July 14

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 7/14/2020

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the July 14, 2020 Board Meeting:

  1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. COVID-19 Funding and Disaster Relief
  4. Civil Grand Jury Response on Web Transparency
  5. Civil Grand Jury Response on Cyberattack Prevention
  6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  7. Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Board of Supervisors is holding fully electronic meetings in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order. The Board members participate using Zoom videoconferencing technology and encourage remote public participation in the meeting as well. For instructions and guidance on how to watch the meeting or submit public comment, visit the Board of Supervisors' meeting webpage.

Contact:  Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist, County Administrator's Office 

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2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response

Preview

Shortly after the Board convenes at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a report from the County Administrator and possibly other County staff about the local COVID-19 response. The County proclaimed a local emergency and a public health emergency in early March, and since then staff has worked in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate public response efforts. A local shelter-in-place order was first issued March 16 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Review

The Board heard the report from Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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3. COVID-19 Funding and Disaster Relief

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to allocate funds for patient under investigation (PUI) and COVID-19-positive disaster relief payments, and authorize the Board President to execute an agreement with Multicultural Center of Marin for payment distribution. The County has prioritized distribution of urgent resources to lower-income Marin residents who test positive for COVID-19. According to recent figures, 78% of those who have tested positive locally have been part of the LatinX community. Staff recommends that the Board accept a $250,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation for disaster relief payments and allocate an additional $500,000 for COVID-19-positive disaster relief payments. 

Review

The Board approved the allocation of funds.

Need more info? The staff report about the COVID-19-related funding allocation and disaster relief payments was pending.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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4. Civil Grand Jury Response on Web Transparency

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator for Board concurrence and adoption of the response to 2019-20 Grand Jury Report: “Follow-up Report on Web Transparency of Agency Compensation Practices” (April 28, 2020). Staff disagreed wholly or partially with four findings. Four Grand Jury recommendations have already been implemented and one requires more analysis. Staff recommends that the Board concur in and thereby adopt response and direct the Board President to submit the response to the presiding judge.

Review

The Board adopted the responses to the report. 

Need more info? See the staff report and the response to the Civil Grand Jury report.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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5. Civil Grand Jury Response on Cyberattack Prevention

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator for Board concurrence and adoption of a response to the 2019-20 Grand Jury Report: “Cyberattacks:  A Growing Threat to Marin Government” (May 11, 2020). County staff agreed with two findings. One recommendation has been implemented and two others have not been implemented but will be by August 31. Staff recommends that the Board concur in and thereby adopt response and direct the Board President to submit the response to the presiding judge.

Review

This agenda item was removed during the Administrator's Report and will return at a later date.

Need more info? See the staff report and the response to the Civil Grand Jury report.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider five vacancies on the Health Council of Marin, two on the County Service Area (CSA) #18 Advisory Board (Las Gallinas), one on the Human Rights Commission, one on the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board, and one on the Mental Health Board. 

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Health Council of Marin: Sandra Ross, Jennifer Rienks, Derice Tao, Sandra Fish

County Service Area (CSA) #18 Advisory Board (Las Gallinas): Tim Baker, Olivia Castilo

Human Rights Commission: Victoria Perez

Kentfield Planning Advisory Board: Julie Johnson

Mental Health Board: Everett Brandon 

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

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7. Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

Preview

Following a public hearing that begins at 1:30 p.m., the Board will hear the first reading of an ordinance amending the County's Short Term Rental (STR) Ordinance. The proposed ordinance is designed to amend and replace the existing STR Ordinance No. 3695 that is expiring on August 7. Short-term rentals, often arranged through online companies such as Airbnb and VRBO, have been popular places for visitors to stay in Marin under normal public health circumstances. Neighbors have said vacationers sometimes create problems for the year-around residents regarding noise, trash, and parking. Minor refinements are proposed to require the local contact person’s information be provided at the time the application for a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) certificate and when reporting TOT rather than at the time a business license is issued or renewed. Staff from the Community Development Agency recommends that the Board schedule a merit hearing for July 28.

Review

The Board heard the first reading and scheduled the merit hearing for July 28.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance on short-term rentals.

Contact: Kathleen Kilgariff, Planner, County Development Agency.

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