March 23

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 3/23/2021

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the March 23, 2021 Board Meeting:

  1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. Vaccine Allocation and Administration
  4. Universal Basic Income
  5. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

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. Viewers also may watch the Community Media Center of Marin's webcast. Comcast subscribers in Marin may watch on Channel 27.

New for 2021: Open time for public expression about topics that are not on the day's agenda has been moved to the start of the meeting in the interest of making the time slot more predictable for participants. 

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

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2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response

Preview

Agenda Item #2: Shortly after convening 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 2020, 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, 2020, to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Marin is currently in the orange tier ("moderate risk" of the virus) on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Review

The Board heard an update from Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis.

Need more info? Check the coronavirus website maintained by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. 

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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3. Vaccine Allocation and Administration

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Agenda Item #6: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State of California governing vaccine allocation and administration. On March 1, the state selected Blue Shield of California as the third-party administrator (TPA) to coordinate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccination supply to counties and health care providers. The TPA will implement the state’s allocation of vaccine doses according to equity and priority directives from the state. The state and counties developed an MOU that outlines expectations and conditions for the County of Marin to continue receiving vaccine from the state under the new TPA scheme. Under the MOU, the County will continue to receive vaccine and the State agrees to make reasonable efforts to assure the County receives sufficient doses. Although the County is prohibited from reallocating vaccine it receives from the state, the County will be able to reallocate vaccine to County-supported vaccine operations. The County must follow the state criteria in determining vaccine eligibility, including targeting appointments to members of undeserved communities that have suffered a disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Review

The Board approved the memorandum of understanding.

Need more info? See the staff report about vaccination allocation and administration.

 

Contact: Hyacinth Hinojosa, Director, Marin County Emergency Operations Center

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4. Universal Basic Income

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Agenda Item #7: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to authorize the Board President to execute an agreement with the Marin Community Foundation related to a partnership on a Universal Basic Income demonstration project. Marin households that make $117,000 qualify as low-income because of a county median income that is No. 1 in the country. However, access to welfare programs continues to be determined by federal poverty levels of $25,750 for a household of four. To address the financial inequity, Marin Community Foundation's Universal Basic Income Demonstration aims to invest directly in Marin low-wage earning mothers of color, with children up to age 17. In the demonstration, 125 women selected at random will receive $1,000 a month for 24 months. The MCF assessment team will document the results, tracking the opportunities and challenges the participants have during the demonstration. County staff recommends that the Board approve participation in the demonstration and provide a County contribution of $400,000 to help ensure the success of the demonstration. Support will be in the form of wrap-around services and a hold-harmless fund in the event that participants lose other funding due to their participation in the demonstration.

Review

The Board authorized the Board president to execute the agreement.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Universal Basic Income demonstration project.

Contact: Anyania I. Muse, Equity Director

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5. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

Agenda Item #9: The Board will consider one vacancy on the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District.

Review

The Board made the following appointment:

Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District: Morgan Patton

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

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