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By Eric Johnson
Published May 06, 2024

California Forever's proposed city (in blue) is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento. California Forever's proposed city (in blue) is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento.

The California Exodus and California Forever, Redux

On January 29, The Newsletter ran a piece under the headline “The California Exodus and ‘California Forever’.” Both of these big stories moved significantly over the past week, and we revisit them today. 

Also, as always: Peruse your cureated local News Feed; learn about a local nonprofit doing good work; and check out our Recipe of the Week.

Brand New City on the Delta Takes a Step Forward

Last Tuesday, the company that plans to build a high-tech, green, walkable city of 400,000 in rural Solano County announced that it had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The story involves an insane amount of money, some insanely powerful billionaires, and a detailed set of plans that appear to be quite sane, if not visionary. Here, amid well-earned controversy, we offer two pieces that consider the project on its own terms. 

California Forever: Building a New Community From the Ground Up

A view of the Helen Madere Memorial Bridge crossing the Sacramento River at Rio Vista in Solano County, California.
We take a closer look at ambitious plans to build a new community of up to 400,000 residents in Solano County.

California Forever CEO on Democracy and City Planning

California Forever CEO Jan Sramek announces that he has gathered enough signatures to get his plan on the November ballot in Solano County.
Jan Sramek disavows techno-libertarian 'Network State,' explains why master-planned cities are All-American, and talks of his love for walkable communities.

They're Coming Back to Cali

The California Department of Finance announced this week that the state’s population rose last year, after declining in both 2021 and 2022. 

Is the ‘California Exodus’ Over?

San Jose is finally working to fix its housing shortage, as are many California cities. This could help quell the hoards heading out of state.
Despite predictions that the party on the West Coast is winding down, California’s population increased last year for the first time since 2020.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Time to dig into this fruity salsa

Fresh strawberries combine with oranges and chilies for a fruity spring salsa
NEW! Fresh strawberry-orange salsa with green onions

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Our overview page for Nevada County is updated daily with the latest state and local news, weather alerts, local government announcements and local blog posts and news snippets from community groups and individuals.
Direct your browser to to catch up on the latest news in California and Nevada County. Bookmark the link and visit often, there's a lot happening in your community!

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Sierra Senior Services logo Sierra Senior Services

Serving the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee community, Sierra Senior Services is the saving grace of homebound hungry seniors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sierra Sun logo The Parks Foundation Celebrates 50 Years, Names New Executive Director

The Sierra State Parks Foundation Board of Directors has named Michael Myers the new Executive Director.

Sierra Sun logo Nevada County, Community Partners Launch Mental Health Matters Campaign

Nevada County Behavioral, Nevada County Public Health and community partners announced a new countywide mental health and suicide prevention campaign—Mental Health Matters Nevada County.

Sierra Sun logo Best of North Tahoe and Truckee Finalists Announced, Voting Now Open

With as many years as I've been doing this, I shouldn't be amazed at how many nominations we receive for our Best of N Lake Tahoe and Truckee contest. Yet every year, here I am … amazed.

Sierra Sun logo Placer County Awarded $1.2M Grant to Construct Segment 1 of North Tahoe Trail

Placer County's North Tahoe Shared-Use Trail was one of two projects awarded a community sustainability and climate resilience grant earlier this month at the California Tahoe Conservancy Board meeting.

Sierra Sun logo Tahoe Forest Health System President, CEO Announces Future Retirement Date

Harry Weis, President and CEO of Tahoe Forest Health System, announces his future retirement date of January 2, 2026.

Sierra Sun logo KidZone Museum Announces $13 Million ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Campaign

The KidZone Museum, a beacon of creativity and learning in the North Lake Tahoe region for more than 30 years, announced its plans to raise $13 million to expand and relocate to Truckee River Regional Park.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Lake Tahoe Boating Season Begins With New Protocols to Prevent Spread of New Zealand Mudsnails

Lake Tahoe watercraft inspection stations are open for the season to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and boaters can now book an appointment for this summer online, announced the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource …

Sierra Sun logo Truckee Fire Announces Community Prevention Grant Program Funding Opportunities

Truckee Fire has opened the application period for the Wildfire Prevention Grant Program. This Measure T funded program is designed to enhance and support forest management, fuel reduction and community preparedness projects.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Love Bears? Read This and Help Keep Tahoe Bears Wild

As human beings, we are innately fascinated with the natural world and often spend time and money to view the strength and resiliency of wildlife.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Online Dashboard Tracks Tahoe’s Climate Resilience

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency launched an online Climate Resilience Dashboard this week to monitor and record progress on climate action strategies that will help guide the long-term health of the Lake Tahoe watershed and safety of its communities.

Sierra Sun logo CAL FIRE Burn Permits Required May 1 in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra Counties

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit has announced effective at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2024, all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties.

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Recent Local News

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• Tahoe National Forest Assigns Areas for Over-Snow Vehicle Recreation Use

The Tahoe National Forest has assigned several hundred acres for winter over-snow vehicle use.

(05/04/2024) → YubaNet

• New Judge Appointed to Nevada County Superior Court

Nevada County resident Courtney Abril has been appointed to the Nevada County Superior Court by Governor Newsom.

(05/03/2024) → YubaNet

• New Arts & Culture Publication Announced

The Nevada County Arts Council announced publication of a new guide to local artists and cultural heritage.

(05/03/2024) → YubaNet

• Famers Bring Back CSA

Four farms are working together for a second season to sell food and organic produce through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

(05/02/2024) → YubaNet

• Wastewater Odor-Control Installed

The Nevada County Wastewater division responded to complaints in the Pleasant Valley Road and Highway 20 area and installed odor-control mechanisms.

(05/02/2024) → YubaNet

• Health Campaign Launched

Various Nevada County agencies and community partners have launched the Mental Health Matters Nevada County campaign.

(05/01/2024) → YubaNet

• Library Seeks Stable Funding

The San Juan Ridge Community Library has requested a funding commitment from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

(04/30/2024) → The Union

• Grant Awarded for Veterans and Senior Services

A $10 million dollar grant was awarded to Nevada County and community partners for the upgrade of the Grass Valley and Nevada City Veterans Halls and services for local seniors and other residents in need.

(04/30/2024) → The Union

• Defensible Space Inspections Begin

As fire season approaches, the City of Nevada City is beginning defensible space inspections of all parcels in the city limits.

(04/30/2024) → YubaNet
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Recent Statewide News

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• Metal Detectors, Fear, Frustration. College Commencements Altered Amid Gaza War Protests

At many universities across the country, graduation for the Class of 2024 will feel more like making it through airport security than a procession through a free-flowing campus green or a cheering stadium crowd.

(05/04/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• How Congress Is Letting Die an Internet Connectivity Lifeline for Millions

More than half of the U.S. House supports a bill to extend the funds, but it can’t get out of committee.

(05/04/2024) → CalMatters

• California's Population Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2020

During the much-ballyhooed “California exodus” amid the pandemic, remote workers moved to other states where they could live for a fraction of the cost compared to cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.

(04/29/2024) → Los Angeles Times
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Government Announcements

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Palmer Candy Company Recalls White Confectionary Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Palmer Candy Company, Sioux City, Iowa, is recalling its "White Coated Confectionary Items" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immu
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/03/2024)

Chuao Chocolatier Recalls Its: .39 oz /11 Gram Potato Chip Mini Bar Lot 4022 Due to Undeclared Hazelnuts

May 3, 2024, Chuao Chocolatier is voluntarily recalling a single production of Potato Chip mini bar .39oz/11 gram LOT 4022 because some packages may contain undeclared hazelnut. People who are sensitive or have allergies to hazelnut could be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reactio
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Megan Dahle CA Assembly 01:
Realtors Week at the Capitol and More

Greetings This week, real estate agents from all over California came together for Realtors Day at the Capitol to discuss pressing issues regarding housing and constituent needs. Thank you to the California Association of Realtors team for putting together another successful lobbying day, filled with opportunities to come together and collaborate. We especially appreciated the [...] The post Realtors Week …
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Hormel Foods Sales, LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Planters® Honey Roasted Peanuts 4 Oz. and Planters® Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts 8.75 Oz. Because of Possible Health Risk

Hormel Foods Sales, LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited number of two PLANTERS products that were produced at one of its facilities in April. This recall only impacts two retailers in five states. These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Raw Pork Chorizo Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

WASHINGTON, May. 2, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns of raw pork chorizo products...
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/01/2024)

Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2024 - Cargill Meat Solutions, a Hazleton, Pa., establishment, is recalling approximately 16,243 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/30/2024)

Gibson Farms Voluntarily Recalls Organic Light Halves and Pieces Shelled Walnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

On 04/26/2024, Gibson Farms recalled Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts because Gibson Farms received information that they may have the potential to be contaminated with E. Coli 0157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults c
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/27/2024)

H-E-B Issues Voluntary Recall for 3-Ounce Cups of Creamy Creations Ice Cream in Select Flavors

Committed to the safety and quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall for 12-count packages of 3-ounce cups of Creamy Creations ice cream in select flavors for potential metal. The affected products were distributed to all H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico and Central Market, Joe
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Megan Dahle CA Assembly 01:
Denim Day at the Capitol

Greetings This week both staff and members at the Capitol wore denim in recognition of Denim Day observed on the last Wednesday of April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This annual event encourages individuals to wear denim as a symbol of support for survivors of sexual violence and to raise awareness about this important issue. [...] The post Denim Day …
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802 VT Frozen Recalls Frozen Meat Pizza Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2024 - 802 VT Frozen, a Newport, Vt. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,221 pounds of frozen meat pizza due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department...