Measure Z - Public Safety/Essential Services
In April 2014, Humboldt County citizens told the Board of Supervisors they were concerned about the lack of funding that is available for public safety services.
A look at spending
Click on the graph below to see in-depth information showing which agencies are receiving Measure Z funds and how they are spending it.
Parent Project Course Enrollment Now Open
Arcata Police Department’s Juvenile Diversion Program is pleased to announce that registration for the next Parent Project course session is open for enrollment. APD's Juvenile Diversion Program provides services to at-risk students and their families with help from Juvenile Diversion Counselors and a School Resource Officer who directly serve inside Northern Humboldt County Schools.
The Parent Project course sessions are parent-training classes designed for primary caregivers who want help improving their child’s school attendance and performance. The program also teaches intervention and prevention techniques to help improve communication with strong-willed teens, prevent drug-use and gang involvement and it puts caregivers in contact with local resources that offer additional family support.
Parent Project classes will take place once a week for an 11-week period from Thursday, October 18 to Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McKinleyville High School Library located at 1300 Murray Road in McKinleyville. A $35 materials fee is required, but fee waivers are always available to those in need. Dinner, free child care and a teen study area will be provided at no cost to parents and caregivers while they attend the course. To register, visit parentproject.com or call 707-825-2538.
APD’s Juvenile Diversion Program, in partnership with Northern Humboldt Unified School District, has been made possible thanks to Humboldt County Measure Z funding. For more information about the Juvenile Diversion program, or to inquire about Parent Project courses, please call 707-825-2538.
Sheriff Honsal, DHHS Director Beck discuss public safety renewal measure with Arcata City Council
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The Arcata City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing Proposition 6, which aims to repeal The Road Repair and Accountability Act, also known as SB 1, the state gas tax. SB -1 established a tax to create a long-term solution to fund the cost of maintaining and improving California’s ailing infrastructure.
According to a staff report included in the meetings agenda packet, “Prop. 6 would eliminate more than $52 billion over the next 10 years in existing transportation funding.”
Arcata “has received $107,663.49 from SB 1 for the year 2017-2018 and is eligible to receive $326,000 for the year 2018-2019,” according to the report. The report stated, “If SB 1 is repealed, the city will experience a major loss of revenue for road rehabilitation and not be able to complete the listed projects this year.”
Sheriff William Honsal and Connie Beck, director of the Department of Health & Human Services presented the council with information about Measure O, the Humboldt County initiative that would extend the previously voter-approved Measure Z indefinitely, a sales tax that funds public safety which sunsets in 2020.
Honsal and Beck discussed the changes made possible by Measure Z funding, including increased funding for law enforcement and fire protection services.
Beck spoke about Mobile Intervention & Services Team (MIST), which receives Measure Z funding. According to a Humboldt County document, MIST’s aim “is to measurably reduce homelessness (and its related crime and disorder) in Eureka.” The same document stated in fiscal year 2015-16, “of all individuals contacted by MIST: 38 in total were housed (placed in permanent housing).”
Vernon Price, is one of the individuals who has been able to secure a permanent living situation because of the help provided by MIST.
Price, who was chronically homeless for 12 years, said the outreach of MIST gave him “hope beyond homelessness.”
“I am a direct effect of Measure Z,” he said.
Several members of the public questioned the ability for the Police Foundation, a nonprofit hired by the city to objectively investigate the response of law enforcement to the fatal stabbing of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson on April 15, 2017. According to the foundation’s website, their mission is “to advance policing through innovation and science,” and claims to be the “oldest nationally-known, nonprofit, non-partisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving America’s most noble profession – policing.”
In a previous interview with the Times-Standard, city manager Karen Diemer said tapping the foundation was a way for the city and police department to learn from the case.
“This is really the work that they do,” Diemer said. ” They provide best practices moving forward. … (The Police Foundation report) is looking specifically at the response that evening and looking at lessons learned and the response in the future.”
But several residents from the public are leery about the nature of the foundation and the degree of truth surrounding the investigation of Lawson’s death.
“We get lied to so much in the bigger picture (national politics,) and here at home it feels the same,” said Arcata resident Karpami Burns.
Interim Arcata police chief Richard Ehle was present at the council meeting but did not respond to any of the public comment at the time.
The council held a public hearing to receive input on unmet transportation needs and was set to consider amending personal cannabis use regulations as well as the city’s Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit Program. However, the discussion did not occur ahead of the Times-Standard’s publishing deadline.
Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.
City of Arcata's Measure Z project diverts youth away from the juvenile justice system
New snow recovery vehicle helps save life
A man’s life was saved this morning with the help of a new Sheriff's snow rescue vehicle.
Unspent Measure Z funds allocated to Humboldt County road repairs
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted this week to allocate about $514,000 in unspent Measure Z tax revenues toward county road repairs and safety enhancements.
Eureka PD cleans up 3,000 pounds of garbage with Measure Z funding
Arcata program gives youth a second chance
Thanks to Measure Z funding, the Arcata Police Department implemented its own juvenile diversion program that has diverted 76 participants from the juvenile justice system over the last four months.
Renewed opportunity to fund public safety projects
If you have a project that provides a public safety or essential service to our community, consider applying for Measure Z funds. The Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures is now accepting applications, and you have until Feb. 23 to apply.
Appoint Ernie Branscomb as 2nd District representative on Measure Z Citizens' Advisory Committee
Appoint Sheriff Honsal as Sheriff's representative on Measure Z Citizens' Advisory Committee
DA Fleming Announces Hiring of New Deputy District Attorneys
Today, Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced the hiring of Deputy District Attorneys Josh Rosenfeld and Joel Buckingham.
Allocation of unspent Measure Z funds
Allocate unspent Measure Z funds as follows: $500,000 to Public Works for Road repairs, $21,931 to K’ima:w Medical Center for the purchase of digital radios, $50,000 to the Sheriff for a dispatch feasibility study, $50,000 to the Sheriff for radio infrastructure, $40,131 for the DA to hire an Investigator along with the allocation of 1.0 FTE Investigator (class 0449 range 418) and $35,000 to 2-1-1. In addition $40,000 out of the $335,000 of funding earmarked for drug and alcohol services to be allocated to the City of Eureka’s MIST program for detox and housing services.
Extension of Public Works extra help hours
Measure Z agreements with Eureka and Rio Dell
Measure Opens a New Window.
First Quarter budget report
A motion was made by Supervisor Fennell, seconded by Supervisor Bohn, to accept staff recommendations and request to bring back the Measure Z item on the November 14th Board of Supervisors meeting.
Measure Z agreements with 12 outside agencies
Change Public Information Specialist job classification
2016 Fire Chiefs Association annual report
Humboldt Bay Fire Department Chief Bill Gillespie will present a brief annual report for the Fire Chiefs Association. The report will be for the 2016 year and will reflect the call volume and accomplishments of the Humboldt County Fire Services, including services performed with Measure Z funding.
Agreement to provide law enforcement within Blue Lake city limits
Transfer Code Enforcement to Planning & Building
This agenda item transfer the Code Enforcement Unit (CEU) from County Counsel (budget unit 121) to Current Planning (budget unit 277), and reassigns County Counsel Measure Z (budget unit 299) to Planning and Building.
Fortuna selects School Resource Officer
In 2012, the School Resource Officer position was eliminated due to budgetary constraints. According to Police Chief Bill Dobberstein, “Fortuna has worked with the County to build support for reinstatement of a School Resource Officer to serve schools in Fortuna and throughout the Eel River Valley area. The award of $145,580 in Measure Z funds to the Fortuna Police Department was critical to making the School Resource Officer a reality.”
Resident deputies return to rural Humboldt
Humboldt County Sheriff's deputy Ben Filippini is 24 years old and just three years out of College of the Redwood's Police Academy. Beneath the back of his short blond hair, his neck is sunburned a dark red where a tactical helmet and mask did not cover his skin at a recent outdoor training session. He's quick to smile, quick to laugh and he listens more than he talks. All of these things work in his favor at his current job — resident deputy for State Route 36 from Fortuna to Blocksburg.
Advance step request for Deputy Public Defender
Mr. Sheets has been an attorney since June of 2011. During that time he has developed the necessary legal qualifications and experience to warrant an advanced step. This experience includes working on trials, directing investigative teams to prepare cases, misdemeanor and felony case experience, and working on adult criminal, juvenile and civil cases.
Donate Probation vehicle to county Motorpool
An all wheel drive sport utility vehicle was purchased from the fiscal year 2015/16, Probation Measure Z budget. The donation of this vehicle will allow for its maintenance through the county motor pool which will be more cost effective than if Probation were to maintain the vehicle separately.
Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department Gets New Truck
Bridgeville Volunteer Fire is welcoming a new vehicle into their fleet, following a purchase using Measure Z funding.
The Board of Supervisors is obligated to spend nearly 64 percent of all funds on specific programs. This often comes in the form of funding that comes from the state or federal government. The Board has discretion over General Fund monies, which accounts for roughly one-third of the annual budget.