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File #: 19-1172    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 7/24/2019 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/27/2019 Final action: 8/27/2019
Title: Planning and Building Department, Long Range Planning Unit, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign Agreement for Services 4044 with Platinum Advisors, LLC in the amount of $36,000 for a term of three years, effective upon execution and expiring June 10, 2022, to conduct lobbying and consulting services on behalf of the County for the Lake Tahoe Basin. FUNDING: Public Utility Franchise Fees (Discretionary Funds).
Attachments: 1. A - Approved CRS Platinum Agrmt. 4044, 2. B - Agreement for Services 4044 Platinum, 3. C - Executed Tahoe Alliance MOU 2018, 4. D - CA Tahoe Alliance RFP 11-29-18.pdf, 5. Executed Agreement 4044
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Planning and Building Department, Long Range Planning Unit, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign Agreement for Services 4044 with Platinum Advisors, LLC in the amount of $36,000 for a term of three years, effective upon execution and expiring June 10, 2022, to conduct lobbying and consulting services on behalf of the County for the Lake Tahoe Basin.

FUNDING: Public Utility Franchise Fees (Discretionary Funds).
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
On April 10, 2018, the Board authorized the Chair to sign an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Tahoe Alliance (Alliance) to encourage coordinated strategies on state funding legislation and to provide a mechanism to apply for funding that supports a broad range of environmental, restoration, and water quality and supply projects, while also supporting coordinated implementation of the Environmental Improvement Program.

The Alliance is a coalition of California agencies and jurisdictions (South Tahoe Public Utility District, Tahoe City Public Utility District, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Placer County, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District) that are working together to identify, coordinate, and advocate for state funding for the Lake Tahoe Basin. Alliance members are expected to commit staff time necessary to meet the goals of the MOU (Attachment C). Alliance members are also pooling resources to engage Platinum Advisors in separate contracts to assist with lobbying efforts as outlined in the proposed contract in Attachment B.

On December 19, 2017, the Board approved and authorized the Chair to sign Agreement for Services 253-S1811 with Conservation Strategy Group (CSG), a Sacramento lobbying firm, in an amount not-to-exceed $36,000 for a term of three years effective December 19, 2017, and expiring on December 18, 2020 to conduct these services. However, key personnel left that firm and the County terminated t...

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