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Supervisor Ed Scofield Named Treasurer of CSAC

On January 17th, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Executive Committee appointed District 2 Supervisor Ed Scofield as CSAC Treasurer for 2019.

CSAC's Executive Committee also approved more than 30 other appointments as Chair and Vice Chair of CSAC’s Policy Committees, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors, the NACo Western Interstate Region Board of Directors, the CSAC Finance Corporation, and numerous other boards and working groups. The action fills CSAC’s leadership roles for 2019 and paves the way to continue providing guidance to CSAC staff throughout the year.

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Special Election for District 1 State Senate

On January 15th, Governor Newsom announced that there will be a special election for the State Senate District 1 seat that was vacated by Ted Gaines on January 8th. Nevada County and ten other counties that are within the Senate District 1 are will be participating in this election.

The special primary election will take place on March 26th and the special general election will take place on June 4th. Under the Voters Choice Act, all registered Nevada County voters will receive a ballot in the mail for the State Senate District 1 election.  Final details on Vote Center and ballot drop-off locations will be confirmed and posted on the Nevada County Election’s Office website soon.

Qualified community members considering running for this office can get Signature In-Lieu Petition papers from Nevada County’s Election Office at the Eric Rood Administration Center. The deadline for filing the Signature In-Lieu Petition is January 22nd. All other candidate filing paperwork, including nomination papers, are due on January 31st.

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1st Community Meeting for Penn Valley Area Plan

Reminder: Attend the Penn Valley Area Plan 2nd Community Workshop

Do you live or work in the Penn Valley Area? Mark your calendar for the second Community Workshop for the Penn Valley Area Plan on Wednesday, January 23rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ready Springs Elementary School in Penn Valley. We are continuing our efforts to engage and solicit feedback from those that live, work and play 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.

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January 22nd 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 January 22nd meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.


Following the Consent Calendar and starting at 10:00 a.m., there will be two public hearings regarding State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. After each public hearing, the Board will consider a resolution to accept the accomplishments and achievements with 2013 CDBG funding and approving an application for 2018 CDBG funding for the Brunswick Commons Resource Center.

Following the public hearings, the Board will consider approving participation in the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program, submitting a competitive application for NPLH funding, and accepting a noncompetitive allocation award from NPLH.

Afterwards, at 11:00 a.m., Human Resources will present Employee Service Awards to 93 employees for their 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, and 5 years of service to Nevada County.

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

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February CalFresh Benefits will be Issued Early due to Federal Government Shutdown

The California Department of Social Services announced on January 14th that CalFresh nutrition assistance benefits for the month of February will be issued early, to most client's Electronic Benefits Transfer accounts.  These benefits posted earlier this week on January 16, 2019. The early issuance of February benefits is necessary to access federal funds that no longer will be available as the federal government's shutdown continues.

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Dependents of Disabled Veterans can get College Tuition Assistance

Many students will be starting or returning to college this fall, and, thanks to the College Tuition Fee Waiver program (CTFW), disabled Veterans in Nevada County can get assistance in covering the cost of sending their children to college.

The CTFW program waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any California institution of higher learning, including the University of California, California State and community college systems. Tuition assistance applies to most graduate and undergraduate programs, with some exceptions.

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Tobacco Poetry Slam event

Poetry Slam to Celebrate Living Tobacco-Free

Nevada County Public Health's Tobacco Use Prevention Program is supporting the youth of our community to take a stand against tobacco and be tobacco-free. At Public Health, we recognize that this generation of young people is savvy, they are not targets, and they can be the generation to stop the number one most preventable chronic disease in America.

Nevada County Public Health partnered with NEO to bring this generation's words to life through a recent spoken word Open Mic and Poetry Slam. The first of its kind in our community, NEO first held monthly workshops for the young poets, focused on developing their artistic abilities.

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Gold Country Stage at Tinloy Station in Grass Valley

Free Fare Days through Saturday, January 19th

Gold Country Stage will be providing free fares on all routes through Saturday, January 19th.

County of Nevada 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.

For Wild and Scenic Film Festival attendees, Route 1 runs between Nevada City and Grass Valley every hour and has connections to all other routes.

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YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Driveways – Access and Egress

It's not too early to start preparing for the 2019 fire season. Follow along with YubaNet’s weekly articles aimed at helping residents take “bite sized” steps to prepare for the next high fire season. Over 25 weeks the articles will address, “vegetation management on private properties, how to harden your home, what you need to do now to be ready if/when evacuations are being called for your area, how-to guides for communication plans, evacuation plans, how Nevada County Schools prepare for wildfire and more. Each story will have resources to help you keep your family safe.”

Week 6 is about driveways; making sure it’s easily accessible for fire personnel and that you can evacuate safely if a wildfire is nearby. Plan ahead for a quick evacuation by thinking about gates in your evacuation route, parking near your home if only street parking is available, and having a metal, reflective address sign so your home can be easily identified by public safety personnel.

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County Offices Closed January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

All administrative County offices will be closed on Monday, January 21st, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  Public safety and Sheriff's patrol services will continue. Normal business hours for other offices will resume on Wednesday, January 22nd.

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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.

Does collecting current and delinquent property taxes or various debts sound interesting?  Do you enjoy working with the public and have excellent communication skills?  Then serving as a Revenue and Collection Recovery Specialist maybe the position for you.  If you possess an AA or AS degree, have journey-level experience performing administrative, accounting or general business work and have a knack for researching records and reconciling accounts, then we encourage you to apply. 
 
This position is in the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office.  The office is comprised of a high performing team of dedicated professionals and has two divisions:  Property Taxes and the County Treasury.  The Property Tax division is responsible for the collection of over $260 Million in annual secured and unsecured property taxes along with other revenues, including cannabis tax, to help a variety of public agencies meet their financial goals.  The Treasury division manages the County treasury pool of approximately $322 Million and accepts deposits for all County departments, school districts and special districts, ensures accurate payment and reconciliation of approved check disbursements and wire transfers, and ensures there are adequate funds to cover liquidity needs of the Treasury. 
 
Apply today! Applications are due by January 25th. 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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