Stephanie Bridgett, from the DA's Office, says Consumer Protection Week is important. Instead of detailing data in Shasta County, she says a local pharmacy noticed an elderly man who was coming in to purchase $1,000 prepaid cards that he was sending to a scammer in another country. The employees at the store notified the DA's Office and they were able to stop the scam.
Tracie Neal, Probation Dept. Chief, talks up Jennifer Brooks, Probation Assistant who is recognized as employee of the month for February.
She works for the Youth Violence Prevention Council.
Next we arrive to the public comment time.
Vernon Price is first up. Followed by Margie Baugh(?).
Vernon Price is speaking on suicide and homelessness. Sent some PDFs to the board. References a suicide report. Says he wants to create a short film - that would allow people to share their stories. "That there is hope outside of suicide attempts."
Margie Baugh followed by Catherine L.(?)
Margie B. wants the board of supervisors to address the sanctuary status for Shasta County.
Catherine L. is concerned about the sanctuary status as well and the financial impact this would have on the county.
Richard Wilkinson calls Gov. Brown and the "loonies in the south" as not wanting to follow federal law. Wants the board to tell Gov. Brown to not have a sanctuary county.
Glenn Morris: Illegal aliens are here illegally. They broke the law to be here. By not turning in these illegal aliens, to ICE, that is a criminal act.
Jeff Nelson: Please do not allow Sacramento to do that to our county. Prevent this craziness.
Chester Simanski: Tehama Co. passed a resolution. I don't agree with the concept of sanctuary cities. I'm from a family of immigrants, but I don't believe in lawlessness.
David Robins: I believe no opinion should be rendered, because churches will always be a safe place. Making an official mandate might be foolish.
Gary Schultz: We've seen what's going on right now with Sacramento. He has asked state officials to pull the plug on sanctuary city status.
Sally Rapoza: SB54 was passed by the senate this month. It restricts state and local law enforcement. It ties the hand of our local police. Also passed that day, SB6 - which would pay the fees of the illegal people. That's all our tax payer money.
What if President follows his promises and decides to hold federal funding from cities, counties that support sanctuary status?
Tehama Co. has led the way. Siskiyou Co. has also signed a similar resolution. Other counties are also considering similar resolutions.
Shasta Co. should stand by their neighbors.
D. Ellis: We are a nation of many people from different lands, but there is a legal way to come into this country. Honor the constitution. Continue to allow Shasta Co. to be a good place to call home.
Norman Bruwer also concerned about the sanctuary county status. It's time to choose sides. Either be a patriot or be a traitor and be loyal to the invaders.
We have arrived at the consent calendar.
Item C17 has been pulled. Item C16 will be discussed by the board.
Supervisor Les Baugh discusses an amendment for a Information Technology Internal Service Fund budget - ITEM C16.
Baugh: In the report, it talks about internal service funds. Can you tell me are there additional internal service funds?
Larry Lees: Not only Information Tech. but some other depts. The reason why we're doing this, over time it was a large number, and brought forward by the auditor's office. What do we do when we have this large amount of money that we are unable to use or can't use it for it's original purpose.
The current amount in question is $720,000.
Baugh: We encourage individual depts. to save money. This is one of those areas, does this put us in any danger, where we say we want depts. to save. Is the state working in opposition of that?
Lees: We are not giving the fund back to the general fund. It goes back to the depts. to put back into their funds. It has been my objective, to allow depts. to carry over savings to meet their next year's budget.
Lees: For the past 10 years, we have allowed depts. to carry over that money.
The reality is - do we have other internal services that are at risk of this? No, according to the auditor.
Baugh: This policy develops trust within the departments. That works.
That motion is approved - Item C16. We move on to R3 in the agenda.
Lees brings up one thing. We will be bringing forward to declare this area that was hard hit by storms. Something may have changed in the last 24 hours.
Right now, we are at $5-$6 million damages to county roads.
But we want to keep an ongoing resolution open. That's just in Shasta Co. for roads and infrastructures. We have a good dialog with the OES with continuing the resolution. We were one of the first counties to move forward with that resolution.
Pat Minturn, Public Works Director, confirms from the audience that it is $6 million.
Senate Bill 1 is also up for discussion.
SB 1 does allocate up to $10 million just to Shasta Co. for infrastructure needs. Other bills may be brought forward. It is my recommendation that we move forward with SB1, according to Larry Lees.
Supervisor Baugh: I will cast my vote at the upcoming RCRC meeting. But I am in opposition with the additional taxes. It will be in our agenda in March. We have had some discussions about this senate bill in the RCRC. We want to make sure the monies are going to where they should be going.
Baugh says he will vote no, but will take it to RCRC.
Les Baugh votes no, while Rickert, Kehoe and Morgan vote yes. Motion passes.
Supervisor Steve Morgan took a tour of several departments as a freshman supervisor. Morgan attended several meetings, boards as well.
Supervisor Baugh attended the RCRC executive board session. He was appointed to the Golden State Finance as well. On that board, we have help find thousands of families financing homes in CA last year.
Baugh: The question for Shasta Co. Are we a sanctuary county or are we not? As was mentioned by the speakers today, Tehama Co. brought a no sanctuary resolution to the board. But it basically says we are going to stand in agreement with federal law. The reason this comes forward is directly connected to SB54. I tell you, I am going to take Pres. Trump at his word when he says the government will remove funding from entities that support sanctuary status.
It's my intention to bring this item forward. I will tell you it has been stated correctly, that Tehama and Siskiyou Co. have passed their own resolutions.
I spoke with Bob Williams yesterday. He told me personally that he has been contacted by supervisors from several other counties. I have had conversations with them as well. I have asked for permission to say that Sheriff Tom Bosenko supports this. Anderson City Council are also going to have this as an agenda item.
Baugh: It is my goal to bring this forward as an agenda item. I have asked the legal counsel to look at this.
Mary Rickert: This is a difficult topic. I appreciate what all the speakers have had to say. I am a little concerned - it is a very difficult topic to consider.
I feel that we need to monitor the lawsuits that are in process. I feel like we have to hold off on this a little further. That's just where I am standing on this.
David Kehoe: Do you have a supervisor's report?
Rickert and the rest of the board laughs.
Rickert attended several events, including the Winter Ag. Meeting in Cottonwood and the Fall River, Big Valley Cattleman's Association.
Supervisor Kehoe: Baugh has suggested that we move this item as an action item. There are two options: The chairman can place this item on the future agenda. I am disinclined to do that.
Kehoe: I will tell you, from my perspective, it is much too premature to entertain this matter.
Additionally, I am of the mind that Shasta Co. should continue to comply with state law. Now let me entertain the opinion of the supervisors.
Morgan: I find I can't put this idea on any future agenda, until we can find out what the real facts are.
Kehoe: The consensus is to not have this on the agenda. Supervisor Baugh has the option to bring this as a presentation.
Baugh: Has Mr. Kehoe correctly stated - May I place an item on the agenda as a supervisor?
Kehoe: Let me clarify that query...Can an individual supervisor unilaterally place an item on the agenda in opposition to the majority of the board?
Rubin Cruse Jr., county legal counsel, clarifies Chairman David Kehoe is correct.
Supervisor Les Baugh thanks the other members on the board for their opinions. I understand that and hear clearly.
The board moves to item R4. This is the fiscal year 2016-2017 mid-year budget report. This sets the stage for the next fiscal year.
Terri Howat, County Chief Financial Officer is behind the podium.
Property taxes have been stagnate. We remain cautious in projecting our revenue. We don't see a lot of growth. All our other sources have seen slow growth.
Howat: Departments have been encouraged to monitor their expenses. Departments will request amendments, but that's why don't come forward with one big budget. Those department heads are experienced in how they will be using their budgets.
Howat says there are no significant variance in the budgets that were approved in June. Budgets will stay within where they were approved.
Howat brings forth the budget principles - there are 11. They make up the framework of how departments go by. It has helped us be prepared for shortfalls.
Howat is looking for approval for items 2,3, and 4 in this agenda item.
Larry Lees: I do want to certainly tag on - we do have some great dept. heads that do not spend more than they have. That puts us in a good position.
There are some things we are watching. Prop. 172, which is mostly public safety money, is status quo at best. We do not expect a large increase.
Lees: We came firm with departments that there will be no increases.
There have been an increase in jobs. But we have gone to a low of 1,600 to 1,900. Most of those increases come as a result of the ACA and the increase in MediCal participation.
There is a lot of saber rattling going on between the state and federal government. If it goes away, it will be a big impact to Shasta Co.
Lees has been following this closely. This is just opinion. I think there will be something to replace the ACA. I do not think they will just walk away from ... I bring this red flag up to you. So you can recognize that we have an area of concern.
CalPERS rate has also gone down.
Because of the additional cost due to the CalPERS cost - that is also being looked at.
We'll know more of that in March or April. It is the recommendation of myself and my team, and the mid-year report, I trust the numbers Ms. Howat has put forward today.
Rickert: Under Public Works, there is the Fall River Airport.
Howat: I do not have the particulars on that. But I can get back to you on that.
Kehoe: The first principle is to delete positions that have been vacant for 18 months.
Lees: Typically they are not funded. It was very difficult for a dept to come forward to get a new position. The board in year's past, it would have a difficult time to add positions. Dept.s would save them. There were 100s of positions that were never funded and would never come about. Really a false indication of what we had going for us. The board committed, if you have funding, we would support you in adding those positions. We have gone to start cleaning off those positions.