The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday will consider an item asking the city manager for a report on the "benefits, impacts and possible unintended consequences" of giving police Tasers.
The Berkeley police union has long favored the use of Tasers. The council item asks the city manager to investigate other police department best practices and protocols for when to use them and the feasibility of conducting a pilot program.
The request for the report from City Council members Laurie Capitelli, Gordon Wozniak and Darryl Moore notes that there has been "significant opposition to the use of Tasers" in the city and that people worry police will use them inappropriately.
Berkeley paving program under way
The city has spent the first portion of a $30 million bond measure to pave streets and add environmentally sound street and sidewalk infrastructure approved by Berkeley voters in late 2012, according to a city budget report.
The city spent $3.5 million in 2014 to pave four miles of streets and will spend about $7 million next year to pave about 10 miles of roads and add flood prevention measures.
A spending proposal for 2016 is on its way to the Public Works Commission and will go to the City Council June 3 for approval.
The bond measure will cost homeowners with a home valued at $700,000 about $80 a year for 30 years.
Hayward cuts back permit center hours
Hayward's permit center will be closed Fridays through at least the end of the year.
The new hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The center had been open half a day on Fridays, but now the time will be used for staff training and for the department to improve its internal procedures, a city spokesman said.
"The permit center still offers appointments for those who need service outside of the city's normal operating hours," Frank Holland said.
The City Council agreed to extend a contract with a consultant to help out in the planning department last week. West Coast Code Consultants was hired at the beginning of the year to fill in while a city planner was on leave. After the planning department's manager resigned April 8, the city staff asked for the extension.
San Leandro wants to increase some fees
San Leandro plans small increases in some fees to reflect a 2.2 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index.
The annual business license fee would go up from $35.70 to $36.50, according to the city's finance director. The emergency medical services tax, which appears on owners' property tax bills, would increase from $15.76 to $16.10. The 911 emergency communication system access tax would go up from $2.21 to $2.26 per phone line.
"The fees and taxes are meant to recover the cost of providing city services and not be out of line with other cities," David Baum said.
The increases would bring in an estimated $102,000 to the city, according to the staff report.
The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed increases at its Monday meeting.
Vote for Fremont's downtown logo
The city is asking the public to help craft the image of its proposed downtown area.
Residents can vote online for one of three logos displaying the slogan, "Downtown Fremont: On the Rise." The logo with the most votes will be used in the city's marketing materials to promote development in the 110-acre area.
The planned project zone is bounded by Fremont Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue.
Fremont leaders hope to transform the automobile-oriented neighborhood into an urban core with shopping, retail, entertainment, housing and night life, within walking distance of the Fremont BART station and other public transportation.
Votes can be cast online at www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallDTLogo until May 16.
Oakland to provide 2,000 summer jobs
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is hoping to boost the city's summer job program for young people to 2,000 this year, up 400 positions from a year ago.
Jobs will be available to young people ages 16 to 21 in child care, retail, clerical and office work, recreation centers, painting murals, auto mechanics and construction. The pay is about $1,000 for the six-week program and about half of the jobs will go to youths living in East and West Oakland where unemployment is the highest.
Applications are available through May at the following locations: