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Teamwork

posted May 3, 2018, 10:44 AM by Kristin Snell

by Hank Weston, Nevada County District 4 Supervisor

Since first taking office in 2007, I have published this monthly article with the title “Teamwork.” Well this month, I would like to point you to the Save Our Bridges Campaign Committee who for several years now has tirelessly exuberated the meaning of teamwork by bringing the community together to save the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge. While there have been some ups and downs along the way, the group has sustained without fail and continued its efforts to raise awareness and put pressure on us elected folks to ensure funding for the restoration of this local treasure. Most recently, the group began wielding itself back into action when some concerns were raised regarding the final approvals of the project might be delayed which could have pushed project construction out another year.  Fortunately, the project has been fully approved and project construction will be going out for bid by the time you read this. I would like to particularly thank Doug Moon, as the Chair of the Save the Bridge Campaign Committee for his continued leadership. I would also like to thank Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his office for their continued support for the restoration of Bridgeport Bridge, as well as State Assemblyman Brian Dahle for his support and efforts. I would like to thank State Parks Chief Ranger Mathew Green for his work and community engagement to ensure this project continues to move forward.

Now a few months ago, I explained my position on the Board’s initial action to not approve a budget amendment to fund the implementation of the Voter Choice Act (VCA). However, consequently, the Board at its February meeting adopted a budget amendment to allow for the implementation of VCA. So what does that mean for Nevada County voters? Well, it means a couple of things. First the VCA will replace the voter precinct system that we have all become use to. Instead, the election system will include mailed ballots to every registered voter.  It also means that previous voter precincts will be replaced with voting centers and ballot drop-off locations that will be made available 3 to 29 days prior to and on the Election Day.  And, unlike before, anyone can go to any voting center to cast their ballot. So let’s talk specifics, the County will be operating and administering seven (7) voting centers which include two (2) 24-hour Ballot drop-off locations and five (5) daytime Ballot Drop-off locations that will be open 28 days before the election and through Election Day.

Vote Center

Days in Operation

Nevada County Elections Office

28 Days before election day and through the election day

Truckee Town Hall

10 Days before election day and through the election day

Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley

3 Days before election day and through the election day

Gold Miners Inn, Grass Valley

3 Days before election day and through the election day

Family Resource Center, Truckee

3 Days before election day and through the election day

Penn Valley Fire Protection District Station 43, Penn Valley

3 Days before election day and through the election day

Higgins Lions Community Center, Grass Valley

3 Days before election day and through the election day

Ballot Drop-off Locations

Drop-Off Hours

SPD Market, 129 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley, CA 95959

Business-Hour Drop-Off:  7am-9pm (Closes June 5, 8pm)

Save Mart, 12054Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Business-Hour Drop-Off: 6am-12am (Closes June 5, 8pm)

Eric W. Rood Administrative Center Parking Lot, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959

24-Hour Drop-Off (Closes June 5, 8pm)

Holiday Market, 11324 Pleasant Valley Rd., Penn Valley, CA 95946

Business-Hour Drop-Off: 7am-10pm (Closes June 5, 8pm)

Holiday Market, 10952 Combie Rd. #12, Auburn, CA 95602

Business-Hour Drop-Off: 7am-10pm (Closes June 5, 8pm)

Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Rd., Truckee, CA 96161

24-Hour Drop-Off (Closes June 5, 8pm)

Save Mart, 11399 Deerfield Dr., Truckee, CA 96161

Business-Hour Drop-Off: 6am-12am (Closes June 5, 8pm)

In cannabis related updates, the Board approved two contracts for the purposes of developing a tax measure for the November ballot with the Lew Edwards Group and Godbe Research. Lew Edwards will be working as the lead consultant on identifying the viability and feasibility of a tax measure, developing ballot language, recommending tax structure, and will be working in close coordination with County Counsel and County staff. As part of that process, Godbe Research will be collecting extensive background information on Nevada County revenue measures and voter demographics, developing and testing a survey instrument, and conducting a comprehensive survey of approximately 400-500 total voters. They will be analyzing survey results and producing a report for the County and LEG to help identify whether a tax measure is viable and feasible.

 

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