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Highlights of the December 04, 2018 Board Meeting:
Shortly after convening no earlier than 10 a.m., following completion of the Marin County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board of Supervisors will hear a request from the County Administrator to accept the 2018-19 Living Wage Ordinance Annual Report and approve recommendations regarding a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment. While the Living Wage Ordinance requires an automatic COLA increase based upon the October-to-October increase in the Bay Area Consumer Price Index (CPI), it also requires a recommendation from the County Administrator incorporating financial conditions. The CPI increased by 4.36 percent from October 2017 to October 2018. The LWO wage in Marin is $14.20 per hour without benefits and $12.45 per hour including benefits. If the Board takes no action to forgo a COLA, rates will be automatically increased to an estimated $14.80 per hour not including benefits or $13.00 per hour including benefits, assuming a 3.0 percent CPI increase.
The Board accepted the report and approved the COLA.
Need more info? See the staff report about the adjustments to the Living Wage Ordinance.
Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator
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The Board will hear the first readings of two two request from the Department of Public Works to consider two changes to the Marin County Code. The first is a revision to Chapter 24.04 related to parking and loading standards, to align with the Countywide Plan's Housing Element. The revision would reduce parking requirements for most facilities other than single-family detached units and are intended to encourage a variety of housing types, reduce vehicle dependency and reflect updated state-level regulations. The second change is an amendment to Chapter 2.18 related to the delegation authority to award informal construction contracts up to $200,000. The State of California has voted to raise the minimum limits for projects. The ordinance amendment would accommodate the increased limit and clarify that public projects under $60,000 may be performed by the County's own forces, negotiated contract or by purchase order.
The Board conducted both first readings and scheduled merit hearings for 10:30 a.m. December 18.
Contact: Raul Rojas, Director, Department of Public Works
No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct two hearings about vehicle-related ordinances that affect West Marin. First, the Board will conduct a hearing for ordinance establishing speed limits on portions of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road in Point Reyes Station. Public Works staff recommends a 5 mph speed limit increase on one segment of the road and 5 mph decreases on two other segments. Second, the Board will conduct a hearing for an ordinance related to designating California Vehicle Code enforcement on certain private roads open for public use or non-County maintained roads in the Bolinas Mesa area. Residents have expressed concerns about public safety and access because of an influx of visitors at some times of the year. The Sheriff's Office stated that it would enforce the vehicle code on the non-County maintained roadsd if they were designated for enforcement by the Board.
The Board conducted both hearings and adopted the ordinances.
Need more info? See the staff report on the speed limit changes and the vehicle code enforcement changes.
Contact: Bob Goralka, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works
The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to approve Community Service Allocations for Cycle 1 (July 1 through September 30, 2018). The program provides small allocations to support various community services needs on a timely basis. The funds are used for small, one-time requests and are allocated to nonprofit service providers or other governmental entities. All allocations are reviewed by the County Administrator's Office to ensure that the services are appropriate and provide a local public benefit.
The Board approved the allocations as presented.
Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator
The Board will consider two vacancies on Airport Land Use Commission and one on the In-Home Supportive Services Commission.
The Board made the following appointments/ratifications:
Airport Land Use Commission: Richard Nave, Jon Pittman
Child Care Commission: Jason Lau, Tanya Myers, Nam Ju Han, Ana Andrade-Wolf
In-Home Supportive Services Commission: Joe O'Hehir
Need more info? See the full agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a hearing to consider approving two separate Local Coastal Program amendments (LCPA) 3 and 7, with proposed revisions to a limited number of specific suggested modifications previously approved by the California Coastal Commission on November 2, 2016. The LCP is a planning document that identifies the location, type, densities, and other ground rules for future development in the coastal zone. The LCP land use plan and its implementing measures govern decisions that determine the short- and long-term conservation and use of coastal land, water, and other resources. Many of the amendments will further protect Marin's coastal resources, enhance the County's agricultural economy, respond to sea-level rise and provide clarity about policies and requirements for residents, permit applicants and coastal users. In May 2018, the Board adopted a resolution accepting Amendments 1 and 2, which comprise the entire Land Use Plan (except the hazard policies). The Board accepted Amendment 6 as modified by the Coastal Commission but did not accept modified Amendments 3 and 7.
The Board conducted the hearing, received public testimony and continued the hearing until December 11.
Need more info? See the staff report about Local Coast Program amendments.
Contact: Jack Liebster, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
No earlier than 5:30 p.m., the Board will conduct the first reading of an ordinance to require cause to terminate a residential tenancy, commonly called just cause for eviction. Just cause policies are intended to provide stability for households who rent by regulating the grounds for eviction: very simply, ensuring there is a specific reason for rental termination. The policies promote greater awareness of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants and provide a clear and transparent process for evictions and lease terminations. In June 2018, the Assessment of Fair Housing identified consideration of a just cause policy as a priority recommendation to promote fair housing opportunities in Marin. In response, the Board scheduled and held a September 2018 workshop to explore just cause policies. At that time, the Board gave direction to staff but no vote was taken. Staff now recommends that the Board and schedule a merit hearing for 1:30 p.m. December 18.
The Board conducted the first reading on a revised ordinance and scheduled a merit hearing for 1:30 p.m. December 18.
Need more info? See the staff report about the just cause for eviction ordinance.
Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
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