Board of Supervisors' 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 on Tuesday, January 29th. The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, February 5th 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.



Adjourned In Memory of Marna Cohen

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of long-time Mill Valley resident and social justice activist Marna Cohen on Friday, January 25th and the Board adjourned in her memory. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Human Rights Commission at their annual dinner on Thursday, January 24th. She was an inspiration and touched many lives.

Commendations for Planning Commissioners


At my request, along with my colleague Supervisor Katie Rice, the Board will adopted resolutions of Commendation for Planning Commissioners Randy Greenberg and Mark Ginalski, both of whom have just retired from the Planning Commission after many years of dedicated service. Both are from Tiburon, and I am 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.


The Board voted to appoint John Eller of Mill Valley to fill the seat vacated by Randy Greenberg, representing District 3. I am grateful to him for stepping forward for this very important Countywide position. The Board also voted to re-appoint Katie Crescellius to one of the two At-Large seats and will interview Ann Thomas, Ericka Erickson and Tom Foster on February 5th for the second At-Large seat.


Mental Health Services Rate Increase


The Board voted to authorize a rate increase for the County's community mental health system of care services.  Based upon a recent fee study, staff recommended an increase in current rates so as to reflect the true costs of providing the services. 

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


SmartMeter Moratorium Extension


My colleagues and I voted to extend the existing moratorium on the installation of SmartMeters and related equipment in unincorporated areas of Marin County. This moratorium is a statement by the Board of its position on SmartMeters. This resolution does not, however, supersede the California Public Utilities Commission’s decree that PG&E has the right to charge ratepayers to uninstall SmartMeters that have already been put in place and to charge to manually read the older-version meters. The Sheriff has not enforced the previous moratorium on the installation of Smartmeters.

Need more info? See the report on SmartMeters


We will convene at 9 AM as the Marin Housing Authority, at 9:30 as the Board of Supervisors, at 10:30 as the Open Space District and at 10:45 as the Flood Control District. The Board of Supervisors will consider the following items, among others on the agenda:

Retiree Health Benefits Trust Agreement

The Board will consider authorizing the County to enter into an agreement with the California Public Employee's Retirement System (CalPERS) in order to establish a retiree health trust ("OPEB Trust").  The purpose of the trust would be to set aside funds towards the future costs of providing health benefits to retired County employees and to ensure an investment return on those funds.   

Need more info? See the report on the OPEB trust

Appointment to Planning Commission

As noted above, the Board will interview three candidates and appoint one to the vacant At-Large seat.