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File #: 19-98    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Informational Report Status: Passed
File created: 1/14/2019 In control: Planning and Building
On agenda: 2/5/2019 Final action: 2/5/2019
Title: Agreement with California Hearing Officers, LLP for Administrative Hearing Services
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Attachment 1 Professional Services Agreement.pdf

To: Board of Supervisors

From: Planning and Building Department

Agenda Section: Consent

Agreement with California Hearing Officers, LLP for Administrative Hearing Services

That the Board of Supervisors:
1. Approve and authorize the Director of the Planning and Building Department to execute the initial two-year Agreement with California Hearing Officers, LLP including any amendments and successor agreements, regarding the provision of hearing officer services after review by County Counsel and Risk Management.

General Fund

Planning and Building Department is requesting approval and authorization to sign an agreement with California Hearing Officers, LLP (CHO) to provide hearing officers for regularly scheduled administrative hearings related to nuisance abatements, administrative civil penalties and other county hearings such as fair return petitions submitted pursuant to the county's Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Ordinance (Measure V).

On September 25, 2018, your Board approved an agreement with State Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) for administrative hearing cases. However, OAH is unable to provide a regular schedule of administrative hearings, which is necessary to guarantee that cases can be heard in a timely manner. The department is requesting your approval to contract with CHO due to their ability to provide regularly scheduled administrative hearings.

The department issued a Request for Proposal on November 19, 2018 and received two proposals, CHO and Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP. The department selected CHO because they have eight hearing officers available to conduct the hearings with the ability to conduct remote hearings, which is important given the county's rural location. Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP, the second proposer who is located in San Bernardino, has only one hearing officer to co...

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