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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: MARCH 30, 2004
SUBJECT: FY 03-04 STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANTS
1. Approve the extension of the 2003-2004 Seat Belt Compliance Campaign grant, thereby authorizing the City to continue to act as the pass-through agency between the Lomita Sheriff’s Station and the State Office of Traffic Safety.
2. Authorize the City to act as the pass-through agency between the Lomita Sheriff’s Station and the State Office of Traffic Safety for the 2003-2004 "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" Sobriety Checkpoint Program grant.
1. Seat Belt Compliance Campaign Grant
On August 5, 2003, the City Council authorized the City to act as the pass-through agency for the FY 03-04 Seat Belt Compliance Campaign Grant provided by the state Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Although enforcement can take place anywhere within the Peninsula region, the Lomita Station requested that the City of Rancho Palos Verdes act as the pass-through agency for the grant because we are the largest city in terms of population and area in the region. The $9,688 grant allowed the Lomita Sheriff’s Station to conduct a focused seat belt enforcement campaign using first line officers on an overtime basis from November 17 through 30, 2003. During this period, the Lomita Station issued a total of 176 seat belt violation citations in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Based on the success of the November 2003 operation, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station recently informed City staff that OTS has authorized an extension to the existing grant to allow the Sheriff to conduct three additional enforcement operations during the following time periods, May 24 - June 6, 2004, August 12 - 18, 2004 and September 9 - 18, 2004. With the extension, the amount of the grant would increase from $9,688 to $29,232. The Lomita Sheriff’s Station has asked the City to approve the amendment and continue to act as the pass-through agency for the grant.
2. Sobriety Checkpoint Program Grant
As part of the Regional Law Enforcement Contract, the three cities share the cost of providing sobriety checkpoints each year as a deterrent to alcohol impaired driving. Although they can be scheduled at any time, the checkpoints are typically conducted around key holiday times, such as December holiday season and the 4th of July. The total program cost for this activity in the adopted FY 03-04 budget is $10,609, with the City’s share being $6,365.
Last October, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station was successful in obtaining a $12,796 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to conduct sobriety checkpoints during a 17 day period in December 2003 – January 2004 and a 16 day period in June through July 2004, in support of the "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" national campaign. Like the seat belt grant, the Sheriff asked the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to act as the pass through agency for the three regional cities. However, staff made an error in signing the grant agreement before obtaining authorization from City Council. Staff recently recognized its mistake and is bringing the matter to Council for authorization before the second round of checkpoints is conducted in June and July 2004. During the two checkpoints that were conducted in December 2003, at total of 817 vehicles were screened, one field sobriety test was administered and 25 citations were issued.
The Seat Belt Compliance Campaign grant will have no direct fiscal impact on the City, as we will simply be acting as the pass-through agency for the funds. However, the Sobriety Checkpoint Program grant will reduce the City’s costs in FY 03-04, because unlike the Seat Belt Compliance Campaign, the checkpoints is something the City was already paying for out of the General fund. In both cases, there will be minimal staff time associated with processing some of the necessary paperwork and the Lomita Station will be responsible for all of the reporting requirements associated with the grant programs.
Assistant City Manager