The Pleasanton City Council is set to introduce an ordinance Tuesday to approve a policy that would allow the Pleasanton Police Department to continue using military or specialized equipment.
The increased requirements, and justifications for the equipment, are part of Assembly Bill 481, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last September, to create consistency for the funding, acquisition and use of military equipment by law enforcement agencies.
The bill requires law enforcement to keep a running list of what is defined as military equipment for oversight by local governing bodies, which now have the authority to approve or reject the use of such equipment by local law enforcement.
Approval for the continued and future possession of military equipment by Pleasanton police and other local law enforcement agencies throughout the state now involves passing an ordinance that adopts a military equipment use policy.
According to a city staff report, the goal is to increase transparency, accountability and oversight for the acquisition and use of certain equipment.
"Several items deemed to be "military equipment" by AB 481 are currently used by the Pleasanton Police Department and are outlined in the staff report. They are a component of overall best practices for law enforcement agencies throughout the state and country," city staff wrote in the report prepared for Tuesday's meeting. "These tools have proven effective in enhancing the safety of officers and reducing risk to members of the community," they said.
Military equipment, as defined by AB 481, does not necessarily indicate equipment used by the military. Items deemed by the bill to be "military equipment" include robotic vehicles, armored rescue vehicles, tear gas, less-than-lethal weapons such as beanbag shotguns, 40mm projectiles and noise/flash diversionary devices -- all of which Pleasanton Police currently use.
According to the report, city staff is seeking the council to approve the policy so that officers can continue using the equipment to, "offer de-escalation to individuals in crisis and provide safety services for officers and the community."
In other business
The council is set to review and possibly adopt a change in the Tri-Valley development transportation fee, which would facilitate transportation improvements in the Tri-Valley.
The fee was established by the Tri-Valley Transportation Council, which is made up of municipalities like Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Livermore and unincorporated parts of Contra Costa County.
The jurisdictions entered into a 2013 agreement that established the transportation council as an independent agency responsible for addressing transportation needs across the region.
The new fee update must be approved by each of the previously mentioned city's councils for the purpose of funding the implementation of projects identified as top priorities by the Tri-Valley Transportation Council.
The fee amendment is a result of a nexus study fee update in August, which led to the updated fee, a strategic expenditure plan and prioritization of a projects and funding plan.
One of the key summary points of the nexus study was growth in households and jobs from 2018 to 2040.
"Based on forecast projections, the vehicle hour of delay is expected to increase by 60% during the AM and 88% during the PM peak," city staff wrote in the report prepared for Tuesday's meeting. "With the 38 improvement projects, this delay is expected to decrease by 15% during the AM peak and 23% during the PM peak."
The Pleasanton City Council's next regular meeting is set for Tuesday (June 7) at 7 p.m. The agenda is available here.