Friday, February 2, 2018

EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--BALLOT MEASURE FOR CHILDREN-- The Board of Supervisor will approve placement on the June ballot of a countywide half-cent sales tax measure to fund child care and early childhood development programs. If approved by voters with a two-thirds majority, the half-cent sales tax increase would immediately go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. The county estimates the measure will bring in an additional revenues of $140 million annually over the next 30 years and expand access for low-to-middle income children to access child care and education. The measure will also raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for child care providers and early education teachers. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 27.

--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--MORE LICENSE PLATE READERS-- Alameda already has four Automated Licence Plate readers affixed to patrol cars since 2014. On Tuesday, APD will ask to approve $500,000 to purchase an additional 13 units. However, these license plate readers will be deployed along fixed points at the island city's bridges and other exit points. "The proposed ALPR system, which requires one camera per traffic lane, would be located at the Webster and Posey Tubes (which is controlled by the California Department of Transportation, aka Caltrans), Park Street, Fruitvale, and High Street Bridges (Alameda County property), Doolittle Drive and Harbor Bay Parkway (Caltrans), and at Harbor Bay Parkway and Ron Cowan Parkway (City of Alameda). The system would require 13 ALPR systems, each with two cameras and associated equipment."

--CRIME IS UP AND IT'S DOWN-- "While it is true that there was a spike in crime from 2016 to 2017, Alameda is still in the midst of an overall thirty year low in crimes reported. Despite that fact, the social media reports have caused some to doubt the safety of the community and the effectiveness of the Police Department... In calendar year 2017, APD received a total of 5,075 crime reports versus 4,514 during calendar year 2016. The difference amounts to an increase of 561 reports, or an overall increase of 12.4 percent... In an effort to address the increase, Chief of Police Paul Rolleri recently authorized the transfer of three detectives back to patrol to bolster staffing and increase police visibility. We have increased parole and probation checks on repeat offenders." NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 20.

--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, Monday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--ZONING CODE UPDATES COMING-- San Leandro's municipal zoning code has not been updated since 1989. A city staff report is asking the council's approval to begin cleaning up the zoning code. "The City typically amends the Zoning Code a couple of times each year. Over time, multiple piecemeal changes have made the Zoning Code more difficult to use. While one section may have been updated or “cleaned-up,” sometimes other related codes were overlooked, resulting in unintended inconsistencies. The Planning Division has identified in recent years over 40 different code sections that need to be addressed through a clean-up effort." NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 20.

--OAKLAND-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--COMMITTEE POWER PLAY-- Oakland City Council President Larry Reid is angling for more control of appointments to various council committees. Under the current rules, the council president nominates committee members and the chairs, pending approval of the resolution by the full council. A proposal Tuesday would "streamline" the process and omit approval by the full council. A staff report prepared by Reid and sponsors, Councilmembers Annie Campbell Washington and Lynette Gibson McElhaney says the current process is outdated and not used by other larger cities in the state.  A second part of the agenda item hopes to change the current process allowing two councilmembers to pull items off of consent for another meeting. NEXT MEETING: Committees, Tuesday, Feb. 13.

--BERKELEY-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] // Zoning Adjustment Board appeals for 1446 Fifth Street, 2334 Jefferson Avenue, and 1436 Campus Drive. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 13

--HAYWARD-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]
--RENTAL HOUSING AFFORDABILITY-- "Approximately 49% of Hayward’s residents are renters and in Hayward, 57% of renters spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs... According to the U.S. Census, Hayward’s population grew by nearly 15,000 residents between 2005 and 2015. Over that same period, the total number of housing units increased by less than 500 units. In 2005, Hayward had one housing unit for every 2.84 people. In 2015, Hayward had one housing unit for every 3.24 people. Hayward’s population continues to grow, and while the City has made strides in approving the construction of new housing units, the demand for housing continues to exceed the City’s supply."  NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Feb. 20.


  1. By MW:

    So the members of the AC Board of Supervisors, and as part of their continued charades in which they pretend they care about the health, safety, and well being of the County's residents, intend to try to increase the sales tax so as to expand access to child care.

    However if they were really and sincerely interested in improving the lives, safety, and well being of the County's residents, there are lot of things they could do, and some of which would even cost little or no money, and in many cases would even save considerable money.

    For instance, they could get rid of the medical marijuana clinics, the existence of which cause the greatly increased expenses associated with increased crime.

    They could get rid of anyone in the DA's office, County Counsel's office, and Public Works Agency who is a professional pathological liar.

    AC could stop paying the very most ridiculous and outrageously high salaries, and even more outrageously high pensions, to a lot of useless drunks in the Fire Department.

    Susan Muranishi, and who is Alameda County's Administrator, has a total compensation of approx. 770K per year, and which probably makes her the very highest paid person in the entire United States among all city and county managers and administrators.

    Her salary should be drastically cut, and especially since she does not do very much besides turning a blind eye to even the very most obvious, blatant, and flagrant wrongdoing.

    In fact most of the higher ranking people in AC government are drastically overpaid, and it is just that Muranishi is the very most extreme example.

  2. MW: You are right about lots of things that could be cut. However, you are missing the real issue. Why should Alameda County be subsidizing child care and early child development with public tax increases. These are the responsibilities of the parents. If they cannot afford to keep the child then that is not our responsibility in the County to help them. It is time for Alameda County to begin to license and train pregnant persons and their responsible parties. If no money no child. The parents of the pregnant person pay if their child is irresponsible. If the pregnant person is an orphan then then the orphanage pays. If the pregnant person has no family and has no money and is homeless on the street then that is their problem. Alameda county has a Coroner and the judicial system to address. We should support that part with our taxes. Not the other. Pay as you go.

  3. By MW:

    Concerning the post of 9:01AM, obviously the families should be doing a lot more, and rather than expecting the government to do virtually everything related to raising and supporting their children.

    However this is the East Bay, and of course the easiest way for the members of the AC Board of Supervisors, and who pretend to be "liberals," to continue to get support from the lemmings is to have a lot, and in fact ever increasing amount, of publicly funded bread and circuses and welfare programs.

    And when I have time additional time, I will describe a family in the San Leandro area that was on welfare, neither of the parents had income producing jobs, last I knew had five children, were continuing to have babies, had a ten year old who was already on drugs, and just like her parents, and what the parents did not spend on illegal drugs, they often spent on cigarettes, and rather than on food for their children.

    However all of that is irrelevant, since you can say with more than ninety--nine percent certainty that they were voting Democrat rather than Republican. Ask the Clintons, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Barbara Lee, Nate Miley, and Nancy Pelosi for details.

  4. MW it is time to say no to excessive taxes to support over paid Welfare workers, cops, schools, and federal programs like food stamps. It is time for the people to rise up and say not more taxes.

  5. Vote NO! New taxes never go away and are never used as advertised.

  6. By MW:

    A tiny bit related to 2:16PM. Some years ago at a attended organized by my employer, the speaker was educating us in regard to some new laws and regulations that would soon be going into effect related to the type of work we did.

    Some of those new laws and regulations included new special taxes that were supposed to be in effect for only a year or two.

    However the lecturer cynically summarized his view of those "temporary" taxes by commenting "THE MOST PERMANENT THING ON EARTH IS A TEMPORARY TAX."

    And similarly, once the government "temporarily" hires some employees to monitor and "improve" things, most likely those employees will be there forever, AND ALSO THE DEPARTMENT WILL EXPAND GEOMETRICALLY, and still furthermore the employees will have little or no real interest in actually solving any problems, but only in staying there forever and continuing to collect paychecks.

    Or to put it as diplomatically as possible, the primary functions of most government agencies are engaging in lies, frauds, scams, and ripoffs, and being bloodsucking leeches.

  7. By MW:

    I need to get a pair of reading glasses.

    The second sentence of my above post should read SOME YEARS AGO AT A SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY MY EMPLOYER...

  8. Just vote no. You don't have to be eligible for Welfare to have the tax payers pay for the birth of your chold and continuing medical services. Working poor qualify. I'd pay extra taxes for birth control services, but Trump and the Republicans don't seem to want that.