Board of Supervisors Meeting Highlights

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 3/31/2020

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the March 31, 2020 Board Meeting:

  1. Emergency Rental Assistance / Homelessness Prevention
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. Urgency item: Property Tax Penalty Waiver
  4. Annual Progress Report on Housing Element
  5. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

1. Emergency Rental Assistance / Homelessness Prevention

Preview

Shortly after the Board convenes at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to approve a master contract for 2019-20 to provide emergency rental assistance/homelessness prevention for low-income residents. One week after the Board approved a $500,000 allotment from the General Fund toward a new $1 million safety net partnership fund for those affected by the COVID-19 emergency, HHS proposes a master contract worth $650,000 to sign contracts with existing community-based partners. HHS recommends five contracts worth $75,000 each with Ritter Center, Adopt a Family of Marin, Community Action Marin, St. Vincent dePaul of Marin, and North Marin Community Services. 

Review

The Board approved the master contract.

Need more info? See the staff report about emergency rental assistance/homelessness prevention.

Contact: Benita McLarin, Director, Department of Health and Human Services

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2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response

Preview

The Board will hear a report from the County Administrator and possibly other County staff about the local COVID-19 response. The County proclaimed a local emergency and a public health emergency earlier in March, and staff has worked in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate response efforts. A local shelter-in-place order was issued in March 16 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Review

The Board heard the report from County Administrator Matthew Hymel, Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Santora, and Department of Finance Director Roy Given.

Need more info? Watch the presentations on the video archive.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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3. Urgency item: Property Tax Penalty Waiver

Review

In an urgency item added to the agenda, the Board heard a request to consider the sending of letters to California State Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Levine in support of state legislation regarding a property tax penalty waiver through July 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board approved the request.

Need more info? See the approved letter and watch the discussion on the video archive.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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4. Annual Progress Report on Housing Element

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to accept the Housing Element 2019 Annual Progress Report (2015-2023 Housing Element) and direct staff to submit the report to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Office of Planning and Research (OPR). This report describes accomplishments and challenges in implementation of housing programs defined in the County’s 2015-2023 Housing Element. Marin's Regional Housing Needs Assessment number was 185 units of housing, ranging from very low income households to above moderate households. Through 2019, Marin had constructed 145 units, with 57 remaining as a goal for 2020. The proposed Board actions do not offer opportunities for Supervisors to amend the housing sites or policies stipulated in the Housing Element.

Review

The Board accepted the progress report and directed staff to submit the report to the state.

Need more info? See the staff report and additional documentation about the Housing Element 2019 Annual Progress Report.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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5. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider one vacancy on the Financial Audit Advisory Committee.

Review

The Board made the following appointment:

Financial Audit Advisory Committee: Renee Giacomini Brewer

Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.

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