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Richmond Council Supports Safe Routes To School Bill
June 3, 1999



Thursday, June 3, 1999
Section: news
Page: A03
Column: City Beat


Richmond Council supports Safe Routes to School bill.

A proposed state law that would earmark about $20 million annually for safer sidewalks, crosswalks or paths to protect children walking to school has won support from the Richmond City Council.

The council voted 6-0 Tuesday to join more than 50 government agencies, including school districts, Bay Area transportation commissions and environmental groups, in support of the proposed Safe Routes to School bill.

Councilman Tom Butt was absent, and Councilwoman Irma Anderson abstained.

Anderson wanted the city to side with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which in April voted to oppose the bill out of concern that control of spending decisions would be made in Sacramento rather than locally.

The bill, written by Assemblywoman Nell Soto, D-Ontario, would funnel federal money into a Safe Routes to School Program, which Caltrans would oversee. It is scheduled for a final vote of the Assembly this week before being passed onto the Senate.

Shawn Masten