Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.
Energy Safety Office to Host Workshop on Utility Vegetation Management Best Practices
The Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (Energy Safety) is hosting scoping meeting for stakeholders—including state agencies and California’s electrical corporations—to share ideas and discuss best practices for utility vegetation management for wildfire safety. Topics will include utility vegetation management practices in need of standardization and alignment in high fire risk areas. The meeting notice and agenda can be viewed here.
DATE: Friday, February 10, 2023
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Zoom/Virtual Only.
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Webinar January 31st: Children Now Presents the 2023 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being
Children Now has released the 2023 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, an interactive tool that delivers data on how kids are doing in each of California’s 58 counties, and tracks over 40 key indicators of children’s well-being – over time, by race/ethnicity and relative to other counties – from prenatal to the transition to adulthood.
This year, 6 new indicators have been added to provide a more comprehensive whole-child view, including the percent of low-income children reached by CalFresh, children with Medi-Cal who had a blood lead screening by age 2, and 5th graders in foster care who met or exceeded standards in science.
To learn more about the Scorecard and how to use it to improve outcomes for kids in your community, please register for the webinar:
Date: Tuesday, January 31st
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Children Now Presenters:
Ted Lempert, President
Kelly Hardy, Senior Managing Director, Health & Research
Vincent Stewart, Vice President, Policy & Programs
Stacy Lee, Chief Learning Officer & Senior Managing Director, Early Childhood
Susanna Kniffen, Senior Managing Director, Child Welfare & Government Relations
Lishaun Francis, Director, Behavioral Health
Launch Community Resilience Projects and Apply to Be a CivicSpark Partner - Early Application Deadline February 6th
CivicSpark is a national service program implemented by CivicWell (formerly the Local Government Commission), dedicated to supporting local governments and community organizations to address key community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, housing, and mobility. To find out about partnership opportunities, eligibility, and the application process, visit the website at https://civicspark.civicwell.org/partnership-opportunities. The early partner application deadline has been extended to February 6, 2023. View the program flyer here.
California Cannabis Authority Free Webinar for Local Governments
The California Cannabis Authority (CAA) is hosting a free webinar on February 2nd, exclusively for local governments looking to start, or currently operating, cannabis programs.
Hear from Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s first cannabis czar, and nationally recognized experts at Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC). Get the scoop on what your cannabis program needs to be successful! Reserve your place now.
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Where: Virtual, Join via Zoom
California Chamber of Commerce Launches Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Course
To help employers move the needle on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), the California Chamber of Commerce has officially launched its Foundations of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion course, which aims to:
- Help learners become more conscious about DEI and understand its value to an organization’s bottom line;
- Support learners in becoming more self-aware; and
- Identify inclusive leadership behaviors that will ensure a workplace where people can thrive.
Employers can use this approximately one-hour training to empower teams, amplify underrepresented voices, attract and retain an enthusiastic workforce, and establish an infrastructure that supports change and promotes professional development.
Although having employees complete DEI training isn’t a legal requirement, implementing such training would benefit workplaces, employers and employees through improved performance, increased retention, enhanced engagement and loyalty, and more. Participants also are eligible for HRCI, SHRM and MCLE credits.
CMSP Offering Healthcare Infrastructure Development Matching Grant
The CMSP Healthcare Infrastructure Development Matching Grant program (HID Matching Grant) will help CMSP counties and non-profits contracted with CMSP counties to expand their physical capacity to provide healthcare and behavioral health services by providing required local level match funds for state, federal or other infrastructure grants. Up to $10 Million may be awarded! Awards range up to $500,000 for projects serving a single CMSP county and up to $ 1,000,000 for projects serving multiple CMSP counties. HID Matching Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning February 1, 2023 through June 1, 2023. Applications will be considered as they are received and will be submitted to the Governing Board for consideration at an upcoming regularly scheduled public meeting of the Board. Completed applications must be submitted to email@example.com by June 1, 2023. To learn full program details and requirements, or to download an application, visit the CMSP website here.
Participate in a Caltrans Pilot Study, Earn up to $250, and Help Bring the Rural Voice to the Future of Transportation Funding
California needs a fairer, more transparent, and more sustainable way to fund our roads and is exploring the California Road Charge policy idea. Caltrans wants the voices of rural community members, ranchers, tribes and business owners at the table to understand how the concept fits into your day-to-day and what unique challenges and opportunities it may provide rural and tribal communities. The state is offering incentives of up to $250 for community members to take part in a 7-month pilot launching in March 2023. To be eligible for the incentive, rural community members will need to have mileage reported electronically through a device or app, drive around as usual during the pilot timeframe and participate in two surveys. Technology and user experience are the focus of the pilot study and no participant will pay for the simulated road charges. For more history and information, or to sign up for the pilot, visit caroadcharge.com/engage/contact-us/. If you are interested in having Caltrans come to your community or have any questions, contact Road Charge Program Manager Lauren Prehoda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training: Land Use Planning for Wildfire (Free!)
The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection announces the launch of the CAL FIRE / Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California Trainings.
These free, all-day, in person trainings are open to land use planners, fire marshals, fire chiefs, fire mitigation specialists, building officials, and other professionals from government agencies and the private sector engaged in planning, policy, development review and/or approval activities in California.
The following is a list of upcoming trainings across the state.
- February 7, 2023 – San Diego
- February 16, 2023 – Redding
- March 7, 2023 – Roseville
- March 9, 2023 – Morgan Hill
- April 18, 2023 – Del Rey
- April 20, 2023 – Los Osos
Space is limited. For more information and to register, see here.
- Mariposa County is seeking applications for Chief Probation Officer. For more information, or to apply online, see here (position flyer here). Only online applications will be accepted. The position closes on February 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
- Shasta County invites applications for County Counsel. For more information, or to apply online, see here. View the full position announcement here. The final filing date is February 15, 2023 at 7:59 a.m.
- The County of Sierra is seeking a Director of Health and Social Services, responsible for the management and administration of Department of Health and Social Services. A full description and qualifications are available here. For more information, visit the county website here or call (530) 289-2879.
- The Sierra County Department of Transportation is recruiting for a Transportation Planner II or III, depending on qualifications. This position is open until filled. For more information, see the county website here or call 530-289-2879
Tuolumne County Auditor Controller's Office is seeking qualified candidates for the Assistant Auditor-Controller. This assistant department head position will be responsible for assisting with the planning, organizing, and directing of the daily functions of the Auditor’s Office, including budget prep and administration, payroll, fixed asset accounting, procurement, general accounting, A/P, auditing and reporting. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in accounting, and five (5) years of public accounting experience. Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary range: $9,505 - $11,553/mo. Position closes Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Apply online here.
Tuolumne County Public Works is seeking an experienced integrated waste professional with extensive knowledge of environmental regulations and compliance to oversee the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials, provide public outreach and training, promote recycling programs, maintain two closed landfills, and negotiate and monitor contracts for environmental and landfill services. The Director of Solid Waste, as a key member of the management team, will oversee a staff of four and provide expert advice and support to the Director, Board members, and the community. Bachelor’s degree and three years’ experience in solid waste management with two years at a supervisory or higher level. Flexible schedule 90/8 or 20%-40% telework considered for right candidate. Position is open until filled. EOE For additional details, see here.
The County of Yolo is currently recruiting for the position of Director, Integrated Waste Division. To learn more about the position and application process, please click here. Apply no later than February 24, 2023.
- The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill one (1) regular, full-time position in the class of Public Information Officer (PIO) at the County Administrator's Office. The role of the Public Information Officer is to manage the County’s communications with the public through press releases, social media, videos, live media and the County website. The PIO informs and engages the community and other stakeholders regarding County activities, services, and strategies. The PIO also functions as the County Spokesperson which requires knowledge of County programs and policies. As a member of the County Emergency Operations Center personnel, the PIO also acts in a lead capacity in disseminating information during an emergency. The full job announcement can be found here. This position is open until filled.
Institute for Local Government Launches New Digital Planning Commissioner Handbook & Regional Trainings
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) recently released an updated version of their Planning Commissioners Handbook. This handbook is designed to support planning commissioners, their staff, and other officials interested in land use and planning; to help local officials understand the planning process; and provide a glimpse of some potential planning challenges commissioners may experience during their terms. The handbook describes the major terms, plans, and policies that make up the framework of local planning, as well as typical stakeholders in the process and the basics of reviewing applications for development.
In conjunction with this release, ILG is hosting regional training sessions for planning commissioners. These interactive sessions will take place in person at various locations throughout the state and will cover topics such as the role of a planning commission, how to work effectively with staff and the governing board, effective community engagement, CEQA basics, required planning documents, and local and regional planning challenges and opportunities. Each session will give participants the opportunity to engage with experts in the field and fellow planning commissioners to hear best practices, emerging trends, and lessons learned. All sessions are FREE but space is limited and registration is required. Find a full schedule and register here.
Next Training: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, February 17, 2023
Access the State Grants Portal for a Multitude of Funding Opportunities
Billions of dollars are up for grabs to public agencies and other entities, including tribes and businesses. Grant seekers can access a centralized portal of grant and loan opportunities here, or sign up to receive new grant opportunities delivered straight to your inbox