A Contra Costa County supervisor is proposing a plan to shift dollars from a landfill mitigation fund toward highway technologies that would battle an ongoing spate of shootings on East Bay highways.
Supervisor Federal Glover says he will ask for support from fellow supervisors to reallocate annual contributions from the Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund toward efforts to catch, prosecute and deter shooters. Since November, more than 20 shootings, many believed to be gang related, have occurred along Interstate Highway 80, I-680, state Highway 242 and Highway 4.
The 20-year-old Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund, approved after a landfill site was installed south of Pittsburg and Bay Point, is distributed annually to various public agencies and nonprofits dedicated to improving lives of residents in Pittsburg and Bay Point. Last year, the fund distributed $1.4 million for various community projects.
Glover hopes the fund’s allocation for this year will be diverted toward the mission of stopping highway shootings.
“If these funds could pay for technologies that end up saving one person’s life and help law enforcement arrest and prosecute these shooters, that would make a huge difference,” Glover said in a statement.
Politicians have also called on the state to place funds and resources into addressing the shootings, including the installation of cameras along the highways. In May, the Pittsburg City Council approved a plan to spend $100,000 on cameras along four miles of Highway 4.
Bay City News contributed to this report