News Briefs

News Briefs

Dig Deeper

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) is considering tacking $9.55 per year for the next 10 years onto property tax bills.

The authority states that it needs the money to support the countywide household hazardous waste program. This program provides collection and disposal services for household hazardous waste like paint, solvents and pesticides.

On its website ACWMA states the without these disposal services, people would abandon these and other waste materials on public streets, pour them down drains or place them in garbage or recycling carts.

The authority will host a hearing on the proposed tax at a hearing, which will take place at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at 1537 Webster St. in Oakland.

Commissioner Wanted

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Commission on Disability Issues. The commission was formed to provide information and make recommendations regarding disability issues to the City Council. The commission also acts as a sounding board regarding the disabled from the community at large.

The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month in the City Hall conference room 391; its membership is not limited to persons with disabilities.

Application forms are available at the City Clerk’s office, Room 380, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.. Forms are also available on the city’s website, or by telephoning the City Clerk’s office at 747-4800. The deadline for submitting an application is Tuesday, March 4.

Take the Survey

It’s not too late to have your say in the parking meter survey. The Public Works Department has teamed up with the Park Street Business Association and West Alameda Business Association.

The two associations and Public Works are hoping to gain input from the public on how to better support the two shopping districts. The hope to learne hot to protect the environment from unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and afford shoppers clearer, easier and more convenient access to parking.

The survey takes about three minutes to complete and is open until March 2.

Take the survey at

Bikeway before Council

Plans for the proposed bikeway along Shore Line and Westline drives and a small section of Broadway will come before City Council at its next meeting on March 4. The Council is expected to adopt the plans for the bikeway and authorize a call for bids. The project would reduce some of the motor vehicle travel from four to two or three lanes depending on the street section. It would include a cycle track like the one on Fernside Boulevard and increase bicycle parking.

If all goes according to schedule construction would begin in June and wrap up in December.