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  CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 22

Meeting Date: March 12, 2002

Subject/Title: Every 15 Minutes program

Submitted by: Bryan Smith/Michael Davies

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 
Approve $2,500 in funding for the Every 15 Minutes program.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None

BACKGROUND
Every 15 Minutes is a national program developed to reduce teen drinking and driving. The name refers to a statistic that, in the United States, one person dies in an alcohol-related accident on an average of every 15 minutes.

In the spring of 2000, the two-day program was held at Liberty High School, and involved several public safety agencies as well as numerous community members in the area. The program focuses on students in grades 11 and 12, and is extremely impacting on those kids who are facing vital choices of drinking and driving. The program is preferably held every two years to enable all students to eventually be involved in the program.

In the year 2000 the program was funded through a $2,089 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In addition to the grant, $1,205 in donations from local businesses and individuals was received to total $3,294. This year, donations will again be accepted; however, we have learned that the Every 15 Minutes grant will not be available.

FISCAL IMPACT

It is anticipated that $2,500 from the City Managerís Discretionary Funds will enable the Every 15 Minutes program to occur in the spring of this year.