Efforts to address shootings on East Bay highways will receive a $100,000 infusion after the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a funding reallocation.
As we recently reported, Supervisor Federal Glover had proposed redirecting a portion of annual contributions from the Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund toward efforts to catch, prosecute and deter shooters. The proposal was one of several being made to deal with a rash of nearly 40 shootings since the start of 2015 along Interstate Highway 80, I-680, state Highway 242 and Highway 4.
The Keller Canyon Landfill Fund was created after a landfill site was installed south of Pittsburg and Bay Point. It 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.
The $100,000 in question is expected to enhance monitoring along Highway 4.
“The allocation set aside to monitor Highway 4 – possibly including cameras and license plate readers – will be used by law enforcement to keep our residents safe,” Glover said in a statement.
Among other efforts to curb shooting incidents, Pittsburg police were awarded $100,000 to install security cameras along Highway 4, which will be activated this week, according to Capt. Ron Raman.
Local mayors have also banded together request that the state help fund enforcement and prevention.
Bay City News contributed to this report