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WELCOME BACK TO THE REGULAR MEETING PORTION OF TODAY'S BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

[Call to Order]

AGENDA.

WE WILL NOW START WITH THE INVOCATION LED BY TIM PISTORES JESUS SAVES MINISTRY AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, LED BY LLOYD PAREIRA, WHO INVITED OUR PASTOR HERE TODAY.

IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

WANT TO START OFF BY HAVING EVERYONE BOW THEIR HEADS AND WE PRAY FIRST FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, LORD GOD, THAT YOU KEEP THESE BRAVE PEOPLE SAFE AND ALERT, AND THAT YOU'RE WITH THEM ALL THE TIME, THAT YOU GIVE THEM A SIXTH SENSE INTO EVERY SITUATION THAT THEY GO IN TO BLESS EVERY FIRST RESPONDER HERE.

I COUNT ON THEM.

WE COUNT ON THEM, BE WITH THEM LORD GOD.

TODAY, LORD JUST A COUPLE SENTENCES FROM YOUR WORD.

YOUR WORD SAYS, DO NOTHING OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION OR VAIN CONCEIT.

RATHER IN HUMILITY.

VALUE OTHERS ABOVE YOURSELVES NOT LOOKING TO YOUR OWN INTERESTS, BUT EACH OF YOU TO THE INTEREST OF OTHERS.

AND THAT'S WHAT I PRAY FOR.

YOU FOLKS UP HERE ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TODAY THAT THAT WE ALL REALIZE THAT WE'RE JUST MEN AND WOMEN, THAT WE'RE FRAIL, THAT OUR LIVES AREN'T THAT LONG.

BUT BUT YOU HAVE AN IMPACT AND YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE AN IMPACT.

AND AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT YOU WERE PUT IN THAT PLACE BECAUSE GOD CHOSE YOU THAT GOD ALLOWED IT.

SO LORD GOD, WE PRAY THAT THAT YOU'RE WITH ALL THESE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS THEM THAT YOU WOULD SUMMON THEIR HUMILITY, THEIR DEEP HUMILITY, THEIR KNOWING THAT THEY'RE NOTHING IN AND OF THEMSELVES, BUT KNOWING THAT THERE ARE EVERYTHING IN YOU AND OUT OF THAT HUMILITY, LORD GOD LET GREAT WISDOM COME IN THEIR DECISION MAKING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, GUIDE THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, AND THEN BLESS EVERYONE IN THIS COMMUNITY.

EVERYONE HERE TODAY, EVERYONE WATCHING ON TV.

BLESS EVERYBODY HERE.

WE PRAY THIS IN JESUS PRECIOUS NAME.

AMEN.

READY.

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 .

THIS MORNING WE DID HAVE A CLOSED SESSION MEETING AND STAFF WAS GIVEN DIRECTION.

BEFORE WE START PUBLIC COMMENT, IS THE ROBERTSON HERE.

OK, WE'LL GO AHEAD.

[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 IS LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES PER PERSON.

PLEASE NOTE THAT EMAIL PUBLIC COMMENTS WILL NOT BE READ DURING THE MEETING.

ALL EMAILS RECEIVED BY THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING WILL BE PLACED INTO THE MEETING RECORD.

I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT IT IS NOW TIME TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT ON BOTH NON AGENDA AND AGENDA ITEMS. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ALL AGENDA ITEMS. WE WILL NOW TAKE COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

IF YOU ARE HERE IN PERSON, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE PODIUM IF YOU ARE JOINING US REMOTELY VIA ZOOM.

PLEASE USE THE ZOOM FEATURE TO RAISE YOUR HAND FOR INDIVIDUALS CALLING THROUGH CALLING IN THROUGH ZOOM, YOU CAN RAISE YOUR HAND BY PRESSING STAR NINE WHEN YOU ARE CALLED UPON EITHER BY NAME OR LESS FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO UNMUTE YOUR MIC OVER THE PHONE.

THIS CAN BE DONE BY PRESSING STAR SIX.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK OUR INTERPRETERS TO ALSO PROVIDE THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN SPANISH AND HMONG.

HMONG]

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WE'LL GO AHEAD AND OPEN UP THE PUBLIC COMMENTS.

SO WAS OH PLEASE, PLEASE, LADIES FIRST.

GOOD MORNING, SUPERVISORS, GOOD MORNING, YOU CAN LOWER THAT A LITTLE BIT IF YOU NEED TO.

IT'S ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE.

OK, A LITTLE TRIANGLE, OK, WE JUST WANT TO SHOW OFF OUR TECHNOLOGY.

ALRIGHT I WAS SURE, BUT I'M NOT THAT SURE.

I REMIND PEOPLE THAT BIG THINGS COME IN LITTLE PACKAGES.

SO I'D LIKE TO SAY GOOD MORNING TO ALL THE SUPERVISORS.

GOOD MORNING TO THOSE THAT ARE WATCHING.

GOOD MORNING, MORNING TO THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS NICOLA ADAMS. I'M A RESIDENT OF MERCED, AND TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE INPUT ON THE WAY THAT MERCED COUNTY CAN INVEST SOME OF THE ARPA FUNDS.

I'M REPRESENTING THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MERCED COUNTY LIBRARY, WHICH IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH WHICH WITH A MISSION THAT INCLUDES GENERATING SUPPORT FOR LIBRARY SERVICES, FACILITIES AND OTHER NEEDS IN MERCED COUNTY.

WE PROVIDE FUNDING FOR SUMMER READING ONE THOUSAND BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN AND A NEW BOOKMOBILE, AS WELL AS FUNDING FOR MANY OTHER LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.

THE FRIENDS OF THE MERCED COUNTY LIBRARY HAS COMMITTED $25,000 TO THE MERCED COUNTY LIBRARY MARY HOFFMAN TEEN CENTER.

WE REALIZED THAT TEENS IN OUR COMMUNITY DESERVE MORE BETTER AND TARGETED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HEARD ME TALK ABOUT TEEN PROGRAMS BECAUSE WE KNOW IN THIS COUNTY YOU AGE OUT OF EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM.

BY THE TIME YOU'RE 13 YEARS OLD AND AT 13 TO 18, YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS COUNTY TO DO IF YOU DO NOT PLAY SPORTS.

SO WE WANT TO TARGET THOSE KIDS WHO DON'T PLAY SPORTS.

TEENS ARE IMPORTANT AND ALL CHILDREN, BY THE WAY, TEENS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COMMUNITY.

OUR COUNTY, POPULATION AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ADDRESS THEIR NEEDS.

TEENS HAVE UNIQUE NEEDS AND INTERESTS.

THEY WILL BENEFIT FROM A WEALTH OF PRINT AND ONLINE RESOURCES THAT MEET THOSE NEEDS AND INTERESTS.

MATERIALS WHICH REFLECT A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS AND OPINIONS.

TEENS DESERVE AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH ENCOURAGES EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH THAT BUILDS A SENSE OF TEEN BELONGING, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND APPRECIATION OF HOW A LIBRARY FITS INTO THEIR DAY TO DAY LIVES.

TEENS ARE OUR FUTURE.

THEY'RE OUR FUTURE VOTERS, TAXPAYERS, CITIZENS, PARENTS AND LIBRARY USERS.

A TEEN CENTER AT THE LIBRARY WOULD OFFER UNIQUE RESOURCES, SERVICES AND SPECIALLY TRAINED STAFF FOR TEENS IN A WAY THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO ANYONE ELSE.

AS THE MERCED COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, YOU CAN MAKE A TEEN CENTER AT THE MERCED LIBRARY A REALITY.

AND ALSO, I HAVE TO SAY AT 11 YEARS OLD, GANGS START TARGETING OUR KIDS IN THIS COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEY KNOW THERE'S NOTHING FOR THEM.

AND SO HAVING A TEEN CENTER WHERE THEY COULD GO, THEY CAN HAVE ACTIVITIES THAT THEY REALLY LIKE TO DO THAT KEEPS THEM OUT OF THE WAY OF GANGS THAT KEEPS THEM OUT OF HARM'S WAY.

WE HAVE CHILDREN THAT DON'T WANT TO WALK HOME FROM SCHOOL EVERY DAY BECAUSE THEY'RE BEING TARGETED BY TEENS.

SO WE'RE BY GANGS.

SO WE'RE ASKING YOU TO HELP US HELP THESE TEENS HAVE A SAFE SPACE TO GO TO AND A PLACE WHERE THEY EXPAND THEIR MINDS.

THEY CAN LEARN AND THEY CAN BE ABLE TO GROW AND BE.

HOW DO YOU SAY BE PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY FOR US.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS INTO CONSIDERATION, AND WE HOPE THAT YOU HELP US WITH THIS CENTER.

THANK YOU.

PERFECT TIMING YOU.

DID YOU PRACTICE THAT? NO I DID NOT.

VERY GOOD.

I GUESS WE'LL JUST WE'LL GO, LADIES FIRST, I'LL LOOK AT SUSAN.

YEAH.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT TWO, BUT ACTIVE IN ALL OF YOUR DISTRICTS.

GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE INPUT ON HOW TO USE ARPA FUNDS.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADD SOMETHING THAT I HEARD SEVERAL TIMES LAST NIGHT.

WE TEND TO SAY THAT TEENS ARE OUR FUTURE, BUT LAST NIGHT WE WERE REMINDED THAT TEENS ARE ACTUALLY OUR PRESENT, THAT TEENS ARE WITH US TODAY AND NEED OUR SERVICES TODAY.

I'M HERE AS WELL TO SUPPORT ARPA FUNDS TO BUILD A TEEN CENTER AT THE MERCED LIBRARY, A

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TEEN CENTER THAT WILL BE BUILT WITH TEEN INPUT AND WITH TEEN MATERIALS AND GOALS IN MIND, NOT ONLY INTELLECTUAL GOALS BUT ALSO CAREER AND PERSONAL GOALS.

WHAT THEY WOULD WANT TO READ AND DO TO GROW AS INDIVIDUALS.

THE REAL REASON I'M UP HERE IS I HAVE BROUGHT YOU SIGNED POSTCARDS.

THERE ARE POSTCARDS HERE FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU OVER 200 IN TOTAL SIGNED BY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE WALKING ALONGSIDE US TO ASK YOU TO MAKE THIS A REALITY.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

OK, I'LL LOOK AROUND THE ROOM, DOES ANYBODY WANT TO GO BEFORE RAUL RAUL IS A GOOD FRIEND, FORMER MAYOR OF LIVINGSTON.

YOU CAN RAISE THAT UP A LITTLE BIT IF YOU WANTED TO RUN THE TRIANGLE.

SO THIS IS WHERE OUR COUNTY TAX DOLLARS GO TO IT LOOKS GOOD.

GOOD MORNING BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, MOST NOTABLY MR. BROWN.

I'M HERE BECAUSE I READ IN THE SUN STAR OVER THE WEEK, AND I THINK IT WAS THAT OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER IS GOING TO RETIRE WHAT I CAME HERE TO DO AS A FORMER MAYOR AND MORE NOTABLY, THE PEOPLE THAT HAD OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR ALL THESE YEARS WITH MR. BROWN IS TO THANK HIM FOR MANY, MANY YEARS OF SERVICE.

MR. BROWN, YOU AND I DIDN'T ALWAYS SEE EYE TO EYE.

WE'VE HAD DISAGREEMENTS, BUT IT'S OK.

IT'S OK TO TO AGREE TO DISAGREE.

WHAT I RESPECTED YOU AND I KNOW YOU DID AS WELL IS WE'RE ALWAYS TREATED WITH RESPECT.

AND IT WAS A MATTER OF PROFESSIONALISM THAT REFLECTED A LOT ON THE COUNTY.

ON WHAT YOU SAID DOWN IS WHERE I CAME TO REALLY THANK YOU FOR, HALF THE TIMES WE DIDN'T GET IT AND I KNOW THE COUNTY DIDN'T GET WHAT THEY WANT EITHER.

BUT WE WERE ABLE TO AGREE WITH THE SUPERVISORS AND EVERYBODY ELSE ON WHAT'S BEST FOR THE COUNTY AND THE CITY AS A WHOLE.

SO I REALLY, REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND I HOPE I'M SURE MOST PEOPLE HERE WHEN TIME COMES.

WILL ALSO AGREE WITH THAT COMMENT AS WELL.

I DID MOMENTARILY SEE THE MAYBE THE HOPEFULLY THE FUTURE, NEW EXECUTIVE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO INTRODUCE MYSELF BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT HE GOES IN AND SIGNS THE CONTRACT NOW BECAUSE HE MEETS ME.

HE MAY JUST CUDDLE BACK TO THE COUNTY, YOU KNOW, JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT.

ABLE TO COME FORWARD, I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU, MR. BROWN.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU RAUL.

THAT WAS VERY NICE.

THAT'S WHY I WENT AFTER YOU NOW, I WOULD BE REMISS IF AS A 20 YEAR MEMBER OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER MERCED, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE INFAMOUS KIDDIELAND AND A BOARD MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT TO ALSO REQUEST THAT, ESPECIALLY DISTRICT TWO, CONSIDER SUPPORTING KIDDIELAND BUILT IN NINETEEN SIXTY FIVE, WE PROUDLY PRODUCED AN AMUSEMENT PARK AT APPLEGATE PARK, WHICH INCLUDES THE TRAIN, THE GO GATTER AND FOUR OTHER RIDES AND THE COV ID SHUT DOWN SEVERELY IMPACTED OUR FUNDING.

TYPICALLY $.50 CENT TICKETS, WE CAN RAISE $45,000 A YEAR.

THAT'S $90K WE LOST.

AND SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE COUNTY CONSIDER SUPPORTING NOT ONLY THE TEENS AND THE YOUNG ADULTS IN MERCED COUNTY, BUT THE FOUNDATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GROWING FAMILIES.

SO AS A KIWANIS MEMBER, I'M ASKING FOR ARPA FUNDS, WENT TO THE CITY AND DID THE SAME.

AND AS YOUR TREASURE TAX COLLECTOR, I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO THANK JIM BROWN FOR ALL HIS SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS.

SHOCKING AS IT MAY BE, I HAVE BEEN SOMETIMES CHALLENGING TO WORK WITH, BUT JIM HAS ALWAYS, WHEN POSSIBLE, SUPPORTED ME IN ALL OF MY REQUEST.

SO CONGRATULATIONS, JIM.

RETIREMENT IS SOMETHING I'M SEEKING IN THE FUTURE, IN THE FUTURE, AND IT'S BEEN MY

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PLEASURE.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE HERE IN THE CHAMBERS? OH, YES, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

GOOD MORNING, BOARD.

GOOD MORNING, THERE'S A LITTLE TRIANGLE IF YOU NEED TO LOWER IT OR IF YOU'RE OK WITH THAT HEIGHT, THEN THAT'S FINE.

THANK YOU.

I'D LIKE TO THINK MR. PEDROZO, FIRST OF ALL, FOR PAYING RESPONDING TO MY MY REQUEST FOR FOR HELP.

THIS IS A LET ME JUST READ OFF HERE BECAUSE I'M NERVOUS.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

MEMBERS, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU, MR. PEDROZO.

FIRST, I FELT ACTUALLY THAT YOU CARED A LOT ABOUT MY FAMILY.

THIS IS GOING TO BE ABOUT CPS AND THE ACROSS THE NATION, THE VIOLENT, HORRIBLE ABUSE TAKING PLACE IN FOSTER HOMES.

AND AS THE HALF A MILLION CHILDREN A DAY THAT ARE VICTIMS TO THE ANGEL AGENCY WE CALL CPS.

THEIR JOB IS TO PROVIDE SERVICES, HELP ASSESS A FAMILY IN NEED AND ATTEMPT TO GUIDE AND PROVIDE A SOLUTION.

SOMEWHERE THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY.

MONEY INCENTIVE.

PERSONAL BIAS AND NO DISCIPLINE FROM ADMINISTRATION AND THE ILL WILL TOWARDS FAMILY FROM BIASED WORKERS.

I'M SORRY, I HAVE FILED COMPLAINTS.

I HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH VENOMOUS AND UNPROFESSIONALISM THE TREATMENT FROM THE WORKERS.

OPEN HOSTILITY TOWARDS ME.

COERCED AS MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN COERCED TO SIGN HER RIGHTS OVER TO HER, THE FATHER AND THEN PRESENTED TO A COURT AS A RELINQUISHING HER PARENTAL RIGHTS.

I HAVE TRIED TO REACH OUT TO THE WORKERS WITH NO RESPONSE.

WE'VE BEEN DENIED FAMILY PLACEMENT AND THIS IS ALL FROM ONE MINOR, NOT MINOR, ELOPEMENT.

THE COVID 19 LEFT NO ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR THE FAMILY, AND SORRY, I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING I CAN FOR MY FAMILY TO KEEP IT TOGETHER.

I'M A SINGLE MOTHER WITH TWO DAUGHTERS AND ONE SON, AND WE ARE ALL EACH OTHER HAS.

THIS WORKER HAS COME IN AND HELD MY FAMILY FOR LESS THAN A MONTH AND JUST DESTROYED IT.

MY DAUGHTER, MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, IS HOMELESS NOW.

THEY HAVE MY GRANDSON AND DENIED ME ACCESS TO THE JUDGE.

I CAN'T GET TO THE COURT TO TALK TO THE JUDGE.

THEY'RE PREVENTING ME FROM REACHING THE HIGHER ADMINISTRATION TO FILE COMPLAINTS.

THEY HAVE IT, SO THERE'S NO RECOURSE FOR ME TO GET ANY HELP.

I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR AN ATTORNEY FEE, AND I'M JUST ASKING YOU GUYS TO PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS AGENCY AND THE ETHICS, THE LACK OF ETHICS, THE LACK OF OVERSIGHT, THE SUPERVISORS SWEEPING THANK YOU.

THAT'S FINE.

SO YOUR TIME IS UP.

IF WE COULD GET YVONNIA, CAN YOU PLEASE SIDEBAR? THANK YOU.

OK, I'LL LOOK AROUND THE ROOM.

YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE YOUR HANDS UP.

NO.

OK.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE? THEN I WILL LOOK AT DAVID MIRRIONE.

DO WE HAVE COMMENTS? RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE NO ONE WITH THEIR HAND RAISED ON ZOOM.

AS A REMINDER, IF YOU'RE ON THE PHONE STAR NINE AND IF YOU'RE ON THE WEB PLATFORM, THERE IS A RAISE YOUR HAND BUTTON DOWN AT THE BOTTOM IN THE CONTROL PANEL.

THANK YOU.

WERE THERE ANY VOICEMAILS? OK.

OK, WITH THAT, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT

[CONSENT CALENDAR]

AND WE'LL MOVE INTO OUR CONSENT CALENDAR.

NEXT IS APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA CALENDAR ITEMS 1 THROUGH 14.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ITEMS 5 AND 9 REQUIRE A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE.

THANK YOU.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION HERE ON THE DAIS REGARDING ANY OF THESE ITEMS IN THE CONSENT CALENDAR? I DON'T SEE ANYBODY IN THE REQUEST QUEUE, SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

FURTHER DISCUSSIONS?

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SEEING NONE.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

WE'LL GO TO THE BOARD ACTION ITEMS.

[BOARD ACTION]

NEXT IS BOARD ACTION PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS 15 THROUGH 18.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ITEM 18 REQUIRES A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE.

THANK YOU.

VOTING ON PUBLIC WORKS AT THIS TIME IS A FURTHER DISCUSSION HERE AT THE DAIS.

I DO.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

I DON'T WANT TO PULL AN ITEM.

I JUST WANT TO BRIEFLY SPEAK ABOUT ITEM 17.

THIS IS.

THE DEPARTMENT IS SENDING OUT AN RFQ FOR QUALIFIED CONSULTANTS TO PERFORM ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION SERVICES.

SOMETHING THAT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO DO IS AS WE SEND OUT THESE RFQS AND WE INTERVIEW THESE FIRMS IS REALLY THE LEVEL OF CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT WE GET FROM SOME OF THESE FIRMS. AND I THINK THAT THAT NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED ON THE FRONT END.

WHEN WE DO HIRE THEM, WE PUT THESE CONTRACTS OUT THERE, I'M GOING TO SAY FOR CONVENIENCE SO THAT WE HAVE MULTIPLE ONES ON DECK SO THAT WHEN WE HAVE PROJECTS, WE'RE ABLE TO GO TO THEM AND THEY'RE UP TWO CONTRACTS.

I FEEL LIKE SOMETIMES WITH SOME OF THEM THAT WE'RE NOT GETTING THE LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT WE DESERVE.

BEING TOLD THAT, YOU KNOW, THINGS THAT I THINK AND I'M NOT AN EXPERT IN THESE FIELDS SHOULD TAKE MONTHS AND SOMETIMES THEY SAY THEY TAKE YEARS.

WE PAY THESE FIRMS A LOT OF MONEY TO DO THE GOOD WORK THAT IS REQUIRED FOR US TO DO.

BUT I JUST WANT IT THAT MOVING FORWARD THAT WHEN WE'RE DOING THESE RFQS AND WE'RE PUTTING THESE PEOPLE ON THESE CONTRACTS, THAT WE'RE HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM UP FRONT THAT LETTING THEM KNOW THAT.

I MEAN, I WANT THE QUESTION ASKED, ARE WE GOING TO BE A PRIORITY FOR YOU? ARE YOU GOING TO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WE'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO OFFER YOU A CONTRACT UP TO A MILLION MILLION AND A HALF TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS, DEPENDING ON.

AND I KNOW IT'S A PROJECT SPECIFIC THAT IT'S ONLY LIMITS OUT AT A CERTAIN DOLLAR AMOUNT, BUT THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY.

THAT'S REAL MONEY.

I WANT TO KNOW FOR THAT SERVICE THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS HERE IN MERCED COUNTY.

SO AGAIN, I SUPPORT THIS IDEA, BUT I WANT IT KNOWN THAT THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS ON THE FRONT END WITH THESE FOLKS WHEN THEY PUT IN WHEN WE ASK THEM FOR THESE RFQS.

SO I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

AND I WILL ATTEST THIS IS SOMETHING A CONVERSATION HE HAS HAD WITH PRIVATE CONSULTING ENGINEERS JUST AS MUCH AS LAST WEEK.

PRETTY INTENSE DISCUSSION, TELLING HOW HE DOES NOT LIKE THIS PROCESS.

SO ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR ANYTHING? SEEING NONE.

I'LL GO AHEAD.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

STILL, NO SPEAKERS IN THE QUEUE.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

WE'LL TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS HEALTH ITEM 19.

THERE WAS A TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR ON THE FUNDING AMOUNT THE AMOUNT SHOULD READ $2,563,134 STAFF REQUESTS.

THE BOARD TAKE ACTION ON THIS ITEM AS AMENDED.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

SO I WILL LOOK AROUND.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION? ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS SEEING NONE.

I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES ITEMS 20 THROUGH 22.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ITEM 22 REQUIRES A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION HERE AT THE DAIS ON THESE ITEMS? SEEING NONE.

I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ITEM 23.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM? SEEING NONE.

I HAVE NO REQUEST IN THE QUEUE.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL RIGHT.

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WE'LL GO AHEAD AND TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS LIBRARY ITEMS 24 THROUGH 26.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION OR ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I SEE NO REQUEST IN THE QUEUE AND I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

LET'S CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS PROBATION ITEM 27, PLEASE NOTE A FOUR FIFTHS VOTE IS REQUIRED.

OK.

ITEM FOR PROBATION.

I DON'T SEE ANY REQUEST IN THE QUEUE.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

NO COMMENTS.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND VOTE.

OH SHE HAD TO THINK ABOUT IT FOR A LITTLE BIT.

WELL, GO AHEAD AND TALLY THE VOTE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

ITEM 28 FROM FIRE HAS BEEN PULLED.

NEXT IS SHERIFF ITEMS, 29 THROUGH 31.

IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? I DO HAVE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

JUST I HAVE A COMMENT.

YOU KNOW, I GOT SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CONTRACT AND THAT THERE'S A CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON AND I KNOW IT'S SIGNED BY THE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND OUR SHERIFF.

AND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEY ASKED WHETHER BECAUSE THEY HADN'T SEEN A PUBLIC AGENDA ITEM PLACED ON THE CITY LIMITS AND OR THAT HAS GIVEN DIRECTION TO THE CITY MANAGER TO PLACE IT.

BUT THAT'S NOT OUR OUR DECISION.

THE CONTRACT IS SIGNED BY THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON.

AND SO I KNOW THAT AND ON BEHALF, I'M SUPPORTIVE AND I KNOW THAT THE SHERIFF IS GOING TO HAVE SOMEBODY PROFESSIONAL TO SUPPORT ALL OUR CITIES IN THIS PARTICULAR CITY, LIVINGSTON.

SO I'M IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTRACT.

SO I JUST WANT TO STATE THAT BECAUSE I'VE GOTTEN SOME QUESTIONS ON ITS OWN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

IS THERE FURTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE WE'LL GO AHEAD, I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, EVERYBODY'S VOTED.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

ITEM 32 IS FROM THE TREASURER.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM? I SEE NO REQUEST IN THE QUEUE, BUT I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA WITH THE FIRST AND THE SECOND.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS HUMAN RESOURCES ITEM 33.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM? NO REQUEST IN THE QUEUE.

I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA WITH A FIRST AND A SECOND WILL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

THAT'S I HIT THE WRONG BUTTON.

NEXT IS EXECUTIVE OFFICE ITEMS 34 THROUGH 37.

ITEMS 34 AND 35 WILL EACH BE TAKEN SEPARATELY.

ITEM 34 IS TO INTRODUCE AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF COUNTY OFFICIALS AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THE MERCED COUNTY CODE AND WAIVE FURTHER READING.

SET POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE ON THE DECEMBER 14, 2021 AGENDA.

AND EFFECTIVE JANUARY 3RD, 2022 CHANGE ONE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIVISION DIRECTOR POSITION NUMBER 36 SALARY RANGE 86.8 CLASS 4206 TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL

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HEALTH POSITION NUMBER 36 SALARY RANGE 84.8 CLASS 4206.

THANK YOU! IS THERE A FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS? I HAVE NO REQUEST IN THE QUEUE.

I WILL LOOK FOR A MOTION.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM IS REALLY KIND OF BRINGING THAT CULMINATION OF OUR EFFORTS FOR THAT ONE STOP SHOP THAT'S JUST GOING TO REALLY STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESS AND MERCED COUNTY AND BEING ABLE TO DELIVER ON OUR PROMISE OF BEING BUSINESS FRIENDLY AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

WE'VE HAD MULTIPLE DISCUSSIONS UP HERE.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PIECE OF THIS IS A LITTLE BIT MORE CHALLENGING IN THAT WE HAD TO WE HAD TO TAKE SOME ACTION HERE AND GET PERMISSION FROM THE STATE AND AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT WE'RE KIND OF WE'RE FINALLY GETTING ALL OF THAT STUFF UNDER ONE HOUSE UNDER THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

I THINK IT'S IT'S NOT ONLY GOING TO BE GOOD FOR US, BUT IT'S MORE IMPORTANTLY GOING TO BE GOOD FOR THE RESIDENTS, THE BUSINESS FOLKS, THE CITIZENS IN OUR IN OUR IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS AND THAT THAT WE HAVE REALLY ONE HOUSE TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE FOR FOR EVERYTHING THAT COMES THROUGH.

SO I'M EXCITED THAT WE'RE TAKING THIS FINAL STEP.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SILVEIRA SECONDED BY PEDROZA, AND I SEE NO OTHER REQUESTS IN THE QUEUE, SO WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE, MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

ITEM 35 IS TO INTRODUCE AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AN ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND WAIVE FURTHER READING AND SET POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE ON THE DECEMBER 14, 2021 AGENDA.

IS THERE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ON THIS? I WOULD JUST LIKE TO STATE, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE GOING THROUGH A FULL PROCESS, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PROCESS THAT WE'RE GETTING READY TO GO THROUGH LATER.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. BROWN, MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD JUST ELABORATE A LITTLE MORE ON THIS.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR QUITE A WHILE, AND ESSENTIALLY THE LAST TIME THIS WAS UPDATED IS PROBABLY ON PLUS OR MINUS 20 YEARS AGO.

AND SO THE GOAL OF THIS IS BASICALLY JUST TO BRING CURRENT.

IT REFERS TO DEPARTMENT HEAD TITLES THAT HAVE DON'T EVEN EXIST OR HAVEN'T EXISTED FOR YEARS.

AND SO REALLY, IT IS JUST KIND OF A CLEANUP TO TO BRING INTO MORE CURRENT AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

THANK YOU, MR. BROWN.

THERE ARE NO OTHER REQUESTS IN THE QUEUE.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY, AND FOR THE RECORD, I HIT THE RIGHT BUTTON.

NEXT ARE, ITEMS, 36 AND 37, IS THERE'S A FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE DAIS REGARDING THESE TWO ITEMS? SEEING NINE I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ITEM 38 APPOINT MR. RAUL LOMELI MENDEZ'S COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 28TH, 2022.

APPROVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH RAUL LOMELI MENDEZ AND AUTHORIZE THE CHAIR TO EXECUTE THE AGREEMENT.

COMPENSATION WILL BE AT THE RATE OF $250,000 PER ANNUM, WITH ALL A LEVEL MANAGEMENT BENEFITS AND COLAS, A STIPEND FOR MOVING EXPENSES AND A DISCRETIONARY RAISE OF UP TO FIVE PERCENT IN PAY PERIOD 14 IN 2023.

REESTABLISH AND ALLOCATE ONE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER DESIGNEE JOB CLASS 7832 TO BUDGET UNIT 10100 AND APPOINT RAUL RAUL LOMELI MENDEZ EFFECTIVE JANUARY 10TH, 2022 AND DELETE THE DESIGNEE POSITION UPON THE CURRENT INCUMBENTS RETIREMENT.

EXTEND ALL CURRENT TERMS AND PROVISIONS WITHIN THE 2016 EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT FOR JAMES L.

BROWN FROM DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 THROUGH FEBRUARY 27TH, 2022 .

THANK YOU.

SO I DO HAVE A MOTION.

I HAVE A SECOND MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

IS THERE ANY COMMENTS I DO? OK, HERE WE GO.

SO CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

AS ONE OF THE TWO MEMBERS OF THE NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I WAS

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PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY NOT SURPRISED, BUT BUT BY MR. MENDEZ'S EXCITEMENT, ENTHUSIASM TO COME TO MERCED COUNTY.

AND REALLY, YOU KNOW, WE MADE HIM A REAL, FAIR OFFER, AND HE WAS VERY, VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THAT.

AND AND SO ANYWAYS, I, YOU KNOW, IT JUST I WAS NERVOUS ABOUT GOING INTO THAT BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY LIKE MR. BROWN RETIRING AND YOU'RE LOOKING FOR HIS REPLACEMENT, YOU KNOW THAT THAT I MEAN THIS.

THIS SETS THE COURSE FOR THE COUNTY FOR FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS TO COME AND MAYBE AND HOPEFULLY FAR BEYOND THAT.

AND SO ANYWAYS, I'M VERY THANKFUL THAT THAT HE HAS ACCEPTED AND LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING YES TO APPROVE HIS CONTRACT AND WELCOME HIM TO THE TEAM.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU.

I, TOO, WAS ON THAT NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE AND I WAS VERY, VERY HAPPY WITH THE CONVERSATION WE HAD, AND I THINK WE'RE GETTING THE RIGHT PERSON.

HIS EXPERIENCE REALLY SHOWS THAT HE WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE ASSET TO MERCED COUNTY, AND I KNOW THAT IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT HE IS SUCCESSFUL IN HIS HIS NEW POSITION.

ONE OF THE THINGS I CONSTANTLY THOUGHT ABOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS WAS, YOU KNOW, NUMBER ONE, YOU CAN'T REPLICATE JIM BROWN.

SO WE HAVE TO FIND HIS REPLACEMENT AND SOMEONE THAT CAN THAT HAS THE ABILITY THAT AND EXPERIENCE LEADING AN ORGANIZATION.

AND I THINK THAT WE WE HAVE WE HAVE DONE THAT.

I REACHED OUT TO HIS REFERENCES, SPECIFICALLY SUPERVISOR IS FROM STANISLAUS COUNTY, WHO CAN AT TIMES BE A LITTLE CANTANKEROUS.

BUT HE HAD NICE THING TO SAY, NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT HIM.

EVEN STEPHANIE DIETZ, OUR CITY MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF MERCED, HAD NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT HIM, AND IF SHE'S SAYING SOMETHING NICE, IT'S GOT TO BE A GOOD THING.

THE ONE THING THAT I DO HOPE THAT HE RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND AS PART OF THE CONTRACT, THERE IS A MOVING BONUS AND I HOPE THAT HE ACTS ON THAT.

I HOPE THAT HE TAKES US UP ON THAT AND COMES TO MERCED BECAUSE LIVING IN MERCED COUNTY, I THINK, IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE.

AND I KNOW HE IN OUR CONVERSATION THIS MORNING, HE MADE VERY IT WAS VERY CANDID ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW THE COMMUNITY AND GETTING TO KNOW PEOPLE.

AND I THINK IT'S IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THAT THAT HE REALLY TAKES THAT UNDER CONSIDERATION.

I ALSO WANT TO ONE OF THE THINGS IN THE CONTRACT ALSO IS TALKING ABOUT EVALUATIONS, AND I WOULD LIKE AND THIS IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO SCHEDULE IT.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS BOARD LOOK AT IT AND SAY, OK, WE'RE GOING TO SET AN EVALUATION IN SIX MONTHS AND THEN SIX MONTHS AFTER THAT JUST TO KIND OF GO OVER IT AND JUST KIND OF LOOK AT THINGS.

IT'S NOTHING.

IT'S NOT A GOTCHA GAME.

I'M GOING TO TAKE WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MY YEARS AS A TEACHER AND FROM MR. BROWN IS THAT IT REALLY PROVIDES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF LOOK AT WHERE WE'RE AT AND THEN LOOK AT AND THEN THE CEO KIND OF SELF INTROSPECT AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE CAN, WHAT HE'S DOING, WHAT MAYBE HE'S MISSED, HOW HE CAN CHANGE AND THAT TYPE OF STUFF.

BUT IT REALLY IS JUST ABOUT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.

AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

AND I THINK MR. MENDEZ IS THAT TYPE OF CEREBRAL PERSON THAT IS ALREADY PROBABLY DOING THAT.

BUT IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PUT ON OUR SCHEDULE SO THAT WE KNOW THAT THIS IS BECAUSE OUR SCHEDULES GET BUSY ALL THE TIME.

I MEAN, SO THINGS HAPPEN AND WE MIGHT FORGET.

AND THEN BY THE END OF, YOU KNOW, 18 MONTHS OR WHATEVER, WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

BUT AGAIN, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF JUST CHECKING IN, JUST SAYING, HEY, HOW'S IT GOING? WHAT'S UP? YOU KNOW, HOW IS EVERYTHING WORKING OUT FOR YOU? THAT'S ONE THING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TO TO TO PUT ON THERE JUST TO PUT ON.

EVERYBODY'S RADAR, BUT WITH THAT, I AM INCREDIBLY ENCOURAGED TO WORK WITH HIM, I'M INCREDIBLY, INCREDIBLY ENCOURAGED TO BRING HIM TO THE COUNTY.

I CAN'T WAIT TILL HE GETS STARTED.

IF HE'S LIKE ME, IT'S GOING TO BE A LEARNING PROCESS AND I THINK HE'S WITH HIS

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EXPERIENCE.

HE'S GOING TO HAVE THAT.

AND SO I HOPEFULLY I THINK IT'S GOING TO GO THE RIGHT WAY, BUT I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM BEFOREHAND.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO, YOU KNOW, THANK THE THE NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE FOR DOING A GREAT JOB AND, YOU KNOW, HAVING THE FLOOR NEGOTIATION WITH RAUL AND WELCOME HIM TO, YOU KNOW, BEFOREHAND ALSO AS WELL TO OUR COUNTY.

I KNOW THE YOU KNOW, I CONSIDER HIM A LOCAL BEING, YOU KNOW, FROM HERE WITHIN A FEW MILES OF.

I KNOW HE WAS WITH STANISLAUS COUNTY AND THEN WITH THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON.

SEVEN YEARS, YOU KNOW, AND I'M SORRY, CITY ISN'T CORRECT.

I HAD A CHANCE TO MEET HIM WHEN I WAS IN A MAYOR IN LIVINGSTON, AND HE WAS ALWAYS A PROFESSIONAL AND HE'S HIGHLY REGARDED, AND I KNOW HE DID A GREAT JOB THERE.

AND THEN EVENTUALLY HE EVEN WENT BACK TO STANISLAUS COUNTY, AND HE'S BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB AS WELL.

SO HE'S HIGHLY REGARDED ALL THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I'M HOPEFUL THAT, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID STAFF OVER THERE AND HERE, HOPEFULLY THE ADMINISTRATION AND ALL OUR STAFF ARE, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, ARE HAPPY WITH OUR CHOICE AND THAT, YOU KNOW, BUT ALSO SADDENED THAT WE'RE LOSING A GREAT CEO.

YOU KNOW, IN JIM BROWN RETIRING.

SO THANK YOU, JIM, AS WELL FOR, YOU KNOW, ALL THESE FIVE YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN HERE, YOU KNOW, EXCEPTIONAL, YOU KNOW, SUPPORT AS WELL.

NOT JUST TO ME, FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AS WELL.

SO I WELCOME RAUL AND LOOK FORWARD TO, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, LEARNING MORE AND WORKING FOR THE BEST IN ALL CONSTITUENCIES IN MERCED COUNTY.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

SO FIRST OFF, RAUL AS THE ALMOST CEO DESIGNEE CONGRATULATE YOU.

THANK YOUR WIFE FOR BEING HERE AND SUPPORTING YOU.

WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE A REALLY GREAT CONVERSATION THIS MORNING IN CLOSED SESSION.

AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY.

BUT FIRST, I WANT TO START OFF BY THANKING JIM BROWN BECAUSE REALLY? AND I KNOW THAT RAUL, YOU THANKED HIM BECAUSE HE'S REALLY GIVEN YOU A KIND OF HE'S PUT TOGETHER A PRETTY GOSH DARN GOOD TEAM AND WE GOT A REALLY GREAT SET OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, THE THIRD FLOOR STAFF.

SO LIKE, YOU'RE COMING INTO THIS DEAL, YOU KNOW, SWINGING.

AND SO, JIM, THANK YOU.

I MEAN, I KNOW SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, WE'VE KIND OF CHANGED THE COURSE A LITTLE BIT AND REALLY EXPANDING THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND REALLY KIND OF LETTING YOU KIND OF LET SOME STUFF GO AND GIVING SOME REALLY GREAT FOLKS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

SO I'M HIGHLY ENCOURAGED RAUL THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME IN HERE.

YES, IT'S GOING TO BE A LEARNING CURVE KIND OF MEETING THE NEW FOLKS.

BUT BUT THE BASE IS ALREADY SET.

THERE'S FOLKS THAT KNOW, KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND ARE GOING TO CONTINUE ON THAT COURSE THAT WE'VE REALLY ALL OF US UP HERE HAVE WORKED HARD.

IT IT'S IT'S NOT THE SAYING THAT I CAME UP WITH, YOU KNOW, MERCED COUNTY, WE'RE HEALTHY, WE'RE NOT WEALTHY.

WE HOLD OUR OWN AND FOR BEING WHEN YOU LOOK AT JUST THE NUMBERS FROM THE STATE, YOU KNOW, A POOR RURAL COUNTY THAT FACES A LOT OF CHALLENGES, I THINK WE DO A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF BEING ABLE TO MANAGE THROUGH THOSE.

SO I'M EXCITED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

AND AS FAR AS JUST PUT IT OUT THERE PUBLICLY, I'M GOING TO BE OK.

I'M GOING TO SHARE ALL MY OPINIONS WITH YOU AND I'M GOING TO THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO SCOTT.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BE JUST FINE.

I GOT I GOT FAITH IN YOU.

AND SO REALLY, BUT THIS IS IT IS ABOUT YOU TODAY.

I'M EXCITED.

I'M EXCITED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

BUT JUST KNOW THAT THE SHOES THAT THIS GUY IS LEAVING BEHIND, THEY'RE THEY'RE GOING TO BE BIG ONES TO FILL.

HE'S HE'S DONE A REALLY GREAT JOB OF THAT.

SO I'M AGAIN EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU ABOARD AND I LOOK FORWARD TO NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

AND I'D LIKE TO SHARE AS WELL SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA AND I WERE ON THE RECRUITING TEAM AND WE HAD A VERY DIFFICULT TIME GETTING WITH THE APPLICANTS THAT CAME IN BEING ABLE TO FUNNEL IT DOWN TO WHO WE WERE GOING TO PRESENT TO OUR BOARD.

AND IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DECISIONS WE HAD WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE TO GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS, BUT WE DID IT.

I DO KNOW RAUL, I'LL PUT THAT ON THE RECORD.

I'VE KNOWN HIM SINCE I WORKED FOR SENATOR DENHAM.

CONGRESSMAN DENHAM, I GOT TO SIT IN HIS OFFICE AND HAVE MANY PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS ON GOVERNMENT.

AND HE TOOK ON A A PROBLEM IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, AND I WATCHED HIM GO THROUGH THAT METHODICALLY.

AND I'VE ALWAYS HAD THAT RESPECT FOR HIM WHENEVER HE DID THAT, AND SO WORKING FORWARD, YEAH, I'M GOING TO MISS JIM.

THAT'S FOR SURE.

AND I THINK PART OF OUR RECRUITING TEAM WAS TRYING TO TALK HIM INTO STAYING.

I'LL BE QUITE HONEST.

HE'S DONE A FANTASTIC JOB.

HE'S BEEN A GOOD FRIEND LIKE SUPERVISOR ESPINOSA SAID.

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HE'S BEEN A GOOD FRIEND TO ALL OF US.

AND WHETHER IT'S TOUGH TIMES PERSONALLY OR TOUGH TIMES MAKING DECISIONS HERE AT THE DAIS.

HE'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE WITH US STEP BY STEP AND I LOOK FORWARD TO RAUL HAVING TO GO THROUGH THE SAME PROBLEMS. I WOULD REQUEST YOU TO DO A TIME LIMIT WITH SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA DON'T LET HIM DOMINATE THE WHOLE TIME WITH YOU IN HIS OFFICE, AND IF HE'S IN THERE, PLEASE RECOGNIZE WE'LL WALK IN THERE AT THE SAME TIME.

SO WITH THAT, I DON'T SEE ANY MORE REQUESTS IN THE QUEUE.

THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF OUR BIGGEST DECISIONS WE HAVE EVER MADE HERE AT THIS BOARD, AND THIS BOARD HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB OF WORKING TOGETHER AND COMING TO THIS, SO I'M CONFIDENT IN THE DECISION WE'RE GOING TO MAKE RIGHT NOW.

SO WITH THAT, I DO HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, AND THERE'S ONE MORE REQUEST.

SO THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SUPERVISOR PAREIRA MR. CHAIR.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS REALLY A MONUMENTAL DECISION WE'RE MAKING.

AND COULD I REQUEST THAT WE DO A VOICE OR ROLL CALL VOTE IN SUPPORT OF MR. MENDEZ INSTEAD OF THE ELECTRONIC? I NEVER REALLY LIKED THIS ELECTRONIC SYSTEM, BUT I THINK IN THIS CASE, I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO VOICE OUT LOUD MY MY, MY VOTE.

I APPRECIATE THAT REQUEST.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO A ROLL CALL VOTE.

SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA, YES.

SUPERVISOR PEDROZO, AYE.

SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL, AYE.

SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, AYE.

SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, AYE.

CONGRATULATIONS.

IF I COULD INVITE MR. MENDEZ UP TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

OK.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

MEMBER MCDANIEL, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD CEO BROWN, COUNTY COUNCIL, HANSON STAFF, I STAND HERE BEFORE YOU PRIVILEGED AND HUMBLED TO BE SELECTED AS THE INDIVIDUAL THAT'S GOING TO SUCCEED MR. BROWN AS MERCED COUNTY COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER, PRODUCT OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY.

TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY THAT'S PROVIDED SO MUCH FOR ME AND MY FAMILY AND EXCITED ABOUT THE JOURNEY THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN FRONT OF ME HERE THROUGH MERCED COUNTY.

AS AS YOU ALL KNOW, MY ROOTS ARE IN STANISLAUS COUNTY, PART OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY.

IT'S THOSE ROOTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ESSENTIAL WHERE I JOIN MY EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE BOARD, WORKING WITH OUR STAFF, COUNTY DEPARTMENTS.

I APOLOGIZE FOR MY BACK TO YOU, BUT I KNOW YOU'RE THERE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING.

OBSERVING.

BUILDING ON THE GOOD WORK THAT MR. BROWN AND THE REST OF THE COUNTY TEAM HAS PUT MERCED COUNTY ON THE COMMUNITY.

PROBABLY MY PASSION MAKING MYSELF AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY THAT WE SERVE AS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND LOOK FORWARD TO THAT OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MERCED COUNTY.

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN VERY EASY FOR ME TO INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY AT ALL LEVELS, SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE CITY'S WORK WITH COMMUNITIES, THE UNINCORPORATED TOWNS.

ONE OF THE ROLES I HAD WITH STANISLAUS COUNTY WAS REALLY LEARNING ABOUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

I GREW UP IN STANISLAUS COUNTY AND PROBABLY ONLY KNEW A FRACTION OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT EXISTED THERE.

IT WASN'T UNTIL I STARTED WORKING WITH THE COUNTY OF STANISLAUS THAT I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO OUT AND MEET WITH INDIVIDUALS, REALLY TRY TO LEARN AND LISTEN AS TO WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE AND HOW WE, AS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CAN, CAN PROVIDE SERVICES, CAN RESPOND TO THOSE NEEDS AND TRY TO ADDRESS THEM TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY WITH THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES.

SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT OPPORTUNITY.

A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES.

A LOT OF CHALLENGES AHEAD.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DO FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS, WHETHER IT'S IN THE AREA OF HOMELESS WATER, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES OR MAYBE THE LACK OF OPPORTUNITIES REALLY JUST TRYING TO BUILD THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO AGAIN, STAND HERE BEFORE YOU PRIVILEGED HONORED WITH YOUR DECISION TODAY.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH MR. BROWN AND THE STAFF TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION AND THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THEIR LENS, AND THEN TRY TO KIND OF OBSERVE HOW ARE THINGS DONE HERE IN MERCED COUNTY NOT LOOKING TO REINVENT THE WHEEL, REALLY, JUST TRYING TO BUILD OFF OF THE GOOD WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE? I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T OBVIOUSLY THANK MY WIFE, HERE WITH ME.

WE'VE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

YOU KNOW, JUST BY APPLYING TO THE POSITION, WE HAD TO COME TO THE DECISION THAT, YOU

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KNOW, IF I MADE IT FAR ENOUGH INTO THE PROCESS, INTO THIS STEP THAT I WOULD BE WILLING TO TO TAKE ON THAT RESPONSIBILITY.

AND I AM WE ARE BOTH IN.

I CAN TELL YOU, TEAM MENDEZ IS IN OUR TWO KIDS.

NICHOLAS WHO'S 22, BELLA, THAT'S 19, HAVE PROVIDED A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR US IN OUR DISCUSSIONS AND THEY ARE VERY EXCITED FOR ME TODAY.

SO AGAIN, JUST LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MERCED, THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND JANUARY 10TH, IT'S GOING TO BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT DAY TRYING TO WRAP SOME STUFF UP THERE IN STANISLAUS.

BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THIS COMMUNITY AND BRING 20 PLUS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH ME TO SEE HOW WE CAN PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES, RESPOND TO NEEDS AND CONTINUE THE GOOD WORK THAT OBVIOUSLY MR. BROWN AND THE REST OF THE TEAM HAS HAS PUT MERCED COUNTY ON.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME THIS MORNING.

I'M SURE THERE'LL BE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE CONVERSATION.

I'LL TRY TO KEEP IT BRIEF, BUT THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU.

MINUTE BREAK AND DO A RECEPTION WITH MR. MENDEZ BACK IN ROOM 310.

SO I'D LIKE TO INVITE FOLKS HERE TO COME BACK TO MEET MR. MENDEZ.

OK, WE'D LIKE TO RECONVENE A MEETING AFTER THAT BREAK.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GO TO ITEMS.

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39 THROUGH 41.

NEXT IS BOARD INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS 39 THROUGH 41.

OK, WE WILL.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

IS THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON THIS? SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA YOU DON'T HAVE COMMENTS ON THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

I JUST WANT TO ON ITEM 41, IT'S THE STATEMENT OF THE VOTE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION IN THE LOS BANOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.

I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE GENE LIEBE, WHO WAS THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE IN THAT GENE, LONG TIME LOS BANOS RESIDENT, FORMER ENTERPRISE EDITOR OF THE LOS BANOS ENTERPRISE.

I THINK HE'S GOING TO DO A GREAT JOB FOR FOR THE STUDENTS IN LOS BANOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

ANY FURTHER COMMENTS? I DO HAVE A FIRST AND A SECOND.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

LET'S TALLY THE VOTE.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

I LIKE THE ANTICIPATION ALMOST LIKE WE NEED TO GET A DRUM ROLL.

NEXT, WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING FROM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TO

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CONSIDER THE ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE VEHICLE SERVICE FEE AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLE FEE.

OK, I THINK WE WE HAVE A PRESENTATION ON THIS.

YES.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS LIEUTENANT SEAN HELLER WITH THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL.

I AM CURRENTLY THE CENTRAL DIVISION INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES UNIT LIEUTENANT AND ALSO THE TASK FORCE COORDINATOR FOR SO SOME OF THE BENEFITS THAT WE HAVE, IS IT THE LEFT BUTTON.

SORRY.

I'LL ADVANCE IT FOR YOU.

OK, LET'S GET YOU, WE CAN SKIP TO THIS ONE.

NO, THE ONE TO THE THE RIGHT ARROW BUTTON.

OK, SO 1950, 14 WAS ADOPTED BACK IN 1995.

THAT'S WHERE WE GET THE DOLLAR AND $2 FOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS TO FUND IN COUNTIES LESS THAN 250,000 RESIDENTS.

IT FUNDS DUI PROGRAMS, BUT IN COUNTIES OVER OVER 250,000 IN POPULATION, IT'S USED TO TO FUND VEHICLE THEFT ENFORCEMENT.

IN 2013, THE REPEAL DATE WAS WAS ELIMINATED AND THE MONEYS USED AGAIN TO FUND COUNTYWIDE TASK FORCES TO INVESTIGATE AUTO THEFT.

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THE THE FUNDING IS USED BY BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTORS TO GO AFTER THE PROFESSIONAL AUTO THIEF.

OUR PRIMARY MISSION IS NOT ONLY TO GO AFTER, TO RECOVER VEHICLES AND TO SEEK PROSECUTION OF THE OF THE LARGER RINGS OF OF OF AUTO THIEVES THAT ARE ARE AFFECTING OUR COMMUNITIES.

WITH THAT, WE ALSO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO OUR ALLIED AGENCIES IN THE FORMS OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO ALLIED AGENCIES, AS WELL AS A PARTNERSHIP WORKING ALONGSIDE THEM.

PART OF THIS IS ALSO DOING EDUCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND THAT INCLUDES PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS, PROVIDING CLUBS TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT THE VEHICLES ARE MOST LIKELY STOLEN IN THIS COMMUNITY.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY HAS 25 VEHICLE THEFT TASK FORCES.

CENTRAL VALLEY FROM KERN COUNTY TO STANISLAUS COUNTY.

THE KIND OF THE BIG APPLE OR THE GAP ALONG THE THE 99 CORRIDOR IS IS IN THE MERCED AREA.

IN 2019, THREE OF THOSE COUNTIES WERE WERE WERE RANKED IN THE TOP 10 OF NICBS HOT SPOTS LIST.

SO KIND OF THE WAY THAT THE TASK FORCE IS BREAK DOWN.

SO IN STANISLAUS, WE HAVE A CHP LIEUTENANT.

THAT'S MYSELF.

WE PROVIDE A CHP SERGEANT, THREE CHP OFFICERS AS INVESTIGATORS.

I HAVE A QUESTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU CHAIR, JUST A QUICK QUESTION ON THE THREE, WHICH WERE THE THREE CENTRAL VALLEY COUNTIES THAT WERE RANKED IN THE TOP 10? IT WAS BAKERSFIELD, MODESTO, I'M SORRY.

KERN COUNTY, STANISLAUS COUNTY AND MERCED COUNTY WERE THE THREE IN THE TOP 10.

THANK YOU.

WE HAD FOUR COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THAT WERE IN THE TOP 10.

THE OTHER ONE WAS UP IN YUBA.

THANK YOU.

SO THE WAY THE WAY WE WE'VE BEEN, WE HAVE THE TASK FORCE SET UP.

SO IN STANISLAUS COUNTY, AGAIN BY ITSELF AS A LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, ONE CHP SERGEANT, THREE CHP OFFICERS.

AND THEN WE HAVE PARTNERSHIP WITH STAN COUNTY SO.

SO WITH A DEPUTY, THEY PROVIDE US WITH A PART TIME PROBATION OFFICER.

THE DA'S OFFICE PROVIDES US WITH A A DEA INVESTIGATOR.

AND THEN WE HAVE A A RETIRED PROVIDES INVESTIGATIVE ASSISTANCE OR FRESNO HEAT I'M AGAIN, I'M THE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER OF THAT TASK FORCE.

WE HAVE A CHP SERGEANT, FIVE INVESTIGATORS ASSIGNED TO HEAT.

WE ALSO HAVE ONE INVESTIGATOR THAT'S WORKS ON FRESNO COUNTY THEFT.

WE HAVE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DMV OFFICE DMV.

ACTUALLY, WE I'M SORRY.

STEP BACK.

WE JUST ACTUALLY ADDED A DMV INVESTIGATOR TO STAN COUNTY AS WELL.

WE HAVE A PART TIME IN FRESNO COUNTY.

WE HAVE VERTICAL PROSECUTION WITH A FULL TIME D.A.

WE ALSO HAVE POLITICAL PROSECUTION IN STAN COUNTY.

SO ON AVERAGE, IN 2019, EVERY THREE AND A HALF MINUTES, SOMEBODY'S VEHICLE WAS STOLEN.

WE'VE HAD A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE BETWEEN 2019 AND 2020, ALMOST 20 PERCENT INCREASE IN VEHICLE THEFT IN THAT YEAR.

SO IT'S THE MOST, MORE COSTLY OF PROPERTY CRIMES, AND IT AFFECTS MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.

MOST PEOPLE DON'T.

MORE PEOPLE DON'T OWN CARS THAN OWN HOUSES.

AND WHEN YOU'RE TAKING AWAY SOMEONE'S ABILITY TO GET TO WORK, THE DAMAGE THAT'S CAUSED TO THOSE VEHICLES.

MANY PEOPLE ARE UNDERINSURED, AND SO THE AVERAGE CAR, THE AVERAGE REPLACEMENT VEHICLE OR COST OF A VEHICLE IS A LITTLE OVER ALMOST $9,000.

SO HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN FROM 2019.

THIS WAS THE HOT SPOTS LIST SHOWING THE FOUR COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THE TOP 10, AND WE WERE COUNTY OF MERCED WAS NUMBER 8 IN 2019.

SO FROM 2018 AND 2019, MERCED COUNTY SAW A FOUR POINT FOUR PERCENT INCREASE.

THEY WENT FROM NUMBER 16 IN THE COUNTRY TO NUMBER 8.

THAT WAS SO PUT IN REAL NUMBERS 1,412 CARS WERE STOLEN IN 2019 AS COMPARED TO THE 352 IN 2018.

SO THE WAY IT AFFECTS THE COMMUNITY, UNABLE TO DRIVE TO WORK COUNTIES, YOU SAY IF YOU LIVE IN A COUNTY WITH HIGH VEHICLE THEFT RATES, YOU PAY MORE MORE FOR YOUR INSURANCE AND IT TENDS TO BE A LESS DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE IF YOU'RE LOOKING OUT FOR

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CRIME.

VEHICLE THEFT IS ALSO IT'S NOT IT'S NOT JUST VEHICLE THEFTS, NOT JUST STOLEN VEHICLE, THEY'RE USING IT AS A MEANS TO COMMIT OTHER CRIMES.

SO IN 2017, WE HAD A CASE UP IN STAN COUNTY THAT STARTED WITH AS A VIN SWITCH CASE, THE VIN SWITCHES THAT WE'RE SEEING ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED, AND THEY'RE WE'RE SEEING IT BEING USED BY LARGER GROUPS OF FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, INCLUDING DRUG CARTELS, TO MOVE MOVE DOPE FROM ONE SIDE OF THE COUNTRY TO THE OTHER.

SO IN THIS ONE CASE, THERE WERE FOUR FEDERAL INDICTMENTS AS A RESULT OF THIS INVESTIGATION, WITH 354 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, 5 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA AND 4 FIREARMS RECOVERED, AS WELL AS ALMOST A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS OF IN VEHICLES.

AND WE ALSO WE HAD ANOTHER CASE WHERE WE HAD 27 VEHICLES THAT WERE BEEN SWITCHED APPROXIMATELY $700,000 VALUE.

WE'RE SEEING IDENTITY THEFT RAMPANT IN THESE ONLINE AUTOMOTIVE DEALERSHIPS LIKE CARVANA.

SO GO BACK.

WE HAVE A CASE THAT A COUPLE OF CASES HERE LOCALLY THAT AREN'T IN THE POWERPOINT TWICE THIS YEAR, STAN COUNTY HAS COME DOWN INTO MERCED COUNTY TO ASSIST WITH LARGE CASES.

ONE OF THEM WAS A IT STARTED OFF, AS WITH A CALTRANS EXCAVATOR THAT WAS STOLEN.

IT BROUGHT THEM TO A METAL RECYCLER HERE IN THE CITY OF MERCED THEY RECOVERED 12 VEHICLES, ALL HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRAILERS WITH AN ESTIMATED VALUE OF OVER $700,000.

THERE ARE REQUESTED BACK IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR BY MERCED COUNTY PD TO ASSIST THEM WITH THE BUSINESS INSPECTION AT THAT SAME LOCATION AND RECOVERED ANOTHER $200,000 WORTH OF STOLEN VEHICLES FROM THAT SAME LOCATION.

CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT RIGHT NOW IS ON THE RISE.

IT'S KIND OF THE HOT BUTTON TOPIC STATEWIDE, MEMBERS OF MY TASK FORCES THROUGH THE VALLEY ARE WORKING WITH THEIR ALLIED AGENCIES, AS WELL AS ELECTED OFFICIALS TO WORK TOWARDS WAYS OF ENFORCING THE LAWS THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE ON THE BOOKS IN REGARDS TO ESPECIALLY METAL RECYCLERS, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM, BUT ALSO OTHER MEANS OF OF PREVENTION OF OF THE CATALYTIC CONVERTERS BEING ABLE TO BE PAWNED OFF.

SO BENEFITS TO THE ALLIED AGENCIES, YOU GAIN A COUNTYWIDE SURVEILLANCE TEAM.

SO YOU'VE GOT A GROUP OF OFFICERS AND INVESTIGATORS THAT ARE VERY WELL TUNED IN AND DOING VEHICLE SURVEILLANCE THAT PARTNER UP WITH OUR ALLIED AGENCIES ON A REGULAR BASIS TO ASSIST WITH HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION, BURGLARY RINGS AND BEING THE STATEWIDE AGENCY, WE HAVE THE ABILITY AND THE RESOURCES TO CROSS JURISDICTIONS, WHETHER IT'S FROM THE OREGON BORDER TO THE MEXICO BORDER.

WE HAVE TASK FORCES THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND CONTACTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE TO REACH OUT TO FOR ASSISTANCE THE ACCOUNTING GAINS AND NICB VEHICLES TO BE USED AS BAIT VEHICLES AND WITH LPRS AND SURVEILLANCE THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS AGAIN WITH PROVIDING PRESENTATIONS TO THE PUBLIC EDUCATION.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS A BIG PLATFORM THAT WE'VE WERE UTILIZING TO HELP EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND AND SHOW THE SUCCESS OF OUR TEAMS. WE ALSO PROVIDE TRAINING TO ALL AGENCIES IN VEHICLE THEFT AND VIN VERIFICATIONS.

SO WE PROVIDE MONTHLY REPORTS TO OUR OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENTS, AND IT'S KIND OF AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE PROVIDE ON A MONTHLY BASIS TO THE IF YOU HAVE ANY ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME.

ANYTHING? CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

SO I SEE THE VALUE.

MY MY QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW, I I HAVE A 2010 PICKUP.

I PAY OVER $600 IN DMV FEES ALREADY.

WOULDN'T IT MAKE MORE SENSE THAT WE GO GET THE MONEY FROM THE STATE TO FUND THIS TASK FORCE STATEWIDE VERSUS COMING TO THE CITIZENS OF MERCED COUNTY AND ASK THEM TO PAY MORE? I MEAN, I JUST I MEAN, I UNDERSTAND THE WORK, BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE

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WE PAY A LOT OF TAXES IN THE STATE HAS A SURPLUS.

WHY? WHY HERE AND NOT THERE? THAT WOULD BE IT WOULD BE REQUIRED CHANGE LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THAT AS FAR AS CHANGING THE WAY THE 1950 FUNDS ARE, WHERE THEY COME FROM.

OK.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, FOR BEING HERE.

SO HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHERE DOES THE ONE IN TWO DOLLARS THAT WE COLLECT NOW GO? BECAUSE WE'RE ASKING FOR AN ADDITIONAL AND ITS SET UP FOR A VEHICLE THEFT TASK FORCE.

SO WHERE DO THOSE DOLLARS GO NOW? THAT I BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO DIRECT THAT TO THE THE DA'S OFFICE? OK.

THEY CURRENTLY RECEIVE THAT MONEY.

OK, THEN, MATT, DO YOU WANT TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION? IS THERE MORE PRESENTATION? I, SUPERVISE AUTO THEFT PROSECUTION IN OUR OFFICE AS WELL.

RIGHT NOW, CURRENTLY, I THINK I BELIEVE IT WAS 92, IF NOT MISTAKEN, WHEN THE COUNTY FIRST ENACTED THE THE $1 OR $2 FEE.

AND THAT GOES THAT PAYS FOR AUTO THEFT PROSECUTOR AND IS PAID FOR AUTO THEFT PROSECUTION WITHIN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

IN ADDITION TO THAT OVER THE YEARS AND DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO PAYING FOR THE PROSECUTOR, THAT'S MR. EGAN, WHO'S SITTING RIGHT HERE.

AND THEN THERE'S BEEN SOME MONEY LEFT OVER FROM THAT AS WELL.

SO WE CURRENTLY HAVE, I BELIEVE, $100,000, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, IN OUR OFFICE AS WELL FROM AN ACCOUNT OF MONEY LEFT OVER FROM THAT WHICH CAN BE USED ADDITION IN ADDITION TO HELP FUND THE TASK FORCE AND BE INVOLVED IN THAT AS WELL.

SO CLEARLY, THERE'S A LITTLE BIT LEFT OVER AND IT IT CURRENTLY FUNDS AUTO THEFT PROSECUTION IN OUR OFFICE.

SO, OK, THANK YOU.

CHAIR, RECOGNIZE SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

I WOULDN'T GO TOO FAR MAN.

OK, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

WELL, I'M GOING TO SAY, FIRST OF ALL, THAT I SUPPORT THIS.

AND THE LAST THING THAT I WANT TO DO IS A TAX BET, YOU KNOW, AS EXPERIENCE WITH WITH WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE CHP AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, WHEN I USED TO DRIVE A TOW TRUCK, I USED TO PICK UP ALL STOLEN CARS, BURN CARS AND, YOU KNOW, JUST, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ALMOST CONSTANT DAILY THROUGHOUT WORKING IN STANISLAUS COUNTY AND MERCED COUNTY.

AND YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE A HARD JOB BECAUSE IT IS JUST SO IMMENSE NOT NOT JUST VEHICLE THEFT, BUT ALSO AGRICULTURAL THEFT IN EQUIPMENT.

AND IT'S A TAX, THAT THEY WILL PAY TO HAVE MORE MORE.

THE TASK FORCE IS WORKING EVERY DAY AND BRING THIS YOU KNOW WHERE THE TOP, YOU KNOW, EIGHT IN THE STATE, RIGHT? SO MERCED COUNTY WOULD BE GOING DOWN.

SO THAT MEANS ACTUALLY THE CITIZENS WOULD BE SAVING MONEY IN INSURANCE COSTS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO BRING DOWN BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE ALL PAY MORE FOR FOR BEING N UMBER FOUR NUMBER EIGHT, WHATEVER IN THE IN TOP OF THE STATE.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO BE ON TOP OF.

NOT IN THIS CATEGORY, OBVIOUSLY.

SO TO SEE TO ME, IT SEEMS IT WOULD BE A WELL WORTH INVESTMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO PAY A FEE AND IT WILL ONLY HELP.

THEY SAID THEY WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER WITH ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, NOT JUST IN MERCED COUNTY, BUT ALSO WORKING COHESIVELY WITH FRESNO COUNTY AND STANISLAUS COUNTY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WORK TOGETHER TO GET AT THESE THIEVES.

THEN, YOU KNOW, JUST AUTO THEFT TOO WHICH IN THE INVESTIGATION THEY'LL FOLLOW UP ON.

I'M PRETTY SURE AN INVESTIGATOR AND IT WILL COME AND LEAD TO PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW WITH THE PANDEMIC ON ON CATALYTIC CONVERTERS.

SO IT'S JUST IT'S JUST SO BAD.

SO I I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THIS AND WHICH, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN'T FEEL GOOD TO SAY THAT WHEN YOU ADD IN A TAX, BUT I THINK IN THE END, WE'LL ALL SAVE.

SO THANK YOU CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

AND I JUST WANTED SO WE HAVE NICB AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IS AT ANOTHER PRESENTATION THAT WE HAVE CUED UP.

YOU GUYS, SHOULD WE GO AHEAD AND JOSH? OK? SURE.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SUPERVISOR PEDROZO SO I CAN TALK MORE AT LENGTH LATER TO AFTER THAT.

BUT IF ANY, SPECIFICALLY THE BECAUSE WHEN SCOTT ASKED THE QUESTION, WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING TOWARDS NOW? WHERE WOULD THIS MONEY? AND IT PAYS FOR A POSITION, WHERE WOULD THIS MONEY BE GOING? SO IF IT'S GOING TO DOUBLE SO IT'S 245, 614 AND THEN IT'S EXPECTED TO DOUBLE.

WHERE DOES THAT? CURRENTLY, IT GOES TO THE DA'S OFFICE TO FUND A PROSECUTOR.

THIS WILL GO TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

SO ESSENTIALLY, YOU'RE FUNDING LAW ENFORCEMENT, YOU'RE FUNDING THE POLICE.

HERE IT GOES TO A TASK FORCE THAT THE WAY THE MONEY IS SPENT EXACTLY IS SUBJECT TO THE MOU.

WE'VE HAD PRETTY LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WITH ALL THE POLICE CHIEFS.

THE SIX WELL NOW FIVE.

I GUESS THAT LIVINGSTON HAS CHANGED, BUT WE HAD LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WITH CHIEF SALVADOR CHIEF CAVALEIRO, ACTING CHIEF HEAD AND THEN ALSO CHIEF BREEZY, CHIEF MCEACHIN

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IN DOS PALOS AS WELL WHO AM I MISSING AND CHIEF CHAVEZ TO CHIEF.

CHAVEZ IS EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE FROM FROM GASTON.

SO IT DEPENDS ON THAT.

WE HAVE A SAMPLE MRU THAT LIEUTENANT HALLAS PREPARED SO GENERALLY ALONG THE LINES OF SOME OF THE THINGS HE SUGGESTED THERE.

SO CHP AND KIND OF LLOYD TO YOUR QUESTION, WHERE WHERE'S THE STATE IN THIS? THE STATE'S ACTUALLY IN THIS IN A BIG WAY BECAUSE WE RAISE THE $1 FEE AND I GET IN MORE DETAIL LATER.

WE RAISED $1 FEE AND THEN WE GET MULTIPLE CHP OFFICERS THAT WE WOULDN'T GET OTHERWISE.

SO THERE'S KIND OF THE STATE CONTRIBUTION TO THE STATE INVESTMENT IN A BIG WAY.

AND YOU'RE TALKING BAIT CARS, OTHER INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES.

CHP EVENTUALLY WILL ACQUIRE A BUILDING TO HOUSE IT.

I THINK IN THE MEANTIME, WE'RE GOING TO BE PRETTY GOOD WITH WITH WITH WITH BUILDING AND FACILITIES EXPENSES BECAUSE THE CITY OF MERCED SAID, CAN PROVIDE IT PRETTY CHEAP.

AT THE BELL STATION ON ON OR NOT, BILL WEIR, BELL STATION, BUT THE TRANSPORT CENTER ON 16TH STREET, SO THE CITY SAID IT CAN PROVIDE A FACILITY REAL CHEAP WILL BE VERY LEAN ON THAT, BUT JUST A LIST OF WHAT HE HAS.

LPRS HUGE VALUE FOR JUST AS A PROSECUTOR SEEING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, HOW MANY BIG CRIMES HAVE BEEN SOLVED BY LICENSE PLATE READERS ACQUIRING THOSE? ALL THE POLICE AGENCIES ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THOSE, BE IT BAIT CARS, TRACKERS, OTHER SURVEILLANCE TECHNIQUES.

SO A LOT OF WAYS TO REALLY FUND THIS TASK FORCE AND IT CAN PAY FOR LIMITED OVERTIME, AGAIN SUBJECT TO THE MOU, SUBJECT TO THE THE DISCRETION.

BUT YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BIG INVESTMENT FROM CHP.

ALSO, YOU SEE MERCED, IS WILLING TO COMMIT ONE TO TWO BODIES, OFFERS A PRETTY ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTER AS WELL.

SO SUBJECT TO THAT, BUT IN THEIR DISCRETION, BUT A LOT OF, I THINK, REALLY GOOD INVESTIGATIVE THINGS THAT DON'T JUST HELP THIS TASK FORCE BUT HELP, YOU KNOW, HELP, YOU KNOW, BEING A PROSECUTOR AS WELL, I SEE IT, YOU KNOW, THE WAY THIS CONNECTS TO SO MANY OTHER CRIMES AS WELL.

SO.

SO HOW MANY GIVE ME A THROW? IF YOU HAVE THE DATA THERE, HOW MANY PROSECUTIONS ARE WE DOING NOW? HOW MANY CASES ARE THERE FOR STOLEN VEHICLES IN MERCED COUNTY? FOR A YEAR FOR YEAR, I RAN THE NUMBERS.

MS. EGAN AGAIN, THESE ARE A THEFT PROSECUTOR IN 2020.

THERE WERE 238 CASES REFERRED TO OUR OFFICE FOR AUTO THEFT PROSECUTION.

WE FILED CHARGES IN 79 PERCENT OF THEM AND 189.

YOU KIND OF GENERALLY HAVE TWO TYPES OF AUTO THEFT CASES.

YOU HAVE CASES WHERE KIND OF THE TYPICAL CASE WHERE A STRANGER STEALS A CAR.

BUT WE ALSO GET A LOT OF CASES REFERRED WHERE IT'S A RELATIVE OR A FRIEND OR A SON OR A, YOU KNOW, THOSE KIND OF CASES AS WELL.

THOSE CASES TEND TO BE CHARGED LESS TEND TO BE LESS SERIOUS.

BUT OUR CHARGING RATES 79 PERCENT FOR 238 CASES IN TWENTY TWENTY.

AND THEN IN 2021 THIS YEAR, UP TO 297 CASES AND WE FILED CHARGES IN 222 OF THEM.

VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE ARE FELONIES.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE WE OBTAIN FELONY CONVICTIONS ON.

AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE I KNOW WHEN I WAS PROSECUTING AUTO THEFT MYSELF, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST SIX MONTHS FOR SOMEBODY WITH NO RECORD WHO'S STARTING OUT IN FELONY PROBATION.

AND THEN BEFORE REALIGNMENT, THOSE ARE CASES THAT COMMONLY WENT TO STATE PRISON.

NOW THERE ARE COMMONLY CASES THAT GET AT LEAST SIX MONTHS IN COUNTY JAIL.

I KNOW JUST GIVEN HOW IMPACTED IT IS WITH AB 109 AND THE LACK OF SPACE IN JAIL, YOU GUYS ALL UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, MOST OF THESE PEOPLE SPEND THEIR TIME ON THE ELECTRONIC MONITOR.

BUT YOU KNOW, WE'RE OBTAINING FELONY CONVICTIONS AND THE VAST, VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE CASES AND SOMEWHAT SIGNIFICANT JAIL SENTENCES.

SO SO I THINK IT POSES WHENEVER BECAUSE WE'RE MORE FINANCIAL HERE.

SO WHEN WE SEE IF WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THE INTAKE OF THE MONEY, WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THE PROSECUTION.

SO ARE WE SAYING THAT WE'RE NOT GETTING TO THERE'S ANOTHER HUNDRED PERCENT OF THAT TOTAL THAT'S OUT THERE THAT'S STOLEN THAT WE'RE NEVER GETTING TO.

WE SAW THE NUMBERS, LIEUTENANT PRESENTED THE NUMBERS, YOU HAVE WHAT, 1300 TO 1400 TOTAL THEFTS.

OBVIOUSLY, YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO CATCH EVERY CRIMINAL.

YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO SOLVE EVERYTHING, RIGHT? I'M JUST SAYING SO A DOUBLE THE MONEY.

WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THE PROSECUTION.

I'M JUST, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PUTTING IN DOLLARS AND CENTS RIGHT NOW.

YEAH, I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO.

I WOULDN'T SAY THAT NECESSARILY.

I SAY, YOU'RE GOING, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT CAPABILITIES AS YOU SEE KIND OF UP AND DOWN THE VALLEY AND IN ALL THE, YOU KNOW, ALL THE COUNTIES STATEWIDE THAT HAVE THIS.

SAN FRANCISCO IS THE ONLY COUNTY BIGGER THAN US.

IT DOESN'T HAVE THIS AND THERE ARE NO COUNTIES SMALLER THAT HAVE IT.

AND I GUESS UNDER 250, IT DOESN'T DOESN'T APPLY, RIGHT? SO BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO I WOULD ANTICIPATE WE SEE ESSENTIALLY IT'S A IT'S A COUNTYWIDE DETECTIVE UNIT SURVEILLANCE TEAM THAT GOES AROUND WORKING THESE CASES HELPING ALLIED AGENCIES.

YOU KNOW, I KNOW MEETING WITH DETECTIVES ON A LOT OF CASES, MEETING WITH DETECTIVES JUST RECENTLY FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, ALSO FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, ABOUT SOME OF THEIR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT CASES, CAR THEFT RINGS.

THEY WOULD BENEFIT ENORMOUSLY FROM THIS BEING ABLE TO PARTNER ON THE CASES.

THEY'RE ALREADY WORKING WITH THIS AND THEN TED CAN SHARE A LOT OF THE CAPABILITIES HE HAS AS WELL.

JUST SEEMS TO BE A REALLY WAY TO ENHANCE THE INVESTIGATIVE ARE THEY'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THE ARRESTS.

I DOUBT IT, BUT I'M JUST TRYING TO GET A.

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YEAH, BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE.

I THINK I THINK THERE'S TREMENDOUS VALUE IN IT.

TREMENDOUS VALUE.

AND, YOU KNOW, FOR A DOLLAR.

AND IF YOU CAN REDUCE IT'S A IT'S A TAX, RIGHT? NOBODY WANTS TO RAISE TAXES, NOBODY WANTS TO INCREASE IT.

BUT IT'S JUST BUT THE QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE YOU GETTING RIGHT? YOU'RE FUNDING THIS, YOU'RE FUNDING LAW ENFORCEMENT, YOU'RE FUNDING THIS AGENCY.

AND, YOU KNOW, SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA MADE A LOT OF GOOD POINTS TO ABOUT HOW IT RELATES TO AUTO AUTO THEFT AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS. AND IF YOU CAN CAN LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS BY A DOLLAR OR TWO, THEN YOU'RE SAVING PEOPLE MONEY, RIGHT? AND IN MERCED COUNTY, THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY CARS AS THERE ARE HOUSEHOLDS BECAUSE THERE'S TWO POINT ONE VEHICLES PER HOUSEHOLD.

THIS MIGHT BE THE RIGHT TIME.

I DON'T SEE ANYBODY QUEUED UP FOR A QUESTION, SO MAYBE WE HAVE AN ISD GIVE THEIR PRESENTATION AND THEN WE'LL MOVE INTO SOME MORE QUESTIONS.

GOOD MORNING, THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS TED VINCENT.

I'M A MERCED RESIDENT AND I AM A SPECIAL AGENT FOR THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU.

CURRENTLY, WE HAVE SEVEN DIFFERENT REGIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WITH THAT HAVE AGENTS, FIELD AGENTS THAT ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INSURANCE CARRIERS.

SO IN ESSENCE, AND ISD IS THE, LET'S SAY, THE GO BETWEEN BETWEEN INSURANCE COMPANIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.

WE ASSIST, WE ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN VARIOUS WAYS.

RIGHT.

I'LL HANDLE IT FOR YOU.

OK.

WE ALSO HAVE FOREIGN OPERATIONS IN CHULA VISTA AND WHAT FOREIGN OPERATIONS DOES IS ANY OF THE VEHICLES THAT ARE STOLEN IN CALIFORNIA AND TRANSPORTED ACROSS THE BORDER INTO MEXICO ONCE THEY'RE RECOGNIZED AND IDENTIFIED IN MEXICO ARE FOREIGN OPERATIONS.

DEPARTMENT TAKES THE PROCEDURE AND PROCESSES TO REPATRIATE THE VEHICLE BACK TO THE UNITED STATES, GIVING IT BACK TO THE OWNER.

NOW, SOME OF THE VEHICLES ARE KEPT BY THE MEXICAN OR NATIONAL AUTHORITIES.

THERE WAS ONE CASE THAT WE DIDN'T WANT THE VEHICLE BACK BECAUSE IT WAS FULL OF EXPLOSIVES, ROCKET LAUNCHERS AND TWIN MOUNTED 50 CALIBER MACHINE GUNS.

SO WE'LL KIND OF LET THAT ONE GO.

BUT WHAT WE DO IS WE ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH WHATEVER THEY NEED.

SO AND ISD WAS FORMED IN 1992 FROM A MERGER BETWEEN THE INSURANCE CRIME PREVENTION INSTITUTE AND THE NATIONAL AUTO THEFT BUREAU TO MELD BOTH OF THEM.

INSURANCE CRIME PREVENTION INSTITUTE WAS ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES FIGHTING COMMON CAUSE FOR INSURANCE FRAUD, WHETHER IT BE ARSON ALL THE WAY DOWN TO WORKER'S COMPENSATION.

SO WE MELDED AND WE PUT THE TWO TOGETHER AND WE CAME OUT WITH A PRETTY GOOD, PRETTY GOOD PROCESS AND PROGRAM.

LET'S SEE.

WE HAVE OVER 1,200 PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANIES AS MEMBERS, AS WELL AS VEHICLE RENTAL AGENCIES, AUTO AUCTIONS, VEHICLE FINANCE COMPANIES AND SELF-INSURED ORGANIZATIONS AS STRATEGIC PARTNERS.

SO WE COVER A LARGE GAMUT OF OF INSURANCE CARRIERS AND AUTO.

WE'RE THE ONLY ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH MEANS THE COLLECTIVE RESOURCES NEEDED TO HELP PREVENT, DETECT, INVESTIGATE AND DETER INSURANCE FRAUD AND VEHICLE THEFT CRIMES DUE TO THE DATABASE AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THAT.

LET'S SEE.

WE OUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE PRETTY DEEP WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICES INVESTIGATORS AS WELL AS INSURANCE CARRIERS, SOME INSURANCE CARRIERS, YOU KNOW, DIDN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

BUT ONCE WE GO AHEAD AND EXPLAIN THINGS TO THEM AND CONVINCE THEM AND THEY'RE, YOU KNOW, THEY BECOME MEMBERS OF NICB AND THEY GLADLY ACCEPT LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ASSISTANCE, AS WELL AS LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCEPTING AND, YOU KNOW, AND BEING GRACES ABOUT THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE INSURANCE CARRIERS AS FAR AS TO SOLVE CASES AND GET VEHICLES BACK.

WE SUPPORT WE WE HAVE NO COST SUPPORT AS FAR AS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

WE PROVIDE FREE RESOURCES IN PERSON TRAINING, ONLINE TRAINING.

WE CAN EVEN ASSIST IN ANY KIND OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS THAT THEY MAY HAVE BY OBTAINING FUNDING FOR THOSE SPECIAL OPERATIONS, WHICH IS WHICH IS A VERY GOOD THING.

KNOWING THAT A LOT OF THE POLICE AGENCIES DON'T HAVE THE BUDGET OR THE FUNDING IN ORDER TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT THEMSELVES.

SO THE RESOURCES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, WE HAVE A CLAIM FILE EXCHANGE THAT SORT OF CIRCUMVENTS A SUBPOENA, SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN GO AHEAD AND AT LEAST LOOK AT IT.

AND IF THEY NEED TO GET A SUBPOENA ISSUED TO THE INSURANCE CARRIER, THEY WILL GO AHEAD AND DO THAT ASSISTANCE WITH CASE PREPARATION.

AND KIND OF YOU HAVE A LARGE, LARGE CASE WITH A LOT OF EXHIBITS.

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WE CAN ASSIST AND PUT THAT ALL TOGETHER.

LINK CHART ANALYSIS.

YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR CASE.

YOU KNOW, IN COURT TO THE SIZE OF THAT SCREEN RIGHT THERE OR BIGGER.

THAT MAKES IT IMPACT ON A JURY, AS WELL AS THE TRIER OF FACT.

WE DO THE KEY READ EXAMINATION ON GM AND BMW VEHICLES WHERE YOU SEND US THE KEY.

WE CAN READ IT AND GET INFORMATION OFF THE KEY FOB, WHICH IS VERY, VERY HELPFUL, ESPECIALLY IN THEFT AND BURN CASES.

VEHICLES STOLEN AND FOUND BURNED LATER, NOT STRIPPED INFOTAINMENT DATA.

BURLA IF YOU FAMILIAR WITH THAT, WE CAN.

I'M CERTIFIED TO GO AHEAD AND ACCESS A VEHICLE TO OBTAIN INFOTAINMENT DATA FROM THE VEHICLE, WHICH IS WHICH IS IT'S PRETTY EXTENSIVE DATA, TRACK ROUTES, CELL PHONE CALLS, TEXT MESSAGES, WHAT HAVE YOU.

SO, YOU KNOW, SOME I'M CERTIFIED TO DO THAT.

LIKE I SAID AGAIN, IN-PERSON AND ONLINE TRAINING WE CAN DO.

WE HAVE THE THE NICB ALL INQUIRY DATA THAT WE COULD GO AHEAD AND CHECK OTHER DATABASES TO GET ANY KIND OF DATA THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY WISH.

I'VE ASSISTED THE DA'S OFFICE SEVERAL TIMES IN PURGING VEHICLE DATA THAT'S BEEN PURGED OFF OF THE SYSTEM FROM NCIC.

AND SO IT'S NOT ON NCIC ANYMORE, BUT WE HAVE IT.

AND SO WE GIVE THE INFORMATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THEY GO AHEAD.

THEY FIND THE OWNER OF SOME PROPERTY THEY RECOVERED.

OWNERS HAPPY, HE GETS HIS PROPERTY BACK.

THE IMPORT AND EXPORT FILES, WE COULD GO AHEAD AND OBTAIN DATA ON THAT ON VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN EXPORTED OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

THERE WAS A RING SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT WERE TRANSPORTING VEHICLES OVER TO TO EUROPE.

AND THE OWNERS WOULD WAIT THREE MONTHS FOR THE VEHICLES TO HIT EUROPE.

ONCE THEY'RE OFFLOADED, THEY GET A TELEPHONE CALL.

OK, GO AHEAD! PUT THE CLAIM IN GUY CALLS THE INSURANCE COMPANY CLAIMS PUT IN.

THEY'RE PAYING EIGHTY THREE TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BUCKS FOR THE VEHICLE ON AN INSURANCE CLAIM.

SO WE KNOW WHEN THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN IMPORTED OR EXPORTED.

SO WE HAVE LPR'S SET UP AT, WELL, IT'S CUSTOM AND BORDER PATROL, BUT WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION OF THE LPR CAMERAS AT THE CANADIAN AND MEXICO BORDERS TO WHERE WE CAN GATHER INFORMATION AND OBTAIN INFO THROUGH THAT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND WE ALSO HAVE WHAT'S CALLED OUR INVESTIGATIVE ASSISTANCE GROUP TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN CALL IF THEY'RE LOOKING AT A VEHICLE, IT'S BURNED.

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A SECONDARY IDENTIFIER.

THEY CAN CALL OUR HEADQUARTERS, YOU KNOW, GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION.

THEY'LL FIND OUT WHERE WHERE THE SECONDARY IDENTIFIERS SHOULD BE.

SO NOBODY ELSE HAS THAT INFORMATION.

BUT NICB.

LET'S SEE, SO WE ALSO HANDLE BOATS, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, YOU NAME IT, WE WE'VE GOT WE'VE GOT TONS OF DATABASES, TONS OF INFORMATION BEFORE IT WAS MENTIONED AS FAR AS THE FINANCIAL COSTS ON THIS.

I'M A MEMBER OF THREE DIFFERENT AUTO THEFT TASK FORCES STANCATT IN STANISLAUS COUNTY, MONTEREY, MADCAT'S OUT OF MONTEREY COUNTY AND THEN SCARE OUT OF SANTA CRUZ.

NOW, JUST FOR THIS YEAR, FROM JANUARY 1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH.

STANCATT, THEIR ESTIMATED VALUE OF THEIR RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLES WAS FOUR MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN DOLLARS.

AND THAT'S OFF OF TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT RECOVERED VEHICLES.

ONE HUNDRED ARRESTS WERE MADE IN RELATION TO THOSE RECOVERIES.

AND OF THAT, THE PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE ON THE VEHICLES TO PROTECT THEM, YOU KNOW, FROM VEHICLE THEFT.

ONE POINT OR ACTUALLY ONE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS WORTH OF VEHICLES WERE RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE OWNERS.

NOW THAT'S A PRETTY BIG SELLING POINT.

WHEN YOU'RE SOMEBODY THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO GO OUT AND BUY A CAR, YOU SEE CAR PRICES, ESPECIALLY THE USED CAR PRICES.

THEY'RE OUTRAGEOUS.

YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY IS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE MONTHLY PAYMENTS ON IT OR BE ABLE TO REPLACE THEIR VEHICLE.

WHAT BETTER WAY FOR THEM TO LOVE, YOU KNOW, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COUNTY AND EVERYTHING TO GET THEIR VEHICLE BACK, YOU KNOW, AFTER IT'S BEEN STOLEN? MADCAT OUT OF MONTEREY COUNTY, FOUR MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN DOLLARS, AN ESTIMATED VALUE, THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR RECOVERIES.

NINETY ONE ARRESTS AND ONE ONE MILLION NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS IN VEHICLES RETURNED TO THEIR OWNERS.

SO THAT'S A PRETTY POWERFUL STATEMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, HEY, I CAN'T AFFORD A NEW CAR.

SOMEBODY STEALS MY CAR.

I'M KIND OF HOSED EXCEPT FOR THE COMPANY CAR, BUT I'D WANT MY CAR BACK.

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SO AND IF THEY COULD RECOVER IT, THAT'S THAT'S GREAT.

THAT'S THAT SAVES ME A BUNCH OF MONEY.

SO BUT WE ALSO HAVE AN ACTIVE NCIC AND CANADIAN INFORMATION AS FAR AS DATABASES AND WHAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO SHIPPING AND ASSEMBLY INFORMATION.

WE CAN GET SHIPPING RECORDS ON A VEHICLE.

QUESTIONABLE CLAIMS ANYBODY THAT'S PUTTING IN A OR HAS PUT IN QUESTIONABLE CLAIMS. THERE IS A RECORD OF THE NUMBER OF CLAIMS THAT THEY PUT IN AND WHAT THOSE ARE.

RENTAL VEHICLE INFORMATION, LIEN DATA, PURGE VEHICLES.

HOTLINE REFERRALS, WHERE SOMEBODY COULD CALL AN ANONYMOUS, ANONYMOUS CLAIM IN AND SAID, HEY, LOOK YOU ON SUCH AND SUCH A DATE.

YOU KNOW, JOE SCHMUCK TOTALLY PUT IN THIS FAKE CLAIM FOR STOLEN VEHICLE WHERE, YOU KNOW, HE BURIED IT IN HIS BACKYARD, YOU KNOW, PROSECUTIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS.

OR BASICALLY, WE KEEP TRACK OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AUTO THEFT OR INSURANCE FRAUD CLAIMS. WE HAVE A VEHICLE INTEREST RECORD, WHICH BASICALLY IT'S A FLAG IN OUR SYSTEM THAT IF LAW ENFORCEMENT PUTS IN A VIN OR A LICENSE PLATE NUMBER INTO THE SYSTEM AND THEY'LL SEE NCBI VEHICLE OF INTEREST AND THEY'LL KNOW TO CONTACT THEIR LOCAL NICB CONTACT TO GO AHEAD AND FIND OUT WHAT THAT INTEREST IS.

SO IT'S, YOU KNOW, SO IT'S ONLY FOR OUR EYES, BUT THEY GET NOTICE THAT THERE'S A FLAG ON IT AND THEN THEY HAVE TO CALL AND FOLLOW UP.

WE DO FOUR WARRANT ALERTS.

I'VE HELPED OUT MERCED PD SEVERAL TIMES ON THIS.

FOUR WARRANT ALERT IS AN ALERT THAT'S SENT OUT TO INSURANCE COMPANIES BASICALLY ON, YOU KNOW, HIT AND RUNS WHERE THERE'S, YOU KNOW, NO INFORMATION OR THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT INFORMATION SOMEBODY PUTS IN A CLAIM FOR A DAMAGED WINDSHIELD IN FRONT FENDER ON HIT AND RUN.

YOU KNOW, THINGS OF THAT NATURE WILL ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUT THAT OUT TO THE MEMBER COMPANIES.

SO IN CASE THEY SAY, HEY, YOU KNOW, WE GOT THIS CAR RIGHT HERE, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S THE SAME, YOU'RE MAKING MODEL, SAME COLOR, YOU KNOW? SO AND THAT HELPS SOLVE CRIMES THAT HELPS FIND OUT WHO THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY IS.

AGAIN, BORDER CROSSINGS DATA AS FAR AS THE BORDER CROSSINGS.

WE HAVE ANALYTICAL TOOLS AND PRODUCTS THAT THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN, CAN USE, OR WE CAN AT LEAST PROVIDE IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

GO TIME NET MAP THAT MAP, WHICH IS BASICALLY IT'S A CLAIM INFO FOR SPREADSHEETS.

YOU KNOW, IT'S A LARGE SPREADSHEET.

IT'S HUGE LINKED LINKS.

THIS ANALYSIS LINK CHART ANALYSIS.

I'M SORRY, CARFAX BATCH RUNS.

THAT'S THAT'S HELPFUL ON VIN SWITCH VEHICLES OR SUSPECTED VIN SWITCH VEHICLES.

SO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT DO THEIR JOBS BETTER AND FASTER.

SO.

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

SO ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? JUST REAL QUICK.

I HOPE IN ONE NIGHT TO HEAR FROM YOU, YOU'D TELL ME THAT WOULD LOWER OUR PRICE OF OUR INSURANCE.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR FROM YOUR PRESENTATION.

BUT YOU NEVER THERE WAS NO BULLET POINT SAYING THERE IS A COST SAVINGS WITH THIS TASK FORCE AND OUR AUTO INSURANCE.

YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS THAT'S CONCERNED, I DON'T I'M NOT THE DECISION MAKER.

AS FAR AS WHETHER WHETHER IT WOULD REDUCE THE COST OF INSURANCE, THAT'S UP TO EACH INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE CARRIER ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO GO AHEAD AND DO THAT.

I'D SAY ANYBODY, ANY INSURANCE CARRIER THAT HAS A MAJORITY OF POLICIES IN A CERTAIN AREA, IT MIGHT BENEFIT THEM TO GO AHEAD AND TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, BUT THEY TAKE ALL, THEY TAKE ALL THE RISKS, YOU KNOW, IN AN AREA AND THEY MEASURE IT AND THEY RUN IT THROUGH ACTUARIES AND THEY COME OUT WITH A FORMULA AND, YOU KNOW, AND THEN THEY FIGURE OUT THAT'S WHAT INSURANCE WOULD COST IN A PARTICULAR AREA.

YOU KNOW, SO YEAH, SO.

RIGHT? OK.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

SO MY FIRST COMMENT ABOUT INSURANCE IS IT MAY PREVENT IT FROM GOING UP, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO MAKE IT GO DOWN.

WHEN HAVE YOU EVER KNOWN YOUR INSURANCE TO GO DOWN? SO I JUST WANT TO PUT THAT OUT THERE.

SO BUT MY QUESTION FOR YOU, TED, IS AH, YOU PREFER I REFER TO YOU AS SPECIAL AGENT.

THAT'S FINE, TED.

OK? HOW DO YOU GET PAID? HOW DOES NICB GET PAID? I SEE A LOT OF SERVICES THAT YOU OFFER HERE.

I'VE SEEN AT THE VERY BOTTOM, THERE'S SOME PAID SERVICES THAT ONE COULD PROBABLY.

SO THAT'S WHY I'M TRYING.

IS IT JUST YOU GUYS ARE JUST GOOD PEOPLE AND YOU WANT TO HELP OUT LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND SO YOU MAKE YOURSELF AS A FREE RESOURCE AVAILABLE? IT'S BASED ON A PERCENTAGE OF PREMIUMS, EARN PREMIUMS FROM ALL THE DIFFERENT INSURANCE CARRIERS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF NICB OR SO IT'S BASED OFF OF A PERCENTAGE.

SO THE HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF PREMIUMS THAT YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD BE PAYING

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MORE MONEY AS OPPOSED TO SOMEBODY WITH, YOU KNOW, LOWER PREMIUM, YOU KNOW, PREMIUMS WOULD BE PAYING A LOWER AMOUNT.

SO THAT'S BASED, THAT'S HOW THAT'S BASED.

OK, SO SO YOU'RE FUNDED THROUGH THE INSURANCE COMPANIES.

THAT'S CORRECT.

OK, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, TED.

THANK YOU.

I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE SOME OTHER QUESTIONS, I DON'T KNOW IF MAX THE RIGHT PERSON UP HERE, SO I'M TRYING.

I'M JUST I'M STUCK ON THE NUMBERS.

USUALLY THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS.

I DRIVE JIM BROWN CRAZY WITH THE NUMBERS SOMETIMES.

SO NUMBERS IN POLITICS IS USUALLY DONE.

SO YOU'RE GIVING US NUMBERS OF FOR ALL THE STOLEN CARS WITHIN MERCED COUNTY.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THOSE ARE IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS? I DON'T KNOW THE NUMBER OF TOP OF MY HEAD.

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT? I WOULD THINK A WELL, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MERCED COUNTY? SO SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR RIGHT.

SO THEY HAVE THE SIX CITIES.

I'M SURE THEY EACH HAVE THEIR AMOUNT.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE STUDENT VEHICLES ARE COMING FROM THE COUNTY.

I'M JUST TRYING TO GET A GENERAL IDEA FOR A DECISION WE'RE GOING TO MAKE HERE.

ARE WE? IS THIS MOSTLY IMPACTING THE CITY LIMITS OR IS THIS IMPACTING OUR UNINCORPORATED AREAS AS WELL? CERTAINLY.

IF IT MAKES SENSE, YOU SEE WHAT I'M TRYING.

I KNOW ONE OF THE SPECIFIC NUMBERS, BUT I WOULD THINK IT'S JUST MY EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT IN ALL THE CITIES AND SIGNIFICANT, IF NOT MORE SIGNIFICANT IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS.

YEAH, BECAUSE THE SUPERVISORS WE GET CALLED ON WHEN IT'S OUT IN OUR UNINCORPORATED AREA, I THINK I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S TRUE OR SHERIFF, WE PROBABLY HAVE A SENSE.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE NUMBERS ARE IN MERCED.

WE'VE GOT STATS FROM AUGUST TO NOW.

OK.

SO IT'S I DEFER OBVIOUSLY OF THEIR STATS, BUT THEY'RE SIGNIFICANT FOR SURE.

OK.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

OK, SO KIND OF A FOLLOW UP, RIGHT? I'M TRACKING THE MONEY AS WELL.

SO, SO SAY THIS WERE TO PASS TODAY AND THIS FEE GETS INSTITUTED.

WHERE'S THAT MONEY GO? WHO'S IN CHARGE OF IT? WHERE'S THE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR IT? WHO YOU KNOW, WHO DECIDES WHERE THE MONEY GETS SPENT? YOU KNOW, KIND OF LAY THAT OUT FOR ME.

YEAH, SEAN MIGHT BE A BETTER SOURCE FOR THAT, BUT I'M HAPPY TO.

IT'S IT'S GOING TO GO INTO TO AN ACCOUNT WHICH IS GOING TO BE MANAGED, I BELIEVE, BY BY CHP OR THROUGH US? YEAH, THE COUNTY.

AND THEN IT COMES TO, I'M A LITTLE ROUGH ON THE SPECIFICS.

BUT IN TERMS OF THE MECHANICS OF IT, I THINK THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS.

BUT AS LISA, THE ONE WHO DIVVY IT OUT, SHE GETS IT.

SO A DRAFT MOU WAS PROVIDED TO YOU IN THE PACKETS THAT WERE ATTACHED.

THE WAY THE PROCESS WORKS RIGHT NOW IS THOSE FUNDS ARE COLLECTED FROM DMV AND THEN THE COUNTY AUDITOR ROUTES THOSE FUNDS INTO AN ACCOUNT THAT IS MANAGED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

BASED ON THE TERMS OF THE DRAFT, MOU, A FISCAL MANAGER FROM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WITHIN DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS THAT WERE ALLOCATED FOR THE TASK FORCE TO CHP.

CHP WOULD THEN BE CREATING A BUDGET.

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD WOULD APPROVE THE BUDGET EACH YEAR.

AND SO IN ESSENCE, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DETERMINES WHAT TOTAL AMOUNT IS GOING TO THE TASK FORCE.

BUT IT'S THE TASK FORCE, LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTORATE THAT DETERMINES HOW THOSE BUDGET DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE RELATED TO TO DOLLARS AND CENTS.

WHAT I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT IS THAT THE CONTRIBUTION THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS APPROXIMATELY TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS NOW IN OUR EXPERIENCE THAT FUNDS ONE FULL TIME ATTORNEY.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING TO GAIN BY PUTTING IN A TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IS THREE FULL TIME CHP OFFICERS DEVOTED ONLY TO THE MERCED COUNTY AREA AND REGION, WHO ARE FOCUSING ALL OF THEIR TIME ON AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATION.

RIGHT AWAY WE'VE ALREADY RECOUPED MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS JUST IN THE TIME FOR THE SALARIES AND BENEFITS FOR THOSE THREE CHP OFFICERS.

IN ADDITION, DMV HAS INVESTIGATIVE OFFICERS, AND IT'S VERY LIKELY THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET A CONTRIBUTION FROM DMV WITH THEM CONTRIBUTING A FULL TIME INVESTIGATOR FROM DMV.

PLUS, WE'VE TALKED IN SPECIAL AGENT VINCENT HAS TALKED ABOUT BY DESIGNATING AN AUTO THEFT TASK FORCE.

HE WILL BE ABLE TO FOCUS MORE TIME AND HAVE A DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WORKING SPECIFICALLY ON THE AREA THAT HE FOCUSES ON.

SO WE'LL GET A PORTION OF THE NICB SPECIAL AGENT CARE RIGHT NOW.

THE ONLY THING THAT WE'RE GETTING FROM NICB IS WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES REACH OUT TO THEM AND ASK FOR HELP IN CERTAIN AREAS.

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BUT BY HAVING A TASK FORCE, THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE COMMITTING A PERCENTAGE OF HIS TIME FULL TIME, ALWAYS TO MERCED COUNTY.

SO IT'S NOT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR THE ENTIRE EXPENSE OF THE TASK FORCE.

WE'RE NOT IN ANY WAY.

WHAT THIS DOES IS IT CREATES A SEED.

AND IT DRAWS IN OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS.

SO IN ADDITION TO THE STATE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT I'VE TALKED ABOUT, UC MERCED, HAD NOW WE DON'T HAVE A FORMAL M.O.

YOU BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST STEP BEFORE WE CAN START WITH ALL OF THIS.

SO ALL OF THIS IS JUST TENTATIVE.

BUT IN OUR MEETINGS WITH LEADERSHIP, WITH OUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, UC MERCED POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE ONE, MAYBE TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD BE FOCUSED ON THE TASK FORCE IN DEVOTING THEIR TIME TO THE TASK FORCE.

PRIOR TO CHIEF MERKEL'S DEPARTURE, HE HAD COMMITTED A HALF TIME OFFICER TO WORK ON THE TASK FORCE AS WELL.

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HAS BEEN WILLING AND IS WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE A HALF TIME INVESTIGATOR.

SO WITH THE SUPERVISOR THAT IS CONTRIBUTED FROM CHP, WE'RE LOOKING AT SIX INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE GOING TO BE FULL TIME WORKING ON AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATIONS WITHIN MERCED COUNTY.

AND THIS DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT THE DOLLARS THAT WILL BE PUT INTO EQUIPMENT LIKE LICENSE PLATE READERS.

AND I CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW HELPFUL LICENSE PLATE READERS ARE IN SOLVING CRIME WITHIN MERCED COUNTY, NOT JUST AUTO THEFT.

I CAN I GO DOWN THE LIST OF HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SOLVED BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE HAVE LICENSE PLATE READERS LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF MERCED.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT SEEING IF WE CAN GET A LICENSE PLATE READER IN ATWATER AT THE FIVE CORNERS INTERSECTION IN ATWATER, BECAUSE THAT'S SUCH A HEAVILY TRAVELED INTERSECTION AND HOW HELPFUL THAT WOULD BE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THE REASON WE'RE HERE IS BECAUSE EVERY POLICE CHIEF IN THIS COUNTY HAS LOOKED AT THIS AND HAS SAID THIS IS VALUABLE AND THEY ARE SUPPORTING OUR PROPOSAL TO CREATE AN AUTO THEFT TASK FORCE.

SO CURRENTLY, THE MONEY THAT WE'RE COLLECTING GOES TO ONE FULL TIME ATTORNEY TO DO NOTHING BUT THIS.

CORRECT.

OK.

SUPERVISOR CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

MY QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED.

OK, CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

YEAH.

JUST WANT TO ASK OR WHETHER IT'S JUST A STATIONARY LICENSE PLATE READERS OR MOBILE TOO.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, SINCE 10 YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS ON THE THAT WERE SHOWING US THE LICENSE PLATE READERS THERE ARE MOBILE.

THEY GO DOWN IN POLICE CARS DURING THE NIGHT AND THEN THEY JUST GO AROUND OR DURING THE DAY THROUGHOUT, YOU KNOW, THE STREETS.

AND THAT'S WHERE THEY PICK UP A LOT OF THE, YOU KNOW, VEHICLES THAT WERE REPORTED STOLEN.

SO I CERTAINLY STRESSED MOBILE AS WELL BECAUSE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

SO IT JUST, YOU KNOW, IT JUST TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF VEHICLES THAT ARE STOLEN, YOU KNOW, HALF OF THE IMPOUNDS OR, YOU KNOW, OR RECOVERIES ARE, YOU KNOW, EVERY EVERY WEEK THERE WAS I DON'T THINK THERE'S A WEEK THAT I DID NOT PICK UP A STOLEN VEHICLE FROM ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS.

THANK YOU.

THERE'S BEEN DISCUSSION ON THAT AS WELL.

THERE'S A GOOD IDEA.

ONE OF THE MERCED PD CAPTAINS SAID, PUT THEM ONTO GARBAGE TRUCKS AS WELL.

GARBAGE TRUCKS GOING ALL OVER THE CITY.

YEAH, KIND OF CLEAR.

JUST JUST FOR NOTE, THAT'S KIND OF CREEPY.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU.

SO I'M GOING TO I'M GOING TO ADDRESS WHAT I'M GOING TO CALL.

IS THIS KIND OF THE OBVIOUS POINT? I SEE WE HAVE ALL THE POLICE CHIEFS ON THERE, BUT I DON'T SEE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

AND SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE POLICE CHIEFS, WE TALK ABOUT THE INCORPORATED COMMUNITIES IN OUR COUNTY.

BUT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE PATROLS THE UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITY.

SO WHY IS THE SHERIFF NOT A PART OF IT? THAT'S ONE QUESTION.

NUMBER TWO, I LOVE ALL THE COMMITMENTS AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO START THE PROCESS SOMEWHERE.

BUT WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT THE COLLEGE SAYS THAT THEY WILL PUT ONE OR MAYBE TWO PEOPLE IN IT, THAT'S THAT'S HUGE BECAUSE SO I GUESS FOR ME, IF I WAS IN FAVOR OF SUPPORTING SOMETHING LIKE THIS, I WOULD WANT TO KNOW HOW DO WE UNWIND IT? BECAUSE IF THEY DON'T DELIVER ON THEIR PROMISE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PUT ONE OR TWO PEOPLE IN THERE OR A HALF PERSON IN THERE, HOW DO I UNWIND IT? WHAT IS THE MECHANISM TO UNWIND IT?

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I DON'T KNOW WHO THAT QUESTION IS FOR, BUT IT'S KIND OF ONE THAT I NEED TO HAVE ANSWERED BECAUSE I GET IT IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS IT'S A ONE IN TWO DOLLAR INCREASE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S THAT'S PROBABLY NOT LIFE CHANGING MONEY FOR ANYBODY, BUT AS A WHOLE, THAT'S STILL TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY GRAND A YEAR THAT'S COMING IN OF TAXPAYER MONEY.

AND I WANT TO KNOW THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY GIVING THEM A GOOD RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT.

SO THOSE ARE QUESTIONS I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM, FROM THE SHERIFF TO KIND OF GET YOUR VIEWS ON THAT, AND I WOULD THINK THAT WE WOULD WANT EVERYBODY TO BE A PART OF IT.

AND THEN THE LAST THING IS IS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FROM FROM CHP, I MEAN, IS THAT A GUARANTEED IN WRITING COMMITMENT THAT IF WE PASSED THIS ONE IN TWO DOLLAR INCREASE THAT WE WILL HAVE A AUTO FORCE TASK FORCE ON AUTO THEFT TASK FORCE THAT'S GOING TO GUARANTEE US THREE ADDITIONAL CHP OFFICERS IN OUR AREA IN OUR COUNTY THAT ARE AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO US.

BUT THEY ARE THEY'RE GUARANTEED TO BE THERE.

AND THEN AS FAR AS WHEN I'M LOOKING ON LIKE WHAT STANCATT AND WHAT IS HE THE FRESNO COUNTY TASK FORCE? WHEN WE LOOK AT THE TOP OF THAT, THERE'S I'M SORRY, THERE'S ONE CHP LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, IS THAT THE SAME ONE FOR BOTH OR DO WE GET OUR OWN OR IS IT A PORTION OF I KNOW, LIKE WITH OUR CAL FIRE CONTRACT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THE MERCED COUNTY FIRE CHIEF AS VAN LOBEN SELS, BUT HE'S ALSO THE, YOU KNOW, THE FIRE CHIEF FOR MARIPOSA COUNTY.

AND SO I KIND OF WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT LITTLE BIT.

IS IT BEING REPRESENTED TO ME THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET THOSE THAT ARE NOW GOING TO BE HERE? THAT'S GOING TO BE AN ADDITIONAL RESOURCE THAT'S GOING TO BE AVAILABLE IN MY COUNTY AND MY COUNTY ONLY? OR DOES THOSE FIVE CHP OFFICERS THAT ARE IN FRESNO COUNTY? WELL, NOW WE GET TO SAY THAT THREE OF THEM ARE PART OF OURS, TOO.

SO IF YOU COULD HELP ME WITH THOSE.

A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

I KNOW I ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF THEM.

ALL RIGHT.

GO AHEAD.

SO AS FAR AS THE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER PORTION, THAT WOULD BE ME.

OK, SO I CURRENTLY RUN THE STANCATT AND FRESNO HEAT.

I WOULD ALSO PICK UP THE MERCED COUNTY TASK FORCE AS THE THE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER OF THAT TASK FORCE.

WHAT WE'RE WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING FROM CHP IS SO THE THE BODIES, THE HEAT AND THE BODIES ARE AT STANCATT ARE HEAT AND STANCATT BODIES.

THOSE OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS WORK FOR THOSE TASK FORCES.

SO WOULD BE LOOKING AT CREATING A NEW SERGEANT'S POSITION FOR THE MERCED COUNTY TASK FORCE.

AND THEN WE WOULD BRING IN THREE FULL TIME INVESTIGATORS FOR THE MERCED COUNTY TASK FORCE.

AND THEY WOULD WORK MERCED COUNTY.

OKAY, PERFECT.

NO.

THANK YOU THAT THAT ANSWERS A LOT FOR ME AND I KNOW THEY TOUCHED ON IT EARLIER.

RIGHT NOW, THE PLAN IS FOR THE CITY OF MERCED AND MERCED PD TO PROVIDE INITIAL HOUSING FOR US WITH THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE STATE TYPICALLY PICKS UP THE HOUSING AND THE THE LAND SYSTEM AND THAT KIND OF STUFF.

AND THAT'S THAT WOULD BE OUR ULTIMATE GOAL OF WORKING THROUGH THE FUTURE.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE'RE WE'RE WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES UP IN SACRAMENTO SO THAT THAT WHEEL TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO TO GET THROUGH.

BUT THAT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE GOAL.

WORKING DOWN THE ROAD WOULD BE TO CREATE OR FIND A LOCATION THAT IS FUNDED BY THE STATE.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN SO THAT ANSWERS THAT PART OF IT.

AND I DON'T KNOW, CHAIR, IF YOU COULD, SOMEBODY COULD DIRECT ME AS FAR AS THE QUESTION ON HOW DO YOU UNWIND IT IF THE PROMISES AREN'T MADE AREN'T DELIVERED? HOW DO WE UNWIND IT? AND IS THAT POSSIBLE? YOU DO.

BY MAJORITY VOTE OF THE BOARD, WE'RE SENDING THE TAX.

I MEAN, IS IT THAT SIMPLE? BECAUSE THAT SEEMS PRETTY SIMPLE FOR GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

COULD PROBABLY GIVE MORE DETAIL.

BUT I THINK YOU YEAH, YOU UNWIND THE TAX.

AND SO WE JUST LIKE, HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING AND SAY, WE'RE GOING TO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THAT, TAKE THAT ONE AND TWO ADDITIONAL DOLLARS OFF.

I'M NOT AFRAID TO DO THAT.

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, LIKE I KNOW IN GOVERNMENT, IT'S VERY RARE.

LIKE ONCE THEY START, YOU KNOW, THEY BRING IN THE TAXES.

IT'S VERY RARE THAT THEY GO BACKWARDS.

BUT I'M NOT AFRAID TO DO THAT.

I'M NOT AFRAID TO SAY THESE ARE THE PROMISES THAT WERE MADE AND I EXPECT THEM TO BE DELIVERED ON AND THAT IF THEY'RE NOT DELIVERED ON, THEN WE JUST WE UNWIND IT.

I MEAN, I'M ONLY ONE VOTE.

I CAN'T DO IT BY MYSELF, BUT I WOULDN'T.

I WOULDN'T BE AFRAID TO SIT UP HERE AND ASK FOR THAT TO BE DONE.

AND IF IT'S THAT SIMPLE, THEN HEY, THAT'S I'M.

I'M PLEASANTLY SURPRISED.

SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA YES, I THINK MR. SERATO OR IS IS CORRECT.

PROCEDURALLY, THE BOARD WOULD JUST ADOPT A NEW RESOLUTION, LOWERING THE FEE IF THEY DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THEY WERE GETTING VALUE OUT OF THE OUT OF THE FEE AND WOULD HAVE TO THEN RESUBMIT IT TO THE DMV.

BECAUSE THE DMV, THIS RESOLUTION YOU SUBMIT TO THE DMV AND TAKES SIX MONTHS TO IMPLEMENT IT WOULD, I ASSUME, WOULD BE THE SAME GOING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND THEN THE LAST IS I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM THE SHERIFF AND LET ME BEFORE SHERIFF, LET

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ME GO TO SUPERVISOR ESPINOSA AND YOUR NEXT.

I WAS TRYING TO REMEMBER MY QUESTION.

BUT OH YEAH.

REGARDING YEAH, I GUESS WE CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR A A YEARLY PRESENTATION.

MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, I SAID SO WE CAN LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND THE PUBLIC WE CAN ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, ANY CONCERNS FROM THE PUBLIC AS WELL IN THE FUTURE, YOU KNOW, MAKE SURE THAT, HEY, WE'RE MAKING A DENT ON BEING AT THE TOP ON THIS ISSUE, SO OK, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

I JUST LEANED OVER TO COUNCIL SAYING WE COULD RUN IT FOR A YEAR, REASSESS IT INTO THE YEAR AND DECIDE WHETHER WE WANT TO KEEP GOING WITH IT OR NOT.

BUT BECAUSE THERE'S A SIX MONTH LAG, IT WOULD BE KIND OF HARD TO TRACK THAT.

SHERIFF.

GOOD.

PROBABLY AFTERNOON, BUT IT'S AFTERNOON NOW, 20 AFTER.

BEFORE I MAKE MY COMMENTS, I'M GOING TO HAVE MY UNDERSHERIFF READ YOU SOME STATISTICS THAT ARE CURRENT AS OF TODAY PERTAINING TO WHAT THIS TOPIC HAS BEEN.

AFTERNOON CHAIR, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, UNDERSHERIFF COREY GIBSON.

SO OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN AUTO THEFT, AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT THOSE CRIMES OF AUTO THEFT HAVE TO DEAL WITH MORE THAN JUST PROPERTY CRIMES.

HAVE A LOT TO DEAL WITH GANGS.

VIOLENT CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE MUST TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN INVESTIGATING VEHICLE THEFTS.

AND IF YOU CALL ON LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES INTO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN REGARDS TO VEHICLE THEFTS, WE WILL TAKE THE CALL FOR SERVICE.

SO THERE'S JUST A SNAPSHOT OF THE VEHICLE THEFTS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

FOR AUGUST OF TWENTY TWENTY ONE, WE HAD THIRTY TWO VEHICLE THEFTS REPORTED TO OUR OFFICE AND OUT OF THOSE WE RECOVERED THREE.

SEPTEMBER, 2021, WE HAD THIRTY EIGHT.

WE RECOVERED 11.

OCTOBER, FORTY FIVE RECOVERED 17.

NOVEMBER, 2021.

WE HAD THIRTY EIGHT, RECOVERED 10.

AND THIS MONTH SO FAR WE'VE HAD FOUR REPORTS AND ONE RECOVERY.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE BELIEVES IN THE TASK FORCE MODEL.

IT'S CONCERNING THAT WE'RE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS MOU.

ONE OF THE ONE OF THE ROLES IS THE SHERIFF.

HE'S CURRENTLY ELECTED AS THE CHAIR OF THE MERCED COUNTY CHIEFS ASSOCIATION AND ALSO THE MAGNET CHAIR.

SO I'LL GIVE YOU A SNAPSHOT OF THE CURRENT TASK FORCE AND ITS STAFFING LEVEL.

CURRENTLY, CALIFORNIA DOJ PROVIDES A SUPERVISOR, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS A SERGEANT.

WE ALSO SUPPLY A DEPUTY SHERIFF.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ALSO SUPPLIES A COMMUNITY SERVICE TECHNICIANS, WHICH IS THE RECORDS PERSON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES.

A HIRED ANALYST, A DEA AGENT AND FBI AGENT.

MERCED COUNTY PROBATION CURRENTLY HAS ONE PROBATION OFFICER, MERCED PD HAS ONE OFFICER.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DOES A CRIME ANALYST AS A NON PEACE OFFICER POSITION, AND ATWATER CHP HAS ONE OFFICER.

CURRENTLY, THE VACANT POSITIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS, MERCED PD OR ATWATER PD, VACANT, THE LIVINGSTON PD VACANT, GUSTINE PD VACANT, LOS BANOS PD, VACANT, DOS PALOS PD, VACANT, CHP LOS BANOS, VACANT, DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INVESTIGATOR, VACANT UC MERCED, VACANT.

SO IF THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT CHIEFS, I THINK THE SHERIFF WILL TO TALK ABOUT THERE'S NO RESOURCES TO SEND TO A JOINT TASK FORCE.

IT SIMPLY WOULD BE THE CHP RESOURCE.

I THINK THE CHP HAS THE RESOURCE AVAILABLE AS INTO THE COUNTY.

THEY SHOULD DO SO.

AND THEN FOR THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO THE SHERIFF FOR THE COMMENT.

WITH REGARDING TO HAVING A TASK FORCE, WHAT I'M SEEING ON A PROPOSAL BASIS AND A DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT THAT THE POLICE CHIEFS DO SUPPORT THIS VERBALLY.

THEY SAY IT'S A GOOD THING VERBALLY, BUT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE SUPPORTING IT WITH A PERSON.

SO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THIS MONEY IS GOING TO BE GOING TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR SOMETHING THAT WE'RE ALREADY DOING.

WE STARTED TAKING THE CALLS FOR SERVICE REGARDING AUTO THEFTS BACK IN THE SUMMER BECAUSE WHAT WAS HAPPENING IS IS THAT AS EACH ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WOULD CALL IN ON THIS, WE WOULD.

WE'RE GOING TO TRANSFER YOU.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU CALL THIS.

WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS.

WE STOP DOING THAT.

WE JUST TAKE CARE OF THE WE JUST TAKE CARE OF IT.

I'M ALL FOR COLLABORATION, BUT I'M ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION AND I HAVE SPOKEN WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM.

THEY DO VERBALLY SUPPORT THIS.

HOWEVER, THE SERVICES THAT WERE DESCRIBED TODAY ARE PRETTY MUCH ALREADY AVAILABLE OTHER THAN THE THREE DEDICATED HIGHWAY PATROLMAN WE'VE WORKED WITH THE AGENCIES INVOLVED NEVER HAD AN ISSUE, NEVER HAD A HICCUP.

I'M LOOKING AT THIS AS WE'RE ACTUALLY WANTING TO PUT A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLAR BURDEN ON OUR CONSTITUENTS AGAIN, AND WE'RE ALREADY PROVIDING SERVICES THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF.

I HAD A LADY IN MY OFFICE YESTERDAY THAT, YOU KNOW, IT MAY SOUND KIND OF FUNNY, BUT FOUR DOLLARS, WE'RE HELPING HER WITH CHRISTMAS.

HER FIVE KIDS LITERALLY AND MEALS.

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SHE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING ENOUGH GAS MONEY TO GET HOME.

OK TO US FOUR DOLLARS, OK, IN A COLLECTIVE THING.

BUT WE'VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE CARS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ADDING SOMETHING TO THEM, ANOTHER BURDEN FOR SERVICES WE ARE ALREADY PROVIDING, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

I DO FIND IT CONCERNING THAT WITH REGARDING THIS MOU AND THE STATEMENTS THAT THE CHIEFS OF POLICE SUPPORTED THE FOLLOW UP SHOULD HAVE BEEN THEY SUPPORT IT, BUT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO PROVIDE ANY BODIES FOR IT.

I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT UC MERCED SAID THEY'RE GOING TO PROVIDE ONE OR TWO OFFICERS FOR IT, HOWEVER, HAVE NO PARTICIPATION IN OUR MAGNET TASK FORCE.

OUR MAGNET TASK FORCE IS BUSY.

THEY DO UNDERCOVER WORK.

THEY DO ALL THE THINGS ALREADY THAT THIS TASK FORCE PROPOSAL SAYS THEY WILL PROVIDE.

UNDERCOVER SURVEILLANCE THAT'S ALREADY DONE.

WE'VE ALREADY GOT THE EQUIPMENT, WE'VE ALREADY GOT THE PERSONNEL TO DO IT.

MY CONCERN IS IS ANOTHER TAX TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET ANY MORE BANG FOR THIS BUCK THAN WHAT WE ALREADY PROVIDE.

MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND HER TRYING TO KEEP PERSONNEL OR GET PERSONNEL.

AS A DEPARTMENT HEAD I GET IT.

BUT RIGHT NOW, I DON'T THINK THAT THIS RIGHT THIS SPECIFIC, I THINK THAT THERE BE SOME OTHER VENUES.

THE TASK FORCE IT WAS BEEN PROPOSED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP SEVERAL TIMES.

AND I JUST FIND IT INTERESTING THAT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO COME TO YOU, ME BEING THE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY IN THIS COUNTY AND WE'RE NOT EVEN LISTED.

SO FOLKS, YOU GOT SOME DETERMINATION AND I WANT YOU TO.

SHERIFF, HOW COME YOU'RE NOT LISTED? I DON'T KNOW.

THAT WASN'T BROUGHT UP.

MAYBE BECAUSE I MADE MY VOICE HEARD THAT WE WEREN'T GOING TO BE A PART OF IT.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE A PART OF IT, BUT THEY JUST SAID THAT THEY SUPPORTED IT.

OK, SO THAT PART, OK.

AND THEN THE JAIL SENTENCING, I'M FINDING KIND OF HARD TO GRAB A HOLD OF THE JAIL SENTENCING PART ONE WHEN RIGHT NOW, WHEN WE'RE WRITING TICKETS TO PEOPLE WE CATCH WITH STOLEN CARS.

WE'VE GOT A LOT OF STUFF HERE GOING ON.

AND IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE CRIME.

WE DO HAVE A LOT OF STOLEN CARS.

WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS THAT ARE HITTING EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS VERY HARD, ESPECIALLY IN THE AG COMMUNITY.

BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT A TASK FORCE IS GOING TO BE ONE TO WRANGLE IN ALL THAT.

OK, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A BETTER WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS AND WE'VE DONE THAT WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

THE DA'S OFFICE DOES HAVE AN AG CRIME INVESTIGATOR.

OK, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THAT PERSON, SO I'M JUST LOOKING AT IT ON THE BACKS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AGAIN TO PROVIDE A SERVICE THAT WE SHOULD ALREADY BE PROVIDING.

SO ANY QUESTIONS WITH REGARD TO THAT, THE CHAIR DOES RECOGNIZE SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

YEAH, THE ONE CAVEAT HERE THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME IS THAT IS IT CHP IS GOING TO COMMIT THREE OFFICERS TO MERCED COUNTY, SO FOR TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EXTRA DOLLARS.

AND AND YOU KNOW, I MEAN, MY GUESS, NOT MY GUESS.

MY THOUGHTS ARE THAT WE'RE ALREADY SHORT WITH CHP'S IN OUR COUNTY, RIGHT WITH PATROL.

ANYWAY, SO WHAT WHAT DO YOU WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT? THEY'RE NOT INVESTIGATING ANY MINE.

THEY'RE NOT INVESTIGATING THE CITIES BECAUSE THE CITIES INVESTIGATE THEIR OWN.

SO WHO'S ARE THEY INVESTIGATING JUST THEIR OWN? THEY ALREADY HAVE THAT.

BUT IT'S THREE ADDITIONAL BODIES.

IT'S THREE ADDITIONAL BODIES, THAT'S WHAT'S BEING PLACED ON THE TABLE DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S TO FRUITION.

HOWEVER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THIS ALREADY PROVIDE SERVICES TO INVESTIGATE THESE STEPS.

WE DO AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

I KNOW THAT MERCE P.D.

AND THE OTHER LOCAL JURISDICTIONS DO, AND WHEN THEY NEED HELP, THEY'VE REACHED OUT TO ME FOR THAT HELP, AND WE'RE VERY GLAD TO DO IT.

MY CONCERN IS ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE ASKING SOMETHING ON THE BACKS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT WE SHOULD ALREADY BE PROVIDING.

IF YOU ARE YOU, ARE YOU DONE WANT TO MAKE SURE? SO I HAVE ONE OTHER QUESTION THAT I DIDN'T GET ANSWERED EARLIER, BUT I'LL DO THAT AFTER WE'RE DONE WITH THIS TOPIC.

I HAVE.

TAKE ME THROUGH THE PROCESS.

SOMEBODY FIGURES OUT BECAUSE I KNOW I HAD ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO DISCOVERED THEIR VEHICLE WAS STOLEN.

SO IF THEY FIGURE OUT THEY WALK OUTSIDE IN THE MORNING, THEIR CAR IS GONE.

THIS PARTICULAR ONE WAS ACTUALLY IN A GARAGE AND THEY STOLE.

SO CHP SAID, NO, THAT'S SHERIFF NEEDS TO RESPOND TO THAT.

SO WHAT DOES TAKE ME THROUGH THE PROCESS WHEN SOMEBODY REALIZES THEIR CAR IS GONE? OBVIOUSLY, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE A REPORT NO MATTER WHAT AGENCY IS RESPONSIBLE TO THEM.

IF THEY CONTACT US, WE WILL RESPOND TO THE SCENE, GET ALL THE PERTINENT INFORMATION TO THAT CAR AND THEN THAT INFORMATION IS PUT INTO CLUTCH, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITHIN THE STATE.

OK, SO LICENSE PLATE READERS, WE'VE USED THEM, WE HAVE THEM WHEN THOSE VEHICLES ARE RUN.

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WE ALSO DO INVESTIGATIVE LEADS BECAUSE SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL HAVE A SENSE OF WHO MIGHT BE THE SUSPECT.

NOT EVERY TIME, BUT SOMETIMES.

SO THEN IT'S REPORTED AND THEN IT'S PUT DOWN AS IN ANY OTHER INVESTIGATIVE LEAD.

THEN WE'LL TAKE ON WHATEVER WE CAN WHEN WE CAN.

AS FAR AS HAVING, IF WE DON'T HAVE MORE INFORMATION AND THAT'S WHERE IT ENDS, A LOT OF TIMES WE'RE RELYING ON A VEHICLE STOP SOMEWHERE TO HAVE IT FLASH UP BECAUSE IMMEDIATELY WHEN I MAKE A STOP AND I MAKE A LOT OF THEM, DISPATCH IMMEDIATELY RUNS THAT PLATE BEFORE I LEAVE MY TRUCK AND GET TO THAT CAR.

I'M BEING TOLD WHAT KIND OF CAR IT IS, WHETHER OR NOT IT'S STOLEN, ALL THE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THAT.

AND THEN THEY GIVE ME THE INFORMATION ON THE CAR SO IT MATCHES WHAT I'M LOOKING AT.

SO THE RECOVERY ON THIS, WHAT A LOT OF TIMES THESE TASK FORCE AND I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN TASK FORCE, I'M GOING ON FORTY THREE YEARS HERE WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

AND I REMEMBER BACK IN THE DAY WHEN WE HAD THE AUTO THEFT TASK FORCE AND SOME GOOD FRIENDS OF MINE WITH HIGHWAY PATROL, A LOT OF IT CHOP SHOPS, THERE'S A LOT OF THAT STUFF THAT STILL GOES ON TO THIS DAY AND LEGISLATION.

WE DO HAVE THE RECYCLERS TO BLAME FOR THAT, BUT THE PROCESS IS THE SAME FOR THAT CAR WITH JUST THE RECORDS IMMEDIATELY.

SO I THINK WHERE I'M GOING IS WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THEIR CAR STOLEN.

IS IT A NINE ONE ONE CALL? GENERALLY, NO.

IT'S A BUSINESS LINE CALL.

HOWEVER, IF THEY DO CALL 911, WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THEM HANG UP AND CALL IN ON A BUSINESS LINE.

WE TAKE TAKE THE INFORMATION MOST OF THE TIME ON THESE THAT WE GET IT THROUGH THE BUSINESS LINE MERCED PD.

EVERYBODY'S GOT THEIR BUSINESS LINE GENERALLY ON A CALL THAT THAT'S A COLD CALL.

IF THE CAR'S ALREADY GONE, IT'S LIKE YOUR HOUSE GETTING BROKE INTO, ARE YOU ALL RIGHT, YES, WE'RE ALL RIGHT.

OK, THEN WE TAKE THE INFORMATION.

SO THE RECOVERY IS USUALLY ON A PULLOVER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, CORRECT? UNLESS WE HAVE SOME OTHER INFORMATION.

YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A GUY IN THIS BLUE TRUCK AND, YOU KNOW, HE WAS HANGING AROUND THE AREA EARLIER AND WELL, THEN WE START CHECKING ON THAT WHATEVER INFORMATION WE CAN GLEAN FROM THE VICTIMS, WHAT WE CAN DO.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT CHANGES WITH ANY AGENCY AS JUST A MATTER OF INVESTIGATIVE LEADS.

OK.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU.

SO YOU SAY, YOU KNOW, YOU CATCH THESE GUYS AND YOU'RE WRITING TICKETS.

RIGHT.

SO CHAIRMAN MCDANIEL BROUGHT UP THE GOOD POINT ABOUT, OK, WHAT HAPPENS? HOW DOES IT GO? THEN WHERE DOES IT GO AFTER THAT? SO YOU SAY, TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR POSSIBLE PROSECUTION.

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT END UP IN JAIL, BUT MOST OF THEM DON'T IF IT'S NOT A VIOLENT CRIME UNDER THE ZERO BAIL.

AND WE JUST GOT NOTIFIED TODAY THAT OUR ILLUSTRIOUS JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND OUR PEOPLE UP IN SACRAMENTO HAVE EXTENDED THIS ANOTHER 90 DAYS.

SO THERE'S WHERE WE'RE GOING WITH IT.

WE CAN START THIS, WE CAN DO ALL THIS STUFF.

BUT UNTIL CRITERIA IS THAT WE GET TO START PUTTING PEOPLE IN JAIL, OK, THEY CAN CONVICT THEM OF THE AUTO THEFT.

BUT IT'S LIKE, MATT SAID, SOMETIMES THEY'RE JUST GETTING PUT ON A BRACELET AND WE GOT PEOPLE THAT ARE CUTTING THOSE OFF TOO, SO THERE'S NO GENUINE PUNISHMENT FOR IT.

I UNDERSTAND THE DESIGN AND THE DESIRE TO HELP MITIGATE SOME OF THIS THROUGH A TASK FORCE.

BUT THIS RIGHT HERE IS WHAT I'M LOOKING AT ON A PIECE OF PAPER IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL.

THAT'S IT.

THERE'S NO THERE'S NO AGREEMENT HERE SET FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

THERE'S NONE FOR PROBATION.

BUT IF YOU NOTICE THAT THE INFORMATION THAT WAS SHARED WITH YOU, THE KEY PLAYERS IN THOSE OTHER AREAS WAS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND PROBATION.

IT'S ABSENT FROM THIS ONE, AND MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I ALREADY VOICED MY POSITION THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE A PART OF THAT TASK FORCE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A TASK FORCE THAT WE'RE HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH.

AND WHAT'S THE REVENUE THAT'S BROUGHT IN FROM THOSE TICKETS, DO YOU KNOW? THAT PART I COULDN'T EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW DON'T THINK.

I THINK IT'S REFERRING TO, YOU KNOW, BEFORE YOU WANT TO COME UP TO THE MIC BEFORE ZERO BAIL AND BEFORE A LOT OF THE RECENT REFORMS ON CASES LIKE CAR THEFT, THEY'D MAKE AN ARREST AND THEY BOOKED SOMEBODY IN A JAIL NOW BECAUSE OF ZERO BAIL, BECAUSE OF, YOU KNOW, DECOMPRESSING THE JAIL DURING COVID.

AND A LOT OF THOSE, THOSE KIND OF EMERGENCY PANDEMIC MEASURES, SOMEBODY GETS PULLED OVER AT LEAST TEMPORARILY FOR THE TIME BEING WITH A STOLEN CAR THEY'RE GUILTY OF OR THERE.

THERE'S ENOUGH CAUSE FOR AN ARREST AND THEY WRITE THEM A TICKET.

AND SO WE IMPOUND THE VEHICLE AT THAT TIME, IT CAN IMPOUND THE VEHICLE.

THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO.

SO, BUT INSTEAD OF BOOKING SOMEBODY IN A JAIL, YOU'RE WRITING A CITATION.

SO AS THE WAY, INITIALLY WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST STARTED, I HAD POLICE REPORTS WHERE THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE OR THE THIEF WAS SO PLEASANTLY THRILLED THAT HE COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

HE'D GOT A EVADING AND A CAR THEFT.

HE'S LIKE, YOU'RE JUST WRITING ME A TICKET.

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER.

BUT ANOTHER STORY.

SO I THINK WE'RE BOTH.

BOTH OUR AGENCIES ARE PRETTY FRUSTRATED WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS, BUT HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW, AS WE EASE OUT OF THIS, THINGS WILL GET BETTER.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

WELL, CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER, YOU KNOW, IN OUR COUNTY.

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LIKE I SAID FROM EXPERIENCE, I DID CONTRACT WITH ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY AND, YOU KNOW, PICKING UP VEHICLES, LIKE I SAID EVERY EVERY WEEK.

BUT, YOU KNOW, EVERY TIME THAT SOMEBODY CALLS WHETHER, HOPEFULLY IF WE ALL THE CITIES SIGN UP AND WHEN SOMEBODY CALLS THE CHP IS THE ONE THAT PICKS IT UP, YOU KNOW, PICKS UP THE CALL AND AND IS OUT THERE.

SO I WAS, YOU KNOW, ALL OVER, YOU KNOW, PARTS OF THE COUNTY, YOU KNOW, DOING SEEING THAT.

SO I THINK THAT NOT THAT THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT DOESN'T DO A GREAT JOB, BUT I'M, YOU KNOW, I ASSUME THAT, YOU KNOW, I THINK IN MY MIND, I ASSUME THAT CHP WAS FOLLOWING UP ON ALL THE OTHER VEHICLE THEFTS.

SO BUT I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT DOES HAVE THE TASK FORCE TOO.

I JUST SEE IT AS A PLUS THAT WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER.

AND AND, YOU KNOW, IF THERE'S A POSSIBILITY OF GETTING THREE MORE OR OR HOWEVER, MANY MORE BODIES WORKING OUT THERE TO RECOVER THE VEHICLES PLUS BRING DOWN THE, YOU KNOW, THE CATEGORY OF, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ON TOP AND IN VEHICLE THEFT.

SO I JUST THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO BENEFIT MERCED COUNTY RESIDENTS.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THE PROBATION HAVE ANYTHING THEY WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS, LISA? BECAUSE YOU GUYS WEREN'T INCLUDED IN A MOU.

I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS A REASON FOR THAT OR.

YEAH, THANK YOU.

BOARD CHAIR AND GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

I'M CHIEF DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER LISA MAPLES, AND I'M HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL OF THE AGENCIES THAT ARE LISTED IN THE MOU AND ALSO WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE MOU THIS MORNING, AND SO WE'RE NOT MENTIONED IN THE MOU.

SO THAT'S WHY I'M HERE AND ALONG WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE ALSO WITH LOOKING AT THE MOU, THE TASK FORCE THAT THEY HAVE IN STANISLAUS HAS A PART TIME PROBATION OFFICER.

SO I MEAN, ONE CAN ASSUME OR NOT.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ASSUME THAT WE MIGHT BE CALLED TO BE PART OF THIS TASK FORCE? SO YES, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF WE WOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED.

SO AT THIS TIME, NO, WE DON'T HAVE THE STAFFING FOR THAT AND WE'RE ALREADY PART OF THE TASK FORCE, IN MERCED, AS THE SHERIFF SAID.

YOU KNOW, THAT DOES A LOT OF THIS.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YES, SURE.

IS THERE ANYTHING BEING THAT YOU ARE PART OF THE PRESENTING GROUP, WHILE WE'LL LET YOU ADD INTO THIS BEFORE WE GO TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

JARED EGAN, DEPUTY DA, I LISTENED WITH INTEREST TO WHAT VERN HAD TO SAY.

YOU KNOW WHERE I WAS AT EIGHT A.M.

TODAY? I WAS AT THE CAR REPAIR SHOP LAST WEEK.

NOBODY STOLE MY CAR, BUT THEY SMASHED THE PASSENGER WINDOW OF MY CAR, BROKE IT, RIFLED THROUGH MY GLOVE COMPARTMENT.

AND SO THESE ARE IMPORTANT CASES.

I WASN'T VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

THESE WERE IMPORTANT CASES.

AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, WHEN YOU GET YOUR CAR STOLEN FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THEY OWN OR THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT THING THEY OWN.

WE'RE NUMBER EIGHT ON THE HIT PARADE, AS SPEAKERS HAVE MENTIONED, AND WE BETTER DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT UNLESS WE WANT THE STATUS QUO TO CONTINUE INTO THE FUTURE.

I DON'T LIKE I DON'T LIKE THAT.

I DON'T LIKE CAR THIEVES.

I TAKE THESE CASES VERY SERIOUSLY AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.

AND THE IDEA OF GETTING THREE MORE CHP OFFICERS, WE'RE GOING TO GET MORE THAN THAT, I THINK, FROM THIS PROPOSAL.

I WOULD LOVE THE IDEA OF THREE MORE CHP OFFICERS ON THE STREET PATROLLING.

OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DO A GOOD JOB OF CATCHING PEOPLE WHO DRIVE STOLEN VEHICLES.

BUT THREE MORE CHP OFFICERS WHO SPECIALIZE IN THIS KIND OF WORK WOULD BE OF ENORMOUS BENEFIT.

AS YOU SAY, MOST OF THE TIME PEOPLE CALL THE POLICE, MY CAR IS GONE.

THEY CALL THE POLICE, HELP ME, THEY SAY, AND THE POLICE DO A GOOD JOB OF HELPING.

BUT MUCH MORE COULD BE DONE WITH THREE CHP OFFICERS ON PATROL LOOKING FOR THESE STOLEN VEHICLES SPECIALIZING IN THESE CASES.

A LOT OF MY JOB.

PART OF MY JOB IS EDUCATING POLICE OFFICERS ON HOW TO INVESTIGATE THESE CASES.

WITH THIS FUNDING, WE COULD DO THAT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

THANK YOU.

AND I THINK I KIND OF WANT TO GET BACK TO THE QUESTION THAT I HAVEN'T REALLY HAD ANSWERED DURING THIS TIME IS WHO'S GOING TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE TASK FORCE?

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UNDER THE MOU THERE'S AN EXECUTIVE BOARD THAT'S CREATED AND IT'S BASED ON PARTNERS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE TASK FORCE.

IT'S REALLY VERY IT IS VERY SIMILAR IN CONCEPT TO THE CURRENT TASK FORCE THAT'S BEING OPERATED RIGHT NOW UNDER THE SHERIFF'S DIRECTION.

SO THERE IS AN EXECUTIVE BOARD, BUT REALLY IT'S THE LIEUTENANT, THE CHP LIEUTENANT, THE COMMANDER WHO IS PROVIDING A PROPOSED BUDGET AND WHO IS MANAGING AND DIRECTING THE TASK FORCE.

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS BASICALLY A PASS THROUGH AGENCY SO THAT THOSE DOLLARS GO INTO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY BUDGET, BUT THEN THE PORTION THAT IS DIRECTED FOR THE TASK FORCE IS PASSED DIRECTLY TO THE TASK FORCE.

AS I SAID, THE MOU CALLS FOR A BUDGET TO BE PREPARED ONCE A YEAR.

THAT BUDGET IS VOTED ON BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR THE TASK FORCE, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF THE MEMBERS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING.

AND THEN REALLY, THIS IS A THIS IS A FLUID SITUATION BECAUSE THE PARTICIPATION IN THE TASK FORCE IS ALWAYS BASED ON THE BUDGETS OF THE AGENCIES WHO ARE INVOLVED.

AND SO THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF QUESTION ABOUT WHY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ISN'T INVOLVED IN THE MOU AND WHY PROBATION IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE MOU.

WELL, THE ANSWERS ARE PRESENTED BY THE SPEAKERS THEMSELVES.

THE SHERIFF WAS VERY CLEAR AT THE BEGINNING IN 2019, WHEN WE FIRST PROPOSED THIS CONCEPT THAT HE DID NOT SUPPORT THE TASK FORCE AND WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN IT.

AND SO IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO'S DECLARING THAT THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN IT AND THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN IT, THEN NO, HE WASN'T PART OF IT.

AND THEN PROBATION DOESN'T HAVE THE STAFF TO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE A PARTICIPANT.

AND SO IN ADDITION, THIS REALLY HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON BEING AN INVESTIGATIVE TASK FORCE.

PROBATION USUALLY IS INVOLVED IN CASES AFTER CONVICTION AND IN PROVIDING SERVICES TO FOLKS WHO ARE ACTIVE ON PROBATION.

BECAUSE WE'RE JUST STARTING AND WE'RE JUST PUTTING THIS TOGETHER RIGHT NOW, WE'RE FOCUSED MOST ON THE FRONT END, WHICH IS THE INVESTIGATIVE SIDE OF THINGS.

SO FOR THOSE REASONS, PROBATION WASN'T ACTIVELY INVOLVED EITHER, AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT ARE BEING ANTICIPATED FROM LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

OF COURSE, THOSE ARE ALL DEPENDENT ON THEIR BUDGET CYCLES AND WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THEM.

THAT'S PART OF THE REASON FOR WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TASK FORCE WITH WITH MAGNET.

BUT WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT WE'VE BEEN IN ACTIVE CONVERSATIONS FOR TWO YEARS, AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME, WE CAME DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY OF WHAT PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE, AND WE'VE COMMUNICATED THAT TO YOU.

WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT WITH THE CHANGING FISCAL SITUATION OF THE MUNICIPALITIES, IF THEY LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE CITY OF MERCED HAS A MEASURE THAT'S GOING TO BE COMING FORWARD IN THE NEAR FUTURE THAT DETERMINES THE FUTURE FOR THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN OR CANNOT DO UNTIL THEY KNOW THE SUCCESS OF THAT MEASURE.

SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BRING TO YOU THE THINGS THAT WE FEEL ARE SOLID COMMITMENTS RIGHT NOW.

BUT WHAT I CAN SAY TO YOU IS THAT AS FINANCIAL SITUATIONS IMPROVE AMONG THE MUNICIPALITIES, THE LEADERSHIP HAS INDICATED TO US THAT THEY WOULD BE WILLING, MORE WILLING AND LIKELY TO CONTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL HELP AND SUPPORT TO THE TASK FORCE.

I'M SORRY, I HAD ONE MORE THING THAT I WANTED TO SAY, AND I DIDN'T WRITE IT DOWN.

I MEAN, I PROBABLY WILL HAVE TO COME BACK TO YOU, BUT THERE IS A BENEFIT THAT IS IN ADDITION TO JUST THE PERSONNEL THAT ARE BEING CONTRIBUTED BECAUSE.

I'M SORRY, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO.

WHEN I REMEMBER THAT, I'LL BRING IT BACK TO YOU AGAIN, I'M SORRY.

THAT'S OK.

I DO LIKE THE FACT.

WELL, I'M SAYING IT'S A FACT THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THREE MORE CHP OFFICERS HERE IN MERCED COUNTY.

BUT I WOULD I MEAN, IT'S KIND OF YOU WOULD THINK WE'D HAVE AT LEAST SOMEBODY FROM SOME CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT HERE REPRESENTING IF THEY WERE IN SUPPORT OF THIS.

I'M JUST PUTTING IT OUT THERE.

I DON'T SEE ANY OF THE POLICE CHIEFS HERE OR ANY OF THE REPRESENTATION FROM THE CITIES.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

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THANK YOU, CHAIR.

YOU MADE A COMMENT ABOUT THE BUDGET COMING TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND THEN WHAT PORTION GOES TO THE TASK FORCE GOES TO THEM.

SO I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION FROM THE EARLIER PRESENTATION THAT ALL THIS MONEY GOES TO THE TASK FORCE FOR THE NEW MONEY.

WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THE MONEY THAT WE'RE RECEIVING ALREADY THIS WILL BE INCREASING, THAT IT'LL BE DOUBLING IT.

SO THE PORTION THAT PAYS FOR THE PROSECUTOR WILL REMAIN IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY BUDGET AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO PAY FOR THE PROSECUTOR AND THEN THE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS WILL BE FORWARDED ON TO THE TASK FORCE.

SO RIGHT NOW, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IS GOING DIRECTLY TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND REMAINING IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE BUDGET.

BUT THESE NEW DOLLARS THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ARE GOING TO BE ADDED TO THE SAME BUDGET LINE, THEN PUT INTO THE SAME ACCOUNT.

AND SO WHEN THAT MONEY IS FORWARDED TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, THE COSTS THAT ARE RELATED TO THE PROSECUTOR WILL REMAIN INTACT WITHIN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S BUDGET AND THEN THE REMAINDER WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE TASK FORCE BUDGET.

OK.

THE ESTIMATION IS THAT APPROXIMATELY HALF WILL GO TO THE TASK FORCE AND HALF WILL STAY TO PAY FOR THE COSTS OF THE PROSECUTOR, AND THE TASK FORCE WILL USE THAT MONEY TO POSSIBLY PUT UP AN OFFICE TO BUY BAIT VEHICLES.

OTHER PROGRAMS BECAUSE THE WAGES, AT LEAST FROM THE CHP STANDPOINT, THEY'RE PAYING FOR THEIR OFFICERS, THEIR THREE OFFICERS TO BE IN MERCED COUNTY.

CHP WILL BE PAYING FOR THE THREE PATROL OFFICERS AND A SERGEANT AND CHP AT SOME POINT WILL ALSO BE PROVIDING THE LOCATION.

SO THOSE DOLLARS RIGHT NOW COULD BE GOING TOWARDS A MINIMAL RENT THAT'S PAID TO THE CITY OF MERCED.

THEY ALSO ARE MOST LIKELY TO GO TOWARDS OVERTIME EXPENSES OR EQUIPMENT NEEDS FOR THE FOR THE TASK FORCE.

ONE THING I DID WANT TO POINT OUT IS THAT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF FEE RIGHT NOW, PLEASE REMEMBER THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN COMMERCIAL VERSUS A CITIZEN'S PAYMENT.

RIGHT NOW, WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS ONE DOLLAR PER CAR FOR EVERY CITIZEN.

AND WHEN IT, WE'RE ASKING TO INCREASE THAT TO TWO DOLLARS.

IT'S THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES THAT HAVE THE INCREASE FROM TWO TO FOUR.

YOU GOOD.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

SO AS I READ, WAS READING THROUGH THE MOU AND I APOLOGIZE.

I DIDN'T READ THAT DEEPLY INTO IT PRIOR TO THIS.

BUT NOW THAT WE'VE MENTIONED ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS A QUESTION WHO IS BECAUSE IT SAYS ON ITEM FOUR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SHALL ACT AS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND GOVERN THE AFFAIRS OF MEERKAT.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SHALL BE COMPROMISED OF THE MEMBERS OF THE MERCED COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATION.

WHO IS THAT? I BELIEVE THAT'S REFERRING TO WHAT WE COMMONLY CALL THE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION.

BUT AS I SAID, THIS IS A DRAFT.

AND SO IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE THIS IS JUST A TEMPLATE AND WE NEED TO GO OUT TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPATING AGENCIES AND NEGOTIATE WITH WITH THEM.

AND SO THE LANGUAGE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

OK.

AND THEN WHEN YOU MENTIONED THE POTENTIALLY THE DOLLARS COULD GO FOR OVERTIME, WOULD THAT BE OVERTIME? JUST LIKE IF, LET'S SAY THAT MERCED COLLEGE CAME THROUGH AND ACTUALLY PUT TWO BODIES IN THERE, WHICH I'M NOT GOING TO HOLD MY BREATH.

BUT ANYWAYS, IF THEY DID, I WOULD SAY THEY'VE BEEN.

THEY'VE BEEN FAIRLY FIRM ABOUT ONE.

OK, WELL, LET ME SAY THIS.

I WANT TO CORRECT IT BECAUSE IT WAS UC MERCED, IT WASN'T MERCED COLLEGE, BUT THERE'S ONE.

SO, AND THEY WERE RUNNING A SPECIAL, YOU KNOW, STING OPERATION AND THEY HAD SOME OVERTIME THAT WOULD PAY THOSE DOLLARS WOULD HELP TO PAY TO OFFSET THE OVERTIME FOR THEM.

IT COULD.

BUT HONESTLY, IF ATWATER COMES TO US AND SAYS, HEY, WE LOCATED THIS CAR AND WE THINK IT'S PART OF A CHOP SHOP THAT'S HERE IN ATWATER AND WOULD YOU GUYS BE WILLING TO TAKE THIS CASE? THEN THE OFFICER FROM ATWATER, WHO'S NOT PART OF THE TASK FORCE, WILL BE WORKING WITH THE TASK FORCE ON THAT CASE.

AND SO WE ALSO COULD HELP PAY THE COSTS TO ATWATER FOR THE OVERTIME FOR THEIR OFFICER WHO'S WORKING THAT CASE AT THAT PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE ATWATER WOULD BE A PARTICIPATING AGENCY, BUT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE CONTRIBUTED AN OFFICER.

OK, OK.

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SO I GUESS FOR ME AND I'M NOT, I'M STILL I'M NOT DECIDED YET, INTERESTED TO OPEN IT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND HEAR MORE FROM MY COLLEAGUES.

BUT IT'S JUST IT'S ONE OF THOSE DEALS WHERE WE'RE ASKED AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO APPROVE THIS TAX INCREASE, RIGHT? ONE, TWO TO TWO DOLLAR INCREASE TO MAKE IT FROM ONE TO TWO TO TWO TO FOUR.

BUT I FEEL LIKE ONCE THAT'S DONE OTHER THAN JUST TRYING TO RESCIND IT, IT'S KIND OF OUT OF OUR HANDS ON LIKE HOW IT HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT, WHAT IT SPENT ON, WHAT ARE THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, WHAT ARE OUR WHAT IS THIS? AND AND I'M GUESSING I'M GOING TO ASK THE QUESTION IS, IS THAT DO WE NEED TO MAKE THAT PART OF IT RIGHT NOW? LIKE WHAT? LIKE, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO IF I SUPPORT SOMETHING, IT'S FOR ME, IT'S ALL ABOUT GETTING A GOOD RETURN ON OUR INVESTMENT.

OK, SO WE HAVE CURRENT NUMBERS I WANT WHO'S GOING TO REPORT BACK TO ME IN A YEAR FROM NOW THAT SHOWS ME THAT THIS EXTRA TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WE PUT ON THE BACKS OF THE TAXPAYER THAT THAT THEY'RE GETTING SOMETHING TO RETURN FOR IN RETURN FOR IT.

WE ARE BOUND BY THE LANGUAGE OF THE STATUTE, WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE DOLLARS BE SPENT ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE THAT'S INDICATED.

SO WE CAN'T TAKE THAT DOLLAR THOSE DOLLARS AND USE THEM FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE OTHER THAN PROSECUTING OR INVESTIGATING AUTO THEFT.

AND I AND I HOPE THAT I DID NOT SUGGEST THAT ANYBODY WOULD DO ANYTHING BUT THAT.

BUT BUT STILL, WHAT ARE THE MEASURABLES IF OH, IN THE.

GO AHEAD.

YOU SAW SOME OF IT EARLIER.

SO THE MOU ACTUALLY HAVE A PAGE THAT IS ON ITS EITHER PAGE ONE OR TWO OF THE MOU AND CHP HAS IDENTIFIED THE GOALS OF THE TASK FORCE.

AND ONE OF IT, ONE OF THE GOALS IS I THINK IT WAS A FIVE PERCENT INCREASE IN APPREHENSIONS AND PROSECUTIONS.

AND AND SO THEY'RE LOOKING AT AT THE TASK FORCE.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT WHAT THE DELIVERABLES ARE.

THAT PORTION OF THE MOU SHOULD TELL YOU WHAT THE DELIVERABLES ARE.

MAYBE I PASSED THAT PART UP.

I'M SORRY, OBJECTIVES.

IT'S ON PAGE ONE.

OK, FAIR ENOUGH.

AND THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE ALL WANT TO HAVE GOALS.

BUT THEN AGAIN, WHAT ARE THE DELIVERABLES? WHAT DID YOU MEET THAT GOAL? AND DOES THAT COME BACK? I WANT THAT TO COME BACK TO ME IN AN ANNUAL PRESENTATION THAT SAYS.

WE ARE AT YOUR SERVICE.

AND SO IF YOU REQUIRE A REPORT FROM US YEARLY, THEN WE WILL COME YEARLY AND AND REPORT TO THE BOARD AND SHOW OUR PROGRESS TO THE BOARD.

WE'RE A COUNTY DEPARTMENT.

AND SO THIS IS MONEY THAT YOU'VE BUDGETED TO US, AND I THINK ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS GIVE US YOUR DIRECTION THAT THAT'S WHAT YOU WISH US TO DO.

AND WE WILL, WE WILL COOPERATE AND COMPLY WITH THAT REQUIREMENT.

AND THEN AND THEN THE OTHER PIECE IS I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THE OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT MERCED TODAY, RIGHT? BUT I WANT TO KNOW, LIKE, I'M GOING TO TELL YOU, WE GOT THIS BIG CORRIDOR, THAT'S I-5 THAT THAT IS, YOU KNOW, DRUG TRAFFICKING.

THE NUMBER OF CARS AND QUITE HONESTLY, PEOPLE THAT BECOME BROKE DOWN IN SANTA NELLA, WHO BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING DOWN INTERSTATE FIVE AND IT'S CRAZY TO KNOW THAT THERE'S WHEN WE DID THE HOMELESS COUNT, THERE'S ALMOST AS MANY HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING IN SAN JANELLA AS THERE IS IN LOS BANOS, RIGHT? SO I KNOW THAT'S I'M GETTING OFF TOPIC A LITTLE BIT.

BUT WHAT'S THE COMMITMENT TO THE WEST SIDE OF THE COUNTY LIKE IF WE'RE GOING TO GET THREE NEW CHP OFFICERS THAT THEY I'M HOPING AT LEAST ONE IS GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME OUT ON THE WEST SIDE, TOO, BECAUSE WE GOT SOME PRETTY BIG THOROUGHFARES THROUGH THERE.

THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS IS THAT NINETY NINE AND I-5 ARE CORRIDORS THROUGH THE CENTRAL VALLEY, AND MERCED IS THE BIG BLANK SPOT RIGHT NOW.

AND PEOPLE KNOW THAT AUTO THEFT IS NOT BEING ENFORCED AND INVESTIGATED WITH THE SAME ATTENTION HERE IN MERCED COUNTY AS IT IS IN OTHER COUNTIES, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, WE'RE KIND OF FILLING IN THE GAP BY BRINGING THIS SERVICE TO MERCED, AND IT IS INTENDED TO BE A COUNTY WIDE SERVICE.

ABSOLUTELY.

IT IS DRIVEN, REALLY.

SO WHEN THE SHERIFF WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THEIR AUTO THEFTS INVESTIGATIONS GO FORWARD, IT WAS FOCUSED MOSTLY ON THE INTAKE.

I WAS AN AUTO THEFT PROSECUTOR IN STANISLAUS COUNTY AND I WORKED DIRECTLY WITH STANCATT AND THE PROSECUTIONS AND THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ARE BASED ON THE END PRODUCT, WHICH IS LOCATING THE VEHICLE.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT IS THAT IN ORDER TO PROVE THIS CRIME, WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY SEE THE INDIVIDUAL CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE AND DRIVING IT.

SO IF YOU FIND A VEHICLE THAT'S PARKED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND NOBODY IS ASSOCIATED WITH IT, I'M NOT ABLE TO PROSECUTE THAT CRIME BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHO IT WAS,

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WHO LEFT IT THERE.

SO THAT'S WHY SURVEILLANCE IS SUCH A LARGE PART OF THIS TASK FORCE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PUT EYES ON THAT CAR AND SURVEIL IT UNTIL YOU CAN IDENTIFY WHO IT IS, WHO HAS CONTROL OVER IT AND SOMEBODY WHO'S ACTUALLY DRIVEN IT.

AND THAT'S THE FOCUS OF OF THE TASK FORCE.

SO THOSE REPORTED STOLEN VEHICLES GO INTO THE SYSTEM AND LICENSE PLATE READERS BECOME AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE INVESTIGATION.

WHEN THAT STOLEN VEHICLE IS IDENTIFIED BASICALLY THROUGH A LICENSE PLATE READER, THEN THE TASK FORCE IS CALLED IN TO HELP WITH IT.

SO WE'LL BE GETTING CALLS FROM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTY ABOUT STOLEN VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN LOCATED, THAT ARE PARKED AND ARE NOT MOBILE, AND ASKING FOR HELP TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH INVESTIGATING THOSE THOSE CRIMES.

THANK YOU.

SO REAL QUICK, RODRIGO, LET ME JUST SO I'M JUST LOOKING AT THE RANKINGS, SO STANCATT MODESTO WAS RANKED NUMBER FOUR NATIONWIDE FOR STOLEN VEHICLES, BUT THEY HAVE THIS TASK FORCE IN PLACE.

THEY USED TO BE NUMBER ONE.

I WAS GOING TO ASK THAT I DO REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE NUMBER ONE SO THAT WHENEVER THEY FORM THIS STANCATT? I THINK CHP HAS A BETTER ANSWER.

SO WHAT I'M SAYING IS, SO IF MERCED DOES THIS, YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE US OFF THE LIST.

I'M HOPING TO.

I REALLY AM I.

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING BETTER THAN WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW.

SURE.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

WELL, I'M PRETTY SURE WE YOU KNOW, AS YOU KNOW, AS ELECTED, AS WE GET THE CALLS EVERY DAY ABOUT STOLEN CARS, IT'S EVERY DAY IN OUR YOU KNOW, IN OUR AGENCIES NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ENOUGH BECAUSE IT'S JUST OUT OF HAND.

BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, THE CHP DOES A GREAT, WONDERFUL JOB, YOU KNOW, AS WELL WITH TOGETHER WITH ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS, I THINK JUST AN ADDED VALUE THAT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO CATCH MORE.

AND YOU KNOW, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MORE THREE MORE CHP OFFICERS, PLUS ALL THE ONES WHEN THE REST OF THE AGENCIES AND THE VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE READERS.

I HOPE WE GET A LOT MORE BECAUSE THAT'S HOW, YOU KNOW, GOING THROUGH THE STREETS EVERY DAY.

I THINK THAT THAT'S WHY I'M HOPING THAT WE GET MOBILE ONES TO AS WELL BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY JUST STEAL IT, GET WHATEVER THEY WANT AND THEY DROP IT OFF SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREET IN ANY, ANY TOWN.

SO BUT I'M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT WILL ONLY ENHANCE OUR ABILITY TO SERVICE OUR CONSTITUENTS.

THANK YOU.

THERE WAS A QUESTION EARLIER ABOUT WHAT THE NUMBER WITH THIS DIVIDED AMONG THE MUNICIPALITIES ABOUT THE NUMBER OF REPORTED AUTO THEFTS AMONG THE MUNICIPALITIES, WE WERE ABLE TO GET THAT INFORMATION IF THE BOARD IS STILL INTERESTED IN THAT OTHERWISE.

CAN WE CHARGE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT FOR BATTERY OPERATED CARS? THEY'RE NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THEIR ROAD TAX.

OK.

I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER REQUESTS IN THE QUEUE.

SO AT THIS TIME, I THINK WE CAN MOVE TO OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING.

SO AT THIS TIME.

ONE OF THOSE.

NOBODY'S IN THE QUEUE.

WE'LL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING AT THIS TIME.

ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER.

FOR TODAY'S PUBLIC HEARING, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS, LIVE IN PERSON AND VIA ZOOM.

IF YOU WERE HERE IN PERSON, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE PODIUM IF YOU ARE JOINING US REMOTELY VIA ZOOM.

PLEASE USE THE ZOOM FEATURE TO RAISE YOUR HAND FOR INDIVIDUALS CALLING THROUGH ZOOM, YOU CAN RAISE YOUR HAND BY PRESSING STAR NINE WHEN YOU WERE CALLED UPON EITHER BY NAME OR THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO UNMUTE YOUR MIC OVER THE PHONE.

THIS CAN BE DONE BY PRESSING STAR SIX.

OK.

WE HAVE SOMEBODY WITH THEIR HAND UP.

CLAUDIA, YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO TALK ON ZOOM.

HI, GOOD AFTERNOON.

SO I'M A CURRENT CITY OF DOS PALOS LIKE MY COMMENT TO THE BOARD IS THAT I HIGHLY DISAGREE WITH THIS.

I AM FRANKLY VERY FRUSTRATED AND TIRED OF EVERY TIME THERE'S A PROBLEM.

LET'S JUST TAKE MORE MONEY.

LET'S CHARGE IT HERE.

LET'S CHARGE IT THERE.

LET'S INCREASE TAXES.

LET'S ADD A DOLLAR HERE IF ALL ARE THERE.

I MEAN, THE GAS PRICES, IT'S JUST OUTRAGEOUS.

AND I JUST FEEL LIKE I DIDN'T SEE ANY OTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS THAT WERE THROWN OUT THERE

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OR RECOMMENDED.

WHAT I DO CONSISTENTLY SEE IS JUST, LET'S TAKE MORE MONEY FROM YOU AND THEN WE'LL ADD SOMETHING WELL, WHY DON'T WE WORK ON INSTEAD OF POSSIBLY MAKING A PROCESS MORE EFFICIENT, CHANGING HOW THE AGENCIES WORK RATHER THAN JUST GOING FROM THE TAXPAYER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT IS ALL OF THE REQUESTED COMMENTERS ONLINE, AND I SEE NOBODY IN THE ROOM AT THIS TIME, WE'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES CEO BROWN, MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

JUST LISTENING TO SOME OF THE QUESTIONS RAISED BY MANY OF YOU AND RELATED TO THE I'LL CALL IT, THE FISCAL PIECE OF THIS AND SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA'S COMMENT ABOUT NOW'S THE TIME SOMETHING DAWNED ON ME AS FAR AS , AS YOU CONSIDER THIS WHATEVER PATH YOU TAKE, IF YOU DO DECIDE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS, THERE ARE.

WE HAVE THESE TYPE OF SHERIFFS ALREADY ACKNOWLEDGED THIS TASK FORCE.

YOU HAVE THE RAND BOARD.

YOU HAVE OTHER THINGS OUT THERE THAT THESE DOLLARS, SIMILAR THINGS GO.

BUT I WOULD LIKE, I THINK, FROM THE AUDITOR, STAFF AND OUR STAFF.

WE'D LIKE TO HEAR CLEARLY FROM YOU UP FRONT THAT THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW ALL THE PRACTICES AS FAR AS THE AUDITOR FROM THE AUDIT IN THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, BECAUSE WITH DOLLARS BEING BECAUSE THEY MAY BE DISTRIBUTED OUT THERE, THERE MAY BE CARRYOVER DOLLARS OUT THERE, THERE MAY BE OTHER THINGS.

SO WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO ACCOUNTING FOR THESE, YOU KNOW, LISTENING TO YOUR QUESTIONS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HEAR FROM YOU, THAT YOU WANT US TO, THAT THESE FOLLOW THE NORMAL ACCOUNTING PRACTICES.

WELL, BY BY ALL MEANS, I THINK IT WOULD HAVE TO FOLLOW THE COUNTY PRACTICES.

THAT WAS NEVER ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND.

IT'S NOT THE DOUBT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT FROM A NORMAL BUDGETING PROCESS, HOW THESE DOLLARS GO OUT, THEY MAY GO OUT ON A REGULAR BASIS AND AND IF THEY'RE GOING TO THE CHP, I'M NOT SURE ONCE THEY LEAVE THE DA'S OFFICE, WHETHER THEY GO TO THE CHP AND IF THEY'RE NOT SPENT OR UNSPENT, HOW THOSE ARE ACCOUNTED FOR IN THOSE TYPES OF THINGS AND WHERE THEY'RE AT.

AND I JUST.

SO YOU'RE SAYING ANY BUDGET TRANSFER WOULD COME BEFORE THE BOARD? WELL, I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING THROUGH THE NORMAL BUDGET PROCESS AND THE ACCOUNTING AND THE AUDIT THAT EVERYTHING'S MAKING SURE AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S DOLLARS LEFT OUT, THEY'RE AT YEAR END.

OK, SO WE'VE CLOSED THE PUBLIC HEARING, AND WE'LL BRING IT BACK HERE TO THE DAIS, I GUESS.

IS THERE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS HERE ON THE DAIS BY ANYBODY? CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOSA, MR. CHAIR, IF THERE'S NO OTHER COMMENTS, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION INCREASING THE LEGAL SERVICE FEE FROM ONE DOLLAR TO TWO DOLLARS AND THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE FEE FROM TWO DOLLARS TO $4 AND TO FUND THE INVESTIGATION, PROSECUTION AND DETERRENCE OF VEHICLE CRIME TO BE COLLECTED BY DMV AT TIME OF REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL THEREOF FOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION.

MERCED COUNTY CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION AND ALL THE WORK AND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT TRYING TO WIND THIS DOWN.

I GUESS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION WAS A SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SAID.

YOU KNOW, BEING THAT THIS IS A BIG COUNTY AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ISN'T INVOLVED IN THIS DISCUSSION, I THINK IS REALLY IS IS VERY TROUBLING BECAUSE I THINK THAT THEY BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF UNINCORPORATED AREAS THAT THEY HAVE TO PATROL AND HAVING JUST THREE MORE CHP OFFICERS, WHEREAS IT WOULD HELP AND THEY WOULD DO STUFF.

I THINK IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL.

I JUST I'M HAVING A HARD TIME SUPPORTING SOMETHING THAT OUR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ISN'T ON BOARD WITH OR A PART OF.

AND MR. BROWN, I THINK THAT IF THIS WERE TO GO FORWARD, I WOULD HOPE THAT IT WOULD GO THROUGH EVERY SINGLE AUDITING AND BUDGETING PROCESS THAT WE HAVE TO DO.

BECAUSE THAT'S THE THING THAT THAT CONCERNS ME IS I WANT TO MAKE SURE ONCE IT LEAVES IT IT, WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GETTING.

AND I DON'T I DON'T.

I MEAN, I SEE THESE OBJECTIVES.

I DON'T SEE HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO.

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT IS GOING TO IS GOING TO CHANGE OVER A YEAR.

AND THEN THE OTHER THING YOU KNOW, UNWINDING THE PROGRAM IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT'S JUST GETTING RID OF THE TAX.

BUT THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST THAT.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S PEOPLE, THERE'S CASES THAT AREN'T GOING TO BE TRANSFERRED,

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THERE'S BUILDINGS.

AND SO I THINK THAT THERE'S STUFF THAT WE THERE'S UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF GETTING RID OF THAT.

AND SO AT THIS POINT, I THINK THERE'S I THINK THERE'S MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS.

SO I'M NOT GOING TO BE I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT IT.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR.

I I SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

YOU KNOW, I'M SITTING HERE AND I MEAN TO ME, SPENDING ONE OR TWO DOLLARS PER PER VEHICLE TO GET THROUGH THREE CHP INVESTIGATORS AND MERCED COUNTY MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, YOU KNOW, DOES, IN MY OPINION, A PHENOMENAL JOB AND I DON'T WANT TO LOSE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

I THINK THAT'S A GOOD BANG FOR OUR BUCK.

I'M A LITTLE, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES BACK TO THE TO THE OPERATIONS SIDE OR THE, YOU KNOW, I MEAN THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN MRU IN FRONT OF US, BUT YOU KNOW, THE BOARD CHAIRS SIGNATURE IS NOT REQUIRED.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, AND THIS IS A DRAFT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE BEING ASKED TO RAISE THE FEE TODAY.

BUT YET THE, YOU KNOW, THE DEVIL IS REALLY IN THE DETAILS AND IT'S JUST NOT IT'S NOT A DONE, A DONE PROJECT.

AND SO AND I GUESS I'M GOING TO ASK EITHER CEO BROWN OR COUNCIL HANSEN, IS IT IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO TO TO TABLE THIS ITEM TODAY? WELL, I KNOW THAT'S POSSIBLE, BUT TO TO GET TO GET THIS DEVELOPED A LITTLE FURTHER.

SO WHEN YOU VOTE ON IT, IT'S MORE FINAL DRAFT THAN, I MEAN, TO ME, IT ALMOST IS A BIT EXPLORATORY AT THIS POINT.

I, YOU KNOW, AND I I MEAN, I LIKE THE IDEA, RIGHT? I MAY BE BEHIND THAT.

I JUST I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROCESS.

SO IF WE WERE TO TABLE THIS, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR FOR OUR DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND AND, YOU KNOW, OUR OFFICE AND CHP TO KIND OF FETTER THIS OUT A LITTLE BETTER AND BRING BACK IT COULD BE AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION.

YEAH, I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR SO THERE COULD BE AN AMENDMENT IN THE MOTION.

I MEAN, I DON'T WANT TO WASTE TIME IF WE CAN'T TABLE IT AND GET A BETTER PRODUCT, YOU KNOW, A MORE DEFINED PRODUCT IN FRONT OF US.

LET'S NOT DO THAT.

BUT IF WE CAN, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE, THEN MAYBE THAT'S AN OPTION.

YEAH, YOU COULD AMEND THE MOTION.

AS SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL STATED, YOU COULD INTRODUCE A NEW MOTION FOR A SECOND.

YOU WOULD TAKE THE SECOND ONE FIRST AND MOVE BACKWARDS.

BUT YOU DO HAVE A MOTION ON THE ON THE DAIS RIGHT NOW, BUT THAT'S NOT MY QUESTION.

I KNOW HOW MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS WORK.

I WAS FFA PRESIDENT ONCE.

YES, YOU COULD.

BUT MY QUESTION IS, IF WE TAKE THAT TIME, THE STAFF SEE A PROCESS THAT COULD MAKE THIS MORE OF A FINAL DOCUMENT VERSUS A SAMPLE DOCUMENT.

RIGHT.

THE PROGRAM.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

WE COULD.

YEAH, I BELIEVE YOU COULD ASK FOR IT TO COME BACK AT A LATER DATE WITH THOSE REFINEMENTS MADE.

OKAY.

MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, I WOULD CONCUR WITH COUNCIL.

I THINK FOR ME, THE QUESTION WOULD BE, IS HERE IS YOU'VE GOT THE POLICY ISSUE OF WHETHER YOU WANT TO INCREASE THE DOLLAR FINE FOR INCREASED AND YET DOES SEEM LIKE IT'S THE THREE HIGHWAY PATROL.

AS FAR AS THE AREA, THAT'S THE PIECE.

AND THEN YOU HAVE THE OPERATIONS AND MECHANICS ON THE BACK SIDE AND YOU COULD TIE THOSE TOGETHER AND TABLE IT AND BRING IT BACK WITH A LITTLE MORE DETAIL.

THERE YOU COULD TAKE YOU COULD TAKE ACTION ON THE POLICY AND BASICALLY ASK BECAUSE THIS MOU IS GOING TO BE FOR TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR THAT YOU BE INVOLVED AND THE MOU.

COMES BACK TO YOU FOR CONSIDERATION.

YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS THAT, BEFORE ANY MONEY LEAVES THE COUNTY AUDITOR, YOU KNOW, SO THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PATHS OR OPTIONS TO YOU, YOU COULD FROM A POLICY.

I UNDERSTAND FROM THE DA'S PERSPECTIVE IS, YOU KNOW, I THINK WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THOSE OTHER ENTITIES TO ENGAGE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT'S THERE, IT IS HARD TO MOVE FORWARD.

BUT I THINK YOU WHEN YOU HEARD THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ABOUT THE THE DIFFERENT ENTITIES, YOU'RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GET A LOT OF PARTICIPATION FROM THE CITY'S FROM A RESOURCE PERSPECTIVE.

SO I THINK YOU SHOULD GO INTO IT KNOWING THAT ESSENTIALLY, YOU KNOW, IT APPEARS THAT THE INVESTIGATION OR THE TASK FORCE IS GOING TO BE PRIMARILY THE CHP AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THERE FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE.

BUT TWO PASS ONE TABLE IT MORE MORE DETAIL IS BROUGHT BACK TO POLICY.

YES, BUT DON'T MOVE FORWARD UNTIL WE SEE MORE WITH THE MOU AND HOW AND THE MEAT OF IT IS FLESHED OUT, IF THAT MAKES ANY SENSE.

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THE MAKER OF THE MOTION.

WERE YOU CHANGING YOUR MOTION? YEAH, BECAUSE I DO HAVE A SPEAKER'S LINEUP.

YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR MOTION? YEAH.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

YEAH.

IF I CAN RESTATE MY MOTION, I GUESS, OR AMEND IT JUST TO CONTINUE IT FOR THEM TO JANUARY OR FEBRUARY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE IN LINE WITH WHAT WE WANT.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA? THANK YOU, CHAIR.

YEAH, I THINK I THINK SUPERVISOR PAREIRA AND I ARE KIND OF ON THE SAME PAGE AND I DO WANT TO CORRECT IT IS FOR CHP OFFICERS THAT WE'LL GET WE'LL GET THREE BEAT OFFICERS AND A SERGEANT AND WE'LL CALL IT A THIRD OF THE LIEUTENANT'S TIME AS PART OF IT AS WELL.

SO I DON'T WANT THAT TO BE LOST ON US.

BUT I THINK THAT WHAT WE'RE ALL KIND OF GETTING AT HERE IS I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER.

WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS LISTEN, I THINK THAT WHAT I WOULD ENCOURAGE IS THE DA'S OFFICE AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO FIGURE OUT, IS THERE A WAY THAT WE CAN DO IT? AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, I WOULD ENCOURAGE CHP TO SEE IF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS ALREADY KIND OF RUNNING A TASK FORCE.

WHY I GET IT, IT'S ALREADY ONE THAT'S PROVEN IN STAN COUNTY AND MAYBE WE COULD IMPROVE THE MONEY.

AND AS CHP TO BE A PART OF THE TASK FORCE THAT THE SHERIFF ALREADY HAS, AND NOW WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE ANOTHER LEVEL OF ADMINISTRATION.

I JUST THINK WE COULD DO BETTER THERE.

AND SO WHAT I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO IN THIS TIME IF THE MOTION GOES THROUGH AND IS VOTED ON IS IT'S GOING TO GIVE YOU GUYS A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME TO TAKE A STAB AT THE APPLE AND MAYBE BRING US A BETTER PRODUCT THAT WE COULD VOTE FOR.

I THINK THAT AT LEAST WHAT I'M READING UP HERE IS NO ONE IS ABSOLUTELY OPPOSED TO RAISING THE FEE UP HERE, BUT IT HAS TO BE FOR GOOD REASON AND WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SOMEHOW HAVE MEASURABLES AND DELIVERABLES ON WHAT WE'RE GOING TO GET FOR THAT.

AND THAT NOT JUST BEING THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET THE ADDITIONAL FOUR OFFICERS, BUT THAT WE'RE NOT JUST THROWING PERSONNEL AT A PROBLEM, BUT THEY WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO SEE A DECREASE OR AN INCREASE IN PROSECUTIONS AND HOPEFULLY A DECREASE IN AUTO THEFTS.

THAT WOULD THAT'S MY KIND OF MY SUGGESTION AND MY HOPE, AND I WOULD SUPPORT THE MY COLLEAGUE FROM DISTRICT 1'S MOTION TO TO TABLE THIS AND TRY TO BRING US BACK A BETTER PRODUCT.

THAT'S WHAT I'M CALLING IT.

THANK YOU.

SECONDING THE MOTION WHO SECONDED IT? NO, IT HASN'T BEEN SECOND YET.

SO, WELL, SECOND, THAT THANK YOU.

SUPERVISOR PAREIRA, SURE, YOU GOT IT, YEAH, YEAH, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

SO, LIEUTENANT HALLER, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME BEING HERE TODAY AND I HOPE THAT, YOU KNOW, OUR KIND OF, YOU KNOW, REHASHING THIS TOPIC AND, YOU KNOW, DOESN'T LESSEN YOUR DESIRE TO WORK WITH US AND TO HELP US.

AND THAT, YOU KNOW, AT THAT LATER DATE, WE CAN STILL COUNT ON YOU AND YOUR DEPARTMENT FOR THE SUPPORT YOU'VE OFFERED TODAY.

SO ANYWAYS, I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.

I MEAN, I THINK, YOU KNOW, A BUCK AND TWO FOR FOR WHAT THE CHP HAS OFFERED US IS IS WORTH THE MONEY.

BUT I THINK WE WOULD LIKE TO JUST SEE THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS FETTERED OUT A LITTLE BETTER.

AND SO I'M GOING TO I'M GOING TO GO WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS ONE.

SO THANK YOU.

SO I HAVE A FIRST AND A SECOND, AND I THINK COUNCIL JUST ADVISED ME PUSH AGAIN.

JUST IF THE MAKER OF THE MOTION WOULDN'T MIND JUST CLARIFYING THAT THIS PUBLIC HEARING WOULD BE NOTICED AT THE TIME WHEN IT'S BROUGHT UP BROUGHT BACK AS ADVISED BY COUNSEL.

YES, YES, AS ADVISED BY COUNSEL.

THANK YOU.

IS IT A FEE FOR THE SECOND CONCUR WITH THAT? YES.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL CALL.

YES.

LET'S GO SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

JUST TO BE CLEAR, WE'RE JUST THE VOTE IS TO TABLE THIS.

WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE WE'RE JUST TABLING IT AND THEN IT'S GOING TO A FUTURE DATE.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

OK, WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY, AYE, ANY OPPOSE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

LAST IS BOARD REPORTS.

WELL, HOPEFULLY WE HAVE EVERYBODY HUNGRY ENOUGH.

THESE WILL BE SHORT, SO I LOOK OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE TO THE LEFT.

SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

HEY DON'T ALL LEAVE, I USUALLY END WITH REALLY GOOD COMMENTS.

THEY'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

ALL RIGHT.

FIRST OFF, I JUST WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO TO I REALLY WANT TO THANK MY LOCAL VFW AND AMERICAN LEGION.

THEY OFFER A REALLY COOL PROGRAM.

THIRTY BUCKS A YEAR AND ON ALL THE THE RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS THEY BRING AND THEY PUT FLAGS

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OUT AND IT'S ALWAYS A COOL.

IT'S ALWAYS COOL TO SEE, AT LEAST IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT I DRIVE THROUGH IS TO SEE THOSE FLAGS OUT.

AND TODAY IS NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY.

SO I JUST WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT AND THANK MY VETERANS IN LOS BANOS FOR A LITTLE MISTY THIS MORNING OVER THERE AND THEY GOT HIM OUT.

SO THERE'S THAT.

ALSO WANTED TO REPORT OUT THAT THIS PAST WEEK THAT MYSELF WAS ALONG WITH A FEW OF MY COLLEAGUES AND SOME OF OUR STAFF, ATTENDED THE SESAC CONFERENCE IN MONTEREY.

IT WAS A VERY EVENTFUL CONFERENCE.

IT WAS VERY NICE TO GET BACK IN PERSON WITH SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM UP AND DOWN THE STATE, AND I, AS YOUR MERCED COUNTY IS REP TO THE CRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I WAS ALSO VOTED IN TO BE THE ALTERNATE ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

THAT GIVES MERCED COUNTY A SEAT AT THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TABLE FOR CSAC TO ADVOCATE ON ISSUES ON AND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF MERCED COUNTY AND THE CENTRAL VALLEY.

SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM DISTRICT THREE WHO REALLY KIND OF WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES THERE TO HELP THAT GET SET UP.

WE'RE GOING TO SEE YOU GUYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, SO I'LL SAVE MY MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR NEXT MEETING.

WE DO HAVE REDISTRICTING TONIGHT.

WE'LL BE VOTING ON FINAL MAPS.

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS BECAUSE WE WE'VE REALLY TRIED TO BE VERY TRANSPARENT.

WE'VE TRIED TO GIVE FOLKS PRETTY MUCH ANY AND EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE THE PROCESS, WHETHER YOU WANT TO DO IT FROM HOME, WHETHER YOU WANT TO DO IT IN PERSON.

WE'VE REALLY TRIED TO DO IS I WANT TO THANK STAFF AND ITS STAFF OR ALL THE WORK THAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO PUT THESE MEETINGS ON ZOOM AND FACEBOOK LIVE AND WHATNOT.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE YOU GUYS BACK HERE AT 6:30.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

OH, WAIT, I JUST WANT TO WISH A HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM DISTRICT TWO.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE COMMUNITIES OR THE CITY, AGUSTIN AND THE COMMUNITY OF HILMAR FOR PUTTING ON WONDERFUL PARADES AND EVENTS THIS PAST TWO WEEKENDS.

I LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT AND A THANK YOU TO CAL FIRE FOR LETTING ME RIDE SHOTGUN WITH SANTA.

THAT WAS PRETTY AMAZING.

AND, YOU KNOW, SITTING UP ON A FIRE TRUCK AND AND HAVING SANTA WAVE AND SMILE AND MAKE THESE KIDS DAYS, IT WAS GOOD TO HAVE A BIRD'S EYE SEAT FOR THAT.

I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE CONGRATULATE OUR CEO DESIGNEE RAUL MENDEZ AND THANK HIM FOR, YOU KNOW, COMING TO MERCED COUNTY AND THEN CONTINUING WHAT I BELIEVE IS THIS GREAT LEGACY THAT WE HAVE AND THIS GREAT MOMENTUM THAT WE HAVE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM AND SURE, SURE, I'VE ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW HIM BETTER AND MEETING HIS WIFE TODAY.

I, YOU KNOW, I JUST WAS AMAZED HOW, YOU KNOW, WONDERFUL THEY ARE AND THEIR THOUGHT PROCESS, AND THEY'RE ALL IN AND AND I'M THANKFUL FOR THAT.

WHEN MR. BROWN SAID HE WAS GOING TO RETIRE, MY GREATEST FEAR WAS THAT WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FIND SOMEBODY THAT I FELT CONFIDENT IN GOING FORWARD.

AND YOU KNOW, I THINK I FOUND OR I KNOW I FOUND THAT.

AND SO THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS.

I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

HE MENTIONED THAT HE IS NOW THE ALTERNATE FOR OUR CAUCUS AT THE CSAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

AND YOU KNOW, HE'S IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW HIM FROM HIS TIME AT THE CITY, BUT YOU KNOW, HE'S ONLY BEEN A SUPERVISOR FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND HE'S ALREADY, YOU KNOW, BEEN ASKED TO BE IN THE LEADERSHIP AND I THINK THAT'LL BODE WELL FOR US.

I THINK CSAC IS A GSP KIND OF BUSINESS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES THEIR IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANT TO GET DONE AND WHAT, YOU KNOW, THE MORE RURAL PEOPLE WANT TO GET DONE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

AND SO I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS VOICE IN THAT ROOM AND YOU KNOW, YOU'VE HEARD HIM HERE.

HE'S NOT SHY TO SHARE HIS OPINION AND AND I THINK THAT'LL GO A LONG WAY TO SERVE US.

SO HONESTLY, CONGRATULATIONS AND I'M GLAD YOU'RE THERE.

I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE TODAY'S MEETING IN MEMORY OF DUANE RICKSTRöM, YOU KNOW, A HILMAR RESIDENT THAT HAS BEEN JUST A STAPLE IN THAT COMMUNITY FOR A LOT OF YEARS AND MEANS A LOT TO US.

AND SO HE'S GOING TO BE MISSED AND YOU KNOW, HE'S GOT A LEGACY THAT HE'S LEFT THAT WILL CONTINUE, WHICH, YOU KNOW, THROUGH HIS FAMILY.

BUT ANYWAYS, I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE HIM TODAY.

AND THEN LASTLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK TO MY PASTOR, TIM PISTORASI, FOR COMING TODAY.

YOU KNOW, HIS WORDS WERE ALWAYS GOOD AND IT'S ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, LIKE, HE'S SPEAKING RIGHT TO ME, YOU KNOW, AND THAT BE HUMBLE AND YOU KNOW AND REALIZE WHOSE CONTROL WAS A GOOD REMINDER FOR ME TODAY.

AND SO THANK YOU, BIG TIM.

THAT'S IT.

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THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST TIME SINCE I'VE BEEN UP HERE FOR A YEAR THAT SOMEONE HAD MORE TO SAY THAN SCOTTIE.

SO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE BIRTHDAY WISHES.

YEAH, EXACTLY.

THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES.

THE FUNNY THING WAS THEY FOUND OUT AND AT THE CSAC CONFERENCE, I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY OR ANYTHING.

AND SO EVERY PLACE THAT WE WENT TO ON MY BIRTHDAY, THEY HAD IT SUNG.

SO THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I ALSO WANT TO SUNG BY THE ENTIRE PLACE.

YEAH, IT WAS VERY.

YEAH.

ANYWAY, I WANTED TO.

I ALSO, LIKE JUST MENTIONED IS THAT THE CSAC CONFERENCE AND IT WAS REALLY COOL BECAUSE BEING THAT THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR, ALL OF THIS STUFF THAT WE DID BEFOREHAND WAS ALL ONLINE.

AND SO BEING ABLE TO GO AND IN-PERSON AND MEET WITH NEW SUPERVISORS FROM THE OTHER COUNTIES AND JUST KIND OF TALK TO THEM ABOUT THEIR YEAR OF EXPERIENCE AND WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH AND EVERYTHING WAS REALLY COOL AND I THINK BENEFICIAL.

I ALSO, THE CITY OF MERCED HOSTED THE CHRISTMAS PARADE.

IT WAS THE REVERSE CHRISTMAS PARADE ON SATURDAY.

I WANT TO THANK CAL FIRE FOR COMING OUT AND BEING OUT THERE, AND IT WAS PACKED.

I MEAN, THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE AT ONE POINT IN TIME, I THINK IT WAS 6:45, AND THEY SAID THERE WERE A POLICE OFFICER CAME UP TO US AND SAID THERE WAS 500 CARS ALL THE WAY FROM MAINE TO Q STREET, JUST WAITING TO DRIVE THROUGH, WHICH WAS REALLY COOL.

ALSO, I ALWAYS LIKE TO KIND OF I DON'T THINK WE DO ENOUGH GOOD JOB AND KIND OF POINTING OUT SOME OF THE POSITIVES THAT WE DO IN MERCED COUNTY.

BUT I MET WITH OUR BHRS DIRECTOR, GENEVIEVE VALENTINE, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO TO ASK HER SOME QUESTIONS ON SOME OTHER STUFF, AND SHE SAID, HEY, WE HAVE THIS VAN THAT DOES OUTREACH SERVICES.

YOU SHOULD GO, YOU KNOW, CHECK IT OUT AND IT'S FOR HOMELESS.

BUT THEY REALLY, YOU KNOW, THEY TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTY AND THEY GIVE OUT STUFF.

AND I ASKED HER WHAT NUMBER OR HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE UTILIZED THAT SERVICE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO SIGN IN AND STUFF.

AND SO THERE WAS A YEAR TO DATE TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY INDIVIDUALS HAVE UTILIZED THOSE SERVICES, AND I THINK THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY A REALLY COOL THING.

AND THEN ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO ADJOURN FOR PAULINE SPILLMAN.

SHE WAS A LONG TIME RESIDENT OF MERCED COUNTY.

SHE WORKED AS A LEGAL SECRETARY FOR A LONG TIME ATTORNEY, C.

RAY ROBINSON, HER PARENTS OWNED KING'S X AND VERNON'S DRIVE-IN FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND SHE WAS A LONG TIME SUPPORTER OF LOCAL YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS, AND HER FAMILY IS GOING TO MISS HER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

WELL, I'M SORRY, I WASN'T ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, SAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SCOTT.

SO SCOTT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

LATE BIRTHDAY, JOSH.

I'M SORRY, JOSH.

I KNOW SCOTT LED ALL THE WAY; RIGHT? SO I WASN'T ABLE TO BE AT CSAC, BUT I TOOK A FEW DAYS OFF AND TO TRAVEL, AND SO I'M OFFICIALLY BACK AND GETTING READY TO ROLL.

AND, YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR WILL BE A BETTER YEAR.

AND, YOU KNOW, REGARDING THE HOME COVID TESTS AVAILABLE, THERE'S A LOT OF HOME COVID TESTS AVAILABLE FROM THE UNITED WAY AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

SO SOMEBODY WILL LIKE A COVID FREE COVID TEST.

LET US KNOW, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN SUPPLY ONE FOR YOU.

IF WE HAVE SYMPTOMS OR, YOU KNOW, A COLD, YOU THINK YOU NEED TO JUST CALL AND CALL US ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AS WELL.

ALSO, I THINK THAT FRIDAY THERE WOULD BE A CHRISTMAS PARADE IN LEWISTON EVENING IN THE CITY LIMITS.

I MISSED A FEW BECAUSE OF MY TRAVEL THIS WEEK, SO LAST WEEK.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO WISH EVERYBODY A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

AND OUR NEXT MEETING WOULD BE THE 14TH NEXT WEEK, NOT IN TWO WEEKS OR USUALLY EVERY TWO WEEKS, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS A GOOD THANKSGIVING.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

CHRISTMAS, I MEAN CHRISTMAS.

YEAH.

COUNTY COUNCIL CEO BROWN.

WELL, THANK YOU.

THEY'RE GETTING HERE TOWARDS THE END, BUT I JUST LIKE TO PUT A BIG SHOUT OUT TO CAL FIRE AGAIN.

I GOT TO JUMP ON A HAZMAT RIG AND ACTUALLY, IF YOU GO TO MY SOCIAL MEDIA, I TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES SHOWING THE EYES AND I HAVE DAVE SHIRK WHO JUMPED ON THERE WITH ME.

I COULDN'T CONVINCE CHIEF FINN TO GET UP THERE WITH ME, BUT HE WAS RUNNING AROUND DOING OTHER THINGS.

BUT IT WAS A GREAT SHOWING.

I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOWED UP.

I KNOW WE ARE DOWN A LITTLE BIT DURING THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE, BUT THIS YEAR THERE

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WAS.

THEY DEFINITELY MADE UP FOR IT DURING THAT TIME AND I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO FORGET ABOUT OLD TOWN ATWATER SKATING RINK.

IT HAS BEEN QUITE POPULAR.

IT WAS AWESOME THAT NIGHT AS WELL.

GET OUT THERE AND DO SOME ICE SKATING.

IT'S DEFINITELY A NORMAN ROCKWELL MOMENT IF YOU IF YOU GET OUT THERE.

I TOO ATTENDED THE CSAC CONFERENCE.

IT WAS VERY WELL, VERY WELL ATTENDED.

AND IT'S SOMETIMES IT'S MORE FUN TO WORK BEHIND THE SCENES TRYING TO GET MY COLLEAGUE ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

I THINK STAFF SAW ME RUNNING AROUND WHISPERING AND EVERYBODY'S EARS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I WAS DOING.

AND WE'RE GLAD THAT WE GOT HIM IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE AND THAT'S USUALLY THE SPRINGBOARD TO GET TO THE TOP.

SO THAT'S GOING TO BE ENJOYABLE HAVING HIS WORD WORD ON BEHALF OF MERCED COUNTY THERE AT THE TABLE.

ALSO LIKE TO CEO DESIGNEE MENDEZ.

CONGRATULATIONS, THIS IS MOVING THE COUNTY FORWARD.

AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO ADJOURN THIS MEETING IN THE NAME OF JOHN NORTH, MIKE NORTH'S FATHER, WHO PASSED AWAY THIS PAST WEEKEND.

SO ALL OUR PRAYERS AND OUR LOVE GO OUT TO THE TO THE NORTH FAMILY AND TO MIKE.

SO AT THIS TIME, WE'LL TAKE A BREAK.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING WILL BE CONTINUED AT 6:30 P.M.

TO CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE A PRESENTATION AND PUBLIC INPUT ON THE REDISTRICTING, INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF THE ORDINANCE.

TO ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES FOR THE SUPERVISOR, ALL DISTRICTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ZOOM CREDENTIALS FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING ARE DIFFERENT THAN THE CREDENTIALS USED FOR THIS MORNING SESSION.

PLEASE REFER TO TODAY'S AGENDA FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN THE PUBLIC HEARING REMOTELY.

WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE AT 6:30.

GOOD EVENING AT THIS TIME, WE'LL RECONVENE TODAY'S MEETING AND BEGIN WITH OUR FOURTH

[EXECUTIVE OFFICE - REDISTRICTING]

PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING REDISTRICTING.

I'D LIKE TO TURN THE MIC OVER TO ASSISTANT CEO MARCI BARRERA TO PROVIDE OUR OPENING REMARKS.

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME.

THIS IS THE FOURTH SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING WHERE MERCED COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN PROVIDE INPUT AND PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS FOR TWENTY TWENTY ONE EVERY TEN YEARS, MERCED COUNTY MUST REDISTRICT TO DETERMINE HOW CURRENT BOUNDARIES IN THEIR VOTING DISTRICTS MIGHT BE REDRAWN BASED UPON DATA FROM THE U.S.

CENSUS AND INPUT FROM MERCED COUNTY RESIDENTS.

ALL DISTRICT LINES MUST BE REVIEWED TO MEET STRICT REQUIREMENTS FOR POPULATION EQUALITY AND VOTING RIGHTS PROTECTIONS TO ENSURE THE RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE NECESSARY FOR PREPARATION OF A LEGALLY ADEQUATE REDISTRICTING PLAN.

THE COUNTY HAS RETAINED LEGAL COUNSEL, A DEMOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT AND A COMMUNICATIONS FIRM TO ASSIST WITH NAVIGATION OF THE COMPLEX, LEGAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC ISSUES, AS WELL AS EXTENSIVE OUTREACH REQUIREMENTS.

WITH US TODAY, OUR CHRIS SCANNELL FROM NIELSEN, MERCK ZIMMER AND JEFF TILTON FROM NATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS CORPORATION.

DURING TODAY'S PUBLIC HEARING, MR. SCANNELL AND MR. TILTON WILL PROVIDE A PRESENTATION OUTLINING THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS AND DETAILS ON SEVERAL OF THE DRAFT MAPS ALREADY SUBMITTED, FOLLOWED BY PUBLIC TESTIMONY AND GUIDANCE FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

FOR THOSE JOINING BY ZOOM, THE PRESENTATION LINK CAN BE FOUND ON THE COUNTY'S DRAWMERCEDCOUNTY.ORG SITE ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE UNDER TODAY'S DATE.

I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO CHRIS AND JEFF FOR THE PRESENTATION.

GOOD EVENING AGAIN.

BOARD SUPERVISORS, IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK.

THIS IS THE FOURTH HEARING AS PART OF THE PROCESS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, WHAT HAPPENED HERE? WE ARE HERE THE FINAL DATE DECEMBER 7TH, AFTER MANY MONTHS OF WORKING WITH STAFF AND OUR OUTREACH FIRM PEPE SMITH TO BRING TO HOPEFULLY A DECISION TONIGHT HOW IT IMPACTS US THIS PROCESS WITH THE HOPES OF THE FINAL MAP BEING ADOPTED.

AND THEN YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE CANDIDATE PETITION IN LIEU PERIOD BEGINS.

ALSO, FOR CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD, PER THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS OFFICE FOR THE COUNTY OF M ERCED.

SO, AGAIN UNDER REVIEW, THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS HAS GUIDELINES AND RULES THAT WE MUST FOLLOW.

WE MUST FOLLOW THE FEDERAL LAWS.

IT'S OUR ATTEMPT TO GET FIVE DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTY THAT ARE OF EQUAL POPULATION.

WE WANT TO FOLLOW THE FEDERAL VOTING RIGHTS ACT, AND WE WANT NO RACIAL GERRYMANDERING.

THEN WE SHIFT TO CALIFORNIA AND UNDER THE FAIR MAPS ACT FOR COUNTIES, WE WANT THE DISTRICTS IN OUR DISTRICT MAP TO BE GEOGRAPHICALLY CONTIGUOUS.

WE WANT TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, NOT TO DIVIDE NEIGHBORHOODS AND NOT TO

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DIVIDE COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST.

SAME APPLIES WITH RESPECT TO CITIES AND COMMUNITIES.

EXCUSE ME, CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACES.

AND WE'D LIKE THE DISTRICTS TO HAVE EASILY IDENTIFIABLE BOUNDARIES.

THINGS LIKE WATERWAYS, FREEWAYS, RAILROAD TRACKS, THINGS THAT WE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY ARE USED TO SEEING AS EASILY IDENTIFIABLE BOUNDARIES.

AND WE LIKE THOSE DISTRICTS TO BE COMPACT AS WELL.

WE SURELY DON'T WANT TO SEE STRANGE LOOKING SHAPES REACHING INTO ANOTHER DISTRICT THAT WILL IS JUST GROUNDS FOR ACCUSATIONS AND ALLEGATIONS OF POLITICAL GERRYMANDERING, AND WE KNOW THAT WE SHALL NOT FAVOR OR DISCRIMINATE AGAINST A POLITICAL PARTY.

IF WE'RE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THE TASK ON THE LEFT COLUMN AND THE MIDDLE COLUMN, THEN WE CAN LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER TRADITIONAL REDISTRICTING PRINCIPLES.

BUT OUR WORK IS CUT OUT FOR US WITH RESPECT TO MEETING THE FEDERAL LAWS AND THE FAIR MAPS ACT, CALIFORNIA.

LOOKING AT THE 2020 CENSUS.

CENSUS DATA WERE RELEASED.

FEDERAL CENSUS WERE RELEASED AUGUST 12TH.

CALIFORNIA THEN TOOK THOSE DATA AND ADJUSTED IT BASED ON ITS PRISON POPULATION THAT ARE CURRENTLY INCARCERATED AND ESSENTIALLY REALLOCATED THOSE INDIVIDUALS BACK TO THEIR JURISDICTIONS, NOT LITERALLY FIGURATIVELY.

AND IT ADJUSTED THE THE CENSUS NUMBERS FOR ALL JURISDICTIONS IN CALIFORNIA.

SO THE IDEAL POPULATION PER DISTRICT FOR THE COUNTY, MERCED IS56,220.

AND AFTER THE 2020 CENSUS, WE HAD SOME GROWTH IN THE COUNTY OF MERCED.

WE HAVE A DEVIATION.

THERE'S A COLUMN THERE, ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE, THIRD CELL DOWN SHOWS A 20.32 PERCENT.

WE'D LIKE TO GET THAT TO 10 PERCENT OR LESS, AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT IN THE DRAFT MAPS TONIGHT.

PART OF THE PROCESS ALSO IS GETTING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, GETTING FOLKS TO HELP INFORM THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO WHAT ARE THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST IN THE COUNTY OF MERCED.

WE, THROUGH OUR OUTREACH FIRM PEPE SMITH, WE SOLICITED INFORMATION THROUGH THE WEBSITE DRAWMERCEDCOUNTY.ORG.

IN ADDITION TO WORKSHOPS THAT WE HELD, THE PUBLIC HEARINGS THAT WERE FACILITATED HERE IN THE CHAMBERS, ASKING FOLKS, WHAT IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES AS IT RELATES TO COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST? WHAT DEFINES YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE IT'S DESIGNATED PLACES CAME UP QUITE OFTEN? YOU MIGHT HAVE OTHER IDEAS LIKE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS, BUT WE DID GET A LIST OF GOING A LITTLE TOO FAST.

THERE ARE SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST AND NEIGHBORHOODS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GATHER THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

THERE WERE SOME REPEATS.

SO FOR PURPOSES OF CLARITY AND BREVITY, WE JUST LISTENED TO IT ONE TIME.

AGAIN, THIS WAS WHAT YOU SAW THE LAST TIME WE MET AS WELL.

SO WE HAVE A SUMMARY OF THE MAPS THAT ARE BEFORE YOU TONIGHT.

THE FOLKS HERE IN THE CHAMBERS HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSAL ACTUAL PHYSICAL PACKETS OF THE MAPS, THOSE THAT ARE PARTICIPATING REMOTELY VIA ZOOM.

YOU CAN FIND THE MAPS THROUGH THE REDISTRICTING WEBSITE AT DRAWMERCEDCOUNTY.ORG.

I WANT TO SPEAK TO A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROCESS OF HOW DO THESE MAPS GET DRAWN, ET CETERA.

THE MAPS THAT YOU SEE ON THE LIST TO THE COLUMN, TO THE LEFT THERE, THAT'S BEGIN WITH THE LETTER D.

THOSE WERE AUTHORED USING A TOOL THAT THE COUNTY INVESTED IN, CALLED DISTRICT R.

REALLY EASY ONLINE TOOL TO USE, AND WE TAKE THOSE MAPS AND THEN CONVERT THEM AND RUN THEM THROUGH THE NATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS CORPORATION'S PROCESS, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES A ROBUST TABLE OF DATA THAT ARE ACCOMPANYING EVERY MAP THAT YOU HAVE.

THE MAP THAT SAYS EMC2 AND THE MAP THAT SAYS MORD DUPONT, THOSE WERE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS.

THAT MEANS THAT THEY USE THEIR OWN MAPPING SOFTWARE SIMILAR TO THE MAPPING SOFTWARE THAT NDC USES WHEN IT'S PROCESSING THE MAPS.

AND THEN YOU'LL SEE FIVE SHADED MAPS DOWN ON THE BOTTOM, THOSE ARE MAPS THAT AT THE LAST PUBLIC HEARING THAT THE BOARD HAD ASKED US TO MAKE SOME AMENDMENTS TO THOSE MAPS.

AGAIN, THE LETTER D IS AN AUTHOR USING DISTRICT R AND NDC, OR MAPS THAT NDC PROVIDED, UNDER ITS SCOPE OF WORK FOR THE BOARD.

SO IT'S GOING TO GO THROUGH EACH OF THE MAPS REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATUS.

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THE MAP ENDING AND 170 HAD A, EXCUSE ME, A FINE DEVIATION OF 0.12 PERCENT.

IT HAD TWO CITIZENS, EXCUSE ME, TWO LATINO CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION MAPS THAT WERE MAJORITY MINORITY DISTRICT FIVE WAS AT 56 PERCENT AND DISTRICT FOUR, EXCUSE ME, DISTRICT ONE WAS AT 54 PERCENT.

IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, HOWEVER, IT SPLIT DELHI, LOS BANOS, TUTTLE AND WINTON.

THE MAP, ENDING IN 844, HAD A DEVIATION OF 4.94 PERCENT WITH RESPECT TO LATINO CITIZEN VOTING, AGE, POPULATION, MAJORITY MINORITY DISTRICTS.

IT HAD TO AS WELL.

DISTRICT ONE WAS AT 56 PERCENT, DISTRICT FIVE WAS AT 56 PERCENT AND IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, BUT IT SPLITS CRESSY.

THE MAP ENDED AT 268 HAD A DEVIATION OF 3.72 PERCENT.

WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION, LATINO DISTRICT FIVE WAS AT 56 PERCENT, DISTRICT ONE WAS AT 54 PERCENT.

IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, BUT IT SPLITS TUTTLE.

5.34 PERCENT.

WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT EQUAL POPULATION ACROSS THE THE COUNTY.

IT'S ALSO HAD TWO MAJORITY MINORITY CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION, LATINO DISTRICTS AND DISTRICT ONE AT 57 PERCENT IN DISTRICT TWO AT 54 PERCENT.

IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, BUT IT SPLITS CRESSY AND WINTON.

THE MAP, ENDING IN 816, HAD A DEVIATION OF 6.7 PERCENT.

IT HAD TWO MAJORITY MINORITY DISTRICTS.

LATINO CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION DISTRICT THREE WAS AT 56 PERCENT.

DISTRICT ONE WAS AT 53 PERCENT.

IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, BUT IT SPLITS CRESSY.

THUS, THEN WE'RE LOOKING AT THE MAP ENDING IN 912 AND THEY HAVE THE DEVIATION OF 4.61 PERCENT WITH RESPECT TO CITIZEN VOTING.

AGE POPULATION MINORITY MAJORITY DISTRICT FOUR WAS AT 57 PERCENT, DISTRICT FIVE AT 52 PERCENT.

IT WAS CONTIGUOUS.

HOWEVER, IT SPLIT BELIKO, CRESSY, LOS BANOS, MCSWAIN, SENTINELA AND WINTON AND THEN LOOKING AT THE MAP 82 EXCUSE ME, ENDING IN 280.

IT HAD A DEVIATION OF 8.45 PERCENT.

IT ONLY HAD ONE MAJORITY MINORITY DISTRICT IN DISTRICT FOUR AT 52 PERCENT.

WHILE IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, IT SPLIT ATWATER, LIVINGSTON AND LOS BANOS.

AND I'LL, COUNSELOR, DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THAT PARTICULAR MAP? I'M SORRY.

280.

I'M SORRY.

YEAH.

I WANTED TO ADDRESS BRIEFLY THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT CONSIDERATIONS WITH RESPECT; IS THIS ON ? YEAH, WITH RESPECT TO SOME OF THESE PUBLIC MAPS.

AND THIS IS ONE IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, DISTRICT ONE IS A VOTING RIGHTS ACT PROTECTED DISTRICT AND IS CURRENTLY APPROXIMATELY 59 PERCENT LATINO CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION.

AS A MATTER OF, YOU KNOW, NUMBERS THAT DISTRICT ONE IS NO LONGER A MAJORITY LATINO DISTRICT AT ALL IN THAT MAP.

SO THERE'S A SERIOUS VOTING RIGHTS ACT PROBLEM, POTENTIALLY WITH THAT, THAT ONE.

BUT BUT EVEN WITH RESPECT TO A NUMBER OF THE OTHER MAPS, IF YOU GO DOWN THAT COLUMN, WE'RE LABELED LATINO YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT NECESSARILY REQUIRED THAT THE 59 PERCENT OF THE CURRENT DISTRICT BE EXACTLY WHAT IT IS.

BUT THE MORE YOU REDUCE IT, THE MORE YOU POTENTIALLY UNDERMINE THAT DISTRICT.

AND SO ANY OF THOSE MAPS WHERE THE LATINO IS POTENTIALLY A VOTING RIGHTS ACT ISSUE, JUST SO ANOTHER SORT OF LAYER IN TERMS OF MAKING MAKING YOUR DETERMINATION.

OBVIOUSLY, EACH OF THE THE OFFICIAL MAPS THAT ARE BROUGHT TO YOU, THEY ALL KEEP DISTRICT ONE IN APPROXIMATELY THE RANGE THAT IT IS NOW LOOKING AT.

THANK YOU, COUNSELOR.

LOOKING AT MAP ENDING AND 285, THE DEVIATION WAS 3.87 PERCENT.

ITS HIGHEST 56 PERCENT.

WELL, IT WAS CONTIGUOUS.

OR EXCUSE ME? WELL, IT IS CONTIGUOUS.

IT'S SPLIT DOS PALOS Y LOS BANOS, PLANADA AND TUTTLE.

THEN WE'RE SHIFTING TO THE MAP EMC2.

IT HAD THE DEVIATION OF 2.81 PERCENT.

IT SEEMED THAT LATINO MAJORITY MINORITY DISTRICT FIVE AT 56 PERCENT, DISTRICT ONE AT 55 AND IT WAS CONTIGUOUS, BUT IT SPLIT LOS BANOS AND DARON AT THE MORE EXCUSE ME, MOR,

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WHICH IS APTITUDE ONLINE REDISTRICTING, THE D DUPONT MAP.

IT WAS NOT POPULATION BALANCED.

IT HAD A DEVIATION OF 16.10, SO IT WAS DISQUALIFIED WITH THAT ALONE.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THE FINALIST BEFORE YOU TONIGHT AND AND AS COUNCILOR SCANNELL HAD MENTIONED WITH RESPECT TO DISTRICT ONE AND CVAP POPULATION CVAP PERCENTAGES, I'LL GO THROUGH THOSE AS WELL.

AGAIN, THESE WERE THE MAPS THAT YOU REQUESTED AMENDMENTS.

AND SO THOSE ARE THE FIVE THAT ARE BEFORE YOU AND THAT WE CALL FINALIST THE ONE ENDING AND 151B, AS IN BOY, IT HAS A DEVIATION OF 9.01.

THE DISTRICT ONE REMAINS AT 59 PERCENT CVAP LATINO AND DISTRICT FIVE IS AT 56 PERCENT.

IT IS CONTIGUOUS AND IT DOES NOT SPLIT ANY CITIES OR SINCE IT'S DESIGNATED PLACES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MERCED.

AND MERCED, ITS POPULATION IS TOO HIGH.

IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE SPLIT WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT MAP 151D, ITS DEVIATION IS 8.88 PERCENT.

DISTRICT ONE IS AT 58 PERCENT CVAP LATINO AND DISTRICT FIVE AT 56 PERCENT CVAP LATINO.

IT IS CONTIGUOUS AND SPLITS ONLY MERCED.

LOOKING AT INDICES 101B AND 101D, 101B HAS A SEVEN ONE EXCUSE ME, 7.92 PERCENT DEVIATION DISTRICTS.

ONE DISTRICT ONE IS 58 PERCENT LATINO.

CVAP AND I SAY CVAP, THAT'S CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION.

MY APOLOGIES.

AND THEN DISTRICT FIVE IS AT 56 PERCENT AND IT IS CONTIGUOUS WITH NO SPLITS.

101D IS 7.99 PERCENT DEVIATION.

DISTRICT ONE IS AT 59 PERCENT CVAP LATINO AND DISTRICT FIVE AT FIFTY SIX PERCENT CVAP LATINO.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT ONE FINAL MAP NDC 103B, AS IN BOY, IT HAS A DEVIATION OF FIVE PERCENT AND THE CVAP FOR DISTRICT ONE IS A LATINO IS 58 PERCENT.

CVAP LATINO FOR DISTRICT FIVE IS 56 PERCENT.

IT IS CONTIGUOUS AND DOES NOT SPLIT.

SO I WANT TO HAND IT OVER AT THIS POINT TO COUNCILOR SCANNELL, WHO WILL USE THE INTERACTIVE REVIEW TOOL THAT WILL SHOW THE DIFFERENCES ON EACH EACH OF THE FINALIST MAPS AS IT RELATES TO YOUR CURRENT DISTRICT BOUNDARIES.

SO FOR THOSE VIEWING AT HOME ON ZOOM, WE'RE ON THE DRAWMERCEDCOUNTY.ORG SITE.

THIS IS THE WELCOME PAGE YOU WOULD CLICK TO DRAW A MAP.

THE FIFTH ITEM REVIEW OR INTERACTIVE REVIEW MAP IS THE TAB THAT WE WOULD CLICK ON AND IS THE PAGE THAT THE COUNSELOR WILL BE REVIEWING.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

WHAT I WANTED TO DO IS BRIEFLY FOCUS ON THESE FIVE MAPS BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONES THAT THE BOARD ASKED US TO BRING BACK AND TALK ABOUT HOW WE GOT THERE BASED ON THE COMMENTS THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE FEEDBACK LAST TIME AND WHAT THE PURPOSE OF EACH OF THEM IS BECAUSE FIVE FIVE IS KIND OF A LOT.

AND SO I WANT TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES.

SO EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S ON THE TABLE.

AND SO FIRST, JUST BECAUSE IT'S SORT OF A STAND ALONE, I THOUGHT I WOULD START WITH NDC 103, I ALREADY GOT THAT ONE UP THERE.

IF YOU'LL RECALL IN NDC 103, THIS IS LIKE, I'M SORRY, 103B WAS ONE OF THE MAPS THAT THE BOARD ASKED US TO BRING BACK LAST TIME.

YOU RECALL, THIS IS THE ONE THAT PROVIDES FOR DISTRICT FOUR TO REACH AS FAR DOWN AS SANTONELLA AND PICK UP POPULATION THAT WAY, NONE OF THE OTHERS DO.

THE REASON WE HAVE A 103B IS BECAUSE THERE WERE A COUPLE OF MINOR CENSUS AND CDP SPLITS IN THE ORIGINAL VERSION.

I BELIEVE IT WAS A SMALL PIECE OF MCSWAIN AND A SMALL PIECE OF WINTON.

AND SO THIS MAP IS SIMPLY A SLIGHT VARIATION TO CLEAN UP THOSE SPLITS, BUT OTHERWISE IS

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COMPLETELY UNCHANGED FROM WHAT YOU SAW LAST TIME.

THE OTHER FOUR NDC 101B, NDC 101D, 71151B AND D ARE ALL SORT OF VARIATIONS OF EACH OTHER.

IF YOU'LL RECALL WHEN WE IN THE DISCUSSION LAST TIME, I'M GOING TO START WITH NDC 101B JUST TO KIND OF WALK THROUGH A LITTLE BIT.

THERE WERE A NUMBER OF CONSENSUS ITEMS THAT EVERYBODY ON THE BOARD SEEMED TO FEEL WERE APPROPRIATE CHANGES.

FIRST OF ALL, THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT UNIFYING VOLTA, WHICH IN THE D71151 MAP, THE ORIGINAL ONE WAS DIVIDED AND IN NDC 101 MAP WAS IN DISTRICT FOUR AND THERE WAS A DISCUSSION THE BOARD AND SEEMED TO BE A CONSENSUS THAT IT REALLY OUGHT TO BE UNIFIED, AND IT MADE SENSE TO MOVE IT BACK INTO DISTRICT FIVE.

AND SO ALL FOUR OF THE MAPS THAT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT UNIFY VOLTA AND MOVE IT INTO DISTRICT FIVE.

SECOND SORT OF CONSENSUS ITEM, IF YOU WILL.

THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT NDC 101 USED HENRY MILLER ROAD AS THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY FOR DISTRICT FIVE.

THERE WAS A REQUEST TO CONFORM THAT MAP TO THE CONFIGURATION IN THE DS SEVEN ONE ONE FIVE ONE MAP THAT MOVED A LITTLE BIT NORTH TO PICK UP SOME OF THE TERRITORY NORTH OF HENRY MILLER ROAD UP TO THE RIVER.

AND SO ALL FOUR OF THE MAPS MAKE THAT CHANGE AS WELL.

THE THIRD THING THAT WAS DISCUSSED THAT ALL FORMATS DO IS THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION OF THE FACT THAT IN THE NDC 101 MAP, DISTRICT THREE CAME ALL THE WAY DOWN TO DICKINSON FERRY ROAD, AND THAT SEEMED TO MAKE SENSE.

AND SO ALL FOUR OF THE MAPS NOW DO THAT BECAUSE D71151 DID NOT QUITE GO THAT FAR.

AND SO ALL OF THOSE THREE CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO ALL OF THESE MAPS, YOU KNOW, SO THEY'RE NOT DIFFERENT IN THAT RESPECT.

WE'VE ALSO GONE THROUGH THE D71151, HAD A COUPLE OF MINOR CITY AND CDP SPLITS.

AND SO WE'VE CLEANED THOSE UP.

AND SO THAT IS THE SAME THROUGH ALL OF THEM.

THE WAY THAT THESE FOUR MAPS DIFFER IS IN TWO POINTS.

AND WHAT WE'VE DONE IS WE'VE GIVEN YOU FOUR MAPS TO GIVE YOU A MATCH WITH ALL OF THEM.

AND SO THE TWO AREAS WHERE THEY DIFFER IS HERE.

BUT THE WAY THE TERRITORY HERE BETWEEN ATWATER AND LIVINGSTON IS TREATED IN THE ORIGINAL NDC MAP, IT HAD THIS CONFIGURATION HERE WHERE EVERYTHING SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY WAS MOVED INTO DISTRICT ONE, WHEREAS THE D71151 MAP THE ORIGINAL TURN OFF THE OTHER ONE THERE HAS DISTRICT FOUR CONTINUING TO COME DOWN IN BETWEEN ATWATER AND LIVINGSTON DOWN TO ONE.

AND SO WE HAVE A MAP, WE HAVE MAPS, TWO MAPS THAT FOR EACH OF THOSE CONFIGURATIONS.

THE OTHER QUESTION THAT I THINK THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF DISCUSSION, BUT NO SORT OF RESOLUTION ON WAS HOW DISTRICT FOUR WOULD PICK UP TERRITORY IN THE SORT OF NORTH MERCED AREA FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD AND PARTICULARLY THE TREATMENT OF THE UC.

THE NDC 101 MAP LEFT THE UC IN DISTRICT TWO AND PICKED UP SOME TERRITORY HERE.

TO THE NORTHWEST OF DISTRICT TWO AND ALONG HERE IN DISTRICT THREE.

WHEREAS AS YOU JUST SAW IN THAT OTHER VERSION, THE D71151 MAP LEFT THAT TERRITORY IN SORT OF NORTH ATWATER AND TOOK TERRITORY HERE TO THE NORTHEAST INSTEAD, INCLUDING THE UC.

AND SO WHAT WE'VE DONE IS WE HAVE FOUR VARIATIONS D71151B, WHICH IS THE EXACT SAME AS D7115, THE ORIGINAL VERSION.

IN OTHER WORDS, IT LEAVES DISTRICT FOUR COMING DOWN TO 140.

AND IT DOES THE IT MOVES THE UC INTO DISTRICT FOUR AS WELL.

SECOND VARIATION IS D71151B, WHICH HAS THE SAME CONFIGURATION WITH RESPECT TO THE UC AND WITH RESPECT TO TO SORT OF NORTH ATWATER IN THIS AREA, BUT KEEPS THE NDC 101 VERSION OF THE ATWATER LIVINGSTON AREA AND THEN IN NDC 101B IS ESSENTIALLY IDENTICAL IN BOTH RESPECTS TO THE ORIGINAL ONE ON ONE MAP.

IT HAS MOVES ALL OF THIS AREA BETWEEN LIVINGSTON ATWATER INTO DISTRICT ONE, AND IT LEAVES THE U.S.

BEHIND IN DISTRICT TWO.

AND THEN NDC 101D HAS THE ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION, WITH THE UC REMAINING IN TWO FROM

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THE NDC 101 PLAN.

BUT IT THEN SWITCHES OVER AND TAKES THE CONFIGURATION BETWEEN LIVINGSTON AND ATWATER FROM THE D71151 MAP.

SO THAT'S KIND OF A, YOU KNOW, LIKE DRINKING FROM A FIREHOSE, I SUPPOSE A LITTLE BIT.

BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, HOWEVER, THE BOARD DETERMINES TO RESOLVE THOSE TWO ISSUES.

WHATEVER COMBINATION THAT YOU SETTLE ON, THERE'S A MAP THERE FOR YOU TO ADOPT.

HOWEVER, YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT LINKED TOGETHER.

THEY HAVE, THEY'RE INDEPENDENT.

AND SO WE'VE PROVIDED THOSE FOUR SO THAT YOU HAVE A CHOICE OR YOU HAVE AN OPTION THAT YOU CAN SELECT THIS EVENING ON BOTH OF THOSE ISSUES.

EVEN JUST RIGHT HERE.

YEAH, THAT WILL TRY.

OH, I APOLOGIZE.

THERE'S ALSO A ONE IT'S BEEN POINTED OUT TO ONE MINOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NDC 101B AND NDC 101D, AND THAT'S THIS IF YOU CAN SEE IT HERE, THIS ONE CENSUS BLOCK ALONG THE RIVER THAT DIFFERS BETWEEN THEM.

I PROBABLY UNPOPULATED.

YEAH.

SO NDC 101D LEAVES THAT IN DISTRICT ONE AND NDC 101B HAS IT IN DISTRICT FIVE, PROBABLY UNPOPULATED.

PROBABLY NOT AN EFFECT ON THE THE POPULATION, BUT THAT IS THE ONE OTHER MINOR CHANGE.

DISTRICT FOUR.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

SO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 101D AND 101B.

MM HMM.

OH, I SEE IT NOW.

OH, AND THEN THERE'S THERE'S A CHANGE ALSO IN DISTRICT FOUR AND ONE? DISTRICT FIVE AND ONE RIGHT ALONG THE RIVER.

THERE'S THE SPOT HERE.

GOTCHA.

HE HAD TALKED ABOUT THESE IN THAT LITTLE TRIANGLE.

PERFECT.

OK, SORRY.

YEAH.

SO, YOU KNOW, WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO SORT OF I MEAN, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR WANT TO DIG INTO ANY OF THESE MAPS, WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE THE VIEWER HERE.

WE CAN GO DOWN TO THE STREET LEVEL.

WE CAN ALSO BRING UP THE SATELLITE IMAGERY IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT OR WHEN WE'RE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

OK, IT'S THE TIME.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR DISCUSSIONS FROM THE BOARD BEFORE WE OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT? CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

CHRIS, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU, I THINK YOU DID A REALLY EXCELLENT JOB IN REMEMBERING THE DISCUSSION FROM THE LAST HEARING THAT WE HAD.

I FEEL LIKE YOU COVERED ALL THAT AND GAVE US VERY DIFFERENT VARIATIONS OF THAT.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU.

CAN YOU TELL ME AGAIN WHAT THE DEVIATION 51D WAS? 8.88 PERCENT.

THANK YOU.

THERE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS? I KNOW WE'RE DRINKING OUT OF THE FIRE HOSE RIGHT NOW, SO.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

CAN YOU BRING UP AN NDC MAP? 103B, PLEASE? I WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT I GOT A GOOD LOOK AT IT.

I KNOW THAT MOST OF OF THIS REPORT WOULD INCLUDE TOGETHER, RIGHT? RIGHT.

OK.

I THINK IT LEAVES ME WITH UNDER DISTRICT TWO ABOUT THE SAME ON

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HIGHWAY 140.

AND I WOULD JUST, I THINK, TUTTLE.

RIGHT.

YEAH, THERE ARE A FEW CHANGES OFF TO THE YEAH.

TUTTLE WOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO DISTRICT TWO, WHICH IS I'M OK WITH AND I KNOW THAT THE NORTH OF PLANADA THAT WOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO DISTRICT FOUR.

SO THAT WOULD JUST REMAIN THE MIGRANT CAMPS ON DISTRICT ONE.

SO THAT'S FINE WITH ME.

AND IT SEEMS FINE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IS THAT ALL THE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS THAT WE HAVE FOR RIGHT NOW? WE WILL NOW OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE WILL BE ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS, LIVE IN PERSON AND VIA ZOOM.

IF YOU ARE HERE IN PERSON, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE PODIUM IF YOU ARE JOINING US REMOTELY VIA ZOOM.

PLEASE USE THE ZOOM FEATURE TO RAISE YOUR HAND.

FOR INDIVIDUALS CALLING IN THROUGH ZOOM, YOU CAN RAISE YOUR HAND BY PRESSING STAR NINE.

WHEN YOU WERE CALLED UPON EITHER BY NAME OR THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO UNMUTE YOUR MIC OVER THE PHONE.

THIS CAN BE DONE BY PRESSING STAR SIX.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK OUR INTERPRETERS TO ALSO PROVIDE THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN SPANISH AND HMONG.

THANK YOU.

PUBLIC COMMENT IS NOW OPEN.

PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME TO THE PODIUM AND SPEAK.

OK.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

HI.

IF THAT'S TOO HIGH, THERE IS A LITTLE BUTTON TO YOUR RIGHT THAT YOU CAN LOWER THE PODIUM ON ON THIS IN THE FRONT SIDE OF IT ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE.

OK, HERE.

SORRY.

PERFECT.

OH, THAT'S MUCH BETTER.

THANK YOU.

FIRST OF ALL, WE WANT TO MAKE A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT MAP D8625.

MY COLLEAGUE HERE INFORMS ME THAT THE NUMBERS ASSOCIATED OR INDICATED IN THERE WITHIN THE DISTRICTS ARE INCORRECT.

SO WHERE WE'RE INDICATING DISTRICT FOUR CURRENTLY SHOULD BE FIVE.

WE'RE INDICATING DISTRICT FIVE SHOULD BE ONE, OR IT SHOWS DISTRICT ONE SHOULD BE THREE, WHERE IT SHOWS DISTRICT THREE SHOULD BE FOUR AND THE ONE THAT REMAINS THE SAME IN DISTRICT TWO.

THANK YOU, SO.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

ONE MORE TIME, I'M HERE TO REPRESENT THE DELHI COMMUNITY IN REGARDS TO THIS PROJECT OF.

REDISTRICTING THE COUNTY.

MY NAME IS CECILIA CERVANTES AND I'M A MEMBER OF THE DELHI PARENT COMMITTEE.

I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT OF DELPHI FOR 33 YEARS.

DELHI IS A SMALL COMMUNITY LOCATED ABOUT 18 MILES NORTHWEST OF MERCED.

ITS POPULATION IS ABOUT ELEVEN THOUSAND, AND EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE RESIDENTS ARE HISPANIC.

DELHI DEVELOPMENT IS SLOW BECAUSE WE'RE MISSING THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WOULD OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW BUSINESS AND JOBS.

BECAUSE OF THIS, DELHI NEEDS TO ALIGN AND JOINT EFFORTS WITH DISTRICTS THAT SHARE OUR VISION, CONCERNS AND INTERESTS.

DELHI NEEDS TO BE PART OF A DISTRICT WHERE OUR VOICE IS HEARD.

OUR VOTE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

THIS MEANS JOINING THE DISTRICT WITH SIMILAR DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURE.

WE WANT TO AVOID ISOLATION AT THE SAME TIME SECURE A STRONG GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATION.

IT IS, WE BELIEVE, IN DELHI'S BEST INTEREST TO ALIGN WITH OUR NEIGHBORING CITIES, SUCH AS LIVINGSTON AND DISTRICT ONE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND I DO APPROVE THE MAP PUBLISHED BY CNC, COMMUNITIES FOR A.

NEW CALIFORNIA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME? COME ON DOWN, PLEASE.

DO WE HAVE ANY HANDS RAISED ONLINE YET? NO, WE DO NOT.

OK, THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? THERE WE GO.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS BARRY ANDERSON FROM SANTONELLA AND I'M ON THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF LULAC NUMBER 3072 AND REDISTRICTING COUNCIL.

I'M ON THE COUNCIL OF LULAC, REPRESENTING MERCED COUNTY SAN BENITO COUNTY TO CENTRAL VALLEY.

SO REDISTRICTING IS ABOUT FAIR REPRESENTATION AND CONTROL OF EQUITABLE POWER IN ADVOCATING FOR OUR ISSUES AND INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

LOOKING AT THE MAPS, ALTHOUGH WE COULD HAVE THREE DISTRICTS REPRESENTING THE TWO THIRDS OF MERCED COUNTY, IT SEEMS THAT EMPHASIS HAS BEEN PLACED TO SECURE YOUR OWN SEATS, WITH THE EMPHASIS OF THE 33 PERCENT THREE TO FOUR DISTRICTS WITH MAJORITY CONTROL ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

IN CLOSING, SANTA NELLA COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST, WE'RE 7.5 MILES AWAY FROM LOS BANOS AND IN DISTRICT FIVE, WE DO ALL OF OUR SHOPPING AND HEALTH CARE THERE TOO.

AND FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, WE ARE THE GATEWAY TO AND FROM SILICON VALLEY AND ALSO OUR HOUSING COSTS ARE UP TO AND PURCHASING PRICES.

A HOME NOW AND IN THE FUTURE COSTS ROUGHLY 300-350 THOUSAND TO 575 THOUSAND.

BUT OUR LANDSCAPE FOR ANY GROWTH IS LANDLOCKED BY SAN LUIS RESERVOIR, THE CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT AND THE MENDOTA CANAL, AND WE'RE SURROUNDED BY A PRETTY BIG, HUGE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.

WE'RE SURROUNDED.

OUR GROWTH IS LIMITED DUE TO MERCED GENERAL PLAN.

AND WE ARE A TOURIST ATTRACTION AREA.

AND ONE MORE THING IS, DO YOU HAVE THE LIST OF WHO IS REPRESENTING EACH MAP SO WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND THE CONSTITUENTS, YOUR CONSTITUENTS FROM EACH DISTRICT? SO WE'RE LOOKING AT REPRESENTING REPRESENTATION FROM WHAT HAVE YOU, IF IT'S ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD BE CONSTITUENTS AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS WITH EACH WITHIN EACH DISTRICT.

SO I'D LIKE TO SEE THE FEEDBACK ON THAT WITH DOCUMENTATION ON THE LIST OF EACH OF THOSE MAPS AND WHO ARE ACTUALLY REPRESENTING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BRING THEM OVER.

WE DO HAVE SOME ON ZOOM NOW IF THERE ARE NO MORE IN THE AUDIENCE.

THERE'S ANYBODY ELSE HERE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

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OK.

THANK YOU.

OK, THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS PATRICIA RAMOS ANDERSON, I'M THE PRESIDENT OF LULAC, BUT I'M ALSO WITH THE EQUITY COMMUNITY COALITION FOR OUR MAPPING.

TO THE MAIN ISSUES IS THAT MERCED COUNTY'S DEMOGRAPHICS ARE 61.9 LATINOS, 33 PERCENT CAUCASIAN.

WE HAVE UP TO TWO TO THREE DIVERSE DISTRICTS ON BOARD THAT WE CAN HAVE VERSUS ONLY TWO WITH THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND THE FAIR ACT MAP.

THE MAPS THAT WERE CREATED BY RESIDENTS OF OUR STATE REPRESENTING ALL ASPECTS OF DIVERSITY WERE THROWN OUT AT THE LAST MEETING WITH REAL NAMES, ORGANIZATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION.

WE DISCOVERED THAT ANONYMOUS MAPS WERE SUBMITTED, AS WELL AS THAT THEY WERE SECOND PARTY SUBMITTING MAPS FOR OTHERS.

WHY DID ANONYMOUS MAPS CARRY MORE WEIGHT THAN THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE COMMUNITY MAPS? WE ARE NOT CONFIDENT IN THE NDC ACCURATE DATA AND THEIR MOTIVE.

WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO INCLUDE SANTA NELLA INITIALLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE DISTRICT FIVE, BUT IT HASN'T BEEN THE CASE.

THE MAP D8625FOUR, WE DO SUPPORT AS WELL BECAUSE IT DOES INCLUDE WITH THE CHANGES, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

BUT FOR US IN DISTRICT FIVE, SANTA NELLA HAS ALWAYS BEEN HISTORICALLY PART OF IT AND WE ARE A THE ENTRY GATEWAY TO SILICON VALLEY.

WE ARE ALSO A VERY DIVERSE AND BECAUSE OF ANDERSON PEA SOUP, THE NEW HOTEL, WE HAVE BECOME AN ATTRACTION FOR A LOT OF THE TRAFFIC.

THAT'S WHY SANTA NELLA BRINGS IN OVER CLOSE TO $4 MILLION OF REVENUES TO THE COUNTY.

BUT FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS AND EVEN THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE REVENUES THAT THEY GENERATED WAS NOT REINVESTED INTO THAT COMMUNITY.

ALL THE NEW HOUSING PROJECTS, NO PARKS.

THEY CHANGED A MOBILE HOME COMMUNITY CONVERTED INTO SINGLE RESIDENT PROPERTIES.

NO PARK, NO COMMUNITY.

THAT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE.

ONE SET OF RULES WOULD BE ADOPTED OR HAD BEEN ADOPTED.

BUT DEPENDING ON WHERE THE LOCATION OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENT WOULD OCCUR, SOME WOULD BE ENFORCED.

OTHERS WOULD BE NOT.

AND THAT HAS BEEN AN ISSUE.

ALSO, THEY HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH JUSTINE HILLMAN, SNELLING AND THOSE BACK AREAS BECAUSE WE WERE LOOKING AT THE OTHER MAPS.

NOTHING WHATSOEVER.

WE ARE MORE IN COMMUNE WITH LOS BANOS AND THIS AREA DOS PALOS PART OF IT IS AROUND BY FRESNO COUNTY THAT HAVE BEEN OUT IN THAT AREA.

BUT AGAIN, FOR US IS THAT IF WE DON'T WORK TOGETHER, WE'RE SEEING ANOTHER ANOTHER CLUB MEMBER OF MERCED BECOMING THE POSTER CHILD AND A CLUB MEMBER FOR KERN COUNTY, WHO'S RIGHT NOW BEEN SUED.

THEY'RE LOOKING AT 10 TO $12 MILLION KINGS COUNTY AS WELL.

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AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE FRESNO.

AND THE ISSUE WITH THE FRESNO ONE IS THAT THEY HAD INSIDE STAFF HAVING THIRD PARTY SUBMITTING MAPS THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE AND IT WAS WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL.

ONE OF THE KEY THINGS IS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE.

THANK YOU.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE HERE IN THE ROOM BECAUSE WE DO HAVE FOLKS WAITING ON ZOOM TO COMMENT, IF ANYBODY ELSE IS HERE IN THE ROOM, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

SEEING, THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE ZOOM COMMENT.

OK, THE FIRST COMMENTER, ROSA, IF YOU CAN UNMUTE, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES AND YOU WOULD PRESS STAR SIX OR PRESS THE UNMUTE BUTTON ON YOUR COMPUTER.

.

IT WAS A VERY LONG CHAT, BUT BASICALLY THE IDEA THAT ROSA WAS PRESENTING IS THAT SHE DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE NDC MAPS AND THAT SHE DOES AGREE WITH THE THE MAP THAT THE COMMUNITIES COME TOGETHER AND BECAUSE OF THE POPULATION, ESPECIALLY THAT SHE LIVES IN EL NIDO, WHICH IS VERY CLOSE TO, MERCED.

AND AGAIN, HER POINT IS THAT SHE DISAGREES WITH THE NDC MAPS AND THAT SHE IS IN AGREEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY DISTRICT MAPS TO MAINTAIN THE MORE BALANCED WITH THE LATINO POPULATIONS.

OK, NEXT, IS SAUL RIVAS.

OK.

HELLO, SORRY, MY NAME IS ACTUALLY SHARE A ZOOM LINKED ACCOUNT.

THANK YOU SUPERVISORS FOR HOSTING THIS MEETING TODAY.

AND STAFF FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

MY QUESTION IS MORE AROUND SORT OF BASED ON THE DATA THAT'S BEEN PRESENTED WITH LATINOS, MAKE UP A MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION.

AND THEY ALSO MAKE A MAJORITY OF THE VOTING AGE POPULATION WITH A 46 PERCENT.

AND IN COMPARISON TO 39 PERCENT OF WHITE ELIGIBLE VOTERS, A DIFFERENCE OF SEVEN PERCENT.

YET EVEN THOUGH THERE'S THIS MAJORITY EXIST, THREE DISTRICTS HAVE A MAJORITY OF WHITE ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN COMPARISON TO TWO.

SO MY QUESTION FOR THE CONSULTANTS AND THE BOARD IS WHY? WHY ARE LATINO VOTERS VOTE BEING DILUTED BY BEING PLACED INTO ONLY TWO

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DISTRICTS DISTRICTS? THE MAPS THAT ARE BEING DESIGNED HAVE A MAJORITY BY 25 PERCENT IN ONE AT 36 PERCENT AND ANOTHER WHERE LATINOS RESIDE.

SO LATINOS ARE BEING COMPRISED INTO ONLY TWO DISTRICTS INSTEAD OF BEING SPREAD OUT THROUGHOUT ALL FIVE OF THE THE DISTRICTS THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DESIGNING.

SO THAT'S MY QUESTION.

THANK YOU.

OK, THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS IN THE OTHER HANDS RAISED ONLINE? NOT AT THIS TIME.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS HERE.

OK, WE'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

WE WILL NOW TURN THE MIC OVER TO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER JIM BROWN.

MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, AT THIS POINT YOU'VE GONE THROUGH, YOU KNOW, MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PUBLIC TO ENGAGE.

YOU'VE HAD EVENING WORKSHOPS, YOU'VE HAD EVENING PUBLIC HEARINGS AND HAVE GONE THROUGH, ALTHOUGH UNDERSTANDING WE'VE BEEN AT THIS FOR A WHILE, NO FAULT TO ANYBODY'S WITH THE CENSUS DATA, IT'S BEEN KIND OF A COMPACTED TIMELINE.

YOU'RE AT A POINT NOW WHERE THE MAPS HAVE BEEN NARROWED TO.

IT LOOKS LIKE FIVE MAPS THAT APPEAR TO BE, YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT YOUR GUIDANCE HAS BEEN TO THIS POINT.

YOU KNOW, IT IS AT THAT POINT TO WHERE FOR WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR DIRECTION ON THE NEXT STEPS AND ESSENTIALLY THROUGH THE SCHEDULE TONIGHT WAS THE WAS SCHEDULED FOR A DECISION POINT.

AND SO WE'RE AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

YOU KNOW, I THINK THE SUMMARY IS, IF YOU LOOK AT THE FIVE MAPS, THERE'S ONE THAT KIND OF DEVIATES A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN THE OTHER FOUR.

AS MR. SCANNELL OUTLINED, THE OTHER FOUR HAVE KIND OF JUST SOME DIFFERENCES IN A COUPLE OF AREAS THAT HE POINTED OUT.

SO IT'S REALLY, YOU KNOW, AT THIS POINT, WE TURN IT OVER TO YOU FOR YOUR DISCUSSION AND, YOU KNOW, ANY FURTHER DIRECTION OR ACTION THAT YOU MAY WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

I'M GOOD.

I FIGURED IT OUT.

YOU FIGURED IT OUT, OK? IS THERE A FURTHER DISCUSSION HERE AT THE DAIS? I'M EITHER LOOKING FOR QUESTIONS OR A MOTION.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

LET ME GET A LITTLE DRINK OF WATER HERE.

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THANK YOU.

YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY TOUGH.

AND YOU KNOW, I WANT TO THANK THE THE AUDIENCE AND PEOPLE THAT CALLED IN FOR TO GIVE THEIR INPUT.

IT'S VERY HARD.

AND, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO DO WHAT'S FAIR AND THERE'S ALWAYS NO MAP IS PERFECT, YOU KNOW, BUT THERE'S ALWAYS A DECISION NEEDS TO BE MADE.

YOU KNOW, I JUST DON'T AGREE WITH THE MAPS THAT YOU KNOW AGAIN, LIKE, IT'S MADE A STATEMENT LAST MEETING ABOUT BEING, YOU KNOW, HAVING TO REPRESENT, YOU KNOW, IF I HAD A FOR AN EXAMPLE, GRAND, WHICH IS PRETTY FAR AWAY.

YOU KNOW, THE WHITEST MIDDLE PART OF THE COUNTY.

I DON'T MIND, YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T IF I HAD TO DO IT.

I REPRESENT LIKE, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, THE IF OF THE MAJORITY VOTE FOR THAT DISTRICT.

I WOULD DO MY BEST TO REPRESENT.

BUT YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS TO NOT HAVE THE REPRESENTATION.

AND WE DON'T, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY ASSISTANCE.

I KNOW WE VOTED FOR A PART TIME SYSTEM, BUT WE HAVEN'T USED IT AT ALL YET.

BUT YOU KNOW, TO THERE'S A LOT OF EVENTS, MEETINGS, YOU KNOW, MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS AS WELL.

LE GRAND, PLANADA AND, YOU KNOW, ATTENDING LEWISTON COUNCIL MEETINGS.

AND YOU KNOW, AND THEN IF I HAD TO DO SANTA NELLA, IT GETS PRETTY CONGESTED IN.

AND YOU KNOW, IN OUR TIMEFRAMES RIGHT NOW DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH THE PANDEMIC HAS BEEN LIGHT.

BUT , YOU KNOW, USUALLY WHEN THINGS GET BUSY AND HAVING TO HELP CONSTITUENTS, THEY MINIMIZE OUR ABILITY TO REPRESENT FAIRLY EVERYONE ACROSS, YOU KNOW, THE BOARD AND, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY A BIGGER, BIGGER DISTRICT.

SO, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS WORKED HARD AS MUCH AS I CAN TO REPRESENT, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE IN MY DISTRICT.

AND, YOU KNOW, IF SOMEBODY CALLS ME FROM ANYWHERE AND OTHER DISTRICTS, I DO MY BEST AS WELL.

SO LIKE I SAID, WE ALL VOTE ON EVERYTHING AROUND THE COUNTY AND WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO REPRESENT, YOU KNOW, AND I DON'T MIND IF THEY CALL ME OR SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS IN MY DISTRICT BECAUSE ONE OF YOU? IT'S FINE WITH ME.

BUT OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, WE TRY TO DO WHAT'S BEST TO SUPPORT THEM AS WELL.

SO THAT'S JUST MY OPINION FOR RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEASURE.

AND CHRIS, COULD YOU ADDRESS THE QUESTION THAT CAME FROM PUBLIC COMMENT? OF COURSE.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE SHORT ANSWER IS THAT THE REASON THERE ARE TWO MAJORITY LATINO DISTRICTS IS BECAUSE THE FOCUS FOR VOTING RIGHTS ACT COMPLIANCE IS THE CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE COUNTY, IF YOU TAKE THE NDC 101D AS AN EXAMPLE, THE CITIZEN VOTING AGE POPULATION OF THE DISTRICT OF THE COUNTY AS A WHOLE IS 46 PERCENT LATINO, SLIGHTLY

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UNDER HALF.

SO, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TWO THAT ARE SLIGHTLY OVER 50 PERCENT.

AND THE REASON THAT WE, INSTEAD OF DOING JUST A BARE 51 PERCENT AND CALLING IT EVEN IS HISTORICALLY, THE COURTS HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT PROTECTED CLASSES FOR VOTING RIGHTS ACT PURPOSES IN THIS COUNTY, LATINOS, BUT IN OTHER PLACES, OTHER OTHER GROUPS OFTEN REGISTER TO VOTE AND TURN OUT TO VOTE AT LOWER RATES.

AND SO FOR THOSE TO BE LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY DISTRICTS FOR VOTING RIGHTS ACT PURPOSES, THEY TYPICALLY TEND TO NEED TO BE A BIT HIGHER THAN JUST 50 PERCENT.

AND SO IN THIS CASE, YOU KNOW, OUR ANALYSIS SUGGESTS THAT THE CURRENT RATE FOR DISTRICT ONE IS PROBABLY AN EFFECTIVE NUMBER.

IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE HIGHER THAN THAT, BUT ALSO REDUCING IT PRESENTS POTENTIAL PROBLEMS. AND SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN THAT SORT OF HIGH 50 RANGE.

AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, IT MEANS THAT NECESSITY THE OTHER DISTRICTS ARE GOING TO BE SOMEWHAT LOWER.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE END UP WITH THE TWO DISTRICTS THAT WE HAVE.

AND THAT IS YOUR LEGAL OPINION.

THAT IS MY LEGAL.

THAT'S THE SUPREME COURT'S LEGAL OPINION.

THE SUPREME COURT'S LEGAL OPINION? THANK YOU.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES A SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

YEAH, I'M GOING TO RESTATE.

I WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING, I WANT TO THANK OUR INTERPRETERS.

I KNOW IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY FOR YOU GUYS.

YOU GUYS WERE HERE FOR OUR BOARD MEETINGS STARTING AT 10 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING AND NOW BACK WITH US.

SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND DOING THE GOOD WORK AGAIN.

IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT, FORTUNATE, UNFORTUNATE, HOWEVER, YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT.

DISTRICT FIVE GREW BY 11 AND A HALF PERCENT IN ORDER TO TRY TO GET TO THAT THAT DEVIATION THRESHOLD.

THE DISTRICT IS GOING TO HAVE TO LOSE SOME PEOPLE.

I MEAN, THAT'S JUST THE BOTTOM LINE.

I DON'T GET TO CONTROL THAT.

THAT'S JUST KIND OF, YOU KNOW, EVERYWHERE IN THE COUNTY GREW OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.

IT'S JUST THAT THE WEST SIDE DISTRICT FIVE GREW BY A LARGER THAN I.

EVEN I EXPECTED PERCENTAGE.

SO WHEN YOU HAVE WHEN YOU GO BACK ON THAT FRONT LIST, THERE'S KIND OF THESE THREE CATEGORIES THAT YOU CAN CONSIDER WHEN WHEN LOOKING AT THESE, YOU START WITH THE FIRST PRIORITY AND YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOU MEET THOSE AND THEN YOU GO TO THE NEXT PRIORITY AND THEN THE THIRD PRIORITY IN A PERFECT WORLD, THEY WOULD ALL BE 56,200 AND SOMETHING VOTES.

THEY WOULD BE EQUALLY REPRESENTED BY BY RACE, CREED, ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO KIND OF PUT INTO IT.

BUT WE OBVIOUSLY DON'T LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD.

SO YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM DISTRICT ONE.

I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO MY WORLD EVERY DAY.

YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION LAST TIME ON HOW FAR IT IS FROM ONE SIDE OF THE DISTRICT EVERY DAY IN ORDER FOR ME TO COME TO WORK AND DO A GOOD JOB OF REPRESENTING MY CONSTITUENTS.

I MAKE THE FORTY FIVE MINUTE TREK TO, MERCED SAID FOR, YOU KNOW, IT IS THE COUNTY SEAT.

THIS JUST THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES.

BUT I'M CONSTANTLY ON THE ROAD.

BUT KNOWING THE WORK, I THINK OF ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES UP HERE.

I FEEL LIKE WHATEVER DISTRICT WE END UP WITH, WE'RE ALL GOING TO DO OUR BEST TO REPRESENT IT.

AND I SHARE YOUR SENTIMENTS ON THE FACT THAT, YES, PEOPLE, THEY KNOW WHAT DISTRICT THEY ARE IN.

BUT MAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE ON KIND OF ONE OF THE LINES OF A DISTRICT YOU'RE CALLING WHOEVER YOU SOMEHOW HAVE A CONNECTION WITH OR YOU HAVE THEIR PHONE NUMBER OR SOMEBODY YOU KNOW HAS THEIR PHONE NUMBER.

AND I, TOO, I WOULD ALWAYS PASS ON TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT I, SOMEBODY FROM YOUR DISTRICT CALLED ME AND I POINTED THEM IN THIS DIRECTION OR.

AND I HOPE THEY WOULD DO THE SAME.

BUT SO WHEN I LOOK AT IT, I GET IT.

I'M JUST GOING TO COME OUT AND SAY IT FOR ME.

IT COULD BE EITHER THE NDC 101D OR THE NDC 101B, AND I WOULD REFER TO MY COLLEAGUES IN DISTRICT ONE AND FOUR TO KIND OF, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT AS FAMILIAR WITH THAT AREA WHERE IT DROPS DOWN A LITTLE BIT FURTHER IN DISTRICT FOUR, DOWN ALONGSIDE OF DISTRICT THREE VERSUS THE OTHER MAP, IT'S A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.

I'M NOT AS FAMILIAR WITH THAT AREA TO BE ABLE TO TELL YOU WHAT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE THERE.

BUT WHEN WE, YOU KNOW, WE ASKED THEM TO BRING BACK 103B.

AND AGAIN, FOR ME, IT'S AN I REPRESENT DISTRICT FIVE, BUT I AM A COUNTY SUPERVISOR.

WHEN YOU START TO PICK UP ALL OF THOSE LITTLE COMMUNITIES IN 103B, IT BECOMES ALMOST AN UNMANAGEABLE DISTRICT, IN MY OPINION.

AND I THINK THAT WHO SUFFERS IN THAT SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT EVEN SPOKE TODAY, YOU KNOW, REFERENCE, YOU KNOW, NEEDING MORE REPRESENTATION.

AND WHEN YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, BY MY COUNT, ON 103B, YOU GOT 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, TEN DISTINCTIVE LITTLE COMMUNITIES.

OF ALL OF THOSE ONE OF THEM BEING INCORPORATED THAT EVERY COMMUNITY HAS ITS OWN DISTINCTIVE FLAIR, ITS OWN DISTINCTIVE ID, YOU KNOW.

SO FOR ME, I THINK IT'S A LOT.

I THINK IT'S REALLY ASKING FOR ONE PERSON AGAIN.

AS WAS STATED, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OR THE OPTION TO TO BRING ON SOME EXTRA HELP

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STAFF.

BUT WITH WITH, YOU KNOW, I SHARE WITH PEOPLE WHEN YOU MEET ME, YOU'RE ALSO MEETING MY CHIEF OF STAFF.

SO FOR ME, I'M JUST GOING TO SAY IT'S I'M GOOD WITH 101D OR 101B, AND I DO, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR SANTA NELLA.

I SHARE THE FRUSTRATIONS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A PARK.

AND I WILL SAY RIGHT NOW, I KNOW THIS IS A REDISTRICTING HEARING, BUT I'M COMMITTED TO GETTING US A PARK IN SALMONELLA.

I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON TRYING TO GET A PARK IN SANTA NELLA.

THIS BOARD HAS SUPPORTED US GETTING A PARK IN SANTA NELLA.

I THINK IT'S A TRAVESTY THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A PARK THERE.

AND I WILL TELL YOU BY, YOU KNOW, IF IT ENDS UP THAT I DON'T REPRESENT SANTA NELLA MOVING FORWARD THAT MY COMMITMENT STILL TO THOSE FOLKS IS I'M STILL COMMITTED TO GETTING YOU A PARK THERE AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN THAT I CAN TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS.

SO I JUST WANT TO KIND OF PUT IT OUT THERE.

FOR ME, 103B IS REALLY KIND OF IS NOT ON MY RADAR.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE 151BS AND THE 151DS, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT I COULD BE OK WITH THOSE.

THOSE AREN'T DEAL BREAKERS FOR ME.

BUT IF I HAD TO PICK THE ONES THAT I'M THAT I COULD SUPPORT RIGHT NOW, IT WOULD BE THE NDC 101D, THE NDC 101B.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

MAPS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S WE KIND OF NARROWED IT DOWN.

THERE ARE NUANCES BETWEEN BETWEEN THEM.

I WOULD, I GUESS I'LL SHARE MY PREFERENCE.

I HAVE THERE'S TWO MAPS THAT I COULD LIVE WITH.

MY PREFERENCE REALLY IS 101D.

I THINK THAT THAT, YOU KNOW, KIND OF ALLOWS ME TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT.

I I, YOU KNOW, HAVING THE MOST COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT HAS MADE IT A BIT DIFFICULT, RIGHT, BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF EVENTS, EACH COMMUNITY, NOT EACH COMMUNITY, BUT A LOT OF COMMUNITIES HAVE PARADES OR HAVE VETERAN CEREMONIES AND I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL.

AND SO ANYWAYS, THE OTHER MAP THAT PROBABLY THAT, YOU KNOW, WAS SIMILAR, I GUESS, WOULD BE THE 71151B.

HOWEVER, THAT KIND OF CHANGES THE DYNAMIC AROUND THE UC, AND I'M OK WITH IT AS IT IS, THAT WOULD BE MY SECOND CHOICE.

BUT BUT I PREFER 101D.

THANK YOU.

SO 101D AND THEN THE OTHER MAP THAT IS SIMILAR IS THE 71151B, BUT I'M, YOU KNOW, THAT CHANGES THE DYNAMICS AROUND THE UC.

AND SO THAT WOULD BE MY DISTANT SECOND CHOICE.

I, I REALLY PREFER THE 101D.

AND AND YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHERE I'M AT.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

DOES THAT CONCLUDE YOUR COMMENT ON THAT? IT DOES.

IT DOES.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU AND THANK YOU TO STAFF FOR DOING THIS.

I THINK IT'S, CHRIS, YOU'VE HAD A LOT.

IT'S LIKE PUTTING A BIG PUZZLE TOGETHER.

SO I UNDERSTAND THAT AND I APPRECIATE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME OUT TO TO LOOK AT THIS.

SO I GUESS MY THING IS I THINK THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP.

YOU SEE IN ONE DISTRICT AS MUCH AS WE CAN, I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR CONTINUITY OF OF OF OF THE RELATIONSHIPS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE STILL GOING ON.

I KNOW WE ALL HAVE RELATIONSHIPS OUT THERE, BUT HAVING A SUPERVISOR WHO'S OUT THERE, I THINK, IS SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT AND IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT I REALLY TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN I LOOK AT THIS.

SO MY FIRST OPTION OR MY FIRST CHOICE WOULD BE 101D, BUT I WOULD ALSO SUPPORT 103B, RECOGNIZING THE FACT THAT MY COLLEAGUES, SOME OF WHOM HAVE TO TRAVEL A LONG DISTANCE AND AND STUFF AND I LIVE BECAUSE I REPRESENT DISTRICT TWO AND I'M IN MERCED.

IT'S EASIER FOR ME TO GET HERE THAN IT IS FOR SOME OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES TO GET

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AND REPRESENT THE DIFFERENT AREAS.

I ONLY HAVE ONE COMMUNITY.

IT'S INCORPORATED.

AND SO I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES THAT MY COLLEAGUES FACE AND I RESPECT THE HECK OUT OF THEM THAT THEY'VE NEVER THEY NEVER COMPLAINED.

THEY NEVER SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HAVING TO GO TO THE DIFFERENT MEETINGS AND DO THAT TYPE OF STUFF.

AND SO I REALLY RESPECT THAT BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S PROBABLY NOT.

IT'S IT'S NOT EASY, BUT IT IS ALSO, YOU KNOW, AND THEY ALL, TO THEIR CREDIT, LIKE SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA SAID, TO THEIR CREDIT, THEY ALL UNDERSTOOD THEY'RE THE SUPERVISOR AND THEY'RE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY CAN.

AND IF SOMETHING COMES UP TO WHERE THEY CAN'T GET A HOLD OF ONE OF THE SUPERVISORS, THEN THEY'LL REACH OUT TO A DIFFERENT SUPERVISOR.

AND THEN WE'LL LET THE OTHER SUPERVISOR KNOW, HEY, THIS PERSON, YOU KNOW, THIS WAS AN ISSUE THAT YOUR DISTRICT HAD, AND WE'RE REALLY GOOD AT COMMUNICATING IN REGARDS TO THAT.

SO I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HAD THESE ARE TWO THERE'S BEEN TWO REALLY BIG DECISIONS THAT WE'RE MAKING TODAY.

THE FIRST ONE WE MADE THIS MORNING, THIS IS THE SECOND ONE THAT'S GOING TO LEAD US FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS BEFORE WE START THIS PROCESS AGAIN.

AND SO BUT IN ORDER TO KEEP THINGS AS CONTINUOUS AS CONTINUOUS AS POSSIBLE, I THINK THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

RECOGNIZING THE DIFFERENCES.

IT'S NOT EASY, AND I'VE SAID THIS SINCE WE STARTED THIS PROCESS IS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET EVERYTHING THAT WE WANT.

I UNDERSTAND THAT I GET IT.

AND I THINK THAT WE ALL KIND OF UNDERSTAND IT.

IT'S NOT, NO OFFENSE, IT'S NOT PERFECT BECAUSE IF IT'S NOTHING, IT CAN'T BE.

IT'S JUST NOT THE WAY, THAT'S JUST NOT THE WAY IT WORKS.

BUT I THINK THAT 101D AND 103B GET US AS CLOSE TO THAT AS POSSIBLE.

SO THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

I KNOW THAT LIKE IT WAS STATED, NO MAP IS, YOU KNOW, PERFECT.

AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY, ALL THE GROUPS THAT SUBMITTED THEIR MAPS.

AND I KNOW THAT THE 86285 WAS SUBMITTED AND I APPRECIATE THAT, WHICH INCLUDES DELHI, WHERE I GREW UP, YOU KNOW, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THE MAP, YOU KNOW, ALSO, I WOULD LOSE PLANADA LE GRAND, WHICH, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, I WORK HARD TO, YOU KNOW, COMMIT A LOT OF MY TIME AND IN PROJECTS AND THEY'VE DONE, YOU KNOW, A LOT TO SUPPORT ME AS WELL.

AND, YOU KNOW, SO IT'S JUST ABOUT WORKING WITH, YOU KNOW, WELL, I GO ALL OVER DELHI AS WELL.

AND, YOU KNOW, THROUGHOUT ALL MERCED COUNTY, LIKE I SAID, I HAVE FRIENDS IN PALICO AND AND, YOU KNOW, A FEW IN HILMER AND STEPHENSON AND EVEN JUSTINE.

BUT, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, IT WOULD BE A BIGGER CHANGE, TOO, FOR ME TO SAY I WOULD LIKE, YOU KNOW, I LIKE BUT LIKE I SAID, IT WOULD AFFECT MY COLLEAGUES A LOT.

YOU KNOW, SOME WOULD PROBABLY NOT EVEN BE REPRESENTING THEIR OWN DISTRICTS HERE.

SO ON THAT ONE.

SO, YOU KNOW, MY PREFERENCE WOULD BE ONE OR THREE, BE ALL THE REST.

I, YOU KNOW, WHOLE DISTRICT ALL THE WAY TO SANTA NELLA.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST I HAVE GOOD FRIENDS OVER THERE AS WELL.

BUT YOU KNOW, IT JUST IT MAKES IT, IT WOULD BE UNFAIR FOR THEM TO, YOU KNOW, NOT BE REPRESENTED WHEN THEY SAY, YOU KNOW, THOSE BOUNDARIES ARE SO CLOSE OR AUGUSTINE, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD PROBABLY BE REPRESENTED FROM ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES THERE.

SO THAT'S JUST MY OPINION.

AND SO MY PREFERENCE WOULD BE ONE OR THREE, WHICH IS NOT EVEN I DON'T THINK IT'S PERFECT, BUT OUT OF THE FIVE, THAT WOULD BE MY PREFERENCE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

I LOOK AT THIS, AND I JUST WANT TO STATE IT FOR THE RECORD THAT ALL OF THESE MAPS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE COMMUNITY.

IT SEEMS LIKE THERE WAS SOME REFERENCE THAT MAYBE ONLY ONE MAP WAS SUBMITTED BY THE

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COMMUNITY.

SO ALL THESE MAPS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED WITH INPUT.

I MEAN, WE'VE HAD FOUR.

THIS IS OUR FOURTH EVENING HEARING FOR INPUT THIS.

THESE ALL TAKE INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY.

IF IT WAS MY PREFERENCE AND I'M KEEPING A TALLY UP HERE AS YOU GUYS HAVE SPOKEN, I AM THE 101D IS MY PREFERENCE.

THAT WAS FOUR OF US THAT HAVE ALREADY SPOKE TO THAT.

WE HAVE TWO 103B WITH ONE AS A SECOND CHOICE, 101B, ONE HAD AS A SECOND CHOICE AND THE 71151B HAD ONE VOTE AS A CHOICE.

SO I THINK I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER REQUESTS IN THE QUEUE.

SO I THINK RIGHT NOW WE ARE LOOKING FOR LOOKING FOR A MOTION.

AND I'LL TAKE THE MOTION IF SOMEBODY MAKES A REQUEST IN THE QUEUE.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR PAREIRA.

MR. CHAIR, I WOULD MOVE TO INTRODUCE AND ADOPT THE ORDINANCE, ENTITLED ESTABLISHING BOUNDARIES OF SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICTS USING THE MAP NDC 101D AS THE AS EXHIBIT A.

CHAIR RECOGNIZES SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

MR. CHAIR, I'LL SECOND THAT.

IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION OR COMMENTS? SEEING NONE, I WILL MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A SECOND.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSITION? THE VOTE GOES 4-1.

MOTION PASSES.

SO I ALREADY HAD DID IT, SO WE DIDN'T DO THE ROLL CALL VOTE MOTION PASSES, THIS CONCLUDES THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING FOR DECEMBER 7TH, 2021.

THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2021.

THANK YOU, EVERYBODY, STAFF.

FANTASTIC JOB.

GREAT WORK.

THIS WAS A LOT IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME, SO THANK YOU.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.