[Tuolumne County] Sonora officials approve hiring consultant for economic development efforts

Blog note: this article references a grand jury investigation and report. We have posted many articles on it. The ramifications continue.

A consultant who’s done work for the cities of Merced, Los Banos, and Morro Bay will assist the City of Sonora in starting the process to develop an “economic development action plan.”

[Tuolumne County] Grand jury investigates Groveland Community Services District for third year in a row

Groveland Community Services District has “ongoing odor issues” around its sewage pump stations due to a lack of resources for regular maintenance and flushing, according to one of the findings from the Tuolumne County Civil Grand Jury’s latest report.

The jury released the 17-page document on the county’s website late last week that details its third investigation of the district in the past three consecutive years. It is releasing reports on agencies it investigated by sections this year as opposed to all at one time.

Tuolumne County Grand Jury heaps praise on juvenile hall staff, volunteers, programs

The Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Facility received a glowing review from the 2018-19 Tuolumne County Civil Grand Jury in a new report.

The jury didn’t have anything negative to say about $20 million facility that started housing incarcerated youth in April 2017. According to the 10-page report, recidivism among young offenders in the county has dropped from 49 percent to 19 percent since the hall opened.

Tuolumne County Grand Jury Reviews Juvenile Hall And GCSD

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Grand Jury continues to release more sections of its 2019 report.

We reported earlier that the group was highly critical of the oversight of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, and later addressed safety and staffing concerns at the Tuolumne County Jail.

[Tuolumne County] No decision yet on economic development director

Blog note: another follow-up article on a 2018 grand jury report.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors did not make a decision on Tuesday about hiring an economic development director.

All five elected supervisors gathered at 2 p.m. in the board’s chambers and took public comments before going into a private closed session to interview finalists for the job.

[Tuolumne County] Cope gets job as economic development director of rural Iowa city

Blog note: this is the latest article referencing a 2018 grand jury report on the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority.

Larry Cope, former chief executive officer of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, has been hired as the economic development director for the city of Hawarden in northwest Iowa, according to The Northwest Iowa Review.

Tuolumne County Grand Jury Raises Concerns About Jail

Sonora, CA — After releasing details about the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority a couple of weeks ago, the Grand Jury has now released findings related to the county jail, and Sierra Conservation Center.

[Tuolumne County] Letter to the editor: Community Economic Development – What next?

Blog note: The Tuolumne County Grand Jury focus on the TCEDA has received the most media attention in the state over the past year than any other grand jury report.

Now that both the 2018 and 2019 Grand Jury investigations have brought the 10-year TCEDA saga to a final conclusion, what next? What can be done now that the slate has been wiped clean but there is still a need for an advocate to help grow and maintain our local economy for the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners?

[Tuolumne County] Sonora City Council demands release of report on TCEDA conflicts of interest

The Sonora City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to ask the governing board of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority to consider publicly releasing a report on an internal investigation into conflicts of interest within the controversial agency.

A report released last Tuesday by the Tuolumne County Civil Grand Jury also called for what was found through the county counsel’s inquiry, which has been kept secret because the TCEDA board exercised attorney-client privilege.