Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Human Services Agency



June 3, 2004


June 8, 2004



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Maureen D. Borland, Director, Human Services Agency


Glen H. Brooks, Jr., Director, Central Region


First Amendment to the Agreement with Genentech, Inc.



Adopt a resolution authorizing the execution of a First Amendment to the Agreement with Genentech, Inc. increasing the amount by $260,000 and extending the term to December 31, 2004.



In response to the tragedy of September 11th, San Mateo, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose Workforce Investment Agencies partnered together to serve individuals displaced from the airline and travel related industries. Nearly one year later the partnership received funding to provide re-employment services to this population. The San Mateo County Human Services Agency (HSA), as the lead agency, is working to train this population for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. HSA will offer training for participants through Skyline and other community colleges and financial incentives for participating employers. Incentives for employer partners include customized pre-employment training, partially-paid wage subsidies for participants during internships, and potential state supported upgrade training for new and current employees.



This First Amendment to the Agreement increases funds and extends the term in order to serve an additional eighty (80) participants. This Amendment allows the County to continue to reimburse Genentech for 50% of the participants' wages during try-out employment or internships on-site at Genentech. The goal of HSA is to build career pathways through skill training and work experience and to provide employment opportunities for entry-level workers in the biotechnology field.


Genentech has offered to contribute in-kind facilities, staff, space and wage subsidies. The Human Services Agency is seeking this type of contribution from other companies as well, however Genentech has been the only offer thus far and therefore it is in the County's best interest to contract with Genentech.


Vision Alignment

The Agreement with Genentech, Inc. keeps the commitment of: Creating opportunities for every household to participate in our prosperity and goal number 17: All households experience real gains in income. The Agreement with Genentech contributes to this commitment and goal by providing training and employment services for dislocated workers so they can become self-sufficient.


Fiscal Impact

The total Agreement obligation is changed from $70,000 to $330,000, and the term is extended from June 30, 2004 to December 31, 2004. This Amendment will be funded with the Bay ABC Grant funds and is included in the FY 2003-04 Adopted Budget and FY04-05 Current Level Budget. There is no Net County Cost as a result of this Agreement.