Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Emergency Alerts Can Now Reach Nearby Cell Phones

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. Starting April 1st, Nevada County's CodeRed emergency alert system has the added capability to send emergency alerts and warnings to nearby by cell phones, not just to cell phones and home phones that are registered for Nevada County CodeRed emergency alerts.

Using geo-targeting, Nevada County CodeRed emergency alerts will now reach cell phones that are within the vicinity of an evacuation or emergency area. This added capability will increase Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) ability to alert residents and tourists that may be nearby when an emergency event occurs compared to past emergencies. For example, during October 2017’s Lobo and McCourtney Fires in Nevada County, Nevada County’s CodeRed emergency alert system only had the capability to send emergency alerts to residents who had previously registered their cell phone or landline.

Even with CodeRed’s new capability, it continues to be important to sign-up for Nevada County’s CodeRed emergency alerts. If you are away from your residence when a nearby emergency event occurs, you will not receive an emergency alert unless your cell phone and home address are registered to receive Nevada County’s CodeRed emergency alerts. Sign-up for Nevada County’s CodeRed emergency alerts on Nevada County’s OES website.


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Nevada County OES Selected as Fire Safe Council Partner of the Year

Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Program Manager, John Gulserian, has been selected as Fire Safe Partner of the Year.  Since starting as the Program Manager of OES in 2016, John has focused on wildfire mitigation efforts, and in-turn has been a supporter of the mission of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. During his time at Nevada County, he has addressed a wide variety of disasters including the emergency evacuation shelter during the 2017 Oroville dam spillway emergency, and the recent Lobo and McCourtney Fires in October 2018. Recognizing that wildfire mitigation is critical for Nevada County, he has worked to update the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan resulting in additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Nevada County and its residents prepare for wildfire.

The Fire Safe Council is a non-profit, local volunteer-based organization dedicated to making Nevada County safer from catastrophic wildfire through fire prevention education, fire break clearing projects, and creating nationally recognized Firewise Communities USA®.


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Election's Voter's Choice Act Workshop

The Nevada County Elections Department is hosting a bilingual (Spanish/English) Voter Education Workshop. The workshop will be located at the Truckee Family Resource Center at 11695 Donner Pass Rd in Truckee and take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 17th. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and staff will be presenting information on the Voter's Choice Act and voter education information.

Under the Voter’s Choice Act, voters will have more choice on how, when, and where they vote. Every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot that can be returned with the postage-paid return envelope through the mail, at any drop box located throughout the County, or cast at a Vote Center that will be open for a minimum of four days.

Please contact the Elections Department at (530) 265-1298 or visit Nevada County Elections website for more information.


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Cannabis Conversation: Cannabis Ordinance Meeting and Environmental Review Process

The March 1st date for the upcoming cannabis special meeting was incorrect; please find the corrected article with the May 1st date below. We apologize for any confusion. 


The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 1st to review and discuss a draft ordinance, and to hear public comment on the direction the Board provided in past meetings on the future of cannabis regulations in unincorporated Nevada County.

The direction provided by the Board at prior meetings provided enough information for staff to assess the environmental review requirements of a new ordinance. Staff's assessment, based on the Board's direction to allow commercial cultivation up to 10,000 square feet outdoors on various zoned parcel sizes, requires a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

To speed up the contracted environmental review process as much as possible, staff is preparing a letter of interest to firms that have the expertise and experience to prepare a comprehensive EIR for Nevada County.  This letter will contain a link to the publicly noticed agenda on May 1st so these firms can review the draft ordinance and get familiar with the project prior to the formal request for proposal (RFP) being released.  This letter of interest will contain information only about the RFP that will follow.  Starting the EIR requires a substantially drafted ordinance to review the full scope of the project.

Assuming there are no substantial changes in policy direction from the Board at the May 1st meeting on the draft ordinance, the goal is to release the RFP shortly after the meeting.  Using this methodology will allow a shorter response time for the RFP, and allow the additional formal environmental review process with a consultant to begin as quickly as possible.  It will also allow the consultant to have a great deal of background before bringing the contract to the Board for approval. Staff's goal is to complete the environmental review as soon as feasibly possible. Staff is reviewing existing documents, the State's EIR, and will utilize applicable analyses as much as possible to avoid duplication of efforts, while considering the unique local conditions for Nevada County.

For more information, please visit the County's Cannabis Conversation website or contact the Community Development Agency Director Sean Powers at sean.powers@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-1576.


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Save the Date: 2018 Building Fair June 1st

The Nevada County Community Development Agency (CDA) has partnered with the Nevada County Association of Realtors (NCAOR), Nevada County Contractors' Association (NCCA) and many businesses and agencies for the 3rd annual Building Fair this summer to kick off the building season.  The Building Fair will have over forty vendors including licensed contractors in multiple fields, architects, utility companies, building material suppliers, industry representatives, construction lenders, multiple city/county agencies, and more. There will be a special presentation to start the event as well as several product demos throughout the day.  This is a must attend event if you are planning a construction/development project, wanting to purchase property, currently working on a construction project, or anything else related to development in Nevada County.

The Building Fair will be held on Friday, June 1st from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Rood Government Center located at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City and is a free event.  If you have any questions about the upcoming fair please do not hesitate to contact the Nevada County Building Department at (530) 265-1222 or the Nevada County Contactors' Association (NCCA) at (530) 274-1919. To follow updates on the 2018 Building Fair agenda and vendors, follow the event on Facebook.


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Nevada County Reads & Writes: Young Adult Author Panel

Join the Nevada County Library at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley for an evening of discussion with five talented authors. In collaboration with Book to Action, a grant-funded program administered by the California Center for the Book, the Nevada County Reads & Writes committee presents author and moderator Sands Hall, and panel members and young adult authors Emily Ziff Griffin, Jeff Garvin, Kim Culbertson and Hilary Smith.

The panel will discuss the Nevada Country Reads & Writes Choice of 2018, "Everything I Never Told You," by Celeste Ng, and the experience of writing about mental health, bias, expectations, and the feeling of being an outsider, for young people.

Books will be available on site by the Book Seller of Grass Valley for a special book signing and author meet and greet immediately following the hour-long panel discussion.

This not to miss event will begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 19th at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley. No registration is necessary.
For more information, please contact Laura Pappani at (530) 470-2692 or laura.pappani@co.nevada.ca.us.


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Transit Free Fare Days: Earth Day April 20th – 21st

Nevada County Transit Services will provide system wide "Free Fare Days" on all routes Friday, April 20th from 5:50 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 21st from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free fares for all.

"Free Fare Days" on April 20th and 21st celebrates Earth Day Weekend. Gold Country Stage “Free Fare Days” encourages public transit so riders can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support clean air, a clean Nevada County, and a clean earth!

Funding for this service is through 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.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider's Guide, at www.goldcountrystage.com, or call the Gold Country Stage at (530) 477-0103 x0 for travel planning information.


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6 Ways to Peace and Connection: A Free Workshop for Parents Who Want Functional Families

We're usually trying to get our child to do a different behavior, whether it's completing a new action or stopping the current one. "No, that's not safe." "Stop hitting your sister." "Put your toys away and come to dinner!

Join parent educator, Annie Keeling, on Monday, April 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library as you learn six new strategies that really work to build more cooperation. You and your child can move more easily from resistance and big emotions into calm and connected behaviors.

This workshop is free and open to parents of children of all ages. Registration is required. Sign-up on the Nevada County Library’s Event Calendar.


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Volunteer on the Grand Jury

The Superior Court of California, County of Nevada is seeking applications from Nevada County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2018-2019 Grand Jury. 

The Nevada County Grand Jury is a judicial body sanctioned by the Superior Court to act as an extension of the Court and the conscience of the community. The Grand Jury is an investigative body created for the protection of society and enforcement of its laws. A Jury’s function is to inquire into and review the conduct of county government and special districts. It is also authorized to inspect and audit the books, records, and financial expenditures of all agencies and departments under its jurisdiction to ensure funds are properly accounted for and legally spent.


In order to meet the minimum qualifications for service on the Grand Jury, applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older, and must reside in Nevada County for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming a grand juror. Service on the Grand Jury requires a substantial investment of time, usually forty to fifty hours per month.

The Grand Jury's one-year term begins on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019. Applications to serve on the 2018-2019 Grand Jury are due May 11th by 5:00 p.m. Submit an application online from the Nevada County Courts website.

For those interested in obtaining more information, the current Grand Jury will be sponsoring a Meet and Greet session to discuss the workings of the Grand Jury on April 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Jury's Office, Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City.

Additional information and applications for Grand Jury service are available by contacting the grand Jury at (530) 265-1730, or by visiting the Nevada County Superior Court's website.


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Shauneen Deschaine Achieves the Certified Fixed Income Practitioner Designation

Shauneen Deschaine, Accounting Technician for the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, has achieved the recognition of a Certified Fixed Income Practitioner (CFIP).  Government investing requires a special skill set and the Fixed Income Academy offers specialized training for those working in this field to better become confident government portfolio investors.  The CFIP is achieved through the Fixed Income Academy "Bond School" by completing and successfully passing seventeen courses designed to help investors navigate the ever-changing investment landscape. These courses can be broken down into three general categories to include Fed and monetary policy; banking; underwriting and the nature of risk; the "fundamentals", which cover the basics of options, volatility, duration, swaps and credit analysis which are vital to the responsibilities in the day-to-day portfolio management; and portfolio oversight and review which is critical to the management process that leads to improved investment results. 

The hard-work, dedication and constant personal and professional growth that Shauneen gives to this office daily is to be commended.  Congratulations to Shauneen on a great achievement. 

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