Prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting on August 6, the Shasta County Air Pollution Control Board met in the Supervisors’ chambers.
The Board includes three supervisors and two area city council members. This Board had a limited agenda: consideration of a letter to the state Air Resources Board asking that the Air Resources Board delay implementation of regulations requiring reduction of emissions of pollutants from heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles, and expand exemptions from the rules. The regulations are due to go into effect in January, 2014.
The Air Pollution Control Board is concerned about the financial impact of the regulations on truck owners, especially small, rural trucking operations. The letter was adopted.
The Air Pollution Control Board during its public comment period received several presentations expressing belief that the government (or a foreign government) is dumping heavy metals into the atmosphere, as evidenced by ‘chemtrails’ in the sky. The presenters believe this is an effort at geo-engineering to control global warming or increase global warming or test weapons or drive people from the lakes and forests. The Board took no action on the presentations, but Board Member Les Baugh did request that information gathered in 2008 on this issue be distributed more widely, including to the Air Pollution Control Board members.
The Board of Supervisors meeting itself was fairly routine. The Board adopted a resolution declaring August Child Support month. This of course is unremarkable, but it did illuminate some interesting statistics about our community. Terri Love, Director of the County Department of Child Support Services reported that 11,000 children received one or more services in 2012: a parent located; paternity established; a support order established; support collected. The office collected and distributed just under $19 million to families and children.
The Board convened as the Shasta County Housing Authority and adopted a Housing Choice Voucher Program. This Program includes an ongoing voucher system to provide permanent rental assistance for 10 homeless veterans at a time. Shasta County is one of only ten Housing Authorities in the country selected for this program for veterans.
The resolution also adopted a specific policy governing eligibility for students in higher education applying for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The policy determines when a student is independent for eligibility purposes.
The Board received the 2012 Shasta County Crop and Livestock Report from the Agricultural Commissioner. This report found that agricultural production in the county in 2012 increased slightly, to more than $77 million. This increase is due to price increases for some field crop values, including wild rice, some hay crops and nursery stock. This increase more than compensated for the fact that walnut and grape production due to various weather-related problems in 2012.
Catherine Camp is currently retired. She served as a Consultant to the California Senate Budget Committee in 2001-02, reviewing Social Services, Employment Development, Aging, Community Services, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Rehabilitation and Child Support budgets. From 1989-2000, Catherine was Executive Director for the California Mental Health Directors Association. During that period, Catherine staffed the county mental health system’s restructuring of public mental health through Realignment of community and long term care programs from the state to the county, transfer of the management of specialty mental health Medi-Cal services to those counties that agreed to provide them, development of risk mechanisms for consortia of small counties, and advocacy and policy analysis for the operation of public mental health programs throughout the state. Her prior experience includes Executive Director to the California-Nevada Community Action Association, Principal Consultant to the Assembly Human Services Policy Committee, and Director of Community Action and Head Start programs in Shasta County.