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File #: 21-150    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memo Status: Passed
File created: 2/18/2021 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER
On agenda: 2/23/2021 Final action: 2/23/2021
Title: Approve the Board of Supervisors' amended 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' Amended 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' amended 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 entitled "Balancing the Scales of Justice Between Prosecution and Defense in San Mateo County" ("Report"). The Report included 17 findings and seven (7) recommendations. The Board of Supervisors was required to submit comments within 90 days on those findings and recommendations in the Report pertaining to the matters over which it has some decision-making authority.

The Board approved a response to the Report on November 17, 2020. The County Manager recommends that the Board clarify its responses to four (4) of the 17 findings in the Report; specifically, F1, F4, F5, and F7. The Board's original response to the Report is otherwise unchanged.

DISCUSSION:

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's Office completed three audits of the PDP between 2016 and 2019 and found significant financial irregularities that were not resolved ...

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