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GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE APRIL 5TH MEETING OF THE MERCED COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. THIS MORNING WE HELD CLOSED SESSION STAFF WAS GIVEN DIRECTION AND WE ALSO APPOINTED AN AD HOC COMMITTEE, WHICH IS MYSELF AND SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE UNREPRESENTED EMPLOYEES OF THE COUNTY.

ALL RIGHT. AT THIS TIME, WE'LL HAVE THE INVOCATION.

YEAH. THE INVOCATION WILL BE LED BY IVANA BROWN.

AND THEN WE'LL HAVE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

LET US BOW OUR HEADS.

MOST HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COME BEFORE YOU, GOD, IN THIS PLATFORM FOR YOU TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

GOD I ASK THAT YOU BLESS EVERY BOARD MEMBER GOD THAT REPRESENT THE DISTRICTS THAT YOU HAVE THEM IN CHARGE OF, I ASK THAT YOU'VE LEAD AND GUIDE THEM AND GIVE THEM THIS[INAUDIBLE] SOUND MIND TO MAKE SOUND DECISIONS, GOD ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL.

I ASK THAT YOU BLESS OUR NEW CEO, MR. RAUL MENDEZ, GOD, THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN HIM AND GIVE HIM THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE HE NEEDS GOD TO MAKE THE DECISIONS THAT'S BEST FOR YOUR PEOPLE, NOT ONLY HIM, BUT GOD, EVERYONE THAT YOU HAVE CHARGED TO BE DEPARTMENT HEADS AND LEADERS IN THIS COMMUNITY, GOD FOR AND NEAR THAT UNDER THE SOUND OF MY VOICE GOD, YOU CONTINUE TO MOVE AND GUIDE US IN EVERY WAY THAT YOU WILL HAVE US TO MOVE IN YOUR SON.

JESUS NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

[PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK]

IT IS NOW TIME FOR PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON ANY MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST WITHIN THE BOARD'S JURISDICTION, EXCLUDING ITEMS ON THE BOARD'S AGENDA.

TESTIMONY IS LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES PER PERSON AND 20 MINUTES TOTAL.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON ITEMS ON TODAY'S AGENDA WILL BE HEARD FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT OF EACH SECTION OR SUBSECTION OF THE AGENDA.

TESTIMONY IS LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES PER PERSON FOR EACH SECTION OR SUBSECTION.

JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, AS WE'RE GOING BACK TO KIND OF PRE-COVID PUBLIC COMMENT, SO NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT ON SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE AGENDA ITEMS. AND THEN WE'LL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY AT EACH ITEM TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT AT THAT TIME ON SPECIFIC ITEMS. ALL RIGHT. AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT.

GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING, GENTLEMEN. HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING? WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT, I AM NECOLA ADAMS, WHICH YOU ALL KNOW.

AND THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING TO DO THE MERCED COUNTY NUT FESTIVAL AGAIN.

IT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 22ND, 2022, FROM 10 TO 5 P.M.

OF 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

AT THE MERCED COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

AND WE ARE ASKING THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PLEASE PROVIDE THE SHERIFF DEPUTIES FOR US LIKE THEY DID LAST TIME.

THIS TIME WE'RE EXPECTING LAST TIME WE WERE EXPECTING ABOUT 1000 PEOPLE.

WE GOT ALMOST 2000 PEOPLE.

THIS YEAR WE'RE EXPECTING ABOUT 4000 PEOPLE.

WE'RE ACTUALLY PROBABLY LOOKING AT CLOSE TO 4500 PEOPLE BECAUSE PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO GET OUT AND DO THINGS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE OUR GREAT BANDS COMING BACK.

WE HAVE GREAT VENDORS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY THAT WILL BE THERE.

AND SO WE'RE REQUESTING THE FOUR SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AND THE COST OF IT THIS YEAR IS $2,479.52, WHICH IF I DID IT CORRECT, IT COMES OUT TO $485.82 PER DISTRICT.

AND SO WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER THIS FOR THE MERCED COUNTY NUT FESTIVAL.

AGAIN, IT WAS A GREAT FESTIVAL THE FIRST YEAR WE DID IT.

WE'RE PLANNING ON IT IN 2022, BUT COVID SIDELINED US, AND SO THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN AND IT'S REALLY TAKEN OFF.

AND SO WE WOULD LOVE FOR THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO PARTNER WITH US AND HELP US WITH THE SHERIFF DEPUTIES.

THANK YOU. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? NO. I MEAN, BUT THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT ITEM.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

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ANYBODY? WELL, ACTUALLY, YEAH.

COME ON AMY. SORRY, DARLENE.

YOU'RE NEXT. SORRY. GOOD MORNING, SUPERVISOR PAREIRA BOARD MEMBERS, CEO MENDEZ, AMY TAYLOR, YOUR COUNTY LIBRARIAN.

AND TODAY, I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A NEW PROGRAM THAT IS HAPPENING AT THE LIBRARY.

IT IS KICKING OFF THIS WEEK, AND IT IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY AND THE CALIFORNIA PARKS DEPARTMENT.

IT IS WHERE WE'LL NOW BE OFFERING CALIFORNIA STATE PARK PASSES FOR PEOPLE TO CHECK OUT THROUGH THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

AND THIS PASS WILL ALLOW MEMBERS OF MERCED COUNTY TO HAVE ENTRANCE TO STATE PARKS FOR FREE SO THEY CAN CHECK THEM OUT FOR TWO WEEKS, VISIT STATE PARKS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, WHICH ARE OVER 200 STATE PARKS IN THE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

AND THEN THEY JUST RETURN THE PASS TO THE LIBRARY AND IT'S AVAILABLE FOR THE NEXT PERSON.

WE'RE STARTING OFF WITH 13.

BY THE END OF THE MONTH, WE WILL HAVE OVER 40 PASSES AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF MERCED COUNTY TO CHECK OUT.

SO COULD YOU SHARE THE AUDIENCE OR SHOW THE AUDIENCE THE FRONT OF THAT? SURE. ALL RIGHT.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

SURE. AMY. AMY.

SO DOES IT JUST REQUIRE A LIBRARY CARD? YES, IT DOES REQUIRE A LIBRARY CARD TO CHECK.

CHECK IT OUT. OKAY. I WANT TO KNOW.

I HOPE EVERYBODY HAS THEIR LIBRARY CARD.

I'VE GOT MINE. THANKS.

THANK YOU, DARLENE.

HELLO. GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING. CHAIR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, CEO MENDEZ AND COUNTY COUNCIL HANSON.

I'M DARLENE INGERSOLL, SERVING AS YOUR MERCED COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE COMMUNITY THIS MORNING.

MERCED COUNTY IS NOW A VOTERS CHOICE ACT COUNTY.

THIS NEW ELECTION MODEL ALLOWS VOTERS TO CHOOSE HOW, WHEN AND WHERE TO CAST THEIR BALLOT.

ALL ACTIVE REGISTERED VOTERS ARE MAILED A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT BY 29 DAYS PRIOR TO ELECTION DAY. AND VOTING ASSISTANCE CENTERS ARE ESTABLISHED IN PLACE OF TRADITIONAL POLLING PLACES.

VOTERS CHOOSE TO CAST THEIR BALLOT BY MAIL, RETURNING IT POSTAGE FREE BY SECURED OFFICIAL DROP OFF BOXES, ELECTIONS OFFICE OR ANY VOTING ASSISTANCE CENTER.

AND OF COURSE, YOU COULD VOTE IN PERSON AT ANY VOTING ASSISTANCE CENTER IN MERCED COUNTY, AND THE CENTERS PROVIDE A HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE.

FOR THE UPCOMING JUNE 7TH, 2022, STATEWIDE DIRECT PRIMARY ELECTION MERCED COUNTY WILL HAVE 13 VOTING ASSISTANCE CENTERS, THREE BEING 11 DAY CENTERS OPEN BEGINNING MAY 28TH THROUGH ELECTION DAY AND TEN MORE FOUR DAY CENTERS OPEN ON JUNE 4TH THROUGH ELECTION DAY.

OUR 11 DAY CENTERS ARE ATWATER COMMUNITY CENTER, LOS BANOS COMMUNITY CENTER AND MERCED COLLEGE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX.

THERE WILL BE TEN SECURE OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP OFF BOXES IN ADDITION TO OUR COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, ALL SIX CITY HALL OFFICES.

AND WE ALSO ARE PARTNERING WITH RANCHO SAN MIGUEL AND MERCED LIBERTY MARKET IN DEL HIGH AND RALEY'S IN MERCED.

ALL VOTERS NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THEY MAY HAVE REDISTRICTING IMPACTS ON THEIR JUNE 7TH BALLOT. THEY MAY SEE A CHANGE IN THEIR DISTRICT, AND THIS MAY INCLUDE THEIR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, STATE, SENATE DISTRICT, STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT, AND YOUR COUNTY SUPERVISOR DISTRICT MAY HAVE CHANGED.

PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

WE'RE LOCATED HERE AT THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

222 M STREET.

OUR WEBSITE IS MERCEDELECTIONS.ORG.

PHONE NUMBER IS 385-7541.

THAT'S AREA CODE 209-385-7541.

WE DO HAVE AN 800 NUMBER, WHICH IS ONE 800 561-0619.

AND WE HAVE AN EMAIL, GENERAL EMAIL IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT US ALSO.

ELECTIONS@COUNTYOFMERCED.COM. THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME. ALL RIGHT.

ANYONE ELSE? OK, SEEING NONE I WILL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

[CONSENT CALENDER]

WE'LL NOW MOVE TO OUR CONSENT CALENDAR.

NEXT IS CONSENT AGENDA CALENDAR ITEMS ONE THROUGH 25.

PLEASE NOTE ITEMS FIVE, SIX, EIGHT, 13 AND 16 REQUIRE 4/5 VOTE AND WE HAVE A MODIFICATION ON ITEMS 17.

STAFF WAS ADVISED YESTERDAY THAT THE CLAIM FOR JOSEPH MILTON RANDOLPH HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.

THE ACTION IS MODIFIED TO ACT ON CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES SUBMITTED BY REBECCA HETRICK AND AURELIA SHERMAN AS RECOMMENDED BY RISK MANAGEMENT AND COUNTY COUNCIL.

APPROVE ASSISTANT COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR DESIGNEE TO SEND NOTICE OF SAID ACTION ON

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CLAIM. ARE THERE ANY DEPARTMENT HEADS WHO WISH TO PROVIDE COMMENTS OR INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO THEIR CONSENT CALENDAR ITEM? SEEING NONE. WE WILL OPEN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEMS ONE THROUGH 25.

SEEING NONE, I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT AND I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

OH, I'M SORRY, YEAH.

SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

AND AGAIN, I WILL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BOARD ACTION PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS 26 THROUGH 29.

PLEASE NOTE ITEMS 28 AND 29 REQUIRE A 4/5 VOTE.

OH YES.

YES. SO CHAIR'S PREROGATIVE, WE'RE GOING TO HOLD OFF ON ITEMS AND WE'RE GOING TO DO A

[24. Authorize Proclamation in Recognition of April 2022 as “Sexual Assault AwarenessMonth” and April 27, 2022 as “Denim Day” in Merced County.]

PRESENTATION OF A PROCLAMATION THAT WAS APPROVED IN OUR CONSENT.

SO YOU'RE WELCOME.

IT SHOULD BE A MICROPHONE OVER TO THE RIGHT.

I'M ASKING TO, I'M GONNA RECOGNIZE A CERTIFICATE AND THE PROCLAMATION BEING SEXUAL AWARENESS MONTH IN MERCED COUNTY.

WE HAVE FOUR LADIES THAT ARE PART OF THE LEADERSHIP. THEY DO ALL THROUGHOUT, NOT JUST MERCED COUNTY, BUT ALL THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL VALLEY. THERE'S DIFFERENT IT'S A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION AND THEY WHICH IS VOLUNTEERS AND, YOU KNOW, IN MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, YOU KNOW, INCLUDING DONATIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC. THEY WERE THEY WERE OUT DONATING, VOLUNTEERING AND GIVING OUT VACCINES THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY WITH FARM WORKERS ISSUING NOT JUST ANTISEPTICS AND MASKS, BUT TODAY WE'RE BEING SEXUAL AWARENESS MONTH HERE IN MERCER COUNTY.

WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION AND ALL THEIR HARD WORK IN MERCED COUNTY.

NO, I'LL BE GLAD TO TRANSLATE WITH.

OKAY, BUT HOLD ON A SECOND.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND TRANSLATE. WELL, THAT'S OKAY IF WE HAVE A TRANSLATOR.

THAT'S OKAY. YOU CAN TRANSLATE.

OKAY. UM. YEAH.

JUST A LITTLE LESS THAN A LITTLE BIT IN GENERAL OF WHAT I WAS SAYING.

OH, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A FARMWORKER LEADERSHIP OF VOLUNTEERS OF MERCED COUNTY.

IS THAT OKAY? YEAH.

OKAY.UM, LET ME READ THIS.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND READ THE CERTIFICATE, AND THEN HE'S GOING TO TRANSLATE.

I CAN TRANSLATE, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS A BOARD, WE LIKE TO, YOU KNOW, SO THAT WAY, YOU KNOW, I DON'T CHANGE IT OR THE MEANING.

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR.

SO THAT'S WHY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE USING THE TRANSLATOR THAT THE COUNTY PAYS FOR.

SO CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION PRESENTED BY THE MERCED BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO LADIES, CAMPESINOS AND WORK OF WOMEN FARMWORKERS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTINUED EFFORTS TOWARDS IMPROVING VICTIM SAFETY AND HOLDING PERPETRATORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS AND OUR SOCIETY AS A WHOLE.

PRESENTED APRIL 5, 2022, TO THIS GROUP OF LEADERS, CAMPESINOS OF MERCER COUNTY.

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THE MIKE'S NOT ON.

THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO ASK I'M GOING TO ASK THE LADIES IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING.

YES. HELLO, EVERYBODY.

GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS ROXANNE WENZEL AND BOARD SUPERVISORS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PROCLAMATION. SEXUAL ABUSE IS HAPPENING EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THE FIELDS.

THAT'S WHY IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE CAN CONTINUE WORK SUPPORTING WITH THEM.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE'RE GOING TO HE'S GOING TO TRANSLATE.

THE WHOLE BOARD IS GOING TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH HIM.

SO THANK YOU. OKAY.

SO I WAS THERE.

THEY'RE SAYING THANK YOU.

THEY ARE REALLY APPRECIATE THEIR CERTIFICATE AND THAT THEIR WORK IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN THE FIELD. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A BIG THING.

AND SO THEY WANT TO HELP MAKE SURE ALL THE WOMEN DON'T STAY QUIET BECAUSE IT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT THING. AND AGAIN, [INAUDIBLE] [APPLAUSE] OKAY. SO NOW WE'LL COME BACK TO PUBLIC WORKS.

[BOARD ACTION]

YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND REREAD? JUST SO WE'RE BACK ON TRACK.

NEXT IS BOARD ACTION PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS 26 THROUGH 29.

PLEASE NOTE ITEMS 28 AND 29 REQUIRE A 4/5 VOTE.

THANK YOU. WHAT'S THE PLEASURE OF THE BOARD? OH. CAN YOU RESET IT MAYBE STACEY? THERE YOU GO. ALL RIGHT. THANKS, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. ON ITEM.

I JUST YOU KNOW, WE'RE APPROVING THE RECOMMENDED RATE SHEET THAT THAT WILL BE CHARGED TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION AND REPLACEMENT COST TO TO FLEET.

AND IT JUST LIKE REALLY SOME OF THESE NUMBERS REALLY JUMPED OUT AT ME AND PARTICULARLY THE SUVS THAT WE'RE USING IN THE PATROL SUVS.

AND SO IT'S A DOLLAR TEN A MILE IS WHAT IS WHAT OUR COSTS ARE.

AND THE WAY THAT I UNDERSTAND IT ACTS AS PUBLIC WORKS TO KIND OF SEND ME THE NUMBERS FROM

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LAST YEAR. AND THESE ARE ACTUAL COSTS OF WHAT IT COSTS US IN A YEAR.

AND THEN THE OTHER ONE THAT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT WAS IS THAT ON OUR HYBRID GASOLINE ELECTRIC HYBRID VEHICLES, THEY ARE QUITE MORE EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN THAN OUR NORMAL MID-SIZED SEDANS.

IT'S $0.74 A MILE TO MAINTAIN THESE GASOLINE ELECTRIC HYBRID VEHICLES VERSUS OUR MIDSIZE SEDANS ARE COSTING $0.53 A MILE.

AND I HOPE IN MY MIND THAT I'M COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES AS FAR AS THE SIZE OF THE VEHICLE. BUT I REALLY LIKE DEPARTMENT HEADS.

IT'S KIND OF A MESSAGE OUT TO YOU FOLKS IS AND I KNOW FLEET IS PART OF THIS, SO EVERYBODY THAT'S IN IS THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT THE MAINTENANCE COST PER MILE ON THESE VEHICLES IS, WHEN WE'RE PURCHASING THESE VEHICLES AND TO DO OUR GOOD WORK IN GOVERNMENT, WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO HAVE VEHICLES FOR FOLKS TO BE OUT AND AROUND. BUT WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT BUDGETS THAT ARE GETTING TIGHTER AND TIGHTER AND TRYING TO FIND EFFICIENCIES WITHIN OUR BUDGET, I THINK THIS IS AN AREA THAT WE CAN DO THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT THE COST PER MILE TO RUN THESE VEHICLE IS.

WELL, LET'S LOOK AT THOSE THINGS.

AND AS WE BUY VEHICLES, WE TRY TO STICK TO THE ONES THAT ARE THAT ARE CHEAPER TO RUN THAN THAN THE MORE EXPENSIVE ONES.

THANK YOU, CHAIR. YOU'RE WELCOME.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS 26-29.

OK, SEEING NONE, I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT AND I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

YOU GOT A VOTE, GUY. THERE YOU GO.

ALL RIGHT. PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS HEALTH ITEMS 30 AND 31.

OKAY. I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP FOR A PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE HEALTH ITEMS 30 AND 31.

SEEING NONE, WE'LL BRING IT BACK TO THE DAIS.

PLEASE CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL RIGHT, PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES ITEMS 32 AND 33.

UH, I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

AND AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES, ITEM 32 AND 33.

YES. DIRECTOR VALENTINE.

IF YOU'RE A DIRECTOR AND YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE COMMENT ON YOUR ITEMS, YOU'RE WELCOME TO JUST COME UP. WHOA.

SORRY. GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING, CHAIR.

GOOD MORNING. BOARD CEO, COUNTY COUNCIL.

WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS ACTUALLY HIGHLIGHT ITEM NUMBER 33 FOR THE BOARD AS WELL AS FOR THE PUBLIC. IF THAT IS OKAY, THAT'S PERFECT.

SO BACK IN JULY OF 2020, THIS BOARD GAVE OUR DEPARTMENT THE ABILITY TO GET AN MOU WITH MERCED CITY FOR THE DART COLLABORATIVE, AS WELL AS AN MOU BEING EXECUTED WITH OUR DEPARTMENT AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

THIS PROGRAM HAS HAD GREAT SUCCESS.

THE SUCCESS OF OUR COLLABORATIVE WITH MERCED PD AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS HAD A 70% SUCCESS RATE.

AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS OUR DEPARTMENT GOING OUT AND CORRESPONDING WITH THE DART TEAM, WITH MERCED PD AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO ENCAMPMENTS AND OTHER PROGRAMS. THE ABILITY TO DO THIS HAS SHOWED GREAT SUCCESS FOR THE COMMUNITY.

SO EARLIER THIS YEAR WE APPLIED FOR A GRANT BASED OFF OF THIS BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION.

SO 33 WOULD BE ALLOWING US TO RECEIVE THAT GRANT AWARD OF $1,000,000 TO ACTUALLY EXPAND THE COLLABORATIVE THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE WITH CO RESPONSE, CRISIS SERVICES AND RESPONSE IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE HOMELESS.

THIS GRANT WILL ALLOW US TO CREATE TWO ADDITIONAL DART TEAMS. WE WON'T BE CALLING THEM DART BECAUSE THAT IS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED FOR MERCED PD.

SO WE ARE GOING TO LAUNCH IT, IF THE BOARD APPROVES ITEM NUMBER 33 AS CCRT, COMMUNITY CO RESPONSE TEAMS. AND WE WILL HAVE A TEAM OUT OF THE WEST SIDE AS WELL AS ON THE NORTH SIDE.

SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO REPLICATING THE SUCCESS THAT WE HAVE HAD WITH THE MERCED

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DART TEAM AND OUR COLLABORATIVE WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT LAUNCHING TWO ADDITIONAL TEAMS. IF YOU APPROVE ITEM NUMBER 33.

I CAN'T SAY, BUT IT'S LOOKING GOOD.

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

IS THERE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENT? SEEING NONE, I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT AND CALL FOR THE VOTE? ALL RIGHT, PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

OH, INTERESTING.

I'M ASSUMING THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT TIMER GOT UP THERE.

IT, THE TIMER UP ON THE SCREEN IS COVERING THE VOTE.

SO CAN COULD WE TAKE A LOOK AT THAT? I'M NOT SURE WHY IT'S DOING THAT, BUT MAYBE SOMETHING I DID.

MAYBE NOT. I THINK THE CHAIR TRYING TO SPEED UP THE MEETING A LITTLE BIT AND MAKING US BOTH. I JUST WENT TO RESET IT FROM FROM THE PREVIOUS COMMENT AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT SHOWED UP OVER THE VOTE.

AND IS THERE A WAY TO MAKE IT GO AWAY? KEEP THE MEETING GOING, BUT I WOULD LIKE IT FIXED IF POSSIBLE.

ALL RIGHT, STACEY.

NEXT IS HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ITEMS 34 THROUGH 36.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS, OUR ITEM 34-336 ONLY 34 SHOWED UP ON THE ON THE SCREEN.

IS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT OR WOULD THE DIRECTOR LIKE TO MAKE COMMENT? SEEING, NONE. I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ITEM 37.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEM 37.

SEE. THEN I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO AND I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE. PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS FIRE ITEMS 38 AND 39.

PLEASE NOTE ITEM 39 REQUIRES A 4/5 VOTE.

THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I'LL OPEN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

SEEING NONE, I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

WHAT? OH, I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

DON'T RECORD THE VOTE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. IF I CAN INVITE SOMEONE UP FROM FIRE, I'D REALLY LIKE TO.

WE WERE APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF THESE CHEST COMPRESSION SYSTEMS. THEY'RE A PRETTY COOL THING.

CHIEF, IF YOU KIND OF COME UP AND EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC WHAT THOSE ARE.

I'M SORRY, I DIDN'T FOREWARN YOU A LITTLE BIT THERE.

GOOD MORNING, CASTLE.

JUST TALK. SORRY.

SUPERVISORS. ARE YOU MOONLIGHTING? YEAH, RIGHT. SO, AS A SUPERVISOR, SILVERIA MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE PURCHASED, I BELIEVE, FOUR OF THE CHEST COMPRESSION DEVICES THAT HELP US OUT THERE.

AS YOU KNOW, WE ALL ARE SOME OF OUR STATIONS ARE STILL ONE STAFFED.

SO THESE DEVICES WILL ACTUALLY GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO RENDER AID TO INDIVIDUALS AS A SINGLE PERSON.

AND THEN ALSO AS PEOPLE COME ARRIVED, WE CAN ACTUALLY WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS AND ALLOW THE MACHINE TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW COMPRESSIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUALS AND CONTINUE THAT BLOOD PRESSURE AND THE BLOOD FLOW TO THE BODY CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL THEY GET TO THE HOSPITAL.

WE DO HAVE SOME OF THESE IN SERVICE IN THE COUNTY.

AND WE ACTUALLY HAD THIS SPECIFIC DEVICE WAS IN DELHI FOR LIKE A DEMO PERIOD.

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AND WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN BRINGING BACK AT LEAST, I BELIEVE, ONE OR TWO INDIVIDUALS.

SO ONCE WE SAW THAT, WE THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT ASSET TO GET THAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT FOR OUR FOR OUR STAFF OUT THERE.

AND WITH YOUR APPROVAL, WE'LL DEFINITELY GET THOSE OUT THERE AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC MOVING FORWARD.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, CHIEF.

AND IT'S IT'S FIVE NEW ONES AND FOUR YEARS OF ON SITE SERVICES, SO.

YEAH, AND THEN THERE'S THE FIFTH ONE, WE JUST WANT TO IDENTIFY THAT [INAUDIBLE] WAS ONE OF THE ASSISTANCE WITH PURCHASING ONE OF THESE.

THEY WERE VERY, VERY HELPFUL IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO WE WORKED WITH THEM AS WELL WITH OUR VOLUNTEER COMPANY AND THEY WERE ABLE TO KIND OF GET SOME FUNDINGS TO HELP PURCHASE THIS ONE.

SO WE DEFINITELY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT WAS IDENTIFIED.

THEIR ASSISTANCE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU, CHIEF. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

DOES ANYBODY WANT TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE NOW? ALL RIGHT. PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT. NEXT IS SHERIFF, ITEM 40.

THANK YOU. I'LL OPEN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

SHERIFF, DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT OR NO? YES, SIR. WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.

SURPRISE. GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU, SHERIFF, FOR COMING IN.

I ACTUALLY KEYED UP DAVID ON THIS, TOO.

I'M VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS.

AND I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT DOING BEFORE.

WE KIND OF BEEN NOT FORCED TO DO IT, BUT TO DO IT.

SO THIS IS 20 NEW POSITIONS.

FOUR OF THEM, 16 ARE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, ONE AND TWO AND FOUR OF THEM ARE SHERIFF'S SERGEANTS. CORRECT.

AND I KNOW THE BOARD AND I CAN'T SPEAK BEFORE WE VOTE, BUT I KNOW WE'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS. WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF YOU.

HAVE BEEN, I APPRECIATE THAT, THANK YOU.

YEAH. AND SO THIS AND I DIDN'T ASK YOU IN THE MEETING WE HAD, BUT AS WE BUILD THE NEW JAIL AND WE EXPAND THE JAIL, WILL THIS BE SUFFICIENT WITHOUT OR ARE WE LOOKING TO GROWING WITH THAT IN THE FUTURE AS WELL? WE'RE GOING TO PROBABLY END UP GROWING WITH THAT AND IF YOU'RE IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF STATE MANDATES.

RIGHT. I KNOW THAT THERE'S A PSYCHOLOGICAL PART TO THE CONSTRUCTION THAT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO REQUIRE AN EXTRA TWO BODIES JUST FOR THAT CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS FOR THIS.

SO THE 16 LINE STAFF AND THE FOUR SERGEANTS ARE GREATLY NEEDED, YOU KNOW, ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT. OUR STAFFING IS SO WOEFULLY UNDERSTAFFED AND THIS IS GOING TO HELP A LOT.

SO I APPRECIATE THE CONFIDENCE IN THAT.

VERY GOOD. AND WHAT'S THE TOTAL IMPACT TO OUR BUDGET ON THIS MOVE? GOOD MORNING. DAVID MARRIONE, ASSISTANT COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER THROUGH THE CHAIR, SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

IT'S AN ESTIMATE OF $3 MILLION OF NET COUNTY COST ONGOING AND EACH YEAR THIS THIS REQUEST. NORMALLY WE BRING THESE THROUGH THE BUDGET CYCLE.

AND SO DUE TO THE TIMING OF THE REQUEST, WE FELT IT BEST TO BRING IT FORWARD NOW.

HOWEVER, IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF A BIGGER PACKAGE OF POSITIONS THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS, EITHER THROUGH PROPOSED OR FINAL BUDGET.

SO IT'S A LONG WAY OF SAYING $3 MILLION.

NO, I APPRECIATE THAT. AND I APPRECIATE THE SHERIFF BRINGING THIS TO US AT THIS BECAUSE WE KNEW WE NEEDED TO GET THIS DONE.

AND I KNOW WE ARE LOOKING AT EXTENDING OVER A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I THINK THIS BOARD, WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF THE SHERIFF AND WHERE WE'RE MOVING, WE WANT TO DO THIS ALL AT ONE TIME. SO, I MEAN, IT'S GOING TO YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT TO TIGHTEN OUR BELTS, BUT WE APPRECIATE THIS. AND I JUST CONCERNED, I GOT TO TELL YOU, I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.

CHAIR CEO, I'M WORKING WITH YOU, IS GOING TO BE A PLEASURE.

AND I KNOW THAT YOU HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WITH THIS ONE.

I MEAN, YOU'RE NOT IN OFFICE JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND IT SEEMS LIKE I'M AT YOUR DOOR.

SO I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT FROM THIS GROUP.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THEN ONE OTHER COULD YOU ADDRESS WELL WHETHER OR NOT THIS WILL HELP US SAVE OVERTIME COST AT. YES.

IF ONCE WE GET THE STAFF UP, THE REASON WE HAVE THE THE CONSTANT OVER TIME NOW IS BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF STAFFING. WE'RE RUNNING ANYWHERE FROM 68 TO 108 HOUR SHIFTS PER WEEK ON TOP OF OUR REGULAR.

SO THIS WILL HELP IMPACT IN A GOOD WAY TO THAT.

WE'RE STILL ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE THAT WHEN WE HAVE TO TAKE THEM TO THE HOSPITAL OR WHEREVER, WHEN THEY HAVE TO LEAVE THE FACILITY.

THERE'S GOING TO BE TWO CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL.

BUT THIS SHOULD IMPACT IN A GREAT WAY OF THE CONSTANT OVERTIME THAT WE'RE HAVING TO PUT UP WITH. OKAY.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA.

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THANK YOU. I THINK YOU COME IN AND Y YOU KNOW, WE NEED SO MANY POSITIONS BECAUSE THEY'RE OVERWORKED AND, YOU KNOW, UM, AND IT'S JUST THE, THE OVERTIME AND ESPECIALLY WITH FEMALE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS THAT NEED IS THERE.

THEY'VE MOSTLY BEEN, UH, JUST, JUST STRESSED AND OVERWORKED AND THAT THERE'S A LACK OF FEMALE APPLICANTS. SO TO, TO ADDRESS THAT THE FEMALE SIDE OF THE ISSUE, RIGHT? YES. IT'S GOING TO REALLY.

NOW, FOLKS, I WANT YOU JUST TO PICTURE THIS.

YOU'RE THE SERGEANT OR LIEUTENANT IN CHARGE OF THIS.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO TELL EVERY ONE OF YOUR STAFF FOR THIS NEXT SEVEN DAYS THAT THREE OF THE OF YOUR FIVE DAY WORK WEEK, THREE OF THOSE YOU'RE GOING TO PUT IN 16 HOURS, THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW. SO ALMOST EVERY ONE OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS OUT THERE IS REQUIRED THREE 16 HOUR DAYS DURING THEIR 40 HOUR WORKWEEK.

SO IT'S ANOTHER 24 HOURS OF OVERTIME, ON TOP OF THAT, THEY'RE GETTING FATIGUED AND WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING. AND THIS IS A HUGE STEP IN TAKING CARE OF THAT PROBLEM.

SO IT'S NOT UNRECOGNIZED.

AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE FACT THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY MOVING FORWARD AS RAPIDLY AS WE DO. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU CHAIR. SHERIFF, JUST SO THAT WE MANAGE EVERYBODY'S EXPECTATIONS, 20 POSITIONS GET APPROVED TODAY.

REALISTICALLY, THERE'S NOT 20 PEOPLE TO FILL THEM TOMORROW.

HOW LONG DO YOU THINK BEFORE WE ACTUALLY KIND OF GET THESE POSITIONS FILLED OUT? WE'RE GOING TO BE UNDER CONSTANT RECRUITMENT.

AND THEN AS WE GET SO MANY APPLICANTS, THEN WE START TESTING AGAIN.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND DO IT LIKE SIX OR EIGHT AT A TIME BECAUSE WE CAN'T.

IF THEY WERE SITTING THERE RIGHT NOW, WE COULDN'T TRAIN 20 AT ONCE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO SIX OR EIGHT AT A TIME TILL WE GET THAT.

TAKEN CARE OF. THEN WE'VE GOT TO WORRY ABOUT STAFFING FOR THE SERGEANT'S POSITION.

SO NOW WE'VE GOT TO RECRUIT FOR THAT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BE ACTIVELY WORKING ON IT.

IT'S HIGH PRIORITY WITH OUR BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIVE BUREAU, SO WE'RE WORKING ON IT.

BUT 6 TO 8 AT A TIME IS WHAT WE CAN HANDLE BETWEEN THE TWO FACILITIES.

PERFECT. AND THEN THAT JUST HIGHLIGHTS THAT THIS IS THESE ARE IMPORTANT POSITIONS.

AND THEY'RE NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU JUST GO HIRE SOMEBODY OFF OF THE STREET FOR.

CORRECT. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A CERTAIN DISRESPECT TO ANYBODY.

BUT THAT'S THERE'S BACKGROUND CHECKS, THERE'S TRAINING THAT HAS TO GO THAT IS INVOLVED WITH IT. SO THANK YOU TO SHERIFF AND THE LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR YOUR GUY'S COMMITMENT TO GETTING THESE FOLKS HIRED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANKS, SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

YEAH. JUST ONE OTHER REQUEST.

COULD YOU RUN BILLBOARDS ADVERTISING THIS POSITION IN THE CITY OF FRESNO? YEAH, BECAUSE CITY OF FRESNO, I WANT MERCED COUNTY FOLKS TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS.

BUT LET'S RUN THOSE BILLBOARDS IN THE CITY OF.

I'LL GIVE YOU A FORMULA SO WE CAN DO THAT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS TIME? I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS SPRING FARE ITEM 41.

OKAY. AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS ITEM.

OKAY. WE WILL.

ALL RIGHT. SO I WILL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

OH, EXCUSE ME.

SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL. DID YOU WANT TO MAKE COMMENT? YEAH. BEFORE I RECORD THE VOTE.

YOU CAN RECORD IT. ALL RIGHT.

THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

EITHER WAY. YEAH, I KNEW.

I KNEW WE'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS WITH THE SPRING FAIR COMING UP.

IT IS A MERCED COUNTY FAIR.

WE LOOK AT IT AS THE LOS BANOS FAIR.

BUT MOVING FORWARD, I THINK WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE FOLKS FROM THE EAST SIDE TO RECOGNIZE OUR COUNTY FAIR AND WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENTS.

YOU KNOW, OUR SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA HERE TO MY LEFT IS ALWAYS ADEQUATELY REMINDING US OF ALL THE EVENTS. SO PLEASE, IT'S NOT THAT FAR OF A DRIVE OVER THERE, BUT WE SHOULD MAYBE [INAUDIBLE] THAT'S ANOTHER DISCUSSION, ANOTHER TIME.

BUT THANKS.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR. AND I WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT MY COLLEAGUE JUST A LITTLE BIT THAT FOLKS FROM THE EAST SIDE CONSIDER IT THE LOS BANOS FAIR.

WE'VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED IT THE MERCED COUNTY SPRING FAIR.

YES. ITS ORIGINAL NAME WAS MAY DAY AND I JUST WANT TO PUT IT OUT THERE THAT IT IS IT REALLY YOU HAVE THE WEST SIDE, YOU KNOW HILMAR, WHICH IS NOT NECESSARILY ON THE WEST SIDE. HILMAR, GUSTIN, LOS BANOS AND DOS PALOS ARE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THAT FAIR WHEN IT

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COMES TO SHOWING ANIMALS? MY COLLEAGUES THAT HAVE SHOWN AT THAT FAIR UNDERSTAND THAT YEARS AGO THERE WAS PARTICIPATION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.

LE GRAND LIVINGSTON, ATWATER MERCED ALL PARTICIPATED AT OUR FAIR FOR OVER THE YEARS THOSE SCHOOLS HAVE CHOSEN BECAUSE IT IS A SCHOOL TIME FAIR.

THEY'VE CHOSEN NOT TO PARTICIPATE.

BUT BUT I DO I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM DISTRICT THREE THAT IT IS THIS IS THE ONLY IT'S THE TRUE COUNTY FAIR IN MERCED, THE ONE THAT THEY CALL THE MERCED COUNTY FAIR HERE OVER ON MARTIN LUTHER KING IS ACTUALLY A DISTRICT FAIR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

THE MERCED COUNTY SPRING FAIR IS TRULY A COUNTY FAIR.

SO ABSOLUTELY WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY TO COME OVER.

AND WHEN I DO MY BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, I'LL HIGHLIGHT SOME DATES.

SHERIFF, WOULD YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD TO THAT? I GREW UP IN HILMAR AND SHOWED AT THAT FAIR MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD.

I GOT TO TELL YOU, I'VE GOT A VERY SOFT SPOT IN MY HEART FOR THAT FAIR, SO MUCH SO THAT I HAD ONE OF THE FAIR BOARD MEMBERS LAST WEEK REACH OUT TO ME AND THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL, THE FOLKS THAT NORMALLY PROVIDE THE BUYERS DINNER.

SO GUESS WHAT'S HAPPENING? THE SHERIFF'S ADMINISTRATION IS VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME TO COME IN AND COOK 500 MEALS FOR THE BUYERS DINNER THAT NIGHT, BECAUSE WE THINK OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT FAIR.

I'VE BEEN WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE GOING ON 43 YEARS.

I THINK I'VE BEEN WORKING THAT FAIR FOR 36, 37 OF THOSE 43 YEARS AND VOLUNTEERS, YOU KNOW, COME ON DOWN. GETTING FOLKS TO WORK HAS BEEN TOUGH.

AND SO WE COULD USE A LOT OF HELP.

BUT FOLKS, THIS IS THE HEART OF MERCED COUNTY, A JEWEL THAT WE HAVE THERE.

AND I CAN'T EVEN TALK ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT WHAT GOES ON AT THAT LOS BANOS FAIR.

SO AND A LITTLE SIDE NOTE THAT BECAUSE WE'RE VOLUNTEERING OUR TIME, WE'VE GOT A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY. IT'S GOING TO GO INTO SOME CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS FOR AGRICULTURE ON IN LOS BANOS AREA. SO IT'S A GOOD THING TO DO.

SO IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER SOMETHING, SPEND A DAY, GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING GREAT.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

THANK YOU. SHERIFF WARNKE, WHAT ANIMALS DID YOU SHOW DINOSAURS OR WHAT DID YOU JUST.

I'M JUST KIDDING AND I'M JUST KIDDING.

I COULDN'T HOLD MY I COULDN'T HOLD BACK.

SO THE HOGS WERE A LITTLE DIFFERENT BACK THEN, THAT'S FOR SURE.

DRAGGING THEM ACROSS THE COUNTY WITH THAT HORSE WAS A LITTLE TOUGH, BUT I GOT THEM THERE.

YEAH, NO, I.

I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING.

IS HE GETTING HOME TODAY? YEAH, I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THAT THEY'VE SAID.

I THINK THAT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE, YOU KNOW, GOING THROUGH AND LOOKING AT THE FAIR HERE IN MERCED AND HAVING MY SON RAISED AN ANIMAL AND SEEING THE LACK OF PARTICIPATION WITH THEM AND THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS GOING DOWN, I THINK IT'S SOMETHING REALLY CRITICAL. AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY AND REACH OUT TO THE EAST SIDE AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO GET PEOPLE OVER TO THAT SIDE OF THE COUNTY.

EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO SEE SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, I THINK IT WOULD BE A IT'S REALLY BENEFICIAL. SO THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, STACEY, NEXT IS TREASURER TAX COLLECTOR ITEM 42.

OK, AH I SEE WE HAVE OUR TREASURE TAX COLLECTOR IN THE HOUSE.

I'VE BEEN WATCHING THE CHOSEN.

IT'S A SERIES.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE SEEN IT, BUT ANYWAYS, IT'S THE TAX COLLECTOR IN JESUS'S TIME IS WHEN A PIVOTAL CHARACTERS AND WE LIKE YOU.

OH, GOOD, GOOD. I'LL HAVE TO CHECK THAT OUT.

THANK YOU. ESPECIALLY IF IT'S STREAMING BECAUSE I'M A STREAMER.

HONORABLE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND OF COURSE, CEO GUARANTEED, I AM NOT GOING TO BE AS HUMOROUS AS THE OTHER TOPIC, THAT'S FOR SURE.

BUT I DO WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT.

I'M NOT GOING TO BORE YOU WITH OUR TREASURY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE THAT SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA HAS SAT ON THE COMMITTEE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND IS STILL COMMITTED.

SO THAT'S A BONUS FOR ALL OF US AS FAR AS PROVIDING THE DUE DILIGENCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT IS PRECIOUS.

ANYWAY, JUST AND SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA KNOWS THIS.

I WAS HOLDING TRUE TO THE FED'S STATEMENT THAT IT WAS A TRANSITORY INFLATION THAT WE WERE SITTING THROUGH. AND OF COURSE, MANY OF YOU PROBABLY KNOW THAT THE FED'S DID LIFT THAT STANCE. INFLATION IS HERE AND THEY ARE COMMITTED TO MAYBE 11 RATE HIKES IN THE NEXT YEAR WITH THE OVERNIGHT GOING AS HIGH AS 2%.

SO THE WORRY OF THAT IS THAT WE WILL IF THE TWO YEAR WE ALREADY HAVE AN INVERTED YIELD CURVE JUST RECENTLY, IF THE TWO YEAR INVERTS TO THE TEN YEAR, THAT'S A SIGNAL THAT WITHIN TWO YEARS WE'LL HAVE A RECESSION.

SO THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE PORTFOLIO IS WE'RE BOUND BY THE GOVERNMENT CODE FIVE YEARS OR

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LESS. WE HAVE A DURATION STANCE OF ABOUT 640.

I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADD SOME DURATION.

JUST THIS MORNING I ADDED A THREE YEAR AT A TRIPLE A SUPRANATIONAL 10 MILLION AT A 265, WHICH IS INCREDIBLE TO HEAR BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT FOUR BASIS POINTS, TEN BASIS POINTS AND OF COURSE, 100 BASIS POINTS EQUALS 1%.

SO LIVING IN THAT ENVIRONMENT FROM 2008 AND NEVER COMING OUT AND SEEING THIS IS JUST PRETTY INCREDIBLE. SO THERE IS THAT SILVER LINING FOR THE INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH IS A PLAIN VANILLA PORTFOLIO WHERE WE MANAGE DURATION AND OF COURSE, WE JUST MANAGE FOR OUR CASH FLOW NEEDS. SO I WON'T AGAIN BORE YOU WITH THE DETAILS OF OUR INVESTMENT REPORT.

IT IS STELLAR AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

IS THERE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENT? SEEING NONE. I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS EXECUTIVE OFFICE ITEMS 43 THROUGH 45.

AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO CALL ON OUR CEO.

I GOT TO GO.

YOU'RE GOOD. OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I DID WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 45.

I'M SORRY. EXCUSE ME.

ITEM 44.

BASICALLY YOUR CONFIRMATION.

YOU'RE BEING ASKED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF GUY GARY AS COUNTY SPRING FAIR MANAGER.

ANNUAL SALARY, STARTING SALARY OF $109,034 AND APPROVED A LEVEL BENEFITS WITH THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF APRIL 11TH OF THIS YEAR.

MR. GARY, WHO IS IN THE BACK, WAS OUR TOP CANDIDATE FOR THE RECENT RECRUITMENT HELD FOR THIS POSITION. REALLY A VERY IMPORTANT POSITION.

AND AS YOU ALL KNOW, MY FIRST RECOMMENDATION TO YOU OF A DEPARTMENT HEAD POSITION.

SO THERE'S SIGNIFICANCE IN THAT.

I THINK MR. GARY IS THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB.

HE SEPARATED HIMSELF FROM THE FIELD THROUGH HIS PROFESSIONALISM, HIS BACKGROUND AND OBVIOUSLY HIS LOCAL UNDERSTANDING FOR WHAT THE FAIR IS AND WHAT IT CAN BE GOING FORWARD BASED ON OUR CONVERSATIONS.

SO I DIDN'T WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME JUST TO INTRODUCE MR. GARY TO THE BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY.

ALSO, I WOULD BE REMISS TO NOT RECOGNIZE THE TEAM THAT'S CURRENTLY IN PLACE DOING ALL THE LOGISTICS OF PLANNING, THE COORDINATING BEHIND THE SCENES.

THE CURRENT SPRING MANAGER THAT'S THERE ASSISTING US THIS YEAR, 2022, OBVIOUSLY MEMBERS FROM THE CEO'S OFFICE AND OTHER COUNTY DEPARTMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN HELPFUL AND THAT WILL CONTINUE AS WE GO FORWARD.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MR. GARY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET ACCLIMATED TO THE NEW POSITION.

WE CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO INTRODUCING HIM TO THE COMMUNITY.

I KNOW THERE'S QUITE A TRANSITION PLAN THAT'S ALREADY BEEN PUT IN PLACE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING OUT THERE WITH SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA MEETING THE SPRING FAIR ADVISORY BOARD AT THEIR NEXT MEETING AND ALSO KIND OF DOING A TOUR OF THE FACILITY.

SO DEFINITELY JUST WANTED TO PROVIDE SOME BACKGROUND BACK TO YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. GARY, I'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU UP TO THE PODIUM TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF, IF YOU WOULD.

AND HOPEFULLY THE VOTE GOES WELL.

NO PRESSURE. NO PRESSURE.

INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE PUBLIC, IF YOU WOULD.

WELL, I'LL JUST WANT TO.

MY NAME IS GUY GARY, BORN AND RAISED IN LOS BANOS, WENT TO SCHOOL THERE.

MERCED COLLEGE HERE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.

MY HEART AND PASSION IS WITH LOS BANOS AND OUR GREAT COUNTY TO PROVIDE BACK WHAT WAS PROVIDED TO ME. SO MY HEART IS IN THIS.

I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT IT.

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED AND I'M EXCITED.

I HAVE A GREAT TEAM AND I CAN'T THANK EVERYBODY ENOUGH.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT. ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENT? SEEING NONE. I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL RIGHT, PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

CONGRATULATIONS, GUY.

NEXT IS BOARD APPOINTMENTS ITEMS 46 AND 47.

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OKAY. IS THERE ANY.

I'LL OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT ON THESE TWO ITEMS. SEE NONE, I'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT.

I HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA, A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL AND I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE. PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

NEXT IS BOARD INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEM 48.

[BOARD INFORMATION & POSSIBLE ACTION]

I'LL OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS TIME.

SEEING NONE. THEN I'LL BRING IT BACK TO THE DAIS.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA AND A SECOND BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

I'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

PLEASE RECORD THE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

AT THIS TIME, WE'LL MOVE TO SCHEDULED ITEMS.

[DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PUBLIC HEARING]

NEXT IS A PUBLIC HEARING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS REGARDING A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER A RESOLUTION ANNEXING THE MINOR SUBDIVISION MS 21-005 INTO THE PLEASANT VALLEY LIGHTING AND DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE ZONE OF BENEFIT NUMBER 259 IN COUNTY SERVICE AREA NUMBER ONE.

THANK YOU. HELLO.

GOOD MORNING, MR. CHAIRMAN.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DANA HERTFELDER, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE OWNER OF MINOR SUBDIVISION RMS 20 1005, HAS REQUESTED TO BE ANNEXED INTO THE PLEASANT VALLEY LIGHTING AND DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE ON A BENEFIT LOCATED WITHIN COUNTY SERVICE AREA NUMBER ONE.

THIS REQUEST IS CONSISTENT WITH THE CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL FOR THE SUBDIVISION.

THE ANNEXATION OF MINOR SUBDIVISION MS 2105 INTO THE PLEASANT VALLEY LIGHTING AND DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE ON A BENEFIT WILL PROVIDE FOR THE FUTURE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE STREETLIGHTS AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND ENSURE THAT THE PROPERTY OWNERS PAY THEIR SHARE OF THE ASSOCIATED COST.

THE ANNEXATION OF MINOR SUBDIVISION INTO THIS MINOR SUBDIVISION INTO THE PLEASANT VALLEY LIGHTING AND DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE ON A BENEFIT WILL NOT AFFECT ANY OF THE EXISTING PROPERTY OWNERS.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR MR. HERTFELDER? NO, SIR, THANK YOU.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING AND ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENT.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

SEEING NONE. I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

IF THERE'S NO OTHER COMMENTS HERE AT THE DAIS, I'D LIKE THE MOTION TO ADOPT RESOLUTION ANNEXING MINOR SUBDIVISION MS 20 1-005 INTO THE PLEASANT VALLEY LIGHTING AND DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE ZONE OF BENEFIT NUMBER 259 IN THE COUNTY SERVICE AREA NUMBER ONE.

THANK YOU. IS THERE A SECOND CASE BEEN MOVED BY SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL AND SECONDED BY SUPERVISOR PEDROZO? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE.

AYE. ANY OPPOSE, SAME SIGN.

MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

LAST IS BOARD REPORTS.

[BOARD REPORTS/BOARD DIRECTION]

ALL RIGHT. AT THIS TIME.

TO MY LEFT WITH SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. A COUPLE OF THINGS I GOT FOR YOU.

FIRST OFF, I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY ELLEN NARANJA, WHO JUST RECENTLY RETIRED FROM THE COUNTY WITH 38 PLUS YEARS OF SERVICE.

THAT'S A LONG TIME. AND SO I KNOW THAT SHE RECENTLY HAD A RETIREMENT PARTY AND I WAS UNABLE TO MAKE IT. BUT I DO WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE HER ON HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH HER EMPLOYMENT IN THE COUNTY, AND I KNOW THAT SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED OVER AT HSA.

I DO WANT TO SHARE WITH FOLKS AND I DON'T WANT TO STEAL THIS THUNDER, BUT I ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL TOMORROW NIGHT WILL BE ON.

HE'LL HAVE A TOWN HALL FROM 6 TO 8:00 PM.

THERE'S NUMEROUS WAYS THAT YOU CAN BE ABLE TO VIEW THAT.

SO WHAT I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH AND ASK THEM LOTS OF QUESTIONS BECAUSE I'M SURE HE'LL HAVE SOME GREAT ANSWERS FOR YOU.

THAT'S FROM 6 TO 8 TOMORROW NIGHT, APRIL THE SIXTH.

GUY GARY, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR APPOINTMENT TO SPRING FAIR MANAGER.

I KNOW THAT WE HAVE BOB WALKER WHO'S IN THERE RIGHT NOW AND WHO'S GOING TO GET US THROUGH THE MONTH OF MAY. AND I THINK THAT HE HAS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE THAT HE'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO PASS ALONG TO YOU AS WE COME OUT OF THE PANDEMIC AND GET BACK TO SOME KIND OF NORMALCY AND HAVING OUR SPRING FAIR.

I KNOW NOT ONLY AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, BUT I KNOW THE COMMUNITY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. AND WE WISH YOU NOTHING BUT SUCCESS.

AND TO THAT ON APRIL THE 23RD IS A KICKOFF DINNER FOR THE SPRING FAIR.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST.

EXCUSE ME, APRIL 23RD.

THAT WILL BE AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN THE ABANDONED BUILDING.

AND TICKETS ARE $30 A PERSON.

IT'S A NEW YORK NEW YORK STATE DINNER.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES DEPARTMENT HEADS IF YOU'RE WATCHING, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU GUYS TO COME OVER AND REALLY SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE SPRING FAIR.

AND IN TODAY'S WORLD, I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO GO AND GET A STEAK DINNER.

A NEW YORK STEAK DINNER COOKED BY THE DAS PALACE WIFE SERVICE CLUB FOR $30 A PERSON.

SO IT'S REASONABLY PRICED.

IT'S REALLY KIND OF A WAY OF WELCOMING PEOPLE BACK AND LETTING THEM KNOW THAT SPRING FAIR IS UP AND RUNNING.

AND TO THAT END, APRIL 27TH THROUGH MAY 1ST IS THE ACTUAL MERCED COUNTY SPRING FAIR.

THERE YOU CAN GO TO THE FAIR'S WEBSITE, GOOGLE, SEARCH IT.

AND THEY HAVE POSTED ALL THE PRICES FOR EVENTS AND TICKETS AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.

I WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING THAT ONE MORE TIME AT OUR NEXT MEETING, BUT IT IS ACTUALLY OUR NEXT MEETING IS THE DAY BEFORE THE FAIR.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT ABOUT THREE AND A HALF WEEKS OUT NOW, SO IT WILL BE HERE.

WE'RE HOPING FOR GREAT WEATHER.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT PRETTY MUCH EVERY EVENT THAT I'VE BEEN TO CALL IT, POST PANDEMIC HERE HAS BEEN WELL ATTENDED.

FOLKS ARE EXCITED TO BE OUT AND TRYING TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY USED TO DO PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.

WITH THAT CHAIR, I CONCLUDE MY REMARKS.

OK, SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MARILYN AS WELL.

SHE IS A NEIGHBOR OF MINE, AND SO WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER.

SHE SAID SHE'S GOING TO BE OUT WALKING A LITTLE MORE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, SO I'LL BE SEEING HER AROUND. ALSO, MY COLLEAGUE TOUCHED ON THE TOWN HALL TOMORROW NIGHT FROM 6 TO 8. PLEASE ASK A WHOLE LOT OF QUESTIONS.

I'LL REFER THEM TO DISTRICT FIVE OVER IN THE LOS BANOS AREA.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADJOURN THIS MEETING TODAY IN MEMORY OF JIM FARLEY.

JIM FARLEY WAS INVOLVED IN EVERYTHING AG, EVERYTHING MCSWAIN.

I THINK HE WAS ON THE ORIGINAL MAC.

HE WAS THE ORIGINAL MAC MEMBER FOR THE THE MCSWAIN MUNICIPAL ADVISORY BOARD.

WE LOST HIM ON MARCH 31ST.

HE'S BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE ATWATER CHAMBER.

HE WAS A DEAR FRIEND, HIM AND HIS WIFE, LOUISE.

OUR HEARTS AND OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO LOUISE.

AT THIS TIME, THIS WAS A SUDDEN AND QUICK LOSS TO OUR COMMUNITY.

SO IF I CAN ADJOURN IN MEMORY OF HIM, OF JIM FARLEY AND AS WELL, I JUST WANT TO PUT OUT HERE ON THE RECORD THAT OUR HEALTH OFFICER MADE SOME COMMENTS TOWARDS THE MERCED CITY SCHOOL BOARD THIS TWO WEEKS AGO.

AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT THOSE DO NOT REFLECT THE STANCE OF THIS BOARD, AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS ON PUBLIC RECORD.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR ESPINOZA THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY THERE'S A PLANNED COMMUNITY DAY AND STREET FAIRS COMING UP ON MAY 7TH.

IT GOES AROUND 10:00 AM.

THERE'S GOING TO BE A PARADE AS WELL.

SO EVERYBODY IN MERCED COUNTY IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.

SO THE PARK WILL ALSO BE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO FINISH THE PARK.

AND SO IT [INAUDIBLE] WILL BE DOWN ON MAY SEVEN, SO MAY SIX, ONE DAY PRIOR.

SO THANK YOU FOR PUBLIC WORKS THE BOARD AND THE CITY THEY APPLY FOR THE GRANT THAT GOT OUR GRANT.

SO EVERYBODY IN OUR STAFF THAT THEY CONTRIBUTED IN, WE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE GRANT.

ALSO, THE LE GRAND MAG MEETING WAS YESTERDAY ATTENDED WITH I WANT TO THANK PATTY DORSETT AGAIN FOR ATTENDING BRYAN BAYNE OF PARKS AND RECREATION.

THEY DID A WONDERFUL JOB WITH THEIR PRESENTATION TO THE LE GRAND MAG WHO HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR ANOTHER GRANT FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

SEEING THAT THEY YOU KNOW, THEY'RE SEEING THE RESULTS OF THE PLANADA PARK IMPROVEMENTS.

AND THEY SEEN THAT WINTON PARK IN DISTRICT FOUR RECEIVED ANOTHER NICE GRANT.

SO THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE GRATEFUL AND SO THEY'RE HOPING THAT THEY CAN DO THE SAME AND, AND APPLY FOR A GRANT WHERE THE GRANT WILL HAVE A NICE PARK AS WELL.

SO ALSO MAY 27TH IS MY TOWN HALL.

SO I WELCOME EVERYBODY TO COME ON AND LOG IN AND ASK QUESTIONS AND SEE AS IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY. JUST PLEASE CALL IN, DIAL IN, AND WE'LL BE TAKING THE CALLS AND FOR QUESTIONS. SO OTHER THAN THAT.

THAT'S IT. IT'S USUALLY AROUND 10 A.M., THE PARADE STARTS.

[INAUDIBLE] THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME. SUPERVISOR PEDROSA.

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THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL FOR HIS COMMENTS.

IN REGARDS TO JIM, I KNOW A LOT OF US KNEW JIM UP HERE AND JIM WAS A REALLY PASSIONATE PERSON. HE CARED A LOT ABOUT MERCED COUNTY AND HE WAS VERY INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURE AND WAS VERY, VERY, VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO LOUISE.

AND THEN ALSO THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENT.

I ECHO WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT OUR HEALTH OFFICER.

I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY ALSO ABOUT MY I, TOO.

WE'RE ALL HAVING OUR OUR TOWN HALL MEETINGS.

MINE WILL BE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH AT 6:00.

YOU CAN GO TO THE COUNTY OF MERCED WEBSITE.

IT'S ON THE MERCED COUNTY FACEBOOK PAGE.

YOU CAN IT'S GOING TO BE TRANSLATED IN SPANISH AND HMONG.

YOU CAN SUBMIT QUESTIONS THAT I WILL SUBMIT TO DARON.

AND THEN BUT IF YOU WANT TO AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION, YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT MIKE NORTH AND HE CAN GET YOU ALL THAT INFORMATION.

BUT PLEASE, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE THESE ARE REALLY GOOD FOR US TO BE ABLE TO HEAR FROM YOU, BECAUSE WE CAN'T DO OUR JOBS UNLESS WE HEAR FROM THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE REPRESENT YOU.

AND SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY, ASK QUESTIONS, AND AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU THE BEST ANSWERS THAT WE CAN POSSIBLY GIVE YOU.

AND IF NOT, THEN JUST BLAME RAUL.

SO. ALL RIGHT, MR. MENDEZ? YES.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR PEDROZO.

I DID WANT TO KIND OF CIRCLE BACK ON THE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME LAST LAST WEEK, AND WAS REALLY JUST PLEASED, PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE COLLABORATION, THE COORDINATION, THE THE PROGRAMING THAT OCCURRED BEHIND THE SCENES TO TRY AND MAKE SURE THAT WE PROVIDED A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO BE ENGAGED ON TOPICS WITH OBVIOUSLY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SUPERVISOR SILVEIRA FOR BEING OUR FIRST AND DEFINITELY LEARN A LOT ABOUT LITTLE MINOR ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE CAN GO THAT WE CAN MAKE TO GO FORWARD.

OBVIOUSLY MAKE THEM A LITTLE BIT SMOOTHER, BUT CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO BEING THERE THIS TOMORROW NIGHT WITH SUPERVISOR MCDANIEL AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

ON THE 13, THE 19TH AND THE 27TH, JUST SO THAT WE'RE COMPLETE, CERTAINLY, AS THE SUPERVISOR MENTIONED, YOU CAN LOOK ON OUR WEBSITE, OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS TO GET INFORMATION AND KIND OF FIGURE OUT HOW TO BEST ACCESS THOSE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS AT A DATE THAT WORKS FOR YOU AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER.

SECOND, I DID WANT TO PROVIDE A QUICK UPDATE ON FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE MATTERS.

AS THE BOARD IS AWARE, PRESIDENT BIDEN DID RELEASE HIS FISCAL YEAR 23RD BUDGET REQUEST LAST MONDAY, ESSENTIALLY KICKING OFF THE FISCAL YEAR 23 APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS.

THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED A THREE POINT $8,000,000,000,000 TRILLION BUDGET, WHICH IS A $200 OR $200 BILLION LESS THAN WHAT HE PROPOSED LAST YEAR.

IT DOES INCLUDE 109 BILLION INCREASE IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING FROM THE RECENT FISCAL YEAR 2022 OMNIBUS SPENDING DEAL THAT WAS JUST PASSED A FEW WEEKS AGO.

COUNTY STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO ANALYZE AND MONITOR ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS TO DETERMINE LOCAL IMPACTS TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES AND OBVIOUSLY TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OF OPPORTUNITIES WHEN WHEN THEY'RE THERE.

AT THE STATE LEVEL, WE CONTINUE TO ALSO WORK WITH OUR STATE LOBBYISTS TO ADVOCATE FOR FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS, PROGRAMS IN THE AREAS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. SO THOSE EFFORTS CONTINUE.

FURTHER ON APRIL 20TH AND 21ST, A FEW MEMBERS FROM OUR OFFICE WILL BE JOINING MEMBERS FROM THE BOARD AT THE SAC LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE IN SACRAMENTO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT'S TRENDING AT THE STATE CAPITAL.

SO JUST WANTED TO ALSO SHARE THAT INFORMATION.

A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING IN APRIL.

WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BOARD IN THE COMMUNITY IS AWARE OF SOME OF OUR ARE THE EVENTS THAT WERE ATTENDING SO AND LIKE WAS SAID EARLIER CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. GUY GARY, WELCOME TO THE TEAM.

I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT YOU ARE JOINING A VERY ELITE GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE SERVING THIS COMMUNITY AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS AS WE GO FORWARD.

AND THAT'S IT FOR ME THIS MORNING, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

YOU'RE WELCOME, COUNCIL HANSON.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. NO, IT'S NOT EVERY DAY THAT YOU GET SOMEONE FROM YOUR TEAM APPOINTED JUDGE. SO I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE OUR CHIEF DEPUTY COUNTY COUNCIL, JENNIFER TRIMBLE. SHE'S OUT AT OUR HRSA OFFICE FOR BEING APPOINTED JUDGE BY THE GOVERNOR LAST MONTH. AND IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH HIRING HER SUCCESSOR, BUT SHE'S BEEN KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE US THROUGH THE MONTH OF APRIL TO DO SO.

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO HER.

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AND WE'LL. WE'LL MISS HER.

AND WE KNOW SHE'S GOING TO DO A GREAT JOB AS A JUDGE.

YOU'RE WELCOME. CONGRATULATIONS, GUY, WELCOME TO THE TEAM, AS OTHERS HAVE SAID.

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A FEW ITEMS THAT ARE GOING TO BE HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY MY DISTRICT, BUT THEY'RE EVENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME AND I THINK MY COLLEAGUES AS WELL.

ON APRIL 8TH, THE VALLEY CRISIS CENTER IS GOING TO HOLD A HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING AWARENESS WORKSHOP, I GUESS IS THE BEST WAY TO PUT IT.

IT'S GOING TO BE, AGAIN, LIKE I SAID, ON APRIL 8TH FROM 6 TO 8:00.

IT'S BEING HELD AT THE BEAR CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH ON OLIVE AVENUE.

AND YOU CAN EITHER GIVE THEM A CALL OR GO TO THEIR WEBSITE IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN REGISTERING. I JUST WANT TO GIVE GIVE A SHOUT OUT.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS A TOPIC THAT I KNOW HAS BEEN GOING ON FOREVER, RIGHT, SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

HOWEVER, THE PERPS ARE STARTING TO BE MORE AND MORE BRAZEN AND AND IT'S INCREASING.

AND SO JUST WANT TO BRING AWARENESS.

ON APRIL 22ND, THE MERCED RESCUE MISSION IS GOING TO HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE AT THEIR VILLAGE OF HOPE. IT STARTS AT 10:00.

THEIR SITE IS ON COHEN AVENUE, JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 59.

I THINK WE'VE ALL WE'VE ALL BEEN OUT THERE AND TAKEN A TOUR.

THIS IS THIS IS REALLY A NEAT OPPORTUNITY.

THERE'S A RESPITE CARE CENTER.

SO SO FOLKS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THE HOSPITAL INSTEAD OF BEING IF THEY'RE HOMELESS OR DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO GO, INSTEAD OF BEING RELEASED ON THE STREET, WHICH THEN OFTEN PUTS THEM RIGHT BACK IN THE HOSPITAL, THEY NOW HAVE A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN GO AND AND HAVE A NURSE AND SOME OTHER FOLKS KIND OF TEND TO THEIR NEEDS AND MAKE SURE THEY TAKE THEIR MEDICINES AND HELP THEM TO HEAL.

AND THE CENTRAL VALLEY OR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH MADE A BIG GRANT OF TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. ALSO DIGNITY HOSPITAL STEPPED UP AND PROVIDED THE MATCHING GRANT FOR THAT OR THE GRANT MATCH.

AND SO WE'RE THANKFUL TO BOTH OF THEM.

THEY ALSO HAVE A VETERANS CENTER.

AND ANYWAYS, IT'S JUST, I THINK, A NEAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO I'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU OUT TO THAT EVENT.

I AM HAVING MY TOWN HALL ON APRIL 13TH AT 6 P.M.

AND I'D LIKE TO INVITE EVERYBODY TO PARTICIPATE.

AND IF YOU DIDN'T GET YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED AT THE TWO PREVIOUS TOWN HALLS, YOU'RE WELCOME TO COME TO MINE. AND WE'LL TRY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

AND TO I WOULD LIKE TO TO MENTION JIM FARLEY AS WELL.

GROWING UP IN THE AG COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, I KNEW HIM AS A KID RIGHT FAR BEFORE I WAS INVOLVED IN ANYTHING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE.

AND HE'S JUST A GREAT MAN.

AND MERCED COUNTY HAS A LOT OF GREAT MEN AND HE WAS AMONG THEM.

AND SO ANYWAYS, JUST WOULD LIKE TO LET HIS FAMILY KNOW THAT I'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR THEM.

YOU KNOW, LOUISE IS ALSO A WONDERFUL LADY AND SERVED IN OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL.

AND SO IT'S A TOUGH TIME, BUT THANK YOU FOR CLOSING THE MEETING AND MEMORY OF HIM.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

ANYTHING ELSE TO COME BEFORE US? WITH THAT, WE'LL CALL THE MEETING ADJOURNED.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.