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Highlights of the August 21, 2018 Board Meeting:
After convening no earlier than 10 a.m., following the Marin County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board will hear requests from the County Administrator for Board concurrence and adoption of responses to three 2017-2018 Civil Grand Jury Reports. They were titled: "Golden Gate Village: The Clock is Ticking" (May 24); "Yellow School Bus for Traffic Congestion" (June 8); and "The Future of Juvenile Detention in Marin: A Follow-up Report" (June 20). On the Golden Gate Village report, staff agreed with seven findings, wholly or partially disagreed with five findings, found that one recommendation had already been implemented, and said two recommendations will not be implemented because they are not warranted or reasonable. On the school bus report, staff agreed with seven findings, wholly or partially disagreed with one finding, said two recommendations required further analysis, said two recommendations will be implemented in the future, and said one recommendation will not be implemented because it is not warranted or reasonable. On the juvenile detention report, staff agreed with four findings, found one recommendation required further analysis, and said two recommendations will not be implemented because they are not warranted or reasonable.
The Board concurred and adopted all three responses, with some modifications to the responses on Golden Gate Village and yellow school buses.
Need more info? See the Civil Grand Jury staff responses to the reports about Golden Gate Village, yellow school buses, and juvenile detention.
Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator
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No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a hearing for an ordinance amending Chapter 5.95 of the Marin County Code, known as Rental Housing Dispute Resolution, to simplify the eligibility criteria and clarify provisions that define "good faith" participation in the program. The program was established in January 2018 to provide mandatory mediation services for landlords and tenants who are party to a rent increase greater than 5 percent over a 12-month period or a change in housing services that is equivalent to a similar rent increase. Staff recommends that the program be amended to allow eligibility determinations to be based solely on changes in monetary rent to promote greater transparency and clarity.
The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the ordinance.
Need more info? See the staff report about the Rental Housing Dispute Resolution program.
Contact: Debbi La Rue, Housing Planner, Community Development Agency
The Board will conduct a hearing to consider a Mill Valley Refuse Service-requested rate increase of 17.54 percent for the unincorporated Southern Marin franchise service areas. The increase is comprised of a 14.05 percent increase request by the company and a 3.49 percent increase related to a new regulatory compliance fee. Unexpected major disruptions in the international recyclables market has upended the economics of solid waste collection, and the cost to deliver recyclables to a broker has jumped sharply. The areas affected by the proposed rate increase include unincorporated neighborhoods near Mill Valley and Tiburon known as Shoreline and Gibson, Paradise Cay, Paradise, and Mar East. there are approximately 800 residential and commercial customers in the franchise area.
The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the rate increase.
Need more info? See the staff report about the Mill Valley Refuse Service rate increase.
Contact: Steve Devine, Waste Management Program Manager, Department of Public Works
The Board will hear requests from the Department of Human Resources to approve a tentative collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 856 Deputy District Attorney Unit and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Human Resources also requests that the Board approve equity adjustments for the Deputy Public Defender job classification and non-represented attorney job classifications.
The Board approved all bargaining agreements and equity adjustments.
Need more info? See the staff reports about the tentative agreements with the Deputy District Attorney unit and the theatrical stage employees unit. See the staff reports about the equity adjustments for Deputy Public Defenders and non-represented attorneys.
Contact: Mary Hao, Director, Department of Human Resources
The Board will hear a request from County Parks to approve guidelines to support the Land Conservation Grant Program, which will provide small grants to qualifying organizations using Measure A funds to support the conservation of natural areas. Twenty percent of funds from the quarter-cent sales tax, commonly called Measure A, are for conservation of natural lands through the acquisition of fee title and conservation easements. Parks is proposing to use a small portion of those funds to support other public agency and nonprofit acquisition projects. There are no direct fiscal impacts from the Board's consideration of the program.
The Board approved the guidelines.
Need more info? See the staff report about the Land Conservation Grant Program.
Contact: Chris Chamberlain, Assistant Director, Marin County Parks
The Board will consider two vacancies on the two Assessment Appeals Boards, one on the Disaster Council, and one on the Mental Health Board.
The Board made the following appointments:
Disaster Council: John (Jack) Baker
Mental Health Board: Jamie Yan Faurot
Need more info? See the full agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
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