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MEETING OF CONTRA COSTA MAYORS CONFERENCE

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 6:30 P.M. BUSINESS MEETING

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Pursuant to Executive Orders N­25­20 and N­39­20, teleconference restrictions of the Brown Act were suspended, as was the requirement to provide a physical location for members of the public to participate in the meeting. Assembly Bill 361 (AB 361, Rivas) (Stats. 2021, ch. 165) amending Government Code § 54953 and providing alternative teleconferencing requirements to conduct public meetings during a proclaimed state of emergency was signed into law by the Governor on September 16, 2021. Members of the public will be able to participate directly through the teleconference platform noted above. Public comments may also be submitted via email to: gjpokorn@lmi.net. Email must contain in the subject line either “Mayors Conference/City Selection Committee 9/3/2020 - Public Comments ­Not on the Agenda” OR “Mayors Conference/City Selection Committee 9/3/2020 Public Comments ­Agenda Item #___. Each public comment must include the commenter’s name and city of residence, followed by the comments, as well as the organization represented, if appropriate. The Mayors Conference cannot guarantee that its network and/or the site will be uninterrupted.

MEETING OF CONTRA COSTA MAYORS CONFERENCE

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Meeting held via Zoom teleconference.

6:30 P.M. BUSINESS MEETING

Call Mayors Conference (Conference) to order & conduct roll call.

1. Resolution authorizing teleconference meetings pursuant to Assembly Bill 361 (attached).

Action: Move to adopt resolution authorizing teleconference meetings.

2. Presentation: Supervisor John Gioia, Board Member and Vice Chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, will make a Progress Report on implementation of Bay wetlands restoration projects.

3. Approval of Minutes: (attached) of the April 7, 2022 Conference meeting.

Action: Move to approve April 7, 2022 Mayors Conference minutes.

4. Appointment to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board:

The current term of Mayor Dave Hudson, San Ramon on the BAAQMD Board will end June 15, 2022 and a representative needs to be appointed for a new two-year term ending June 15, 2024. Dave Hudson submitted a self-nomination for reappointment to this position (attached). No other nominations were received by the deadline.

Action: Move to apply Conference Rule and appoint Dave Hudson to a new two-year term on the BAAQMD Board ending June 15, 2024.

5. Appointments to the Contra Costa Airport Land Use Commission (CCALUC): The current terms of member Ken Carlson, Pleasant Hill, and alternate member Marilyn “Merl” Craft, Pittsburg on the CCALUC will end May 1, 2022 and representatives need to be appointed for new four-year terms ending May 1, 2026. Both incumbents are eligible to be appointed to new terms. Ken Carlson filed a letter of application (attached). No other nominations were received by the deadline.

Action: Move to apply Conference Rule and appoint Ken Carlson to a new four-year term on the CCALUC ending May 1, 2026.

Further Action: Accept nominations from the floor for the second open position and make an appointment or continue the call for appointments to the June meeting.

6. Announcement of upcoming appointments to the Contra Costa Countywide Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board (CCCRSAOB): The current terms of Mayor Rita Xavier, San Pablo, and of Council Member Laura Hoffmeister, Concord, on the CCCRSAOB expire on June 30, 2022. Two representatives need to be appointed for new 2-year terms ending June 30, 2024. Both incumbents are eligible to be reappointed to new terms. Any person interested in serving in either of these positions should submit a letter of nomination to the Executive Director at gjpokorn@lmi.net by 5 p.m. May 18, 2022.

7. Announcement of upcoming appointments to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance Executive Committee (EBEDAEC): The current terms of Lisa Motoyama, El Cerrito and of Karen Stepper, Danville, on the on the EBEDAEC expire on June 30, 2022. Two representatives need to be appointed for new 2-year terms ending June 30, 2024. Both incumbents are eligible to be reappointed to new terms. Any person interested in serving in either of these positions should submit a letter of nomination as noted above.

8. Announcement of upcoming appointment to the Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance Board of Directors (CCFJABOD): The current term of Ken Carlson, Pleasant Hill on the CCFJABOD will expire June 30, 2022. A representative needs to be appointed for a new two-year term ending June 30, 2024. The incumbent is eligible for reappointment. Any person interested in serving in this position should submit a letter of nomination as noted above.

9. Conference Appointee Reports: This item is the time when city representatives to area-wide boards, commissions, and agencies may report on activities of the agency to which they are appointed.

10. Chair Announcements:

11. Mayor Announcements:

12. State and Federal Legislative Update:

13. County Supervisor Announcements:

14. League of California Cities Update: Samantha “Sam” Caygill, East Bay Division Public Affairs Manager.

15. Public Comments: Members of the public are advised that public comments at this place should be confined to items not on the agenda and should be limited to no more than 2 minutes in length. Also, no more than one speaker from any organization should address the mayors on the same evening.

16. Adjourn Conference to June 2, 2022 virtual meeting.

Deadline for next agenda is 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Brown Act Reminder: The Contra Costa Mayors Conference/City Selection Committee has a policy of complying with the letter and spirit of open meeting laws. Generally, off-agenda items maybe taken up only if:

1. Two-thirds of Conference voting members find a need for immediate action exists and the need to take action came to the attention of the Conference after the agenda was prepared (Note: If fewer than two-thirds of Conference members are present, taking up an off-agenda item requires a unanimous vote); or

2. A majority of the Conference finds an emergency (for example: work stoppage or disaster) exists.

A majority of any city council may not, consistent with the Brown Act, discuss specific substantive issues among themselves at Conference meetings. Any such discussion is subject to the Brown Act and must occur in a City Council meeting that complies with Brown Act requirements.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CONTRA COSTA MAYORS CONFERENCE AND CITY SELECTION COMMITTEE AUTHORIZING THE EXCUTIVE DIRECTOR TO IMPLEMENT TELECONFERENCE ACCESSIBILITY FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC MEETINGS PURSUANT TO ASSEMBLY BILL 361 (STATS. 2021, CH. 165)

WHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, the Governor of California proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in California as a result of the threat of novel corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Governor of California executed Executive Order N-29-20 which suspended and modified specified provisions in the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code Section § 54950 et seq.) and authorized local legislative bodies to hold public meetings via teleconferencing and to make public meeting accessible telephonically or otherwise electronically to all members of the public seeking to observe and address the local legislative body; and

WHEREAS, on June 11, 2021, the Governor of California executed Executive Order N-08-21 which extended the provisions of Executive Order N-29-20 concerning teleconference accommodations for public meetings through September 30, 2021; and

WHEREAS, on September 16, 2021, the Governor of California signed into law Assembly Bill 361 (AB 361, Rivas) (Stats. 2021, ch. 165) amending Government Code § 54953 and providing alternative teleconferencing requirements to conduct public meetings during a proclaimed state of emergency; and

WHEREAS, AB 361 (Stats. 2021, ch. 165) imposes requirements to ensure members of the public are able to attend and participate in public meetings conducted via teleconference, including:

· Notice of the means by which members of the public may access the meeting and offer public comment, including an opportunity for all persons to attend via a call-in option or an internet-based service option;

· The legislative body shall take no further action on agenda items when there is a disruption which prevents the public agency from broadcasting the meeting, or in the event of a disruption within the local agency’s control which prevents members of the public from offering public comments, until public access is restored;

· Prohibits the legislative body from requiring public comments to be submitted in advance of the meeting and specifies that the legislative body must provide an opportunity for members of the public to address the legislative body and offer comments in real time;

· Prohibits the legislative body from closing the public comment period until the public comment period has elapsed or until a reasonable amount of time has elapsed; and

WHEREAS, the Contra Costa Mayors Conference (Conference) and City Selection Committee (CSC) has already implemented and is in full compliance with the requirements listed above when conducting public meetings via teleconference, which are now codified in Government Code § 54953(e)(2)(B-G); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Government Code § 54953(e)(B), the Conference/CSC shall hold a meeting during a proclaimed state of emergency for the purpose of determining, by majority vote of the delegates, whether as a result of the emergency, meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health and safety of attendees. The delegates must make these findings no later than 30 days after the first teleconferenced meeting is held pursuant to AB 361 (Stats. 2021, ch. 165) after September 30, 2021, and must also make these findings every 30 days thereafter, in order to continue to allow teleconference accessibility for conducing public meetings.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the voting delegates of the Conference/CSC, as follows:

SECTION 1. The Conference/CSC hereby declares that the recitals set forth above are true and correct, and incorporated into this resolution as findings of the Delegates.

SECTION 2. The Conference/CSC hereby declares that a state of emergency as a result of the threat of COVID-19 still exists and continues to affect the ability of members of the public, the Conference/CSC delegates, Conference/CSC staff and members of the public to meet safely in person.

SECTION 3. The State of California and the Conference/CSC continue to follow safety measures in response to COVID-19 as ordered or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (DPH), and/or County of Contra Costa, as applicable, including facial coverings when required and social distancing.

SECTION 4. The Conference/CSC Delegates hereby declare that, pursuant to the findings listed in this Resolution; the Conference/CSC Executive Director is authorized to utilize teleconferencing accessibility to conduct public meetings pursuant to AB 361 (Stats. 2021, ch. 165) and Government Code § 54953, as amended thereby.

SECTION 5. Severability: If any section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this Resolution is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Resolution. The Conference/CSC hereby declares that it would have adopted this Resolution and each and every section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, subdivisions, sentences, clauses, phrases, or portions thereof be declared unconstitutional.

SECTION 6. Effective Date: This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon adoption.

Resolution adopted May 5, 2022.

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MINUTES OF THE

CONTRA COSTA MAYORS CONFERENCE MEETING

Thursday, April 7, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.

Held via Zoom Teleconference due to COVID 19 requirements.

Pursuant to Assembly Bill 361 amending Government Code § 54953, teleconference restrictions of the Brown Act have been suspended, as has the requirement to provide a physical location for members of the public to participate in the meeting. Members of the public were invited to participate via email or by joining the meeting via Zoom and were provided information on how to do this.

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Tom Butt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

ROLL CALL OF CITY DELEGATES:

Antioch: Mayor Lamar Thorpe

Brentwood: Mayor Joel Bryant

Clayton: Mayor Peter Cloven

Concord: Mayor Dominic Aliano

Town of Danville: Mayor Newell Arnerich

El Cerrito: Mayor Pro-Tem Lisa Motoyama

Hercules: Vice-Mayor Alex Walker-Griffin

Lafayette: Mayor Teresa Gerringer

Martinez: Vice Mayor Lara DeLaney

Moraga: Mayor Renata Sos

Oakley: Mayor Randy Pope

Orinda: Council Member Amy Worth

Pinole: Mayor Vincent Salimi

Pittsburg: Mayor Holland Barrett White

Pleasant Hill: Mayor Michael Harris

Richmond: Mayor Tom Butt

San Pablo: Mayor Rita Xavier

San Ramon: Mayor Dave Hudson

Walnut Creek: Mayor Matt Francois

Presiding: Conference Chair: Tom Butt

The above delegates comprised a quorum for the meeting.

1. Resolution authorizing teleconference meetings pursuant to Assembly Bill 361.

Action: Motion to adopt resolution authorizing teleconference meetings passed. Voting aye were delegates from Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. El Cerrito, Martinez, Oakley, and Orinda were absent for this vote. There were no nay votes.

2. Program: Tim Haile, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority presented a program describing rapidly growing electric vehicle adoption and the escalating need for charging station capacity.

3. Approval of Minutes of the March 3, 2022 Conference meeting:

Action: Motion to approve the minutes of the March 3 Mayors Conference meeting passed. Voting aye were delegates from Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Martinez was absent. There were no nay votes.

4. David Biggs and Joe Calabrigo, on behalf of the Contra Costa Public Managers Association, presented a report on progress, concerns, and future actions relative to the next iteration of the Regional Storm Water Permit to be adopted later this year.

5. Request for Endorsement of the 2022-2023 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Funding Recommendation.

The Contra Costa City-County Engineering Advisory Committee (CCEAC) forwarded their recommended funding plan for TDA, Article 3, projects for 2022-‘23. They requested endorsement of the recommendations.

Action: Motion that the Mayors Conference endorses the TDA funding proposal for 2022-2023 as submitted by the CCEAC passed. Voting aye were delegates from Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Martinez was absent. There were no nay votes.

6. Resolution in support of the Mount Diablo Beacon Initiative to Honor Veterans: Numerous individuals and groups are requesting that the California Department of Parks authorize lighting of the Mt. Diablo Beacon on three nights each year. It was proposed that a resolution of the Mayors Conference in support of this initiative be adopted.

Action: Move to approve the resolution in support of the Mt. Diablo Beacon Initiative passed. Voting aye were delegates from Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Martinez was absent. There were no nay votes.

7. Announcement of upcoming appointment to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board:

The current term of Mayor Dave Hudson, San Ramon on the BAAQMD Board will end June 15, 2022 and a representative needs to be appointed for a new two-year term ending June 15, 2024. The incumbent is eligible to be appointed to a new term. It was noted that any person interested in serving in this position should submit a letter of nomination to the Conference Executive Director in the usual manner.

8. Announcement of upcoming appointments to the Contra Costa Airport Land Use Commission (CCALUC): The current terms of member Ken Carlson, Pleasant Hill, and alternate member Marilyn “Merl” Craft, Pittsburg on the CCALUC will end May 1, 2022 and representatives need to be appointed for new four-year terms ending May 1, 2026. Both incumbents are eligible to be appointed to new terms. Any person interested in serving in either of these positions should submit a letter of nomination to the Conference Executive Director in the usual manner.

9. Conference Appointee Reports: Dave Hudson noted Air District fees would be increasing. The District has hired a new attorney. There is a serious movement to have all new construction not utilize natural gas because of health and environmental effects. He also noted that MTC has a draft transit-oriented development policy out for comment.

Newell Arnerich noted that the 7th annual Redefining Mobility Conference went well. Amy Worth thanked all who have been involved in reviewing the transit-oriented development guidelines. George Fuller noted that he would be leaving the Delta Protection Commission next month pursuant to the bi-county agreement for local representation. There are many dire effects from the ongoing drought and various restrictions and problems ensue. He thanked all for the opportunity to serve. Carlyn Obringer noted several Earth Month activities promoted by the Regional Park District. She also noted that the Economic Development Innovation Awards presentation will be in-person Aug 4. Tom Butt noted that the dissolution of the Los Medanos Health District by LAFCO was upheld by the Supreme Court, so that issue is finally resolved. He also noted that the annexation of the East County Fire District to the Contra Costa Fire District is moving forward.

10. Chair Announcements: The Executive Committee met and is discussing when the Conference will return to in-person meetings. It is likely not going to be for several months to give cities time to begin making appropriate arrangements for hosting safely.

11. Mayor Announcements: Newell Arnerich noted that the lighting of the Mt. Diablo beacon will start this Memorial Day. Joel Bryant thanked LAFCO for their work on the fire districts consolidation, noting that it is very important to East County.

12. State and Federal Legislative Update: Shanelle Scales-Preston for Congressman Mark Desaulnier talked about legislation that the Congressman is introducing and supporting. Katelyn Keeshen for Representative Bauer-Kahan reported on legislation the assemblywoman is introducing on several topics.

13. County Supervisor Announcements: None.

14. League of California Cities Update: Samantha “Sam” Caygill noted that the Legislature would be on Spring Break for 11 days. She noted a new Cal Cities Speakers Series and announced the return of the bocce tournament in late June in Danville.

11. Public Comments: Annie Wright of the Animal Rights Coalition noted that her group believes the animal services agreement offered by the County to the 18 cities that contract for animal services is inadequate and should not be approved by the cities. She urged the negotiation of a better agreement and said that community involvement is essential. Lori Chang echoed the above comments and urged the mayors to direct their city managers to negotiate a better contract for animal services. In the contract that is offered the costs are going up and the services are going down. Cassidy Schulman, from In Defense of Animals echoed the above comments and urged cities to look at the San Mateo County agreement as a much better model for contracting for animal services. There were also several emails regarding animal services in Contra Costa County that were submitted and these are appended below:

Public comments: Submitted April 7, 2022

Laureen Lober

Richmond, CA

Dear Mayors,

There are serious animal welfare issues in Contra Costa County affecting our cities, citizens, animal rescue volunteers and non-profit rescue groups. Companion animals, homeless community cats and wild animals lives are in jeopardy.

Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) Director Beth Ward's proposed service Agreement to the 18 incorporated cities is problematic: Brentwood, Clayton Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon and Walnut Creek.

There is much more at stake than increased City fees that are necessary to provide adequate community-based services such as, low cost spay, neuter and vaccination clinics. The proposed Agreement indicates a minimal one monthly clinic.

CCAS website, April 7, 2022:

Available appointments for the Spay/Neuter Clinic have been booked. We will resume accepting applications once new appointment space becomes available. Please check back here often for updates.

Schedule an Appointment

We have reached our 3-month capacity for Spay/Neuter appointments. All available appointments have been booked through mid-June. In April, we will begin accepting applications for the period of late June through August. Please check back here after April 5, 2022, to schedule an appointment.

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/811/SpayNeuter-Vaccination-Clinic

The Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program for community cats is not on the Agreement. Although TNR is not a mandated ordinance, CCAS's policy restrictions on accepting healthy free-roaming cats over 2 pounds leaves their care and welfare up to rescue volunteers, non-profit rescue groups and good Samaritans. CCAS does provide free TNR surgeries for unowned community cats. Currently there are 32 surgeries per week. The overpopulation of cats and dogs in Contra Costa County is a crisis situation.

The complexity of animal welfare issues as well as, the CCAS-City Agreement will require further scrutiny and discussion by all of the mayors, vice-mayors, city managers, council members and police chiefs. Community involvement is essential.

The Contra Costa Civil Grand Jury investigated CCAS in 2020-2021. Grand Jury Report 2105, "Improving Animal Services in Contra Costa County" was signed and filed with Superior Court on November 30, 2021.



A careful review of the

Contra Costa County 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury Report 2105 and the Board of Supervisors' Response, will provide detailed information: http://www.cc-courts.org/grandjury



February 22, 2022, the Board of Supervisors' Responsed to the Grand Jury Report:

FINDINGS – California Penal Code Section 933.05(a) requires a response to the designated findings of the Grand Jury.

F1. There is a need for improved animal services throughout the County.

Response: Agree. The County plans to implement a new service agreement with

the cities in Fiscal Year 2022/23. The County anticipates that under the new city

agreements, there will be a greater level of service throughout the County.

F5. In some of the contracted municipalities, residents are not aware of CCAS

provided services, especially wildlife retrieval.

Response: Agree. Based on a 2021 survey provided to the County’s 18

contracted cities and the standard customer service surveys provided to

patrons of Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS), there is a need for

increased community outreach and education about all services provided.

F6. Funding reductions to the CCAS budget have hindered live wildlife

retrieval and rescue.

Response: Partially disagree. The retrieval and rescue of wildlife is not a

locally mandated service, nor is local funding provided by the State for this

function. Although the County provided this service in the past, the service

has been discontinued as it placed undue stress on mandated services. As

retrieval and rescue of live wildlife falls under the jurisdiction of the California

Department of Fish and Wildlife, the County is unable to speak to the State’s

ability to provide this service.

F7. A satisfaction survey of the 18 CCAS-contracted cities revealed 40%

satisfied, 40% somewhat satisfied, and 20% unsatisfied with the quality of

overall CCAS services supplied.

Response: Agree.

F8. All CCAS contracts with municipalities provide identical services at the same

cost per capita.

Response: Agree.

F9. Additional vaccination and spay and neuter clinics would reduce the number

of homeless and surrendered animals in the shelters.

Response: Agree.

F10. There are private animal shelter facilities, The Milo Foundation and ARF, in the

western and central parts of the County, respectively.

Response: Agree.

F11. A private animal shelter in Alameda County, East Bay SPCA, is located

near the southern part of Contra Costa County.

Response: Agree. It should be noted the EBSPCA serves Alameda and

Contra Costa Counties.

F12. Measure X funding has not been allocated for CCAS operations.

Response: Agree.

RECOMMENDATIONS - California Penal Code Section 933.05(b) requires a response

to the designated recommendations of the Grand Jury.

R3. The County Board of Supervisors allocate additional funding to provide

outreach to educate residents about available CCAS services.

Response: The recommendation will not be implemented because it is

not warranted or is not reasonable. Additional funding will not be provided

because funding for other mandated services takes precedence over funding

of discretionary services.

R4. CCAS explore embedding Animal Control Officers at selected police

stations to expand services, such as wildlife retrieval, throughout the

county.

Response: The recommendation will not be implemented because it is

not warranted or is not reasonable. Based on the cost and logistical

complexities, it is not feasible to implement this. Additionally it would be difficult to identify appropriate locations for facilities to house animals and

provide adequate veterinary care. The department cannot function without a

multidisciplinary facility (e.g., field services, husbandry, medical care, animal

enrichment programs, etc.).

R5. CCAS engage a consulting firm to obtain guidance on the possible

redistribution of animal services within the County.

Response: The recommendation will not be implemented because it is

not warranted or is not reasonable. The County completed a consulting

engagement within the last 5 years with findings that supported the County’s

current efforts, including the needed rate increases to cities.

R6. CCAS pursue a Memorandum of Understanding with ARF to coordinate

resource “sharing”.

Response: The recommendation requires further analysis. By June 2022,

the County will evaluate if such an arrangement would be mutually beneficial.

Partnerships may affect the County’s limited resources and impact existing

operations. It should be noted that as a nonprofit in Contra Costa County, ARF

currently has an important role within the animal adoption system. ARF assists

by placing animals from CCAS into their adoption programs.

R7. CCAS pursue a Memorandum of Understanding with the Milo

Foundation to coordinate resource sharing.

Response: The recommendation requires further analysis. By June 2022,

the County will evaluate if such an arrangement would be mutually beneficial.

R8. CCAS pursue a Memorandum of Understanding with East Bay SPCA to

coordinate resource sharing.

Response: The recommendation requires further analysis. By June 2022,

the County will evaluate if such an arrangement would be mutually beneficial.

R9. CCAS management and City Managers pursue customization of the

Animal Services contracts to include basic service plus extended

services for an additional fee.

Response: The recommendation will not be implemented because it is

not warranted or is not reasonable. The County is developing animal

services agreement with our contract cities that will provide improved

services. We disagree that individual cities should be able to contract for

services that are beyond the scope of the service provided to all contracted

cities. Over the last two years, CCAS administration has been working with

the City Managers and Police Chiefs from the 18 contracted cities to develop

a more equitable and sustainable service agreement. The proposed new

agreement will reflect and clearly define the services that our contract cities

have identified as priorities.

The process has gone through various stages of

review and feedback and will be adopted for Fiscal Year 2022/23.

R10. AAS and CCAS explore sharing of resources for low-cost animal care

clinics in the eastern part of the County.

Response: The recommendation requires further analysis. By June 2022,

the county will evaluate if this feasible. There is a need for low-cost animal

care clinics in the eastern part of the County. The County would need to

identify additional funding to partner with the City of Antioch for resource

sharing and to provide low-cost animal care clinics in the eastern part of the

County. The Contra Costa Animal Services Director plans to discuss these

services with the City of Antioch.

R11. The County Board of Supervisors request that CCAS apply for Measure X

funding to lower the projected increased financial cost to CCAS contracted cities and to support additional low-cost spay and neuter

services.

Response: The recommendation will not be implemented. The Board of

Supervisors has already allocated Measure X funding and did not allocate

Measure X funding to Animal Services.

CCC Board of Supervisors Response:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dmpvg8qcl95as2g/AAA6B8FYEJcjvDv235oQFwuwa?dl=0

I'm asking for all of the Mayor's support. Thank you for the opportunity to bring this matter to your attention.

Laureen Lober

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April 7, 2022

Dear Mayors of the Cities of Contra Costa County,

I am writing to you to express my concern regarding excluded and scaled-back services outlined in the proposed Animal Services Agreement with the eighteen cities of Contra Costa County. Of particular concern are the following:

WILDLIFE


Under the proposed Animal Services Agreement, County Animal Services will no longer respond to calls regarding injured wildlife. Prior to 2020, Animal Services answered such calls and transported injured animals to Lindsay Wildlife Hospital or administered in-field humane euthanasia. The proposed abolishment of these services amounts to dereliction of their duty of ethical and humane wildlife stewardship. This proposed Animal Services Agreement places the worth of live wildlife second to the worth of deceased wildlife.

Elimination of response to live wildlife calls by Animal Services shifts responsibility to concerned citizens who are not equipped to handle these situations. Distressing and harrowing accounts of people trying to help injured wildlife, particularly deer suffering horrible injuries due to vehicular impacts, abound on social media.

Animal Services will instruct callers reporting live wildlife crises to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, an agency that does not have the staffing nor the mandate to respond to these situations. This gives concerned citizens knowingly false information.

Calls from the public to which Animal Services previously responded will be passed on to the cities for resolution. This places an undue burden on police departments who are not equipped to handle calls regarding injured wildlife, dangerous dogs or animal abuse situations.

COMMUNITY CATS

Many of you have already heard from us about the problems I and other volunteers face regarding community cats. I invite you to spend half a day with us in underserved communities to see for yourselves the trials and challenges we encounter as unpaid cat rescue workers. We often witness heartbreaking scenes such as mother cats struggling to find food for their kittens, sick and injured cats, and sometimes poisoned cats. Everybody has their passion; our passion is animals. We are actively engaged in our civic duties as taxpayers and concerned citizens to fight for the rights of all animals.

In closing, I implore you to examine the proposed Animal Services Agreement and think about what is important to you and your constituents. Hopefully, animal advocacy will be in that realm. Please keep in mind one of the conclusions reached in Grand Jury Report 2105: "There is a need for improved animal services throughout the County."

Sincerely,

Lisa K. Fulton, M. Eng., P.E.

Berkeley Research Company

1214 Bear Creek Rd.

Briones, CA 94553

(510) 289-3044

Dear Executive Director Pokorny,

Thank you for listening to the concerns voiced about the new City-County Animal Services Agreement.

In my comments, I mentioned that San Mateo County contracts with 20 cities and that their City-County Animal Services Agreement is 145 pages long.

I want to ensure that you have easy access to the document to see how robust and comprehensive it is, especially compared to the seven pages your City Managers have received from CCC Animal Services.

Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Kind regards,

Cassidy Schulman

Community Cats Campaigner

e: cassidy@idausa.org c: (510) 388-5816

In Defense of Animals

o: (415) 448-0048

3010 Kerner Boulevard

San Rafael, CA

http://www.idausa.org

https://www.facebook.com/indefenseofanimals

https://twitter.com/idausa

https://www.instagram.com/ida_international

https://youtube.com/indefenseofanimals

12. Chair Butt adjourned the Conference to May 5, 2022.

Deadline for next agenda is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Brown Act Reminder: The Contra Costa Mayors Conference/City Selection Committee has a policy of complying with the letter and spirit of open meeting laws. Generally, off-agenda items maybe taken up only if:

1. Two-thirds of Conference voting members find a need for immediate action exists and the need to take action came to the attention of the Conference after the agenda was prepared (Note: If fewer than two-thirds of Conference members are present, taking up an off-agenda item requires a unanimous vote); or

2. A majority of the Conference finds an emergency (for example: work stoppage or disaster) exists.

A majority of any city council may not, consistent with the Brown Act, discuss specific substantive issues among themselves at Conference meetings. Any such discussion is subject to the Brown Act and must occur in a City Council meeting that complies with Brown Act requirements.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meetings for the duration of pandemic restrictions are being held via teleconference. Once it is safe to resume meeting in person, the Conference will take up the meeting schedule rotation where it left off in April 2020.

April 18, 2022

Gary Pokorny

Executive Director

Contra Costa Mayors' Conference

2221 Spyglass Lane

El Cerrito, CA 94530-1883

Re: Conference Appointment as Airport Land Use Commissioner

Dear Gary,

As you know, my term as Commissioner for the Contra Costa County Airport Land Use Commission contiguous city delegate will end in May. I would like to submit my name in nomination for reappointment as the Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference contiguous city delegate for the new term.

Contra Costa County’s major public-use airport is located at Buchanan Field adjacent to the City of Pleasant Hill. I believe that a Commission representative from the City of Pleasant Hill would be beneficial to discussions and communications regarding airport and air transportation issues and opportunities given that the City is directly affected by the airport and has an interest in land use within the airport’s vicinity.

I have also served on the Board of Directors for the East Bay Division and State Board of Directors of the League of California Cities and continue to advocate for Costa Cities through the League. My participation with the League and its continuing education opportunities allows me to better serve cities and will also aide me as the Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference contiguous city delegate to the Airport Land Use Commission.

I appreciate the Mayors’ Conference’s consideration of my nomination.

Sincerely,

Ken Carlson

Councilmember, City of Pleasant Hill