July 31, 2007

City Council Approves Living Wage

At a special meeting on Monday, July 30, 2007, the San Leandro City Council unanimously approved a living wage ordinance. Councilmember Diana Souza removed the living wage ordinance from the consent calendar and expressed disappointment that the final language of the ordinance had not gone through the Finance Committee. She also expressed concern about section 11b of the ordinance because some companies may not be familiar with or use seniority within their organization.

Three speakers spoke in favor of the living wage ordinance, including Sharon Cornu, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Central Labor Council. Robert Brannan, President of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and Martin Babinec, President and CEO of TriNet, spoke against the living wage ordinance.

In the end, the living wage ordinance passed unanimously. A truancy ordinance also passed unanimously as part of the consent calendar.

The City Council approved a total of $4 million in loans to Estabrook Senior Housing to buy the property at the intersection of E. 14 Street and Estabrook Street. The property is slated for development as a 51-unit affordable senior housing project.

Participation in the East Bay Regional Communications System (EBRCS) was approved. The EBRCS would establish a regional interoperable radio communications system throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Finally, the Marina Committee is now the Shoreline-Marina Committee.

No City Council meetings are scheduled for August.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 31, 2007 12:08 AM | TrackBack
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