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Highlights of the September 11, 2018 Board Meeting:
After convening no earlier than 9:30 a.m., following the Marin County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board will adopt a resolution proclaiming September 2018 as "Disaster Preparedness Month." Following the resolution presentation, the Board will hear the report "Lessons Learned: 2017 North Bay Fire Siege," presented by Jason Weber, Marin County Fire Chief. In November 2017, the Board of Supervisors created a subcommittee to study the lessons learned from the North Bay Fires. The subcommittee's task was to analyze three primary areas associated with wildland fire protection: 1) Fire Prevention and Protection, 2) Vegetation Management, and 3) Emergency Notification and Evacuations. The report outlines the main findings and areas for improvement to further decrease the County's vulnerability and increase fire preparedness.
The Board accepted the report and voted to increase support for FIRESafe Marin.
Contact: Jason Weber, Marin County Fire Department.
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The Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, to approve the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Plan - Utilizing Technology to Increase Access to Mental Health Services and Supports for Older Adults in Marin County. The project aims to expand access to mental health resources and reduce stigma associated with seeking treatment, with a special focus on older adults who are undeserved due to geographic, cultural or economic barriers. The project includes three main components: 1) free access to an on-demand emotional health service and online therapy provider, 2) expanded availability of community peer counselors trained to support older adults; and 3) increased training for the community members to detect mental illness and dementia in older adults and understand how to connect them with available services.
The Board approved the plan's implementation.
Need more info? See the staff report.
Contact: Grant Colfax, Health and Human Services.
The Board will conduct a first reading of a proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale or offer for sale (by an person or Tobacco Retailer) of flavored tobacco products. In addition, the ordinance would amending all existing Marin County Code sections to update the definition of "Tobacco Products" and include electronic devices (e.g., electronic cigarettes). Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people each year. According to Marin Health and Human Services, youth and young adults use flavored tobacco and vaping products more than any other age group. By decreasing access to these products, younger members of the community will benefit from not being exposed to the addictive effects of nicotine and the harmful chemicals in these products.
This item was continued to a later date.
Contact: Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer, Health and Human Services.
No earlier than 5:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a workshop to provide an update on recommended improvements to the County's multi-unit housing inspection program and to review options for just cause for eviction policies. The proposed improvements to the housing inspection program include inspecting all rental units on a property (versus the current 20 to 30 percent) if staff finds more than one major code violation within a building or on the property, adding a Spanish-speaking inspector to the program, among other recommendations (see staff report for full proposal). 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 this workshop to explore just cause policies.
The Board conducted the workshop and gave direction to staff supporting changes to the County's multi-unit housing inspection program. The Board also provided direction to develop a just cause for eviction ordinance for future consideration. No vote was taken. Three Board members expressed support for an ordinance (Rodoni, Rice, Sears).
Need more info? See the staff report and the presentation.
Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
The Board will consider one vacancy on the Health Council of Marin, two on the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board, one on the Tam Design Review Board, and two on Assessment Appeals Boards 1 and 2.
The Board made the following appointments:
Health Council: Kevin Hogan
Kentfield Planning Advisory Board: Elizabeth Freeman, John Mann
Tam Design Review Board: Erin Alley
Assessment Appeals Boards 1 and 2: Troy Van Dongen, Ronald Baum
Need more info? See the full agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
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