Jun 28, 2016

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


  1. Since all of the shootings are gang/drug related, why not concentrate on cracking down on gang activity more?

    bill | Jun 28th, 2016
  2. Exactly what Bill said above. And how the hell is this technology going to save even ONE life? Is it going to detect when bullets are shot and change their direction? No, it’s only going to get the possible murder on camera and two lives (at least) will be ruined but none saved. Why? Because technology is not a deterrent for criminals, having something to live for is! Waste of resources. Provide alternatives to the “thug life” or else it ain’t never going no where… recording it just gives the damn media more propaganda to spread while NOT working towards an actual solution.

    Richmond Resident "9" | Jun 29th, 2016
  3. Can’t agree more with the prior comments. Crack down hard on the drugs and the gangs in Richmond and surrounding areas And drive them out.

    Why | Jun 29th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.