Riverside County Supervisors to Meet in Palm Desert October 1
PALM DESERT – Riverside County Board Chairman John J. Benoit has scheduled a rare Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting in the Coachella Valley for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.
It is the first regularly scheduled board meeting to be held outside Riverside since the passage of legislation in 2011 that gives county supervisors greater flexibility to hold off-site meetings. Board meetings are typically held in the county seat, and Riverside County hasn’t held a regular meeting outside Riverside in recent memory.
“Bringing the Board of Supervisors to the Coachella Valley makes county government more accessible to people who live and work at least an hour’s drive from Riverside,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “In my service as chairman, I am pleased to hold this rare and exciting meeting which we’re watching closely as a case study for possible future meetings in outlying areas.”
The meeting will be held at the Coachella Valley Water District’s Steve Robbins Administration Building in Palm Desert, 75-515 Hovley Lane East.
The supervisors directed county staff to determine the costs of carrying live video of the Oct. 1 meeting on the Internet and to plan for a videoconference to allow the public to comment from Riverside during the meeting. The county streams live video online when the board meets in Riverside where the necessary equipment already is in place.
County staff will determine whether streaming and videoconferencing can be made available on Oct. 1. If both can be accomplished, anybody with an Internet connection could watch the Oct. 1 meeting online. The public could go to Palm Desert to comment in person or to the board chambers in Riverside, 4080 Lemon St., to watch the meeting and comment via teleconference.
Assembly Bill 139, which took effect in 2011, gave flexibility to county boards of supervisors to hold one or more regular meetings outside the county seat. Prior to the legislation, supervisors had limited options for meeting away from the county seat. According to Attorney General’s opinions, those options were only to call a special meeting, addressing limited topics, or convene a regular meeting at the county seat to then adjourn to a specified different location, which is awkward and inefficient.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors holds its regular meetings in Riverside at the County Administrative Center.