December 15

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 12/15/2015

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Highlights of the December 15, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Employee of the Month
  2. Resolution Commending Ron Miska of Marin County Parks
  3. Postage for Vote-By-Mail Ballots
  4. Budget Instructions for Fiscal Year 2016-17
  5. Collective Bargaining Agreement with Stage Employees
  6. Participation in Partnership HealthPlan of California Commission
  7. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  8. Medical Office Project in Strawberry
  9. Community Workshop about Preserving Affordable Housing

1. Employee of the Month

Preview

At approximately 10 a.m., the Board will present the Employee of the Month award for November 2015 to Sydney Fowler of the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association (MCERA).

Review

Board President Katie Rice read the following statement:

Sydney “Syd” Fowler, an employee since 2007, is a consummate team player who is willing to help the organization in any way that will improve customer service. She exhibits great dedication and commitment to providing MCERA’s members with easy-to-understand and pertinent information about their retirement benefits.

Syd embraces change with a willingness to find new solutions to old problems. Her initiative led to the redesign of MCERA’s seminars as interactive workshops that focus on specific career stages. As the department’s Communications Associate, Syd is also responsible for all member publications comprising the website, handbooks, newsletters, workshop materials and other customized external presentations.

While Syd is the face of MCERA’s workshop program she is also an integral part of the overall business operations, which includes providing direct customer service. Syd is passionate about making sure members get the support they need to make important decisions. As part of MCERA’s broader customer service teams she shares the goal of providing superior service, striving to make the complex rules and concepts about retirement relatable. 

Syd is an outstanding example of the Retirement Department’s commitment to their members and we are proud that she has been chosen as the Employee of the Month. Well done, Syd!

Contact: Jeff Wickman, Retirement Administrator

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2. Resolution Commending Ron Miska of Marin County Parks

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The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution commending Marin County Parks and Open Space Assistant Director Ron Miska on his retirement. Miska, who has worked with the County for 27 years, recently served as Interim Parks Director following the retirement of Parks Director Linda Dahl. Miska announced earlier this year that he was retiring effective December 31. Previously he served as planning acquisition manager, Deputy Director and Assistant Director.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution and congratulated Ron Miska.

Need more info? The draft resolution commending Ron Miska is scheduled to be available by Monday, December 14.

Contact: Pat O'Brien, Interim Director, Marin County Parks

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3. Postage for Vote-By-Mail Ballots

Preview

The Board will hear a request to consider a policy option regarding postage for all vote-by-mail election ballots. Looking to increase voter participation in local elections, the Elections Department is investigating the possibility of covering the costs of vote-by-mail postage. The cost would be an estimated $35,000 to $55,000 per election, depending on the type of election.

Review

The Board approved the policy option on vote-by-mail postage.

Need more info? See the staff report about the vote-by-mail election ballots.

Contact: Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters

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4. Budget Instructions for Fiscal Year 2016-17

Preview

The Board will hear a report from the County Administrator's Office on the County's General Fund operating budget and departmental budget instructions for fiscal year 2016-17. The budget staff is planning for its next two-year budget for 2016-18 and plans to update the Board over the next few months. Last June, the Board approved a $414 million General Fund budget and a $519 million all-funds budget. Staff aims to be responsive to major trends, adapt to community needs and plan for uncertainties. Staff recommends that the Board accept the report and approve next steps for the budget process.

Review

The Board accepted the report and made some recommendations about budget priorities to staff.

Need more info? See the staff report about the budget instructions for fiscal year 2016-17.

Contact: Bret Uppendahl, Budget Manager

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5. Collective Bargaining Agreement with Stage Employees

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Human Resources Department to approve a tentative agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) for a successor three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The agreement, which includes a 3 percent pay increase, reflects many of the County's long-term priorities, including reducing the County's contribution toward the employee's share of pension costs and amending health benefits to ensure employee affordability. The previous agreement expired July 14, 2015.

Review

The Board approved the agreement.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Collective Bargaining Agreement with IATSE.

Contact: Angela Nicholson, Interim Director of Human Resources

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6. Participation in Partnership HealthPlan of California Commission

Preview

The Board will conduct a merit hearing on an ordinance amending Chapter 2.40 of the Marin County Code regarding the County’s participation in the multi-county Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) Commission. The PHC commission operates separate from County government with the authority and responsibility to arrange for the provision of health services to Medi-Cal enrollees in its designated counties. As more counties have joined PHC, the PHC Commission has again revised the formula for calculating commission membership. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services is returning to request that the Board amend the section to reflect changes to the membership formula and revise the guidelines for appointments by the Board to allow for greater flexibility. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the ordinance amendment.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Partnership HealthPlan of California.

Contact: Dr. Grant Colfax, Director, Health and Human Services

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7. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider one vacancy on the Major Crimes Task Force Oversight Committee.

Review

The Board made the following appointment:

Major Crimes Task Force Oversight Committee: Daniel Falzon

Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.

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8. Medical Office Project in Strawberry

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will consider the Bently Holdings Master Plan Amendment and Precise Development Plan Amendment, with supplemental use permit findings, for the property located at 1 and 2 Belvedere Place, Mill Valley (APN 043-151-32). On February 23, 2015, the Planning Commission recommended that the Board conditionally approve the amendments and use permit findings to allow up to 47,500 square feet of office space to be utilized for medical services on the property in unincorporated Strawberry. The 1984 Strawberry Hill Master Plan and subsequent Precise Development Plans expressly prohibited the allowance of medical offices. The location is a 10.7-acre lot with two office buildings totaling approximately 100,000 square feet just south and east of Strawberry Village, Redwood Highway and Highway 101. In June 2015, the applicant submitted a revised traffic study. In July 2015, Caltrans identified issues with the applicant's analysis and the County Department of Public Works concurred with the Caltrans comments. The matter was heard by the Board on August 11 and continued to October 13 and again to December 15. Staff recommends that the Baord continue the hearing to allow the applicant sufficient time to submit additional traffic analysis and for it to be reviewed by a third-party traffic consultant.

Review

The Board discussed the issue but took no action, continuing the hearing until February 9, 2016.

Need more info? See the staff report about the plan amendments regarding Bently Holdings. 

Contact: Jeremy Tejirian, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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9. Community Workshop about Preserving Affordable Housing

Preview

No earlier than 5 p.m, the Board will continue its series of informational workshops to consider policy options for preservation of housing affordability in Marin County. As local housing costs have increased steadily, the sources of funding to support the preservation and creation of affordable housing opportunities have been shrinking. The trends are reflected by low vacancy rates, the pressures of increasing demand, and a widening gap between housing affordability and the cost of purchasing and renting a home. Many lower and moderate income residents, including seniors and families, are struggling with the high cost of housing. In addition, Marin’s workforce is facing longer commutes with fewer of those employed by local businesses living in the county. Community Development Agency staff recommends that the Board evaluate a comprehensive set of policy options that, with the measures already being implemented, would help prevent displacement and preserve housing affordability.

Review

The Board conducted the workshop, which attracted a near-capacity crowd. Community Development Agency planners made a presentation and 55 members of the public spoke during open time. The Board gave staff direction on policy options and asked for an update in spring 2016.

Need more info? See the staff report and the PowerPoint presentation about the 2015 Rental Housing Survey.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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