2017
Ben Maritato
Ben Maritato
Climate Planning Technician
November 21, 2017

Last Chance for Public Comment on Proposed National Parks Fee Increase

On October 24th it was announced that the National Park Service would consider raising entrance fees at 17 national parks, including Yosemite and Kings Canyon & Sequoia, during their peak seasons. If the proposal is accepted entrance fees during five peak months each year would increase to $70 per private, noncommercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycles and $30 per person entering the park on bike or foot.

This represents at least a 100% increase in price. The proposal would also increase commercial tour vehicle entry and application fees.

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BJ Schmitt
BJ Schmitt
Analyst and Planning Technician
November 20, 2017

Meet the Delegates that Represented US at COP23

Bula! (Hello! Blessings of health and happiness!) This greeting from Fiji was the greeting of choice as Bonn, Germany hosted The UN Climate Change Conference, COP23, with Fiji presiding. Nations of the world met over the last two weeks to advance the Paris Agreement.

Despite the Federal Government's stated intention to leave the Paris Agreement, the #USPeoplesDelegation was in Bonn, with cities and states, tribes, businesses, and academia representing the United States. 

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Clarke Stevenson
Clarke Stevenson
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
November 13, 2017

Specifically for the Sierra: A Look at the General Plan Guidelines Update

Community planning requires a sensitive balance between what is possible and what is required, varying in degree according to each local government’s priorities. That’s where a General Plan comes in.

General Plans provide a blueprint for communities to guide development and to establish a vision for their future. However, local governments are also mandated by California law to address a number of specific community elements...

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Michelle Gartner
Michelle Gartner
Senior Program Manager
November 09, 2017

Who's Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity

I’ve always been curious about technology and how it works. Since embarking on my new position at Sierra Business Council managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, my curiosity around how we are connected to the World Wide Web has grown. I’ve been trying to uncover who owns all the wires connecting us to the Internet, where the various wires are that make up the World Wide Web, and how to gain high-speed access for unserved and underserved communities. 

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
November 03, 2017

The Sierra Small Business Development Center's Winning Team

As indicated by the falling leaves, finally-cooling temperatures, and inescapable seasonal coffee flavorings, the fourth quarter of 2017 is hitting its stride and the Sierra SBDC is starting to take stock of our year. It seems like a good time to recognize the notable achievements we’ve had this year; specifically, the achievements of our amazing team.

You might recognize our team members from business consulting, phone calls, networking, workshops and classes, volunteering, or managing events in towns across the Sierra. But there is one thing you probably haven’t heard about us yet – we are 2017 nominees and award winners!

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