Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.
Caltrans and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Announce SB 743 Virtual Town Hall
The California Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) are hosting a Virtual Town Hall for a conversation on Senate Bill 743, which authorized OPR to update California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines and require lead agencies to evaluate Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as a transportation analysis metric. These CEQA changes take full effect and apply statewide on July 1st. A new Frequently Asked Questions document, and other SB 743 resources are available on the OPR SB 743 website.
Date: July 1, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information about the SB 743 Virtual Town Hall webinar, see the announcement here. Register for the webinar here or view it live on the OPR YouTube Channel.
Amendment to the Federal 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released an amendment to the federal 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The NOFA applies to state CDBG non-entitlement cities and counties applying for funding under Community Development activities, Special Allocations for Economic Development, Colonia, and Native American Communities.
This amendment only affects the Economic Development (ED) set-aside and:
- Removes the competitive process, allowing all applications, both program and project, to be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Extends the ED program application deadline to September 15, 2020.
- Makes other changes to program activity limits and requirements for proof of capacity, while providing more local flexibility in ED program design and implementation.
HCD will host a webinar on June 29 at 1:30 p.m. to answer questions and help potential applicants prepare successful applications. You can register for the webinar here, and access the 2019-2020 CDBG NOFA amendment and links to the online application here.
North State Drinking Water Solutions Network Webinar
The Northern California Water Association is hosting the inaugural meeting of the North State Drinking Water Solutions Network on Wednesday, July 8, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The meeting, being held via webinar, will focus on sharing information regarding:
- Drinking water challenges in the Sacramento River Basin
- Updates from the State Water Board regarding new state funding and technical assistance opportunities, including the Safe & Affordable Drinking Water Fund and Administrator Policy
- Existing non-profit technical assistance and training programs available to small water systems, schools, and others
- Ongoing efforts by water suppliers to expand access to safe drinking water and the Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition’s work to protect surface water and groundwater quality
Representatives from local government, water systems, nonprofit technical providers, landowners, and others interested in advancing drinking water solutions are invited to attend. Additional details are available here.
- Tehama County Seeks Director of Public Works
Tehama County is inviting applications for the position of Director of Public Works. The application deadline is July 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. To apply or for more information, see the job bulletin here.
The county of Colusa is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Public Work/Road Commissioner. The position is open until filled. Details are available here.
Butte County is recruiting for the position of Chief Administrative Officer. The filing deadline is July 20, 2020. To apply or for more information, see the announcement here.
Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (SRTA) is seeking a Chief Fiscal Officer. Position details are available here. The position is open until filled. See the SRTA website for updates and submission information.
CARB to Host an Air Regulatory Overview Webinar for Public Agencies in California
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be hosting an Air Regulatory Overview webinar for public agencies on June 29, 2020.
This course is an overview of air regulations that public agencies in California have compliance requirements including:
- Idling Limitations;
- On-Road Public Fleet Regulation;
- In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation>
- Periodic Smoke Inspection Program; and
- Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP).
DATE: June 29, 2020
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
Public Forums for Southern California Edison’s Proposed Rate Increase on Electric Customers
Public Forums to discuss Southern California Edison’s 20.5% rate increase request with the California Public Utilities Commission have been scheduled to occur on Tuesday, June 30th and Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day. To participate and make public comments at that time, call 1-800-857-1917, passcode 1673482, or you may view the public meeting here. For the full public notice, see here.
PG&E Weekly Public Webinars on Wildfire Safety and PSPS Mitigation Efforts
PG&E is holding weekly public webinars at which it will provide information on local Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) and wildfire safety efforts, including how it will make PSPS events smaller in size and shorter in duration, efforts to install new grid technology and harden electrical infrastructure, and enhanced vegetation management activities.
Webinars will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Webinars have taken place for Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, and Yuba Counties. Upcoming webinars are scheduled as follows:
- July 1 – Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou Counties (join webinar here)
- July 8 – Glenn, Tehama, and Shasta Counties (join webinar here)
- July 15 – Alpine, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties (join webinar here)
- July 22 – Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties
- July 29 – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Kern Counties
- August 5 – Tulare, Madera, and Fresno Counties
See a full schedule, find information to join a webinar by phone, or view past presentations here. Check back for links to future webinars.
COVID-Related Extensions Possible on CDBG Annual Performance Reports
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced that the State Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for non-entitlement jurisdictions requires all CDBG Recipients to submit Annual Performance Reports (APRs) documenting any activity that occurred during fiscal year 2019/2020. The reporting period covers July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. APR documents must be completed and submitted via email to CDBG.Reports@hcd.ca.gov by Friday, July 31, 2020. If the deadline can’t be met due to circumstances caused by COVID-19, please email Francisco Arnaiz outlining the reasons for requesting an extension and the date you expect to submit the report. Additional details are available in the HCD announcement here.
2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator (SGMA) Grant Program
A new 2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator (SGMA) Grant Program is being launched at the Department of Conservation. Grants are being offered for watershed coordinators in parts of the state impacted by implementation of SGMA. Information about the program can be found here. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2020. A solicitation and application has been posted here.
Please contact Department of Conservation watershed program staff with questions or comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (916) 324-0850.
RCRC Annual Meeting in Napa County Cancelled
The RCRC Annual Meeting 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This meeting was scheduled to occur in Napa County this September. Several factors led to this difficult decision, most notably, current and future state and local government guidelines. Planning is underway to hold a future Annual Meeting in Napa – most likely in 2022 – in order to enjoy the beauty of the County as well as contribute to its economic recovery. More information on the return to Napa will be forthcoming after consideration and action by the RCRC Board of Directors.