This Week: Visiting Nevada County, Plumas County, and More

Hello again‚

In the past week‚ between committees‚ floor sessions‚ and family time‚ my staff and I took a day to meet with community leaders in Nevada County. We joined District Supervisor Hardy Bullock on Friday‚ May 13th for a tour of District V and portions of Assembly District 1.

Our trip began at the Truckee Tahoe Airport to board a plane flown by Blake Sorter‚ a young professional pilot who began his flight career at the age of 14. The flight itinerary provided opportunities for Supervisor Bullock to share concerns affecting his specific district‚ but also the entire region itself, including illegal cannabis grows. (Learn what I’m doing about illegal cannabis grows in the legislature by scrolling down in this newsletter.) The flight tour made a stop at the Cal FIRE Air Attack Base at the Nevada County Airport in Grass Valley where Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon‚ Cal FIRE Chief Brian Estes‚ Nevada County CEO Alison Lehman‚ and Paul Cummings with Nevada County OES as well as a variety of Cal FIRE personal‚ met up with us. They briefed us on the upcoming fire season and highlighted the invaluable location of the Air Attack Base. Boarding the plane again‚ Supervisor Bullock ended the flight tour with a current view of the devastation from last year’s fire season in Assembly District 1.

Later in the day‚ we met with Truckee Tahoe Airport General Manager, Robb Etnyre‚ to tour the beautiful Airport District. Red Truck‚ a small business based out of the airport‚ provided a working lunch where we discussed the lake community’s housing challenges. I connected with the Town of Truckee’s Vice Mayor Lindsay Romack‚ Council Member David Polivy‚ Town Manager Jen Callaway‚ Assistant Town Manager Hilary Hobbs‚ Sierra Business Council‚ the Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency‚ the Mountain Housing Council‚ and the Nevada County Tahoe Truckee Foundation.

A regional roundtable discussion around forest resiliency efforts‚ recreation/economic development‚ and the Truckee Library, brought with it more partners‚ including Nevada County‚ Placer County‚ Town of Truckee‚ Sierra Business Council‚ Northstar‚ Visit Truckee Tahoe‚ Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Truckee Trails Foundation. Former District V Supervisor‚ Ted Owens from the Tahoe Forest Hospital and Nevada County HHSA Director Phebe Bell shared information about the SB1338 Cares Act and the impact on the region.

The day ended with discussions surrounding the County of Nevada’s budget requests‚ broadband initiatives and their legislative platform. Thank you to all the Nevada County community leaders and constituents who made this a successful and informative trip. I look forward to utilizing the information I received from this trip in Sacramento.

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle


Assemblymember Dahle's staff with the Woman of Year
Photo: My staff – Yolanda Cookson & Alice Bennett – present Woman of the Year Award

Plumas / Butte County Update from Yolanda / Alice

Earlier this week‚ my staff traveled to Plumas County to deliver the 1st Assembly District Woman of the Year Award to Terry Oestreich‚ Superintendent of Plumas County Schools in Quincy. The resolution was accepted by Superintendent Oestreich’s daughters‚ Meghan Daun‚ PUSD HR Specialist and Mallory Marin‚ PCOE Senior Administrative Services. More about our Woman of the Year here.

Their next stop was with Plumas County Undersheriff Chad Hermann at the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office where they discussed issues surrounding law enforcement recruitment‚ salary compensation‚ and a lack of housing inventory.

My staff finished their trip with a tour of the Human Identification Laboratory at California State University‚ Chico to discuss the crucial nature of this laboratory for the state of California as a whole. Here‚ Assembly staff met with Eddie Vela‚ Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences‚ forensic anthropology professors Drs. Ashley Kendell‚ Eric Bartelink‚ and Colleen Milligan and Jay Friedman‚ CSU Director Advocacy and Government Relations.

The Chico State Human Identification Laboratory (HIL) has been serving Northern California and beyond for nearly 50 years and partners with more than 60 state and federal agencies to recover missing persons‚ analyze and identify their bodies‚ present vital information to resolve criminal cases‚ and provide closure to families. HIL’s faculty members represent half of the board-certified forensic anthropologists in the state of California and operate the most experienced forensic lab west of Texas. Many throughout the state owe a debt of gratitude to the diligent work performed by this incredible team of scientists. Learn more about their work here.

May Budget ReviseResponse to May Budget Revise

Last week‚ Governor Newsom released his revised May budget. Once again‚ it did not contain real solutions to problems Californians are facing right now. For months we have been waiting for a solution to our record high gas prices and‚ this month‚ California broke both state and national records. We have the largest budget surplus in state history at $97 billion. This equates to $2,400+ per Californian. The governor’s solution to these issues is to make you wait for months to get a few hundred dollars back.

As we enter the summer months‚ when gas prices typically peak‚ my colleagues and I will continue to fight for you and your families in the legislature. If there is anything my office can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can tell me what issues you need assistance with through my contact form here.

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Assemblywoman Dahle is Honored to Serve
Butte County‚ Lassen County‚ Modoc County‚ Nevada County‚ Placer County‚ Plumas County‚ Shasta County‚ Sierra County‚ & Siskiyou County.