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Cannabis Conversation: October 10th CAG Meeting

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) has met seven times since early June with the eighth meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, October 10th, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Events Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.  Tuesday's meeting will continue discussions of general directions and initial recommendations for the Board of Supervisors on the revised cannabis ordinance. 

Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings in person where the CAG hears public comment.  Alternatively, all meetings are available to watch online, both archived and live stream on the Cannabis Conversation website, and written comments can be submitted via email to All written comments submitted within 48 hours of each meeting are included in the meeting summary and distributed to the CAG members for review and consideration. Commenters are not required to identify themselves, per the Brown Act, and all published comments are redacted to remove personal identity.  Meeting materials and related documents are available to the public on the Cannabis Conversations website.

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed by the Board of Supervisors to advise the Board on the development of a permanent Cannabis Ordinance for Nevada County.  The inclusive process will take into account the input of all community stakeholders. Nevada County has contracted MIG as a consultant during this process. MIG is providing facilitation services for the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group to ensure a fair and equitable process while advising and drafting a new Cannabis Ordinance.

Please visit the Cannabis Conversation webpage for up-to-date information.

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Increasing CalFresh Program Retention for the Elderly

The State of California Department of Social Services is implementing a program called the Elderly Simplified Application Project that began October 1, 2017. The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) is a federal demonstration project currently operating successfully in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Washington. California is one of three new ESAP states including Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The goals of the Elderly Simplified Application Project are to increase benefit retention, streamline the application and re-certification process, and remove barriers that hinder participation in the CalFresh program.

Who is eligible? CalFresh recipients and applicants are eligible for ESAP if all household members are elderly (60 years of age or older), and/or disabled and have no earned income (only have fixed sources of income like Social Security benefits or a small retirement income distribution).

Certain program requirements can also be waived for ESAP applicants. ESAP households will have their annual re-certification interview waived. Normally CalFresh households are required to complete an interview at annual re certification (12 months). This waiver allows the elderly/disabled households, who have few changes in most circumstances, to continue to receive CalFresh without the burden of an interview. Since ESAP households do not, by definition, have earned income, nearly all household information can be verified using information that is available from Social Security and other existing electronic sources.  Lastly, these households will have a 36 month certification period instead of 12 months due to the unlikelihood of the eligibility for this population changing.

 The Elderly Simplified Application Project is another way we are able to help our elderly and disabled population receive the food benefits they need and keep participating in the CalFresh program without having the burden of frequent interviewing and submitting of verification.

For more information about the CalFresh or other public assistance programs contact Sara Connor, Program Manager, at (530) 265-7195.

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Probation Program Manager Jeff Goldman Named as President of the CPPCA

At the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association's (CPPCA) annual conference and 100th year celebration in Long Beach, California, Nevada County Probation Program Manager Jeff Goldman was sworn in as the incoming president of the association.  He will assume his role as president beginning January 1, 2018.

The CPPCA was founded in 1917 to advance correctional practices through public education and information, legislative advocacy, research, standards development and professional development. It is one of the nation's oldest state professional associations for corrections and provides California with dynamic and innovative leadership in corrections. 

CPPCA is a vital voice in California corrections, with a membership of over 1200 composed of staff, supervisors, managers, support staff and administrators from probation, parole and correctional agencies across the state.  CPPCA is the only correctional organization in the state which represents the interest of adult and juvenile, state and local, field and institutional correctional personnel and those interested in the professionalism of corrections. 

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2017 All Veterans Stand Down

Nevada County is hosting the 2017 All Veterans Stand Down at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in the Northern Mines building today, October 6th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and tomorrow, October 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Gold Country Stage is also offering "Free Fare Days", for those who take public transportation. Route 3 stops at the fairgrounds, at Brighton Street and McCourtney Road, every hour. There will be free breakfasts and lunches served both days. The Stand Down has grown each year and to accommodate more veterans and service providers. A myriad of Federal, State, County and local services will be provided such as health and wellness, home health care, information on financial assistance, judicial consultation, and more. Local volunteers and providers give their own time and services to come support our veterans and say "thank you" for their sacrifice and service to our country.

For more information please contact Veteran Service Officer Kevin Edwards at or call (530) 265-1446. To request that your name be added to the special transportation list from Truckee area, please contact (530) 550-7451.

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Expanding Building Inspections for Eastern Nevada County

The Nevada County Building Department is expanding service in Eastern Nevada County by offering inspections by appointment on Thursdays.  During the last two building seasons, development has continued to increase at a steady pace. 

As of June 25, 2012 all inspections for the Eastern Nevada County area were scheduled and performed on Mondays only, with the exception of holidays when inspections would be conducted on the next business day.  Inspections for Eastern Nevada County includes all areas of Unincorporated Nevada County East of Yuba Gap to the Nevada State line and the Bowman Lake area, Yuba Gap, Kingvale, Soda Springs, Truckee and Floriston.

During the 2017 summer building season the Nevada County Building Department modified the 2012 policy in an effort to improve customer service in Eastern Nevada County.  Building is now offering Thursday inspections by appointment as an alternative option for another weekly inspection day. For minor inspections, Building has also initiated a digital inspection pilot program for certain projects such as re-roof projects, underground trench inspections, etc.

When scheduling your next inspection in Eastern Nevada County, please remember the following:

  • Monday inspections must be scheduled online by Sunday at 12:00 p.m.  It is best practice to schedule inspections sooner than the cutoff date/time as the inspection schedule fills up during the busy building seasons.  Scheduling may be done online.  
  • Thursday inspections must be requested via email at or by phone at (530) 265-1222 two (2) business days prior to the requested Thursday inspection date.  Building staff will contact the requesting party within 24 hours of the request to confirm the inspection date depending on staff availability and inspection demands.
  • Digital inspections must be requested via email at or by phone at (530) 265-1222 two (2) business days prior to the requested inspection date. Building staff will contact the requesting party within 24 hours of the request to confirm the inspection date depending on project applicability, staff availability and inspection demands. The person onsite completing the digital building inspections with the Building Department staff member shall have mobile service at the project site and have Facetime or Skype installed on their mobile device(s).

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Nevada County  joins federal, state and local governments across the nation raising cyber security awareness during October for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to protect against and respond to cyber incidents.

NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. 2017 marks the 14th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Everyone at every age is a consumer, and thus this year each theme will focus on the consumer and their needs regarding cyber security and safety. NCSAM 2017 also marks the 7th anniversary of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ campaign. Each year, NCSAM highlights the overall message of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ and the capstone concepts of the campaign, like Keep a Clean MachineProtect Your Personal InformationConnect with CareBe Web WiseBe a Good Online CitizenOwn Your Online Presence and Lock Down Your Login.

Visit the County's cyber security web page for more information.

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