March 9

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 3/9/2021

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the March 09, 2021 Board Meeting:

  1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. Federal Assistance for Renters
  4. Civil Grand Jury Response on Safer Evacuations
  5. County Consumer Protection Report
  6. Renaming Consideration for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

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 red tier ("substantial risk" of the virus) on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Review

The Board heard the report 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. Federal Assistance for Renters

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Agenda Item #6: The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to accept $8,385,769.36 of Rental Assistance Funds from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and approve related actions. The money comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed by Congress in December 2020, as coronavirus relief. The stimulus funding will be directed toward current and past rent for tenants who have experienced economic hardship directly related to COVID-19. The state will charge an administrative fee in the amount of $139,762.82, leaving $8,246,006.54 available for the County’s Rental Assistance Program.

Review

The Board accepted the Rental Assistance Funds and related documents.

Need more info? See the staff report about the federal assistance for renters.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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4. Civil Grand Jury Response on Safer Evacuations

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Agenda Item #9: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator for Board concurrence and adoption of the response to 2019-20 Grand Jury Report titled “Roadblocks to Safer Evacuation in Marin” (December 14, 2020). Staff agreed with two findings, wholly or partially disagreed with three findings, has already implemented one recommendation, plans to implement one more recommendation in the future, and will further analyze another recommendation. Staff requests that the Board concur in and thereby adopt the response and direct the Board President to submit the response to the presiding judge.    

Review

The Board concurred and adopted the response to the Civil Grand Jury.

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

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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5. County Consumer Protection Report

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The Board will hear a presentation from the Marin County Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures about the 2020 Marin County Consumer Protection Report. The department staff, based in Novato, serves the public’s interest by ensuring accuracy and equity in the marketplace and protecting the health and welfare of Marin residents. Staff performs inspections to ensure accuracy of measuring devices and checking the prices charged to consumers. 

Review

The Board heard the presentation and accepted the report.

Need more info? See the staff report and staff presentation about the 2020 Marin County Consumer Protection Report.

Contact: Stefan Parnay, Interim Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures

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6. Renaming Consideration for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

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Agenda Item #12: No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will hear a request to hold a public hearing and consider renaming the sections of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that run through unincorporated Marin. One of Marin’s primary east-west transportation thoroughfares, the boulevard has been the topic of ongoing public discussion over the past year. The idea of renaming the boulevard surfaced in light of its namesake’s documented history as a 16th century slave trader, deep public discourse on a national scale about human rights, and the desire to address historical record. Four municipalities bisected by the boulevard -- Fairfax, Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo -- are making their own decisions on renaming for portions of the road within their town/city limits.

Review

The Board approved (by 4-1 vote) to support recommendations 2 & 3 as presented in staff report as follows:
2) Support the legal co-naming of the boulevard.
3) Support a historical designation or ceremonial naming of boulevard. 

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the possible renaming of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

Contact: Nancy Vernon, Aide to Supervisor Rice

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