Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors (Law and Justice) 9/1/2020

Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors (Law and Justice) 9/1/2020

 Observer Report: Criminal Justice Reform Committee
Agency: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors (Law and Justice)
Date &Time: September 1, 2020
Observer’s Name: Brenda Main

FEATURE EVALUATED

YES

NO

COMMENTS

Did meeting start on time?

x

 

 

Did you attend entire meeting?

x

 

 

Were all members present?

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

 

There was 1 off-agenda item

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 pandemic

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

x

 

Proposed ordinance on campaign contribution limits for Sheriff, DA, & Assessor; there are none at present. Related to AB 571, which is effective 1/1/21.

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

x

 

Review staff report, legislation, and draft ordinance. (Ordinance needs revisions prior to vote.) 

Additional comments and concerns:

  1. Board approved consent items. Four were related to Law & Justice: two MOUs between the DA and SSO for Sac Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force and Sac Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; authorization for SSO to execute personal services agreements for services at The Regional Threat Assessment Center; and authorization to execute agreement with Sac PD for use of the SSO Explosive Ordnance Detail Blast Range.
  2. The Board received the 2019-2020 Grand Jury Final Report, which included a recommendation to accept funding from SB 1022 for expansion of the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. The Board has 60 days to respond to the Grand Jury.  The Board had previously decided to reject this funding because of its long-term costs amid uncertainties about the future population of County Jail facilities and the County’s financial situation. The Board will reject the recommendation. Although the Board did not take any formal action on the report at the meeting, there were many public comments against jail expansion.
  3. An off-agenda presentation on The People’s Budget, generated many public comments. The budget is being developed based on a survey of Sacramento County residents, with a goal of receiving at least 5,000 responses. Results so far indicate community interest in increasing funding for “Reimagined Community Safety” and “Community Resources and the Environment,” while reducing funding for “Law Enforcement and the Carceral System.” Speakers indicated that mental health, homelessness and housing, and public health were areas where the community desires increased investment, with reduced funding for the Sheriff and Sac PD, parking enforcement, and the jail. Public comments supported the changes proposed in the budget.
  4. Chair Serna noted that hearings for the final 2021 budget will begin on September 9 at 5 p.m. and will be continued at 9:30 on September 10 and 11 (if needed). The evening session is designed to accommodate the participation of students and workers who are not available during standard business hours. The Sheriff’s budget is to be presented on September 9.
  5. A presentation on the new COVID-19 county rating system by Peter Bielensen and Olivia Kasirye (Dept. of Public Health) evolved into a Board discussion of homeless encampments, the intense public concerns they raise, and the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Teams response. This discussion generated numerous public comments, all of which called for increased mental health, substance abuse, housing, and other services and assistance for the unhoused population.

The linked agenda includes links to staff reports and agenda materials, the Grand Jury report, and video:

http://www2.agendanet.saccounty.net/BoardOfSupervisors/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=6291&doctype=1