Contra Costa County Coordinating Council Meeting

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					                Contra Costa County Coordinating Council Meeting
                                 March 4, 2011
                              50 Douglas, Martinez

Introductions & Attendees
Lynn Mackey, CCCOE
Lindy Khan, CCCOE
Mark Herbert, District Director for Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s Office
Mark Peterson, District Attorney
Dan Cabral, District Attorney’s Office
Tim Grayson, City Councilmember
Frank Acojido, Acalanes HSD
Jan Steed, Brentwood USD
Ken Jacopetti, Byron USD
Rebecca Corrigan, CCCOE
Barbara Berman, CCCOE
John Angell, John Swett USD
Gene Clare, Liberty USD
Pete Cardinale, Liberty USD
Carol Adams, Martinez
Sue Pardini, Mt. Diablo
Dr. Rejois Frazier-Myers, Pittsburg USD
Dialo Byrd, Probation Department
Suzanne Nelson, Probation Department
Scott Gerbert, San Ramon Valley USD
Kevin Honey, Walnut Creek USD
Toby Hopstone, Walnut Creek USD
Janet McMurray, West Contra Costa
Cynthia Wright, Children and Family Services
Nancy Georgious, D.A’s Office
Maria Espinosa, Pittsburg
Lois Rutten, Children and Family Services

Purpose of Coordinating Council
Lynn explained that the purpose of the coordinating council was a committee designed to
talk about the expulsion plan and get it approved.

Introduction of Mark Herbert, District Director for Assemblywoman Susan
Bonilla’s Office
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla introducing legislation regarding SARB.
    What is ok to share, what is confidential and what people can discuss?
    Clarify and encourage information sharing
    Model is in elder and child abuse
    Advisory boards to allow more open sharing of information that is not
    How can SARBs effectively serve students?
      Consequence to the truant: needs to impact the student (juvenile hall) high school
       diversions are limited (community service doesn’t work), Review Welfare code
      Grants- keep Bonilla’s office apprised

Introduction of New stakeholders: Mark Peterson, Phil Kater

Mark Peterson, D.A.
     Background: 25 years experience in criminal cases (limits of crime prosecution),
        crime prevention, 15 yrs concord city council, how to use resources and prevent
        prison time, campaigned on truancy, stands behind Kamala Harris’ statewide DA
        formation to compile truancy programs in various counties, best practice.
     Mark believes in taking a look at our program and implement effective practices.
     Truancy is on the DA radar across 58 counties (getting a lot of attention),
     Would like to see program implemented this year ideally (begin the planning
     How: Go to city council meetings and county board meetings
     To recap: two tracks: juvenile and parent education. Idea of meeting middle
        school students before school starts, gang injunction meetings, (letters, meetings
        or combination of both)
Dan Cabral
    Background: Supervising attorney juvenile unit of DA’s office, Collaborates with
       Nancy Georgiou who handles adults in truancy cases (currently in the process of
       resource division/who will handle what in these cases)
    Believes Riverside County has successful truancy protocol: letter is sent to parent
       advising parent and child that the DA is aware of truant child, invite parents to
       mediation, DA and SARB committee advises severity of case and consequence. If
       mediation doesn’t work, second letter re: site hearing (1:1) if that doesn’t work
       then 601 petition issued and case goes to court.
Nancy Georgiou
     Background: Sexual Assault Unit of the DA’s office, experience prosecuting
     Familiarity with John Swett, Richmond, Antioch cases which typically have the
        highest court rate
     Ensure that the case is properly packaged to the judge and preferably earlier in
        the year: parent advised, 3 prior notices, failure to abide by contract, note parent
        excuses for not appearing to court.
Chief Probation Office Phil Kater
    Statistics show that truant children lack continuous education
    601 facility is necessary, difficulty is finding the staffing for it.
    DA letter is effective, probation plays a role but we have limited ability to impact.
    Probation officers to attend truancy hearings? Attendance of CPO and DA to
       council meetings
Adult process produces frustrating results (Far East County)
Prevention starts in Elementary, Intervention occurs in Middle and High

John Angell- Option of Countywide ordinance daytime curfew – issue citation and child
is immediately in the system- What can we get these kids on? Provides example of
student who has been out of school for 2 yrs. (John Swett) What else can we do? We
need support of DA
We need data and not just anecdotes at time of collaboration

“Fight Crime and Invest in Kids”
(organization and website with clear cut statistics)

Department of Justice website
CA -
US -

Highly encouraged to put into legislation the daytime curfew for county
State level to create laws to give police officers more power to implement a penalty even
if an arrest isn’t made.

Tim Grayson- Concord Council Member- truancy sweep…37 picked up but 25
returned the next day. Build relationship with city council members, police officers
- Truancy arrest

Lynn (CCCOE) – Countrywide collaboratives for SARBs, there are many differences in
each county with the handling of these processes. Need to be consistent across the board.

    Go back to the institution of the DA letter
    Truancy reps from the districts have conversation with the police, (translation is
      often different from the parents)
    Penalties for youth and parents that don’t comply with judge orders: need to be
    Divorce situations: truancy and divorce cases (significant correlation)
    Umbrella of services: explore programs, diversion programs, community-based
      programs (RISE), motivational programs (drug court), incentives (Dialo Byrd)
    Committees devised to deal with truancy cases
    Consequences to parents and kids
    Next meeting: prepare training on the steps to file truancy case (Nancy Georgiou)
    Police officer to attend
    Judge Haight to attend
    Commissioner Houghton to attend
      Brochure with penal citations, truancy steps, and consequences for non-
       compliance gets sent out with DA letter PROactive as opposed to REactive
       (Frank Acojido)

Please bring to the next meeting:
    Statistics with cities with daytime curfews, SRO officers, etc.
    Do all schools have truancy officers? If not all, which ones?
    Meeting with chronic truants ( to take place in August)

Next Meeting
Lynn proposed March 9th or 15th planning meeting to discuss multi-level grants and
submit letter of intent. Deadline: April 8, 2011

Consensus was to try and have a meeting every month (with full agenda items)
Proposed early April (Lynn and Lindy to coordinate calendar dates)

Updates and Upcoming Events
SB 1317 Chronic Truancy-revised board policy
Model SARBs-
Cyberbullying Training 3/8/11 (4-6:30) Jan Tompski
CASCWA Annual Conference 4/20-4/22 – present awards for model SARBs processes
Open Enrollment – what are other districts doing
ACLU settlement (student fees)
Foster youth graduation requirements (English)
Rights of Foster Youth – need to universally understand the codes (brochure)
Educational advocacy
TDAP Immunization