Current Board Actions and Issues

County of Marin - Supervisor Sears

Current Board Actions and Issues

Highlights of the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ Recent Agenda


Previews & Reviews:  Board Meeting Highlights  

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 on Tuesday, January 15th. The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, January 29th 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 Reminder:


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.


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 considered adopting a resolution creating a community committee that will provide oversight for the expenditure of these funds. However, the Board did not approve formation of this committee and gave direction to Staff to consider other alternatives and return to the Board with additional recommendations at a later date – to be determined. Need more info? See the report on Measure A oversight


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 returned with additional revisions to policies concerning Agricultural Operations, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat area definitions, as well as other policies.  After hearing Staff’s report and public testimony, the Board directed Staff to return to the Board in February with additional details. Need more info? See the report on the Local Coastal Program amendments



Commendations for Planning Commissioners


At my request, along with my colleague Supervisor Katie Rice, the Board will adopt resolutions of accommodation for Planning Commissioners Randy Greenberg and Mark Ginalski, both of whom will be retiring from the Planning Commission after many years of dedicated service. Both are from Tiburon, and we are very grateful for their particular attention to issues affecting Southern Marin, and their efforts to bring the Countywide Plan Update to completion in 2007, among many other issues on which they deliberated during their tenure.


Mental Health Services Rate Increase


The Board will consider authorizing 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. 

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


SmartMeter Moratorium Extension


Due to the pending expiration of the existing moratorium on the installation of Smartmeters and related equipment in unincorporated areas of Marin County, the Board will conduct a hearing and consider adopting an extension of the moratorium.  SmartMeters are a new type of electrical meter that records energy consumption and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility via radio waves for monitoring and billing purposes.

Need more info? See the report on SmartMeters