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Friday, November 17, 2017

EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-24 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs

THANKSGIVING WEEK OF NOV 17-24

--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.
HAYWARD
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.
HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL
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 
OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL
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

CONGRESS
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

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 10-16

--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 CITY COUNCIL
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 CITY COUNCIL
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

ALAMEDA COUNTY
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
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

BERKELEY
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.
18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
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.
ELECTION 2018
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

SAN LEANDRO
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

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6-9

--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.

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--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

LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Rebecca Kaplan is going to sweep into the
AD15 race late and take it.
ELECTION 2018
➤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

5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS...

ELECTION 2018
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.