Dion Bailey Delivers Results
Mayor Dion Bailey is delivering for Hercules. Despite COVID-19's impact on the City, Mayor Bailey has delivered tangible results for Hercules. Here are some highlights.
Completing the Waterfront Master Plan is a top priority for Mayor Bailey. The Waterfront was designed to be a high density, walkable community with access to transit. The Regional Intermodal Transit Center (RITC) is a major component of the project. Completing the RITC will benefit Hercules residents and the region. Mayor Bailey is committed to obtaining grant funding to make our residents' vision a reality. He is working with other mayors in the region to identify strategies to secure future ferry service. The video below provides an oversight of the Waterfront and RITC projects.
Supporting Local Businesses
Mayor Bailey voted to approve the Hercules "Shop Local" program. Shop Local is funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The program is essentially a buy one, get one free gift card program. The gift cards must be used at participating Hercules businesses. The program is a win-win for residents and our local businesses.
Hercules residents take the climate crisis seriously. Mayor Bailey is committed to clean energy initiatives. He voted to approve the "All-Electric" Ordinance. Adopting this ordinance aligns Hercules with Contra Costa County Building Codes and state law. The ordinance requires that all new construction residential properties to be all electric.
Mayor Bailey voted to approve funding to support community events in Hercules. For the first time in 10 years, the City of Hercules partnered with the City of Pinole to fund a 4th of July fireworks event that was attended by thousands of residents throughout the community. The fiscal year 2022/23 budget includes funding for 4th of July fireworks in 2023. Other events funded by the Council include National Night Out, Trunk or Treat and Movies at the Park.
Mayor Dion Bailey voted to approve traffic safety improvements in high-need areas throughout town. A new four-way stop sign was recently added at the intersection of John Muir Parkway and Linus Pauling Drive. Additional traffic calming improvements are forthcoming in the Village Parkway neighborhood.
Mayor Bailey is dedicated to working with our local, regional, state and federal partners to secure grant funding for projects in Hercules. He worked with State Senator Nancy Skinner's staff to secure an $8 million dollar state budget allocation for Hercules. These "one time" funds may be used for grant-matching projects and improvements in town. Mayor Bailey is committed to funding infrastructure improvements and increasing our Capitol Improvement Project fund.