Menifee City Council Meeting - Sep 10, 2008

This evening's city council meeting was a long one. A lot of Power Point presentations being made. Here's my report... PARSAC T...

This evening's city council meeting was a long one. A lot of Power Point presentations being made. Here's my report...

PARSAC

The Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority of California (PARSAC) gave a presentation on its services. They're a "Joint Powers Authority", which is a fancy way of saying "Insurance Company". Though, technically they are not a company, and they are not for-profit. But they provide liability coverage. So, if you want to sue the city for twisting your ankle on a curb, PARSAC pays the money.

All of PARSAC's "members" are other cities. They went on to say that when a city joins PARSAC, it's becomes a long term "partner". That's another way of saying that PARSAC wants to tell a city what it should do and shouldn't do so as to limit the number of claims.

And because joining PARSAC is a long term committment, it ties up a lot of the city's money into PARSAC. Hence, city council members discussed other options of obtaining liability coverage, including the State Fund, other JPAs, and even establishing a self-funded system. No decision has been made yet.

Riverside County Sheriff's Presentation

Commander Jim Mcilvane of the Perris Substation gave a presentation of their proposed service to Menifee. It was a long presentation, so to make a long story short, here's the big stuff...

  • Total cost $7,267,714 for 2008-2009. However, he's suggesting a higher price of $7,464,415 which includes a couple of "Community Service Officers". These CSOs are sworn officers that handle all the petty stuff so that armed deputies can spend more time doing the big stuff.


  • Suggesting 29 sworn deputies to patrol all of Menifee, as well as 4 investigators, and 2 "CSA Deputies", which will be dedicated to Quail Valley. There's also about another 11 support staff and commanders.


  • 31 patrol cars, and 4 unmarked cars
He went on to talk about what the Sheriff has done already for Menifee Valley. Apparently, crime in Menifee Valley is down about 27% since the beginning of this year, and that's based on their new "zone policing" system. This has the valley divided up into four zones, and each zone is further broken down into "beats". Each beat is staffed by an officer dedicated to that beat, so that he/she knows the people in that area, and thereby knows that area pretty intimately.

He also stated the Department's average response time to calls. Stage 1 calls (which are life threatening calls), have an average response time of 7.7 minutes. Stage 2 (emergency calls but not life threatening), 11.5 minutes. Stage 3 calls ( non-emergency calls), 15.7 minutes. He said that strictly within Menifee Valley, the Stage 1 and Stage 2 calls had slightly faster response times. However, the Stage 3 calls were 32 minutes. He didn't say what constitutes a "response". But I sense that for Stage 3, it includes someone returning your call to take down the particulars, considering it's not an emergency.

Councilman John Denver specifically asked Mcilvane if this proposed service would now have deputies writing traffic tickets in Sun City. He explained that it's been "common knowledge" that deputies right now never write traffic tickets in Sun City. Mcilvane said that they would indeed write traffic tickets in Sun City. He went on to explain that under the current service, the Sheriff defers all traffic patrols to the CHP. But now that we're a city, the CHP would largely restrict their patrols to the I-215. Councilman Twyman asked Mcilvane if us incorporating as a city is actually going to save the CHP some money. Mcilvane was rather perplexed by the question. I think it was meant as humor, but it seemed to go over like a lead balloon, or Mcilvane is just too intense of a guy.

Nothing was said about the MSJC Police. I suspect they'll still continue their patrols all over the Menifee Valley, instead of sticking to the campus.

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