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


CARB To Host Q&A Session for Local Governments on Advanced Clean Fleets Rule

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is hosting a public online question and answers (Q&A) session on the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) requirements, including how to obtain individualized fleet assistance. The ACF regulations apply to local government agencies (among others) and affect medium- and heavy-duty on-road vehicles with a gross vehicle weight greater than 8,500 pounds, as well as off-road yard tractors. Interested participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance here by March 8, 2024; registration is limited. For more information, please visit CARB’s ACF webpage.

WHAT: Q&A Session with State and Local Government Agency Fleets
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 9am – 11am
WHERE: Virtual via Zoom, register here

HCD Launches Plumas County 2021 ReCoverCA Disaster Recovery Program - Apply Today!

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has launched its 2021 ReCoverCA Housing Programs for residents of Plumas County!

Homeowners impacted by the 2021 Dixie Fire – including owner-occupants and landlords willing to rent their properties as affordable, single-family homes – may be eligible for the Single-Family Reconstruction (SFR) or Single-Family Mitigation Retrofits (SFM) Programs. 

The Single-Family Reconstruction (SFR) Program offers eligible homeowners and landlords who lost homes in the Dixie Fire up to $500,000 to help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. The Single-Family Mitigation Retrofits (SFM) Program provides funds for defensible space and home hardening needs on homeowners’ properties. Eligible homeowners can apply for up to $50,000 for mitigation activities that bring a property into compliance with California Wildland Urban Interface Code.

Visit the ReCoverCA website for the 2021 applications, program details, eligibility, policies and procedures, fact sheets, and application instructions. 


Webinar March 4: 2024 REAP Technical Assistance Grant

Join Rural Development on Monday, March 4th from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM EST for a webinar on The Rural Energy for America Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program. This program provides Technical Assistance to Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses Applying to the REAP Program, with priority for applications assisting at least two or more of the following types of REAP Applicants:

(a) Agricultural Producers
(b) REAP applicants pursuing projects located in disadvantaged or distressed communities
(c) Tribal entities
(d) REAP Applicants pursuing projects using Underutilized Technologies
(e) REAP Applicants pursuing projects under $20,000.

To meet this purpose, the Agency will make grants to eligible entities to provide services to assist potential REAP Applicants in submitting Complete Applications. Register Today!


Upcoming Public Hearings on AT&T’s Request to Discontinue Landline Service

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold in-person and virtual public forums to receive customer input regarding AT&T’s pending Application to discontinue copper landline phone service (more information here).  Public comments may also be submitted here. If approved by the CPUC, over 580,000 affected AT&T customers would be left with fewer options in terms of choice, quality, and affordability. Alternative services, such as Voice Over IP (VoIP_ and wireless, have no obligation to serve a customer or to provide equivalent services to AT&T landline customers, including reliable access to 9-1-1 or LifeLine program discounts. RCRC opposes AT&T’s Application and is a formal party to the proceeding. 

Remaining Public Hearings




March 14, 2024, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

In-person only 

Indio City Hall Council Chambers 
100 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201 

March 19, 2024, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Virtual only 

Remote access via webcast or phone. 
Live video broadcast with English or Spanish captions via webcast: 
Phone: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 6032788# 


Employment Opportunities

Colusa County

Colusa County is seeking an Assistant County Administrative Officer. Salary: $132,300.00 - $216,780.00. This recruitment is open until filled. The next application review is March 14, 2024. To learn more or to apply, see here.
Colusa County offers an excellent benefit package.

Mendocino County

Yolo County

  • Yolo County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Elections (ACE) is currently seeking one (1) highly skilled and dedicated individual to join the team as a regular, full-time Deputy Assessor.

Hiring Incentive: ACE is excited to roll out its Pilot Hiring Incentive Program for first-time external Deputy Assessors hires during Fiscal Year 2023-2024. Don’t miss the opportunity to be eligible for $10,000 in financial incentive payments after completion of the applicable probationary period!

To Apply: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application, resume, verification of education, and responses to the supplemental questions at the time of filing. For important details and application instructions, see the job announcement here. Closing Date: February 23, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Pacific


Applications for Federal Bridge Investment Program Due March 19, 2024

Applications are open for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s competitive Bridge Investment Program, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Nearly $10 billion in multi-year funding (FY 2023-FY2026) is available for local government planning grants and bridge project grants. Bridge Project grants may be used for bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and protection. Applications must be received by March 19, 2024. For more information including eligibility and how to apply, see here.


CALED Annual Training Conference - ELEVATE! April 2024

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Annual Conference, “Elevate” will be April 10-12, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, California. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about new economic development opportunities, connect with your peers, and get inspired to elevate your economy, businesses, and community! Early Bird registration ends February 16th. For details and registration see here.


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