Marin at a Glance 2016 Annual Report

Matthew H. Hymel, County Administrator

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Message from the County Administrator

Dear Residents:

The County of Marin offers a wide breath of services -- from maintaining roads and granting marriage licenses to facilitating elections and connecting foster youths with new adoptive parents. No matter the role, County employees always strive to make Marin a safe, healthy and sustainable community. This report highlights just a portion of all the services County government provided for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.

You deserve a County Government that responds to new emerging needs. We are always seeking better ways of doing business and our 5 Year Business Plan serves as a roadmap to continuously improve our services and become a more responsive government. The plan includes increased communication and more online and digital services. This report is just one small step to achieve the goals of our plan.

As we prepare for future economic uncertainty, our strong and stable local economy provides us the opportunity to focus on long-term strategies. Some of our highest priorities include:

  • Investing in road maintenance
  • Preserving affordable housing
  • Enhancing mental health services and homeless programs
  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • Addressing climate change

None of our achievements would be possible without our residents, the leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the teamwork with our community partners.

I invite you to visit for even more examples of how the County workforce works for you and how you can become more engaged in making Marin County an even better place to live and work.

Matthew Hymel
County Administrator

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Countywide Goal: Healthy Communities


In collaboration with the City of San Rafael, the County led the Marin Homeless Outreach Team to help transition the most vulnerable people into more permanent housing.

Mental health services were supplemented with a new Mobile Crisis Response Team in the enhanced effort to reduce homelessness.

Prescription drug safety efforts led to an 11 percent reduction in painkiller prescriptions written and an increase in drug disposal programs.

Marin was named the healthiest county in California for the seventh consecutive year. Yet, the County initiated programs to address persistent health and social disparities exist which negatively affect life expectancy.

The Board of Supervisors increased the living wage to $13.35 per hour, an increase of about 3 percent.


Public Health Stats

  • Life expectancy of 85.4 years is highest in California
  • Adult obesity rate is 18%, which is lowest in California
  • 7th best air quality in California
  • 2,554 influenza vaccinations distributed
  • 2,754 mental health client contacts by new crisis outreach team.
  • $8.4 million devoted to homeless services.

Health and Human Services

  • 65% of Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) infants are breastfed at age one
  • 6,297 families received food from Cal Fresh
  • 38,101 total Medi-Cal beneficiaries
  • 9,420 new Medi-Cal applications received
  • 197 children served by Child Welfare Services
  • 792 adults received adult protection services
  • 426 people received mobile crisis services
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Countywide Goal: Safe Communities


The Sheriff’s Department purchased 100 body-worn cameras for its deputies to provide transparency and accountability in patrol services.

The Board approved a next-generation 911 system for the Marin Emergency Radio Authority to bolster communications during a multiagency emergency.

Disaster preparedness was improved by upgrading the Alert Marin emergency notification system, adding more CPR and life-support trainings, and designing a more centralized dispatch call center.

Wildfire prevention efforts included the completion of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, ongoing defensible space training for homeowners, and increasing publicity about drought awareness.

Several County departments collaborated to host the 2nd annual Family Violence Summit to share best practices and build upon efforts to promote peace in Marin homes.


Child Support Services

  • 12 consecutive years ranked among the State’s Top 10 Child Support Services departments
  • 2,483 families served by Child Support Services
  • 94.9% of child support cases have active court orders

Crime stats in unincorporated Marin

  • 1,136 property and violent crimes


  • 52,077 9-1-1 calls received, where 98% of calls are answered within 10 seconds
  • Average response time is 9.25 minutes for urban and 12.87 minutes for rural
  • 3,138 warrants processed
  • 15 local agencies collaborated on emergency preparedness
  • 200 Major Crimes Task Force cases assigned
  • 1,905 hours of emergency worker training
  • 389 school visits conducted by school resource officers
  • 22,390 loaves of bread baked by inmates at Marin County Jail

Fire Department

  • 190 fires
  • 3,159 emergency medical service (EMS) calls responded to
  • 79% of urban EMS calls responded to within 10 minutes
  • 519 hazard warnings/citations issued
  • 2,890 attendees at 91 community education events
  • Fire stations: Woodacre, Throckmorton, Marin City, Point Reyes, Hicks Valley, Tomales
  • 4,583 defensible space inspections conducted.

District Attorney

  • 2,998 people served through Victim / Witness Services
  • 4,367 requests for services received in the mediation unit
  • $350,157 worth of grants secured to combat DUI's
  • Trials or cases handled in the year:
    • Referrals: 9,866
    • Cases filed: 5,375


  • 177 Public Safety Realignment (AB109) clients served
  • 73% of clients successfully complete probation
  • 1,908 adult probation cases supervised
  • Rate of recidivism for adult probationers is 5.1%
  • 55% of juveniles successfully diverted from the court system (121 juveniles)

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Environmental Preservation


Three parcels were added to the Bald Hill Open Space Preserve near Fairfax and San Anselmo, marking the County’s first major acquisition using Measure A funds.

Marin County Parks focused on inclusive access and improved many trails, both paved and unpaved, for greater accessibility to those with physical challenges.

The annual yield of agriculture products was valued at more than $100 million for the first time, representing a 19 percent increase from the previous year.

The Stafford Lake Bike Park became the first park of its kind in the North Bay and a place for trail riders to test their skills in a controlled environment.

The County signed a cooperative agreement for the conservation of Tamalpais Lands Collaborative to help ensure a healthy future for the iconic Marin mountain.


Environmental preservation stats

  • 80% agricultural land and protected open spaces
  • 40,000 acres farmed organically

Farm Advisor

  • 2.25 million annual gallons of water reduced after educational workshops by Farm Advisor
  • 1,900 community garden gardeners

Agriculture, Weights & Measures

  • Percentage of commercial weighing and measuring devices found in compliance:
    • Retail Motor Fuel meters (gas pumps) – 97.9% accurate
    • Counter and computing scales  – 97.4% accurate
  • 2,133 agriculture inspections
  • $111 million: value of crops and livestock

Marin County Parks

  • 83 total parks, open space preserves, and pathways
  • 1.5 million photos captured on our preserves and indexed through One Tam
  • 2,473 people attended free naturalist and ranger-led programs
  • 15,629 acres of parks and open space maintained
  • 111 volunteer events
  • 929 first-time park visitors

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Sustainable Communities


The State of California certified Marin’s 2015-2023 Housing Element, a comprehensive plan for future housing, making the County eligible for funds that serve local transportation needs.

AB 1537 recognized Marin as “suburban” rather than “metropolitan,” which lowered the default density of future housing developments from 30 units per acre to 20 units.

Staff helped secure the purchase and sale of a Forest Knolls mobile home park to preserve it as a 20-unit affordable housing.

With a building code amendment, “green-minded” contractors gained more freedom to embark on sustainably sensitive building projects.

Innovative financing helped Marin property owners afford home energy and water efficiency projects along with renewable energy investments through property taxes.


Community Development Agency

  • 2,709 total solar kilowatts installed
  • 150 projects met local energy efficiency or green building requirements
  • 5 long-range plans completed or in process:
    • Draft Climate Action Plan
    • Housing Element 2015-23
    • Greenpoint Community
    • Blackpoint Community
    • Santa Venetia
  • 403 total certified green businesses
  • 55 units of affordable housing preserved
  • $1.2 million invested in affordable housing

Public Works

  • 74% recycling rate is one of the highest in California
  • $41 million in capital projects
  • 44 miles of roads resurfaced
  • nearly half of vehicle fleet is hybrid: 47% or 73 vehicles
  • 2.3% reduction in electricity usage from last year at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center (6 million kilowatt/hour)

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Community Participation


The 5 Year Business Plan, adopted in October 2015, encourages engagement, learning and leadership at all levels.

A new smartphone-friendly Voter Dashboard debuted for the Elections Department, allowing voters conveniences such as opting in for vote-by-mail service.

Three County departments received national recognition from the City-County Communications Marketing Association (3CMA) for innovative video and photo public outreach campaigns.

For the first time, the County released a “Marin At-A-Glance” annual report, an online resource combining narrative, infographics and video to highlight annual milestones.

Equity initiatives included a new library card distribution program for kids, the lowering of access fees to parks, and a commitment to preserve affordable housing.


Cultural Services

  • Notable speakers and performers at the Marin Center: David Sedaris, Bill Maher, Armistead Maupin, Aaron Neville, Joey Alexander, Lyle Lovett
  • 16% increase in online ticket sales at Marin Center Box Office
  • 2,417 attendees on paid docent-led Frank Lloyd Wright tours
  • 99,691 Marin Center Magazine subscriptions
  • $4.1 million total ticket sales for Marin Center events
  • 5,468 children attended the fair free of charge
  • 112,795 visitors to the Marin County Fair

Marin County Free Library

  • 1,863,463 items circulated
  • 113,432 electronic items circulated
  • 7,734 summer learning program participants (583 teens, 7,145 children) read over 2 million minutes.
  • 29,707 items circulated from the bookmobile
  • 1.09 million visits to 10 branch libraries
    • Library branches: Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Civic Center, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, Stinson Beach
  • 42,326 active library members

County Administrator’s Office

Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk

  • 1,586 marriage licenses issued
  • 67,081 documents processed (i.e., examined, recorded, scanned and indexed)
  • 214 requests for assessment review received
  • 81,054 residential properties in Marin County worth $60 billion
  • 2,912 commercial properties in Marin County worth $6.7 billion

Department of Finance

  • Credit Rating = AAA; One of four California counties with AAA Bond Rating


  • 152,039 registered voters in June 2016 election
  • 676 June poll workers
  • 67.5% turnout in June elections, 7th highest in California
  • 111,300 vote-by-mail ballots issued in June

Human Resources

  • 7,692 volunteers
  • 239,717 volunteer hours
  • Publications: Frankly Speaking & Civic Center Volunteers
  • 172 new employees hired

Information Services and Technology

  • 1,505,704 website hits to
  • Mobile apps
    • Marin County Fair
    • Probation Case Notes
    • Voter Dashboard
    • Food inspection record
    • Tax Bill Online

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