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    17.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 11/13/2018  

SUBJECT:
ACCEPTANCE OF GRANT AWARD FOR THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TOBACCO LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT
RECOMMENDATION:
  1. Accept the California Department of Justice Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant in the amount of $95,818.
     
  2. Adopt a Resolution entitled:  A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING A BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-19 INCREASING MISCELLANEOUS GRANTS FUND BY $67,099 FOR THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TOBACCO LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT.
     
  3. Authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with the California Department of Justice for the Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant.
     
  4. Certify that the project is consistent with the general plan and determine that this project is not subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Cal. Code Regs. §§ 15061(b)(3).
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
On May 24, 2018, City of Chino Hills and Police Department staff, with assistance from our grant consultant, Blaise and Associates, submitted a Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant proposal to the California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General.  The Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant program is designed to support front-line law enforcement activities that promote tobacco awareness and enforce state and local laws related to the illegal marketing and sale of tobacco to minors.
 
The City’s grant proposal sought support for Chino Hills Police Department personnel training, community outreach, educational presentations in schools, and enforcement activity at tobacco related businesses.  The City was awarded funding to provide Police Department staff with additional training on tobacco-related issues.  The City will work with Police Department staff to roll out a tobacco-related community outreach campaign that includes media releases, website and social media content and electronic message boards funded by grant money.  Additionally, the City will be able to use grant funds to pay Police Department staffing costs associated with school-based educational presentations and enforcement programs.  Police Department staff will conduct educational presentations at middle schools about local and state laws and the dangers of smoking (including e-cigarettes).  Lastly, the grant will be used to pay for Police Department enforcement activity that includes minor decoy operations that test tobacco sellers’ compliance with age-verification sale requirements and shoulder tap operations that ask someone of legal age to purchase tobacco products for a minor. 
 
The City was awarded $95,818 in Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant funding to support the above activities for two fiscal years.  City and Police Department staff are in the process of developing the full program for implementation in Fiscal Year 2018-19 and 2019-20.  A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Chino Hills as the Grantee and the California Department of Justice as the Grantor is required to implement the program and authorize expenditures under the Grant.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This proposed action is not subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq.; “CEQA”) and CEQA Guidelines (14 California Code Regulations §§ 15000, et. seq.) as this Project consists of the acceptance of the grant and the subsequent personnel training, community outreach, educational presentations in schools, and enforcement activity at tobacco related businesses.  The proposed project does not have the potential to cause significant effects on the environment. Consequently, it is not subject to CEQA review under Cal. Code Regs. §§ 15061(b)(3).
FISCAL IMPACT:
The proposed budget amendment will increase the revenue and expenditure budget in the Miscellaneous Grants Fund by $67,099.  Future grant costs will be budgeted for in the appropriate fiscal year.  There is no impact on the General Fund with this item.
Attachments
RESOLUTION
EXHIBIT NO. 1 - BUDGET AMENDMENT
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING_ATTACHMENT 1

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