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Meeting Date: October 10, 2006

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution expressing support for Proposition 84 Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006

Prepared by: Monica Raposa, Administrative Assistant II, Finance/Grants Division

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Adopt a Resolution expressing support for Proposition 84 Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006.


On November 7, 2006, California residents will have an important opportunity to preserve and protect our state’s natural resources by voting YES on Proposition 84. By 2040, the State of California’s population is expected to increase by 25 million. Unfortunately, with an already lagging water supply and infrastructure, by 2040 California may not be able to adequately serve this expanded population. Currently, funding for water quality, water supply reliability, natural resources, and environmental protection programs is insufficient. The State spends less than one percent of the overall budget on water and coastal resources, which makes the future of California’s water resources grim. California’s drinking water supply and the condition of State parks, bays, and coastlines are at risk.

Proposition 84 is an initiative to issue $5.4 billion in general obligation bonds to provide the funds needed to ensure the security and availability of clean drinking water, local water supply reliability, and to preserve California’s natural landscapes. This measure was placed on the November 2006 ballot by a coalition of water and park interests, it was not placed on the ballot by Legislature.

This Act will authorize $5.388 billion in general obligation bonds for various water quality, water supply, flood control, and parks and open space projects. Total bond funding would roughly be divided between water and natural resource programs. Proposition 84 is expected to complement Proposition 1E by providing funding for water quality, supply and natural resource protection.

Funding Categories include:
• $240 million for safe drinking water
• $1.25 billion for integrated water management and water quality
• $800 million for flood control
• $450 million for wildlife and forest conservation
• $65 million for statewide water planning and design
• $540 million for beaches, bays and coastal protection
• $928 million for protection of rivers, lakes and streams
• $500 million for parks and nature education center
• $580 million for sustainable communities ($400 million for local and regional parks)

The passage of Proposition 84 would provide several benefits to the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department. As noted above, Proposition 84 makes $400 million available to the State Department of Parks and Recreation for competitive grants to local and regional parks for uses including:

• Acquisition
• Development of new parks or expansion of overused parks in urban areas
• Creation of parks in neighborhoods where parks do not currently exist.

Should these grant funds become available, the City Parks and Recreation Department can consider applications for the expansion of Windsor Way Park as well as renovations to City Park and McClarren Park.

In addition to local parks funding, Proposition 84 also includes funding opportunities for habitat restoration that could be considered for many of our creek restoration areas.

This measure is supported by the Alameda County Water District; Contra Costa Water District; East Bay Municipal Utility District; Bay area Ridge Trail Council; California Council of Land Trusts; California State Parks Foundation; California State Park Rangers Association; California Park and Recreation Society; East Bay Regional Park District; Muir Heritage Land Trust; San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust; Sierra Club California; Tri-Valley Conservancy; Trust for Public Lands; California ReLeaf; American Farmland Trust; Contra Costa Council; California Organization of Police and Sheriffs; Association of Bay Area Governments; County of Alameda and Contra Costa; Mary Nichols, Director, University of California; Doug Wheeler, Former Secretary, California Resources Agency and Carol Whiteside, President, Great Valley Center.





WHEREAS, California is facing challenges on many fronts, including enormous population growth in the coming years, with 25 million new residents expected by 2040; and

WHEREAS, California’s investments in infrastructure, especially clean and safe drinking water, natural resources and coastal protection, are not keeping pace with our population growth; and

WHEREAS, Voters have passed a series of resource bond measures since 1996 to support critical program areas including water quality and supply, flood control, state and local parks projects, pollution control projects and air pollution mitigation to fill the enormous backlog of resource infrastructure needs in California; and

WHEREAS, Current bond funds will run out as early as 2006 and critical programs will go unfunded and new challenges, combined with a growing population demand, will require more investments now to stay ahead of the curve; and

WHEREAS, Current funding for natural resources and environmental protection programs is critically low, making up less than 1% of the overall state budget; and

WHEREAS, Proposition 84, a $5.4 billion bond measure slated for the November 2006 statewide ballot, would provide critically needed funding to ensure the availability of safe drinking water, improve local water supply reliability, strengthen flood protection, and preserve California’s natural landscapes, including parks, lakes, rivers, beaches, bays, ocean and coastline; and

WHEREAS, Proposition 84 is supported by a broad coalition of interests – water districts, conservation and environmental groups, local government entities, museum and park interests, elected officials and civic organizations; and

WHEREAS, we must make further investments now to ensure that all Californians will have access to safe drinking water, will be better protected from floods and will continue to have opportunities to enjoy natural landscapes, including our parks, forests, rivers, lakes, streams, beaches, bays and coastline;

WHEREAS, Proposition 84 will provide grant funding opportunities for habitat restoration for many of our creek restoration areas, much needed improvements to our overused parks throughout the City as, as well as creation of new parks in neighborhoods where none exist.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood:

Supports Proposition 84, the Clean Water, Parks and Coastal Protection Bond of 2006.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 10th day of October by the following vote:


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