December 8

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 12/8/2015

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Highlights of the December 08, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Floating Islands of Civic Center Lagoon
  2. Civic Center SMART Station Enhancements
  3. Community Service Allocations
  4. 2016 Federal and State Legislative Programs
  5. Participation in Partnership HealthPlan of California Commission
  6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  7. Parks and Open Space Nonconforming Use Fees
  8. Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance

1. Floating Islands of Civic Center Lagoon

Preview

No earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will hear a presentation from the Marin School of Environmental Leadership on the “floating islands” in the Civic Center Lagoon. The leadership team will talk about its Civic Center Watershed Restoration Project, a bioremediation project that uses natural organic processes to upgrade the water quality and supports the natural habitat. The islands have been floating in the lagoon for the past few months. 

Review

The Board heard the presentation and commended the young students who worked on the project.

Contact: Chris Callaway, aide to Supervisor Connolly

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2. Civic Center SMART Station Enhancements

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Public Works to take actions related to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Civic Center Station enhancements. Staff is asking the Board to accept its report, confirm recommended enhancements, authorize the Public Works director to execute a funding agreement with SMART in an amount not to exceed $67,000, and approve related budget adjustments.

Review

The Board approved the recommended enhancements to the SMART station and authorized the funding agreement.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Civic Center SMART station enhancements.

Contact: Patrick Zuroske, Acting Capital Projects Division Manager, Public Works

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3. Community Service Allocations

Preview

The Board will hear a request to approve Community Service Fund allocations for Cycle 1 (July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015). The Community Service Fund program provides one-time funding allocations between $1,000 and $10,000 to nonprofit service providers or other governmental entities to fund specific projects or programs that provide a measurable benefit to Marin residents. Funding is not intended to provide ongoing financial support for a project or program.

Review

The Board approved the Community Service Fund allocations.

Need more info? See the staff attachment about the Community Service Fund allocations.

Contact: Kristi Villareal, Budget and Management Analyst, County Administrator's Office

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4. 2016 Federal and State Legislative Programs

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to approve the proposed 2016 Federal and State Legislative Programs and proposed 2016 Legislative Policy Guidelines. The plan gives staff the opportunity to react quickly to legislative issues consistent with Board priorities. 

Review

The Board approved the legislative program and guidelines with some revisions.

Need more info? See the staff report about the legislative programs and guidelines.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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5. Participation in Partnership HealthPlan of California Commission

Preview

The Board will hear the first reading or 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. Staff recommends that the clerk read the ordinance by title only and the Board schedule a merit hearing for December 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Review

The Board heard the first reading and scheduled the merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. December 15.

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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6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider two vacancies on the Child Care Commission, one on the Disaster Council, one on the Mental Health Board and one on the Personnel Commission.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Child Care Commission: Jason Lau, Heidi Tomsky

Disaster Council: Joe Chinn

Mental Health Board: Rashi Hing Abramson

Personnel Commission: interviews scheduled

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

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7. Parks and Open Space Nonconforming Use Fees

Preview

The Board will hear a request from Marin County Parks to approve Nonconforming Use Policy and Fee Schedule for Marin County Parks and Open Space District. Parks regularly receives requests from public utilities, wireless phone companies, special districts and other entities to use its land for uses such as vehicular access. The County has an obligation to protect the public's interest associated with its properties and preserve the recreational and natural resource value of the lands. The fee schedule establishes criteria for permitting nonconforming uses.

Review

The Board approved the Noncomforming Use Policy and Fee Schedule.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Nonconforming Use Policy and Fee Schedule.

Contact: Ron Miska, Assistant Director, Marin County Open Space District

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8. Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing about an ordinance to license medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated Marin County. The draft ordinance was discussed by the Board in June, October and November, and staff heard public and Board comments about recommended changes. The ordinance would establish a regulatory framework and limit the number of dispensaries to four locations within unincorporated Marin – no more than two in the highly populated Highway 101 corridor and no more than two in the more rural central and western parts of the county. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the ordinance.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance to license medical cannabis dispensaries.

Contact: Tom Lai, Assistant Director, Community Development Agency

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