Measure Z - Public Safety/Essential Services
In response, voters in November passed Measure Z, a half-cent sales tax, to pay for maintaining and enhancing services.
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From Kym Kemp/Red Headed Blackbelt 8/21/2019:
ORLEANS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT (OVFD) STARTS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW FIRE STATION
Press release from Orleans Volunteer Fire Department:
We Couldn’t Do It Without Our Community!
Thanks to Measure Z and the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs Association, the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD) has started construction on our new fire station. We have permits in hand to build a very basic shell of a fire station on land donated by Orleans locals, Sue and Phil Sanders.
We owe many thanks to Josh McKnight of Trinity Valley Consulting Engineers, who has done all the design and engineering pro bono for us; to Tom Horn, owner of TT Construction, who has donated much material, equipment time, and labor; and to the folks at Whitson Plumbing, who have donated labor and equipment time to make this project a success.
In addition to these many business contributions, we also thank the hundreds of hours our Fire Department volunteers, (in addition to their duties of responding to emergencies, for free, at all hours of the day and night) have put into this project. Not only the OVFD volunteers have stepped up, but we have also been surprised and delighted with additional help from other folks in the community. This area may have only a few people, we may be spread out over hundreds of square miles, but when a project like this comes along, help shows up when you need it. Thank you to the greater community!
Our latest accomplishment was to break ground for the foundation and begin the preparation for the concrete pour. On Friday August 16, in very hot conditions, volunteers spread drain rock, established a vapor barrier, then spread sand, in preparation for the rebar and concrete work. Progress!
Next steps are to complete the rebar, bolts, and foundation preparation, complete the rough plumbing and electrical, pass a Humboldt County Building Inspection, and order concrete for the foundation.
Once the foundation is in place the OVFD will order materials for the construction of the building itself, counting on the support of Measure Z funding from the 2019-2020 cycle.
Did you know Arcata Police Department’s Juvenile Diversion also serves the McKinleyville area? In fact, we serve the 3rd Supervisorial District encompassing Trinidad, Bluelake, McKinleyville, Arcata, and Samoa.
As of April 8th, 2019, the Juvenile Diversion Counselors (JDC’s) provided services to 232 K-12th grade students and families. The program was referred 114 cases via law enforcement (e.g., APD, HCSO, EPD, Juvenile Probation), and 218 school referred cases.
Pictured: Juvenile Diversion Counselors Leah Valdivia and Crystal Perez with Sonny Tripp, Anne Sahlberg, and Guest Speaker Maggie Steele at McKinleyville High’s student lead Success in Both Worlds, Native American Youth Conference.
#measurez #measureO #workingtogether
Today our Juvenile Diversion Counselor, Crystal Perez participated in our Crisis Incident Team meeting. The meeting joins first responders, law enforcement, Department of Mental Health, and medical staff to safely addresses the needs of persons with mental illnesses, link them to appropriate services, and divert them from the criminal justice system when appropriate. #measurez #workingforbettercommunity #teamwork
Our 2019 graduates from the Parent Project series held at McKinleyville High. Special Thanks to Measurze Z, Arcata Sunrise Rotary, Mad River Rotary and many local businesses for their continued support of this very important program. #measurez #measureo
Today local volunteer fire departments received a shipment of nearly 90 new self-contained breathing apparatuses worth just under $85,000. This life-saving equipment was funded by #MeasureZ and will help ensure volunteer fire equipment is not only up to industry standards, but is interoperable with other departments when they respond to mutual aid.
Notice of Vacancy on Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures
Vacancies are occurring on the Measure Z Citizens’ Advisory Committee due to the resignation of Jonathan Flyer who represents District 1, Mike Newman who represents District 4, John McFarland who serves as an Alternate and Brian Anderson who represents the Fire Chief’s Association. Supervisor Bohn wishes to appoint Glenn Ziemer as the District 1 representative due to the resignation of Jonathan Flyer. Details on vacancies
Sheriff Measure Z Position Reallocation
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Communications System and Services Agreement
Motorola Solutions, Inc. is providing a state-of-the-art communications system for use by the Sheriff’s Office and Public Works. This system will, for the first time in the county, interconnect all major radio sites into a cohesive system that will simultaneously rebroadcast all transmission to allow units from the southern portion of the county to communicate directly with units in the northern part of the county.
The new radio system will be highly fault tolerant wherein common network equipment that can affect multiple sites will be redundant to reduce the potential for a single point of failure.
Measure Z Memorandum of Understanding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019
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 Opens a New Window. 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.
Measure Z MOU for Fiscal Year 2018-19 and Extension of Time to Spend Previously Allocated FY 2017-18 Measure Z Funds
Measure Z allocations were finalized for FY 2018-19, and the final step in the allocation of these funds is to approve Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with outside agencies. Before the Board were MOUs with the cities of Arcata, Blue Lake and Eureka, Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, K'ima:w Medical Center and the Humboldt County Fire Chie's Association.
First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Certified Public Accountants, Expand the Scope of Service to Include the Provision of External Audit Services for Fiscal Years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 for Measure Z
On June 26, 2018, the Board adopted the fiscal year 2018-19 budget and directed staff to make an adjustment of unallocated Measure Z funding for $48,300 for a comprehensive Measure Z audit. On August 21, 2018, the Board authorized the Chair to execute an agreement ($81,500) and engagement letter with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Certified Public Accountants, for the provision of an annual external audit service pursuant to Section 25250 of the California Government Code. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP agreed to amend the August 2018 agreement to include Measure Z audit services for the defined period. Read the Agreement
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
City of Arcata's Measure Z project diverts youth away from the juvenile justice system
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.
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.
Did you know ...
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.