Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors 6/16/2020 (incl. Sheriff's Dept. budget)

Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors 6/16/2020 (incl. Sheriff's Dept. budget)

Agency: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

Date &Time: June 16, 2020

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

 

Budget items and actions were technical and required some additional explanation

Was there adequate time for public input?

x

 

About 120 comments were read into the public record.

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

 

Background materials are available with the agenda

Were facilities accessible and adequate?

 

 

N/A virtual meeting due to COVID-19

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? Follow up on proposed FY 2020-21 Sheriff’s Dept. budget  in hearings to be held in September.

Other comments or concerns:   

  1. The Consent Matters voted on pertained to the proposed Rollover Budget from FY 2019-2020. The unexpected costs related to COVID-19, coupled with uncertain revenues, make realistic budgeting impossible until cost/revenue questions are more settled, Therefore, the 2019-2020 budget is being “rolled over” until a final 2020-2021 budget can be adopted in September 2020. However, some costs needed to be approved before September. Those were the budget items voted on in this meeting. (This is my understanding; this was confusing for Board members as well, as the Rollover Budget is unprecedented.) All items were approved. However, they will again be subject to discussion in hearings as part of the proposed FY 2020-2021 budget to be set forth in September.
  2. The Public Comments were concerned with items related to the Sheriff’s Department budget. (items 4, 5, 38, 42, 45, 46-56) Every comment read into the record opposed any increases in the Sheriff’s budget and instead proposed various levels of “defunding” the Sheriff’s budget and diverting those funds to community-based needs and services.
  3. In discussions after voting occurred, County Executive Gill mentioned that his staff was in negotiations with the Sheriff regarding a body-worn camera proposal that would be included in the FY 2020-21 budget. The proposal would include costs for additional hardware and software required for operation of the cameras. Gill stated that Sheriff Jones would appear before the Board prior to the September budget hearings.
  4. Board Chair Serna went on the record to say that his “no” vote in protest of the Sheriff’s budget (from the 2019-2020 budget) would continue until the values expressed by the Department’s budget were better aligned with his beliefs/values. 

Agenda:  http://www.agendanet.saccounty.net/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=12718&doctype=AGENDA