Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.
CALEPA and DTSC Issue Interim Advisory on Handling and Management of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued an Interim Advisory on Handling and Management of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer on March 16th. The coronavirus pandemic triggered the need for large volumes of alcohol-based hand sanitizer for businesses, schools, and other entities across California. Some of these entities procured alcohol-based hand sanitizer in excess of need and could not consume or manage the excess material. Much of that alcohol-based hand sanitizer is now expiring. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be considered a hazardous material, and additionally, an ignitable hazardous waste once it is no longer usable for its intended purpose. Read the full advisory here.
Office of State Public Defender Announces Launch of a New California Data Hub with County-Specific Resources brought to you by the Vera Institute of Justice
On March 16th, the Vera Institute of Justice launched a new California Data Hub, which provides county-specific resources for county leaders interested in analyzing spending for criminal justice. With a separate fact sheet for each county, the data hub combines CDCR, DOJ, BSCC and Controller’s office data to give easy access to charts that can be downloaded. It includes helpful data points such as:
- Dollars spent on different parts of the county budget, including a breakdown of prosecution, defense, probation, sheriff
- Arrest rates by race within a particular county
- Percentage of people incarcerated within the county who have a mental health issue
- Percentage of people in your county jail who are awaiting trial
- Percentage of cases that are misdemeanors / felonies / violent felonies within a county
- Suggestions of what specific resources a county could pay for if they kept jail spending at 2017 levels (i.e. 34 mental health counselors, 225 one-bedroom apartments for the homeless)
- Statewide comparisons for incarceration rates by county
- Downloadable images and data sets
Explore the data hub here.
Upcoming PG&E Wildfire Safety Webinars
PG&E hosts online webinars throughout each year for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Community Wildfire Safety Program. These virtual gatherings allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback. For anyone who is not able to join a live webinar, presentations and video recordings of our past webinars are available on the PG&E website here.
The next webinar is scheduled for March 23, 2023 - Wildfire Safety Webinar (Santa Clara)
Counties served: Santa Clara
Attendee Dial In: 1-888-790-1836
Conference ID: 7108900
For a full list of upcoming webinars, see here.
The CivicSpark Fellow Application for the 2023-24 service year is Now Open
For 11 months, beginning in September, over 100 Fellows will bring energy, commitment, and drive to support communities tackle their climate and community resilience challenges while gaining professional experience. After launching pilot cohorts in Colorado and Washington last year, CivicSpark is excited to continue to serve those states, in addition to California. The priority deadline is April 7th.
Register for an upcoming informational webinar and visit our website to learn more about our program and how you can support and strengthen communities.
- Friday, March 24th, 2023, 1pm – 2pm
- Thursday, April 27th, 2023, 12pm – 1pm
- Thursday, May 25th, 2023, 1pm – 2pm
For more information, visit the website here.
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.
- April 18, 2023 – Del Rey
- April 20, 2023 – Los Osos
Space is limited. For more information and to register, see here.
- The County of Mendocino is seeking an Emergency Services Coordinator to oversee the function of an Operational Area Office of Emergency Services. The final filing date is March 17, 2023. For full job description and to apply, prospective candidates should visit here.
- 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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2023. To learn full program details and requirements, or to download an application, visit the CMSP website here.
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 Trainings: Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Yuba and Sutter Counties, POSTPONED to April 14, 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