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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

Meeting Date: December 11, 2007

Subject/Title: Authorize the Mayor to Send a Letter to Senator Feinstein Regarding the East
Bay Regional Communications System

Prepared by: Brian Strock, Police Captain

Submitted by: Mark Evenson, Chief of Police


RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the Mayor to send a letter to Senator Diane Feinstein regarding the East Bay Regional Communications System (EBCRS).

PREVIOUS ACTION

On April 24, 2007 the City Council of the City of Brentwood approved and authorized the City Manager to sign a letter of intent to support the formation of the EBCRS governed by a Joint Powers Authority for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Also, the resolution authorized the Mayor to sign a letter of support to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors for establishing the EBCRS. The City Council directed that $13,000 be allocated as a good faith contribution toward the EBCRS (Resolution # 2007-91).

On July 24, 2007 the City Council approved and authorized the City Manager to sign a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) among the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa and the Cities of the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa forming the EBCRS Authority (Resolution # 2007-165).

BACKGROUND

Representatives from the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa along with Cities of the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa have been working together to form a regional communications system. A governance model was created which included establishing a JPA. The JPA Board consists of twenty-three members. Mayor Taylor is an alternate representative for the Cities of Contra Costa County to the JPA Board. This letter supports the City’s position to pursue a regional communication system and requests consideration from Senator Feinstein regarding obtaining federal funding assistance.

FISCAL IMPACT

No fiscal impact for this action.


Attachments:
Letter to Senator Feinstein

December 4, 2007



The Honorable Dianne Feinstein VIA FAX: 202-228-3954
331 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein:

I am writing on behalf of the City of Brentwood to thank you for your recent letter regarding Congressionally-directed funding in Fiscal Year 2009. I appreciate that you took the time to let us know the types of projects you will be supporting for federal funding in the coming year.

As you’re aware, a coordinated public safety communications system is one of the key factors in the successful response to a natural or manmade disaster. In both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, communications systems have developed over time and utilize different spectrum and proprietary technologies, making coordination among the various public safety agencies difficult in an emergency. Additionally, many of the communications systems in use today are old and need replacing. For those reasons, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have been working together for the past several years to develop a shared two-county regional communications system and governance model. In conjunction with our regional partners, emergency preparedness is a top priority for the City of Brentwood.

Several months ago, you met with a group of Tri-Valley Mayors and City Councilmembers to discuss interoperability, and you reaffirmed the need for local agencies to work together in order to secure much-needed federal funding. You’ll be happy to know that in September, more than 30 public agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties joined together to form the East Bay Regional Communications System, a Joint Powers Authority that has developed a plan to implement a two-county radio communications system. The total system cost (exclusive of local agency radio costs) is estimated at just over $60 million. The members of the JPA look forward to working with you, Senator Boxer, and the other members of the East Bay Congressional delegation to obtain federal funding in Fiscal Year 2009 and beyond for this important regional project.

On behalf of the City of Brentwood, thank you again for your letter and your support of California’s local governments.

Sincerely,



Robert Taylor
Mayor

Cc: Brentwood City Council
Donna Landeros, City Manager
Mark Evenson, Chief of Police
 
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