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 CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 20

Meeting Date: June 24, 2008

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to send a letter to the California State Legislature in opposition of Senate Bill 1507.

Prepared by: Debra Galey, Management Analyst

Submitted by: Bailey Grewal, Director of Public Works/City Engineer

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to send a letter to the California State Legislature in opposition of Senate Bill 1507.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
Senate Bill (“SB”) 1507 proposes to prohibit the construction and/or expansion of state highways within a ¼ mile of school boundaries. In addition, the bill would also prohibit roadway improvements from being included within regional transportation programs, if the improvements are near school boundaries.

Regional transportation is necessary for continued commercial and residential growth and is vital for the economic development of the region. If approved, SB 1507 would limit regional transportation improvements currently approved, planned and/or under construction in East Contra Costa County as well as Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s Measure J projects such as:

State Route 4 Bypass
State Route 4 widening to State Route 160
eBART

Currently, the bill has already been approved by the State Senate and is scheduled for hearing before the Assembly Transportation Committee on June 23rd. If passed by the Transportation Committee, the bill proceeds to the Appropriations Committee. If the bill is approved by both committees, it is then presented to the Assembly floor for vote and finally to the Governor for signature.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact with this item, but there may be if the Senate Bill passes.

Attachments:
Resolution
Draft letter opposing SB 1507

RESOLUTION NO.


A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SEND A LETTER TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE IN OPPOSITION OF SENATE BILL 1507.


WHEREAS, Senate Bill (“SB”) 1507 proposes to prohibit the construction and/or expansion of state highways within a ¼ mile of school boundaries; and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill (“SB”) 1507 would also prohibit roadway improvements from being included within regional transportation programs, if the improvements are near school boundaries; and

WHEREAS, regional transportation is necessary for continued commercial and residential growth and is vital for the economic development of the region; and

WHEREAS, if approved, SB 1507 would limit regional transportation improvements currently approved, planned and/or under construction in East Contra Costa County as well as Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s Measure J projects.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood that they are in opposition of Senate Bill 1507 and authorize the Mayor to send a letter to the California State Legislature expressing the City’s opposition.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting on the 24th day of June 2008 by the following vote:


June 24, 2008

California State Assembly Transportation and Appropriations Committees
State Capital
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA
94249-0000

Re: Opposition to Senate Bill 1507

Dear Assembly Members:

I am writing on behalf of the City of Brentwood to express our opposition to Senate Bill 1507 regarding highway construction near school boundaries. This bill not only proposes to prohibit construction or expansion of state highways near school locations, it would also prohibit the inclusion of improvements near school boundaries within regional transportation programs.

Regional transportation is necessary for the continued commercial and residential growth of East Contra Costa County and is vital for the economic development of the region. If approved, SB 1507 would jeopardize regional transportation improvements previously approved by the voters in 2004 as part of County’s Regional Transportation Plan, Measure J. In addition, the bill would also affect projects currently planned and/or under construction in East Contra Costa County such as:

State Route 4 Bypass
State Route 4 widening to State Route 160
eBART

While we oppose the bill, we do not oppose the intent of the bill, and agree that air quality and protection of school children is a priority. As written, we do not believe the bill will provide the protection we seek and could lead to the opposite effect of increased traffic congestion and air pollution resulting from the inability to implement transportation improvements necessary for economic development and job creation.

Thank you for your consideration of our position.

Sincerely,


Robert Taylor
Mayor
cc: Hon. Guy Houston, Assembly Member, Transportation Committee Member
Hon. Tom Torlakson, Senate Member
Brentwood City Council Members
Donna Landeros, Brentwood City Manager
Balwinder S. Grewal, Brentwood Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Dale Dennis, Project Manager State Route 4 Bypass Authority
Robert McCleary, Executive Director Contra Costa Transportation Authority
 
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