Stockton City Council will convene Tuesday afternoon for its first regularly-scheduled meeting of the month.
This week’s agenda isn’t as jam packed as it sometimes has been in recent months, but there are still a few things that should garner your attention, including a consent calendar boasting nearly a dozen items and an update on Stockton’s Clean City Initiative.
The meeting’s closed session starts at 4 p.m. and councilors will reconvene into public sessions at approximately 5:30 p.m. The public can view Council meetings online via the city’s website or in person in the Council Chamber on the second floor of Stockton City Hall on North El Dorado Street near downtown.
Here’s some of what’s coming up:
City cleanup initiative results in tons of trash and waste collected
Nearly 140 tons of trash was removed out of Stockton in 2022 thanks to the city’s Clean City Initiative, according to a presentation scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting.
City officials say that the initiative’s efforts have also resulted in the collection of 24 tons of electronic waste and removal of more than 1,200 tons of waste from the city’s homeless encampments. The work was done with the help of more than 400 community volunteers.
The cleanup initiative, which results as a collaboration with the City Manager’s Office, Public Works Department, Stockton Police, community volunteers and both the city’s waste management providers, was launched in 2021 to reduce trash and illegal dumping throughout Stockton.
City Council will hear staff report on the program’s progress in 2022 as well as what’s in store for city cleanup going forward.
“Litter and illegal dumping negatively impacts the City’s appearance, civic pride and proper function of streets and roadways,” city Public Works officials say in the presentation.
According to agenda documents, the initiative was created to “(advance) new and existing programs,” including drive-through recycling, community cleanups and beautification events, as well as neighborhood services and homeless encampment cleanups.
The city has also received new cleaning equipment and vehicles funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
Cleanup events are already scheduled through the rest of 2023. To volunteer for the initiative, go here.
Annual progress report on the 2022 General Plan and housing
City Council scheduled to adopt the 2022 annual progress reports for the Envision Stockton 2040 General Plan and the 2015-2023 Housing Element. If approved, the reports will them be sent the state.
The housing progress report says Stockton will likely not achieve its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) of 11,824 new mixed-income housing units by the end of 2023, according to agenda documents. Setting RHNA goal totals is mandated by the state.
“As part of RHNA, the California Department of Housing and Community Development … determines the total number of new homes San Joaquin County needs to build — and how affordable those homes need to be — in order to meet the housing needs of people at all income levels,” according to the San Joaquin Council of Governments.
Those needs are then distributed to cities, towns and counties throughout the region.
“While the City has made efforts to encourage housing production, private investment and
current market conditions are the primary sources for new housing construction,” city officials say in City Council agenda documents. “City does not have any obligation to construct housing units but must maintain the housing capacity outlined by the RHNA allocation.”
For a full list of what’s on the Stockton City Council’s agenda Tuesday go here.