City Council Preview: Healthier Kids Foundation, Korea Friendship City, BART to Santa Clara?

By Robert Haugh

Tomorrow’s Council meeting should be a quick one.

Here’s some of the items:

  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will provide an update on the BART Phase II Project and the Transit-Oriented Development Corridor Strategies. It’ll be interesting to see how they discuss a potential BART station in Santa Clara. The VTA once tried to cut it and the Little Portugal station in East San Jose to save money. But they put in back in the plan right before a sales tax vote. Some transportation officials believe both stations will be cut in the future.

  • Council will take action on establishing a Friendship City Memorandum of Understanding with Icheon City, Republic of Korea.

  • The Council will have to decide on a Request for Funding from the Healthier Kids Foundation. They want $210,000 for FY2019/20 to FY2021/22 for Dental, Hearing and Vision screenings and Case Management Services. Their numbers weren’t impressive for the last three years. So the City staff is suggesting “either conducting a competitive selection process to ensure the City chooses an agency that can secure the most services in the most effective manner, or to consider reimbursement funding for one or more agencies on a ‘per child/client served’ basis at a defined price per client, or at a defined total amount of actual cost for service to maximize the number of clients served.”

It’ll be interesting to see if the Council follows City Staff suggestions. The Foundation has a lot of political connections at the County level and in a lot of local cities.

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