Supervisors set tentative meeting schedule for next year

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Riverside County supervisors approved a tentative schedule for 2020, Tuesday, Oct. 22, designating days on which no meetings will be held.

Board of supervisors’ clerk Kecia Harper-Ihem proposed no board meetings on 16 Tuesdays – the day of the week when the board is supposed to be in regular open session.

Chairman Kevin Jeffries, who will be rotating out of the chair and turning it over to Supervisor Manuel Perez Jan. 1, questioned whether support staff would be available on several of the Tuesdays that immediately precede federal holidays, and he was assured by Harper-Ihem and county CEO George Johnson that personnel would be on hand.

The board can always make adjustments to the schedule whenever it deems them necessary and has done so in previous years.

Most of the Tuesdays when no meetings are planned generally coincide with, or immediately follow, holidays. However, two days will fall during the board’s summer recess in August.

A few other days were added to the list to clear supervisors’ calendars in March, when legislative conferences are planned, as well as in July in anticipation of the summer slowdown. A suspension of county business is also planned around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

One meeting has been taken off calendar for June, the month when most of the budget hearings for the next fiscal year are held.

The list of 2020’s planned “dark days” includes Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 3, April 14, May 26, June 2, July 21 and 28, Aug. 11 and 18, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 22 and 29.

The board is on track to end the current calendar year with 20 dark days.