The county Board of Supervisors discussed new potential policies regarding contact with those who have business pending before the board and how it should deal with requests for money from community groups and other public agencies.
Both issues were left to be resolved by the newly elected board by the previous board.
On the issue of contact between supervisors and those with projects pending before the board, District 3 Supervisor Joe Maruca said the potential for being guilty of a misdemeanor for taking the time to visit a project site or for being contacted at home by a project applicant is "reprehensible."
"This is quite a turn from what's been done in the past," he said, adding he would like more time to evaluate the three options submitted by county staff and to explore additional alternatives.
The most restrictive option would prohibit a supervisor from soliciting or receiving so-called evidence outside of a public hearing on any project with a pending application that requires a public hearing; prohibit a supervisor from individually viewing the subject property with a proponent, opponent or other interested party in the application; require the full disclosure of any evidence received outside of the public hearing process in order to allow a response to such evidence; allow a rehearing for the failure to disclose any contact; and would disqualify a supervisor from taking any action on the application should the supervisor take a public position on an application before a public hearing were held.