2013 accomplishments

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Nancy Watt - County Executive Officer

Check out our collective major accomplishments for 2013 in the areas of Protecting Public Health and Safety,Providing Needed Infrastructure and Ensuring Quality Services to our residents.

 

TO:       Members, Board of Supervisors 

FROM:  Nancy Watt, County Executive Officer 

DATE:   Dec. 31, 2013 

RE:       Year-End Accomplishments

As we close 2013, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a number of our departments’ accomplishments to protect public health and safety, build needed infrastructure, and ensure that quality services continue to be provided to our citizens.

 

Protecting Public Health and Safety

 

  • The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) served as lead agency in creating the Live Healthy Napa County Community Health Assessment (CHA), the most broad-based, collaborative look at health issues in Napa County to date. The CHA serves as the foundation for the Community Health Improvement Plan, to be issued in early 2014.
  • The Napa County Local Food Advisory Council celebrated Food Day by hosting viewings of the documentary "A Place at the Table." More than 300 community members attended these events to raise awareness regarding food access and security issues in our community.
  • County Fire formed the Fire Services Advisory Committee, with members representing all components of Napa County Fire Department. The goal is to involve the committee and keep a transparent system in County fire management. The County Fire Marshal and Fire Chief moved to the Hall of Justice in Napa (from St. Helena) to facilitate better communication between County departments and be readily available to County staff.
  • The Chief Building Official worked with the County Fire Marshal and the local development community to complete the County’s adoption of the 2013 California Building Standards Codes. These uniform codes ensure that new development includes the most up-to-date life safety features, including seismic safety and fire protection. The new codes will also reduce energy use by nearly 25 percent in new buildings.
  • Environmental Health staff obtained a $350,000 state grant to provide additional training and technical assistance to small water purveyors that find it increasingly difficult to meet state regulatory mandates.
  • The Sheriff negotiated a three-year, fixed-rate contract to provide law enforcement services to the City of American Canyon. The Sheriff also successfully renegotiated the Napa Dispatch Center contract, decreasing annual costs for dispatch services by $240,000.
  • All Animal Services Officers were provided with the “ILEADS” computer records management system and all Animal Services vehicles were equipped with mobile computers. Now wireless and completely automated, all reports are completed, reviewed and downloaded directly into the department's records management system. This also allows Animal Services Officers to be dispatched to calls via computer.
  • The Probation Department worked with the District Attorney’s Office to start a Deferred Entry of Judgment Program to help first-time, misdemeanor offenders stay out of the criminal justice system. To date, the program has had more than 75 referrals and Probation is working with offenders to address their needs.
  • Probation worked with the IT Department this year to develop the CJ NET case management system that will incorporate all necessary data for reporting and quality assurance for Criminal Justice partners. Dan Glascott of IT received an award from the Chief Probation Officers of California in December for his work on the system.
  • Adult Probation instituted a rewards/sanctions grid to guide law enforcement agency personnel in the field in the correct response to a probation violation.  This has been so successful in the Adult Division that the Juvenile Division has also crafted a grid.
  • The District Attorney successfully prosecuted or settled several major criminal cases. Supported by the Criminal Corrections Partnership and funded with realignment dollars, the District Attorney added a full-time victim advocate to deal with Public Safety realignment issues.  This person will be working with Probation, Corrections and the courts on victim notification of hearings and victim restitution.
  • The Department of Corrections worked with CalTrans to provide work crews to clean up roadways and work on other projects, diverting low-level offenders from jail.  Corrections also more than doubled its use of electronic monitoring from the previous year to assist in jail population management while ensuring inmate accountability.
  • Corrections implemented federally mandated protocols for the Prison Rape Elimination Act, including educating inmates and establishing sexual assault victim services through an MOU with a community based organization.
  • Information Technology Services moved the radio tower on Atlas Peak to improve emergency communications throughout the valley. 

 

Building Infrastructure

  • Human Resources led negotiations with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association that resulted in a new three-year agreement that runs through Sept. 30, 2016.  This new agreement establishes fair inflation based cost of living adjustments and requires all employees contribute towards their health insurance benefits proportionately.
  • Human Resources implemented significant changes in employee benefits administration reflecting significant pension and health care reform changes. The County developed implementation plans to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act, which requires large employers to provide all full-time employees with affordable and accessible insurance.
  • The County purchased a 26-acre campus (formerly headquarters for Dey Labs) to house the Health and Human Services Agency and provide future consolidation opportunities.
  • Public Works entered into a contract to purchase a 25-acre parcel on Hwy 221 as the future home of the Staff Secure Facility and Jail.  The Staff Secure Facility will be built with $13.6 million in state funding obtained through a competitive process.
  • Public Works also oversaw completion of the wastewater pond project at Napa Berryessa Resort Improvement District and made significant progress toward resolving regulatory and funding issues at Lake Berryessa Resort Improvement District, so waste water ponds can be constructed in the coming year.
  • Public Works renovated 21 miles of existing roads and constructed 0.3 miles of new roadway. Public Works also oversaw the remodel of the first and second floors and outside of the Administration building.  This project added at least 10 years of useful life to the building and improved access to services for customers.
  • Public Works obtained $16.6 million in US Army Corps of Engineers funding in support of the “dry bypass,” the next major phase of the Flood Project. 

 

Ensuring Quality Services

 

  • The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) improved client access by establishing a one-stop client services “hub” to expand services at the integrated clinic operated on the HHSA campus with Community Health Clinic Ole. HHSA expanded upvalley senior services by stationing an eligibility worker in Calistoga and St. Helena one day each week and provided funding for community-based organizations that conduct outreach to enroll individuals in Medi-Cal.
  • We completed the consolidation of Planning, Building and Environmental Services, as authorized by the Board of Supervisors in 2012, and the department opened the new permit center in early 2013.  This brings customers a more streamlined and coordinated approach to development permitting.
  • The Library launched the “Discover and Go” program, a free and discount museum pass service. The Library also continued to expand online learning resources and databases including Grolier, a research database for children, and the “Muzzy” children’s foreign language course.  Study Center hours at the Main library were expanded to increase access.
  • Environmental Health staff developed a local program to implement new state law that allows expanded opportunities for small, home-based businesses that make specialty and artisanal foods for direct and wholesale sales.
  • In 2013, the 5th year of the fight against European Grapevine Moth in Napa County, the Agricultural Commissioner increased detection trapping fourfold to 100 traps per square mile while detections declined to just 40 moths detected. This decline (from more than 100,000 moths in 2010) indicates the commitment and strength of the public-private partnership and is a great stride towards eradication of the moth.
  • The District Attorney’s office played a pivotal role in prosecuting an unfair business practices case against Overstock.com.  This was the first multi-jurisdictional false advertising case to proceed to trial in California.  The prosecution team is seeking $9 million in damages.
  • The Public Defender restructured administrative support resulting in a reduction in County Cost, filled key positions, including the Chief Deputy Public Defender, and provided in-house continuing legal education programs to ensure quality defense services continue.
  • Child Support Services collected almost $10 million for Napa’s families while reaching record performance in four Federal Performance Measurements including Paternity, Current Support Establishment, Court Order Establishment, and Cases with Payment on Arrears.
  • County Counsel led efforts to successfully resolve Latinos Unidos de Napa v. County of Napa et al.  This 2009 lawsuit challenged the County’s Housing Element in the General Plan and was ultimately reviewed by the California Supreme Court, who upheld the majority of the County’s actions.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, the Auditor-Controller Received the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which aids citizens in understanding the financing of local government activities.
  • The Recorder created an in-house, electronic application process for couples seeking a marriage license.  The electronic application is now available on the County's website (update since 12/31/2013).
  • The Treasurer installed a processing system that provides faster credit for deposits and real-time posting and imaging to the Megabyte Property Tax System.
  • The Assessor closed the 2013-2014 assessment roll with a 5.45% increase in assessed value while continuing to reflect declines in value for 11,000 property owners impacted by the financial collapse.
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