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C. 41
To: Board of Supervisors
From: John Kopchik, Director, Conservation & Development Department
Date: December  15, 2020
The Seal of Contra Costa County, CA
Contra
Costa
County
Subject: Allocation of Funds from the Livable Communities Trust Fund, District II Portion

APPROVE OTHER
RECOMMENDATION OF CNTY ADMINISTRATOR RECOMMENDATION OF BOARD COMMITTEE

Action of Board On:   12/15/2020
APPROVED AS RECOMMENDED OTHER
Clerks Notes:

VOTE OF SUPERVISORS

AYE:
John Gioia, District I Supervisor
Candace Andersen, District II Supervisor
Diane Burgis, District III Supervisor
Karen Mitchoff, District IV Supervisor
Federal D. Glover, District V Supervisor
Contact: Kristin Sherk, (925) 674-7887
I hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of an action taken and entered on the minutes of the Board of Supervisors on the date shown.
ATTESTED:     December  15, 2020
David Twa,
 
BY: , Deputy

 

RECOMMENDATION(S):

ALLOCATE $10,000 from the Livable Communities Trust Fund (District II portion) to the Public Works Department to participate in the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Program for the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

FISCAL IMPACT:

No General Fund impact. This action allocates $10,000 from the District II portion of the Livable Communities Trust Fund (Fund). The current available balance in the District II portion of the Fund is $1,571,042.66.

BACKGROUND:

The Fund is a Special Revenue Mitigation Fund that was established by the Board of Supervisors on November 15, 2005, following the approval of the Camino Tassajara Combined General Plan Amendment Project, also known as the Alamo Creek and Intervening Property residential projects, and was required as a condition of approval. The Fund was established to implement the County's Smart Growth Action Plan. The residential developers pay an $8,000 per unit fee (excluding affordable housing portions of the projects) into the Fund. The Department of Conservation and Development administers the Fund.  



BACKGROUND: (CONT'D)
  
On December 3, 2013, the Board of Supervisors determined that revenue from the Fund should be spent equally among supervisorial districts. At complete build-out, deposits to the Fund will total $8,448,000. As of November 2, 2020, the account has collected $8,264,000 in revenue fees and $833,503.28 in accrued interest with $6,084,109.64 remaining in uncommitted funds. The approved expenditures to date are attached.  
  
The San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Program ("Street Smarts Program") is a collaborative effort among the County, the City of San Ramon, the Town of Danville, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District to support traffic, bicyclist and pedestrian safety for school children. It supports Goal Five of the Smart Growth Action Plan to help fund transit and other transportation improvements that foster smart growth principles. The County has participated in this program since 2004 by funding a share of the costs to implement the program. During Fiscal Year 2020/21, the City of San Ramon is administering the program and is requesting that the County fund a total of $10,000 for program support only.  
  
The Street Smarts Program campaign is administered through the collaborative effort of the Street Smarts Advisory Committee ("Advisory Committee"), which meets periodically to implement program components. The Advisory Committee has adopted several large-scale programs, including:  
  
* Street Smarts Media Annual Press Release: An annual press release will be sent out at the beginning of the program year outlining the upcoming Street Smarts Program. The release will encourage members of the media and the public to learn about Street Smarts' traffic safety education activities for the upcoming school year.  
* Traffic Safety Assemblies: Street Smarts devised an elementary and middle school assembly designed to teach students the basics of pedestrian and bicycle safety. On-site assemblies educate students about the lessons of traffic safety in a fun and entertaining environment.  
* Bike Rodeos/Festival: As a component of Street Smarts' Safe Routes to School Efforts, bike rodeos are an after-school activity that allows elementary school students to practice their cycling and traffic safety skills in a controlled, supervised environment. Bike rodeos include an interactive bicycling course, bike maintenance station and individual helmet check to ensure a proper fit. These activities reinforce street safety concepts.  
* Community Outreach Efforts: Street Smarts staff attends over two dozen community events as part of its outreach efforts. At the events, Street Smarts representatives staff an informational booth with traffic safety educational program materials and activities for children and teen drivers.  
  
The Street Smarts Program advances traffic, bicyclist, and pedestrian safety within the San Ramon Valley. For these reasons, Supervisor Andersen recommends that the Board of Supervisors approve continuing participation in the program during Fiscal Year 2020/21 with an award of $10,000 for program support only.

CONSEQUENCE OF NEGATIVE ACTION:

Contra Costa County will no longer be a participant in the Street Smarts Program.

CHILDREN'S IMPACT STATEMENT:

The Street Smarts Program supports Outcome 5: Communities are Safe and Provide a High Quality of Life for Children and Families.

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