Ignoring the pleas of their own staff liaison to the county’s Human Services Commission, the Board of Supervisors delayed for at least another month nonprofit applications for county funds. Supervisors Brooks Firestone and Joni Gray first want to examine why it cost $300,000 in staff time and other overhead to disburse some $1.2 million in funds, while Salud Carbajal and Joe Centeno want to explore the possibility of using all the funds for children’s medical insurance. Susan Rose voted to move the application process forward.
Even as County Mental Health is forced to cut back on core programs due to a revenue shortfall, Proposition 63 – the voter-approved tax hike on wealthy individuals for mental health services – is granting the department $5 million for new programs, including bringing health services to clients instead of making clients travel to the mental health campus, located near the jail.
The county will spend $275,000 of State Homeland Security Grant Program funds to buy a second bomb squad truck and $220,000 on three communications towers. The lightweight, easily transportable towers – which can be used in any emergency, including a terrorist attack – will enable various emergency response agencies to communicate with each other directly instead of transmitting messages through a series of dispatchers.