County of Marin District 3 Newsletter Update

Current Board Actions and Issues

Highlights of the Marin County Board of Supervisors Agenda


Previews & Reviews:  Board Meeting Highlights

Courtesy of Supervisor Kate Sears, the following provides a list of selected highlights from the Board agenda, and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the entire agenda.  Please go to the Cyberagenda for a copy of the complete agenda as well as copies of these reports and others.  The next meeting will be on August 21st.

Review of Tuesday, August 14th:

Update on County Innovation Programs Provided

Last year, the County launched several pilot programs designed to promote and reward innovative ideas with the goal of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of County government services, lowering ongoing costs, and creating staffing efficiencies. The Board heard an update on the second round of the Innovation Grants Program, which awarded $73,157 in one-time funds for three separate projects that are estimated to achieve $100,000 in annual on-going savings. Projects included an electronic ticketing system for Marin Center events, a new records management and training system for the Fire Department, and electronic poll books for the Elections Department.

See the Full Report on the Innovations Programs

Appointments Made for Law Library & Workforce Investment Board


Preview of the agenda for Tuesday, August 21st:

Report on New Statewide Fire Fee

The Board will hear an update from the County’s Fire Department regarding a new state mandate charging homeowners in rural areas throughout the state up to $150 a year for state fire prevention services, regardless of whether or not they are already served by a local fire protection district. Since the fee was imposed at the state level, the County has no ability to reverse, correct, or adjust the fee for Marin County residents.

Need more info? See the Full Report on the fire fee or the state website

Board to Recognize State Actions Regarding California Dream Act

At the request of Supervisor Kinsey, the Board will adopt a resolution supporting the recent state actions relating to the California Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). This package of state laws allows children who were brought into the U.S. under the age of 16 without proper immigration documentation who have attended school on a regular basis and otherwise met in-state tuition and GPA requirements to apply for student financial aid benefits.

Need more info? See the Resolution on the California Dream Act

New Ordinance Related to Body Art and Piercing Establishments to be Considered

In order to address the public health risks posed by tattoo, piercing, and permanent cosmetics, the Board will consider a first reading of an ordinance that would allow County Environmental Health Services staff to regulate establishments providing these services. A hearing on the merits of the proposal is tentatively scheduled on September 18, 2012.

Need more info? See the Full Report on body arts  

Time extension for Watershed Program Engineer to be Considered

In 2008, the Board authorized implementation of a watershed program as one of its top priorities. Following resolution of legal challenges to the program in 2010, an associate engineer was hired in order to manage the program. Staff is recommending that this position be extended for an additional year in order to continue watershed project implementation.

Need more info? See the Full Report on the watershed program staffing

Contract with Homeward Bound to be Considered

The Board will consider authorizing a new $925,000 contract with Homeward Bound of Marin in order to provide shelter for persons experiencing homelessness throughout Marin County. The programs provided by this organization provide a key component of the County’s safety net services.

Need more info? See the Full Report on the Homeward Bound contract

Responses to Grand Jury Reports to be Considered

The Marin County Civil Grand Jury recently published three reports entitled:

  • Pre-Schoolers Learn to Share – Can Local Governments?" which included a number of findings and recommendations related to the potential for increased sharing of services by various public agencies and special districts throughout the County;
  • “Restorative Justice: Its Time Has Come In Marin County”, which provided findings and recommendations related to restorative justice programs provided by the County of Marin; and
  • “The Marin Youth Alcohol Crisis: One City’s Response”, which provided findings and recommendations related to addressing the problem of alcohol abuse by Marin County’ youth population.

Per the requirements of state law, the Board will be adopting formal responses to each of these reports.

Need more info? 

See the Draft Response to the Report on Shared Services
See the Draft Response to the Report on Restorative Justice
See the Draft Response to the Report on Youth Alcohol Abuse

County Projects to be Budgeted

In order to ensure that previously authorized projects can continue to be completed in the current fiscal year that began on July 1, 2012, the Board will consider rolling over approximately $6.3 million in appropriations from the prior fiscal year.

Need more info? See the Full Report on current year appropriations 

Appointment to be Made for Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy

Contact: Clerk of the Board staff at

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