Supporting Military Spouses that Return to County Employment --- October, 29 2019

As County Supervisors who have served out country in the military, the value of services and commitment is important to us. These are values that we respect and encourage within our own County workforce.

Today, we are respecting the service of military spouses who are also County employees. Military spouses are sometimes forced to separate from County service due to military orders. To maintain their family unit, they must pick up their lives and move to support their partner. If military spouses choose to return to employment with the County, it is appropriate to provide them with the vacation accrual rate they had when they left County service. Today’s action directs the chief Administrative Officer to amend the Compensation Ordinance to include an exception for military spouses that return to County employment, and to make the changes retroactive for employees rehired within the past six months of the date of this letter.

Community Care Coordination for Veterans Implementation Plan for Successful Reentry --- October, 15 2019

San Diego County is home to the largest concentration of active duty military service members and veterans in the world, with over 241,000 veterans residing in the region in 2018. While most veterans are thriving members of our community, at any given time there are hundreds of veterans in local jails due to complex issues who may need additional support and resources to reintegrate into the community and find long-term stability. The Board of Supervisors (Board) is committed to providing enhanced resources and supportive services to local veterans. 

Strengthening Our Investment in Road Maintenance --- October 15, 2019

On May 2, 2017 the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to achieve an average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 70 for the County of San Diego road network. The County uses the PCI, an international standard used by cities and counties across the nation, to rate the condition of roads. PCI provides a rating system for road conditions from zero to 100, and the PCI number represents the average condition of all the roads in a network.

To achieve this effort, on June 21, 2017 the Board fronted $28 million from the County's General Fund to cover a potential gap in state funding for road maintenance, with the intention to reimburse the County General Fund through future Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 dollars. 

Medication Assisted Treatment Programs --- August 6, 2019

In 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved the local implementation of the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System. Contracting and oversight of local Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) offered through Opioid Treatment Programs was turned over from the State of California to the County of San Diego.

As a part of this implementation, we need to ensure our neighborhoods and communities are protected from the impacts of clinics while serving residents suffering with opioid use disorder as required under Federal law. Currently, we have an opportunity to do this through the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System.

Today’s action directs the Chief Administrative Officer develop local guidelines to ensure current MAT programs are in full compliance with federal and state guidelines and patient treatment expectations are being delivered. 

Streamlining the Discretionary Permit Process --- July 24, 2019

There are several major cost factors to develop land in the unincorporated area including land acquisition, infrastructure improvements, construction, financing, and processing discretionary permits. Processing discretionary permits can be a large burden of cost for individuals, businesses, and developers alike. Costs incurred during the discretionary process include staff review time, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, engineering and design, and the financing costs for land holding. Ultimately these costs are passed on to renters and home buyers.

Today’s action will direct the Chief Administrative Officer to identify ways to reduce discretionary permit processing time and cost, investigate the feasibility of options identified, and return to the Board within 180-days with recommendations for review and approval.

Memorandum of Understanding with San Diego Gas & Electric for Helicopter Utilization for Fire Suppression --- July 23, 2019

On July 19, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved signing an agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to utilize a leased Helitanker for the region’s aerial fire protection program, and to jointly fund the initial flight hours for fire suppression with the County of San Diego.

Recently, SDG&E has advised the County they are leasing a second helicopter. The County is seeking to increase its aerial assets to strengthen its initial fire suppression attack capabilities and SDG&E has offered to enter into an agreement with the County to make this second helicopter available to the region for year-round fire suppression. During red flag events, one of the helicopters will be pre-positioned in North County.

Today’s action will direct the Chief Administrative Officer to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County and SDG&E, adding the second helicopter to the current MOU.

Veterans Moving Forward: Strengthening Community Care Coordination for Successful Reentry --- June 4, 2019

San Diego County is home to one of the largest veteran communities in the United States. Our County and this Board of Supervisors has a proven history of supporting local veterans, their families and fostering collaboration between agencies to ensure resources are more accessible. The County is committed to strengthening the resources it provides and bridging the gap between services and those who need it most. It is well known that adjusting to civilian life is very challenging. While many veterans are thriving members of our community, there are still some that face a number of obstacles, especially our veterans who are involved in the criminal justice system.

In 2013, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the San Diego Veterans Administration (VA), implemented the Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) program at the Vista Detention Facility. The VMF program is a veteran-only incentive-based housing unit for male inmates who have served in the United States military. Over the past three years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of veterans booked into our County jails. In 2018, there were 637 veterans booked into County jails with an average of three bookings per veteran.

With today's proposed actions, the County commits to further strengthen Community Care Coordination for participants in the VMF program. Community Care Coordination, also known as C3, was developed through our Integrative Services department. It is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Case Managers and Peer Support Specialists who act as personal advocates to coordinate care and housing for justice involved individuals following the Whole Person Wellness approach. The recommendations before you are intended to address the challenges our veterans will face upon release. By identifying a multi-disciplinary team to advocate for each veteran and help them to access the resources they need, develop their self-regulation skills, and acquire the training necessary to move beyond incarceration, we can improve outcomes for participants of the VMF program and help our veterans to live healthy, safe and thriving lives.

Protecting Law Enforcement and the Public During Use of Force Incidents --- April 30, 2019

Current California law for use of force by law enforcement is based on parameters set in that code in 1872, which is outdated and does not reflect the decisions of the U.S. and California Supreme Courts on use of force matters. Over the past several years there has been a debate in Sacramento regarding law enforcement use of force polices. Senate Bill 230, authored by Senator Anna Caballero, sets a clear and enforceable standard for authorizing use of force.

In 2017, it was reported that there wer2 172 law enforcement related deaths in California. In 2018, the incidents in which officers had to use deadly forced dropped to 114, a 34% reduction in one year. However, even one death is too many. Therefore, law enforcement throughout the state having been working with non-profits, businesses, neighborhood groups, individuals and public safety organizations to develop evidence0based approach to use of force policies.

Under SB 230, law enforcement agencies will be required to adhere to the use of force standard developed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Every department will be mandated to adopt comprehensive policies in all 13 categories viewed as best practices for preventing use of force, including de-escalation, an officer’s duty to intercede and reporting requirements.

Conversely, Assembly Bill 392 would criminalize law enforcement actions in life-threatening situation by creating an unclear, arbitrary, subjective use of force. AB 392 is lacking in collaboration, creates disastrous disincentive for law enforcement officers to engage, and does not disprove training standards nor does it incorporate best practices.

Today’s action will put the County of San Diego on record in support for Senate Bill 230 and in opposition to Assembly Bill 392.

Promises Made Need to Be Kept --- April 30, 2019

In November 2004, 67 percent San Diego’s voters approved a 40-year extension of TransNet, a half-cent sales tax to generate funds for highway, road, and public transit projects. San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is responsible for leveraging these funds with state and federal resources; designing and engineering the projects identified in the 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance; prioritizing and appropriating funds; and overseeing construction and implementation of the projects. SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) integrates the 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance projects, among other projects, into one regional plan.

On April 26, 2019, SANDAG staff presented to the Board of Directors a new vision for the RTP. The new vision identifies numerous new public transit projects while removing the majority of the 14 unconstructed highway projects that the San Diego voters were promised in the 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance.

The purpose of this letter is for the County Board of Supervisors (Board) to direct the Chairwoman to send a letter addressed to SANDAG on behalf of the Board opposing any modification to the TransNet Extension Ordinance; advocating for inclusion of the highway and road projects in the RTP; and requesting SANDAG to pursue new sources of funding for projects not listed in the 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance.

Support for Effective Veterans Services Legislation --- April 30, 2019

The County of San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concertation of military personal, with over one-third of county residents connected to the military. As of 2018, there are 143,000 active duty service members and over 241,000 veterans who reside in San Diego County. The need for adequate services and support is critical, especially as the veteran population grows annually with an average of approximately 7,000 active duty services members deciding to settle in San Diego County after leaving the military.

With Today’s action, the Board of Supervisors will take a position in support of AB 55, AB 408 & AB 1588, all which helps veterans.

Fire Safety Enhancements --- March 12, 2019

The San Diego region is home to a year-round wild fire threat. Since the Cedar Fire in 2003, the County of San Diego has spent over a half-billion dollars to improve fire and emergency services. However, more can be done to improve our fire preparedness and make our region more fire resilient.

As mentioned in the State of the County speech earlier this month, the County must continue to invest in improvements across all spectrums of fire protection. These areas include pre-fire strategy utilizing the support of fire safe councils, strengthening new construction, increasing the frequency of defensible space inspections, enhancing pre-fire vegetation management, and improving pre-fire emergency planning with a greater emphasis on technology and GIS mapping.

Today’s action directs the Chief Administrative Officer to work on a plan to strengthen wildfire protection in existing and future communities with a focus on five key objectives, and to return to the Board within 90 days with recommendations to meet the objectives.

Establishing Revitalization Committees in Fallbrook, Valley Center and Borrego Springs --- March 12, 2019

Through five Revitalization Committees in unincorporated communities, Supervisor Dianne Jacob successfully brings County staff and services into each community and foster collaboration among community leaders and the County to address community needs and issues. Fallbrook, Valley Center, and Borrego Springs are three unincorporated communities that could benefit from the establishment of Revitalization Committees.

This action will authorize the Chief Administrative Officer to take the necessary steps to establish a Fallbrook Revitalization Committee, a Valley Center Revitalization Committee and a Borrego Springs Revitalization Committee.

Evening Budget Hearing to Enhance Civic Engagement and Transparency --- March 12, 2019

It is a priority for the board to create opportunities for all members of the public to weigh in on the County of San Diego Budget process, which sets and funds priorities over the coming years. As it currently stands, budget hearing sessions are scheduled during the morning hours, which is a barrier for many working residents who want the opportunity to voice their input. In order to enhance civic engagement and transparency in county government, we are recommending that this Board modify the scheduled for budget hearings to include at least on evening session.

The recommended action is that the Board amend the 2019 Board of Supervisors regular meeting calendar (or call a special board meeting) to include an evening budget session on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 PM. Should a quorum of the Board of Supervisors not be available on this date and time the Chief Administrative Officer will determine another date.