Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.
Stingray policy; Not Megan's Law
STINGRAY POLICY The Alameda County Sheriff's push to purchase an upgrade to its cell-site simulator, known as a Stingray, returns to the Board of Supervisors for a third time, this time with a policy for its use. The $113,000 for the upgrade comes from federal Homeland Security funding. But last month, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley struggled to explain the capabilities of the simulator. A policy for the simulator's use was referenced during the meeting last month, but supervisors had not yet vetted it. Approval of the allocation for the simulator and the policy is on the agenda Tuesday afternoon.
MENTALLY ILL HELP It's not Megan's Law, the act that allows the family of mentally ill patients to get a court order for medical and psychiatric attention, but after numerous stops and starts, Alameda County could have a policy in place to help. Implementing Megan's Law in the county has faced opposition from the community and some supervisors soured on its potential in the East Bay. Instead, a working group of stakeholders will offer suggestions for increasing outreach to patients, establishing better lines of communication and improving data-sharing.
SHARPS DISPOSAL More medical injections are occurring outside of healthcare settings, but there is no safe disposal of self-injecting needles and lancets. The second and final reading of an ordinance authored by Supervisor Keith Carson and approved two weeks ago will require pharmaceutical companies to fund safe disposal of sharps. Sound familiar? Supervisor Nate Miley authored a similar ordinance last year for disposing of unwanted medication.