Santa Cruz County  Board of Supervisors 9/10/19

– All right good morning everybody. I’m gonna call to order the
Board of Supervisors meeting for September 10, 2019. Call to order and ask the
clerk to call the roll. – [Clerk] Good morning Supervisor Leopold. – Here.
– Here. – [Clerk] Caput. – Here. – [Clerk] McPherson. – Here. – [Clerk] And Chair Coonerty. – Now is a moment of silence
and the Pledge of Allegiance. Before we all stand, I’m gonna ask everyone to keep in mind
the families and the victims of the tragic boat fire off Santa Barbara, which had a disproportionate
impact on this community. We lost really fine people
who were community volunteers, amazing students, really wonderful, long-time members of this community. So, during the moment of silence please keep them in your thoughts, then we’ll say the Pledge of Allegiance. – [Everyone] I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the
United States of America. And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. – Mr. Palasios are there any
late editions to the agenda, or deletions from the
consensual regular agendas? – Yes, on the regular agenda, item nine, there’s additional material, revised attachment A, replacement
packet pages 144 and 145. And then on the consent agenda, item 17, there’s additional material, revised attachment B, packet page 320. And then item 26, staff requests
that this item be deleted. – Great. Are there any board members
who would like to remove any items from the consent agenda, and put them on the regular agenda? Okay seeing none, we’re now gonna move to public comment. This is an opportunity
for members of public to speak to us about items that are within the jurisdiction of board of supervisors, but not on today’s agenda. Also items that are on the consent agenda, and items on the regular agenda, if you’re unable to stay,
because you have to get to work, or take care of
kids, or other reasons. This would be your opportunity to speak to those items, as well. And, please come forward. I’m gonna ask Gail
Pellerin and her family, are gonna come forward and
make a brief presentation about Suicide Awareness Month. – My son decided to drive himself, so he’s not quite here
yet, but that’s okay. So good morning, and thank
you Chairperson Coonerty. Thank you for the opportunity
to speak to you today. My name is Gail Pellerin, and I’m the Santa Cruz County Clerk. But today I’m speaking as
a member of our community on a topic that is profoundly personal to me and my children, Emily and Jacob. Speaking out about suicide
is another step forward on our path to healing. I want to thank Chairperson
Coonerty for proclaiming September as Suicide
Prevention Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County. And I confess, I did not
ask for this proclamation last year, because suicide was not a topic I spent much time thinking about. But on November 19, 2018
when my husband Tom, the father of our two
children, died by suicide, my life changed forever. Suicide is not something
we regularly talk about. It’s certainly not
something I talked about much before November 19th. So I’m sorry I’m late
to this conversation. But now that it has
tragically impacted my family, I am here. I’m here to give a voice and a
face to the topic of suicide. I’m especially motivated to
speak openly and publicly, because there remains a stigma, associated with suicide
that has got to end. I’m not an expert on the subject, like our amazing colleague
here Eric and his coworkers, along with many other outstanding local and national organizations
who are on the front lines of a battle that many still
refuse to discuss in public. Suicide and mental illness
remain difficult topics about which to speak openly. But everyone should
understand that throughout life’s struggles, we all
need the occasional reminder that we are all silently
fighting our own battles. I no longer use the
words committed suicide, because it makes it sound
like a crime, which is it not. Instead I say died by suicide,
or took their own life. I also no longer believe it is
a selfish, or cowardice act. Suicide is possible when
someone is in a very dark, painful, hopeless place, and
they lose their fear of death. I’ve learned a lot about
suicide since that fateful day, and I was shocked to find out that suicide is the 10th leading
cause of death in the US. And is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 34 year old Americans. In 2017, there were
129 suicides every day. One death by suicide every 11 minutes. I think we’ve been in this
room about 11 minutes. In Santa Cruz County from 2014 to 2016, we averaged 45.7 suicides per year, a rate that is higher than the state and national averages. Suicide does not discriminate. It impacts all people
of all ages, genders, race, ethnicity, incomes
and sexual orientations. But there are some disturbing trends. LGBTQ youth seriously contemplate suicide at nearly three times the
rate of heterosexual youth. Suicide rates for girls
ages 10 to 14 tripled from 1999 to 2014. In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54 times more often than women. White males accounted for 69.67%
of suicide deaths in 2017. Firearms are the most common
method of death by suicide. Which is an important
discussion that we need to have, but not right now. Depression is a leading cause of suicide, however 80 to 90% of
people who seek treatment for depression, are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. So that tells me that we also need to talk about mental health a lot more, and make sure that people
have access to treatment. So what do I hope to
achieve by being here today? I want us all to recognize that suicide is a public health crisis. I reached out to our CAO Carlos Palacios and asked if we can include
suicide prevention training for our county employees. I urge schools to make sure
parents have information about suicide prevention, and I encourage parents to
talk to their children often about their mental health. I hope all of us, no matter
what line of work we do, we all will take some time
to talk to our coworkers, our students, our clients, about suicide awareness and prevention. I would love to see our
county suicide prevention hotline number of 1-877-663-5433, and you can remember it as 1-877-one life, be more visible in our community. Maybe post it at public
restrooms and on social media. I want to encourage
everyone here in this room, or listening in, to take
the time to ask about the well being of your family, your friends and neighbors,
over the next few days, and to genuinely convey your appreciation for their existence, by any
gesture you think appropriate. A simple phone call, a message,
a hand shake, or a hug, can go a long way toward
helping someone realize that suicide is not the answer. So on that note, I want
to express my appreciation to each of you here today,
our county board members, my county coworkers, and
the members of the public who are here in attendance,
thank you for being here. I’m really glad you exist. Now, my daughter Emily would
like to say a few words, and Jacob, are you here yet? – [Man] There he is. – Okay, okay Jacob’s here. – Hello, my name is Emily Chaffen. I’m honored to be speaking before you all on World Suicide Awareness Day. On November 19, 2018, I woke a
seemingly average 20 year old worried about the rapidly
approaching future, the competitive job market, my GPA, and an upcoming ski trip I
had planned with friends. I would use the word
normal to define my life. Up until that point , I had the privilege of not knowing anything else. Today the word normal is
retired from my vocabulary. For better or for worse,
I have learned that there is no such thing as normal. I think of my life in
terms of before and after, before my father died by
suicide and now, after. Don’t get me wrong, I had
my fair share of struggles, especially during my
teens when my life was far from perfect in this
before image of my life. But that’s the thing. We define ourselves in
terms of relativity. We can scale pain based
on our lives as a whole. And I can tell you the exact moment when my scale of relativity
expanded dramatically. Everything following 9:06 a.m. on November 19, 2018 is after. In the after stage of my father’s death I learned that life is
fragile and life is temporary. We do not get to choose
the pain that we endure. I have learned that life is too
short to make every mistake, feel every pain, and make
every discovery ourselves. So we must learn from one another. We must use those around use to base our scale of relativity. Suicide changes lives in
every way, big or small. And fortunately, many people are blessed with the ignorance of the countless ways in which survivors of
suicide experience PTSD. But that’s the thing about grief. Sorry, grieving my father is
a part of my daily living. Like breathing, it’s vital and habitual. And similarly to breathing,
if I think too much about it, I forget how to do it. That’s the thing about
grief, it’s always there, whether or not you can
consciously tune into it. Now, when I talk about my dad,
I speak in the past tense. The seemingly mundane
plural word of parents has fallen from my daily vocabulary. And I have bene left with the
impactful hole in my heart. The one that leaves me
feeling unprotected, wondering where 50% of my
parental love has gone. Every memory becomes frozen,
that person becomes sacred. I found it difficult to talk about suicide because I thought
involving other’s opinions would take the legacy of my father. But I can not change how my father died, as much as I can not change that he died. And I’ve learned that no
one can change his memory. But the stigma around
suicide, that can be changed. I’ll admit, being vulnerable and outward about my experience as
a survivor of suicide has not been comfortable. I’ve had people react with a comment that was more harmful than it was helpful. Even though it was an
attempt to support me, I have had comments like,
“It is going to be okay. “And you are going to be fine.” I found them to just be belittling to a loss as deep as mine. I often felt judged by those around me, as if my father’s suicide was a reflection of the strength of my family, or me. And I’ve heard people make jokes, unaware that their humor was
damaging to my well being, or those around me. More often, I’ve experienced
people whose reaction was to simply ignore it. To treat me as if their
mentioning of my father or sharing some sympathy would remind me that my dad has died. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but people do not forget. You are not reminding them
that their loved one died, you are reminding them that they lived. And that you still care. There is no right way to counsel someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. But even saying, “I am
sorry, I do not know “the right thing to say, but I love you “and I am here for you,” will be better than saying nothing at all. My best advice for how to support those who are grieving is simple. Say that you are going to
be there, and then be there. Tell them that you love
them, and then love them. Follow through, show
up, have conversations, share memories, tell stories, remember that grief is
different for everyone. Sometimes grief looks like laughter, and sometimes it looks like panic. And many cases, losing someone to suicide, grief looks like PTSD,
self-doubt and anxiety. And we need to be reminded
that we do not need to feel guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed. Grief can be easy to detect, and it can be perfectly disguised. Grief is not always physical,
sometimes it is mental. Grief is inconsistent. People who have lost the same person can grieve in dramatically different ways. And there will be times when
they need a distraction, and times when they need a safe haven. Offer to make space for
when they need to open up. Not all support is about giving advice. Sometimes it is just about
listening, being there to give a hug, or share a tear. Grief can be isolating,
traumatic, and long term. Just like there is no
correct way to grieve, there’s no universal way to support. So we need to speak up, we
need to talk to one another, we need to regularize
the topic of suicide. Or else we create a society
where the discussion is taboo, and the awareness is minimized. Without talking openly
we shun the opportunity to educate ourselves, or even worse, we punish those who are suicidal, or have been affected
by suicide with feelings of embarrassment, shame and fear. And we leave them alone in the silence, unable to ask for help. The first steps to talking
about suicide involves you. Similarly to how you do
not need to break a bone to know that breaking a bone hurts, you do not need to
experience suicide directly to be a supporter of suicide prevention. Too often, we only worry
about what is impacting our own lives, until the
day when we are impacted. I think that suicide is
more prevalent in our lives, in our society than we
are presently aware. Through open discussion,
sharing statistics, spreading support, and
encouraging awareness, we can bring light to a
topic that many people, including people in your life, are hiding in the darkness. Over the last 295 days,
I often wondered, why me? Why did I get this path? Why did I suffer this trauma, and why am I aching with this tragedy? I realized that the universe is not going to answer this question for me. And as much as I believe
that everything happens for a reason, and life is full of beauty, and sometimes fate works out in ways we can not yet see, I
learned that if I wanted an answer to this question,
I would have to make one. So here I am, today before
you all answering my question. Me, because I’m going to be
the face of suicide prevention. And I am going to shine
light into the darkness. Life is short, and I am
going to make a change. And we have some bracelets for you all, that are about suicide prevention, purple and teal are the national colors. – You can just give it to. – Okay. – Thank you. – So thank you, Eric. – If I could just say a few words. I want to thank Gail and her family today for sharing their experiences. I know this was very difficult for them. But it’s so important to break the stigma around help seeking, and the work that we’re all trying to do around suicide prevention. Last June your board passed our county’s first suicide prevention plan. And we’re now working on
our implementation plan, which we’ll be carrying forward
and bringing to the board within the next few months. And this plan is gonna
be critical in terms of the specific interventions
and work that we do throughout the community
to prevent suicide. We now have a framework. And we’re looking for implementing that framework moving forward. Again, I want to thank
the board’s support, not only for the proclamation, but for building a system of
services for our community that will help prevent this
from happening in the future. Thank you. – Yeah thank you. And I just want to take
a moment to thank you for coming out today. And your courage to share your experience, and raise awareness around this issue. Santa Cruz has a higher suicide rate than many other counties. So we have a lot of
work to do here locally in order to address this
public health crisis. And your voice speaking out today, really makes a big difference,
so I want to thank you. All right, next speaker. – Hi my name is Tony Crane. And I am here, again. Objecting to the second story program that was implemented in our neighborhood, almost exactly two years ago today. Nearly two years ago
today, I provided you with credible evidence that fraud was committed in receiving the funds to open that, to implement the program. And that the public was
lied to, as were you people in implementing the program. The program was not legal, and I’ve given all the evidence
neccessarily to prove that. The speech before this,
tells us that we do need, we have a crisis here in mental health. But, all the policies implemented
have to be based on trust, and law, and in the case of our situation, there’s no trust amongst the people of county mental health,
who were responsible for the misrepresentations made
in order to get the money to implement this program. That was not legal, never was. And Encompass Community
Services and the employees there that were dishonest with the
public, dishonest with you. And have been to this day. So I provided all sorts
of evidence to that fact. I also filed a report with the sheriffs regarding these criminal activities. They passed that on to
the district attorney. The district attorney
looked at the evidence and said he was not going to prosecute. I have since then requested a copy of that report that I filed. And yesterday I was informed
that I would not be allowed to have a copy of that report that was brought to
them by county council. Since that time I’ve
also brought allegations of obstruction of a legal process, which was in order for this
program to actually be legal, it would have had to gone
through a public hearing, and a level five review. And it never got there because misleading information was provided by, an Encompass Services
employee, the operator, as the email that I have says. And county council also
provided misleading legal information regarding
the legality of the program. Now, county council is
responsible for determining what information I receive
that is of public record. And I think that that should not be. They’ve been implicated in this issue, they should recuse themselves
(buzzer beeping) and I should be able to receive
the information that I need. Thank you.
(buzzer buzzes) (audience member claps) – Hello my name is Brandon Cinceon. I live in the second
district, Freedom, California. Today I’m here with Santa
Cruz Community Ventures. I’m the program coordinator there. And our work at our non-profit
focus is on creating compassionate and
equitable local economies, that contribute to the well
being of our communities. And in 2018, Santa Cruz Community Ventures and UCSC Blum Center,
explored local Latina mothers experienced with traditional and alternative financial services. Our study examined mothers experience with financial providers,
and mapped the location of alternative and traditional
financial services, showing the disproportionate concentration of predatory lenders in
Watsonville compared to Santa Cruz. Some key findings included mothers used alternative
financial services to pay for necessities such as rent, food, deal with emergencies, or to build credit. Alternative lenders were often perceived as easier to access than mainstream banks, due to fewer requirements
for legal documents and social security numbers. Mothers without social
security numbers reported difficulty opening a bank account, or obtaining a bank loan, even if they had an ITIN, an individual tax
payer identification number. Another fact is Watsonville
has over twice as many alternative lenders as
the city of Santa Cruz. For every one traditional
bank in Watsonville, there’s three alternative lenders. And in Santa Cruz it’s a one
to one ratio, essentially. And also, an interesting
thing we found out is that mothers have a working knowledge of budgeting and saving, and share this knowledge
amongst each other. But there was a big gap when it came to credit building or asset building. If you would like to learn
more about this study, visit our website at We’ll also send out, I
believe we already mailed out some reports on this to
the board of supervisors. But one last thing. We will be having an event on October 15th at the Civic Community
Plaza in Watsonville, starting at 9:00 a.m. And we hope that you guys can join us. And we’ll send out some
invitations as well to have you guys there, so thank you. – [Ryan] Thank you. – Gary Richard Arnold. Just walking around the
building here we see posters that talk about
accountability, collaboration, trust, transparency,
these are just slogans. They’re wrong. I want to congratulate Bruce McPherson. This is his 20th year anniversary for forming an organization, which included members of Sam
Farr’s staff and his staff. It included Dan Hefley who brought in the ICLID, The World Bank and
United Nations program that the planning department has taken. And it’s great to appreciate
the chairman here, Mr. Coonerty, he was graduated from the Fabian London Socialist School, in which they are calling
for regional government. They hate self government,
in fact in their booklet put out by them, it
says each year that pass the obsolete, inefficient
character of local government organization is increasingly obvious. They mean self government. They want it run by people that were trained as administrators. It’s imperative for a radical improvement in structure of local government. Well Mr. McPherson has done it. We now have in California, the whole state broken down into cities and counties where they’ve transferred their authority. The one here is speaking tomorrow night, the director’s over here in Corralitos. You’ll see the traitors. They are not transparent
and you can’t trust them, because Community TV won’t report it, nor will they pay for it. Keep smiling, Mr. Coonerty. It includes Sam Farr. Sam Farr here seen with
his United Nations flag, right next to his congressional office. We also see Bruce McPherson
right next to a lady here a Katrina Kuon, triple Chinese,
red Chinese Communist agent. We got two plaques out here
on the courthouse steps dedicated to Communist Chinese espionage agent Hugh de Lacey. And you all keep that. Mr. Caput, all of you
people are outrageous. You have been substained through
the tri-lateral commission. Zbigniew Brzezinski said,
“Regionalization is keeping “with the tri-lateral plan
which calls for gradual “convergence with East and West, “ultimately leading towards a goal “of a one world government.” In fact, Brzezinski, time after time, boy this is the quickest two minutes. Goldwater said the tri-lateral commission is a vehicle for
multi-national consolidation and banking as toward seizing
the political government of the United States, in a skillful, orginated
plan for monetary, ecclesiastical and political combinations. And this is California
Forward, co-chairman which is Leon Panetta,
espionage collaborator, and Lenny Mendonca who
called for the elimination of local governments, 80% of them through his committee for development. Same with Willie Brown,
(buzzer beeps) the chairman of the board of, or the chairman of the Assembly called for a abolition of cities and counties, and have everything run from Sacramento. (buzzer beeps)
And keep smirking. You’re cheating these people, you’re traitors to this country. – [Ryan] Next speaker, please. – Hi. Diana Nichol. And I’m here today to
talk about the 5G network. The National Toxicology Program concluded that there is clear
evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of
radio frequency radiation using the 3G net cell phones, developed cancerous heart tumors, according to the filed report. This is a 10 year study. That’s how long it took to take it. The levels of exposure were 1.6, 1.6, let me get this right here. Watts per kilogram. Which actually is the permissible level that cell phones can expose us to, when we’re using our cell phones. That’s the measurement that are, I believe it’s the FDA uses, or the FTC, I can’t remember which. So, you might think
well maybe 5G is safer. The problem with 5G is
that yes, it does penetrate less through the skin than the, 3G penetrates approximately
four inches into the body, three to four. 5G will penetrate less into the body. The problem is is that they, they put together in several cells to direct the energy. And they rotate them to focus the energy. And by doing that it
intensifies the energy. So it may not just
penetrate an inch (laughs) with that type of focused array. These little mini cell towers are going up in front of people’s homes, in front of businesses,
all over the county. I see them on seventh, is
it Seabright Avenue now, and several places. You know I wouldn’t want
to live in front of a home that has one of those,
I’d be quite concerned. Especially as they do start
to create the focused array and direct the energy. And they’re doing that because
it has a less penetration through the building, so they
have to direct the energy and focus it in order to
penetrate the buildings. That’s what 5G is. And it’s not a myth, it’s a fact. And now we have the evidence
from the National Toxicology Program after 10 years, that yes, it does increase the
cancer rate significantly. Clear evidence they state,
NTP uses four categories to summarize the evidence that
a substance may cause cancer. Clear evidence is the highest. That’s what they found in the study. For female rats it was equivocal evidence, which is a little lower, but
there was still come evidence. That’s the facts, as we know them today. So we need to get on this and not let this take over our communities
and potentially risk put people at risk. There’s just no reason to do that. There’s other ways we
can communicate safely. (buzzer beeps) – Marilyn Garret part of EMF Aware, and Wireless Radiation Alert Network. I did call two of their
offices yesterday to encourage you to come across the street to a presentation at the Resource Center for Non-Violence, of all Yola Hanson, who
is a global authority on adverse health effects
of modern artificial electromagnetic fields like cell towers, cell phones, et cetera. And one of his statements was there is no safe amount of this radiation. What’s natural it’s the
background radiation that we evolved with. What we are now exposed
to one quintillion times the radiation that is in the natural background of radiation. That’s one with 18 zeros, and these are post modulated frequencies. Now as I was listening
to the Santa Cruz suicide and the figures on it, I thought of a friend
of mine who had spoken here years ago, Karen Stern, who took her own life. And she was very active in
opposing these cell towers. And very effected by
this microwave sickness, often called electrohypersensitivity. And she couldn’t find a
place where she felt good. She was like being, felt tortured. And the proliferation
of course has increased of this assault of toxic
radiation exposure. It’s estimated two million people around, no, I think it’s 20 million are so harmed that they can’t live in their
own homes, they can’t work. They’re EMF refugees. And surveys around cell
towers have shown people experiencing sleeping disorders, depression tendencies, fatigue, heart palpitations, et cetera. And neurobehavioral problems. There’s a relationship
here that Dr. Klinghardt, you might look him up, Dr.
Klinghardt also discuss of affecting our health
in a myriad of ways. Including, you know suicidal tendencies. And you’d think what
have we been exposed to over the last 20 years massively, like the figure I just gave you? This is huge. And it’s very much related
(buzzer beeping) to what was discussed here. Thank you, we need to
remove this harm, thank you. (audience members clap) – Good morning, board. My name is Robert Edward Holdridge. I’ve come here this morning to address a matter of public safety. I don’t intend to incite
anything I’m just saying there’s a bunch of smoke coming from a pile of glowing embers. I found this social media post. I want to thank my friend for
contacting me this morning, to help him clear his
property of unwelcome guests. It’s been many years since
I’ve been able to carry my firearms in an open carry situation. But today, with a down slung bushmaster, and a Glock on the waistband, nobody had any questions for me. Ran off like 50 tweeters,
and only expelled 15 rounds. The rounds were expelled
only as a deterrent. Man, those tweekers can run fast. Tomorrow morning we return
with the sheriff’s department. Anyone up for a Father’s Day tweeker hunt? I found that to be rather chilling. Did you find that to be chilling? – [Audience Member] Yes. – Do you really? Here’s a copy of it. I got copies you can contact. – [Ryan] Sir, sir? – [Robert] Contact your supervisor. – [Ryan] Okay sir, thank you. Oh, oh my time, I just wanted
to make a public safety. – [Ryan] Thank you. – [Robert] I found these,
you want to have those and hand them out. – Board. Brent Adams of the Warming Center Program. I want to express just how
grateful and honored I am to serve the community
in the way that we do at the Warming Center Program. It’s a small non-profit. That came into the community from the protest activism. We learned quickly about
the funding models at HAP, and the Homeless Services Center. And lots of the things that’s going on. We came into being because
the Homeless Services Center and the armory had a population cap during a 10 day cold
snap, for only 100 people, leaving so many people out. So we as a community came together and started the Warming Center. Now not one person has to sleep outside on the coldest nights. We just completed our fifth year, we’re moving into our sixth year. I don’t know a lot about
government going in now, I know less about it. I’m actually frightened about government around homelessness and a larger sweeps, the paradigms of homelessness. And if you work like I do on the street, you’ll see that the money
doesn’t really trickle down and things get actually worse. But I want to celebrate with you, want you to celebrate with me that the Warming Center Program
with the Storage Program, I want you to really know
about the Storage Program and why it’s successful. The laundry program, the hotline, that’s distinct from 2-1-1. And if you’ve never called 2-1-1
posing as a homeless person needing shelter tonight, then
I encourage you to do that. It’s an eye opening experience. What is the true
experience of homelessness, in the scope of the
HAP, the county funding? We’re positioning ourselves
between the HAP funding and the whole movie of funding, and protest orientation,
for needs oriented services. What are the basic unmet needs? For all the meetings you’ve
had and the millions spent, there’s still huge, unmet needs, and they’re easy to accomplish. In fact right now, we’ve
totally transformed the experience of homelessness, (buzzer beeps) and a lot of us didn’t
even really notice it. The Storage Program has
almost 600 people who’ve worked with us in the last year. Laundry, free laundry for anybody
who steps in the door now, why wasn’t that a thing? Turns out, one of the big unmet needs
of homelessness is laundry. What does it communicate to a community that the government county funds a shelter and most of the people
can’t even get into it on the coldest nights,
what does it communicate? What does it communicate
that we’re not even talking about storage, but we’re talking about, so what I’m speaking to
you as five individuals. You work for the government. But I would really like you to investigate and find out what the Warming Center and the Storage Program is for yourself. Come and visit us, have a meeting with us. Hold us up to the light and find truly why we’ve transformed this experience. We’re not talking about
transitioning homelessness anymore. It’s ridiculous, I mean
I don’t want to talk about the national paradigm, but we’re transforming the experience of homelessness for us
all, and it’s completely (buzzer beeps)
revolutionized lives. (buzzer beeps)
Thank you. (audience members clapping) – We’re here for the Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month proclamation, I’m gonna ask
for a little extra time. We can go last if you want. I’ve got three people here. Could we multiply our time? – [Ryan] We can’t have
people sort of trading time. I can give you five minutes
as part of a presentation, does that work? – Yeah, that’s be fine. I just don’t want Sarah
Moore to be cut off in the middle of her talk. So I’m gonna start and then bring her up. Does that make sense? – Okay yes, yes.
– Does that make sense? – [Ryan] We’ll make it work. – Okay thank you, appreciate that. So it is September that is the proclamation,
which we do every year here in this chamber to
declare September, (cries) excuse me, Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month. Yesterday, let me talk about 21 years ago. 21 years ago I went into a hospital room where little Jacob, who was five years old was just diagnosed with
acute myelogenous leukemia, one of the most fast and furious types of pediatric cancer there is. From that day birthed the
formation of Jacob’s Heart, which for the past 21 years has provided an array of supportive
services for families who are enduring the unimaginable. And this is unique in this community. And we’ve kept it local. And we’ve kept it here, to respond to the needs of our children. 21 years ago, I thought Jacob’s Heart was a temporary need. I truly believed that
in maybe 10 years, most, somebody would figure this out. And find a cure, and
we would no longer need supportive services for
children with cancer and their families. That hasn’t been the case. The incidents of pediatric
cancer is rising, and it’s rising in our community. Yesterday, I sat in another hospital room that actually looked very
similar to the one 21 years ago. With a little girl, who just was starting kindergarten. She lives right here
in our local community with the same kind of
cancer that Jacob had. It’s a fast and furious, nasty cancer. She’s lost all her hair. She’s got her little princess wigs that she wears in the hospital. Darling little girl, ballet dancer. The treatment that she’s receiving is pretty much the same, as the treatment that Jacob
received 21 years ago. I’m hoping that we’ll be
able to declare to you that she will survive,
like Jacob did survive. And unfortunately in
our community we’ve lost so many children to cancer. And Jacob’s Heart has been
there with love and support. One of the most nasty forms
of childhood cancer is DIPG, it’s an aggressive brain
tumor that it’s called T-A-D, terminal at diagnosis. And last year, we read a letter
from a mother, Sarah Moore, I’m sure you all remember, that Ishtar Carter, Sarah’s friend came and read that letter on behalf of Sarah. And Sarah’s here with us today. A year ago today she was in the process of just grieving the loss of her boy. And she wants to share with
you, on behalf of Jacob’s Heart and other families the deep gratitude we have for your support. I know every year I go through
the litany, all of you guys, each one of you has been so
intimately involved in this. And I just can’t think of a
better community to live in. And I know you guys get
blasted all over the place. But when it comes to pediatric
cancer this community cares, and it’s your leadership in making sure that families like Sarah’s. And I want to invite and
Sarah and Ishtar to come up to kind of reconnect with you. And I want you to meet the
woman behind the letter. And we’ll read it again for those of you who were not hear last year. This is Sarah Moore, mother of Charlie. And Ishtar Carter, her friend, who’s gonna read it for her. – Last year on September
18th, I stood before you all, accepting an amazing proclamation, that I thank each and
every one of you for. Here’s the letter. Good morning, my name is Sarah Moore. I am mourning my oldest son, Charlie. He died of diffused midline glioma, a rare inoperable brain
tumor, on August 31, 2018 at 11 years old. I am here speaking to you today, thanks to the immeasurable
love of Jacob’s Heart and their selfless acts of compassion, during the most traumatic
year of our family’s life. I received a phone call last September, two Septembers ago, from their
founder, Laurie Butterworth, the day after Charlie came
home from a whirlwind week at the PICU at Stanford. I remember standing on the
cliffs above Seabright, when she reached out because she had heard our child was diagnosed with cancer, and she wanted to tell
us about their Kidrageous Golden Carnival the
next day in Watsonville. An honest chat and a simple invitation became one of the most
meaningful relationships I’ve had in 40 years. Each individual at Jacob’s
Heart from the board members who also work in the cancer ward, the volunteers who paint brown bags for the grocery deliveries
we get on Thursdays, or the ladies who send thank you cards for those of us who can’t find the energy, has changed me for the better. We have laughed, cried, anguished
and celebrated together. The Jacob’s Heart family
has accompanied us to appointments at Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital, and hosted and attended
our kids’ birthday parties, paid our bills for us. And, gave us the priceless
gift of time together at their annual family
weekend camp Heart and Hands. When some of the most amazing pediatric neuro oncologists in
the county, in the world tell you to create memories
with your dying child, it makes all the difference in the world, if you have the heartfelt
friendship, experience, financial, emotional and
psychological support of a unique organization
such as Jacob’s Heart. In our dreams they wouldn’t exist. In our shattered reality,
they are vital to the survival of kids, siblings, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends, who are literally doing their best to endure the unfathomable. We appreciate your public acknowledgment. They deserve every honor
and accolade for 20 years of making the surreal details manageable, the hardest moments somehow happy, assuring us that despite
the lack of national funding for pediatric cancer, someone cares. And thank you all for caring. – [Ryan] Go please. – Quick update that I wrote. Thanks for listening, I’m Sarah Moore, Charlie was my son, my oldest son. (sniffling) Excuse me, sorry. (whispering) So today, I just have a little note. We are 375 days out from my
oldest son, Charlie’s death from a rare brain cancer,
diffused midline glioma. As many people as I can
remember have told us it will get easier, but it doesn’t. (crying) Every person’s grief is unique as you heard earlier. And for my husband, Kelly and I, our life gets harder each day, because our love for Charlie is alive, it will be forever, as it
is for his little brother Shane, and his little sister Alice. This is why the awareness means so much, and that we are so appreciative
of your establishment of September as Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month. Because we do keep breathing
and by God’s grace, with the support of our
community, and Jacob’s Heart, and their precious help. They deliver groceries,
they send our kids mail, they provide a place for
us to grieve comfortably together at carnivals, camps
and bereavement retreat that’s coming up in a couple weeks. Our family is joyful,
full of hope and excited for the future when fewer kids will hopefully have to suffer senselessly, won’t have to suffer
senselessly as Charlie did. Thanks to the awareness
being raised here today. Thank you. Sorry, I’m a mess, sorry everybody. – No, no, no.
– No, no. – I just want to
acknowledge this the bravery and the courage of Sarah coming back, and that circle back. And I just want to say,
that I’m sure we all agree, that no child should ever have cancer. That’s a given. And I want to guarantee
that until there’s a cure Jacob’s Heart will be here, right here in our community. So I would like all of us to join, do you mind if I turn and get, I know I’m not supposed
to leave the podium. – [Ryan] Yeah it’s okay, yes go ahead. – I would like to ask you all to stand, as we declare September
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the county of Santa Cruz. Am I okay to do this? I know I’m not the– – [Ryan] You’re doing it, it’s good. – I’m doing it.
(everyone laughs) And I’m not running for office, I promise. But we will declare Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month, September, Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month in the county of Santa Cruz,
and honor our children. Thank you Sarah, let’s
give a round of applause. (everyone applauds) – Thank you Laurie,
thanks to your whole team at Jacob’s Heart. Thank you Sarah for coming and sharing your story with us today. Heartbreaking, but the love that you are showing, demonstrating, and the kind of community
that we’ve been able to pull together, means a lot. And I can’t imagine your experience, but I appreciate you
coming and talking today. – Good morning, Chair Coonerty, honorable members of the
board of supervisors. Mimi Hall, director of the
Health Services Agency. As is made obvious today,
but also every day, we have a lot of important work. As the county department
that is overseeing so much of our county’s
health and well being. So today I’m very pleased and honored to introduce to you Marcus Pimentel, our Health Services Agency
new assistant director. And he comes to us with a
great deal of demonstrated experience, and passion and ability, both as a finance officer, and
also as a community member, and contributor to health and
wellness in Santa Cruz County. I’ll let Marcus say a few words. – So I’m a little overwhelmed
from the previous speakers. What I was gonna talk about a little bit of why I’m here and why I made a career shift into healthcare. And it dates back to my parent’s values. It’s an opportunity to align the values that they instilled in me. They are Portuguese
Immigrants, they came here, they were saddled with
debt by coming here. And as a child I unknowingly
gave them more debt with some healthcare issues a couple times when I was little. And it was only decades
later that they told me about those struggles. And they never talked to me about that. They never gave us the impression
that they were struggling. We saw life with happiness and joy. And yet while they were
working days and nights, and they were still serving the community, they were serving in three
or four different ways. They were dragging us off on weekends, and I thought it was child
labor when I was a young child. But I came to reflect the
service that they were doing. Those same values is what has driven me to plant my seed in Watsonville,
stay in Watsonville, and work within a very
short radius of that. I love this community and serving in it. I’ve often over served. But I’m grateful for
all those opportunities, and I’m really humbled by this opportunity to work here at the county, to align my personal
professional passion, skills, and motivations, in both
healthcare and administration. And to bring that
community lends of equity and community service. I’m very honored to be
here and be here tonight. And again, I’m kind of humbled
by the prior speakers today. – [Ryan] Marcus, we’re
really glad to have you. We look forward to working with you. – Good morning, Becky Steinbrunner, resident of rural Aptos. There have been a lot of moving
things here this morning. I really don’t want what Mr. Crane, Tony Crane, has told
you here this morning, and has repeatedly
brought to you get lost. Please listen to him and please address this miscarriage of
justice that he repeatedly brings before you. This is wrong, and you
as our elected leaders need to address it and make it right. September is also National
Preparedness Month. And I know that your board
was supposed to be reviewing the possibility of a new
rural resident fire tax this morning, and it’s been postponed. I’m not sure why. But I want to again drive home to you, that this county has 18 million dollars through the state 1/2 cent
Public Safety Sales Tax that rolls into this county every year. And zero of that is going
to fund fire protection in the rural areas. 18 million dollars and
zero goes to county fire. Zero of the measure G 1/2
cent county wide sales tax that your board and Mr.
Palasio put before the voters and sold to ensure that fire protection
and other emergency response would be funded, zero
of Measure G is going to fund county fire. I think this is a real,
again, miscarriage of justice. And it is turning your backs in essence, on your rural constituents, turning your back on
the rural environments. The beautiful environments
that bring tourists here. You must fund county fire. You must support the rural residents whether it’s with fire protection, not asking us for another tax. Or, to repair the roads. Spanish Ranch Road up in
the summit area is at risk. The volunteer fire
department has told them it is not safe to bring the water tender over that road it is in such shambles. That needs to be addressed. So, in the spirit of
National Preparedness Month, please spend some attention and some money on the rural dwellers,
and the environment, and the roads in the rural areas. I also want to speak a
little bit about I support on the consent agenda, number 37, the pop up bike, protected bike lane. I think that’s gonna be really fun, and I’m very interested to
see how that comes along. And hope that the Regional
Transportation Commission’s Bike Advisory Committee was part of that. Number 34 I feel really
needs more discussion. Selling surplus property, without any property description
or maps for the public, putting it out to bid
for a minimum of $50,000, and allowing it to have
any kind of development on it at all, this is not right. And it needs to be more transparent. So I would like better discussion (buzzer beeps)
of item number 34, please. Put up a map for us and
tell us more about that. (buzzer beeps)
It’s government owned properties being sold as
surplus to who knows where? Thank you.
(buzzer beeps) – Good morning. My name is Joann Walfield
from Scott’s Valley. I’m talking here today about
the 5G proposed cell towers. There are two kinds of thought in America. Those who want a co-collective America to work toward peace, security, health, and a better future for our kids. There’s another group who are destructive, push, and make fibs up
about GMOs, pesticides, forced medicine and forced radiation upon the global humans,
the global animals, the global birds, the bacteria kingdom, to destroy almost all
forms of life on earth, state the real radiation
expert scientists. We are speaking about levels of radiation that are uninhabitable to life, all life, except the billionaire globalists who want a one world government,
a one world currency, and a one world religion. And those globalists have
underground living access when the millimeter
wave frequency radiation frequencies from the
5G start to take life. It looks like we are going into a dark, Luciferian religion,
by the dark scientists who don’t have our interests at heart. Think about the companies
who force cancer causing electronics, or sue a city who refuses to put these electronics
on their constituents. This is dark, this is evil. The cell tower that went
into Soquel that we came here to appeal on April 27th of this year, my hairdresser on the
other end of the block of Wilson, only gets about a 1/2 a unit in her cell phone. The cell phone is roving
to find the cell tower, so she can make appointments
for her clients. That means that these people
close to that cell antenna aren’t getting better reception, worse, and they’re getting more radiation. If we allow the 5G cell
towers with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who owns
Whole Foods and Amazon, to put those 15,000
collectively, those two together, millimeter satellites connecting
to Santa Cruz County’s small cells, we will be
witness to our family, our friends, our dogs
and cats dying of cancer, and suffering from other maladies. Our bodies are biology, we have cells. And this is gonna cause destruction. (buzzer beeps)
5G is evil to our health and loss of freedom from the spine in our businesses and homes. This is anti-democratic and
this is the anti-premise that the US Constitution was founded on. – Thank you.
– Thank you. – Hi, my name is Randa Salick. I’m here because I thought
that the Janice people were gonna be here this weekend. I see that they’re both
going into next week. But I want you to support the workers when they come here to you next week. And I’ll say a couple of sentences. It’s been more than two months since Janice of Santa Cruz moved to impose a contract on its workers, that
increase their medical costs and provided only a 1% raise. That’s not nearly enough
to stem the constant turnover of care givers. It’s forcing patients to
wait longer and longer for vital recovery services. But Janice workers are not giving up. You’ll hear from them next week. Please support them when you can. They’re doing a vital
service to this community, and I know that you all
know that, thank you. – Thank you. This will be our final speaker, unless, is there anyone else who would like to speak to us today? Please, get in line if you can. Sir. – Hi, my name’s Mike Duffey, Soquel. I had a few things I want to run. The other day I went up to Palo Alto to the Vets Center, they
spend a 5% for the arts. They spend it on a lot of good stuff. For the kinetic art, solar
powered kinetic little toys running around. And they had a huge marble statue, and a large bronze. So they be spending 5% for the arts. A nice bus ride. And a air conditioned. And the stereo was on good. And then after we left
we came back through the mountains, back on 17. Eventually got back to Soquel up my house. I’m waiting for the farm. I’ve been hearing about it
for the farm for a long time that it’s gonna be a community center. They said originally that
if we allowed the low income housing that they would
build a community center. Never done that. Instead I was just up there the other day, and they’ve spent the
5% for the arts there. They’ve got huge, couple
pieces of petrified wood, like about five feet by five
feet, this big boulder. They’ve got a couple of those up there, I guess that’s art. So. And then I’ll walk down
the street at my house, and a huge tree that was right at the end of Monterey Avenue, the
huge tree was just cut down. I mean the thing was older than me. And there was no reason to cut it down. There’s nothing dying
or anything like that. (buzzer beeps) But they just cut it down. Ironically, on the other
side of the street, right where the freeway entrance goes there’s a trail that goes to
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. And that trail has had a large tree, well three feet diameter, fall over the path. So you can’t get through
there, unless you duck down and crawl under it,
it’s ridiculous timing. But at the same time, right
10 feet away up the street, they cut down a tree just the other day. A huge tree, that was giving
a lot of air for the area, and trees for birds, all
the good stuff about trees, ’cause it was there. And it was older than me. But all of a sudden I
went there the other day, it’s chopped down. No reason, and I asked the
person who’s renting there, taken over, she doesn’t
know why it happened. Plus they started doing the sewage, and so they tore up all the street again. – Thank you.
– Wait have I done three minutes already? – Yup.
(buzzer beeps) – Okay, thank you. And hopefully you get
something done on the farm. – Good morning, I’ve
never been in this room. My name’s is James Whitman,
I’m glad to be here. I’ve been doing community
service ever since I was a kid in the Boy
Scouts and in my church. I know a little bit
about a lot of subjects. I was at a conference yesterday.
Ollie Johannson spoke, he’s been studying EMF
effects with hundreds of other scientists
for more than 40 years. I listened to a video that he did, it was about almost an hour and a half. That was 2014 information. So I came yesterday, and I presented the
wrong information to him. Found out that five years later, they still don’t have a lot of answers. And he said that if you
submitted your questions you’d be able to speak and
he’d answer your questions. I didn’t submit questions
to him, I submitted answers. So, I’m just standing
in front of you guys, because I’m aware of a lot of things and I want you guys to
be aware of the effects of stuff that’s going on
with the existing wireless and with the 5G. So thank you very much for your time. – [Ryan] Thank you. So that concludes public comment. I’m gonna bring it back
to board for action. This will be action on the consent agenda, items 13 through 45. I’m gonna see if any of my colleagues have any comments they’d like to make. Supervisor Leopold. – Thank you Chair. Just a couple of comments, first on item, (coughs) excuse me, 21
which is an agreement with our correctional officers. I want to thank our personnel
office for their work in negotiating this contract, and the hard work of correctional officers every day to make sure
that our jail is well run. I appreciate the work there. On item number 31, this
update and evaluation report on the HOPES program. While it’s still early in
terms of the evaluation I was very pleased to
see the number of people who were moved into treatment, moved into mental health
services, moved into housing. Supportive housing, I think
this is the kind of results that we need to see in
terms of these programs. I appreciate the hard work of our staff. On item number 34, this item
about this surplus property has had a lot of discussions. The Planning Commission
had this more than twice, or at least twice. There have been a lot
of discussion about it. And I’m glad to see it’s moving forward, I appreciate the staff at public works who’ve figured out all
the different issues related to the property. On item number 37, I also want
to express my appreciation for the enthusiastic support
that the staff has had in creating these pop
up protective bike lanes that Bike Santa Cruz County’s
gonna be doing on 17th Avenue. People in the community are
really looking forward to it, I think it’ll make a really
big difference, that’s it. – [Ryan] Supervisor McPherson. – Item number 27 I wanted to
thank Ryan Largay of Felton for being willing to serve on
the County Water Commission, the advisory commission. Also on item number 31,
the Homeless Outreach Protective Engagement Services, I want to congratulate them
for getting a merit award from the California State
Association of Counties. Several years ago when former
Supervisor Neal Coonerty. And I worked with Bob Lee,
then district attorney, to launch the Community Partnership for Accountability, Connection
and Treatment Program, or PACT, we envision a program
that would really make the courts to the service providers. And I think it’s done a
very good job of doing that. We need to continue with that effort, and I just want to congratulate those who were associated with that for getting that recognition from the state. Number 35, I’m glad to
see that we’re continuing our progress on road repairs
related to the 2017 storm. I want to reiterate my hope that we keep our efforts going to resolve
the policy matters with FEMA, and the Federal Highway Administration. They’ve been not exactly
exactly what we wanted up to this point, but we
just hope that we can have better results in the near future. – Thank you Supervisor Caput. – I’ll just make a quick comment on, items 24 and 25. Welcome aboard Barry Pearlman for the Historic Resources Commission. And also, welcome John Lichtenburg as the appointee to the
Commission on Disabilities. Thank you to both of them
for their volunteer work. – Great. And just a brief comment
on item number 31, the HOPES report. I just want to thank Jasmine
Nahara and her tremendous team for doing the work out every
day that improves lives, and makes our community safer. And so I really appreciate your leadership and the good initial outcomes we’re seeing from the program. Okay, with that I’d entertain a motion. – I’d move the consent agenda. – Second. – So a motion and it’s as amended, – Sure. – with the changes we got earlier. So we got a motion by
Leopold, second by McPherson. All those in favor, please say aye. – [Supervisors] Aye. – Opposed, that passes unanimously. Moving on to item number
seven, this is a public hearing to consider an appeal of the
tax administrator decision related to the transient
occupancy tax penalties, and interest assessed
against APN 102031-24, as outlined in a memorandum of the auditor controller tax collector. And because this is appeal
we’re gonna have our, Miss Driscoll make a
five minute presentation, and then the appellant can make
a five minute presentation. And then we’ll hear from
members of the public. – Good morning. Edith Driscoll, auditor
controller treasure tax collector. This item is an appeal of
the final determination made by the tax administrator for transient occupancy tax due in the amount of $726.09, and the related late fees
and interest of $369.81. These amounts due are
the result of short term rental activity on
parcel number 102031-24, a short term rental
located at 149 Ponza Lane in Soquel, since 2016. Mister Gregory and Ms. Niema Hiver, the owners of the property,
have filed this appeal, stating that the tax
administrator did not have the authority to assess the
TOT against them prior to 2018 when they received their
hosted rental permit from the county. And that the interest and
penalties should be waived, as their failure to pay was unintentional. To provide your board and the public with some basic information
on the county’s transient occupancy tax, I have the following. The unincorporated portion
of the county of Santa Cruz, has 1,017 short term rental properties. Each are responsible for paying their transient occupancy tax. First, the county’s
transient occupancy tax was first adopted by the
board of supervisors in 1964. And is laid out in the Santa
Cruz County Code section 4.24, which states that anyone
operating a rental for short term occupancy, as
defined as 30 days or less, must register with the
county within 30 days after commencing business, and remit the TOT on a monthly basis. Delinquent TOT payments are subject to penalties and interest
under this code section. Secondly, the county code
for TOT applies to any person operating a transient occupancy facility. The code defines that facility as, any home or portion thereof
used for transient lodging or sleeping purposes. Finally, California State
Revenue and Tax Code 7283.51, authorizes the tax administrator
to collect unpaid TOT within four years of the date on which the TOT was required to be paid. In other words I can go back three years. In summary, the county code authorizes the TOT to be charged, and what facilities the TOT applies to. The state revenue and tax
code authorizes how many years I, as the tax administrator,
am allowed to go back and collect the tax, and
necessary interest and penalties. The appeal before you today
challenges the TOT assessed for years prior to 2018. In this case is it undisputed
that the tax payers have been operating their
short term rental since 2016. Rather the Hivers assert
that the tax administrator can not go back the full
three years to assess the TOT. The Hivers submitted two
written appeals to myself, the auditor controller
treasurer tax collector, which were both denied. They have now brought
this item to the board, as their final appeal. I, as the tax administrator
respectfully request your board deny the
Hiver’s appeal and adopt the proposed findings and order, as outlined in your board
letter today, thank you. – Thank you. Do we have the appellants here? You want to come forward? – [Gregory] Good morning. – Good morning, so you have five minutes. – Yeah. First of all, I never
said that I didn’t owe these tax obligations. I don’t think Miss Driscoll
read my appeal closely. She was referring to another
letter I sent to her office, and I think she took it out of context. I do owe the back taxes. But I’m here to appeal the
interest and late fees, which are approximately 300 and, $369.81. I have three reasons for this. First, my wife and I
decided we needed to run an Airbnb, because we needed the income. We still need additional
income just to survive here, we’re trying to keep our house. So, when Airbnb came out years ago, we were unaware of it, but
my son pointed us to it, as a possible source of income. So we run a hosted rental. That means having people
downstairs at various times, whether they’re partying,
or ripping the house apart, this is something we have to put up with, because we need the income. So we wouldn’t run a hosted
rental if we didn’t have to. Airbnb, it came out first. Airbnb was dedicated to
the short term rentals, whether you’re renting a couch in your unit, or whether you’re
renting the entire house. So they built a website and
a financial infrastructure from the ground up that
serviced the hosts. And that included paying the
local taxes to Santa Cruz. HomeAway, which we joined
later to increase our reach, they came as a second type of, what they wanted to become
was an Airbnb themselves. They focus on the vacation rental market. And that was their history. But they didn’t support, really the short term hosting
of these hosted rentals. But they tried to mimic
everything on their website. So they were an Airbnb wannabe that put, tried to build an Airbnb
infrastructure, but couldn’t, because they were overlaying it onto their vacation rental
websites, or website. So long story short is, even
though they tried to mimic the Airbnb in terms of everything else they weren’t doing the same thing in terms of the services that they were providing. And they were very poor at
communicating that to the hosts. So we did not know that
they weren’t paying our local taxes in the
same way that Airbnb was. It was very confusing to us. And they had multiple
iterations of their website, that we just could not follow
what they were providing and what they weren’t. So, it was a misunderstanding on our part, that HomeAway was paying our local taxes in the same way Airbnb was. And so, it’s an illusion of equivalence that was leading us
not to pay these taxes. And we were at their mercy,
because they were not providing us information
about our obligations to pay those taxes. And that’s essentially my first point. My second point is that
we built our home in 2001 in the Soquel Mountains. We’ve paid our property
taxes on time every year over the course of those 18 years. That’s over $200,000 we’ve
given on time to the county. So we pay taxes on time,
we’ve never had a problem with the tax auditor, ever. You can check the records. So we’re honest people,
we do things honestly. Third point is we don’t
do things illegally. I was one of the first 10 permits that was issued for short term
hosted rentals in the county of the 250, so all 250 now are used up. But I was there in line
within the first 10. So, the reason I’m here to
quibble about a $368 late fee and interest payment, is
because I’m not a tax cheat. The auditor is taking what
I said to her out of context and using it against me. I did not say that I don’t
owe those back taxes, I do. But to be penalized is incorrect (buzzer beeps)
from her. Because I’m not a tax cheat. The crime does not fit the punishment, because there was no crime on my part. (buzzer beeps)
– Thank you, sir. – Thank you.
(buzzer beeps) – We’ll now open it up for public comment. Is there anyone who’d like to
speak to us about this item? – Thank you. I want to thank the appellant
for taking this brave action. You’ve heard very good,
clear communication that he’s not trying to cheat you. He’s standing up for a
principle, and I applaud that. I really do. And I hope that you
will take the reasonable course of action and vacate the penalties and interest, that’s punitive. And as he’s said, he’s
done his best in good faith to honor it, he’s done
his best in good faith to abide by the very new
hosted rental language. And he’s done his best in good faith to be a property owner and tax payer. So please uphold his
justice and deny the ability of the county tax assessor to collect the penalties and interest. It only seems right. Thank you very much. – Thank you. So that concludes, I’ll
close the public comment, and bring it back to the board
for deliberation and action. Supervisor Leopold. – Thank you Chair. I have just a couple questions. When we originally wrote
the vacation rental law, you know the question of TOT, the taxes, most everybody told me they were paying their taxes. And then we found out through that process that not everybody was. And we went through an
effort as people came in and now had to show their TOT certificate, to find out whether they paid their taxes. And what did we do in that
circumstance back in 2012 around TOT collection? – Sure, that was prior to my time. That was under a previous just
tax collector at that time. And, there was a large amount of
public information provided, letting people know that they are, that this is what the law is, and they are required
to come in and do that. The county, I believe we almost doubled the number of TOT certificates
that we had issued. Previously they were issued to more traditional hotel/motels, with this new landscape in short term rentals,
that number almost doubled, the number of people who are now renting. – Yeah. And so people didn’t, may not have knowingly
been, or been aware, conscious that they were breaking the law. They honestly thought they
were paying their taxes. And when our rules came
out it was clear that short term, under 30
days, you have to pay TOT. – They may not have observed that they needed to pay taxes. – Yeah, yeah. – But the law didn’t change. – The question about Airbnb, when we first regulated in this area,
Airbnb wasn’t really much of a concern, back in 2011. It became a greater concern. But, they didn’t always collect the TOT. I’m wondering if council
remembers when we negotiated with them to start collecting the TOT. – [Counsel] If I can recall I think it was about two years ago. Maybe the auditor has a better– – Yeah, I met with Dana McRae and myself, we met with the Airbnb
folks several years ago. That would have been about five years ago when Mary Jo Walker was still here. And again, Airbnb had
always been in place, they just came to the county and we worked out an
arrangement where they would pay us directly for the
business owners who chose to contract with them as their vendor. – And since that time,
the other platforms. He mentioned HomeAway,
– There’s many. – VRBO, all those things. They don’t have an agreement like that with the county.
– Correct, they do not. – You know, I have a lot of
empathy for the Hivers, because they’re faced in a situation
like many in Santa Cruz, which were trying to
hold on to being here. It’s an expensive place to live. We have found a way to create
regulations to allow people to operate commercial businesses in residential neighborhoods. In part in recognition of
the support that that plays in helping people make
their regular payments for their homes and being able to provide, we spent a lot of time on that. We’ve worked very hard to create a reasonable set of regulations. When I look at this case, although I feel empathy, I
think we have the rules that if you don’t pay the
taxes there are penalties and late fees. And looking at that it seems
very important to me that, not to create a precedent that people come and hen we have to judge
whether they’ve been honest and unknowing, or whether, you know how we judge,
whether that would take place. I did look at the planning
department’s website and the form, and I would like to recommend that we make changes to that form. Because where it talks about paying TOT we should have a line in there that says, you need to be aware to whether the platform you’re using is, collects the tax for you,
or whether you are gonna be have to paying it yourself. As a way of making people
aware that there’s a difference in these platforms, that’s important. That has a substantial effect on their lives and that through the work that the county does, as
part of the enforcement of our ordinances, we will find people. That they should be prepared in that case. I am interested in upholding the appeal, not upholding the appeal,
denying the appeal. And having our planning
department make changes with the website, or the forms, to make sure it’s clear that
people have the responsibility and that the platforms have
different responsibilities. – [Ryan] Is that a motion? – Yeah, I would make that a motion. – Okay, we have a motion. Hold on, let me first, we
got a motion and a second. Motion by Leopold, second by McPherson. Now it’s Supervisor
Caput, your turn to speak. – What I’m getting at
is we got a legal side and we also have a human side here. We have the discretion to reject the appeal, but
maybe accept the fact that we could wave the
penalty and interest. Would you be willing to
put that in your motion? I don’t think we’d be setting a precedent only because we’re looking
at about 20 pages here of an explanation. How much does it cost to appeal? – This is the first
appeal we’ve done for TOT, so we have no fee for it
in the fee schedule yet. – [Greg] So they’re not out
on paying a fee for appeal. – Correct.
– Okay. – I have a motion on the
table, Supervisor Caput, but I understand the concerns. I’m worried about the precedent. And my conversations with our attorneys, and our tax collector, I
think that that’s important. I don’t take any joy or comfort,
– Sure. – in that, and I have dealt with a lot of vacation rental issues in my district. I may have more than anybody else. There are lots of issues
that people have out there. It is tough to make the
judgment call about, when people unknowingly or
knowingly have made changes. Or are aware of what the rules are. The rules are on the books
and if you’re operating a business, it’s imperative
for people to understand what those rules are. – So we have a motion and
a second on the floor. I’m gonna ask all of those
in favor, please say aye. – Aye.
– Aye. – No.
– Opposed, oh sorry, one no. So it passes four to one. – [Edith] Thank you Supervisor– – We’ll now move on to item number eight, which is a continued
public hearing to consider the resolution amending the general plan, local coastal program, land use element, noise element, circulation element, public safety element,
and CEQA noise exemption and termination ordinance
amending Santa Cruz County Code chapters 13.10, and 13.12. To create the airport
combining zone district and to rezone properties within two miles of the Watsonville Municipal Airport to be included within
the combining district. Ordinance creating a new
chapter 13.15 noise planning, an ordinance amending chapter
16.01 environmental review. And schedule the three
ordinances for final adoption on September 24, 2019 as
outline in a memorandum of the planning director. Mr. Carlson. – Thank you for reading that, Chair. So the public hearing on this project was continued from August
27th to make some changes to the new noise planning
ordinance part of the package, as directed by the board in the motion. The motion requested no changes to airport or environmental review
guidelines parts of the project. Therefore, I won’t cover those parts of the project in detail
in this presentation. I’ll just summarize those. And then I’ll address changes made to the noise planning ordinance, and respond to some public comments that have come in on the
project since August 27th. And so to briefly summarize
policies addressing safety and noise in
the unincorporated area around the Watsonville Municipal Airport would be updated and consolidated
in the land use element. And the new section of
the land use element is provided in exhibit B of attachment A. Air travel policies will be relocated from the circulation element
to the airport section of the land use element. And other amendments have been
made to the rail facilities section of the circulation element. And this is provided in
exhibit C of attachment A, with a strikeout
underlined version provided in attachment H. In Santa Cruz County Code chapter 13.12 would be amended to implement
the updated policies and establish the airport
combining zone district, as a new zoning overlay on
properties near the airport. And the amended ordinances
provided in attachment B with a strikeout version
provided in attachment C. And county code chapter
16.01 would be amended to establish that the
county’s environmental review guidelines would
be the most recent version of CEQA and the state CEQA guidelines. And the amended ordinances
provided in attachment E, with an underlying strike out version provided in attachment F. The noise policies in the
safety element would be moved to a stand alone noise element. And a new Santa Cruz
County Code chapter 13.15 noise planning would
implement the policies of the noise element. The new noise element
is provided in exhibit D of attachment A with a strikeout version of the existing safety element
provided in attachment J. And the new noise ordinances
provided in attachment D of the staff report. At the public hearing on August 24th, the board requested several changes in the new noise ordinance, and a strikeout underlying
version of the ordinance showing the changes made
since that public hearing, is provided in attachment E. I’ll just briefly summarize
those two definitions were added for A, waiting and LDN. The hours for noise sources associated with permitted construction
activities were changed per the direction and the motion. The language exempting noise
sources from entertainment and special events, such
as school activities and non-commercial private
gatherings is clarified. To note, that county code
chapter 8.30 regulating offensive noise still applies, as well as any requirements
of a special event permit. And likewise the exemption
for noise sources associated with minor repairs
to residential property was changed with a
reference to chapter 8.30, again regulating offensive noise. The noise standards for
emergency generators were corrected to delete
the reference to LDN, making the standard a
maximum of 60 decibels at any time at the property line. And the standards for HVAC equipment was amended to clarify the
noise from these units, shall be mitigated by locating them away from sleeping rooms, and
using other noise insulation measures if feasible. And lastly, public comments
have been submitted claiming allowable noise
levels would increase as a result of the proposed amendments. And the amendments do not
increase allowable noise levels. The standards for wineries
are actually being clarified to reinforce the intent of the standards. The existing zoning
ordinance provides allowable noise level standards for
wineries that are quite high. These existing standards
would logically apply to equipment at the winery
itself, measured at the source, like crushing and bottling equipment, back up beepers and things like that. And this is how the planning department has applied those standards on projects. We reinforce this in the new noise element with policy 9.3.1 by restating
in the existing standards, and clarifying they
applied noise measurements at the source. And that noise levels at the property line shall not exceed the
standards in table 9-3. Which is located on page
69 of your board packet. This table is the same
as the existing table in the general plan safety element, where the noise standards
are currently located. Existing property line noise standards in table 9-3 for stationary sources such as a winery operation,
are not changing. The purpose of policy 9.3.1
is to ensure noise standards for wineries are not interpreted to allow higher property line
noise levels for wineries compared to other uses. And so the staff recommendation is to conduct a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments
to the general plan local coastal program and
the Santa Cruz County Code affirm that the proposed
amendments are exempt from CEQA. The exemption is provided in
exhibit A of attachment A, and adopt the resolution
amending the general plan, and local coastal program, and directing staff to submit
the local coastal program amendments to the coastal
commission for certification. And approve the ordinances
amending the county code and local coastal implementation plan and rezoning properties to add the airport combining zone district in concept. And direct the clerk of the board to place the ordinances on the next scheduled board of supervisors meeting agenda for second reading and final adoption. That concludes my presentation. – Okay, I’ll ask if
there are any questions? – I’ll just say I appreciate
the changes that were made in this section 13.15. I think it makes it better and clearer. And I think it’ll help provide for clarity when it has to be enforced. – Great. I’ll now open it up for public comment. Is there anyone that
would like to speak to us about this item? – Thank you, Becky Steinbrunner,
resident of rural Aptos. Thank you for the presentation. And again, I want to thank the board for bringing this back for
some changes and clarification, because it is a county wide
noise ordinance change. I want to make sure that amplified music is properly addressed in rural areas. I know that has been a problem
in many of the rural areas. And if you can speak to that a little bit about how that has changed, or if at all. How it would be measured,
how it would be required to be tested, for special
events in the rural areas, or for wineries that are allowed, conditional use permits
for special events. And I also, I thought I
heard you say something about the rail corridor, maybe I didn’t, but I want
to know how this could effect properties adjacent to the rail corridor. In the event there were return of passenger rail,
using diesel locomotives. Thank you very much. – That concludes public comment, I’ll bring it back to the board for deliberation and action. – I’ll make a quick comment. I want to thank you for your report. I think it’s fair, I think it’s very, it’s accepted by most
people and also the airport. I think it’s good we’ve
clarified the rules. We’re actually helping out
the airport in this case. So, thank you very much. – Thank you, I’d entertain a motion. – I’ll move the recommended actions. – Second.
– Motioned by Friend. – Second by Leopold. All those in favor, please say aye. – [Supervisors] Aye. – Opposed, that passes unanimously. We will now move on to item number nine, which is considered two
resolutions accepting $300,000 from the Health Services Agency, to the general fund plant budget, independent contractor
agreement with Gensler, and to not to exceed amount of $1,008,513 for development of long range facilities and campus master plans. And to take related actions as recommended by the deputy CAO and
director of public works. Mr. Machado. – Thank you and good
morning, Chair, supervisors. Thank you for the introduction. Matt Machado, director of public works. I’m joining today our new director of capital
projects Travis Cary. I will start with a brief introduction and then turn the mic over to him. So the item before you is
consideration of a contract to complete the long range facilities and campus master plans. This is truly a significant milestone in the planning of county
facilities and related assets. The purpose is to ensure
that county services are planned efficiently and effectively. It is also a step forward
to identify surplus lands to better serve community needs, such as needs of housing and
economic development needs. And so with that brief intro I will turn the mic over to Travis Cary, who has a PowerPoint
presentation to share. – Great thank you Matt. Good morning Chair and board,
do you want to do that? So here’s our brief agenda for today. We’re going to first provide
just a brief project overview, to get some of the
components of the project, and then, a little bit about
capital facility planning past and present. And the brief review of the opportunities and challenges study that really set the stage for this effort. And then look at the
consultant selection process and the scope of work
that we all came up with. Review some opportunities
for community engagement and then look at the project
management structure, and our recommendations. Okay so, I want to just briefly go over the primary project goals. Matt touched on this a little bit, but it’s really, to look at improving our county service that we provide to our constituents. And then also, utilizing our assets, specifically our real property assets for community needs. So the project has really been developed into three main components. The long range facility plan, and the campus master plans. And then we’ll be doing
environmental impact analysis on the final campus master plan. Can you go back for just a second? I just wanted to just on
the campus master plans, we’re really focused on two properties, the Freedom Boulevard property, which is in Watsonville
on Freedom Boulevard. And that’s about a nine
and a half acre parcel. And it has 58,000 square feet of buildings that are occupied by the county. And it also has very large vacant areas of unutilized property on that site. There are existing 118 county
employees work at that site. And then on the county government center which of course is this property. It’s just about a 10
acre piece of property, on a pretty prime corner
in the city of Santa Cruz. We have a 230… I want to say we have 800,
about 800 county employees that work in this facility. So that’s a pretty big
service for employees. And then we also have surrounding land, we have the jail facility of course. And then there’s several
leased facilities as well that are in very close
proximity to this campus. And of course you all know very
large service parking lots. So both of these properties really have, we think some really good opportunities to implement our project goals. So just taking a look
at sort of the history of capital facility planning. Our last major planning effort was the 1994 Long Beach Facilities plan, which really focused on
our three main campuses. So the two I mention also at Emeline. It identified a lot of
potential for projects, but also a lot of our facilities were far beyond their useful life. I wanted to point out that
some of these facilities are actually still
occupied by county workers, and providing services
out of these structures still to the state. But even with that, we
still have a lot of success with capital facility development. These are just four examples
of some really great work that we’ve still done,
we’ve completed even though we didn’t really have too much of a plan. Most of this was done through
opportunistic fundings. So we find a grant, we have a program, we have a department out
there, they find a need. And we have been able to
deliver some really great stuff, despite not having a plan. But I think we’ve all seen that there’s still a lot of work to
be done on this stuff. So now into the future we
have our strategic plan, which is really moving us forward. And this project really
provides direct support of the strategic plan in
many of the focus areas, especially the county
operational excellence area. So, specifically the
county infrastructure area and the customer experience area. So again, just it has a direct tie in with the strategic plan, next slide. And also with the county operational plan. So in public works we
have several objectives. And this number 140 is
specific to this project, so this project is implementing
the specific objective. It goes through all the key steps. And the first step is complete now. Your board adopted the
opportunities and challenges study on April 23, 2019. So we’re well on the way
to implementation of this. And then the next steps following are directly implemented by this project. So real quick, just a little bit of review on the opportunities and challenges study. It was a pretty fun process to go through. A lot of the departments were involved. There was a couple of departmental
workshops that we had. And we did a lot of work
around departmental surveys that really focused on service delivery throughout the county. And we did a lot of
inventory work in researching about employment trends and looking at some of the geographic considerations. And then a couple of the highlights that were interesting
out of the inventory, was that the county owns
2,090 acres of land out there. And that’s composed of 595 parcels. We’re currently operating 159 facilities. And that includes 16 leased facilities. So we’re out there leasing property at approximately 2.8
million dollars a year we now pay for our leases. And we came up with some
stats on the leases. It’s interesting that about
16% of the county employees are actually working in leased facilities. It’s an interesting fact. What we do about it hopefully
will be part of this study and we can see what we can come up with. And one that really struck me is that 68% of county
employees work in buildings that are greater than 50 years old. So that’s kind of telling to our ability to keep things running. There will be a link on the DBW website to the opportunities and challenges study, that just became live today. So if you’re interested you can see that, or let me know and I’ll send you a copy. So, real quick on the
consultant selection process, your board approved
back in April, the RFQ. We went through the selection process. And it was very competitive, and we are recommending Gensler
as the most qualified firm to undertake this effort. They have a very, very
strong team of consultants that they put together. Especially in areas of the
physical impact analysis and the environmental review. Which is gonna be very
critical for this project. And they also had a lot of experience with similar sized counties
doing similar work. So we thought that was very applicable. So here’s basically the process
map of the scope of work that we came up with. So phase one is really
looking at project start up. That’ll happen starting tomorrow if it all goes well. And then looking at phase two, is basically data collection. There’ll be more departmental surveys, interviews with leadership at the county. Also some focus groups,
and we’ll be touring additional sites throughout the county, to give the consultant team
a good idea of what we have. And then moving into phase three, they’re starting to do the
analysis of their findings. And starting to assess the campuses. And then moving into the draft
and the final long range plan will be in phase four. And then phase five and six
are really about development of the master plans themselves. And then moving onto
environment impact report. And throughout this process
your board will have an opportunity to receive
both regular check ins and also be responsible for
accepting the long range property management plan, and adopting the master plans
as they become finalized. So here’s taking that
process map and looking at more of a schedule. So what the change you’ll see is that the campus master planning
work actually moves underneath and will be somewhat simultaneous with the development of the long range property management plan. So that, a lot of that work
will be occurring simultaneously so that shortens our
duration of the project. And then the phase seven
of the environmental impact reports, I want to
point out that there’ll be two separate reports, one
for each campus master plan, because they’re such different properties both in terms of geography and use, and potential that with
might come up with. So, that’ll be a process that will be very interesting
to see what happens. So here’s an overview of
basically it’s the budget, and then the consultant team. So this shows you, it’s
a very, very strong team. We have Gensler as the prime. Gruen and Gruen are our economic experts. And then we have various
civil engineering, cost estimating consultants. And then importantly Rincon Environmental will be serving as the
environmental planning consultant for this project. They’ll be working with a team throughout, but specifically focused on the EIR work. And so we have a total consultant labor and expense budget of just
over a million dollars. And we’re hoping we have an 18
to 24 month project timeline. So here’s our project
management structure, starting down at the bottom left, with a county project team. We’ve developed an
interdepartmental working team, public works, the CO’s
office and general services. And then as needed folks
coming from planning to help us with environmental review. And other county members as needed. And then working closely
on the bottom right with a consultant team. And then moving up with
have the external agencies that we’ll be coordinating with. And a lot of opportunity
for community engagement, which we’ll go over in a second. And then that all feeds into
a county steering committee which has regular meetings
throughout the process. And then moving up to
the board of supervisors. So here’s just a review of all the community engagement opportunities. So throughout the project
there’ll be ample opportunity. There’ll be community group meetings, of course board of supervisors meetings throughout the long range
property management plan. And then throughout the
campus master planning there’ll also be town hall meetings that’ll be site specific
to each of the properties. And then your board meetings, as well. And of course the
environmental impact analysis, the entire CEQA process is
a very public, open process with community meetings, as well. There’s lots of opportunity
for folks to be involved. So next steps, we have the
project kick off meeting scheduled for September 23rd, and then September and
October we’ll be doing additional interviews and surveys. And also more data collection. And then our first steering
committee meeting’s also scheduled for October 28th. So we have our recommendations. Number one, consider approval
of the two resolutions accepting an anticipated revenue
in the amount of $300,000 from the Health Services Agency to the general plant fund budget. And number two, consider approval of the independent contractor
agreement with Gensler. And then not to exceed
an amount of 1,008,513. And number three, authorize
the deputy CAO director of public works to sign
the original agreement on behalf of the county. And thank you for you consideration
of these recommendations and we’re available for questions. – [Ryan] Supervisor Friend. – Thank you Chair, thank you
again for the presentation. Congratulations on the new position it’s deserved.
– Thank you. – I do have one question. On the phase two data
collection component, one of the things that
the board had discussed some months back, when we were
initially presented with this was the idea of getting a sense of where our employees actually live. And that whether that would be
part of the data collection. It appeared as though we had
something where they worked. But I didn’t see neccessarily
where they lived. In large part, because to my knowledge we’re the second largest
public employer in the county, when you consider the
university then to us. Obviously anything that we
can do to help alleviate some of the commute
issues, would be ideal. For those that live in
the mid and south county, if it means that a rearranging of where those employees are able to go
to work to work in the county I think could have a significant impact. Both on their quality of life
and the community in general. So I’d like to see as we do
for facilities master plan, some sort of data collection
to see whether that could be tied into it as well. – Yeah, we actually did
do some of that work in the opportunities and challenges study, it wasn’t on the slide. But we did look at the place of residence of the employees, without disclosing too much
personal information, of course. But we were able to assemble that data. And we do have figures on
that, where employees live, versus where they work,
it’s very interesting. – Okay.
– Yeah. – [Zach] Thank you. – [Ryan] Supervisor Leopold. – Thank you. Thank you for the presentation, and congratulations on the job. I had a couple questions. The first part of this is doing the long range property management plan. Which is looking at all of our properties and trying to assess. The report talks about
the disposition portion of the study, to support these projects. To me, the disposition
of certain properties that we might consider surplus, may have better uses than
supporting these two projects. And I want to make sure that as we do that long range property management plan that we’re not locking
ourselves in to getting rid of our excess property, because
we have two big projects we have to support. Some of those properties
will be parks properties. As someone who represents a district
who’s already given up park properties for housing, and for other activities,
I’m sensitive to the fact of park properties not
being used to support parks in a parks deficient district. So I just want to be sure
that we’re not locking ourselves into something
that we have two projects, and everything goes to those two projects. – Right, so the, the capital facility plan will potentially have recommendations
on surplus property with some analysis
hopefully to back that up. But, it will not be an adopted plan, it will be accepted by your
board in any kind of action. So there’s no action
proposed out of that plan. So any followup actions would of course have to go through the entire
process with your board. – Thanks, I appreciate that. And, I think it’ll be very important to see that list when it comes out. There’s a slide that
talked about debt analysis. And I brought this up
in a previous discussion when we talked about the
landfill, about debt analysis. There’s a lot of people who, there’s a lot of departments,
and there’s a lot of needs that want to take
advantage of the fact that in less than 10 years we’ll
be done with 2/3 of our debt. And I think it needs to be… I hope that we’re gonna be
looking at all those needs, because, I don’t want it to be a race
to who gets there first. – Right, so we’ll be certainly
working with the CAO office to ensure that there’s equity amongst all that debt need. And to ensure that it’s a
part of the larger plan. – Yeah, well I’m hoping that we have that discussion here at this board. That we make a decision
about where we want to place our debt as we look
at the whole picture, not just this, these two, the facility plans
for these two properties. I think that’s gonna be important. And, I know we like to have debt, and it’s part of what we do. I want to make sure that we use
it in the best way possible. The last part I had is about public input, along the way in this. I think there are some
very exciting things that could happen with these properties. They have interest probably beyond the 300 feet of the affected properties. The steering committee that
you’re putting together, will that have representatives
of our constituents unions, our workers, who will be
part of that discussion? – We’ve talked about the make
up of the steering committee, but I think it’s still under discussion. We’ve definitely talked about making sure that we have a pretty
robust input on this. Because we want this project
and anything that comes out of it to be successful. We’re at the same time
trying to have a nimble response to the consultants. So, I’m not sure if it’s part
of the steering committee, but the steering committee
again is gonna be taking all of the input
that we could receive and making sure it’s
robust and comprehensive. – Well I mean one of the
things that I appreciate that, our county administrative
officer I think did a really good job. And when it became CAO going around to all the departments, and at
least in my conversations with him, housing was a big issue. Ensuring that there’s
participation of the employees to help think about this, I think will result not
only in a better plan, but better buy in. And I think it helps moral to know that at the highest levels
of county government, we’re taking this very seriously about meeting the needs of our employees. And so I would encourage
thinking about whether there’s one or two people from that are nominated from the employees, or their constituent unions to be part of that steering committee, to represent that voice in the process. I think it would be helpful. That’s all I have. – Supervisor Caput. – Yeah, thank you. Certainly we’re gonna accept the money. The only question I have is, we’re talking about a lot
of consultant fees here. In your opinion they’re all reasonable when you look at all of them? – Yes, when we worked with a consultant we looked at every
detail to ensure that we were getting maximum
value for our dollars. So we believe it’s a good
scope, it’s a good budget, and it’s a tight timeline, which is also a good thing for all of us, as well. – In the future, if we have
something like this again, is there some part of
the consultant work that the actual county can do itself, without having to hire out? – So even this effort is
gonna require a lot of input from county staff. From each department, from
the project management team, there’s a lot of input already required. This document will live for
hopefully many years as a guide. So, as we continue to evolve projects, then county staff will
continue to be involved and will work towards
implementing future projects, as well as the two site master plans that we’ll be working on first. – Okay. A big part of this is the
Freedom mental health facility part of the campus. It’s still delayed, we’re going
on probably 10 months now. Is it gonna open soon? I’m not blaming anybody,
I’m just saying (chuckles) this has been going on a long time. – My understanding is
they’ve wrapped it up for the most part at this point. There was some landscaping, a bit of concrete work being done. But the building itself has been accepted, and so I think we’re
in a good position there. This project’s really a separate element, trying to push forward a longer range plan to further develop that campus. But the project that you’re
referring to I believe is for the most part,
wrapped up at this point. – And then lastly. With the delay, are we
actually paying out money to consultants and others while this delay of about, we’ll say nine to
10 months, has taken place on the Freedom campus. – So, the new building that
was constructed there recently, we do not have consultants
on board with that project. That’s staff-led, and so
we’re not paying at this point for any extra services
that we don’t need today. – [Greg] Okay, thank you. – Yeah thank you and
congratulations Mr. Cary for the new position. I’m glad to see this moving forward, not only for the public at large, but for employees, as well. The numbers, we have a lot
of acreage, almost 2,100, and almost 600 parcels. Have we gotten rid of any
parcels in the recent years? Or have we been adding on in general? Or have we been adding or losing? – We’ll, it’s mostly a data issue. We have acquired some nice properties. But there’s really out of that, almost, like you said, 2,100 acres. A lot of that is located up
in the mountainous areas. And when I first started here we actually had over 1,000 parcels. The number of parcels was
reduced by combining parcels. The number of parcels have gone down, the acreage hasn’t changed substantially. We don’t often surplus property. And so any new acquisitions that we have are mostly small in nature. Every once in awhile we’ll
buy something important. There hasn’t been a significant
change in real property. – I would add though Supervisor, there are two properties
that were connected with the redevelopment agency, one that was nine acres
at 7th and Brommer. Another that nearly four
acres of capital erode in which we are in the
process of disposing of. And we had an item on today’s agenda, about a surplus property on 34th Avenue. – Good, I’m just glad to see that we’re taking into
consideration the housing and where people are living, too, because we know this is a nightmare, it’s adding an hour,
two hours a day at least to some of these folks. That’s gonna be good
to get that input about where people are residing today, and are likely tomorrow with probably the housing opportunities
throughout the county, thank you. – Yeah I’m just only gonna add. I think governments often forget that they are asset managers of large amounts of property, and thinking about how to
use those assets in a way that benefits the
community, or work force. And our overall mission
to provide services I think is really important. And so I’m very supportive of this effort, ’cause I think it’s a big opportunity that we need to be thinking more about, as an entity, so thank you. Thank you for bringing this forward. And congratulations on the new role. – Thank you. – We’ll now open it up for public comment. Is there anyone from the public who’d like to speak to us? – Thank you, Becky Steinbrunner,
resident of rural Aptos. Thank you for the presentation
it’s shocking (laughs) as a member of the public
to find out how much land the county government owns
and how much it leases, is also pretty incredible. The amount of money spent
on leasing properties, I think really needs to be examined. So my question is, and this
probably goes hand in hand with strategic plan, does
the county plan to expand the amount of space
that it needs to provide the level of service that
the county foresees needed for the public in the future? How does that fit in with strategic plan? And that seems that it
would be a guiding factor for this type of study. What are going to need? What do we anticipate in level of services and locations of service? I applaud finding out
where your employees work. I happen know some of them
commute from the Central Valley. But I think we have to keep in mind that these services are for the public. And while it is unfortunate that people who work for the county
are having to drive, or come in from way far away, we have to keep in mind
that they are doing so as a service to the public. And so to locate those
services to make it easier for the people who work here, is a disservice to the public. And I think we have to keep that in mind. I think there needs to be a
cost benefit analysis done for some of these leased properties, or recently acquired properties. I know that the sheriff’s substations is a relatively new thing. I remember when that
first started happening. And I would like some
information on how much those are really used by
members of the public. The county just spent a lot of money securing the Aptos Village Safety Center. And I’ve been there,
there was no one there. I don’t know how much people do go there. I don’t know how much people do go to the sheriff’s center up in Felton. But that could be reduced in some way, and save a lot of money. We all know we’ve got
a debt tsunami coming with the CalPERS debt,
Mr. Palasio has warned you all of that coming. I think in looking at this, I hope that you do include the employees. We have heard here people from
the public defender’s office with stories about being attacked. And I really would like to
make sure that those employees get proper protection with
some sort of a secured access. Whether it’s a new
multi-storage parking garage with a secured catwalk
that only they can access, something like that.
(buzzer beeps) We need to protect those employees, because they’re probably
the most vulnerable (buzzer beeps)
because of what they do. (buzzer beeps) And I just want to thank
you for your service, and hope that the trees
around this building can be replanted,
(buzzer beeps) with solar in the parking, lot. Thank you. – So that concludes public comment, I’ll bring it back to the board. – [Bruce] Move on that. – Motion by McPherson. – Second.
– Second by Friend. All those in favor please say, aye. – [Supervisors] Aye. – Opposed? Passes unanimously thank you so much. – [Matt] Thank you. – We’ll now move on to item number 10 which is considered an
ordinance for appealing chapter 4.48, and section 7.100.120 of the Santa Cruz County Code, and amending chapter 7.1, 8.08, 8.24, 8.30, 8.32, 8.40, 8.42, 8.43,
8.45, 8.50, 8.52 and 9.57 of the Santa Cruz County Code to correct typographical errors, address organizational issues, align the code with changes to state law, delete unnecessary material. And make additional miscellaneous changes and schedule the ordiance for final adoption on September 24, 2019 as outlined in a memorandum
of the county counsel. – Good morning, Jason Heath
county counsel’s office. This is the ninth installment
of our county code update ordinance procedures here. I’m hoping that I’m still
meeting your expectations in bringing these to you in approximately 40 page installments. I don’t want to overwhelm you
with the amount of material. This installment we’re
asking the board to repeal an ordinance that’s no
longer necessary to have regarding a building fund. Also, some provisions regarding our hazardous materials ordinance. And we’re asking you to
consider review and revision of some of the discrimination
and retaliation provisions, as well as other public health and safety provisions in the code. Happy to answer any questions
you have about this item. – Do we have any questions? Seeing none, I’ll open
it up to public comment. Seeing none, I’ll close public comment and bring it back to the board. Supervisor Leopold. – Thank you Chair. I thank you again for the
work of county counsel in looking over these pieces. It is fascinating to read our county code in 40 page junks. This features how big the
sticks can be for protest at labor demonstrations,
that was a new one to me. There is one part of the code that I’d like us to just change
the language a little bit. On section 8.40, which is
prohibition of discrimination in rental housing. It currently says that we’re
prohibiting discrimination in rental housing based on age, pregnancy, or family composition. All very good. But there are a lot of other classes that should be protected. We generally think about
sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, but
there’s even more than that. I think we should, I want to suggest, that we change the wording here to align with the protected categories in civil code section 51B. This includes issues of
disability, medical condition, genetic information,
marital status, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status. And because it’s an evolving part, our code would reflect
that evolution over time. And I think it would
make our code stronger. So I would move the recommended actions with the change on the
purpose for section 8.40, to include a reference to
the protected categories in civil code section 51B. – Okay, so we got a motion. Second? – I just wanted to confirm
that what we’re doing is adopting staff recommendation
with a further direction for me to come back in the future with the changes that you
just mentioned on the record? – [Bruce] Correct. – Okay, understood thank you. – Okay, so we got a motion and a second. All those in favor, please say, aye. – [Supervisors] Aye. Opposed, that passes unanimously. We’ll now move on to item number 11, which is consider a final appointment of Edward Eddie Mendoza to the Community Health
Center Co-applicant Commission as an at large representative, for a term to expire on December 11, 2022. – I move approval. – Got a motion. – I’ll second that. – Okay, a motion by Leopold– – I want to welcome Mr.
Mendoza for volunteering, and thank him for that. – Absolutely. All those in favor please say, aye. – [Supervisors] Aye. – Opposed, that passes unanimously. Item number 12, is to
consider a final reappointment of Sonja Brunner to the
Housing Authority Board of Commissioners as an
at large representative for a term to expire on September 1, 2023. And any public comments, seeing none bring back to the board.
– I’ll move for approval. – Second. – Motion by Caput, second by Leopold. All those in favor please say, aye. – [Supervisors] Aye. – So that, we will now adjourn our meeting until our next regularly
scheduled board meeting. And thank everyone for
their participation. And thank you to Community TV for broadcasting today’s meeting.

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