Upcoming Hearing of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC), Changes to Affordable Housing Tax Credits in Fire Disaster Counties
On Thursday, May 7th the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) will hold a public hearing on regulation changes to distribute $100 million in additional low-income tax credits for fire disaster counties, including eight RCRC member counties. CTCAC will present an overview of the changes, answer technical questions, and accept public comments at the hearing as well as in writing until the close of business on May 18th. The hearing notice and details can be found here, and the regulation changes are here. Previously, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced CTCAC’s intent to clarify the regulations to ensure these disaster tax credits are distributed to areas hardest hit by recent wildfires, see here.
Last year, legislation from Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa) provided $100 million in affordable housing tax credits for California counties in 2017 and 2018 disaster areas. These funds are designed to assist rebuilding efforts in communities located in Butte, Lake, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sonoma, Ventura and Yuba Counties which suffered devastating losses due to the Camp Fire, Tubbs Fire, Thomas Fire, and Mendocino Complex Fire.
PG&E Announces Weekly Public Webinars on Wildfire Safety and PSPS Mitigation Efforts
PG&E announced a schedule of 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 6:30 p.m. The first webinar for Butte, Plumas, and Lassen Counties took place on April 29, but upcoming webinars are scheduled as follows:
- May 6 – Sonoma and Napa Counties (sign up here)
- May 13 – Placer, Nevada, and Sierra Counties
- May 20 – Colusa, Yolo, and Solano Counties
- May 27 – El Dorado, Amador, and Calaveras Counties
- June 17 – Mendocino and Lake Counties
- June 24 – Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties
- July 1 – Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou Counties
- July 8 – Glenn, Tehama, and Shasta Counties
- July 15 – Alpine, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties
- 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 here. Check back to sign up for future webinars.
Career Opportunity – Tehama County Director of Public Works
Tehama County is seeking applicants for the position of Public Works Director. Applications are due by 5pm on May 15, 2020. See here for details.
RCRC April Board Meeting Canceled – June Board Meeting Slated for Merced County
Due to the worldwide events surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the April meeting of the RCRC Board of Directors has been canceled. The meeting was scheduled to occur in Merced County next week, as it is customary to hold one board meeting a year in the County of the Chair.
Currently, plans are underway to hold the June meeting of the RCRC Board of Directors in Merced County on June 16-18, 2020. As the status of California’s stay-at-home order is re-evaluated in the coming weeks, arrangements are subject to change. The latest information and registration for the June meeting of the RCRC Board of Directors is available here.
WIR Conference Gathering Cancelled - Stay Tuned for Alternative Dates
Due to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation across the nation, after painstakingly thorough consideration, the 2020 National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference scheduled to take place at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, has been cancelled. The letter from WIR President, Supervisor Kevin Cann of Mariposa County, to the WIR Board of Directors may be viewed here.
A tremendous program was planned, and the conference team is exploring alternative options for members to utilize, including the possibility of the 2021 Conference being held in California. We encourage you to keep the WIR conference dates on your calendar. And, please plan to participate in virtual meetings and upcoming WIR workshops that may be offered as a partial replacement for Mariposa County in 2020.
For the latest WIR Conference updates, click here.