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Nevada County Grand Jury Seeks Volunteers

The Nevada County Grand Jury is currently recruiting volunteers to wrap up its 2021 -2022 jury year, ending on June 30. We are looking for people who are computer-literate, disciplined, and can work well within our various committees. Volunteer jurors investigate and analyze the performance, processes, and efficiencies of tax-funded agencies in Nevada County, performing […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury spotlights lag in county-wide body-worn camera deployment, supports target of September 2021

Nevada City, CA – The 2020-2021 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) today released its report into delays by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) in implementing body-worn cameras (BWC) for its deputies. The report is a five-year follow-up to an investigation from the 2015-2016 Jury which recommended the adoption of BWC by the Sheriff. In […]

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Grand Jury Urges ‘Fast Track’ to Legalizing Cannabis Operations in Nevada County

Nevada City, CA May 11, 2021 – The 2020-2021 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) today released its report of an investigation into the County’s success at converting an estimated 3,500 – 4,000 illegal cannabis growers into permitted operators. The Jury found that the current conversion rate of 2 to 3% per year requires a substantial […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury commends County Election Office for November 2020 election preparation, execution

Nevada City, Calif. February 3, 2021 – The 2020-2021 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) today released its investigation into the County Election Office’s ability to manage the 2021 Presidential election and its readiness for unforeseen events. Based on interviews with election officials and in-person inspections of election offices and multiple voting centers, the Jury concluded […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury Report: CalFresh in Nevada County: Leaving Food (and Money) on the Table

June 25, 2020 – Nevada County (County) reported that in 2016 it did not receive $10,600,000 in federal funds due to its failure to enroll all potential residents eligible for CalFresh benefits. The County’s Program Reach Index (PRI) or percentage of those potentially eligible for CalFresh who are enrolled was 48.7%. Since it is estimated […]

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Grand Jury Report: Investing in Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness in Nevada County

May 28, 2019 – Homelessness is a significant national, state and local issue. The 2018-2019 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) responded to a complaint relating to homelessness, prompting the Jury to investigate the subject and report its findings. The number of people experiencing homelessness in Nevada County (County) is much higher than any count would […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury report: Special Districts’ Compliance with Brown Act and Ethics Laws

May 15, 2019 Special districts are local government agencies that provide essential, focused services to residents, including sewage treatment, providing water, fire protection, operation of parks, maintaining roads, and cemetery operation. There are 24 independent special districts (Districts) under Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission oversight having combined annual operating budgets in excess of $140 […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury Report: Nevada County Request for Proposal and Procurement Practices

April 30, 2019 – The 2018-2019 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) responded to a citizen’s complaint “regarding irregularities in the recent Request for Proposal (RFP) and the selection process for the organization selected to operate the County’s animal shelter.” The Jury conducted an investigation into Nevada County’s (County) RFP process used to select the vendor […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury Report: A Path to Transparency for Special Districts

April 26, 2019 – Special districts are local government agencies that provide essential services to residents of the districts, including sewage treatment, water, fire protection, operation of parks, maintaining roads, and cemetery operation. There are 24 independent special districts with Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) oversight having combined annual operating budgets in excess […]

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Nevada County Grand Jury report: Coordinating Homeless Services in Nevada County – no response required

June 24, 2017 – The Nevada County 2016-2017 Grand Jury has released a new report (available below) entitled Coordinating Homeless Services in Nevada County. According to the Grand Jury, it “is the result of much research into agencies and many interviews of individuals throughout the county that provide support and services to persons who are […]