“Soft opening” of Fable Coffee on Mill Street in GV this weekend: shows the boom in local coffeehouses

11182050_868149506590633_1502643252147778331_n“We think we’re ready for you!” Fable Coffee’s Facebook page reads. “Come visit us tomorrow (Saturday) in Grass Valley from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for a soft opening! We are located at 167 Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley! Next door to the Del Oro movie theater… the doors will be open!”

Read “Coffee’s third wave: First Folgers, then Peet’s, now Temple and others” and “Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe” from our magazine.

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County homeless count down

This is from the CEO’s Friday memo:

Although the 2015 Nevada County Homeless Count is still preliminary, all indications point to a declining homeless population since data was first collected in 2009. The 2009 count was 345 individuals, compared to the most recent 2015 count of 241. These numbers include the City of Truckee and Eastern Nevada County.

The Nevada County Health and Human Service Agency provided a variety of services, grants, vouchers, subsidies, and supports that both directly and indirectly help to address homelessness. For example, $275,000 in Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grants and low interest loans are provided for critical housing supports such as foundation repair and installation, roof repair, and heating and cooling systems. In addition, $205,400 is allocated to Hospitality House for general operating expenses and behavioral health therapy and case management.

The Behavioral Health Department serves 116 seriously mentally ill individuals in 72 housing units throughout the County, including supportive case management and housing vouchers, budgeted at $1,025,910. The Social Service Department oversees $1,706,917 in low income rental assistance support through the Regional Housing Authority, and contracts with the Salvation Army for $66,590 for two transitional housing rooms.

The above are just a few examples of services; in total, the Health and Human Services Agency provides millions of dollars of support that touch the lives of tens of thousands of our low income citizens. Some of those who are positively impacted include people in our current and past homeless counts. In partnership with local non-profits, community based organizations, and the faith-based community, together we are making a difference and reducing homelessness in Nevada County.

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Building (not burning) bridges with Sacramento

Amid all the hullabaloo about State of Jefferson, I was glad to read this from the County CEO’s Friday memo:

On Wednesday, April 15th, District One Supervisor Nate Beason was among four rural county supervisors who met with John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources, and Ken Pimlott, the Director of Calfire.

The purpose of the meeting was for the supervisors to express the importance of the Brown Administration’s engagement in the process of reducing the wild land fire threat on federal lands in California. They requested specifically that the administration invest some of the state’s $1 Billion in Cap and Trade funds in fuel reduction projects on federal lands.

The meeting was cordial and encouraging, according to Supervisor Beason. He said that he was very pleased with the tenor of the dialogue and the apparent interest by the administration in state involvement.

This meeting was one in a series with Brown Administration officials. Last August, Governor Brown attended a meeting of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Board of Directors at which a variety of rural issues were presented, including the increasing intensity and frequency of fires in California.

In February, rural representatives met with Brown’s Cabinet Secretary and with the Chair of the California Air resources Board in March, and in both cases urged more state involvement in countering the wild land fire threat.

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What if Truckee decided to secede from our County?

You can be sure that few people in Truckee would support Nevada County’s effort to secede from California, let alone the upcoming effort by a small, vocal band of hard-right activists to get the board of supervisors to go along.

I often feel Truckee’s pain, as it watches the political antics in our western county. When it comes to politics, it must be like having a oddball brother.

Truckee is a real “economic engine” of our county, with world-class recreation that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is growing too.

Aside from the Rood Center and the BriarPatch, the top employers in our county are from Truckee: Northstar-at-Tahoe, the Village Lodge at Sugar Bowl, Boreal Ski Inn, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Ritz-Carlton at Tahoe, Hyatt’s Northstar Lodge and the Tahoe Donner Association — nearly all of them private enterprises.

The top taxpayers in our county are from Truckee, including Tahoe Club Co., Village at Gray’s Crossing, Gray’s Station, Hidden Lake Properties, Boreal Ridge Corp. and so on.

Truckee has more in common with Tahoe than the western county. It would be a real blow to Nevada County if Truckee got fed up with all of our western county’s political antics and decided to secede.

The eastern and western ends of our county can benefit from each other, but we also ought work together.

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Local hard right confirms real motive of upcoming SOJ “presentation”: to get the Supes to go along

First the State of Jefferson movement crept onto the County Board of Supervisors agenda as a “presentation.” But that’s not enough: Tonight hard-right blogger George Rebane used his opportunity on the KVMR “news hour” — where he has been given a soapbox  — to announce the real motive:

“The Nevada County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation by the county’s SoJ steering committee on 12 May at the Rood Center scheduled for 1:30PM. There will be an appeal for the Supes to join Nevada County with those in favor of forming the new State of Jefferson. In attendance will be members of Keep it California who also plan to have their voices heard. Please consider attending this meeting from which I promise you will emerge either informed or enflamed, or perhaps both.”

Rebane puts his own spin on the debate, claiming: “All these efforts have been roundly dismissed, denigrated, and mocked by California’s Left.”

In fact, the efforts have been roundly dismissed, denigrated and mocked by Californians of all political stripes. It’s too bad this has snowballed into yet another contentious dialogue over an extremist issue, but it often does when it comes to our local extremist politics. We just can’t help ourselves.

The political “appeal” to secede from California comes one day after western Nevada County hosts the second leg of the Tour of California (not SOJ) bike race, meant to build (not burn) bridges with the rest of our state — and world.

We are sending out a mixed message and risking our credibility with the rest of the state’s citizens.

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California cities fret over tiered water rates after court decision

Editor’s note: Cities such as Nevada City have recently adopted tiered water rates.

“Roseville, the sun-splashed suburb of about 125,000 residents, has been among the statewide leaders in saving water. Relying on a tiered pricing plan that charges heavier water users more, the city in recent months has outclassed the region in residential water conservation,” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Now, leaders there are taking stock after a state appellate court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano’s four-tiered system is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the three-justice 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that the Orange County city’s method violated Proposition 218, a 1996 ballot measure establishing that municipalities cannot impose fees for services that exceed the actual cost.

“’We will be evaluating our own rate-setting structure to ensure that we are in compliance,’ Roseville spokesman Maurice Chaney said Tuesday. ‘Without equivocation, we feel our system is adequate and complies with Proposition 218. But it’s an opportunity to look at it given the recent court ruling.’

“Other water providers, however, are far less certain.

“‘The measure was sold to voters as a way ‘to protect the people from their government,’ he said. ‘It is now being used to prevent government from protecting the people’s water resources.’”

The rest of the article is here.

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King Fire area open to the public

Editor’s note: This press release is from the U.S. Forest Service:

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced today, “I’ve decided to reopen the national forest lands in the King Fire area to the public beginning Saturday, April 25, in conjunction with the general opening of fishing season. Parts of the fire area are still hazardous, but that will continue to be true for years.”

Roadside trees killed in the King Fire that were identified as an immediate threat to public safety have been felled. Further hazard tree assessment will be done as part of the ongoing King Fire Restoration effort.

Meanwhile, there are still a few hot spots in the fire area. A recent flight over the fire area using infared technology for heat detection found 11 small spots remaining. Eight of these are in the Rubicon Canyon. Three others are near the fire perimeter. This is not unusual in a fire as large as the King Fire, and these hot spots are being monitored.

“We’ve been getting calls from all across the state asking us to lift the fire closure,” Supervisor Crabtree said. “People want to access their Forest to fish, cut firewood, collect mushrooms and continue many other activities and traditions they have not been able to do. Public safety was the primary reason for the fire closure. Reopening the area means it is critical that people take responsibility for their own safety,” Crabtree continued.

The public is reminded that permits are required for the collection of mushrooms, firewood and all other forest products. The District Offices at Georgetown and at Pacific will be open on Saturday the 25 to accommodate visitors who want to get permits or recreation information.

Visitors are urged to follow these safety suggestions:
-Remember that falling trees are always a hazard when traveling in the forest.
-Be particularly aware of your surroundings when hiking on trails.
-Stay on trails in the fire area to avoid possible smoldering in burned stump holes below the surface.
-Avoid parking or camping in areas where trees could fall.
-Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees.
-Drive with extra caution and expect logging trucks on narrow roads due to the high volume of timber being harvested on private lands in the fire area.
-Tell family or friends where you are going in the forest and when you expect to be back.

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