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The Oakland City Council’s Public Works Committee this week unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Councilmember-at-Large Rebecca Kaplan to fund more school crossing guards.
Kaplan’s Resolution allocates $320,000 from Measure BB (transportation funding), which Alameda County voters approved in 2014, to add 16 crossing guards at schools in Oakland.
Kaplan, who also serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, co-authored Measure BB, which provides funding for transportation improvements.
“To encourage our young people to attend and succeed in school, and to make it safer to walk or bike to school, we need to provide crossing guards to help protect our students,” said Kaplan.
“The voters of our community overwhelmingly approved Measure BB, and these funds should be used in a timely way to benefit our community. This proposal is an important and cost-effective way to improve the safety of our youth and reduce traffic congestion around our schools.”
The resolution will go to the full City Council for consideration next Tuesday. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 3rd floor of City Hall.