Weekly Update #4 - 1/24/2021
After I was elected I was speaking to my mom about what my job is as a Supervisor. She asked me if I just go to an office from 9-5 on weekdays or what my job is? Well I have never been one to leave a job on Friday at 5 o'clock and forget about it until Monday. That is definitely not the way that I approach my role as a Supervisor. My "job" is to work for you, but in my opinion we are a team. I'm not doing this alone, we are in it together. Each week I will provide you with an update about what I am working on. This way you will be able to keep up with what I'm working on to see if there are topics you are interested in that you want me to provide more information about or give your feedback on. I have scheduled a meeting for every Thursday at 7:15am and the Second Sunday of the Month at 11am. I can add more meetings as needed as I did today. So make sure you check on my website for updates MaureenMulheren.Com or follow me on Facebook for notifications.
Much of my time right now is spent working on ways to get out information about vaccines and answering calls about vaccine questions. You can now use www.vaccinatemendo.com to register for emails that will alert you when there is a clinic coming up. This is not a website coming from the County. Supervisor Williams and I worked on this to get the word out to our constituents. I am glad that there are so many people that are interested in getting the vaccine but its very important that you sign up only when its your tier. The County website for vaccines is live and updated with vaccine distribution information. So far 6,700 residents have been vaccinated with a first dose and 320 with a second dose. This is only the vaccines that have come through Public Health and does not account for the vaccines that were distributed through the hospital system, the pharmacies or the Native American Health Clinics. It is updated on Fridays or as necessary to post upcoming vaccine clinics. https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccinations
On Tuesday I attended the Russian River Watershed Association Work Plan meeting with the Mendo team. This is where I can advocate for equal resources in Mendocino County to make sure we are receiving the resources to insure we have clean water, work on habitat restoration and encourage watershed enhancement along the Russian River.
For quite a few years I have been attending meetings of the Safe RX Coalition. It is so important that our community have conversations about the use of opioids and how to combat to work to create a community free from opioid abuse. If you would like to learn more about this group please visit the website. https://www.saferxmendocino.com/en/our-coalition
I was invited to attend the Children's Health Committee Meeting. Much of this meeting was focused on a letter being circulated by local pediatricians about the desire to reopen schools as quickly as possible.
The Library Advisory Board met on Wednesday. This is a group of library staff and partners from all of the libraries across the County. This is a very active group of local residents. I love to check in and see what they are up to. There are many things that can be said about sales tax but certainly the local libraries have been able to leverage the additional sales tax to truly turn around the reputation of the libraries and provide a public service.
I love meetings. Maybe a little too much. On Wednesday I simultaneously attended the Ukiah City Council Meeting as well as a Russian River Clean Up Meeting. I can't wait to share more about the clean up happening in March I hope you will join us in making sure that we keep our waterways free of trash and debris.
During the campaign I continued to have a coffee meeting although we were in a Shelter in Place and could not go to Schat's for the KC Meadows "Meet the Editor" meetings as I have for the last 6 years. This Thursday I had a Coffee and Conversation meeting alone. Sometimes one person comes, sometimes three and sometimes no one. But I do hold that space for anyone that wants to spend the wee hours catching up on what is going on in the County.
The Mendocino Business and Government Leaders meeting this week was focused on the vaccine rollout (see websites above) and making sure that the State and Federal grants get out to as many local businesses as possible.
One thing it seems not many people are talking about is the Drought. I hopped on to the Russian River Frost Program and Water Use Measuring, Reporting and Conversation meeting to listen in to how farmers and ranchers are managing water use and what the future looks like. Have I mentioned that I love meetings?
As a new member to the board I was assigned as the alternate to the Area on Aging for Lake and Mendocino County. As you probably have guessed the major topic was the vaccine roll out and how do we make sure that our most vulnerable residents (our seniors) are getting the information about the vaccine clinics and how they can get a shot if they'd like to have one.
Although I've been on several tours of the Flow Cannabis Institute it was nice to go out and see how they are mitigating Covid concerns with social distancing, testing and safety precautions. As the State of California and Mendocino County navigate the cannabis industry its incredibly important to keep a pulse on what is happening with these organizations. If you'd like to schedule a tour or phone conversation I am happy to chat just shoot me an email or a text.
I am on the Ukiah Unified School District Parent Advisory committee as a parent. We met on Thursday night to hear about the roll out of a new safety plan (due to changing regulations) for the possible return to in person learning. This week the School District will host several community meetings to share this information with the community. Please visit their website for more information. https://www.uusd.net/apps/news/article/1372365
On Friday morning I had a chance to (virtually) meet the team of staff and volunteers that support the Mendocino County Museum. I had only ever been to the Museum once and I learned so much in the short hour that we had to spend together. This is another great team of volunteers doing work to support learning and culture in our community. They are doing so much work even though its virtual. Check out their awesome projects on their website: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/cultural-services-agency/museum
Much of my afternoon was spent fielding many phone calls and hearing from constituents about about the Phase 3 Ordinance. Until there is a meeting I just need to take feedback. Tabulate my questions and be prepared to ask the right questions during the meeting. I look forward to Monday because there are many questions. I was receiving so many individual calls and Facebook comments that I decided to add a meeting to my Sunday afternoon to gather feedback and hear concerns all at once.
On Saturday I went for a hike at Lake Mendocino. This wasn't technically Supervisor related as I was just spending time with my daughters but its also great to monitor lake levels in person and even when its low I'm always impressed at this back yard treasure. https://www.spn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lake-Mendocino/
In between family time I had a lot of Agenda Review to get done on Saturday which included going back and listening to the October 2020 BOS meeting on Phase 3 of the cannabis cultivation ordinance.
I spent the morning planning for February 14th Allies for Equity meeting. I am excited to celebrate Black History Month by talking about People of Color in Mendocino County. I'm working on lining up some great panelists so please save the date for February 14th at 11am (yeah, yeah its Valentine's Day your sweetie can join you. This is important)
As I mentioned because I was getting so much feedback on social media and so many letters were coming in regarding a social media post I scheduled a Zoom meeting about the Phase 3 Ordinance. At one point there were 44 people in the meeting to discuss the ordinance including the option of moving from a 100 sq ft limitation on personal plants to 6 plant limits as well as much discussion on the Phase 1 applicants that don't appear to have a path forward. The Phase 3 Ordinance has some important turning points in it so I look forward to the public discussion tomorrow but hearing this feedback helped me better understand where people are coming from on both sides of the cannabis conversation.
Here are the agendas for the next two days:
"Limited Board Meeting"
January 25, 2021
1. OPEN SESSION (1:30 P.M.)
1a) Roll Call
1b) Pledge of Allegiance
2. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
2a) Public Expression
3. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND MISCELLANEOUS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA
3a) Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to County Staff to Continue Work on the CSA 3 Benefit Zone Pilot Program (Sponsors: Supervisor Haschak and Supervisor Gjerde)
3b) Discussion and Possible Action including Direction to Staff and Requesting the Planning Commission Review and Make Its Report and Recommendation to the Board of Supervisors Within Forty Days on (1) Draft Amendments to Mendocino County Code Regarding Commercial Cannabis Cultivation; and (2) Draft Amendments to Mendocino County Code Regarding Commercial Cannabis Facilities and Cannabis and Other Special Events (Sponsor: Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee of Supervisors Williams and Haschak)
Link to agenda items and comments: https://mendocino.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=831273&GUID=E0CE4D4F-20E1-488C-B544-3644C6CDF712&Options=info|&Search=
Board of Supervisors Meeting
January 26, 2021
1. OPEN SESSION (9:00 A.M.)
1a) Roll Call
1b) Pledge of Allegiance
3. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
3a) Public Expression
4. CONSENT CALENDAR
4. CONSENT CALENDAR
4a) Approval of Minutes of July 14, 2020 Regular Meeting
4b) Approval of Minutes of July 21, 2020 Regular Meeting
4c) Approval of Minutes of August 4, 2020 Regular Meeting
4d) Approval of Minutes of September 1, 2020 Regular Meeting
4e) Approval of Minutes of September 11, 2020 Special Meeting
4f) Approval of Minutes of September 22, 2020 Regular Meeting
4g) Approval of Minutes of October 6, 2020 Regular Meeting
4h) Approval of Minutes of October 13, 2020 Special Meeting
4i) Approval of Minutes of October 20, 2020 Regular Meeting
4j) Approval of Minutes of November 3, 2020 Regular Meeting
4k) Approval of Recommended Appointments/Reappointments Recommended Action: 1. Ms. Ginny Feth-Michel, Fourth District Representative, Civil Service Commission; 2. Mr. Clifford Paulin, First District Representative, Mendocino County Planning Commission; 3. Mr. Bruce Patterson, Roots of Motive Power Representative, Museum Advisory Board; 4. Mr. Richard Shoemaker, Commissioner, Noyo Harbor District; 5. Mr. Daniel Platt, Commissioner, Noyo Harbor District; and 6. Ms. Michelle Rich, Behavioral Health Advisory Board Member, Mental Health Treatment Act Citizens Oversight Committee. Paulin - PC Patterson - MAB Shoemaker - NHD Platt - NHD Rich - MHTACOC
4l) Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Sections 18.16.070 and 18.16.080 of the Mendocino County Code Regarding Naming and Renaming of Private Roads
4m) Approval of Retroactive Agreement With Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. in the Amount of $50,000 to Provide Legal Services Effective January 4, 2021 Through June 30, 2021
4n) Adoption of Resolution Declaring the Continuation of a Local Emergency Related to the Multiple September 2020 Fires including; August Complex, Oak Fire and Hopkins Fire, as Proclaimed by the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Emergency Services and Declaring the Continuation of a Local Health Emergency as Proclaimed by the Health Officer
4o) Adoption of Resolution Declaring the Continuation of a Local Emergency Related to the October Wind Events and Corresponding Pacific Gas and Electric Public Safety Power Shutoff Events on October 23, 2019, October 26, 2019 and October 29, 2019, in Mendocino County as Proclaimed by the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Emergency Services
4p) Authorization to Award a Contract to Coastal Mountain Electric in the Amount of $269,437 for the Sheriff Administration Main Service Replacement and Generator Project at 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, for the Period of February 1, 2021 through August 1, 2021 and Authorization for the Facilities and Fleet Division Manager to Act as Project Manager to Approve Change Orders for the Project, Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20142
4q) Authorization for the Facilities and Fleet Division Manager to Establish a Capital Improvement Project to Complete the Removal and Replacement of One Vehicle Lift at the County Garage in the amount of $15,000 and Authorization for the Facilities and Fleet Division Manager to Act as Project Manager to Enter Contracts and Approve Change Orders for the Project, Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20142
4r) Authorization for the Facilities and Fleet Division Manager to Establish a Capital Improvement Project to Complete the Removal and Replacement of the Uninterrupted Power Supply for the Server Room in the Courthouse Annex in the amount of $20,000 and Authorization for the Facilities and Fleet Division Manager to Act as Project Manager to Enter Contracts and Approve Change Orders for the Project, Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20142
4s) Authorization to Award a Contract to Adams Commercial General Contracting, Inc (ACGC) in the Amount of $887,512 for Phase I of the Homekey Project at 555 S. Orchard St (Ukiah) for the Period of January 26 through April 15, 2021, Subject to Receipt of All Necessary Signatures, Certificates, and Bonding Instruments from Contractor, and Authorization for the Health & Human Services Agency to Act as Project Manager to Enter Contracts and Approve Change Orders for the Project, Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20142
4t) Approval of Retroactive Agreement with Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center in the amount of $49,866 to Provide Intensive Care Management and Development of Integrated Individual Service Plans to Support the Finding Home Grant, Effective September 30, 2020 through September 29, 2021
4u) Approval of Retroactive Agreement Due To a Delay in Notification From the State of California of the Available Funding on December 22, 2020, Delayed the Departments Ability to Implement the Contract with Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center in the Amount of $36,637 to Provide Funding for the Coastal Emergency Winter Shelter and For Additional Hygiene and Housekeeping Supplies For the Hospitality House Emergency Shelter Needed to Prevent, Prepare For, And Respond To Coronavirus Among Individuals and Families Who Are Experiencing Homelessness In the Coastal Region Using Grant Funds Available Through California Department of Housing and Community Development For the Emergency Solutions Grant, as Funded By the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Effective September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
4v) Approval of Retroactive Agreement Due To a Delay in Notification From the State of California of the Available Funding on December 22, 2020, Delayed the Departments Ability to Implement the Contract with Redwood Community Services in the Amount of $149,835 for Emergency Shelter Services Needed to Prevent, Prepare For And Respond To Coronavirus Among Individuals and Families Who Are Experiencing Homelessness In Mendocino County, Using Grant Funds Available Through California Department of Housing and Community Development For the Emergency Solutions Grant as Funded By the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Effective September 1, 2020 Through December 31, 2020
4w) Approval of Retroactive Amendment to BOS Agreement No. 19-178 with Redwood Community Services, Inc., Increasing the Amount by $297,385 for a New Total of $907,705, to Provide Immediate Placement Services for High Needs Children, Placed by Health and Human Services Agency, Family and Children’s Services, Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020
4x) Approval of Retroactive Agreement with Redwood Quality Management Company in the Amount of $740,000 to Provide Direct Service, Facilitation, Administration, and Participant-Specific Data for the County of Mendocino, Whole Person Care Pilot Project, Effective January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021
4y) Approval of Retroactive Agreement with Round Valley Indian Health Center in the Amount of $654,833 for the Mental Health Services Act Round Valley Crisis Response Services Innovation Project, Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022
4z) Adoption of Resolution Requiring a Salary Revision to Senior Program Manager - Nursing, Salary No. 4890 to Correspond with Senior Program Manager - Children’s, Salary No. 4481 Pending Completion of Classification and Pay Equity Study, Pursuant to October 15, 2020 Side Letter Agreement with Management Association
4aa ) Approval of Retroactive Agreement with Delta Health Systems in the amount of $75,000 for the Term of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 for Third Party Claims Administration Services of Run Out Medical and Flexible Spending Account Claims with a Date of Service Prior to January 1, 2021
4ab ) Acceptance of Informational Report Regarding the Issuance of Emergency Coastal Development Permit EM_2020-0005 (Lee & Karahashi) to Replace Septic Tank, Located at 33625 Pacific Way, Fort Bragg (APN 017-060-04)
4ac) Adoption of Private Road Name RN_2020-0011 (Cerise Road) in Boonville, Finding it to be in Conformance with Mendocino County Code Sec. 18.16, Officially Naming the Private Road, and Directing Staff to Assign Addresses Accordingly
4ad ) Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing the Chief Executive Officer or Designee to Submit a Grant Application and Agreement to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions Fiscal Year 2020-2021 for an Amount up to $5 Million Dollars for Purposes of Funding the Mendocino County Local Equity Program for an Additional Year, and Approving the Reallocation of $5,000 from the Cannabis Program Budget as a Grant Match Investment to Mendocino County’s Cannabis Local Equity Program
4ae) Adoption of Resolution Approving Amendment Number 4 to Board of Supervisors Agreement Number 12-079/Department of Transportation Agreement Number 110123, with Willdan Engineering in the Amount of $56,917, for the Term Starting Upon Execution of this Amendment Through December 31, 2021, for Additional Professional Engineering Design Services for the Mattole River Bridge Replacement on Briceland Road, County Road 435, Milepost 0.63 (Whale Gulch Area)
4af) Approval of Mendocino County Investment Policy for Calendar Year 2021
4ag) Adoption of Resolution Authorizing the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Emergency Services, Sheriff-Coroner / Assistant Director of Emergency Services, and/or Undersheriff to Execute for, and on Behalf of, Mendocino County Any Actions Necessary for Administration of the State Homeland Security Grant (FY20, FY21, FY22), the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG FY20, FY21, FY22) and the Emergency Management Performance Grant Supplemental (EMPG-S FY20)
5. COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND DEPARTMENTAL MATTERS
5a) Discussion and Possible Action Including an Update Associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19); and Provide Possible Direction Regarding Essential Services in Mendocino County, Operational Preparation and Response, and Associated Countywide Economic Impacts (Sponsor: Executive Office)
5b) Discussion and Possible Action Including Introduction and Waive Reading of an Ordinance Delegating Authority to Invest or Reinvest the Funds of the County and its Other Depositors in the County Treasury to the Treasurer for Calendar Year 2021 (Sponsor: Treasurer-Tax Collector)
5c) Discussion and Possible Action Including Introduction and Waive Reading of an Ordinance Adding Chapter 2.39 of the County Code Creating a Public Safety Advisory Board (Sponsor: County Counsel)
5d) Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Presentation to the Board of Supervisors from the Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen's Oversight Committee on Progress Since the December 8, 2020 Update (Sponsor: Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen's Oversight Committee)
5e) Discussion and Possible Action Including Approval of Retroactive Second Amendment to BOS Agreement No. 19-193 with Redwood Quality Management Company, Inc., to Increase the Amount from $27,797,494.06 to $37,390,461.14 and Extend the End Date Six Months to June 30, 2021, to Arrange and Pay for Medically Necessary Specialty Mental Health Services and Mental Health Services Act Programs to All Ages of Medi-Cal Beneficiaries and the Indigent Population, Effective July 1, 2019 Through June 30, 2021 (Sponsor: Health and Human Services Agency)
5f) Discussion and Possible Action Including Review, Adoption, Amendment, Consideration or Ratification of Legislation Pursuant to the Adopted Legislative Platform (Sponsor: Executive Office)
5g) Chief Executive Officer's Report (Sponsor: Executive Office)
6. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND MISCELLANEOUS
6a) Discussion and Possible Action Regarding the Composition of the Mendocino County Planning Commission (Sponsors: Supervisor Williams and Supervisor Haschak)
6b) Discussion and Possible Action Including Authorization of Allocation of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to the Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission (MCIWPC) to Continue the work for the Potential Licensing of the Potter Valley Project and Other Related Costs (Sponsors: Supervisor McGourty and Supervisor Mulheren)
6c) Supervisors’ Reports Regarding Board Special Assignments, Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Meetings, and Other Items of General Interest
7. BOARD OF DIRECTORS MATTERS
8. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA
8a) Authorize Staff to Coordinate Anderson Valley Community Services District’s Access to Perform Preliminary Tests at County Owned Fairgrounds in Boonville for Purpose of Determining Wastewater Alternative Project Location Feasibility (Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)
9. CLOSED SESSION
9a) Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6 - Conference with Labor Negotiator - Agency Negotiators: Carmel J. Angelo and William Schurtz; Employee Organization(s): All
10. COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED AND FILED
On Wednesday there will be a meeting about Project Homekey here is the sign up info:
Community Meeting about Project Homekey in Ukiah
Wednesday, January 27
4 pm to 5:30 pm
Project Homekey is a new housing project in Ukiah that will provide bridge and permanent housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The project is located at 555 South Orchard Avenue in Ukiah.
You are welcome to join the meeting to learn more about this project and to provide input, ideas, and feedback to the program managers.
Your participation is welcome and encouraged!
To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org