Board Watch: CDCR Inmate Contract Renewed, Tree Removal Grant Award and More

By June 16, 2017LACoFD News
VIP Tour : Demonstration by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Conservation Camp program at Camp 2

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with ARCBridge Consulting; approved the renewal of an agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR); authorized the Fire Chief to accept a grant award; authorized a settlement regarding the Lifeguard Division; introduced an ordinance amending County Code, Title 6; and issued a proclamation.

The contract approved between the Fire Department and ARCBridge Consulting and Training Inc. provides Geographic Information Systems Layers Enhancement Services (GIS Services) to the Department’s geospatial data holdings.  The GIS Services will improve the Department’s geospatial data centerline road layer and infrastructure point layer to enhance its emergency dispatching and vehicle routing capabilities.  This project is expected to be completed by December 31, 2017.  The maximum contract sum will not exceed $435,000. Los Angeles County Seal

The Board also authorized Fire Chief Daryl Osby to renew an agreement with the CDCR to continue to operate the five inmate fire suppression camps through June 30, 2019. The current agreement is set to expire June 30.  The agreement includes an approximate annual reimbursement of $4.8 million to the Department by the CDCR. The camps house a total of 24 fire suppression inmate crews who are trained to help extinguish brush fires, assist with fire prevention and other emergency incidents, and work on public works projects.

The Board approved the acceptance of grant funds to be given to the Department from the State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) – State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fund and Tree Mortality Grant Program. The project aims to remove about 100 insect-infested Oak trees that are dead or dying in the area of the Green Valley SRA.  Removing infected trees that are close to homes and structures will help eliminate any further damage caused by Gold Spotted Oak Borer insects as well as address any fire threats the dead or drying trees may pose.  The grant award for $200,000 will allow for the solicitation of qualified tree removal vendors through the County’s bidding process.  

In other news, the Board authorized a settlement of the matter entitled Lillian Garcia, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 561 344 in the amount of $225,000. This lawsuit arose from injuries sustained when the plaintiff was hit by a Fire Department Lifeguard’s vehicle in late October 2012.

Also, the ordinance introduced by the Board amends Title 6 – Salaries of the Los Angeles County Code and also reclassifies several positions throughout various County departments for the 2017–2018 Fiscal Year recommended budget.  The ordinance is set to be adopted at next week’s Board meeting.

And lastly, the Board proclaimed June to be “Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month” and June 15 as “Elder Abuse Awareness Day”.  The Board encourages County departments to continue working together to ensure elderly residents and dependent adults maintain their quality of life with dignity, respect and safety, and educate the public on the prevention, reporting and elimination of elder and dependent adult abuse.