MGSA is a Joint Powers Authority with a governing board which includes the County CAO or his/her representative, city managers of San Rafael and Novato, city managers from two other Marin County towns/cities, and two County/town/city Public Works Directors. The Board meets six times per year at which time it conducts all of its business.
MGSA currently has an office in San Rafael which it shares with the Marin Telecommunications Agency (the county-wide cable television JPA). The agency has no employees. It has part-time contractors that are responsible for the successful functioning of various programs or operations.
The Abandoned Vehicle Program (AVAP) is in effect in all of the cities, towns and County of Marin. It allows the local authorities to remove an "abandoned" vehicle and to be reimbursed by the DMV fees paid for this purpose. The MGSA administers this program for Marin County and each of the municipalities to ensure the distribution of State funds to the proper local jurisdiction. A vehicle is considered to be "abandoned" if it is left on a highway, public property or private property in such inoperable or neglected condition that the owner's intention to relinquish all further rights or interests in it may be reasonably concluded.
The Marin Humane Society operates a county-wide Animal Services program (animal control, shelter, etc.) through a contract with the County. Each of the towns/cities has a separate contract with the County to pay its share of the costs. MGSA assists the County in its role of coordinating the program. Animal Services was added as a program for MGSA in 2015 and has thus far included assisting with the negotiations of the latest three-year contract (2015-18), coordination with the County and towns/cities, and helping MHS facilitate community relations.
Since 2007, the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP) program has been a group of representatives from all Marin towns/cities, Marin County, Marin Municipal Water District, Marin Clean Energy, and the Transportation Authority of Marin. The purpose of the program is to assist Marin agencies to assess, prioritize and implement greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction activities. Since the beginning of the program, grants and contracts for work on behalf of the MCEP members have been obtained in addition to voluntary contributions made by members to cover program activities. The Partnership meets monthly and selects a Chair and Vice-Chair annually from among their members. Please see www.marinclimate.org.
MGSA administers a program which regulates all taxicab companies and drivers within the County of Marin. Pursuant to State law, the County, towns and cities have adopted ordinances creating the regulatory program and assigning responsibility for its implementation to the MGSA. All cab companies, drivers and vehicles are required to be permitted under the program. Taxicab drivers are given initial drug and alcohol tests and are required to undergo periodic, random testing.
Posted below is a roster of companies, their reported rates, and the names of drivers working under each company. Some companies, using unique trade names, are under common ownership. The roster is regularly updated.
MarinMap is a county-wide geographic information system (GIS), which maps municipal and utility infrastructure and Assessor’s data. Marin County and all the towns and cities, and some utility and fire districts participate in the program. Mapping is maintained by the County and consultants with the advice of the MarinMap Steering Committee. Access to the mapping system may be found at www.marinmap.org.
The Consumer Protection Unit of the Marin County District Attorney's Office Mediation Program handles consumer-business disputes, animal, neighborhood, and landlord-tenant disputes among others. It also provides education to consumers, retailers, neighbors, landlords, tenants and others and is a public resource for consumer rights information. This program is offered and available to residents of Marin who have experienced some difficulty in a business transaction or other dispute and assists the parties in an effort to obtain a resolution of their dispute, short of going to court. MGSA’s primary role is invoicing and collection of funds as well as coordinating communications with the Marin Managers' Association for the DA’s Annual Report regarding the program.
The MGSA, on behalf of the cities, towns, Special Districts, and the County of Marin owns the streetlights in Marin County. These lights require maintenance to assure public safety and proper street lighting. The MGSA administers the streetlight program for the towns and cities and districts through a master maintenance contract with DC Electric Group.