Board Meeting Highlights - From Supervisor Kate Sears

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Courtesy of Supervisor Kate Sears, the following provides a list of selected highlights from the most recent Board meeting and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the meeting’s agenda. 

The last Board of Supervisors’ meeting was held this week on Tuesday, January 8th. The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, January 15th and that agenda is posted on the website. Please go to the Cyberagenda for a complete archive of agendas, meeting videos, and staff reports, as well as other attachments.


Important Reminders:




JANUARY 15, 2013

JANUARY 21, 2013

11 AM – 8 PM at various locations listed below


Residents of Marin can be compensated for the surrender of firearms on January 15, 2013 and January 21, 2013.


The five firearm surrender locations on January 15th will be: 


1)  Novato: the Novato Police Department, 909 Machin Avenue;

2)  San Rafael: the San Rafael Police Department, 1400 Fifth Avenue;

3)  Larkspur: Central Marin Police Authority, 250 Doherty Drive;

4)  Marin City:  St. Andrew's Church, 101 Donahue; and

5)  Pt. Reyes: the Pt. Reyes Substation of the Marin County Sheriff's Office, 101 4th Street 


The hours of operation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.  No ammunition should be in any of these firearms when they are brought to the surrender locations. $200 will be given for operable semi-automatic weapons and $100 for all other operable firearms. $40,000 has been raised for this effort to-date. We are deeply grateful to the community and law enforcement staff for their commitment to reducing the number of firearms in Marin County.

The hours of operation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. No ammunition should be in any of these firearms when they are brought to the surrender locations.

A second surrender date has been scheduled for January 21, 2013, at the Mill Valley Police Department, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley, and the San Rafael Police Department. Again the hours of operation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

January 26th: Alert Marin Day

Saturday, January 26th IS “Alert Marin Day”. The Office of Emergency Services, in partnership with all 11 cities, will begin registering cell phone numbers of County residents and business owners as part of the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS).

Register your phone number(s) so that you can be called in the event of an emergency that directly affects you, such as imminent flooding, fire, and other natural and made-made emergencies in your neighborhood, at your children’s schools, or your place of business. Please visit for more information and to sign up for this critically valuable service. If you or people you know do not have access to a computer, please use computers located at all libraries. Read the Resolution



Selection of Board President and Vice Presidents

The 2013 Board officers were elected as follows:

President – Supervisor Judy Arnold (District 5)

Vice-President – Supervisor Kathrin Sears (District 3)

Second Vice- President – Supervisor Katie Rice (District 2)


Special Election to Consolidate Sanitary Districts

The Board called a special mail ballot election for May 7, 2013 that will ask voters to consider authorizing the consolidation of the Alto, Almonte, Homestead Valley, and Richardson Bay Sanitary Districts into a unified new district that would be known as the Southern Marin Sanitary District.

Need more info? See the report on sanitary district consolidation


Energy Watch Program

The Board executed the agreement with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in order accept $2.1 million in funds towards the Marin Energy Watch Partnership.  This program is designed to provide energy efficiency services and incentives to residents, businesses, and public agencies throughout Marin County. 

Need more info? See the report on Marin Energy Watch



Highlights of the upcoming January 15, 2013 Board Meeting policy agenda

Next Steps in Measure A Parks Funding Implementation


With the passage of Measure A (Parks funding measure that was on the November 6th ballot), the Board will now consider adopting a resolution creating a community committee who will provide oversight for the expenditure of these funds.      

Need more info? See the report on Measure A oversight


Mental Health Services Rate Increase Hearing to be Scheduled

Should the Board authorize a rate increase for the County's community mental health system of care services?  Based upon a recent fee study, staff recommends an increase in current rates so as to reflect the true costs of providing the services.  However, few clients will actually pay these new rates due to requirements that limit the fees clients are charged based upon income, family size, and other factors.  Staff is recommending that the Board conduct a hearing on the matter at its January 29th meeting. 

Need more info? See the report on community mental health rates


Local Coastal Program Amendments

On November 13, 2012, the Board discussed a number of amendments to the Local Coastal Program relating to Agriculture and Biological Resources. Per the Board's direction at that meeting, staff will be returning with additional revisions to policies concerning Agricultural Operations, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat area definitions, as well as other policies.   

Need more info? See the report on the Local Coastal Program amendments