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Governor Newsom Highlights Nevada County’s HOME Team as Model Program

Governor Gavin Newsom visited Grass Valley to learn about Nevada County's Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME) Team project. Learning about the County’s collaborative HOME Team program and local service providers was his first stop in a statewide tour visiting programs that serve as models for state actions.

Nevada County's HOME Team addresses physical health needs first as well as low-barrier housing. The County launched the HOME Team in partnership with Hospitality House, Turning Point Community Programs and AMI Housing in June 2019 after the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) approved Nevada County Behavioral Health's Innovation proposal in March.

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Sierra Roots Weather Shelter

Sierra Roots and Salvation Army Weather Shelters Open Wednesday-Friday

Given the low snow levels, substantial accumulations, and cold temperatures in the Nevada City and Grass Valley area Sierra Roots, Salvation Army, the City of Nevada City, and the County of Nevada will continue their partnership by extending the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for a third night on Friday January 17th.

The Sierra Roots Weather Shelter will open at 4:30 p.m. in Nevada City and Salvation Army will open their location in Grass Valley at 5:30pm.  Both shelters close at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. This collaborative effort temporarily shelters one of our most vulnerable populations during extreme weather events and connects homeless residents to additional available services.

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Nevada County Cannabis Compliance

Hard Work and Collaboration Mark the First Year of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

With 2019 now in the books, the Cannabis Compliance Division has tallied up the permit totals for the County's first year operating with a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation ordinance.  The Community Development Agency (CDA) accepted 89 Commercial Cannabis Cultivation permit applications.  CDA approved 38 of those permits, with 51 currently in the review process. 

In 2020 CDA will continue to work closely with stakeholders to make process improvement strides in anticipation of the upcoming cultivation season and continue education and outreach. A free Cannabis season kick-off workshop is scheduled for March 5 at 5:00-7:00 at the Rood Center as well as another in May.  These events will give insight to the permitting process and provide an opportunity to speak with staff.

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District 1 Supervisor Heidi Hall

Supervisor Hall Selected as 2020 Board Chair 

In Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board selected District 1 Supervisor Heidi Hall as the Board of Supervisors Chair for 2020. Supervisor Hall served as the Board's Vice-Chair in 2019 and was elected as District 1 Supervisor in 2016. During the meeting, District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller was selected to serve as the Board's Vice-Chair in 2020.


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District 2 Supervisor Ed Scofield

Supervisor Ed Scofield Re-elected as CSAC Treasurer for Second Year

Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield has been re-appointed to serve as Treasurer of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for 2020. This will be the second consecutive year that Supervisor Scofield serves in this leadership position for the Association that represents California's 58 counties at the state and federal level.


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District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller

Supervisor Miller Appointed as Rural California County Association Second Vice-Chair

Nevada County Supervisor Dan Miller has been appointed to serve as Second Vice-Chair of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC). RCRC installed its 2020 Officers and presented its Rural Leadership Awards at their annual reception in Sacramento on Thursday The newly installed 2020 Officers will lead the organization in championing policies on behalf of California's rural counties.

Supervisor Miller will be the third Nevada County Supervisor to serve on RCRC's executive committee, following Sue Horne and Nate Beason. 

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Better Together Nevada County

Nevada and Placer County Accepting Tahoe/Truckee Prevention and Early Intervention Program Proposals

Nevada County and Placer County Behavioral Health are accepting proposals for Prevention and Early Intervention programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in the Tahoe/Truckee region.

This Request for Intent (RFI) is a joint request from Placer and Nevada Counties for Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs serving the Tahoe/Truckee region. A total of up to $687,000 is available in Fiscal Year 2020-2021 for various focus areas including school-based services, homeless outreach, Latino community outreach, stigma reduction, parenting classes, and early intervention counseling services. Tahoe/Truckee proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 3rd.

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Public Hearing for Discussion of State 2020 CDBG Application

Nevada County will conduct a public hearing on January 29th at 2:00 p.m., at the Eric Rood Center, located at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City, in order to discuss possible applications for funding under the 2019/2020 State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and to solicit citizen input on possible activities to be included in the application and general program overview.

The County anticipates submitting an application when the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is released. The County expects to expend $150,000 Program Income dollars in the next program year/contract term.

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Gold Country Stage

Gold Country Stage Transit Free Fare Days, January 16th-18th

Ride for free on Gold Country Stage on all routes on Thursday, January 16th, through Saturday, January 17th, during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Routes will be operating their normal schedules, days, and times. Additionally, for folks traveling to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Route 1 runs between Nevada City and Grass Valley every hour with connections to all other routes.

Nevada County Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Library

The Madelyn Helling Library is Celebrating the Year of the Rat on Saturday January 25th, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

Come find out more about traditions and celebrations around the world at the library. No registration is necessary, and refreshments will be provided.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Senior Management Analyst

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

The Senior Management Analyst position in the County Executive Office serves as a key member of the CEO team as a resource to supporting departments, the Board of Supervisors and the County Executive Officer to meet countywide and departmental objectives. The position deals with sensitive policy issues that require a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity. This is a key position in completing the budget process including planning, budget and fiscal analysis, and budget adoption. The position will maintain ongoing duties as a liaison with county departments and agencies to assist and advise on board of supervisors agenda items, projects requiring overall county coordination, and budget and fiscal matters. This position will be assigned special projects that have importance to overall operations, finances, and citizenry of the county. 

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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