YubaNet: A primer on Nevada City’s sphere of influence

“At their February 23rd meeting the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will hold a workshop to consider and provide direction to staff regarding Nevada City’s sphere of influence (SOI) update, including the recommended sphere of influence boundary,” as YubaNet is reporting. “The current draft proposal reduces the city’s SOI from 2,907 acres to 1,482 acres and places the remaining acreage in an area of interest designation. No formal action will be taken at the workshop, the Commission will provide direction to staff only.”

The primer is here.

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Grass Valley officials to consider a brewery at The Union on Tuesday

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:
The City of Grass Valley planning commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to consider a brewery, wine tasting room and outdoor beer garden in the empty space where The Union used to print its community newspaper before outsourcing the printing to the Sacramento Bee.

The 1849 Brew Pub at 464 Sutton Way— previously reported here — will include an outdoor beer garden area, a pizza oven, a 20-foot tall grain silo. Soft rock and live music will play inside the pub on weekends, the application said.

The applicant is Grass Valley resident David Krikorian, the project owner is listed as Nevada County Publishing Co., the contractor is listed as Keoni Allen of Sierra Foothills Construction, and the architect is Deer Creek Studio of Nevada City. “The applicant is requesting approval of a use permit to operate a brewpub,” according to the staff memo. “The applicant plans to occupy about 5,387 square feet of the existing building.” Staff recommends that the use permit be approved. The staff report is here.

Krikorian previously has said he would be leasing the new brewery space from the newspaper publisher. His son, Kevin, will be the brewmaster in the 15-barrel brewery. The brewery and taproom plans to offer a wide choice of beers: IPAs, pale ale, light and dark ale, stout and lager beers.

The project is considered exempt from the provisions of CEQA, according to the report. The City said it is not aware of any land use conflicts or environmental impacts associated with brew-pubs and breweries in Nevada City and Auburn.

In 2004, the Grass Valley Planning Commission approved a 5,316 square-foot expansion of the newspaper building at this location — but not a brewery.

“Over the past few years, the paper production of the newspapers has moved to Sacramento, leaving a portion of the building empty,” the staff report said.

Newspapers are outsourcing their printing to larger publications to cut costs. Meanwhile, craft breweries are booming all across America. Grass Valley elected officials have been seeking to bring a brewery to town — noticing the success in Nevada City with ol’ Republic and Three Forks.

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Spies keep intelligence from Donald Trump on leak concerns

“U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

“The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

“In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

“A White House official said: ‘There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.'”

The rest of the article is here.

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Trump campaign officials had repeated contact with Russian intelligence

“Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials,” as the New York Times is reporting.

“American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

“The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.

“But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.”

The rest of the article is here.

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A $70K crowdfunding campaign launched to repair sinkhole at Stone House

18208052_1487020181-5225_funddescriptionA $70,000 crowdfunding campaign has been launched to repair the giant sinkhole in the Stone House parking lot resulting from the recent rains.

“Nevada City, CA and surrounding communities have been eagerly awaiting the re-opening of The Stone House, a historic and beautifully remodeled Farm-To-Table restaurant/bar. This family friendly establishent has been under construction for months, employing local crafts people, artists, and construction crews. No detail has been overlooked in the restoration process, and many local and reclaimed items have been used.

“Just as the project was finishing, and preparing to open, the epic rains of 2017 came, and they didn’t stop. The parking lot of the building turned into a massive sinkhole, and unfortunately, neither the City nor the insurance policy covered the costs of the disaster.

“Please join us in helping to fix the sinkhole so thatThe Stone House can open!”

The link to the crowdfunding website is here.

(Photo: GoFundMe website for Stone House)

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SYRCL, among others, warned about failure of Oroville dam emergency spillway in 2005

Reports filed in 2005 show that the Department of Water Resources was warned that a failure of the emergency spillway could be catastrophic. Friends of the River (FOR), the Sierra Club and SYRCL raised this issue in 2005, and are mentioned in a recent San Jose Mercury News article. As members of the Yuba Feather Workgroup from 2001, SYRCL, the Sierra Club, and FOR were engaged in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process about Oroville Dam in order to improve flood control, trying to make communities safer.

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Turmoil at the National Security Council

“These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world,” the New York Times is reporting.

“Three weeks into the Trump administration, council staff members get up in the morning, read President Trump’s Twitter posts and struggle to make policy to fit them. Most are kept in the dark about what Mr. Trump tells foreign leaders in his phone calls. Some staff members have turned to encrypted communications to talk with their colleagues, after hearing that Mr. Trump’s top advisers are considering an “insider threat” program that could result in monitoring cellphones and emails for leaks.

“The national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has hunkered down since investigators began looking into what, exactly, he told the Russian ambassador to the United States about the lifting of sanctions imposed in the last days of the Obama administration, and whether he misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. His survival in the job may hang in the balance.”

The rest of the reporting is here.

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