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>> WE CAN GET STARTED. ARE YOU READY, CLERK?

>> I AM READY.

>> WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

[1) CALL TO ORDER]

IT IS 06:01 PM.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER N-29-20 ISSUED BY GOVERNOR NEWSOM ON MARCH 17TH OF 2020, WE WILL NOW CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

WE WILL BEGIN WITH A FLAG SALUTE, OF COURSE.

PLEASE STAND IF YOU'RE ABLE TO.

TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

ANYONE ON THE LINE WHO DON'T HAVE ANYONE SCHEDULED FOR AN APPLICATION THIS EVENING I BELIEVE, DANIEL, RIGHT?

>> NO, WE DON'T.

>> OKAY. WE'LL GO AHEAD AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE, AND OF COURSE, DEDICATE THIS MEETING TO TWO YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE RECENTLY DEPARTED FROM OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CLERK, WILL YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLL?

>> MAYOR GARCIA?

>> PRESENT.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>>

>> COUNCIL MEMBER CORTEZ?

>> PRESENT.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER MARTINEZ?

>> PRESENT.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES?

>> PALLARES HERE.

>> ALL MEMBERS PRESENT?

>> WONDERFUL. WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS PRESENTATIONS.

SINCE WE HAVE NONE, WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE FOLLOWING ITEM,

[6) PUBLIC COMMENTS]

WHICH IS PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THIS PORTION OF THE MEETING IS RESERVED FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DESIGNED TO ADDRESS THIS COUNCIL AND INCLUDING THE COUNCIL ACTING AS THE GOVERNING BOARD FOR THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY ON ANY MATTER NOT ON THIS AGENDA AND OVER WHICH THE COUNCIL AND SUCCESSOR AGENCY HAS JURISDICTION.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A VIABLE PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND FEATURE TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR 9 ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

ANYONE WHO HAS NOT PROVIDED THEIR COMMENTS BY THE CLOSE OF TO THE PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION OF THIS MEETING, THEY CAN EMAIL THEM TO THE CITY CLERK AT CITYCLERK@CITYOFWASCO.ORG, AND THEIR COMMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL RECORD.

THE CITY COUNCIL IS VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR COMMENTS, HOWEVER DUE TO THE BROWN ACT REQUIREMENTS, NO ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING.

SHOULD YOUR COMMENTS REQUIRE FURTHER CONSIDERATION BY THE COUNCIL OR ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY, THE ITEM WILL BE AGENDIZED FOR A REPORT AND DISCUSSED AT A FUTURE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE ITEMS OF THE AGENDA FOR THOSE ON THE PHONE.

FOLLOWING PUBLIC COMMENTS, WE HAVE ITEM 7, SUCCESSOR AGENCY; 7A, ADOPTED RESOLUTION OF THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE FORMER WASCO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AUTHORIZING THE SIGNING AUTHORITY FOR ALL SUCCESSOR AGENCY BANK ACCOUNTS.

>> MAYOR?

>> YES?

>> I'M SO SORRY. DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENTS, I DID NOT CHECK TO SEE IF WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT

>> THAT'S OKAY. I WAS ACTUALLY READING THE ITEMS OF THE ENTIRE AGENDA FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN THE PUBLIC AND MAYBE ON THE PHONE.

>> WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THAT ITEM BY ITEM?

>> WE COULD DO THAT ACTUALLY, THAT WOULD BE BETTER. THANK YOU.

FINISHED ITEM FIXED WITH PUBLIC COMMENTS THEN.

MADAM CLERK, ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME, ONLINE OR BY PHONE?

>> GIVE ME ONE MOMENT. MAYOR. WE ACTUALLY DO HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENT.

>> EXCELLENT. WE WILL ASK THAT ANYONE GIVING PUBLIC COMMENT,

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DO STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR COMMENTS THAT IS REGARDING ANY ITEMS NOT ON THIS AGENDA.

>> YES, SIR.

>>

>> YOU SOUND VERY FAR.

>>TALKING ABOUT MICRO. MY NAME IS MIGUEL PRIO AND I'M JUST READING AN EMAIL THAT I WROTE, THAT I ACTUALLY COMMITTED TO YOU TO ME THOUGH BECAUSE I'M HAVING ISSUES WITH LOOKS LIKE THIS TECHNOLOGY?

>> WE CAN HEAR YOU A LOT CLEARER NOW MR.

>> I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE.

I KNEW THE VICTIM OF THE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD, TRAGIC SHOOTING.

THE ACTIONS OF ONE OF YOUR DEPUTY COMPELLED ME TO CONTACT YOU.

I WAS AND CONTINUED TO BE MOVED BY DEPUTY BLAKE AND HIS LIFE-SAVING MEASURE.

I CANNOT ERASE THE IMAGES IN MY MIND OF HOW DETERMINED, PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE THE DEPUTIES ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE VICTIM ALIVE WERE.

I FIND MYSELF GETTING A LITTLE CHOKED UP AS I WRITE AND A LITTLE CHOKED UP AS I READ IT.

IF I CAN GET PAST THESE EMOTIONS, I'LL WALK IN AND SAY IT PERSONALLY.

ALL TOO OFTEN, LAW ENFORCEMENT IN WASCO SHERIFF DEPARTMENT AND ITS DEPUTIES ARE USUALLY SCRUTINIZED AND AT TIMES, MISJUDGED.

YOUR DEPUTY HAS RENEWED MY FAITH IN YOUR DEPARTMENT.

SADLY, HIS ATTEMPT FAILED, BUT IT WAS NOT FOR A LACK OF TRYING.

THANK YOU AGAIN AND I APOLOGIZE SOME TODAY, REGARDS, AND I'M MIGUEL, OAK RESIDENT OF WASCO.

ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, AND THANK YOU TO THOSE DEPUTY AND SERGEANT MARTINEZ THAT I'D BEEN IN CONTACT WITH HIM, AND HE SUGGESTED THAT I SHOW UP TODAY AND EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE.

>> WE APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION AND INPUT, MR.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY.

SO I GOT TO GO. THANK YOU.

>> CONGRATULATIONS. MADAM CLERK, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS?

>> WE DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>>THANK YOU. WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO ITEM 7.

[7)a. Adopt a Resolution of the Successor Agency to the Former Wasco Redevelopment Agency Authorizing the Signing Authority for all Successor Agency Bank Accounts. (Perez Hernandez)]

ADOPT A RESOLUTION OF THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE FORMER WASCO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AUTHORIZING THE SIGNING AUTHORITY FOR ALL SUCCESSOR AGENCY BANK ACCOUNTS, MR. PEREZ HERNANDEZ.

>> HI DANIEL. CAN YOU HEAR ME MAYOR?

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> WE GOT YOU MR GROZ. THANK YOU.

>> GOOD EVENING, MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ZOOM ATTENDEES.

THIS STAFF REPORT IS JUST BRINGING A RESOLUTION TO COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL FOR SIGNING AUTHORITY OF THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY.

>> IT'S JUST REQUIRED AS PART OF THE CHANGE AND MAYOR PILL TIM, FOR THE SIGNATORIES ON THE CHECKS TO BE SIGNED.

WE'LL CAVEAT THAT WE IMPLEMENTED DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC BACK IN MARCH, WE IMPLEMENTED IT, ONLY REQUIRING A SINGLE SIGNATURE FOR THE COUNCIL'S DIRECTION AS OPPOSED TO THE TRADITIONAL THREE SIGNATURES ON THE CHECK.

THE PROCESS FOR CHECK SIGNING HAS BEEN THAT THE MAYOR HAS A SIGNING AUTHORITY AND THE CITY CLERK AS ADDITIONAL SIGNING MEMBER ARE REVIEW THE BILL PAY AND THE CHECK IN ADVANCE BEFORE THEY ARE SIGNED BY ME OR MY DESIGNEE.

IF THERE'S ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY, A BANK ACCOUNT?

>> NO QUESTIONS. DANIEL, I DO WOULD LIKE YOU TO PUT ON THE SCREEN THE ACTUAL REPORTS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON.

RIGHT NOW IS THE AGENDA. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU GILBERT. THAT WAS AN EXCELLENT COMMENT.

I'M HAVE ANY TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, SO FORGIVE ME IF MY CAMERA PANS AWAY, BUT I'M STILL HERE. WE WILL PROCEED.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE YOUR VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU'RE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

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YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU'RE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMPLIMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, ARE THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING ITEM 7A?

>> WE HAD NO PUBLIC COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU FOR ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS? MEMBER PRO-TEM, REYNA.

>> NO COMMENT, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER CORTEZ?

>> NO COMMENT.

>> MEMBER MARTINEZ.

>> NO COMMENT, SIR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER POLARIS.

>> NO COMMENT. THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

>> MOVE TO APPROVE, MAYOR.

IT'S

>> THINK USERS SECOND.

>> I'LL SECOND THE MOTION MARTINEZ.

>> THANK YOU MEMBER MARTINEZ.

MEMBER MADAM CLERK LET'S DO A ROLL CALL.

>> CHAIRMAN GARCIA.

>> I.

>> VICE-CHAIRMAN, REYNA.

>> I.

>> CHARACTER CORTEZ.

>> I.

>> CHARACTER MARTINEZ.

>> I.

>> CHARACTER POLARIS.

>> POLARIS, I.

>> MOTION BY VICE-CHAIRMAN REYNA, SECOND BY DIRECTOR MARTINEZ TO APPROVE ITEM 7A.

MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

>> THANK YOU MADAM CLERK.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 8,

[8)a. Adopt a Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Wasco Public Financing Authority Authorizing Signing Authority for all Wasco Public Financing Authority Bank Accounts. (Perez-Hernandez)]

WASCO PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY BUSINESS, ITEM 8A: ADOPT A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE WASCO PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY, AUTHORIZING SIGNING AUTHORITY FOR PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY BANK ACCOUNTS. MR. FRED.

>> HONORABLE MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL, AND ZOOM ATTENDEES, THERE'S ANOTHER RESOLUTION, UPDATING THE NEW CHECK SIGNERS FOR THE WASCO PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, UPDATING TO THE NEW MAYOR, ALEX GARCIA, THE MAYOR PRO-TEM GILBERTO REYNA, THE CITY MANAGER DANIEL ORTIZ, THE CITY CLERK MARIA MARTINEZ, LAMAR RODRIGUEZ AS A TREASURE, AND MYSELF ISAREL PEREZ AS THE DEPUTY TREASURER IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'M OPEN TO ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

>> THANK YOU. BEFORE WE GO FORWARD, AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOMS, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND FEATURE TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

AGAIN, IF YOU'RE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD, YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU'RE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME DO WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS, MADAM CLERK?

>> WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS, MAYOR PRO-TEM REYNA?

>>

>> MEMBER CORTEZ?

>> NO COMMENTS FROM ME. THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER MARTINEZ?

>> NO COMMENTS, SIR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER POLARIS?

>> NO COMMENTS. THANK YOU MR. MAYOR.

>> APPRECIATE EVERYONE.

I WOULD LIKE TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

>> MOVED TO MOTION APPROVE.

THAT'S MEMBER CORTEZ.

>> IS THERE A SECOND?

>> POLARIS, SECOND.

>> ANY KEY MEMBER CORTEZ MOVED, MEMBER POLARIS SECOND.

MADAM CLERK, VOICE VOTE?

>> CHAIRMAN GARCIA?

>> I.

>> VICE-CHAIRMAN REYNA.

>> I.

>> DIRECTOR CORTEZ.

>> I.

>> DIRECTOR MARTINEZ.

>> I.

>> DIRECTOR POLARIS.

>> I.

>> DIRECTOR POLARIS.

>> POLARIS, I.

>> MOTION BY DIRECTOR CORTEZ, SECOND BY DIRECTOR POLARIS TO APPROVE ITEM 8A, MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

>> THANK YOU MADAM CLERK. MOVING ON TO ITEM 8B, RECEIVING FILE DEPARTMENT PAYMENTS

[8)b. Receive and file department payment totaling $1,716.91]

TOTALING $1716.91.

MR

>> IT'S JUST A BILL PAY. UNLESS YOU GUYS HAVE QUESTIONS TO ADDRESS?

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>> LET ME GO AHEAD AND DO THE DISCLAIMER.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER ON THIS ITEM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK OR MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND FEATURE TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU'RE USING THE TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD, YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK?

>> WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THIS TIME, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS ON THIS ITEM? MEMBER PRO-TEM REYNA?

>> I JUST HAD A BRIEF QUESTION.

ON THE BILL PAY THERE ARE SEVERAL REIMBURSEMENTS FOR $1000 FOR WATER METERS, ARE THOSE FROM BUILDERS WITHIN THE CITY? I WAS JUST CURIOUS BECAUSE I COUNTED NEARLY $30,000 BETWEEN THE TWO REIMBURSEMENTS.

>> MR. REYNA I'LL ADDRESS YOUR QUESTION WHEN WE GET TO THAT SPECIFIC BILL PAY.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE ON THE WASCO PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY BILL PAY.

>> I APOLOGIZE. SURE. THANK YOU. NO OTHER QUESTIONS.

>> THANK YOU MAYOR PRO-TEM REYNA.

MEMBER CORTEZ, ANY COMMENTS?

>> NO. THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER MARTINEZ?

>> NO COMMENTS, SIR.

>> MEMBER POLARIS?

>> NO COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. ENTERTAINING A MOTION.

>> SO MOVED. MOTION APPROVED. MEMBER CORTEZ.

>> MEMBER CORTEZ MOVED.

I'LL SECOND, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, MADAM CLERK TRYING TO STEAL YOUR THUNDER WILL YOU DO A VOICE VOTE FOR US, PLEASE?

>> CHAIRMAN GARCIA.

>> I.

>> VICE-CHAIRMAN REYNA.

>> I.

>> DIRECTOR CORTEZ.

>> CORTEZ IS I.

>> DIRECTOR MARTINEZ.

>> I.

>> DIRECTOR POLARIS.

>> POLARIS, I

>> MOTION BY DIRECTOR CORTEZ, SECOND BY CHAIRMAN GARCIA TO APPROVE ITEM 8B, MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

[9) CONSENT CALENDAR]

>> THANK YOU MADAM CLERK. CITY COUNCIL BUSINESSES, WE HAVE ITEM 9, CONSENT CALENDAR.

THE CONSENT CALENDAR CONSISTS OF ITEMS THAT ARE IN STAFF'S OPINIONS, ROUTINE, AND UNCONTROVERSIAL.

THESE ITEMS ARE APPROVED IN ONE MOTION UNLESS THE COUNCIL MEMBER OR A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC REQUESTS REMOVAL OF A PARTICULAR ITEM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A PARTICULAR ITEM USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

TONIGHT, WE HAVE ITEMS 9A, THROUGH 9D.

I WILL GO AHEAD AND READ THOSE ITEMS. WE HAVE ITEM 9A: RECEIVE AND FILE DEPARTMENT PAYMENTS TOTALING $435,059.23.

ITEM 9B: RECEIVE AND FILE THE INVESTMENT REPORT FOR THE MONTH ENDED NOVEMBER 30, 2020.

ITEM 9C: ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SIGNING AUTHORITY FOR ALL CITY BANK ACCOUNTS, ADDING ALEXANDRO GARCIA AS THE MAYOR AND GILBERTO REYNA AS MAYOR PRO-TEM.

ITEM 9D: ADOPT THE RESOLUTION OF THE CITY, INTENT AND REASONABLE EXPECTATION TO REIMBURSE EXPENDITURES PAID PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF OBLIGATIONS OR THE APPROVAL OF THE STATE WATER BOARD FOR THE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS IN TREATMENT PROJECT FUNDS IN AN AMOUNT OF $25,868,862.

AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE MEMBERS IF THEY HAVE ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON A PARTICULAR ITEM ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR.

FIRST, MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA.

>> NO CONFLICT, MAYOR. THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER CORTEZ.

>> I HAD NO CONFLICT, MAYOR. THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER MARTINEZ.

>> MARTINEZ, NO CONFLICT SIR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER PALLARES.

>> PALLARES, NO CONFLICT.

>> GREAT. ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT ON ITEM 9A THROUGH 9D, OR WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A PARTICULAR ITEM FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR, AND ANY MEMBER THAT WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A PARTICULAR ITEM FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR, PLEASE MADAM CLERK, DO YOU HAVE

>>

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WE HAVE NO COMMENTS ON THE PUBLIC.

>> THANK YOU. ANY MEMBERS THAT WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A PARTICULAR ITEM FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR? MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>> MAYOR, SINCE I ALREADY ASKED MY QUESTION AND I WONDER WHETHER I CAN GET AN ANSWER WITHOUT REMOVING ITEM A, AND THEN WE PROCEED TO APPROVE IT.

I DON'T KNOW THAT I WOULD BE

>> TEM, WOULD YOU PREFER US TO PULL THAT ITEM SEPARATELY OR CAN WE HAVE THE CITY MANAGER ADDRESSED IT, BECAUSE

>> NO. IF IT'S THE SAME QUESTION HE ASKED EARLIER, NO.

YOU CAN JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT RIGHT NOW.

>> SURE. MAYOR REYNA, THEIR QUESTION WAS THERE WERE SEVERAL ITEMS IN THE BILL PAY FOR THE AMOUNT OF $1,000 FOR THE REFERENCE TO REFUNDING CONSTRUCTION OF WATER METER DEPOSIT, AND YOU'RE CORRECT THAT THOSE ARE ALL REFUNDS FOR A WATER METER THAT WERE ISSUED TO CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FOR WHATEVER CONSTRUCTION-RELATED ACTIVITY THEY WOULD BE PURSUING IN SIMILAR MANNER TO SOME OTHER WORK THAT CRB IS DOING, AND THEY HAVE A CONSTRUCTION METER FOR WHEN THEY HAVE TO USE EITHER THE FIRE HYDRANT TO LOAD THEIR WATER TRUCKS.

>> THANK YOU. IT JUST CAUGHT MY ATTENTION AND I WANTED TO KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHAT IT WAS VOTING ON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT. MAYOR, IF YOU WOULD LIKE, I MOVE TO APPROVE THE BILL PAY.

>> ALL RIGHT. BEFORE WE DO A MOVE FORWARD WITH THE MOTION, MEMBER CORTEZ, DO YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR?

>> NO. NO, MR. MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER MARTINEZ?

>> NOTHING. SIR.

>> MEMBER PALLARES?

>> NONE FOR ME. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. THERE'S A MOTION ON THE TABLE IS TO MOVE, IS THERE A SECOND?

>> MEMBER CORTEZ WILL SECOND.

>> THANK YOU, MEMBER CORTEZ.

>> MADAM CLERK?

>> MEMBER REYNA, IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT CALENDAR?

>> SURE. I MOVE THAT WE APPROVE THE CONSENT CALENDAR IN ITS TOTALITY. THANK YOU.

>> I'LL REAFFIRM MY SECOND AS WELL, MEMBER CORTEZ.

>> IT HAS BEEN MOVED IN SECONDED.

MADAM CLERK, LET'S VOTE.

>> MAYOR GARCIA?

>> AYE.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>> AYE.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER CORTEZ?

>> CORTEZ, AYE.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER MARTINEZ?

>> AYE.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES?

>> PALLARES, AYE.

>> MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CORTEZ TO APPROVE THE CONSENT CALENDAR.

MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CLERK. WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD.

ITEM 10, PUBLIC HEARING, WE HAVE NONE.

DEFERRED BUSINESS, ITEM 11, WE HAVE NONE.

[12)a. Discussion on Public Safety and Recent Crime Trends in Wasco (KCSO & City Manager)]

ITEM 12, NEW BUSINESS, UNDER 12A, WE HAVE DISCUSSION ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND RECENT CRIME TRENDS IN WASCO.

WE HAVE DANIEL GOING FIRST.

>> THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR, AND GETTING INTO THE REST OF THE PANEL AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IT'S NO SECRET THAT IN RECENT WEEKS, THE CITY OF WASCO, OUR COMMUNITY HAS EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME.

THAT HAS BEEN CAPPED OFF BY TWO RECENT HOMICIDES AROUND THE CHRISTMAS EVE.

MANY OF YOU HAVE FILLED WITH QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS AND HAVE ADDRESSED THE PUBLIC AS BEST YOU COULD.

OBVIOUSLY, THERE'S A LOT OF QUESTIONS SURROUNDING WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHAT'S BEING DONE.

WITH US TODAY, WE HAVE NOT ONLY SERGEANT MARTINEZ, WE ALSO HAVE LIEUTENANT CARPENTER, WHO OVERSEES THE NORTH AREA SUB-STATIONS, COMMANDER CISNEROS WHO IS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO THE POSITION.

I DON'T SEE HER ONLINE, BUT SHE'S JOINED.

SHE'S THE COMMANDER FOR ALL SUB-STATIONS, AND WE HAVE THE FORMER COMMANDER, WHO IS NOW DEPUTY CHIEF AVERY SIMPSON AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

I WANTED TO SPEND SOME TIME TO JUST GIVE SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND LAYOUT THE BACKDROP IN WHICH THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT OUR ENTIRE STATE, FOR THAT MATTER, UNFORTUNATELY, IS IN WITH REGARDS TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND HOW THAT'S IMPACTING LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO DETER AND TO PROACTIVELY DEAL WITH CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY.

IF YOU WILL BEAR WITH ME, OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, THERE'S BEEN A SERIES OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES, MOST OF THEM HAD BEEN LEGISLATIVE, SOME HAD BEEN ADOPTED BY THE ASSEMBLY AND THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE, OTHERS HAD BEEN VALID PROPOSITIONS THAT HAD BEEN PROMOTED BY FORMER GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN AND HAD BEEN ADOPTED BY A SIGNIFICANT MARGINS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC ACROSS THE STATE.

OF THREE PARTICULAR LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OR BALLOTS THAT I WANT TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT ARE REALLY DRIVING ISSUES FOR MANY COMMUNITIES IN CALIFORNIA IS AB 109, THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SAFETY REALIGNMENT ACT THAT WAS PASSED IN 2011.

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YOU HAVE PROP 47, THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS AND SCHOOLS ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED IN 2014; PROPOSITION 57, PUBLIC SAFETY AND REHABILITATION ACT, THAT WAS PASSED IN 2016.

DESPITE THE NAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THESE ASSEMBLY BILLS AND THESE PROPOSITIONS, I THINK THE REALITY IS THEY REALLY ARE MISLEADING IN TERMS OF WHAT THE INTENT IT REPRESENT.

AB 109, WHICH I'VE MENTIONED PASSED IN 2011, WENT INTO EFFECT OCTOBER 1ST, 2011.

THE FOCUS WAS SPECIFICALLY ON ALLEVIATING OVERCROWDING IN PRISONS AND REDUCING THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS BUDGETS.

IT TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY OF INCARCERATION AND SUPERVISION OF LOW-LEVEL NON-SERIOUS, NONVIOLENT, NON-SEXUAL INMATES AND PAROLEES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO LOCAL COUNTY AND LOCAL JAILS.

THIS WAS AN ESTIMATED TRANSFER FOR OVER 45,000 FELONS TRANSFERRED FROM STATE PRISON SYSTEM TO THE COUNTY AND LOCAL JAILS.

IN 2014, PROP 47 WAS PASSED AND IMPLEMENTED THREE BROAD CHANGES TO FELONY SENTENCING LAWS.

FIRST IS THAT IT RECLASSIFIED CERTAIN THEFT AND DRUG POSSESSION OFFENSES FROM FELONIES TO MISDEMEANORS.

SECOND IS THAT IT AUTHORIZED DEFENDANTS CURRENTLY SERVING SENTENCES FOR FELONY OFFENSES THAT WOULD HAVE QUALIFIED AS MISDEMEANORS UNDER THE PROPOSITION TO PETITION THE COURTS FOR RESENTENCING UNDER THE NEW MISDEMEANOR PROVISIONS.

THIRD, IT AUTHORIZED DEFENDANTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SENTENCES FOR FELONY CONVICTIONS THAT WOULD'VE QUALIFIED AS MISDEMEANORS UNDER THE PROPOSITION TO APPLY TO RECLASSIFY THOSE CONVICTIONS.

IN ESSENCE, I THINK, IT REDEFINE WHAT'S A FELONY AND WHAT'S A MISDEMEANOR AND SHIFTED A LOT OF THINGS THAT WERE DEFINED AND CHARGES FELONIES TO NOT BEING CHARGED AS MISDEMEANORS.

THIS HAS A DRAMATIC EFFECT IN TERMS OF THINGS SUCH AS THE THREE STRIKES LAW IN WHICH FELONS IN THE PAST, IN THE '90S, WHEN THEY WOULD REACH THREE STRIKES, THEY WILL SERVE A MUCH MORE SEVERE, LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCE.

NOW, WITH THINGS BEING RECLASSIFIED AS MISDEMEANORS, THEY REALLY ALTERED AND CHANGED THAT LANDSCAPE, AND HOW MANY ACTUAL FELONS WERE BEING SENTENCED AS SUCH.

DRUG POSSESSION, REPEATED SHOPLIFTING, FORGING CHECKS, AND GUN THEFTS.

POSSESSION OF DATE-RAPE DRUGS, ALL OF WHICH WERE FELONIES BEFORE UNDER PROP 47 WHEN THOSE APPROVED, ARE NOW CLASSIFIED AS MISDEMEANORS AS I JUST SAID.

A KEY THING AND WE DEAL WITH A LOT OF I'D PROBABLY SAY THEFTS IN PETTY CRIME.

IT SHIFTED THE BURDEN, AND THAT THEFT OVER $400, WHICH WAS ONCE A FELONY.

NOW, FELONY HAVE TO BE OVER $950.

THEFTS FROM A BUSINESS, WHICH WAS A FELONY NOW FALLS UNDER THE SAME RATIONALE AS THEFTS FROM A BUSINESS UNDER 950 WERE JUST A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR.

SOME DRUG POSSESSIONS, FORMERLY A FELONY, NOW, A GOOD NUMBER OF DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES ARE MISDEMEANORS.

IN 2016, PROP 57, THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND REHABILITATION ACT, IT ALLOWED THE STATE TO PROVIDE FOR THE EARLY RELEASE OF UP TO 30,000 CRIMINALS CONVICTED OF NONVIOLENT FELONIES.

A CAVEAT, THE NONVIOLENT FELONIES BECAUSE AS YOU'LL SEE IT, THEY REALLY USE IT HOW IT'S PLAYING OUT.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HAS BEEN GIVEN THE UNLIMITED AUTHORITY TO GRANT CREDITS TO ALL CRIMINALS REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OF THE CRIME, WHICH WOULD FACILITATE ANY CRIMINALS EARLY RELEASE FROM STATE PRISON.

REPEAT CRIMINALS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR RELEASE AFTER THE SAME PERIOD OF INCARCERATION AS FIRST TIME OFFENDERS.

SOMEONE WHO GETS ARRESTED THE FIRST TIME IS TREATED AND CAN BE SENTENCED IN THE SAME MANNER AS SOMEONE WHO HAS MULTIPLE ARRESTS.

AS YOU'LL SEE LATER ON, WE'RE DEALING WITH THAT SITUATION WITH CRIMINALS THAT HAVE LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORIES.

THAT UNFORTUNATELY, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM ISN'T REALLY WORKING IN THE PUBLIC'S FAVOR AND MAKING SURE THESE PEOPLE ARE BEHIND BARS AND ARE KEPT OUT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

CERTAIN CRIMES NOT CONSIDERED VIOLENT AT THE TIME WHEN PROP 57 WAS PASSED.

THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, BACK IN 2018.

THOSE INCLUDED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON OR FORCE LIKELY TO CAUSE GREAT BODILY INJURY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BATTERY WAS SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER, AND INFLICTING CORPORAL INJURY ON A CHILD, RAPE, SODOMY, OR COPULATION OF AN UNCONSCIOUS PERSON OR BY USE OF DATE RAPE DRUGS.

THIS IS JUST A SNAPSHOT, AND THERE'S A MUCH LONGER LIST OF WHAT ARE CRIMES THAT DIDN'T FALL AS NONVIOLENT, OR FELL AS NONVIOLENT UNDER THE PROP 57.

SEX OFFENDERS UNDER PROP 57 ARE SET TO BE RELEASED JUST RECENTLY ON DECEMBER 28TH, THAT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RULED THAT CERTAIN SEX OFFENDERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EARLY PAROLE.

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THIS CASE WAS BROUGHT BY GREGORY GADLIN, A CONVICTED RAPIST AND CHILD MOLESTER WITH TWO PREVIOUS STRIKES UNDER THE THREE STRIKES LAW.

HE WAS RECENTLY SERVING A 35 YEARS TO LIFE SENTENCE FOR NEW CONVICTION OF ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

THAT CONVICTION, HE VICIOUSLY ASSAULTED HIS GIRLFRIEND TAMARA WITH A SEVEN-INCH BUTCHER KNIFE SLASHING HER SEVERAL TIMES ACROSS THE FACE, BACK, AND STOMACH.

THE DETAILS OF THAT ARE MUCH MORE GRUESOME.

HIS CRIMINAL HISTORY IS MUCH MORE DISTURBING, YET THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE UNDER PROP 57, MOST RECENTLY AS BY THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING JUST THE OTHER WEEK.

IN 2016, CALIFORNIA'S PAROLE BOARD RECOMMENDED FOR RELEASE 1,590 INMATES SERVING LIFE SENTENCES.

ONLY 20 PERCENT OF THOSE RELEASE DECISIONS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY BLOCKED BY THE GOVERNOR.

ON TERMS COVID-19 HAS OBVIOUSLY HAD A IMPACT ON NOT ONLY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE PRISON POPULATIONS AS IT HAS WITH JUST OUR BASIC OPERATIONS.

SO THE CITY GAVE US SOME PERSPECTIVE IN APRIL 13, EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA IMPOSED A BAIL SCHEDULE SET AT ZERO DOLLARS FOR MOST NON-SERIOUS, NONVIOLENT FELONIES, AND MISDEMEANORS.

THIS MEANT THAT FOR MOST OFFENSES DURING THAT PERIOD, DEPUTIES WERE UNABLE TO ARREST INDIVIDUALS AND TAKE THEM TO JAIL.

THEY WERE SUBSEQUENTLY AND MOST OF THEM DECIDE AND RELEASE.

THAT WAS OVERTURNED.

WHEN THE COUNCIL RESCINDED THE DECISION IN JUNE, BUT THEY STILL LEFT THE DISCRETION TO LOCAL JAILS TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAINING A ZERO BAIL ORDER DEPENDING ON AS THEY SAW FIT TO CONTROL THE POPULATION IN LOCAL JAILS.

THAT WAS THE RATIONALE WAS TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATIONS AND HELP CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 THROUGHOUT THE PRISON SYSTEM.

ACCORDING TO THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL'S WEBSITE, THAT ORDER DURING THAT PERIOD RESULTED IN MORE THAN 20,000 INMATES IN LOCAL JAILS BEING RELEASED.

ACCORDING TO THEM, IT WAS DURING A TIME OF STILL CRIME RATES BEING AT HISTORIC LAWS, WHICH UNFORTUNATELY, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY SAW THAT, BUT WE'VE SEEN THAT HASN'T BEEN THE CASE LOCALLY.

AS I MENTIONED, LOCAL COURTS STILL RETAIN THE AUTHORITY TO MAINTAIN AN ALTERED OR AN AMENDED BAIL SCHEDULE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE OVERCROWDING OF JAILS.

IN TERMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION'S TOTAL POPULATION, THIS NUMBER WAS ASTOUNDING TO ME BASED ON THEIR WEEKLY REPORT FROM DECEMBER 30TH, THE JAIL POPULATION RIGHT NOW IS DOWN OVER 28,000 INMATES.

THIS IS THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM.

IT'S DOWN 28,000 INMATES FROM THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE EITHER BACK IN LOCAL JAILS OR MORE THAN LIKELY THEY'VE BEEN RELEASED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, TO THE COMMUNITIES.

THAT'S PARTIALLY WHAT'S DRIVING SOME OF THE INCREASED CRIME THAT WE'RE SEEING UP AND DOWN WITH THE STATE.

IT WAS A MORE SPECIFIC AND ZEROING IN, YOU HAVE THE WASCO STATE PRISON.

THIS IS THEIR SB601 STATISTICAL REPORT, THIS IS A QUARTERLY REPORT.

THE MOST RECENT ONE IS FROM SEPTEMBER.

YOU CAN TELL THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INMATES AT THE WASCO STATE PRISON IN JANUARY WAS 4,564.

AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER IT WAS 1,784.

MANY OF US KNOW THAT THE WASCO STATE PRISON AS A RECEPTION CENTER.

IT IS MANY TIMES THE FIRST PRISON THAT MANY INMATES FROM THE LOCAL JAILS, FROM COUNTY JAILS, THEY REPORT TO THE RECEPTION CENTER BEFORE THEIR FINAL DESTINATION TO WHATEVER CORRECTION INSTITUTION THEY MAY END UP IN.

THIS IS REFLECTION OF INMATES FROM THE COUNTY JAIL IS NOT BEING TRANSFERRED TO THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM.

IT CREATES A BURDEN AND OTHER ISSUES FOR THE COUNTY JAIL SYSTEM TO TRY TO MANAGE AND CONTROL.

IT'S SHIFTING THE BURDEN, THE RESPONSIBILITY, AND THE FINANCIAL BURDEN ONTO THE COUNTY TO MANAGE AND DEAL WITH, WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND RESOURCES BEHIND IT.

SIMILARLY, THE NORTH KERN STATE PRISON, THE TOTAL POPULATION IN JANUARY OF 2020, OF 4,356, SEPTEMBER 2020, 1,857.

MORE TO THE ISSUES AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF POPULATION CAPACITY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE FACING WITH IS THE FACT THAT JUST LAST YEAR IN 2019, ASSEMBLY BILL 32 WAS ADOPTED AND SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR.

THIS BAN PRIVATE PRISONS FROM THE STATE CORRECTION SYSTEM.

REGARDLESS OF WHERE PEOPLE STAND AND PHILOSOPHICALLY AND POLITICALLY ON THIS ISSUE, THE REALITY IS THAT REPRESENTED ABOUT FIVE PERCENT OF THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM POPULATION, UP TO ABOUT 7,000 INMATES.

THERE'S NO PLAN THAT THE STATE HAS RELEASED IN TERMS OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO TO ADDRESS THAT ELIMINATION OF THAT CAPACITY.

THE BACKDROP BEHIND SOME OF THOSE, AS I MENTIONED, IS THE FACT THAT THERE IS A SUPREME COURT ORDER OR CASE THAT THE STATE MUST ADHERE

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TO AND TO EITHER REDUCE ITS POPULATION CAPACITY OR EXPAND ADDITIONAL CAPACITY.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE STATUS CHOSEN TO REDUCE THE CAPACITY IN ORDER TO MEET THE COURT'S REQUIREMENTS AS OPPOSED TO BUILDING ADDITIONAL FACILITIES TO HOUSE THESE INDIVIDUALS.

I WANT TO PROVIDE SOME ANALYSIS AND A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF THE MORE RECENT VIOLENT CRIME AND SHOOTINGS THAT WE'VE HAD IN COMMUNITY.

FOR INSTANCE, BACK ON JUNE 23, 2020, KELLEY DEAN STAFFORD, AGE 25, OF WASCO, WAS ARRESTED IN THE 1700 BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 46 FOR AN ACTIVE FELONY ARREST WARRANT FOR THE CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, PARTICIPATION IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG, AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME.

HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE KERN COUNTY JAIL.

I BELIEVE THIS WAS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SUBSEQUENTLY WAS UPGRADED TO A CHARGE OF MURDER FOR THE SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED UP NORTH ON GRIFFITH STREET BY UNFORTUNATELY, THIS SUSPECT, WHEN I LOOKED AT HIS CRIMINAL HISTORY WITH THE KERN COUNTY'S WEBSITE, HE HAS 14 CRIMINAL CASES DATING BACK TO 2014.

SUBSEQUENTLY, HIS LAST PRIOR ARREST, PRIOR TO THIS YEAR'S, IT OCCURRED IN NOVEMBER 29 OF 2018.

THOSE CHARGES INCLUDED POSSESSION FOR SALE OF MARIJUANA EMPLOYING A 20 YEAR OLD OR YOUNGER, RECKLESS EVADING OF A POLICE OFFICER, CARRYING A LOADED FIREARM WITHOUT REGISTRATION, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A FELON, PARTICIPATING IN A STREET GANG, AND OBSTRUCTION OF A POLICE OFFICER.

BASED ON A DISPOSITION DATE OF 1/15/19, HE WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON.

UNFORTUNATELY, HE WAS REARRESTED ONE YEAR FIVE MONTHS AND EIGHT DAYS AFTER THAT DISPOSITION.

SO HAD HE BEEN IN JAIL FOR THE THREE YEAR SENTENCE, THAT MURDER WOULDN'T HAVE OCCURRED.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE, ANTHONY AGUERRIA ROCHA, AGE 38, OF WASCO, WAS ARRESTED ON THE 500 BLOCK OF D STREET FOR FALLING POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

I'M NOT GOING TO READ ALL VERBATIM, BUT THE ARREST OCCURRED OCTOBER 12TH, 2020.

THIS WAS A RESULT OF REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED.

THIS INDIVIDUAL HAD 21 CRIMINAL CASES IN THE COUNTY SYSTEM DATING BACK TO 2000.

HIS LAST ARREST, PRIOR TO THE 2020 ARREST, OCCURRED ON JULY 12TH, 2018.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PARAPHERNALIA, DESTROYING AND CONCEALING EVIDENCE.

HE WAS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS IN JAIL.

HE WAS REARRESTED TWO YEARS ONE MONTH AND 20 DAYS FROM THAT CONVICTION OR DISPOSITION DATE.

AARON GARCIA, AGE 21, OF WASCO, WAS ARRESTED AT THE INTERSECTION OF 9TH STREET AND BROADWAY FOR A FELONY ARREST WARRANT FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.

HE WAS BOOKED INTO KERN COUNTY.

THIS WAS ON JUNE 24TH, 2020.

HE HAD 12 CRIMINAL CASES DATING BACK TO 2017.

THIS IS A LITTLE BIT MURKY BECAUSE IT APPEARS THAT OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BETWEEN, I BELIEVE IT WAS MAY OF 2018 THROUGH JANUARY 2019, THERE WERE MULTIPLE ARREST THAT OCCURRED WITH HIM.

BUT ULTIMATELY, BASED OFF OF DISPOSITION ON JULY 16TH, 2018, HE WAS SENTENCE TO ONE YEAR 11 MONTHS, OR HE WAS SENTENCED TO ABOUT 4-5 YEARS IN JAIL, DEPENDING ON WHICH ONE YOU GO WITH.

HE WAS REARRESTED ONE YEAR 11 MONTHS EIGHT DAY FROM THAT CONVICTION DATE.

AGAIN, ANOTHER CRIMINAL, DARE I SAY, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL AND OUT OF THE STREETS IN WASCO.

AUGUST 19, 2020, LIONEL LOPEZ, AGE 35 WAS ARRESTED ON 1500 BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 46 FOR FELONY ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, NOT A FIREARM, AND PARTICIPATION IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME, ACTIVE BENCH WARRANT, AND MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION OF AN UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

HE WAS SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL WITH THE GANG CHARGE.

HE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY, BASED ON THE COUNTY'S INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE, GRANTED TWO YEARS PROBATION, EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED FROM THE COUNTY JAIL, FEBRUARY 16TH OF 2021, IF NOT SOONER.

HE HAD 32 CASES STEMMING FROM 2005-2020.

AGAIN, HE WAS PREVIOUSLY SENTENCED AND REARRESTED TWO YEARS TWO MONTHS AND SEVEN DAYS FROM HIS PRIOR CONVICTION.

SOME ADDITIONAL KEY CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO OCCUR THAT ARE GOING TO IMPACT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TAKING EFFECT THIS YEAR.

AB 3234, MISDEMEANOR DIVERSION.

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IT AUTHORIZES JUDGES TO OFFER MISDEMEANOR DIVERSION FOR MOST OFFENDERS.

WE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THE REDEFINITION OF A FELONY TO A MISDEMEANOR.

IF TERMS ARE COMPLIED WITH, THE CRIMINAL ACTION WILL BE DISMISSED AND THE RECORD ERASED.

ALL THOSE RECORDS OF CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

THESE INCLUDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES, STALKING, REGISTRABLE SEX OFFENSES YOU DON'T INCLUDE, THOSE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

SB 384, REDUCED SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION.

THIS COULD REDUCE THOSE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR LIFE BY UP TO 90 PERCENT FOR A SEX OFFENSE.

THE NEW THREE-TIER SYSTEM DEFINES REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF 10 YEARS, 20 YEARS, OR LIFETIME DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

AB 1950, CAPPED PROBATION TERMS. IT ENACTS A MAXIMUM OF ONE YEAR PROBATION TERM FOR SOME MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES AND TWO YEARS FOR FELONY OFFENSES WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS.

NOW, I GAVE THAT BACKDROP AND I WANTED TO ALSO ADDRESS THE FACT WE'VE BEEN WATCHING THIS HAPPEN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, AND MYSELF AND THE CITY STAFF HAVEN'T BEEN AT LEAST SITTING BY.

WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT A COUPLE DIFFERENT OPTIONS TO TRY TO HELP AUGMENT THE SERGEANT'S ABILITY AND HIS DEPUTIES' ABILITIES TO COMBAT CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY.

A COUPLE OF OPTIONS THAT WE'VE EXPLORED, AND THIS IS BASED OFF WHAT OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE AS WELL AS WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICES THAT ARE OUT THERE, ONE OF THEM BEING CAMERAS IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE CODE ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS.

UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE HAVE LIMITATIONS WITH THEM THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO USE EFFECTIVELY.

SOME OTHER OPTIONS ARE CAMERAS LIKE THOSE PROVIDED BY FLOCK SAFETY, A COMPANY THAT PROVIDES AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS.

THIS DOES COME WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT NATURALLY WOULD COME FROM THE COMMUNITY, BUT THE ISSUE AND THE REASON WHY WE'VE LOOKED AT THIS IN PART BECAUSE THE SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AT TIMES STRUGGLED TO GET COOPERATION FROM THE PUBLIC.

WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT DO HAVE DOORBELL CAMERAS, THAT DO HAVE CAMERAS IN THEIR COMMUNITY, AND MANY OF THEM HAVEN'T BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE CAMERA REGISTRY.

JUST OF LAST WEEK, I BELIEVE THERE WAS ONLY 14 INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES THROUGHOUT WASCO THAT REGISTERED THEIR CAMERAS.

THERE IS ALSO NUANCES WITH THAT, IN THAT, WHENEVER YOU DO HAVE A CAMERA REGISTRY, AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GREAT NUMBER OF PARTICIPATION, THAT FAMILY MAY FEEL RELUCTANT TO BE ABLE TO VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN TRYING TO SOLVE THE CRIME FOR FEAR OF BEING TARGETED THEMSELVES.

THE AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS WILL PROVIDE THE TOOL FOR SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY VEHICLES IN THE AREA THAT MATCH THE DESCRIPTION AND BE ABLE TO HOPEFULLY ATTACH AND HAVE A LICENSE PLATE NUMBER TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW UP ON.

THE COST OF THIS PARTICULAR SYSTEM IS $2500 PER CAMERA, WITH $250 INSTALL FEE PER CAMERA.

THERE'RE CURRENT LEASING OPTIONS, AND THIS IS A YEARLY LEASE, THE SMALLEST PACKAGE IS FIVE CAMERAS, WHICH WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 13,750.

ALL THE INFORMATION IS STORED ON THE CLOUD, THERE IS NO HARDWARE THAT THE CITY NEEDS TO MAINTAIN AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT.

IT'S ALL ADDRESSED BY THE VENDOR THEMSELVES AND PROVIDE THE ABILITY FOR SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES TO HAVE ACCESS TO THAT CAMERA FOOTAGE WHEN A CRIME DOES OCCUR AND THEY WANT TO LOOK AT THE VEHICLES IN THE AREA TO IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT'S VEHICLE.

THEY PREFERRED TO BE PLACED ON CITY-OWNED POLES.

IF THERE IS NOT AN OPTION FOR HARDWIRED, THEY DO HAVE A SOLAR OPTION AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO UTILIZE.

THERE IS 37 JURISDICTIONS IN CALIFORNIA THAT HAVE INCORPORATED FLOCK SAFETY CAMERAS INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES.

THAT INCLUDES HEMET, OXNARD, OAKLAND, VACAVILLE, VENTURA, MURRIETA, AND SAN JACINTO, AS WELL AS COUNTLESS OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

IN ADDITION TO THAT AND MANY OF US HAVE HEARD BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT BAKERSFIELD HAS THE SHOTSPOTTER PROGRAM, SHOTSPOTTER APPLICATION.

IT IS DESIGNED WITH VARIOUS ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS AND SOME OTHER TECHNOLOGIES TO IDENTIFY AND LOCATE AND TRACK ACTIVE GUNFIRE.

WHEN GUNFIRE GOES OFF, IT TRIANGULATES WHERE THAT SHOT CAME FROM, AND THEN IT DISPLAYS IT AND SENDS A MESSAGE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THEM TO RESPOND.

THIS IS HELPFUL IN, I GUESS, ADDRESSING THE LACK OF CALLS THAT SOMETIMES COME IN.

MANY TIMES, HAVE YOU HEAR, "HEY, I HEARD GUNSHOTS LAST NIGHT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THAT?" THEN YOU'RE ASKING ME OR YOU'RE ASKING THE SERGEANT, "WERE THERE GUNSHOTS LAST NIGHT?" UNFORTUNATELY, THE REALITY IS NOT ALL GUNSHOTS ARE REPORTED TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AND SO THEN THEY CAN'T FOLLOW UP AND INVESTIGATE.

THE DOWNSIDE WITH THAT IS THAT WHETHER OR NOT THIS WILL BE ABLE TO ACCURATELY DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN FIREWORKS OR A GUNSHOT.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU HEAR THE GUNSHOT GO OFF BUT THE DEPUTY STILL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO INVESTIGATE AND TRACK DOWN

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LEADS THAT ARE MOST USEFUL THROUGH EITHER VICTIM STATEMENTS OR WITNESSES' STATEMENTS, AND/OR CAMERA FOOTAGE OR WHATEVER THE CASE WILL BE.

YOU'LL STILL NEED THAT ASPECT OF HAVING EVIDENCE THROUGH STATEMENTS AND FOOTAGE FOR THEM TO FOLLOW UP.

THAT'S BEEN THE STRUGGLE THAT OUR DEPUTIES HAVE BEEN HAVING, THE PAST FEW INSTANCES.

IN TERMS OF THE COST, AGAIN, WE CONTACTED THEM, WE MET WITH THEM.

NOW, THIS IS AGAIN ANOTHER SUBSCRIPTION MODEL.

THEY BASE IT ON ESTIMATED SQUARE MILE AREA, ROUGHLY ABOUT $50,000 PER SQUARE MILE.

THE CITY IS ABOUT FOUR SQUARE MILES, WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT ENCOMPASS THE ENTIRE AREA OR JUST THE CORE WHERE MOST OF THE CRIMES ARE OCCURRING.

WE ESTIMATED THAT BASED OFF FOR TWO MILES SQUARE FOOTAGE, SQUARE MILE AREA, YOU ARE LOOKING AT A $100,000 PER YEAR.

THERE ARE ADDITIONAL INTERFACE LICENSES AND THINGS THAT ARE ADD ONS THAT WOULD ADD ADDITIONAL COSTS OF THAT STARTING IN $9,500 PER YEAR, DEPENDING ON WHAT THOSE LICENSES AND CONFIGURATIONS ARE GOING TO BE.

SOME COMMUNITIES HAVE ADOPTED AND IN THE PAST HAVE LAUNCHED A CAMERA REBATE PROGRAM.

FOR 2015 AND 2018, RING CAMERAS BEFORE THEY WERE BOUGHT OUT BY AMAZON, RING WAS GOING UP AND DOWN THE STATE PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITIES IN CALIFORNIA TO PROMOTE AND DO A RING DOORBELL AND CAMERA REBATE PROGRAM.

IN 2015, LAPD AND RING INSTALLED RING VIDEO DOORBELL IN 41 OUT OF 500 HOMES IN THE WILSHIRE NEIGHBORHOOD OF WILSHIRE PARK.

THEY RECORDED OR STATE THAT THEY SAW A 55 PERCENT DECLINE IN HOME BURGLARIES BETWEEN JULY AND DECEMBER OF 2015, AND THERE WERE NO BURGLARIES IN THE HOUSES WITH A RING DOORBELL.

UNFORTUNATELY, THAT PROGRAM IS NO LONGER BEING OFFERED BY RING, BUT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CITIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THAT, AND DID SO NOT ONLY BY PARTNERING WITH RING, BUT ALSO PUTTING IN ADDITIONAL SAY DOLLARS INTO IT TO FURTHER EXPAND THE MATCHING FUNDS AND TO MAXIMIZE THE REBATE, EITHER BY INCREASING THE REBATE AMOUNTS AND/OR EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS.

SO, FOR INSTANCE, THE CITY OF PALMDALE DID A $50,000 MATCH TO RING'S $50,000 TO OFFER $100,000 PROGRAM.

UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE I SAID RING IS NO LONGER PROVIDING THAT.

IF THE CITY WANTED TO DO THAT, YOU CAN CERTAINLY LOOK AT USING MEASURE X TO PROVIDE SOME SECURITY COUNTER PROGRAM.

THAT WILL PROVIDE SOME BENEFITS IN TERMS OF YOU WON'T BE LIMITED TO JUST USING RING PRODUCTS OR A SPECIFIC PRODUCT, YOU CAN EXPAND IT TO VARIOUS SECURITY CAMERA PLATFORMS, WHETHER IT BE HARDWIRED OR WIRED.

THEN IT SOMEWHAT ADDRESSES THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OR NOT RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO HAVE INTERNET SERVICE AND WI-FI CAPABILITY TO ACCURATELY UTILIZE CAMERAS THAT ARE PROVIDED BY RING OR OTHER WI-FI CAMERAS.

YOU CAN CERTAINLY TRY AND LOOK TO PARTNER WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT IF WE DO A PROGRAM, THAT THERE IS SOME LEVEL OF CONTACT BETWEEN THE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT OR CITY STAFF TO EDUCATE THEM ON THE BENEFITS OF THE SECURITY COUNTY PROGRAM AND TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONNECTION, THAT RAPPORT WITH RESIDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE CAN LOOK AT A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT MODELS LOOKING AT WHETHER WE DO IT BY KEY AREAS WHERE WE ARE SEEING INCREASES IN VIOLENT CRIME, OR WE CAN LOOK AT DOING MORE OF AN EQUAL DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE VARIOUS COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

I THINK THAT'S IT UNLESS YOU WANT ME TO KEEP GOING.

AS I MENTIONED WE HAVE DEPUTY CHIEF, AVERY SIMPSON, THE LIEUTENANTS, AND SERGEANT MARTINEZ IS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

>> THANK YOU, MR. MANAGER, AND I APPRECIATE THAT VERY THOROUGH REPORT.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, LET'S MAYBE HEAR FROM THE OTHERS IF THEY HAVE ANY INPUT.

>> THE COMMAND STAFF OR CITY COUNCIL?

>> THE STAFF AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

ANYONE WHO LIKES TO STATE ANYTHING AT THIS TIME? IF NOT, WE CAN MOVE ON TO AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.

MRS. CITY MANAGER, DID YOU KNOW IF THEY WERE GOING TO OR NOT?

>> I CAN SPEAK REALLY QUICK HERE.

AGAIN, WE ARE HERE TO ADDRESS WHATEVER CONCERNS YOU HAVE.

OBVIOUSLY, MR. ORTIZ LAID OUT SOME GREAT OPTIONS, AND IF IT IS MY CHOICE, I'D TAKE THEM ALL.

BUT WE UNDERSTAND ALL THAT COMES PER THE BUDGET.

I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS WE'RE LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.

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I KNOW SERGEANT MARTINEZ HAS BEEN REALLY PUSHING THE CAMERA REGISTRY AND STILL, I THINK HIS LAST NUMBERS WERE STILL 14, BUT THOSE HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN SOME CRIMES THAT HAVE BEEN SOLVED OR GATHERING EVIDENCE.

THEY'VE CAPTURED SOME REALLY GOOD FOOTAGE THAT HAVE HELPED US OUT.

SO I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE GROW THAT'S FROM OUR END.

>> PERFECT. THANK YOU.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE "RAISE HAND" BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR PHONE KEYPAD, YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK?

>> MAYOR, WE DO HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENT? WE HAVE LORI GARCIA.

>> HI.

>> HI LORI.

>> HI, MY NAME IS LORI GARCIA AND I AM A RESIDENT OF WASCO.

I ACTUALLY HAD A FEW QUESTIONS FOR LIEUTENANT CARPENTER.

I KNOW THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, I ACTUALLY LIVE REALLY CLOSE TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, I NOTICED THAT THE PRESENCE WAS HEAVIER AS FAR AS POLICE PATROLLING, AND POLICE OFFICERS ON BIKES.

THE PRESENCE WAS THERE MUCH MORE IN THE PAST.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, IF YOU'VE BEEN IMPACTED, HAVE YOU BEEN LOSING AN OFFICERS ON DUTY?

>> I'M SURE THAT YOU'RE AWARE THAT WASCO IS A CONTRACT CITY, SO THEY DO HAVE 15 FULL-TIME DEPUTIES ASSIGNED TO IT, TWO SENIOR DEPUTIES ASSIGNED, AS WELL AS A SERGEANT.

SO A TOTAL OF 18 FULL-TIME PERSONNEL ASSIGNED.

THAT NUMBER DOES NOT DROP BELOW TWO OFFICERS AT ANYTIME THROUGHOUT THE 24-HOUR PERIOD AND AT TIME, WE'LL HAVE 4, 5, 6 ON DUTY.

THE NUMBERS HAVE NOT DROPPED.

IN REGARDS TO BIKE PATROL, WE DO STILL HAVE A BIKE PATROL.

HOWEVER, THE BIKES ARE OLD AND A LOT OF THE OFFICERS ARE NOT BIKE PATROL TRAINED ANY LONGER.

THAT'S A SPECIAL CLASS THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH.

I'LL BE HONEST, I DON'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THAT CLASS WAS EVEN OFFERED.

>> THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT COMMENT.

MADAM CLERK, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS?

>> YES. LORI GARCIA HAVE ANOTHER COMMENT.

>> SORRY, LORI. GO AHEAD.

>> THIS IS ANOTHER QUESTION FOR LIEUTENANT CARPENTER.

I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT CAMERAS THROUGH OUR RINGS AND YOU GUYS CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THAT.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT WE CAN DO AS A COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO DETER CRIME? I KNOW MYSELF AND MANY NEIGHBORS IN MY COMMUNITY AT THIS POINT, WE ARE AFRAID, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE RECENT SHOOTINGS.

WE'RE VERY CONCERNED, NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES, BUT OUR CHILDREN AND THE REST OF OUR COMMUNITY.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES THE CAMERAS THAT YOU CAN SUGGEST FOR US?

>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE THING REAL CLEAR.

WE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR CAMERAS.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ASSUME THAT.

ALL IT TELLS US IS THAT YOU HAVE A CAMERA, SO WE CAN MAKE CONTACT WITH YOU, WHEN YOU PREFER.

WE CAN SHOW UP TO YOUR HOUSE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE RELUCTANT TO DO THAT.

WE CAN MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

WE CAN GIVE YOU A PHONE CALL ARRANGED AND MEET YOU.

IF YOU DO HAVE SOMETHING, WE WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ALLOW YOU TO EMAIL IT TO US.

YOU CAN BURN IT TO A DISK, WE CAN PICK THAT UP.

ANY WAY YOU CAN TO GET US THAT INFORMATION WILL BE GREAT.

AGAIN, WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR CAMERAS.

WE'RE JUST AWARE THAT YOU HAVE CAMERAS.

IN TERMS OF ANYTHING MORE, YOU CAN DO, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO SEVERAL OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE ALWAYS ASKED IS WHEN THEY BECOME AWARE OF A PROBLEM, DID THAT PERSON CALL? A LOT OF TIMES THE ANSWER IS NO OR THEY CALLED ONLY AFTER BEING PROMPTED TO BY ONE OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THAT BECOMES AN ISSUE BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES, THAT INFORMATION IS OLD AND BY THE TIME WE GET THERE, WHATEVER ISSUE YOU ARE EXPERIENCING IS OVER.

OR JUST CALLING DISPATCH THAT CAN GET THE INFORMATION OUT TO OUR DEPUTIES AS QUICK AS

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POSSIBLE WOULD BE THE BEST HELP THAT THE COMMUNITY COULD PROVIDE.

>> I HAVE ONE MORE COMMENT FOR LIEUTENANT CARPENTER.

THE WAY THAT OFFICERS HAVE INTERACTED WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND CERTAIN RESIDENTS OF WASCO, DO YOU THINK THAT COULD HAVE DETERRED WHY PEOPLE CALL THE POLICE? I'VE PERSONALLY HAD SOME NEGATIVE INTERACTIONS WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND I CAN IMAGINE THAT THAT CAN DETER PEOPLE FROM NO CALLING OR GIVING SUGGESTIONS.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE OR ANY COMMENTS ON THAT?

>> WE'RE CONCERNED IF ONE OF OUR OFFICERS ACTS UNPROFESSIONAL OR IS RUDE TO ANY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY.

WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST IF YOU EXPERIENCED THAT AND I WOULD SUGGEST YOU SPEAK SERGEANT MARTINEZ.

SEE WHAT THE ISSUE IS.

WE HAVE THE DEPUTIES IN WASCO ARE OUTFITTED WITH THE BODY-WORN CAMERAS SO THAT INTERACTION YOU HAVE WITH THE DEPUTY SHOULD BE CAUGHT ON A BODY-WORN CAMERA.

THAT WOULD BE AN AVENUE FOR SERGEANT MARTINEZ TO GO VERIFY YOUR COMPLAINT AND THEN SEE WHATEVER ISSUE THE DEPUTY WAS HAVING AND HOPEFULLY HANDLE IT.

>> DO ALL OFFICERS HAVE CAMERAS OR IS IT JUST SENIOR?

>> WASCO IS EQUIPPED WITH I BELIEVE, IT'S 19 CAMERAS AT THIS POINT.

THE 15 DEPUTIES ALL HAVE CAMERAS.

THE TWO SENIOR DEPUTIES HAVE A CAMERA, THE SERGEANT HAS A CAMERA, AND THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER HAS A CAMERA.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, LIEUTENANT CARPENTER. I APPRECIATE IT.

>> NO PROBLEM. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MS. GARCIA.

>> IF I COULD JUST ADD A QUICK COMMENT TO LIEUTENANT CARPENTER.

OFTENTIMES, THERE ARE DEPUTIES FROM OUTSIDE OF THE WASCO SUBSTATION THAT ASSIST IN WASCO DEPUTIES ON CASES OR CRIMES AND SOMETIMES THOSE DEPUTIES FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA, THOSE DON'T HAVE BODY CAMERAS, CORRECT?

>> YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

A LOT OF TIMES, WE MAY REACH OUT TO OVERTIMERS TO FILL SHIFTS, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW WITH COVID WITH THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WE'VE HAD OPT.

THOSE OVERTIMERS, A LOT OF TIMES, WILL NOT BE EQUIPPED WITH BODY-WORN CAMERAS.

THE CAMERA IS ACTUALLY ASSIGNED TO THAT SPECIFIC DEPUTY.

WHEN HE DOWNLOADS THE VIDEO, HE HAD HIS OWN LOGIN AND THOSE VIDEOS GO INTO HIS SPECIFIC ACCOUNT.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT CAVEAT, IT'S IMPORTANT.

MADAM CLERK, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM OR QUESTIONS?

>> WE HAVE ANOTHER PUBLIC COMMENT. WE HAVE MR. CARRIO.

>> MR. CARRIO?

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M MIGUEL CARRIO FOR THE RECORD.

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH LIEUTENANT CARPENTER ABOUT COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.

I KNOW THAT OVER TIME, WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THE THE DEPUTY. THOSE THINGS WORK.

I USED TO TEACH, SO I FIND IT USUALLY MORE INTERACTION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND GETTING AROUND.

I'M FROM SAN DIEGO, THEY'RE USED TO HAVE BLOCK PARTIES.

I KNOW COVID RIGHT NOW DOESN'T ALLOW ANY OF THAT, BUT I KNOW THAT THAT WAS A MORE OF A POSITIVE INFLUENCE, SO THAT THE COMMUNITY DID WANT TO ACTUALLY CALL.

I KNOW THEY DON'T FOR SOME REASON.

WE ALL KNOW IT'S EITHER FEAR, OR JUST IGNORANCE, OR JUST BUT IN TERMS OF THOSE POSITIVE INTERVENTION, I GUESS, IF ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS, I KNOW THAT THE MAYOR JUST DID A LITTLE WALK.

WAS IT WALK FOR SAFETY OR WALK FOR? WELL, ANYWAY, WE COULD DO MORE OF THOSE LITTLE INTERVENTION, SO TO SPEAK.

THEY MAKE MORE OF A DIFFERENCE THAN MANY PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW.

ONCE AGAIN, LIEUTENANT CARPENTER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEPUTIES THEN.

APPRECIATE YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENT. GOOD EVENING.

>> THANK YOU, MR. CARRIO.

YES, WE DID HAVE A WALK FOR PEACE WITH THE MOMS GROUP MAYOR AND MOMS THIS WEEK.

MADAM CLERK, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM?

>> NO MORE PUBLIC COMMENTS THEN.

WELL, WAIT, I'M SORRY. WE DO HAVE ONE MORE PUBLIC COMMENT FROM LORI GARCIA.

>> I HAD A QUESTION IN REGARDS TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING WE HAD A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.

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IS THERE ANY WAY THAT WE CAN PROBABLY GET A FEW MORE OF THOSE MEETINGS,

>>

>> YES.

>> AND A COUPLE OF MY NEIGHBORS, WE WERE TALKING, AND I KNOW THE 48 HOURS WAS SHORT NOTICE, AND WE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO ATTEND, THERE'S VERY MUCH SHORT NOTICE.

I THINK IF THERE'S ANY WAY I KNOW THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL WHO DOESN'T HAVE A FACEBOOK.

IF THERE'S A NEW WAY TO COMMUNICATE THE PUBLIC SAFETY MEETINGS.

>> MS. GARCIA, IF I CAN ASK YOU A QUESTION.

WHEN THE CITY HAS SENT OUT SOME OF OUR CALLBACKS OR TEXT ALERTS, HAVE YOU RECEIVED THOSE? THAT WOULD BE AN AVENUE THAT THE CITY COULD USE.

I'M NOT SURE IF YOU RECEIVED THEM THOUGH.

>> I HAVE NOT, BUT I THINK I WAS SPEAKING MORE INDIVIDUALS WHO POSSIBLY DON'T HAVE COMPUTER ACCESS.

>> YES, LORI, LET ME JUST ADDRESS THAT.

THAT WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL CITY FUNCTION.

OF COURSE, I SLAPPED THAT TO GET BECAUSE OF THE URGENCY SURROUNDING THE MATTER.

I DO UNDERSTAND IT WAS SHORT NOTICE, BUT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO SCHEDULE OUT, AND THEN OKAY, LET'S SHUT.

THERE WAS AN URGENCY, A MARCH FOR PEACE, SO THERE WAS THAT.

IT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, AND I HAVE PROMISED THAT WE WILL BE HAVING THOSE REGULARLY, MONTHLY NOW, MOVING FORWARD.

THE DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE NEXT ONE, IT'S ON THE 14TH AT THE PARK.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND BE WORKING WITH CITY STAFF TO SEE IF WE CAN POTENTIALLY GET THAT INFORMATION OUT VIA THE TEXT ALERT SYSTEM, AND ANY OTHER AVENUES, POTENTIALLY, AS WELL.

I'LL BE SEEKING OUT THOSE AS WELL.

THANK YOU, THOUGH. I APPRECIATE THAT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MR. MAYOR, MAY I HAVE SOME INPUT AS WELL, AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK?

>> PLEASE.

>> I THINK THIS IS A PART OF INFORMATION, I THINK LORI WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HEAR, LORI AND MR. TORIO.

THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER GROUP.

IT'S A COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER VINCENT MARTINEZ AND I HAVE BEEN POSTING IT.

I STARTED THIS BACK IN, I WANT TO SAY, LATE SUMMER BACK ON THE PANDEMIC.

IF YOU WANT TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR E-MAIL, YOU CAN SEND ME AN E-MAIL.

MY E-MAIL IS ON THE CITY'S WEB PAGE, AND WE'LL INCLUDE YOU IN OUR ROUNDTABLE MEETINGS.

WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER ROUNDTABLE THIS FRIDAY AT 4:30, AND SO THIS IS A GRASSROOTS EFFORT.

AGAIN, NOTHING DIRECTLY TO DO WITH THE CITY.

BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE GETTING INVESTED, ARRESTED, OR INTERESTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN BRINGING US SOME SORT OF SOLUTIONS AND RESOLUTION TO A BALANCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

>> THANK YOU AGAIN, FOLKS. MADAM CLERK, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS?

>> HAPPY NEW YEAR. WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO MAKE COMMUNITY AND CORRECTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, POSITIVE."

>> PERFECT. THANK YOU.

I ALWAYS GET TO REMEMBER TO CHECK ALL THE DIFFERENT AREAS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE GOT THE TEXT SECTION.

>> WE HAVE ANOTHER PUBLIC COMMENT, MAYOR.

>> YES.

>> YOU HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENT FROM DENISE AROUND THE LINE. DENISE, CAN YOU HEAR US?

>>

>> THERE WE GO. YES.

>> I HEAR A LOT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND I'VE CALLED AND WHEN THEY SAY IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING AND NOTHING REALLY CHANGING, SO IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME CALLING.

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO OR WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY SUPPOSED TO DO?

>> THANK YOU, DENISE. I APPRECIATE THAT FEEDBACK.

AGAIN, JUST TO ADDRESS THE MANY COMMENTS.

WE ARE STARTING THIS, I AM ACTUALLY STARTING THIS CAMPAIGN ALONG WITH OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS, THE TAKE BACK THE PARK CAMPAIGN IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S ESSENTIALLY A COMMUNITY-WIDE PUBLIC SAFETY EFFORT, A GRASSROOTS EFFORT TO BRING MOMS AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS TOGETHER.

I INTEND TO DO BETTER WITH COMMUNICATIONS EFFORTS.

I DO APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S INPUT, WE WELCOME THEM.

THE MAYOR HAD HIS ROUNDTABLE FRIDAY,

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WE HAD OUR WALK, SATURDAY.

IT'S A NEW YEAR, WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY AND COME UP WITH A COMMUNITY APPROACH TO SOLVING OUR PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES.

WE HAVE MANY TOOLS AS YOU'VE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE RECORD THIS EVENING AT OUR DISPOSAL.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH STAFF AND THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS TO EXPLORE THOSE OPTIONS AND FINDING THEM.

THERE'S REALLY NO GOLDEN KEY HERE.

FOLKS, WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.

NO ONE OF US ON THE COUNCIL AND THE DICE CAN PROVIDE THE SOLUTION HERE.

WE ALL HAVE TO DO THAT TOGETHER, AND THAT INCLUDES EVERYONE LEANING IN AND GETTING INVOLVED.

I KNOW I'M PREACHING TO THE QUERY HERE BECAUSE YOU ALL ARE LEANING IN AND GETTING INVOLVED BY BEING ON THIS CALL THIS EVENING.

THAT'S ALL I'LL SAY ABOUT THAT, SO I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S COMMENTS.

MADAM CLERK, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS?

>> WE DO HAVE ONE MORE FROM PUBLIC COMMENT.

GIVE ME ONE MINUTE. ACTUALLY, WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE DOWN HERE.

WE'LL HAVE LORI GARCIA, AND THEN AFTER THAT, WE HAVE ONE MORE.

>> YES. LORI?

>> HI. THIS IS ACTUALLY ANOTHER QUESTION FOR THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

HOW OPEN ARE YOU, LIEUTENANT AND SERGEANT FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO COME AND SPEAK AS FAR AS CONCERNS, I KNOW WE HAVE THE PHONE AND WE HAVE E-MAILS THAT WE CAN REACH YOU AT, BUT I THINK WHEN YOU CAN SEE SOMEBODY AND YOU CAN BREAK THAT BARRIER, I FEEL LIKE WE CAN COMMUNICATE A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

HOW OPEN ARE YOU TO SOMETHING LIKE FOR RESIDENTS IN WASCO?

>> BOTH SERGEANT MARTINEZ AND I BOTH HAVE SCHEDULES OF TALK THEM IN OUR OFFICES.

WE MIGHT NOT ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE, BUT WE CAN GET APPOINTMENTS, SO IT'S REALLY SO WE'RE OPEN TO IT.

YOU CAN COME BY TO THE OFFICE, AND SEE IF WE'RE THERE.

IF WE'RE AVAILABLE, YOU SHOULD IF NOT, WE HAVE A CLERK THERE THAT WILL TAKE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER, AND WE CAN TRY AND LINK UP AT ANOTHER TIME THAT'S MORE COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH OF OUR SCHEDULES.

>> THE INVITATION AGAIN WITH THE COMMUNITY, ON JANUARY 14TH, I WILL BE AT 15TH STREET PLAYGROUND, AS IT'S COLLOQUIALLY KNOWN OR THE 15TH STREET POCKET PARK, AND I INVITE A LIASON FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO JOIN US AND FOLKS CAN, OF COURSE, PROVIDE INPUT IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT OUT THERE ON 14TH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION, A VERY GOOD QUESTION.

MADAM CLERK, YOU SAID WE HAD ANOTHER ONE, RIGHT? I THINK I SEE ONE.

>> YES, WE DO. "HOW CAN WE MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE THAT THEY CAN REGISTER WITH THE KCSO FOR THEM TO BE AWARE OF THE RESIDENTS HAVING CAMERA?"

>> I THINK THAT'S NOT A QUESTION, MADAM CLERK, AND TO WHO ASKED THAT QUESTION.

THAT'S PART OF THE APPROACH WITH THIS PUBLIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN IS I CAN'T TELL MY NEIGHBORS, "HEY, YOU NEED TO REGISTER YOUR CAMERAS." I CAN, BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO REALLY LAND ANYWHERE.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS CREATE A COMMUNITY APPROACH WHERE WE ARE TELLING OUR FRIENDS, TELLING OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR COMADRES, OUR COUSINS, OUR TIAS AND TIOS "HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE'S THIS NEW PROGRAM WE ALL NEED TO GET INVOLVED WITH." WE ALL NEED TO REGISTER.

IF YOU HAVE A CAMERA, LET'S GET IT REGISTERED.

SO THAT'S AN EXCELLENT QUESTION.

I INVITE YOU TO JOIN US ON THE 14TH AND EVERY MONTH WHERE WE FORWARD AS THIS COMMUNITY EFFORT AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN BEGINS TO UNROLL.

THANK YOU. MADAM CLERK, ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS? YES, THE DETAILS ON THE 14TH, I'M SORRY.

THAT IS AT 4:00 PM.

THAT WILL BE AT 4:00 PM.

AGAIN, JANUARY 14TH AT THE 15TH STREET POCKET PARK, THE NEAREST CORNERS, 15TH, AND THIS.

MADAM CLERK, ANY OTHER COMMENTS.

>> NO MORE COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU.

OKAY. MOVING ON TO ITEM 12 B, INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION OF CURRENT WE HAVE THIS EVENING, MR SABLUSKI.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS, EVERYONE TO PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR PHONES OR COMPUTERS ON MUTE IF YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING. THANK YOU.

>>

>> MAY I REQUEST WE FINISH ALL THE COMMENTS FROM THE PART FROM THE COUNCIL?

>> YOU KNOW WHAT? I DID NOT. I AM SO SORRY.

I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE STOPPED ME, MARIA.

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ANYWAYS, THANK YOU. I'M SORRY.

LET ME SAY THAT WE GOT REALLY DEEP INTO THAT ONE.

I DON'T THINK I BEGAN ASKING FOR COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND START THERE, AND GO BACK TO ITEM 12 A.

DISCUSSION OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND RECENT CRIME TRENDS IN WASCO.

ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS? MAYOR GILBERTO REYNA.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR, I APPRECIATE IT.

A LOT HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT RIGHT NOW.

I THINK THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR OUR LAWS TO CHANGE.

THIS IS VERY DETRIMENTAL TO OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR.

THERE ARE SOME SOLUTIONS THAT HAD BEEN PUT FORTH THAT I THINK WE COULD WORK WITH, AND THAT WE COULD USE SOME MONEY FROM MEASURE X TO IMPLEMENT.

THAT WOULD BE POSSIBLY PROVIDING A REBATE PROGRAM TO INVITE PEOPLE TO INSTALL A WINK CAMERA OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF A CAMERA THAT WOULD BE IN THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE THAT WOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO THE SHERIFF WITH THE OWNER'S PERMISSION.

I WANT TO CLARIFY THAT THAT IT'S NOT THAT THE SHERIFF HAS ACCESS TO YOUR CAMERA, BUT WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO ANY VIDEO THAT THE CAMERA MAY HAVE RECORDED IN THE EVENT OF A CRIME.

THEN I THINK ALSO THAT MORE THAN ONE PERSON ASKED THE QUESTION, HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY GET INVOLVED? IT HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE, AND I KNOW OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS, THAT I GET CALLS FROM PEOPLE THAT SAY, "COULD YOU PLEASE CONTACT THE SHERIFF BECAUSE A FRIEND OF A FRIEND OF MINE IS WORRIED ABOUT CRIME BEING COMMITTED IN THEIR BLOCK." THAT'S VERY REAL.

IT'S A REAL FEAR AMONG OUR COMMUNITY THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO BE THE TARGETS OF THESE CRIMINALS IF THEY WERE TO FIND OUT THAT THEY WERE THE ONES THAT ARE PROVIDING INFORMATION.

SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE, I GUESS HAVING AN OPEN DOOR FROM THE SHERIFF AS LIEUTENANT CARPENTER JUST EXPLAINED, THAT PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO THE SHERIFF AND REPORT THOSE CRIMES, AND THEN THAT SOMETHING WILL BE DONE ABOUT IT.

THERE'S JUST A HOST OF THINGS THAT WE CAN DO.

THE LEAST OR THE LAST THING WE CAN DO OR WE SHOULDN'T DO, IS THROW OUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR AND SAY THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO.

THESE LAWS ARE AGAINST US, WE KNOW THAT.

THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF THE CRIMINALS.

BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND DO THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO WITHIN OUR MEANS TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE, BECAUSE NOT EVERY COMMUNITY IS EXPERIENCING THIS CRIME.

SO WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AGAIN.

I APPRECIATE ALL THE EFFORT THAT WAS PUT INTO GIVING US THIS VERY EXTENSIVE REPORT.

IT'S QUITE A SHAME THAT ALL THESE CRIMINALS THEY JUST GET OUT AND GO ON TO DO WHAT THEY KNOW BEST, COMMIT CRIMES.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF US OR EXHORT ALL OF US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT UNTIL WE FIND THE SOLUTION.

AS YOU SAID, MAYOR, NOT ONE OF US HAS A SOLUTION.

THIS WILL BE A COMBINED EFFORT FROM ALL OF US, AND INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY.

THAT'S IT FOR ME. I AM CONCERNED JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

BUT I THINK WE DO NEED TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THESE SUGGESTIONS THAT HAD BEEN BROUGHT FORTH BY OUR STAFF, THE CAMERAS, THE LICENSE PLATE READERS.

ALL OF THOSE WOULD BE HELPFUL IN FINDING THE CRIMINALS THAT ARE COMMITTING THESE CRIMES.

THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR GILBERTO REYNA.

I APOLOGIZE. I WAS LOOKING AT THE TIP LINE.

SOMEBODY HAD ASKED IF THERE WAS A TIP LINE FOR THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

I DO BELIEVE THAT'S IT.

I DON'T WANT TO STATE THE WRONG NUMBER IF THERE'S SOMEONE FROM THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT CAN PROVIDE THAT IN A MINUTE.

NEXT, WE HAVE MEMBER CORTEZ. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

>> THANK YOU, MR MAYOR.

HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY HERE.

THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE SOLVED BY POLICE ALONE OR BY LAW ENFORCEMENT ALONE.

THE PROBLEMS WE'RE HAVING RIGHT NOW IS MULTI-PRONGED, WE HAVE MULTIPLE AREAS WE'VE GOT TO ATTACK.

THE MEETING WE HAD ROUND-TABLE, WE HAD ALREADY DISCUSSED THOSE.

WE BROUGHT TOGETHER SOME OF THE GREAT MINDS IN TOWN AND WE CAME UP WITH SOME GREAT IDEAS.

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SO WE NEED TO APPROACH IT JUST LIKE THE CITY MANAGER HAD STATED.

THIS IS A LEGISLATIVE ISSUE, THIS IS A LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUE, THIS IS A COMMUNITY ISSUE, THIS IS A LACK OF MANY THINGS.

BUT IT STARTS WITH THE COMMUNITY, AND IT STARTS WITH THE COMMUNITY TAKING BACK ITS CITY.

I'M JUST AS ANGRY AS EVERYBODY ELSE OUT THERE AT THE CRIME.

IT ANGERS ME, BUT I KNOW THAT IT STARTS WITH US.

MOST OF US HAVE BEEN BORN AND RAISED IN THIS TOWN AND WE KNOW THESE PEOPLE.

IT HURTS MORE BECAUSE WE DO KNOW WHO THOSE VICTIMS ARE.

WE KNOW THEIR FAMILIES.

WHATEVER HOW MANY DEGREES OF SEPARATION WE ARE, WE KNOW THEM, AND SO THAT'S WHY IT HURTS MORE.

WE'RE NOT A BIG CITY WHERE WE CAN IGNORE THIS STUFF.

IT AFFECTS US PERSONALLY.

I THINK THAT'S THE MOTIVATION WE NEED TO USE TO COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO REALLY MAKE A PLAN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I'M DETERMINED TO CONTINUE THIS, AND I JUST WANT TO CONVEY TO THE RESIDENTS OF WASCO, IT STARTS WITH THE RESIDENTS, IT STARTS WITH US.

WHEN I SAY US, NOT THE CITY COUNCIL, ME, MYSELF AS A RESIDENT.

THAT'S WHERE IT STARTS, AND THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO EFFECT CHANGE THE FASTEST, BECAUSE LEGISLATION IS GOING TO TAKE TIME.

IMPLEMENTING WHATEVER LAW ENFORCEMENT MEASURES WILL TAKE TIME.

WE CAN EFFECT CHANGES THE FASTEST.

YOUR EVENT THAT YOU HAD ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY WITH THE MAYORS AND MOMS, THAT'S HOW IT STARTS.

THE COMMUNITY ROUND-TABLES, WHERE WE HAVE COMMUNITIES SIT TO ATTACK CERTAIN ISSUES.

THAT'S WHERE IT STARTS, IT STARTS WITH US.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ANYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY WHO WANTS TO BE A PART OF THIS TO REACH OUT TO ONE OF OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS, REACH OUT TO OUR CITY WEBSITE, REACH OUT TO ME ON MY EMAIL.

WE'LL GET YOU ON THESE ROUND-TABLES.

WE WANT AS MUCH PARTICIPATION AS WE CAN FROM THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO EFFECT CHANGE. THANK YOU, MR MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. YES, ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S A VERY GOOD POINT.

>> I'LL DO MY BEST TO BE BRIEF, SIR.

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE SAYS ABOUT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

I'LL JUST SHARE A QUICK STORY.

TWO YEARS AGO I WAS ON MY WAY TO A CITY COUNCIL MEETING, AND RIGHT THERE AT BROADWAY MARKET, TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE GET INTO AN ARGUMENT.

THEY WENT IT OUT IN THE ALLEY BEHIND UNION BANK AND A BUNCH OF GUN SHOTS WERE FIRED.

LITERALLY PEOPLE WERE GRABBING THEIR CHILDREN AND RUNNING FOR COVER BEHIND CARS IN THE PARKING LOT OF BROADWAY MARKET AND PART OF THE BAY.

I WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT CALLED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO REPORT THAT INCIDENT.

LUCKILY, NOBODY WAS HURT, BUT THEY FOUND SHOWCASING.

WE AS COMMUNITY HAVE TO STAND UP AND STOP BEING AFRAID OF CALLING LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN WE HAVE ISSUES.

WE HAVE TO REPORT THESE THINGS.

THAT'S FIRST AND FOREMOST.

I AGREE THE LEGISLATION ISSUES, THOSE ARE GOING TO TAKE TIME.

BUT I THINK ON THE COUNTY LEVEL, SOME OF THE ISSUES AND SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT OUR RESIDENTS HAVE SINCE THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT DISBANDED IT'S GANG UNIT.

IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THERE'S ALWAYS THIS KNEE-JERK REACTION, BECAUSE I REMEMBER WHEN KERN COUNTY DIDN'T REALLY HAVE MUCH OF A GANG UNIT, WE HAD A SPIKE IN GANG HOMICIDES, AND THEN A WHOLE BUNCH OF MONEY WAS THROWN AT THE PROBLEM.

NOW THAT IT'S QUIETED DOWN TO SOME LEVEL, THERE'S NO GANG UNIT.

MY QUESTION IS, I KNOW WHEN THE GANG UNIT WAS DISBANDED, WASCO WAS FORTUNATE AND GOT SEVERAL OF THOSE GANG OFFICERS ASSIGNED HERE, DO WE CURRENTLY HAVE ANYBODY ASSIGNED TO THE WASCO SUBSTATION WHO'S ACTIVELY TRACKING NEW GANG MEMBERS? I DON'T KNOW IF SERGEANT MARTINEZ OR LIEUTENANT CARPENTER CAN ANSWER THAT?

>> GOOD QUESTION, VINCE. SERGEANT MARTINEZ HERE FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW ME.

WE DO CURRENTLY HAVE A FEW DEPUTIES WHO ARE TRACKING GANG MEMBERS, WHO ARE KEEPING UP TO DATE LOCATIONS FOR THEM, NAMES.

THAT'S ALL PART OF OUR INVESTIGATIONS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON.

ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC TO ESTABLISH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS AT TIMES.

THAT'S THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN US AND THE COMMUNITY WILL HELP OUT.

>> SO ONE OF THE THINGS, THIS IS JUST MORE OF A COMMENT WITH THE ASSEMBLY BILLS THAT WERE PASSED IN THE PRISON REALIGNMENT, WAS A LOT OF THAT MONEY THAT WAS GOING TO BE SAVED FROM INCARCERATING THESE INMATES WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO PROACTIVE INVOLVEMENT.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS. I THINK THAT THE CITY, WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT THOSE PROGRAMS ARE AND GET EARLY INTERVENTION WITH THESE PRIMARILY YOUNG MEN.

I KNOW THERE ARE SOME YOUNG WOMEN AS WELL THAT ARE BEGINNING TO GET INVOLVED IN THESE GANGS AND COORDINATE SOMETHING WITH AN EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION PROGRAM.

ONE LAST THING THAT I DO WANT TO MENTION, THE BIGGEST COMPLAINT THAT I HEAR FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS IS THE LACK OF PROACTIVE POLICING.

I PULLED UP OUR STATS ON THE WEBSITE.

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THE CITY OF WASCO, BETWEEN 2019 AND 2020, WE WENT FROM 352 NARCOTICS CASES IN 2019 TO 207 IN 2020.

THAT IS A MASSIVE REDUCTION IN NARCOTICS CASES.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE SEEING OUR ASSAULTS GO UP, WE'RE SEEING OUR GRAND THEFT AUTOS ARE EXPLODING.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR TRAFFIC CITATIONS, 2020, WE HAVE LESS THAN HALF THE TRAFFIC CITATIONS THAT WE HAD IN 2019.

WE'RE ABOUT A THIRD OF THE PARKING CITATIONS.

JUST FOR A COMPARISON FOR DUI ARRESTS BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY STAT I HAVE AVAILABLE TO ME RIGHT NOW.

IN AN 11 MONTH PERIOD, IN THE CITY OF WASCO, WE HAVE 11 SO FAR THIS YEAR.

THAT'S WHAT 11 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF DUIS.

WE HAVE ESSENTIALLY THE SAME TRAFFIC PATTERNS.

I THINK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL RIGHT NOW THAT DUE TO A LACK OF PROACTIVE POLICING, I KNOW WE HAVE THE COVID SITUATION WHICH HAS THROWN A LOT OF THINGS IN, BUT PEOPLE SIMPLY ARE NOT SEEING THOSE PATROL CAR LIGHTS FLASHING ON F STREET AND THAT IS UPSETTING A LOT OF THE CONSTITUENTS.

I THINK THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT.

YES, I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THESE SITUATIONS ARE FRUSTRATING.

TWO WEEKS AGO, DEPUTY SAID THE SITE RELEASED SOMEBODY WHO HAD GUN. I GET THAT.

THE LAWS ARE BAD.

BUT WE STILL CONTINUE TO MAKE THESE CONTACTS AND GET THESE GUNS OFF THE STREET.

EVEN IF WE'RE ISSUING CITATIONS, WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO BE PROACTIVE AND DO IT.

NOTHING ELSE WILL MAKE THE COMMUNITY FEEL SAFE. THAT'S ALL I HAVE MR. MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU, MEMBER MARTINEZ.

WE HAVE NEXT MEMBER

>> THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. QUESTION TO SERGEANT MARTINEZ REGARDING TO THE BIKE PATROL.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE DO HAVE THE HARDWARE FOR THE BIKES.

THEY'RE CURRENT AND READY TO GO.

IS THAT CORRECT?

>> WE DO HAVE BIKES IN OUR BIKE ROOM READY TO DEPLOY.

WE HAVE ONLY A VERY FEW PEOPLE WHO ARE BICYCLE TRAINED.

IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF TIME SINCE WE'VE ACTUALLY DEPLOYED THOSE BIKE UNITS.

I KNOW FOR A FACT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT THE OTHER DAY, NOT WITH YOU, BUT I WAS TALKING WITH MY OTHER DEPUTIES IS ABOUT JUST TAKE OFF FROM THE SUBSTATION IF WE COULD.

THE BIKES ARE AVAILABLE TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

>> OKAY. EXTREME WEATHER, KEEPING THAT IN MIND.

IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU HAD TO GO TELL A HIGHER UP AND COMMAND TO GET APPROVAL FOR BIKE PATROL, TAKING A DEPUTY OFF OF THE VEHICLES INTO THE BICYCLE SITUATION.

IS THAT STILL ONGOING, TRUE?

>> FOR EVERY BICYCLE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT A BICYCLE UNIT OUT BY HIMSELF.

HE'S GOING TO BE PAIRED UP WITH ANOTHER UNIT.

A LOT OF TIMES, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A UNIT IN A CAR ALSO.

BEFORE YOU CAN DEPLOY A BICYCLE PATROL UNIT, WHICH IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE A PAIR, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE A CAR THAT'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO SHOW UP AND TRANSPORT THAT ARRESTED INDIVIDUAL.

IT'S NOT JUST A LACK OF STAFFING, GETTING ONE DEPUTY AVAILABLE.

IF YOU WANT TO DEPLOY BIKES, YOU HAVE TO HAVE SEVERAL.

UNLESS I WANT TO PULL DEPUTIES OFF THE STREET THAT ARE ABLE TO RESPOND RAPIDLY TO THE CALLS FOR SERVICE IN THEIR PATROL CARS, IT'S VERY HARD FOR ME TO DEPLOY BICYCLE UNITS.

>> UNDERSTOOD. OKAY. THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR NOW.

>> THANK YOU, MR. MADAM CLERK, DO WE HAVE ANY MORE COMMENTS?

>> WE DO HAVE ONE MORE COMMENT IN THE CHAT. I'LL READ IT OFF.

"WE HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT NEGATIVE INTERACTION WITH THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT HAVE IMPACTED MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS FROM SPEAKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT." WHAT CAN THE DEPARTMENT DO TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY POLICING?

>> I'M SORRY, I DIDN'T CATCH THE VERY LAST PART.

>> THE QUESTION?

>> YES.

>> WHAT CAN THE DEPARTMENT DO TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY POLICING?

>> WELL, IT'S GOING TO BE THINGS LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE TALKED ABOUT ON BIKE PATROL.

GETTING OUT THERE BEING ON ONE ON ONE, IT'S GOING TO BE FOOT PATROL.

I KNOW SERGEANT MARTINEZ HAS DONE FOOT PATROL HIMSELF THROUGH THE BUSINESS DISTRICT, AREAS LIKE THAT.

REALLY JUST GOING OUT AND MAKING CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, SPEAKING TO PEOPLE.

OBVIOUSLY RIGHT NOW WITH THE COVID HERE,

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THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO DO.

WE HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING MASKS AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT.

BUT IT'S REALLY JUST GETTING OUT THERE AND MAKING THOSE CONTACTS.

LIKE I SAID, FOOT PATROL, BIKE PATROL, LETTING THE PUBLIC SEE YOU ONE ON ONE, SPEAK WITH YOU.

THAT WOULD BE PROBABLY THE BIGGEST WAY TO INCREASE THE TRUST BETWEEN US AND THE PUBLIC.

>> THANK YOU, KENDRICK.

I DIDN'T GET THAT SECRET TIP LINE, THERE IS SECRET WITNESS PROGRAM WITH THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S, THAT'S 6613224040.

CORRECT ME IF THAT ISN'T CORRECT, LIEUTENANT.

BUT AGAIN, THAT'S SECRET WITNESS PROGRAM NUMBER IS 6613224040 FOR THOSE WHO ASKED PREVIOUSLY.

>> THAT'S CORRECT

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MADAM CLERK.

>> WE HAVE ONE MORE COMMENT, IF YOU WE WOULD LIKE YOUR ACCEPT HIM IN.

>> YES, LET'S ACCEPT THE

>> THIS COMMENT IS FROM DENISE.

CAN WE CREATE A POLICE TIP LINE SPECIFICALLY FOR WASCO?

>> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN DISCUSS POTENTIALLY AND CONSIDER FOR OUR SUBSTATION AND OUR CONTRACT WITH WASCO.

THANK YOU. ANY OTHER COMMENTS, MADAM CLERK?

>> NO OTHER COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>> MR. MAYOR, FOR STAFF'S DIRECTION ON THE OPTIONS PRESENTED.

I KNOW SEVERAL OF YOU MENTIONED TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD, WHAT'S THE SPECIFIC DIRECTION COUNCIL HAS?

>> THERE WAS THE THREE ITEMS. DO WE WANT TO GO THROUGH EACH ONE, CONSIDERING? IS THERE ANYONE HAVE A STRONG FEELING ON EACH ONE? LET'S GO AHEAD AND PULL THAT BACK UP.

DANIEL, DO YOU HAVE THOSE OPTIONS IN THAT PRESENTATION.

>> LET ME PULL IT UP.

>> OKAY. I'LL GO AHEAD AND OPEN WITH, I THINK IT'S TOUCHY SPECIAL FEELINGS ABOUT LICENSE PLATE READERS.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE OTHER MEMBERS BUT I THINK THE SHOTSPOTTER WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT SERVICE FOR WASCO, WE'RE A SMALL TOWN, WE CAN COVER A LOT.

EVEN IF WE CAN'T DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN SHOTS OR FIREWORKS, I THINK THAT'LL STILL HELP US TRACK DOWN FIREWORKS AND PEOPLE DOING THOSE ILLEGALLY.

THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS ON THOSE OPTIONS.

MAYOR PRO TEM, REYNA, DID YOU WANT TO TOUCH ON THAT?

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. YES, I THINK THAT GOING CONSERVATIVELY, WE NEED TO CONSIDER OUR BUDGET.

THE SHOTSPOTTER, ONE SQUARE MILE WOULD COST US 49,500 FOR ONE YEAR AND $99,000 FOR A TWO SQUARE MILE.

WE HAVE SEEN A RECENT RUSH OF SHOOTINGS, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT OCCURS EVERY DAY IN WASCO, WHILE THESE CRIMINALS ARE COMMITTING CRIMES THROUGHOUT THE CITY, AND SO HAVING THE LICENSE PLATE READER.

I DID HAVE A QUESTION JUST LIKE YOU, MAYOR.

IT SAYS A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT VIOLATION.

I THINK THAT THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY SETTLED THAT, THAT IT IS NOT SO.

ALSO, THE RING CAMERA, AND AGAIN, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A RING CAMERA, BUT SOME TYPE OF A CAMERA REBATE TO ENTICE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THROUGHOUT THE CITY, BUT PARTICULARLY, IN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE BEING MOSTLY AFFECTED BY THESE CRIMES, I THINK WOULD BE VERY GOOD TO HELP THE SHERIFF HAVE SOME KIND OF LEADS TO FIND THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMMITTING THESE CRIMES.

SO I WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF THOSE TWO, WITH LESS INCLINATION TO THE SHOTSPOTTER.

ALTHOUGH I LIKE THE SYSTEM, I JUST THINK IT'S VERY COSTLY.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM. THAT'S ACTUALLY THE OTHER ONE, I DIDN'T SEE IT ON MY NOTES.

I DID LIKE THAT ONE AS WELL, THE CITY CAMERAS, AND IF WE CAN PERHAPS INCORPORATE INTO THAT PROGRAM WHERE THEY GET THEM REGISTERED, EVEN GREATER.

>> MAY I ADD, MAYOR, SOMETHING ELSE?

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I THINK THAT THE REASON WHY WE'RE NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL WITH PEOPLE INFORMING THE SHERIFF THAT THEY HAVE CAMERAS, IS I THINK THAT SIMPLY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW.

I THINK WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB.

I THINK ALL OF US CAN IMPROVE ON THAT AS WELL.

SO I WILL BE DOING IT MYSELF, APPROACHING MY NEIGHBORS, ASKING THEM IF THEY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN REGISTERING THEIR CAMERAS WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SHERIFF WOULD ONLY ASK FOR THE CAMERA VIDEOTAPING IN THE EVENT OF A CRIME BEING COMMITTED IN THE AREA.

SO I THINK THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

I DON'T KNOW, BUT I'M GOING TO ASK MY NEIGHBORS AND I THINK THAT ALL OF US CAN DO THAT.

>> I AGREE.

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE PUBLIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

IT'S ALSO AN EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU.

YES, MEMBER CORTEZ, ANY DIRECT OBJECTION?

>> YEAH. JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M NOT ON MUTE.

OKAY. YEAH, I'M NOT ON MUTE.

SHOTSPOTTER? I'M IN FAVOR OF THAT BECAUSE I THINK I REMEMBER WHAT COUNCIL MEMBERS HAD STATED, NOT ALL GUNSHOTS ARE REPORTED.

I THINK THAT'LL HELP TRY TO ISOLATE THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS WHO ARE SEEING AN INFLUX IN GUNSHOTS.

I THINK THE CITY MANAGER'S SUGGESTION THAT WE FOCUS MAYBE A TWO SQUARE MILE AS A PILOT PROGRAM, SEE HOW THAT WORKS, INVEST MAYBE $100,000 INTO THAT FOR A YEAR OR TWO, AND IF IT'S WORKING WELL AND WE NEED TO EXPAND IT, THEN WE CAN EXPAND IT.

BUT I THINK STARTING AT TWO SQUARE MILES WOULD PROBABLY MUCH COVER THE HOT SPOTS AT THIS POINT.

I'M IN FAVOR OF THE LICENSE PLATE READERS.

THAT WAS MY FIRST QUESTION LIKE MR. REYNA'S, ARE THERE ANY PRIVACY ISSUES, BUT IF OTHER CITIES ARE DOING IT AND IT'S HOLD UP, THEN I'M ABSOLUTELY IN FAVOR.

THAT'S GOING TO HELP TRACK DOWN THAT VEHICLE.

I KNOW THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT UNDERSTANDS THAT THERE'S SOME VALUE IN BEGINNING TO IDENTIFY THE VEHICLE TO TRACK DOWN THE PEOPLE PERPETRATING THE CRIMES.

FAVOR OF THE CAMERA REBATE, 100 PERCENT IN FAVOR.

IF WE CAN OFFSET THE COST OF SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS, SOME OF THESE CAMERA SYSTEMS FOR HOMEOWNERS, OR WE IMPLEMENT ALL OF THEM.

>> NOW, THIS IS REALLY GOOD. I REALLY LIKE THAT ONE TOO.

ANYWAYS. MEMBER MARTINEZ, LET'S KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

>> DANIEL, WITH THE SHOTSPOTTER, I KNOW IT'S LIKE, LET'S SAY, A ONE SQUARE MILE.

DOES IT EVEN GIVE THEM ANY KIND OF DIRECTION AS TO THE GENERAL VICINITY OF IT OR IS IT DOES JUST SAY, "HEY, THERE'S A SHOT THAT WENT OFF IN THIS ONE-MILE AREA?"

>> SUPPOSED TO GIVE THEM A GEOLOCATION, LATITUDE, AND LONGITUDE OF WHERE THAT LOCATION OF THE GUNSHOT WAS HEARD.

>> WELL, WE HAVE A LOT OF YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE.

CAN WE ASK SOMEBODY IN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT? DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY COMMENTS ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS?

>> I'VE NEVER PARTICIPATED IN USING THE PROGRAM.

SO I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SPEAK FROM FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE.

I KNOW THAT THE BP IS VERY HAPPY WITH THEIRS.

THEY USE IT FREQUENTLY.

BUT THAT'S THE ONLY AGENCY I HAVE TO MEASURE ANY RESULT BY.

>> THANK YOU, SIR.

>> I WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF BOTH THESE AND I BELIEVE THE CHP HAS THE TRAFFIC CAMERAS SET UP ON THE GRAPEVINE THAT EVERY CAR THAT GOES BY, AND AT ONE POINT, THEY HAD A PILOT PROGRAM SET UP.

SO I KNOW IT'S LEGAL.

I WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF BOTH THESE PROGRAMS PERSONALLY.

>> I WOULD SAY AT LEAST WHEN WE HAD TALKED ABOUT THE LICENSE PLATE READERS IS, YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE AS MANY.

WE WOULD PROBABLY LOOK TO JUST PUT THEM IN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS IN THE MAJOR ARTERIES OF WHERE PEOPLE TRAVEL IN AND OUT OF TOWN.

IF NOT, IN SPECIFIC AREAS WHERE WE'RE SEEING HIGH CRIME.

OBVIOUSLY, IT'S A MUCH MORE COST-EFFECTIVE TOOL WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT $2,500 PER CAMERA VERSUS $100,000 FOR THE SHOTSPOTTER PROGRAM.

BUT, ULTIMATELY, IT'S WHERE THE COUNCIL WANTS US TO SPEND OUR DOLLARS AND WHERE YOU WANT THOSE DOLLARS TO BE COMING FROM.

OBVIOUSLY, GENERAL FUND IS GOING TO BE TIGHT TO TRY TO FULFILL THAT, IT'S GOING TO BE PARTIALLY DEPENDENT ON THE APPETITE OF THE COUNCIL TO USE MEASURE X TO SUPPORT THOSE PROGRAMS.

>> RIGHT, DANIEL. I MEAN, MEASURE X JUST SEEMS LIKE A NO-BRAINER FIRST STOP TO GO BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR, IS FOR THOSE DOLLARS TO BE SPENT ON PUBLIC SAFETY.

I THINK THE COUNCIL AND COMMUNITY WOULD AGREE.

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>> I'M NOT SURE, DID JOHN SPEAK ALREADY BEFORE I

>> MR. PALLARES, MEMBER PALLARES, COMMENTS OR OBJECTION?

>> WELL, THE FLOCK SAFETY WITH THE CAMERAS, I DO LIKE THAT ONE.

SHOTSPOTTER, AT OUR NEXT BUDGET MEETINGS, MAYBE INCORPORATE THAT.

BUT I STILL LIKE TO GET THE BIKE PATROL UP AND RUNNING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, WEATHER PERMITTING.

FOR EXAMPLE, I HAD CALLED IN ONCE FOR SOMEONE PARKING IN A HANDICAPPED PARKING STALL, AND I WAS TOLD THAT, EFFECTIVELY, MY CALL COULD NOT BE USED BECAUSE THE DEPUTY HAD TO SEE THE CRIME WITH THEIR OWN EYES.

SO THAT WAS DISCOURAGING FOR ME TO TAKE THE TIME TO CALL IN, TO HAVE SOMETHING LOOKED AT.

I DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS A LIST OF CRIMES THAT HAS TO BE WITNESSED BY DEPUTIES, BUT AGAIN, YOU'RE IN THE MODE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY AND THEN YOU GET PUT BACK BY A SITUATION SUCH AS THAT.

JUST RIGHT NOW BEFORE 7:30 PM, I HEARD TWO FIREWORK MORTARS GOING OFF.

GRANTED, YOU KNOW THAT MAY NOT BE IMPORTANT, BUT THERE'S OTHER CRIMES THAT WILL HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE CITY, AND I FEEL LIKE SOMEONE MORE ACCESSIBLE CAN REACH THAT THROUGH THE BIKE PATROL.

THAT'S JUST MY THOUGHTS, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, MEMBER PALLARES.

YOU BRING UP A GOOD POINT.

DANIEL, DO YOU THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING A CONSIDERATION WE CAN POTENTIALLY MAKE AS A COUNCIL TO SEND DEPUTIES TO TRAINING AS WE HAVE WITH OTHER TRAININGS THAT WE'VE PAID AND SENT OUR DEPUTIES TOO?

>> YEAH. YOU GUYS CAN CERTAINLY IF YOUR DIRECTION'S TO GET MORE TRAINED ON BIKE PATROL.

I THINK, I'M NOT SURE IF LIEUTENANT THE AVAILABILITY OF THE TRAINING IF THAT'S THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNCIL, I CAN CERTAINLY AS THEY COME UP BUDGET FOR THAT.

>> YEAH. WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO TALK TO THE SHERIFF THROUGH OTHER AVENUES TO TELL HIM, HEY, LET'S BRING THOSE BACK AS WELL AS THE GAME UNIT.

BUT IF WE CAN GET THOSE BIKE TRAININGS BACK, SO THAT WE CAN GET OUR DEPUTIES TRAINED.

>> JUST FOR MY DIRECTION, SO I HAVE A CLEAR DIRECTION ON WHAT I'M GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, SEVERAL MONTHS.

WE HAVE MID-YEAR BUDGET COMING UP.

DOES THE COUNCIL WANT TO SEE ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS ATTEMPT TO BE IMPLEMENTED THIS FISCAL YEAR, AND SO THAT WE CAN ADJUST FOR THAT AS WE ENTER THE MID-YEAR BUDGET? OKAY. I SEE SOME NODS OF YES.

>> YEAH, I LIKE ALL OF THEM.

>> YOU WANT ME TO LOOK AT ALL THREE OPTIONS AND COME BACK WITH A PROPOSAL, OR IS THERE ONE PREFERENCE OVER THE OTHER? I GUESS I'LL TAKE IT ONE BY ONE.

I GUESS I WOULD PROBABLY RECOMMEND WE LOOK AT LEAST TO START THINGS OFF, UNLESS THERE'S A PREFERENCE FOR 10 CAMERAS, START OFF WITH THE FIVE CAMERA SETUP FOR FLOCK OR SOMETHING SIMILAR OF THAT.

IS THAT AN OCCURRENCE?

>>

>> IN TERMS OF THE SHOTSPOTTER, WE'LL FOLLOW UP AND WE'LL GET MORE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO REQUIRE SOME MORE TECHNICAL ASPECTS.

THE SHOTSPOTTER WILL BE SOMETHING THAT I DON'T FORESEE UNTIL MUCH LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD.

WE HAD ORIGINALLY LOOKED AT PURSUING SOME GRANT FUNDING FOR THIS, BUT THEN THE GRANT OPPORTUNITY AND THE OPTIONS IN COMPARISON TO SOME OTHER STUFF THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT FELL THROUGH.

THIS PROBABLY WOULD BE IN THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR TYPE OF SCENARIO.

WE CERTAINLY CAN LOOK AT ADOPTING THE CAMERA REBATE PROGRAM SOONER.

LET ME GET INTO SOME SPECIFICS.

HOW MUCH OF A REBATE IS THE COUNCIL LOOKING TO DO? ARE WE TALKING $50 OR $100?

>> THESE CAMERAS ARE NOT CHEAP.

I THINK THEY COST THEM AROUND $200, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, 240 SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT.

SO $100 WOULD PAY ALMOST HALF THE COST OF THE CAMERAS.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE

>> I AGREE WITH MAYOR PRO TEM.

>> IF WE WERE TO DO $100 REBATE, AND OBVIOUSLY, WE DO 100 REBATES, THAT'S 10,000.

WE CAN DO 1,000, THAT'S GOING TO BE 100,000.

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WHAT'S THE APPETITE COUNCIL WANTS?

>> DON'T ALL JUMP AT ONCE.

>> I'M WAITING MY TURN. I'M GOOD.

>> I WOULD SAY LET'S GO WITH ALL OF THEM.

I WOULD SAY LET'S DO 1,000 CAMERAS ON THE STREETS, AND IT'S 100,000 OUT OF MEASURE X.

FOR THIS ONE, WE CAN GET THAT ONE STARTED.

I UNDERSTAND SHOTSPOTTER CAN WAIT INTO THE MAYBE NEXT A LITTLE BIT FURTHER OUT IN THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN, BUT I THINK THOSE TWO CAMERA REGISTRY AND THE CITY CAMERAS COULD GO A LONG WAY.

>> DANIEL

>> AS FAR AS THE CAMERA, YOU SAID WE WOULDN'T BE LIMITED TO A SPECIFIC KIND.

I ASSUME THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS, CHEAPER ONES. THAT REIMBURSEMENT

>> I THINK IT'D BE, OBVIOUS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH RING OR ANY OTHER VENDORS, SO WE WOULD JUST LEAVE IT OPEN TO WHATEVER PLATFORM WHERE THERE'S A WI-FI-BASED CAMERA OR WHERE WHETHER SOMEONE'S SECURITY CAMERA THEY WANT TO SET UP.

OBVIOUSLY, WE'LL DO THE CAVEAT PROVIDED THAT THEY AGREE TO A CERTAIN EXTENT TO COOPERATE WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PROVIDE A VIDEO CAMERA FOOTAGE AND REGISTER THEIR CAMERA SYSTEM BEFORE THEY GET THAT REIMBURSEMENT.

JUST SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE THAT CONTACT AND INFORMATION BEFORE WE PUT THAT BACK OUT TO THAT CUSTOMER.

>> I WOULD DEFINITELY MAKE THAT STIPULATION.

I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT.

THAT'S THE REASON FOR US PROVIDING A REBATE, SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD MAKE THEIR CAMERA FOOTAGE ACCESSIBLE TO THE SHERIFF IN THE EVENT OF A CRIME.

>> REQUESTABLE, WE SHOULD SAY REQUESTABLE FROM NOW ON, SO THAT WE CAN

>> I SAID REQUIRED.

>> REQUESTABLE, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, JUST REQUESTABLE. ANYWAYS,

>>

>> BEFORE WE GO TOO MUCH FURTHER, I THINK WE HAD ANOTHER QUESTION IN PUBLIC COMMENTS BEFORE WE LEAVE THIS TOPIC. MADAM CLERK?

>> QUESTION IS FROM TINA.

CAN THE SHOTSPOTTER BE USED FOR THE FIREWORKS ALSO?

>> CORRECT ME LIEUTENANT IF I'M WRONG, I DO BELIEVE YOU SAID OR SOMEBODY HAD MENTIONED.

DAN, YOU WANT TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION?

>> I DON'T BELIEVE IT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE FIREWORKS.

OBVIOUSLY, IF IT PICKS UP ALL THE FIREWORKS, IT WOULD JUST OVERWHELM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OR BAKERSFIELD PD.

I THINK IT'S DESIGNED AND IT'S PRETTY ADVANCED TO BE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN A FIREWORK AND ACTUAL GUNSHOT.

>> I KNOW THAT IT CAN ACTUALLY DISTINGUISH BETWEEN A CAR BACKFIRING AND AN ACTUAL GUNSHOT, SO I WOULD ASSUME THAT IT ALSO MAKES A DISTINCTION BETWEEN FIREWORKS AND GUNSHOTS.

>> I WILL REACH OUT TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AT CITY OF BAKERSFIELD AND GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT BEFORE WE RUN DOWN THAT RABBIT HOLE, BUT YEAH, I BELIEVE FROM WHEN WE SPOKE WITH THE VENDOR, THEY PROVIDE THAT CAPABILITY TO DISTINGUISH.

>> MAY I MAKE A SUGGESTION ON THE REBATE TO DO UP TO AS HIGH AS HALF WITH THE MAXIMUM OF $100, IN CASE.

I THINK THERE'S SOME COMMENTS THAT THE TYPICAL RING DOORBELL RUNS 100 BUCKS.

WE BENEFIT HALF THE COST SO THAT THERE'S STILL SOME SKIN IN THE GAME FROM THE PERSON WHO'S BUYING THE CAMERA TO TAKE CARE OF IT.

>>

>> I BELIEVE SO. WHEN I LOOKED AT THE CITY OF PALMDALE'S AGREEMENTS, IT WAS A TIERED SYSTEM BASED ON WHICH CAMERA AND COST-WISE.

WE CAN CERTAINLY TO LOOK AT THAT.

>> I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE ONE MORE SUGGESTION IF WE COULD.

I'D LIKE TO EXTEND THIS TO THE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN AND INCREASE MAYBE THAT REIMBURSEMENT AGAIN HALF, BUT UP TO MAYBE 150, BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE COMPREHENSIVE SECURITY SYSTEM, WHICH I THINK WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ANYWAYS.

>> SHOULD WE DO 1,000 ALTOGETHER OR MAYBE AS SEPARATE?

>> A MATRIX FOR COUNCIL TO CONSIDER, AND THEN YOU CAN ADJUST YOUR FIGURES AT A LATER MEETING DEPENDING ON WHAT'S YOUR APPETITE IS, AND WHAT YOU HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

>> PERFECT.

>> DANIEL, I'D ALSO LIKE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THESE LICENSE PLATE METERS.

YOU SUGGEST THAT WE SHOULD GET FIVE ON.

I'M MORE INCLINED TO GET 10.

THE EXPENDITURE I THINK WOULD WELL PAY FOR ITSELF.

HAVING MORE CAMERAS I THINK WOULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL, NO DOUBT, BUT I WOULD ASK THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WHICH WOULD BE THE BEST DIRECTION.

IN MY OPINION, IT'S GOING TO BE THE 10 CAMERAS RATHER THAN THE FIVE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS FEEL.

I THINK FOR THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE'RE SPENDING, WE WOULD GET HOW MUCH MORE BENEFIT FROM IT.

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>> IF I CAN, THIS IS NOT A CAMERA.

IT'S ONLY JOB IS TO VIEW LICENSE PLATES,.

>> RIGHT, EXACTLY.

>> THAT'S IT.

>> IT ACTUALLY DOES TAKE VIDEO CAMERA FOOTAGE.

>> I DON'T MIND STARTING WITH THE FIVE JUST TO SEE HOW PRODUCTIVE IT IS.

IF WE FEEL THAT IT WORKS AND WE'RE GAINING RESULTS, AND WE CAN EASILY INCREASE TO 10 CAMERAS. JUST UNDER MY OPINION.

>> THAT WOULD BE FINE. I JUST THINK THAT ONCE HE LOOKS INTO IT, HE COULD TELL BECAUSE NO DOUBT OTHER CITIES ARE USING THEM AND THEY COULD TELL US HOW WELL THEY'RE WORKING FOR THEM.

THAT'S MY THOUGHT BEHIND IT.

>> OKAY.

>> OKAY. SOUNDS GOOD.

>> VINCE, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YOU CALLED MY NAME EARLIER.

>> YOU ALREADY CLARIFIED. IT WAS JUST REGARDING THE REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER THE CAMERA.

>> FOR THE HOTSPOT, YOU SAID TEMPORARY, POTENTIALLY LOOKING AT SOMETHING TEMPORARY FOR THE FIVE, DANIEL?

>> YEAH. AT LEAST MY PLAN OF ACTION OVER THE NEXT WEEKS, COUPLE OF MONTHS WOULD BE LOOKING AT THE FLOCK SYSTEM, GETTING SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND OR OTHER OPTIONS FOR SIMILAR CAMERAS LIKE THAT, AS WELL AS LOOKING AT A CAMERA REBATE PROGRAM WITH THE THRESHOLD THAT THE COUNCIL HAS IDENTIFIED SO FAR.

WE'LL FOLLOW UP WITH BAKERSFIELD ON THE SHOTSPOTTER PROGRAM AND PROBABLY LOOK TO INCORPORATE THAT IF IT WORKS OUT INTO THE NEXT YEARS FISCAL YEAR BUDGET.

>> PERFECT. CAN YOU GO BACK TO THE FLOCK SAFETY AGAIN SLIDE?

>> FIRST, OR SECOND SLIDE?

>> THAT'S RIGHT. OKAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS SPOKEN.

EVERYONE HAS PROVIDED A DIRECTION.

WE'VE DONE PUBLIC COMMENTS.

MADAM CLERK, NOTHING ELSE ON THAT ONE, PUBLIC COMMENTS?

>> NO OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>> YEAH, THANK YOU. STAFF, YOU HAVE YOUR DIRECTION.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON NOW TO ITEM 12B.

[12)b. Information and Discussion of the Current State and Condition of City Facilities (Charles Sobolewski)]

>> MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

>> MR.

>> GOOD EVENING, MR. MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

TONIGHT WE'RE SPEAKING BEFORE YOU TO INFORM YOU ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE CONDITIONS OF OUR CITY FACILITIES.

IN 2020, THE CITY BEGAN TO MODIFY ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL BUILDINGS, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR CITY EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS PROVIDE SAFER CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR THE CITY'S RESIDENTS.

HOWEVER, DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS OF THE COVID-19 PROJECT, THE PERMIT FACILITIES PREVIOUS FACILITIES SUPERVISOR WHO RECENTLY LEFT US JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, DISCOVERED AREAS OF CONCERN REGARDING THE INTEGRITY AND CONDITION OF THE CITY BUILDINGS AS VARIOUS STAGES OF THE COVID-19 REMODELS AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS HAD PROGRESSED.

THE CITY BUILDINGS WERE DISCOVERED TO BE IN STATE OF DISREPAIR AND OUTSIDE OF COVID-19 SCOPE, WHICH INCLUDED ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, STRUCTURAL, AND GENERAL SAFETY.

WE PERFORMED THE FACILITIES ASSESSMENT ON THE PRIMARY BUILDINGS WITHIN THE CITY AND THE CITY FACILITIES.

FIRST ONE BEING, OF COURSE, PUBLIC WORKS, WHICH INCORPORATES STREETS, WATER, WASTEWATER, SANITATION, SHOP, AND ANIMAL CONTROL.

WE ALSO DID AN ASSESSMENT ON CITY HALL AND COUNCIL CHAMBERS, AND WE HAD SOME FINDINGS THERE AS WELL.

WE DO HAVE SOME PLANNED PROJECTS IN ASSESSMENT FOR THE SHERIFF STATION, THE OLD COURTHOUSE, AND FINANCE AND PLANNING AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE CONSIDERED IN THESE FINDINGS AND THAT WE FOUND WERE DETRIMENTAL TO THE THINGS THAT WE DISCOVERED, WHERE THE FACTS THAT WASCO IS GROWING.

PUBLIC SERVICES IS ALSO EXPECTED TO INCREASE.

PAST PRACTICES OF SHORT-TERM REPAIRS NOW DO REQUIRE LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS.

MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PROJECTS UP TO FY 2025 FORECASTED TO COST THE CITY $6,374,000.

HOWEVER, FACILITIES WILL NOT BE IMPROVED TO ACCOMMODATE EXPANSION OF SERVICES OR ANY OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS. NEXT SLIDE.

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COUNCIL'S DIRECTION. ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE LOOKING FOR IS TO CONSIDER HERE AS WE GO THROUGH THESE SLIDES, IS TO WHERE THE COUNCIL'S DIRECTION WOULD LIKE TO GO AFTER WE PRESENT TO YOU THE SLIDESHOW AND SHOW YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE FOUND AND WE DISCOVERED.

THE FIRST ONE IS CONTINUE TO OPERATE WITHIN OUR CURRENT FACILITIES.

THE SECOND OPTION IS TO PERHAPS INITIATE AN RFP TO EXPEND MORE FUNDING FOR MORE DETAILED ASSESSMENT.

OR THE THIRD OPTION, BEGIN RESEARCH AND PLANNING FOR NEW CITY FACILITIES.

THE REASON WHY WE'RE DOING THAT IS FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS.

WE HAD OUR FIRST 50, AND NOW WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE OF THE CITY AND ITS EXPANSION AND HOW IT'S GOING TO GROW.

HERE BEFORE YOU IS A CHART BROKEN DOWN OF THE THREE MAIN ISSUES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITHIN THE FACILITIES THAT ARE PRIMARILY RELATED TO HVAC, STRUCTURAL, ELECTRICAL, AND OF COURSE, YOU HAVE A RUNNING TOTAL OVER THE FISCAL YEARS.

TWENTY-TWENTY-ONE WAS A BIG YEAR FOR US BECAUSE OF COVID, SO DID HAVE AN ADDITIONAL $70,000 SO FAR THAT WAS ADDED ON TO THAT RUNNING TOTAL OF A 138,000.

INITIALLY, WE HAD HVAC WAS CONSUMING ROUGHLY 36 PERCENT OF OUR FACILITY'S BUDGET.

BUT ADDING TO THAT COVID, RIGHT NOW IT DROPPED IT DOWN TO 17 PERCENT.

THESE ARE THE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE EXPENDED ON HVAC STRUCTURAL AND ELECTRICAL GOING BACK TO 2010.

THEY MAY NOT LOOK LIKE MUCH, BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE OPERATING BUDGET AND THE UNFORESEEN EXPENDITURES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITHIN THOSE BUDGETS WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT NUMBERS LIKE 32 PERCENT, 36 PERCENT, EVEN 53 PERCENT, THOSE NUMBERS JUMP OUT AT YOU AND THEY CAN BE QUITE CONCERNING.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE FOUND WITHIN PUBLIC WORKS.

RECENTLY JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, THE CITY FACILITIES WENT THROUGH ELECTRICAL UPGRADES FOR TOUCH-LESS LIGHT SWITCHES TO ACCOMMODATE THE COVID MODIFICATIONS.

ELECTRICIANS CAME IN AND THEY COULD NOT DECIPHER HOW THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAS ACTUALLY WIRED WITHIN PUBLIC WORKS.

WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TWO-HOUR JOB ROUGHLY TO CHANGE OUT THOSE LIGHTS SWITCHES, ENDED UP BEING AN EIGHT-HOUR JOB FOR TROUBLESHOOTING WIRES.

THEY OPENED UP JUNCTURE BOXES, AND THIS IS WHAT THEY FOUND.

THEY FOUND BURNT WIRES AND JUNCTION BOXES AND ALSO BURNT WIRES ON AC UNITS, BAD NEUTRALS, AND UNSAFE GROUNDS WITHIN THOSE JUNCTURE BOXES.

OF COURSE, THESE ARE ELECTRICAL HAZARDS OR FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM, FIRE HAZARDS. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE DISCOVERED TOO IS BECAUSE OF THE CITY'S GROWING, THE ABILITY THAT WE ARE RETRIEVING OR WE'RE ACCUMULATING MORE ASSETS, THAT INCLUDES ALL SORTS OF VEHICLES.

BUT WE ALSO NOTICED THAT WE HAVE THREE PRIMARY VEHICLE ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS AND ESSENTIALLY WE HAVE NO TRAFFIC FLOW PLAN WITHIN PUBLIC WORKS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THE VEHICLE TRANSITION POINTS THAT GO OUT TO HIGHWAY 43 AND ALSO ONTO EIGHTH STREET, THEY INTERSECT THE PUBLIC RIGHT AWAY.

THEY ACTUALLY GO ACROSS THE SIDEWALKS.

WE HAVE REFUSE VEHICLES, REFUSE TRUCKS AND HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES THAT ACTUALLY TRANSITION IN AND OUT OF THOSE AREAS WHERE PEDESTRIANS ACTUALLY WALK.

IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO FIGURE OUT THAT IT'S NOT A SAFE PRACTICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE'RE TAKING A LOT OF RISK BY DOING THAT.

ALSO, YOU COULD TAKE NOTICE THAT WHERE WE HAVE THE REFUSE TRUCK PARKING ON THAT SLIDE AS WELL, ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE THERE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE AREA WITHIN THE PUBLIC WORKS TO GO AHEAD AND UTILIZE THAT SPACE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. HERE'S AN ASSESSMENT.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALSO NOTICED TOO WAS WE DO HAVE LOGISTICAL DISCONNECTS OR LOGISTICAL INEFFICIENCIES THAT WE DISCOVERED AS WELL.

WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS WE HAVE DIFFERENT RESOURCES SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

WE HAVE DIFFERENT BUILDINGS, AND OF COURSE, WE HAVE DIFFERENT RESOURCES THAT ARE BEING HOUSED OR STORED IN DIFFERENT AREAS.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE BOOTH BUILDING DOES STORE SOME HEAVY EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS REFUSE TRUCKS OR ANY OTHER MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT,

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SUCH AS STREET EQUIPMENT THAT CANNOT BE STORED AT THE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY.

WE DISCOVERED IN ITSELF IS AN INEFFICIENCY FOR TIME TO THE CITY.

IT'S A COST OF TIME AND MANPOWER.

THE TIME TO TRAVEL FROM PUBLIC WORKS ACROSS SIXTH STREET AND COME DOWN TO THE BOOTH FACILITY TAKES ROUGHLY, LET'S SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE STREETS DEPARTMENT WANTS TO GO PICK UP A LOADER AT THE BOOTH PROPERTY, IT TAKES THEM 12.5 MINUTES TO TRAVERSE ACROSS, GO DOWN INTO THE BOOTH BUILDING, DEACTIVATE THE SECURITY SYSTEMS, GET THEIR EQUIPMENT, GET OUT OF THERE, AND THEN GO ON TO THEIR WORKSITE.

THEN, OF COURSE, YOU'D HAVE TO ADD THAT ALSO ON THE BACKSIDE.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT ALMOST 30 MINUTES OF DOWNTIME OR 30 MINUTES OF INEFFICIENT TIME BECAUSE OF THE DISLOCATION OF RESOURCES.

WE JUST DON'T HAVE THAT ABILITY TO STORE THOSE HERE AT PUBLIC WORKS.

PUBLIC WORKS 300 GALLON CONTAINERS TAKES 11 MINUTES TO ACTUALLY GO FROM PUBLIC WORKS.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO DOWN SEVENTH STREET AND GO ALL THE WAY DOWN, IT TAKES ROUGHLY 11 MINUTES TO GET TO THAT AREA AND RETRIEVE ANY OF THOSE.

IF YOU'RE GOING FROM THE BOOTH PROPERTY TO GREEN WASTE, IT TAKES ROUGHLY 16 MINUTES.

IF YOU'RE GOING FROM PUBLIC WORKS TO THE BOOTH PROPERTY TO PERHAPS PICK UP A LOADER AND THEN TRAVEL TO GREEN WASTE, YOU'RE LOOKING AT 28.5 MINUTES OF LOST TIME.

AGAIN, ADD THAT ON THE BACKSIDE, YOU'RE LOOKING AT ALMOST AN HOUR OF MANPOWER AND TIME WASTED JUST TO RETRIEVE RESOURCES AND ASSETS. NEXT SLIDE.

HERE'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE FOR ANIMAL CONTROL AS WELL.

THEY'RE LOCATED NEXT TO THE 300-GALLON STORAGE AREA.

IT DOES TAKE THEM THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, 28.5 MINUTES.

IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT THEY HAVE TO RETRIEVE AS FAR AS A KENNEL, A CRATE, OR ANY OTHER SUPPLIES THAT ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE BOOTH BUILDING BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE STORAGE CAPABILITIES, IT'S GOING TO TAKE THEM ALMOST AN HOUR TO DO THE SAME AS WELL, 28 MINUTES TO, AND 28.5 MINUTES FROM.

NEXT SLIDE. PUBLIC WORKS. QUICK QUESTION.

WHAT'S DIRECTLY BEHIND THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR'S UNINSULATED WALL? ANSWER; AN UNINSULATED GARAGE DOOR.

IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN IN THE DIRECTOR'S OFFICE FOR PUBLIC WORKS, THAT IS BEHIND HER WALL.

YOU COULD HEAR CARS WALK BY AND YOU COULD PEOPLE WALK BY HAVING CONVERSATIONS AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE. PUBLIC WORKS, JUST SOME THINGS THAT WE DISCOVERED.

HERE'S THE COVERED PARKING AREA.

WE HAVE ROOF DETERIORATION, WE HAVE A LOT OF AGING STRUCTURES THAT ARE ACTUALLY SHOWING A-WEAR-AND-TEAR. NEXT SLIDE.

COVERED PARKING AREA AGAIN.

THE FIRST HOLE WAS THE UNDERNEATH.

HERE'S THE FRONT SIDE RIGHT HERE.

THESE ARE THE CONDITIONS THAT WE ARE PARKING OUR VEHICLES IN, OUR EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING UNDER IN THESE COVERED AREAS.

HERE'S ALSO A PICTURE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS TRANSITION HALLWAY THAT GOES FROM THE MAIN OFFICES TO THE BREAK ROOM.

FOR REASONS UNBEKNOWNST TO MYSELF AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS, WE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHY THEY DID NOT DRYWALL THE CEILING.

IT'S STILL A MYSTERY TO US.

WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH THAT AS WELL.

IF YOU'VE EVER DRIVEN BEHIND THE PUBLIC WORK'S FACILITY, IN THAT ALLEYWAY, YOU'VE SEEN THE ADDITIONS, YOU'VE SEEN ALL THE POWER BOXES THAT HAVE BEEN CONNECTED OVER THE YEARS.

YOU HAVE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 SEPARATE BOXES.

ACTUALLY WELL CALL IT EIGHT SEPARATE JUNCTION BOXES OR CIRCUIT BREAKER POWER SUPPLY BOXES HAVE BEEN ADDED ONTO THIS FACILITY OVER THE YEARS.

THEY JUST KEEP ADDING DAISY CHAIN ON ONE TO ANOTHER.

ALSO, HERE'S A TOILET CONNECTIONS TO THE SEWER.

INSIDE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT WALL IS THE TOILET'S, IT IS OUR BATHROOM FACILITY FOR OUR EMPLOYEES.

THEY GO TO THE OUTSIDE AND DOWN INTO THE SEWER CONNECTION.

THE OTHER CONNECTION THERE IS, I BELIEVE FOR THE SINK AS WELL.

ANYBODY CAN COME BY AND KICK IT OR SOMEBODY DRIVES INTO IT AND BREAKS IT, THAT COULD DO A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THAT AS WELL.

BUT IT IS EXPOSED, OF COURSE, NONE OF US WOULD HAVE THIS IN OUR HOUSE.

IT'S RATHER UNSIGHTLY AS WELL. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

EXPOSED OVERLAPPING ELECTRICAL CONDUIT.

IF YOU LOOK ON THE BACK WALL ABOVE ALL THE EQUIPMENT THERE, YOU COULD SEE THE OVERLAPPING CONDUIT.

AGAIN, OVER THE YEARS, THE PRACTICES AND MODIFICATIONS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY ALONE SHOW OR

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INDICATE HOW MUCH HAS ACTUALLY BEEN DONE AS FAR AS MODIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONS AND TRYING TO KEEP UP, I GUESS WITH THE PACE OF THE CITY IF YOU WILL, TO ACCOMMODATE GROWING DEPARTMENTS AND GROWING SERVICES FOR THE CITY.

BUT WE ARE ACTUALLY AT A POINT NOW WHERE WE DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY ANYMORE.

THERE'S SOME MORE CONDUIT ON THE BACKSIDE INSIDE THE MAIN PARKING AREA.

MORE ROOF SEPARATION AND ALSO THE PARKING AREA ITSELF IS DETERIORATED.

IT'S STARTING TO LOSE ITS INTEGRITY FOR PARKING VEHICLES AND WHATNOT.

JUST THE AGE OF THESE FACILITIES ALONE.

IF YOU LOOK TO THE RIGHT WHERE THAT WHITE DOOR WAS, THAT IS THE BREAK ROOM FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS.

THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY A GARAGE STALL THAT WAS USED FOR OIL CHANGES FOR PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY.

THE PAST HISTORY WE KNOW ABOUT THAT IS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS TO PROVIDE A BREAK ROOM, THEY DECIDED TO CLOSE IN THAT STALL AND MAKE IT A BREAK ROOM FOR OUR EMPLOYEES.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY LOOK UP ON THE CEILING AND STILL SEE THE CONNECTION FOR THE GARAGE DOOR OPENER, THE BRACKETS ARE STILL THERE.

OUR ANIMAL SHELTER HAS ALSO SEEN A LOT OF DISTRESS HERE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

THE AGING FACILITY IN ITSELF, HAS POOR DRAINAGE ISSUES AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE LEFT.

ALSO WE'VE EXPERIENCED MANY ELECTRICAL ISSUES AS WELL ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, YOU CAN SEE THE ELECTRICAL BOXES THAT HAVE BEEN ADDED.

YOU COULD JUST SEE JUST HOW ANTIQUATED SOME OF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ARE.

AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR, WE HAVE AN ELECTRICIAN COMING OUT THERE TO TROUBLESHOOT AT LEAST SOME SORT OF SYSTEM MALFUNCTION WITHIN THAT FACILITY.

HERE'S ALSO THE KENNEL SWAMP COOLER, IT'S MORE THAN 25 YEARS OLD.

WE DO OPERATE THAT, THAT IS THERE PRIMARILY FOR THE DOGS THAT ARE HOUSED IN THE PRIMARY AREA OF THE ORIGINAL KENNEL, NOT THE OUTSIDE KENNELS.

THE OUTSIDE KENNELS DO NOT PROVIDE ANY COOLING DURING THE SUMMERTIME, SO THERE IS NO RELIEF FOR ANIMALS THAT ARE HOUSED OUTSIDE.

THERE IS ANOTHER AIR CONDITIONER THAT DOES ACCOMMODATE THE OFFICE THAT THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS DO WORK IN.

HOWEVER, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH COOLING CAPACITY FOR THE DOGS THAT WOULD BE HOUSED INSIDE OF THAT SHELTER.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE OLD COURTHOUSE.

WE DO KNOW THAT THE COURTHOUSE WAS SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION.

EVENTUALLY IT WILL BE COMING DOWN.

AS SOON AS YOU WALK IN THERE, YOU COULD SEE THE FOUNDATION SEPARATION THAT HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE WITHIN THE FOUNDATION.

WE ALSO HAVE SEPARATION FROM THE WALL ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE FOUNDATION IS ACTUALLY SEPARATING FROM THE WALL.

WE'RE LOSING THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF THAT COURTHOUSE IS ACTUALLY STARTING TO PROGRESS A BIT MORE.

THIS FACILITY IS NOT EQUIPPED FOR A SEISMIC OCCURRENCE.

IN 2012, THE CDP PALMETTO ENGINEERING SPENDS $20,616 TO PERFORM A SEISMIC STUDY OF A FACILITY FOUND OUT MUCH TO DO WITH INTERIOR DEGRADATION AS FAR AS PLASTER, CONCRETE AND BRICK DAMAGE.

THERE WAS ALSO PREVIOUS FIRE DAMAGE THAT WAS NOT REPAIRED.

WATER INTRUSION, ROT AND PREVIOUS EARTHQUAKES IN A TIME IN GENERAL, HAVE DEGRADED THE BUILDING, DIMINISHED ITS PERFORMANCE, ESPECIALLY MONITORED STRENGTH EARTHQUAKES.

ROOF FRAMING IS ALSO MISSING STRAPPING.

WE DO HAVE THE CIP PROJECT FOR THIS IN 2025 TO DEMOLITIONS.

THIS FACILITY, THE COST, $420,000.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL COME INTO PLAY HERE IN A FEW MINUTES WHEN WE SHOW YOU THE FINAL NUMBERS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. FINANCE AND PLANNING.

THIS IS A COVID-19 MODIFICATION.

ONE OF THE THINGS THEY FOUND WHEN THEY WERE REPLACING THE OFFICE EQUIPMENT TO CREATE SEPARATION IS THEY DISCOVERED A SAGGING FLOOR.

THEY OPEN IT UP TO REPAIR IT, THEY SAGGED THE FLOOR AND THEY FOUND A UNCAPPED OLD TOILET LINE OR SEWER LINE UNDERNEATH THAT FLOOR.

AS A RESULT, WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE THE CONTRACTOR, WENT AHEAD AND A PROPER CAP FOR THAT AND ALSO FIX THE FLOOR FOR US AT THAT TIME.

THE OTHER PART OF THIS REPAIR HERE DEALT WITH THE UNEVEN FLOOR.

IT ALSO HAD TO BE LEVELED OUT AFTER THE FACT IN THAT THE CARPET RELAYED.

BUT THESE ARE SOME OF THE FINDINGS THAT WE FOUND.

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FINANCE ALSO HAS THE FLOWER BEDS THAT GO AROUND AND SURROUND THE ADJACENT AREAS NEAR THE FACADE AND ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING.

THOSE DO CONTAIN SPRINKLER SYSTEMS. THOSE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, WHEN THEY GO OFF TO WATER WHATEVER PLANTS WE HAVE LEFT OVER THERE, THEY DO RETAIN WATER.

A LOT OF THAT WATER IN THE PROXIMITY OF THAT SPRINKLER SYSTEM HAS CREATED MOISTURE STAGNATION IN THE SOIL.

IT IS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR OF BUILDING DETERIORATION IN MOLD PENETRATION UNDERNEATH THE FINANCE SUBFLOOR, WHICH WE HAVE NOTICED IS OCCURRING.

WATER PENETRATION UNDER THE SUBFLOOR, THAT'S WHERE IT'S STARTING.

YOU CAN SEE THE DISCOLORATION AND YOU COULD SEE THE SPRINKLER HEAD IS RIGHT NEXT TO IT.

ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE IS, OF COURSE, JUST ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE.

THE CONTROL VALVES AND OPEN UP THOSE SPRINKLER HEADS. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

RECENTLY, JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, WE HAD A SERIOUS ROOF FAILURE, IF YOU WILL, IN THE FINANCE BUILDING, WHICH RESULTED IN THE ACTUAL COLLAPSE OF THE CEILING INTO THE FINANCE BREAK ROOM.

ON LEFT-HAND SIDE, WHAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE AREA OF CONTENTION OR THE CULPRIT OF THE LEAK ACTUALLY WAS NOT THE CULPRIT OF THE LEAK.

BUT TAKE NOTICE OF THE CONDITION, IT WILL FOLLOW ON FROM THERE.

HERE'S THE REPAIR THAT TOOK PLACE, THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE REPAIRS.

THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS ACTUALLY WHERE THE LEAK WAS TAKING PLACE, WHICH WAS ROUGHLY 10 FEET AWAY FROM THE AREA WHERE THE WATER ACCUMULATION TOOK PLACE ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF, WHICH IS ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE.

THEY HAD CUT OUT ROUGHLY A TWO BY ALMOST 6.5 FOOT SECTION OF THE ROOF.

REBUILD THAT AREA OF THE ROOF AND SEAL IT UP. NEXT SLIDE.

HERE'S SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE FOUND ON THE ROOF AS WELL.

WE HAVE ROTTING FACADE SUPPORTS THAT THEY HOLD UP THE FACADE ON THE TOP OF THE ROOF THERE THAT HAS THE NAME, FINANCE AND PLANNING AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF.

HERE'S THE CULPRIT ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE WHERE THE MAJOR CAUSE OF THE WATER PENETRATION UNDERNEATH THE ROOF TOOK PLACE.

THEN IT WOULD TRAVERSE OR TRAVEL DOWN TO THE LOWEST POINT WHICH HAPPENED TO BE THAT ROOF ADJOINED THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY FIXED THAT WE SAW. NEXT SLIDE.

WHEN THEY OPENED UP THE ROOF, HERE'S WHAT THEY FOUND.

AS YOU COULD SEE, THE SUPPORT BEAM THERE IS BARELY HANGING ON. IT WAS ROTTED.

IT WAS ACTUALLY JUST ROTTED AWAY, BARELY HANGING ON.

THERE WAS ALSO PREVIOUS TERMITE DAMAGE THAT WAS TREATED, BUT IT WAS NEVER REPAIRED.

THAT ALL HAD TO BE FIXED AND THEY WENT AHEAD AND IN THERE AND FIX THAT.

ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, IF YOU CAN GO BACK JUST ONE REAL QUICK, DANIEL, PLEASE? YOU CAN SEE THERE'S A CLOSE-UP OF THE ROOF SUBSTRUCTURE.

THERE ARE THREE LAYERS OF ROOFING ON TOP OF THAT SUBROOF STRUCTURE.

CALIFORNIA CODE ONLY PERMITS THE EXISTING OR IT SAYS A ROOF RECOVER SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED WHERE THE EXISTING ROOF HAS TWO OR MORE APPLICATIONS OF ANY TYPE OF ROOFING.

WE ACTUALLY WENT IN THE PAST, FOR SOME REASON THEY WENT TO THREE.

WE WERE OUTSIDE OF THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE ON THAT. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

HERE'S JUST AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE ON THE FINANCE ROOF.

YOU CAN SEE THE WATER DAMAGE IN THE LEFT AND YOU CAN ALSO TAKE NOTE OF THE ROOF EDGE ON THE RIGHT.

YOU COULD ACTUALLY SEE WHERE THE ROOF LAYER IS SINKING TO WHERE IT WAS ONCE LEVELED AND IT'S ACTUALLY SINKING.

THE MIDDLE DIAGRAM ACTUALLY GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

WATER IS ACCUMULATING TOWARDS THE CENTER OF THE ROOF WHERE WATER IS ACCUMULATING AND IT'S CREATING EXCESS WEIGHT AND ALSO TENSION ON THE ROOF ITSELF AND IT'S SINKING.

THERE IS NO SUITABLE WATER RUNOFF FOR THAT ROOF.

NONE. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

HERE WE ALSO DISCOVERED ON TOP OF THE FINANCE BUILDING AS WE, OF COURSE, WHEN WE FOUND THAT WE HAVE THAT ISSUE.

WE DID SOME MORE INSPECTIONS AND WE FIND THE CONDUIT WAS NOT SEALED OR INSULATED, WE ALSO HAVE STUCK OR DETERIORATION. NEXT SLIDE.

HERE'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE ON THAT ROOF.

THE EXTERIOR FRAME HAS DAMAGE WHICH IS CAUSED BY THE EXCESSIVE WEIGHT OF THE SAGGING ROOF, COMPRESSING AND PUSHING THE FRAMING OUT.

IT'S ACTUALLY PUSHED DOWN AND IT PUSHED THAT FRAMING OUT.

THAT'S THE DAMAGE THAT IT'S CREATING RIGHT NOW OVER THE YEARS, OF COURSE, ACCUMULATION OF YEARS OF DAMAGE.

FOAM DETERIORATION, THAT KEEPS HAPPENING.

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WITH THAT FOAM DETERIORATION, THAT ALLOWS CONDENSATION TO GET IN THERE AND JUST HAVING MORE AND MORE ISSUES WITH LEAKS, AND EVERY TIME IT RAINS, WE HAVE MORE AND MORE ISSUES.

DETACHED ELECTRICAL CONDUIT CAUSED FROM THE SINKING ROOF.

THE ROOF HAS SUNK SO MUCH THAT IT ACTUALLY HAS PULLED AWAY THE CONDUIT FROM THE STRUCTURE THAT IT SUPPOSED TO BE ATTACHED TO.

THAT TENSILE MOVEMENT OF THE ROOF HAS PULLED THAT AWAY FROM THE ACTUAL FACADE OR WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ATTACHED TO. NEXT SLIDE.

ANOTHER THING WE FOUND, EXPOSED CAPPED OFF WIRING UNDERNEATH THE EVE.

THEY'RE JUST THERE.

FORTUNATELY, IT WAS TAPPED OFF.

WE'RE NOT SURE IF IT HAS POWER, BUT STILL.

INSIDE OF THE BREAK ROOM WHEN WE HAVE THE SEALING FAILURE FROM THAT ROOF LEAK, THE CONTRACTORS OPEN UP THE WALL, AND THIS IS WHAT WE FOUND.

WE FOUND A VENT PIPE THAT WAS NOT SEALED TO THE OUTSIDE.

THAT IS THE OUTSIDE RIGHT THERE.

SO POOR INSULATION.

THE PLANNING TRAILER ALSO WAS A MODULAR TRAILER THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING A TEMPORARY STRUCTURE.

SOME OF THE THINGS WERE HAVING FRAME ROT AND FISSURE ROCK AS WELL. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WATER DAMAGE, PENETRATION INSIDE THE WINDOW FRAMES OF THE PLANNING TRAILER. NEXT SLIDE.

ELECTRICAL HAZARDS FROM WATER LEAKS AND COLLAPSE OVER LINES WITHIN THE ANIMAL CONTROL. NEXT SLIDE.

HERE'S AN OVERLOOK OF WASTEWATER MUNICIPAL FARM JUST TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH, WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE WATER AND THE RUNOFF THAT WE'RE TRYING TO MANAGE WITH THE MUNICIPAL FARM THAT'S OUT THERE.

NEXT SLIDE. ALSO, OUR AGING EQUIPMENT, OR AGING PUMPS THAT ACCOMMODATE OR WORK FOR THE MUNICIPAL FARM AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE. SOME MORE OF THE AGING EQUIPMENT AS WELL JUST TO GIVE YOU A RUNDOWN OF WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH AS FAR AS THAT GOES.

NEXT SLIDE. THAT'S IT.

>> HAPPY NEW YEAR.

>>

>> BEFORE WE GO LET'S BEGIN WITH THE DISCLAIMER FOR ZOOM.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND FEATURE TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR 9 ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU'RE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS, MADAM CLERK, ON THE PHONE OR ON ZOOM, MAYBE IN THE COMMENTS IN THIS ITEM?

>> WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>> GOOD. ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS, MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>> I ALWAYS ACCUSED DANIEL OF OPENING COUNCIL WARRANTS, AND KICKING OVER BUCKS, AND FINDING ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS. NO, I'M JUST KIDDING AS YOU KNOW.

BUT A PICTURE PAINTS, IT'S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, THEY'D SAY.

THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING.

I THINK WHAT WE'RE BEING ASKED TO DECIDE AT THIS POINT IS WHAT DIRECTION WE WANT TO TAKE AND DO WE HIRE SOMEBODY TO DO A STUDY OF THE BUILDINGS? I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO DO THAT.

WE ALREADY KNOW THAT THIS REPAIR, VERY SERIOUS PROBLEMS. WE DEFINITELY NEED LONG-TERM PLAN.

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO FIX THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR OR THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

THIS IS GOING TO BE SEVERAL YEARS INTO THE FUTURE AND WE DO NEED TO HAVE A PLAN TO HAVE FACILITIES THAT ADDRESS ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP.

THE INEFFICIENCY TO DRIVE 26 MILES ROUND TRIP TO GO SOMEPLACE AND ALL OF THE ISSUES WITH THE INTEGRITY OF THE BUILDINGS BECAUSE THAT'S ONE GOING TO BE VERY COSTLY.

I DID NOT SEE MEMBERS, I DON'T THINK MEMBERS WERE PROVIDED AS TO HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST.

BUT WE DEFINITELY NEED TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE TO HAVE

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FACILITIES THAT ARE MORE EFFICIENT AND TO ACCOMMODATE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS OF THE CITY.

ONE THING WE DO NEED TO DO IMMEDIATELY IS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CORRECT ALL OF THESE DEFICIENCIES FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR EMPLOYEES.

IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE I WENT TO THE POST OFFICE THIS MORNING AND AS YOU LEAVE THE POST OFFICE TOWARDS THE ALLEY, I SAW THOSE THINGS AND I QUESTIONED WHAT IT WAS, NOW I KNOW WHAT IT IS.

I THINK THAT THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

WE NEED TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND FIND WAYS TO FIND THESE VERY EXPENSIVE EXPENDITURES THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO, OF COURSE NOT NOW, BUT INTO THE FUTURE.

THAT'S IT FOR ME. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT REPORT, BY THE WAY.

>> YES. MEMBER CORTEZ?

>> WELL, I SAID I WAS AWARE OF SOME OF THIS STUFF HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, BUT WE JUST NEED TO COME UP WITH A STRATEGIC PLAN.

I DON'T THINK WE NEED ANYBODY TO TELL US THAT OUR BUILDINGS ARE IN DISREPAIR, I THINK WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHERE WE GO FROM HERE AT THIS POINT.

I BELIEVE A LOT OF THESE FACILITIES CAN BE USED OR CONTINUED TO BE USED WITH SOME UPGRADES AND SOME REPAIRS.

BUT I THINK THERE'S OTHER THINGS THAT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT, AND THAT IS STRATEGICALLY PLANNING OUR COURTYARDS, WHERE WE KEEP OUR VEHICLES, WHERE WE KEEP OUR EQUIPMENT.

WHATEVER ELSE IS NEEDED, I THINK WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A STRATEGIC PLAN TO COMBINE SO WE'RE NOT LOSING THE EFFICIENCY OF HAVING OUR STAFF DRIVE, LIKE REYNA SAID, 26 MINUTES TO GET ROUND TRIP TO ONE PART OF TOWN TO PICK UP EQUIPMENT AND COME BACK.

BUT I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU ON THOSE.

WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AT ALL OPTIONS AT THIS POINT, MONEY BEING THE KEY FACTOR HERE.

>> MEMBER CORTEZ, THANK YOU.

I DID SAY 26 MILES, AND YOU'RE RIGHT, IT IS 26 MINUTES, SO THANK YOU.

>> DULY NOTED. MEMBER MARTINEZ.

>> WELL, THAT WAS A VERY THOROUGH AND COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, AND I JUST CONCUR WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS AT THIS POINT, BUT POSSIBLY SOME COMBINATION OF REPAIRS AND EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF NEW FACILITIES, THAT WE CAN AFFORD IT AT SOME POINT.

>> MEMBER PALLARES.

>> AS FAR AS THE OLD LABOR CAMP, WE HAD DISCUSSED ABOUT PUTTING THE ANIMAL SHELTER OUT THERE.

WOULD IT BE FEASIBLE TO PUT PUBLIC WORKS OUT THAT AREA OR GENERATE A NEW PLAN FOR A CAMPUS OF PUBLIC WORKS OUT BY THE WASTEWATER? HAVE THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS HAVE ANY IDEAS OF WHAT THE FLAVOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO HER DEPARTMENT?

>> WE'VE DISCUSSED, I GUESS BOTH THOSE OPTIONS AS WELL AS POSSIBLY A THIRD OPTION OF TRYING TO FIND SUITABLE GROUND MORE CENTER AND CORE TO THE CITY TO RELOCATE AND BUILD THE CORPORATE YARD.

FOR ME, AT THE END OF THE DAY, DRIVES WHAT'S THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY'S APPETITE TO SPEND THOSE DOLLARS TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING.

RIGHT NOW, WE WERE FACING THE LABOR CAMP AND THE DEMOLITION OF THAT SPACE THAT'LL PROVIDE SOME 20 PLUS ACRES OF USABLE GROUND IN AN AREA THAT'S ALREADY ZONED.

THERE ARE SOME KEY DISADVANTAGES TO BEING THERE, ONE BEING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS THAT MAY RESTRICT THE QUICK ACCESS IN AND OUT OF THERE, NOT KNOWING WHAT THE FINAL DESIGN AND CONNECTIONS TO THAT AREA WILL BE ONCE THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL IS COMPLETED IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY OR TRAIN DERAILMENT, FOR INSTANCE, WHETHER WE WILL LOSE THAT CAPABILITY OF ACCESSING THAT.

WE DID PLAN AND IF COUNCIL STILL WANTS US TO PURSUE, LOOKING AT MOVING THE ANIMAL SHELTER OUT THERE.

AT THIS POINT, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'LL COME THIS FISCAL YEAR OR IF IT MEANS SEGUE INTO THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

THE WASTEWATER AREA, THE ACREAGE WE OWN OUT THERE, AGAIN, IT HAS ITS PROS AND CONS, IT'S SEPARATED FROM THE REST OF THE CORE OF THE CITY, SO YOU HAVE THAT SIMILAR ISSUE.

YOU ALSO HAVE THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE UP.

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WE'RE HAVING TO PAY FOR BOTTLED WATER SUPPLY AND PROVIDE OUR EMPLOYEES WITH BOTTLED WATER JUST TO DRINK AND AND HAVE THAT AVAILABLE.

THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME CONSIDERABLE EXPENSES WITH INFRASTRUCTURE OUT THERE, BUT YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF GROUND TO DEVELOP AND BE ABLE TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, NOT JUST FOR A CORPORATE YARD BUT JUST FOR THE CITY'S GROWTH IN GENERAL DOWN THE ROAD.

THEN THE COST OF BUYING A NEW PROPERTY AND WHAT TO DO WITH THAT.

UNFORTUNATELY, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, THE CITY HAS, OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, NOT INVESTED IN ITS OWN ASSETS.

WE'RE AT THAT POINT WHERE UNFORTUNATELY, OUR ASSETS ARE FAILING, AND WE'RE GOING GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MAJOR ISSUE WITH SOME OF THESE FACILITIES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

IN THE PERFECT WORLD, WE NEED NEW FACILITIES, THERE'S NO WAY AROUND IT.

I DON'T WANT TO PUT BAND-AIDS ON TOP OF BAND-AIDS THAT WE'VE HAD ALREADY THAT OBVIOUSLY ISN'T WORKING.

AS THE CITY CONTINUES TO GROW, YOU'RE GOING TO ADD ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT, YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO ADD ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND AMENITIES.

WE'RE OUT OF OFFICE SPACE, SO AS WE NEED TO FILL ADDITIONAL POSITIONS DOWN THE ROAD, WE'RE LIKE A CAN OF SARDINES, WE HAVE NOWHERE TO PUT PEOPLE IN.

YEAH, IT'S GOING TO BE LONG AND IT IS COMPLEX SITUATION, WE WANT TO PRESENT IT TO YOU AND I GUESS, GET YOUR APPETITE INITIALLY IN TERMS OF WHAT DIRECTION YOU WANT US TO HEAD IN SO THAT STAFF USES THEIR TIME EFFECTIVELY, BECAUSE WE CAN GO DOWN SO MANY RABBIT HOLES AND SO THERE'S AN APPETITE TO REALLY EXPLORE A NEW FACILITY AT SOME POINT, THEN WE INVEST OUR RESOURCES IN THAT.

OTHERWISE, WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT WE HAVE AND PUT BAND-AIDS UNTIL SOMETHING FAILS AND WE FIND OUR RESOURCES TO REALLY ADDRESS THEM.

>> THANK YOU, DANIEL. MEMBER

>> I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE. THE REASON I WAS THINKING OF A NEW CAMPUS WAS BECAUSE FOR THESE REPAIRS, WE HAVE TO VACATE PART OF THE PROPERTY TO GET THESE REPAIRS DONE.

>> I THINK THERE'S GOING TO COME A POINT WHERE WE ARE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS SOMEONE.

WITH COVID-19, I THINK, AND SOME OF THE CHANGES, WE WERE ABLE TO MODIFY SOME SCHEDULES AND WE SHIFT SOME PEOPLE AROUND.

BUT YEAH, FOR SOME OF THESE MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPAIRS, IT MAY REQUIRE MOVING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR OFFICE SPACES.

>> LIKE OUR PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR WHO DOESN'T HAVE A REAL WALL BEHIND HER?

>> ANOTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN THINKING ABOUT RETROFITTING BUILDINGS IS THAT THERE'S NEW BUILDING CODES THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COMPLY WITH, THERE'S ADA REQUIREMENTS THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO INSTALL.

SO THAT'S GOING TO DRIVE UP THE COST OF ANY RETROFIT THAT WE DO TO ANY OF OUR BUILDINGS.

>> YES, THAT'S A VERY GOOD POINT.

TO THAT, I THINK THAT WE HAVE DONE DECADES UPON DECADES OF THESE BAND-AIDS THAT HAVE PANNED OUT TO, LIKE YOU SAID, FAIL US, AT THIS POINT.

IF YOU ASK ANYONE ON THIS CALL, HOW LONG CAN YOU POSSIBLY DO THAT WITH YOUR OWN HOME? IF WE GOT SOME NEW SIGNS, WE HAVE A NEW GRAFFITI REMOVER, WE HAVE STREET SWEEPERS, ALL THESE ASSETS HAVE NOWHERE TO BE PART SAFELY AND TO BE MAINTAINED SAFELY.

I AGREE THAT THESE ASSETS AND LOCATIONS, THE YARD, IT'S OUTDATED, AND IT'S TIME THAT WE HAD LOOKED FORWARD SERIOUSLY TOWARDS MAYBE A CORPORATE YARD OR A NEW FACILITY.

I KNOW THAT THE FILLINGS OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY, I KNOW HOW THEY ARE, I KNOW WHAT IT SEEMS LIKE.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, DANIEL, WE HAVEN'T HAD A STRATEGY SESSION IN A WHILE, I THINK IT MIGHT BE PRUDENT TO HAVE ANOTHER, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN HAS BEEN THROWN FOR A WRENCH WITH THE WHOLE PANDEMIC, AND MAYBE WORTH DISCUSSING THIS SPECIFIC ITEM, THE POTENTIAL OF A CAPITAL PROJECT LIKE NEW FACILITIES AND NOT INVESTING ANY MORE OF THESE 70,000 HERE, 70,000 THERE, AND ANOTHER 100,000 THERE ON A NEW ROOF OR UPGRADING THE FLOORS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ANOTHER STRATEGY SESSION AND HAVING THESE THINGS ALL TO

>> YOU'RE ASKING ME OR THE COUNCIL?

>> WELL, THE QUESTION WOULD BE TO THE COUNCIL, REALLY.

MEMBERS, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HAVING ANOTHER ONE? I KNOW WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE IN MAYBE YEARS NOW.

WOULD YOU AGREE WITH WHAT I JUST SAID?

>> I DON'T MIND, I THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE ONE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS,

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ANYWAYS, I THINK IT'S TIME.

I THINK THE LAST WE HAD WAS BY 18 MONTHS AGO, BUT DEPENDS ALSO ON THE CITY MANAGER IF HE FEELS THAT HIM AND THE STAFF CAN COME UP WITH A PLAN OR FORMULATE A PLAN MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN HAVING TO TRY TO WRANGLE CATS IN THE ROOM WITH CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND MAYBE THAT MIGHT BE MORE EFFICIENT.

>> RIGHT.

>> I THINK IT'S A CHICKEN OR THE EGG.

OBVIOUSLY, I'M LACKING DREAM OF FILLED WITH DREAMS AND HAVE ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO NEED GOING INTO THE FUTURE.

SOME OF IT JUST DEPENDS ON YOUR GUYS' DIRECTION ON WHAT REALISTICALLY YOU WANT US TO SEE AND DO.

FOR INSTANCE, PART OF THAT STRATEGY DISCUSSION PROBABLY WOULD BE TO FINE TUNE WHAT DIRECTION YOU WANT US TO GROW IN.

IN TERMS OF LOCATION, DO WE WANT TO EXPLORE THE LABOR CAMP AND LOOK AT ALL THE INS AND OUTS SO THAT WE FOCUS OUR EFFORTS THERE OR DO WE LOOK AT THE WASTEWATER PLANTS OR ELSEWHERE WHERE WE'RE LOOKING TO ACQUIRE ACREAGE FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PIECES? THAT'S ANOTHER QUESTION THERE.

IT'S PART OF THAT THAT WE JUST LOOK AT A VERY SIZABLE ACREAGE THAT HASN'T BEEN DEVELOPED CLOSE ENOUGH TO INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ACCOMMODATES BOTH OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS AS WELL AS CORPORATE YARD.

I THINK WE CAN WORK ON THAT OR WE CAN DISCUSS THAT AT A STRATEGY SESSION.

BUT HONESTLY, I DON'T WANT THIS TO COME OUT IN A NEGATIVE MANNER BUT IT'S ON SO THAT I CAN DIRECT STAFF AND GUIDE THEM TO MEANINGFUL DIRECTION TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.

>> I AGREE.

AND BRINGING ALL THAT TO STRATEGIES.

BUT I THINK WE'RE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE, AND WE KNOW THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE REVENUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMMEDIATELY, EVEN FIVE YEARS OR EVEN 10 YEARS.

WE HAVE REASSESSED THESE OVER IN ANOTHER DISCUSSION.

JUST BALANCING IT OUT, I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AND DO ANOTHER STRATEGY SESSION AND REALLY VESTING INTO NEW LAND.

I THINK, AND YOU MENTIONED IT RIGHT NOW, WE ARE LOOKING AT NEW WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROPERTY PERHAPS OVER HERE ON THE SOUTH SIDE BY TERESA BURKE WHERE WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT ONE YARD.

ALL THIS LAND AND OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH OUT IN THIS DIRECTION.

WHY CAN'T WE HAVE CITY HALL DOWN HERE OR THE YARD ON THIS SIDE? REMOVE IT FROM DOWNTOWN AND BRING IT INTO AN AREA THAT'S DEVELOPING.

JUST SHOOTING HERE IDEA.

BUT OTHER MEMBERS, WHAT ARE YOUR GUYS' FEELINGS ON THIS? MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. AS I HAD SAID, I THINK THIS IS A LONG-TERM PLAN FOR US.

WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO ALL OF THESE BUILDINGS, NEW FACILITIES.

SO WE HAVE TO LONG-TERM PLAN FOR THIS AND WE DEFINITELY NEED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES AT HAND.

WE CANNOT IGNORE THEM, WE NEED TO FIX THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE FIXED.

THEN I THINK THAT STRATEGY SESSION FOR A LONG-TERM PLAN WOULD BE GOOD.

WE JUST HAVE TO PUT THE MONEY ON THE PIGGY TO BE ABLE TO DO IT SOME YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.

AGAIN, I DON'T THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

I THINK ALL OF US UNDERSTAND THAT IT WOULD BE VERY COSTLY.

WE DO HAVE ALL THIS OTHER ISSUES, THE LABOR CAMP, WE HAVE THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS, SEWER PIPES AND OTHER THINGS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE IN WORKING ORDER.

I THINK THAT DEFINITELY, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT BUT IT'S, I THINK, A LONG TERM PLAN.

IF YOU WANT MY DIRECTION, DANIEL, LET'S LOOK INTO FIXING THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE FIXED NOW, AND THEN LET'S TALK ABOUT ALSO WHAT WE CAN DO IN THE FUTURE IN A LONG-TERM PLAN.

THAT WOULD BE MY DIRECTION. THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER CORTEZ, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT A STRATEGY SESSION OR SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY?

>> I'M ON-BOARD WITH THAT. I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT, ACTUALLY.

>> THAT STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION OR GOAL-SETTING SESSION, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.

PROBABLY SOONER RATHER THAN LATER AS WE START INCORPORATE WHATEVER COMES ABOUT AS PART OF THE BUDGET SESSION.

LOOKING AT MY CRYSTAL BALL, I'M THINKING PROBABLY TOWARDS THE END OF FEBRUARY.

LAST YEAR, LAST TIME WHEN WE DID THIS, IT WAS ON A SATURDAY, IT WAS ALMOST AN ALL DAY LONG SESSION.

I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY COVID, WE CAN'T GATHER INDOORS,

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SO I WOULD PROBABLY RECOMMEND IF WE DO SOMETHING IF TECHNOLOGY WORKS OUT.

WHETHER WE SET UP OUTSIDE IN THE LAW OR IN FRONT OF THE COURTHOUSE OR PERHAPS AT BARKER PARK, SET SOME CHAIRS AS MUCH AS I LIKE SEEING YOU GUYS IN ZOOM, SOME OF YOU I HAVEN'T SEEN FOR MONTHS.

BUT I THINK DISCUSSIONS LIKE THIS ARE BETTER HAD A LITTLE BIT MORE IN PERSON AS WE'RE GOING TO DELVE IN SOME DEEP STUFF THAT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME HASHING OUT.

WHEN YOU DO IT VIA ZOOM AND HAVING TO GO AROUND BECAUSE OF THE MICROPHONE AND SPEAKER ISSUES, YOU DON'T GET THE SAME CONTEXTS AND RECEIVE IT THE SAME WAY.

>> I AGREE. I LIKE IT.

>> IS EVERYONE COMMITTED TO SATURDAY THE FEBRUARY 27TH? WELL, WE'LL TRY TO WORK OUT A PLAN FOR THAT.

>> OKAY. 27TH, THAT'S OPEN TO ME.

I CAN GO AHEAD AND PUT A BLOCK THERE NOW.

IF YOU WANT TO SEND OUT A REQUEST OR AN INVITATION TO EVERYONE, WE CAN DO THAT.

JUST TO PUT A BLOCK OR A HOLE IN THE CALENDAR.

>> OKAY. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR

>> THE PLANNING SESSION OR SHOULD I JUST BRING UP AN IDEA RIGHT NOW?

>> BRING IT UP SO THAT WE CAN FLUSH IT OUT

>> WELL, AS FAR AS THE PLANS.

I WOULD LIKE TO THINK IN TERMS OF MODULAR PLANS OR SECTION STAGES, YOUR LIFT FOR LIFTING UP A BUS OR A TRUCK IS GOING TO REQUIRE SO MUCH CLEARANCES.

YOUR JIB CRANES GOING TO HAVE CLEARANCES AS WELL.

YOUR ELECTRICAL LOADS.

WHATEVER SIZE WE BUILT ALONG, REGARDLESS WHAT PHYSICAL LOCATION, WE COULD COOKIE CUTTER IT INTO USABLE FORMAT FOR A NEW CAMPUS IF WE STILL CHOOSE TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION.

THAT SHOULD BE IT FOR ME FOR NOW, THANK YOU.

>> GREAT, THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR. I WANTED TO THANK I MEAN, IT'S SO THOROUGH AND COMPREHENSIVE.

A LOT OF TIME WAS SPENT IN DOING THIS, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. VERY INFORMATIVE.

>> I AGREE, I WANTED TO ECHO THAT AND SAY THANK YOU I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S HARD WORK ON THIS.

I ALSO APPRECIATE THE COMMUNITY'S CONCERN AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH SPENDING ON ANY KIND OF PROJECTS FOR FACILITIES AT THE CITY.

BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THE CITY AND THE CITY BUILDINGS ARE NOT SOLELY BELONGINGS OF THE COUNCIL OR THE MAYOR.

THEY ARE ASSETS AND PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE.

THESE FACILITIES REPRESENT OUR COMMUNITY AND THEY REPRESENT OUR RESIDENTS.

SO I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD REFLECT THE GREATNESS AND DIVERSITY OF OUR PEOPLE HERE.

ALL THAT TO SAY IS, I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S CONCERNED AND EVERYONE'S ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER.

I THINK WE HAVE A WORTHY GOAL HERE, MOVING THE CITY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, AS I'VE ALWAYS SAID.

THAT INCLUDES OUR FACILITIES.

I THINK THAT DESPITE THE OTHER PRIORITIES AND DISTRACTIONS THAT ARE GOING ON, THAT WE CAN SPIT AND CHEW GUM AT THE SAME TIME, WALK AND CHEW GUM AT THE SAME TIME.

I SURE RUIN THAT SAYING.

BUT YEAH, THAT'S MY POINT.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ON THAT ITEM.

DANIEL,

>> WE'LL WORK IN THAT DIRECTION.

>> ALL RIGHTY THEN. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MEMBER CORTEZ WILL BE LEAVING THE MEETING, HE HAS TO GO TO WORK NOW.

LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT HE'S NO LONGER WILL BE JOINING US.

MOVING ON TO ITEM 12 C. ALL RIGHTY,

[12)c. Discussion on Code Enforcement activity in Wasco (Request by Councilmember Pallares)]

12 C. DISCUSSION ON CODE ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IN WASCO.

MEMBER

>> WELL, I HAD CONTACTED OUR CITY MANAGER IN REGARDS TO INDIVIDUALS SELLING ITEMS AROUND TOWN AND IT'S BEEN MULTIPLE EVENTS.

I HAD ASKED WHAT WOULD BE THE POSSIBILITIES OF HAVING CODE ENFORCEMENT OUT AND ABOUT ON OFF

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HOURS OR WEEKENDS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT ON DIFFERENT BUSINESSES.

TO ME, IT SEEMS BIT OF A HEALTH CODE ISSUE, AS WELL AS JUST REGULAR ENFORCEMENT.

SO FEBRUARY 11TH, THERE WAS A INDIVIDUAL UP ON HIGHWAY 46 BY THE THE DANGER IN THAT WAS A LITTLE HANDHELD GAS GENERATOR HEAD BY OVERGROWTH IN THAT EMPTY FIELD RIGHT ACROSS FROM IT VARIES FROM THE WHETHER SUN BIKE OR THE 10 BAND THAT RUNS AROUND AND SELLS.

PROPERTY OWNERS SELLING MANURE FROM THE YARDS.

EVEN A WHITE VAN WAS SELLING LIKE STORE ITEMS WITHIN IT.

THEN ON FILBURN AND 43, AT ONE TIME THERE WAS A TRAILER THERE SELLING ITEMS AND CLOTHING VENDOR OUT OF A VEHICLE.

A COUPLE OF THEM DIDN'T FEEL SAFE TO APPROACH, A COUPLE I DID.

THE TWO THAT I ENCOUNTERED DID NOT HAVE BUSINESS LICENSE.

I'VE BEEN TALKING WITH OUR CITY MANAGER.

THE CODE ENFORCEMENT, AGAIN, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE UNION IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN IN CASE WE WANT TO HAVE EXTRA HOURS FOR THEM.

BUT BASICALLY, WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS GOING OUT THERE SELLING DIFFERENT ITEMS. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO CHECK TO SEE IF THEY'RE IN COMPLIANCE WITH OUR BUSINESS PERMITS.

>> THANK YOU. DANIEL, DO YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON THAT?

>> YEAH, I HAD ASKED THEM, WAS COB TO PUT TOGETHER A BRIEF REPORT GO OVER THE PROCESS THAT CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE TO COMPLY WITH.

LET HER GIVE THE OVERVIEW AND TAKE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS COUNCIL MAY HAVE AT THE END.

>> OKAY. WENT DO THE OVERVIEW, WENT TO THE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION AND THEN THE MEMBER PARTICIPATION.

>> OKAY. GOOD EVENING, MR. MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

I HAVE A FEW SLIDES FOR YOU TONIGHT.

NOT QUITE AS MANY AS LAST YEAR.

SO JUST TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT CODE COMPLIANCE WAS ABOUT, THE CITY'S CODE COMPLIANCE DIVISION WORKS TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE CITY'S CODES RELATED TO HEALTH AND SAFETY, PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND LAND USE IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AN ORDERLY AND SAFE COMMUNITY.

THE CODE COMPLIANCE DIVISION ALSO COLLABORATES WITH OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES LIKE THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE.

THIS, I KNOW THERE'S A LOT GOING ON HERE.

THIS IS A BASIC CODE COMPLIANCE FLOWCHART THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF THE PROCESS THAT OUR OFFICERS USE BASED ON OUR CITY'S MUNICIPAL CODE.

ONCE A VIOLATION IS IDENTIFIED, IF IT'S IDENTIFIED THROUGH CITIZEN CONCERN OR COMPLAINT, THE OFFICER WILL GO OUT TO INSPECT AND VERIFY THE VIOLATION.

IF THERE IS INDEED A VIOLATION, CASE IS OPENED AND A NOTICE OF VIOLATION IS SENT TO THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY.

AGAIN, THIS IS ALL IDENTIFIED FOR OUR MUNICIPAL CODE.

THE NOTICE IDENTIFIES A LENGTH OF TIME THAT'S GIVEN FOR COMPLIANCE AT AN OFFICER'S DISCRETION.

TYPICALLY THAT'S 10 DAYS.

AFTER THAT POINT EXPIRES, THE CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICER RE-INSPECTS TO DETERMINE IF THE VIOLATION HAS BEEN CORRECTED.

IF IT'S BEEN CORRECTED AND THE CASE IS CLOSED.

IF THE VIOLATION HAS NOT BEEN CORRECTED, THEN A CITATION IS ISSUED TO THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY.

FOR OUR MUNICIPAL CODE CITATIONS ARE THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PROPERTY OWNER.

ULTIMATELY, CITATIONS ARE ISSUED TO PROPERTY OWNERS AT $200 PER VIOLATION.

THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY MUST DEBATE THE VIOLATION AND PAY THE FINE WITHIN 20 DAYS.

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THEY DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL THE CITATION.

FROM THERE, EITHER THE FINE IS PAID AND THE VIOLATION IS CORRECTED AND THEN THE CASE IS CLOSED OR THERE IS AN APPEAL THAT'S FILED BY THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY, WHEREUPON THE DIRECTOR LOOKS AT THE APPEAL AND BASE ON CASE EVIDENCE DECIDES WHETHER THE FINE IS WAIVED REDUCED OR LEFT IN PLACE.

THEN FROM THERE, AGAIN, IF THE OUTSTANDING FINE IS PAID AND THE VIOLATION IS CORRECTED, THE CASE IS CLOSED.

IF FINES ARE NOT PAID, THEY CONTINUE TO ACCRUE ON THE PROPERTY OWNER, AND THE PROPERTY OWNER ULTIMATELY RECEIVES A NOTICE THAT UNPAID FINES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE PLACED AS LIENS ON PROPERTY TAX ROLLS, AND THAT NOTICE INCLUDES DATE AND TIME FOR DIRECTOR HEARING.

AT THE DIRECTOR HEARING, THE PROPERTY OWNER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR AND EXPRESS ANY PROTEST OR OBJECTIONS TO THE LIENS.

THEN FROM THERE, ANY UNPAID FINES ARE PLACED AS TAX LIENS ON THE PROPERTY TAX ROLLS THAT HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR.

YOU MIGHT RECALL, WE DO THIS EVERY YEAR IN THE SPRING RIGHT BEFORE THE NEW FISCAL YEAR.

THOSE UNPAID FINES ARE PLACED ON TAX ROLLS.

JUST IMPORTANT TO KNOW ON THIS THAT THESE ARE ESTIMATED TIME-FRAMES.

IT'S ALWAYS CODE ENFORCEMENTS GOAL TO GAIN COMPLIANCE AND NOT NECESSARILY TO ACCUMULATE OR RACK UP EXCESSIVE FINES.

EVER RESPONSIBLE PARTY, THEY DO THEIR BEST TO WORK WITH PEOPLE.

IF A RESPONSIBLE PARTY NEEDS SOME ADDITIONAL TIME TO GET A VIOLATION CORRECTED, THEY WILL TYPICALLY GRANT THAT TIME WITHIN REASON TO GET THINGS CORRECTED.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE TRIED TO DO WITH THIS MAPPING IS SHOW ACTIVE CODE CASES IN THE CITY OF THIS LINK IS A DIRECT LINK.

I THINK YOU'LL HAVE TO SHARE YOUR SCREEN AGAIN TO BE ABLE TO SEE IT.

BUT IT ISN'T INTERACTIVE MAP, IT'S AVAILABLE.

THERE IS NOT A LINK TO IT ON OUR WEBSITE YET.

WE WILL HAVE ONE THERE SHORTLY.

YOU'VE GOT TO CLICK ON THE LAYERS.

BASICALLY WHAT THIS SHOWS YOU, WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE LAYER, THE RED DOTS ARE ACTIVE CODE CASES.

YOU CAN ZOOM IN, CLICK ON A DOT.

IT'LL GIVE YOU SOME VERY BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR CASE.

GO AHEAD AND CLICK ON ONE AND THEN "VIEW INFORMATION".

THEN IF YOU CLICK TO "SEE MORE" UNDER CODE, IT'LL JUST TELL YOU THERE'S AN ACTIVE VIOLATION THERE, IT'S A PUBLIC NUISANCE.

AGAIN, SOME VERY BASIC INFORMATION.

BUT IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF WHERE WE HAVE ACTIVE CASES OPEN RIGHT NOW.

AGAIN, THIS IS AVAILABLE ON OUR MYGOV PORTAL, I DON'T HAVE A DIRECT LINK TO IT ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE YET, BUT WE ARE WORKING IN THAT DIRECTION.

AGAIN, THIS UPDATES DAILY AS OLD CASES ARE CLOSED AND NEW CASES ARE OPENED, SO IT SHOULD BE PRETTY ACCURATE TO THE DAY.

IF YOU GUYS WANT TO GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

TO SUBMIT A CODE VIOLATION OR CODE CONCERNED THROUGH THE CITY'S WEB PORTAL, I'LL WALK YOU THROUGH HOW TO DO THAT, IT'S PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD.

GO AHEAD AND REPORT A PROBLEM, MAKE A REQUEST.

YOU'RE GOING TO CLICK ON THAT, SELECT WHATEVER THE ISSUE IS.

FOR EXAMPLE, ACCUMULATION OR STORAGE OF WASTE, YOU JUST CLICK ON THE REQUEST.

THEN IT'S GOING TO PINPOINT WHERE YOU ARE.

IF YOU'RE ON A SMARTPHONE, IT'LL KNOW WHERE YOU ARE.

YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF REMAINING ANONYMOUS OR NOT REMAINING ANONYMOUS.

IF YOU CHOOSE, YOU'RE GOING TO ENTER YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

YOU'LL PICK THE LOCATION AND THEN DANIEL, IF YOU SCROLL DOWN, YOU'RE ALSO ABLE TO TAKE A PHOTO.

YOU CAN PUT IN A WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THE ISSUE IS.

ACCUMULATED TRASH ON PROPERTY, WHATEVER IT IS.

IF YOU'RE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE, YOU CAN TAKE A PHOTO RIGHT THERE AND UPLOAD IT TO THE CASE, THAT'S REALLY HELPFUL FOR US.

SO IF YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT AND YOU HAVE THAT AND YOU'RE ABLE TO DO THAT, IT HELPS IF WE GET THOSE PHOTOS.

THERE YOU GO, YOU REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO FILL IN YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

IF YOU SCROLL DOWN DONE ALL OF THE TESTS AND THEN JUST CLICK "SUBMIT." NOW COMING INTO OUR SYSTEM, OUR CODE GUYS, TAKE A LOOK AT IT.

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GUYS, YOU HAVE TO ADD A DESCRIPTION.

THE MORE YOU CAN GET THAT WORD OUT TO OUR CITIZENS, THE BETTER IT IS FOR US.

IT'S REALLY HELPFUL IF WE GET THOSE REQUESTS IN OUR SYSTEM THAT WAY.

I'VE ALSO ADDED ON THE SLIDESHOW A FEW OTHER AGENCIES THAT HAVE SIMILAR SYSTEMS, SO THE KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

IF YOU WANT DANIEL OR I CAN JUST SHOW YOU THAT.

IF YOU GO TO THAT WEBSITE, YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT A COMPLAINT OR A CONCERN TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS CALTRANS.

CALTRANS HAS SO FAR ANYTHING THAT'S ON HIGHWAY 46 OR HIGHWAY 43, IF YOU NOTICE ISSUES WITH SIDEWALKS OR STREETLIGHTS, THAT SORT OF THING, YOU CAN PUT THAT IN AT THE CALTRANS WEBSITE AS WELL AND THESE ARE AGENCIES THAT WE WILL ALSO WORK WITH.

AGAIN, ILLEGAL FIREWORKS, THE TIP LINE WITH KERN COUNTY FIRE IS THERE AND VALLEY AIR IS ANOTHER ONE.

IF YOU NOTICE ISSUES WITH AIR QUALITY OR ODORS, YOU CAN PUT IN A COMPLAINT THROUGH THE AIR DISTRICT AS WELL.

THAT'S JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW.

AGAIN, CODE MAKES EVERY EFFORT TO WORK WITH OTHER AGENCIES, WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

BUT AGAIN, THE PROCESS THEY FOLLOW IS OUTLINED IN THAT FLOWCHART.

HOPEFULLY, THAT HELPS TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON HOW THE PROCESS WORKS.

>> NOW, TYPICALLY, THESE EVENTS HAPPEN OFF-HOURS, WEEKENDS, AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

I LIKE TO SEE SAY THE MONTH PRECEDING THE 4TH OF JULY AND MAYBE THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS, SOME EYES OUT THERE TO SEE THESE VENDORS GOING AROUND.

IT SEEMS TO ME IT'S BECOMING MORE AND MORE COMMON AND YES, WE CAN ASK THE PUBLIC TO HELP WITH THE FIREWORKS AS AN EXAMPLE.

I DON'T SEE VERY MUCH HEADWIND OR SOME PROGRESS MAKING ON THAT.

A BASIC QUESTION IS WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO HAVE CODE ENFORCEMENT NOW A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR?

>> YOU'RE ASKING A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR TO ADJUST THE SCHEDULES?

>> CORRECT.

>> YEAH. THAT'S CERTAINLY POSSIBLE. WE DID THAT OVER THE SUMMER WITH THE WATER ISSUES AND WITH FIREWORKS.

THEY ADJUSTED THEIR SCHEDULES DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME AS WELL.

IT'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE CAN TAKE A LOOK AT AND SEE IF WE CAN FIGURE SOMETHING OUT THERE.

>>

>> CODE ENFORCEMENT IS LIMITED IN TERMS OF THE PROCESS YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW.

OFTENTIMES, WHERE WE GET CONCERNS FROM RESIDENTS, CODE ENFORCEMENT LACKS THE ABILITY TO HAVE IMMEDIATE ENFORCEMENT ACTION LIKE PUBLIC HEALTH, SHUTTING DOWN A RESTAURANT, FOR INSTANCE, OR SHUTTING DOWN A FOOD VENDOR.

WE CAN MAKE THE INITIAL CONTACT AND FOLLOW UP BUT OFTENTIMES WE FIND IT'S DIFFICULT WHEN IT'S SOMETHING THAT REQUIRES THAT IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.

WHICH IS WHY WITH THE FOOD VENDORS WE'VE SEEN RECENTLY, WE'VE TALKED TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR BADGE CARRIES A LITTLE MORE WEIGHT ALONG WITH THEIR GUN BELT TO ENCOURAGE COOPERATION RATHER THAN THERE'S CITY COP SHOWING UP WITH A CODE ENFORCEMENT GUY THAT DOESN'T HAVE THAT ENFORCEABILITY RESPONSIBILITY AND OPTION.

THAT'S JUST ONE CAVEAT IN CODE ENFORCEMENT AS THE INABILITY TO HAVE THE IMMEDIATE

>> THAT'S CORRECT. LIKE I SAID, THEY WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEY HAVE A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

WHEN WE NEED THAT ASSISTANCE THAT HAS WORKED WELL IN THE PAST.

THEY HAVE A LOT OF CONTACT WITH LOCAL PROPERTY OWNERS.

IF IT'S A SITUATION WHERE THERE'S A VENDOR THAT CONTINUES TO SET UP ON A PARTICULAR PIECE OF PROPERTY, THEY WILL OFTEN CONTACT THAT PROPERTY OWNER AND EXPLAIN THAT THAT'S NOT PERMITTED AND SO WE GET THE PROPERTY OWNER'S ASSISTANCE AS WELL.

A LOT OF TIMES WITH THOSE PARTICULAR INSTANCES IT ENDS UP BEING A MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH AND WE DEFINITELY NEED SUPPORT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AS WELL.

>> THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR BECAUSE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE PUBLIC SAFETY AS WELL AS THE VARIOUS BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT TOWN.

>> BUT THAT'S ALL I HAVE MR. MAYOR IF YOU WISH TO CONTINUE.

>> THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE.

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I REMEMBER PALLARES BRINGING THIS UP.

I THINK IT'S A WORTHY CONVERSATION AS WE SEEK TO NOT ONLY PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS IN TOWN, ACTUAL BUSINESS LICENSE HOLDERS, TO PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS AS WELL.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S A FAIR PLAYING GOING OUT THERE.

THEN OF COURSE, WITH CONVERSATION WITH THE LABOR UNIONS AND MAKING SURE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT.

OF COURSE, I THINK IT'S WORTH HAVING A ROTATING SCHEDULE OCCASIONALLY, MAYBE MORE THAN JUST A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR, MAYBE ONCE A MONTH OR BI-MONTHLY.

SOMETHING THAT CAN BE ROTATED IN JUST SO THAT, LIKE MS. IT COULD BE A MULTI-PRONG APPROACH.

AS WE KNOW, SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ALREADY BURDENED AND WE KNOW THEY'RE NOT MAKING CONTACTS.

LIMITED CONTACTS, IN OTHER WORDS, PARDON MY PHRASING.

BUT IN THAT SPIRIT, I THINK THIS IS A GOOD CONVERSATION TO HAVE AND DEFINITELY WORTHY OF OUR TIME AND ATTENTION, AND ADJUSTMENT.

THANK YOU TO THE STAFF FOR YOUR WORK ON THAT DEPARTMENT AND MEMBER PALLARES.

THIS WAS JUST A DISCUSSION ITEM.

WE NEED THE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND OPEN THAT UP.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU'RE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, MADAM CLERK, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON THIS SLIDE?

>> WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CLERK.

ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS? MAYOR GILBERTO REYNA.

>> THANKS, MAYOR. I'LL BE BRIEF.

THIS IS AN ONGOING PROBLEM IN OUR CITY.

VERY DIFFICULT TO COME BACK BECAUSE THESE VENDORS ARE MOBILE VENDORS, SO THEY DON'T STAY AT ONE PLACE FOR TOO LONG.

UNFORTUNATELY ALSO, AS WE KNOW FROM LAST YEAR'S PAST CONVERSATIONS, CALIFORNIA LAW HAS CHANGED TO ALLOW THESE VENDORS TO OPERATE ON THE SIDEWALKS, OUTSIDE BUSINESSES, AS A MATTER OF FACT.

WE CAN ASK THEM TO HAVE A BUSINESS LICENSE THAT THEY CAN DECLINE BY SAYING THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD ONE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT ARE AT PLAY HERE, BUT I CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, AS MRS. TO DISCOURAGE THESE VENDORS FROM DOING THESE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

ANOTHER ISSUE THAT WE HAVE ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND THIS OCCURS DURING THE SUMMER, IS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE MULTIPLE LARGE SALES, THEY MAKE IT A BUSINESS.

I THINK ALL OF US KNOW SOMEBODY THAT EVERY WEEKEND, HAS A SIDEWALK SALE AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I HAD BROUGHT UP BEFORE AS WELL.

IT'S BECAUSE CODE ENFORCEMENT NEEDS TO BE OUT THERE ON A REGULAR BASIS ON THE WEEKENDS SO THAT THEY CAN ADDRESS THESE ISSUES THAT DO NOT OCCUR ON WEEKDAYS, BUT PRIMARILY ON THE WEEKENDS.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CODE ENFORCEMENT BE OUT THERE ON A REGULAR BASIS ON THE WEEKENDS, CHECKING ON THESE THINGS. THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER MARTINEZ.

>> NO COMMENT, SIR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER PALLARES.

>> NO FURTHER COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. MR. MANAGER, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THIS THING?

>> YES, I DO.

>> MOVING ON TO ITEM 12E.

ACTUALLY ON ITEM 12D,

[12)d. Discussion and Possible Minute Action regarding appointments of Boards, Commissions, and Committee. (Ortiz Hernandez)]

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE MINUTE ACTION REGARDING APPOINTMENTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, MR. ORTIZ.

>> MR. MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, AS YOU'RE AWARE, WE HAVE TWO OPENINGS IN THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

WE HAVE RECEIVED TWO APPLICATIONS.

ONE IS AN APPLICATION OF A CURRENT MEMBER, AND I WANTED TO BRING THAT BACK TO THE COUNCIL TO SEE IF YOU WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH INTERVIEWING THE

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TWO AND ESTABLISHING AN ADHOC COMMITTEE THE COUNCIL TO INTERVIEW THOSE, OR IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE THE PROCESS AND THE TIMELINE TO CONTINUE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS.

WE ALSO ARE ADVERTISING FOR THE MEASURE X POSITION THAT MR. MARTINEZ VACATED.

WE HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED ONE POSITION PENDING OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

AS THE ADVERTISEMENT GOES OUT, WE WILL PROBABLY LOOK TO INTERVIEW FOR THAT POSITION BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

WE ALSO HAVE THE MOSQUITO ABATEMENT AND VECTOR CONTROL APPOINTMENT, I BELIEVE, MADAM CLERK CORRECT ME, WE HAVE TWO APPLICANTS FOR THAT ONE AS WELL THAT WILL NEED TO BE INTERVIEWED, WE'RE LOOKING FOR DIRECTION ON INTERVIEWING IF YOU SO CHOOSE OR CONTINUE TO KEEP THE APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN.

>> HOW MUCH LONGER ARE WE OPEN FOR ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION?

>> WE HAVE SAID AND THIS IS THE SECOND MEETING IN DECEMBER THAT WE WOULD ADVERTISE FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS.

>> WE DID THAT?

>> THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A PLANNED PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING THIS MONTH, POSSIBLY NEXT MONTH, SO IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO KEEP THAT OPEN, YOU POSSIBLY COULD.

YOU JUST GOING TO RUN UP AGAINST THAT POSSIBLE WINDOW OF IF YOU NEED TO MEET IN FEBRUARY, IT LOOKS LIKE WITH ONLY THREE CONFIRMED MEMBERS.

>> I UNDERSTAND. LET'S GO AHEAD AND OPEN THIS UP.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUESTS TO SPEAK.

IF YOU'RE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL *9 ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK?

>> WE DO HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENT, BUT THIS PERTAINS TO ITEM

>> THAT'S OKAY. SO NO COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM?

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> MEMBERS, ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. I WOULD SAY, WE'VE ALWAYS OPENED IT UP FOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO APPLY, SO IF WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME TO MAYBE ENTICE SOMEONE TO APPLY, I WOULD BID FOR THAT AS LONG AS WE DON'T JEOPARDIZE HAVING THE POSITIONS FILL IN TIME FOR THAT MEETING.

DANIEL, I GUESS, I'LL ASK SOME CLARIFICATION.

DO YOU THINK THAT WE CAN HAVE MORE TIME TO ADVERTISE?

>> YOU COULD. I WOULD PROBABLY SAY WE ADVERTISED FOR ABOUT I THINK A MONTH AND A HALF NOW.

>> THERE HAS BEEN NO OTHER PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THAT POSITION.

>> CORRECT.

>> POSSIBLY THEN WE SHOULD ASSIGN A COMMITTEE TO INTERVIEW THE APPLICANTS.

>> RIGHT.

>> THAT WOULD BE MY INCLINATION, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MEMBER MARTINEZ, ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS?

>> I WOULD CONCUR WITH GILBERT THAT WE SHOULD GO AHEAD AND FILL THOSE TWO POSITIONS THAT HAD BEEN ADVERTISED FOR A WHILE.

>> MEMBER PALLARES?

>> CONCUR.

>> GREAT. I DO TOO.

I THINK WITH THOSE TWO HAVING BEEN OUT READY FOR ALMOST TWO MONTHS, I THINK THAT WE HAVE GIVEN THE PUBLIC PLENTY OF TIME TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN THOSE POSITIONS.

GIVEN THAT WE HAVE THE MEETING COMING UP POTENTIALLY FOR THEM, WE SHOULD GET THEM IN PLACE SOON.

IN REGARDS TO THE INTERVIEW COMMITTEE, LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO AN ADHOC COMMITTEE AS USUAL AND GET THESE FOLKS ALL INTERVIEWED.

THE TIMELINE FOR MEASURE X AND MOSQUITO ABATEMENT, THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN THE PLANNING COMMISSION TIMELINE OR WINDOW, CORRECT? WHAT IS THAT OR THOSE?

>> I WOULD PROBABLY RECOMMEND, IF YOU SO CHOOSE, JUST TO USE THE SAME ADHOC COMMITTEE TO INTERVIEW THOSE.

I DON'T KNOW IF WE WANT TO CONTINUE OR EXTEND THE MEASURE X BEYOND THIS MONTH.

WE DO HAVE A PLANNED MEASURE X MEETING LATER THIS MONTH THAT WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD, OR WE SHOULD HAVE A QUORUM IF AT LEAST THREE OF THE FOUR ARE AVAILABLE.

OTHERWISE, THEY HAD BEEN MEETING QUARTERLY, SO THE PERSON FILLS THAT ROLE, THEY WOULD LIKELY SERVE IN THAT MARCH OR APRIL MEETING.

>> RIGHT. I WOULD HOPE THAT THEY STILL ATTEND HAVING EXPRESSED INTEREST OR POTENTIALLY EXPRESSED AN INTEREST TO BE AT THAT MEETING EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVEN'T BEEN INTERVIEWED YET.

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I AGREE. LET'S KEEP THOSE TWO MAYBE OPEN A LITTLE BIT LONGER AND ASSIGN THE PLANNING COMMISSION WHEN.

THAT SEEMS TO BE THE CONSENSUS OF THE COUNCIL, UNLESS ANYONE ASKS.

>>

>> ONE COMMITTED FOR ALL.

WHO WANTS TO JOIN ME ON THIS INTERVIEW COMMITTEE? JOHN, ARE YOU INTERESTED? VINCE?

>> YES. PALLARES, I'M INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT IF NEEDED.

>> GREAT. HOW ABOUT YOU, MR. MARTINEZ, DO YOU HAVE ANY BURNING DESIRE TO INTERVIEW CANDIDATES?

>> I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP OUT WHICHEVER WAY YOU'D LIKE, SIR, BUT IF YOU AND JOHN WANT TO DO IT, IT'S MORE THAN FINE.

>> I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TWO OF YOU TO INTERVIEW.

YOU HAD FORMERLY BEEN ON THE MEASURE X, JOHN HAVING FORMERLY BEEN ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

I THINK IT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO STEP IN ON THAT.

>> I'LL BE MORE HAPPY TO PARTICIPATE. THANK YOU, SIR.

>> SO BE IT. MEMBER MARTINEZ AND MEMBER PALLARES WILL BE SERVING ON THE ADHOC COMMITTEE, DANIEL.

>> YEAH.

>> I APOLOGIZE.

IS THIS GOING TO BE ADHOC FOR THE MOSQUITO VECTOR AND FOR THE MEASURE X?

>> YES.

>> DO YOU WANT TO KEEP THE CURRENT VECTOR ADVERTISEMENT GOING OR INTERVIEW THOSE AS WELL? I UNDERSTOOD YOU WANTED TO KEEP THAT OPEN AND JUST LEAVE.

>> YES. WE ARE ON AN AGREEMENT.

LET'S KEEP THOSE TWO OPEN.

>> EXPIRED IN DECEMBER AND THEY ARE NEEDING A BOARD MEMBER.

>> OH, OKAY. THAT'S

>> WE DO HAVE THE TWO APPLICANTS FOR THAT.

I'M NOT SURE IF YOU WANT IT.

>> OKAY.

[12)e. Nomination and Appointment of a Representative of the Kern Council of Government ( Ortiz Hernandez)]

[12)f. Nomination and Appointment of an Alternate Representative of the Kern Council of Government. (Ortiz Hernandez)]

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>> THAT'S A YES, RIGHT.

>> YES.

>> IT'S BEEN A LONG MEETING.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA?

>> YES.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER MARTINEZ?

>> YES.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES?

>> PALLARES, AYE.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER CORTEZ ABSENT.

MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER MARTINEZ, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER, I DON'T KNOW.

I'M SORRY, WHO WAS THE SECOND? I'M SORRY, MAYOR CORTEZ.

SEE WHAT YOU CAUSED MAYOR GARCIA. I'M GOING TO START OVER.

MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER MARTINEZ, SECOND BY MAYOR GARCIA, TO APPOINT MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA AS

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THE ULTIMATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE CURRENT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT.

MOTION IS APPROVED BY FOUR AYES WITH COUNCIL MEMBER

>> THAT'S WE DO NOT HAVE MEMBER CORTEZ HERE FOR THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT.

MR. REYNA IS THERE AN UPDATE ON THE CURRENT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS THAT STARTS-

>> NOTHING TO REPORT AT THIS TIME MAYOR. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU MAYOR PRO TEM.

[14) REPORTS FROM SHERIFF]

MOVING ON TO REPORTS FROM THE SHERIFF.

REPORTS FROM OUR CITY LEADERS.

DO WE THIS, THE SHERIFF'S ONE, I MEAN, SERGEANT.

>> I'M STILL HERE, I HAVEN'T LEFT YET.

>> NO, OF COURSE. GO AHEAD.

>> I WISH THERE WAS BETTER NEWS THAT I WAS GOING TO REPORT TO YOU GUYS.

DANIEL YOU CAN GO WITH THE SLIDESHOW.

ON DECEMBER 15TH, 2020, AT APPROXIMATELY 08:19 PM, WASCO SUBSTATION DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA OF HIGHWAY 46 AND EAST SCOFIELD AVENUE FOR AN INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION.

IF YOU REMEMBER CORRECTLY, THIS WAS THE DAY OF OUR LAST CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

ON ARRIVAL, DEPUTIES LEARNED TWO VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION.

THE ADULT MALE DRIVER OF ONE OF THE VEHICLE, DONALD FRANK STEINHAUS, 43 YEAR OLD FROM WASCO, WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED AT THE SCENE.

STEINHAUS ADULT FEMALE PASSENGER WAS TRANSPORTED VIA AMBULANCE TO A LOCAL AREA HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES.

DEPUTIES DETERMINED THE 61 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE, MARGARET FLADHAMMER OF OCEANO, CALIFORNIA, WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.

FLADHAMMER SUSTAINED ONLY MINOR INJURIES.

FLADHAMMER WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO FACILITY FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS, RESULTING IN GREAT BODILY INJURY, GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

NEXT ONE. ON DECEMBER 23RD, 2020, AT APPROXIMATELY 6:10 PM, DEPUTIES FROM THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, WASCO SUBSTATION WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA OF 16TH STREET AND B STREET FOR A REPORT OF A SHOOTING.

WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED, THEY LOCATED AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE LYING IN A ROADWAY SUFFERING FROM AN APPARENT GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE UPPER BODY.

DEPUTIES PERFORMED LIFE SAVING MEASURES UNTIL FIRE AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARRIVED ON SCENE AND SUBSEQUENTLY PRONOUNCED THE VICTIM DECEASED.

HOMICIDE DETECTIVES RESPONDED TO ASSUMING INVESTIGATION.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CASE IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 861-3110 OR THE SECRET WITNESS, WHICH WE SPOKE UP EARLIER TONIGHT AT AREA CODE 661-322-4040.

DANIEL. ON DECEMBER 26TH AT APPROXIMATELY 4:40 PM, DEPUTIES FROM THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, WASCO SUBSTATION WERE DISPATCHED TO THE 1500 BLOCK OF POPLAR FOR REPORT OF A SHOOTING.

WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED, THEY LOCATED AN UNRESPONSIVE ADULT MALE LYING ON THE SIDEWALK SUFFERING FROM OBVIOUS TRAUMA TO THE UPPER TORSO.

THE VICTIM WAS DECLARED DECEASED AT THE SCENE.

AGAIN, HOMICIDE DETECTIVES RESPONDED AND ASSUMED THIS INVESTIGATION.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INVESTIGATION OR THE OTHER INVESTIGATION IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 861-3110 OR THE SECRET WITNESS AT AREA CODE 661-322-4040.

NEXT SLIDE. A LITTLE GOOD NEWS HERE.

ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29TH, AT APPROXIMATELY 9:32 PM, WASCO SUBSTATION DEPUTIES CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT STOP NEAR MARGALO STREET IN ANNIN AVENUE.

DURING THE STOP, THE DRIVER, OSCAR SANCHEZ, 29 OF WASCO, WAS DETAINED.

DURING THE COURSE OF THE STOP AND INVESTIGATION, DEPUTIES LOCATED A LARGE AMOUNT OF SUSPECTED ILLEGAL DRUGS.

SANCHEZ WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE KERN COUNTY JAIL FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR SALE AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE.

HEY DANIEL. NO PUBLIC ADVISORY FOR YOU GUYS.

I CAN GO WITH THE NEXT SLIDE DANIEL.

THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MOBILE APP IS AN INTERACTIVE APPLICATION DEVELOPED TO HELP IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE RESIDENTS OF KERN COUNTY.

THE SHERIFF APP ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO CONNECT WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE BY SUBMITTING TIPS,

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COMMENDING AN EMPLOYEE, AND OTHER USEFUL INTERACTIVE FEATURES, AS WELL AS PROVIDING THE COMMUNITY WITH THE LATEST PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS AND INFORMATION.

THE APP IS A ANOTHER PUBLIC OUTREACH EFFORT DEVELOPED BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH OUR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

THE SHERIFF'S APP IS NOT INTENDED TO BE USED TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.

IN THOSE CASES, PLEASE CONTINUE TO CALL 9-1-1.

IF YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S A FACEBOOK EMBLEM, A TWITTER EMBLEM, A YOUTUBE EMBLEM.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS NUMEROUS OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS WHICH THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART OF.

I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY MAKE A COMMENT, EARLIER TONIGHT A LADY NAMED DENISE MADE A PUBLIC COMMENT ABOUT NOT BEING HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE DENISE OR ANY ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, IF THEY ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, I ENCOURAGE THEM TO CALL MY OFFICE.

I WILL INVESTIGATE TO SEE IF SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ANY FURTHER.

I DID NOT LIKE TO HEAR THAT.

I WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT WE'RE THERE TO HELP THEM, AND WE CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH THE PUBLIC TO SOLVE THESE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT'S ONGOING IN WASCO.

THAT BEING SAID, THOSE THREE TRAGIC EVENTS THAT HAPPENED, THE ONE ON DECEMBER 15TH, DECEMBER 23RD, AND DECEMBER 26TH, I WANT TO ACTUALLY TAKE A MOMENT AND THANK THE CITY STAFF BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO CALL THEM, AND WITHOUT HESITATION, WAS ABLE TO GET SOME RESOURCES OUT THERE TO BLOCK OFF SOME CITY STREETS, ADD SOME LIGHTS TO THE SCENE BECAUSE A COUPLE OF SCENES WERE DARK.

I APPRECIATE THOSE EFFORTS MADE BY THE CITY STAFF.

THAT BEING SAID, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT.

>> THANK YOU, SERGEANT.

WE APPRECIATE THE REPORT.

A LITTLE BIT OF GOOD, A LITTLE BIT OF NOT SO GOOD, BUT WE DO APPRECIATE THE GOOD WORK, AND THANK YOU FOR THE TIP OF THE HAT TO THE STAFF BECAUSE, YES, THEY'RE APPRECIATED, THEY DO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP.

FOR THE FOLKS THAT ARE OUT THERE, LISTEN, EVERY TIME YOU SEE A CRIME SCENE, THERE'S NOT ONLY SHERIFFS, BUT THERE'S ALSO CITY STAFF THAT'S USUALLY RESPONDING.

>> I MIGHT ADD ONE MORE THING, MAYOR.

>> PLEASE.

>> EARLIER TONIGHT THERE WAS A COMMENT BY MIGUEL MADE A STATEMENT, I APPRECIATE THAT, AND I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY WRITE SOMETHING UP AND DOCUMENT WHERE THESE THREE DEPUTIES GET RECOGNIZED AMONGST OUR AGENCIES.

WE'LL SEE IF ANYTHING HAPPENS FURTHER. I'M REALLY PROUD.

I WAS THERE ON SCENE THAT NIGHT AND WATCHED THEM IN ACTION.

VERY PROFESSIONAL.

IT WASN'T JUST THE CITY, IT WASN'T JUST FAMILY MEMBERS THAT SUFFERED A LOSS.

THE DEPUTIES ACTUALLY KNEW THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND PERFORMED LIFESAVING CPR ON ONE OF THOSE THAT THEY HAD HAD PRIOR CONTACT WITH.

>> THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE THAT, AND WE APPRECIATE THEIR WORK.

PLEASE LET THEM KNOW, ALL THE DEPUTIES KNOW THAT WE APPRECIATE THEM, THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNCIL.

>> THANK YOU MAYOR.

>> MOVING ON, REPORTS FROM CITY MANAGER.

>> I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE FURTHER TO ADD.

>> YOU DON'T HAVE ANOTHER 40-SLIDE REPORT OR NOTHING FOR US TONIGHT?

>> I CAN WHIP ONE UP IF YOU'D LIKE.

>> I NEED DINNER.

>> I KNOW. MY DINNER IS COLD HERE. CLOSED SESSION.

WE HAVE NO ITEMS FOR CLOSED SESSION.

CAN WE END WITH COUNCIL MEMBER COMMENTS DANIEL? WAIT, THAT IS ON THAT, I JUST SKIPPED RIGHT OVER.

THAT'S NOT ON MY COPY.

REPORTS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL,

[16) REPORTS FROM CITY COUNCIL]

MAYOR PRO TEM REYNA.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. SERGEANT MARTINEZ SAYS, "I HAVE COMMITTED TO TELL MY NEIGHBORS ABOUT REGISTERING THEIR CAMERAS, CAN YOU EMAIL ME SOME INFORMATION AS TO HOW THEY CAN DO THIS?"

>> I WOULD BE GLAD TO, AND I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO REFER YOU TO OUR CITY SITE.

DANIEL, IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE CITY SITE REAL QUICK.

UNDER THE POLICE SERVICES, THERE'S A SHORT LITTLE VIDEO PRESENTATION ON IT, AND THERE'S ACTUALLY A QUICK LINK TO REGISTER THE CAMERAS.

ALSO ON THE SHARES APP WHICH I SPOKE OF DURING MY PRESENTATION THERE, THERE'S A QUICK LINK FOR CAMERA REGISTRY.

I'M GOING TO WORK WITH THE CITY ON MAKING SURE THAT THE CITY

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EMPLOYEES OR IT IS EASIER FOR A COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO REGISTER THEIR CAMERAS.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANY FLYERS THAT I CAN ACTUALLY DELIVER TO THEM?

>> I CAN BE SURE TO GET SOME FLYERS MADE UP AND I'LL DELIVER THEM TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

>> RIGHT. AS I VISIT THEM, BECAUSE OF COVID-19, I DON'T WANT TO SIT THERE AND TRY TO EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW THE PROCESS SHOULD WORK.

SO IF YOU CAN PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER THAT OUTLINES HOW TO ACTUALLY DO IT, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

>> I UNDERSTAND.

>> YOU MENTIONED THAT FLYER, I THINK IT'S WISE IF WE CAN GET A QR CODE.

IT'S EASY BUT THOSE I FOUND HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL INSTEAD OF TYPING IN A LINK FROM A FLYER OR EVEN JUST CLICKING SOMETIMES.

BUT FOR FOLKS, QR CODES ARE VERY HELPFUL. JUST A TIP.

>> THAT MAKES GOOD SENSE.

I JUST ALSO WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THE VERY COMPREHENSIVE REPORTS THEY HAVE PUT TOGETHER.

A LOT OF WORK HAS GONE INTO THEM, AND SO I GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL OF THE EFFORT THAT YOU PUT INTO KEEPING US INFORMED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I GUESS I'LL SAY A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY BECAUSE THIS IS OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR.

SO HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT. THANK YOU.

MEMBER MARTINEZ.

>> YEAH. I JUST WANT TO ECHO WHAT SERGEANT MARTINEZ SAID ABOUT THE CITY STAFF RESPONDED TO THESE INCIDENCES.

I WAS OUT AT ONE OF THE HOMICIDE SCENES, TALKING TO A SHERIFF SERGEANT WHO'S NOT ASSIGNED TO THIS AREA.

HE WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZED AT HOW FAST OUR PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEES WERE OUT THERE AND PUT UP BARRICADES.

COMMON ARE THESE WORK A LOT OF RESPONSE AREAS IN THE COUNTY, AND HE'S NEVER HAD THAT KIND OF RESOURCE LIKE THE CITY OF WASCO OFFERS, ESPECIALLY AS FAST AS THEY WERE OUT THERE.

SO GOOD JOB BY OUR CITY EMPLOYEES OF RESPONDING AND HELPING OUT TO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

>> MEMBER PALLARES.

>> NOTHING MUCH. THE SERGEANT CAN PUT SOME FLYERS IN MY BOX AS WELL.

SADLY, I DIDN'T DO SOME MORE WALKING.

>> THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

I JUST WANT TO GO AHEAD WITH THE APPRECIATION TO EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY AS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE CRIME TRENDS IN THE COMMUNITY.

I WANT TO END WITH A QUICK ANECDOTE.

WHEN I WAS WALKING THIS WEEKEND, TALKING WITH MY MOM, I WANT TO THANK YOU, SENA CYNTHIA, AS WELL AS MERCEDES FOR COMING OUT THIS WEEKEND, AND AS SOMEBODY MENTIONED, IT WAS LAST MINUTE, AND WE PUT IT TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF URGENCY.

I APPRECIATE THEM COMING OUT.

MY OWN MOM WAS THERE AND WE WERE TALKING TO FOLKS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

ONE STORY, IN PARTICULAR, STOOD OUT TO ME IS, A YOUNG GENTLEMAN AT THE PARK IN THE ALLEYWAY ON HIS BIKE AND HE STOPS THE MUSIC.

MAN, LET ME TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

IT'S FAR FROM IT, I BELIEVE.

HE SAYS PEOPLE AROUND HERE DON'T REALLY CARE AND YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT, BUT NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

BUT AS I SAID AT THE LAST MEETING, AND I'LL REITERATE TONIGHT, AND I WILL CONTINUE SAYING IS, I REJECT THAT.

THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE THAT I SPOKE WITH WANT SAFER COMMUNITIES.

THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO SEND THEIR KIDS DOWN THE BLOCK TO PLAY ON THEIR SKATEBOARDS.

THEY WANT THE OUTSIDE.

THEY SHOULDN'T BE FEARFUL OF FLYING BULLETS, HITTING THEIR CARS, AND IN THIS COMMUNITY, IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, THESE PARKS ARE OURS.

THESE NEIGHBORHOODS AND STREETS ARE OURS.

THAT MESSAGE WILL BE LOUD AND CLEAR.

I'LL MAKE IT MY GOAL THIS YEAR TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THAT MESSAGE ACROSS TO EVERY RESIDENT, AND THAT MESSAGE IS THAT THEY TOO ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND THEY WILL SEE A DAY WHERE WE CAN BE ABLE TO ENJOY OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR PARK SAFELY WITHOUT THE FEAR OF ANY BAD CHARACTERS.

OBVIOUSLY, WE CAN'T HAVE POLICE ON EVERY CORNER, SO THAT TAKES THE PARTICIPATION OF EVERYBODY INVOLVED, EVERYONE AFFECTED, SO THAT'S EVERYBODY IN THIS COMMUNITY.

WE WILL DO OUR PART TO GET OTHER MEMBERS INVOLVED.

I'VE ALREADY TALKED TO FOLKS ABOUT JOBS AND GETTING A LITTLE MINI JOB FAIR PUT TOGETHER FOR FOLKS AT THE END HERE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'RE GOING TO CRACK DOWN AND WE'RE GOING TO GET THIS DONE.

THE MESSAGE AGAIN IS ACCOUNTABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY.

SO IF YOU WANTED TO TURN AWAY FROM BEING A TROUBLEMAKER IN THE COMMUNITY,

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GREAT, HERE'S SOME OPPORTUNITY.

BUT IF NOT, THEN YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE.

WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T COME BACK.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SOME BIGGER MOVEMENTS THAT ARE OUT OF OUR HANDS, WE CAN POINT TO THEM ALL DAY LONG BUT THE REAL SOLUTION LIES WITHIN OUR HANDS ALREADY, THAT IS GOOD OLD COMMUNITY POLICING, GOOD ALL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHING, GOOD ALL GRASSROOTS NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR INTERACTION.

WE'LL DO OUR PART TO INVEST IN OUR DEPUTIES WITH BIKE TRAINING AND LOBBYING, THOSE LEADERS FOR OTHER RESOURCES LIKE THE RETURN OF A GAME UNIT.

BUT WE CAN'T DO THIS ALONE.

WE NEED THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED.

SO, EVERYBODY THAT RUN FOR OFFICE IN THIS LAST ELECTION, I EXPECT THEIR APPLICATIONS ON THEIR CITY CLERK'S DESK TOMORROW FOR THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

IF THERE'S NOT AN OPEN SEAT, SUBMIT AN OPEN APPLICATION.

WE NEED EVERYONE.

THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT. I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY'S PARTICIPATION.

I KNOW IT'S BEEN A LONG NIGHT. I GOT TO GET TO BED.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT, EVERYBODY. MEETING'S ADJOURNED.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.