2013 Temporary Urgency Change Petition

2013 Temporary Urgency Change Petition

In April 2013 the Water Agency’s Board of Directors filed a Petition for Temporary Urgency Change in the Water Agency’s water rights permits with the State Water Resources Control Board to request lower minimum flows in the Russian River due to water supply conditions and Russian River Biological Opinion requirements.

One of the primary purposes of the 2013 TUC order is to preserve water levels in Lake Mendocino, which is unusually low after a dry spring. In order to ensure there is enough water in the lake in the fall for water supply and for the fall Chinook salmon run, lake levels need to stay above a certain level (known as the critical storage curve).

The Russian River Biological Opinion determined that lower flows in the Russian River are beneficial for endangered or threatened salmon and steelhead. It requires the Water Agency to seek permanent reductions in required minimum flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek by requesting a revision to the existing State Water Board Order known as Decision 1610. The Water Agency is also required to seek temporary changes in minimum flows on the Russian River annually until a permanent change is adopted. These annual requests began in 2010.

Summary of the 2013 Temporary Urgency Change Petition:

The Sonoma County Water Agency requests that the State Water Resources Control Board make the following temporary changes to the Decision 1610 (D-1610) instream flow requirements for the period of 180 days from May 1 through October 28:

  • (a) for May 1 through June 30, the Decision 1610 requirements for Dry conditions will apply in the main stem Russian River (75 cfs in the Upper Russian River from its confluence with the East Fork to its confluence with Dry Creek and 85 cfs in the Lower Russian River downstream of its confluence with Dry Creek to the Pacific Ocean);
  • (b) if, after July 1 storage in Lake Mendocino is above the Water Agency’s calculated critical storage curve (presented in Attachment 2, Instream Flow Analysis for 2013 Temporary Urgency Change Petition), then, the Decision 1610 requirements for Dry water supply conditions will continue to apply;
  • (c) if, after July 1 storage in Lake Mendocino drops below the critical storage curve for more than three consecutive days, then, from that date through October 28 the Decision 1610 requirements for Critical water supply conditions will apply in the Russian River (25 cfs in the Upper Russian River from its confluence with the East Fork to its confluence with Dry Creek and 35 cfs in the Lower Russian River downstream of its confluence with Dry Creek to the Pacific Ocean).

To improve its efforts in optimally managing flows in the Russian River, the Water Agency requests that under Dry water supply conditions the minimum instream flow requirements be implemented on a 5-day running average of average daily stream flow measurements with instantaneous flows on the Upper Russian River being no less than 65 cfs and on the Lower Russian River being no less than 70 cfs.

Water Storage Graph

 

Public Meetings/Presentations:

On June 6, the Sweetwater Springs Water District Board hosted a discussion of the 2013 TUCP. Download Water Agency staff presentation.

Water Quality Data

Previous Years:


MAY 7, 2013 PLEASE STAND BY
FOR THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MEETING FOR SONOMA COUNTY
>>
[GAVEL]
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE AND THANK
YOU. EVERYONE QUIETED DOWN
BEFORE THE GAVEL WENT DOWN. I
APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. GOOD
MORNING. WELCOME TO THE BOARD
OF SUPERVISORS FOR MAY 7, 2013.
I WANT TO TAKE NOTE THAT
SUPERVISOR ZANE WILL BE ABSENT
TODAY. WE WILL MISS HER BUT WE
WILL CARRY ON. PLEDGE OF
ALLEGIANCE. CAN I HAVE JOHN
LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE OF
ALLEGIANCE.
>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE
FLAG TO THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR
WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION
UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN.
FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS TO
APPROVE THE AGENDA TODAY. IT
SHOULD BE NOTED THAT CONSENT
ITEM EIGHT, RUSSIAN RIVER
SANITATION DISTRICT BILODGE CAT
TREATMENT RENEWAL HAS BEEN
PULLED FROM THE AGENDA. WITH
THAT WE'RE ON TO BOARD
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND I WILL START
TO MY RIGHT SUPERVISOR GORIN.
SORRY ABOUT THAT.
>> I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I AM
SUPPOSED TO REPORT. I WASN'T
PREPARED HERE. I DID ATTEND THE
BCDC MEETING ON THURSDAY AT THE
METRO CENTER. I TOOK THE FERRY.
IT WAS A FUN EXPERIENCE.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TRAIN
CONNECTING TO THE FERRY WHICH
WOULD BE EVEN BETTER. THE ITEM
ON THE BCDC'S AGENDA AND RADAR
IS THE NEW PROPOSED WARRIORS
STADIUM WILL BE BUILT ON TWO
PIERS RIGHT NEXT TO THE BAY
BRIDGE, AND IT'S PROVING TO BE
QUITE CONTROVERSIAL BOTH FOR ITS
PROCESS, PERHAPS A LITTLE FAST
TRACKING THE FACT IT'S LARGE.
IT'S VERY HIGH AND IT'S
RELATIVELY CLOSE TO THE BASEBALL
STADIUM WHICH IS GREATLY
IMPACTING NEIGHBORS AND THE
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
THERE, SO WE HAVE AN
INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND WE'RE
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT
EXACTLY OUR -- THE TRUST
DOCTRINE IS REGARDING PUBLIC
LANDS AND IN FILL ON THE BAY,
AND WE WILL BE VOTING ON MOVING
THAT FORWARD FOR CONSIDERATION
PERHAPS IN TWO WEEKS SO STAY
TUNED EVERYBODY. THERE'S
ANOTHER SPORTS TEAM ANGLING FOR
A LARGE ARENA.
>> SUPERVISOR CARRILLO.
>> GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU MR.
CHAIR. GOOD MORNING MEMBERS OF
THE PUBLIC. JUST A FEW
ANNOUNCEMENTS. LAST WEEK I HAD
THE OPPORTUNITY ON TUESDAY ON
OUR OFF DAY TO MEET WITH THE
CALIFORNIA CHIEF JUSTICE, AND
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE COURTS
AS PART OF AN ANNUAL VISIT THAT
THE OFFICERS OF THE CALIFORNIA
STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
ENGAGE IN. WE HAD A GREAT
CONVERSATION WITH THE CHIEF
JUSTICE, AND WITH THE HIGH
RANKING STAFF THERE OF THE
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE
COURTS. TOP TOPICS OF INTEREST
TO THE BOARD DID INCLUDE THE
BUDGET AND SPECIFICALLY TO THE
IMPACTS HERE LOCALLY WITHIN EACH
COUNTIES REGARDING THE JUSTICE
SYSTEM AS WELL AS THE IMPACTS ON
THE LOCAL COURTHOUSE PROJECTS.
WE ALSO DISCUSSED THE NUANCES OF
THE 2011 REALIGNMENT AND
PARTICULARLY THE COMMUNITY
CORRECTIONS PLAN AND THE
PARTICIPATION OF ESSENTIALLY THE
COURTS. THE JUDGES HAVE
DETERMINED THROUGH I BELIEVE
THROUGH A CONSTITUTIONAL OR A
CONSTITUTIONAL DELINEATION OF
THE LAW THAT THEY CANNOT IN FACT
PARTICIPATE IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS
BUT IN SOME CASES I BELIEVE IN
OUR COUNTY THEY APPOINTED THE
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE COURTS TO
PARTICIPATE AS SUCH, SO THE
MESSAGE TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND
TO THE COURTS WAS THAT THAT THE
JUDGE'S PARTICIPATION WAS
CRITICAL AND VITAL IN ADDRESSING
2011 REALIGNMENT PARTICULARLY AS
WE SEE THE THREE JUDGE'S PANEL
DECISION WITH RELEASE OF 7,000
PLUS PRISONERS INTO THE COUNTY
SYSTEM. OTHER DISCUSSION --
ANOTHER DISCUSSION THAT WE HAD
WAS THE COURTHOUSE PROJECT
FUNDING AND THE IMPACTS THAT
WE'VE HAD AT LEAST HERE IN THIS
COUNTY, WHERE WE HAVE SEEN A
DELAY OF THE FUNDING COMING
THROUGH FOR THE COURTHOUSE
PROJECT. MYSELF HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO REITERATE THE
IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT TO THE
COUNTY AND THAT OUR COUNTY HAS
INVESTED SIGNIFICANTLY WITH
$5 MILLION IN ESSENTIALLY TAKING
DOWN THE EXISTING SITE AND
POTENTIALLY ADDITIONAL
$6 MILLION TO RELOCATE THE FLEET
SO I THINK THEY RECOGNIZE THE
PARTICIPATION THAT THE COUNTY
HAS HAD IN THIS ONE AND REALLY
THE COLLABORATION WITH THE
COURTS AND I DO WANT TO THANK
JOSE AND THE PRESIDING JUDGE. I
DID HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK
TO THEM BEFORE MEETING WITH THE
CHIEF JUSTICE AND THEY DID OFFER
THEIR PERSPECTIVE. LAST WEEK I
ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET
WITH GOVERNOR BROWN AS PART OF A
DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE COUNTIES,
AND PARTICULARLY THE OFFICERS OF
CSAC AND THE GOVERNOR, REGARDING
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I
THINK ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT
WE ARE PRESENTED WITH THE FULL
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AFFORDABLE
CARE ACT THIS COMING JANUARY WE
REITERATED TO THE GOVERNOR WE'RE
THANKFUL TO HIM FOR HIS
PARTICIPATION AND PARTNERSHIP
THAT WE HAD BOTH ON THE
REALIGNMENT PROCESS IN 2011 AND
ALSO PROP 30, AND WE ALSO NOTED
REALLY THAT IT WAS CRITICAL THAT
WE CONTINUE TO PARTNER IF WE
WERE TO SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE
MAIN AREAS, AND I WILL BRIEFLY
SHARE THEM WITH THE BOARD THAT
WE DISCUSSED, WAS THE FACT THAT
PROGRAM REALIGNMENT WAS NOT
WORKABLE WITH COUNTIES AND WE
WERE HOPEFUL IF THERE WAS
REALIGNMENT IT WOULD HAVE
CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS WITH
FUNDING AND ADDITIONALLY WE
REMINDED THE GOVERNOR IF WE ARE
SUCCESSFUL IN IMPLEMENTING THE
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THE COUNTY
IS RESPONSIBLE TO GIVE CARE TO
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED.
THERE WAS A STUDY DONE BY THE UC
SYSTEM EVEN IF WE HAVE GREAT
SUCCESS THERE ARE THREE TO
4 MILLION PEOPLE THAT WON'T BE
COVERED UNDER THE AFFORDABLE
CARE ACT. THAT STILL FALLS
UNDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
COUNTIES AND IT WAS A REMINDER
TO THE GOVERNOR THAT
RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE NOTED
IF THERE IS DESIRE TO TAKE AWAY
SOME OF THE REALIGNMENT FOR THE
SAFETY NET OR FOR THE INDIGENT
AND LASTLY I JUST WANT TO REPORT
TO THE BOARD AS WELL THAT I DID
TESTIFY AS WELL LAST WEEK ON
ASSEMBLY BILL 39 WHICH IS
RELATIONSHIP WITH PROP 39
SPECIFICALLY ON CAP AND TRADE
REVENUES PL. CHAIR THAT'S MY
REPORT OUT AND I WANT TO SAY
THANK YOU TO THE ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT BOARD. LAST WEEK WE
HAD THE BUSINESS APPRECIATION
WEEK AND I THINK EVERYONE ONE OF
US HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT
BUSINESSES WITHIN THE DISTRICT
AND I WANT TO SEND A THANK YOU
TO BEN STONE AND TIM AND ALAND
THE FOLKS THAT MADE THIS HAPPEN.
THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.
>> THANK YOU. SUPERVISOR
MCGUIRE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH CHAIR AND
GOOD MORNING TO YOU AND GOOD
MORNING. JUST FOUR QUICK ITEMS.
ON ASSEMBLY BILL 2433 BOTH
MR. SHERWOOD AND I WILL WERE IN
SACRAMENTO MEETING WITH THE
DIRECTOR OF BOATING AND WATER
WAYS. THAT LAUNCHED THE PER
BOAT FEE IN REGARDS TO INVASIVE
SPECIES REDUCTION ACROSS THE
STATE. WE MET PROVIDED OUR
INPUT IN REGARDS TO BELIEVING
THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT A
10-DOLLAR FEE THAT WOULD PROVIDE
FOUR OINT 8 MILLION WITH THESE
EFFORTS AND GETTING INSPECTION
PROGRAMS OFF THE GROUND. THEY
SHOULD BE MAKING THE DECISION IN
ABOUT TWO WEEKS AND MOVING
FORWARD WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION
JANUARY 1 OF 2014. QUICKLY ON
THE LIBRARY JOINT POWERS
AGREEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE WE
HAVE SUPERED AN AREA OF
DISCUSSION AND THAT IS THE
GOVERN ANSZ AND FUTURE
GOVERNANCE OF THE LIBRARY
SYSTEM. WE HAD A ROBUST
DISCUSSION KICKING OFF THE ISSUE
OF GOVERNANCE LAST FRIDAY.
WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A THREE HOUR
SESSION ON MAY 31. WE'RE GOING
TO BE SOLICITING INPUT FROM THE
LIBRARY BOARDS HERE ON THE 18.
SURVEY HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED. WE
WILL BE HEARING FROM ALL OF THE
LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
ON THE 31 MEETING AND WE WILL
HAVE A TWO HOUR SESSION ON WHAT
DOES THE LIBRARY COMMISSION LOOK
LIKE IN THE DECADES TO COME? ON
THE 31. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU
TO MR. SCHWARTZ AND STAFF FOR
WORKING ON THIS ISSUE. WE ARE
CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD
AGAIN. THANK YOU VERONICA FOR
YOUR EFFORTS ON THIS. I AM
LOOKING FORWARD TO PUBLIC
RECOGNITION WEEK AND SEE THE
CHAIRMAN DANCE AS HE DID LAST
YEAR WHICH IS EXCITING. MY EYES
ARE STILL HURTING BUT THAT IS
OKAY AND I WANT TO ECHO THE
THANKS FOR SUPERVISOR CARRILLO
FOR BUSINESS APPRECIATION WEEK.
IT WAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
COORDINATION ON BEN STONE AND
THE ENTIRE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT AND I APPRECIATE THE
EFFORTS THAT WENT INTO A VERY
SUCCESSFUL WEEK.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE
ONE REQUIRED REPORT OUT AND
SEVERAL INFORMATIONAL. I
ATTENDED THE GOLDEN GATE DIRECT
BOARD MEETING ON APRIL 26. I
WANTED TO MENTION THAT OVER
30,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP IN
DOWNTOWN PETALUMA FOR THE BUTTER
AND EGGS PARADE. IF YOU HAVEN'T
BEEN THERE YOU NEED TO PUT IT ON
YOUR BUCKET LIST. I WANT TO
GIVE RECOGNITION TO ANDREA KROWT
WHO WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE UNDER
40 AWARD AT THE HYATT CREEK IN
SANTA ROSA. IT'S VERY WELL
DESERVED. I ALSO ATTENDED THE
SONOMA COUNTY ACTUAL REPORT
MEETING ON MAY 1 WHERE WE
LEARNED THAT THE ACCRUED
LIABILITY INCREASED BY
$155 MILLION THIS PAST YEAR AND
EMPLOYER OR COUNTY CONTRIBUTION
RATES WILL INCREASE BY 4.5% OR
13 MILLION ANNUALLY. THE COUNTY
CONTRIBUTION WILL EQUAL 24.4 7%
OF PAYROLL. EMPLOYEE RATES WILL
INCREASE TO 0.28 FOR TOTAL
LISTED HERE OF PAYROLL AND
0.SEVEN ON THE SAFETY SIDE AND
12.5%. THE FUNDED RATIO AT THIS
MOMENT IS NOW SEVEN 7.9% AND IT
SHOULD BE NOTED THIS IS THE LAST
YEAR FOR SMOOTHING OUT OF THE
2008 LOSSES. WE HAVE FIVE YEARS
TO SPREAD THOSE OUT AND THIS IS
THE FIFTH YEAR AND $106 MILLION
OF THE 155.5 MILLION IS THE
FINAL 20% OF THOSE LOSSES. IN
ADDITION THE BOARD'S ACTION ON
LOWERING THE EARNINGS ASSUMPTION
OR DISCOUNT RATE ALSO ADDED UUAL
TO THE BOTTOM LINE. OUR
DISCOUNT RATE IS NOW SEVEN-POINT
5% DOWN FROM SEVEN AND THREE
QUARTERS AND 8% WHEN I FIRST
JOINED THE BOARD. ALSO IT
SHOULD BE NOTED BECAUSE WE HAVE
AN 18 MONTH LAG IN THE SYSTEM
SOME OF THE REFORM EFFORTS ARE
NOT REALIZEED IN THIS REPORT AND
DESPITE OF THE DAUNTING NUMBERS
THE TREND MOVING FORWARD IS
BETTER AND MORE POSITIVE AND
SHOULD IMPROVE SO WE LOOK
FORWARD TO THAT. I WANT TO THANK
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD.
I HAD A GREAT COUPLE OF MEETINGS
AND I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT AND WAS
BLOWN AWAY FROM WHAT THEY DO AND
ADD TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY IN
PETALUMA. I ATTENDED THE COAST
GUARD TRAINING CENTER AND WE BID
FAREWELL TO THE CAPTAIN ERIN
BROGUEN AND BROUGHT ABROAD CHUCK
FOSY AND HE IS MOVING WEST FROM
THE WASHINGTON DC AREA AND I
KNOW I MENTIONED THE IMPORTANCE
OF THIS FACILITY TO THE ECONOMY
AND COMMUNITY BEFORE SO IT WAS
AN HONOR TO BE THERE AND
REPRESENT THE COUNTY. THE
CENTER GIVES TRAINING TO 3500
STUDENTS A YEAR AND ADDS TO THE
LOCAL ECONOMY AND HOME TO 333
ACTIVE DUTY COAST GUARD AND 187
CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES. THERE ARE
118 BUILDINGS DOWN THERE ON
830 ACRES AND HOUSES MORE THAN
400 RESIDENTS AND 127 FAMILY
HOMES. IN PETALUMA THE COAST
GUARD CENTER IS AN INTEGRAL PART
OF THE COMMUNITY AND PERHAPS THE
MOST IMPRESSIVE NUMBER ON
AVERAGE THE BASE PERFORMS 1,000
VOLUNTEERS HOURS PER MONTH.
WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING YOU CALL
THE COAST GUARD AND THEY WILL BE
THERE IN GREAT NUMBERS AND IT'S
VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. I THINK
WE SHOULD MENTION THAT AND PAY
ATTENTION TO THAT AND BE
APPRECIATIVE OF THAT AND THANK
YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE. WITH
THAT WE ARE ON TO THE CONSENT
CALENDAR. TODAY WE HAVE ITEMS
ONE THROUGH 39 WITH THE
EXCEPTION NUMBER EIGHT WHICH WAS
PULLED AND ITEM 24 IS A JOINT
ACTION FOR THE SONOMA COUNTY
SANITATION DISTRICT. I DON'T
SEE THE MAYOR HERE TODAY BUT WE
HAVE A QUORUM WITH MYSELF AND
SUPERVISOR GORIN. WITH THEY
WILL ASK FOR THE BOARD FOR
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE
CONSENT CALENDAR.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH CHAIR AND
ITEM 21 FOR THE VETERAN'S
MEMORIAL DAMN AND I WANT TO SAY
THANK YOU TO THE TEAM OF
REGIONAL PARKS CONTINUING TO
MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NORTH
COUNTY'S FAVORITE SWIMMING HOLE
AND THAT WE HAVE THE DATE FOR
THE HERALDSBURG WATER CARNIVAL
WORKING THROUGH THE RUSSIAN
RIVER FESTIVAL AND TAKING IN
WEST COUNTY AS WELL COMING IN
FOR JULY 26 AND THE ENTIRE MONTH
OF JULY YOU WILL HAVE 50 EVENTS
ON THE RIVER IN BOTH THE WEST
AND THE NORTH COUNTY, AND
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO HAS AGREED
TO BE IN THE OLD TIME BATHING
SUIT CONTEST AT THE CARNIVAL.
>> THAT WILL HELP CORRECT YOUR
EYE SIGHT.
>> WATCH OUT. HOT DANG. OKAY.
SO WE'RE NOW MOVING ON TO 32 AND
I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO
PUBLIC WORKS. THIS HAS BEEN A
LONG TIME COMING AT LEAST IN THE
NORTH COUNTY IN REGARDS TO
INDIAN RESERVATION ROAD FUND AND
SECURING DOLLARS FROM THE
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION.
A BIG THANK YOU TO TOM O'CANE
AND IT'S A LENGTHY CONTRACT AND
HE'S THE POINT AND WE WILL BRING
DOWN $4 MILLION FROM THE FEDERAL
HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION OVER THE
NEXT FIVE YEARS FOR NORTH COUNTY
ROADS AND IT WOULD NOT BE
HAPPENING WITHOUT MR. O'CANE AND
THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GUYS
FROM RANCHO RIO AND THE DRY
CREEK EXCUSE ME AND ALL THEIR
EFFORTS INCLUDING CHAIRMAN
HOPKINS AND I WANT TO SAY THANK
YOU TO THEM AS WELL FOR THEIR
PARTNERSHIP IN THIS PROGRAM.
>> GREAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPERVISOR GORIN.
>> JUST VERY BRIEFLY THANKS ONCE
AGAIN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC WORKS. WE HAVE TWO ITEMS
ON THE CONSENT AGENDA REPLACES
BRIDGES. WE ARE MOVING FORWARD
ON THE HAUSER ROAD BRIDGE AND
THE BOYES BOULEVARD BRIDGE SO
THESE ARE NOT INEXPENSIVE
PROJECTS BUT IT'S TAKEN CARE OF
THE INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH IS
REALLY IMPORTANT ADDED TO THE
EFFORTS ON THE ROADS SO MOVING
FORWARD.
>> SUPERVISOR CARRILLO.
>> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. JUST TO
ECHO ON ITEM 29. I DO WANT TO
THANK TOM O'CANE AND
TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC WORKS AND
PARTICULARLY THE BRIDGE CREW.
YOU KNOW THE BRIDGE CREW IS
OFTENTIMES ONE OF THE CREWS OUT
THERE THAT IS NOT RECOGNIZED.
IN THIS COUNTY SPECIFICALLY WE
HAVE 1400 MILES OF UNCORPORATED
ROADS BUT WE HAVE MANY BRIDGES
WE MAINTAIN IN THAT SYSTEM. I
DON'T SEE TOM O'CANE BUT
SPECIFICALLY WITH THIS PROJECT
THIS IS AN ENGINEERING AND
DESIGN CONTRACT FOR REPLACEMENT
OF HAUSER ROAD BRIDGE WHICH
CURRENTLY IS A ONE LANE ROAD
BRIDGE THAT REALLY HAS
STRUCTURALLY DEFISIT STRUCTURES.
I SHOULD NOTE THAT THE FUNDING
FOR THE PROJECT IF I UNDERSTAND
THE ITEM CORRECTLY IS 100%
FEDERALLY FUNDED AND IT'S
IMPORTANT AND CONSTRUCTION IS
EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN 2015. TWO
MORE COMMENTS ON TWO DIFFERENT
ITEMS. I DO WANT TO POINT ON
ITEM 10 JUST FOR THE PUBLIC I
DID RECEIVE A COUPLE OF EMAILS
ESSENTIALLY OPPOSING THIS ITEM.
THIS IS THE WATER REUSE POTABLE
INITIATIVE AND I WANT TO NOTE I
RECEIVED THE EMAILS IN
OPPOSITION. I HAD A CHANCE TO
READ THEM. HOWEVER, I DO
BELIEVE THIS ITEM IS OF BENEFIT
IN ADVANCING RESEARCH AND THE
ANNUAL $25,000 INVESTMENT I
THINK IS RATHER MINIMAL COMPARED
TO THE LEVERAGE WE COULD HAVE OF
THE $6 MILLION POTENTIAL
RESEARCH INITIATIVE HERE THAT
WILL LOOK INTO DIMINISHED
POTABLE WATER SUPPLIES SO
WHETHER THE SCIENCE IS YET TO BE
DETERMINED THIS IS REALLY
ADVANCED RESEARCH AND I THINK
IT'S MONEY WELL SPENT AND IT
DOES GO WITH THE WATER SUPPLY
ACTION PLAN SO I WANT TO NOTE
THAT ON THAT ITEM. LASTLY ITEM
11 THIS IS JUST AN INFORMATIONAL
REPORT FOR THE BOARD. NORMALLY
THESE TYPES OF REPORTS WOULD BE
DONE UNDER REGULAR CALENDAR AND
I THINK UNDER CONSENT WHAT THIS
GROUP DID WAS REALLY YOMEN'S
WORK TO TRYING TO ADDRESS THE
HOMELESSNESS ISSUE AND THE ISSUE
OF HOMELESSNESS WITHIN THE
RUSSIAN RIVER. I DO KNOW THAT
WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
LATER THIS MORNING TO SPEAK
AROUND THE HOMELESS COUNT AND
MAYBE I WILL RESERVE MY COMMENTS
FOR THAT, BUT I JUST WANT TO
BEGIN ON THIS CONSENT ITEM BY
REALLY THANKING THE COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION WHO
REALLY HELPED STEER THE
DIRECTION. WE HAD PARTICIPATION
FROM A VARIETY OF DEPARTMENTS,
HUMAN SERVICES, REGIONAL
SERVICES, REGIONAL PARKS, THE
SHERIFF'S OFFICE, AS WELL AS THE
OFFICES OF THE COUNTY
ADMINISTRATOR. I KNOW
ADMINISTRATOR FERGUSON WAS KEY
GETTING IN INITIATIVE SPARKED.
I SEE KATRINA THURMAN HERE FROM
FAMILY SERVICES I
-- AGENCIES AND I APPRECIATE
THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND YOU KNOW
WE WEREN'T ABLE TO USE THE FUNDS
TO PUT INTO PLACE THE
RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAVE FROM
HERE. WITH THAT SAID I THINK
IT'S A GREAT REPORT. THERE WERE
MANY STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED. IT
DOES SET A GOOD FRAMEWORK TO
BEGIN ADDRESSING THE HOMELESS
ISSUE WITHIN THE RUSSIAN RIVER
ENVIRONMENT AND AGAIN I THINK
THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
DISCUSS THIS LATER THIS MORNING
BUT I WANTED TO DO A SHOUT OUT
TO THE STAFF AND I SEE OTHERS
INVOLVED IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS
AND MR. CHAIR JUST OUT OF
CURIOSITY WAS THE REASON ITEM
EIGHT WAS PULLED -- I WANTED TO
COMMENT ON IT BUT I WILL RESERVE
IT. I AM FINE WITH IT BUT I
IMAGINE IT WAS STAFF --
>> IT WAS FROM STAFF. THERE
WERE QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN
FINANCIAL ISSUES THAT WILL TAKE
TIME TO COME BACK.
>> GREAT. THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.
>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE NOTE OF
ITEM 32 AND 33 FOR CONTRACTS FOR
PAYMENT PRESERVATION. AS WE
MOVE FORWARD THEY TOTAL
6.$1 MILLION AND THIS SUMMER I
WANTED TO TAKE NOTE WE'RE
SPENDING ABOUT $20.5 MILLION ON
PAYMENT PRESERVATION AND
AFFECTING 53 MILES OUT IN THE
COUNTY AND CERTAINLY THIS BOARD
HAS TAKEN ON ROADS AS A PRIORITY
AND I WANT TO THANK
TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS
IN THAT REGARD. WITH THEY WILL
ASK FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS. DOES
ANYONE WISH TO SPEAK TO THE
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS ONE
THROUGH 39 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
NUMBER EIGHT? SEEING NO ONE
COME FORWARD WE WILL CLOSE THAT.
BRING IT BACK TO THE BOARD. ANY
FURTHER COMMENTS, QUESTIONS,
CONCERNS? SEEING NONE THAT PASS
OSES A 4-0-ONE VOTE. THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. DURING THE CONSENT
CALENDAR WE PASSED GOLD
RESOLUTION AND PARENT
RECOGNITION MONTH IN SONOMA COUNTY. I WANT
TO SAY HOW WELL THE CHILDREN ARE
DUE IN THE AUDIENCE BUT I WILL
GO TO SUPERVISOR GORIN. WELCOME
NICK HONEY.
>> WELCOME NICK AND I'M NOT SURE
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PART OF THE
CREW BUT ANYBODY IN THE AUDIENCE
THAT IS APPROPRIATE STEP FORWARD
AND FOSTER CHILDREN OR PARENTS
PLEASE INVITE THEM TO COME
FORWARD.
>> THANK YOU. NICK HONEY
DIVISION DIRECTOR FAMILY YOUTH
AND CHILDREN AND I'M GOING TO
INVIOLET LAUREN BENNETT FROM THE
FOSTER PARENT'S ASSOCIATION
BOARD AND JUST TO EXPRESS MY
APPRECIATION FOR THE PEOPLE THAT
WORK FOR THE FAMILY YOUTH AND
CHILDREN FOR ALL THE HARD WORK
THE FOSTER PARENTS DO. WE TALK
ABOUT OPENING YOUR HEART TO A
FOSTER CHILD AND YOU CAN SEE WHY
THEY MIGHT DO IT AND I THINK YOU
CAN TELL IT'S NOT AN EASY JOB SO
APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE WORK
THAT THEY DO BUT I'M GOING TO
HAND IT OVER TO LAUREN AND SHE'S
GOING TO SAY A FEW COMMENTS.
>> ON BEHALF OF THE REDWOOD
EMPIRE FOSTER PARENT'S
ASSOCIATION WE WANT TO THANK YOU
VERY MUCH FOR THIS ACKNOWLEDGE
AND THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE GIVEN
US OVER THE YEARS BOTH
POLITICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. WE
COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT HELP. WE
ARE A CLOSE KNIT GROUP OF
FAMILIES THAT COME WITH VARIOUS
EDUCATIONS AND BACKGROUNDS WHO
OPEN OUR HOMES AND HEARTS TO
THESE CHILDREN AND WE ALL HAVE
VARIOUS STORIES BOTH HEART
BREAKING AND HEART WARMING. MY
OWN PARTICULAR STORY IS WHEN MY
DEAR FRIENDS THE BRUNSWICK'S GOT
THEIR 25'S FOSTER CHILD. HE WAS
A FRAGILE NEWBORN IN WHICH THEY
ASKED FOR, AND I GUESS THEY
DON'T NEED SLEEP OR LIKE TO
VISIT HOSPITALS A LOT, BUT THEY
DO SPECIALIZE IN FRAGILE
NEWBORNS AND THIS PARTICULAR
BABY WAS FRAGILE. HE WAS
FAILURE TO THRIVE. HE WAS
SCREAMING. HE WAS SQUIRMING.
HE WAS DRUG EXPOSED. HE WAS
HYPER TONIC AND ALCOHOL EXPOSED
AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM.
NOW HE'S MY SON, MY BELOVED SON.
PLEASE COME UP SON.
[APPLAUSE]
AND AS I SAY WHEN WE OPEN UP OUR
HOMES TO THESE CHILDREN WE
LEARNO MUCH AND WE HAVE LEARNED
THROUGH OUR TRAININGS AND OUR
BACKGROUNDS TO MANAGE OUR OWN
HEARTS AS WELL AS THE HEARTS OF
THESE COMPROMISED OFTEN VERY
TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN, AND
PROVIDING A LOVING NURTURING,
NUTRITIOUS, HEALTHY, STIMULATING
ENVIRONMENT MAKES THEM
ABSOLUTELY BLOSSOM AND WE LEAVE
AN INDELIBLE IMPRESSION ON
THESE. SIMON AND I SINCE HE WAS
THREE HAVE TAKEN 15 FOSTER
CHILDREN EITHER RESPITE FOR
OTHER PEOPLE OR OUR OWN
PLACEMENTS. ONE WAS FOR OVER A
YEAR, ONE FOR A YEAR, ONE WAS
FOR NINE MONTHS, VARIOUS AGES
AND OUR CURRENT PLACEMENT WE HAD
FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. WILL YOU
COME UP?
[APPLAUSE]
AND I WOULD LIKE TO ACTUALLY
INTRODUCE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AND THEY ARE AN AMAZING GROUP OF
PEOPLE WHO DON'T REQUIRE SLEEP
WHO DONATE EVERY PART OF
THEMSELVES, THEIR MONEY, THEIR
TIME, AND THEIR INNOVATIVE IDEAS
FOR THE WELL BEING OF THESE
CHILDREN THAT IS BEYOND MEASURE.
WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND UP, THE
BOARD.
[APPLAUSE]
THANK YOU AGAIN. WE CAN'T DO IT
WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND THE REST
OF THE FAMILY WHO IS OPEN UP
THEIR LIVES AND HOMES TO LEAVE
THIS IMPRESSION ON THESE
CHILDREN. ARE YOU ALL HERE, ALL
STANDING? OKAY. THANK YOU SO
MUCH.
[APPLAUSE]
>> AND WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR
OPENING YOUR HEARTS AND HOMES TO
THESE CHILDREN. OBVIOUSLY WE
CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU,
WITHOUT YOUR LOVE. YOU ARE PART
OF THE VILLAGE THAT NURTURES AND
RAISING OUR FUTURE AND WE THANK
YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE A PHOTO
OPPORTUNITY SO LAUREN WHY DON'T
YOU INVITE AS MANY OF THE
WONDERFUL PARENTS AND CHILDREN
AS YOU WANT TO COME ON THROUGH.
IT'S GOING TO BE A CROWD BUT
THAT'S OKAY. YOU CAN FILE ALONG
AND INVITE THE WHOLE BOARD TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PHOTO
SESSION. WE MIGHT BE TALLER
THAN SOME OF THE SPROUTS HERE.
>> YOU DEFINITELY ARE. [APPLAUSE]
>> I WAS JUST SAYING THAT I LOVE
HAVING THE PARENTS AND THE
CHILDREN HERE IN OUR BOARD
CHAMBERS. OFTEN IT'S JUST A FEW
PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, AND
HAVING CHILDREN HERE, EVEN THE
CRIES AND THE SQUIRMS AND THE
WHINES REMINDS US WE'RE A
COMMUNITY AND IMPORTANT TO WHAT
WE DO IN THE CHAMBER. THANK YOU
ALL FOR BEING HERE.
[APPLAUSE]
>> LET THEM FILTER OUT. WE'RE
ON TO ITEM TWO GOLD RESOLUTION
PROCLAIMING MAY 5 - MAY 11, 2013
AS PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION
WEEK IN SONOMA COUNTY AND SYLVIA
LAMOS IS HERE AND I WANT TO SAY
WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO RECOGNIZE
OUR COUNTY EMPLOYEES AND REALLY
TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR
PROFESSIONALISM, SERVICE AND
DEDICATION AND SONOMA COUNTY IS
TRULY AN AWARD WINNING
ORGANIZATION DUE TO EACH OF OUR
EMPLOYEES AND SYLVIA CAN YOU LET
US KNOW AND WE WILL COME BACK?
>> SURE. GOOD. I AM SYLVIA
LEEMACE WITH THE DEPARTMENT. I
AM HAPPY TO ADDRESS YOU THIS
MORNING AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF
THE MEMBERS HERE TODAY. THIS IS
PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK
AND HAS BEEN CELEBRATED SINCE
1985 AS A TIME SET ASIDE TO
HONOR ALL THOSE IN GOVERNMENT
AGENCIES TO ENSURE THAT
GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST.
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY LEADERS
PARTICIPATE BY ISSUING
PROCLAMATIONS AND HOSTING EVENTS
AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO
RECOGNIZE PUBLIC SERVICE.
PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS INCLUDE
THE BROAD RANGE OF OUR
EMPLOYEES. HART WORKING AND
RESPECTFUL AND PROFESSIONAL
EMPLOYEES BY PROVIDING SERVICES
TO THE CITIZENS AND SUPPORTING
THE COMMUNITY AND
INFRASTRUCTURE. WE ARE THE ARMS
AND LEGS OF THE COMMUNITY AND WE
WORK IN PRIDE TO THE COMMUNITY
THAT WE SERVE. THEY WORK IN THE
PUBLIC BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE
A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY.
THEY DESERVE OUR THANKS
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND WE ARE
GLAD TO HAVE THIS WEEK TO
RECOGNIZE OUR EMPLOYEES. THE
IMPACT IS PROFOUND AND CAN BE
SEEN AS DIFFERENT INITIATIVES
THAT COUNTY EMPLOYEES ARE
INVOLVED IN MAKING POSITIVE
CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE
COMMUNITY. THEIR ACTIONS AFFECT
THE CHILDREN AND ADULTS AND
INFRASTRUCTURE IN PUBLIC SAFETY,
HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION,
AGRICULTURE, PARKS AND THE
ENVIRONMENT. I AM PROUD OF MY
COUNTY FAMILY AND HAVE SEEN
FIRST HAND HOW MUCH EACH
EMPLOYEE CARES ABOUT WHAT THEY
DO FOR OTHERS. IT IS IMPORTANT
TO ACKNOWLEDGE HOW EMPLOYEES
HAVE MADE SONOMA COUNTY A HIGHLY
RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION. IN
FACT THEY HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL
AND STATE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR
ACTIONS DIFFERENT INITIATIVES
THEY PURSUED IN COUNTY
GOVERNMENT. LET ME SHARE A FEW
OF THOSE EXAMPLES. IN 2012
CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES RECEIVED
TWO AWARDS AND ONE FOR TOP
PERFORMANCE IN A MEDIUM SIZE
COUNTY AND ONE FOR TOP 10 AND
THEY ACHIEVED THIS BY SURPASSING
THE GOALS OF THE STATE. IT TOOK
EACH PERSON DOING THEIR PART TO
THE ATTORNEYS AND MANAGEMENT.
THEY ALL CONTRIBUTED AND HELPED
EACH OTHER TO REACH THE GOALS
WHICH IN TURN INCREASED
COLLECTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
BACK TO SONOMA COUNTY FAMILIES.
OUR OWN SONOMA COUNTY FAIR GOT
HONORS FROM THE FAIR ASSOCIATION
AND REVIEWS FAIRS ACROSS THE
WESTERN UNITED STATES. THE
STAFF WORKED HARD ON
IMPLEMENTING NEW CREATIVED WHYS
THAT RELATED IN.
>>
>> FIVE FIRST PLACE AWARDS.
THEY HELD A COMPETITION WHICH
THE STAFF HELPED ORGANIZE. THEY
WORKED DILIGENTLY DISPLAYING THE
ENTRIES AT THE HAT DAY. ANOTHER
WAS -- [INAUDIBLE] TO DISPLAY
SIGNAGE AROUND THE FAIR SO THE
MANAGEMENT AND LINE STAFF HAD A
CREATIVE MEETING AND COMING UP
WITH METAL SIGN HOLDERS DOUBLED
LIKE A FLOWER PLANTERS SO THAT
WAS A GREAT WAY TO BEAUTIFY A
PRACTICAL NEED AT THE FAIR. WE
HAVE A -- HUMAN SERVICES AND THE
WORK FORCE INVESTMENT BOARD.
THEY RECEIVED ACHIEVEMENT FROM
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
COUNTIES AND THEY WERE
RECOGNIZED AS A MODEL PROGRAM
FOR AT RISK YOUTH FOR
OPPORTUNITIES. WHAT SET THIS
PROGRAM ASIDE WAS THE
EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT. OUR
ENVIRONMENT STAFF PROVIDED
EDUCATION TO EACH CREW MEMBERS FOCUSING --
ONE SECOND. THEY SERVED AS
MANAGERS AND ROLE MODELS TO MANY
OF THE YOUTH AND MANY OF THESE
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LIVES WILL BE
CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THE
STAFF'S EFFORTS. GENERAL STAFF
HAS RECEIVED STATE RECOGNITIONS
BASED ON THEIR HARD WORK. THE
PRESTIGIOUS GOVERNOR'S AWARD IS
A HIGHLIGHT OF THESE EFFORTS.
SONOMA COUNTY RECEIVED ONE OF 17
OF THESE AWARDS FOR THE
ELECTRICAL TRAIL. THIS INCLUDES
CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL
VEHICLES SUCH AS THE ONE THAT
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO IS DRIVING
THESE DAYS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO
EMPHASIZE THIS AWARD IS
AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
ENTITIES AND SONOMA COUNTY WAS
ONE OF TWO COUNTY AGENCIES TO
RECEIVE THIS AWARD. I WANTED TO
MENTION NATIONAL RECOGNITION OF
THE FLEET DIVISION. OUR STAFF
HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR THREE
YEARS NOW AND RANKED AS NINTH AS
THE BEST GREEN FLEET IN THE
NATION SO THAT IS A GREAT
ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THEM SO YOU
CAN SEE EMPLOYEES FROM LINE
STAFF TO MANAGERS ARE WORKING ON
IDEAS AND INITIATIVES RESULTING
IN SONOMA COUNTY BEING
RECOGNIZED AS A PLACE WHERE ALL
EMPLOYEES ARE ENGAGED AND
COMMITTED TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND
IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CITIZENS
AND VISITORS.
EMPLOYEE CAN'T DO IT ON THEIR OWN AND
WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE
EMPLOYEES AND THANK THOSE THAT
WORK FOR THE BENEFIT OF FELLOW
CITIZENS. WE ARE HAVING TWO
EMPLOYEES LUNCHES AND PAID BY
EMPLOYEES AND BY VOLUNTEERED
TODAY. ONE IS ON MAY 8 HERE AND
ONE IS MAY 9 BY THE AIRPORT BY
CHILD SUPPORT OFFICES AND THIS
YEAR WE WILL HAVE BURRITOS AGAIN
AND WE ARE ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES
TO CARPOOL, BIKE OR WALK TO THE
EVENT. FOR THE LAST SEVERAL
WEEKS EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN BUYING
THE LUNCH TICKETS AND LOOKING
FORWARD TO ENJOYING THE TIME.
IT'S A TEAM EFFORT AND HAPPENS
THANK TO THE EVENT COMMITTEE.
WE APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS AND
THANK THE DEPARTMENTS FOR
ALLOWING THIS TEAM TO WORK
TOGETHER. I WOULD LIKE THEM TO
COME JOIN ME. I WILL CALL OFF
THE DEPARTMENT STAFF NOW.
(CALLING STAFF NAMES) .
AND I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN
FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR
SERVICE THAT YOU PROVIDE TO YOUR
COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE]
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH SYLVIA AND
I DO WANT TO SAY HOW ABSOLUTE
GREAT EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE IN
THE COUNTY ACROSS THE BOARD TOP
TO BOTTOM SO SO TRUE AND I WANT
TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE
EMPLOYEES AND THE COUNTY
FAMILIES THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND
RECOGNIZE THE COMMITMENT AND
HARD WORK TO CERTAINLY MAINTAIN
THE COUNTY'S INFRASTRUCTURE,
ENSURE THE PHYSICAL SAFETY OF
RESIDENTS AND PRESERVE THE
HEALTH OF RESIDENTS AND PROMOTE
THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE COUNTY
TOP TO BOTTOM ACROSS THE BOARD.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU
DO. IF YOU COULD COME UP WITH
AND ACCEPT THE RESOLUTION AND
MEMORIALIZE IT WITH A PICTURE
WOULD BE GREAT. WE'RE GOOD.
AND INVITE
THE BOARD AS WELL ALL OF THE
BOARD.
[APPLAUSE]
>> THANK YOU AGAIN.
>> MR. CHAIR I SHOULD ADD AS
LINDA IS WALKING AWAY THIS
SUNDAY THERE WAS A GREAT
CELEBRATION FOR CINCO DE MAYO
AND LINDA WAS PART OF THAT
PROCESS -- PARDON ME SYLVIA.
SORRY. I WAS THINKING OF YOUR
SISTER, YOUR COUSIN.
>> YOU'RE ON A ROLL.
>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR
INVOLVEMENT IN CINCO DE MAYO.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. GOLD
RESOLUTION NUMBER THREE IS GOING
TO BE PRESENTED TO NICK FREY
FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY WINE
GRAPE COMMISSION ON ANOTHER DATE
BUT WE'RE ON TO ITEM FOUR GOLD
RESOLUTION HONORING PAUL PIGONI
FROM GEYSERVILLE FIRE PROTECTION
DISTRICT CHIEF. SUPERVISOR.
>> THANK YOU CHAIR AND IT'S WITH
GREAT HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE
CHIEF FOR HIS FOUR DECADES OF
SERVICE TOVILLEVILLE AND
NORTHERN SONOMA AND THE COUNTY
OF SONOMA ITSELF AND I WOULD
LIKE TO BRING THE CHIEF UP TO
THE PODIUM. WE HAVE A
SIGNIFICANT CONTINGENT FROM
THEVILLEVILLE BOARD. WE HAVE
SEVERAL GEYSERVILLE
FIREFIGHTERS HERE AND THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT AND FANS OF
MR. PIGONI AND I WOULD LIKE TO
CALL UP THE INTERIM CHIEF AND
CLOVERDALE FIRE CHIEF TO JOIN US
AS WELL AT THE PODIUM. SO THE
GEYSERVILLE FIRE PROTECTION
DISTRICT HAS BEEN IN SERVICE FOR
A WHILE AND HE STARTED OUT AS A
FIREFIGHTER IN 1973 AND STARTED
AS THE FIRST EMT IN 1977 AND
TOOK THE HELM OF THE FIRE CHIEF
AND THEN IN 2003. DURING THE
TENURE AS CHIEF THE FIRE
DISTRICT HAS GONE THROUGH A
TREMENDOUS MODERNIZATION
INITIATIVE. IT IS THROUGH HIS
GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP THAT IT
HAS DONE SO. IT'S GONE FROM A
ALL VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT TO A
FULL TIME DEPARTMENT WITH A
ROBUST FIREFIGHTER FORCE. THEY
NOW HAVE A 10 VEHICLE FLEET WITH
STATE OF THE ART EMERGENCY
RESPOND APRAT USES INCLUDING THE
DISTRICT'S FIRST TYPE ONE ENGINE
WHICH IS PRETTY SLICK. THEY
HAVE TWO STAFF FIRE ENGINES AND
STATION ONE IN DOWNTOWN
GEYSERVILLE BUILT IN 1999 WHICH
CHIEF PIGONI OVER SAW THAT
PROJECT. THEY HAVE TWO
VOLUNTEER STATIONS IN THE
DISTRICT. HE HAS BEEN FOCUSED
ON NOT JUST THE LOCAL LEVEL BUT
REGIONALLY AS WELL. HE HAS
WORKED AS A DIRECTOR OF RED COM,
A MEMBER OF THE SONOMA COUNTY
FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION, AND
HE'S BEEN LIVING THE DREAM WITH
THE ZONE SIX FIRE CHIEF'S
COMMITTEE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL
MONTHS. AM I RIGHT CHIEF?
>> YES.
>> OKAY GREAT. THE OTHER ITEMS
THAT THE CHIEFS HAVE WORKED ON
IS A SHARED SERVICES AGREEMENT
WHICH IS UNIQUE TO ZONE SIX AND
TO THE REST OF THE COUNTY. IN
THESE TIGHT TIMES HOW TO BE ABLE
TO SPREAD THE RESOURCES OUT FOR
THE MAXIMUM FIRE PROTECTION FOR
THE RESIDENTS OF SONOMA COUNTY
THROUGH A BATTALION COVERAGE
AGREEMENT THAT COVERS
GEYSERVILLE, CLOVERDALE AND THE
CITY OF HERALDSBURG. I HAVE
BEEN HONORED AND I MEAN THIS
CHIEF, TO WORK WITH YOU OVER THE
LAST 28 MONTHS. WE SPENT A LOT
OF TIME TOGETHER LAST YEAR
HAMMERING THE OUT THE CONTRACT
WITH THE DRY CREEK BOARD OF
DIRECTORS AND IT WAS A PLEASURE
TO SERVE WITH YOU ON THAT
COMMITTEE. YOU FOUGHT FOR THAT
DISTRICT LIKE THERE WAS NO OTHER
AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU
FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS EFFORTS AND
IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR THAT THIS
BOARD RECOGNIZES YOUR LIFETIME
DEDICATION TO THE GEYSERVILLE
PROTECTION DISTRICT TODAY AND WE
ARE GRATEFUL THAT YOU TOOK TIME
OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO BE
HERE AND GRATEFUL FOR YOUR
SERVICE. BEFORE WE TURN THE
MICROPHONE OVER CHIEF I KNOW
THERE ARE A FEW FOLKS THAT WANT
TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOU. I
WILL START WITH CHIEF AUSTIN.
>> IT'S MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE
THIS MORNING. THANK YOU BOARD,
ALSO REPRESENTING THE FIRE
CHIEFS ASSOCIATION AND I WILL TO
TELL A LITTLE STORY ABOUT PAUL.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2008 WHEN I WAS
BEGINNING MY ENTRY INTO THE
SONOMA COUNTY AS I WAS TESTING
FOR THE PROCESS THE FIRST CHIEF
I MET WAS PAUL PIGONI AND HE WAS
ON AN EMERGENCY INCIDENT IN LAKE
SONOMA AND THEY LANDED THE AIR
AMBULANCE AND THE PATIENT WAS
LOADED AND I WENT UP TO A
IMPOSING FIGURE AND I AM MARK
AUSTIN AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD
TO BE A SONOMA COUNTY FIRE CHIEF
AND HIS ARMS WERE LIKE THIS AND
GAVE ME A GOOD BACKGROUND AND A
WELL ARTICULATED INFORMATION
ABOUT THE SONOMA COUNTY AND FIRE
SERVICES AND HOW THINGS WORKED
AND IT WAS EVIDENT HE IS
EXTREMELY PASSIONATE AND
KNOWLEDGEABLE AND LOVES HIS
DISTRICT AND IT'S MY PLEASURE
CONGRATULATE YOU ON 40 YEARS OF
SERVICE AND YOU WILL BE SORELY
MISSED FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY
FIRE SERVICE.
>>I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THE
MICROPHONE TO ONE OF THE OTHER
CHIEFS IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE CHIEF.
>> BOARD MEMBERS I AM
[INAUDIBLE] AND FILLING IN
BEHIND PAUL PIGONI. A COUPLE OF
THINGS BIG SHOES TO FILL IN FOR.
PAUL AND I COULD TELL STORIES
SINCE I GREW UP TO HIM AND OUR
PARENTS ARE FRIENDS AND TAUGHT
ME EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT THE
FIRE SERVICE AND WHAT HE SHOWED
ME OVER THE YEARS AND 40 YEARS
IS A LONG TIME BECAUSE OF AGE
DISCRIMINATION AND STUFF AND
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT 40 YEARS
THAT IS A LONG TIME AND SINCE
HE'S BEEN AN ADULT HE HAS BEEN
INVOLVED IN THE FIRE SERVICE AND
ALL OF THE CALLS HE'S BEEN TO,
THE EXPERIENCE HE HAS, AND BIG
SHOES TO FILL AND VOLUNTEER
DOING IT FOR FREE WITH MOST OF
THE TIME WITH THE FIRE
PROTECTION DISTRICT SO THANK
YOU.
>> THANK YOU CHIEF JENKINS.
[APPLAUSE]
>> I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY -- I
AM JASON JENKINS AND CHIEF OF
THE COVER DALE FIRE DISTRICT. I
BECAME A CHIEF A FEW YEARS AGO
AFTER CHIEF ELLIOT AND WHEN I
MET PAUL HE WAS SUPPORTIVE OF A
YOUNG GUY BEING A CHIEF AND HE
WAS A GREAT MENTOR AND I WANT TO
THANK YOU AND GEYSERVILLE YOU'RE
LUCKY TO HAVE HIM FOR ALL THESE
YEARS.
[APPLAUSE]
>> THANKS SO MUCH. I WOULD LIKE
TO ACKNOWLEDGE WE HAVE THE
RECENTLY RETIRED CHIEF ELLIOT
HERE AND THANKS SO MUCH AND I
KNOW CHIEF ADAMS WANTED TO BE
HERE BUT HE WAS CALLED OUT AND I
WOULD LIKE TO TURN THE
MICROPHONE OVER TO YOU CHIEF AND
ONCE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
CONGRATULATE YOU FOR THE FOUR
DECADES OF SERVICE AND THE
11,000 RESIDENTS IN THE
GEYSERVILLE FIRE DISTRICT AND
THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF
SERVICE. CHIEF.
>> FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU VERY
MUCH FOR THE RECOGNITION. IT'S
MORE THAN WHAT I ANTICIPATED.
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME. I HAVE
TO SAY THAT 98% OF IT WAS AS
ENJOYABLE AS IT COULD BE. IT
ALL HAD TO DO WITH HAVING YOUR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND WHERE YOU
GREW UP AND PROVIDING SERVICES
TO THOSE FOLKS BECAUSE WHERE WE
LIVE WE DON'T HAVE A FIRE TRUCK
ON EVERY STREET CORNER, SO IT'S
ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT 40
YEARS AGO OSHA WASN'T AROUND
WATCHING AS MUCH A
JUMPING IN DAD'S PICK UP AND
GOING TO THE CALL WITH HIM
BEFORE IT WAS OFFICIAL AND IT'S
A BUG AND DESIRE THAT YOU GET
AND IF YOU HAVE IT YOU WORK IT
TO THE MAX. IF YOU DON'T HAVE
IT IT'S A DIFFERENT GAME, BUT
TODAY UNFORTUNATELY WITH TODAY'S
LIVE STYLES AND WHATEVER I THINK
THE THING THAT YOU WILL ALL FIND
IT'S GOING TO BE MORE AND MORE
DIFFICULT TO FIND VOLUNTEERS
THAT CAN PUT IN THE TIME AND DO
ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE
REQUIRED. RIGHT NOW I AM
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FACT THAT
I -- TODAY IS THE SIXTH, SO SIX
NIGHTS OF FULL SLEEP AND NOT
WORRYING ABOUT A PAGER GOING OFF
AND IT FEELS GOOD. I DIDN'T
KNOW HOW I WOULD FEEL BUT SO FAR
SO GOOD AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR
YOUR RECOGNITION.
>> CHIEF THANK YOU SO MUCH. I
WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THE
INCREDIBLE TEAM THAT IS HERE TO
SUPPORT YOU TODAY TO PLEASE TAKE
A PICTURE WITH ALL OF US AND AS
WELL AS INVITE THE CHIEFS UP AND
IF THE BOARD WANTS TO JOIN US
THIS IS A GREAT HONOR AND WE ARE
GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE. IF
WE COULD GIVE THE CHIEF A ROUND
OF APPLAUSE FOR HIS 40 YEARS OF
SERVICE.
[APPLAUSE]
>> THANK YOU AGAIN .
[APPLAUSE]
>> THE BOARD DID ALSO PASS ITEM
FIVE A GOLD RESOLUTION
COMMENDING DAVE HEAD GENERAL
SERVICES DIVISION MANAGER FOR
FLEET OPERATIONS FOR HIS 25.5
YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE COUNTY
OF SONOMA AND MANY CONTRIBUTIONS
TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE GENERAL
SERVICES DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE
COUNTY OF SONOMA AND I WANT TO
INVITE JOSE OBERGON UP TO TELL
US ABOUT DAVE, THE MAN, THE
MYTH, THE LEGEND.
>> THAT'S RIGHT. THAT'S ALL I
HAVE TO SAY. GOOD MORNING
CHAIRMAN RABBITT AND MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD. I AM DIRECTOR OF
GENERAL SERVICES. I WANT TO
THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO
RECOGNIZE DAVE HEAD WHO RETIRED
AFTER SERVING THE COUNTY FOR 25
YEARS. DAVE STARTED IN 1987 AND
APPOINTED AS FLEET OPERATIONS
MANAGER IN 1990. AS FLEET
MANAGER DAVE DEVELOPED ONE OF
THE BEST PUBLIC FLEETS IN THE
COUNTRY AND I THINK THAT IS WELL
RECOGNIZE SAID. FOR A FLEET
MANAGER MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE
SAFE AND ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES AND
EQUIPMENT. HE STRIVED TO
SUPPORT A STAFF OF TECHNICIANS
THAT ARE COMPETENT AND COMMITTED
TO EXCELLENT SERVICE AND
FACILITATE THE ABILITY TO
PERFORM THE WORK BY MEETING
TRANSPORTATION AND EQUIPMENT
NEEDS. UNDER DAVE'S LEADERSHIP
FLEET OPERATIONS CONTINUOUSLY
HAS MET THIS GOAL. HOWEVER IN
TODAY'S WORLD AND IN SONOMA
COUNTY'S WORLD THE EXPECTATIONS
ARE HIGHER. THEY'RE EXPECTED TO
BE EFFICIENT, ENVIRONMENTALLY
SUSTAINABLE AND A REFLECTION OF
THE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS CHANGING
EXPANDING WITH EVERY NEW MODEL
THAT IS INTRODUCED. TO THAT END
DAVE CREATED ONE OF THE GREENEST
PUBLIC FLEETS IN THE COUNTRY.
HE ASSIMILATED CUTTING EDGE
VEHICLES AND TECHNOLOGY INTO THE
FLEET AND FLEET SHOP OPERATIONS
AND HE LEAD THE CHARGE IN
DEMONSTRATING THE VIABILITY OF
ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND THE
SUPPORT REQUIRED TO MAKE SURE
THAT THEY ARE HERE TO STAY THIS
ROUND. THROUGH HIS EFFORTS DAVE
IS A ADVOCATE AND SPOKESPERSON
FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY.
HIS EFFORTS LEAD SONOMA COUNTY
TO BE RECOGNIZED BY
ORGANIZATIONS BY TRADE GROUPS IN
AND OUTSIDE OF THE AGENCY.
THEY'RE TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION
BUT DAVE HELPED PUTTING SONOMA
COUNTY ON THE MAP WITH THE FLEET
EFFORTS AND RAISED THE BAR TO
AMBULANCE .
>>
>> EXCELLENCE ON FLEET
MANAGEMENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK DAVE FOR HIS EFFORTS.
RECOGNIZE HIM FOR HIS EXCELLENCE
SERVICE, HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR
DEMONSTRATING WHAT PUBLIC FLEET
OPERATIONS SHOULD AND CAN
ACCOMPLISH. WITH THAT SAID I
WILL BRING DAVE UP HERE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
[APPLAUSE]
>> GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. THANK YOU JOSE. I
JUST WANT TO START OUT BY SAYING
I COULD NOT HAVE DONE ANYTHING
WITHOUT THE TEAM THAT WAS BEHIND
ME . COME ON ADAM. MR. JACK
CHURCH IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE
DIVISION THAT HAS BEEN WORKING
FOR THE COUNTY LONGER THAN ME.
HE'S GOT 26 AND A HALF YEARS?
27 AND A HALF YEARS. WHAT THIS
TEAM HAS IS SOME OF THE AWARDS
THAT WERE ONE BY FLEET
OPERATIONS IN THE PAST YEAR,
2012, WHICH INCLUDE THE BLUE
SEAL OF EXCELLENCE FROM THE
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE
ENGINEERS FOR HEAVY AND
LIGHT EQUIPMENT. WE ARE NUMBER
NINE ON THE GREEN FLEET LIST,
MOST GREEN FLEETS IN NORTH
AMERICA IN 2012. WE HAVE SOME
OF THE 2011 AWARDS. ALSO THE
GILO AWARD WHICH WAS MENTIONED
EARLIER FOR THE SONOMA COUNTY
ELECTRIC TRAIL SO THIS WAS A
TEAM EFFORT AND I WAS JUST LUCKY
ENOUGH TO BE THE LEADER. ALSO
TO HAVE SUCH GREAT BOARDS OVER
THE YEARS GOING BACK TO SEEING
JIM AND ERNIE CARPENTER BEHIND
THIS DESK AND THE CURRENT BOARD
IT'S BEEN A LONG HAUL BUT A
GREAT ONE AND I APPRECIATE THE
RECOGNITION BY THE COUNTY AND BY
THE BOARD AND BY THE DEPARTMENT
FOR NOT JUST ME BUT THE WHOLE
TEAM SO THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU DAVE. IS THERE
ANYONE ANYONE ELSE THATTED LIKE
TO SPEAK? I JUST GOT TO SAY --
OH PLEASE.
>> GOOD MORNING BOARD. I AM
DAVID WORTHING TON AND THE NEW
FLEET MANAGER. I HAVE BEEN
FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH DAVE FOR
THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND I
LEARNED A LOT FROM HIM AND WE
CONTINUE THAT WORK AND MOVE THE
COUNTY FORWARD IN THE GREEN
INITIATIVES AND BEING A
SUSTAINABLE FLEET AND SETTING
THE EXAMPLE FOR OTHER FLEETS
AROUND THE COUNTRY AND IT
WAS HIS LEADERSHIP AND I AM
GRATEFUL FOR THAT.
>> I WAS GOING TO SAY A GREEN
FLEET REFERS TO THE COLOR OF THE
VEHICLES AND HERE IN SONOMA
COUNTY HE TRULY HAVE A GREEN
FLEET AND DUE TO YOU DAVE AND
THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED WITH YOU
OVER THE YEARS BUT IT'S REALLY
YOUR LEADERSHIP THAT HAS BEEN
FABULOUS MOVING FORWARD FOR THE
COUNTY. I WENT THROUGH THE LIST
OF THE AWARDS THAT THE SHOP HAS
WON AND IT'S -- THEY ARE TRULY
TOO NUMEROUS TO SAY. THEY FILL
UP A WHOLE PAGE AND AGAIN YOUR
LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN WONDERFUL.
WE THANK YOU FOR THAT AND YOUR
YEARS OF SERVICE AND I KNOW THAT
YOU HAVE FAMILY HERE AS WELL AND
WE WANT TO PRESENT THIS GOLD
RESOLUTION TO YOU AND INVITE YOU
AND YOUR TEAM AND FAMILY TO COME
UP FOR A PHOTO, AND IF FAMILY
NEEDS TO SAY ANYTHING IF YOUR
WIFE WANTS TO ROAST YOU HERE AT
THE DAIS THAT WOULD BE GREAT
TOO. NO ROASTING. HOW ABOUT --
>> [INAUDIBLE]
>> OH THE SISTER WILL ALSO
ROAST. I KNOW THAT.
>> SHE WAS A FIRST GRADE TEACHER
FOR 30 YEARS SO I AM TOAST WHEN
SHE'S AROUND.
>> SO SHE KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE
YOU IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.
SUPERVISOR MCGUIRE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO YOU WANT TO
SAY A FEW WORDS TOO AND I
APPRECIATE THAT AND I WANT TO
SAY WHAT A PLEASURE IT HAS BEEN
TO WORK WITH YOU. YOU HAVE
TREATED THE FLEET LIKE EVERY
VEHICLE, EVERY PIECE OF
EQUIPMENT IS YOUR OWN, AND YOU
HAVE TAKEN IT VERY PERSONALLY.
YOU'RE INNOVATIVE DAVE. YOU'RE
A STRATEGIC THINKER AND I LIKE
THAT YOU FOCUS ON THE BOTTOM
LINE AND YOU HAVE DONE
INCREDIBLE THING FORS COUNTY AND
HARD SHOES TO FILL AND I KNOW
MR. WORTHINGTON IS GOING TO BE A
WONDERFUL JOB BUT WE'RE GOING TO
MISS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR
LIFETIME OF WORK HERE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO.
>> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. I WANT
TO ADD MY COMMENTS AS WELL. I
THINK YOU HAVE NOT ONLY
DEMONSTRATED THE COMMITMENT TO
PROFESSIONALISM AND LEADERSHIP
BUT YOU HAVE DONE THAT IN XESM
PLIIFIYING IT NOW CREATING A
DEPARTMENT THAT IS SEEN STATE
WIDE AND NATIONALLY AS A MODEL
AND HAVING STARTED HERE WITH THE
COUNTY 25 YEARS AGO AND MAKING
YOUR WAY THROUGH THE RANKS PER
SE, BUT BEING ABLE TO DO THAT
WITH AN INNOVATIVE EYE AND
ACKNOWLEDGING THE BOARD'S GOALS
WHETHER IT WAS A CLIMATE ACTION
PLAN, OR SUSTAINABILITY,
REDUCING COSTS. THAT'S ONE OF
THE THINGS THAT ISN'T ALWAYS
CAPTURED IN THESE GREEN
GOVERNMENT OR SUSTAINABILITY
AWARDS IS IN FACT THE COUNTY IS
SAVING MONEY WHEN WE'RE LOOKING
AT THESE INITIATIVES LONG-TERM,
AND JUST WANT TO REALLY
RECOGNIZE YOU. I ONLY HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH YOU FOR
FOUR OF THE YEARS BUT I KNOW YOU
MADE THIS BOARD AND PREVIOUS
BOARDS INCREDIBLY PROUD AND WE
COULD HOLD FLEET UP AS A MODEL
AND YET ONE OF THE AREAS THAT
THIS COUNTY HAS DRIVEN THAT AND
A LOT GOES TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM
SO THANK YOU DAVE. WE WISH YOU
WELL AND REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR
COMMITMENT AND NOT JUST THE
DIVISION BUT THE COUNTY AND
SUSTAINABILITY AS A WHOLE.
>> THANK YOU. SUPERVISOR GORIN.
>> I WOULD LIKE TO SAY
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO
YOU AND YOUR TEAM. ALTHOUGH I
HAVE BEEN ON THE BOARD ONLY FOR
A FEW MONTHS AND I KNOW FROM MY
WORK WITH SANTA ROSA AND MAYOR
EVERYTHING THAT MY COLLEAGUES
HAS SAID HAS HAPPENED. YOU WORK
SO EFFECTIVELY WITH OTHER
JURISDICTIONS ESPECIALLY SANTA
ROSA ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE
STANDARDS AND CHARGING STATIONS
YOU BUT SO MANY OTHER AREAS AND
MAYBE A FRIENDLY RIVALRY ABOUT
THE GREEN FLEET BETWEEN THE CITY
AND THE COUNTY BUT WELL EARNED
ECNIGZ FOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENT.
ONCE AGAIN SONOMA COUNTY LEADS
THE NATION IN LOOKING FORWARD
ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO GREEN
OUR OPERATIONS, AND THANK YOU
ALL FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THAT.
IT'S IMPORTANT AND I WANT TO
WISH YOU WELL IN YOUR
RETIREMENT.
>> GREAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND
DAVE TAKE NOTE HOW SMALL THE
FONT IS IN ORDER TO GET ALL OF
YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THE
RESOLUTION. IT'S PRETTY
IMPRESSIVE. IF YOU COULD COME
UP WITH A PRESENTATION AND A
PICTURE WITH THE BOARD AND YOUR
FAMILY. I APPRECIATE IT.
[APPLAUSE]
>> THANK YOU ALL AGAIN. THE
BOARD DID PASS THIS MORNING ONE,
TWO, THREE OTHER GOLD RESOLUTION
THAT WILL BE PRESENTED AT
ANOTHER DATE. NICK FREY WHICH I
MENTIONED AND A GOLD RESOLUTION
RECOGNIZING MAY AS NATIONAL BIKE
MONTH AND "BIKE TO WORK DAY"
WILL BE PRESENTED ON MAY 9
OUTSIDE OF 830 ON "BIKE TO WORK
DAY" AND WE DID PRESENT -- HAD A
GOLD RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING
SONOMA COUNTY VETERAN RESOURCE
AND JOB FAIR ON MAY 1. I WANT
TO THANK THE SUPERVISOR FOR
PRESENTING THAT OVER AT THE
VET'S BUILDING AND WHERE A
THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR
THE FAIR. THAT WAS AMAZING AND
THANK YOU BOTH FOR THAT AND
THANK YOU ALL THE ORGANIZERS
WITH THAT. WITH THAT WE ARE ON
TO THE REGULAR CALENDAR. TODAY
IT INCLUDES ITEM 40 THROUGH 44.
FIRST UP IS NUMBER 40,
PRESERVATION RANCH ACQUISITION.
AN ACTION ITEM AND WE HAVE BILL
KEEN AND MISTY MANAGER FROM THE
OPEN SPACE TO MAKE A
PRESENTATION.
>>
>> GOOD MORNING PRESIDENT
RABBITT AND MEMBERS OF THE
BOARDS. I AM BILL KEEN AS THE
CHAIR MENTIONED GENERAL MANAGER
OF THE OPEN SPACE -- AG AND OPEN
SPACE DISTRICT AND I AM HERE
WITH MISSY AIRIOUS WHO IS A
PROGRAM MANAGER. WE HAVE CHRIS
KELLY FROM THE CONSERVATION
FUND. THIS IS THE LEAD
ORGANIZATION THAT PUT THIS DEAL
TOGETHER. WE ALSO HAVE RALPH
BENSON FROM THE NO NO LAND
TRUST, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
>>
>> WHO HAS BEEN SECURED THE
GRANT FROM THE MOW FOUNDATION
AND WE ALSO HAVE IN THE AUDIENCE
TODAY THE [INAUDIBLE] WHO ARE
THE OWNERS OF THE KELLY ROAD LLC
AND I AM SURE THEY WILL HAVE
COMMENTS TO MAKE AS WELL. LET
ME START BY SAYING HOW
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THIS
ACQUISITION IS TO THE COUNTY OF
SONOMA. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE
LARGEST CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
IN OUR HISTORY TRAILING ONLY
COLLEY RANCH AND IT'S A
SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT AS
CURRENTLY PROPOSED BECAUSE WE
BELIEVE IT MEETS MULTIPLE
OBJECTIVES. IT WILL PROVIDE
PROTECTION FOR 18,000 ACRES OF
LAND WHEN ADDED TO PROTECTED
LANDS IN THE AREA WE'RE LOOKING
AT IN EXCESS OF 75,000 ACRES IN
THAT GENERAL VICINITY OF
PROTECTED FOREST LANDS. THIS
PROJECT AS IT MOVES FORWARD WILL
PROVIDE FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY
PRACTICES THAT ENHANCE AND
PROTECT THE WATERSHED LANDS AND
PROVIDE WILDLIFE CORRIDORS BUT
HELP IN THE CREATION OF JOBS AND
HELP OUR ECONOMY AS WE MOVE
FORWARD. IT ALSO -- NOT EVEN
LEAST IN THE DISCUSSION IT
PRECLUDES WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A
LARGE FRAGMENTATION OF THE
PROPERTY INTO MUCH SMALLER
PARCELS THAT WOULD HAVE
PRECLUDED RESTORATION ON THE
SITE. THE DISTRICT'S VISION FOR
THE SONOMA NORTH COAST IS INTACT
REDWOOD FOREST WELL FIGURED FOR
NATURAL RESOURCES AS WELL AS
PROVIDING ECONOMIC VIABILITY AND
THERE IS A KEYSTONE PARCEL IN
ACHIEVING THAT VISION. THE FUND
IS PROPOSING TO RESTORE THAT
FOREST LAND AND AS WE KNOW THAT
THE WATERSHED IS CRITICAL FOR
THREATENED ENDANGERED SPECIES
FOR COHOE AND SALMON AND STEEL
HEAD AND WE WERE OUT THERE WITH
FISH AND GAME AND LOOKING AT THE
POTENTIAL FOR RESTORATION AT
THAT SITE AND LASTLY WE ARE
PROUD TO BE PARTNERING WITH THE
PARTNERS THAT WE'RE PARTNERING
IN ON THIS PROJECT, THE
CONSERVATION FUND, THE MOORE
FOUNDATION, THE LAND TRUST AND
THE CONSERVANCY WHICH HAS
$10 MILLION INTO THIS DEAL.
IT'S ANOTHER WAY THAT WE SHOW
HOW WELL WE LEVERAGE OUR FUNDS,
AND WHAT A GREAT WAY FOR US TO
ENTER INTO THIS ACQUISITION BUT
REALLY TO HAVE MORE THAN
$24 MILLION PROJECT AND THE
COUNTY IS PUTTING $4 MILLION
INTO IT. WHAT A GREAT LEVERAGE
STORY HERE. WITH THEY WILL PASS
IT OVER TO MISTY WHO WILL TELL
YOU DETAILS ABOUT THE PROJECT.
>> MISTY AIR YOS AND I AM
PROGRAM MANAGER SO I WILL GO
THROUGH SOME OF THE DETAILS AND
THEN WE ARE PREPARED TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS. THE PRESERVATION
PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN NORTH
SONOMA COUNTY. A CONSERVATION
EASEMENT HELD AND THE COLLEY
RANCH AS COMPARISON. CAN YOU
SEE IT'S CLOSE TO THE COAST AND
THIS IS (INAUDIBLE) ROAD. IT
HAS 154 LEGAL PARCELS. 1.7
MILES OF [INAUDIBLE] SCENIC ROAD
CORRIDOR. ONE SMALL HOUSE ON
THAT PROPERTY, A SHOP, A ESVIRE,
A VINEYARD AND ADJACENT TO THE
RESERVE SODA SPRINGS REGIONAL
PARK AND THIS IS AN AERIAL OF THE PROPERTY AND
YOU SEE THE CREEKS AND ITS
PROXIMITY TO ANNAPOLIS AND HERE
IS KELLY ROAD COMING INTO THE
PROPERTY HERE. THE PROPERTY
DOES HAVE -- HAS HISTORICALLY
BEEN HARVESTED FOR COMMERCIAL
TIMBER PURPOSES. IT'S MADE UP
VARIOUS PERCENTAGES OF TREES AND
THE FOREST IS YOUNG AND IN NEED
OF RESTORATION AND FOR YEARS WE
COULDN'T DO THIS TRANSACTION
BECAUSE THERE WASN'T ANYONE
BRAVE ENOUGH TO DO THAT EFFORT
AND WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE THE
CONSERVATION FUND THAT CAME UP
WITH A WAY OF HANDLING IT AND
THE [INAUDIBLE] PROPERTY IS ONLY
$2 MILLION. AS BILL MENTIONED
THERE ARE IMMENSE NATURAL
RESOURCES ON THE PROPERTY. I
DON'T THINK I NEED TO GO INTO
DETAIL. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT
THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FISH
AND 12 SPECIES AND ENDANGERED
PLANTS AND OLD GROWTH REDWOOD.
THE PROJECT AS PROPOSED MEETS
SEVERAL OBJECTIVES AND ACRES OF CORE
WOODLAND AND THREE DESIGNATED
AND HAS 4500 ACRES OF ONE OF
THEM. THE PROPERTY ALSO -- THE
PROJECT CONSISTENT WITH THE
SONOMA COUNTY GENERAL PLAN 2020
AND IT PRESERVES LARGE SPACE AND
WILDLIFE HABITATS AND
RESTORATION OF FOREST RESOURCES.
THE DISTRICT -- THE WAY THE
PROJECT STRUCTURE IS SET UP -- I
SHOULD PROBABLY GO BACK TO THE
MAP, BUT THERE ARE TWO NON
CONTIGUOUS PARCELS ON THE MAP
THAT WILL PROBABLY BE SOLD AND
INCLUDING THE VINEYARD AND OUR
IS 18,000 ACRES OF LAND AND
PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES VALUES
AND ALLOW FOR COMMERCIAL
FORESTRY AND GRAZING AND TWO
BUILDING ENVELOPES ON THE
PROPERTY AND THE PROPERTY WILL
BE MERGED INTO ONE OWNERSHIP.
OWLS THE EASEMENT IS INTENDED TO
ALLOW FOR A PROJECT FOR THE
RESTORATION OF THE PROJECT. SO
THE ACQUISITION COST IS
24.5 MILLION. OUR CONTRIBUTION
IS $4 MILLION. CONSERVATION
FUND -- THEIR BOARD APPROVED
$6 MILLION CONTRIBUTION. THE
COASTAL CONSERVANCY APPROVED
$10 MILLION. THE MOORE
FOUNDATION HAS FUNDING AND THERE
WILL BE OTHER FUNDING FROM OTHER
SOURCES AND 1300 ACRES TO BE
SOLD AND REIMBURSE THE BRIDGE
FUNDING AND AS BILL TALKED ABOUT
THE LONG-TERM PLANS ARE
FORESTRY, CARBON PROJECT. THERE
WAS APPRAISAL COMMISSIONED BY
THE PROJECT BY THE CONSERVATION
FUND AND THE DATE OF EVALUATION
IS NOVEMBER 13 OF LAST YEAR AND
THE APPRAISAL DOES DETERMINE
THAT THE PURCHASE PRICE DOESN'T
GO ABOVE THE VALUE AND OUR
$4 MILLION DOESN'T EXCEED FAIR
MARKET VALUE FOR THE EASEMENTS
AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR
PRESENTATION AND WE ARE HAPPY TO
ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU
HAVE.
>> GREAT. BEFORE WE GO TO
PUBLIC COMMENT ARE THERE
QUESTIONS OF STAFF? AND I WILL
GO TO SUPERVISOR CARRILLO.
>> THANK YOU CHAIR. FIRST AND
FOREMOST I WANT TO THANK STAFF,
BOTH MISTY AND BILL, FOR TAKING
THIS ON IN WHAT WAS A SHORT TIME
FROM THE FRAME. WHEN STAFF WAS.
>>
>> STAFF WAS APPROACHED WE
RECOGNIZED THAT OPPORTUNITY WAS
REAL. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS I
HAD BEEN INFORMED OF A COUPLE OF
GROUPS LOOKING AT THIS AND
RECOGNIZING THE DISTRICT'S
POSITION. THE DISTRICT HAD BEEN
LONG INTERESTED IN PROTECTING
PRESERVATION RANCH AND THERE
WERE ATTEMPTS TO WORK WITH
PARTNERS TO CRAFT A DEAL, AND I
THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS
TO COME UP WITH A SUCCESSFUL
PROPOSAL THAT WHERE YOU WOULD
HAVE SOMEONE WILLING TO TAKE THE
FEE TITLE. THAT'S WHERE THE
CONSERVATION FUND CAME IN AND
PRESENTED WHAT LOOKED TO BE A
PROMISING OPPORTUNITY. I DO
ALSO WANT TO THANK CHRIS KELLY
AND THE CONSERVATION FUND FOR
PIONEERING OR SPEAR HEADING THIS
EFFORT WITH PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
LAND TRUST. I DO HAVE LOTS OF
COMMENTS THEY WILL RESERVE AFTER
THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISH
TO APPROACH OR COMMENT BEFORE
THE DISTRICT BOARD BUT I DO WANT
TO ASK A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND
THE FIRST ONE IS RELATED TO THE
KELLY ROAD ISSUE. I KNOW THAT
THE BOARD RECEIVED I THINK EMAIL
COMMUNICATION -- I THINK WE'RE
ALL INCLUDED IN THERE.
SUPERVISOR MCGUIRE AND I TOOK
THE TIME TO RESPOND TO THAT
ISSUE. I BELIEVE CONSERVATION
FUND AND DISTRICT STAFF MET WITH
THE LIEUER SCPIS WANTED TO GET A
SENSE OF WHERE ARE WE WITH THE
ROAD ISSUE? AND SPEAKING TO THE
COASTAL CONSERVANCY FOR MYSELF
WE ARE INTERESTED IN THE
LONG-TERM LOOKING AT THIS
PROPERTY IN SOME FASHION FOR
PUBLIC ACCESS. THE QUESTION IS
OBVIOUSLY ACCESSING THAT TRACK
OF LAND MAY PRESENT TO BE A
LITTLE CHALLENGING. IT'S NOT
LIKE THE GENERAL RED LANDS AND
YOU HAVE ACCESS THERE OR THROUGH
HIGHWAY ONE. I GUESS THE
QUESTION WERE WE ABLE TO RESOLVE
SOME OF THE ISSUES AND IF WE
WEREN'T IS THERE A COMMITMENT
FROM STAFF -- I THINK THERE IS,
TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES?
>> SURE. THANK YOU SUPERVISOR
CARRILLO. FIRST I WANT TO THANK
THE LLEER'S TO MEET WITH US AND
ADDRESS THE CONCERNS. THEIR
CONCERNS ARE ABOUT ACCESS ON
KELLY ROAD AND THEY'RE CONCERNED
BIKE OTHER OWNER OF ILLEGAL GROW
OPERATIONS AND OFF THE ROCK TILE
ENTRANCE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE
SITE IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
ACCESS IT MAKES SENSE FROM THAT
SODA SPRINGS AREA. THE COUNTY
HAS A LICENSE AGREEMENT TO USE
THE ROAD AND WE'RE GOING TO BE
-- THE COUNTY IS GOING TO BE
SUBJECT TO THAT LICENSE
AGREEMENT AND WHATEVER
RESTRICTIONS ARE THERE, SO
WHATEVER PUBLIC ACCESS HAPPENS
OUT THERE HAS TO BE LEGALLY
ALLOWABLE, AND SO THAT IS
SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE LOOK INTO
AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM
ON WHAT IS POSSIBLE. I DO THINK
THEY WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY
ABOUT POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS ON
KELLY ROAD WITHIN THEIR
COMMENTS, AND WE'RE CERTAINLY
GOING TO BE FOLLOWING UP WITH
THEM AND WORKING WITH THEM AND
THE CONSERVATION FUND IS VERY
COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THEM
IN THE FUTURE AND BEING GOOD
NEIGHBORS, SO I WILL LEAVE IT AT
THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY OTHER
QUESTIONS.
>> NO. YOU KNOW THE MOVING INTO
MEETING MULTIPLE OBJECTIVES IF
YOU COULD -- THIS MAP IF I
UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY THE
PROPERTY JUST NORTH OF
PRESERVATION RANCH IS MANAGED BY
CONSERVE FUND?
>> YES. THERE ARE TWO TRACKS
AND THE RIVER PARCEL THEY
PURCHASED PREVIOUSLY AND THE
GARCIA RIVER AND IF YOU'RE GOING
NORTH IT'S ROUGHLY 30 MILES
NORTH TO SOUTH. THOSE TWO
PARCELS ARE OVER THE COUNTY LINE
IN MENDOCINO COUNTY. I DON'T
HAVE A POINTER. YEAH, JUST MORT
OF THAT AND EVEN NORTH OF THAT
THEY HAVE THE BIG RIVER PROJECT
AS WELL, SO IT DOES PRESENT A
PRETTY AMAZING CONTIGUOUS
56,000 ACRES OF LAND.
>> NOW BILL THIS IS FOR THE
BOARD AND THE PUBLIC. IT'S MY
UNDERSTANDING THAT STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLES ARE
THE SAME AND FORESTRY AND THESE
GUYS HAVE THE BEST PRACTICES. I
DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD.
>> I WOULD ADD SOMETHING MORE TO
THAT. YES THEY DO. THEY DO
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY IN THE BEST
WAY POSSIBLE BUT ONE OF THE
OTHER THINGS THAT THEY DO IS
ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY. THEY HIRE
LOCAL CONTRACTORS TO DO THE WORK
AND THEY INVITELET PUBLIC WHEN
THEY DO TIMBER EXTRACTION -- AND
THESE ARE EXTRACTIONS TO HELP
THE FOREST GROW TO BE THE BEST
IT CAN BE FROM THAT STANDPOINT.
THEY BRING THE PUBLIC OUT AND
SHOW ON A MAP WHERE THEY'RE
DOING THE WORK AND SHOW THEM THE
EXACT TREES, SO THAT THEY CAN
REALLY EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON HOW
THEY'RE TRYING TO DO AND GAIN
THAT BUY IN AND THAT HAS WORKED
WELL FOR THEM. EARLY ON IN THE
NORTHERN PROPERTIES THEY HAD
PEOPLE CONCERNED AND NOW THEY
HAVE FEW BECAUSE THERE IS A
TRUST LEVEL BUILT THERE AND WE
ANTICIPATE THAT TRUST LEVEL WILL
MIGRATE SOUTH WHILE WORKING ON
THIS PROPERTY AS WELL.
>> SPEAKING OF VERY FEW I CAN
IMAGINE THE PACKED ROOM WHETHER
WE WOULD HAVE HAD AN ALTERNATIVE
PROPOSAL BEFORE THIS BOARD -- I
WON'T GO THERE. SPEAKING TO THE
WIDE RANGE OF BENEFIT MR. CHAIR WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
THESE AREAS AND THE HOMES FOR
THE STEEL HOD AND COHOE AND THE
PART I LIKE REDUCE GLOBAL
WARMING AND FOCUSING ON THIS
SEQUESTRATION AND LOOKING AT
THAT SUSTAINABLE FOREST MODEL
WAS A MODEL WELL ACCEPTED BY THE
COASTAL CONSERVANCY. THAT WAS
SOMETHING THAT DREW SIGNIFICANT
INTEREST TO THEM AND REALLY
RESTORING THE LAND HERE AND
MAKING THIS ECOSYSTEM MORE
RESILIENT. I WILL RESERVE SOME
OF THE THANK YOUS. I THINK
THERE ARE MANY THANK YOUS TO GO
AROUND AND WE HAVE THE
CONSERVATION FUND AND LAND TRUST
BUT I WILL BE MORE SPECIFIC MR.
CHAIR IN A SECOND TO TIE IT UP
AND I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR IF
THERE ARE COMMENTS FROM THE
BOARD AND THE ADMISSIBLE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I DO.
>>
>>
>> I DO HAVE TWO QUESTIONS AND I
APPRECIATE THE ANSWERS THAT I
GOT BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE
PUT IT OUT THERE SO THE ON GOING
COST FOR THE DISTRICT, THE
$4 MILLION CONTRIBUTION. CAN
YOU QUICKLY GIVE US THAT FIGURE?
>> THE ON GOING COST TO THE
DISTRICT WOULD BE OUR ON GOING
MONITORING THAT WE ESSENTIALLY
DO ON ANY EASEMENT PURCHASE THAT
WE DO AND I BELIEVE MISTY YOU
CHECKED -- IT'S ABOUT --
>> [INAUDIBLE]
>> WE AVERAGED ABOUT $7,000 A
YEAR AS ON GOING COSTS.
>> GREAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
AND THE IMPACT OF THIS
PARTICULAR $4 MILLION
CONTRIBUTION FOR THE ACQUISITION
ON THE PROPERTY TO THE
DISTRICT'S PLAN. I MEAN BASICALLY WAS THERE ANOTHER
PROJECT BUMPED FOR THIS?
NO. THIS REPRESENTS $4 MILLION
AND THIS IS THE FIRST PROJECT IN
THE $22 MILLION SO THERE IS A
COUPLE OF PROJECTS IN THAT LIST
THAT ARE LOOKING VERY -- LIKE
THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MOVE
FORWARD SO WHILE THIS IS A NEW
ONE COMING IN WE DID HAVE SOME
DEVOTED TO NEW PROJECTS AND SOME
OF THE PROJECTS IN THERE NOT
LIKELY TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE
THREE YEAR PERIOD SO I FEEL
CONFIDENT WE'RE GOOD. IN
ADDITION IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO
KNOW THAT OUR SALES TAX REVENUE
HAS PERKED UP QUITE A BIT SINCE
WE DID THE WORK PLAN SO THAT
GIVES ME GREAT EFFORT IN KNOWING
WE'RE NOT OVER REACHING.
>> GREAT. WELL, I HEARD
SOMETHING ABOUT A NEW CAR. I
THINK THAT WENT TO THAT. CAN
YOU -- I KNOW THAT THEY'RE GOING
TO TALK ABOUT THEIR KELLY ROAD
AND I THINK IT'S UNIQUE
CIRCUMSTANCE WITH BEING A
PRIVATE ROAD HELD BY AN LLC AND
AS YOU MENTIONED THE LICENSE
AGREEMENTS ARE IN PLACE. I
JUST AGAIN WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE AGREEMENTS IN PLACE
TODAY REMAIN IN PLACE ON ACCESS
FOR THAT PARTICULAR ROAD.
>> YES THEY REMAIN IN PLACE. I
THINK THEY COULD TALK A LITTLE
BIT HOW LONG THOSE AGREEMENTS
RUN. I THINK IT'S A 10 YEAR
AGREEMENT AND I DON'T BELIEVE --
HOW MANY MORE YEARS? NINE YEARS
ON THAT AGREEMENT AND THAT
PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE SODA
SPRINGS PARK.
>> THANK YOU AND IF THERE IS NO
MORE COMMENTS WE WILL GO TO THE
PUBLIC. IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK ON
THIS FILL OUT A CARD AND PLACE
IT ON THE RAMP. I APPRECIATE
IT.
>> GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU FOR
YOUR INDULGENCE. I AM SURE YOU
ARE TIRED OF SEEING MY FACE
HERE. FIRST OF ALL -- PARDON
ME?
>> [INAUDIBLE]
>> YES. SHE'S DEFINITELY THE
BETTER HALF. FIRSTLY I WOULD
LIKE TO THANK SUPERVISOR
CARRILLO FOR HIS EFFORTS IN
PUTTING THIS TOGETHER AND THE
REST OF THE BOARD, BUT
SPECIFICALLY EFREN, EXCUSE ME,
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO. KELLY ROAD
LLC SUPPORTS THIS PROJECT
WHOLEHEARTEDLY. THE ONLY
PROBLEM LIES WITH PUBLIC ACCESS.
THE DEED OF THE PROPERTY
SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS IT.
THERE'S A FEW THINGS THAT YOU
DON'T KNOW. KELLY ROAD LLC IF
YOU GO BACK A FEW PICTURES I CAN
SHOW YOU WE OWN THE DRIVE WAY BY
TENS OF A MILE. KEEP GOING
BACK. I WILL TELL YOU WHEN TO
STOP. ANYWAY IF THE
CONSERVATION FUND DOES IN FACT
TAKE POSSESSION -- RIGHT THERE.
WE OWN THAT 60-FOOT OF LAND THAT
GOES UP THAT HILL, ALMOST 6/10
OF A MILE TO THE GATE. IF THE
CONSERVATION FUND DOES BUY IT
THEY OWN HALF MILE OF THE KELLY
ROAD WHICH WE HAVE A EASEMENT
OVER. SHE STATED THE PROPERTY
WAS CONTIGUOUS WITH THE PARK BUT
IT'S NOT. IT'S SEPARATED BY
100-FOOT OF LAND THAT KELLY PARK
LLC OWNS. WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING
WITH CALPERS SINCE 2004 UNDER A
DIFFERENT GUISE BUT BASICALLY WE
HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WITH CALPERS
SINCE 2004. WHEN WE BOUGHT THE
ROAD WE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THIS.
WE BOUGHT IT SO SOMEBODY HAD TO
STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO TAKE
CARE OF THE PLATE FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL REASONS, AND THERE
WASN'T A LOT OF PEOPLE IN LINE
TO DO THAT, AND WE REALLY DIDN'T
ANTICIPATE ALL THIS FIGHTING AND
WE DON'T WISH TO FIGHT ANYMORE.
THE [INAUDIBLE] ROAD IS A MESS.
THE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE PARK
AND PUBLIC ACCESS FOR THIS
PURCHASE. KELLY ROAD LLC WILL
BE WILLING TO SELL THAT AND THE
CONSERVATION FUND ALREADY OWNS
AND TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS. IT'S
A HUGE MESS. IT'S A MESS FOR
THE COUNTY PARKS. IT'S A MESS
FOR THE CONSERVATION FUND. IT'S
TIME FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO STEP
UP TO THE PLATE YOU KNOW, EITHER
A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
CONSERVATION FUND, THE COUNTY, A
PRIVATE DONOR, SOMEBODY TO STEP
UP TO THE PLATE BECAUSE THE
PUBLIC WITH ALL THE PRESS THAT
WE'VE HAD THE PUBLIC DOES
DESERVE I THINK ACCESS TO THIS
PROPERTY, A LIMITED ACCESS,
HOWEVER THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO
IT, A TRAIL GOING TO ONE SPOT
AND A TRAIL BACK OR WHATEVER,
BUT I THINK THE PUBLIC DESERVES
THIS.
>> DAVE, COULD YOU WRAP UP?
>> I'M SORRY. I WOULD IMPLORE
ALL INVOLVED IN THIS PURCHASE TO
GET THIS DONE. IF AN AGREEMENT
CANNOT BE REACH TODAY WOULD
FORCE US TO GO PLACES THAT WE
DON'T WANT TO GO. THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU. BUNNY LOURVES.
>> GOOD MORNING SUPERVISORS. I
DON'T WANT TO REPEAT EVERYTHING
DAVID SAID. I JUST WANT TO SAY
THAT ALL THESE LITTLE RED TABS
IN MY FOLDER ARE ALL MENTIONS OF
PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE POTENTIAL
PURCHASE OF PRESERVATION RANCH. MOST ARE FROM THE
PRESS DEMOCRAT AND HAS A MILLION
PERCEPTIONS OF ACCESS TO THIS
PROJECT AND WE REALLY FEEL LIKE
WE HAVE BEEN THROWN UNDER THE
BUS ON THIS THING AND PEOPLE ARE
GOING -- YEAH, CAN WE PARK AT
YOUR HOUSE AND UNLOAD OUR
HORSES? THERE IS MENTION OF
HORSEBACK RIDING AND MOUNTAIN
BIKE RIDING AND HIKING AND THAT
IS NOT TO SAY I THINK FOR THE
PUBLIC'S $14 MILLION THEY
DESERVE TO GO THERE WHETHER IT'S
LIMITED . I THINK THEY DESERVE
ACCESS FOR THEIR $14 MILLION.
THAT'S IT. THANKS.
>> THANK YOU. CHRIS KELLY.
>> GOOD MORNING CHAIRMAN RABBITT
AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. IT'S
A PLEASURE TO BE HERE THIS
MORNING TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR
CONSIDERATION OF THIS PURCHASE
BY THE OPEN SPACE DISTRICT.
FIRST I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT
BOTH DAVE AND BUNNY HAVE BEEN
TERRIFICALLY OPEN AND AVAILABLE
TO US. YOU HAVE SEEN EMAIL
COMMUNICATIONS. I HOPE YOU
UNDERSTAND OUR INTENT IS TO
RESPECT THEIR RIGHTS AND THE
LIMITS THAT ARE IN THE ACCESS
RIGHT-OF-WAY THAT HAS BEEN
GRANTED TO THE CONSERVATION FUND
AND THAT THAT'S NOT OUR STYLE AS
A NEIGHBOR TO BE COMBATIVE OR A
ASSERT RIGHTS THAT WE DON'T HAVE
SO IT'S OUR INTENT TO WORK
CLOSELY WITH THEM TO COME TO
ACCOMMODATION BUT NOT TO ASSERT
RIGHTS THAT WE DON'T HAVE AND I
WANT TO THANK THEM AND ONE THEY -- ONE THING THAT WE DO IS
MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND ROADS
BUILT UNDER SUBSTANDARD
TECHNIQUES OR CONDITIONS OVER
THE YEARS AND KELLY ROAD IS A
GOOD MODEL FOR ROAD MANAGEMENT.
IT'S WELL MAINTAINED AND THE
FACT AS DAVID SAID THEY ARE
MAINTAINING THAT ROAD IS A
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE
COUNTY AND US AS AN ADJACENT
LANDOWNER AND I WANTED TO
ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES AND IF YOU
HAVE QUESTIONS I AM HAPPY TO
ADDRESS THEM. JUST QUICK THANKS
TO SUPERVISOR CARRILLO WHO I
SOUGHT GUIDANCE FROM THE
BEGINNING. IT WASN'T CLEAR IF
WE BOUGHT THE PRESERVATION RANCH
WAS SOMETHING THE COUNTY WANTED.
THERE WERE PEOPLE CLEARLY
ADVOCATE FOR FOR THE CALPERS
PLAN AND WE DIDN'T PROCEED UNTIL
I GOT A SENSE FROM THE
SUPERVISOR THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY
TO GO AND I WANT TO THANK THE
DISTRICT STAFF, BOTH BILL AND
MISTY HAVE BEEN HEROIC IN
GETTING THIS COMPLEX TRANSACTION
DONE -- I WON'T SAY DONE BUT
DOING THE DOCUMENTATION
NECESSARY TO BRING THIS TO YOU
IN A TIMELY MANNER, AND WITH
YOUR APPROVAL TODAY I THINK WE
CAN MEET THE TERMS OF THE
CONTRACT AND COMPLETE THE
PURCHASE AND LASTLY THE LAND
TRUST HAS BEEN A TERRIFIC
PARTNER. NONPROFITS LIKE THEM
ARE OFTEN COMPETITORS. WE HAVE
OUR TURFS BUT RALPH AND AIRMY
INVITED US IN AND SAID WE WANT
TO HELP YOU GET THIS DONE, AND
IT'S A REMARKABLE STATEMENT TO
THEIR COMMITMENT AND IF YOU HAVE
QUESTIONS I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER
THEM OR THANK YOU FOR YOUR
CONTRIBUTION OF THE ITEM.
>>
>>
>> THANK YOU MR. KELLY. I
APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH.
RALPH BENSON. THAT'S THE LAST
CARD I HAVE IF ANYONE WANTS TO
SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.
>> CHAIRMAN RABBITT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD I AM HERE LARGELY TO
APPLAUD CHRIS KELLY AND THE
DISTRICT. THIS BOARD AND
PICKING UP ON WHAT SUPERVISOR
CARRILLO SAID I WAS SITTING IN
THE BACK OF THE ROOM AND
FANTASIZING AND A COUPLE OF
YEARS AGO THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK
AT PRESERVATION RANCH AND THE
CHAMBER WAS HALF EMPTY AND IT
WOULD BE UNBELIEVABLE AND HERE
WE ARE AND GOOD NEWS DRAWS A
SMALLER CROWD AND IN ANY EVENT
HATS OFF TO THE DISTRICT AND
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HAVING THE
OPEN SPACE DISTRICT AND THE
LEVERAGE TO ATTRACT THE
CONSERVATION FUND AND ADDRESS
SOME OF THE ISSUES IN SONOMA
COUNTY. THE VISION THAT THE
COMMUNITY SHARED AND THE
DISTRICT'S PLAN AND THE
CONSERVATION PLAN IS KEEPING OUR
FOREST IN TACT AND THIS GOES A
LONG WAY IN DOING THAT. IT
CONNECTS TO 40,000 ACRES THAT
ARE IN MEN SEEDO COUNTY AND WE
ARE BOOK ENDING THE COUNTY WITH
THAT ENTIRE FOREST INTACT AND
THE DISTRICT'S ABILITY TO HOLD A
CONSERVATION EASEMENT IS
CRITICAL TO MAKING THIS WHOLE
THING WORK, AND I WOULD LIKE TO
FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE GORDON
AND BETTY MOW FOUNDATION WHICH
IS PLACING A MILLION DOLLARS
INTO THE POT HERE.
AND THE IMPACT HAS BEEN
EXTRAORDINARY. WE ARE INDEBTED
TO THEIR VISION AND YOUR VISION
AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO FOR HIS
ENCOURAGEMENT ALONG THE WAY IN
MAKING THIS PROJECT HAPPEN AND
PARTICULARLY BILL AND MISTY AND
THE CONSERVATION FUND HAS DONE
AND PUT TOGETHER IS
EXTRAORDINARY AND WE ARE 100%
BEHIND IT AND URGE YOU TO
APPROVE THE MATTER. THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU MR. BENSON. IS
THERE ANYONE ELSE THAT WOULD
LIKE TO SPEAK ON THIS PARTICULAR
ITEM? SEEING NONE WE WILL CLOSE
PUBLIC COMMENT AND BRING IT BACK
TO THE BOARD AND I WILL GO TO
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO.
>> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND ONE
MORE TIME I APPRECIATE THE
COLLABORATION, THE PARTNERSHIP.
AS I WAS LOOKING AT MY NOTES
HERE OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE
CELEBRATED KEYSTONE
ACQUISITIONS. THE LAST ONE THAT
IS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WAS THE
GENERAL HEAD LANDS AND THE
PRESERVATION OUT ON THE COAST.
WE HAD THE BOR DESA PROJECT, THE
CEDAR'S PROJECT. THESE ARE
PROJECTS THAT RECEIVED FUNDING
FROM THE COASTAL CONSERVANCY.
THE LAGUNA DE SANTA ROSA
PROJECT, WILLOW CREEK, AUSTIN
CREEK, I MEAN THE LIST GOES ON
AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
LEVERAGE WITH OUR STATE AND SOME
CASES FEDERAL PARTNERS WITH U.S.
FISH AND WILDLIFE. THIS IS
REALLY A GREAT DAY FOR THE
COUNTY. IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR
THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY, NOT
JUST OF THE NORTH COAST, BUT OF
THE ENTIRE COUNTY AND IF ANYONE
SHOULD BE THANKED IT REALLY IS
THE RESIDENT WHO IS PUT THE
TRUST IN THE OPEN SPACE DISTRICT
THROUGH THE PARCEL TAX -- EXCUSE
ME THROUGH THE SALES TAX AND
PROVIDING US THE ABILITY TO
LEVERAGE THOSE DOLLARS AND TO BE
ABLE HAVE THE COASTAL
CONSEARCHANCY COME IN AND SEEING
DIMINISHED RESOURCES AND LOOKING
HERE A $10 MILLION ACQUISITION
AND A BIG THANKS TO CHRIS KELLY.
YOU HAVE STEPPED UP THROUGH THE
CONSERVATION FUND AND BRINGING
TOGETHER THE CONFIDENCE AND
BRINGING THE RIGHT STAKEHOLDERS
TO THE TABLE. SONOMA LAND TRUST HAS SHOWN
PRACTICE AND I APPRECIATE YOUR
INVOLVEMENT BILL AND MISTY AND
WE ARE FACING A TIGHT TIME LINE
TO HAVE THIS CLOSED BY THE END
OF MAY AND WHEN WE BROACHED THE
SUBJECT MATTER -- WHAT WAS IT,
DECEMBER, JANUARY? AND I WASN'T
SURE WE WOULD MEET THE TIME
FRAME AND A LOT OF WORK HAS BEEN
DONE AND ADD ADDITIONAL THANK
YOUS TO THE FRIENDS OF WALLOW
RIVER. I KNOW THE BOARD
RECEIVED EMAILS FROM SOME OF THE
MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS, BUT
REALLY THEIR PERSISTENCE IN
CONNECTING WITH CONSERVATION
ENTITIES TO PURSUE THIS GOAL. I
WON'T REITERATE THE BENEFITS
THAT WERE ALREADY DISPLAYED HERE
BY STAFF, BUT THIS ACQUISITION
IS REALLY THE HIGHEST PRIORITY
TO THE DISTRICT, TO THE COUNTY,
AND INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AS
NOTED. THIS IS ONE OF THE
LARGEST ACQUISITIONS THAT WE
HAVE SEEN HERE IN THE COUNTY,
AND IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT
COLLEY WAS SPLIT BETWEEN TWO
COUNTIES SO I THINK THE TOTAL
ACREAGE IS SLIGHTLY LOWER.
>> QUITE A BIT LOWER. IF WE'RE
SPLITTING HAIRS THIS THE LARGEST
EASEMENT IN SONOMA.
>> THAT'S A BIG DEAL AND I WANT
TO COMPARE THAT TO WHAT WE WERE
ABLE TO DO WITH THE OTHER
PROJECT BUT THE PROPOSAL HERE TO
RESTORE HIGHLY IMPACTED
LANDSCAPES, TO RESTORE AND
BENEFIT THE NATURAL SYSTEMS,
THIS REALLY IS A KEYSTONE
PROJECT FOR LAND PROTECTION
EFFORTS ON THE NORTH COAST, AND LAND TRUST AND THE
CONSERVATION GROUPS KNOW HOW TO
PARTNER AND I APPRECIATE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE PROPOSAL
BEFORE US AND LEVERAGE THE
DISTRICT FUNDS TO SUCCESSFULLY
OBTAIN THIS ACQUISITION AND
MR. CHAIR IT'S AN EXCITING DAY
TO SEE THIS ACQUISITION MOVE
FORWARD SO ONCE AGAIN MISTY AND
BILL THANK YOU FROM THE STAFF
PERSPECTIVE AND ALSO THANKS TO
THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THIS A
REALITY FOR THE DISTRICT TO MOVE
FORWARD SO MR. CHAIR I ENCOURAGE
AND URGE THE BOARD TO SUPPORT
THIS PROPOSAL. I REALLY THINK
THAT WE HAVE A GREAT PROJECT
BEFORE US.
>> GREAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPERVISOR MCGUIRE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH CHAIRMAN
AND AGAIN I WANT TO ECHO THOSE
THINGS AND TODAY'S ACTIONS PUT
THE REST TO BED OVER THE DEBATE
OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND
I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY
THANK YOU TO SUPERVISOR
CARRILLO. SINCE THE START OF
HIS LAST TERM.
>> [INAUDIBLE]
>> HE HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THIS
ISSUE AND MAKING SURE THAT THIS
BOARD KEEPS THIS ISSUE ALIVE AND
I JUST WANT TO OFFER
CONGRATULATIONSES AND THANK YOU
FOR PUSHING THIS FORWARD.
KNOWING IT TAKES PARTNERSHIP
FROM BOTH SIDES AND SUPERVISOR
CARRILLO YOU DROVE THIS AND HOW
THANKFUL I AM AND THE BOARD IS
FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD TODAY.
THIS IS A LEGACY PROJECT THAT
WILL BENEFIT GENERATIONS OF
RESIDENTS AND IT'S A TEAM EFFORT
AND ONE OF THE COOL PIECE BS
THIS TOO I THINK THIS IS ALSO
GOING TO GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE
MOST COST EFFECTIVE PROJECTS
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PER ACRE
PRICE IN THE DISTRICT'S HISTORY.
THE BANG FOR THE BUCK IS
TREMENDOUS, BOTH ON THE
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SIDE
AND THE LONG-TERM COST SAVINGS
FOR TAX PAYERS, AND IN REGARDS
TO THE LOURVES I WANT TO SAY
THANK YOU TO YOUR FAMILY. KNOW
THAT YOUR PROPERTY STRADDLES
BOTH THE FOURTH AND THE FIFTH
DISTRICT AND THEY HAVE TAKEN ON
KELLY ROAD AND HAVE GREATLY
IMPROVED THE SITUATION THAT WAS
SERIOUSLY DETERIORATING AND IT
IS BECAUSE OF THOSE EFFORTS AND
THEIR CONTINUED HARD WORKDAY IN
AND DAY OUT KELLY ROAD IS IN THE
CONDITION IT'S IN, AND I AM
CONFIDENT THROUGH THE WORK WITH
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO'S OFFICE AND
THE AG AND OPEN SPACE DISTRICT
AND THE CONSERVATION FUND THOSE
COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS ARE
GOING TO CONTINUE AND WE CAN
STRIKE A DEAL THAT IS GOOD FOR
BOTH SIDES AND AGAIN
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL INVOLVED
AND WHETHER THE CONSERVATION
FUND AND MR. BENSON AND THE LAND
TRUST AND SUPERVISOR CARRILLO
GREAT WORK. THIS IS A GREAT DAY
TO SHINE TODAY.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPERVISOR GORIN.
>>I WANT TO ADD MY
CONGRATULATIONS AND MY THANK YOU
TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS
ISSUE. WE'VE HEARD ABOUT
PRESERVATION RANCH FOR -- I'M
NOT SURE HOW MANY YEARS YOU BUT
IT'S BEEN IN MY CONSCIOUSNESS
FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND I WANT
TO THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP AND
I HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE
CHALLENGES OF MAINTAINING KELLY
ROAD. THAT HAS BEEN AS YOU
POINTED OUT IN THE POPULAR PRESS
AND THE PRESS DEMOCRAT FOR A
VERY LONG TIME. IT IS RARE WHEN
WE HAVE A FAMILY STEPPING UP AND
SAYING TO THE COUNTY "I WILL
ASSUME MAINTENANCE FOR THIS
ROAD. THIS IS AN ISSUE ." AND
THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. I
THINK YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT ON
FOR THIS PRICE AND THE
CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THE VOTERS
FUNDING THE COASTAL CONSERVANCY
AND THE LOCAL SONOMA COUNTY
RESIDENTS WE DO WANT PUBLIC
ACCESS. IT'S NOT EVERYDAY
OCCURRENCE. IT'S A LITTLE
DIFFICULT TO GET TO. I AM
CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL WORK WITH
YOU AND THE FUND TO MOVE THAT
FORWARD AND MAKE SURE THAT
WHEREVER WE CAN GET PUBLIC
ACCESS THAT WE WILL DO SO
LEGALLY, SAFELY AND
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUNDLY, AND
IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. WE
AGREE TO THAT. I HAVE A VERY
ENTHUSIASTIC COLLEAGUE WHO IS
PRONE TO POP OUT WITH A "HOT
DAMN" BUT THIS IS ONE OCCASION
THAT WE ACTUALLY SHOULD COME OUT
WITH A "HOT DAMN" , AND THIS WAS
AN ISSUE THAT CERTAINLY SHADOWED
MY CAMPAIGN FOR THE LAST YEAR
AND EVERYBODY REALLY WANTED TO
KNOW WHERE I STOOD ON THIS, AND
I VERY CAREFULLY DODGED THAT
TALKING ABOUT THE VALUE OF
LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN CONSERVE
OUR RESOURCES AND HOW WE MOVE
FORWARD IN AN APPROPRIATE
DEVELOPMENTAL WAY. IT'S
EXCITING WHEN THE PARTNERS STEP
FORWARD AND COME UP WITH A
COMPROMISE AND A SOLUTION THAT
BENEFITS ALL OF US, AGRICULTURE
FOLKS APPLAUD THIS,
ENVIRONMENTAL FOLKS APPLAUD
THIS, THE NEIGHBORS APPLAUD
THIS, AND IT IS PRESERVING A
REALLY IMPORTANT AREA OF OUR
COUNTY, AND IT BECOME EVEN MORE
IMPORTANT AS WE START TO
EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE MORE
CHALLENGING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE
CHANGE. WE NEED TO CONSERVE
LARGE TRACKS OF LAND PERHAPS TO
HELP US MONETIZE OUR EFFORTS
THROUGH THE CAP AND DIVIDEND.
IT'S RARE THAT COUNTIES LOOK FOR
THAT YEARS AHEAD, BUT WE KNOW
IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR
OUR COUNTY MOVING FORWARD.
THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE,
SUPERVISOR CARRILLO, AND
ESPECIALLY THE FOLKS AT THE AG
AND OPEN SPACE, THE COASTAL
CONSERVATION, THE LAND TRUST --
THERE IS ENOUGH CREDIT TO GO
AROUND HERE AND THANK YOU FOR
THE RESIDENTS FOR YOUR FORWARD
THINKING, WORKING TOGETHER AND
COLLABORATION TO MAKE THIS DAY
POSSIBLE. I AM EXCITED.
>> HOT DAMN.
>> HOT DAMN.
>> GREAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
AND I TOO WANT TO THANK EVERYONE
INVOLVED AND THANK YOU FOR BEING
HERE TODAY MR. KEL. I
APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH.
>>
>> AND YOU TOO MR. BENSON AND
PARTNERING ON THIS ISSUE AND
THANK YOU TO THE OPEN SPACE
DISTRICT, BILL AND MISTY, FOR
ALL OF YOUR WORK AND A BIG THANK
YOU TO SUPERVISOR CARRILLO FOR
LEADING THE CHARGE ON THIS.
VERY MUCH APPRECIATIVE. I THINK
THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE THE LAND
SHOULD END UP IN THE MANNER
MOVING FORWARD FOR THE VARIETY
OF REASONS THAT WERE WELL STATED
IN THE PRESENTATION AND BEYOND.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE
DEAL CLOSE IN TIME AND MOVE
FORWARD AND WITH THAT IF THERE'S
NO OTHER FURTHER COMMENTS THIS
PASSES ON A 4-0-ONE VOTE. THANK
YOU ALL VERY MUCH.
[APPLAUSE]
>> SINCE IT IS 1015 WE'RE GOING
TO TAKE A FIVE MINUTE BREAK
WHICH WILL BE ABOUT 10 OR 15 BUT
WE'RE GOING TO CALL IT FIVE.
THANKS.