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Feb. 27 BOS Meeting: Political Jabs Meet Satanic License Plates

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors met for the last time before the March 5 election. The meeting began at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
The complete video and agenda are available here.  Time stamps are in parentheses.
The invocation was conducted by Pastor Ben Sprague of Gather Church. Supervisor Chris Kelstrom led the Pledge of Allegiance.
REGULAR CALENDAR
Members of the public may comment on any item on the Regular Calendar before or during the Board’s consideration of the item. Members of the public may also address matters scheduled for public hearings at the time such public hearings are opened for comment. Each speaker is allocated three minutes to speak.
Board Matters
R1 – Take the following actions: (1) Received an update from the County Executive Officer on County issues and consider action on specific legislation related to Shasta County’s legislative platform; (2) approved a letter of support to H.R. 6944 which proposes to establish a catastrophic property loss reinsurance program; (3) approved a letter of opposition to the California Public Utilities Commission to oppose AT&T’s application for target relief from their Carrier of Last Resort (COLR) obligation; and (4) received Supervisors’ reports on countywide issues.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
(5:12) CEO Dave Rickert: He said the legislative analyst office suggests that weak revenue performance has “ballooned the state’s projected budget deficit to $73 billion since November. … the LAO estimate further widens the difference between the LAO’S production and the $38 billion estimate made by the Department of Finance and the governor’s proposed budget. The legislature will begin budget sub-committee hearings in earnest next week to dig into the governor’s proposed budget proposals.”
He plans to reach out to former CEOs for their input concerning jail expansion. He said he would look to the BOS for direction concerning Senate Bill 1046 concerning the development of small and medium-sized compost facilities. He concluded his report with two letters needing approval, one a letter for HR 6944 which proposes to establish a catastrophic property loss reinsurance program, and the other a letter of opposition to the California Public Utilities Commission to oppose AT&T’s application for relief from the carrier of last resort obligation.
(8:09) Supervisor Mary Rickert, District 3: She met with CEO Rickert to share her priorities for Shasta County. She attended a Rotary Club fundraiser and a Whitmore community breakfast. She went to a Farm Bureau meeting. She met with representatives from McConnell and from the county assessor’s office to do a walking tour of downtown projects. She has spoken with some Shasta County employees and had a meeting with department heads. She attended the Mental Health Drug Advisory Board meeting and did a tour of King’s View, a program for at-risk adults who are often unhoused, helping them find housing. She attended a Nortec Board of Orientation meeting and also a Superior California Economic Development meeting where they reported that most businesses are making payments on their loans – only one in Butte County that is at risk. She wrote a letter of support for Big Bend for a Forest resilience project. She attended the Shasta County Fire Safe Council. She attended a meeting of the Shasta Health Assessment and Redesign Collaborative. Mercy CEO Todd Smith reported there was an assessment done of Shasta County and found the county is short 100 primary care physicians. She attended the Community Action Board meeting. Veterans Village, which she’s been working on for five years, “is on life support but it’s still a possibility of getting off the ground in Shasta Lake City.” She had a conversation with someone from Shingletown working on getting a webinar for hardening homes and defensible space. She congratulated the Redding City Council for approving the Veda Street village micros shelters that the Good News Rescue Mission will be putting in. She read the  Big Bend CWPP Community Wildfire Protection plan document and was very impressed. “I also want to bring to your attention that there was an employee letter complimenting Lance Foley from the county for his professionalism for the Burney  Commons. That project is just getting completed. So we have some affordable housing in Burney.”
“I think we should be aware of that. Shasta County ranks third in the shortest life expense expectancy in the state. This is a statistic that the average life expectancy in Shasta County is 75.8 years and we are number three as far as having the shortest life span. So this should be a wake-up call for Shasta County and for our residents, we need to focus on better health.”
She asked about the code of conduct on the agenda, which she has been working on since December, and asked Chair Kevin Crye why it was not on the agenda. He said he thought it would be on the agenda on March 12. She said she had brought two codes of conduct forward before, this being the third one, and wants to see it on the agenda and discussed.
(13:07) Supervisor Chris Kelstrom, District 5: “Friday night, we had a fundraiser for one of the supervisors up here.  Saturday, I was supposed to have another fundraiser for the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.  but it canceled at the last minute. So I was able to attend Rand Paul in Redding. That was a kind of eye-opening. I met with some constituents with some well issues and I’ll be working with environmental health on that. And then I’d like to give a shout-out to Sean Ewing from Resource Management. I had an issue actually in my neck of the woods with a permit and a permit held up and then there was a major theft there because they didn’t have some lighting. So Sean, as usual, he did a great job and moved forward on that. And then on the 15th, I went to the Day Reporting Center graduation. It was a great event. I missed you there, Supervisor Rickert. In fact, I was going to have you hand the certificates out. But Dave Rickert filled in and he handed them out and it was a wonderful event and I mean, very heartwarming stories and it was great to see all those people graduate.”
(14:17) Supervisor Patrick Jones, District 4:  “I attended the At Home committee. This is our ad hoc committee. We have roughly 20 elected officials from around Shasta County on the ad hoc committee. Our CEO Rickert attends that as well as Health and Human Services director, Laura Burch and others from the county. And that is now open to the public. We’re meeting usually at the community room right next to Redding City Hall and we’re making some decisions that then get pushed over to the local agencies like the City of Redding to make some decisions. And so everyone knows now that we have a resource center planned on property that is currently being in escrow. We have a fairly tight time schedule to get that forward. So the idea with that is that when a homeless person or a person at risk of being homeless is picked up, that they’re taken immediately to the resource center where we have all the county functions there.  And so that is something new. And I think everyone on the At Home committee agreed that that would be the first thing that we would start with.
“I did a fundraiser barbecue out at Shasta Lake City. And we asked people for some support and they donated $1300 and that goes to the Northern California Veterans Home Support Committee. And so we appreciated that. We served about 250 meals, had a great time, and for a very good cause. I attended the Election Integrity USA meeting. This is Linda Paine’s group. They have been working very hard on voter rolls. A current case that has been found to be in good standing with the Ninth Circuit and that’s moving forward. We’re seeing lots of issues almost in every county in  California with voter rolls and they’re leading the way on that. And their slogan is “every lawful cast vote accurately counted.” I attended a Redding City Council meeting and spoke.  I encouraged the City of Redding to adopt the same resolution that we did with regards to SB 2  and to have it on their next agenda. I will also be in the near future at Shasta Lake City and City of Anderson asking them to do the same thing. And then they did approve the final step at the Redding City Council meeting with the At Home and the mission. And so that moved forward very well. Attended yesterday the  Shasta County Election Commission meeting here which they have made some directions and to the board and we’ll be taking those up here very soon, probably on the March 12th meeting. And then I attended, lastly, the Senator Rand Paul event. We had a pretty full-packed house.  I saw a few of the other board members, Kelstrom and Crye. I didn’t see the others there, but a great, a great senator came in a great patriot. And so I appreciated that time.”

(17:11) Supervisor Tim Garman, District 2: Before starting his report, Garman made a motion to approve the letters brought up by CEO Rickert. It was moved and seconded by Supervisor Rickert. There was one public commenter who was in favor of both letters.

He met with Jo Campbell of Hill Country Clinic and they are working toward getting a 24-hour care van for the community. He spoke with Laura Burch of HHSA and it seems like this is going to be a reality. He attended a Continuum of Care plan meeting at the City of Redding. He met with Joanna Francescut of Shasta County Elections. He also met with the Shasta Fire District. They’re having a little bit of trouble putting their maps together for the boundaries of their fire district so he was able to walk them through some of the steps involved. He also attended the CAB meeting with Supervisor Rickert. He talked about affordable housing in Burney and Shasta Lake City and encouraged anyone, regardless of their current address or homelessness, to put in an application. He attended a First Five meeting.
(21:35) Supervisor Kevin Crye, District 1: “I had a meeting with the sheriff, members of the sheriff’s office, members of the District Attorney’s office as well as the CEO’s office regarding public safety for board of supervisors meetings. That was at the last, the week before the week after our last meeting and some of that has led to the code of conduct and some of the things that are working. I know there will be three items that have to do with the code of conduct that will come back on March 12th. I had a radio show for district three candidates of which Corky Harmon of Palo Cedro and Win Carpenter of Fall River attended that is, you could listen to the archive or see that on the Vote Kevin Crye Facebook page. I met with a group of realtors about the positive impacts suspending impact fees has had and that’s been a lot of great conversation about things happening within the county. Met with a group of superintendents from various schools that partially led to the inviting of our speaker for R2 who’s here today. Had an AP interview on Wednesday, the 21st, lasted about five hours, which was what was great about it. Among things was getting to have three people from out of the area, meet a lot of different people across Shasta County specifically in District 1 and getting to them getting to share with them what makes our county great. I attended the Youth Options, Shasta Board. It’s one of my, the favorite, one of my most favorite boards I sit on. We’re gearing up for the mud run. If you’re not familiar with that organization, I would really encourage you to check them out. One of the things we’re gonna be talking about in R3 is about fees, which I would see as hidden taxes. and that’s going to be an exciting item in R3. So I have been looking at some other fees and other departments with some constituents that have approached me. I’d like to ask staff at this time to bring back five random fees from various departments within the county. You guys select them.
“I’ve spoken to a couple of department heads who, you know, have said, hey, you know, look at this, look at that, but I’ll leave that to you, CEO Rickert to bring that back for future consideration. I also attended the Rand Paul event. I was really fortunate to have about three or four minutes just privately with him. And it was really it was really interesting talking to him about his stance and Dr Fauci. And if you haven’t seen his book, it’s about this thick, it’s called Deception. And he said and he spoke to this. So if you were in attendance, you know, he said it is the greatest documented coverup in the history of American government [at this point there were both boos and scattered applause from the audience]  and appreciate those staying quiet so I can finish my report and the time with speaking for someone on him on a national level. One thing is great is I too have been. The resilience is at a different level about taking care of people here in Shasta County and making sure what is done is right.
“I still have coffee every Friday at 8 a.m. at Kaleidoscope. You’ll have to start getting there early as all seats are taken usually by about 8:15. There’s about anywhere from 15 to 20. Some people that have attended and not many people attend regularly. So we have different people every time. My radio show is still every other Sunday. So again, I say these things to stay as accessible as I can be to the public. If you have questions, we will have a whistleblower presentation on R4 and that I think will eliminate maybe some of the emails that I tend to get. Lastly, I really want to point out Alan Cox and County Counsel as well as Stephanie Schreiber and others that have knocked down. See, when we made the transition to Mister Cox as our interim County Council until Joe Larmour starts in April, we were roughly 60 contracts behind and you got to remember that bucket is at 60 contracts we were behind and about to lose services for some of the most, some of the individuals that need these services the most. And as we knock those down more pour in, but now they have knocked out roughly 60 contracts. There’s about 15 old ones that are still outstanding. And so Allen and to your staff and others, Stephanie Schreiber and other contract analysts. Thank you. That’s amazing work and great job. So thank you.”
Supervisor Rickert asked,  “I want to have a clarity on this when we give our board reports. Are we supposed to keep those on the topics of just events we attend and issues that are directly associated with our role as a supervisor? “
County Counsel Allen Cox: “We should stay away from political references or any of those types of things…I would also just point out that I attended the Elections Commission yesterday and those folks did a fantastic job. And my understanding and talking to them is, those folks did an excellent job of agreeing to disagree with each other. I understood they have some kind of a pact in that regard. I’ve seen this morning from the board the same thing. So if there are any missteps or anything like that,  it’s easy to get carried away. But with regard to no political speech, those types of things, just keep it to the matters on the agenda. I would say the same for the audience…  I think you should all be proud of yourselves.  This is how the country is supposed to work, but when you do get up and speak there are many that have done just an excellent job, but when you lose your tone and you get overexcited,  it kind of diminishes your argument and that something that they teach us lawyers.”
Presentations
R2 
(32:20) Receive a presentation from Dr. Kieran O’Mahony regarding his research into child development (Sponsored by Supervisor Crye).
No General Fund Impact
No Vote
Dr. O’Mahony gave an audio-visual presentation on the Neuroscience of Child Mental Wellbeing. There were four public commenters, one of whom agreed with Dr. O’Mahony, one who felt children should be left alone, one who felt there were victims of a crime on a global scale, and one who felt such presentations should be at the end of BOS meetings “so that we aren’t holding employees and members of the audience longer than they would need to be to address the items that they’re interested in.”
Auditor-Controller
R3
(52:40) Received a presentation from the Auditor-Controller regarding the audit of the County Clerk’s 2022 Filing Oath of Notary and Record Bond fee and consider providing direction to staff on Clerk Fees (Sponsored by Supervisor Crye).
General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Auditor Nolda Short gave a presentation on the results of an audit.
R4
(1:06) Received a presentation from the Auditor-Controller regarding Shasta County’s Whistleblower Program (Sponsored by Supervisor Crye).
No Additional General Fund Impact
No Vote
Auditor Nolda Short gave a presentation on the Auditor-Controller Whistleblower Program. She clarified that this particular program is for waste, fraud, and abuse, not things like safety or toxic work environments.
There were 13 public speakers on R4, none of whom spoke on the Auditor-Controller Whistleblower Program, and all of whom spoke about other types of whistleblower acts /general complaints about the government.
R5
(1:50) Adopted a proclamation which designates March 2024 as “Social Work Appreciation Month” in Shasta County.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Mental Health Services of the Behavioral Health and Social Services branch, made the presentation.
There were 5 public commenters, most of whom spoke about their personal experiences related to social work and the needs of family members. At least two speakers where there at the behest of Supervisor Crye.
Presentations, Continued
R6
(2:10) Received a presentation from the Shasta County Fire Safe Council regarding their mission, activities, and accomplishments (Sponsored by Supervisor Rickert).
No General Fund Impact
No Vote
This was presented by Francis Berg, President of the Board of Directors of the Shasta County Fire Safe Council, and the county coordinator, Ron Rustin. They discussed preparation, prevention, insurance for homeowners, and a grant to make fire-safe communities.
There were two public commenters. One thanked the Fire Safe Council, and one wanted to know when they were going to address chem trails.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD – OPEN TIME
During the Public Comment Open Time period, the public may address the Board on any matter not listed on the agenda that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors. Each speaker is allocated three minutes to speak.
(2:25) Public comment time. There were four public speakers. The fourth one, Laura Hobbs, held up a photo of Mary Rickert’s vehicle license plate and said, “I don’t know why she chose the number 666 to paid for. This is my time. This is my time. She paid extra for this.” There were boos from the audience.
County Counsel Cox : “I don’t think that’s appropriate to this.”

Mary Rickert spoke out. “I want to explain something to you. That is a specialized license plate for agriculture that came from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I did not choose that. They sent that to me. You are being bizarre. That is bizarre. I did not ask for that number. I did not call the Department of Motor Vehicles. You just embarrassed yourself. That’s terrible.”

Supervisor Garman: “That was disgusting. There is no need to bring that up. And just so we understand Supervisor Rickert, you were trying to explain it. Let me try to explain it as well. You paid for an agricultural license plate. The numbers came like that. You did not fill out those numbers and Laura, you should be fully embarrassed of yourself.”
Supervisor Rickert: ” I am going to say it one more time very clearly. That was the license plate that they sent to me. I did not request those numbers and, and God knows for a fact, I did not request those numbers. You can ask my husband, you can ask anybody. It doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s the numbers I was given. How many people turn in their license plates because they don’t like the number? I don’t care what’s on there. It’s just my license plate number and I’ve had it for six or seven years and it’s an invasion of my privacy that people are going around sharing my license plate number and I really resent that. And Miss Hobbs, you should be embarrassed. You should be totally embarrassed.”
At this point, Supervisor Jones said he would be recusing himself from R11.
The next public speaker sang “Kevin’s Way” to the tune of “My Way.”
(2:47) Public Comment on R10, R11, and R12 commenced. There were five public commenters.
(3:02) The BOS adjourned to go into closed session for 3 1/2 hours.
CLOSED SESSION
(3:10) BOS reconvened after closed session. There was no reportable action.
Public comment resumed. 17 public commenters spoke on a variety of subjects, primarily their political views with jabs at specific people.
CONSENT CALENDAR
The following Consent Calendar items are expected to be routine and non-controversial. They may be acted upon by the Board at one time without discussion. Any Board member or staff member may request that an item be removed from the Consent Calendar for discussion and consideration. Members of the public may comment on any item on the Consent Calendar before the Board’s consideration of the Consent Calendar. Each speaker is allocated three minutes to speak.
(4:11) Jennifer Snyder, chair of the local Childcare Planning Council, spoke first and said she had heard Supervisor Crye’s radio show when he had questions about childcare and offered to answer those questions. She introduced other members of the council. Supervisor Crye asked if she could come back another time and make a presentation and she agreed.
There were three more public commenters.
The consent calendar was approved.
County Administrative Office
C1 Approved an amendment to the agreement with the City of Redding for leased space at the Hill 900 repeater site which modifies the terms.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C2 Appointed Council Members and approved an Annual Certification Statement Regarding Composition of the Shasta County Local Child Care and Development Planning Council.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Clerk of the Board
C3 Adopted a resolution which amends the Shasta County Conflict of Interest Code and Designated Positions and repeals Resolution No. 2022-032.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C4 Appointed Martin A. Berkey to the Halcumb Public Cemetery District to serve a four-year term to January 3, 2028.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C5 Approved the minutes of the meetings held on Jan. 23 and 30, 2024, as submitted.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Health and Human Services Agency-Behavioral Health and Social Services
C6 Approved a retroactive renewal agreement with the Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) for foster youth education services and designate signing authority for amendments and termination.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Health and Human Services Agency-Public Health
C7 Approved a retroactive annual Agreement Funding Application for the California Department of Public Health’s California Home Visiting Program, and designate signing authority for amendments.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Public Works
C8 Took the following actions regarding the “Demolition of the Old Juvenile Justice Center,” Contract No. 610855 (Contract): (1) Rejected the bid from Hyperion Demolition as non-responsive; (2) awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Sierra Excavating LLC, on a lump sum basis, the Contract in the amount of $435,810; (3) authorize the Public Works Director, or their designee, to sign a Notice of Completion and record it within 15 days of actual completion of the work; and (4) approved a budget amendment increasing appropriations by $800,000 in the Miscellaneous General Budget (BU 173) offset by Reserves for Contingencies (BU 900).
General Fund Impact
4/5 Vote
C9 Approved an amendment to the Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA) Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement which modifies the defined service area and other terms.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C10 Approved an agreement with the State of California, through its Department of Transportation, for State-Funded projects and adopt a resolution which designates authority to execute all future program supplements to the Agreement.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C11 Adopted a resolution which designates authority to temporarily close various County roads in the Millville area for use by public entities and non-profit groups for periodic special events.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C12 Adopted a resolution which adopts a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
determination of a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) subject to the findings for the “Spring Creek Road at Fall River Bridge Replacement Project,” Contract No. 705920, (Project), approved the Project as described and defined in the MND, and authorize staff to move forward with right of way acquisition, engineering, pre-construction, preparation of plans and specifications, and construction of the Project.
No General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C13 Find the “Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility West Recreation Yard Addition,” Contract No. 610855, to be categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15302, Class 2 – Replacement or Reconstruction, Section 15303, Class 3 – New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, and Section 15314, Class 14 – Minor Additions to Schools, approve plans and specifications and direct the Public Works Director to advertise for bids, and authorize opening of bids on or after April 11, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Sheriff
C14 Approved a retroactive revenue agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States Department of Justice for the Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigation Team and designate authority to execute all documents and amendments.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Support Services
C15 Approved an amendment to the agreement with Kevin Kimple for personnel investigation services which increases maximum compensation.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
C16 Approved an amendment to the agreement with Mission Linen Supply for uniform and linen rentals and laundering services which extends the term.
No Additional General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
 
REGULAR CALENDAR, CONTINUED
County Administrative Office
R7
(4:21) Took the following actions: (1) Received an update on the status of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 Shasta County Budget; (2) direct departments to make spending adjustments to stay within approved net county cost contained in the FY 2023-24 Adopted Budget, as adjusted; (3) approved the budget principles recommended for the FY 2024-25 Proposed Budget; (4) in accordance with Government Code section 29064(c), approve the Budget Adoption Schedule recommended for the FY 2024-25 Proposed Budget and direct the publication of a recommended budget pursuant to the Budget Adoption Schedule; and (5) approved mid-year budget amendments to better align projected budgets as follows: (a) increase appropriations and revenues in the amount of $200,000 in the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures Budget (BU 280); (b) increased appropriations and revenues by $1,500,000 in the Risk Management Budget (BU 950); (c) increased appropriations by $59,869 in the District Attorney Budget (BU 227) offset by use of AB109 Restricted Fund Balance; (d) increased appropriations in the amount of $13,000 in the Board of Supervisors Budget (BU 101) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies; (e) increased appropriations in the County Administrative Office Budget (BU 102) in the amount of $132,500 offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies; (f) increased appropriations and revenue in the amount of $495,539 in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility Budget (BU 262); (g) reduced appropriations and revenues in the amount of $140,000 in the Planning Budget (BU 286); (h) increased appropriations in the amount of $25,000 and revenue in the amount of $50,000 offset by an increase in retained earnings in the Alpine Meadows Budget (BU 00384); (i) increased appropriations in various Public Road Divisions (PRDs) in the amount of $12,098 offset by use of restricted fund balance; (j) increased appropriations in the amount of $440,450 in the Miscellaneous General Budget (BU 173) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies; (k) reduced appropriations in the amount of $2,125,349 and revenues in the amount of $151,902 in the Sheriff Budget (BU 235) offset by an increase in Reserves for Contingencies in the amount of $1,893,447 and an increase to restricted fund balance in the amount of $80,000; (l) reduce revenues in the amount of $52,030 in the Boating Safety Budget (BU 236) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies; (m) decreased appropriations in the amount of $18,000 in the Sheriff Civil Unit Budget (BU 237) offset by an increase in Reserves for Contingencies; (n) increased appropriations in the amount of $952,180 and revenue in the amount of $286,725 in the Jail Budget (BU 260) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies in the amount of $795,455 and an increase in restricted fund balance in the amount of $130,000; (o) decreased appropriations in the amount of $172,000 in the Burney Substation Budget (BU 261) offset by an increase in Reserves for Contingencies; (p) decreased appropriations in the amount of $146,750 and increase revenues in the amount of $4,770 in the Coroner Budget (BU 287) offset by an increase in Reserves for Contingencies; (q) increased appropriations in the amount of $16,000 in the Dispatch Budget (BU 288) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies; (r) increase appropriations in the amount of $78,000 in the Animal Control Budget (BU 297); (s) decrease appropriations in the amount of $364,604 and increased revenue in the amount of $116,080 in the Public Guardian Budget (BU 292) offset by an increase in Reserves for Contingencies; (t) decreased appropriations in the amount of $1,037,081 and increased revenues by $50,926 in the California Children’s Services Budget (BU 417); (u) decrease appropriations in the amount of $344,709 and increased revenues in the amount of $64,643 in the Perinatal Budget (BU 425); (v) decreased appropriations in the amount of $14,210,832 and revenues in the amount of $16,229,599 in the Social Services Administration Budget (BU 501) offset by use of fund balance; (w) decrease appropriations in the amount of $1,322,929 and revenues in the amount of $1,860,512 in the Opportunity Center Budget (BU 530); (x) increase appropriations in the amount of $4,100,000 and increase revenues in the amount of $803,632 in the Welfare and Cash Aid Payments Budget (BU 541); (y) increased appropriations in the amount of $332,334 and revenues in the amount of $170,570 in the County Indigent Cases Budget (BU 542) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingencies; (z) increase appropriations in the amount of $35,000 in the Clerk of the Board Budget (BU 103) offset by a decrease in Reserves for Contingency; and (aa) increased appropriations in the amount of $991,452 in the Reserves for Contingencies Budget (BU 900).
General Fund Impact
4/5 Vote
Deputy CEO Erin Bertain made the presentation. Supervisor Garman questioned item Z, which specifically funds the Election Commission although it is not worded that way. Supervisor Rickert agreed with him. There was a discussion about whether item Z should be voted on as part of the entire budget or brought back later, and whether it would require a 3/5 vote or a 4/5 vote if it was voted on now as opposed to later.
(4:54) ten public speakers on R7 were divided on continuing to fund the election commission.
Supervisor Garman made a motion to pull Item Z and bring it back at a later date. He and Supervisor Rickert voted to do so but it failed on a 3-2 vote.
There was a continuing discussion about approving R7 with or without Item Z. A roll call vote was taken with Garman casting the lone no vote. Garman said that he would not be bullied into voting for the entire budget.
Public Works
R8
(5:25) Received a presentation from Public Works regarding the Shasta County Courthouse, approved budget amendments increasing appropriations and revenue by $250,000 in the Miscellaneous General Budget (BU 173) and increasing appropriations by $250,000 in the Accumulated Capital Outlay Budget (BU 161) offset by use of the Public Safety Infrastructure Committed Fund Balance, and consider providing direction to staff.
General Fund Impact
4/5 Vote
Troy Bartolomei from Public Works made the presentation. There was one public commenter. The budget passed on a unanimous vote.
Sheriff-Jail
 
R9
(5:46) Received a presentation from the Sheriff’s Office regarding staffing and adopt a Salary Resolution, effective March 10, 2024, which amends the Position Allocation List to add 6.0 Full Time Equivalent Public Safety Service Officer position allocations in the Sheriff’s Jail Budget (BU 260).
General Fund Impact
Simple Majority Vote
Sheriff Michael Johnson and Director of Support Services Monica Fugitt made the presentation. There were no public commenters. The motion passed unanimously.
That concluded the BOS meeting.

Barbara Rice

Barbara Rice is anewscafe.com's administrative assistant. She grew up in Igo listening to the devil's music, hearing tales of WWII, and reading James Thurber and Mad Magazine while dreaming of travel to exotic lands. She graduated from Shasta High School, Shasta College, and San Francisco State University. After too many blistering Sacramento Valley summers, she's traded it all for the ocean breezes of Humboldt County. She's been told she's a bad influence and that makes her very happy. She tweets, travels, and spoils cats. There's a dance in the old dame yet.

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