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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 19



Meeting Date: October 8, 2002

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution supporting Measure BB, General Obligation Bond Measure on the November 5, 2002 ballot to fund the BART earthquake retrofit program

Submitted by: Councilmember Wade Gomes 

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 
Approve a Resolution supporting Measure BB, General Obligation Bond Measure on the November 5, 2002 ballot to fund the BART earthquake retrofit program

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has reliably served the City of Brentwood and the Bay Area for the past thirty years. It has been determined through extensive scientific study that the Bay Area Rapid Transit system is at risk in the event of a serious earthquake. 

The BART Board of Directors and the Boards of Supervisors of Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties voted to place Measure BB on the ballot for the Consolidated Election on November 5, 2002. Measure BB will seismically retrofit the elements of the existing BART system most susceptible to earthquake damage and/or failure, including the Transbay Tube and aerial by providing $1.05 billion in voter-approved bond funds. The original general obligation bonds to design and construct the original 71.5-mile, 34-station core of the BART system were retired in 1999 

A major earthquake on the Hayward fault, would likely severely limit the BART system’s ability to transport riders for a long period of time while repairs are made. Measure BB will benefit all residents by retrofitting the core system to the highest seismic standards, ensure the operability of the BART system following a major earthquake, preserve the backbone of the Bay Area’s transportation system integral to both quality of life and economic vitality and help to protect the public’s substantial investment in the BART system.

FISCAL IMPACT 


RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD SUPPORTING MEASURE BB GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND MEASURE ON NOVEMBER 5, 2002 BALLOT TO FUND BART EARTHQUAKE RETROFIT PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has reliably served the City of Brentwood and the Bay Area for the past thirty years; and 

WHEREAS, it has been determined through extensive scientific study that the Bay Area Rapid Transit system is at risk in the event of a serious earthquake; and 

WHEREAS, the BART Board of Directors and the Boards of Supervisors of Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties voted to place Measure BB on the ballot for the Consolidated Election on November 5, 2002; and

WHEREAS, Measure BB will seismically retrofit the elements of the existing BART system most susceptible to earthquake damage and/or failure, including the Transbay Tube and aerial by providing $1.05 billion in voter-approved bond funds; and 

WHEREAS, the original general obligation bonds to design and construct the original 71.5-mile, 34-station core of the BART system were retired in 1999, and 

WHEREAS, a major earthquake on the Hayward fault, would likely severely limit the BART system’s ability to transport riders for a long period of time while repairs are made; and

Whereas, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood recognizes that Measure BB will benefit all residents by retrofitting the core system to the highest seismic standards; and 

WHEREAS, that the City of Brentwood recognizes that Measure BB will ensure the operability of the BART system following a major earthquake; and 

WHEREAS, that the City of Brentwood recognizes that Measure BB will preserve the backbone of the Bay Area’s transportation system, integral to both quality of life and economic vitality; and 

WHEREAS, that the City of Brentwood recognizes that Measure BB will help to protect the public’s substantial investment in the BART system; now be it therefore

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Brentwood recommends a “Yes” vote on Measure BB.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on October 8, 2002 by the following vote:

AYES: 
NOES: 
ABSENT: 
_____________________________ 

Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Mayor
ATTEST:


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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk

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