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Highlights of the July 31, 2018 Board Meeting:
The Board will hear a request from the Transportation Authority of Marin ("TAM") to adopt a resolution calling for a special election to be consolidated with the November 2, 2018, general election related to the proposed 2018 Marin County Transportation Sales Tax Renewal. In 2004, Marin County voters approved the authorization of Measure A, a 0.5% retail transactions and use tax that went into effect April 1, 2005 and expires March 31, 2025. If renewed, the tax would impose and collect a 0.5% percent transaction and use tax for a 30-year period in order to finance transportation programs outlined in an expenditure plan adopted by the TAM Board. A transportation sales tax is one of the few tools available to Marin in order to generate local funds for transportation projects. Any special tax measure requires two-thirds-voter approval in order to pass.
The Board adopted the resolution.
Need more info? See the staff report and draft resolution.
Contact: Craig Tackabery, Chief Assistant Director, Public Works
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Three youths from the Catholic Charities St. Vincent's School for Boys will address the Marin County Board of Supervisors on what's important to them, including the local availability of age-appropriate activities, living in placement and away from their families, and the looming pressures of approaching adulthood. A licensed, residential treatment home for ages 7-17, St. Vincent's offers boys housing and care that is one level under a psychiatric hospital. Many of the boys struggle with deep emotional disturbances that result from severe parental abuse — physical, sexual or emotional — as well as parental neglect. Typically, a St. Vincent's resident has lived in many foster-care households and other residential situations prior to arriving at St. Vincent's.
The Board accepted the presentation.
The Board will hear requests from the County Administrator for Board concurrence and adoption of responses to two 2017-2018 Civil Grand Jury Reports. They were titled “Homelessness in Marin - A Progress Report” (May 9) and “Body-worn Cameras and Marin Law Enforcement” (May 24). On the Homelessness report, staff agreed with nine findings, wholly or partially disagreed with one findings, found that three recommendations had already been implemented, and found that two recommendations is not warranted or reasonable. On the Body-worn Camera report, staff said three recommendations are not warranted or reasonable.
The Board adopted both responses.
Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator
No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a public hearing for consideration of an ordinance establishing a West Marin Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Rate Area and authorizing an election on November 6, 2018, to increase the TOT in the West Marin TOT Rate Area. The proposed ordinance would increase the transient occupancy tax rate to 14 percent for West Marin from the current rate of 10 percent for the privilege of occupancy in any hotel or short-term rental. The ballot measure would also extend the TOT in West Marin to private campgrounds at a rate of 4 percent. The additional funds raised would support services in the new West Marin Transient Occupancy Tax Area.
The Board conducted the hearing and authorized the election.
Need more info? See the staff report, draft ordinance, and Economic Brief conducted by Marin Economic Forum.
Contact: Brian Washington, County Counsel, and Brian Crawford, Director of Community Development
No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a merit hearing to consider an ordinance establishing angle parking on a portion of Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael. This ordinance is being considered at the request of local residents, who have a desire to better address parking demand at the cul-de-sac located at the northern end of Las Gallinas Avenue.
The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the ordinance.
Need more info? See the staff report and draft ordinance.
Contact: Bob Goralka, Public Works.
At no earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a first reading of an ordinance establishing certain requirements for short-term rentals. Specifically, the ordinance requires that notification of a short-term rental be provided to surrounding properties before the owner of the short term rental obtains or renews a business license. Notification may be provided either by an on-site sign or by letters or door hangers to surrounding properties and would need to identify a local contact, a complaint hotline, and other information.
The Board conducted the first reading and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. August 7.
Need more info? See the staff report and attachment, draft ordinance, and a copy of the presentation.
Contact: Jeremy Tejirian, Planning Manager, County Development Agency.
The Board will consider one vacancy on the In-Home Supportive Services, five vacancies on the Library Commission, one vacancy on the Mental Health Board, and one representative for the North Coast Railroad Authority Board of Directors.
The Board made the following appointments:
In-Home Supportive Services: Daniel Vianueva
Library Commission: Ali Iqbal, Nick Javaras, Margaret Kathrein, John MacLeod
Mental Health Board: Carly Clifford
North Coast Railroad Authority Board of Directors: A. Gerald Peters
Need more info? See the full agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
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