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City Manager's Weekly Update July 17, 2020
Belmont Police Department Introduces Community Outreach Program for Locating At-Risk Missing Persons
Earlier this year, the Belmont Police Department announced the release of their newest community outreach program, Belmont T.R.A.C. (Tracking & Recovery of Adults & Children). Through this new program, Belmont families who have loved ones suffering from cognitive memory disorders or developmental impairments, such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Autism, will be provided sturdy GPS tracking units to help keep their family members safe. The GPS units can be instrumental in quickly locating at-risk individuals who wander and become lost. Dementia-related wandering is a serious safety risk. Read more…
Meeting Notices - Parking and Traffic Safety
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 p.m. via ZOOM
Discussion on potential traffic safety improvements including:
- Parking Restrictions at Cipriani Elementary School (Buena Vista Avenue)
- Parking Restrictions at 800 F Street
- Parking Restrictions at 1900 Ralston Avenue
For information and ZOOM meeting link call 650-637-2998 or email email@example.com
Planning Commission Meeting – Agenda and ZOOM information
Parks and Recreation Programs and Updates:
- Open Space
- Public Art Master Plan – Take the Survey
- LOTERIA – July 23 register to play
- Go an adventure - Agents of Discovery
- Tennis Courts open!
- Bike Bridge Detours – during Sports Complex construction
- Barrett Park Daytime Use
- Camp Soar
- It’s Park and Rec Professionals Day!
General Municipal Election Candidate Packets Available
The City of Belmont will hold a General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020. Two seats on the five-member City Council will be up for election, and the ballot will also include any measures that the City Council places on the ballot. The deadline for such action is Friday, August 7, 2020. Incumbents whose terms will be expiring are Councilmember Davina Hurt and Councilmember Tom McCune. There are no term limits in Belmont, so incumbents are eligible to run for re-election. Contact the City Clerks Office at 650-595-7413, Read more...
ERAF Legislation Update
In 1992, the State of California found itself in a serious deficit position. To meet its obligations to fund education at specified levels under Proposition 98, the state enacted legislation that shifted partial financial responsibility for funding education to local government (cities, counties, and special districts). The state did this by instructing county auditors to shift the allocation of local property tax revenues from local government to “educational revenue augmentation funds” (ERAFs), directing that specified amounts of city, county and other local agency property taxes be deposited into these funds to support schools.
The ERAF takeaways have had real impacts on Californians’ quality of life and the attractiveness of local communities to business. City residents have experienced the following consequences of the ERAF shift:
- Cuts in public services, including parks, libraries, and other community services.
- Deferred maintenance on the public’s investment in its infrastructure
- Greater pressure for increases in local taxes, fees, and assessments
- Reductions in reserves and greater reliance on debt rather than cash financing for capital improvements
Recently, the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) and the state Department of Finance (DOF) have been highly critical of the handling of ERAF and, more specifically, that portion of ERAF which is returned to the agencies once all the underlying obligations have been fulfilled, which is referred to as Excess ERAF, and which, for Belmont, exceeds $1.2M in the FY 2021 Budget.
Desperate to score funding due to COVID-19, DOF seized on an opportunity afforded by a controversial report issued by the LAO on the subject and scored several hundred millions of dollars from a potential Excess ERAF shift that would solely benefit the state. DOF’s proposal, which was contained within the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (AB 77), provided that (1) DOF would be issuing guidance on how school districts ERAF entitlement calculations should be computed, and (2) be allowed to initiate litigation to impose civil penalties for non-compliance with such guidance. In response to this draconian legislation, five Excess ERAF counties mostly in the Bay Area and including San Mateo County, banned together to fight the proposal as an alliance.
This week, San Mateo County informed Belmont and others that the alliance was successful in amending AB 77 striking out the most onerous provisions, such as DOF’s power play to gain ERAF oversight, imposition of civil penalties and claw-back of closed years, yet, work remains to address concerns over deadlines and requirements to adhere to guidance that has not yet been issued. Of high importance to Belmont was the County’s assurance that the remaining legislation, if passed, would not result in a significant overall decline in Excess ERAF. Nonetheless, the County will continue to maintain Excess ERAF amounts in reserves that are equivalent to the difference in the current and proposed AB 77 methodology until there is clarity on the rules and regulations.
Documents and Posting Requirements for Businesses Operating in San Mateo County
Requirements for businesses operating in San Mateo County must share the Health and Safety Plan to vendors, customers and employees. Visit the San Mateo County Covid Page for documents.
Webinar - for Business Re-Opening in San Mateo County, find out how to register
San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund
If the COVID-19 pandemic caused your household to lose income and you were not eligible for the federal CARES Act relief benefits (federal coronavirus stimulus check) because of immigration status, and you are a low-income San Mateo County resident, your household could be eligible for up to $1,000. Pre-Apply Here See flyers for print and more information (English, Spanish)
Great Plates Delivered Extended Through August 9
San Mateo County’s Great Plates Delivered program that provides nutritious daily meals to qualified residents from participating local restaurants has been extended through Aug. 9, 2020. Click Here for more info.
New Covid Testing Dates/Times for July and August throughout San Mateo County.
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From Our Community Partners
Belmont Chamber of Commerce invites you to its annual meeting, keynote speaker Daniel J. Carey, PhD, NDNU Interim President. More information found on flyer.
Other Agency Reports
Caltrain Equity Policy - Feedback Needed by July 28
Since the adoption of the Caltrain Long Range Service Vision in the fall of 2019, the Caltrain Business Plan has been focused on analysis related to the near- and medium-term future of the railroad. With the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Business Plan is pausing a number of activities and re-orienting our focus for the next several months to recovery planning.
One time-sensitive piece of work is an Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth Policy Framework. The Framework has been developed to provide high level policy guidance on the following questions:
- What are Caltrain's guiding principles for recovery planning during the COVID Crisis?
- How can Caltrain ensure that our system benefits those who need it most?
- How can Caltrain best fulfill our role as part of an essential regional network?
- How can Caltrain accelerate our plans for equity and connectivity to meet the current moment?
- How does the current crisis relate to and inform our long-range plans for growth?
The Policy Framework was introduced to the Board on July 7, 2020 and, given the urgency of near-term operational changes, will go back to the Board for adoption on August 6, 2020. We would love your feedback on the five-page Framework by July 28th to allow time for revisions. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Business Plan presentations provide background on the equity, connectivity, and service policies:
California High-Speed Rail Authority Launches Online Resources for San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Community Open House
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) launched an online web portal for the San Francisco to San Jose project section. The new portal is designed to help the public better understand the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) released July 10, 2020. The Draft EIR/EIS, the second and final project-level Draft EIR/EIS in Northern California, studies high-speed rail upgrades along the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose. With the release of the San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Station (EIR/EIS) the High Speed Rail Authority is informing the public that the document is available for review and comment during the 45-day public comment period.
While originally planning to hold in-person open houses in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Santa Clara the flyer provided here announces the transition of those engagements to online formats due to the public health and safety requirements concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Authority is launching an online open house platform, www.MeetHSRNorCal.org, that will be available throughout the public comment period and will host webinar sessions at the previously scheduled open house times.
Here are some helpful links:
- San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft EIR/EIS webpage, including details on how to access the document and how to provide comment
- San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft EIR/EIS Factsheet
- San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft EIR/EIS Frequently Asked Questions
- San Francisco to San Jose Project Section webpage
- San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Online Open House Webinar information
Click here for a PDF of the Draft EIR Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) Outreach Updates, with dates and times of upcoming meetings.
Highway 101 Express Lanes Project
Nighttime ramp closures: Short-term nighttime ramp closures are possible the week of July 19th (between Sunday night and Friday morning) in/near the cities of Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, and Millbrae at the following locations (listed from south to north). Check changeable messages near the ramp for exact closure times and locations.
More project information can be found on SM 101 Express Lanes Project webpage