Two residential towers proposed for Jack London Square received unanimous support from Oakland's Planning Commission this week.

The City Council still must approve zoning and land use amendments to permit the towers, which would contain up to 665 housing units within the food and entertainment district along Oakland's waterfront.

Developer Ellis Partners is seeking entitlements to build a 17-story building at the entrance to Jack London Square at Broadway and Embarcadero and a 26-story building a few blocks south, near Harrison and Alice streets.

Ellis has argued that the homes would finally create a critical mass of residents to sustain the complex and attract long-sought-after supermarkets and drugstores for those already living near the waterfront.

Opponents contend that the buildings would limit waterfront views and signal to city residents that the square belonged primarily to those willing to pay big bucks for apartments or condos with stellar views.

If the council approves the zoning and land use amendments, Ellis Partners would still have to return to the Planning Commission with designs for the proposed buildings. Construction could begin within 18 months.

Oakland switching to smart parking meters

Over the next two months, Oakland will be replacing the last of its 3,800 single-space, coin-operated parking meters with meters that will allow motorists to pay by credit or debit card, coin or phone.

The meter replacement program began earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Total cost for the new meters is $5.8 million. The city expects a 20 percent drop in ticket revenue with the new meters because it will be easier for drivers to add money when their meters expire.

For more information, visit www.oaklandnet.com/parking.

Cop wins school safety honor

Oakland police officer Stacey Perry has been named AAA School Safety patrol Advisor of the Year.

Perry was honored Wednesday at the Scottish Rite Temple for her work in overseeing the AAA School Safety Patrol program in Oakland schools.

Fremont offers public online feedback site

When council members meet June 17 to consider Fremont police's video surveillance camera project, an online discussion forum might have already informed them about public opinion on the issue.

Fremont Open City Hall, an interactive Web page seeking public feedback on ongoing issues, can be found at the city's website: www.fremont.gov.

Residents can weigh in on the surveillance camera project at www.fremont.gov/opencityhallcameras.

City leaders also are asking the public's feedback on other current topics, such as the 2015 Housing Element Update plan or Fremont's policy on e-cigarette retailers and vapor bars.

Those unable to go online can watch all City Council meetings on TV at Comcast Cable Channel 27.