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OK, WELCOME TO THE NOVEMBER 17, 2020 SECOND BOARD MEETING.

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IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 VIRUS, THE COUNTY IS CONDUCTING BUSINESS AND COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS WITH CITY AND FOR THE PUBLIC, LIMITED TO TWENTY FIVE. WE HAVE ALSO PROVIDED SOME FOR SPACE ON THE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO DO NOT WISH TO ATTEND IN PERSON WE HAVE BEEN ACCEPTING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS VIA EMAIL AND VOICEMAIL FOR NON AGENDA AND AGENDA ITEMS. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND YOU THAT AS PART OF OUR REGULAR MEETING, WE WILL BE HOLDING A PUBLIC FORUM THIS AFTERNOON IN THE BOARD'S CHAMBERS AT 1:30 PM AND RELATED TO THE TRUTH ACT.

SO NOW DO WE HAVE SOMEBODY FOR INVOCATION.

AND YOU KNOW, I WILL BE LEADING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE SO THANK YOU.

WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND? IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED, PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS.

DEAR FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW ME TO SERVE THE MERCED COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU FOR OUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, OUR CEO BROWN, ALL THE COUNTY STAFF HERE WHO ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO SERVE THIS COMMUNITY.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS OUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, OUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, OUR CEO BROWN AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AS THEY TRY TO GUIDE US THROUGH UNCHARTED WATERS.

PLEASE, DEAR GOD, GIVE A SPECIAL BLESSING TO MY BHRS TEAM WHO IS WORKING THROUGH THE SILENT PANDEMIC, THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THAT IS OCCURRING IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW.

I ASK YOU, DEAR GOD, TO HELP ALL OF US, ESPECIALLY OUR COUNTY LEADERS, TO BE HUMBLE, INCLUSIVE, INNOVATIVE, THOUGHTFUL, WISE, MERCIFUL, LOVING AND MOST OF ALL, KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.

HELP US THE LEADERS OF MERCED TO BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, A BEACON OF HOPE.

GIVE US COURAGE AND TRUST WHEN WE ARE AFRAID AND ALLOW US TO BE THE INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE IN MERCED. IN THIS, I ASK YOU TO BLESS US AND GUIDE US IN YOUR SON'S NAME I PRAY.

AMEN. AMEN.

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.

THANK YOU FOR THAT. SO THIS MORNING WE HAD A CLOSED SESSION MEETING AND STAFF WAS GIVEN DIRECTION. NOW WE HAVE A PRESENTATION.

[ANNA M. CABALLERO, STATE SENATOR, 12TH DISTRICT - LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]

I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME SENATOR ANNA CABALLERO WHO REPRESENTS CALIFORNIA'S SENATE DISTRICT 12 AND WHO WILL BE PROVIDING A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.

IS SHE HERE YET. WELL, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN YOU TODAY REMOTELY, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT, REALLY NICE PRAYER THAT WAS VERY MOVING. AND WE CAN ALL USE A LITTLE PRAYER DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.

BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I DON'T FORGET TO WISH EVERYBODY A VERY SAFE AND QUIET THANKSGIVING, A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND ALSO TO THINK SUPERVISOR LEE LOR FOR HER YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY OF MERCED.

SO THE WORLD HAS CHANGED SINCE THE LAST TIME THAT WE MET.

IN MARCH, THE SENATE ISSUED A WORK FROM HOME ORDER AND THAT INCLUDED NOBODY GOING INTO THE OFFICE. WE WERE ALL SENT HOME TO SHELTER IN PLACE AND TO WORK REMOTELY.

BUT EVERYBODY'S BEEN WORKING.

AND SO IF YOU CALL OUR OFFICE, YOU'LL GET A RESPONSE IMMEDIATELY.

WE ARE UNDER AN EXTREMELY LIMITED TRAVEL BAN AND LIMITED IN-PERSON EVENTS.

AND IT'S THE REASON THAT I'M DOING THIS MEETING REMOTELY.

THE SENATE HAS HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES AND WE'VE HAD THANKFULLY HAVE HAD A VERY LOW INFECTION RATE BECAUSE OF THE RULES THAT THEY PUT IN PLACE.

AND ALTHOUGH THEY'VE BEEN A REAL PAIN, IT'S HARD NOT TO GO OUT AND TO BE OUT IN PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL THAT'S USED TO DOING THAT.

I'M THANKFUL THAT THEY PUT THE RULES IN PLACE BECAUSE NONE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN MY OFFICE AND THERE'S 12 HAVE BEEN INFECTED AND ALTHOUGH THEY'VE BEEN DIFFICULT.

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THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

HOWEVER, HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT, NOT ALL IS ROSY BECAUSE MANY OF US HAVE HAD FAMILY MEMBERS THAT HAVE BECOME SICK OR HAVE PASSED AWAY BECAUSE OF THIS DEADLY VIRUS.

AND WE KNOW THAT OUR ECONOMY IS REALLY IS IN THE TANK AND THAT MANY SMALL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED AND THAT THEY'LL NEVER OPEN AGAIN.

AND THE ISOLATION AND THE LACK OF THE ABILITY TO TEACH, TO DO IN-PERSON TEACHING HAS REALLY AFFECTED OUR CHILDREN IN WAYS THAT I THINK WE HAVE YET TO FIND OUT.

AND SO WE KNOW THAT THAT AS THE ELECTED LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, THAT WE HAVE TO WE REALLY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE COME OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC WHICH IS CAUSING THIS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY.

SO WHAT I THOUGHT I'D DO TODAY IS DO TWO THINGS.

ONE IS TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND COVID, THE COVID 19 VIRUS, AND THEN STRATEGIES TO GET US THROUGH THE NEXT TWO MONTHS UNTIL A VACCINE IS AVAILABLE.

THAT REALLY IS THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

SO WHAT WE DO KNOW ABOUT THE COVID-19 IS THAT IT'S DEADLY.

WE'VE HAD EIGHTEEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE DEATHS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AS OF YESTERDAY, AND ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE INDIVIDUALS IN MERCED COUNTY THAT HAVE PASSED.

IT'S SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR.

SO MASKS HELPS TO REDUCE THE VIRUS.

IT HELPS TO REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY THAT AN INDIVIDUAL WILL CATCH THE VIRUS.

AND THE MINIMAL CLOSE CONTACT ALSO HELPS TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

IT BASICALLY REDUCES THE RISK.

AND WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THEIR VIRUS RISK.

AND SO INDOOR ACTIVITIES INCREASE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

AND WITH THE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER THAT WE'VE HAD AND WITH THE RAINS COMING, WHICH WE DESPERATELY NEED, IT INCREASES THE RISK THAT THIS VIRUS WILL SPREAD EVEN FASTER.

AND WHEN INFECTION RATES SPREAD, HOSPITALIZATION INCREASE AND THE DEATH RATE INCREASES, THAT'S THE CORRELATION BETWEEN ALL OF THIS.

SO IT BECOMES CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO REALLY REDUCE THE SPREAD OF THE INFECTION.

SO LET ME JUST SAY THAT I'VE HAD A LOT OF CONTACT WITH YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AN YOUR TEAM IN MERCED COUNTY.

YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TEAM.

I REALLY WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM AND APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS.

DR. NANYONJO AND DR.

SANDOVAL OUR UNSUNG HEROES IN MY BOOK, AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE IT'S A HARD TIME RIGHT NOW TO BE A PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL.

IT'S A HARD TIME TO TELL PEOPLE THE DIFFICULT TRUTH THAT THEY NEED TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF VIRUS.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE A COUNTRY THAT BELIEVES IN INDIVIDUALISM AND INDEPENDENCE AND YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO.

BUT THEIR JOB IS TO TELL US WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR MOST AT RISK FAMILY MEMBERS SAFE. BUT QUITE FRANKLY, IT GOES BEYOND THAT.

IT REALLY IS TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF OUR HOSPITALS AND OUT OF THOSE VENTILATORS THAT ARE A DEADLY RISK. THEY HELP YOU TO BREATHE.

BUT IN THE END, THEY'RE VERY INVASIVE.

AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF US WANT TO END UP ON ONE OF THOSE VENTILATORS.

SO DR. NANYONJO AND DR.

SANDOVAL HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT AND CLEAR ABOUT TELLING THE PUBLIC WHAT THEY SHOULD DO TO REDUCE THE RISK OF THE SPREAD AND TO BE ABLE TO STAY HEALTHY.

SO I WANTED TO TO RECOGNIZE THEM AND AND BASICALLY SAY THEY REALLY DESERVE PRAISE AND SUPPORT AND TO THANK THEM FOR ALWAYS THEY THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN TOWN HALL MEETINGS OR TO GIVE ME INFORMATION, THEY'RE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. SO I REALLY WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM AND THANK THE COUNTY FAIR FOR HIRING SUCH TALENTED PEOPLE.

SO I KNOW THERE'S RESISTANCE AND THERE'S ANGER OVER THE GOVERNOR'S ORDERS AND THAT THE TIER RATE'S GOING FROM PURPLE TO RED TO ORANGE AND YELLOW.

AND I WAS REALLY PROUD OF MERCED COUNTY FOR BEING THE FIRST COUNTY IN MY DISTRICT THAT MOVED INTO THAT OR THAT STARTED OFF IN THE RED BECAUSE OF THE LOW INFECTION RATE.

AND I'VE RECOGNIZED AND THINK MERCED COUNTY FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE YOU LED THE WAY FOR

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THE OTHER COUNTIES TO BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO THE RED AS WELL.

HOWEVER, DESPITE SO MANY COUNTIES MOVING INTO THE RED, THE NUMBERS ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION RIGHT NOW. AND I THINK PART OF IT IS COVID FATIGUE.

PEOPLE ARE JUST TIRED OF THIS DISEASE AND THEY'RE TIRED OF SHELTERING IN PLACE.

THEY'RE TIRED OF THEIR KIDS BEING HOME AND HAVING TO HOME, TEACH THEM AND SHARE THE INTERNET ACCESS ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

AND THEY'RE STARTING TO GO TO HOLIDAY BIRTHDAY PARTIES QUINCEANERAS.

AND I JUST I HEAR ABOUT AND I SEE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THE CELEBRATIONS THAT PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO GO TO.

AND I KNOW THANKSGIVING IS A HUGE TEMPTATION BECAUSE MY EXPERIENCE IS MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE ALWAYS TRAVELED FOR THANKSGIVING AND WE EITHER GO TO MY MOTHER'S HOUSE OR MY MOTHER IN LAW'S HOUSE, AND THEN ALL THE KIDS SHOW UP.

AND IT'S A TIME FOR PEOPLE TO DROP IN, TO SAY HI TO EACH OTHER, TO HUG AND KISS AND SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY. AND WE'RE JUST NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT THIS THANKSGIVING.

SO ONE OF MY MESSAGES IS, THAT WE HAVE TO DO WHATEVER WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SO THAT WE CAN CELEBRATE ANOTHER HOLIDAY SEASON WITH OUR FAMILY MEMBERS. AND SO IT MAY MEAN THAT PEOPLE HAVE VERY MODEST, VERY QUIET HOLIDAYS AND THAT I'M ENCOURAGING THAT ONE AND I WILL SHELTER IN PLACE AND WE WILL EAT TURKEY BY OURSELVES.

THAT'S JUST THE WAY THE WAY IT HAS TO BE.

AND SO IF ANYONE WELL, MY MESSAGE IS DON'T INVITE PEOPLE TO COME OVER THAT ARE NOT PART OF YOUR CIRCLE JUST BECAUSE THE RISK IT STARTS TO INCREASE WHEN PEOPLE START MOVING AROUND AND SOCIALIZING IN LARGER GROUPS.

SO THERE HAS TO BE A STRATEGY.

WHAT'S THE STRATEGY TO GET US THROUGH THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

THAT THE INFORMATION ON THE VACCINES IS THAT THEY WILL PROBABLY BECOME AVAILABLE IN 2021 IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND THAT THE FIRST INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL GET THE VACCINE, THE PRIORITY WILL BE FIRST THE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND THOSE THAT ARE AT HIGHEST RISK, WHICH MEANS IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO GET TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT AT HIGH RISK OR WHO DON'T WORK AS A FIRST RESPONDER.

SO WE NEED TO GET US THROUGH THE NEXT TWO OR THREE MONTHS.

AND THE BIG KEY IS THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE SHELTER IN PLACE.

AND IN ORDER TO DO THIS, THEY NEED TO HAVE A PLACE TO SHELTER IN PLACE, A RESIDENCE.

AND WHY THAT BECOMES IMPORTANT IS THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD A HARD TIME PAYING THE RENT AND HAVE BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN WORKING OR ARE REALLY SUFFERING ECONOMICALLY.

THIS LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION, I, ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF LEGISLATORS, PASSED A BILL WHICH IS A TENANT LANDLORD RELIEF BILL, WHICH PROTECTS TENANTS SO THAT THEY CANNOT BE EVICTED DURING THIS PANDEMIC FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT.

WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO IS PAY AT LEAST TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF THE RENT THAT'S DUE.

THEY HAVE TO SIGN A DECLARATION UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, SAYING THAT THEY THEY WERE AFFECTED, THEIR INCOME WAS AFFECTED BECAUSE OF COVID AND THEY NEED TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH THEIR LANDLORD AND ABIDE BY ALL THE RULES.

AND THE LANDLORDS ARE PROTECTED, IN PARTICULAR THE SMALLER LANDLORDS BY THE LANDLORD BILL OF RIGHTS, WHICH PROTECTS THEM FROM FORECLOSURE IF THEY MISS PAYMENTS OF THEIR MORTGAGE.

AND WHY THAT'S IMPORTANT IS BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THE MORTGAGE HOLDER TO WORK WITH THE LANDLORD SO THAT THEY DON'T LOSE THE PROPERTY AND THAT PROTECTS EVERYBODY TILL FEBRUARY.

AND WHY THAT'S IMPORTANT IS WE BELIEVE AFTER FEBRUARY, THE SITUATION IS GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT AS WE START TO CLIMB OUT OF THIS ECONOMIC HOLE.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO PAY THE RENT, TO PAY THE BILLS. AND THE FOOD BANK HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY OVERWHELMED.

AND THEY'RE DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE LEVEL OF FOOD TO PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY, REALLY STRUGGLING.

AND SO MY URGING IS THAT THE COUNTY CONSIDER

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THAT YOU SUPERVISORS CONSIDER THE CARES ACT RESOURCES THAT YOU'VE RECEIVED FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE STATE TO HELP PEOPLE THAT HAVE REALLY BEEN STRUGGLING, WHETHER IT'S TO PAY THE RENT, TO PAY THEIR UTILITIES OR TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE.

THAT CARES ACT MONEY HAS TO BE SPENT BY DECEMBER 31ST OF THIS YEAR.

OTHERWISE, IT'S RETURNED.

AND SO IT IS SPECIFICALLY TO HELP US DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

AND I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A COMMUNITY GROUP THAT'S GOING TO SHOW UP AND ASK THAT THAT YOU ALL SUPPORT SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND I WANT TO ADD MY VOICE TO THAT.

I THINK THERE'S NEVER BEEN A TIME LIKE THIS.

AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE STRUGGLED THE MOST ARE THE ONES THAT, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, HAVE BECOME UNEMPLOYED BECAUSE OF THIS PANDEMIC.

AND SO THE MORE THAT WE CAN HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR FEET AGAIN AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LANDLORD TENANT STABILIZATION ACT DOESN'T WAIVE THE RENT THAT'S OWED TO THE LANDLORD, THAT MONEY WILL STILL BE OWED.

BUT IT CONVERTED IT INTO A CIVIL DEBT FOR WHICH IT COULD NOT BE EVICTED DURING THIS PANDEMIC. AND SO LANDLORDS ARE DESPERATE BECAUSE THEIR TENANTS HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PAY THE RENT AND TENANTS ARE DESPERATE AS WELL BECAUSE THEY ULTIMATELY WILL OWE THIS MONEY.

AND SO ANY HELP THAT THE BOARD COULD PROVIDE WOULD BE, I KNOW, GREATLY APPRECIATED AND WOULD MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY IN PARTICULAR.

THE STATE HAS ALSO PUT SOME RESOURCES OUT TO HELP WITH HOUSING THE HOMELESS AND ALSO TO TRY TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AMONG THE FARM WORKER COMMUNITY.

AND SO THERE'S THE HOUSING FOR HARVEST PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FARM WORKERS TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN A DIFFERENT LOCATION, IN A HOTEL OR SOMEWHERE ELSE, WHERE THEY WILL NOT CONTAMINATE THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.

CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.

AND PROJECT ROOM KEY, I BELIEVE THAT MERCED COUNTY MAY NOT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THAT, BUT I'M NOT SURE.

BUT AGAIN, THAT WAS TO GET HOMELESS OFF THE STREETS AND TO GIVE THEM A PLACE TO STAY IN A HOTEL ROOM. AND THAT IT BECOMES REALLY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY AS THE WEATHER, AS THE RAIN STARTS TO FALL AND IT GETS COLDER.

AND THEN FINALLY, THE LEGISLATURE ALSO PASSED.

AND I WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PASSING A SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT, ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE REHIRING THEIR EMPLOYEES TO COME BACK TO WORK.

IT HELPS TO DEFRAY THE COST OF THE EMPLOYEE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET BACK TO WORK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

SO LET ME JUST FINISH OFF BY SAYING I AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE VIRTUALLY TODAY AND ALSO TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY OFFICE.

WE ARE ALL WORKING AND HAVE TO TAKE REALLY SERIOUSLY ANY CONCERNS THAT YOU HAVE WORKING ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES FOR DIFFERENT COUNTIES AND DIFFERENT CITIES.

AND AS WE MOVE INTO NEXT YEAR PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH AS WE LOOK AT WHAT THE STATE BUDGET WILL LOOK LIKE, WHAT THE COUNTY BUDGET WILL LOOK LIKE, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOLS, BECAUSE I THINK WE ALL WANT THE SCHOOLS TO OPEN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

IT HELPS PARENTS TREMENDOUSLY.

LET ME JUST SAY THAT I ALSO HAVE HAD A LOT OF INTERACTION WITH YOUR SUPERINTENDENTS TO GET AN IDEA OF SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT THEY'RE FACING IN THEIR DECISIONS ABOUT WHETHER TO OPEN UP AND HOW TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF HEALTHY.

AND HOW TO DO THE LESSONS THROUGH THE INTERNET AND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FACING AS WELL. AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING ON BROADBAND TOGETHER BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A SOLUTION THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN THE SOLUTIONS IN THE BIGGER CITIES.

WE'RE GOING TO NEED A RURAL SOLUTION.

AND I'M TOTALLY COMMITTED TO WORKING ON THAT AS WELL.

SO PLEASE CONSIDER OUR OFFICE OPEN.

FEEL FREE TO GIVE US A CALL IF THERE'S ANY ISSUES THAT ARE COMING UP.

AND STAY HEALTHY AND STAY SAFE, BECAUSE WE JUST NEED TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

AND I THINK THINGS WILL BE BETTER AFTER THAT.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH SENATOR CABALLERO. I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A GOOD HAPPY

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HOLIDAYS AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU. OK, NOW WE'RE GOING TO GO TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

[PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK]

IT IS NOW TIME FOR PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON ANY MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST WITHIN THE BOARD'S JURISDICTION, INCLUDING ITEMS ON THE BOARD'S AGENDA, EXCEPT FOR THOSE ITEMS SPECIFICALLY SCHEDULED AS PUBLIC HEARINGS, TESTIMONY LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES PER PERSON.

WE HAVE SOME.

OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT AND GO AHEAD.

YES. WELCOME. GOOD MORNING.

HONORABLE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

I'M KAREN ADAMS, YOUR MERCED COUNTY TREASURER TAX COLLECTOR.

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE TODAY THAT I RECOGNIZE MS. KAREN HELMS, WHO IS MY ASSISTANT TREASURER, TAX COLLECTOR FOR PASSING THE CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL EXAM.

THIS COURSE IS A TWO YEAR COMMITMENT AND COVERS 20 COURSE TOPICS AND CONCLUDES WITH A LENGTHY EXAM AFTER EACH TOPIC.

COURSES INCLUDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND MONETARY POLICY, ECONOMIC INDICATORS IN THE YIELD CURVE, UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING RISK IN THE INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO AND BOND ISSUER CREDIT ANALYSIS, JUST TO NAME A FEW.

THE CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION, OR BETTER KNOWN AS CGIP, IS SOUGHT AFTER BY LOCAL AGENCIES BECAUSE OF ITS FOCUS ON CASH FLOW AND CREDIT PORTFOLIO CONSTRAINTS UNIQUE TO GOVERNMENT.

KAREN HELMS COMMITMENT TO THE OFFICE AS THE ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT HEAD IS ONE OF THE MANY ATTRIBUTES THAT MAKES ME A LUCKY LADY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH HER.

I'M HONORED TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND TODAY I'M HONORED TO OFFICIALLY AWARD KAREN HELMS HER CGIP DESIGNATION AND HER CERTIFICATE.

JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU, KAREN.

CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU.

I WISH TO THANK MY BOSS, KAREN ADAMS, WITHOUT HER ENCOURAGEMENT AND COMMITMENT TO EMPOWERING HER STAFF.

THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE.

I IN TURN, WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE OTHER STAFF MEMBERS TO OBTAIN THEIR CGIP'S DESIGNATION OR SOMETHING SIMILAR.

THIS DESIGNATION, ALONG WITH KAREN'S VAST KNOWLEDGE, PROVIDES A GREAT FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK WE DO AS TREASURY PROFESSIONALS.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. AGAIN.

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. OKAY ANYONE ELSE.

DEAR MEMBERS OF THE MERCED COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, I'M DR.

SEEMA NEVER IN THOSE YEARS HAVE I BEEN MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL, COGNITIVE, SOCIAL AND NUTRITIONAL HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN OF MERCED COUNTY THAN I AM TODAY. MY CONCERN IS NOT A FEAR.

I HAVE DATA FROM OUR E.R.

THAT SERVES AS EVIDENCE OF A DRAMATIC NEGATIVE EFFECT ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR YOUTH.

FIRST OF ALL, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITS DOUBLED IN SEPTEMBER COMPARED TO APRIL OF 2020, AND THE NUMBER OF VISITS OF SELF-HARM FOR SELF-HARM QUADRUPLED.

SECONDLY, THE MEDIAN AGE IS LOWER AND THE AGE RANGE INCLUDES YOUNGER CHILDREN DURING THE MONTHS OF THIS PANDEMIC, WHEN CHILDREN WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN SCHOOL AND WERE NOT.

THIS MEANS THAT WHILE IN THE PAST I WAS USED TO SEEING CHILDREN AGES 12 TO 17 SHOWING UP IN THE E.R., I'M ROUTINELY NOW RESPONDING TO AGES 10 TO 14 AT A RATE THAT HAS QUADRUPLED.

CLEARLY, THIS IS NOT JUST AN ADOLESCENT PROBLEM.

SOME E.R. VISITS ARE AS YOUNG AS FOUR YEARS OLD, WHILE OTHERS RANGE FROM 6 TO 12.

20 CHILDREN HAVE HAD E.R.

MENTAL HEALTH VISITS MORE THAN ONCE DURING THAT SAME TIME PERIOD.

WITH REGARD TO MY ATHLETE PATIENTS, THE ONES THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MONEY OR PLAY CLUB OR PRIVATE SPORTS, CLEARLY THEY HAVE BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED THAN THOSE KIDS WHOSE PARENTS HAVE ACCESS TO GETTING THEIR KIDS INTO PRIVATE CLUB SPORTS.

SEVERAL OF MY YOUNG ATHLETES HAVE GAINED UPWARDS OF 40 POUNDS AND HAVE BECOME CLINICALLY DEPRESSED OVER THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS, INDICATING HOW BADLY THEY MISS PLAYING.

AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE ARE ONCE AGAIN STRIPPING AWAY THE ABILITY OF THESE CHILDREN TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.

YOUNG ATHLETES ARE BEING TOLD AFTER WEEKS OF FOLLOWING ALL THE RULES, THEY ARE ONCE AGAIN HAVING THE BALL TAKEN AWAY AND THE GOALPOSTS MOVED.

AT THE START OF THIS PANDEMIC WHEN WE REALIZED THE LIMITED ROLE CHILDREN PLAYED OUR LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEDGE THE DESIRE TO ALLOW YOUTH ATHLETES THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY ACTIVITY THAT ADULT ATHLETES WERE ALLOWED TO PERFORM.

YET TODAY, WHEN YOU TURN ON ESPN AND THE NFL AND MLB AND NBA ARE IN FULL SWING, ARE WE GOING TO HOLD TO THAT PROMISE? WILL THE STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN? I WILL. WILL OTHERS.

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ARE YOU SEEING THOSE IMAGES AS WELL.

THEY ARE ACUTELY AWARE THAT THEIR PRIVILEGED FRIENDS WHO HAVE PARENTS THAT CAN AFFORD AND LOGISTICALLY MANAGE TRAVEL OR LEAGUE SPORTS HAVE BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR SPORTS ALMOST UNFETTERED.

WE ARE SENDING A MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR TO OUR YOUTH THAT IF THEY ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC SYSTEM, THEY ARE OUT OF LUCK REGARDLESS OF THEIR ATHLETIC ABILITY.

TODAY, ADULTS PLAY OUR CHILDREN AS A WHOLE DO NOT.

CLEARLY, IT IS SAFE TO PLAY EVEN FOR THOSE KIDS WHOSE PARENTS CAN'T AFFORD IT, NOR HAVE THE TIME TO FACILITATE IT.

THE KIDS KNOW. THEY ALSO KNOW THAT I'M TRYING NOW MORE THAN I EVER HAVE IN THE PAST.

I AM CERTAIN THAT IF WE REQUIRED MASKS HAND SANITIZER, GLOVES, AT LIMITED TIME INTERVALS, ADEQUATE VENTILATION, NO LOCKER ROOMS, NO EATING OR DRINKING, YOUNG ATHLETES WOULD FOLLOW THESE RULES IN MANY WAYS BETTER THAN THEIR ADULT COUNTERPARTS.

SO I ASK YOU ALL I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. COME FORWARD SIR.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THE HONORABLE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PRESENT MY REASSESSMENT EXEMPTION CASE.

THE PURPOSES OF THIS CLAIM IS TO HAVE THE REVERSAL OF ASSESSED VALUE AND REFUND ALL SUPPLEMENTAL TAXES PAID DURING 2018, 19 AND 20.

AND THAT BASED ON THE RULE TWO OF THE REVENUE AND TAXATION CODE THE TRANSACTION BETWEEN BLOOD RELATED FAMILY MEMBERS AND BASED ON PROVIDED DOCUMENTS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE ASSESSMENT.

I HAD A LAND THAT WAS GOING TO BE DEVELOPED AND THEN THE CONTRACTOR FAILED AND THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED AND THEN THE JUDGMENT, WHICH WAS A DEFAULT JUDGMENT, CAME OUT TO BE AROUND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.

AND I HIRED AN ATTORNEY TO SPLIT IT IN MECHANICS LIEN SECURED BY THE LAND AND THE ATTORNEY FEE NOT SECURED BY THE LAND.

THEN MY BROTHER ACCEPTED TO PAY ME TO PAY THE SHERIFF AND HE STOPPED THE AUCTION.

AND THEN I HAD A THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR OFFER ON THE TABLE THAT I REJECTED.

AND I TOOK MY BROTHER'S SUGGESTION TO GET THE MONEY FROM HIM AND PAID THE SHERIFF TO STOP AUCTION. AND THEN AFTER 18 MONTHS SINCE MY BROTHER WAS IN LAW SUIT, I PUT HIS DAUGHTER'S NAME ON THE TITLE.

AND THEN AFTER 18 MONTHS THE DAUGHTER CLAIMED THAT SHE HAS THE OWNERSHIP BECAUSE I MISTAKENLY GAVE HER THE GRANT DEED BASED ON BROTHERLY TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT.

AND THEN I FILED A LAWSUIT AND THE LAWSUIT WAS VERY COSTLY.

SO WE DECIDED TO SETTLE IT FOR THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS.

SO AND THE TITLE CHIEF AND THE APPRAISERS THEY'RE COMPLETELY WRONG IN THEIR EVALUATION, IN THEIR INVESTIGATION, IN THEIR ANALYSIS THAT ARE REFLECTED IN 70 PAGES.

AND THEY DIDN'T PAY NO ATTENTION TO THESE 70 PAGES, INCLUDING THE APPEAL BOARD.

THEY DID NOT LISTEN TO ME.

IT WAS NOT A HEARING.

IT WAS ASKING THE OPINION OF THE APPRAISER WHO WAS WRONGLY USING A WRONG NUMBER TO COME UP WITH THE WRONG VALUE, WHICH NOBODY BUYS THE PROPERTY AT THAT PRICE WITH A LOT OF REPAIRS TO BE DONE AND THEN MAKE MONEY ON IT.

SO NOBODY BUYS IT.

NOBODY PAYS THAT MUCH THAT THE APPRAISER IS GUESSING THAT THIS PROPERTY HAS THE VALUE, PLEASE, ASSIGN SOMEBODY TO REVIEW MY I'M SORRY YOUR THREE MINUTES ARE UP.

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WE'LL LOOK AT IT. OK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANYONE ELSE HERE WILL LIKE TO SPEAK.

YES.

OKAY GOOD. GOOD MORNING, CHAIR, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY COUNCIL CEO BROWN.

I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND THANK ALL OF YOU.

TWO WEEKS AGO, YOU AT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPOINTED A NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR BHRS, DR. JIN SOOFI.

SHE STARTED LAST WEEK AND SHE IS ACTUALLY IN THE HOUSE.

SO WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS ACTUALLY HAVE HER STAND AND WAVE TO ALL OF YOU, OUR NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF BHRS, DR.

JIN SOOFI. HELLO.

WELCOME. I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT HAVING HER HERE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

WELL, ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK.

ALL RIGHT, GOOD MORNING. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS JOVANA, I'M WITH FOR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL.

WE ARE HERE TODAY ONCE AGAIN TO URGE YOU TO ALLOCATE CARES FUNDS TO A RENT UTILITY MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

AND WE SEE THAT EVERY DAY AND WE HEAR IT FROM RESIDENTS.

ACCORDING TO THE HUNDRED CONNECTIONS, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR OF WHICH HAVE FALLEN BEHIND ON THEIR WATER AND SEWER BILL. AND OUT OF THOSE ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR CUSTOMERS, SOME ARE SEVEN TO EIGHT MONTHS PAST DUE.

AND THIS IS JUST ONE CITY IN MERCED COUNTY.

PEOPLE CONTINUE TO OPT OUT OF PAYING BILLS IN ORDER TO PAY FOR RENT, AND THEY KEEP FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS.

COUNTY CANNOT KEEP STALLING AND SAYING THERE IS NO NEED FOR SUCH A PROGRAM.

DURING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING ON AUGUST 11, THE BOARD APPROVED A CARES ACT FUNDING PLAN. THE COUNTY DETERMINED THERE WAS NO NEED TO CREATE A RENTAL UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WITH CARES FUNDING DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY HAD FOUR MILLION DOLLARS AVAILABLE THROUGH ITS CURRENT PROGRAMS FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, ALONG WITH PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS, HOST CITY WORKSHOP, WHERE AN HSA PROGRAM MANAGER SHARED INFORMATION ON THE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH ITS DEPARTMENT. WHILE WE APPRECIATE COUNTY STAFF PARTNERING WITH US AND PROVIDING INFORMATION TO RESIDENTS, THESE PROGRAMS ARE INSUFFICIENT TO PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF TO THE MOST VULNERABLE. RESIDENTS RAISED CONCERNS REGARDING THESE PROGRAMS. FIRST MANY HAD ALREADY APPLIED BUT DID NOT QUALIFY.

AND SECOND, THEY WERE UNABLE TO APPLY TO THESE PROGRAMS BECAUSE THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO ADJUST THEIR RESIDENCY IN THIS COUNTRY, WHICH WOULD TRIGGER A PUBLIC CHARGE AGAINST THEM.

LOCAL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS SUCH AS THE STATE CARES FUNDING, CAN BE USED TO PAY FOR RENT UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND WILL NOT TRIGGER A PUBLIC CHARGE FOR RESIDENTS.

THEY CAN SAFELY ACCESS THIS AID MORE EASILY AND WITHOUT REPERCUSSIONS ON THEIR RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS.

DURING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING ON AUGUST 11 THE BOARD SET ASIDE THREE MILLION OF THE CARES FUNDING IN A CONTINGENCY FUND, WHICH COULD BE USED TO HELP RESIDENTS IF THEY WERE UNABLE TO RECEIVE ANY RELIEF FROM HSA.

WE HAVE LAUNCHED A PETITION THAT IS CIRCULATING AMONG COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY AND ARE STILL UNABLE TO PAY THEIR RENT, BILLS OR MORTGAGE.

SO WE URGE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO HOLD YOUR PROMISE TO CREATE A RENT UTILITY MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FROM THE CONTINGENCY FUND IF RESIDENTS WERE UNABLE TO ACCESS AID FROM HSA. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WOULD ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO SPEAK? GOOD MORNING BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, I'M GOING TO BE REAL SHORT AND BRIEF, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC, BASICALLY WE HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR A RENT, UTILITIES AND MORTGAGE RELIEF PROGRAM.

THERE IS CURRENTLY WE ESTIMATE THAT THERE ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY MERCED HOUSEHOLDS IN DANGER OF FACING EVICTIONS DUE TO COVID 19.

AND UNEMPLOYMENT HAS CONTINUED TO RISE IN MERCED.

MERCED COUNTY CONTINUES TO HOLD 14 MILLION IN CARES FUNDING THAT COULD BE USED TO HELP FAMILIES REMAIN HOME.

WHILE NEIGHBORING COUNTIES HAVE ALREADY STARTED THIS PROCESS.

WE CONTINUE TO URGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.

YOUR RESIDENTS, NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION AND PEOPLE ARE WAITING.

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THANK YOU. JUST STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD, PLEASE.

OH, SORRY. YES, BLANCA THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OK COOL? GOOD MORNING BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, MY NAME IS GUTIERREZ. MY PRONOUNS, ARE THEY THEM OR AND I'M A YOUTH ORGANIZER WITH 99 ROOTS AND INTERNAL ORGANIZING PROGRAM OF POWER CALIFORNIA. AND DESPITE LOWER COSTS OF LIVING IN RURAL CALIFORNIA, RURAL CALIFORNIA HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH RATES OF LESS THAN LIVING WAGE INCOME, RENTER SHIP AND RENT BURDEN. MERCED COUNTY IS ABOVE THE STATE AVERAGE IN RENT BURDENED BELOW OF SUBSTANCE HOUSEHOLDS AND CONTINUES TO BE THE ONLY SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COUNTY TO NOW HAVE PROVIDED SOME FORM OF MONETARY RELIEF FOR ITS RESIDENTS.

AND JUST TO PAINT THE PICTURE RENT BURDEN MEANS THAT YOU'RE PAYING RENT LARGER THAN 30 PERCENT OF YOUR GROSS HOUSEHOLD INCOME.

AND IT'S ACTUALLY LIKE A PANDEMIC OF ITS OWN.

RENT BURDEN HOUSEHOLDS RISK EVICTION.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING THESE LARGE GAPS THAT EXIST FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT ABLE TO APPLY OR ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CURRENT FUNDING.

AND LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES WILL BE UNABLE TO COPE WITH THE TENS OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF EVICTIONS EMINENT AS A RESULT OF THE CRISIS AND IMPENDING ECONOMIC TURNDOWN IF THERE ARE NOT STOPGAPS FOR THAT.

I ALSO WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT MANY OF OUR YOUTH ESPECIALLY OUR BLACK INDIGENOUS YOUTH OF COLOR HAVE TAKEN UP TO PICKING UP JOBS WHILE THEY WERE OUT OF SCHOOL AND JOINING CLASS ON EARPHONES ON THEIR PHONES THROUGH ZOOM TO HELP AT THEIR JOBS TO HELP WITH BILLS.

MANY YOUTH HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO RETURN TO CLASSES BECAUSE THEY'RE HELPING CARE FOR THEIR SIBLINGS, AND OTHERS HAVE EVEN DEFERRED COLLEGE TO HELP PARENTS DEAL WITH THE EFFECTS OF THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC.

POWER CALIFORNIA RECENTLY RAN A YOUTH POLL ENTITLED CALIFORNIA'S RISING ELECTRIC COVID-19 ECONOMY AND RACIAL JUSTICE.

AND WE FOUND THAT 84 PERCENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE AGREE LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT NEED TO MAKE HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE AND HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH HIGH RENT AND HOUSING INSECURITY. WE MUST PROTECT RENTERS FROM BEING EVICTED DURING THE WORST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN MODERN HISTORY.

AND THIS IS THE TIME TO PASS STRONG AND PERMANENT PROTECTIONS FROM COVID EVICTIONS.

TO NOT MAKE THIS INVESTMENT IN ITS RESIDENTS OF MERCED COUNTY IS TO SABOTAGE ANY SEMBLANCE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19.

THERE IS A CLEAR PATH FORWARD WITH FUNDS AVAILABLE TO CREATE A RENT RELIEF UTILITY AND MORTGAGE RELIEF PROGRAM.

I ALSO AM INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THE CENTRAL VALLEY MUTUAL AID AND COLLECTIVE CARE NETWORK, AND SO FAR THEY FUNDRAISED AND DISBURSED ONE POINT ONE MILLION DOLLARS AND WE HAVE ONLY SUPPORTED A LITTLE OVER 1000 FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY.

AND IT IS STILL NOT ENOUGH.

WE KNOW THE NEED IS GREAT AND HOW FAST THE MONEY IS SPENT DOWN.

AND I HOPE TO URGE YOU TO USE CARES FUNDING TO CREATE RENT, UTILITY AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS SHENG XIONG AND I WORK WITH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT MANY OF THOSE BEFORE ME HAVE ALREADY SAID.

YOU KNOW, THAT WE HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC ASKING FOR AN EVICTION MORATORIUM, WHICH DID NOT PASS HERE.

BUT BECAUSE OF STATE SUPPORT AND LAWS LIKE THAT, THERE WERE SOME PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS AND WHERE WE WERE BACK IN THE SUMMER ASKING FOR RENTAL RELIEF AND WE'RE BACK AGAIN.

THIS GOES TO SHOW THAT THE RELIEF THAT THE COUNTY IS PROVIDING TO RESIDENTS IS NOT ENOUGH. WE HAVE SEEN COUNTIES SUCH AS KERN, FRESNO, MADERA, STANISLAUS, ALL PROVIDE COVID CARES FUNDING FOR THEIR RESIDENTS FOR HOUSING RELIEF.

ONLY MERCED COUNTY IN THE WHOLE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY HAS NOT PROVIDED DIRECT HOUSING RELIEF TO RESIDENTS.

WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT.

THE COUNTY RECEIVED TWENTY EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS IN CARE'S FUNDING.

AS FAR AS WE'RE AWARE, 14 MILLION OF IT HAS BEEN UNSPENT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH IT OR IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO EXTEND IT, BUT THERE ARE NO EXTENSIONS. WE NEED TO USE THESE FUNDS BEFORE DECEMBER 31ST OR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE THEM BACK.

SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO HELP RESIDENTS? THE PANDEMIC IS FAR FROM OVER.

RESIDENTS STILL NEED RELIEF.

AND RESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN APPLYING FOR RELIEF, SUCH AS THROUGH UNITED WAY, DON'T

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QUALIFY EVEN FOR THAT, LET ALONE THE HSA PROGRAMS, OR THEY ALREADY RECEIVE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FROM HSA AND NEED MORE SUPPORT.

BECAUSE THEY ALREADY RECEIVE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE THEY DIDN'T QUALIFY FOR THE FUNDS THROUGH UNITED WAY BECAUSE THEY WERE ON SECTION EIGHT.

I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE THINK THAT POOR PEOPLE CAN'T HAVE ONE CENT MORE THAN THEY NEED, BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE HURTING MORE THAN MANY OF US.

YOU KNOW, THEY CAN'T STOCK UP ON FOOD.

YOU KNOW, THEIR CHILDREN CAME BACK HOME AND UNEXPECTED EXPENSES HAPPEN.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO RELIEF TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ALREADY.

ADDITIONALLY, PEOPLE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO AVOID BEING HOMELESS.

AND SO WHILE YOU MAY NOT SEE EVICTION RATES GOING UP, PEOPLE ARE BARELY SURVIVING.

AND WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AMOUNTS BEING CUT, YOU KNOW, NOT JUST THE 600 THAT WAS CUT, BUT THE ACTUAL AMOUNT.

PEOPLE ARE RECEIVING EVEN LESS HELP NOW.

SO I DON'T KNOW WHY WE ARE HOLDING ONTO THESE FUNDS SO DEARLY AND NOT USING IT TO ON RESIDENTS WHO NEED THE HELP.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN HERE EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS ASKING FOR RENTAL RELIEF AND IT HASN'T HAPPENED. WE NEED TO SEE MERCED COUNTY GIVE SOME OF THIS RELIEF DIRECTLY TO RESIDENTS, AS YOU ALL DID TO BUSINESSES.

THESE RESIDENTS MIGHT NOT BE BUSINESSES, BUT THEY KEEP THIS COMMUNITY GOING.

MANY OF THEM ARE FARM WORKERS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

AND IF THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO DO THE JOB, THEN WHO IS? WE WOULD NOT BE GO AHEAD. HI, EVERYONE, MY NAME IS CHRYSANTHEMUM CALIFORNIA.

NINETY NINE ROOTS IS A CENTRAL VALLEY PROGRAM OF YOUNG PEOPLE THAT IS WORKING TO BUILD A MOVEMENT WHERE YOUTH OF COLOR, BLACK AND BROWN YOUTH ARE ORGANIZING, VOTING AND LEADING ACROSS THIS REGION.

THIS ELECTION CYCLE, THIS GENERAL ELECTION CYCLE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, MANY OF WHICH WERE F ROM MERCED COUNTY, WERE ABLE TO CONTACT MORE THAN 10000 VOTERS AND GET THEM OUT TO TURN OUT THEIR BALLOTS AND ALSO CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN YEAR ROUND ORGANIZING OPPORTUNITIES.

YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN ORGANIZING AT THE STATE AND AT THE COUNTY LEVEL TO ENSURE THAT WE GET SUPPORT THAT OUR WORKING FAMILIES GET SUPPORT TO HOUSING.

AS MERCED COUNTY ROLLS BACK INTO A MORE RESTRICTIVE COVID-19 TIER, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EVERYONE HAS A STABLE ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS.

FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY LIVE PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND CAN'T MAKE THE RENT AS THEY LOSE INCOME.

UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS CONTINUE TO RISE AND ARE ACTUALLY UP TO NEARLY 700 IN MERCED COUNTY.

LIVING ON UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT ENOUGH.

IT CAN STILL BE TIGHT TO MEET ALL OF OUR BASIC NEEDS.

AS POWER CALIFORNIA WE POLLED FIFTEEN HUNDRED YOUNG PEOPLE STATEWIDE AND FOUND THAT ONE IN TWO ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY BUYING BASIC NECESSITIES.

ONE IN THREE REPORTED HAVING DIFFICULTY PAYING RENT.

ACTUALLY, YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY WERE MORE LIKELY THAN ANY OTHER PART OF THE STATE TO REPORT THAT THEY'RE STRUGGLING TO MAKE RENT OR PAY THEIR MORTGAGE.

I HEAR DIRECTLY FROM THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY JOB LOSS DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

SOME HOUSEHOLDS ARE BEING PUSHED INTO HOMELESSNESS BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY RENT AND HAVE BEEN FORCED TO SPEND LESS ON OTHER BASIC NECESSITIES LIKE HEALTH CARE OR CUT DOWN COSTS WITH FOOD.

JENNY, A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL, WORKS PART TIME AT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT TO HELP HER FAMILY. HER DAD MADE THE TOUGH DECISION EARLIER THIS YEAR TO QUIT HIS JOB AT FOSTER FARMS AFTER MANY OF HIS COWORKERS TESTED POSITIVE.

SHE IS CONSTANTLY WORRIED ABOUT HER FAMILY BEING EVICTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE FALLEN TWO MONTHS BEHIND ON THEIR RENT PAYMENT.

AND I URGE THE MERCED COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THAT WE PROTECT RENTERS FROM BEING EVICTED DURING THE WORST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN MODERN HISTORY.

WE WANT CARES ACT DOLLARS AND FUNDING TO BE SPENT STRATEGICALLY.

STRATEGIC MEANS ENSURING EMERGENCY FUNDS GET TO THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE.

AND IN THIS MOMENT, THE BOARD MUST DIRECT RESOURCES TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH RENT, UTILITY AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE.

WE NEED MORE FROM OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO CENTER YOUNG PEOPLE AND REBUILD THAT WAS THREE MINUTES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK? AND NO ONE ELSE.

OK, WE RECEIVED EMAILS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND THOSE WILL GO INTO THE RECORD.

AND SO THERE WAS SIX VOICEMAILS, ONE WHICH REQUIRES A SPANISH TRANSLATION AND SEVEN COMMENTS TO GO INTO THE RECORD.

SO GO AHEAD.

THIS VOICEMAIL IS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING HELD ON NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020.

MY NAME IS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR COMMITTEE LEADERS AND OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

ON OCTOBER 30TH, WE HELD OUR FIRST OF THREE VIRTUAL IN MERCED.

THAT STATED THIS PAST EVENT WAS THE FIRST OF THREE.

AND WE WELCOME ALL TO ATTEND OUR SECOND LIVE SESSION THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AT 6 P.M.

VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE INFORMATION AND FLYERS WERE DISSEMINATED TO OUR FELLOW COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS.

YOU CAN ALSO FIND PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OUR PROCESS OF RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT OUR PRESERVING OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE BY CREATING FREE AND TRADITIONS.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS WE CAN ENSURE THAT THESE FUNDS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION FOR ALL EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SERVICES AND MANY MORE.

PLEASE VISIT OUR SITE AS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH 2020 AT SIX P.M..

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT TWO ZERO NINE SEVEN SIX NINE THREE TWO THREE ONE OR EMAIL US AT SUPPORT HI, MY NAME IS RHONDA JENKINS, AND I'M A MERCED COUNTY RESIDENT AND I'M CALLING IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC FORUM, I AM CALLING ABOUT THE COVID RESPONSE OF MOVING BACK INTO THE RESOLUTION OR WHATEVER RESCINDING OF THE EMERGENCY ORDER FROM MARCH THAT THE GOVERNOR PUT FORTH. WE ARE IN NEED OF HOPE.

WE NEED TO MOVE ON.

WE HAVE, YES, PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK.

BUT IN THE BIG PICTURE OF THINGS, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS OF MERCED COUNTY, WE HAVE ROUGHLY TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE TODAY, THE CALIFORNIA WEBSITE FOR HOSPITALIZATION SO THAT WOULD BE IF YOU ONLY LOOK AT ICU PATIENTS, THAT'S ONE IN 50 THOUSAND PEOPLE THAT IS IN ICU.

ALL WE ARE NOT REALLY HAVING THE ILLNESSES THAT ORIGINALLY WHEN PEOPLE WERE SO SICK, THEY'RE ABLE TO REHABILITATE AT HOME.

BUT THERE WAS ROUGHLY SEVEN HUNDRED AND SOMETHING I SAW POSITIVE.

SO OUT OF THAT, 13 PEOPLE ARE NEEDING TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR WHATEVER REASON.

AND IT DOESN'T EVEN NECESSARILY MEAN IT IS COVID RELATED.

IT COULD BE THAT OTHER THINGS HAVE FLARED UP BECAUSE OF COVID.

SO I GUESS THAT WOULD BE RELATED, BUT BIT MORE THEIR BODY FUNCTIONS ARE A LITTLE MORE DISTRESSED.

ANYHOW. WE HAVE SUICIDES THAT HAVE INCREASED WITH THAT SHOULD NOT THINK SHOULD BE HAPPENING.

PEOPLE ARE LONELY.

THEY ARE SAD IN THE HOSPITAL.

THEY'RE STILL BY THEMSELVES IN THE HOSPITAL.

WE JUST NEED TO BE MOVING FORWARD AND WE NEED TO PROTECT ALL OF THE CITIZENS OF MERCED COUNTY, ALL THE BUSINESSES.

WE SHOULD NOT BE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ANY OF THEM.

EVERY BUSINESS IS NECESSARY.

AND BY DOING THESE CLOSURES ONLY FOR LIKE RESTAURANTS OR DISCRIMINATING. THERE SHOULD NOT BE THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE CASE.

IF YOU CAN GO INTO COSTCO AND LOWE'S AND WAL-MART WITHOUT ANYONE FOLLOWING YOU AROUND, SANITIZING BEHIND YOU, YOU CAN GO INTO A RESTAURANT.

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SO I'M JUST ASKING AGAIN THAT YOU GUYS RESCIND THE EMERGENCY ORDER.

AND I KNOW IT'S TOUGH.

IT'S HARD TO BE IN THIS POSITION.

I NEVER THOUGHT WE'D EVER BE IN THIS POSITION.

AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT YOU GUYS PUT FORTH AND HOPE THAT YOU CAN BE FOR THOSE THAT ELECTED YOU.

AND JUST CONSIDER THAT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. GOODBYE.

IN SPANISH] MY NAME IS MS. ALEXANDER. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT THE FUNDS, THESE FUNDS SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE COMMUNITY FOR RENT PUBLIC SERVICES.

THESE FUNDS BELONG TO THE PEOPLE.

THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE PEOPLE.

AND I HOPE THAT YOU CAN FULFILL THE PROMISE OF RETURNING THE MONEY TO THE PEOPLE.

I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S ON THE AGENDA, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ABOUT THE MONEY THAT MERCED COUNTY RECEIVED FROM THE CARES ACT, WHICH EXPIRES ON DECEMBER THIRTY FIRST. THERE IS YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT I'M UNDERSTANDING, APPROXIMATELY 14 MILLION DOLLARS STILL HASN'T BEEN SPENT.

I APPRECIATE AND LOVE THAT MERCED BOARD OF THE SURVIVORS HAVE ALLOCATED SOME THAT MONEY FOR OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT ARE SUFFERING, DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THAT MONEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO GO TO THOSE BUSINESSES AS WE JUST REVERTED BACK INTO THE PURPLE TIER.

HOWEVER, I DO THINK I WOULD LIKE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO ALSO ALLOCATE THE MONEY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT BUSINESS OWNERS THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19 THOSE WHO NEED HELP WITH HOUSING, RENT, UTILITY BILLS, AND ALSO ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO THEIR CHILDREN ARE OUT OF SCHOOL WHO NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK AND THERE'S REALLY BEEN A BURDEN FOR PARENTS TO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEIR CHILDREN OR NOT KNOW WHERE TO SEND THEM FOR CHILD CARE.

WITH COVID-19 SCHOOLS BEING CLOSED, EVEN THOUGH AND THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE WITH UTILITIES, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEEDS TO ADDRESS IS SOME OF THAT MONEY.

THANK YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS EUGENE VANG, MY GENDER PRONOUNS ARE HE HIM, HIS AND I LIVE IN THE BEACHWOOD FRANKLIN AREA. I'M 20 YEARS OLD AND I'M A YOUTH ORGANIZER WITH 99 ROOTS.

MERCED COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE REPEATEDLY ASKED YOU, OUR LEADERS, FOR RENT, UTILITY AND MORTGAGE RELIEF FROM THE 28 MILLION DOLLARS IN CARES FUNDING THAT THE COUNTY RECEIVED.

THERE IS CURRENTLY STILL 14 MILLION DOLLARS AVAILABLE, AS FAR AS WE KNOW.

AND AS OF TODAY, MERCED IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN THE ENTIRE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY THAT HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY TYPE OF MONETARY ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TO ITS RESIDENTS.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

AS A YOUTH ORGANIZER AND A YOUNG PERSON OF COLOR, I KNOW THAT MANY OF OUR PARENTS BURDEN FALLS ON US THEIR CHILDREN WHEN THEY DO NOT MAKE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

THEIR STRUGGLE BECOMES OUR STRUGGLE.

AND UNLIKE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TURN TO THEIR PARENTS FOR FINANCIAL HELP, OUR PARENTS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TURN TO US.

WHEN YOU REFUSE TO HELP OUR PARENTS AND ELDERS, YOU ARE ALSO REFUSING TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR AND ARE FORCING US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS AND

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FAMILIES WHEN IT SHOULD BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

WE HAVE THE FUNDING TO HELP GET THEM THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC, SO LET'S HELP THEM.

WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

IT'S ALREADY THERE AND WE RISK LOSING IT IF WE KEEP DISMISSING THE VOICES OF THOSE MOST IN NEED OF THESE FUNDS.

I AM IN SUPPORT OF ESTABLISHING AN EMERGENCY MORTGAGE, RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT RESIDENTS DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY COVID-19 SUCH AS LOW INCOME AND UNDOCUMENTED FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE THE FARM WORKERS WHO ARE THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS MAKING SURE THERE'S FOOD ON YOUR TABLE AND WORKING IN GROCERY STORES AND WAREHOUSES SO THEY CAN STAY OPEN FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.

THE TIME IS NOW FOR YOU.

OUR ELECTED LEADERS TO STAND WITH THE MOST IMPACTED, THE MOST VULNERABLE AND THE MOST MARGINALIZED. THEIR VOICES CONTINUE TO BE IGNORED UNTIL THEY EVENTUALLY FADE.

BUT THIS PANDEMIC IS NOT GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON AND WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

THE TIME IS NOW FOR YOU TO CHOOSE PEOPLE OVER PROFIT.

WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING AND PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO YOUR DECISIONS.

WE HAVE SEEN YOU PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP RESIDENTS ASKING FOR RENTAL RELIEF AND LOCAL EVICTION MORATORIA.

THIS HAS CONSEQUENCES THAT YOU WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE OUR LEADERS. YOU HAVE HELPED BUSINESSES AND JUST ABOUT EVERY SECTOR OF THE COUNTY EXCEPT THE MOST ESSENTIAL GROUP IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHICH INCLUDES FARMWORKERS AND THE UNDOCUMENTED COMMUNITY.

YOU MUST TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO PROVIDE SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE FAMILIES IN NEED. THANK YOU.

HELLO YOU ALL. THIS COMMENT IS FOR THE CARES ACT.

AS OF AUGUST 2020, TILL TODAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020, I'M ASHAMED TO SAY MERCED IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY NOT TO PROVIDE ANY MONETARY RELIEF TO ITS RESIDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED NEGATIVELY BY THE PANDEMIC.

AND AS WE LEARNED LAST MEETING, THE COUNTY STILL HAS 14 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDS THAT MUST BE EXTENDED BY 12-31-2020 OR RETURNED BACK TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT.

PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF ARE STRUGGLING DURING THIS PANDEMIC TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

AND WE NEED THE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION AND MAKE SURE RESIDENTS DON'T LOSE OUT ON THIS FUNDING THAT IS AVAILABLE.

THAT IS WHY I'M CALLING ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY AND CONSIDER WHAT I SAID HERE.

THIS IS THANK YOU.

HI I'M DEMETRA I'M CALLING FROM MERCED AND I WANT TO COMMENT ON THE CARES ACT.

14 MILLION DOLLARS COULD HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MERCED COUNTY.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, HAS AN OBLIGATION TO HELP PEOPLE DURING A COVID CRISIS.

YOU'VE HELPED BUSINESSES, BUT NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE.

IF THE BOARD OF COUNTY FAILS TO ACT, YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY TELLING PEOPLE THAT COMMERCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR LIVES, THEIR SAFETY AND.

THIS IS THE CHANCE THAT YOU GET TO CHANGE THAT AGAIN, YOU HAVE 14 MILLION DOLLARS TO SPEND BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER AND NOW IN DECEMBER IS A CRUCIAL TIME TO HELP PEOPLE DURING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.

THANK YOU. THIS CONCLUDES PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OK, THAT WAS ALL THE PUBLIC COMMENTS.

LAST CHANCE ANYONE NO? OK. ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT AND WE'LL MOVE ON.

THERE WAS NO COVID UPDATE TODAY.

SO WE WILL MOVE ONTO CONSENT CALENDAR.

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NEXT IS APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS 1 THROUGH 14.

PLEASE NOTE ITEMS THREE, FOUR, EIGHT, 10 AND 11 REQUIRE A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE.

ALL RIGHT ANY SUPERVISORS ANY COMMENTS OR MOTIONS? MOTION SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, SECOND SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

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OKAY WE HAD PUBLIC COMMENTS, SO GO AHEAD AND VOTE, PLEASE.

RECORD THE VOTE. MOTION CARRIES 5 0.

NEXT IS BOARD ACTION PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS 15 AND 16, PLEASE NOTE BOTH ITEMS REQUIRE A FOUR

[BOARD ACTION]

FIFTHS VOTE.

FOUR FIFTHS VOTE, ITEM 15 AND 16.

COMMENTS OR MOTIONS.

YOU GOING TO ADD 16 ON THERE.

SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR OF ITEM 16, I JUST WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN APPROVAL OF THIS OF ITEM AND I'LL BE A LITTLE BIT, I GUESS, OF A RISK TAKER HERE.

BUT I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING IT.

OK, WE HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENTS SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR LOR SECOND SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA. GO AHEAD AND VOTE, PLEASE.

RECORD THE VOTE. MOTION CARRIES FIVE ZERO.

NEXT IS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES, ITEM 17 AND 18, PLEASE NOTE ITEM 18 REQUIRES A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE.

17 18 COMMENTS OR MOTIONS.

MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

SECOND SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

GO AHEAD AND VOTE. RECORD THE VOTE PLEASE.

MOTION CARRIES 5 0.

NEXT IS HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ITEM 19.

ITEM NUMBER 19 COMMENTS, MOTIONS.

SUPERVISOR LOR A FIRST AND SECOND, BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

MOTION CARRIES 5 0. NEXT IS COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ITEMS, 20 AND 21, PLEASE NOTE, WE WILL BE TAKING THESE ITEMS SEPARATELY, BEGINNING WITH ITEM 21 . BEGINNING WITH ITEM TWENTY ONE.

OKAY.

WE HAVE PRESENTATION.

YEAH, TWENTY ONE FIRST.

AHEAD.

WE CAN.

ALL RIGHT, ITEM NUMBER TWENTY ONE.

MOVED BY SUPERVISOR LOR. SECOND.

SECOND BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA. ALL IN FAVOR. ANY OPPOSED.

QUESTION. I'M IN SUPPORT.

AYE.

MOTION CARRIES 5 0. IT'S OK IT WAS LATE ON THE SCREEN. SO GO AHEAD OH, I WASN'T LOOKING AT THE SCREEN NOW SO.

RECORD THE VOTE.

YEAH I WASN'T LOOKING AT THE SCREEN THEN.

OK, WE WILL NOW MOVE TO ITEM 20.

GO AHEAD MARK. MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, GOOD MORNING.

MARK HENDRICKSON, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

AS MR. MAXEY PULLS UP THE PRESENTATION, I WOULD LIKE TO PREFACE THIS PRESENTATION THIS MORNING BY FIRST SAYING THANK YOU TO THIS BOARD.

THIS BOARD HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN ITS SUPPORT OF AND COMMITMENT TO OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. SO I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, CERTAINLY OVER THESE LAST FEW YEARS.

OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL SLIDES THIS MORNING, WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM FROM ABOUT A THIRTY THOUSAND FOOT LEVEL, ULTIMATELY SEEKING SOME GUIDANCE FROM

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YOU ON HOW BEST TO PROCEED MOVING FORWARD ON POTENTIAL OPTIONS TO ADDRESS NUISANCE ABATEMENT AND ILLEGAL DUMPING ISSUES, BOTH OF WHICH I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE, ARE BLIGHTS ON MERCED COMMUNITIES.

THE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT LEADS CODE ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE COUNTY, BUT WE DO SO IN CLOSE COORDINATION WITH MULTIPLE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, NOTABLY PUBLIC WORKS, FIRE, PUBLIC HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, AMONGST OTHERS.

CODE ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES ARE INTENDED TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY THAT CONFLICT WITH REGULATIONS IN THE MERCED COUNTY CODE AND MAY HAVE AN IMPACT ON COMMUNITY HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE.

CURRENTLY, JUST TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, WE DO HAVE TWO CODE COMPLIANCE SPECIALISTS.

AND THANKS TO THIS BOARD AT YOUR FINAL BUDGET, WE RECENTLY ADJUSTED OUR PLANNING TECHNICIAN POSITION TO BETTER LEVERAGE IT FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES.

AND AS YOU MAY RECALL, WE WERE ALSO AWAITING AWARD OF A GRANT TO HIRE ADDITIONAL EXTRA HELP CODE ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL.

FOR THE BENEFIT THE PUBLIC AND THIS BOARD WE REGULARLY SEE A VARIETY OF COMPLAINTS THAT RANGE FROM ILLEGAL DWELLINGS TO UNPERMITTED USERS OF BUSINESSES TO SOLID WASTE, TO ILLEGAL DUMPING WITH MANY OTHER TYPES OF COMPLAINTS AS WELL.

THIS SLIDE RIGHT HERE SHOWS A COUPLE OF PHOTOS THAT ARE SADLY REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT WE SEE WAY TOO OFTEN.

AGAIN, I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THIS IS NOT WHAT WE SHOULD HOPE FOR.

IN TERMS OF PROCESS I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE FOUR JUST VERY BRIEF POINTS.

FIRST, THE CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM TODAY IS A PASSIVE PROCESS, MEANING THAT WE ARE NEARLY ENTIRELY COMPLAINT DRIVEN.

TYPICALLY, COMPLAINTS ARE RECEIVED VIA PHONE CALL, EMAIL OR VIA ONLINE.

SECOND, IT DOES TAKE TIME TO GO THROUGH THE INSPECTION AND NOTICING PROCESS.

WE MUST FIRST SUBSTANTIATE THE ISSUE AND THEN AFFORD THE PROPERTY OWNER TIME TO BOTH CURE AND CORRECT. AND THIRDLY, WHILE MOST CODE ENFORCEMENT CASES ARE RESOLVED BY WORKING WITH PROPERTY OWNERS AND OR TENANTS, SOME CASES CAN REACH A POINT WHERE PROPERTY OWNERS MAY BE ABSENTEE AND ATTENTIVE TO PROPERTY CONDITIONS OR GENERALLY UNCOOPERATIVE IN WORKING TO RESOLVE AN ISSUE.

FOURTH THE COUNTY'S EXISTING ORDINANCE ALLOWS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE CIVIL PENALTIES TO BE LEVIED. HOWEVER, THESE PENALTIES ARE NOT STRICTLY DEFINED.

ESTABLISHING CLEARER PENALTIES, ALONG WITH A PROCESS FOR ASSESSING THOSE PENALTIES, WOULD PROVIDE A CLEAR PATH FOR COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT WHILE ALSO SETTING BETTER EXPECTATIONS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS. BUT I DO THINK WE NEED TO TAKE ONE STEP BACK AND ACTUALLY DEFINE WHAT IS A NUISANCE.

A NUISANCE IS DEFINED IN CHAPTER NINE POINT SEVEN ZERO POINT ZERO TWO ZERO AS ANY CONDITION CAUSED OR PERMITTED TO EXIST IN VIOLATION OF ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CODE. AND IT SHALL BE DEEMED A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND MAY BE ABATED AS SUCH BY THE COUNTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CODE AND STATE LAW.

IN SHORT CONDITIONS WHICH ARE DETRIMENTAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR ARE DANGEROUS.

THROUGH EFFECTIVE COORDINATION WITH OUR AFOREMENTIONED PARTNER AGENCIES, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED PROCESSES FOR ISSUING MULTIPLE NOTICES FOR CONDITIONS THAT GENERATE A PUBLIC NUISANCE. YET WE STILL SEE THESE CONDITIONS FAR TOO OFTEN.

AND STAFF BELIEVES WE CAN EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE ISSUES BY MORE EFFECTIVELY, BY ESTABLISHING MORE CLEAR PENALTIES.

WE ALWAYS TRY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH PROPERTY OWNERS.

THIS IS SOMETHING I'D LIKE TO TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THIS MORNING.

WE CERTAINLY HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN THE APPROACH OF HELPING SOMEONE GET INTO COMPLIANCE RATHER THAN BEAT THEM OVER THE HEAD.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THE ABATEMENT PROCESS CAN BE LENGTHY AND THERE IS LITTLE INCENTIVE FOR NONCOOPERATIVE PROPERTY OWNERS AND STAFF BELIEVES CLEARLY THAT THE COMMUNITY DESERVES BETTER.

TO ADDRESS THIS AND WE HOPE TO GAIN YOUR FEEDBACK HERE ON THIS MOMENTARILY.

STAFF OFFERS THE FOLLOWING CONCEPT AN ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY SLIDING SCALE BASED UPON THE SEVERITY OF THE INFRACTION.

THE WORST, THE NEGLECT AND THE MORE THE IMPACT ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, THE GREATER THE LEVEL OF THE PENALTY.

WE DO NEED TO BE MINDFUL THAT CODE ENFORCEMENT ISSUES CAN BE PUT INTO MULTIPLE BUCKETS.

FIRST, THOSE WHO HAVE AN ISSUE BUT WE'RE GENERALLY UNAWARE OF THEIR INFRACTION AND COOPERATIVELY WORK WITH US TO ADDRESS OR TWO THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE AN ISSUE ON THEIR PROPERTY, KNOWINGLY HAVE AN ISSUE AND BEGRUDGINGLY CORRECT IT.

AND THEN, TO BE HONEST, WORST OF ALL, THOSE WHO KNOWINGLY HAVE AN ISSUE AND ARE JUST SIMPLY UNWILLING TO CORRECT.

CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE WITH SIMILAR REGULATORY PROGRAMS ELSEWHERE, THE LOWER END OF THE PENALTY COULD RANGE FROM ABOUT FIFTY DOLLARS TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY AND AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM, AGAIN, AS WE'VE SEEN WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS, FOR THE WORST OFFENDERS, A PENALTY WOULD BE MORE SEVERE AT A RANGE OF UP TO TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY.

STAFF BELIEVES THAT THE FOLLOWING FACTORS CAN ALSO BE UTILIZED TO DETERMINE LEVEL AND AMOUNT OF PENALTY TO INCLUDE, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS, PROPERTY OWNER CONTROL, THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROPERTY OWNER FREQUENCY, AND THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND RESOURCES THAT THE COUNTY HAS HAD TO EXPEND TO DEAL WITH AN ISSUE.

AS A PART OF OUR DIALOG WITH YOU IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES, WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR

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FEEDBACK AND YOUR INPUT ON THIS CONCEPT AND PENALTY SCALE.

I'M GOING TO TRANSITION REAL QUICK TO ANOTHER ISSUE THAT WE SEE AGAIN FAR TOO OFTEN, WHICH IS ILLEGAL DUMPING. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EACH OF YOU IN YOUR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS HAVE SEEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

WE OFTEN SEE ILLEGALLY DUMPED FURNITURE, ELECTRONICS, TIRES, SOLID WASTE.

PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DUMPING ON THEIR SITES FOR THE DUMPING THAT TAKES PLACE ON THEIR SITES.

AND IT'S THE COUNTY'S RESPONSIBILITY IF IT'S IN THE COUNTIES RIGHT OF WAY.

THIS IS OCCURRING IN EVERY SINGLE CORNER OF THE COUNTY AND IS UNQUESTIONABLY A BLIGHT ON ALL OF US. AS IT STANDS TODAY, COUNTY CODE IS LIMITED ON ENFORCEMENT FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING, AND IT PLACES AN UNDUE BURDEN ON PROPERTY OWNERS WHO ARE FACED WITH SUCH ACTIVITY ON THEIR PROPERTY. ENFORCEMENT OF A CLEAN UP CAN ALSO BECOME A HARDSHIP.

IN THIS REGARD STAFF CERTAINLY BELIEVES THAT THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO HANDLE BY ESTABLISHING AN ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING.

SIMPLY AGAIN WITH CONSISTENT WITH OTHER PRACTICES THAT WE'VE LEARNED FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS. IF MULTIPLE PIECES OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ARE FOUND IN DUMPED MATERIAL, THERE IS A PRESUMPTION THAT THE PERSON IDENTIFIED IS RESPONSIBLE.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE COULD END UP FINDING THAT WE HAVE MAIL BILLS OR PRESCRIPTION BOTTLES JUST AS A HANDFUL OF EXAMPLES.

AGAIN, THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORING COUNTIES.

BUT EVEN IN THOSE INSTANCES, INDIVIDUALS CAN STILL PROVE NO FAULT BY SHOWING, FOR EXAMPLE, A RECEIPT OF A DUMP SERVICE OR WASTE HAULING.

WHILE THIS WILL NOT CURE THE PROBLEM ENTIRELY.

IT WOULD GIVE US A FIGHTING CHANCE TO ADDRESS THIS BLIGHT BY BETTER HOLDING THOSE RESPONSIBLE WHO FEEL LIKE IT'S ACCEPTABLE TO THROW THEIR COUCHES GARBAGE AND TRASH ANYWHERE THEY PLEASE.

AGAIN, FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, AND I THINK MOST WOULD AGREE ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE.

THIS IS ACTUALLY A PICTURE THAT WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN NOT TOO LONG AGO OF AN ILLEGAL DUMP SITE THAT WAS FOUND IN THIS COUNTY.

AND AGAIN, IT'S BOTH DISAPPOINTING AND WHOLLY UNACCEPTABLE.

SHOULD THIS BOARD BE SO INCLINED? YOUR STAFF IS PREPARED TO DEVELOP ORDINANCES TO ADDRESS THE CODE ENFORCEMENT ISSUES THAT I HAVE BRIEFLY HIGHLIGHTED THIS MORNING.

IT WOULD ULTIMATELY REQUIRE A PUBLIC HEARING AND BOARD ACTION TO ADOPT.

ENFORCEMENT OF ORDINANCES AND USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES MAY VERY WELL RESULT IN COMPLAINTS FROM THOSE BEING PENALIZED.

SO AS TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS WE SHOULD EXPECT THAT TO TAKE PLACE.

HOWEVER, STAFF WILL ENSURE THAT THE ORDINANCES THAT SHOULD YOU BE SO INCLINED TO GUIDE STAFF TO PRODUCE, WILL ALSO INCLUDE A STANDARD APPEALS PROCESS TO BE USED UNIFORMLY.

PRIOR TO GAINING YOUR INPUT AND FEEDBACK I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SEVERAL DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING US TO THIS POINT TODAY.

I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO THANK THE CEO, MR. HANSEN AND MR. GRANT FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING WORK.

MR. HERTFELDER AND HIS TEAM OVER AT PUBLIC WORKS, MR. MAXEY, MR. GUERERRO AND MY CODE ENFORCEMENT TEAM FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO DAILY.

IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT OUR COLLECTIVE TEAM, AGAIN, MY ORGANIZATION, PUBLIC WORKS, PUBLIC HEALTH AND FIRE, OFTEN GO OUT TO SITES WHICH BY ALL ACCOUNTS ARE LESS THAN SAFE.

IN THOSE INSTANCES I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR SHERIFF WHO HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT SUPPORTIVE. MR CHAIRMAN, STAFF IS CERTAINLY PREPARED TODAY TO LISTEN AND RECEIVE YOUR FEEDBACK. AND AGAIN, IF THERE IS GUIDANCE FOR US TO DO SO, WE WILL BE PLEASED TO RETURN TO THIS BOARD IN THE COMING DAYS WITH ORDINANCES FOR YOUR FUTURE CONSIDERATION.

SO AT THIS POINT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO LISTEN TAKE YOUR INPUT.

AND AGAIN, IF YOU'RE SO INCLINED TO RETURN TO RESPECTIVELY.

WE HAVE SOME WORDS FROM JIM BROWN.

GO AHEAD. MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, AS MR. HENDRICKSON WALKED THROUGH THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM YOU DURING FOR A WHILE.

AND I KNOW THERE'S CONVERSATIONS AT PROPOSED BUDGET, THERE'S CONVERSATIONS AT FINAL BUDGET AS FAR AS THE CHALLENGES THAT ARE OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY AND JUST FROM A QUALITY OF LIFE AND SPECIFICALLY, AS MR. HENDRICKSON MENTIONED, THE BURDEN IT PUTS ON THE PROPERTY OWNERS OUT THERE.

AND SO THIS IS NOT AN EASY PROCESS.

AND WE AS STAFF HAVE LOOKED AT THIS AND WE'VE HEARD FROM YOU AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR GUIDANCE HERE, AS MR. HENDRICKSON SAID, TO FIGURE OUT WHICH DIRECTION WOULD YOU LIKE US TO GO, BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE TRIED TO WORK WITH PROPERTY OWNERS WHERE WE CAN WE UNDERSTAND WE WOULD STILL DO THAT.

THERE ARE COOPERATIVE ONES OUT THERE, BUT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH OF THAT PENDULUM DO YOU WANT US TO MOVE VERY CANDIDLY FROM A PASSIVE TO A MORE ACTIVE TYPE AND THERE'S A VARIETY OF COMPONENTS IN THERE, SO WE DON'T SEE THIS.

IT COULD BE A QUICK ORDNANCE AS YOU AND JUST GETTING YOUR INPUT THROUGH THAT AS FAR AS WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE US TO GO.

SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION AT THIS TIME ON HOW YOU WOULD LIKE STAFF TO APPROACH THIS. WELL, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY I WAS AT COSTCO AND I GOT APPROACHED BY THAT SAME ILLEGAL DUMPING OUT THERE ALL OVER THE COUNTY.

AND WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, . BECAUSE WE HAVE A FEW SIGNS AROUND THE COUNTY, BUT NOT ENOUGH SIGNS THAT MENTIONS THE

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FINE FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING BECAUSE, VEHICLES THROWN YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME YOU KNOW, AND ONE PART OF MY COUNTY DISTRICT IS, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S PAROLEES, BUT THEY JUST GET CARS AND THEY TAKE PARTS AWAY AND THEN THEY PUT THEM ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

SO THE COUNTY CAN JUST COME OVER TO SEE IF YOU CAN AND IT HAPPENS.

YOU KNOW, THE LAST FOUR YEARS I'VE BEEN SITTING IN THIS SEAT.

SO IT'S LIKE THEY DON'T CARE.

PEOPLE DON'T CARE ALL AROUND THE COUNTY.

THEY JUST DUMP IT. THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY TO TAKE IT TO THE LANDFILL OR SOMETHING.

BUT I GOT MORE COMMENTS, BUT I'LL GO FIRST FOR SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR AND MR. HENDRICKSON COUNTY COUNCIL.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT PART OF THE REASON THAT THIS IS COMING BACK UP, IS I'VE MADE A SPECIFIC REQUEST ON THE LAST PART OF YOUR PRESENTATION, IS THE ILLEGAL DUMPING.

AND IT'S BECOME IN THE SPRINGTIME WHEN ALL OF THE CANCELED SPRING CLEANUPS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, IT BECAME JUST, I GUESS THE PROBLEM BECAME MORE AND MORE WORSE.

AND SO I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT WE I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO SEE US GOING DOWN THE PATH OF TO WHERE IT MAKES IT, BECAUSE THE STORY THAT YOU'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN, PEOPLE DUMP THEIR TRASH. IN SOME CASES I'M GOING TO SAY THEY JUST GROSSLY JUST DUMP THEIR TRASH.

OTHER CASES, IT COULD HAVE BEEN SOMEBODY WHO HIRED A KID TO COME AND DUMP THEIR TRASH, PAID HIM THE MONEY TO TAKE IT TO THE DUMP, AND KID GOES AND DUMPS IT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SOMEWHERE IN AN ORCHARD SOMEWHERE, AND THEN KEEPS THE CASH.

BUT WHEN WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND IDENTIFYING PIECES OF INFORMATION THAT HAS THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE PERSON'S TRASH THAT IT IS, THERE'S NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO BECAUSE NOBODY SAW THEM ACTUALLY DUMPING IT.

SO I REALLY WANT TO SEE SOMETHING IN THERE THAT DOES ALLOW FOR US TO FIND AND I LIKE TO PUT PIECES OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION THAT NOW HOLDS THOSE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE.

AND THEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE OVERALL FEE SCHEDULE, I THINK THAT CODE ENFORCEMENT'S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS ALWAYS TO TRY TO GET COMPLIANCE.

WE'RE NOT OUT THERE TRYING TO MAKE A PILE OF MONEY ON THIS THING.

WE'RE JUST TRYING TO DRIVE COMPLIANCE.

AND I THINK WHEN WE LOOK AT THE FEES THAT THE FEES NEED TO BE SET IN A WAY THAT IT CORRECTS THE BAD BEHAVIOR.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUT A TEN DOLLAR OR A 20 DOLLAR FEE ON IT, IT'S NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANYBODY'S BEHAVIOR. BUT IF YOU PUT A FIVE HUNDRED OR A THOUSAND DOLLAR FEE ON IT PER DAY, THAT'S GOING TO GET PEOPLE TO CORRECT.

AND IT GOES INTO THE BIGGER OVERALL DISCUSSION OF CODE ENFORCEMENT THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUE.

AND I KNOW THAT I'VE BEEN AT THIS DAIS AND SAID IT BEFORE, THAT I KNOW THAT WE'RE IN THE PANDEMIC. AND SO I'VE KIND OF COOL MY JETS WHEN IT COMES TO PUSHING FOR MORE RESOURCES AND CODE ENFORCEMENT. BUT I AND I THINK THAT THIS BOARD AND I COMMEND THEM THAT WE DID TAKE A STEPS TO TO GET SOME ADDITIONAL EXTRA HELP FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT.

BUT UNTIL WE GET TO A POSITION IN CODE ENFORCEMENT THAT WE'RE NOT ONLY DOING THE FOLLOW UP ON THE COMPLAINTS, BUT WE'RE ABLE TO BE PROACTIVE.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THE PROBLEM GET WORSE.

AND I HOPE OVER THE NEXT COMING MONTHS AND YEARS THAT WE STILL MAKE THAT COMMITMENT TO, WE CAN HAVE ALL THE FINES AND ORDINANCES THAT WE WANT IN PLACE.

BUT IF WE DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE THE PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND FORCE THEM, IT'S KIND OF A MOOT POINT. BUT I THINK THAT THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT AS WE LOOK AT OTHER COUNTIES AROUND US, WE DON'T HAVE TO REINVENT THE WHEEL. BUT TAKING A LOOK AT THOSE FEES AND THAT FEE STRUCTURE AND I WANT TO COMMEND THE CODE ENFORCEMENT STAFF AND WHAT THEY DO.

THEY ARE SUPER REACTIVE TO TO WHENEVER I MEAN, I DON'T MAKE UP THESE THINGS.

I GET A CALL, AS ALL OF US DO, AND PASS IT ON TO THEM.

AND THEY'RE REALLY GOOD. AND AGAIN, I'VE TOLD THE STORY OF HOW THE TWO OF THEM AND HOW THEIR DAY STARTS AND DELHIAND THEN THEY'RE IN PLANADA AND THEN BACK IN ATWATER AND THEN TRYING TO BE IN DOS PALOS, AND THAT'S ALL IN ONE DAY AND IT'S THE FOLLOW UP AND SO CLEARLY DEFINING WHAT THOSE TIME FRAMES ARE IN BETWEEN ACTIONS, WHETHER THOSE ARE SET IN LAW OR THAT WE HAVE FLEXIBILITY, MEANING FIRST NOTICE, HOW MANY DAYS DO WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM TILL A SECOND NOTICE? AND I DON'T WANT TO BE SO RIGID THAT WE CAN'T LET OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DO WHAT THEY'RE SKILLED AT DOING.

AND THAT IS GOING OUT TO FOLKS, MAKING THEM AWARE OF THE NUISANCE AND ALLOWING WE WANT WE WANT THEM TO SELF CORRECT.

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THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

BUT THEN ALSO HAVING ENOUGH TEETH IN IT AT THE END THAT IF YOU GET THE ABSENTEE OWNERS THAT DON'T LIVE HERE AND DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT THEIR GARBAGE ALL OVER THE PLACE WHO BASICALLY HAVE TOLD THE COUNTY, GO POUND SAND, I SAY THAT WE GO AFTER THEM AND I WANT TO BE AND I WANT TO GO AFTER THEM IN THE WAY THAT LISTEN, FOR ME, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHERE ARE THE FEES AND THE FINES GO GO BACK INTO A CODE ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNT THAT ALLOWS FOR US TO DO THE CLEANUP ON THESE PROPERTIES BECAUSE THAT'S A COSTLY AND TIMELY ATTACH TO THEIR PROPERTY TAXES OR LEAN THEIR PROPERTIES, THE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THAT.

BUT UNTIL THAT PROPERTY SELLS, IT TAKES YEARS TO GET THERE.

AND SO WE HAVE A LOT OF MONEY SITTING OUT THERE WHICH PREVENTS US FROM ACTUALLY DOING MORE OF THEM. AND SO I KNOW THAT'S A LOT, BUT THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT IF YOU'RE ASKING FOR GUIDANCE, THAT'S KIND OF THE WAY THAT I SEE IT IS, I DON'T WANT SOMETHING SO RIGID THAT A PERSON THAT'S HONESTLY TRYING TO GET THERE AND MAYBE THEY DO NEED AN EXTRA COUPLE OF DAYS AND THEY REALLY ARE MAKING GOOD EFFORT.

I DON'T WANT TO PENALIZE THAT PERSON, BUT COE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KNOW PROBABLY WHEN THEY FIRST GET THERE, WHETHER IT'S A PERSON THAT WANTS TO COMPLY OR A PERSON THAT JUST BASICALLY SNUB THEIR NOSE AT US.

AND I JUST DON'T THINK THAT IT'S FAIR.

AS A PROPERTY OWNER, YOU KNOW, YOU DO ALL THE RIGHT THINGS AND KEEP YOUR PLACE UP AND WHATNOT. AND THEN YOU CAN HAVE A NEIGHBOR WHO JUST KEEPS PILING IN MORE AND MORE GARBAGE.

AND THAT HAPPENS ALL OVER THE PLACE.

SO I THINK THIS IS WE'RE TAKING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S PROBABLY BEEN A IN THE PAST, THE BOARD IS YOU KNOW, IT'S KIND OF WELL, I WANT CODE ENFORCEMENT, SO THEN ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS CALLS ME OR FRIENDS CALLS ME, THEN IT'S WELL, BUT BESIDES HIM OR HER, I'M SORRY, FRIEND, CONSTITUENT OR WHATEVER, I THINK THAT WE ALL SHOULD BE HELD TO THE SAME STANDARD AND WE DON'T.

WE LIVE IN A PRETTY MODERNIZED COUNTRY AND WE DON'T NEED TO BE LIVING IN SQUALOR.

RIGHT. AND SO I GUESS THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

I KNOW TODAY IS GIVING DIRECTION, BUT I THINK YOU GUYS ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

I'VE TALKED WITH COUNCIL AND CODE ENFORCEMENT ON SOME OF THESE THINGS, AND SO I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING SOMETHING THAT'S MORE REFINED TO COME BACK TO US.

AND IF IT TAKES A COUPLE BITES AT IT, I'M PERFECTLY FINE WITH THAT AS WELL.

THANK YOU, SIR. SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MARK, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU. AND ALL STAFF AND ALL WHO WAS INVOLVED IN DOING THIS.

AND ACTUALLY A BIG THANK YOU TO SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, WHO HAS BEEN ADAMANTLY PUSHING ON THIS. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAP OF THE COUNTY DISTRICT FIVE ON THE WEST SIDE, HE REFERRED TO IT AS THE BEST SIDE.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE ENORMOUSLY THAT HE HAS IN RURAL AREAS, I UNDERSTAND HOW A LOT OF FOLKS USE THAT AREA FOR DUMPING.

AND I THINK MOST OF THIS IS DUMPING BECAUSE I THINK OUR APPROACH ON THE COMPLIANCE IS APPROACHING IT TO HELP THEM COMPLY.

AND I THINK WE'VE APPROACH TO THAT.

AND I KNOW OUR FOLKS HAVE BEEN DOING THAT.

AND I'D STILL LIKE TO DO THAT.

BUT YET AGAIN, IF THEY'RE NOT WANTING TO COMPLY OR NOT WILLING TO COMPLY, WE DO NEED TO HOLD TEETH INTO THAT.

AND WHENEVER YOU LOOK AT THE WHOLE COUNTY, YOU LOOK AT DISTRICT TWO AND DISTRICT THREE, OURS ARE A SMALLER AREA.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I GOT TO SAY PRE PANDEMIC, PROBABLY MY NUMBER ONE CALL WAS ROADS.

DURING THE PANDEMIC HAS PROBABLY BEEN CALLS ABOUT THE PANDEMIC AND WHAT WAS THE COUNTY'S APPROACH. BUT THREE IS DUMPING AND I HATE WHENEVER WE HAVE TO GET IN THE CONVERSATION WITH THE PROPERTY OWNER.

WELL, THAT'S ON YOUR PROPERTY.

THAT'S NOT IN THE COUNTY RIGHT AWAY.

I THINK WE HAVE TO PUT SOMETHING IN THIS TO WHERE WE CAN HELP THOSE PROPERTY OWNERS WHEN IT IS DUMPED ON THEIR PROPERTY.

AND I STILL WANT TO PUT A LITTLE MORE TEETH AND CLEAR ON OUR APPROACH IS WHEN WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE BILLS OF THE PRESCRIPTIONS OR SOMETHING WITHIN THAT PILE, UM, TO BE ABLE TO ASSOCIATE TO SOMEBODY.

WE NEED SOME TEETH ON THAT AS WELL.

AND I THINK WE NEED TO DO THAT APPROACH.

WHETHER IT'S ON THE PROPERTY OWNER'S PROPERTY OR WHETHER IT'S IN HERE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO FIGURE OUT AND I KNOW THAT'S THE GRAY AREA, BUT THAT'S ALWAYS THE CRUX OF IT ALL.

I GET A CALL ALL THE TIME.

AND I WITNESSED IT MYSELF.

I MEAN, I'VE ACTUALLY GOT A BUDDY OF MINE BEFORE AND GOT A PICKUP TRUCK AND WENT AND PICKED UP A COUPLE OF COUCHES THAT WERE DUMPED BECAUSE WE COULDN'T THEY WERE ON THE PROPERTY AND NOT ON.

SO WE DID IT OURSELF.

BUT AND WHEN I'VE BEEN OUT, YOU KNOW, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND STUFF, I'M VERY CLEAR IN MY SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN I TAKE PICTURES OF IT AND I LAY OUT ALL THE BIRTHDAY CARDS AND ALL THE BILLS AND SAY, IF YOU KNOW THIS PERSON, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR TRASH IS HERE ON

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THIS CANAL BANK. SO I LIKE THE APPROACH OF IT.

THE DUMPING IS OUT OF CONTROL.

WE KNOW THAT. WE ALL SIT ON THE BOARD AND WE'VE BEEN APPROACHING IT WITH WE'RE DOING A NEW RATE STUDY AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT AT THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF COST TO GET IT OUT THERE.

BUT WE OFFER FREE TIMES TO DO IT AS WELL.

AND I KNOW THAT DURING THIS PANDEMIC, WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT.

BUT I THINK WE NEED TO APPROACH IT.

AND I THINK THERE'S A WAY THAT MAYBE THE COUNTY CAN HOPEFULLY WORK TOGETHER WITH THAT OR MAYBE WE CAN TRY TO DO MORE OFTEN TO HELP THIS OUT.

BUT THE DUMPING IS OUT OF CONTROL.

AND IN FACT, WHEN I LOOK AT SOME OF THE PICTURES YOU PUT UP THERE, I WAS WONDERING, DID I RIDE MY BIKE PAST THAT? THAT LOOKED VERY FAMILIAR.

SO I LIKE THE APPROACH.

I APPLAUD SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA FOR HIS CONSISTENCY ON THIS AND THE POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE ABOUT DISTRICT TWO AND DISTRICT THREE BEING THE SMALLEST DISTRICTS WITH THE SMALLEST AREA OF THE RURAL OUTER PART, I STILL IS ONE OF MY NUMBER ONE PHONE CALLS IS PEOPLE DUMPING. SO IT IS A PROBLEM HERE.

AND WHETHER IT'S MESSAGING OR WHETHER IT'S SOME KIND OF A PUSH SOCIAL MEDIA OR PUSH ON SOMETHING FOR FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FINES ARE GOING TO BE, I'M NOT AFRAID OF A STEEP FINE, UM, YOU KNOW, FIVE OR TEN DOLLARS.

I THINK THEY WEIGH IT OUT 50 BUCKS.

WEIGH IT OUT. WELL, IS IT WORTH IT DEFINES CHEAPER THAN WHAT IT COST TO GO DUMP.

SO I'M JUST GOING TO GO DUMP IT SOMEWHERE.

SO THANK YOU.

WELL, I THINK WE SHOULD ADVERTISE, PROBABLY, THE FINES MORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

SO PEOPLE MORE HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THAT.

SO, SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. IF I COULD GET YOU TO FLIP BACK TO THE SLIDE THAT HAD THE SO WHEN YOU READ THE FIRST LINE, IT SAYS ANY CONDITION CAUSED OR PERMITTED AND WHEN KNOW SO WHEN I WHAT I SEE PERMITTED AS IS ALLOWED.

RIGHT. HOWEVER, IT COULD ALSO BE THAT THE COUNTY PERMITTED IT.

AND SO IF WHEN YOU COME BACK TO US, IF MAYBE THAT WOULD BE CHANGED AND THEN I TO GET A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CALLS FOR DUMPING AND, YOU KNOW, SHOUT OUT TO OUR PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, DANA HERTFELDER WHEN WHEN I MESSAGE HIM WITH THEM, IF THEY'RE ON COUNTY PROPERTY, I MEAN, IT'S ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THAT THEY'RE CLEANED UP.

AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THAT.

BUT I'LL GO A LITTLE MORE PHILOSOPHICAL, I THINK.

WELL, A LITTLE BIT, AS MY COLLEAGUES ALREADY HAVE.

BUT, YOU KNOW, OUR SOCIETY NEEDS TO STAY WITH SOCIETY NORMS. AND JUST SLOWLY BUT SURELY, THE DEGRADATION OF WHAT WE DO IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME.

AND IT'S HARD FOR ME TO SAY THAT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU OWN PROPERTY, I BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OWN YOUR PROPERTY AND DO WITH YOUR PROPERTY AS YOU WISH.

AND SO IT'S KIND OF A FINE LINE THERE BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY DOING SOMETHING THAT I WOULDN'T DO OR SOMEBODY WHO'S CREATING A NUISANCE FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS.

AND SO IT WAS I APPRECIATE ALL THE AGENCIES TAKING THE TIME TO TRY TO DELINEATE OUT BETWEEN THOSE.

JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T STEP ON PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE PROCESS, BUT CERTAINLY GO AFTER THOSE THAT ARE CREATING NUISANCES THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WOULD CONSIDER TO BE A NUISANCE. YEAH, I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

AS FOR THE FEES OR THE FINES, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE SIGNIFICANT.

BUT A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR A DAY.

FINE. I JUST DON'T SEE TOO MANY NUISANCES THAT WOULD REACH THAT LEVEL.

I DON'T KNOW WHICH COUNTY THAT WAS IN, BUT I'M GLAD THAT I DON'T LIVE THERE.

BUT THE FINE NEEDS TO BE, YOU KNOW, COMMISERATE WITH THE PROBLEM AND AND ENOUGH TO CREATE A CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR.

BUT NOT SO MUCH THAT IT'S OVERWHELMING AND THAT A PERSON, YOU KNOW, IF THEY HAD AN ISSUE ONE FOR TWO OR THREE WEEKS COULD NEVER PAY THE FINE.

I YOU KNOW, SO THE DUMPING--THE OTHER AREA IS FIRE RISK.

YOU KNOW, YOU'VE MENTIONED THAT YOU'RE WORKING WITH OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT AND, YOU KNOW, JUST IF THERE'S A WAY TO INCORPORATE THOSE RISKS AS WELL AND THEN, YOU KNOW, AND REALLY HAVE A LIST OF OF QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT INFRACTIONS, I GUESS, OR AREAS.

SO I'D LIKE TO TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THEM, NOT JUST ILLEGAL DUMPING.

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AND THEN I GUESS THE LAST THE YOU KNOW, THE LAST CAVEAT WAS THAT NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, I GUESS, OTHER THAN ILLEGAL DUMPING, IS THAT THE PERIOD THAT WE SET FORTH IN WHICH IT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED, THAT THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME FOR PEOPLE TO TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION AND NOT INCREASE OR NOT HAVE A FINE AFFECT THEM.

YOU KNOW, I THINK SOMETIMES PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, YOU LIVE A CERTAIN WAY AND YOU JUST DON'T REALIZE THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU KNOW, YOU WENT FROM A LITTLE BIT OF A MESS AT YOUR PLACE TO SOMETHING THAT'S A PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD.

AND IT SOMETIMES TAKES SOMEBODY COMING BY SAYING, HEY, THIS ISN'T ACCEPTABLE.

AND YOU'RE LIKE, OH, YEAH, YOU'RE RIGHT.

AND SO THEY WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION.

AND THANKS FOR YOUR WORK.

THANKS, SIR. THANK YOU.

MARK, JUST A QUICK QUESTION REGARDING THE FINES.

DO WE HAVE A STATE LAW OR COUNTY ORDINANCE OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR DUMPING? I THINK I'LL LET MR. MAXEY, MAYBE COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS.

BUT THIS IS SOMETHING I THINK WE DO HAVE A LITTLE DISCRETION TO ACTUALLY UNDERTAKE.

THERE YOU GO. OK.

CURRENTLY WE DON'T HAVE AN ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY LIKE WHAT WAS TALKED ABOUT IN THIS PRESENTATION, WE DO HAVE WHAT THE CODE CALLS INFRACTIONS OUTLINED FOR REALLY CODE ENFORCEMENT VIOLATIONS. AND THOSE ARE UP TO TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS PER INFRACTION.

SO NOTHING AT THE LEVEL THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.

OH OKAY, BECAUSE AT ONE TIME I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN I USED TO DRIVE A TOW TRUCK, I WAS CALLED BY THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

THEY PULLED OVER, SOMEBODY WAS DUMPING AND I THOUGHT THEY GIVE THEM A THOUSAND DOLLAR TICKET. SO I DON'T KNOW, THAT'S ON THE SHERIFF'S SIDE.

YOU'RE RIGHT THERE THERE IS A...

COUNTY COUNCIL MIGHT HAVE TO JUMP IN HERE AS FAR AS WHAT WE CALL THEM.

BUT IT IT IS A THOUSAND DOLLAR.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A FEE OR PENALTY FOR THAT.

OK. ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL GO TO BACK TO SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA THANK YOU, CHAIR. JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY ON THE DUMPING THAT THE TWO PIECES OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION. AND THAT IS GOOD EITHER WHETHER IT'S ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY.

OK. AND THE OTHER THING I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT TO THE FOLKS THAT ARE HERE LISTENING AT HOME IS, IS THAT THIS DIDN'T JUST START WITH THE PANDEMIC.

AND I KNOW IT'S COMING TO US RIGHT NOW.

AND THIS IS TAKEN BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

I KNOW THAT FOLKS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A LOT OF OTHER STUFF AND THEY JUST FINALLY GOT TO THE POINT WHERE YOU GUYS HAD SOMETHING TO PRESENT TO US.

THIS IS SOMETHING I'M GOING TO SAY FROM VERY EARLY ON IN MY TWO YEARS HERE NOW THAT I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. AND SO AND I KNOW WITH THE PANDEMIC, IT'S TAKING A LITTLE LONGER.

I JUST WANT TO POINT THAT OUT THAT WE'RE NOT DOING THIS KIND OF SEEMS ODD.

IT'S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC WHERE WE HAVE FOLKS TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE POTENTIALLY LOSING THEIR HOMES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

AND WE'RE NOT TRYING TO PILE ON THAT.

THIS IS JUST PART OF THE PROCESS THAT GOT SLOWED DOWN A LITTLE BIT WITH COVID.

SUPERVISOR, LOR.

I WANT TO LET STAFF KNOW THAT I DO TRUST YOUR JUDGMENT.

YOU HAVE EXHIBITED GREAT JUDGMENT IN THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE.

YOU'VE BEEN IN ALL FIVE DISTRICTS.

YOU'VE BEEN IN CONNECTION WITH OTHER COUNTIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

AND SO MY ASSUMPTION IS THAT YOU WILL REFERENCE OTHER COUNTIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITIES. AND I'D LIKE TO SEE SOME SORT OF CONSISTENCY ACROSS ALL COUNTY DEPARTMENTS, SO THAT ONE DEPARTMENT'S FEES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH AND THEN ANOTHER DEPARTMENT IS EXTREMELY LOW. SO IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN MAYBE WE NEED TO LOOK ACROSS OUR DEPARTMENTS AND NOT JUST CODE ENFORCEMENT OR ABATEMENT ISSUES.

WE JUST NEED TO LOOK AT OUR SCALE ACROSS THE BOARD.

AND THEN I'D LIKE TO SEE SOME FLEXIBILITY OR WAIVERS AT THE STAFF LEVEL.

AND I RECOGNIZE THAT YOU'LL BE PROPOSING A PROCESS FOR RESIDENTS OR FOLKS TO APPEAL.

BUT I DO WANT TO SEE FLEXIBILITY AND WAIVERS AT THE STAFF LEVEL AND THEN IT COME TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT A CERTAIN LEVEL.

SO I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR DRAFT AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ALSO, I KNOW WE HAVE THIS ISSUE WITH SPECIAL DISTRICTS AS WELL.

ARE WE GOING TO ADDRESS, LIKE MID DOES A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF GETTING THEIR STUFF CLEANED UP RIGHT AWAY, AND I JUST WONDERING, LIKE MAYBE SOME OF THE OTHER SPECIAL DISTRICTS THAT ARE IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE LEGALITIES, I'LL LOOK OVER AT COUNCIL ON THIS, BUT ONCE WE'VE ESTABLISHED THE PERSON WHO

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HAS DONE THE DUMPING, IS THERE AN APPROACH THAT WE CAN MAKE IF IT'S ON PRIVATE PROPERTY OR ON SPECIAL DISTRICT PROPERTY? ALSO, THAT'D BE A TRESPASSING ISSUE.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT TO OUR.

YEAH, BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE A SIGN RIGHT NOW THAT THEY OBVIOUSLY TRESPASSED AND PUT UP AN ILLEGAL SIGN AND THEY ARE STILL NOT WORKING WITH US TO GET THAT REMOVED.

AND I FEEL SORRY FOR OUR PROPERTY OWNER RIGHT NOW BECAUSE HE WANTS IT REMOVED.

BUT YET HE'S THE ONE GETTING BLAMED FOR AN ILLEGAL SIGN ON HIS PROPERTY.

AND IT'S NOT ANY OF HIS DOING IT WAS TRESPASSERS WHO ACTUALLY PUT THE SIGN UP.

YES, SIR, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

OK, WELL, TO ADD TO THAT, I HAVE LANDLORDS ALSO THAT PROBABLY KIND OF AND IT SEEMS LIKE THEY RENT OUT TO HOMELESS AND THIS ARE CREATING LITTLE TIPIS AND WHATEVER WITH AND THEN OF COURSE IT BECOMES A HEALTH ISSUE AND NUISANCE AND BECAUSE THEY START, YOU KNOW, AND I KNOW I'VE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE GENERAL AREA WHERE IT HAPPENS A LOT, INCLUDING, YOU KNOW, ALL THE CARS THAT THEY CHOP UP AND THE THEY PUT THE FRAME ON THE ROAD FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND THE CHP, TO TOW AWAY.

SO, YEAH, I'M PRETTY SURE THERE'S MORE AREAS AROUND THE COUNTY, BUT WE HAVE SO MANY LIVES THAT ARE JUST EMPTY. AND, YOU KNOW, AND I UNDERSTAND THE HOMELESS ARE GOING TO GO EVERYWHERE. SO THAT SEEMS TO BE, I GUESS, WHETHER THEY HAVE TRESPASSING OR THE LANDLORDS LETS THEM BE THERE. SO WE NEED TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES, TOO, AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, I THINK I SAID ABOUT THE SIGNS, MORE SIGNS AROUND THE COUNTY, SOCIAL MEDIA, SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW WHERE OR A PHONE NUMBER, WHERE THEY CAN CALL AND ADDRESS THAT, OR EVEN AN APP WHERE, YOU KNOW, APPLICATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHERE PEOPLE CAN SEND THE PHOTOS OF THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF WE ALREADY HAVE IT, BUT YOU KNOW OR, YOU KNOW, WE CAN MAKE IT KNOWN TO HE PUBLIC. SO I THINK THAT'S ALL FOR ME RIGHT NOW.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE BOARD'S INPUT TODAY.

I'VE TAKEN A COUPLE OF GOOD PAGES OF NOTES.

I TRUST THAT PROBABLY MR. BROWN AND MR. HANSON HAVE AS WELL.

SO I'VE BASED UPON WHAT I'VE HEARD TODAY, I SUSPECT WE'RE GOING TO PROBABLY GET TOGETHER IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, PROBABLY START PUTTING SOME GOOD TOUCHES ON DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE MAYBE ON A HIGH NOTE, THOUGH, YOU KNOW, CODE ENFORCEMENT, I THINK EACH OF YOU CAPTURED THE ISSUE VERY WELL.

THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CERTAINLY IS PLAGUING THE COUNTY.

AND I THINK AS SUPERVISOR ESPINOSA JUST TALKED ABOUT A SECOND AGO, THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF FOLKS IN THIS COMMUNITY WHO DO FACE HARD TIMES.

WE HAVE ALWAYS APPROACHED CODE ENFORCEMENT WITH WITH COMPASSION.

ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK THAT I'M MOST PROUD OF WITH CODE ENFORCEMENT, AGAIN, NOT TAKING THE HEAVY HANDED APPROACH IS WHEN WE DO ENCOUNTER THOSE FOLKS.

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH OUR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PARTNERS, WITH OUR HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY PARTNERS, WITH PUBLIC HEALTH TO HELP THOSE FOLKS GET GOOD SERVICE AND GET ACCESS TO SERVICE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT OBVIOUSLY COMES TOP DOWN.

SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THAT REGARD, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

SO WE'RE ON ITEM NUMBER TWENTY.

ANY COMMENTS OR MOTIONS? ALL RIGHT. NEXT IS ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, ITEM TWENTY TWO.

ITEM TWENTY TWO COMMENTS, MOTIONS? MOTION BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL, SECOND BY SUPERVISOR LOR.

GO AHEAD AND VOTE.

NEXT IS FIRE, ITEM TWENTY THREE.

ITEM NUMBER TWENTY THREE COMMENTS, MOTIONS? MOTION, SUPERVISOR LOR, SECOND SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

GO AHEAD AND VOTE. RECORD THE VOTE, MOTION CARRIES 5-0.

NEXT, IS LIBRARY ITEM TWENTY FOUR, PLEASE NOTE, THIS ITEM REQUIRES A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE.

NUMBER 24.

MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, SECOND SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

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GO AHEAD AND VOTE, PLEASE. RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES 5-0.

NEXT, IS RECORDER ITEMS TWENTY FIVE AND TWENTY SIX.

ITEMS TWENTY FIVE AND TWENTY SIX.

MOTION SUPV. SILVEIRA SECOND SUPV.

MCDANIEL RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES 5-0.

NEXT IS TREASURER ITEMS TWENTY SEVEN AND TWENTY EIGHT.

TREASURER TWENTY SEVEN AND TWENTY EIGHT.

MOTION BY SUPV. SILVEIRA SECOND BY SUPV.

LOR AND A COMMENT BY SUPV.

SILVEIRA. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AS THE BOARD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON THE ADVISORY THE TREASURY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THESE TWO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE TREASURER AND JUST KIND OF STATING THAT OUR INVESTMENT POLICY STATEMENT, THERE WASN'T A WHOLE BUNCH OF CHANGES, JUST A FEW WORDS IN THEM AND JUST KIND OF POINTING OUT THAT WE'RE DOING A GOOD JOB OF GETTING THE BEST THAT WE CAN GET ON A RETURN.

AND THEY'RE JUST NOT REALLY GREAT RIGHT NOW.

BUT I WOULD SAY THAT WE'RE NOT GOING THE OTHER WAY.

WE'RE NOT GOING BACKWARDS. SO THAT'S A GOOD THING.

AND THEN I'M ALSO GOING TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND FOLKS THAT THERE'S NO NEED TO WAIT IN LINE. THE TAX COLLECTOR WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WILL BE OFFERING APPOINTMENTS THROUGH THE AND IT'S AND YOU CAN GO THERE.

AND IT'S A WAY TO AVOID HAVING TO COME AND WAITING LINES FOR THOSE FOLKS THAT ARE ESPECIALLY NOW WITH THE PANDEMIC CONCERNED IS IS YOU CAN PAY YOUR TAXES, YOUR PROPERTY TAXES. YOU CAN PAY THAT ALL ONLINE NOW.

SO I JUST WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT.

WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR YOU.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

WELL, THAT WE'LL--GO AHEAD.

ONE MORE COMMENT.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, REAL QUICK, I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE LITTLE MENTION, BECAUSE OUR ASSOCIATION WORKED TWO YEARS WITH THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE COMMISSION REGARDING WHAT IS CALLED 144A PAPER.

AND I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE'VE AMENDED GOVERNMENT CODE 53 61 TO INCLUDE A SECTION R UNDER COMMERCIAL PAPER, WHICH ACTUALLY GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY THIS 144A PAPER.

YOU'LL SEE PROCTER AND GAMBLE, JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, ALL OF THE BIG BOYS AREN'T GOING.

THEY HAVE AN EXEMPTION TO THE SEC, BUT WE WERE PREVENTED PREVENT IT FROM BUYING THIS PAPER GOOD QUALITY PAPER.

SO I'M REALLY DELIGHTED THE GOVERNOR SIGNED THIS INTO LAW.

ON JANUARY 1ST, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT ADDING THOSE KIND OF INVESTMENT PRODUCTS TO OUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WITH THAT THE MOTION WAS SILVEIRA, AND SECOND LOR.

PLACE YOUR VOTE PLEASE. RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES 5-0. NEXT IS COUNTY COUNCIL ITEM TWENTY NINE . ITEM TWENTY NINE, ITEM ONE AND TWO, COMMENTS AND MOTIONS? MOTION BY LOR, SECOND? NO SECOND? SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

WE HAVE A COMMENT BY SUPV. LOR.

THANK YOU. JUST WANTED COUNTY COUNCIL'S EXPLANATION FOR THE PUBLIC IN TERMS OF THE PROCESS. GO AHEAD.

YEAH, SUPERVISOR. THANK YOU.

MR. AHMADI'S ASSESSMENT WAS APPEALED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS IN FRONT OF THE ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD, MR. AHMADI DID NOT CHECK A BOX AT THE ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD HEARING, ASKING OR DESIGNATING HIS APPLICATION AS A CLAIM FOR A REFUND, WHICH IS REQUIRED BY REVENUE AND TAXATION CODE 1597A3AI. SO IN ORDER TO FILE A WRIT TO HAVE HIS ASSESSMENT RECONSIDERED AND GO ACROSS THE STREET TO DO SO, HE MUST FILE A CLAIM

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FOR REFUND IN FRONT OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

SO TODAY'S DENIAL IS REALLY JUST AN ADMINISTRATIVE STEP TOWARDS BEING ABLE TO FILE A WRIT TO HAVE HIS APPEAL RECONSIDERED BY THE COURT.

OK, MOTION BY LOR, THE SECOND BY MCDANIEL.

GO AHEAD AND VOTE, PLEASE. SUPV PAREIRA.

RECORD THE VOTE. MOTION CARRIES FOUR TO ONE WITH SUPV SILVEIRA OPPOSED.

NEXT IS EXECUTIVE OFFICE ITEMS, THIRTY AND THIRTY ONE, PLEASE NOTE THERE IS AN AMENDED ACTION ON ITEM THIRTY, WHICH IS APPROVED THE TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT WITH THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, AND SUBSTANTIALLY THE FORM PROVIDED SUBJECT TO FINAL REVIEW BY THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND COUNTY COUNCIL AND AUTHORIZED THE BOARD CHAIR TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, UH, THANK YOU.

AND I DID WANT TO MAKE, UH, ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ON ITEM THIRTY THAT YOU MAY HAVE, BUT I WANTED TO OR EXCUSE ME, ON, UH, ITEM THIRTY, BUT I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT ON ITEM THIRTY ONE.

AFTER AN EXTENSIVE RECRUITMENT PROCESS THAT INCLUDED SEVERAL STAKEHOLDERS.

UH, THIRTY ONE IS A RECOMMENDATION TO CONFIRM MR. ERIC SERRATO AS YOUR NEXT DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE INVESTMENT.

THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS INCLUDED MEMBERS OF THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD, AS WELL AS OTHER BUSINESS PARTNERS AND WORKFORCE DIRECTORS FROM SURROUNDING COUNTIES.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SPECIALLY THANK THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD CHAIR LESLIE MR. SERRATO HAS OVER TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SENIOR EXECUTIVE LEVEL EXPERIENCE WORKING AS A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, MR. SERRATO WAS RAISED IN THE VALLEY AND WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO THE VALLEY.

HE HAS VAST PROGRAM EXPERIENCE AND CURRENTLY MANAGES PROGRAMMATIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS OF FIVE UNITS WITHIN THE LARGE LOCAL WORKFORCE BOARD THERE IN LONG BEACH.

MR. SERRATO BRINGS HIS EXPERIENCE OF CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS WITH EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND EMPLOYERS TO ENHANCE TRAINING AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPANTS, AS WELL AS FINANCE GRANT WRITING, STRATEGIC PLANNING, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE.

HIS WIDE RANGING EXPERIENCE WILL GREATLY BENEFIT US IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO HAVE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION TODAY THE RECOMMENDATION TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF ERIC SERRATO AS THE DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE INVESTMENT.

THANK YOU. SO WE HAVE I NUMBER THIRTY AND THIRTY ONE.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY LOR, SECOND BY SILVEIRA.

GO AHEAD AND VOTE PLEASE. COMMENT BY SUPV.

SILVEIRA. CAN WE STATE ONE MORE TIME THE ACTION FOR ITEM THIRTY, JUST SO THAT WE'RE ALL CLEAR ON, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING INTO THE RECORD THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A FINAL REVIEW BY COUNCIL AND THE CEO'S OFFICE.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING'S ON THERE SO WE CAN GET THAT RESTATED.

STACY, IF YOU COULD RESTATE THE AMENDED ACTION AND THEN I WILL JUST COMMENT ON IT REAL QUICKLY FOR THE PUBLIC'S BENEFIT.

THE AMENDED ACTION IS TO APPROVE THE TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT WITH THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AND SUBSTANTIALLY THE FORM PROVIDED SUBJECT TO FINAL REVIEW BY THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND COUNTY COUNCIL AND AUTHORIZE THE BOARD CHAIR TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT. SO THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, FOR JUST MAKING SURE FOR THE RECORD AND FOR THE PUBLIC THAT THAT IS UNDERSTOOD.

THIS IS AN AGREEMENT THAT'S BEEN LONG IN THE MAKING.

THERE'S BEEN EXTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS EVEN AS I'M THROUGH THIS MORNING.

AND SO THERE'S BEEN WITH ALL THE WORK AND EYES THAT HAVE BEEN ON THIS, WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE ONE MORE TIME AS WE FINALIZE THIS, YOU KNOW, THAT WE HAVEN'T MISSED ANYTHING AS FAR AS GOING THROUGH THE DOCUMENT AS FAR AND SO THAT'S OUR OUR REQUEST IS TO GIVE US A DAY TO GO THROUGH AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE DOTTING THE I'S, CROSSING THE T'S BEFORE HOPEFULLY EXECUTING IT.

AND, YOU KNOW, THE CHANCELLOR AT THIS POINT IS REVIEWING IT THIS MORNING ALSO.

AND SO IF SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY COMES UP OR SOMETHING NOT SUBSTANTIAL IN THIS FORM, THAT COULD CHANGE THAT. BUT AGAIN, THE IDEA IS FOR YOU SUPPORT TO APPROVE IT IN ITS SUBSTANTIVE FORM AT THIS POINT AND ALLOW US TO JUST FINALIZE AND TWEAK ANYTHING THAT WE NEED TO DO. OK, SO WE HAVE OVER THIRTY AND THIRTY FIRST EMOTIONAL SECOND.

SO GO AHEAD AND VOTE PLEASE.

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SUPV PAREIRA. RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES FIVE ZERO, CONGRATULATIONS ERIC SERRATO.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING? THANK YOU, THE HONORABLE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND CEO BROWN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE TRUST THAT YOU HAVE PLACED IN ME IN APPOINTING ME WITH THIS POSITION.

WE ARE IN AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME OF ECONOMIC DISRUPTION.

SO IT'S AN INTERESTING TIME TO JOIN ALL OF YOU.

BUT I AM INCREDIBLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY THAT LIES AHEAD OF US.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE, DIRECTOR HENDRICKSON, AND THE REST OF THE DEPARTMENT TO REALLY BRING ABOUT EVEN MORE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY TO THE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN MERCED COUNTY.

SO I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU.

WELCOME ABOARD. THANK YOU.

NEXT, IS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ITEMS 32 THROUGH 34.

DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT BEFORE? OK, SO ITEMS NUMBER 32 THROUGH 34.

I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY SPEAK ABOUT ITEM THIRTY FOUR, SO CAN WE TAKE THAT ONE SEPARATELY? SURE, YOU WANT TO GOING TO GO AHEAD AND WE'LL TAKE 34 FIRST.

OK, SO JUST IN REVIEWING THE ITEM NUMBER ONE, I'M GOING TO ASK, THROUGH THE CHAIR, SUPERVISOR LOR TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE EXPLANATION ON HER REQUEST.

AND THEN I WANT TO POINT OUT ON THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS THAT IT'S THE IMPROPER DOCUMENT THAT IT'S FILLED OUT ON.

SO IF YOU GUYS PULL UP YOUR STAFF REPORT, THERE'S TWO SEPARATE REQUESTS, A REQUEST FOR DISTRICT PROJECT FUNDS.

AND I KNOW, IT'S KIND OF HARD TO SEE.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE BLACK BAR OF THE BOX ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE FORM, THESE ARE OLD FORMS IN THAT THEY STILL SAY JERRY O'BANION, SUPERVISOR FOR DISTRICT FIVE ON BOTH OF THOSE. AND SO I JUST WAS CURIOUS AS TO WHERE THOSE FORMS CAME FROM, BECAUSE WHEN I PULLED THEM UP ON THE WEBSITE, EVERYWHERE ELSE, THEY EVERYTHING ELSE HAS BEEN UPDATED.

SO, UM, IF YOU WOULD INDULGE ME, I'M CURIOUS TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT THE ASK IS HERE. SURE.

THANK YOU.

THROUGH THE CHAIR. FIRST OFF, MY APOLOGIES FOR USING A FORM WITH FORMER SUPERVISOR O'BANION'S NAME ON IT. EVERYTHING IS THE SAME EXCEPT FOR HIS NAME.

AND I PULLED IT UP FROM MY RECORDS BECAUSE I MADE A FILLABLE FORM.

SO IT'S IN MY FILES AND I PULLED UP AN OLD FORM.

OBVIOUSLY THE ONE THAT WE HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE IS NOT FILLABLE.

AND SO IN THE PAST, WHEN IT'S A SMALL FORM LIKE THAT AND I NEED IT IN A FILLABLE FORM, I MAKE IT FILLABLE MYSELF.

AND SO I WANT TO APOLOGIZE FOR USING AN OLD FORM, BUT EVERYTHING IN THE CONTENT IS STILL THE SAME. SO LEGALLY, I THINK IT WILL STILL PASS.

IF I NEED TO RESUBMIT ON A FORM TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON THERE, I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO DO THAT. MY CONCERN IS THAT WE ARE THEN GOING TO DELAY A PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND THEN TO IN TERMS OF DETAILS THIS TIME AND THE LAST TWO CYCLES THAT I'VE SUBMITTED DISTRICT PROJECT FUNDS.

I'VE SUBMITTED TO STAFF MORE DETAILED THAN THE LAST.

AND THE FIRST TIME MY ASSUMPTION WAS THAT STAFF WAS GOING TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE DETAILS THAT I PROVIDED. BUT SINCE THEY DIDN'T INCLUDE THE DETAILS IN THE BOARD AGENDA ITEM, I WAS OK WITH THAT. STAFF CAN SHARE WITH YOU THE ALL THE DETAILS THAT I SUBMITTED, BUT I CAN SHARE WITH YOU AND THE PUBLIC RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF THE PROGRAM.

SO THERE'S TWO PARTS.

ONE IS THE OVERALL PROGRAM IS A TRAIN THE TRAINERS PROGRAM.

MCOE, THE MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WOULD COME IN AND TRAIN A SET OF TRAINERS WHO WOULD THEN GO OUT AND TRAIN RESIDENTS AROUND BASIC RESPONSE OR A BASIC SOCIAL INTERACTIONS TO ALLEVIATE THE MENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY AS A RESULT OF SOCIAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES LIKE COVID.

SO WHEN WHEN YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER WHO COMES TO YOU AND WHO NEED THE BASIC

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SUPPORT, THEN THESE TRAINERS WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO OUT AND HOLD, WHETHER IT BE VIRTUAL CONVENIENCE OR WHEN WE HAVE THE AUTHORIZATION TO DO SO, A SMALL GROUP OF FOLKS TO CONVENE AND HELP ALLEVIATE ALL OF THE SOCIAL STRESSES.

AND WE KNOW THAT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS THE COUNTY PROGRAMS DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE REACH THAT WE MAY HAVE AS RESIDENTS.

AND SO THAT'S WHY THERE'S TWO PARTS.

ONE IS THROUGH THE MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, AND THEN TWO IS THE MERCED YOUTH CONNECT. THE MERCED YOUTH CONNECT WOULD THEN BE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PIECE WHERE THEY CONVENE AND THEY DO ALL THE SCHEDULING.

THEY MAKE SURE THAT TRAINERS ARE THERE.

THEY MAKE SURE THAT THE CURRICULUM IS IMPLEMENTED IN AN EFFECTIVE AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND WAY. SO THIS IS ONE WAY IN WHICH I INTEND TO POSITIVELY IMPACT OR HELP OUR PUBLIC TO GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC.

AND YOU'LL NOTICE THAT IT IS OVER, I BELIEVE, A TWO YEAR TERM, AND SO THE GOAL IS THAT THIS PROGRAM WILL THEN BE SELF-SUSTAINING.

SO THESE ARE JUST SEED FUNDS THAT WILL HELP THE PROGRAM GET ROLLING.

SO THE TEN THOUSAND GOES TO THE OFFICE OF EDUCATION? THE FOUR THOUSAND, SO IF YOU LOOK AT ITEM NUMBER TWO--.

SO, IT'S FORTY EIGHT HUNDRED GOES THE OFFICE OF EDUCATION.

YES. TO TRAIN THE TRAINERS.

YES. AND THEN THE TEN THOUSAND WOULD THEN BE ROLLED OUT INTO THE PROGRAM.

SO IF YOU IMAGINE COHORTS OF TRAINERS GOING OUT AND TRAINING SO WHEN YOU THINK TEN THOUSAND AND YOU GET AN EXPONENTIAL AMOUNT OF BASIC TRAINERS.

SO I APPRECIATE YOUR PASSION ON THESE ISSUES.

AND I'M JUST A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED ON THE TWO YEAR COMMITMENT IS TWENTY NINETEEN TO TWENTY TWENTY ONE, BUT WE'RE IN TWENTY TWENTY.

SO WOULD WE BE RETROACTIVELY PAYING FOR SOMETHING THAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

THAT'S WHY I GUESS I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED. NO.

NO. SO IT SHOULD NOT BE NINETEEN.

IT SHOULD BE TWENTY STARTING FISCAL YEAR.

TWENTY, TWENTY, TWENTY AND TWENTY NINETEEN THEN THAT'S AN ERROR ON MY PART.

SO THEN IT WOULD BE TWENTY, TWENTY, TWENTY ONE.

AGAIN IF YOU GO DOWN AND LOOK AT THE WHAT IS IT A ONE TIME EXPENDITURE.

YES. YES.

SO IT'S FOR ONE FISCAL YEAR.

I WOULD CONSIDER THAT TO BE TWO EXPENDITURES IF IT'S OVER TWO FISCAL YEARS.

SO MY ERROR IT SHOULD READ FISCAL YEAR TWENTY TWENTY DASH TWENTY, TWENTY TWO VERSUS NINETEEN AND TWENTY ONE.

NOW AGAIN IF I NEED TO RESUBMIT I WILL CERTAINLY DO THAT.

BUT I BELIEVE PAST PRACTICE WHAT THE BOARD HAS BEEN THAT WE ALLOW SOME FLEXIBILITY AND ERRORS. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TIME FRAME IT IS OVER TWO FISCAL YEARS BECAUSE YOU'RE LOOKING AT TRAINING COHORTS.

SO YOU HAVE TO ALLOW TIME TO TRAIN THE TRAINERS WHO WOULD THEN TRAIN RESIDENTS LATER ON IN THE YEAR OR TWO AFTER THAT.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? AND THEN I GUESS MY LAST QUESTION WOULD BE, IS WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON WITH COVID.

SO YOU HAVE THE TRAIN THE TRAINERS THAT STARTS NOW AND THEN YOU HAVE FUNDING THAT WOULD FUND THE COHORTS AFTERWARDS.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY DON'T DO IT BY TWENTY, TWENTY TWO? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FUNDS? IT'S IN THE BOARD POLICY.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOARD POLICY, IT SAYS IF YOU DO NOT EXPEND ALL OF THE FUNDS, THEY GET RETURNED TO THE COUNTY.

AND AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM, EACH ORGANIZATION SUBMITS A CLOSEOUT FORM.

AND IN THAT CLOSE FORM, THEY REPORT BACK TO THE COUNTY WHETHER OR NOT THEY USED ALL OF THE FUNDS. THANK YOU, YOU'VE ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS.

ON THE TEN THOUSAND THAT'S GOING TO MERCED YOUTH CONNECT.

WHAT USES COULD THE MONEY BE USED FOR SPECIFICALLY?

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FIRST IS TO FORMALIZE THE CURRICULUM, TWO IS SOME SMALL STIPENDS, THREE IS SUPPLIES.

AND SO WHEN THIS STARTED, IT WAS PRE-COVID.

AND THEN WE GOT COVID AND THEN WE WERE IN THE RED TIER.

AND SO AS WE WERE FINALIZING THIS, WE WERE WE WERE ON THE FENCE ABOUT IN PERSON OR CONTINUING VIRTUAL AND SO THAT THE TEN THOUSAND ALLOWED US TO HAVE THE PROGRAM IN PERSON WITH SUPPLIES, FACILITIES IF NEEDED, REFRESHMENTS IF NEEDED.

SO JUST THE ADMIN ADMIN AND THE OPERATIONS PIECE, NONE OF IT WILL GO TO LIKE, THERE'S A PERCENTAGE THAT GOES TO OVERHEAD FOR THE YOUTH CONNECT, BUT NONE OF IT WOULD BE LIKE TO PAY SALARIES OR TO PAY UTILITIES AND ONGOING COSTS LIKE THAT.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

NO FURTHER COMMENTS, SO WE HAVE I'M THIRTY FOUR.

SO MOTION BY LOR, IS THERE A SECOND? SO I WILL SECOND THE MOTION.

SO CAN WE GO AHEAD AND VOTE? ONE MORE COMMENT? COUNCIL, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S OK, THEY GO BACK AND CHANGE THE NAME LATER.

IS IT OK THAT THEY GO BACK AND CHANGE THE NAME LATER ON THE JERRY O'BANION SUPERVISOR AND I LOVE JERRY TO DEATH, BUT I'M VOTING ON SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T HAVE MY NAME ON IT.

SO IF THAT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO GO BACK AND CHANGE IT AFTER WE VOTE ON IT, THEN YES, SURE. SO I'D LOVE TO AMEND THE MOTION TO TRANSFER THIS INFORMATION ON TO A CURRENT FORM AND USE THAT. THAT'S PERFECTLY FINE.

AND THEN ALSO JUST TO CORRECT THE FISCAL YEARS, 2020 DASH TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

SORRY. EXCUSE ME. FROM TWENTY NINETEEN DASH TWENTY TWENTY ONE TO TWENTY TWENTY DASH TWENTY TWENTY TWO.

AND SO I'LL AMEND THAT AND JUST A COMMENT.

YES, AND I'LL SEND THE DOCUMENT TOO AND JUST A COMMENT THAT IN, IN THE PAST THERE HAVE BEEN CONTRACTS THAT CAME TO ME AT A HIGHER AMOUNT AND I HAD JERRY O'BANION NAME ON IT.

I'M SUPPOSED TO SIGN IT.

ALL I DID WAS SCRATCH OUT HIS NAME, PRINT MINE AND IT WAS FINE.

AND THE CONTRACT WENT THROUGH EVEN MORE REVIEW PROCESSES THAN THIS.

AND SO IF THE LEVELS OF STAFF MISSED THAT BIG OF A CONTRACT, JERRY'S NAME IN THAT BIG OF A CONTRACT, THEN IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT I WOULD MISS JERRY'S NAME IN THIS.

SO AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE IF STAFF COULD MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE OUR FORMS FILLABLE ONLINE AND THAT THE FORMS ARE UP TO DATE.

THAT WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

OK, SECOND THEN IF I COULD JUST.

CHANGE TO THE MOTION.

OK. AND SO I AGREE WITH THE CAUSES THAT YOU'RE ASKING FOR HERE, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

BUT I'M GOING TO GO BACK TO, UM, I DON'T I DON'T HAVE SPECIAL PROJECTS FUNDS.

AND SO--ACTUALLY I TAKE THAT BACK.

I THINK I HAVE LIKE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS LEFT IN MY SPECIAL PROJECT FUNDS.

AND SO IT'S HARD FOR ME TO VOTE FOR THINGS THAT I DON'T I DON'T HAVE THE I DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

I ONLY HAVE A THOUSAND DOLLARS I THINK, SO WE'RE THE SAME.

I HEAR YOU, BOTH; THANK YOU.

OK, YEAH.

OK, RECORD THE VOTE, PLEASE.

MOTION CARRIES THREE TO TWO WITH SILVEIRA AND PAREIRA VOTING NO.

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NOW WE GO BACK TO ITEM 32 AND 33 COMMENTS, OR MOTIONS.

SUPV LOR FIRST AND SECOND, SUPV SILVEIRA.

VOTE PLEASE.

RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES 5-0.

NEXT IS BOARD INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS, THIRTY FIVE THROUGH THIRTY SEVEN.

[BOARD INFORMATION & POSSIBLE ACTION]

ITEMS THIRTY FIVE TO THIRTY SEVEN.

SUPV MCDANIEL, SECOND BY LOR, AND VOTE PLEASE.

RECORD THE VOTE MOTION CARRIES 5-0.

NEXT IS BOARD REPORTS.

[REPORTS/BOARD DIRECTION]

OK, WELL, I'D JUST LIKE TO QUICKLY SAY THAT OUR NEXT BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE DECEMBER 8TH AND DECEMBER 15TH.

AND SO NOW WE WILL GO TO BOARD REPORTS.

SUPV. SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, AND I DON'T KNOW, JIM, I GOT A MESSAGE THAT MY MICROPHONE IS REALLY ECHOEY, THAT WHEN THEY'RE HEARING IT, IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M IN A TIN CAN.

SO IF WE CAN GET SOMEONE TO TURN IT DOWN OR DO SOMETHING, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

SO FIRST OFF, I WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING CONGRATULATIONS TO KAREN HELMS. IT IS QUITE THE PRESENTATION THAT THE TREASURER TAX COLLECTOR MADE TO KAREN HELMES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. UM, IT'S QUITE AN UNDERTAKING, THE PROCESS THAT SHE WENT THROUGH. AND YOU HAVE TO BE A PERSON THAT REALLY DOES APPRECIATE NUMBERS AND ALL THOSE KIND OF THINGS TO DO THAT LONG COURSE WORK.

AND SO CONGRATULATIONS ON THE HARD WORK.

AND THEN ALSO ERIC SERRATO, I LOOKED FORWARD TO WE GOT TO MEET WITH ERIC A LITTLE BIT THIS MORNING. HIS ENTHUSIASM SHOWS, UH, IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH HIM, I THINK THAT WE HAVE NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO WITH ERIC NOW AT THE HELM OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

AND THEN, I MEAN, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OPPORTUNITY. BUT AGAIN, I'M GOING TO START TO SHARE FRUSTRATIONS WITH, UM, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN CONSTANTLY CHANGING THE GOALPOSTS ON US. UM, THROUGH THIS PROCESS OF THE TIERED SYSTEM, WE WOULD GET REPORTS EVERY TUESDAY ON WHAT COUNTIES WERE GOING FROM UP OR DOWN TIERS.

AND THEN NOW DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH LAST NIGHT, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, MOVED US INTO THE PURPLE TIER.

AND THEN THE MISINFORMATION THAT GOT PUT OUT THERE, WHETHER IT WAS IMMEDIATELY WHETHER IT WAS AT MIDNIGHT.

SO I HAD BUSINESSES THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY ALLOWED TO BE OPEN IN THE RED CATEGORY WERE NOW IN THE PURPLE CATEGORY, WERE THEY SUPPOSED TO SHUT DOWN THEIR BUSINESSES.

DOES IT START TODAY? I AM SO FRUSTRATED, SO, SO FRUSTRATED OF BEING AT THE SHORT END OF THIS.

UM, THE STATE DOES WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO WITH NO CONSIDERATION OR CARE FOR HOW IT AFFECTS US HERE.

THE LOCAL POLICYMAKERS, THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO GET THE PHONE CALL, I'M GOING TO POINT IT OUT. I KNOW HE'S APOLOGIZED ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, BUT THE GOVERNOR SEES FIT THAT HE CAN GO OUT TO A PARTY OF THIRTEEN OR MORE PEOPLE.

UM, HE DIDN'T EXPECT THAT MANY OF THE PEOPLE TO BE THERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, A REPORTER CATCHES IT AND IT'S JUST VERY, VERY FRUSTRATING.

AND SO I WANT STAFF TO, CEO BROWN, GIVE ME, THERE'S AN APPEAL PROCESS, UH, TO WHETHER WE THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE IN PURPLE OR NOT.

UM, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT THE WAY THAT I UNDERSTAND THAT APPEAL PROCESS IS THAT BUYS US ANOTHER WEEK TO STAY IN THE RED CATEGORY.

UM, I'VE HEARD SOME RUMBLINGS THAT THAT RULE HAS CHANGED TODAY TO WHERE NOW IT BUYS YOU TWENTY FOUR HOURS. UH, I KNOW THAT THERE WAS TALK.

I APOLOGIZE. I WAS OUT OF TOWN FOR A LITTLE BIT, BUT I KNOW THAT THERE WAS TALK THAT WE MAY GO INTO THE PURPLE CATEGORY, UM, BUT WE LEAVE OUR BUSINESSES JUST AT SUCH A DISADVANTAGE, ESPECIALLY THESE RESTAURANTS.

YOU KNOW, WE LIVE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY AND, YOU KNOW, IN THE SUMMERTIME, WE GOT REALLY GREAT WEATHER. BUT WE'RE GETTING TO THAT POINT OF THE YEAR WHERE EATING OUTDOORS IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE.

RESTAURANTS ORDER FOOD BASED UPON, YOU KNOW, BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES. I'M TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF CAPACITY.

THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY GET SHUT DOWN, YOU KNOW, AND IF THEY'RE NOT DOING THE TAKEOUT

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THING OR WHAT HAPPENS, ALL THAT FOOD, THEY JUST KEEP GETTING HAMMERED, JUST HAMMERED EVERY TIME A DECISION IS MADE.

AND, YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE SENATOR CABALLERO BEING HERE.

I REALLY DIDN'T NEED ANOTHER REPORT ON COVID BECAUSE I GET ONE OF THOSE EVERY MONTH.

UM, BUT I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING NECESSARILY THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE IS DOING TO HELP US THROUGH COVID. UM, AND I'M A LITTLE FRUSTRATED WITH THAT.

AND AT THIS POINT, I WANT TO KNOW, LIKE, SO WHAT ARE OUR OPTIONS HERE? BECAUSE I'M AT THE POINT NOW.

I MEAN, I HAD THE, UM, DAVE B FROM THE DOS PALOS SUN TEXTED ME LAST NIGHT WANTING A QUOTE ABOUT WHAT ARE WE DOING? WHAT ARE MY FEELINGS ABOUT GOING INTO THE PURPLE CATEGORY? AND I'D LIKE TO SHARE MY QUOTE WITH HIM THAT I GAVE HIM WITH YOU GUYS.

UH, AND IT'S I'M VERY FRUSTRATED WITH CDPH.

THEY'RE TRYING TO TREAT ALL COUNTIES THE SAME WHEN WE ARE ALL VERY DIFFERENT.

THEY NEED TO LET EACH COUNTY MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEST FOR THEIR COUNTY.

I DO AGREE WITH DR.

A. IN LIKE I THINK OUR PUBLIC HEALTH STAFF.

I THINK DR. NANYONJO, UH, I THINK THAT THEY'VE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB.

OF MANAGING THIS, BUT THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO KEEP MANAGING IT, THEY'RE BEING TOLD, DICTATED BY THE STATE AND OH MY GOSH, IF YOU DO SOMETHING THAT'S THE STATE IS OPPOSED TO, THEN THERE'S ALL THESE THREATS OF I'M OVER IT.

I'M OVER IT.

I THINK PEOPLE ARE FATIGUED.

I DON'T WANT TO STEAL MY MY COLLEAGUE FROM DISTRICT THREE, BUT HE SAID IT YESTERDAY IS JUST THINK ABOUT IT. SO WHERE ARE WE GETTING MOST OF OUR CASE SPREAD RIGHT NOW THAT'S BEING DONE. IT'S BEING TRANSMITTED THROUGH HOUSEHOLDS, UH, PARTIES, GATHERINGS AT HOME AND KIND OF IT TO ME, ONE OF THOSE ESCAPES IS BEING ABLE TO GO TO A RESTAURANT OR, YOU KNOW, AND YOU'RE DOING IT IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU'RE THERE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO. THEY'VE GOT ALL THE PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE.

THEY SANITIZED. THEY CLEAN EVERYTHING.

AND THEN YOU DID WHEN YOU'RE DONE, YOU'RE OUT, YOU GO.

BUT NOW WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE THOSE DOWN AND WE'RE GOING TO NOW MAKE PEOPLE WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? AND THEY'RE GOING TO STAY AT HOME.

THEY'RE GOING TO FIND A FEW OF THEIR FRIENDS OVER.

AND THEN YOU KNOW HOW IT IS WHEN YOU'RE AROUND YOUR FRIENDS, ALL THE SOCIAL DISTANCING STUFF. AND THAT KIND OF GOES OUT THE WINDOW.

AND WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE STAYED AT A RESTAURANT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO, YOU'RE GOING TO STAY OVER THERE THREE HOURS, ISN'T IT? THE LONGER EXPOSURE YOU HAVE WITH PEOPLE IS WHEN YOUR LIKELIHOOD OF GETTING INFECTED GOES UP. I'M NOT SITTING HERE AND SAYING THAT I DON'T THINK THIS IS REAL.

I JUST THINK, OH, I DON'T THINK THIS I KNOW THIS.

I KNOW THAT I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING DICTATED TO BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, WHAT'S BEST FOR US IN MERCED COUNTY, AND I WENT ON MY RANT LAST MONTH OR EARLIER THIS MONTH ABOUT HOW WE'RE BEING PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE.

AND THEY KNOW THIS.

THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE BELOW THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME.

WE HAVE A LACK OF ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, BUT YET THEY'RE PUTTING UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ON TESTING. WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN.

WE'RE PUSHING IT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

WE'RE TELLING PEOPLE, GO GET TESTED, GET TESTED, GO GET TESTED.

BUT WE THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE THAT IF YOU LIVE IN A MORE AFFLUENT AREA AND HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, YOU'RE GOING TO GET TESTED MORE.

IF YOU LIVE IN A POORER RURAL AREA LIKE WE ALL REPRESENT, IT'S NOT SO EASY TO GET THERE.

AND OH, BY THE WAY, WHEN YOU GOT TO GO TO WORK AND YOU'RE DEPENDING ON THAT INCOME, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THE TIME TO GO GET TESTING.

BUT YET THEY'RE GOING TO HOLD THAT AGAINST US.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF DR.

DHANANJAY IS HERE, BUT I DO WANT CLARIFICATION ON I THINK THAT WE NEED TO, UM, APPEAL THIS DECISION BY THE GOVERNOR.

UM, AND THAT AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, BECAUSE I GOT PEOPLE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE WAITING FOR A PHONE CALL FROM ME AFTER THIS MEETING ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THEIR RESTAURANT TONIGHT OR NOT AND WHETHER THEY NEED TO TELL THEIR STAFF TO STAY HOME OR COME TO WORK.

I HAVE A PERSON THAT THAT HAS A GYM THAT NEEDS TO KNOW WHETHER HE'S GOING TO BE OPEN OR NOT. AND SO I'M JUST I'M FRUSTRATED WITH THE THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY ON THE INFORMATION THAT'S COMING OUT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHEN IT COMES TO THE COVID .

AND IT JUST FEELS LIKE, LISTEN, HOWEVER YOU VOTED IN THE ELECTION, I REALLY DON'T CARE.

BUT IT JUST SEEMS LIKE NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A POTENTIAL BIDEN ADMINISTRATION COMING IN AND NOW THEY'RE ALL FEELING LOVE FREE TO JUST KEEP DUMPING MORE CRAP ON US. AND I'M TIRED OF IT.

I'M JUST I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE--I DO HAVE COVID FATIGUE I'M JUST TIRED OF OF EVERYTHING THAT'S COVID RELATED.

AND I KNOW THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE AS I TALK TO PEOPLE, CONSTITUENTS OF MINE AND I HAVE CONSTITUENTS THAT ARE GENUINELY SCARED AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

BUT, THEY'RE ASKING THE QUESTION NOW, EVEN SOME OF THE ONES THAT WERE GOING TO SAY LEANING MORE TOWARD THE LIKE, REALLY KIND OF AFRAID, DIDN'T WANT TO GO OUT, ARE STARTING TO ASK THE QUESTION NOW, WHEN DOES THE DISEASE AH, EXCUSE ME, THE CURE BECOME MORE COSTLY

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THAN THE DISEASE? AND THEN THE LAST THING THAT I WANT TO LEAVE WITH IS, UM, DR.

VALENTINE MENTIONED IT EARLIER.

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SECOND PANDEMIC RIGHT NOW THAT WE DON'T HEAR ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT THAT IS THE MENTAL HEALTH, THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, UH, PANDEMIC THAT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW. TALK TO ANYBODY, ANYBODY THAT'S IN THAT LINE OF WORK RIGHT NOW.

AND THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON THAT HAS ANYTHING BUT NERVOUSNESS COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTH ABOUT WHERE WE'RE AT, WHAT THIS IS DOING TO OUR KIDS.

I DON'T KNOW.

AND THEN WHERE'S THE STATE GOING TO BE FOR THAT? BECAUSE, I MEAN, I'M GOING TO SHARE THIS.

I TALKED TO DIRECTOR VALENTINE ON ONE OF HER ITEMS YESTERDAY, AND THEY'RE TELLING THEM THAT THEY NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT 2004 REALIGNMENT NUMBERS, REALIGNMENT DOLLAR THAT'S WHAT FUNDS BHRS AND OUR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STUFF.

THEY'RE SAYING EXPECT THAT YOUR NUMBERS FOR NEXT YEAR ARE GOING TO BE AT TWO THOUSAND AND FOUR LEVELS, NOT 2014, WHICH WAS ONLY SIX YEARS AGO.

SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, MEMBERS.

AND THAT'S DOCUMENTED HOW MUCH OF A PROBLEM THAT WE'RE HAVING NOW AND THEN, WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF KEEPING KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL? I THINK I'VE PLAYED NICE IN THE SANDBOX FOR ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS NOW AND REALLY TRYING TO LET OUR PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS GUIDE ME, HELP GIVE PEOPLE GOOD INFORMATION.

BUT NOW TO THE POINT WHERE I'M SORRY, I REJECT IT.

I REJECT GOING INTO PURPLE.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT TAKES FOR US TO, UM, TO APPEAL THAT.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? AND I'M TELLING YOU, I KNOW THERE WAS A PHONE CALL, A VOICEMAIL CALL.

I GOT A VOICEMAIL IN MY OFFICE ABOUT I WANT TO NOT TALK ABOUT WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT REPEALING THIS HEALTH ORDER AND PUTTING THE DECISION BACK IN THE FOLKS WHO ARE ELECTED TO DO IT? BECAUSE I'VE TRUSTED THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND I STILL TRUST MINE.

DON'T WANT THAT TO--AND I'LL TALK SOON, I'M SURE WITH DR.

NANYONJO. I TRUST MY LOCAL ONES TO HELP GUIDE ME THROUGH THIS.

I DON'T TRUST. I'M NOT SAYING THAT THEY'RE NOT SMART PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE A LOT SMARTER THAN ME, BUT I DON'T TRUST I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THAT CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS TREATING US AND TREATING THESE COUNTIES.

SO I'M READY NOW TO SAY I'LL DO IT THE GO IN ALONE APPROACH.

LET'S DO WHAT WE GOT TO DO.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, IF THEY WANT TO WITHHOLD MONEY FROM US, WELL, FOREST, YOU'RE GOING TO EARN YOURS BECAUSE WE'LL BE IN COURT A LOT.

RIGHT. AND IT JUST, I'M DONE.

I'M DONE WITH IT.

I DON'T KNOW. I'M CURIOUS TO LISTEN TO WHAT SAY ABOUT THIS. BUT AGAIN, IT'S NOT THAT I THINK THAT THIS ISN'T REAL.

WE KNEW THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SECOND WAVE OF THIS STUFF.

IT'S JUST THE HYPOCRISY.

"I'M THE GOVERNOR." AND I THINK IN HIS APOLOGY, HE SAID HE NEEDS TO ACTUALLY PRACTICE WHAT HE'S PREACHING. SO THANK YOU, CHAIR.

I KNOW THAT WAS LONG.

WHAT DAY IS IT? ANYWAYS, SO EARLIER WE HAD AN ITEM AND WE DISCUSSED AN ILLEGAL DUMPING AND NUISANCE ORDINANCE AND A REVISION HERE IN MERCED COUNTY AND IT WAS MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE AN APP.

SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT.

THE APP IS CALLED CIVIC MOBILE.

AND IF YOU GO IN WHEN YOU PUT THE LOCATION, IF YOU PUT MERCED COUNTY, THEN IT'LL POPULATE TO US LOCALLY AND THE KIND OF THINGS YOU CAN DO THERE.

OF COURSE, AS YOU CAN SEE THE AGENDA FOR OUR MEETINGS, YOU CAN WATCH THE BROADCAST, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOU CAN REPORT A CONCERN AND AND SO ILLEGAL DUMPING WOULD FALL UNDER THAT. SO IF THE PUBLIC WANTS TO COMMUNICATE TO THE COUNTY STAFF WHERE ISSUES ARE, YOU CAN TAKE A PICTURE, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT OR UPLOAD IT.

AND THERE'S ALSO REPORT A HAZARD.

AND SO IF THERE IS SOMETHING LAST THIS PAST WEEK, THERE WAS A TREE THAT STARTED TO FALL OUT ON MERCED FALLS ROAD AND ACTUALLY LEANED OVER.

AND SO IT CAME DOWN CLOSER TO THE ROAD AND AN RV GOING THROUGH STRUCK IT AND TORE STUFF OFF OF THE ROOF.

AND ANYWAY, SO IT TOOK THE FOLKS ABOUT AN HOUR TO FIGURE OUT, YOU KNOW, TO CALL ME.

AND THEN I CALLED PUBLIC WORKS AND OF COURSE, THEY SENT A CREW OUT IMMEDIATELY.

BUT IF THEY WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT ON HERE, YOU KNOW, THE CREW WOULD HAVE GOTTEN OUT THERE PROBABLY AN HOUR EARLIER.

SO JUST WANT TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT THAT'S AVAILABLE.

SECONDLY, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME ERIC SERRATO TO THE TEAM.

I UNDERSTAND HE HAS NOT RELATED TO THE SERRATO, THAT IS THE MAYOR ELECT FOR THE CITY OF

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MS. SAID. BUT AND MY COLLEAGUE MENTIONED HIS ENTHUSIASM FOR HIS JOB, WHICH IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. RIGHT. AS EVERYBODY KNOWS.

BUT ALSO IN ADDITION TO THAT IS HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE JOB, WHICH WAS STRIKING.

AND WE'VE BEEN PRETTY FORTUNATE HERE, MERCED COUNTY, THAT OUR LAST FEW WORKFORCE INVESTMENT DIRECTORS THAT I'VE WORKED WITH HAVE ALL BEEN HIGHLY QUALIFIED.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU TO STAFF FOR FINDING SUCH A QUALITY CANDIDATE TO BRING BEFORE US. NOW A LITTLE BIT ON COVID.

IT WHEN WE GET AN UPDATE OR THE STATE TALKS, IT'S A LOT ABOUT WHAT, YOU KNOW, THE OVERALL PANDEMIC AND AND REALLY WE'RE FAR ENOUGH ALONG IN THE PANDEMIC.

WELL, IT'S NOT A PANDEMIC.

WE'RE FAR ENOUGH ALONG IN THE HEALTH CRISIS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE DATA.

AND, YOU KNOW, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA MENTIONED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE CASES WERE PEOPLE TRANSFERRING IT TO SOMEBODY THEY KNOW AND, YOU KNOW, WHICH GENERALLY HAPPENS AT A HOUSE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PENALIZING OUR ECONOMY AND I THINK PROBABLY NOT INCREASING THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS AT THE SAME TIME.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, JUST THE NEXT TIME WE GET A COVID UPDATE, I WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS ON WHERE WE ARE NOW. WHAT WHAT IS THE CAUSE AND EFFECT OF WHERE WE ARE NOW? AND THAT WOULD BE INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES VERSUS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL AND HOW THOSE TRACK OR DO THEY NOT TRACK? IT'S KIND OF AMAZING. YOU GO AND LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF CASES.

ALL OF OUR DATA IS FROM THE BEGINNING UNTIL NOW.

AND SO WE REALLY, YOU KNOW, THE THE CASES PER CAPITA OF THAT THAT I TRIED TO USE, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT CURRENT OF WHAT ARE THE CASES PER CAPITA RIGHT NOW? YOU KNOW, IT'S SINCE MARCH.

I THINK IT WOULD BE MORE TELLING INFORMATION IF IT WAS DELINEATED OUT IN SOME FASHION.

I'M NOT SURE HOW WE COULD GET IT IF WE COULD DO IT BY MONTH OR WHAT.

BUT ANYWAYS AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST REALLY FRUSTRATING FOR ME THAT WE GET DICTATED TO BY THE STATE THAT DOES.

AND GIVE US THIS KIND OF INFORMATION THAT TELLS US WHY THEY NEED TO DO WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THE TWO CRITERIA THAT THEY USE DON'T SEEM TO REALLY TRACK THE SEVERITY OF THE HEALTH CRISIS HERE, MERCED COUNTY.

AND SO HOPEFULLY THE STATE KNOWS THAT THEY SHOULD PROVIDE FACTS AND INFORMATION TO HELP CITIZENS. IF YOU'RE A CITIZEN AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT, WHY AND HOW, HOW CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR TO MAKE YOURSELF SAFER? AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, WEARING A MASK IS GREAT.

AND THAT'S A MANTRA EVERYBODY'S CAUGHT ON TO.

BUT DOES WEARING A MASK HELP? RIGHT. WHAT ARE THE STATISTICS? WE DON'T HAVE THOSE. AND SO ANYWAYS, THAT IT IS A LITTLE FRUSTRATING FOR ME AS WELL.

AND AND ANYWAYS, TO THE CITIZENS OF DISTRICT FOUR, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL. THAT'S IT.

MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU.

WE'LL GO TO DISTRICT THREE, SUPV.

MCDANIEL. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME GET THE GOOD STUFF OUT OF THE WAY.

I'D LIKE TO WELCOME DR.

WELCOME TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH.

WELCOME ERIC SERRATO AS WELL.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. I DO SIT ON THAT BOARD AND I'VE BEEN VERY EXCITED, READY TO WORK WITH HIM. HE COMES WITH US WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE AND EVERYTHING.

I'D LIKE TO THANK THANK YOU FOR NOT CHOOSING DOMINION AND THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU'RE DOING ON THIS ELECTION. I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.

BUT, YEAH, LET'S GO BACK TO THE PANDEMIC.

AFTER SPEAKING TO A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES AROUND THE VALLEY, THEY'VE TAKEN A STAND AGAINST THE GOVERNOR AND AGAINST HIS OUTREACH.

I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK WITH ME AND DO THE SAME THING.

OBVIOUSLY, WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING HE'S ASKED.

WE'VE DONE EVERYTHING AND IT HASN'T WORKED.

SO AT THE SAME TIME, DO WE ACCEPT IT AND DO WE CONTINUE TO MOVE ON? HE'S LOOKING TO IMPOSE A CURFEW.

THAT'S BEEN WHAT HE'S BEEN HIGHLIGHTING LATELY IN HIS COMMENTS.

SO LET'S THINK ABOUT THIS.

I'M SORRY. I USE COMMON SENSE, BUT IF WE HAVE SHOPPING AT OUR STORES FROM 7:00 IN THE MORNING TO 11:00 AT NIGHT AND NOW WE IMPOSE A CURFEW, WELL, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN THESE STORES AS WE'RE DOING OUR SHOPPING.

SO HE'S GOING TO SHORTEN THE AMOUNT OF HOURS THAT WE ALL HAVE TO SHOP AND THAT WE ALL HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE AND ALL HAVE TO CONGREGATE AND WAIT IN LINE TO GET INTO THESE STORES, BECAUSE NOW THE STORE HOURS AREN'T OPEN LONG ENOUGH.

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AND THE FACT THAT WE'RE HAVING THIS OUTBREAK, WHICH IS THE EIGHTEEN TO THIRTY FIVE YEAR OLDS, LET'S BE CLEAR, IT'S EIGHTEEN TO THIRTY FIVE YEAR OLDS WHO ARE WITH THE MASS OUTBREAK. WELL, I FEEL LIKE IT'S THE CDPH'S FAULT BECAUSE JUST LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE WEST SIDE SAID, WHEN WE CLOSE ALL THESE PLACES DOWN, GUESS WHAT? THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STILL DO WHAT THEY DO, AT LEAST IF WE HAVE THEM IN A PROFESSIONAL ATMOSPHERE WHERE THEY'RE ABIDING BY THE RESTRICTIONS WE PUT ON OR PUTTING UP THE PROPER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, THEN THESE FOLKS CAN GO AND SOCIALIZE IN THOSE AREAS.

BUT WHAT ARE THEY DOING NOW? THEY'RE HAVING HOUSE PARTIES.

THEY'RE CONGREGATING AT THE HOUSES AND THERE IS NO CONTROL THERE.

I GET IT. I WAS THAT AGE AT ONE TIME, TOO, AND I'M SURE I'D PROBABLY BE DOING THE SAME THING. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE FORCING THESE GOOD, LAW ABIDING FOLKS TO DO THESE KIND OF THINGS. AND I DEFINITELY WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE ADJUDICATION PROCESS. THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNOR CAN PULL THAT OFF THE TABLE AT A WHIM IS UNBELIEVABLE. IF YOU FOLLOW ASSEMBLY MEMBER KILEY AND HIM SUING THE GOVERNOR, HE DID WIN IN COURT THAT HE WAS OUT OF HIS BOUNDS OF CASTING THE BALLOTS OUT TO EVERYBODY.

I STAND WITH KEVIN KILEY ON THAT.

AND I LIKE THAT THE RULING WAS VAGUE ENOUGH THAT WE CAN CHALLENGE ALL OUR GOVERNORS DICTATORSHIPS THAT HE'S PUT UPON US.

I WANT TO THANK YOU TO DR.

A., TOO, SHE WAS RIGHT ON POINT.

THE FACT THAT WE'RE HAVING OUR WATERPOLO FOLKS KICK THE BALL OUT OF CHLORINATED WATER EVERY TEN MINUTES TO HAVE IT SANITIZED IS RIDICULOUS.

I'M GLAD WE HAVE THEM IN THE WATER, BUT THESE KIDS HAVE GOT TO PLAY.

THE MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL.

I'VE LOST A FAMILY MEMBER TO SUICIDE.

HE HAD A GREAT YEAR LAST YEAR WITH HIS BUSINESS.

HE WAS ALL IN AND INVESTING IN HIS BUSINESS.

BY APRIL, HE HAD BEEN CLOSED, HE WAS LOSING IT ALL, THE BANKS WERE CALLING.

PEOPLE ARE GETTING MAD AT US FOR HELPING OUT BUSINESSES.

WELL, THERE'S NO MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE FOR A BUSINESS OWNER WHO JUST INVESTED HIS ENTIRE LIFE SAVINGS TO STARTING A BUSINESS.

HE'S LOSING EVERYTHING.

HE WAS LOSING EVERYTHING.

HE TOOK HIS LIFE BECAUSE OF THAT.

SO IT'S REAL.

IT'S HAPPENING, AND WE CANNOT ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN.

THE SILENT PANDEMIC IS WORSE THAN THE PANDEMIC WE'RE DEALING WITH.

MY KIDS RETURNED HERE FROM LOS ANGELES BECAUSE OF THE TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS THEY HAVE THERE. MY SON HAD THE COPS CALLED ON HIM BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE A MASK ON IN THE LAUNDROMAT. I MEAN, THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

THERE WAS THREE PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE LAUNDROMAT.

SO ANYWAY, I AM WITH YOU, MR. SILVEIRA. WE ARE IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH OTHER BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS.

I KNOW KINGS COUNTY HAS TAKEN A STAND AGAINST THEM.

FRESNO COUNTY HAS TAKEN A STAND.

I THINK MADERA COUNTY IS MOVING THAT WAY.

AND SO AS TO WHAT HE'S TRYING TO IMPOSE ON US.

HE DOESN'T KNOW MERCER COUNTY.

I THINK HE'S BEEN HERE ONE TIME AND HE FLEW THROUGH AND SHOOK A LOT OF HANDS.

AND NEXT TIME WE HAVE A STATE LEGISLATOR WHO SAYS SHE WANTS TO COME AND SPEAK BEFORE US AND TALK ABOUT AN UPDATE ON LEGISLATION, STICK TO THE POINT.

YOU'RE NOT HERE TO ADVOCATE.

IF YOU'RE HERE TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF SOMEBODY ELSE, THEN YOU GO PULL A CARD OR YOU GO SIGN UP. YOU SPEAK FOR THREE MINUTES AND THEN YOU LEAVE.

SO DON'T COME COME IN HERE SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE US AN UPDATE AND THEN YOU COME IN AND TRY TO DICTATE TO US WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO HERE AT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

IF YOU WANT TO DICTATE TO US, YOU SHOW UP AND TALK TO US.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU.

SUPV. LOR THANK YOU.

WITH THAT, I DID WANT TO THANK OUR SENATOR CABALLERO FOR SPEAKING UP.

YOU DID SHARE SIMILAR CONCERNS THAT THE COUNTY HAS, AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT AUDIENCE THAT A MAJORITY OF US HERE ON THE DAIS MAY NOT HAVE.

I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR APPROVING THE DISTRICT PROJECT FUNDS TODAY.

THOSE FUNDS GO DIRECTLY TO HELP ADDRESS CHALLENGES LIKE THE SILENT PANDEMIC, A MENTAL

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ILLNESS HERE IN MERCER COUNTY.

AND I'LL BE SURE THAT THE PROGRAM INCLUDES FOLKS FROM ALL DISTRICTS, BECAUSE I DO KNOW THAT THERE IS INTEREST FROM FOLKS IN DISTRICT FIVE WHO ARE WELL KNOWN AND HAVE DONE A LOT OF COMMUNITY WORK IN DISTRICT FIVE.

AND THEY WANT TO EXPAND THEIR SKILL SETS THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

AND SO WITH DISTRICT PROJECT FUNDS, WE DO KNOW THAT WE CAN GET THINGS DONE FASTER.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT THE COUNTY OFFICE OF ED AND YOUTH CONNECT WILL HAVE WITH THIS PROJECT AND ALSO WITH STAFF.

I'D LIKE TO HAVE A CARES ACT UPDATE AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.

I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT STAFF HAVE TO WORK THROUGH, BUT IF WE SHARE THE PROCESS OR THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH WITH THE CARES ACT, MAYBE THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AS TO WHY THERE IS A BALANCE AND HOW WE PLAN TO USE THE REST OF THAT BALANCE BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

I'M SURE RESIDENTS WANT TO BE ASSURED THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE TO RETURN ANY OF THOSE FUNDS TO THE STATE. AND WITH THE CARES ACT, I'D LIKE FOR US TO CONSIDER INCLUDING SOME FORM OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO RESIDENTS.

HOMFI UNDERSTAND THAT RESIDENTS IN THE CITY OF MERCED RECEIVED A SMALL AMOUNT.

AND IF THE BOARD WANTS TO EXCLUDE THOSE RESIDENTS, LET'S EXPLORE OTHER POSSIBILITIES, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LARGE POPULATION IN THE RURAL PARTS OF MERCER COUNTY THAT DO NEED THAT HELP. AND THEN LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO CLOSE TODAY'S MEETING IN MEMORY OF DAN M..

HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HMONG FAMILIES TO COME TO MERCER COUNTY.

HE WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE TRANSITION AND ASSIMILATION OF THE HMONG PEOPLE TO THE UNITED STATES AS A RESULT OF THE SECRET WAR.

HIS VOLUNTEER WORK HELPED SOLIDIFY EFFORTS AT THE HOSPITAL IN OUR COMMUNITY AND WITH NONPROFITS LIKE HEALTHY HOUSE AND NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS.

HE WAS VERY INVOLVED POLITICALLY HERE IN THE 70S AND 80S, AND HE IS A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN THE HMONG COMMUNITY.

AND HE CHOSE TO STAY HERE IN MERCED COUNTY WHEN A MAJORITY OF HIS KIDS MOVED OUT OF MERCER COUNTY. AND SO I AM VERY SADDENED TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING AND TO KNOW THAT WE LOST SUCH A GREAT COMMUNITY MEMBER.

HE DOES OR HIS FAMILY DOES STILL LIVE IN MERCER COUNTY DISTRICT THREE.

BUT MERCED IS HIS SECOND HOME BECAUSE HE MAY HAVE A HOUSE IN DISTRICT THREE, BUT HE WAS IN DISTRICT TWO MUCH OF THAT TIME.

SO MY CONDOLENCES TO THE M.

FAMILY. DAN M., THEY WILL BE HOLDING HIS CELEBRATION OF LIFE THE WEEKEND OF THE TWENTY SECOND, I BELIEVE, IN SACRAMENTO.

AND SO FOLKS WHO CAN TUNE IN, TUNE IN ONLINE OR OBVIOUSLY WITH COVID, WE'RE ENCOURAGING THAT FOLKS DO NOT CONGREGATE IN GROUPS.

SO I WANT TO THANK DAN FOR THE WORK THAT HE'S DONE AND HIS FAMILY FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

COUNCIL, NO COMMENTS? CEO JIM BROWN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE GOVERNOR'S ACTIONS YESTERDAY AND JUST WE WILL SHARE WITH WHAT WE CAN.

IT HAS BEEN PRETTY CHALLENGING FOR STAFF BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN CHANGES TO THE PROCESS THROUGHOUT. AND SO IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO STAY IN TUNE TO TO WHAT'S HAPPENING.

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE LAST SINCE HE CREATED THE TIER SYSTEM, THEY HAVE BEEN PUBLISHING THEM ON TUESDAYS. IT CAME OUT YESTERDAY.

I MEAN, YEAH, WE HEARD YESTERDAY THAT IT WAS COMING OUT THAT DAY, BUT IT WAS RIGHT AS IT WAS HAPPENING. AND SO AS FAR AS THE ADJUDICATION, IT HAS BEEN FILED.

SO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT, STAFF, THE LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THEY HAVE SUBMITTED THE ADJUDICATION.

I'M SORRY.

I AM GOING TO ACKNOWLEDGE I DON'T HAVE A DIRECT ANSWER FOR YOU AS FAR AS THE TIMING.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PAST ADJUDICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN FILED FROM SOME OTHER COUNTIES WHICH WE HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO, AND WE'VE ACTUALLY READ SOME OF THEM, YOU KNOW, AND LOOKED AT THEM PREVIOUSLY, THERE WAS A PERIOD OF TIME THAT GAVE THEM THE ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN THE PRIOR YEAR.

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I WAS JUST INFORMED THIS MORNING THAT THAT MAY NOT BE THE SAME ON THIS ONE.

SO I DON'T HAVE A DIRECT ANSWER FOR YOU AND I APOLOGIZE.

BUT IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE IT'S THAT SAME CONTINUING WEEK THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY TILL THIS WEEK AS FAR AS MOVING TIERS.

BUT THE ADJUDICATION HAS BEEN FILED.

I WILL TELL YOU, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ADJUDICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY FILED, VERY FEW OF THEM WERE APPROVED.

AND THE MESSAGE LAST NIGHT THAT I WAS GETTING INFORMALLY FROM SOME IN SACRAMENTO WAS THAT THE STATE MAY BE REALLY LOOKING AT THEM EVEN MORE SERIOUSLY FROM A STANDPOINT OF WHETHER THEY CONSIDER APPROVING GOING FORWARD.

SO, AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THAT PROCESS.

BUT I DID WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU, WE AS STAFF HAVE FILED THAT ADJUDICATION.

WE HAVE CONSISTENTLY MANY OF THE THINGS YOU STATED UP HERE.

WE INSERTED INTO THE ADJUDICATION.

FROM A DATA STANDPOINT, OUR CASES ARE WHAT THEY ARE AND HIS METRICS ARE WHAT THEY ARE.

SO BUT WE HAVE THE ARGUMENTS WERE MADE AS FAR AS THAT MUCH OF OUR DATA AND ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT IT HAPPENS TO BE IN THE SOCIAL GROUP GATHERINGS AT HOME THAT TIME AND STUFF.

AND SO YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY PENALIZING BUSINESSES AND ACTUALLY MAKING ENCOURAGING THE ACTIVITY THAT'S CREATING SO MANY OF THE COMMENTS YOU MADE WE ATTEMPTED TO INCLUDE IN THE ADJUDICATION. AND PLUS IT JUST MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO GO FORWARD.

SO I DID WANT TO RESPOND BECAUSE I KNOW THAT QUESTION WAS ASKED, YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT OUR UNDERSTANDING AND AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE FOR IT, JUST THE MESSAGE THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED OVER THE LAST CALL. TWENTY FOUR HOURS IS THAT PREVIOUSLY THERE WAS A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE IT WAS EFFECTIVE. MY UNDERSTANDING NOW THAT IT WAS TWENTY FOUR HOURS.

SO, YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE A DEFINITIVE TIME FRAME FOR YOU RELATED TO THE ADJUDICATION.

I'M SORRY, BUT IT IS, IT IS A STATE REMEMBER IT IS THE STATE GOVERNOR'S GUIDANCE THAT THIS IS NOT YOUR DECISION.

THIS FROM A STANDPOINT OF THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU HAVE DIRECTED US TO DO.

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SAID DO.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN DIRECTED FROM THE STATE TO US.

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THAT COMPONENT OUT IN THE PUBLIC.

SO AND ACTUALLY, BY YOUR COMMENTS, AS YOU SAID, YOU ALL SAY THE SAME THING.

IT IS COMING FROM THE STATE THAT WE ARE BEING DIRECTED TO DO.

AND I GUESS I WOULD JUST ADD FROM A STAFF PERSPECTIVE, THE SILENT PANDEMIC IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY CONCERNED ABOUT AND HAVING CONVERSATIONS.

I WILL TELL YOU, WE HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND OTHERS IN THE LAST WEEK OR THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAME THING.

THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES BECAUSE IT'S THEY ARE HAVING ENOUGH CHALLENGES WITH THE YOUTH IN THE SCHOOLS.

AND MANY OF THE YOUTH ARE REACHING FOR THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY, WHETHER IT'S IN ATHLETICS OR WHETHER IT'S SOME OTHER ORGANIZED, STRUCTURED, SAFE ACTIVITY THAT THEY'RE CONDUCTING.

YOU KNOW, IT'S WHAT'S HELPING THEM CONTINUE TO GO TO MOVE FORWARD.

AND SO THERE'S A LOT OF CONCERN OUT THERE WITH THAT SILENT PANDEMIC.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU KNOW, I KIND OF AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES REGARDING, YOU KNOW, SUPPORTING THE BUSINESSES.

WE HAVE A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE GONE UNDER ALREADY.

I THINK THAT WE'VE TO DO AS MUCH AND TO A POINT I DON'T AGREE WITH THE GOVERNOR SHUTTING DOWN SMALL BUSINESSES, YOU KNOW, THE RESTAURANTS HAVE TO BE ALLOWED AT LEAST 50 PERCENT, GYMS AND SO MANY DIFFERENT BUSINESSES.

WELL, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID IT EARLIER, I WENT TO COSTCO YESTERDAY.

EVERYBODY TOUCHES EVERYTHING, WHETHER THIS PRODUCT, THIS PRODUCT.

MOST OF THE INFECTIONS GROW THAT WAY, YOU KNOW, AND IF YOU GO TO WAL-MART OR ANY OTHER GROCERY STORES, THEY'RE ALL ESSENTIAL.

BUT YET WE CAN SIT DOWN WITH A NICE DINING RESTAURANT WHERE THEY'RE ALL TAKING THE HEALTH PRECAUTIONS? I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR. YOU KNOW, SO IT HAS TO CHANGE.

AND WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO? YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO SUPPORT MY COLLEAGUES REGARDING STAYING OPEN BECAUSE IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, MY KIDS WANT TO GO OUT, YOU KNOW, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT NOT MAYBE I CAN AFFORD TO SENDING THEM TO UTAH OR IDAHO TO PLAY SPORTS, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE, LIKE IT WAS MENTIONED TODAY, CAN'T AFFORD TO DO ALL THAT.

AND SO THEY'RE STAYING AT HOME AND WE HAVE ALL THESE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES.

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SO IT JUST IT COMES TO A POINT THAT PEOPLE NEED TO GET OUT.

AND WE CLOSE THE GYMS, WE CLOSED THE RESTAURANTS, PEOPLE CAN GET OUT.

SO THEY HAVE TO HAVE ALL THAT STUFF LIKE IT WAS STATED AT HOME.

SO WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

AND BECAUSE IT'S NOT FAIR AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL HAVING TOO MANY ISSUES.

SO I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND WITH THAT, I'D JUST LIKE TO SEE THAT YESTERDAY.

I YOU KNOW, I'M TRYING TO DO MY PART, TOO.

IN SEPTEMBER, I TOOK A TEST FOR COVID.

I WAS FOUND NEGATIVE.

LAST WEEK, I SIGNED UP FOR ANOTHER ONE.

I HAVEN'T HAD ANY AND ANY SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS. AND I TOOK ANOTHER TEST YESTERDAY, SO HOPEFULLY I'LL GET IT BACK IN A DAY OR TWO.

I'M TRYING TO DO MY PART TO TRY TO HELP EVERYBODY AND TRY TO STAY AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE MY WIFE IS ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE I AM, YOU KNOW, I'M EVERYWHERE.

AND I GOT TO GO HOME AND I DON'T WANT TO COME HOME AND INFECT MY FAMILY.

SO WITH THAT ONE THIRTY PM AGAIN, WE HAVE A PUBLIC FORUM REGARDING ICE ACCESS, NUMBER ONE, CONDUCT A PUBLIC FORUM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION SEVENTY TWO POINT EIGHTY THREE AND ALSO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER APPROVAL FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND RECEIVE AND CONSIDER PUBLIC COMMENTS.

SO, WITH THAT AT 1:30 WE'LL BE BACK IN HERE WITH THAT, I ADJOURN THIS MEETING.

SO THANK YOU.

ALL READY? SO GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU FOR ALL FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

[1:30 P.M. PUBLIC FORUM - ICE ACCESS:]

THE PURPOSE OF THIS AFTERNOON SESSION IS TO HOLD A TRANSPARENT REVIEW OF UNJUST TRANSFERS AND HOLDS ACT FORUM PURSUANT TO GO ON CODE SECTION SEVEN TO THREE POINT ONE SECTION D.

DURING THIS MEETING, INFORMATION WE PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT REGARDING STATISTICS AND PROCESSES RELATED TO THE TRUTH ACT.

WE DO HAVE INTERPRETATION SERVICES AVAILABLE IN BOTH SPANISH AND HMONG.

IF YOU NEED THESE SERVICES, PLEASE LET US KNOW AS YOU COME TO THE PODIUM.

WILL BOTH OF OUR INTERPRETERS, COME TO THE MICROPHONE IN FRONT, AND INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AT THIS TIME. I'M SORRY, LET ME GET THE SCREEN ON HERE.

GO AHEAD.

HI, MY NAME IS MIMI, I'M FROM HEALTHY HOUSE, AND I WILL BE SITTING RIGHT THERE FOR THE HMONG INTERPRETING. THANK YOU.

FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION TODAY BY THE SHERIFF, PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE TAKEN IN PERSON AND VOICE MAIL.

VOICE MAILS DIRECTED TO THE PUBLIC FORUM WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO, DURING AND FOR A PERIOD OF TEN MINUTES FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE SHERIFF'S PRESENTATION AT TWO ZERO NINE SEVEN TWO SIX TWO SEVEN FIVE FIVE.

AGAIN, THAT'S TWO ZERO NINE SEVEN TWO SIX TWO SEVEN FIVE FIVE.

ALL COMMENTS ARE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES AND EACH MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. YOU MAY NOT YIELD THE REMAINDER OF YOUR TIME TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC. TODAY'S FORUM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRESENT INFORMATION AND FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT.

IN ORDER TO BE COURTEOUS TO OTHERS AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS TIME TO SPEAK.

WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT APPLAUD OR CHEER AND KEEP YOUR AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

AND NOW I'LL TURN IT OVER TO ASSISTANT COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER MARCI BARRERA, WHO WILL PROVIDE A QUICK SYNOPSIS OF THE ACT.

GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE IN ATTENDANCE AND WATCHING ONLINE, AS THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED, WILL WALK THROUGH SOME OF THE COMPONENTS OF THE TRUTH ACT.

IN SEPTEMBER 2016, GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNED INTO LAW ASSEMBLY BILL TWO SEVEN NINE TWO, KNOWN AS THE TRANSPARENT REVIEW OF UNJUST TRANSFERS AND HOLD ACT, WHICH IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE TRUTH ACT.

AS ADOPTED AB TWO SEVEN NINE TWO REQUIRES THAT IN ADVANCE OF ANY INTERVIEW BETWEEN ICE AND AN INDIVIDUAL IN LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CUSTODY REGARDING CIVIL IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS, THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITY SHALL PROVIDE THE INDIVIDUAL WITH A WRITTEN CONSENT FORM THAT EXPLAINS THE PURPOSE OF THE INTERVIEW THAT THE INTERVIEW IS VOLUNTARY AND THAT HE OR HE OR SHE MAY DECLINED TO BE INTERVIEWED OR MAY CHOOSE TO BE INTERVIEWED ONLY WITH HIS OR HER ATTORNEY PRESENT.

AB TWO SEVEN NINE TWO ALSO STATED THAT UPON RECEIVING ANY ICE HOLD NOTIFICATION OR TRANSFER REQUEST, THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SHALL PROVIDE A COPY OF THE REQUEST TO THE INDIVIDUAL AND INFORM HIS, HIM OR HER WHETHER THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY INTENDS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUEST.

IN ADDITION, ALL RECORDS RELATING TO ICE ACCESS PROVIDED BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, INCLUDING ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH ICE, SHALL BE PUBLIC RECORDS FOR PURPOSES OF THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT, INCLUDING EXEMPTIONS PROVIDED BY THAT ACT AS PERMITTED UNDER THE ACT, PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION MAY BE REDACTED PRIOR TO PUBLIC

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DISCLOSURE BEGINNING JANUARY ONE.

TWENTY EIGHTEEN. THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY OF ANY COUNTY, CITY OR CITY AND COUNTY IN WHICH A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HAS PROVIDED ICE ACCESS TO AN INDIVIDUAL DURING THE LAST YEAR SHALL HOLD AT LEAST ONE COMMUNITY FORUM DURING THE FOLLOWING YEAR THAT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN AN ACCESSIBLE LOCATION AND WITH AT LEAST 30 DAYS NOTICE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT ICE'S ACCESS TO INDIVIDUALS AND TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER PUBLIC COMMENT. AS PART OF THIS FORUM, THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY PROVIDE THE GOVERNING BODY WITH DATA IT MAINTAINS REGARDING THE NUMBER AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUALS TO WHOM THE AGENCY HAS PROVIDED ICE ACCESS, THE DATABASE ACCESS WAS PROVIDED AND WHETHER THE ICE ACCESS WAS PROVIDED THROUGH A HOLD TRANSFER OR NOTIFICATION REQUEST OR THROUGH OTHER MEANS.

AS A REMINDER, PER STATE LAW, THE PURPOSE OF TODAY'S FORUM IS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION RELATED TO ANY ACCESS HERE IN MERCED COUNTY AND TO ALLOW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON THAT INFORMATION.

IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE A BACK AND FORTH DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC, THE BOARD OR LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE ASK THAT EVERYONE BE RESPECTFUL TO THE PURPOSE AND TO ONE ANOTHER, AS WELL AS THE OTHER'S POINTS OF VIEW.

AFTER REVIEWING INFORMATION FOR THE TWENTY NINETEEN YEAR, THERE WAS NO ACCESS FROM THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT TO INDIVIDUALS UNDER THEIR SUPERVISION.

AND THE SHERIFF IS HERE TO PROVIDE DATA AND INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR PROCESSES RELATED TO THE TRUTH ACT. SO I'LL NOW TURN IT OVER TO THE SHERIFF FOR HIS PRESENTATION.

GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIRMAN, BOARD MEMBERS, CEO BROWN, I AM HERE TO EXPLAIN THE TWENTY NINETEEN STATISTICS ON OUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE TRUTH ACT.

MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY JOINT AGENCY OPERATIONS WITH IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES.

THE MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DOES NOT SUPPLY ANY EQUIPMENT OR PERSONNEL IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY.

THE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DOES NOT CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS REGARDING A CITIZEN'S IMMIGRATION STATUS, WHETHER ON PATROL OR IN THE CORRECTIONS ENVIRONMENT, IMMIGRATION FORMS AND SHERIFF PROCEDURES.

DETAINER REQUEST.

INMATE ATTORNEY NOTIFICATIONS, INTERVIEW CONSENT FORM CONSULAR NOTIFICATIONS.

THE 2019 IMMIGRATION STATISTICS.

ONCE AN INMATE IS BOOKED INTO THE JAIL, THEY ARE LIVE, SCANNED, FINGERPRINTED, THE FINGERPRINTS ARE SENT TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FBI FOR ANALYSIS.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY USES THE FBI SUBMISSION TO LOOK INTO MATCHES FOR PERSONS IN THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY IF THEY FIND A MATCH.

A DETAINER REQUEST IS SENT TO THE CLASSIFICATION UNIT VIA EMAIL.

THE ICE DETAINER IS SCANNED INTO THE INMATES ELECTRONIC FILE AND A NOTIFICATION IS PLACED IN THE JAIL BOOKING.

THE JAIL DOES NOT PLACE A HOLD ON AN INMATE UNLESS THE DETAINER IS RELATED TO A FEDERAL WARRANT. RELEASE DATES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR THE PUBLIC ON THE SHERIFF'S WEBSITE.

ONCE A DETAINER REQUEST IS RECEIVED BY THE JAIL, THE SUPERVISOR COMPLETES AN INMATE ATTORNEY NOTIFICATION FORM THAT IS SIGNED BY THE SUPERVISOR AND THE INMATE.

THE FORM IS FAXED TO THE MERCED COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE AND SCANNED INTO THE INMATES ELECTRONIC FILE.

THE INMATE RETAINS A COPY AS WELL.

IN THE EVENT ICE AGENTS WISH TO INTERVIEW SOMEONE IN CUSTODY, THE INMATE IS GIVEN A CONSENT FORM TO SIGN WITH HIS CHOICE REGARDING THE ENCOUNTER.

EITHER AGREES TO THE INTERVIEW WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY PRESENT, AGREES TO AN INTERVIEW WITH AN ATTORNEY PRESENT, OR DOES NOT AGREE TO AN INTERVIEW.

THE ICE AGENT IS NOTIFIED OF THE INMATES WISHES, AND THE FORM IS SCANNED INTO THE INMATES ELECTRONIC FILE.

THE CORRECTIONS BUREAU HAS CONTACT NUMBERS FOR ALL THE FOREIGN CONSULATES AS REQUIRED BY LAW. IN THE EVENT A FOREIGN NATIONAL IS ARRESTED AND THE CONSULATE REQUIRES MANDATORY NOTIFICATION, THE SHIFT SUPERVISOR MAKES THE PROPER NOTIFICATION.

CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES THAT IMMIGRATION RELATED FORMS BE TRANSLATED INTO THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE OF THE INDIVIDUAL INMATE.

THE MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF'S CORRECTIONAL BUREAU HAS FORMS TRANSLATED INTO THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES ENGLISH, SPANISH, CHINESE, HINDI, HMONG, KOREAN, PUNJABI AND VIETNAMESE.

AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE STATS, THE NUMBERS FROM TWENTY EIGHTEEN TO TWENTY NINETEEN, THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRATION DETAINER REQUESTS SENT TWENTY NINETEEN AT ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT, THE NUMBER OF INMATE ICE AGENTS ARRESTED AFTER THE RELEASE, 12.

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THE NUMBER OF INTERVIEWS, ZERO ZERO AND ZERO.

LITTLE FAST ON THE BUTTON THERE, SIR. BREAKDOWN ON THE ETHNICITY.

DIFFERENT LANGUAGE THERE. OK, HISPANIC, LATINO.

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS 14.

THE REST OF OUR INDIVIDUALS THERE WERE NONE.

EUROPEAN, AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND OTHERS, ZERO CONTACT.

THE STATISTICS BY AGE OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT IMMIGRATION STATS FOR TWENTY NINETEEN: AGES 18 TO 30, FORTY THREE, THIRTY ONE TO FORTY, 60.

FORTY ONE TO FIFTY, TWENTY NINE.

FIFTY ONE TO SIXTY, SIX.

THE REST IS ZERO.

THE FOLLOWING STATISTICS RELATED TO BOOKING CHARGES PRESENT AT THE TIME OF ARREST FOR THE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT PERSONS RECEIVED ICE DETAINER REQUESTS FOR IN TWENTY NINETEEN: MANSLAUGHTER, ONE.

VIOLENT FELONIES, THREE, SEX CRIMES, TWO.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 14.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

TWENTY ONE.

WEAPONS RELATED SEVEN.

GANG CRIMES. TWO NARCOTICS RELATED.

SEVENTEEN PROPERTY CRIMES, ELEVEN ALCOHOL RELATED THIRTY NINE AND NONVIOLENT WAS TWENTY ONE.

MYTHS VERSUS REALITY.

ICE DOES NOT HAVE AN OFFICE SPACE IN THE MERCED COUNTY SHERIFFS CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES SAID SHERIFF'S OFFICE DOES NOT SHARE OR GIVE ICE ACCESS TO OUR COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INCLUDING THE JAIL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.

ICE AGENTS HAVE NO CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS IN THE MERCED CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN TWENTY NINETEEN. ICE AGENTS DO NOT HAVE FULL ACCESS TO THE MERCED SHERIFF'S CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. THEY WOULD REQUIRE A SHERIFF ESCORT TO WALK AROUND THE FACILITY.

AND THIS IS REQUIRED FOR ANY OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

INMATES THAT RECEIVE AN IMMIGRATION DETAINER FROM ICE ARE DETERMINED BY FINGERPRINTS.

ICE DETAINERS ARE RECEIVED BY THE MS., SAID SHERIFF'S OFFICE BY ONE WAY EMAIL.

THE MERCED SHERIFF'S OFFICE DOES NOT COLLECT INVESTIGATION STATUS ON ANY OF THE INDIVIDUAL OTHER THAN TRACKING ICE DETAINERS ON THE CURRENT JAIL BOOKING.

MERCED SHERIFF'S OFFICE DOES NOT TRANSFER INMATES TO ICE WITHOUT A FEDERAL WARRANT.

INMATES RELEASED FROM MERCED SHERIFF'S CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES ARE NOT DELAYED OR STOPPED DUE TO ICE DETAINERS.

THANK YOU, APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

OK, NOW WE WILL RECEIVE AND CONSIDER PUBLIC COMMENT.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC COMMENT FOR COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

OK, I'M GOING TO GIVE OUT THE PHONE NUMBER AGAIN IN CASE SOMEBODY WANTS TO CALL IN.

TWO ZERO NINE SEVEN TWO SIX TWO SEVEN FIVE FIVE.

AGAIN, IF SOMEBODY WOULD LIKE TO CALL IN TWO ZERO NINE SEVEN TWO SIX TWO SEVEN FIVE FIVE, AND WE'LL BE RECEIVING CALLS UNTIL AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

AND WE'LL TAKE A SHORT RECESS AFTER THE COMMENTS IN CASE WE GET ANY CALLS.

AT THIS TIME, IF ANYBODY WANTS TO COME FORWARD.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

WELCOME.

GLORIA SANDOVAL. AND THE ONE QUESTION I HAVE, BECAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN TIMES OF COVID AND WE'RE LIVING IN TIMES OF HIGH TECH.

I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ICE AND WE DISCOVERED WITH THE HELP OF THE ACLU THAT MERCED CITY WAS ACTUALLY PROVIDING DATA THAT WAS BEING COLLECTED FROM LICENSE PLATE READERS, AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS, WHICH WAS THEN HANDED OVER TO ICE.

THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY 80 DIFFERENT AGENCIES THAT WERE GIVEN THIS INFORMATION.

AND I'M WONDERING WHY THE CITY OF MERCED HAS NOT ALSO JOINED IN THIS PARTICULAR TRUTH FORUM TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH THAT INFORMATION.

I DON'T KNOW.

I KNOW SHERIFF WARNKE DID NOT MENTION ANY KIND OF EXCHANGE, BUT THAT IS A QUESTION THAT I HAVE. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF SURVEILLANCE, SUPPOSEDLY PREVENTIVE POLICING THAT GOES ON. AND I THINK THAT WE, OUR RESIDENTS NEED TO BE PROTECTED.

THE REASON FOR MY CONCERNS ARE MORE THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES, THE INJUSTICES HAPPENING

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AT THE BORDER. STILL THE CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND AT TIMES DEPORTED WHEN THEY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY COVID.

SO I THINK WE NEED BETTER INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.

I DO ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT THERE ARE HISPANICS OR SO-CALLED THAT MAY BE LOOKED LIKE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT THAT'S NOT A TITLE THAT WOULD BE GIVEN TO THEM.

THEY WOULD BE A CARIBBEAN.

THERE'S HONDURAS.

THEIR SKIN IS DARK LIKE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN.

SO JUST ONE OTHER ISSUE OF THE REPORTING, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW.

AND I KNOW THIS IS A WORLDWIDE ISSUE, YOU KNOW, THAT GOES ON WITH PEOPLE NEEDING REFUGE AND OUR COUNTRY HAS REALLY CHANGED.

BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL GO BACK TO BEING PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WOULD ANYBODY ELSE LIKE TO SPEAK PLEASE COME FORWARD.

HI, EVERYONE, AGAIN, ATWATER, CALIFORNIA, HERE TODAY, BECAUSE I JUST WANT TO REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUING IMMIGRANTS, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

I ACTUALLY WOULD REALLY ENCOURAGE OUR COUNTY SUPERVISOR BOARD TO WORK WITH OUR SHARE OF SO THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CAN ACTUALLY GET WITH THE TIMES AND USE PROPER LANGUAGE WHEN TALKING ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS AND USE THE TERM UNDOCUMENTED, NOT ILLEGAL.

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS AN ILLEGAL HUMAN BEING.

SO JUST LIKE THE WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY HAS DONE AND WE LEARN IN INSTITUTIONS OF ACADEMIA AND HIGHER LEARNING, THE TERM ILLEGAL IS NOT A PROPER WAY TO REFER TO ANY PERSON, ANY HUMAN BEING. SO WOULD WANT OUR COUNTY TO UPDATE ITS LANGUAGE, TO TRAIN OFFICERS, TO TREAT IMMIGRANTS WITH DIGNITY.

IT BEGINS WITH LANGUAGE AND THEN IT ALSO INCLUDES ACTIONS THAT ARE TAKEN.

I JUST WANT TO, LIVING IN ATWATER, I HAVE WITNESSED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO A DEPORTATION THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TWO BLOCKS FROM WHERE I LIVE.

THERE, AND YOU PROBABLY KNOW CIRCLE K, THAT CASE WHERE IT WAS ABOUT A GROUP OF FIVE, SIX MEN THAT WERE STOPPED ON THEIR WAY TO WORK AND CHILDREN THAT MY NEPHEW GOES TO SCHOOL WITH ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED THE LOSS OF THEIR PARENTS, THEIR DADS.

AND SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE THE BOARD AND THE MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTITUTIONS IN EVERY CITY IN THIS COUNTY, TO REALLY BE ABOUT IT AND END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY.

ALL OF YOU ALL, ALL OF US BENEFIT FROM HAVING UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND IT SUCKS THAT I'M STANDING HERE AND SAYING THIS, BUT LIKE, THEY CONTRIBUTE MONEY WISE TO THIS COUNTY AND IT IS UNFAIR THAT WE CONTINUE TO STRIP THEM OF THEIR DIGNITY.

I THINK IT BEGINS WITH KEEPING FOLKS IN THIS COUNTY, ENDING ALL COLLABORATION WITH ICE, AND IT ALSO MEANS ENSURING THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS.

AND I'LL REITERATE THIS POINT TO HOUSING IN THIS MOMENT, BECAUSE UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE IN THIS COUNTY AND WE NEED TO END THE PROFITING OF THEIR LABOR AND NOT TREAT THEM WITH THE DIGNITY AND RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVE AS HUMAN BEINGS, ESPECIALLY IF WE LIKE TO CALL OURSELVES PEOPLE OF FAITH AND LIKE TO OPEN UP OUR MEETINGS WITH PRAYER. THANK YOU.

ANYONE ELSE? THERE WE GO. GO AHEAD. HELLO, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

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IT'S BLANCA AGAIN.

AND I'M UP HERE TODAY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE I THINK I WOULD JUST REALLY LIKE FOR FOLKS HERE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE DO HAVE AN UNDOCUMENTED POPULATION IN MERCED COUNTY . THERE WAS A RESEARCH DONE, I WANT TO SAY, BACK IN TWENTY SIXTEEN THAT ESTIMATED ABOUT TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE LIVING IN MERCED COUNTY THAT WERE UNDOCUMENTED.

AND, YOU KNOW, I JUST WANT TO REITERATE ALSO, AGAIN, WE DO BENEFIT FROM THIS COMMUNITY.

AND I GREW UP HERE IN THIS COUNTY MYSELF.

AND FOR A WHILE I WAS ALSO LIVING UNDOCUMENTED.

ME AND MY FAMILY WERE LIVING UNDOCUMENTED.

SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR STILL WHEN WE HEAR AND I HAVE ALSO WORKED WITH COMMUNITY RESIDENTS THAT HAVE THEY HAVE ENCOUNTERED LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND HERE THIS HAPPENED IN MERCED COUNTY.

THEY WERE HANDED OFF LEAVING THE JAIL TO ICE.

AND SO I BRING THAT UP BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THE TRUE FORM, LIKE, REALLY THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WITH COMMUNITY.

RIGHT. THERE'S THE AGAIN, I'M GOING TO GO BACK AND TALK ABOUT THE DISTRUST BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND AND LIKE THE OFFICERS HERE, SHERIFFS AND THE POLICE OFFICERS.

AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I YOU KNOW, I HAD REACHED OUT ALSO TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE THE FORUM.

I DON'T KNOW. I JUST FEEL LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, A LOT OF TRANSPARENCY THAT NEEDS TO BE WORKED ON.

AND I DON'T KNOW, I'M JUST GOING TO LEAVE IT AT THAT.

SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE WE COME TO THESE MEETINGS AND WE'RE STILL NOT HEARD.

SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON, SUPERVISORS.

MY NAME IS I ALSO WANT TO LIFT UP THAT AS I GOT HERE A LITTLE AS I WAS COMING IN, THE SHERIFF AND HIS TEAM, WERE LEAVING.

AND IF THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING, I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT HE DID NOT STAY TO LISTEN TO ANYBODY HERE. I DOUBT HE WILL WATCH THIS.

SO THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT KIND OF CARE THAT HE HAS FOR UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS HERE.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT HOUSING BEFORE AND AS WE MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED IN THE PAST ALREADY, BUT MAYBE WE NEED TO HEAR THIS AGAIN IS THAT UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS ARE HIGHLY VULNERABLE.

AND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU RENT, YOUR LANDLORD KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.

PRETTY MUCH THEY KNOW YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY OR THEY KNOW WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE UNDOCUMENTED AND UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS HAVE EXPRESSED FEAR THAT THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES AND ADVOCATE FOR THEMSELVES WHEN IT COMES TO THEM AND THEIR LANDLORD BECAUSE LANDLORDS HAVE THREATENED THEIR STATUS AGAINST THEM.

SO EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T KNOW THIS OR YOU DON'T SEE IT, PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING IT AND THEY LIVE IN FEAR.

IMAGINE YET FROM THE AGE OF FIVE OR YOUNGER AND GROWING UP, KNOWING THAT YOU'RE UNDOCUMENTED AND ALWAYS HAVING TO HIDE YOURSELF, YOU KNOW WHAT THIS DOES TO SOMEBODY, SELF-ESTEEM. AND THEN WHEN THEY SEE THEIR PARENTS TREATED LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SEE AN ADULT YOU CARE ABOUT, HURTING, IT HURTS YOU BECAUSE THEY'RE YOUR ROLE MODEL.

AND WHEN YOU SEE OTHER PEOPLE TREATING THEM THE WAY THAT THEY ARE TREATED, IT HURTS YOU.

YOU GROW UP WITH THAT TRAUMA.

AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE UNDOCUMENTED COMMUNITY AND WHAT THEY DO FOR US, WE NEED TO GIVE A LOT MORE CARE AND RESPECT AND DIGNITY TO THEM.

THEY DESERVE TO BE HERE EVERY MARCH AS BAD AS WE DO.

THERE'S NOTHING SPECIAL THAT WE DID TO DESERVE TO BE HERE.

SO IT'S UPSETTING THAT OUR SHERIFF LEFT AND THAT HARDLY ANYBODY IS PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONVERSATION. BACK IN TWENTY SIXTEEN, I REMEMBER THAT TIME, PEOPLE WERE AFRAID THERE WERE CARS, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT WAS VANS OR SUVS AND PEOPLE WERE SCARED BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE GETTING, YOU KNOW, TAKEN.

AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE FORGET ABOUT THAT SO EASILY.

WE'RE NOT LIVING IN THAT DIFFERENT OF A TIME.

IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN EVEN WITH THE DETENTION CENTERS.

YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO ABOLISH THOSE.

THERE'S NO WAY THAT WE CAN LOOK AT OURSELVES AND, YOU KNOW, BE RESPECTABLE PEOPLE WHEN WE HAVE CHILDREN IN CAGES.

SO THIS IS UNFORTUNATE THAT HARDLY ANYBODY IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THIS ISSUE

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IS NOT OVER. AND I HOPE THAT YOU ALL HAVE A NEWFOUND PERSPECTIVE AND RESPECT FOR UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS. ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK? THERE WE GO. WE DID IT. HI AGAIN.

MY NAME IS BRENDA GUTIERREZ.

REALLY WANTED TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.

I SPOKE A LITTLE EARLIER ABOUT THE CENTRAL VALLEY MUTUAL AID AND COLLECTIVE CARE NETWORK.

IT'S A FUND THAT PROVIDES PRIMARILY SUPPORT FOR FOLKS THAT LIVE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORT FOR UNDOCUMENTED FAMILIES.

REFUGEE FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT OF ALL OTHER SUPPORT, AREN'T ELIGIBLE, DO NOT QUALIFY. AND OTHER PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES, LIKE, AGAIN, I FEEL LIKE WE KEEP SHOWING UP HERE REITERATING IT.

AND IT LIKE THE IRONY OF SITTING UP HERE AND HAVING THIS BIG BUDGET, KNOWING THAT A LOT OF THE TAXES COME FROM UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS AND THEN STILL HAVING THAT SAME BOARD LIKE SEEING HOW TO, LIKE, DIVVY UP MONEY AND NOT ALLOCATING ANY TO PROTECT FUND TO TAKE CARE OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE CARING FOR US RIGHT NOW AND HAVE BEEN LIKE, IT'S GROSS.

LIKE THAT'S YOU KNOW, FOLKS ARE LIKE PAYING TAXES.

AND THAT DOESN'T DEFINE THEIR VALUE.

BUT, DOES THAT FEEL RIGHT TO YOU, YOU KNOW, LIKE HAVING TO, LIKE, SIT WITH THAT? YEAH. AND LIKE AS A VOLUNTEER FOR CENTRAL THE STORIES THAT PEOPLE SHARE ARE REALLY HEAVY OF THEIR LANDLORDS KNOWING THAT THEY LIKE ARE UNDOCUMENTED AND RAISING THE RENT AND CONTINUING TO RAISING THEIR RENT, KNOWING THEIR FOLKS AREN'T ABLE TO LEAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC.

IT'S SO HEAVY.

I ALSO HAVE BEEN IN MEETINGS WITH ALL OF YOU AND MANY OF YOU AND WANT TO SAY THAT I HOPE THAT LIKE YOU'RE DOING YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND THEN, YOU KNOW, FOLLOWING THE TERMINOLOGY AND NOT ASKING PEOPLE WHERE ARE YOU FROM? AND LIKE MEETINGS WITH YOU ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED.

LIKE, I HOPE THAT YOU'RE REFLECTING ON YOUR XENOPHOBIA AND THE WAYS THAT, LIKE, YOU ARE SHOWING UP FOR MEMBERS IN A COMMUNITY THAT ARE LIKE FUNDING YOU, LIKE YOU WORK FOR US.

AND IT FEELS SAD TO HAVE PEOPLE LIKE TO BE IN LIKE A VIRTUAL MEETING.

AND, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE CALLING PEOPLE ILLEGALS, YOU KNOW, SAYING REALLY GROSS THINGS ARE SAYING, WHERE ARE YOU FROM? LIKE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE FROM MEXICO, THAT'S EMBARRASSING.

YEAH. SO I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE ALL OF THOSE POINTS AND HOPE THAT YOU'RE ALSO PUTTING YOUR PART, BECAUSE OUR COMMUNITY IS DEFINITELY PUTTING MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANYBODY ELSE LIKE TO SPEAK? GOOD MORNING OR GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M JUST GOING TO REITERATE WHAT EVERYONE JUST SAID AND KIND OF LIFT UP WHAT THEY ALSO MENTIONED AND AS WELL AS JUST ASK A QUESTION ON WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS THE ONLY PUBLIC FORUM THAT'S GOING TO BE HELD OR IS THERE GOING TO BE HELD ANOTHER ONE WITH MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT? AGAIN, WE WORK WITH A LOT OF RESIDENTS AND WE CAN HELP DISSEMINATE THE INFORMATION, BUT THEY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A PUBLIC FORUM LIKE THIS.

SO IT'S MORE OF A QUESTION.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WOULD ANYBODY ELSE LIKE TO SPEAK? I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF BY SAYING I APPRECIATE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DO AND ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU GUYS DO AS WELL, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU DO YOUR BEST TO HELP EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY AND ALL RACES AND AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT DOES AS

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WELL. WE JUST HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE LAWS OF THE LAND.

AND WHEN PEOPLE GET IN TROUBLE, THEN, YOU KNOW, IF THEY'RE NOT FROM THE LAND, THEN, YOU KNOW, THEN THERE'S CONSEQUENCES.

SO A LOT OF THIS HAS CONSEQUENCES.

AND SOME OF THE CHILDREN, YOU KNOW, THEIR PARENTS DESERTED THEM AND LEFT THEM IN THE CAGES. SO, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY HAS TO DO THEIR RESEARCH AND JUST BE OPEN MINDED ABOUT EVERYTHING. SO BUT JUST WANT TO APPRECIATE, YOU KNOW, THE HARD WORK OF THE SHERIFF AND THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE AND YOU GUYS.

SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

ANYBODY ELSE? ANY MORE COMMENTS? IF NOT WE'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

YES. AND OH, THAT'S RIGHT.

I'M NOT GOING TO COMMENT BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A FIVE MINUTE BREAK AND CHECK OUR VOICEMAILS. AND I'LL JUST SAY THE PHONE NUMBER AGAIN IN CASE SOMEBODY ELSE STILL WANTS TO CALL IN TWO ZERO NINE SEVEN TO SIX TO SEVEN FIVE FIVE.

AND WE'LL BE BACK IN FIVE MINUTES.

RIGHT.

OK, DO WE HAVE VOICE MAILS? NONE RECEIVED. OK, WE'LL JUST TAKE A FIVE MINUTE BREAK AND COME BACK IF NO FURTHER CALLS, THEN WE'LL ADJOURN FOR THIS MEETING.

THE ELECTED OFFICIAL, IT'S HIS DISCRETION WHETHER HE WANTS TO, YOU KNOW, TAKE QUESTIONS, AND SO HE DECIDED NOT TO AND WE'RE A SEPARATE BODY FROM HIM.

SO WE CANNOT MAKE THE SHERIFF DO WHAT HE DOESN'T WANT TO.

SO WE RESPECT HIS DECISIONS.

AND WITH THAT, I GUESS WE'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENTS AND WE'LL END THE SESSION.

SO WE'RE IN THE MEETING.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.