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GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE, WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER 19, 2021 MERCY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

[Call to Order]

WE WILL NOW START WITH AN INVOCATION LED BY AND THANK YOU FOR COMING DEACON TRINIDAD GUADARRAMA, OF SACRED HEART AND MERCY AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY SUPERVISOR JOSH PEDROZO AND JOSH, THANK YOU FOR INVITING THE DEACON.

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN, MAY THE LORD WHO WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD, BE WITH YOU ALL.

GOD IS LOVE IN THE DESIRE TO MAKE US SHARE IN THIS LOVE.

HE SENT HIS SON TO THE WORLD TO COME TO OUR AID AND GENTLE KINDNESS TO HELP THOSE WHO WERE SICK OR UNFORTUNATE IN THE GREAT LOVE FOR ALL OF US.

CHRIST SAID WHATEVER WE DO FOR THE LEAST AMONG US, WE DO IT FOR HIM.

HE CALLED THOSE WHO SHOWED MERCY, BLESSED OF HIS FATHER AND PROMISED THEM ETERNAL LIFE.

LET US PRAY FOR THE LORD REACHES BLESSING OF THIS MEMBER OF THIS ORGANIZATION, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE CITY OF MERCED, RODRIGO ESPINOZA, JOSH PEDROZO, MCDANIEL, LLOYD PAREIRA, SCOTT SILVEIRA, FOREST HENDERSON AND JAMES BROWN, WHO ARE DEVOTED TO HELP AND THEIR BROTHERS, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

NOW LET US LISTEN TO THE GOSPEL.

JESUS TO SAY TO HIS DISCIPLES, BE WATCHFUL, BE ALERT.

YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE TIME WILL COME.

IT IS LIKE A MAN TRAVELING ABROAD.

HE LEAVES HOME AND PLACES HIS SERVANTS IN CHARGE, EACH WITH HOMEWORK AND ORDERS THE GATEKEEPER TO BE IN THE WATCH.

WATCH THEREFORE, YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN THE LORD OF THE HOUSE IS COMING.

WHEN IT'S EVENING OR AT MIDNIGHT, ARE THEY A MY CHILDREN COME SUDDENLY AND FIND YOU SLEEPING.

WHAT I SAY TO YOU, I SAY TO ALL WATCH THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD.

I JUST WENT OUT TO ONE THING LIKE THAT, AND THIS GOSPEL THAT THE JOY TO DO GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY IS THE BEST FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

AND I PRAY THAT YOU GUYS BE BLESSED TO DO GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY.

NOW LET US PRAY.

BLESS YOU, LORD GOD OF MERCY, WHO BROUGHT YOU THE SON.

GIVE US ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CHARITY AND THE GREAT COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

SENDING DOWN YOUR BLESSING OF THESE YOUR SERVANTS WHO ARE GENEROUSLY DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO HELP OTHERS WHEN THEY ARE CALLING IN TIMES OF NEED.

LET THEM FAITHFULLY SERVE YOU AND THEIR NEIGHBORS.

WE ASK THIS THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON WHO LIVES AND READS WITH YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. ONE GOD FOREVER AND EVER.

MAY THE LORD BLESS THIS ASSEMBLY FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.

AMEN, AMEN.

THANK YOU FOR THANK YOU, DEACON. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE TO OUR FLAG.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR PEDROZO, FOR LEADING US IN THE PLEDGE.

WE DID HAVE A CLOSED SESSION THIS MORNING IN OUR MEETING, STAFF WAS GIVEN DIRECTION.

NOW WE'LL MOVE TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

[PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK]

IT'S 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 IS LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES PER PERSON.

THANK YOU. WE'LL DO CHAIR'S PREROGATIVE.

WE'LL MOVE TO VOICEMAILS FIRST, SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND START THE VOICEMAILS.

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HI, I DIDN'T GET HER NAME.

I'M SORRY, BUT SHE'S CALLING FROM SANTA NELLA.

SHE LIVES ON SONORA DRIVE, AND HER PETITION IS FOR A COMMUNITY PARK.

SHE HAS LIVED IN SANTA NELLA FOR FIVE YEARS, AND EVERY TIME THAT THEY HAVE TO GET MEETINGS, THEY HAVE TO MEET AT THE ROMERO SCHOOL.

SO THAT'S A PETITION FOR A COMMUNITY PARK.

THANK YOU. HI, THIS IS JOE. I'D LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT FOR A GENERAL ITEM, AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET IMPROVED THAT I KNOW COUNTY HAVE THE MONEY TO HELP THE COUNTY RESIDENT.

I WOULD LIKE THE COUNTY TO CONSIDER ABOUT THIS SMALL BUSINESS, ESPECIALLY THE SMALL FARMERS. WE NOW THE COVID 19, WE GROW A LOT OF CROPS, BUT NO CUSTOMER PURCHASE THE CROP AND WE LOST A LOT OF CROPS THAT WE CANNOT SELL.

HOWEVER, I HOPE THE COUNTY WILL CONSIDER ABOUT WHAT I GET INPUT TO THE COUNTY OF THE BOARD SUPERVISOR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

HELLO, MY NAME IS MANY OF US LOCAL FARMERS ARE SUFFERING FROM THE EFFECTS OF COVID 19.

NO ONE IS PURCHASING OUR PRODUCTS, AND WE WOULD LIKE THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN TO HELP US.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, MY NAME IS YE. I WORK AT FOSTER FARMS. AT THE MOMENT, I AM SCARED OF COVID 19.

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I NEED INCOME TO HELP SUPPORT MY FAMILY AND TO PAY MY RENT AND MY BILLS.

BUT I AM SCARED OF GETTING SICK AND GOING TO THE HOSPITAL.

IF I GET SICK, I WON'T BE ABLE TO EARN INCOME TO HELP MY FAMILY.

I WANT THE HELP OF ARP TO HELP THE PEOPLE WHO WORK ON A DAILY BASIS TO EARN INCOME AND PAY THEIR BILLS. THANK YOU.

HELLO, MY NAME IS ALSO KNOWN AS ARPA, ON OCTOBER 15TH OF 2021 YOU POSTED A SURVEY ON THE MERCED COUNTY WEBSITE. THIS SURVEY IS TO COLLECT THE COMMUNITY INPUT ON HOW TO SPEND ARPA MONEY.

HOWEVER, THIS SURVEY IS NOT A GOOD SURVEY.

IT IS VERY BIASED TOWARDS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WANTS TO SPEND THE MONEY ON.

IT'S VERY GEARED TOWARDS SPENDING THE MONEY ON REVENUE REPLACEMENT TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT'S OWN PROGRAMS. QUESTION NUMBER FIVE AND QUESTION NUMBER SIX.

IT'S MORE GEARED TOWARDS REVENUE REPLACEMENT AND IT'S REALLY UNFAIR, AND IT'S THAT IT ASSUMES THAT THE PEOPLE WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY FOR THIS.

IT IS VERY DISAPPOINTING THAT THIS SURVEY, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS.

THE SURVEY DID NOT EVEN INCLUDE THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS SAID SO FAR OF HOW THEY WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY. THE ARPA, THE SURVEY DOESN'T INCLUDE PREMIUM PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

THE SURVEY DOESN'T INCLUDE RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

THE SURVEY DOESN'T INCLUDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, YOU KNOW, I'M REQUESTING FOR THIS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO HOLD A TOWN HALL MEETING TO PROVIDE EDUCATION ABOUT ARPA FUNDS TO PRESENT THE 2021 RECOVERY PLAN AND TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU GUYS WANT TO SPEND THIS MONEY THIS WAY AND TO EXPLAIN HOW MUCH THE HOUSE MONEY HAS BEEN ALLOCATED ALREADY, AND TO LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY INPUT ON HOW TO SPEND ARPA FUNDS AND TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS FROM THE COMMUNITY.

PLEASE PROVIDE A SPANISH, HMONG AND PUNJABI TRANSLATOR.

THIS MEETING SHOULD BE IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL.

THIS MEETING SHOULD BE ON A WEEKDAY AT 6PM OR LATER, AND WE SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE CHILD CARE. IT'S VERY DISAPPOINTING TO SEE THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS POSTED A SURVEY THAT DOES NOT EVEN INCLUDE THESE OPTIONS, SUCH AS PREMIUM PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

WE NEED TO CHANGE YOUR SURVEY, EDIT YOUR SURVEY TO INCLUDE PREMIUM PAY, RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND BEACHWOOD.

YOU NEED TO RESPECT AND REPRESENT THE PEOPLE.

YOUR JOB IS TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, AND THE PURPOSE OF ARPA IS TO HELP PEOPLE RECOVER FROM COVID 19.

WE NEED TO DO YOUR JOB TO ENGAGE WITH PEOPLE AND COLLECT COMMUNITY INPUT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS JOYCE DAY, I'M A RESIDENT OF MERCED UM CALIFORNIA.

I'M ACTUALLY CALLING TO REQUEST A PRESENTATION FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE ARPA PLANS AND WHAT IT CAN BE SPENT ON.

I WOULD LIKE THAT THEY DISCUSS HOW MUCH THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 2021 RECOVERY PLAN APPROPRIATE THE FUNDS.

EXPLAIN HOW MUCH OF THE 54 MILLION IT'S ALREADY BEEN APPROPRIATED AND HOW MUCH REMAINS.

I'D LIKE TO ASK THE TOWN HALL BE IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL AND BEING IN SPANISH, HMONG AND PUNJABI, HAVE TRANSLATORS AVAILABLE AND ALSO THAT IT'S ON A WEEKDAY AFTER SIX P.M.

SO THAT THERE CAN BE A LOT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

THIS WOULD GIVE US A CHANCE TO EXCUSE ME ACTUALLY VOICE OUR OPINION AND FIND OUT WHAT COVID IS ALL ABOUT, WHAT ARPA FUNDS IS ALL ABOUT AND THAT IT CAN BE USED FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM AN ISSUE BECAUSE OF COVID, THANK YOU.

CAN YOU PLAY IT AGAIN, PLEASE? IS THAT ALL?

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OK.

HI, MY NAME IS ERICA MARTINEZ AND I LIVE IN SANTA NELLA.

MY PETITION IS FOR A COMMUNITY PARK.

I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, AND IT WOULD BE NICE IF OUR FAMILIES COULD GATHER TOGETHER AT A PLACE SUCH AS THE COMMUNITY PARK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

HELLO, MY NAME IS OLD. I'VE BEEN LIVING HERE FOR ALMOST SIX YEARS AND THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING FOR KIDS TO GO OUT AND PLAY LIKE A PARK BECAUSE KIDS HAVE TO GO PLAY LIKE ON THE STREETS WITH CARS STOP AND THERE'S CARS THAT WE COULD HIT AND THEN YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO RISK IT.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A PARK IN SANTA NELLA SOMEWHERE WHERE KIDS CAN GO PLAY.

THANK YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS NOAH.

I'M EIGHT YEARS OLD, AND I'M CALLING FROM SANTA NELLA PARK BECAUSE MY MOM DOESN'T LIKE ME PLAYING OUTSIDE IN THE ROAD, SO WE WANT A PARK.

I HAVE EIGHT YEARS OLD.

I WAS LIVING IN SANTA NELLA FOR SIX YEARS.

WE DON'T HAVE NO PARK.

OH, THANK YOU. HELLO, MY NAME IS GRACE SANCHEZ, AND I LIVE IN SANTA NELLA AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR A PARK.

I'M PARK AND A COMMUNITY CENTER BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THAT SANTA NELLA DOESN'T HAVE THAT AND WE REALLY NEED SOME BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF LITTLE KIDS, NOT WITH HELLO, MY NAME IS I HI, MY NAME IS MARIA SALAZAR, AND I LIVE IN SANTA NELLA, AND I AM PETITIONING IT TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, THE POLITICIANS TO PUT A PARK IN SANTA NELLA.

I HAVE FIVE GIRLS AND A PARK WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEIR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. PLEASE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT WE ARE CALLING TO REQUEST FOR A PARK.

THANK YOU. HI, MY NAME IS I LIVE IN SANTA NELLA, CALIFORNIA.

I'VE BEEN LIVING HERE FOR ABOUT SEVEN YEARS NOW.

I'M CURRENTLY A SECOND YEAR IN COLLEGE.

I GO TO UC SANTA CRUZ, BUT DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC, I'VE BEEN DOING IT FROM HOME.

YEAH, I HAVE BEEN DOING OBVIOUSLY ALL MY COLLEGE FOR TWO YEARS NOW, AND IT'S A REALLY

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STRESSFUL THING AND IT REALLY BECOMES MORE OF A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE FOR ME WHEN I'M NOT ABLE TO GO ANYWHERE OUTSIDE OF MY HOME, OR SOMETIMES I REALLY LIKE TO LIKE TO GO OUTSIDE TO JUST UNWIND OR JUST TO WORK IN A DIFFERENT AREA OTHER THAN MY BEDROOM OR MY HOME. BUT AT THE MOMENT, THERE IS NO KIND OF AREA LIKE THAT IN SANTA NELLA, WHICH IS WHY I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HAVE A PARK HERE.

I THINK IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL NOT JUST FOR ME OR OTHER STUDENTS LIKE ME, BUT FOR FAMILIES AS WELL.

YOUNG CHILDREN WHO PLAY OUTSIDE ON THE STREETS, WHICH IS VERY DANGEROUS DUE TO LOTS OF CARS THAT PASS BY OFTEN.

AND YEAH, I HOPE TO HEAR NEWS FROM YOU GUYS REGARDING THIS PROJECT.

THANK YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS MR. REVAS, I'M FROM SANTA NELLA, I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND I'M CALLING TO PETITION FOR A PARK AND A COMMUNITY CENTER.

WE NEED SOMETHING WHERE OUR FAMILIES CAN GET TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, THIS IS GLORIA SANDOVAL.

I WAS HAPPY TO SEE THAT ON OCTOBER 15, YOU SENT OUT A NOTICE ABOUT HAVING THE SURVEY FOR THE USE OF THE RESCUE PLAN MONEY FOR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN MONEY AND ALSO THAT YOU ANTICIPATE A PUBLIC HEARING.

I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT, THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF RESIDENTS IN MERCED COUNTY THAT DO NOT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY, RESOURCES NOR THE BROADBAND TO SUBMIT THE SURVEY ONLINE.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO SET THE PUBLIC HEARING THAT YOU ANTICIPATE TO HAVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT AN EVENING TIME SO THAT THERE ARE STILL FUNDS LEFT BEFORE YOU ALLOCATE ALL THE FUNDS SO THAT YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE CONSTITUENTS SUGGESTIONS.

I HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE A LITTLE BIT MORE INCLUSIVE IN LISTENING TO THE PUBLIC.

THANK YOU. HI, MY NAME IS KIM MCNALLY.

I'M CALLING ABOUT THE ITEM THAT IS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

LAST WEEK, FRIDAY AT 7PM, WE HAD A COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS THE ARPA FUNDS AND WHY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS NOT HAD A TOWN HALL MEETING.

AND WE ALSO NOTICED THAT THERE IS A SURVEY ON THE WEBSITE.

THE SURVEY IS BIASED.

AND IN THE MEETING, WHICH WE WERE VERY SAD TO SEE, THERE WAS NOT ONE SUPERVISOR THERE AND THAT ONCE AGAIN TELLS US HOW IMPORTANT THEY THINK THIS ISSUE AND THIS COMMUNITY IS BY THEIR ABSENCE. THE SURVEY THAT WE SAW WAS BIASED.

IT LEANS TOWARDS REVENUE REPLACEMENT.

QUESTION NUMBER FIVE AND SIX IS BIASED TOWARDS REVENUE REPLACEMENT.

THE SURVEY DOES NOT INCLUDE PREMIUM PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THIS PROGRAMS OR ANY STATE, EXCEPT EXTREME IMPORTANCE TO THIS COMMUNITY. WE WOULD LIKE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO OPEN THEIR MINDS AND THEIR HEARTS TO THE IDEA THAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS HELP.

THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT REVENUE REPLACEMENT.

THEY DON'T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH HOW MUCH MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON PRISON GUARDS OR WHATEVER THE COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE AN ISSUE WITH HOW MUCH, HOW AND HOW ARE THEY GOING TO PAY THE RENT? HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET FOOD?

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HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL? WHAT IS NEEDED? WHAT IS ESSENTIAL? PLEASE REALIZE THAT YOU WERE ELECTED TO SERVE AND BY APPLYING THIS MONEY AND BY CREATING A SURVEY THAT DOES NOT SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

RATHER, IT IS SELF-SERVING.

YOU HAVE LET THE COMMUNITY DOWN.

YOU MAY NOT REALIZE IT, BUT THERE IS A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING WHY YOU ARE SERVING BY THAT VERY SURVEY.

PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE THAT THE ARPA FUNDS CAN BE USED TO HELP PEOPLE RECOVER FROM COVID 19.

PLEASE READ WHAT CONGRESSMAN COSTA SAID TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT THIS ARPA FUND. IT WAS VERY CLEAR THAT THIS MONEY IS VERY MUCH NEEDED IN THIS COMMUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE. TAKE A MOMENT YOU MAY NOT BE POOR, BUT TAKE A MOMENT TO REALIZE THAT SO MANY IN THIS COMMUNITY ARE AND THEY NEED OUR HELP.

THANK YOU. HELLO, MY NAME IS I'M CALLING ABOUT THE 54 MILLION DOLLARS OF ARPA FUNDING TO URGE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO HOST TOWN HALLS IN EACH DISTRICT.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND LISTEN TO THEIR INPUT ON HOW TO SPEND THIS FUND TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY RECOVER FROM THIS PANDEMIC.

QUESTION NUMBER FOUR OF THE SURVEY LIST THE BROAD CATEGORIES THAT ARPA CAN BE USED FOR.

FOR QUESTION FIVE, IT'S ONLY FOR ITEMS ABOUT THE 2021 RECOVERY PLAN.

QUESTION SIX DOES NOT JULY. THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN COMING TO VOICE THEIR NEEDS WITH YOUTH PROGRAMS, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, PREMIUM PAY REIMBURSEMENT TO NONPROFIT ORGS, AMONG OTHER THINGS.

THE SURVEY IS NOT ADEQUATE.

IT PURPOSELY LEFT OUT CRUCIAL PROGRAMS THAT THE COMMUNITY HAVE ADVOCATED FOR.

THIS BOARD IS AGAIN, IT'S MORE INVESTED IN RETURNING TO THE STATUS QUO THAN HELPING TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITIES.

INSTEAD OF INVESTING THE FUNDS TO HELP OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION IMPACTED BY COVID 19, THIS BOARD IGNORES THEIR NEEDS AND HAVE THE MENTALITY OF BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT EQUITY.

OUR COMMUNITY IS STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THIS PANDEMIC AND NEED THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTY TO USE ARPA FUNDS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE.

PLEASE REVISE YOUR SURVEY AND LISTEN TO YOUR COMMUNITY, THANK YOU.

THAT CONCLUDES EMAIL PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE'LL GO AHEAD AND DO PUBLIC COMMENT HERE IN THE CHAMBERS.

IF I COULD HAVE, YEAH, STEP TO THE RIGHT AND RAISE YOUR HAND AND COME UP OR RIGHT LEFT.

GO AHEAD. GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS SAMANTHA THOMPSON, AND I AM THE DIRECTOR OF THE MERCED COUNTY LAW LIBRARY.

THE LAW LIBRARY IS LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC NINETEEN THIRTY SIX ADOBE BUILDING, LOCATED AT 670 WEST TWENTY SECOND STREET.

THE LAW LIBRARY IS A PUBLIC LIBRARY UNRELATED TO THE COUNTY'S MAIN LIBRARY AND SERVES A UNIQUE ROLE TO ENSURE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE ACCESS TO JUSTICE THROUGH LEGAL RESEARCH AND INFORMATION.

WE ALSO SERVE MEMBERS OF THE STATE BAR AND JUDICIARY.

LAW LIBRARIES ARE MANDATED BY STATE LAW THROUGH CHAPTER FIVE OF CALIFORNIA BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE AND ARE PRESENT IN EVERY COUNTY THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA.

LAW LIBRARIES ARE NOT OF THE COUNTY, BUT FOR THE COUNTY.

FUNDING FOR LAW LIBRARIES IS BASED UPON A SMALL PORTION OF FEES COLLECTED BY THE COURT FOR FIRST TIME FILING FEES.

AS THE ONLY LAW LIBRARY IN THE COUNTY OF MERCED, THE SEVEN MEMBER LAW LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING OUR DOORS ARE OPEN DURING BUSINESS HOURS AND STAFF IS AVAILABLE TO SERVE THE MANY NEEDS OF OUR COUNTY'S PATRONS.

OUR HOURS ARE 8 A.M.

TO 4:30 P.M.

MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

WE CLOSE FROM NOON TO ONE FOR LUNCH AND ON FRIDAYS WE'RE OPEN FROM 8 A.M.

TO NOON. THE LAW LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY STAFFED WITH TWO PART TIME EMPLOYEES, WHICH INCLUDES MYSELF, AND WE HAVE A RETIRED LIBRARIAN WE CAN CALL UPON FROM TIME TO TIME WITH ADVANCED NOTICE.

WE PLAN TO ADD ANOTHER PART TIME MEMBER OF OUR TEAM BEFORE THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR.

DURING THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING ON OCTOBER 5TH, 2021, THE LAW LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THEIR ANNUAL REPORT, AS REQUIRED BY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION SIX THREE FOUR NINE.

I REALIZED THERE WERE QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE REPORT AND I WAS NOT PRESENT TO ADDRESS

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THOSE INQUIRIES DUE TO A LAST MINUTE STAFFING CONFLICT DUE TO ILLNESS.

I'M HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE LAW LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO THANK THE BOARD FOR APPROVING THE SUBMITTED REPORT DESPITE OUR INABILITY TO ATTEND.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK EACH OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SUBSEQUENTLY TALK WITH ME AND DISCUSS THE QUESTIONS THAT AROSE.

I WOULD LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY THANK SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL, SUPERVISOR PEDROZO AND MR. DAVID MORONEY, ASSISTANT COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR VISITING THE LAW LIBRARY.

I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS IN SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY AS THEY NAVIGATE LEGAL ISSUES AND ENSURING THE LAW LIBRARY PROVIDES THE CRUCIAL LINK BETWEEN UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING, FELISA GRAY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ADULT AND AGING SERVICES.

BEFORE I START, I JUST WANT TO SAY I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO HEAR THE YOUNG COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT DECIDED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ADVOCACY.

SO IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL TO SEE THAT START SO YOUNG.

BUT I'M HERE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT BOARD ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, WHICH IS THE PROCLAMATION FOR RESIDENT RIGHTS MONTH OF OCTOBER.

RESIDENTS RIGHTS MONTH IS CELEBRATED EACH OCTOBER AND IS DESIGNATED BY THE NATIONAL CONSUMER VOICE FOR QUALITY LONG-TERM CARE EACH YEAR TO HIGHLIGHT RESIDENTS LIVING IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES AND CARE SETTINGS.

IT IS A TIME TO REFLECT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NURSING HOME REFORM LAW OF 1987 THAT PROMISES QUALITY OF LIFE, QUALITY OF CARE AND RIGHTS FOR EACH RESIDENT.

THE MERCED COUNTY OMBUDSMAN REPRESENTATIVES HONOR OUR ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE RESIDENTS RECEIVING LONG TERM CARE BY CELEBRATING RESIDENTS RIGHTS MONTH AND ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW TRIBUTE TO OUR RESIDENTS AND CONTINUE THEIR SUPPORT TO OMBUDSMAN ADVOCATES.

THE MERCED COUNTY OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IS MADE UP OF FOUR COUNTY STAFF AND SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO ADVOCATING AND WORK DILIGENTLY TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT RESIDENT RIGHTS EVERY DAY.

SETTING ASIDE A MONTH TO FOCUS ON RIGHTS IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO ENSURE THAT IMPORTANT TOPICS, THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC, EXCUSE ME, IS RECOGNIZED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER AND FOR WORKING TO MAKE RESIDENT RIGHTS MONTHS SPECIAL AND MEANINGFUL NOT ONLY TO OUR RESIDENTS, BUT OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

I THOUGHT MAYBE HE WAS GOING TO SPEAK, BUT YET, BUT HE WILL TRY.

HE HAS GOOD MORNING. I WILL DO IT IN SPANISH AND SHE WILL DO ENGLISH.

IS THAT OK? YEAH, WE DO HAVE A TRANSLATOR.

YEAH, YEAH, OK.

AND THEN AND YOU GET TWICE AS MUCH TIME WITH THE TRANSLATOR.

SO IT.

OK. AND SO WHATEVER YOU'RE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH.

OK.

HI, MY NAME IS ANNETTE FLORES AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT FIVE IN SANTA NELLA.

OR LOS BANOS.

TO YOU TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY OF SANTA NELLA.

EVEN A PLACE WHERE WE CAN HAVE OUR MEETINGS.

THEY CAN'T RUN, THEY CAN'T PLAY, AND LET ALONE HAVE A MEETING WITH THEIR FRIENDS.

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THE PRINCIPAL. THE PRINCIPAL.

HE IS ALWAYS WILLING FOR US TO USE THE SCHOOL FOR ANY EVENT IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE ARE UP TO PAR WITH OUR TAXES, BUT WE ARE FORGOTTEN.

TO BE.

THANK YOU.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE COMMENTS? OH, YES, DEACON.

YES, I LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT NOW THAT I HAVE IDEA WHAT THE MEETING IS ABOUT IT.

I USED TO BE A HELPER IN AN ATWATER PRISON, HELPING THOSE PEOPLE OVER THERE.

BUT WHEN IT HAPPENED AND ACTUALLY THEN THEY START ME GOING IT BECAUSE I GUESS MRS. NOBLE HAD AN ACCIDENT.

SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE PRISON.

SO THEY STOPPED ME GOING DOING IT.

NOW I WENT TO CHURCHILL, THE CHURCHILL HAD PASSED AWAY THE SISTER AND NO MORE.

NOW I'M ACTIVE IN SUNDAY MASS, BUT BECAUSE THEY CALL ME, THEY STOPPED LET US GO INTO THE PRISON TO TALK TO THE KIDS OR TO THE PRISONERS.

WE GOT A CHAPLAIN.

THEY DON'T WANT TO PUT IT IN A BAD SPOT, BUT WE HAVE CONNECTIONS WITH ME.

SO FOR TWO OR MORE YEARS, WE HAVE NO ACCESS TO GO AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE.

AND IT FEELS GOOD, WHEN SOMEBODY COMES OUT AND LOOK FOR ME AT THE CHURCH AND GIVE ME A HUG, SAY THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME.

BUT NOW BEING TWO YEARS, FAMILY IS CALLING ME.

SO WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GO TO SUNDAY, MASS? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GO TO SUNDAY MASS? WHAT I'M ASKING TO SEE IF THOSE IN CHARGE TO LET THE DEACONS GO AND TALK, YOU KNOW, PLEASE LET ME GO AND DO IT BECAUSE I KNOW WE'RE DOING GOOD WHEN WE GO OVER THERE AND MAINLY. AND IT'S SAD TO SAY MAINLY ARE CATHOLICS, MAINLY FROM LATIN AMERICA.

THEY DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH, SO THEY NEED A PERSON TO MY QUESTION IS, CAN I GO WITHOUT THE PERMISSION FROM THE CHAPLAIN OR WHATEVER IT TAKES BECAUSE I WANT TO DO IT AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH? SO MY REQUEST IS MAYBE YOU GUYS CAN HELP ME IN THIS CASE SO I CAN GO AND SEE THE INMATES INSIDE AND TRY TO HELP THEM BECAUSE THEY NEED THEY NEED US SPECIAL.

LIKE I SAY, MAINLY.

AND THERE ARE CHRISTIANS, CATHOLICS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH DOING THAT.

OK. ARE THERE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS? SEEING NONE, WE'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION.

AND WE'LL GO AHEAD AND BRING IT BACK HERE TO THE DAIS.

NEXT IS APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS ONE THROUGH 15.

[CONSENT CALENDAR]

PLEASE NOTE, A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE IS REQUIRED ON ITEMS THREE, EIGHT AND 13.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION HERE AT THE DAIS ON THESE ITEMS? YES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S AT THIS POINT IT'S NECESSARY TO PULL IT, BUT I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ON ITEM TWO.

IT IS A PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACT WITH TETER ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING SERVICES, AND THIS IS RELATING TO THE DELL HILL HALL DOS PALOS LIBRARY PROJECT.

AND FAST APPROACHING IS THE LATE DECEMBER EARLY JANUARY DEADLINE FOR THE CDBG GRANT.

AND THIS IS ANOTHER STEP IN THAT RIGHT DIRECTION AND JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT TO EVERYBODY THAT, YOU KNOW, AS PART OF THE PROCESS, WE APPLIED FOR A PROP SIXTY EIGHT GRANT FOR DOS PALOS AND ON A PARALLEL PATH.

IF WE WEREN'T SUCCESSFUL WITH WITH THE PROP SIXTY EIGHT GRANT, WE WERE LOOKING AT THIS

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CDBG GRANT. AND SO THIS IS STILL MY ONGOING COMMITMENT TO THE RESIDENTS OF DOS PALOS TO GET THAT THAT REMODEL AND POTENTIALLY GET THE LIBRARY MOVED OUT FROM ITS CURRENT LOCATION AND OVER TO THE DELL HILL HALL AND KIND OF MAKE A NICE LITTLE CENTER THERE IN DOS PALOS FOR EVERYBODY. SO JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT? THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR AND I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION ON ANY OF THESE ITEMS? SEEING NONE, I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

AND AT THIS TIME, ITEM NUMBER 15 WAS AUTHORIZED, A PROCLAMATION AND RECOGNITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH FOR OCTOBER HERE IN MERCED COUNTY.

AND TODAY WE HAVE KIMBERLY SCOTT, THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR.

SO WE DO HAVE A PHOTO.

KIMBERLY, IF YOU COULD JOIN ME HERE IN THE MIDDLE, ACTUALLY, IF I COULD ASK THE WHOLE BOARD. THIS WAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

SO LET'S GET THE WHOLE BOARD INVOLVED IN THIS.

SO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED ANNUALLY SINCE OCTOBER OF 1989, AND THE BOARD HAS TAKEN ACTION ON THIS EACH AND EVERY TIME.

SO KIMBERLY, I WILL GIVE THE MIC TO YOU.

MAYBE YOU COULD EXPLAIN A LITTLE MORE.

THANK YOU, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR RECOGNIZING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.

AT BALLY CRISIS CENTER, WE OFFER FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL LEGAL COUNSELING AND SHELTER SERVICES TO SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THEIR CHILDREN.

IF YOU ARE A SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WHO NEEDS HELP FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR CHILDREN, PLEASE CALL OUR TWENTY FOUR SEVEN CRISIS LINE AT 209-722-4357.

FOR THIS YEAR'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, WE WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE IMPACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN AND THE HELP THAT IS AVAILABLE BY LAUNCHING OUR WINGS OF HOPE PROJECT.

WE CALL THIS PROJECT WINGS OF HOPE BECAUSE WHEN KIDS ARE SAFE AND FEEL SAFE, THEY CAN SPREAD THEIR WINGS AND SOAR.

WE PAINTED A LARGE PURPLE BUTTERFLY THAT PEOPLE CAN TAKE PICTURES WITH AND SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, USING THE HASHTAGS WINGS OF HOPE AND TAGGING VALLEY CRISIS CENTER.

WE HAVE THE WING SET UP RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR HERE, AND WE HOPE YOU ALL TAKE PHOTOS.

PLEASE FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IMPACTS CHILDREN AND HOW YOU ALL CAN HELP SURVIVORS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO AND ON BEHALF OF THE MERCED COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISOR, LIKE TO PRESENT YOU WITH THIS A COPY OF OUR PROCLAMATION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND NOW WE HAVE A PHOTO, SO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO.

THANK YOU.

OK, MOVING RIGHT ALONG, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO OUR ACTION ITEMS. NEXT IS BOARD ACTION PUBLIC WORKS ITEM 16 THROUGH 20.

[BOARD ACTION]

PLEASE NOTE, A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE IS REQUIRED ON ITEMS 19 AND 20.

OK, WE'RE BACK HERE TO THE DAIS.

YES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

YEAH, I'M CALLING REGARDING 17 AND 18 IS RIGHT ON THE BORDERLINE WITH MY DISTRICT AND SUPERVISOR DISTRICT FOUR.

JUST THAT WE'VE BEEN GETTING CALLS REGARDING PUTTING A STOP SIGN ON ON OUR DAWN AND SUNSET DRIVE IN THE LIVINGSTON AREA.

SO I KNOW THAT THE TRAFFIC HAS BEEN VERY FAST THERE AND THEN SOMETIMES WITH TREES GETTING IN THE WAY, YOU KNOW, THERE HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTS.

I KNOW THAT LIKE WASHINGTON BOULEVARD WAS FIXED, BUT NOW PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE ROAD NOT BEING FIXED, BUT NOW THEY'RE COMPLAINING ABOUT HAVING THE FREEWAY OVER THERE BECAUSE NOW THEY'RE FLYING ON ON THE OTHER, WHICH IS NICE NOW.

PUBLIC WORKS DID A GREAT JOB OF FIXING IT, AND NOW THEY'RE FLYING THROUGH THERE.

SO NOW THEY'RE REQUESTING MORE STOP SIGNS ALL OVER OUR COUNTY WHERE ROADS HAVE BEEN

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FIXED. SO JUST BE CAREFUL AND JUST TRYING TO HELP OUT THE CONSTITUENTS OUT THERE.

SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR, AND THAT'S A COMMON CALL WE'RE GETTING NOW.

WE FIXED THE ROAD AND THEN NOW EVERYBODY'S SPEEDING ON THE ROAD, SO PLEASE, EVERYBODY USE CAUTION. I THINK DANA WARNED US FROM THAT, FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THAT WOULD HAPPEN.

ARE THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSIONS OR QUESTIONS ON THESE ITEMS? I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES ITEMS TWENTY ONE AND TWENTY TWO.

ITEMS TWENTY ONE AND TWENTY TWO, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ITEM TWENTY THREE.

OK, WE HAVE ITEM TWENTY THREE AND WE DO HAVE OUR DIRECTOR HERE.

I SEE HE ACKNOWLEDGED US.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM? I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

ITEM 24 IS FROM WORKFORCE INVESTMENT.

I THINK WE ALSO HAVE THE DIRECTOR HERE FOR THAT ONE.

I'M SEEING NO REQUESTS OR ANY CONVERSATIONS ON THIS ITEM, SEEING NONE.

I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT, AS IT IS ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ITEM TWENTY FIVE.

OOPS! WE HAVE ITEM TWENTY FIVE.

THERE'S A MOTION, SO FURTHER DISCUSSION HERE AT THE DAIS AT THIS TIME ON THIS ITEM? SEEING NONE, I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

ITEM TWENTY SIX IS FROM FIRE.

FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON THIS ITEM? I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

LIBRARY ITEM TWENTY SEVEN.

ITEM NUMBER TWENTY SEVEN.

I DO HAVE A REQUEST IN THE QUEUE.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. YEAH SO ITEM TWENTY SEVEN IS AS PART OF SB 129 I BELIEVE IS THE NUMBER.

IT WAS PART OF THE STATE BUDGET PROCESS.

THERE WAS A LOT OF MILLIONS.

I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT NUMBER NOW.

THERE'S FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY NINE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WERE SET ASIDE FOR LIBRARY INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS.

AND THIS GIVES THE AUTHORITY TO THE COUNTY LIBRARIAN TO SUBMIT POTENTIAL.

WELL, SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE AND POTENTIALLY TWO LIBRARY GRANTS MOVING FORWARD HERE, SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ON THIS, AND I KNOW THAT OUR ASSEMBLY MEMBERS MADE BEEN MADE AWARE OF IT.

IT'S JUST KIND OF, YOU KNOW, NORMALLY WHEN THE STATE LOOKS AND THEY DIVVY OUT GRANTS, WE GO BASED UPON CENSUS POPULATION.

AND JUST TO HIGHLIGHT FOR THE FOLKS AT HOME HOW SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE, WHEN THE NUMBERS DON'T QUITE WORK OUT THEIR WAY, THEY JUST CHANGE THE GAME AND THEY CAME UP WITH A NEW SYSTEM OF REALLY TRYING TO MEASURE AS PART OF THE LANGUAGE AND THE LAW.

IT SAYS THAT IT HAS TO GO TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES WITH HIGH POVERTY.

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WELL, THE STATE AND SPECIFICALLY STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE CAME UP WITH A STUDY WHERE THEY DETERMINED BY USING, YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE PRICE OF A HOUSE, AN AVERAGE PRICE OF WAGES AND THIS CRAZY FORMULA THAT NONE OF US CAN QUITE UNDERSTAND TO RATE LIBRARIES IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

AND SO JUST TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE LIBRARY IN DOS PALOS OUT OF JUST SHY OF TWELVE HUNDRED LIBRARIES IN CALIFORNIA RANKS NINE HUNDRED AND SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT NUMBER. SO YOU SAY, WELL, WELL, WHY IS THAT? OR LET ME HELP YOU PUT THAT PERSPECTIVE.

THE NUMBER THIRD RANKED LIBRARY IS THE LIBRARY AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, SO IT JUST SHOWS YOU. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FIRST, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE FIRST HUNDRED LIBRARIES THAT THEY'VE RANKED IN ORDER TO FIND A LIBRARY IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY.

AND SO, SO IT'S JUST IT'S REALLY PUTS US AT A DISADVANTAGE.

IT REALLY, YOU KNOW, THE SMALLER, MORE RURAL AREAS.

AND IF ANYBODY'S BEEN TO THE DOS PALOS LIBRARY, YOU KNOW, BACK IN NINETEEN SIXTY THREE WHEN IT WAS BUILT, IT WAS PROBABLY, YOU KNOW, PRETTY SLICK DEAL, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY PROBABLY DIDN'T HAVE A..

I'M PRETTY SURE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ONE BEFORE THAT.

AND SO BUT WE'VE KIND OF NOW OUTGROWN IT.

IT'S BASICALLY A CINDER BLOCK AND I'M AND I KNOW I'M NOT EXACT, BUT IT'S BASICALLY LIKE A CINDER BLOCK SQUARE THAT THE LIBRARY CONSISTS OF NOW.

AND THESE ARE GRANTS ARE FOR UP TO $10 MILLION PER APPLICATION.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT LIKE A LIBRARY AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, IT'S I THINK IT'S EIGHT STORIES, IS WHAT I WAS TOLD.

SO I'M GOING OFF OF THE WORD OF THE FOLKS THAT TOLD ME THAT.

A $10 MILLION GRANT PROBABLY GIVES THEM A FACELIFT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING, RIGHT? WHEREAS A TWO TO THREE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT IN DOS PALOS BUILDS A BRAND NEW STATE OF THE ART LIBRARY. AND SO WITH THE HELP OF OUR STAFF, I WANT TO THANK THEM AND WITH THE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS STAFF, WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT TO THE STATE LIBRARY AND WHY WE THINK THAT THEIR SYSTEM IS A LITTLE BIT FLAWED IN THE WAY THAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT THEM.

AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THAT TURNED AROUND.

AND ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, I KNOW IT'S NOT IN OUR COUNTY, BUT IT'S SPECIFICALLY MENDOTA.

MENDOTA IS A VERY IMPOVERISHED AREA.

I DON'T THINK THAT ANYBODY THAT YOU TALKED TO THAT'S BEEN TO MENDOTA WOULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU THAT IT'S A PRETTY IMPOVERISHED AREA.

MENDOTA'S LIBRARY FALLS WAY DOWN ON THE LIST, BUT YET, YOU KNOW, LIBRARY, THERE'S ONE IN THERE, BERKELEY, THAT IS CONSIDERED BY THIS STUDY, ONE OF THE MOST IMPOVERISHED AREAS.

SO IT JUST THE SYSTEM IS FLAWED.

I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT TO EVERYBODY, AND I WANT TO COMMEND OUR STAFF ON POINTING THAT OUT AND WORKING WITH THE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS STAFF.

AND I KNOW THAT THE ASSEMBLY MEMBER WAS JUST AS FRUSTRATED BY IT AS I WAS.

THANK YOU, CHAIR. THANK YOU SUPERVISOR, CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

OH, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

AND I JUST WANT ONE EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT WINTON DOES NOT HAVE A FUNCTIONAL LIBRARY AND WE CAN APPLY FOR TWO GRANTS.

SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT WINTON IS THERE.

AND IN FACT, WELL, I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT FOR NOW.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

LET ME, LET ME GIVE A BIG THANK YOU TO CEO BROWN FOR SCHEDULING AND BEING ABLE TO TALK WITH OUR STATE LIBRARIAN TO TELL HER THE ISSUES AND CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. BROWN. MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, A COUPLE OF THINGS JUST TO FOLLOW UP.

YES, IN ADDITION TO EFFORTS WITH THE STATE LIBRARIAN AND THE ASSEMBLY MEMBER OF STAFF, WAS INVOLVED IN THE IN THE DISCUSSION.

WE HAVE ALSO, YOU KNOW, USING OUR ADVOCATES TO REACH OUT IN BETWEEN THE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS OFFICE AND OUR REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE.

AND WE HAVE ALSO TRYING TO WORK WITH RCRC BECAUSE NOT JUST VALLEY COUNTIES WE'RE NOTICING ON THAT LIST. RURAL COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE DID NOT FARE WELL FROM A POVERTY STANDPOINT, AND AS SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA ACKNOWLEDGED, PROBABLY THE TOP 10 LIBRARIES ARE WHAT I WOULD CALL PROBABLY THE MOST ADVANCED LIBRARIES IN THE STATE.

AND YET THEY'RE SHOWING AS THE HIGH POVERTY AREAS.

AND SO IT'S REALLY AN ISSUE.

AND AS FAR AS THE SUPERVISOR PAREIRA'S YES, WE DO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS ITEM IS GENERAL AND OUR INTENTION IS TO APPLY FOR THE DOS PALOS AND THE WINTON LIBRARIES AT THIS POINT, THERE IS ANOTHER PROJECT WE ARE TENTATIVELY LOOKING AT.

AND BUT YOU KNOW, AND IT'S NOT A LIBRARY COMPLETELY.

IT'S ON A SMALLER SCALE WHEN SOME FIRE SUPPRESSION UNITS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT I MEAN, FROM A LIBRARY PERSPECTIVE, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE SUPERVISORS ARE AWARE THOSE ARE THE TWO LIBRARIES WE INTEND ON TRYING TO APPLY FOR.

THANK YOU, MR. BROWN. FURTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS.

AGAIN, WE'RE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I'VE SEEN SOME MONEY FLOWS WHERE THE VOTERS ARE.

AND AGAIN, RURAL CALIFORNIA GETS STEPPED ON.

SO I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

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I AM LOOKING FOR A SECOND TO THE MOTION.

CHAIR SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO, I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

SOMETIMES THE CHAIR JUST NEEDS TO TAKE CONTROL.

OK, SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, YOU CAN MAKE THE MOTION . WOULD THE MAKER OF THE MOTION BE OK WITH BEING THE SECONDED? YES. YEAH. OK, SO I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE. LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BOARD APPOINTMENTS, ITEM TWENTY EIGHT ITEMS, TWENTY EIGHT AND TWENTY NINE.

ITEMS 28 AND 29, ARE THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSIONS OR QUESTIONS? IF NOT, I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE. THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING US SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA'S FAVORITE.

NEXT IS BOARD INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS 30 AND 31.

[BOARD INFORMATION & POSSIBLE ACTION]

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON THESE ITEMS. SEEING NONE CALL FOR THE VOTE.

OK, LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BOARD REPORTS. THANK YOU, CLARKE.

[REPORTS/BOARD DIRECTION]

I WILL LOOK TO MY LEFT AND START WITH SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

OH, I WOULD GO TO A DISCUSSION MODE, SORRY.

BUT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. NOT A WHOLE LOT TO REPORT DID ATTEND YESTERDAY.

GOT TO GET UP TO MARIPOSA TO TEND OUR ARTS MEETING.

YARTS IS YOSEMITE AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

IT'S A FIVE MEMBER, FIVE COUNTY, AJPA THAT REALLY, IF YOU SEE THOSE YARDS BUS THAT GO UP INTO YOSEMITE, IT'S A WAY THAT WE'VE KIND OF PARTNERED WITH OUR SURROUNDING COUNTIES AND REALLY, IT HELPS THE PARK OUT IN ALLEVIATING ONE OF THEIR BIG PROBLEMS UP THERE, WHICH IS TRAFFIC INSIDE THE PARK.

BUT JUST WANT TO WELCOME ON BOARD MADERA COUNTY SUPERVISOR WHEELER FROM MADERA COUNTY, WHO WAS ON THE ORIGINAL COMMITTEE THAT FORMED YARTS BUT MADERA COUNTY WAS NEVER A MEMBER AGENCY, AND SOME TWENTY ONE YEARS LATER, HE'S FINALLY GOTTEN IT THROUGH AND GOTTEN HIS BOARD TO TO BECOME A FULL FLEDGED MEMBER OF YARTS.

SO IT'S KUDOS TO TO SUPERVISOR WHEELER, MYSELF AND SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO GET UP TO MARIPOSA.

IT'S KIND OF COOL UP THERE.

I WANT TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT TO, YOU KNOW, FOLKS SANTA NELLA WAS VERY WELL REPRESENTED TODAY AND I'M PROUD OF THEM FOR MAKING THEIR VOICES BE HEARD.

YOU KNOW, I WANT FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S I'M VERY WELL AWARE THAT THERE'S NOT A PARK IN SANTA NELLA.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT I LEARNED WHEN I WAS OUT RUNNING FOR OFFICE THAT, YOU KNOW, IS OUT AND I'VE TALKED TO A GENTLEMAN.

I THINK I'VE SHARED THIS STORY BEFORE THAT IT WAS OUT WALKING AND THIS GUY CAME UP TO ME AND WE JUST STARTED CHATTING.

AND, YOU KNOW, HE MOVED TO SANTA NELLA, BOUGHT A BRAND NEW HOUSE, NEVER EVEN LOOKED FOR, DIDN'T JUST ASSUME THERE WAS A PARK THERE.

THEY MOVE IN, GET SETTLED IN, TAKES HIS KIDS OUT TO GO AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO KIND OF FIND A PARK. AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PARK IN SANTA NELLA AND WE ARE VERY THANKFUL TO THE AUGUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ROMERO ELEMENTARY.

THEIR SCHOOL, THEIR PRINCIPALS, THEIR OVER THE YEARS HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE.

EVEN WHEN THE COUNTY'S WHEN WE'VE HAD OUR TOWN HALLS OUT THERE HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE ARE WORKING ON A PARK IN SANTA NELLA.

IF IT WAS UP TO ME AND THE WAY THAT I WORK, WE WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE WITH IT.

BUT IT'S JUST NOT EVERYBODY IS COOPERATING AND I DON'T MEAN US.

I MEAN, THIRD PARTIES ARE NOT COOPERATING AT THE LEVEL THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM.

BUT I THINK THAT WE'RE MAKING GOOD, GOOD PROGRESS ON THAT.

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AND I'M HOPING REALLY SOON TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, REPORT OUT SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY MOVING US IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION FOR A PARK IN SANTA NELLA.

I THINK IT'S, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GOT LITTLE ONES CALLING IN AND YOU KNOW WHERE THEY END UP PLAYING, THEY'RE PLAYING ON THE STREETS.

THAT'S WHERE ACCIDENTS TEND TO HAPPEN.

AND SO I WANT TO JUST KIND OF PUT IT BACK OUT THERE TO THOSE FOLKS THAT CALLED IN THE FOLKS THAT TOOK THE TIME TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY OVER HERE, FROM SANTA NELLA TO MERCED, WHICH IS QUITE A HAUL.

I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR BEING THERE, BEING HERE AND ALSO LETTING THEM KNOW THAT I AM WORKING ON IT AND IT'S NOT FALLING ON DEAF EARS.

AND I THINK THAT THIS BOARD HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO THAT AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE SOMETHING TO REPORT OUT, YOU KNOW, HERE IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO ON PROGRESS IN THAT.

SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE, CHAIR.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR, AND YEAH, YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD ON THAT SINCE YOU'VE BEEN IN OFFICE, SO THAT DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED.

SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

NOTHING TO REPORT.

THANK YOU SUPERVISOR.

SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY LAST WEEK TO GO TO THE WESTERN INTERSTATE REGION CONFERENCE, WHICH IS THROUGH NACO OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES.

WE GOT TO TOUR A HYDROELECTRIC FACILITY TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

THIS WAS IN UTAH AND IT WAS FRUSTRATING TO HEAR HOW MUCH THEY'RE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT THEY ACTUALLY HAVE.

THERE'S A STATE THAT WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY HAVE 70 INCHES OF RAIN A YEAR.

THEY'RE PROJECTED TO GET 80 INCHES THIS YEAR, AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT PUMPING WATER.

IT'S ALL SURFACE WATER.

AND IT WAS IT WAS REALLY FRUSTRATING, BUT IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING TO SEE AND TO JUST LISTEN. IT'S ALWAYS REALLY COOL TO GO AND TALK TO OTHER SUPERVISORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND OUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S GOING ON, WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND KNOWING THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH A LOT OF THE SAME ISSUES.

ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT IS INFRASTRUCTURE, ESPECIALLY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND SO THAT'S ON THE FOREFRONT, I THINK OF EVERYBODY'S EVERYBODY'S MIND.

I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DINNER FOR HERE ON THE 9TH, WHICH IS A WAS A GREAT TIME.

IT WAS OUTSIDE A GREAT EVENING.

IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

IT WAS GOOD TO GET TOGETHER AND BE ABLE TO.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN A COUPLE OF YEARS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT, SO HAVING PEOPLE THERE WAS GREAT.

AND THEN ALSO THE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF MERCED COUNTY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THIS WEEK ACKNOWLEDGED SOME OF THEIR VOLUNTEERS, AND I WAS ABLE TO DO THAT.

THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO MENTION WAS THAT I KNOW THAT WE HAD A MEETING LAST WEEK IN REGARDS TO SOME OPENINGS ON DIFFERENT COMMITTEES THAT WE HAVE WITHIN THE COUNTY, AND EACH OF US HAVE DIFFERENT APPOINTMENTS THAT WE CAN MAKE.

AND I'M LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON ANY OF THESE COMMITTEES, PLEASE DO SOME RESEARCH.

I KNOW AREA AGENCY ON AGING IS ONE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND GETTING PEOPLE TO SERVE, I THINK, IS GREAT. SO PLEASE, YOU KNOW, CONTACT ME AND WE'LL GET YOU STARTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. ALSO, I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE TO REMIND EVERYBODY TO GET VACCINATED.

WE ARE CURRENTLY AT FORTY THREE PERCENT FULLY VACCINATED.

FIFTY THREE PERCENT OF PEOPLE HAVE ONE DOSE.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE SCHOOLS CLOSE.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE A SPIKE THIS WINTER.

SO PLEASE DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND FOR THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

THANK YOU. I THINK WE'VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OF THE ISSUES I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT, BUT, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY SPEEDERS ON THE NEW COUNTY ROADS THAT HAVE BEEN UPDATED.

ALSO, VACCINATIONS.

VACCINATED OR YOURSELF.

ALSO ON PARKS, I'M ALSO BIG ON PARKS AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, GLADLY ALWAYS PUSHING FOR PARKS IN THEIR DISTRICTS AS WELL AS I AM, YOU KNOW, I'M ALWAYS PUSHING FOR PLANADA.

AND IN PLANADA PARK, IT'S BEEN RENOVATED RIGHT NOW AND I THINK THE COMMUNITY IS VERY DELIGHTED THAT THEY'RE IN TO SEE ALL THE THE, YOU KNOW, HOW IT'S CHANGING, HOW IT'S GOING TO ENHANCE THE LOOK OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR, YOU KNOW, OUR STAFF AND EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW, THAT HAD A INPUT ON

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GETTING THE GRANT AND IN OUR STAFF AS WELL.

THANK YOU FOR THAT, ALSO I WANT TO THANK THE LAW LIBRARY DIRECTOR FOR COMING FORWARD.

SAMANTHA, SAMANTHA, I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER HER LAST NAME.

FORGET THOMPSON. YES, I APOLOGIZE, SAMANTHA, FOR COMING IN AND ALSO INVITING US TO SPEAK TO HER. I WASN'T ABLE TO GO, BUT YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, I KNOW HER AND I ALSO WANTED TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, TO MY COLLEAGUES, WHOEVER IS CHAIRMAN NEXT YEAR IN JANUARY OF THE CHAIR DOESN'T WANT TO BE ON THE COMMITTEE, I WILL GLADLY VOLUNTEER TO BE ON THE LAW LIBRARY COMMITTEE, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

SO OUR NEXT MEETINGS WILL BE NOVEMBER 2ND AND NOVEMBER 16TH IN NOVEMBER.

SO THANK YOU AND HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

OH, YES, THE REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE MEETING WILL BE IN DOWNTIMES, HE WILL BE BUILDING AT SIX O'CLOCK TONIGHT. GREAT.

VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.

I THINK YOU ANNOUNCE THAT, SO I DON'T HAVE TO.

SO COUNTY COUNCIL.

CEO BROWN.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MAYOR SERATO.

WE DID A COMMUNITY CLEANUP.

SUPERVISOR PEDROZO WAS THERE DIGGING IN THE CREEK FOR US.

SO THAT WAS WE APPRECIATE THAT.

THE FAHRENS PARK LOUGHBOROUGH AREA, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK HSA, PUBLIC HEALTH, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR HAVING BOOTHS OUT THERE.

THEY ARE VERY ACTIVE AND WE'RE MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

WE ACTUALLY DID A MOBILE VACCINATION CLINIC, WHY WE'RE THERE AS WELL, AND I THINK WE HAD OVER 20 FOLKS GET VACCINATED.

IT WAS, IT WAS NICE PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY WALKING ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE APARTMENTS THAT WAS FROM THE SIDE OF THE STREET, THAT WAS MY DISTRICT SUPERVISOR.

SO AND I'D LIKE TO TOUCH ON, YEAH, WE WERE UP IN MARIPOSA YESTERDAY FOR OUR YARTS MEETING. HAVING MADERA AND TUOLUMNE COUNTY NOW IN THE YARTS IS PARTICIPATING ON THE PAVEMENT, WHERE THERE WAS ONLY A FEW ,THREE COUNTIES CARRYING THE LOAD AT THE TIME AND SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA'S LEADERSHIP, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT ALL OF US CHAIRS WERE WORKING ON, BUT IN HIS TENURE HE WAS ABLE TO GET BOTH TUOLUMNE COUNTY AND MADERA COUNTY.

MADERA COUNTY ACTUALLY CAME IN YESTERDAY, BUT IT WAS.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SETTLED DURING HIS TENURE AS THE CHAIRMAN.

YEAH, SO BOB GARDNER, OUT OF MONO COUNTY, IS THE CHAIRMAN NOW, SO HE GOT THE CREDIT FOR IT, BUT HE PASSED IT ON RATHER QUICKLY.

AND AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO SAY WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US THIS EVENING AT SIX P.M.

FOR THE REDISTRICTING WORKSHOP.

THE WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA ZOOM.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, PLEASE SEE THE POSTED AGENDA FOR THE WORKSHOP AND WE WILL BE LIVE AT THE MONDO BUILDING DOWNTOWN.

THIS CONCLUDES THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING FOR OCTOBER 19, 2021.

THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 2ND, 2021.

THANK YOU! MEETING ADJOURNED.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.