East Bay

San Leandro may redefine community input on redevelopment projects

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 10:15pm

SAN LEANDRO — A committed group of residents and property and business owners have helped set the policies and priorities for a number of the city's redevelopment projects over the years — by serving as members of advisory committees.

But lately, now that many projects have been completed, some are beginning to wonder: What role do the redevelopment advisory committees play for both the Joint and West San Leandro-MacArthur Boulevard project areas?


Pleasant Hill station to break ground

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 10:00pm

It may seem obvious today, but 28 years ago it was hard to convince people that building high-density housing next to a BART station was a good idea.

As suburban tract homes sprouted across the East Bay like kudzu vines, developers, employers, city leaders and residents resisted the idea of a mixed-use housing and commercial development near the Pleasant Hill BART station.


Blue skies ahead for 'gray water' systems?

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 9:37pm

With the statewide drought upsetting homeowners who cling to their gardens and lawns, the concept of "gray water" irrigation systems is enjoying a kind of revival in interest.

"Whereas we used to get one or two requests a year about gray water before the drought, now we get about one inquiry a day," said Dick Bennett, water conservation administrator for East Bay Municipal Utility District. EBMUD supplies brochures and guidelines on how to install gray water systems.

Ballot measure strategy still undecided in San Leandro

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN LEANDRO — There is little doubt that come this November, residents here will most likely be voting on a ballot measure. The only question that remains is: Which one?

The City Council, facing a $9 million budget deficit this fiscal year and, like many other cities, further economic uncertainty in the coming years, is considering three potential measures to shield the city from declining revenues: an extension of the utility users tax, a 9-1-1 fee ordinance and a public safety parcel tax.

Oakland: De La Fuente Proposes Green Building Ordinance

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 5:00pm

Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente said today that he is preparing a "green building ordinance" for residential development in Oakland.

Partnering with the Home Builders Association of Northern California, Build It Green, the Oakland Planning Commission, the local building industry, and environmental organizations, De La Fuente said he wants to bring people together to develop a "meaningful" green building policy.

Affordable Housing Lawsuit Back in Play--No More Excuses from Pleasanton

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 12:21pm

Given his statements last week (Affordable Housing Lawsuit Back in Play, June 26, 2008) Pleasanton City Attorney Michael Roush apparently needs to study up on his basic arithmetic.

As stated in the article, the City has reneged on its promise in the last Housing Element to rezone enough land for some 800 units of lower-income housing by June 2004. An additional 3,277 new units were allocated this month for the next planning period. For Mr. Roush’s benefit, that’s more than 4,000 units now needed, significantly more than the 2,755 units remaining under the 29,000-unit Housing Cap according to the City’s own staff report.

Can trees thwart thieves? Planners think maybe

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN LEANDRO — Ever wonder how a plant strategically placed near a walkway or a fresh coat of paint could deter someone from stealing your car?



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