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File #: 20-891    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memo Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/19/2020 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER
On agenda: 11/17/2020 Final action:
Title: Approve the Board of Supervisors' response to the 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury Report, "Balancing the Scales of Justice Between the Prosecution and Defense in San Mateo County."
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Michael P. Callagy, County Manager
Subject: Board of Supervisors' Response to the 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury Report "Balancing the Scales of Justice Between the Prosecution and Defense in San Mateo County"

RECOMMENDATION:
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Approve the Board of Supervisors' response to the 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury Report, "Balancing the Scales of Justice Between the Prosecution and Defense in San Mateo County."

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BACKGROUND:
On September 1, 2020, the 2019-2020 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued a report titled "Balancing the Scales of Justice Between Prosecution and Defense in San Mateo County." The Board of Supervisors is required to submit comments on the findings and recommendations pertaining to the matters over which it has some decision-making authority within 90 days. The Board's response to the report is due to the Honorable Danny Y. Chou no later than November 30, 2020.

DISCUSSION:
The Grand Jury made 17 findings and 7 recommendations in its report. The Board responses follow each finding and the 7 recommendations that the Grand Jury requested that the Board respond to within 90 days.

Findings

F1: Following a Grand Jury Report in July 2015 and an evaluation of the PDP in December 2015, the San Mateo County Controller completed three audits of the PDP between 2016 and 2019 and found significant financial irregularities that were not resolved prior to the execution of the 2017-19 contract and the current 2019-21 contract.

The County partially disagrees with this Finding. The County agrees that, following a Grand Jury Report in July 2015 and an evaluation of the PDP in December 2015, the Controller completed three audits of the PDP between 2016 and 2019 and found significant financial irregularities that were not resolved prior to the execution of the 2017-2019 contract. However, the County disagrees that the financial irregul...

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