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Friday, January 5, 2018

EBC AGENDA | JAN 5-11 | Oakland library parcel tax on the horizon? No ICE, baby!; San Leandro allocates A1 funding for 62 affordable housing units

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 5-11

--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Jan. 9, start at 9 a.m.

Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--LIBRARY PARCEL TAX POLL-- Budget cuts last year significantly hampered Oakland's public library system. Unsurprisingly, reduced library hours were used as a bludgeon by striking city workers against Mayor Libby Schaaf. Now the city is eyeing the feasibility of a library parcel tax for the June primary. The Life Enrichment Committee will also discuss the report and polling on Tuesday. According to a survey conducted last September, 73 percent of likely November 2018 voters said they would support or "leaned yes" for a $75 per year parcel tax for 20 years to increase library services.


--PUBLIC SAFETY OT IN THE RED-- Oakland's overtime budget for police and fire is projected to be in the red by more than $38 million, according to a staff report. The 2017-18 fiscal year budget allotted only $14.8 million for overtime. The bulk of the increased overtime this year comes from OFD, projected to be $22.3 million, but the city only budgeted $1.2 million for the year, while setting aside $12.4 million for OPD. The police department's overtime, conversely, is projected to be $29.9 million.

 --AUDIT THE AUDITOR-- Embattled Oakland City Auditor Brenda Roberts will provide the committee with the office's annual report. Here's the presentation. Oddly the .pdf file is titled, "Spinning Dough Pizza."

Public Works Committee, 11:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--PARKING PROPOSAL-- An informational report on Oakland's Residential Parking Permit program includes a potentially novel way to repurpose technologies associated with Licence Plate Readers to manage its parking supply. "...Staff believes that the same technologies have the potential to significantly enhance the City's capacity to actively manage the parking supply in general and RPP areas in particular. For example, by combining LPR and electronic permits in the RPP program the City could reduce the cost of issuing permits and improve customer service. Moreover, the same investment could be used to support the City's new car share program by making it easier for qualified car share organizations to permit and deploy shared vehicles around the City and provide a steady stream of occupancy and turnover data for the City's new demand-responsive parking management initiative."

Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--BALLPARK ORDINANCE-- Councilmember Abel Guillen's proposal to enact restrictions for potential land speculators in the area of the proposed A's ballpark near Laney College on 7th Street and 5th Avenue returns Tuesday. No matter that the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees announced last December that they would cease talks with the team over sale of the property. Questions, including the impact of restrictions on neighboring districts, such as District 3 in West Oakland, will be discussed.

--AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT OAK KNOLL-- "The City of Oakland owns an approximately 5.4 acre parcel of vacant real property in the Oak Knoll redevelopment project area located on portions of Barcelona Street and St. Andrews Road, commonly known as the "Barcelona" parcel," Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan wrote in a memo. "For this reason, we are bringing this Resolution directing the City Administrator to issue a request for proposals for the development of affordable housing on the 5.4 acre parcel of land owned by the City at Oak Knoll."

Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--NO ICE REDUX-- Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks thought legislation last summer cutting the city's tie with ICE was clear. Not so after Oakland police officers aided an ICE raid last August in West Oakland, specifically acting as traffic enforcement. Tuesday's resolution adds that "OPD shall not provide law enforcement assistance, including traffic support, to ICE, including any subdivision of ICE, in any capacity, except to respond to a public safety emergency." NEXT COUNCIL MEETING, Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Life Enrichment Committee, 4 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
Rules Committee, Thursday, Jan. 11, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]

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--SAN LEANDRO-- Special meeting  and work session, Monday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT-- "Eden Housing, a nonprofit housing developer, proposes to develop an attractive 62-unit affordable rental housing development, Parrott Street Apartments, located at 1604 & 1642 San Leandro Boulevard. This development would provide needed affordable rental housing for lower income households and would serve as a well-designed transit-oriented development conveniently located across the street from the San Leandro BART station." San Leandro staff is proposing the city loan $4 million of the city's allotted $11.6 million in Measure A1 affordable housing bond funds and another $1 million from its former redevelopment agency revenues to kickstart the project. According to the recommendation, the city would also attempt to leverage the money with state and federal affordable housing grants.

--FEDERAL UPDATE-- Later, the same night, the city's long-time federal government consultant, Len Simon, will update the council on the goings on in Washington, D.C., along with a preview of the new legislative year. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Jan. 16.

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--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Regular board planning meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--MICROBREWERY AMENDMENT-- Currently farms, ranches, etc., in east county are only zoned for few other purposes outside of wineries and olive oil mills. A proposed amendment to the county's zoning ordinance would allow microbreweries at some of these properties, according to a staff report, to further support the region's agri-tourism industry.

--LIVERMORE DISPENSARY APPEALS-- Two applicants that sought permits for east county's four cannabis dispensary permits are appealing the Alameda County Community Development Agency's determination against each bid. One applicant's dispensary is slated for Morgan Territory Road in unincorporated Livermore, the other on Tesla Road. The respective bids were ranked seventh and eighth out of 10 applications.

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--FREMONT-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Badge pinning ceremony for new Fremont Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson.

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--EAST BAY MUD-- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1:15 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Board will discuss retaining/rescinding a position the board took in May 2015 against proposed retail water user fees. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Jan. 23.

--AC TRANSIT-- Regular board meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERENEXT MEETING: Wednesday, Feb. 14.

--BART-- Regular board meeting, Thursday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Overview of the Existing Comprehensive Agreement between VTA and BART for the Santa Clara County BART Extension/

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