November 2017 Newsletter
Procuring Good Health for All
Share your Transportation Priorities!
SamTrans wants to know what your transportation needs are. Please take this brief survey: http://www.getusmovingsmc.com/#/. SamTrans recently launched the Get Us Moving San Mateo County to inform and seek input from the public on a potential sales tax measure on the 2018 San Mateo County ballot. This sales tax would be earmarked for transportation and could generate up to $81 million a year for much needed transportation improvements throughout the county. SamTrans is working hard to bring a wide range of stakeholders to the table to inform the process. Our senior manager, Shireen Malekafzali, other County agencies such as County Office of Education, Office of Sustainability, and community partners like Youth Leadership Institute, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Transform -along with many more -are part of the stakeholder advisory group and raising important health, equity and sustainability considerations. Take the survey and voice your interest in health equity!
Implications of the Planning for Healthy Communities Act for San Mateo County
Five San Mateo County municipalities will be subject to the recently passed Senate Bill 1000 (SB 1000), the Planning for Healthy Communities Act, effective January 2018. This new law requires cities and counties with disadvantaged communities to include an environmental justice element with their next general plan update. The goal of the element will be to reduce the cumulative health risks in disadvantaged communities by focusing on reducing pollution burdens, but also by increasing healthy environmental factors, such as food access, housing options, and physical activity, as well as public participation in decision-making processes by the communities most impacted by environmental degradation.
In San Mateo County, there are six census tracts that are defined as disadvantaged communities. They are within the areas of East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City, South San Francisco, and one community spanning multiple jurisdictions including Millbrae and San Bruno. The next time these communities update their general plans, they will be required to include an environmental justice element or environmental justice policies throughout their general plan. To learn more, jurisdictions and community partners can check out the SB1000 toolkit prepared by California Environmental Justice Alliance and PlaceWorks. Let us know if we can help you plan for implementation of SB1000!
EMS Corps Application Deadline Closed
Thanks to all of you who helped us disseminate the EMS Corps opportunity to San Mateo County youth! Eleven San Mateo County residents submitted applications to the EMS Corps in this round that closed on November 17. EMS Corps is a renowned training program that focuses on preparing underrepresented young males to enter the health care and emergency medical services field. EMS Corps will make the final selection of candidates in early December.
There will be a competitive process to select the strongest applicants which will include Alameda County residents as well. and selected applicants will start the training program in mid-January. We are rooting for our San Mateo County applicants!