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Down at Fresno County Supervisors regularly scheduled meeting. Among the topics are Homelessness Task Force Report by City’s H. Spees. Confirm Dr Sara Goldgraben As County Health Officer. @AndreasBorgeas @BuddySupervisor
Activists against ICE outside the Hall of Records. Not on scheduled Agenda but looks like they will be speaking during unscheduled period. ACLU Representative speaking to crowd outside.
Other items include Stan Oken Day, two appeals of County Planning Commission decisions ( high intensity park/meeting hall outside of Kerman AND Improvement to Reno Road) A Resolution in memory of Fred Machado. Also considering an alcohol license in Laton.
People’s Church’s Larry Powell leading Supervisors with Invocation and Flag Salute. Item 28 pulled by Quintero. Supervisor Magsig on Former Supervisor Stan Oken. Runs Wonder Valley Dude Ranch since 1967 especially with disabled children. Turns 90 soon. Oken says he had a heart
attack soon after becoming Supervisor. Jokes that remaining Supervisors voted to send him a Get Well Card. Vote was 2-2 😝Oken says Borgeas ran for Supervisor despite Oken’s advice 😜
Media Pen is crowded for this morning’s Supervisors Meeting. Typically just 1-2 inside.
Resolution of Fred Machado: Portuguese immigrant, dairyman with Danish Creamy and led Supervisors Brian Pacheco to get involved in politics via Farm Bureau. Other than JFK ,Pacheco is only Democrat Machado votes for. He passed away July 9th. Borgeas said Machado thought he was
Portuguese. When Borgeas said he was actually Greek ,Machado paused and said if you can’t be Portuguese Greek is the next best thing. Quintero said Machado told him the next best thing was Mexican 😝
H. Spees representing Lee Brand on Homelessness in Fresno Co. “Street to Home” Plan will be rolled out soon. Largest drop in homelessness on the West Coast. However plateaued. Joint Powers Authority Between County/ City. Diversion can stop homelessness by 40%. Improved Crisis
Permanent Housing with Landlord Engagement team. Housing with support for Mental Health needs. Joint Power Authority will use Big 11 funding resources ($15 million) to launch. Engage Cross-sector community leaders as well. Borgeas says Anti-Camping Ordinance by City was done
without County’s knowledge or cooperation. Need both together.
Barbara Poppy is leading Plan Asks Magsig. H Spees says Laura Moreno as well. Magsig wants to focus money to areas that will have most impact. He wants to see what worked/didn’t work in bigger cities. Supervisors seem reluctant to support until they know more. Pacheco would like
Social Services to be involved as they are more qualified as the Supervisors. Spees says this is built for Fresno and won’t be cookie cutter. @BuddySupervisor says he isn’t a fan of Joint Powers. Says every unincorporated areas have homeless. Quintero says Mayor Brand wanted
a co-chair. Does Supervisors want Quintero or others? Mendes doesn’t want it that way but will have CAO. Magsig says eventually one of Supervisors need to go as well. Quintero says lots of homelessness is in his district so will continue to be involved. Pacheco wants to know what
is exactly the numbers and where in each of Supervisors’ districts. CAO Jean Rousseau will represent County for now at the Homelessness Task Force. Approved. Moving on to alcohol license Type 21 in Laton. Has had a type 20 for 18 years. Mendes says it is 3 miles from Riverdale
It is 6 miles from the three other liquor stores. Now provide partial funding to Fresno Unified School District to provide 9 Deputy Probation Officers on campus. Up to $337,500. Approved 5-0. Dr Sara Goldgraben up for Health Office. Comes from Lake County. Comes from an American
and Dominican background. From New York originally. Approved! Special Event building near Kerman. Planning Commission voted 5-4 Against due to size. Applicant has since reduced number of attendees and hours of operations. Vote in favor of overturning PC ‘s Denial.
Agenda item #14 regarding Sheriff report on ICE coming up after 5 minute break. Many speakers here for both sides of issue. (I need to leave in 40 minutesbut is will do my best until then)
Sheriff Mims has arrived. At least ten of public wishes to speak (more outside of room as there is no more chairs available inside).
Going to unscheduled Public Communication first before ICE item . SEIU up first. Advocating for in home supportive care. Many of these workers are living in poverty themselves. Leads to lots of turnover which is hard on their care receivers. Better use of funds by keeping care
receivers out of more expensive care facilities. Care givers often have to provide supplies from own funds. Danilel O’ Connell speaks on behalf of care workers in receiving living wages.
Sheriff Mims speaking. Says her office is in compliance with SB 54. Deputies will not enforce immigration status or Country of origins. U- Visa are available to protect immigrants of domestic violence and human trafficking. 200 issued in past few years. Follows Truth Acts too.
Sheriff Mims ends her presentation. Borgeas asks if only those who are convicted are referred to ICE. She says yes. Mims says this isn’t good policy as there are gang members who if not convicted cannot be referred to ICE. Jeff Sessions has sued on SB 54. Congress holds purse-
Strings to states even though Trump wants to withhold money if states don’t comply. Got to head to my next meeting now.
Strings to states even though Trump wants to withhold money if states don’t comply. Got to head to my next meeting now.
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