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Supes to get preview of Friday water meeting

February 21, 2012

The Inyo-Los Angeles Standing Committee will meet Friday to discuss how to resolve issues arising from the department's pumping plan for Blackrock (above) at the beginning of the year. Photo courtesy Inyo County Water Department

County leaders have scheduled a short meeting today to discuss personnel matters in the Health and Human Services Department and talk about an upcoming Inyo County-Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Standing Committee gathering.
Today’s Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The board will also discuss the county’s stance on Governor Jerry Brown’s “Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act.”
Currently, the California State Association of Counties is recommending its members support Brown’s proposal, which aims to keep funding local and out of the hands of state politicians by constitutionally protecting local public safety funds.
If the act is approved, local public safety funds will stay local and will not go into the state’s General Fund.
The California State Sheriff’s Association has already endorsed the act.
The board is also scheduled to discuss the agenda for the Inyo-Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting scheduled for Friday.
The Standing Committee Meeting agenda includes a discussion about a policy document for the committee regarding how it will respond to inquiries and comments from the public.
“This policy arises from prior Standing Committee requests to staff to draft such a policy for the committee to consider,” Water Director Dr. Bob Harrington’s staff report states.
The Standing Committee is also scheduled to discuss the status of a dispute related to procedures for addressing disagreements between the LADWP and Inyo County when it comes to the Annual Operations Plan.
Concerns over how to handle disputes about the draft operations plan arose over this year’s draft plan.
“On Feb. 13, 2012, the mediation/arbitration panel submitted their findings, largely agreeing with the LADWP’s position that the Water Agreement’s provisions for assessing the measurability, attributability and significance of an impact must be followed when issues or disputes are raised regarding the Annual Operations Report,” Harrington’s staff report states.
Harrington goes on to say that there are certain aspects of the arbitration panel’s decision that are favorable to the county, such as the panel’s assertion that the Water Agreement commits both parties to avoidance of negative impacts and that the agreement requires that every issue in which there is not an agreement between the two parties is to be presented to the Technical Group for resolution.
The Standing Committee will also discuss the status of revegetation mitigation projects and a work plan for the Lower Owens River.
The Standing Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Friday in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The meeting is open to the public.
The board will also discuss Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner’s request to re-arrange staff in her department.
Turner is asking to change the authorized strength (number of budgeted employees) for the Heath and Human Services Department by deleting one supervising nurse practitioner and adding one full-time clinic nurse manager.
Turner said that, in 2010, the HHS Public Health Division saw the retirement of its longtime Health Clinic and Outreach Nurse Manager. Since then, Public Health has restructured twice in an attempt to find the right staffing configuration to meet all program and supervisory needs.
Turner said the hope was to attract a full-time nurse practitioner, however, the position has only been filled briefly in the past two years.
Turner said she hopes the new staffing model she is proposing will meet the department’s needs and bring someone into the vacant position permanently.
The board meeting is open to the public and time will be set aside for the public to make comments to the board on matters not calendared on the agenda.

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