City of Brentwood
Home PageContact Us!Back

City Administration

2010 Council Goals and Strategic Plan | City Council Members | Calendar of Events | Elections
eNotification | Sub-Committees| Pledge of Allegiance Sign Ups | Invocation Sign Up
Live Streaming Council Meeting | Streaming PC Help |
Streaming Mac Help |

Current Council Agenda and Past Meeting Information

 

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15

Meeting Date: December 14, 2004

Subject/Title: Dissolution of the Criminal Justice Agency of Contra Costa County, a Joint Powers Authority

Prepared by: Kelli Brown, Executive Secretary to Police Chief

Submitted by: Michael R. Davies, Chief of Police

RECOMMENDATION
Approve Resolution authorizing the Mayor of Brentwood to sign the necessary document, which will dissolve the Criminal Justice Agency of Contra Costa County, a Joint Powers Agreement.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None

BACKGROUND
Mayor Swisher received the attached letter dated October 18, 2004, from John Sweeten, Contra Costa County Administrator. The letter requested the Mayor’s signature to dissolve the Criminal Justice Agency of Contra Costa County, a Joint Powers Agreement.
When there was a Criminal Justice Agency within the State of California, Penal Code Section 13900 et seq. allowed the counties and cities to enter into Joint Powers Agreements to form local criminal justice planning districts. The purpose of these districts was to coordinate local criminal justice activities and planning for the use of state and federal action funds made available through any grant programs, and through criminal justice and delinquency prevention planning. The sections of Penal Code, 13900 et seq., are still on the books today.
In 1972 a number of Cities entered into a Joint Powers Agreement with Contra Costa County for this purpose. This JPA did receive monies in the 1970's, 1980's and mid 1990's (at which time the JPA received planning money for the Main Detention Facility in Martinez). Lisa Driscol of the County Administrator’s Office believes that this was the last time the JPA received monies and it was approximately $15,000. The JPA has not received any monies since.
There is currently no Criminal Justice Agency in the State and these efforts have been somewhat taken over by the Office of Emergency Services (OES). This current JPA does not have a purpose, assets, or funds. They have had to keep current on conflict of interest statements, EDD reports, and audits even with no official staff or funds. This effort has been somewhat highlighted by the retirement of Executive Director George Roemer, and no new replacement for him is contemplated at this time.
Lisa Driscol has been trying to dissolve this JPA for nine months, and has been working with Contra Costa County Legal Council. Their recommendation is to sign the attached agreement, addressed to all participating cities, to formally dissolve the Joint Powers Authority. As a side note, if monies again become available from the State for this purpose, a JPA could be needed and a new one would have to be formed.
The agencies that have been contacted and are included in the JPA are: Contra Costa County, Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. As of this writing, the Cities of Clayton and Pleasant Hill have signed the letter.

FISCAL IMPACT
None

Attachments:
• Resolution
• Letter and Agreement

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF BRENTWOOD TO SIGN FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCY OF CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT

WHEREAS, California Penal Code section 13900 et. seq. allows counties and cities to enter into Joint Power Agreements to form local criminal justice planning districts; and

WHEREAS, in 1972 the City of Brentwood joined other Cities in the County, and Contra Costa County in the establishment and creation of the Criminal Justice Agency of Contra Costa County; and

WHEREAS, the Criminal Justice Agency was instrumental in planning, developing, coordinating and administering certain criminal justice improvement programs and projects during the years of operation, including a planning grant leading toward the construction of the county jail located in Martinez, California; and

WHEREAS, in recent years the necessity of continuing this Criminal Justice Agency has waned and the California Council on Criminal Justice, which originally played a role in approving this Agency, is now reorganized under the auspices of the California Office of Emergency Services; and

WHEREAS, the County of Contra Costa eliminated the fund and budget of the Criminal Justice Agency several years ago, the Agency itself has been inactive, its Executive Director recently retired and the County does not intend to fill the position; and

WHEREAS, by letter dated October 18, 2004, the Contra Costa County Administrator requested participating cities agree to dissolve the Criminal Justice Agency and to sign and return said Dissolution Agreement by January 1, 2005.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby agree that the above recitals are true and correct statements, and does herein agree with and approve the dissolution of the Criminal Justice Agency of Contra Costa County; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor, for and on behalf of the City Council of Brentwood, is hereby authorized and directed to sign the Dissolution Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on December 14, 2004 by the following vote:

AYES:
NOES:
ABSENT:
____________________________________
Brian Swisher
Mayor
ATTEST:
____________________________
Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk
 

City Administration
City of Brentwood City Council
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5440
Fax (925) 516-5441
E-mail allcouncil@brentwoodca.gov