: stationary sources, contracts); AB 1565 (work hours: overtime compensation: executive, admin, or professional employees). Local Government Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Baker AB 1509 (SF BART District). Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, 9 a.m. - Thurmond AB 670 (classified employees: part-time playground positions). Utilities and Energy Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Bill Quirk AB 803 (energy: low-income energy-efficiency programs; weatherization).
--State Senate Committee Hearings-- Monday, April 17 -- (Watch at calchannel.com)
Appropriations Committee, 10 a.m. - Bob Wieckowski SB 80 (CEQA: notices); SB 262 (climate change: climate adaptation: advisory council), Nancy Skinner SB 201 (higher education employer-employee relations act: employees); SB 360 (public social services: prosecution for overpayment or overissuance of benefits), Steve Glazer SB 386 (state beaches and parks: smoking ban); SB 664 (Dept of ABC: designated driver info).
Tuesday, April 18 -- Public Safety Committee, 8:30 a.m. - Glazer SB 757 (prostitution: sex offender registration and DNA collection); SB 770 (violent felonies); SB 781 (criminal law: DNA evidence). Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, 9 a.m. - Wieckowski SB 64 (independent system operator: integration of generation from renewable energy resources), Skinner SB 338 (net-load peak energy; SB 356 (energy data transparency). Judiciary Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Wieckowski SB 316 (attorneys: pro bono legal services), Skinner SB 469 (child support guidelines: low-income adjustments). Transportation and Housing Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Skinner SB 167 (Housing Accountability Act): SB 802 (autonomous vehicles: registration); Glazer SB 578 (highways: safety enhancement-double fine zone).
Wednesday, April 19 -- Education Committee, 9 a.m. - Glazer SB 483 (education fiance: Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2018). Environmental Quality Committee, 9:30 a.m. - Wieckowski SB 775 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: gas emissions reduction). Governance and Finance Committee, 9:30 a.m. - Glazer SB 558 (property taxation: new construction exclusion: ran water capture system), SCA 9 (property tax: new construction exclusion: rain water capture system); Skinner SB 242 (property accessed clean energy program: program admin), SB 703 (property taxation: collection: electronic payment process). Health Committee, 1:30 p.m. - Skinner SB 687 (health facilities: emergency centers: attorney general).