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Measure G

Measure G: Cannabis Business Tax

After over a year of community planning, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously placed Measure G on the November ballot.

Measure G is a local commercial cannabis business tax paid only by cannabis businesses, that, if enacted by voters, will help maintain essential county services such as public safety in unincorporated Nevada County with locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State.

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October 23rd Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. At the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's October 23rd meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chamber at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

Following public comment, the Board will hear information from the 4-H Youth All-Star and the UC Cooperative Extension programs.

Following the consent calendar, discussion regarding Medical Cannabis Cultivation temporary licenses and permitting processes will take place.

Finally, at 11:30 a.m., the County will receive awards from CSAC for innovative programs that have been implemented by Department of Public Works staff and County Executive Office staff. 

Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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David West, Veterans Service Officer

New Veterans Service Officer, David West, Appointed

Mr. David West has been appointed as Nevada County's Veterans Service Officer (VSO).  Prior to being named as the Nevada County VSO, David spent the previous seven years in the Oil and Gas industry as a Project Manager.  Although he spent many years in this industry, it did not fulfill his passion of working with Veterans. 

Before David began a career in the Oil and Gas industry he was a strong Veterans Advocate in the Sacramento, Placer, and Nevada counties.  He had also previously worked for the Veterans Administration as a Rating Veterans Service Representative.  It is this knowledge of the federal guidelines for awarding claims for compensation that will have an impact on the quality of service that the Veterans of Nevada County receive. 

David has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Services and a Master's in Business Administration. He and his wife have two young girls, and look forward to integrating into the Nevada County community.

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Community Comes Together for Local Homeless Camp Cleanups

County Health and Human Services Agency staff and nonprofit partners helped to coordinate two community homeless camp clean-ups in the month of October. The first one was in North San Juan on October 6th.  The effort was organized by the San Juan Ridge Action Community Team (SJR ACT) and involved over 40 community volunteers.

The second cleanup occurred on October 18th in the greater Brunswick basin. Organized by Hospitality House, the second cleanup focused on five areas impacted by homeless encampments: Idaho-Maryland Road, Old Tunnel Road, Behind the South Yuba Club, Gates Place Road and around the Kmart shopping center. Nearly 30 volunteers, including Hospitality House guests and staff from the shelter, deployed in teams out to the locations to remove refuse and to engage with campers.

The County is committed to coordinating with nonprofit partners to conduct effective outreach and build bridges for homeless residents into permanent housing. County staff, nonprofit providers, and law enforcement from across the County meet weekly to discuss coordination of outreach, share housing resources and build capacity around case management activities. Community cleanups are a small part of these overall coordination efforts. 

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Public Works Partners with Fire Safe Council to Reduce Fuel Hazards Along County Roads

In order to increase the effectiveness of vegetation management alongside County roads, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is partnering with Nevada County Public Works to remove hazardous roadside vegetation from over 50 miles of County roads. The Fire Safe Council has applied for and been awarded a $200,000 grant from the California Fire Safe Council to augment roadside maintenance funds and provide educational opportunities for the community.

To implement this grant, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and Public Works will be working together over the next few months to reduce fuel hazards on Tyler Foote Road, North Bloomfield-Graniteville Road, McCourtney Road, Lime Kiln Road, and La Barr Meadows Road.

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Penn Valley Area Plan

Participate: Penn Valley Area Plan Community Workshop, November 1st

Join Nevada County's Planning Department and the Penn Valley Municipal Advisory Committee for the Penn Valley Area Plan Update Kick-Off Workshop.  The public workshop initiating the Penn Valley Area Plan Update will be on Thursday evening, November 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 17645 Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley.

The Penn Valley Area Plan will serve as the comprehensive land use and zoning plan for the Penn Valley area.  The plan is intended to guide development such that it is consistent with the community's vision and the Nevada County General Plan.

The current Penn Valley Village Area Plan was adopted in 2000.  The purpose for the update is to make adjustments based on the community’s current needs and prepare a plan that can realize opportunities in the future.

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Truckee Library Branch

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Halloween Party at the Truckee Library 

On October 30th, the Truckee Library will celebrate all things Harry Potter and Halloween with a party for children ages 5 and up. The party starts at 3:30 p.m., and will feature Potter-inspired activities, treats and a costume contest raffle.

Activities will include a sorting hat ceremony, crafts and games based on Harry’s Hogwarts classes, such as Potions and a House Cup Breakout Box challenge that will test puzzle solving skills and teamwork. Participants will take home a collection of magical souvenirs.

Consider yourself invited, and don’t forget to wear your costume!

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Coughlan Family speaking at plaque unveiling for North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

County Employee, Michael Coughlan, Shares Family Connection with North Columbia Schoolhouse

A few weeks ago, the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission hosted an unveiling ceremony for a new plaque installed at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Michael Coughlan, a 4th generation Nevada County resident and a Roads Maintenance employee for Nevada County, and his family have a strong connection to the Schoolhouse and now Cultural Center as it was owned by his family for many years.

Michael's daughter, the newest generation of the Coughlan family that includes 1937-1960 District III Nevada County Supervisor J.C. Coughlan, unveiled the Historical Landmark Commission's new plaque to recognize the unique cultural and community history of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. 

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Truckee Free Rx Medication Take-Back Day, October 27th

Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously at Truckee's Free Rx Medication Take-Back event next Saturday, October 27th. Residents can drop off their expired or unused medications at the Truckee Gateway Shopping Center in front of the Safeway, or in Tahoe City at the Old Vacant Fire Station near Common's Beach.

If you can’t make this event, please utilize permanent Rx Drug Bins located at the Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sheriff Office –Tahoe Station, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Washoe County Sheriff Office-Incline Station Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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October: National Cyber Security Month -

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM). It is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security. NCSAM 2018 is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats. DHS is the federal, national lead for NCSAM. DHS also co-leads NCSAM with the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Each week highlights a new theme.  This week's theme is "It's everyone's job to endure online safety at work."

Nevada County is joining in this effort to make sure our infrastructure and data are safe.  Our employees are learning how to spot phishing emails, secure their devices and use secure passwords, among other things.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: 

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.

Nevada County Public Health Department is hiring a Project Coordinator to support the Tobacco Use Prevention and Local Oral Health programs. As part of Public Health's Health and Wellness Division, you would be joining a lively team of creative people who work and collaborate on various prevention and education efforts in our community. This position will be the primary staff for the local oral health program, which is a new program to our department, and will serve in a supporting role to the tobacco use prevention program.

The position is equally split between the two programs: tobacco use prevention and oral health. We are looking for someone who is a strong collaborator and creative thinker, who can work with and engage stakeholders of all sorts, who enjoys and is skilled at project coordination, who will keep the programs running smoothly, who is comfortable working within a bureaucracy, has excellent writing skills, and is passionate about public health efforts in our community. While we expect you to bring some of these skills, some can be taught; overall, we are looking for a candidate who will be a good fit with our team and department. 

Apply today!  Applications are due by November 7th.

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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