City of Santa Monica
California

Staff Report
3890

Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of a Grant from the California Department of Justice for the Tobacco Grant Program

Information

Department:Police DepartmentSponsors:
Category:03. Consent Calendar

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Cal DOJ Tobacco Grant Resolution

Recommended Action

Recommended Action
Staff recommends that the City Council:

1.               Adopt the attached resolution authorizing the acceptance of a grant awarded in the amount of $106,061 from the California Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program for the Tobacco Enforcement program at the Police Department, and to accept all grant renewals.

2.               Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to accept the grant and all grant renewals.

3.              Authorize budget changes as outlined in the Financial Impacts & Budget Actions section of this report.

Staff Report Body

Summary

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) has been awarded a California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Tobacco Grant Program in the amount of $106,061. Funds are granted for enforcement of tobacco-related state laws or local ordinances, specifically including state and local laws related to the illegal sales and marketing of tobacco products to minors, and for investigative activities and compliance checks to prevent illegal sales of tobacco products to minors. The program would help Santa Monica achieve results in the Framework Priority of “Keeping Neighborhoods Safe” from the City’s Framework for a Sustainable City for Wellbeing. The 2019-20 Tobacco Grant program would use a combination of education and enforcement strategies, with the ultimate goal of stemming the access of tobacco products to youth in Santa Monica. Funds must be used by the end of the grant period, September 30, 2023 and no local match is required.

 

Discussion

The CA DOJ Tobacco Grant Program is funded with funds authorized under the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016. SMPD aims to curb the illegal sales of tobacco to minors and keep youth tobacco free. The Tobacco Grant Program would help SMPD to accomplish this goal by supporting a comprehensive program of enforcement and education strategies, with a focus on stemming access to youth. This is the first time that SMPD has applied for and received these grant funds. The grant will fund overtime for officers to implement the tobacco enforcement and education strategies.

According to a November 2019 report from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the proportion of students vaping nicotine has now grown to more than one in four, up from about one in ten in 2016. Researchers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conduct an annual National Youth Tobacco Survey. Findings released from the 2019 edition of that survey revealed that, while cigarette smoking is at an all-time low among high school students, increases in e-cigarette use have reversed progress made in the decline of overall youth tobacco use. From 2018 to 2019, the number of youth using e-cigarettes increased from 3.6 million to more than 5 million.  The FDA Commissioner stated that the epidemic use of e-cigarettes among children is one of the biggest public health challenges currently facing the FDA. 

Santa Monica is home to 84 tobacco retailers. The city has received complaints from parents of violations by retailers near schools. In addition, the use of e-cigarettes is a known problem with youth as young as middle school and all the way through college-aged youth in Santa Monica. The combination of education and enforcement that this grant program would support would allow Santa Monica PD to gain a better understanding of tobacco usage rates and patterns to better address the problem of youth access to tobacco. These grant funds would allow SMPD to begin work immediately tackling problematic tobacco retailers, focusing efforts on locations where minors are likely to be present, as well as pushing forward retailer education sessions.

 

Financial Impacts and Budget Actions

Staff seeks authority to accept a grant from the California Department of Justice.

FY 2019-20 Grant Budget Changes

Establish Revenue Budget

Appropriate Funds

Account Number(s)

Amount

Account Number(s)

Amount

 20180002.405590

 $106,061

 20180002.556440.80106

 $106,061

Total

$106,061

Total

$106,061

 

If renewals are awarded, budget changes will be included in subsequent year budgets, contingent on Council budget approval.