Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin Announces Additional State Budget Allocations Benefitting San Mateo County

Burlingame, C/CAG and San Mateo County residents living with Alzheimer’s/dementia will benefit

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  • Susan Kennedy
  • Director of Communications, Office of Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
  • 925-437-2510

San Mateo - Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin announced that as a result of Governor Newsom signing AB 179 into law, more local projects in San Mateo County have received state funding totaling $2,260,000.00.

“As a result of Governor Newsom signing AB 179 and other budget trailer bills, additional local projects have received state funding,” said Speaker pro Tem Mullin. “The City of Burlingame, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, and San Mateo County will be receiving project funding that will benefit residents throughout our community. This funding helps create a public space that is easily accessible to seniors, workforce housing and public transit, completes a buffered bike lane project that connects to existing transit networks, and extends a pilot training program for peace officers so they are better equipped to deal with individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s.”

$1 million for the City of Burlingame will help fund a new town square in the heart of its 100-year-old, fully built-out downtown. Located in the downtown core, the square is close to several affordable and low-income senior and workforce housing developments and new office space, and in close proximity to the Burlingame Caltrain train station. The plaza will include areas for both active and passive enjoyment, suited for downtown events and both planned and ad hoc community gatherings, providing an opportunity to weave connections and stronger ties within the community.

“We are very pleased to receive $1 million for our downtown town square. This project will bring a much-needed gathering place to our bustling commercial hub,” stated Burlingame Mayor Ricardo Ortiz. “After many years of looking for a way to get this done, this grant brings us one step closer to building the centerpiece of our new downtown. We are grateful to Assemblymember Mullin for championing our cause and making this a reality.”

$760,000 for C/CAG’s San Bruno-Millbrae Bike Lane project funds a 3.7 Mile buffered bike lane from Murchison Drive in the City of Millbrae to Noor Ave in the City of San Bruno. Once implemented, the project would provide greater distance between motor vehicles and bicyclists a big plus for cyclists. The project will connect to the existing transit network, including SamTrans bus service on El Camino Real, BART services in San Bruno and Millbrae and Caltrain services in both cities. Since it is also located in the region's Priority Development area, the project will increase access to housing, economic and cultural opportunities.

“We are immensely appreciative of Assemblymember Mullin’s support for buffered bike lanes on El Camino Real in San Bruno and Millbrae,” said Davina Hurt, Chair of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) and Belmont City Councilmember. “With safety at the forefront, this project is on a critical north-south route, connecting local retail centers, offices, and businesses to Caltrain and BART transit stations. Equally exciting is expanded mobility and access to nearby underserved communities. Active people translates to a healthier region and stronger economy. In our race to improve air quality and fight climate change, C/CAG is committed to expanding San Mateo County’s bicycle network with our partners.”

$500,000 for Police Interactions with Dementia Patients

In December 2021, the four largest cities in San Mateo County initiated a pilot program to aid in de-escalating 911 calls and providing appropriate care for individuals who are non-violent and may have mental health issues or suffer from a neurodegenerative disease that affects behavior such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. This two-year program is designed to help improve public safety by pairing peace officers with mental health clinicians/specialists in order to manage high-risk situations.

“This program is intended to give law enforcement a resource by teaming a police officer with a mental health clinician that can help manage high-risk situations in a way that improves outcomes and public safety,” said Supervisor Don Horsley. “I’m proud to champion such an important alternative for those who need mental health care rather than incarceration, and I’m grateful to Assemblyman Mullin and Gov. Newsom for their support.”

“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of our efforts to safely and effectively respond to calls for service involving those in crisis and experiencing mental health challenges,” stated San Mateo Police Chief Ed Barberini whose department is participating in the Pilot. “This funding will afford us the opportunity to build on a collaborative program that imbeds mental health professionals within local police departments to create a multidiscipline, real-time, co-response model. This pilot program has significantly enhanced our ability to deescalate potentially violent situations in a peaceful manner that includes providing clinical services to those in need. Ultimately, this additional expertise in the field significantly contributes to the safety of the communities we serve as well as responding law enforcement personnel. The impact the identified funding will have is beyond measure and is greatly appreciated.”