Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.


Western Interstate Region Conference Coming to California

Join RCRC, Mariposa County, and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for the 2020 National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite!  Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann serves as WIR President, and is looking forward to hosting his colleagues from the 15 western states in Mariposa County.  Read More…


Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Drinking Water Fund Advisory Group Meeting

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CalPERS Releases “Pension Outlook” Tool to Assist Employers with Budgeting Details

Many county employers offer the CalPERS defined benefit plan, providing retirement benefits to employees who serve California.  To help manage the employer’s budgeting details, CalPERS has developed a new software application called Pension Outlook.  This tool, which recently became available on myCalPERS to employers with non-pooled plans, provides powerful capabilities to model future events, understand risks, and plan for the future.  In a volatile financial environment, it can make budgeting more predictable. 


Fish and Game Commission Proposes Public Use Changes to Wildlife Areas, Public Lands, and Ecological Reserves

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is a Gubernatorially-appointed body with regulatory authority over the state’s public lands and wildlife conservation.  In January, the Commission released a regulatory proposal to make public use changes to California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lands, including designating recently acquired lands and removing properties the Department no longer possesses or manages.  


The proposal includes designating one property as a wildlife area, seven properties as ecological reserves, and making other site-specific changes that generally impact public access and/or public safety on these managed lands in various RCRC member counties, including Inyo, Mono, San Luis Obispo, Napa and Sonoma counties.

The Commission is holding two public hearings on this proposal and will accept comments orally or in writing no later than April 16, 2020.  The public hearings are scheduled for Friday, February 21st at 8 a.m., and Thursday, April 16th at 8 a.m. in Sacramento.

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GO-Biz Announces Cannabis Equity Grants for Local Jurisdictions

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has announced $30 million is available for cities and counties to promote equity and eliminate barriers to populations and communities that were disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. Grant applications must be received by March 9, 2020 and will be awarded no later than May 1, 2020 for assistance in Cannabis Equity Assessment and Program Development, or Assistance for Cannabis Equity Program Applicants and Licensees.

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Alpine County Seeks Director of Finance

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