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    Follow up to the 1996/97 Grand Jury's Recommendations

    The 1996/97 Sacramento County Grand Jury's Final Report included the following recommendations. As a matter of procedure, the 1997/98 Sacramento County Grand Jury reviewed the agencies' responses to the recommendations and confirmed their compliance. Below is a summary of the review.

Subject of Investigation

1996/97 Recommendations

In Compliance


American River Flood Control District

1. Complete, adopt, and distribute an employee handbook.
2. Develop and implement control measures.
3. Develop and implement a verifiable employee timekeeping / management system.
4. Board members and management should attend at least a two day seminar on the management of special districts, such as that provided by the Special District Board Management Institute.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Pending

4. At the time of the review, provisions for attending training sessions as recommended were expected to be approved by the Board.

Carmichael Water District

1. A more equitable rate schedule be adopted by the District prior to July 1, 1998.
2. The District continue to monitor the parcels to ensure inclusion in the system for proper billing.
3. The District maintain an open door policy with its citizens in releasing information in accordance with the law.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes


District Attorney's Office Bureau of Family Support

1. The Bureau of Family Support (BFS) institute an improved system for posting interest at the earliest opportunity. Timely posting should not wait for implementation of the statewide child support computer system.
2. The Bureau send paying parents periodic statements which will help them identify any errors in posting which may have occurred.
3. The Bureau publicize its Ombudsman Program.

1. Pending
2. Yes
3. Yes

1. To be implemented by January 1, 1999.
2. According to BFS, statements were mailed.
3. BFS has a web site:

Galt-Arno Cemetery District

1. Update employee handbook.
2. Hire independent CPA for district audit.

1. Yes
2. Yes

1. See Complaint #98-45 in Final Report.

Sacramento City Financial Incentives for Targeted Industries

1. Keep its economic incentive program.
2. Not use existing general funds for incentives.

1. Yes
2. Yes


Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD)

Building Maintenance

1. Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) consider its maintenance and physical plant as having two components: a) existing plant and structures, and b) all newly built and major upgraded plant and structures.
2. SCUSD consider the new and upgraded structures a first priority for prevention maintenance and make sure that funds and staff are available to keep these in good repair in the future.
3. SCUSD fund maintenance of existing facilities to keep them safe and in reasonable working order.
4. SCUSD develop a written long range plan that encompasses maintenance and preventive maintenance for existing facilities, and need projections for new facilities.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Pending
4. Pending

1. Deferred maintenance budget was increased by $1.5 million to a total of $2.5 million.
2. (Same as above.)
3. Roof replacement at five high schools is 90 percent complete at time of this report. Roof replacement at 55 schools, including elementary and middle, is scheduled to be completed by September 1998.
4. The District approved almost $900,000 to update the facilities in their Master Plan.

Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD)

Requests for Public Information

1. SCUSD develop an adequate policy for dissemination of public information, including compliance with statutory timelines for responding to such requests.
2. SCUSD provide written guidelines to persons requesting public information.
3. SCUSD develop a tracking system for information requested.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes


Sacramento Convention Center

1. Increase the Convention Center's budget for promotional activities related to obtaining future major convention bookings.
2. Reduce the scope of the Director's responsibilities.

1. Yes
2. Yes

2. Revised job description for the Director of the Convention Bureau as well as the President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sacramento County Adult Protective Services

1. The Sacramento Sheriff's Department's Sexual and Elder Abuse Bureau add at least one investigator position.
2. Health & Human Services Senior and Adult Services Division:

      a) Establish and conduct regular training of case workers, supervisors and administrators in state and departmental policies and procedures.

      b) Provide specific and intensive training for case workers and case supervisors on how to investigate and what to look for when suspected evidence of abuse, fraud, false imprisonment or any other crime is noted.

      c) Train case workers in interview techniques and assessment of the need to remove client from the presence of the caregiver, thereby providing a confidential environment for the interview.

      d) Develop procedures to obtain information from previously closed Adult Protective Services cases.

      e) Review and follow up with the Sheriff's and Police Departments to ensure appropriate response by both agencies when abuse, fraud, or other crimes are present or suspected in adult abuse cases.

1. No

2a. Pending
2b. Yes
2c. Yes
2d. Yes
2e. Yes

1. The Sheriff's Department response to the 1996/97 Grand Jury's recommendation was "The Department appreciates the support for additional investigative positions. Caseloads will prompt the appropriate assignment of investigative resources."
2. (a) To be implemented by June 30, 1998.

Sacramento County Economic Incentive

1. The County keep its economic incentive program revenue neutral.
2. The County keep economic development as a high priority.

1. Yes
2. Yes


Sacramento County Environmental Management Department

1. Develop pamphlet for removal and clean-up of contamination caused by petroleum underground storage tanks.

1. Yes


Sacramento County Senior and Adult Services

1. Management develop clear written policies and procedures to assist family service workers and their supervisors.
2. Mandatory training be provided to and required of all supervisory staff to make clear their roles and responsibilities.
3. A system be instituted to track the training of family service workers and supervisors.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes


Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

1. Change its rate structure so that it charges all customers based on the cost of service.
2. Concentrate on the business of planning, designing, constructing, and operating a regional wastewater treatment system and not economic development.

1. Yes
2. Disagree

2. The District Board of Directors believes its economic efforts are consistent with their core program for comprehensive waste water treatment.

1997/98 Sacramento County Grand Jury - Final Report (Internet Version) June 30, 1998

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