The City Council on Tuesday certified the results of a defeated property tax measure to help prevent

wildfires in the Oakland Hills after being told that it could not count several hundred late ballots.

The tax measure lost by only 66 votes last month. There was a push to count late ballots because Mayor Jean Quan and Councilmember Libby Schaaf, acting on misinformation, mistakenly told voters in email blasts that ballots could be postmarked by Nov. 13 when in fact that was the date the ballots had to be received by the City Clerk's office.

Before certifying the results, council members were told by the city attorney's office that late ballots could not be counted under Oakland law.

The measure would have raised nearly $2 million, primarily for vegetation management programs. The correct filing information had been posted online at the city clerk's website as well as on the ballot mailed out to more than 40,000 residents.

Oakland Port eliminates executive jobs

The Port of Oakland has eliminated four executive positions as part of a restructuring aimed at making the organization more efficient. The jobs eliminated are deputy executive director, director of administration, labor adviser, and external affairs director.

Jean Banker, who had been the port's deputy executive director, is staying on for now as acting maritime director.

Three non-baseball proposals submitted for Howard Terminal

In a process that will be watched closely by Oakland baseball boosters, the Port of Oakland received three responses to its Request for Proposals for the soon-to-be abandoned Howard Terminal.

City leaders have targeted the terminal near Jack London Square as a future home for the Oakland A's, but state regulators would only consider approving using the land for a stadium if the port can show there are no viable maritime uses.

Two of the proposals don't seem to conflict with the city's stadium dream. Oakland developer Phil Tagami heads one team that proposed using the terminal temporarily to ship cargo that can't be transported in containers until a permanent facility is completed in a few years. Schnitzer Steel has proposed using a small portion of the terminal to expand its adjacent metal recycling facility, a company representative said.

The third proposal came from Louisville, Ky.-based Bowie Resources Partners LLC in partnership with Dutch multinational Trafigura Beheer BV. Bowie did not return calls Friday and the port refused to disclose details of the proposal.

The port will review the proposals and discuss them with its board early next year.

Hayward's Peixoto seeks re-election

Hayward City Councilman Marvin Peixoto announced this week that he is running for re-election in the June 2014 election.

Peixoto, 68, was first elected to the seven-member council in 2010. He previously served six years on the city Planning Commission.

Peixoto, who was born in Hayward, said he wants to continue the work the council has been doing.

"We've made a lot of progress, especially on the economic side," he said.

Mayor Michael Sweeney is retiring from public service when his term ends this summer, and three council members have announced their bid to replace him: Barbara Halliday, Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno. Peixoto has not made an endorsement, saying he works well with all three.

Washington Hospital traffic consultant supports crosswalk signal

Efforts by Washington Hospital officials to get a traffic signal at a crash-plagued crosswalk were endorsed this week by a traffic and safety consultant paid to study the path used by more than 1,200 pedestrians a day.

Five pedestrians have been hit by vehicles in the mid-block crosswalk on Civic Center Drive in the last year and a half, and four suffered serious injuries. The crosswalk between the main hospital and the Washington West building currently has bright signage, and flashing lights on the ground are activated with the push of a button.

But "push buttons and warning signs make pedestrians feel overly protected," said Chris Kinzel with TJKM Transportation Consultants. He told the board Wednesday that even though the site doesn't meet the vehicle and foot traffic volume levels typically used to determine when a traffic signal is warranted, the site would still benefit from a signal. "It's the regulation of traffic and pedestrians rather than warning of traffic and pedestrians," Kinzel said.

Hospital officials and employee unions circulated a petition in support of a signal this fall, and Kinzel and the hospital's attorney met with city officials to ask for one Nov. 21. City staff are now reviewing the request, said Kinzel, who frequently works for the city

Fremont City Attorney Harvey Levine said the "city has engaged its own consultant that is looking at it." He added, "It's a very complex intersection and everyone is taking a good hard look at it." It is not clear when that review will be complete.

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison previously told Washington's board in a letter that the city was open to all solutions, including adding a signal or removing the crosswalk altogether "if deemed in the best interest of public safety."