MCA Memos for BoS Meeting 01-04-2022

We’re kicking off the New Year with a few memos (linked below) to the BoS for their meeting on January 4 regarding the following items:

– Public Expression – Portal Process & Equity Program

As you are all well aware, there are still many outstanding questions regarding the Portal resubmission process and the Equity Program. For the Portal it is essential that the MCP publish clear guidelines and timelines for when the Portal will re-open and what applicants will need to do in order to be deemed complete, as well as the criteria for application denial and an appeals process for applicants who are denied.

For the Equity Program we must urge the County to remove all barriers for the distribution of funds, and to allow grant monies to be used to cover any outstanding tax payments. We are dangerously close to the deadline for 2 Million in grant funding to be distributed, and neither our Equity Applicants nor the County can afford to lose access to these funds.

– Item 5g – the County Legislative Platform

We are grateful to the General Government Committee and MCP for incorporating many of our recommendations into the Redlined County Legislative Platform (attached) which will be advocated for at the state level by our County lobbyist. In addition to the items that were included, there were several which required further explanation and refinement, which we are now providing to the Board for consideration. Click the link below to see both the memo that was initially submitted to the GGC on December 13, and the memo for tomorrow following up on the remaining items.

Item 5k – Repeal of the Facilities Ordinance

As you may have been aware, the revised Facilities Ordinance that was adopted in May was successfully challenged in court by the Willits Environmental Center because it did not undergo a full environmental review. We recommend that a full environmental review be conducted to enable the passage of the ordinance, and that provisions supporting increased access to microbusiness activities for our local licensed operators be added to the ordinance.

Visit https://bit.ly/MCA_Memos_01-04-2022 to review the memos and supporting materials.

If you agree with our recommendations on these items, please email bos@mendocinocounty.org and cobsupport@mendocinocounty.org to let them know you support MCA’s proposals, referencing the appropriate Item # in the Subject of your email.

The messages that have the most impact will include a few sentences about how these issues impact YOU directly. Feel free to share your story with the Supervisors!

If you would like to sign up to provide a verbal comment during the meeting in support of any of these items visit https://bit.ly/Mendocino_Telecomment

Or, you can pre-record a spoken comment that will be played during the Board item by calling (707) 234-6333. When leaving a voicemail please include your first and last name and the Board item you are commenting on (Item 5g, 5k or public expression, or call once for each item!). Voicemail comments are limited to 2 minutes.

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