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Week of Monday, April 4, 2016


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING INFO
UPCOMING MEETING AGENDAS
Please click on the link below, to find the Agenda for the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting held April 5, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO FIND THE MEETING AGENDA >
CLICK HERE TO FIND ADDITIONAL MEETING DOCUMENTATION >
CLICK HERE TO FIND ADDITIONAL MEETING DOCUMENTATION >

PAST MEETING MINUTES
Please click on the link below, to read the Minutes for the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting held on March 1, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAST MEETING MINUTES >

2016 Meeting Agendas and Minutes have been posted. Please click below to read past Meeting Minutes and upcoming Agendas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FUTURE MEETING AGENDAS AND PAST MEETING MINUTES >

2016 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY PAGE & AGENDAS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY PAGE >
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FUTURE AGENDAS AND DOWNLOAD PAST MEETING MINUTES >



GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING DROUGHT, MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER >




ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Guns are bad, mmm-kay
April 1, 2016, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
The Bishop Unified School District (BUSD) voted 4-1 on Thursday, March 24, to not issue waivers for permitted concealed carry weapons (CCW) that would allow people to bring their guns on school campus. Senate Bill 707, which forced schools to make the call on the waivers, was implemented soon after the massacre in San Bernardino, which took place in an office building.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra snowpack shows improvement, but not enough to declare California's drought over
March 30, 2016, Matt Stevens, LA Times
In a symbolic moment in California's slow but steady drought recovery, a state surveyor on Wednesday found several feet of snow in the same Sierra Nevada meadow that was bare and brown just a year ago.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Easing California's drought restrictions would be a mistake
April 1, 2016, Michael Hiltzik, LA Times
On March 23, the San Juan Water District, which serves upper-crust residential estates in the Sacramento area, declared that the drought is over.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

More rent-controlled buildings are being demolished to make way for pricier housing
April 2, 2016, Ben Poston & Andrew Khouri, LA Times
Looking to cash in on a booming real estate market, Los Angeles property owners are demolishing an increasing number of rent-controlled buildings to build pricey McMansions, condos and new rentals, leading to hundreds of evictions across the city.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


What it's like to live in a city with a $14 minimum wage
April 2, 2016, Tracey Lien, Rick Anderson & Samantha Masunaga, LA Times
Security guard Kenneth Lofton was among the workers who benefited last year when this East Bay city hiked its hourly minimum wage to nearly $15 for employees at large companies.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Infographic: 223 drought maps show just how thirsty California has become
March 25, 2016, Kyle Kim & Thomas Suh Lauder, LA Times
This article was originally published on Aug. 7, 2014 and is updated weekly.
The majority of California is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought despite El Niño-related precipitation in recent weeks and the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report said the state's drought situation still remains "very serious."
The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, have shown an increasingly red California since 2011, the last time the drought map was clear.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


California sues Morgan Stanley over ‘massive’ investment losses
April 1, 2016, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
California officials Friday sued investment banking giant Morgan Stanley & Co. over huge losses suffered by the state’s public pension funds when the housing market crashed.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Many Central Valley farmers face severe water shortages despite easing drought
April 1, 2016, Ryan Sabalow & Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
In another sign that California’s drought has eased but the state’s water system is far from fully recovered, federal regulators announced Friday that Sacramento Valley farmers would get full water deliveries for the upcoming growing season, but many
San Joaquin Valley growers would face another year of severe shortages.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Dianne Feinstein says water wars tougher than assault-weapons ban
March 30, 2016, Christopher Cadelago, Sacramento Bee
Moments before release of a crucial snowpack survey Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned against loosening the mandatory water restrictions imposed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


State snowpack has changed a lot in the last year — as have Californians' attitudes toward water
March 30, 2016, Matt Stevens, LA Times
One year ago Friday, Frank Gehrke hiked out to Phillips Station and stuck a tube onto a tuft of brownish-green grass. There was no snow, but Gehrke had quite an audience.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Critical Sierra survey finds healthy snowpack – but no ‘drought buster’
March 30, 2016, Phillip Reeses & Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
After years of drought and months of speculation about how much precipitation a strong El Niño weather pattern would bring, the results are in: We’ve had a roughly average year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra snowpack shows El Niño not as beastly as billed
March 30, 2016, Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Gate
The blame for California’s below-average snowpack was placed Wednesday at the feet of a largely impotent El Niño, which failed to deliver the powerful storms forecasters expected.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

April snow survey by Department of Water Resources shows state's water health
March 30, 2016, Sacramento Bee
VIDEO: California officials announced Wednesday, March 30, 2016, that snowpack levels near Lake Tahoe stand at roughly
95 percent of the historical average, a welcome respite from years of drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


California’s drought: Get used to it, scientists say
April 2, 2016, Kevin Schultz, San Francisco Gate
The Bay Area and the rest of the state may as well get comfortable with drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Climate change is turning these unexpected regions into the next wine hotspots
April 2, 2016, Kim Kyung Hoon, Reuters & San Francisco Gate
The global winemaking map could soon change forever.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Unimpressive El Niño leaves California in water limbo
March 29, 2016, Peter Fimrite & Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Gate
The rain storms and blizzards that were supposed to come with El Niño were conspicuously non-biblical in
California this winter, leaving the state in an ecological limbo that has regulators thinking about easing water-use restrictions in some places but not in others.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

West Elm: First major retailer opening in downtown Reno in 30 years
March 31, 2016, Mike Higdon, Reno Gazette Journal
West Elm will be the first new major retailer in downtown Reno in three decades. Bernie Carter, Midtown and downtown Reno developer, said he leased the 12,000 square-foot first floor of the former main U.S. Post Office to the retail company. West Elm filed a permit with the city of Reno to begin tenant improvements.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Champions! Pack outlasts Morehead State to win CBI
April 2, 2016, Chris Murray, Reno Gazette Journal
It was from senior Lucas Stivrins, a reserve forward for Nevada who logged just 63 minutes this season. In the text, Stivrins told Musselman he couldn’t sleep. He was too excited for game three of the CBI title series. Stivrins had never won a team championship in his life. Winning the CBI would mean everything to him.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra snow is a big-time boost for Tahoe
April 2, 2016, Ben Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal
Video
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

April 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
March 30, 2016, CA DFW News
April Calendar of Events
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >







NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
JOB BOARD LINKS >
OHV PUBLIC GRANT COMMENTIN PERIOD OPEN MARCH 8–APRIL 4 >
ZIKA UPDATE & INFO FOR MARCH 31 >
MONO COUNTY & STATE OF CA INFLUENZA FORCAST MAP & INFO FOR MARCH 31 >
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETS CAN GET LOCAL HEALTH CARE >
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETERANS OFFICE HOURS >
MONO COUNTY CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CLICK HERE FOR INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO FROM CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL >
CONWAY RANCH STRATEGIC FACILITY PLAN >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >
RAW MILK NOTICE >
WORKFORCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM BEGINS MARCH 9TH >

ESTA (EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT AUTHORITY)
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE TO SEE ALL OF THEIR ROUTES >
REIMBURSMENTS BEING OFFERED FOR DISABLED TRANSPORTATION. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
DRIVER APPLICATION >
DRIVER RELEASE FORM >
REIMBURSEMENT FORM >

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
GET YOUR CHILD DENTAL CLEANINGS YEARLY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO IN ENGLISH >
GET YOUR CHILD DENTAL CLEANINGS YEARLY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO IN SPANISH >

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
READ HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY FOR AND GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN >
MONO COUNTY CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CLICK HERE FOR INFO >

LA TIMES DROUGHT REPORT CARD
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 1 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF FEB 15 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF FEB 8 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF FEB 1 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF JAN 25 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF JAN 18 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF JAN 11 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 29 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 22 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 15 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 1 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 23 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 16 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 6 >
CLICK HERE TO READ ' CAPTURING EL NINOS RAINS' >

FROM SENATOR TOM BERRYHILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' OCTOBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ: 'FIRE FEE' COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT WATCH >
CLICK HERE TO READ SENATE REPUBLICANS OFFER $8.7M WATER BOND PROPOSAL >
MAMMOTH HIGH SUPERSTAR HONORED AT THE STATE CAPITOL. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
CLICK TO READ CURRENT INFO FROM SENATOR BERRYHILL'S OFFICE >

EPA
MAMMOTH LAKES MEETS AIR QUALITY STANDARDS >

EASTERN SIERRA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM INFO >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA – BUSINESS, CONSUMER SERVICES & HOUSING AGENCY,
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT

CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN: MARCH 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN: FEB 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN: JAN 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN: DEC 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ SURVEY INFO REGARDING PAYDAY LENDERS >
COMMISSION ISSUES STATEMENT ON VALLEY & BUTTE FIRES >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE OF CA OFFERING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ALL IMMIGRANTS_FLYER IN ENGLISH >
STATE OF CA OFFERING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ALL IMMIGRANTS_FLYER IN SPANISH >

FEMA
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE NEXT POWER OUTAGE? >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS >
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FEMA NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY WEBSITE >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING PEDIATRIC DISASTER RESPONSE & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS >
NEW PSA FOCUSED ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH WATER SAVED UP IN CASE OF EMERGENCY? >

OSHA (OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION) & NSC (NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL)
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTS >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES_ENGLISH >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES_SPANISH >

RED CROSS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A 21 WEEK CHECKLIST TO BE PREPARED FOR A NATURAL DISASTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER IN SPANISH >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER IN ENGLISH >

CSAC (CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MARCH 31 BULLETIN >
a href="MARCH2016/MARCH25/CSAC_Bulletin_March 25, 2016.pdf" target="_blank">CLICK HERE TO READ THE MARCH 25 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER APRIL 1, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER MAR 25, 2016 >
RCRC WELCOMES SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY TO MEMBERSHIP >
RCRC INSTALLS NEW 2016 OFFICERS >
RCRC SPONSORS PILT LEGISLATION >
OMNIBUS SPENDING PACKAGE INCLUDES FUNDING FOR FED PILT >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING AIR RESOURCES BOARD INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING UNDERFUNDED WATER NEEDS >
GOV ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BOLSTER STATES DROUGHT RESPONSE >
THE FUTURE OF CA MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS >
CA COUNTIES PREPARING FOR CANNA BUSINESS OVERHAUL >
WATER FACT SHEET >
CLICK TO READ RURAL LEADER TESTIFY TO EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ON CA H20 QUALITY>
CLICK TO READ RURAL LEADER TESTIFY TO EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE UC DAVIS FINAL DROUGHT REPORT : AUGUST 18, 2015 >
CLICK TO READ PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CA 'WHAT IF THE DROUGHT CONTINUES?' ARTICLE >
CLICK TO READ UC DAVIS ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF 2015 DROUGHT >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR MAR 29, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR MAR 22, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR MAR 15, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR FEB 22, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR FEB 12, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR JAN 27, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR FEB 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR DECEMBER 11, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR OCTOBER 19, 2015 >
COUNTY ECONOMIES: OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES >
CLIMATE ADAPTAION, PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK >
CLICK HERE TO READ CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT GROWN TO REPEAL 'CADILLAC TAX' >
CLICK HERE TO READ 7 SUPREME COURT RULINGS TO EFFECT COUNTIES >
CLICK HERE TO READ US COURT OF APPEALS DELAYS WOTUS RULING NATIONWIDE >
CLICK HERE TO VIEW CA DROUGHT NUMBERS & STATS SHEET >

CDFW (CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND WATCH A VIDEO OF 'QUESTION THE LEADERS' PANEL DISCUSSION THAT TIM ALPERS ATTENDED AND PARTICIPATED IN THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE RECENT FRED HALL SHOW >
CLICK HERE TO READ DFW NEWS >
CLICK TO READ ABOUT: DROUGHT RELATED ACTIONS TO PRESERVE & PROTECT THE STATE'S FISH & WILDLIFE RESOURCES >

USDA (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SAGE GROUSE >

DOT (DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING A TAX ON THE MILES YOU DRIVE >

USFS (UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE)
VISIT THE USFS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR LOCAL UP-TO-DATE POSTINGS >
REVISIONS EFFECTING LOCAL LAND ACCESS, OFF-ROAD VEHICLES, ETC. STILL BEING WORKED ON >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE TRAIL ACCESS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING REVISED FOREST PLANS OF INYO, SEQUOIA AND SIERRA FORESTS >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
NEW CONCESSION CONTRACT BEGINS >
SPRING 2016 MEETING INFO >
SAVE THE DATES >
WINTER NEWSLETTER >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
PARK LAUNCHES 'OPEN THE GAETEWAY TP YOSEMITE' >
CAL FIRE AWARDS FIRE PREVENTION GRANT IN HIGH TREE MORTALITY AREAS >
US FOREST SERVICE SEEKS COMMENTS ON OHV GRANT APPLICATIONS >
KEEP BEARS WILD >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY!!) >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS >

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING WATERSHED IMPOROVEMENT >

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING STREET LIGHT OUTAGES >
CLICK HERE TO READ ENERGY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME AND OFFICE >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING VEGETATION MANAGEMENT >

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT
KNOW YOUR LIMIT WORKSHOPS >
CRIME ALERT: SEC PHOME SCAM >
SAFE TRADE INITIATIVE FOR SAFER ONLINE SHOPPING >

MAMMOTH LAKES Hispanic Advisory Committee
LAST MEETING WAS HELD DECEMBER 4_ENGLISH >

FRIENDS OF THE INYO
UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS >
FOI NEWS >

CROWLEY LAKE COMMUNITY GARDEN
CLICK TO VIEW THE SPRING CALENDAR >

NATIONAL WOUNDED WARRIOR CENTER
CLICK TO VIEW THEIR EASTER SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL BENEFIT CONCERT WEBSITE >