Move the Napa Jail? Supes Hear Report

The Napa County Board of Supervisors is set to hear a report on options for the downtown jail during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

Tuesday’s agenda for the contains a number of items of particular interest to Napa city dwellers.

Perhaps the most talked-about item is a report on “location options” for the ’ downtown Napa jail.

The county’s only lockup has long been a source of dismay to downtown boosters who say it doesn’t belong in what they sometimes call a “world-class city.”

The prospect of an expanded jail had downtown Napa residents at an informational meeting with county officials last January.

But requiring counties to hold more of their convicted criminals, rather than send them to state prison, mean the jail must be expanded from its current 299-bed capacity to more than 500 beds, county officials say.

The report supervisors will hear Tuesday looks at three potential scenarios for the future of the jail:

Keeping it downtown and expanding it to 526 beds;

Keeping it downtown, expanding to 358 beds, and adding a second, 168-bed lockup outside of downtown;

Replacing the downtown jail with a new, 526-bed facility on a 15-acre site elsewhere in Napa County.

There’s no set time for supervisors to hear the report, but it is likely to be after scheduled hearings at 9:15 and 10 a.m.

The 9:15 hearing is on the county’s five-year capital improvement plan, which includes $2.691 million in repairs and upgrades to the jail and the Hall of Justice that houses it.

The jail pops up on the agenda again when the supes discuss their response to findings and recommendations by the Napa County Grand Jury.

Here are the county's supporting documents for Tuesday’s meeting at 9 a.m. on the third floor of the County Administration Building on Third Street:

Board of Supervisors 8/9/2011 Regular Meeting

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7A Director of Health and Human Services requests approval of and authorization for the Chairman to sign Amendment No. 2 to Agreement No. 7064 with BlackTalon Enterprises, Inc., incorporating an Addendum to the Compensation section to reduce the rate of compensation effective July 1, 2011, for transportation services for clients in the Mental Health programs.

7B Director of Health and Human Services requests approval of and authorization for the Chairman to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Data Sharing and Use with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a five-year term commencing from the date of final signatures for influenza surveillance.

7C Director of Health and Human Services requests approval of and authorization for the Chairman to sign an agreement with Denae Leigon, MFT, for a maximum of $10,000 for the term August 9, 2011 through June 30, 2012, with a provision for annual renewal, to provide counseling services in the Mental Health Managed Care Outpatient Program.

7D Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures requests approval of and authorization for the Chairman to sign the renewal of Revenue Agreement No. 7448 with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for a maximum of $952,938 for the term February 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 for activities related to European Grapevine Moth detection program.

7E Director of Conservation, Development and Planning requests approval of and authorization for the Chairman to sign the following related to groundwater compliance and monitoring:

  1. A funding agreement with the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District for the purpose of engaging technical assistance for the County's groundwater monitoring program; and

Amendment No. 2 to Agreement No. 7219 with Luhdorff & Scalmanini Consulting Engineers increasing the amount by $34,000 for a new maximum of $305,194, extending the term and amending the scope of work to include: assisting with preparation of the Countywide CASGEM Plan; updating the groundwater Data Management System and preparing and attending presentations for the County's Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee. 

7F Director of Public Works requests approval of plans and specifications for the "Napa River Rutherford Reach Restoration - Reach 4 Revegetation Project", PW 11-18, authorization to advertise for sealed bids and opening of the bids at a time, date, and location to be published by the Director of Public Works pursuant to Section 20150.8 of the Public Contract Code.

7G Director of Public Works requests acceptance of the work as complete and authorization for the Chairman to sign and Clerk of the Board to file a Notice of Completion with the Clerk/Recorder for Contract No. PW 11-03, “Napa City/County Library Remodel Project."

7H Auditor-Controller requests the Board to approve and instruct the Clerk of the Board to file the Internal Audit Plan for fiscal year 2011-12. 

7I Director of Human Resources and Sheriff/Coroner request the adoption of a resolution amending the Departmental Allocation for the Sheriff’s Office and the Table and Index of Classes, as follows, effective August 9, 2011, creating an annual cost savings and with no net increase in the number of full time equivalents:

  1. Amend Departmental Allocation List by: 
    1. Deleting one (1.0 FTE) Matron Clerk; 
    2. Adding one (1.0 FTE) Legal Clerk I/II*
  2. Amend the Table and Index of Classes by deleting Matron Clerk.       

        *Flexibly staffed position

Supporting Documents

A Resolution ( MS Word Document - 41 kb )

7J County Executive Officer requests appointment of Thomas M. McNicholas to serve on the Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano representing District 2 with the term of office to commence immediately and expire July 1, 2013.

Supporting Documents

A Thomas M. McNicholas application ( PDF - 607 kb )

7K County Executive Officer requests the Board make three (3) appointments to the Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Program (ABAD) with terms of office to commence immediately and expire as noted below.

Applicant: Catalina Chávez-Tapia*

Representing: Interested Citizen

Term Expiration: January 1, 2014

Applicant: Guadalupe Garcia*

Representing: Student Member (Shared)

Term Expiration: January 1, 2012

Applicant: Chuck Mottern*

Representing: Business Community

Term Expiration: January 1, 2013

* Recommended by ABAD

Supporting Documents

A Catalina Chávez-Tapia Application ( PDF - 997 kb )

B Guadalupe Garcia Application ( PDF - 375 kb )

C Chuck Mottern Application ( PDF - 433 kb )

D ABAD Recommendation Letter ( PDF - 361 kb )

9A Director of Public Works recommends that the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing and consider a resolution adopting the Napa County Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Years 2011/2012 to 2015/2016 as provided for by Government Code Section 66002. 

Supporting Documents

A Five Year Capital Improvement Plan Report Cover ( PDF - 250 kb )

B Table of Contents ( PDF - 209 kb )

C Letter of Transmittal - Part I ( PDF - 698 kb )

D Letter of Transmittal - Part II ( PDF - 709 kb )

E Charts and Tables ( PDF - 3819 kb )

F Project Detail Sheets - Airport Part I ( PDF - 2938 kb )

G Project Detail Sheets - Airport Part II ( PDF - 3750 kb )

H Project Detail Sheets - Emission Reduction Plan ( PDF - 4037 kb )

I Project Detail Sheets - Measure A ( PDF - 945 kb )

J Project Detail Sheets - Roads Part I ( PDF - 2558 kb )

K Project Detail Sheets - Roads Part II ( PDF - 2075 kb )

L Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (A) ( PDF - 4449 kb )

M Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (A-B) ( PDF - 3432 kb )

N Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (C) ( PDF - 3185 kb )

O Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (C) ( PDF - 2980 kb )

P Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (G-H) ( PDF - 4202 kb )

Q Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (H) ( PDF - 3524 kb )

R Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (H) ( PDF - 3165 kb )

S Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (J) ( PDF - 1572 kb )

T Project Detail Sheets - Building (L) ( PDF - 3637 kb )

U Project Detail Sheets - Buildings (S-Y) ( PDF - 2518 kb )

V Appendix - Project Index ( PDF - 904 kb )

W Appendix - Glossary of Funding Sources ( PDF - 842 kb )

X Resolution ( MS Word Document - 39 kb )

Y Exhibit A ( MS Word Document - 290 kb )

9B Director of Public Works requests adoption of a resolution updating the Napa County Road and Street Standards.

Supporting Documents

A CEQA Memorandum ( MS Word 2007 Document - 268 kb)

B Resolution to Adopt Road and Street Standards Update (MS Word 2007 Document - 18 kb )

C Road and Street Standards Update - Clean ( PDF - 2146 kb )

D Road and Street Standards Update - Tracked ( PDF - 2152 kb )

E Draft Table of Contents for Future Road and Street Standard Revision ( PDF - 96 kb )

9C Recess to the Napa County Flood Protection and Watershed Improvement Authority (NCFPWIA) special meeting (See NCFPWIA Agenda).

10A Chief Probation Officer and representatives of BI, Incorporated to provide a presentation on the Community Corrections Service Center.

Supporting Documents

A Presentation ( PDF - 185 kb )

10B Director of Environmental Management and Sustainable Napa County to provide an update on the implementation of Energy Upgrade California (EUC), a State sponsored program which encourages residential energy efficiency projects and practices.

Supporting Documents

A Presentation Materials ( PDF - 879 kb )

10C Auditor-Controller requests adoption of a resolution establishing the fiscal year 2011-12 appropriations limit and estimated revenue subject to the limit for the County of Napa as required by Article XIIIB of the California Constitution.

Supporting Documents

A Appropriations Limit Calculation ( PDF - 83 kb )

B Resolution ( MS Word Document - 30 kb )

10D Director of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs to discuss and seek possible direction regarding funding of Park and Open Space projects.

10E County Executive Officer requests discussion and possible action to authorize the Chairman to sign a letter transmitting a response to the update requests for the following Grand Jury 2010-2011 Final Reports:

  1. Pesticide Use in Napa County;
  2. Department of Corrections/Jail;
  3. Auditor-Controller; and
  4. Juvenile Hall.

Supporting Documents

A Grand Jury - Pesticide Use ( MS Word 2007 Document - 23 kb )

B Grand Jury - Department of Corrections ( MS Word 2007 Document - 21 kb )

C Grand Jury - Auditor-Controller ( MS Word 2007 Document - 19 kb )

D Grand Jury - Juvenile Hall ( MS Word 2007 Document - 17 kb )

E Transmittal Letter 080911 ( MS Word Document - 283 kb)

10F County Executive Officer requests that the Board receive a status report on the County's Facilities Master Planning efforts for both the Health and Human Services campus and the downtown Napa campus.

Supporting Documents

A Jail Location Options ( PDF - 14378 kb )

B Memo re HHS Campus Redevelopment Project ( PDF - 1082 kb )

15A CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR (Government Code Section 54957.6) 

Agency Designated Representative: Rick Bolanos, Liebert Cassidy and Whitmore and Suzanne Mason, Human Resources Director
Employee Organization: SEIU Local 1021 - NAPE (Public Services Employee Unit and Supervisory Unit of the County of Napa); 
Unrepresented Employees: Non-Classified Management, Classified Management and Confidential Employees of the County of Napa (Excluding Elected Officials)


Source: countyofnapa.org

Christy Bors August 08, 2011 at 08:45 PM
It just seems like such an absurd move. If everyone is mad that the Riverfront complex has views of the jail, maybe they should direct their concerns to the Riverfront developer. Seriously, I'd much rather see other parts of downtown renovated and filled with retail and hot spots than see money go to demolishing thousands of tons of cement for no good reason.
Miki Hsu Leavey August 09, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Move the jail! The promise of downtown and the events encouraging the sharing of our historic neighborhoods such as Napa Porchfest are counterintuitive with an expanded county jail. Think it through, please. This idea of jail expansion may fill a need but it doesn't make sense, just like Paul Ryan may have offered a budget plan but it doesn't make sense. We shouldn't have to accept an idea just because it is one. It needs to be a GOOD idea and be CREATIVE and interesting and worthwhile!
Fish August 09, 2011 at 02:02 PM
I have lived in downtown Napa, merely two blocks from the jail, for eleven years, and I have always thought it strange that there was a massive, ugly, monolithic building filled with criminals at the very heart of this otherwise beautiful city. When we first moved to Napa, and the downtown area was a ghost town, the location of the jail just seemed weird. Now that we have a much improved and thriving downtown area filled with high-end restaurants, boutique hotels, and two beautiful theaters, the fact that the jail is right in the middle of it all is a downright travesty and I think it ought to be moved to somewhere more appropriate (like down valley, perhaps) before its presence has a chance to negatively impact the growing economy of this area. Additionally, with the possibility of this jail housing felonious criminals from the state prison system thanks to State Assembly Bill 109 signed by Gov. Brown last month, the chances of something going horribly awry is sure to escalate. Residents of the City of Napa ought to be very concerned by the idea that the jail may expand, and house more, and more serious criminals. We need to take this opportunity to relocate this facility, and remove the blight that it is, from our otherwise lovely downtown area.
Tom Ontis August 10, 2011 at 06:08 AM
Though I have lived out of town since it was built, I've always thought the jail was an eyesore and terribly out of place in downtown. There's an awful lot of land out on Airport Road, where the Sheriff's Department is located. Cost is of paramount importance in these tough times. Hey the schools now have to operate in portables, or pre-fabs, so could a new jail operate in such facilities? Just wondering. (Years ago, our home phone number was two numbers transposed from the Sheriff. We got calls all the time.)


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