Jail staffing, appeal of rehab center OK on supes' agenda

A ordinance allocating $4.2 million to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to pay six months of salaries for 57 new staff for the new jail comes before the Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, March 25, meeting. The allocation, which breaks down to an additional $497,000 a month to the county payroll, was included in a two-year budget adopted by the board in September 2013.

Also on the board's agenda:

■ An appeal of a 3-1 decision by the county Planning Commission on Jan. 22 to approve a conditional use permit to convert a meditation center in the unincorporated woods above Woodside to a non-medical rehabilitation center for clients with drug- and alcohol-addiction problems.

The Stillpath Recovery Center would be located at 16350 Skyline Blvd., the current site of the Stillheart Institute. Irate neighbors focused their opposition to the conversion on the center's remote location, its need for fresh water, and the increased danger of wildfire if a recovering addict were to drop a lighted cigarette.

■ County Manager John Maltbie's report to the board notes that, in a collaboration with the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) and the county transit authority, the county has hired Ellen Barton as county liaison for the pedestrian and bicycle communities, a role she performed previously in Washington state's Whatcom County.

■ The county manager's report includes a note on the county's whistle-blower hotline, which has received five complaints since going live in December 2013. A complaint may be filed by a toll-free call (855-387-2497), an online report or in writing.

Staffing for new jail

The new $160 million, 260,000-square-foot jail is expected to open in 2015 and house 640 inmates, replace the women's jail and relieve overcrowding at the current downtown jail. Sheriff Greg Munks has described the new jail as "a place of hope ... a state-of-the-art correctional facility designed not to just house inmates, but to also prepare them for re-entry into society once they have completed their sentences."

The new hires would include 34 correctional officers, a sergeant, deputy sheriff and lieutenant, eight specialists in legal matters and seven utility workers, according to a staff report.

An earlier version of this story listed the Jan. 22 vote of the Planning Commission as being unanimous. The vote was 3-1 with commissioners Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, Manuel Ramirez, Jr. and Steve Dworetzky voting to approve the conversion, Commissioner Laurie Simonson voting against it, and Commissioner Frederick Hansson absent.


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Posted by pearl
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on Mar 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

The San Mateo County online Whistleblower link does not work. It gives you the following message:

“Company Unknown
You have arrived at this page because we couldn't determine which company you're interested in filing a report for. Please check the URL you entered and try your request again. If you continue to reach this page consider filing your reports by calling your company's hotline number.”

That's it; no place to type in any company name or anything. Why does this not surprise me.

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