Friday Memo, County of Nevada
500 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley

County Behavioral and Public Health Services to be Interrupted on August 24th

The August 20th date in the title for the upcoming Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise was incorrect; please find the corrected title with the August 24th date above. We apologize for any confusion. 

On Friday, August 24th, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Public and Behavioral Health Offices located at 500 Crown Point Circle, Nevada County will be conducting an Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise as part of our Emergency Action Plan. County and Turning Point services at the Crown Point Circle building will be interrupted during the scheduled training. There will be signage throughout the area to alert neighboring businesses and visitors of the training.  There will also be a number of law enforcement, emergency response vehicles, and training staff in the area to ensure that the exercise happens safely for all involved. Please avoid the campus until the training exercise is complete.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as these agencies participate in this vital public safety training.

Nevada County's Emergency Action Plan, required by the State and OSHA, ensures a well-rehearsed, quick, and coordinated response that helps to save lives and ensure the continuity of essential services in the event of an emergency. The Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise is in response to the increase in active shooter events we have seen in schools, government agencies and public venues in recent years.  FEMA has developed a "Run, Hide, Fight" protocol to help guide agencies on emergency response and training for active shooter situations.

The exercise is a result of several months of preparation by Nevada County Risk Management, Grass Valley Police Department, Public Health, Behavioral Health and Turning Point staff, with the purpose of the exercise to educate County staff on the proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds to active shooter situations, and what County staff can do to lessen injury and the loss of life in an active shooter situation.

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August 14th 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. Most meetings are scheduled at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, however, on the 14th, the Board meeting is scheduled to take place in Truckee at the Truckee Town Hall at 9:00 a.m.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board will be recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Truckee. 

Following consideration of the consent agenda, the Board will be hearing informational presentations on affordable housing and current projects by the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (MHC) and the Regional Housing Authority.

Afterwards, Mike Dent, Child Support Services Director, on behalf of the Health and Human Services Agency, will be bringing three different resolutions to the Board for consideration; two related to recuperative care services to eligible homeless patients with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Hospitality House, and another with FREED Center for Independent Living pertaining to assisting individuals with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness to apply for disability benefit programs and housing assistance through the SOARWorks Program.

Later, at 10:30 a.m. the Board will hold a public hearing to consider and establish a revised Fee Schedule for the Nevada County Treasurer - Tax Collector.

Lastly, the Board will hear about ongoing conversations between the County and the Town of Truckee regarding the County Library Branch operations in Truckee.

View the meeting agenda or watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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Participate in the Cannabis EIR Process

After receiving the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group's recommendations on January 9th, the Board provided direction to staff for drafting the County's new permanent cannabis ordinance at the February 13th and March 6th Board meetings. Since then, staff has used the direction from the Board to draft the first copy of the County's new cannabis ordinance, which includes conducting a Cannabis Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with the State's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines that addresses the potential physical environmental effects of the proposed Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance.

The Nevada County Planning Department is in the process of conducting the community input process which will assist the County in determining what issues should be studied within the EIR. The Planning Department will be holding two scoping sessions, open to the public, on August 22nd from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Foothills Event Center and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Bear River High School in Grass Valley. Nevada County strongly encourages anyone interested in commenting on the EIR project to attend one of the public scoping sessions.

Written and email comments regarding the Planning Department's Notice of Preparation on the Cannabis EIR project can be submitted to the Planning Department at through September 10th at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, the full Notice of Preparation is available on the County's Cannabis Conversation website.

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High Speed Broadband Service Now Available at All Nevada County Community Library Locations

Working through the State's partnership with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to provide high-speed connectivity, the Grass Valley, Truckee, Doris Foley and Penn Valley Libraries went online earlier this week with high-speed broadband.

CENIC, a non-profit organization, operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high capacity computer network with over 8000 miles of optical fiber. The network serves educational institutions and their users across California, including public libraries. Nevada County Community Library's Madelyn Helling branch went online last year and now all four other branches have been added to the network.

Internet users at Nevada County Community Library locations should see speeds of over 100 megabits per second (mbps) at most locations and 50 mbps at the Doris Foley Library. The connection to the high-speed network will not only provide users with improved access to internet content, but it will allow the library to expand service offerings to the public including Wi-Fi printing from a user's own device which should be installed by the end of the year.

Now that all locations are connected, the Library will be updating patron computers and printers across the system in alignment with the strategic plan priorities to embrace technologies that improve libraries and empower communities. To learn more information visit CENIC/CalREN’s project website.

Air Quality Advisory Continues

The Public Health Officers for Nevada County and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are extending a joint Air Quality Health Advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions through Monday, August 13th, resulting from various wildfires.  Conditions are expected to vary from Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, and possibly reach the Unhealthy range in some areas, depending on wind direction and other factors.  Forecast breezy conditions could lead to increased fire activity but also periodic clearing.  Ozone levels are expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range in western Nevada County, especially on Thursday and Friday, exacerbating the health effects of smoke.
Exposure to elevated PM2.5 (fine particulate matter in smoke) concentrations can result in eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing, impaired lung function and chest pain, especially among sensitive individuals such as the elderly, children, people with asthma, people with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, and anyone who is exercising or working hard outdoors.
If you smell or see smoke around you, the following actions are recommended:

  • Minimize outdoor activities even if you are healthy
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible; run the air conditioner on the "recirculate" setting if that is an option
  • People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan
  • People with heart disease, respiratory or chronic health issues should stay indoors
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe fatigue
  • Keep airways moist and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid breathing additional smoke, such as from cigarettes or barbecues

Near real-time air quality conditions may be found online at Spare the Air – Air Quality Information for the Sacramento Region or on Northern Sierra Air Quality District’s website.  As you view the most recent data, take into consideration that conditions can change rapidly due to wind shifts; it is wise to monitor the smoke throughout the day and make plans accordingly.

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Temporary Cannabis Permits are Moving Forward

On May 22nd, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved Urgency Ordinance 2450 allowing the issuance of Temporary Medical Commercial Cannabis Permits. Starting on June 6th, the Nevada County Building Department was accepting applications for temporary medical commercial cannabis permits.

Since then, the Nevada County Building Department has completed a total of 21 application appointments. Five of those applications have been issued, while the 16 others do not yet meet the minimum requirements.

After reviewing and approving permits for issuance following the cultivator's appointment, Cannabis Compliance Division inspectors will conduct site inspections to ensure compliance. The Cannabis Compliance Division has completed four site inspections so far; two of which have been approved and finalized. Nevada County then notifies the State cannabis agency, CalCannabis, that the local permit has been approved.

The Community Development Agency continues to receive multiple general ordinance and permit questions daily. Contact the Cannabis Compliance Division by calling (530) 265-1222 or emailing

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Register Today: Small Business Workshop, August 16th

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with Congressman Doug LaMalfa, is hosting a free Small Business Workshop on Thursday, August 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Nevada County Contractor's Association in Grass Valley. Interested participants can view the results from Congressman LaMalfa's Small Business Survey in District 1 of California that was completed last spring online. 

The Workshop will cover topics such as:

  • A Congressional Update provided by Congressman Doug LaMalfa
  • Information on the resources available to help you expand your business
  • An explanation of the steps required to be taken by you before applying for a loan
  • An informative description of the SBA loan guarantee program and how it can work for you
  • The necessary navigation steps required to become a Federal government contractor and a certified contractor with government agencies
  • The tools you need to take your business where you want it to go

Space is limited. Please RSVP online.

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