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


DOT Webinar: How to Apply for a SMART Grant 

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program, authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This new discretionary grant program will offer up to $100 million in grants annually over the next 5 years to fund transportation projects that use data and technology to solve real-world challenges facing communities today. 

State, local, and tribal governments and agencies are eligible to apply.  


Title: How to Apply for a SMART Grant 

Date: Thursday, September 29th 

Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Pacific)/2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern) 


For information, visit the SMART program’s website here


CAL FIRE Wildfire Prevention Grants Program to host a hybrid workshop for Public Input

The Wildfire Prevention Grants Program will be hosting a Public Input Workshop on Thursday, September 29, 2022, from 10 AM – 11 AM where they are seeking ideas on improving our program and identifying additional funding sources.

The physical location of the meeting will be CNRA Building, 715 P Street, Conference Room 2-309, Sacramento, CA 95814. Feel free to also join on your computer or mobile app.  No registration is necessary.

In-Person Participation:  California Natural Resources Building, 715 P Street, Conference Room 2-309, Sacramento, CA 95814. 
Remote Participation Via Zoom: 

See the event flyer here.


California Energy Storage Alliance Safety Series 

The California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) is excited to announce the Energy Storage Safety Series looking to advance safe installation of energy storage devices in California and across the Western US.  

The first Roundtable on October 12th, "Staying Current, How do we create and maintain safety as energy storage technology evolves?", will be discussing the challenges of standards and codes keeping up with evolving energy storage technologies as well as best practices in managing these transitions. This event is being held in conjunction with CESA’s Business Development Forum.

Date: October 12, 2022 
Time: 12:00-3:00 PM PT 
Location: River Terrace Inn, Napa, CA 
Lunch will be provided. 


  • Charles Picard, Senior Engineer of Energy Products, Tesla

  • Katherine Balanza, Director of HSE, esVolta 

  • Jignesh Maun, Deputy Fire Marshal, Santa Clara Fire Department 

  • Mark Neuburger, Legislative Representative in Housing, Land Use and Transportation, California State Association of Counties 

Register for the October Roundtable here


Save the Date: Drought to Flood – Building Resilience for California’s Climate Extremes 

Save the date, Monday, October 17th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, for an event hosted by the California Department of Water Resources, “Drought to Flood: Building Resilience for California’s Climate Extremes”  

The event will feature the latest data about climate extremes and the increased risk of drought and floods; actions to take now that can help prepare for inevitable weather extremes; discussions about developing flood management equity; and insights about meeting funding needs now and in the future. 

In Person: California Natural Resources Agency (715 P Street, Sacramento)
Virtual: to be announced  


Career Opportunities

  • East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition (ESJWQC) is seeking an Executive Director to serve as the day-to-day agent and executive for the governing Board of Directors. Located in the Central Valley of California, with the administration office in Modesto, California, the ESJWQC desires to find an individual that has experience in administration, managing nonprofits, preparing financial reports, managing issues related to water quality, public affairs, public meetings, and communications. Familiarity and experience with the ILRP, the Central Valley Water Board and the State Water Board is highly preferred. The position will remain open until filled by the ESJWQC Board. For more information and to apply, see here.
  • Maxwell Irrigation District (MID), located in Colusa County is in search of a General Manager. The position requires oversight of operations as well as coordination of business activities with local, state and federal agencies for their 6,300 acre CVP Settlement Contract district.  Candidates should be capable of supervising and working with both administrative and operational staff, both in the office and in the field. The Manager reports to, and takes direction from, the MID Board of Directors.  A Bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management, business administration, irrigation engineering or other related majors is preferred, but experience in lieu of the full educational requirement will be considered.  Base salary will range from $70k and up, dependent upon education and experience.  Those interested in the full job listing and a packet of District information should email a request to or call 530-438-2773.

  • Monterey County is seeking a County Administrative Officer to execute and coordinate the management and administrative policies and directives of the Board as well as directing the activities of the Administrative Office. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the Bob Murry & Associates website here for more information or to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gary Phillips at (916) 784-9080. Filing Deadline: 10/7/22

  • Shasta County invites applications for County Health Officer to maintain primary responsibility for the enforcement of public health laws in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County. For more information or to apply online see here (view brochureClosing Date:  November 28, 2022, 7:59 am. 

  • Sonoma County is seeking a County Administrative Officer to act as an agent for the Board with responsibility for the prompt and efficient administration and execution of all aspects of County government over which the Board exercises control and direction.  For more information, or to apply online, please visit the Bob Murry & Associates website here. Filing Deadline: 10/5/22


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 Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, October 7, 2022


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.