Oakland's first police academy since 2008 won't have quite as many graduates as city officials had hoped. The academy started last September with 55 cadets. Given typically high dropout rates, the city anticipated 40 graduates joining the force later this month.

But on Tuesday, OPD's Gilbert Garcia informed council members that three more departures had reduced the class to 38 cadets. That number could drop even lower as the graduates begin a four-month field training class.

With an average of slightly more than four officers leaving Oakland every month, Garcia said the department appeared poised for a net gain of only about 25 officers by the end of the year.

The city has already earmarked funds to begin additional police academies this year at a cost of more than $3 million per academy. With only 611 officers, Oakland is dealing with the lowest police staffing in more than a decade.

Flooding forces relocation of supervisor's San Lorenzo office

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's district office will be temporarily relocated to the San Lorenzo Unified School District offices through the end of July, officials said.

The floor of her Hesperian Avenue office flooded for the second time Feb. 11, causing damage and requiring the carpet to be torn out.


Advertisement

The cause of February's flood, and a smaller flood Dec. 3, is believed to be a fire sprinkler in the storage warehouse unit located behind Chan's offices. A search is under way for a new field office location, said Jeanette Dong, Chan's chief of staff.

Members of the community can still reach Chan's staff at 510-278-0367 or at the school district offices at 15510 Usher St.

Hayward sessions to focus on city's future

Hayward is once again asking for the community's input as it develops its general plan.

Over the fall and winter, city staff members held a series of meetings to hear what residents want the city to look like. Residents also could go online to weigh in on Hayward's future. Those comments were used to come up with what the city is calling its Draft 2040 Vision and Guiding Principles, which is a framework that will be used to come up with policies and strategies for the general plan.

Two workshops are planned to hear what people think of the vision and guiding principles document: at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 777 B St., Room 2A; and 7 p.m. March 11 at the Matt Jimenez Community Center, 28200 Ruus Road.

Residents can also post comments at a new community engagement website: www.Hayward2040.org. Additional discussion topics will be added to the site soon.

The general plan is the city's blueprint for growth and development and sets citywide policy.

The vision and guiding principles can be found under "previous meetings" at www.hayward-ca.gov/GENERALPLAN.