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For Immediate Release
June 27, 2018

Services to be Interrupted by County Labor Strike

Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department and critical emergency services not affected

San Rafael, CA – With a three-day labor strike looming, the County of Marin has created a contingency plan to support ongoing work projects and minimize service impacts for residents during a planned July 1-3 employee walkout.

For the most part only critical or life-safety related services will be available during a strike by the Marin Association of Public Employees (MAPE), which represents approximately 1,300 County employees and makes up the County’s largest bargaining unit.

The Marin County Fair’s five-day run is about to begin and will not be affected by the planned strike. The 77th rendition of the fair runs from 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, through 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael.

There will be staffing shortages in many departments, but public safety personnel will continue to work. Staff from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the Marin County Fire Department and other key emergency personnel such as 911 dispatchers and staff from the 24-hour crisis stabilization unit will not participate in the strike. In addition, the County is prepared to address public works emergencies if they arise.

“Some County facilities and services, including County parks and library branches, will be closed during the work stoppage because those services do not affect public health or safety,” said Mary Hao, the County’s Director of Human Resources. “Of course, we regret the inconvenience to our residents, but we will focus on maintaining essential services that have direct effects on public health or safety.”

Because of anticipated staffing shortages, the following changes to department operational hours can be expected between Sunday, July , and Tuesday, July 3:

    • Agriculture/Weights and Measures: No impacts to service.
    • Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk: Services may be limited or unavailable. Call the appropriate division before a visit: Assessor 415-473-7215, Recorder: 415-473-6093, County Clerk: 415-473-6152.
    • Child Support Services: No impacts to service.
    • Clerk of the Board of Supervisors: No impacts to service.
    • Community Development Agency: The permit center will be closed and staff will not process applications, conduct field inspections or respond to code complaints. The Environmental Health Services Division lobby will be closed. Online services will continue at
    • County Administrator: No impacts to service.
    • County Counsel: No impacts to service.
    • Cultural Services: No impacts to service.
    • District Attorney: Service impacts will be determined Friday, June 29.
    • Elections: No impacts to service.
    • Farm Advisor: No impacts to service.
    • Finance: The Tax Collector’s Office will be open but with limited service. No cash payments will be accepted during the work stoppage. The Public Administrator and payroll offices will be closed.
    • Fire: No impacts to service.
    • Health and Human Services: Nine facilities will be closed: 1682 Novato Boulevard, Novato; 75 Rowland Way, Novato; 1177 E. Francisco Boulevard, San Rafael; 120 N. Redwood Drive, San Rafael; 10 and 30 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael; the Wellness Campus on Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael; 920 Grand Avenue, San Rafael; the West Marin Service Center in Point Reyes Station.

      The Crisis Stabilization Unit next to Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, offices at 1600 Los Gamos Road in San Rafael and the office at 20 N. San Pedro Road in San Rafael will be open.

    • Human Resources: No impacts to service.
    • Information Services & Technology: No impacts to service.
    • Library: All 10 branches of the Marin County Free Library will be closed as will mobile Bookmobile and Flagship services. All scheduled events at the branches will be cancelled for July 1-3. The branches are in Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, South Novato, Point Reyes Station, San Rafael (Civic Center) and Stinson Beach.
    • Parks: County Parks (McNears Beach, Paradise Beach, Stafford Lake) will be closed and all park events will be cancelled. Reservation holders will be notified and refunds issued. McInnis Park athletic fields, tennis courts and skate park will be closed. Some restrooms at boat launch facilities will be closed.
    • Probation: No impacts to service.
    • Public Defender: Service impacts will be determined Friday, June 29. The courts will be in session and bench warrants may be issued if people fail to appear.
    • Public Works: The permit counter for land development, including encroachment permits, and for permits/inspections related to hazardous waste regulation will be closed. No other impacts to service are expected.
    • Retirement: No impacts to service.
    • Sheriff: The public lobby at 1600 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael will be open to receive restraining orders only. No impacts to public safety services.

Starting Saturday, June 30, a special strike information webpage,, will have information about affected County services during the strike, labor negotiation updates, and other related information. Starting Friday, June 29, the public can confirm expected day-to-day services during a strike by calling a hotline that will be updated as needed. The phone number will be released Friday.

Online payment services remain available at Payment options include child support services, court collections, library fees, inmate payments, probation collections, building permits, and park reservations.


Mary Hao
Human Resources

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 415
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6114
Email: Mary Hao