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Friday, November 17, 2017

EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-23 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs

THANKSGIVING WEEK OF NOV 17-23

--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."

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--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--SISTER VILLAGE-- Is Alameda weighing-in on the Israel-Palestine question? The council will decide Tuesday whether to sign a memorandum of understand to begin a sister city relationship with the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin. The West Bank village is just five miles from Bethlehem and in the past been slowly encroached upon by Israeli settlers. The village has also been the victim of shenanigans by Israeli settlers aiming to undermine its agriculture by pumping raw sewage into the hamlet.

--PLANNING & POT-- Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer will try once again to fill the last remaining seat on the city's Planning Board. The latest candidate (or sacrificial lamb) for the Planning nomination is Sylvia Gibson. If approved by the council, she would replace the termed-out John Knox White... The second and final reading of Alameda's cannabis ordinance will come before the council. Like other East Bay cities, excluding Berkeley and Oakland) Alameda's ordinance includes a prohibition on retail adult-use cannabis, but allows for medical cannabis dispensaries and related businesses.

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--FREMONT-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--PENSION COSTS RISE-- "In December 2016 the CalPERS Board approved lowering the assumed rate of return on pension assets, the “discount rate,” from 7.5% to 7.0% over a three-year period. As a result, the City’s annual UAL (Unfunded Accrued Liabilities) an contribution is projected to almost double by FY 2024/25 to over $42 million from the FY 2017/18 amount of about $22 million... Over the next thirty years, repayment of the amounts borrowed from CalPERS could cost the City $57 million."

--"Staff recommends that the City Council adopt a pension liability funding policy that will
incorporate additional UAL payments into development of the proposed operating budget each year using a minimum additional contribution equal to 10% of that year’s required UAL contribution, with a larger additional contribution contingent on availability of funds. Depending on the amount of the City’s additional contributions and future changes in the UAL, accelerated pay-down of the UAL will slow or eliminate growth in annual UAL contributions over the next decade, and reduce the City’s absolute pension cost in the longer term."

--COPS GRANT-- "In FY 2017/18 the Fremont Police Department expects to receive $493,654 from the COPS grant into the SLESA and the funds will need to be spent by June 30, 2019." Nearly half of the grant is being allocated to purchase body-worn cameras for Fremont police officers.

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--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

Board of Supervisors retreat, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 12 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council, General purpose meeting, Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

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--GATHERINGS-- 21st Annual Turkey Drive hosted by McWilson Friends & Family Network, Saturday, Nov. 18, Verdese Carter Rec Center, 9600 Sunnyside Street, Oakland; Tuesday, Nov. 21, Tri-Valley Haveh Community Building, 3663 Pacific Avenue, Livermore. More info here:

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-COLISEUM JPA-- Regular board meeting, Friday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. // Coliseum Joint Powers Authority board to hire law firm to represent them in a dispute with the Oakland Raiders over parking revenues. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

4 comments:

  1. By MW:

    In regard to pensions and pension costs:

    I am a public official who wants to get re-elected, so therefore I am going to give every single group asking for anything whatever they want, and then let my successors in office worry about finding the money to pay for it.

    (And also since in many cases the pensions and fringe benefits of high ranking public officials are increased every time the lower ranking public employees get an increase, therefore LET THE GRAVY TRAIN AND INSANITY ROLL.)

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  2. The majority of city employees don't live in the cities where they work, so they can't even vote for the "givers." Apathy is the real reason those public officials get re-elected.

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  3. By MW:

    Concerning the post of 6:33PM. It is true that in certain cities a high percentage of the city's municipal employees, and with it often especially pervasive among police officers and firefighters, do not live in the city that is providing them with paychecks.

    (And similarly among county employees, and such as for instance in Alameda County, a considerable percentage of the employees of the Sheriff's Office and Fire Department, live outside the County, and very often in houses and neighborhoods much fancier, much more expensive, and much more prestigious than those generally found in Alameda County. For instance, undoubtedly a high percentage of the employees of the AC Sheriff's Office and Fire Department live in such areas as Walnut Creek, Orinda, and Blackhawk, and even if they do live in AC, it is very likely in such areas as Livermore, and almost never in the lower priced sections of such AC cities as Hayward, Oakland, and Union City.)

    And I am sure that the above is even far more extreme among the firefighters, police officers, and sheriff's deputies who are now retired.

    However even though many present and retired public employees do not even live and vote in the cities and counties that provide them with paychecks and pensions, that does not change the truth of my comments in my previous post of 9:50AM.

    And such as for instance when mayors, members of city councils, and members of the AC Board of Supervisors decide how generous to be with the members of each union, a major factor, and in fact often the very most important factor, is how generous that union and/or its associates, and such as for instance the lawyers and law firms that union has had representing it, has been with election campaign contributions.

    (Or as they say in regard to this or that financial institution being awarded the right to handle big bond issues, "YOU HAVE TO PAY TO PLAY.")

    Still furthermore, even if the majority of the employees of a particular city or county union do not live in the particular city or county that provides them with a paycheck, however: one, often still a significant percentage of them do, quite likely thirty percent or more; and two, when you also add their relatives, and such as for instance parents, brothers, sisters, and children, etc, that is a lot of votes.

    And still furthermore, a large percentage of high ranking public officials are similar to Bill Cosby, Bernard Madoff, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein, and so forth in that they have been fooling the majority of the general public due to surface charm and PR, but have a ton of sleaze, fraud, and phoniness in their background that has not been generally known. So they will often roll over for those individuals and groups, and including certain unions, who know about their dirty laundry.

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