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Submit Feedback to CPUC on Proposed PSPS Guidelines

In ongoing actions to help utilities prepare for and minimize the impacts of Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is requesting public comments on a series of proposed additional guidelines that utilities would be required to follow prior to the 2020 wildfire season, if approved by the CPUC. The CPUC also issued a ruling identifying serious deficiencies in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) weekly post-PSPS corrective action reports to the CPUC and requiring additional actions to improve PG&E’s preparation efforts for the 2020 wildfire season and beyond.

The CPUC's proposed guidelines include restoring service no longer than 24 hours after an event, engaging in more robust regional collaboration, conducting exercises with public safety agencies, ensuring communication resiliency, meeting specific needs of vulnerable populations, strengthening online information accessibility, publicly articulating the PSPS decision-making process, notifying communications carriers proactively, and addressing transportation impacts. Members of the public who would like to comment can email, referencing proceeding number R.18-12-005. 

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Caltrans Seeking Feedback on State Route 20 Project in Nevada County

Caltrans is hosting an open house to seek community comments about a proposed safety improvement project on State Route 20 in Nevada County on Monday, February 10th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers located at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City.

Caltrans proposes to improve highway safety by modifying the alignment of two non-contiguous segments of the highway and adding turnouts. Community members can view project displays and review materials, including environmental documents. Caltrans staff members will be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public.

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February 11th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place on two Tuesday's each month. Unless otherwise noted, at the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items that don't appear on the agenda but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's February 11th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

Following public comment and the consent calendar, the Alliance for Workforce Development, also known as the Nevada County Business and Career Network, will present their annual presentation of the Alliance's mid-year performance report. 

At 10:00 a.m., the Board will consider adopting their 2020 Board Objectives of fiscal stability and core services, wildfire, PSPS preparedness, economic development, housing, cannabis, homelessness, and community resiliency as discussed at their 2020 Board Workshop in January. The 2020 Board Objectives are used for the development of the 2020/2021 Fiscal Year budget, and the management of the County operations. programs and services.

At 1:30 p.m., the Board will hold a public hearing before considering a resolution to amend the Nevada County General Plan, Chapter 10, on the Safety Element.

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Supervisor Hoek: Teamwork

Teamwork is a monthly update from Supervisor Susan Hoek on District 4 activities and updates.

Well a whole new year is upon us and what an exciting year that it is going to be. I want to thank all the community members who came out to the 2020 Penn Valley Town Hall Meeting last month to help kick off the new year. The Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors and hosts the event every January providing a wonderful opportunity to get important updates and learn about issues that our community will be facing in the upcoming year. The event was well attended and included speakers Sheriff Shannan Moon, Superintendent of Penn Valley Union Elementary School District Dr. Torie England, Lake Wildwood President Mark Bailey, Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce President Mike Mastrodonato, and myself. It was a wonderful event, with attendees getting some terrific updates for our area.

To help kick-off the year, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors also holds its annual workshop in January to discuss the most pressing issues facing the County and identify the highest priority issues for action. The priority objectives are then adopted by the Board in early February to provide the County direction on those issues that may not be considered core services the County already provides. In 2019, some of the priority objectives included prevention and response to wildfire, homelessness, and housing – to name a few. 

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Voters with Disabilities Workshop

The Nevada County Elections Department is pleased to host the Voters with Disabilities Workshop and Public Forum in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on Friday, February 7th. 

Stop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for an informal and personalized demonstration on how to use our new voting equipment, learn how Nevada County is making it easier for people with disabilities to vote, and answer any questions that you may have.

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CalVet Home Loans are Fully Insured

The Nevada County Veteran Service Office has seen an increase of requests for assistance with obtaining fire insurance for their homes. Usually, there are few options to provide because Nevada County Veterans Service Office cannot influence insurance providers on how to provide insurance services. The options available became even smaller following the Camp Fire last year, until recently.

CalVet has a home loan program that is similar to the VA home loan program. The CalVet home loan comes fully insured through the State. The State guarantees these loans to the lender just like the VA home loan program.  In order to protect itself the state has worked with an insurance provider to guarantee each home loan against flood and fire damage regardless of location.

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February is Grand Jury Awareness Month

At the January 28th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board proclaimed February 2020 as Grand Jury Awareness Month in Nevada County.

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 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. Jurors are citizens of all ages and different walks of life bringing their unique experiences, personalities, and abilities.

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Gold Country Stage Transit Free Fare Days, February 14th

Ride for free on Gold Country Stage on all routes on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14th. Routes will be operating their normal schedules, days, and times. Free Fare Valentine's Day is "Gold Country Stage Rider Appreciation Day" and Nevada County Transit thanks all bus riders and bus rider wannabe's! Hop on board and ride on!

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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Job Openings at Nevada County: 
Welfare Fraud Investigator

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 District Attorney's Office is hiring a temporary welfare fraud investigator to support the Welfare Fraud Unit in Nevada City. This position conducts investigation of fraud cases and purported crimes for compliance and prosecution related to the suspected violation of laws, rules or regulations of public assistance. The individual gathers data, prepares and preserves evidence, and interviews and evaluates statements of witnesses and suspected violators. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with and well versed in the use of technology, as the position is full of electronic information exchanges, generation of documentation, electronic report writing and record keeping, and electronic data research. This is a temporary half-time position, 20 hours per week.

Apply for the Welfare Fraud Investigator by March 4th at 5:00 p.m. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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