During the Board discussion, then-Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai said the amount of the set-aside would be subject to complex analysis, but based on a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation, she estimated that locally generated unrestricted revenues for fiscal year 2020-21 would total approximately $3.6 billion so that roughly $360 million would need to be reallocated to meet the 10% set-aside, subject to future analysis. Click here to view the transcript of the July 21, 2020 meeting.
The Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, voted 4-1 to put an amendment to the County charter on the November ballot to allocate at least 10% of the County’s locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investment and alternatives to incarceration. Click here to read the Board motion.
The Justice, Care, and Opportunities Department (JCOD) was launched to unify the County’s efforts to serve vulnerable justice-impacted people and communities and drive forward the Board’s Care First, Jails Last vision. JCOD provides dedicated staff and resources for the CFCI Advisory Committee to support budgeting, contracting, community engagement, program evaluations and other services consistent with the Board’s Care First Community Investment objectives.
The Department of Youth Development was launched to coordinate and build capacity for a wide range of youth development services and opportunities as part of care-first efforts to equitably reduce youth justice system involvement, in line with CFCI principles.
As part of the Recommended Budget, the Board approved a second-year installment of $100 million in direct community investments and alternatives to incarceration, bringing year two CFCI spending to $200 million total—a reflection of the initial estimate, which is expected to change in future years. The Recommended Budget also included additional commitments, outside of the CFCI spending plan, to support these priorities, including funding to establish two new departments committed to Youth Development and to Justice, Care, and Opportunities, as well as support for existing departments committed to racial justice, such as the offices of the Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender. Click here to read the Board letter.