Downward trends continue across COVID-19 metrics for Orange County, Village Management Services CEO Jeff Parker announced in his report during the regular meeting of the Golden Rain Foundation on Tuesday, May 4.
He said he anticipates the county will soon be able to move into the least-restrictive yellow category of the state’s four-tier tracking system, which determines the rate of reopenings for businesses and public spaces.
Orange County currently sits in the orange “moderate” tier. A county needs to show it can hit the required metrics for the next tier for two weeks before it can make the move; Orange County has struggled to inch its case rate the last few points it needs to go to qualify for yellow.
What a move to the yellow tier will do is “allow us to add additional capacity within operations we are doing right now,” Parker said, crediting success to team-driven vaccine distribution. “So, in other words, we’ll be able to double capacity from 25 to 50 percent.”
The Village Recreation Department has begun a hiring process seeking part-time employees for the eventual reopenings, Parker said.
In the past week, the OC Health Care Agency counted 95 hospitalizations. Only 21 patients required intensive care.
“That is the lowest number since we’ve seen since the pandemic (tracking online) started a year ago,” Parker said.
Countywide, sites are averaging a combined test rate of about 5,000 to 7,000 residents per day, resulting in only 50 to 100 positive tests for COVID-19, according to OCHCA.
In total, there have been 413 cases and 50 deaths from COVID-19 recorded in the city of Laguna Woods.
Code of ethics
GRF approved a resolution that would revise its code of ethics policy.
Under the policy, regular attendance at board meetings and familiarity with GRF governing documents is expected of board members. The confidentiality clause — that all confidential information shared during a director’s tenure remain undisclosed — would extend to former members of the board.
Directors in violation of ethical code will receive a 10-day notice of hearing from the Compliance Department to respond before judgement.
Resident Dick Rader voiced a need for transparency in the event a board member’s actions are ruled unethical.
“If (a board member) is found guilty, then that should become a public record so residents can vote appropriately with full knowledge on who these members are,” Rader said.
Director James Hopkins agreed that GRF’s legal team should be made aware of Rader’s concerns, but he responded with the following:
“Unethical behavior may not necessarily be illegal behavior; so when you publicize what most people consider to be unethical behavior … that would not necessarily be fair to the person found guilty of the behavior that was unethical but in no way illegal.”
No motion was made to amend the resolution in the interest of publicizing code violations.
The board unanimously passed the resolution upon first reading. The resolution must now satisfy a 28-day notification requirement for mutual members, in accordance with the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act.
Information Technology Advisory Committee
GRF approved the formation of the Information Technology Advisory Committee, which will act as a liaison between the board, the IT Department and the Finance Committee.
Generally, ITAC’s aim is to streamline business procedures using the latest technology.
The committee will work toward optimizing operations and cost savings, according to a VMS staff report.
Through tools like a digital transformation roadmap and an enterprise resourcing plan system, the committee will cover current and future IT needs in the Village and integrate multiple business processes into one place.
The committee will consist of six members, two each from the GRF, United Mutual and Third Mutual boards.
The board unanimously passed the resolution upon first reading. It must now satisfy a 28-day notification requirement.