The November ballot in Oakland won't include a proposal to establish a citizen police commission with wide-ranging authority over the city's police department.

The proposal that has been championed by several community groups often critical of the police department failed to make it out of the council's four-member Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

Both police leaders and the police union strongly opposed formation of a commission, which would have had authority over disciplining officers in connection with complaints brought forth by citizens.

Members of the City Attorney's Office said they had not had a chance to fully review the proposal.

The committee voted unanimously to ask city staffers to return this fall with a full analysis of the measure as well as proposals to improve police accountability.

Oakland tax would guarantee 700-member police force

The council's Public Safety Committee also recommended a substantial change to Oakland's public safety tax that voters will be asked to renew in November. The original proposal for the continuation of 2004's Measure Y did not include a mandatory staffing level for Oakland's police department.

But the committee changed the language to mandate that Oakland have at least 700 officers in order to collect the tax, which will cost homeowners nearly $100 per year.

Oakland currently has only 646 officers, although it anticipates topping 700 before the end of the year.

The original Measure Y required that Oakland maintain a police force of at least 802 officers, but staffing fell far below that threshold during the economic collapse, forcing voters to lift the staffing requirement.

Nonetheless, council members feared that voters would be less likely to continue taxing themselves without establishing a minimum police staffing level. The full council will vote on the ballot measure language next month.

County to sell vacant Castro Valley building

Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday approved the sale of a long-vacant department store on Castro Valley's main thoroughfare to a developer who plans to renovate the two-floor building and rent it to retailers.

The $860,000 sale agreement now goes to the state for approval, since the county redevelopment agency acquired the Daughtrey building under threat of eminent domain in 2011. The agency paid $2.8 million for the property at 3295 Castro Valley Blvd. It had been largely vacant for decades, attracting vagrants, dumping and graffiti.

Some speakers at Tuesday's meeting suggested that other uses for the site be explored, such as a town plaza. But Supervisor Nate Miley said there had been countless meetings, and Castro Valley residents made it clear they wanted retail there. He did not want to change directions after years of negotiations to get the site developed.

"It wasn't until recently that some folks began to think a plaza would be the best use," he said.

If the state signs off, Greensfelder Commercial Real Estate could start work on the building in late 2015 or early 2016, after the county finishes redoing the parking lot, a staff member said.