Board hears about unemployment efforts and business problems

Business and employment were the main topics of discussion at the Plumas County Board of Supervisor’s meeting Aug. 7.

Val Bourque, a representative from the Alliance for Workforce Development, had good news for the supervisors. She talked about the efforts of the alliance, which provides services to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in multiple counties. Bourque focused on the job advancements in Plumas County, saying unemployment is down from last year.

The alliance served 3,032 visitors and provided 134 businesses with services, including employer-based training and cost reimbursements for training and certifications. Bourque said there are currently more jobs than employees in Plumas County. She said there are over 100 jobs and many of them are in the technical fields, which is an area struggling for employees countrywide.

“These are all the challenges of a growing community,” said Bourque.

Business licenses for Plumas County?

Plumas County businesses might have some new regulations after a discussion by the board. District 4 Supervisor Lori Simpson opened a discussion about the amount of businesses that are not going through the proper channels to get signage approved.

“How do we get the word out that they need to go through the [design review] committee?” said Simpson.

A few districts have design review committees appointed by the board that approves designs for new businesses, including the signage.

According to the county’s planning department, there are currently 38 signs in Quincy alone, that have been put up without proper permitting. There are also uncounted sandwich signs and banners that are prohibited without proper permits. The board discussed how to encourage adherence to permitting, and broached the topic of business licenses.

Currently, business licenses are not required in order to start a business in the county. However, if the county implemented a business license process, it would help in clarifying rules and regulations for business establishments. The board did not make any decisions in the discussion, but Simpson said she would keep the topic on the agenda for further discussion.

10 thoughts on “Board hears about unemployment efforts and business problems

  • August 19, 2018 at 10:01 am
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    “According to the county’s planning department, there are currently 38 signs in Quincy alone, that have been put up without proper permitting. There are also uncounted sandwich signs and banners that are prohibited without proper permits.”

    Is this the same planning department that approved a private airport in Gennessee valley with out public review?

  • August 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    I love sandwiches. Why is there an airport or heliport in Genesee Valley? Is that even a place?

  • August 20, 2018 at 7:43 am
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    The board of supervisors and Randy Wilson should hang signs around their own necks that say “nanny state job killers” and be forced to stand in front of all the empty store fronts in the county. I’m so tired of the enthusiasm shown for projects pertaining to their needs, but anytime it is about serving the public it’s met with scorn and apprehension. Imo, These lazy self serving bureaucrats need to be investigated for violations of the brown act, specifically the events surrounding the boards vote on the sanctuary status of the county.

    • August 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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      This county is arguably among the most conservative in the state. Conservatives claim to have the inside skinny on what makes for a good economy, yet the most economically successful counties in the state and the country are blue, not red.

      If you and you conservative brethren know so much, where are the companies and the jobs?

      Almost forty years ago, Reagan famously asked America whether it was better off than four years earlier, promising an economic “Morning in America”. Well, Joe Bob, after almost forty years of a rightward drift and with current control of most of the state governments, the House, the Senate, the White House and the Supreme Court, where is the miracle? Are you better off than forty years ago?

    • August 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm
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      Oh good grief.
      Other than that how’s life in your bunker? Does the new tin hat fit well?

      • August 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm
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        Yeah, Me’s new tin hat is rather becoming but what I love is the way he looks when he’s got his knickers in a bunch.

      • August 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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        Yeah, Me’s new tin hat is rather becoming but what I really love is the way he looks when he’s got his knickers in a bunch. He often reminds me of Sponge Bob

  • August 20, 2018 at 10:33 am
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    Yep…..yet another article hi-jacked by comments that have nothing to do with the topic. This time it was the Helicopter crowd. The Pot and Portola Fire Dept folks might as well jump in here too.

  • August 20, 2018 at 9:36 pm
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    This is a good article because it is true. There are more jobs available in Plumas County, and with a leaner labor pool, this creates a challenge. Can we meet demands as citizens? Maybe, maybe not, but consider alternatives whatever they might be. There are great people living here, I hope for the best.

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