May 25

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 5/25/2021

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the May 25, 2021 Board Meeting:

  1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. Administrator's Report on State Budget Revisions
  4. Voter's Choice Act
  5. Restrictive Covenant Program
  6. Fee Waiver on Accessory Dwelling Units
  7. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  8. Redistricting Process

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 in the orange Tier 3 ("moderate risk" of the virus) on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy and opened vaccine eligibility to all residents age 12 & older on May 13. 

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. Administrator's Report on State Budget Revisions

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Agenda Item #2: Also as part of the Administrator's Report, the Board will hear a brief summary of Governor Newsom's May Budget Revisions and what they might mean to the County budget. Major highlights include items about homelessness, affordable housing, direct COVID-19 relief, rent and utility relief during COVID-19, health and child care services, community hardening, climate change, broadband, and transportation. 

Review

The Board heard the update from Assistant County Administrator Dan Eilerman. 

Need more info? See the summary of impacts from the May Budget Revision.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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4. Voter's Choice Act

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Agenda Item #7: The Board will hear a request from Registrar of Voters to adopt a resolution approving the California Voter’s Choice Act in Marin County, and authorizing the Registrar of Voters to perform all activities required to implement the act. By June 2022, Marin will have regional vote centers for multiple days at spots around the county instead of traditional Election Day polling places in each precinct. The Marin County Elections Department is working on the implementation of that change. The first time the act would be in effect will be during the statewide primary of June 7, 2022.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the Voter's Choice Act.

Contact: Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters

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5. Restrictive Covenant Program

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Agenda Item #8: The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to accept a report on the Restrictive Covenant Program, to inform and educate Marin residents of historic and discriminatory housing policies that, while illegal today, continue to remain in property deeds throughout Marin. Residents will be able to certify and affirm that illegal and racially restrictive covenants -- a legally enforceable contract imposed in a deed upon the purchase of property -- are unconstitutional and violate current laws and County values. Racially restrictive covenants from the 1960s and earlier made it illegal for African Americans and members of other protected classes to lease or rent homes in white communities. 

Review

The Board accepted the report.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Restrictive Covenant Program.

Contact: Liz Darby, Social Equity Program Manager and Policy Coordinator, Community Development Agency

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6. Fee Waiver on Accessory Dwelling Units

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Agenda Item #9: The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to approve actions related to accessory dwelling unit (ADU) incentives. Staff recommends the Board waive and reduce fees for junior units, (JADUs) and ADUs through December 31, 2023. In January 2020, the Board approved an expansion of ADU and JADU fee waivers that responds to the local affordable housing crisis by further incentivizing the development of ADUs that are rented to low- and moderate-income households. The pandemic has severely impacted Marin renters, especially lower-income renters. County staff members are working closely with both the landlord and renter population to offer resources and education as the community recovers from the pandemic.

Review

The Board approved the recommended actions.

Need more info? See the staff report about the actions regarding ADUs and JADUs.

Contact: Aline Tanielian, Planner, Community Development Agency

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7. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

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Agenda Item #11: The Board will consider two vacancies on the Financial Audit Advisory Board, one on the County Service Area #18 (Las Gallinas) Board, and one on the In-Home Supportive Services Governing Board.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Financial Audit Advisory Board: Renee Giacomini Brewer, Bret Uppendahl

County Service Area #18 (Las Gallinas) Board: Gina Hagen

In-Home Supportive Services Governing Board: Nancy Geisse

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

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8. Redistricting Process

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Agenda Item #13: No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will hear an informational presentation regarding proposed 2021 supervisorial redistricting process and timeline. Later this year, the boundaries between Marin County’s five supervisorial districts will be reviewed to assure relatively equal population distribution according to 2020 U.S. Census data as well as compliance with the Voting Rights Act and state requirements. A final map must be adopted by December 15 to ensure the new boundaries are reflected in the June 2022 primary elections. Staff recommends the Board accept the report and provide direction to staff.

Review

The Board accepted the report.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the redistricting process.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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