Office of Grants Management Newsletter

December 2012/January 2013


Ferrying You To Safety
Seismologists have predicted that California is overdue for an earthquake as big as the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 with magnitudes expected to reach over 7.5. More than 70 percent of the California population, including the San Francisco Bay Area, resides within 30 miles of a fault where high ground shaking could occur as early as the next 30 years.
San Francisco and its citizens now have another tool to help in the wake of the next possible disaster. The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) had recently added a fourth ferry vessel to their fleet.
Capable of transporting up to 199 passengers with a marine engine that is 85 percent cleaner than current EPA mandates, the newly added ferry provides an additional mode of transportation in the event of a man-made or natural disaster where a substantial amount of people need to be immediately transported to a safer part of the Bay Area. Such an incident could bring over 300,000 passengers looking for ferry service at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
WETA, which replaced the Water Transit Authority through SB 976 in 2007, improves the ability of ferries in the Bay Area to respond to an emergency, when roads, bridges, or BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) can fail in a major disaster.
Cal EMA provides funding to WETA for the Regional Public Waterborne Transit Program. This program is provided by the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006, approved by California voters as Proposition 1B during the November 2006 general election.
Proposition 1B also provides funding for Heavy Rail projects under the Intercity Passenger/Commuter Rail Program and Mass Transit projects under the California Transit Assistance Program through Cal EMA.

Just Like Buying a Compass (JLBC) – A Helpful InformationTool

 Nah, actually the JLBC is the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, to which Cal EMA submits one big annual report the 10th of January each year!  The report is made up of all of our Public Safety and Victim Services programs.  This includes a Program Overview, funding sources and funded amounts from the past, current and proposed years, a recipient spreadsheet listing and performance statistics from the prior year.  The JLBC report is a great source of information and a learning tool that all recipients could benefit from perusing.  We also post an electronic version of the JLBC report on the Cal EMA website for ease of use.  So check out this year’s report on or after January 10th, 2013!


Dropping the Bucket!
In February 2004 the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department received a standard UH-1H helicopter that was transferred from the Colorado Jefferson County Sheriff's Department under the 1033 Program for no cost. 
The typical cost of this type of helicopter ranges in excess of $923,000.00.  For several years this aircraft has undergone significant upgrades and modifications during a complete rebuild project, undertaken by the Sheriff's Department with private funds, in order to convert it into a "Super Huey" .  This  has greatly improved the helicopters capabilities and capacities to serve the many communities in and around the County of Santa Barbara.
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Did You Know?

  • Did you know, your organization must have an active Central Contractor Registration (CCR) date before Cal EMA can put your grant into award?
  • Remember, when filling out 2-201:
1. Make sure to use the drop down list to pick your funding year/source allocated in your current grant (i.e. 09 JAG0, 12 VOCA)
2. Billing Period must be during your grant period and it must be for one full month (i.e. 10/1/2012 to 10/31/2012) or one full quarter (i.e. 10/1/2012 to 12/31/2012).
3. Grant Award Number must be written exactly as it is on your grant award face sheet.