Oakland City Council Committees Preview
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Tuesday, Feb. 25, begins at 9:30 a.m.
Hashtag: #oakmtg

>>> FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
ROSY ECONOMIC NUMBERS City Administration says Oakland has an additional $18 million in projected revenue during the second quarter of the current fiscal year. A vast majority of the increase, the mayor’s office says, come from $16.4 million in additional revenues from the Real Estate Transfer Tax. WHAT IT MEANS To balance the city’s budget, $7.7 million of the projected additional funding needs to be allocated, says the staff report. In addition, the city anticipates a funding gap for 2014-15 to be nearly $15 million, says the city’s finance department. BE AWARE An additional item offered by Councilmember Libby Schaaf seeks to create a reserve for unfunded liabilities with $534,500. The reserve was born out of the City Council’s budget agreement last June. However, no paperwork was included in the committee’s agenda packet, as of Monday. (Starts at 9:30 a.m.)

>>> PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
OPD ATTRITION An informational report on the Oakland Police Department’s employee retention plan will be offered Tuesday evening. The report addresses the city’s recruiting and hiring process, along with academy and field training. WHAT IT MEANS Oakland is still suffering from an exodus of police officers. With a five percent attrition rate, OPD lost 28 police officers through resignations last year. Eighty-two percent of which had a decade or more experience on the force. Stress, commute time and “a desire for a more stable environment” were among the reasons for quitting, says a city report. BE AWARE The Public Safety Committee will be asked to allocated $635,000 in State COPS grants. The largest outlay includes $300,000 for converting archival crime reports from microfilm to digital…A resolution allowing the Oakland PD to affiliate with the Peralta Community College District for public safety training course at a cost of $200,000 is on the agenda. (Starts at 6 p.m.)

>>> COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
HOUSING GRANTS Allocations for five affordable housing projects totaling over $7.6 million could ultimately bring a total of 170 rental apartments to Oakland. In addition, proposals include rehab for five new affordable ownership scattered site housing and 22 existing affordable rental housing. WHAT IT MEANS The five recommended projects are the Marcus Garvey Commons Affordable Housing Development at Goss and 7th Streets; The Civic Center 14 TOD Rental Project at 632 14th Street; the 11th and Jackson Apartments Rental Project at 1110 Jackson Street; 94th and International Affordable Housing Development; and Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley for the Oakland Home Renovation Program. (Starts at 2 p.m.)

>>> PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
NO PARKING ZONE A proposed no parking zone around Bancroft between 68th Avenue and 73 Avenue will be discussed WHAT IT MEANS The Oakland Police Departments says the area near Eastmont Mall is a haven for illegal auto repairs and other disruptive activities. Cost of new signage prohibiting parking is $2,500, says the city. (Starts at 11:30 a.m.)

>>> LIFE ENRICHMENT COMMITTEE
FOR THE CHILDREN Just one item on Tuesday’s agenda. The committee accepts the 2012-13 final evaluation report from the Oakland Children and Youth Planning and Oversight Committee. (Starts at 4 p.m.)

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Cross posted from The East Bay Citizen

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