VACANT (Hon. Glenn Hendricks, Sunnyvale termed out)
Term expiring 2/10/2025
The Measure A (2016 Housing Bond) Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee was established for Measure A, a $950 million general obligation bond on the November 2016 ballot generating funds to provide affordable local housing for vulnerable populations including veterans, seniors, the disabled, low and moderate income individuals or families, foster youth, victims of abuse, the homeless and individuals suffering from mental health or substance abuse illnesses, which housing may include supportive mental health and substance abuse services.
The Committee shall consist of nine voting members and one non-voting member, each of whom shall be appointed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, with the exception of the representative of the Santa Clara County Cities Association, as follows:
- One member who is an active or inactive member of the State Bar of California in good standing, or a retired attorney who was an active or inactive member of the State Bar of California in good standing.
- One member who is an auditor and/or certified public accountant.
- One member who is an investment professional.
- One member who is a housing advocate.
- One member who is a representative of a civic organization.
- One member who is a representative of organized labor.
- One member who is a representative of a business organization.
- One member who is a representative of the general public.
- One member who is a representative of the Santa Clara County Cities Association and nominated by the Cities Association.
- The Santa Clara County Assessor as an ex-officio, non-voting member.
The term of each voting member shall be three years. Each member shall continue to serve on the Committee until the appointment of his or her successor. No voting member shall be eligible to serve for more than two terms in addition to any portion of any unexpired term which may have been served. A member's failure to attend three consecutive regular meetings without good cause as determined by the Chairperson will result in notification to the appointing authority, which may result in removal of the member from the Committee. All new Committee members shall receive a comprehensive orientation and training.
Only the appointed member shall serve on the Committee. Alternates shall not be permitted.
Roles and Responsibilities
The committee shall serve as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, and through the Board of Supervisors to the public, and shall have the following purpose:
- To advise on whether the County is spending the bond proceeds for the stated purpose approved by voters and not for any other purpose;
- To advise on whether the County has been spending bond proceeds efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner;
- To advise on whether the County's issuance of bonds and temporary investment of bond monies has been fiscally sound;
- To recommend any changes to the County's implementation of the Housing Bond in order to ensure that bond proceeds are spent for the stated purpose approved by voters. The Board of Supervisors shall respond to all such recommendations within 60 days of presentation to the Board and the Committee may comment on the board's action on its recommendation; and
- To conduct an annual review of the report issued by the County describing the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded.
In furtherance of its purpose, the Committee shall:
- Send advisory reports, including any reviews or recommendations, to the Board of Supervisors and each City in the County of Santa Clara at least quarterly. The committee reports shall be available for public inspection at least 14 days prior to a meeting of the Board of Supervisors;
- Receive reports on housing bond implementation that are provided to the Board of Supervisors, including monthly "dashboard" reports summarizing critical metrics in graphic form, and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded;
- Receive an annual financial audit and quarterly report from the independent and external auditor;
- Receive financial reports displaying the original budget, current budget, approved commitments to date (across all fiscal years), actual expenditure, the amount of funds collected and expended, and budget balance;
- Have direct access to the independent and external auditor and the ability to request "spot check" audits in addition to the comprehensive annual audit;
- Participate in and to make recommendations on the selection of the independent and external auditor; and
- Prepare a comprehensive annual report that is published on-line and made widely available to the Board, cities, the Grand Jury, the media and the general public