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File #: 13-1042    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Department Matters
File created: 8/14/2013 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/27/2013 Final action: 8/27/2013
Title: Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board discuss the creation of a defined Government and Community Affairs function. (Est. Time: 15 Min.) FUNDING: General Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - BOS CAO Comm Affairs Position Letter 8-27-13.pdf
Title
Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board discuss the creation of a defined Government and Community Affairs function. (Est. Time: 15 Min.)

FUNDING: General Fund.
Body
BUDGET SUMMARY:
Total Estimated Cost…………… $100,000

Budgeted………………………… $0.00
New Funding…………………….
Savings…………………………
Other……………………………
Total Funding Available…………

Change To Net County Cost…… $100,000

Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost
The estimated salary and benefit cost for this position will increase Net County Cost by approximately $100,000. Exact costs will depend on salary step and benefit options.

Background
Two areas of work where the Board, Chief Administrative Office staff, and County departments are constantly engaged include government affairs and public communication.

In many cases, work on intergovernmental issues is assisted by local agency staff such as the County Transportation Commission, SACOG, or LAFCO. Appropriately, Board members themselves often take lead with intergovernmental issues and handle the “nuts and bolts” work. Increasingly however, the County is engaged in governmental affairs that we have not formally identified as a priority, nor have we identified dedicated County staff and resources. The result of this disorganized approach is marginal effectiveness.

Examples of this type of government affairs at the state and federal level include the Board’s interest in the various pieces of legislation, the State Fire Fee and associated implementing regulations, the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan, and the recent proposed endangered listing of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog. Government affairs is also very prevalent at the local level and examples include the ad-hoc City/County two-by-two, the proposed homeless encampment, various regional committees, developing a consistent and legally sound development mitigation impact fee program with special districts, and fire district consolidation efforts. Wh...

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