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File #: 22-0668    Version: 1 Name: CM - Strategic Growth Council through the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) planning grant program
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 6/2/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/21/2022 Final action: 6/21/2022
Title: Recommendation to adopt resolution authorizing City Manager, or designee, to submit a grant application to the Strategic Growth Council through the Transformative Climate Communities Planning Grant Program, in an amount not to exceed $300,000 to develop a Climate Action and Adaption Plan (CAAP) Implementation Plan; if awarded, accept an amount up to $300,000 for the completion of the CAAP Implementation Plan; and, execute all documents necessary to accept the funds and implement the project. (Citywide)
Sponsors: City Manager
Attachments: 1. 062122-C-5sr&att, 2. RES-22-0093.pdf

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Recommendation to adopt resolution authorizing City Manager, or designee, to submit a grant application to the Strategic Growth Council through the Transformative Climate Communities Planning Grant Program, in an amount not to exceed $300,000 to develop a Climate Action and Adaption Plan (CAAP) Implementation Plan; if awarded, accept an amount up to $300,000 for the completion of the CAAP Implementation Plan; and, execute all documents necessary to accept the funds and implement the project.  (Citywide)

 

DISCUSSION

The Strategic Growth Council administers the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Planning Grant Program in partnership with the California Department of Conservation.  The purpose of the TCC Planning Grant is to further Assembly Bill (AB) 32 (Nunez, 2006) and AB 2722 (Burke, 2016), by funding climate resiliency efforts and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. TCC Planning Grants fund planning activities to prepare disadvantaged communities for future funding opportunities in programs.

 

With support from the TCC Planning Grant, the City of Long Beach (City) will develop a community-led implementation plan for climate-resilient infrastructure projects that reduce future carbon emissions and lessen climate change impacts on Long Beach residents disproportionately impacted by climate change and environmental justice issues. This grant-funded community-led planning effort will align with the recently developed CAAP, which proposes an equity framework for implementation.

 

The TCC Planning Grant will enable the City to plan for CAAP implementation by working with nonprofit, community-based and institutional partners focused on place-based climate mitigation projects that reduce GHG emissions to benefit communities in West, Central and North Long Beach most impacted by climate change and environmental justice.

 

The TCC Planning Grant proposal will engage nonprofit, community-based and institutional partners to 1) Prioritize projects that maximize environmental, health, and economic co-benefits while reducing GHG emissions and local air pollution; 2) Develop project cost estimates and project delivery schedules  to build out a multi-year capital project schedule; and 3) Identify potential funding opportunities to develop grant applications for project funding, including a future TCC Implementation Grant and similar federal, State and county grants for CAAP implementation and GHG emission reductions.

 

The TCC Planning Grant would allow the City to further explore place-based community partnerships, potential projects, and tailored approaches to maximizing GHG reduction and adaptation benefits for areas of greatest need in Long Beach. The CAAP identifies areas of Central, West and North Long Beach as being disproportionately vulnerable to climate change. These areas also score in the 91-100 percentile on CalEnviroScreen, a public mapping tool that depicts California communities disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution, which is part of the grant eligibility requirements.

 

Upon the adoption of this resolution, the City Manager Department will coordinate the application process with contributions and collaboration from the Development Services, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, Parks, Recreation, and Marine, and Public Works Departments.

 

This matter was reviewed by Deputy City Attorney Erin Weesner-McKinley on May 27, 2022 and by Budget Operations and Development Officer Rhutu Amin Gharib on June 2, 2022.

 

EQUITY LENS

 

The City has incorporated the Equity Toolkit in this recommendation, as requested by the City Council on April 21, 2020. The proposed TCC Planning Grant is aligned with the CAAP Equity Strategies that call for prioritizing Central, West and North Long Beach neighborhoods that face a disproportionately high exposure to many sources of pollution and are more vulnerable to pollution’s effects. This geography of differentiated risk is due to the socioeconomic inequality caused by historic racial and economic injustices, such as discrimination in education, housing, employment, education, local political representation, and access to resources. Low-income communities of color were historically excluded from Long Beach neighborhoods with less environmental pollution and greater public investment, and still today are concentrated in the portions of the city with the worst air quality and environmental health metrics. These same communities not only bear the highest environmental health burdens, but they also have the highest social vulnerability to climate change due to factors such as age, race, and income. The existing health conditions in low-income neighborhoods affect the ability of individuals and low-income communities of color to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an extreme weather events or climate stressors.

 

TIMING CONSIDERATIONS

City Council action is requested on June 21, 2022, to submit the Resolution to the granting agency by the July 1, 2022, deadline.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

If the grant application is successful, the City will receive grant funding in an amount not to exceed $300,000 for a two-year performance period. The City will use the grant funding, if awarded, to develop a community-led implementation plan for climate-supporting infrastructure projects that reduce future carbon emissions and lessen climate change impacts on Long Beach residents disproportionately impacted by climate change and environmental justice issues, in alignment with the recently developed CAAP. There is no matching requirement if this grant is awarded to the City. If awarded, City staff will return to the City Council to accept and appropriate grant funding.

 

This recommendation has no staffing impact beyond the normal budgeted scope of duties and is consistent with existing City Council priorities. There is no local job impact associated with this recommendation. 

 

SUGGESTED ACTION

Approve recommendation.

 

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Respectfully Submitted,

THOMAS B. MODICA

CITY MANAGER