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01-22-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Authorization to Waive Permit Fees Associated with the Gualala Air Ambulance Landing Pad at Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS) (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

The permitting fees associated with the Gualala Air Ambulance Landing Pad are approximately $20,000. This Helipad was constructed in the mid 1980s. RCMS is currently pursuing reclassifying the facility from an “EMS landing site” to a “heliport” that would hold a “Heliport Permit” granted by Caltrans Division of Aeronautics. This would formalize the existing use and enhance operational safety. The availability of Air Ambulance service can be life saving, but depends on pilot discretion and is greatly impacted by coastal fog. The proposed reclassification will not introduce major changes to the existing use, but will increase the pad’s safety for crew and patients. No new buildings, fuel storage or other public or private uses are proposed. Its use will continue to be for medical emergencies only, as has been the case for the past 33 years. The 2002 Gualala town plan includes requirements which are believed to be impossible to meet. In consulting with Planning and Building Services, there may be the possibility of addressing the zoning on three parcels, effectively reducing the cost of the RCMS landing pad to approximately $9,700 for a Coastal Development Use Permit and Airport Comprehensive Land Use consistency review. Due to the health, safety, welfare issues associated with emergency response to that remote area of our County and the ability to transport injured citizens in the event of an emergency and/or as transport to outlying medical facilities, it is recommended that the Board of Supervisors waive the permitting fees for this project and direct staff to proceed with the permitted process.

As Planning and Building Services is primarily a General Fund department, the Board of Supervisors may considering directing that the department absorb the costs associated with waiving the fees within their current appropriations (the majority of the fees are related to salaries, which are already including in their current adopted budget) with an understanding that the department would anticipate a slight decrease in permit revenues. Alternatively, the Board of Supervisors could direct staff to work with the Executive Office during the Mid-Year Budget presentation on increasing the Planning and Building Services budget should there be any unanticipated discretionary revenues to consider.

01-22-2019

Approval of Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Contracting for Dispatch Services for Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Appointment of Supervisors Williams and McCowen

The Board previously appointed an ad hoc committee regarding renewal of the contract for dispatch services. The Executive Office recommends formation of an ad hoc committee regarding dispatch services for fire and emergency medical services to work with staff in order to bring a recommendation to the Board for an updated contract that provides for enhanced dispatch services that will optimize an Exclusive Operating Area (EOA) contract for ambulance services.

02-05-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Approval of Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Fire and Emergency Medical Services Sustainability, Consisting of Supervisors Williams and McCowen
(Sponsors: Supervisors Williams and McCowen)

The County has an obligation to ensure the sustainability of fire and emergency medical services. Many of the rural areas of our County struggle to comply with ever increasing regulatory requirements. The committee will gather data necessary to present the current state of response capabilities and provide options for bolstering capabilities and sustainability of services.

02-05-2019

Discussion and Possible Direction to Staff Regarding the Development of an Ordinance or Ordinance Amendments Prohibiting the Cultivation, Processing or Manufacturing of Cannabis or Cannabis Products Using Genetic Engineering Techniques
(Sponsors: Supervisor Haschak and Supervisor Williams)

There are many concerns that the existing GMO ban adopted by passage of Measure H might not cover new genetic modification technologies. Proposed is giving direction to legal counsel to draft language to present to the Board of Supervisors to update the intent of the GMO ban, particularly in regards to cannabis, and ensure that the ban can be legally enforced. The will of the people of Mendocino County is to have an effective ban on GMOs. Cannabis farmers have developed strains that are unique and highly esteemed throughout the world for their purity and naturalness. Allowing any kind of genetically modified/altered/manipulated cannabis either in cultivation or manufacturing would put the quality of Mendocino cannabis at risk.

03-12-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Explore Feasibility of Transitioning our Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) Partnership with Sonoma County to be a Joint Powers Authority (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

The California Health and Safety Code requires that each county which develops an emergency medical services program must designate a local EMS agency (LEMSA). Consistent with that requirement, the Coastal ValleyS EMS Agency has been designated as the LEMSA for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The EMS Agency provides the administrative and regulatory oversight responsibilities for the local EMS system within each of these counties. There can be strength in the combined effort and a funding advantage if more counties join a regional EMS Agency. The Joint Powers Authority model for an EMS Agency is an effective vehicle to ensure representation from all stakeholders. Because prehospital care needs vary across different parts of the counties, a JPA represented by an assortment of stakeholders will have greater success in increasing the overall level of care and oversight.

03-19-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Approval of Information Services Efficiency and Modernization Items
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Modernizing processes with technology has great potential to increase efficiency of our County government, making best use of staff time and taxpayer dollars. The intention is to perform

planning, scoping and preliminary cost analysis for each of the enumerated items listed below and return to the Board of Supervisors with an updated IT Master Plan implementation strategy and cost analysis.

(a) digitize all paper documents to reduce staff time and increase public access; (b) determine which applications Information Services should support, potentially reducing scope; (c) test existing video conferencing stream between board chambers and key satellite locations to increase public participation and lower carbon footprint; (d) enable offsite data backup; (e) implement employee benefits and payroll online self-serve; (f) implement business license submission online; (g) implement cannabis applications online only to reduce program cost and related fees; (h) implement software tracking of complete staff time for all individual cannabis permits; (i) provide employee software training to boost efficiency; (j) augment Information Services staffing to reduce outside consultant expenses and proprietary software acquisition, own our data and infrastructure and iterate on enhancements more timely; (k) equip a small number of County vehicles with data loggers to capture geotagged cell signal, data rates and VHF emergency communications signal reliability adequate for staff to create a heat map of coverage; (l) preliminary RF analysis and construction plan for a telecommunications tower targeted at a community currently unserved with broadband, to bolster emergency communication and create a co-location revenue stream to County; (m) migration to cloud services and Software-As-A-Service where beneficial; (n) cost analysis, pros/cons of combining County and Sheriff’s IT; (o) analysis of backhaul bandwidth potential of existing county owned emergency communications systems for public access; (p) data retention policies; (q) department level process audits to document potential uses of technology; (r) applicant project/aggregate permit tracking and reporting to force a tighter feedback loop; (s) real-time publication of data on public facing website for reporting and visualization of data sets; (t) development and publication of Burn day mobile app.

03-19-2019

Direct Chief Executive Officer to produce monthly hiring reports, document the necessity of every open position and prior to upcoming budget decisions, provide a realistic projection of which positions will actually be filled in the coming fiscal year.

With fixed revenue, head count directly competes with the ability to boost wages to parity. Low wages impact morale and our County’s ability to retain talent. In order to address wages and prevent a revolving door, a balance must be found in constraining staff size while continuing to meet state mandates and avoid understaffing and overworking departments. Our priority must be to increase wages over increasing head count, ideally starting at the bottom tier. Documenting the essential basis for open positions will help to illustrate a projection of true personnel expenses and the expected trend. This is critical data for upcoming budget decisions.

03-19-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Direction to Chief Executive Officer About Hiring Practices (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
Direct Chief Executive Officer to produce monthly hiring reports, document the necessity of every open position and prior to upcoming budget decisions, provide a realistic projection of which positions will actually be filled in the coming fiscal year.

With fixed revenue, head count directly competes with the ability to boost wages to parity. Low wages impact morale and our County’s ability to retain talent. In order to address wages and prevent a revolving door, a balance must be found in constraining staff size while continuing to meet state mandates and avoid understaffing and overworking departments. Our priority must be to increase wages over increasing head count, ideally starting at the bottom tier. Documenting the essential basis for open positions will help to illustrate a projection of true personnel expenses and the expected trend. This is critical data for upcoming budget decisions.

03-19-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding a Presentation on “The Climate Reality Project” Slide Show
(Sponsors: Supervisors Williams and Haschak)

The main questions posited in The Climate Reality Project slide show are “Must we change our fossil fuel economy?”, “Can we change?” and “Will we change?” Initially the presentation explains how the atmosphere works, how we have polluted it since the Industrial Revolution, and the resultant rapid changes in climate during the past 40 years. Evidence of increasing climactic disruptions like weather fluctuations, floods, droughts, and wildfires are explored. In the “Can we change?” portion of the slide show, recent large increases in solar, wind and other forms of alternative energy as well as decreases in the percentage of fossil fuels used are presented. Climate Change denial and it’s preponderance in the US are explored as are political solutions. We also look at things citizens can do to influence the future of this debate.

03-19-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff Regarding Development of an Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Use Permit Process for Phase One Applicants Subject to Sunset Provision in Section 10A.17.080(2)(b) of the Mendocino Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Preliminary data indicates only approximately 2% of cannabis cultivators participating in the County’s permitting process are generating enough revenue to avoid minimum tax provisions under 6.32.050.B.1 of the cannabis business tax ordinance. While shifting market dynamics continue to place strain on the viability of small farm cultivation, some indoor cultivators continue to thrive. Without an indoor cultivation use permit pathway for parcels subject to sunset provisions in 10A.17.080 (2)(b) of the cultivation ordinance, these success stories will be put out of business by County regulations. Some legacy facilities are likely incompatible, while others are not contentious. By implementing a use permit approach, immediate neighbors can help steer indoor cultivation permitting without unnecessarily impacting local farms and ultimately, County revenue.

04-23-2019

Adoption of Resolution Granting Permission for the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show to Hold a Parade on Sunday, September 15, 2019, Between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. along Highway 128 in Boonville
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Representatives of the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show are requesting permission to hold a parade on Sunday, September 15, 2019, in Boonville. Said parade would be held between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., commencing on Manchester Road and proceeding along Highway 128 to the Fairgrounds. Cooperation will be given to the California Highway Patrol and to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department in allowing traffic to proceed on the highway, as only one lane is needed to conduct said parade. In order for the parade to be held, the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show is seeking permission from the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, pursuant to the Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol’s Joint Policy Guidelines for Special Events on State Conventional Highway Rights-of- Ways.

05-07-2019

Approval of Referral of “Road Naming Issues and Proposal” to the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee
(Sponsors: Supervisors McCowen and Williams)

The Board of Supervisors has received correspondence (attached to the item for reference) advocating support for a proposal by retired Anderson Valley Fire Chief Colin Wilson urging that the County address the issue of residential structures located on unnamed roads. These homes may be located several miles from the nearest named road and may require turns onto a series of unnamed roads to reach them which may result in extended response times and delayed service in emergencies. The current options for requiring that existing roads be named are limited and the process is burdensome. Resolution of this issue would reduce delays that result from the confusion associated with unnamed roads and would likely reduce the amount of time local first responders spend in training to locate homes on unnamed roads. The attached proposal offers several recommendations to address this issue. Supervisors Williams and McCowen request that this issue be referred to the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee for review and possible recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

05-14-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Agriculture Department to Collect and Publish Pesticide Application Details, Including Chemical Agent, Quantity, and Assessor’s Parcel Number
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
Direct Agricultural Commissioner to collect pesticide application details, including chemical agent, quantity and accessor parcel number (APN); and publish via County website within fifteen days of receipt.

A public records request should not be necessary for county residents to gain awareness of commercial pesticide use. This request is about transparency and public access to data.

05-21-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Letter of Support for Adoption of Conjunctive Labeling for the Mendocino County Wine Industry
(Sponsors: Supervisors McCowen and Williams)

The Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc. have held a series of educational forums and community meetings to inform members of the Mendocino County wine industry on the issues related to conjunctive labeling and the process for establishing conjunctive labeling in Mendocino County. In plain language, conjunctive labeling would mean that bottles of wine made from Mendocino County grapes would include Mendocino County on either the front or back of the label in addition to the name of the winery and the sub-appellation, if any. In order to adopt conjunctive labeling an election must be held with each wine grape grower and winery having one vote. If the vote is in favor of conjunctive labeling, Senator McGuire will introduce legislation to approve conjunctive labeling for Mendocino County. To date, conjunctive labeling has been endorsed by the Mendocino County Farm Bureau, Visit Mendocino County and Destination Hopland with other organizations expected to sign on shortly. The Board of Supervisors is requested to consider and approve the attached letter of support. Additional attachments include: 1) Mendocino County AVA Map; 2) Why Consider Conjunctive Labeling; 3) Does Wine Region Conjunctive Labeling Really Work?; and 4) Conjunctive Labeling Testimonials.

05-21-2019

Approval of Transmission of Letter of Support for Williams Ranch Road (Sponsors: Supervisors Williams and Haschak)

Williams Ranch Road, a private rural road serving the greater Ridgewood Park Subdivision, southwest of Willits, has been closed due to forces of nature. The loss of this critical access road cuts off secondary access for the entire subdivision. Continued closure of this road poses life-threatening risks. Agencies are urged to find the least burdensome option for restoring emergency egress.

07-09-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Adoption of Resolution Creating the Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee
(Sponsors: Climate Action Committee Ad Hoc (Supervisors McCowen and Williams) and County Counsel)

The attached Resolution creates the Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee, which shall make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on implementation of a Mendocino County Sustainability and Climate Action Program and clarifies that it shall do so in alignment with the document entitled Proposal for a Citizen-Driven Structure for the Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee. The document has been revised to incorporate additional changes directed by the Board and is included as an attachment.

07-09-2019

Approval of Retroactive Amendment to Agreement 14-069, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Counties of Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, and Napa As Part of Their Participation in the North Bay North Coast Broadband Consortium “NBNCBC” for the Term of July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023
(Sponsors: Supervisors Williams and Haschak)

Mendocino County is a participant in the four county North Bay North Coast Broadband Consortium (NBNCBC). The NBNCBC was established in 2014 to coordinate efforts to improve broadband access in the North Coast region. In 2014, the CPUC awarded NBNCBC a two-year grant for $250,000 to help plan for telecommunications, broadband deployment, and services to unserved and underserved areas in Marin, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties. A second grant for $250,000, over two years, was awarded in 2017, to continue planning and implementation of broadband projects. Both grants included funds for each county to support their work plan activities.

Currently, Mendocino County is represented on the Oversight Committee of NBNCBC by Supervisor Ted Williams and alternate Supervisor John Haschak. The current NBNCBC Mendocino Management Team is the Economic Development and Financing Corporation, which is contracted as the County’s Broadband Coordinator and has, along with providing other broadband services, the responsibility under that contract to: “Serve as the NBNCBC County Manager including fulfilling the requirements for Mendocino County’s Work Plan as required in the NBNCBC grant award by the CPUC; Work in collaboration with the NBNCBC on calls, reports, presentations, meetings, data analysis, letters, legislation, white papers and other consortium activities”. The MOU between the counties that establishes the consortium expired on June 30, 2019. This item is retroactive because of revisions and improvements made late in the renewal process by the MOU’s lead jurisdiction.

The Board of Supervisors is asked to approve an Amended Memorandum of Understanding that is effective retroactive to July 1, 2019 and terminates on December 31, 2023. This Amended MOU is essentially the same as the current approved MOU. Changes made include: references to the new dates of the MOU period; dates and terms of the newly submitted (May 11, 2019) application for a $450,000 three-year grant from the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) – Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Grant Account; update of the current CPUC goal for broadband service in California; updates of the roles of the NBNCBC Oversight Committee (comprised of Supervisors from each county); and update of Sonoma County’s fiscal administrator contact. This Amended MOU will continue the work of the previous 5 years.

The Action Plan of the consortium, for the next three years, as stated in this Amended MOU, is to “work to facilitate the development and implementation of three project areas: 1) advocacy with various community, county, state and federal agencies on broadband goals and policies; 2) activities associated with future CASF grant NBNCBC Project Plan; and, 3) middle-mile broadband infrastructure access that will benefit each county and the region”.

The 2019 – 2022 CASF application designates all of Mendocino County’s portion of the grant towards reimbursement of a portion of the services for the contracted County Broadband Coordinator/Team Manager. In the upcoming grant, if the award is the full amount requested in the application, Mendocino County will receive a total of $97,500 over three years or $32,500 annually.

07-16-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Recommendations of the Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee
(Sponsor: Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee (Supervisors Gjerde and Williams))

The Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee held industry meetings, met with stakeholders and met with staff involved with cannabis and economic development. Specific recommendations of the Ad Hoc are contained in the attached memorandum.

07-23-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Presentation of Clean River Alliance (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Chris Brokate and Luca Szabo of Clean River Alliance are working to further their homeless trash program in Ukiah and are in need of support to make it a self-sustaining program. This project is a humanitarian and environmental effort that allows homeless to live with more cleanliness and sustainability and benefits the entire community of Ukiah.

08-06-2019

Adoption of Resolution Pursuant to Caltrans/California Highway Patrol’s Joint Policy Guidelines for Special Events on State Conventional Highways in Order to Obtain a Permit from Caltrans for the Elk Volunteer Fire Department’s “Great Day in Elk” Parade, to be held in Elk, California, on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Annually, the Elk Volunteer Fire Department organizes a parade on Highway 1 through Elk, preceding the “Great Day in Elk” town fair and fundraising event for the Elk Community Center. In order to obtain a permit from CalTrans for the parade, a letter of support is required from the California Highway Patrol and Sheriff, along with a Resolution from the Board of Supervisors and a certificate of insurance from the Elk Volunteer Fire Department’s insurance carrier, pursuant to Caltrans/California Highway Patrol’s Joint Policy Guidelines for Special Events on State Conventional Highways.

08-20-2019

Approval of Transmission of Letter to PG&E Regarding Requests Related to Vegetation Management and Public Safety Power Shut Off
(Sponsors: Supervisors Haschak and Williams)

Supervisor Haschak and Williams are requesting approval of a letter to PG&E regarding complaints the County has received that herbicides are being used in their vegetation management and tree trimming projects. In addition, the letter requests reimbursement for the County’s cost associated with the Administration Center capital improvements projects to integrate generators in preparation for a PSPS event.

08-20-2019

Approval of Transmission of Letter of Support to Legislators Regarding Cottage Microbusiness License
(Sponsor: Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc (Supervisors Williams and Gjerde))

The proposed Cottage Microbusiness License legislative change addresses a missing pathway for many of our county’s small cannabis cultivators.

08-27-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to County Counsel to Develop a Sales Tax Ordinance to Support County-Wide Ambulance Service
(Sponsor: Supervisors McCowen and Williams (Fire and EMS Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee))

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct County Counsel to develop a sales tax ordinance to support county-wide ambulance service and to work with partners on enabling Community Paramedicine.

Ambulance service is crumbling. The City of Ukiah recently announced their departure from participation in the County’s Exclusive Operating Area plan. Rural ambulance services are finding it increasingly difficult to staff. Many times, throughout the county, ambulances are in short supply, creating delays which can be fatal for patients. A tax is one component of re- envisioning our emergency medical response. Community paramedicine an innovative and evolving model of community-based healthcare designed to provide more effective and efficient services at a lower cost. Community paramedicine allows paramedics to function outside their traditional emergency response and transport roles to help facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources while enhancing access to primary care for medically underserved populations.

08-27-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to County Counsel to Develop a Private Campground Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance with Funds Permanently Earmarked to Support Rural Fire Districts
(Sponsor: Fire and EMS Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee (Supervisors McCowen and Williams))

Recommended Action/Motion:
Direct County Counsel to develop a private campground Transient Occupancy Tax ordinance and allocation model with funds permanently earmarked to support rural fire districts.

Our local fire departments are generally first on scene to a myriad of hazard types and provide year round protection to life, property and the environment. Our fire districts are severely underfunded and face ever growing unfunded mandates. Allocation of funds should be based on ensuring a reasonable base level of service throughout the county.

08-27-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Develop Cannabis Enterprise Zone Plan
(Sponsors: Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee (Supervisors Williams and Gjerde) and Planning and Building Services)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct staff to develop Cannabis Enterprise Zone plan in collaboration with industry to allow for 1-10 acre cultivation, a fee schedule sufficient to generate revenue necessary to cover a project EIR for the zone and current/pending cultivators and explore feasibility of limiting zone participation to existing (County) license holders.

The Cannabis Enterprise Zone is a mechanism to steer growth towards appropriately zoned and positioned parcels. A fee schedule can be crafted so that the participating applicants self fund a project EIR to cover both the enterprise zones and the small farms presently relying (and in some cases held up as provisional) on our CEQA Negative Declaration. The zones should support multi-use including cultivation, nursery, processing, manufacturing and ag worker housing. Placement should avoid traffic through residential areas. The plan should encourage colocation and shared facilities. The zone concept has potential to significantly grow jobs and generate county revenue.

09-10-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Develop an Industrial Hemp Cultivation Registration Process, Limited to Feminized Seeds and Female Plants, and Any Additional Regulation Necessary to Protect Cannabis Cultivation (Sponsors: Supervisor Williams and Supervisor Brown)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Provide direction to staff to develop an industrial hemp cultivation registration process, limited to feminized seeds and female plants, and any additional regulation necessary to protect Cannabis cultivation.

Industrial hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items, including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed. Cannabis was cultivated in California for fiber and rope as early as 1795 when cultivation began at Mission San Jose. Hubert H. Bancroft’s History of California details Joaquin Sanchez, sent to Mission San Jose by Spanish Governor de Borca to plant hemp, discovering hemp was already growing here and that the natives used it to make nets to catch sea otters. When cultivated, hemp captures carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Effective January 1, 2019 the Federal government through the Farm Bill legalizes industrial cultivation of hemp and allows farmers to grow and sell the crop as an agricultural commodity. Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code provides for the cultivation of industrial hemp by registered growers and established agricultural research institutions. The California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) requires all industrial hemp producers to register with the county Agricultural Commissioner prior to cultivation. The state requirements/regulations for industrial hemp does not mirror the highly regulated cannabis industry and would not require the same level of local effort in staff time, ordinance development or significant overhead. The state considers it a row crop. Feminized seeds, female plants, agricultural zoned land, setbacks and other rules should be considered locally to adequately protect Cannabis cultivation from problems of cross-pollination.

The California Association of Counties supports the ability to grow industry hemp as an agricultural product, while respecting local control/land use decisions. The Rural Counties Representatives of California does not directly call out hemp, but supports maintaining local control via county land-use authority for cannabis.

09-10-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to County Counsel to Respond to July 6, 2016 Mendocino Redwood Company Letter Regarding Measure V (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct Chief Executive Officer and County Counsel to prepare a letter to Mendocino Redwood Company responding to the points raised in their letter dated July 6, 2016.

In a letter dated July 5, 2016, Dennis Thibeault, Executive Vice-President, Forestry of Mendocino Redwood Co LLC raised certain questions of law to CEO Angelo about Measure V, an ordinance passed through the voter initiative process and law as of June 7, 2016. The letter went unanswered while the County waited for an official opinion from the California Attorney General. On August 8, 2019, the Attorney General withdrew prior to releasing the authored opinion to avoid a risk of conflict of interest. As the County is no longer awaiting a response from the Attorney General, a response to Mendocino Redwood Company may be appropriate.

09-17-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to the Chief Executive Officer and County Counsel to Determine Feasibility of Transitioning the Chief Probation Officer to Report to the Board of Supervisors
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
recommendation
Direct Chief Executive Officer and County Counsel to determine feasibility of transitioning the Chief Probation Officer to report to the Board of Supervisors; and if feasible, draft an ordinance and other appropriate documentation for Board of Supervisors approval.

The Chief Probation Officer, Probation Department and Juvenile Hall are the financial responsibility of the County. Adjusting the reporting structure such that the Chief Probation Officer reports to the Board of Supervisors has potential to build cohesion and enable next steps towards streamline process and cost efficiency. The Chief Probation Officer may be appointed by the Board of Supervisors in accordance with Government Code Section 27770.

09-17-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Approval of the Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee “Road Maintenance Efficiency” of Supervisors Williams and Gjerde (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Mendocino County road conditions are among the worst in the State. Our Department of Transportation works tirelessly to maintain roads with limited funds, but increasing public concern demands creative solutions, public facing documentation of plans and methodology, system audits and a detailed analysis of the long term trajectory. The ad hoc will document data necessary to author a “roads” component of a strategic plan.

09-17-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Adopt Zero-Based Budgeting Method
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
Direct staff to use Zero-based budgeting method in future budget preparation.

Zero-based budgeting is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified and approved for each new budget period, analyzing needs and costs of every function within the organization and allocating funds accordingly, regardless of how much money had previously been budgeted to any given department or line item.

10-01-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Adoption of What3words Geocoding System for Emergencies and Recommend Same for Local Fire and Law Enforcement (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

What3words is a geocoding system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three meters. What3words encodes geographic coordinates into three dictionary words. The encoding is permanently fixed. For example, “expose.chase.tanks” describes the location of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chambers. What3words uses a grid of the world made up of 57 trillion squares of 3 meters by 3 meters. Each square has been given an address composed of three words. Identifying precisely where help is needed in an emergency is critical. Communicating GPS coordinates is error prone, especially for the lay person. Training our Office of Emergency Services in What3words will enable persons in need to quickly and accurately convey precise location.

10-01-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Affirmation of the County’s Duty to Implement and Defend Laws Created Through Initiative
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
Affirm County’s duty to implement and defend laws created through initiative.

In California and its subdivisions, the people may directly create law through referendum. A lack of implementation or reasonable defense by government of such laws is in effect a veto, a power the Board of Supervisors does not hold. Where a petition garners enough signatures, is deemed to conform to the relevant laws through County Counsel review, is placed on ballot and gains approval in popular vote, the language shall become law in full force.

10-01-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Directing County Counsel and Planning and Building Services Director to Determine Feasibility of Using Satellite Imagery to Demilitarize Cannabis Code Enforcement and Collect Fees and/or Taxes from Non- Permitted Cultivation

(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct County Counsel and Planning and Building Services Director to determine the feasibility of using satellite imagery to demilitarize cannabis code enforcement and collect fees and/or taxes from non-permitted cultivation.

Cannabis regulation through law enforcement is expensive. Militarized enforcement is an ingredient for childhood trauma. Satellite imagery has the potential to transition the first line of compliance to code enforcement without the need for field visits. The code enforcement approach can ensure fees and minimum cultivation taxes are collected from all cultivators, whether permitted or not. The Board of Supervisors does not direct activities of the elected Sheriff. Cannabis ordinance enforcement through code enforcement would be complementary to any programs operated by the Sheriff.

10-01-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Requesting the Treasurer Tax-Collector to Include High Speed Internet and Cell Coverage Checkbox Survey on the Next Property Tax Bills and County GIS to Plot Results on Map
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
Request Tax Collector include High Speed Internet and Cell Coverage checkbox survey on next property tax bills and County GIS to plot results on map.

Accurate mapping of Internet service areas continues to block high speed Internet coverage efforts. A survey on property tax bills with two questions would greatly assist the effort at a near zero cost to County. Recommended questions include checkboxes “Property Lacks High Speed Internet” and “Property lacks cell phone coverage”.

11-05-2019

Discussion and Possible Adoption of an Urgency Ordinance Prohibiting Price Gouging Following the October 2019, Public Safety Power Shutoff Events
(Sponsors: County Counsel and Supervisors McCowen and Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Adopt Urgency Ordinance prohibiting price gouging following the October 2019, Public Safety Power Shutoff Events; and authorize Chair to sign same.

On October 30, 2019, the Mendocino County Director of Emergency Services declared a local emergency which will be ratified by the Board of Supervisors on November 5, 2019.

At the request of Supervisors McCowen and Williams, County staff has prepared an Ordinance that prohibits price gouging following the October 2019, Public Safety Power Shutoff Event and increases the penalties for violating the ordinance. The purpose of this Ordinance is to impose a more severe penalty than that provided in Penal Code section 396 to ensure that victims of the October 23-29 2019, wind events which lead to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shut Offs are not further victimized by unscrupulous landlords and others wishing to take financial advantage of this disaster.

An ordinance for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, which contains a declaration of the facts constituting the urgency, and is passed by a four-fifths vote of the board of supervisors, shall take effect immediately. Government Code section 25131 specifies that an urgency Ordinance may be passed immediately upon introduction.

11-05-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Recommendations of the Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee

(Sponsor: Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee (Supervisors Gjerde and Williams)

The Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee held industry meetings, met with stakeholders and met with staff involved with cannabis and economic development. The Ad Hoc with industry representatives drafted the Cannabis Economic Development Strategic Plan and charts identified county roles, industry roles and areas for collaboration. The Ad Hoc Committee is requesting input and approval from the Board of Supervisors and direction to move forward with implementation.

11-05-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Establish Data Reporting and Charting Website
(Sponsor: IT Ad Hoc Committee: Supervisors Williams and Gjerde)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct staff to continue collaboration with IT Ad Hoc Committee to establish a data reporting and charting website with automated publication of key data, taking requests from department heads, Supervisors and the Executive Office.

Good data results in better decision making, but only when the data is accurate, timely and properly presented. The IT Ad Hoc envisions web accessible charts of key indicators, with recommendations sourced from Department Heads, Supervisors and the Executive Office, prioritized by least cost to implement, avoiding chart formulas subject to criteria bias. Initial charts in various time periods should include spending year to date (YTD), business licenses issued, cannabis tax revenue, cannabis permits issued, cannabis permits blocked waiting for state approval, employee count by department, unfilled Heath Human Services Agency position count, building permit count, kilowatt hours of electricity by facility, natural gas / propane by facility, fleet diesel / gasoline gallonage by department, transient occupancy tax collected by district, vacation rental count, vacation rental Transit Occupancy Tax, ambulances in service, homeless housed in shelters, mental health patients transported out of county, children housed in juvenile hall and patients treated by our Behavior and Mental Health partners

11-12-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Develop a Cannabis Cultivation Amnesty Transition Pathway
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct staff to formulate a cannabis cultivation amnesty program along a path of least resistance and realistically sufficient to transition all commercial cannabis cultivation from black market to legal market, requesting assistance from the State where necessary. Further, directing staff to return to the Board of Supervisors with the draft program, including necessary variances from the State to reach collective goal of fully compliant cultivation.

Onerous regulation by the State has impeded the ability of our cannabis cultivators to come into compliance with the emerging legal market. This has left cultivators in fear, county services starved for revenue promised by legalization and the environment without protection. More than 90% of present cultivation might be outside the permit framework and without a clean slate amnesty approach, this trajectory will not change. State regulation was an abrupt change for our legacy cultivators. Systems do not respond well to abrupt changes. An amnesty program offering ample years to come into compliance will allow cultivators to remain in business while gradually transitioning. State assistance will be necessary to permit first and address compliance issues in reasonable time. It is requested that staff be directed to formulate a cannabis cultivation amnesty program including any necessary variances from the State, and return to the Board of Supervisors for final approval of the program.

11-12-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Author a Specification Document Outlining Document Digitalization Plan
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct staff to author a specification document outlining document digitalization plan including equipment and personnel needs, tentative schedule, training, file naming convention, public access, redaction , redundant offsite storage and an associated cost analysis.

Digital documents reduce staff time and allow greater public access. Information Services staff is best positioned to build a plan of execution. The initial cost will be offset by long-term efficiency. The County’s IT Master Plan includes an initiative (Number 22, Electronic Document Management System (EDMS)). Currently, the County does not have a consensus on a singular preferred solution for a future organization-wide document management system. Further, the IT Master Plan recommended that the County consider all EDMS options by first conducting a needs assessment and process review with all departments to gain an understanding of how an EDMS system should work across the entire organization. Additionally, it was recommended that the County consider what functionality, configurations, and training would improve the staff members’ ability to effectively utilize an EDMS system, provide more transparency, and integrate other departmental applications and business processes.

11-19-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction for Health and Human Services to Author a Jobs for Homeless Initiative Plan with Supervisor Williams Targeted at Offering Employment Opportunities to Homeless Persons in Collaboration with Government Agencies and Private Industry; and Returning to Board of Supervisors for Approval (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion:
Direct Health and Human Services to author a Jobs for Homeless Initiative plan with Supervisor Williams targeted at offering employment opportunities to homeless persons in collaboration with government agencies and private industry; and return to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

A key goal of any homeless program is lifting people toward self-sufficiency. Providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness is an approach backed by research, but equally important for some is the dignity that comes from hard work. Not every homeless person is positioned for employment today, but for some it is an appropriate path forward. The goal of this initiative is to give people an opportunity to earn an equitable daily wage, connecting individuals with supportive services, and providing homeless citizens an opportunity for employment instead of panhandling. This is a missing component of the spectrum of services we need to provide for folks dealing with homelessness. Homeless citizens face steep obstacles in securing employment. Whether hired on the spot to clear brush for government or facilitated to work a regular schedule under a public-private partnership with industry, hard work can be a pathway leading away from street living and off of permanent public assistance.

12-10-2019

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Executive Office to Perform Operational Feasibility of Proposed Measure B Funded Facilities
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct the Executive Office to perform operational feasibility of proposed Measure B funded facilities.

Measure B will provide ongoing annual funding of approximately $1.8-2.1M. The County is presently considering significant expenditures related to planning Psychiatric Health Facility, Crisis Stabilization Unit and Crisis Residential structures. Prior to committing funds for construction or planning of structures, the County should determine feasibility of operating these new facilities. Feasibility should include availability of necessary personnel, recruitment and relocation costs of necessary personnel, trends in operating expenses at similar facilities in other counties, anticipated structure maintenance and trends in State/Federal reimbursement. The operational feasibility report will better ensure success and mitigate planning and construction of facilities beyond our operational abilities.

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