Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors 10/10/20

Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors 10/10/20

 Observer Report
Agency: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
Date &Time: October 10, 2020  at 9 a.m.
Observer’s Name: Brenda Main

FEATURE EVALUATED

YES

NO

COMMENTS

Did meeting start on time?

x

 

 

Were all members present?

x

 

 

Were members attentive?

x

 

 

Were members well prepared?

x

 

 

Were members courteous to each other and the public?

x

 

 

Was agenda sent/posted 72 hrs. before?

x

 

 

Did agenda items clearly describe what was to be discussed?

x

 

 

Was there adequate opportunity for public input?

x

 

 

Was there any appearance that some agenda items were discussed in closed rather than open session?

 

x

 

Was background information made available to the public?

x

 

 

Were facilities accessible and adequate?

n/a

 

Virtual meeting due to COVID-19; no in-person attendance

Were any issues on the agenda relevant to any LWV state or local positions or programs?

x

 

 

Do you recommend local League action on any of these issues? 

 

x

If “yes” what action do you recommend?

Meeting summary:  

  1. Board unanimously approved consent items, including four Law & Justice items affecting the Sheriff’s Office: approve agreement on geographic liaison services for Regional Threat Center; approve agreement with WEAVE for services for female inmates; approve agreement with USDOJ for domestic cannabis eradication/suppression program grant funds; and approval for agreement to provide religious representative services.
  2. Department of Public Health (Beilenson and Kasirye) gave update on COVID-19 situation in the county. Telephonic public comments demanded an immediate end to all COVID emergency activities, including the wearing of face coverings and practice of social distancing.
  3. Board unanimously approved a proposed ordinance placing limits on campaign contributions for countywide races: assessor, district attorney, and sheriff. Previously, there were no contribution limits for these offices. The ordinance was introduced in response to AB 571, which becomes effective on January 1, 2021. AB 2021 limits contributions for local government offices to $3,000 per individual per election, unless the government entity sets its own limits. The approved contribution limits are $25,000 per person or organization per election period and $12,500 per person or organization during any single off-election year. These amounts were determined based on limits set by other counties with a population of one million or more.
  4. Registrar of Voters (Courtney Kanelos) presented an informative update on the status of 2020 general election operations. Coordination with USPS hub in West Sacramento ensured prompt delivery of ballots to active registered voters. Voters are encouraged to vote early to enable more ballots being processed before November 3 and therefore faster vote tabulations on election night. Kanelos answered questions about prevention of voter fraud, security measures employed, signature verification procedures, health/safety measures for voters and poll workers, preparations for voter intimidation and inclement weather. So many people signed up to be poll workers that applicants had to be turned away; however, the large number of applicants will ensure that backups will be available. Back-up polling locations will also be available if needed. For more transparency, the processing of ballots will be livestreamed every night. December 1 is the deadline for election certification.
  5. There was one off-agenda comment. Commenter has experienced difficulty downloading agenda packet and notes that the queuing system for call-in comments allows  comment on only one agenda item.

Other comments or concerns:

Congratulations to Mahnaz Khazari, LWVSC board member appointed to the Assessment Appeals Board.