There are no fiscal implications associated with the acceptance of this report.
The Administration believes that the staffing needs of the Human Trafficking Commission can initially be met from within existing resources. The Administration will monitor workload and resources relating to the new commission and will return to the Board during FY 2015 with recommendations for additional resources, if needed.
This approach will allow time to determine what level of staff can best support any unmet needs, including time to assess what specific job classification(s) are best suited for work that cannot be accomplished by existing staff.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
The Board of Supervisors has directed the Administration to create a Human Trafficking Commission (April 29, 2014, Agenda Item No. 16). This direction included the expectation that “any fiscal impact (for example, from additional staffing) will be presented by the Administration and considered by the Board in the 2014-15 budget process.”
The Commission is expected to meet at least six times a year for two years to address particular issues and will periodically report its progress to the Board through the Public Safety and Justice Committee. At the conclusion of those two years, the board will determine whether to extend or revise the operations of the Commission based on the needs of the County.
County Counsel Staff Support
County Counsel will provide necessary staff support for the new Commission from within existing resources, including assistance with the development of by-laws and advice on the conduct of meetings and any questions relating to the Commission’s scope of authority and/or responsibility.
Clerk of the Board Staff Support
The new Commission will require staff support in the Office of the Clerk of the Board to prepare and post agendas, take minutes, and otherwise manage the communications, records and work processes required by a commission. The Clerk of the Board has indicated that existing staff will be able to absorb this work, with the caveat that if the commission ultimately meets significantly more frequently than six times a year, or if the commission establishes committees that meet frequently and need Clerk support, then additional staff may ultimately be required.
Office of Women’s Policy Staff Support
Additionally, the work of the Commission is expected to require research and analysis of specific issues of relevance and concern to the new commission. The Office of Women’s Policy (OWP) has been actively involved in the issue of human trafficking since 2005, providing funding for the coordinated response to human trafficking in partnership with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking. Therefore, OWP staff have familiarity with human trafficking issues and concerns in the Bay Area.
Currently, OWP staffs the Commission on the Status of Women and the Domestic Violence Council, responsibilities that take a considerable amount of staff support in addition to the mission critical work of OWP. An additional Management Analyst position to support the operations of the Office and these commissions is recommended in the County Executive’s FY 2015 Recommended Budget, and will give OWP an enhanced level of staffing to meet both existing and new responsibilities.
With this enhanced staffing flexibility, OWP has indicated that they can adjust responsibilities for existing staff and provide research and analytical support to the Human Trafficking Commission. During the first six months of FY 2015 the Administration will assess the level and type of work associated with the Commission to determine if existing staff is sufficient to meet the Commission’s needs. The Administration will return to the Board of Supervisors as the FY 2015 Mid-Year Budget Review with recommendations for additional staff to support the Commission if necessary.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on children and youth.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on seniors.
The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.