County Expanding Services for Housing Mentally-Ill Homeless; GM of Northstar Community Services District Announces Retirement; More

Briefs: Nov. 3-9, 2023

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Nevada County Receives $3.6 Million to House Mentally-Ill Homeless

NEVADA CITY

Nevada County will soon have 25 to 30 new beds available for people experiencing homelessness who have serious behavioral health conditions thanks to a $3.6 million grant from the state’s Behavioral Health Bridge Housing Program.

The board of supervisors recently accepted the grant and approved a $1.4-million contract with Hospitality House to start the program by getting hotel rooms or rental homes for people experiencing homelessness. The county estimates that it will be able to serve 100 to 150 people over the next three years with Behavioral Health Bridge Housing Program funds.

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Joe Naake, director of strategic operations for Hospitality House, said he hopes to start getting people off the streets and into the rooms within the next month. Hospitality House will target specific areas including Sutton Way in Grass Valley and Nevada City and will explore opportunities in the Tahoe/Truckee region, Naake said. Those offered these rooms will receive case management services focused on promoting mental and physical health, identification and stabilization of a local support network, care coordination, and assistance in developing life skills needed to be successful in maintaining permanent housing.

Supervisors said they hope funding can be found to extend the program beyond three years.

~ Nevada County press release

‘Parks for All’ Virtual Fundraising Auction Returns

VIRTUAL

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is hosting a virtual auction, Parks for All, now through Nov. 28 in support of providing educational programs at California state parks in the Lake Tahoe/Donner Lake area. These educational programs for children of all ages are kept free of cost in order to build a more equitable park system. Supporting this fundraiser creates lifelong park and nature lovers.

Find unique experiences like a classy ride on an award-winning, iconic woody boat, or private excursions at a historic castle or mansion … and so much more. Bid with an open heart and a fond memory of parks in mind at sierrastateparks.org/events.

~ Sierra State Parks Foundation press release

GATHERED: AAUW North Tahoe celebrated its 40th anniversary party at the Tahoe City Yacht Club on Sept. 21. Courtesy photo

AAUW North Tahoe (CA) Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

TAHOE CITY

The North Tahoe (CA) branch of the American Association of University Women celebrated its 40th year anniversary with an open house on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Tahoe Yacht Club in Tahoe City.

AAUW’s mission is “advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.” The local branch’s 50-plus members live on the California side of North Tahoe, in Incline Village, and in Truckee.

In order to fulfill its mission, AAUW North Tahoe (CA) offers a variety of programs:

  • Awards an annual college scholarship to a deserving local girl who will be pursuing a degree in a STEM field;
  • Contributes generously to the National AAUW Fund, which awards fellowships and grants to women researching or working in a wide range of fields for the betterment of people around the world;
  • Sends a promising local high school girl to Girls State, a week-long leadership training program supported by the American Legion Auxiliary to better her understanding of local, county, and state government systems;
  • Coordinates STEM Trek, an exciting day of dabbling in a STEM field, open to seventh through 12th graders, which is sponsored by a collaboration of area AAUW branches and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center;
  • Offers Gov Trek, a new virtual program for high school junior and senior girls to encourage interest in pursuing careers in public service or elected office.

In addition to working to fulfill AAUW’s mission, the branch is a fun social group. AAUW NT (CA) offers bridge, book discussions, walking, sewing (In Stitches), a gourmet group (Culinary Capers), and political discussions (Great Decisions). 

After 40 years of promoting and supporting women and girls, AAUW North Tahoe (CA) is going strong and is enthusiastically welcoming new members. To learn more about AAUW North Tahoe (CA), visit northtahoe-ca.aauw.net.

~ AAUW NT (CA) press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

NCSD GM Announces Retirement; Mike Geary as Assistant GM

NORTHSTAR

After two decades of dedicated service to the Northstar Community Services District (NCSD), General Manager Mike Staudenmayer has announced his retirement effective December 2024. Staudenmayer made this announcement during the NCSD’s monthly board meeting, marking the end of a remarkable career that has left an indelible impact on the Northstar community and the services provided.

Staudenmayer joined the NCSD in 2004 with a mission to support the planning and construction of various critical infrastructure projects, including water, sewer, road, fire protection, and trail systems.

Over the course of his tenure, Staudenmayer is credited with spearheading significant projects, such as the construction of the Martis Valley Trail, a 5-mile paved Class I bike trail connecting Truckee and Northstar, and the successful implementation of the community’s Forest Fuels Management Program. His leadership resulted in the treatment of over 2,000 acres to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire. He has also played a significant role in advancing the planning and permitting of what is anticipated to be the region’s first wood-utilization (or biomass) facility that will convert hazardous forest fuels into renewable heat energy for the Northstar Village.

Staudenmayer said, “It has been a privilege to serve the Northstar community and be a part of its growth and development. I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and I have full confidence in the continued success of the district under new leadership.”

Mike Geary, currently serving as the general manager at the Olympic Valley Public Service District (OVPSD), is set to return to NCSD in April 2024, taking on the role of assistant general manager. Geary, who previously worked at NCSD for six years as director of public works, expressed excitement about this new opportunity and acknowledged the bittersweet feeling of leaving the high-performing team he helped build at OVPSD over the last 12-and-a-half years.

OVPSD has initiated the recruitment process for a new general manager to oversee its water and sewer systems, as well as its fire department, with expectations of selecting a new GM by the beginning of 2024.

For more information about the NCSD and its future endeavors, please visit northstarcsd.org

~ NCSD, OVPSD press release

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