(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation Officer’s Report
a. Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative update
The Chief said G. Bieringer was not present and had no report to give. This will be scheduled for the next Commission meeting.
b. Juvenile Hall replacement project update
C. Bigelow reported that they were about 1/3 through the project schedule. There are modifications to the schedule which will add about 4 mos to the total time. There is a 10% construction contingency fund, and of this, about 40% has been used to date ($472K processed). About $5 mil is left of the original $15 mil state grant, and that will be expended by June (end of the next quarterly report). Thereafter, costs will be paid through certificates of participation. There’s about $466K in “soft costs” being paid.
Comm Bonilla asked if it was on budget. Bigelow said that delays add cost in the project management. He is projecting a shortfall of about 1.2% at the end. This amounts to about $660K. they are attempting to shift costs to cover this. They do not want to go back to the Bd of Supes for a supplemental appropriation.
c. Budget update
M Lui said for the current year we have a salaries surplus. Building repair costs have gone over budget so some bills have not been paid in a timely manner. Some shuffling of line item funds were allowed to pay food bills. Comm Ricci asked which items were moved. Lui said $55K was moved from non personal services to materials supplies.
Next yr: they have increased numbers of layoffs to 14 total to be effective August 31, 2004. They also have to cut CBO contracts by 4%, or a total of $271K. They are expecting only 1/3 of the TANF funds they received this year. HE said that they are saving about $40K by the changes in the food service staffing (reported last month). He further reported that they have reduced OT costs by $300K.
To get money, they are going to institute a record search fee (to obtain $12K).
The Chief reported that $61mil of TANF was put back in the state budget “on a general fund basis.” She said that a number of legislators promised to find some way to “fund juvenile justice funds but it would probably be in general funds whether under a TANF name.” “So what’s been allocated so far of the $201 million, which was the original amount for California is $67 mil. The $134 difference, which they are trying to find now, they, starting the month of June 2, the joint conference committee to reconcile the differences between many budget situations that, part of that would be the monies to juvenile justice, and the assembly has certain (inaudible) and the senate has certain (inaudible), and they’re trying to reconcile that. Now we’ll be getting a day to day, blow by blow from our lobbyist. They will be on the floor debating, but right now it’s still up in the air, but they are saying, trust me, we are going to find some money for you, but it will not be called TANF, it will be general funds. In a lot of ways that’s much better, because it’s a more stable kind of funding.” She said that they should know by June 15.
M.Lui said that the Controller would take the reduction in revenue from the general fund reserve (M.Lui wasn’t quite sure what this meant or how it works). The short of it was that the Mayor’s office said to leave the budget as it was submitted Feb. 20, with the additional $271K worth of reductions.
They are now putting responses together to answer questions from the Bd of Supes and Harvey Rose.
Comm Ricci asked the other commission members to be active in the budget hearings. The Chief asked for a meeting with the President and Finance Chair to apprise them of the Dept’s responses to Bd questions.
Comm Bonilla asked for copies of the questions the Dept is working on. M.Lui spoke on mike but was inaudible.
James Bryant, local 790. Ques. The layoffs will take place when? He had other questions but spoke so close to the mike that the distortion made the recording unintelligible.