Highlights of the Marin County Board of Supervisors Agenda

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. There will be no meetings on August 28th or September 5th. The next meeting will be on September 11th.


Review – Wrap Up of the last Board meeting on August 21st


Adjourn in Memory Of…

At the request of Supervisor Kate Sears, the Board adjourned in memory of Marion Irving of Fairfax and the mother of Southern Marin Fire Chief Jim Irving, who was a WWII pilot and nurse; and Irving Rabin of Tiburon, visionary and philanthropist.


Board Recognize State Actions Regarding California Dream Act

At the request of Supervisor Kinsey, the Board adopted a resolution supporting 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 Statewide Fire Fee Discussed

The Board heard 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: www.firepreventionfee.org


Contract with Homeward Bound Adopted

The Board authorized 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 Adopted

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.


Here is the link to all of this year’s Grand Jury reports:



After adding additional minor clarifying language to the report on Restorative Justice, the Board adopted formal responses to each of these reports.


See the Response to the Report on Shared Services

See the Response to the Report on Restorative Justice

See the Response to the Report on Youth Alcohol Abuse


County Projects Budgeted in Current Fiscal Year

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 authorized staff to roll over approximately $6.3 million in appropriations from the prior fiscal year.


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


Ordinance Related to Body Art and Piercing Establishments Adopted

In order to address the public health risks posed by tattoo, piercing, and permanent cosmetics, the Board conducted a first reading of an ordinance that would allow County Environmental Health Services 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 Authorized

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.  The Board authorized an extension of this position for an additional year in order to continue watershed project implementation. 


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


Appointment Made for Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy


Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy