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Pest detection traps are rotated throughout the county to ensure full coverage. When traps are placed on private property, the trapper asks permission of the owner and if the owner is not available, a notice is left at the door. The cooperation of the public is necessary and appreciated in this effort to ensure a successful detection program.
"As non-native pests can damage a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants in nurseries, on farms, and in home gardens, timely detection is vital," said Mariposa County Agricultural Commissioner Cathi Boze. "If no target pests are found, the county can be certified as pest-free which enables exportation of produce and plants which is vital to our economy."
The 2022 Board Chair is Rosemarie Smallcombe, District I.
Agendas for Regular Tuesday meetings are usually published on the preceding Thursday around 11 AM and are instantly available at http://www.mariposacounty.org/bosagendas. You may also register to receive automatic email notifications when new agendas are available at http://www.mariposacounty.org/bosagendas (click on the "Register" link in the upper right corner of the screen.)
While scheduling of Board items is the responsibility of the Clerk of the Board, Agenda items can be initiated by any Department Head or Board Member. However, each item may have multiple reviews and sign-offs that need to be accomplished before it can be placed on an agenda (for instance, the Auditor must sign off on items that affect the budget, HR must sign off on items that change job descriptions, and County Counsel must sign off on agreements, ordinances, and resolutions.) Each item indicates the initiating department or Board member who is requesting the action, and the staff report that accompanies the item is their explanation for the request.
County Codes can be found here.
There is no single fee for the building permit. Fees are based on the square footage and the amount of plumbing, electrical, and mechanical involved. The building permit fee will be collected at the time the building permit is issued. A plan check deposit is paid when the application is initiated. See approximate fees page.
When you submit your plans, you will be told approximately when the initial plan check will be completed. Generally, signs and non-engineered minor projects can be plan checked in approximately five to eight working days, single family dwellings in seven to ten working days. If corrections are needed, the determination of the time frame will depend on the time required for the resubmittal of the corrections. Also, prior to permit issuance, approvals may be required from Planning, County Fire, Public Works, County Health, or other agencies. Plans are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
a. Under slab electrical/plumbing
b. Foundation, ufer ground & setbacks
c. Bond Beam
d. Under floor framing/plumbing
e. Under floor insulation
f. Roof Nailing
g. Rough framing, electrical, plumbing & mechanical
i. Sheetrock Nail
j. Final interior/exterior gas test
k. Blue tag service when riser/panel is in place.
l. Final on project
* Temporary power service when panel and riser in place - GFI only for construction power.
Telephone (209) 966-3934 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday during all regular workdays. A minimum 24 hour advance notice is required. Weekly Inspection Schedule: Tuesdays – Coulterville, Greeley Hill, Lake Don Pedro, Hornitos and Buck Meadows areas. Thursdays – Fish Camp, Wawona, Yosemite West and El Portal. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – All areas in Mariposa County not listed on Tuesday or Thursday.
You can contact the Elections Office by phone at (209) 966-2007.
If there is a change in your mailing address, only you may notify the Elections Office by phone, 209-966-2007, or by email of your changes.
If you do not notify the Elections Office of changes in your information, it may disrupt your voting communication.
You may also request that a voter registration card be mailed to you by calling (209) 966-2007 or by email.
If you have any questions regarding your permanent absentee voting status, contact the Elections Office at (209) 966-2007.
The fee for an encroachment permit is $150.00, effective May 1, 2020. Applications can be obtained at the Public Works offices, 4639 Ben Hur Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338.
Forty-two states use some form of the Grand Jury system. California is a State that allows prosecution to be initiated either by a Criminal Grand Jury indictment or by judicial preliminary hearing. The State of California impanels County Civil Grand Juries every year to conduct civil investigations of county and city government and to hear evidence to make recommendations or to decide to return indictments.
Secrecy and complete confidentiality are the sworn commitment of all Grand Jury members. This is to assure the protection and privacy of anyone coming before the jury with, or in response to, a complaint.
The Grand Jury is charged with a grave responsibility. It serves as an ombudsperson for the citizens of Mariposa County. The entire population of the county is affected by an active Civil Grand Jury. Malevolent and unfaithful public servants feel uneasy because unlawful acts may be uncovered, while honest citizens and conscientious public servants are reassured that there is a "watchdog" over inappropriate and illegal activity. Therefore, Civil Grand Jury Service calls for diligence, impartiality, courage, and responsibility.
The Grand Jury submits meaningful solutions to a wide range of problems. It is a volunteer, fact-finding body with the potential to create positive and constructive changes. The Grand Jury is an investigative body created for the protection of society and the enforcement of the law. Although the responsibilities of the Grand Jury are many and diverse, the three prominent functions include:
A. Civil Government Oversight
This is the major function of the Mariposa County Grand Jury, and considerable effort is devoted to these responsibilities. The grand jury may examine all aspects of county government and special districts within the county to insure that the best interest of Mariposa citizens are being served. The Grand Jury reviews and evaluates procedures, methods, and systems used by county government to determine whether more efficient and economical programs may be employed. The Grand Jury is also authorized to:
Inspect and audit books, records and financial expenditures to ensure that public funds are properly accounted for and legally spent;
Inspect the financial records of special districts in Mariposa County;
Inquire into and inspect the condition of jails and detention centers in Mariposa County;
Investigate any charges of willful misconduct in office by public officials or County employees.
B. Citizen Complaints
As part of the civil function, the Grand Jury receives many complaints from citizens alleging mistreatment by public officials, suspicions of misconduct or governmental inefficiencies. All complaints received from citizens are reviewed and acknowledged in writing. If the subject of the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury as a whole sees fit, the complaint will be investigated. All complaints to the Grand Jury are kept confidential.
C. Criminal Investigations
Occasionally, under certain circumstances, a special Criminal Grand Jury is selected to hold hearings to determine whether evidence presented by the District Attorney is of a sufficient nature to warrant a person to stand trial in a court. The types of cases presented to the Grand Jury by the District Attorney usually include:
Cases involving public officials or employees
Cases involving police officers
Cases in which the statute of limitations is about to expire
White collar crimes, and
Other cases the District Attorney deems appropriate
The grand jury is also authorized to:
1. Inspect and audit books, records and financial expenditures to ensure that public funds are properly accounted for and legally spent;
2. Inspect financial records of districts in Mariposa County;
3. Inquire into the conditions of jails and detention centers;
4. Inquire into any charges of willful misconduct in office by public officials or employees.
The 2019-2020 Grand Jury members are:
Will objectively investigate, audit, or examine all aspects of County government, and its cities, to ensure that these bodies are being effectively governed and that public monies are being judiciously handled.
May subpoena persons and / or records to obtain information on subjects under investigation.
Is sworn to complete confidentiality, as it pertains to complaints, witnesses, or content of investigative matters. They may not disclose any information they receive within the confines of the jury or the identity of anyone appearing before them, unless permission is given.
May conduct criminal hearings to hand down criminal indictments. After hearing evidence presented by the District Attorney’s office, an affirmative vote of at least 9 out of 11 jurors is necessary to indict. All hearings pertaining to criminal cases are conducted in complete secrecy regardless of their outcome.
The Grand Jury is empowered in Three Areas
1. The Grand Jury investigates aspects of county government’s functions and duties, county departments, county officials, service districts, and special districts funded in whole or in part by public monies.
2. The Grand Jury reviews criminal investigations and returns indictments for crimes committed in the county. When an indictment has been voted, the case proceeds through the Criminal Justice System.
3. The Grand Jury may bring formal accusations against public officials for willful misconduct or corruption in office. These accusations can lead to removal from office.
The foreperson then selects the foreman pro-tem, the recording and corresponding secretaries and a sergeant-at-arms.
Committees are then formed with each juror serving on several committees.
These committees include:
Members of the Grand Jury are selected from applicants who:
Are citizens of the United States Have resided in the County of Mariposa for the past year
Are 18 years of age or older
Have sufficient knowledge of the English language
Have not served as a Grand Juror in any other county in California within the past year
Have never been convicted of malfeasance in office or of any felony
Are not currently serving as an elected public official
Are open-minded with concern for the positions and views of others.
Have an interest in community affairs and the ability to work with others. An application to serve on the Grand Jury may be requested from the Mariposa County Superior Court by contacting:
Mariposa County Superior CourtGrand JuryP.O. Box 316Mariposa, Ca. 95338
(209) 966-6984 Court Website
These 11 concerned county citizens are then impaneled for one year beginning July 1, with the option of holding over for one additional term.
The Jury Investigates…
Possible felonies Charges of malfeasance (wrong doing) Misfeasance (a lawful act in an unlawful matter) Nonfeasance (failure to perform a required act by public officials) All Correspondence will be acknowledged and will remain confidential. Complaints will receive notice of any action taken by Grand Jury.
Anyone may ask the Grand Jury to conduct an investigation. The jury generally limits investigations to the operations of governmental agencies, charges of wrongdoing within public agencies, or the performance of unlawful acts by public officials.
The Grand Jury cannot investigate disputes between private parties.
A complaint form may be obtained by contacting the County Clerks Office or downloading the Grand Jury Complaint Form (PDF).
The Grand Jury reviews all complaints and investigates when appropriate. Each complaint is treated confidentially, and must be in writing.
Please first consider if your complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the Grand Jury as outlined above, and include your name, address and phone number as well as your signature.
The Grand Jury may release individual reports as they are completed during the year. Mariposa County Grand Jury reports are available at the County Library and on the Web at: Grand Jury Reports
A foster family licensed through Mariposa County interacts directly with the county social worker. The foster family home provides the same safe and loving foster homes for abused, abandoned and/or neglected children. Mariposa County provides the educational training for foster parents, social work support and works directly with the foster parents, birth parents and the dependent child or children. The Department provides support 24 hours a day.
Foster families who are willing and able to parent the following situations are in particular need:
* Infants to 18 years of age* Teenage mothers and their babies* Children with special medical, developmental and/or behavioral needs* Brothers and sisters who need to stay together* Babies born with HIV infection or with methamphetamine, cocaine, or alcohol in their systems
Training - You will receive training before being licensed. Training continues while children are placed in your home. Sometimes you will receive additional training to care for children with special needs.
Financial Support - Foster parents receive a monthly payment to cover the child's food, shelter and clothing. The amount of the payment is based on the child's age and any special needs. Mariposa County also provides referrals to partner agencies, such as Infant Children's Enrichment Services (ICES) to help foster parents with daycare services provided by licensed childcare providers; Little Acorn coop childcare; and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for nutritional support.
Medical, Dental and Counseling Support - Each foster child receives a medical card that pays for necessary medical care and prescriptions, counseling and dental services.
Knowingly, and with intent to deceive or defraud, made a false statement or representation to obtain benefits, obtain a continuance or increase of benefits or avoid a reduction of aid benefits.
Knowingly, and with intent to defraud, failed to disclose a fact which, if disclosed, could have resulted in the denial, reduction or discontinuance of benefits.
Accepted benefits knowing he/she is not entitled thereto, or accepted any amount of benefits knowing it is greater than the amount to which he/she is entitled.
For the purpose of obtaining, continuing, or avoiding a reduction or denial of benefits, made statements which he/she did not know to be true with reckless disregard for the truth.
The following persons are peace officers whose authority extends to any place in the state for the purpose of performing their primary duty or when making an arrest pursuant to Section 836 as to any public offense with respect to which there is immediate danger to person or property, or of the escape of the perpetrator of that offense, or pursuant to Section 8597 or 8598 of the Government Code. Those peace officers may carry firearms only if authorized and under terms and conditions specified by their employing agency.
(a) A welfare fraud investigator or inspector, regularly employed and paid in that capacity by a county, if the primary duty of the peace officer is the enforcement of the provisions of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(b) A child support investigator or inspector, regularly employed and paid in that capacity by a district attorney's office, if the primary duty of the peace officer is the enforcement of the provisions of the Family Code and Section 270.
(c) The coroner and deputy coroners, regularly employed and paid in that capacity, of a county, if the primary duty of the peace officer are those duties set forth in Sections 27469 and 27491 to 27491.4, inclusive, of the Government Code.
To speak to someone for more information about a possible code violation please call us at (209) 966-5151 RFI form
Inside adopted Town Specific Plan areas, we would need to know which town area your parcel is located in to answer this question. Have your APN or address available when you call.
Contact the Planning Department at (209) 966-5151 or (866) 723-5151 for more information.
Contact the Planning Department at(209) 966-5151 or (866) 723-5151 for more information.
1. Maintain and improve sight distance for the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
2. Reduce and remove hazard trees and vegetation near the roads that can obstruct the traveled way or waterways with fallen trunks, branches, or debris.
3. Maintain and improve a fire clearance break suitable to allow ingress and egress during fire events and to reduce wildfire spread across the County Roads.
4. Increase sunlight exposure to reduce ice build up on pavements.
The Brushing Crew strives to accomplish vegetation removal with minimal long term costs to the maintenance budget.
They confine the clearing to County Road rights of way OR they acquire Rights of Entry where necessary. Before clearing is performed, research is done in the office to determine if the County has right of way along a given road, or if a letter granting the Right of Entry is on file. If neither is true, then a letter is sent to each affected landowner requesting a Right of Entry for brushing purposes.
Before any brushing is performed, notification is sent to each landowner along the affected section of road.
Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is expected to be released in September of 2021. For Mariposa County, the redistricting process must be completed by December 15, 2021.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a board member. The Board of Supervisors will seek input in selecting the next district map for our supervisorial districts. You have an opportunity to share with the Board of Supervisors how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria:
You can find a map of the County’s current supervisorial districts map (PDF) here. online.
The County will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. he County will notify the public about redistricting hearings and workshops, post maps online before adoption, and use this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
Check this webpage often for updates and notices. Also, you may subscribe to automatic emails when agendas are posted. Go to www.mariposacounty.org/bosagendas and click on "Register" in the upper right corner of the page.
Option 1 most closely matches the current layout, and Option 4 shows the biggest change. The Senior GIS Specialist made a table of statistics that is helpful to compare the different options with the current layout. In general, though, each option retains a strong resemblance to the current boundaries with a few specific dramatic changes. Each option has 2-3 districts boundaries that are very similar to the current boundaries.
Unfortunately, we cannot give an apples-to-apples comparison on the districts from the 2010 data because there have been changes in the way the underlying data has been formatted by the Census Bureau. The most noteworthy of those changes is that we now have an additional three Census Designated Places (CDPs) (Mt. Bullion, Yosemite West, and Crane Creek [Foresta]). Unfortunately, the boundaries of many of the existing Census Designated Places also changed, with some getting smaller while others got larger. In addition, a lot of the CDPs and census blocks also changed in size or shape. Since the population numbers are attached to a census block, it is necessary for the entire census block to be within a district in order for the count to be accurate (because we are legally charged with using only the data from the census, and it does not break the data to a smaller level.) In short, the new census block shapes and CDP boundaries are not an exact match for those previously used which prevents exact comparisons.
However, while we cannot look to the overall district totals, what we are using as a measure of the change are the CDP numbers, which are the population clusters within the County. Please see the spreadsheet of CDP data sorted by district, which shows that District 1 CDPs have lost the most population, followed by District 4 and, to a lesser degree, District 5; while Districts 3 and 2 show increases in their population clusters. This data also shows that the Census Bureau has also downsized District 1 CDPs pretty significantly, as well, with Midpines being the most notable.
No. In fact, no one has. The four visualizations that have been offered were entirely data driven, prepared by the GIS Specialist, using the 2020 census blocks, and taking into account the legally mandated criteria which puts a high weight on community of interest input (which is why we’ve been pushing so hard for the input since May.) The Planning Director and Clerk of the Board had some nominal formatting requests (things like labels, the YNP boundary, highways and roads, and drainage names, etc., so that people could identify the areas better.) Board and public suggestions will be solicited during the two public hearings scheduled for 6 PM on November 1st, 2021, and 2 PM on November 2nd, 2021..
The options will go to the Board on Monday, November 1st at 6 PM in the first of two public hearings. The second public hearing will be held Tuesday, November 2nd at 2 PM (and the GIS Specialist will be available at both hearings.) It is during those two hearings when the Board’s and additional public input will be invited. The Board will be expected to select a final map version at the conclusion of the Tuesday, November 2nd hearing, and that map will come back to be approved by resolution the following Tuesday (November 9th.) The approved map will also return to be adopted through the two-step ordinance process, with introduction scheduled to occur on November 23rd, and adoption scheduled for December 7th – just 8 days before the legally mandated deadline of December 15th.
By law, the County's redistricting maps must use census data including Census Designated Places (CDPs.) Since the U.S. Census Bureau established Crane Creek, Yosemite West, and Mt. Bullion as new CDPs in the county this census cycle, the County is obligated to recognize them on the maps.
Unfortunately, the County has no authority to correct any census data. However, U.S. Census Bureau Complaint procedures can be found online at: https://www.census.gov/about/policies/quality/corrections.html
Megans Law at CA.Gov
Megans Law at CA.GOV
Generally, the registration requirement is a lifetime requirement. During annual registrations, the registered sex offender is required to verify his or her name and address or temporary location. Failure to register may be a felony and may count as a "Third Strike".
A "serious" sex offender is an individual convicted of at least one of the following charges: assault with intent to commit rape, oral copulation, or sodomy; rape; sodomy with a minor or by force; lewd or lascivious conduct with a child or a dependent adult; oral copulation with a minor by force; continuous sexual abuse of a child; child molestation; penetration with a foreign object by force; kidnapping with intent to commit specified sex offenses; felony sexual battery; felony enticement of a child for purposes of prostitution; abduction of a child for purposes of prostitution.
"Other" sex offenders are required to register, but are not subject to public disclosure under Megan's Law. This category usually involves misdemeanor convictions for such offenses as possession of child pornography, exhibitionism, sexual battery, incest or spousal rape. Additionally, sex offenders adjudicated in juvenile court are not subject to public disclosure.
An alternative to visiting the Sheriff's Department is the California Department of Justice Identification Line at 1-(900) 448-3000. The cost is $10.00 per call for information on two subjects. Your phone number will be recorded and you will be charged automatically. Hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
When you call, you may find out if someone you know is one of California's registered sex offenders. To have access to this information, you must be 18 years or older, will be asked to identify yourself, and must have reasonable suspicion that a child is at risk. You will need the subject's name and address, or birth date, or Social Security information. You need to provide the person's name and at least five of the following: height, weight, hair color, eye color, ethnicity/race, description of scars, tattoos, or birthmarks. For more information contact the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis, P. O. Box 903387, Sacramento, CA 94203-3870.
Megan's Law data can only be searched by entering the name of an offender, or a ZIP code. For example, if you type in the name of a sex offender, all the above information for that offender will be displayed. If you type in a ZIP code, the above information for all offenders residing within that ZIP code will be displayed. By law, the residential address of registered sex offenders is NOT public information.
Since Megan's Law data has been available, the public has helped law enforcement identify offenders who are not registered with the correct address. State agents from the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Investigation, work with local law enforcement to arrest sex offenders who do not comply with registration laws.
If you intend to access information through the California DOJ Child Molester Identification Hotline, you must be 18 years or older. You will be asked to identify yourself, and must have reasonable suspicion that a child is at risk. You will need the subject's name and address, or birth date, or Social Security information. You need to provide the person's name and at least five of the following: height, weight, hair color, eye color, ethnicity/race, description of scars, tattoos, or birthmarks.
• CRV bottles and cans for redemption (look for CA CASH REFUND on the label)• Non-CRV glass bottles and jars (separate colored from clear)• Non-CRV aluminum• Tin cans and small metal items• Mixed paper, including white and colored office paper, newspaper, phone books, magazines, and shredded paper in paper bags• Cardboard and chipboard (cereal boxes, etc.)• Household batteries (separate rechargeable from non-rechargeable)• Plastics #1-7
It is important to separate these plastics from your garbage and place them in the appropriate bin. Removing them from your trash serves two purposes:1) It keeps them out of the Composting Facility, which allows the decomposition process to work more efficiently. 2) By removing these plastics from your trash, you will pay less in disposal fees.
Please note that tarps and styrofoam are not accepted for recycling.
The Assessor establishes the value of the property on January 1. This date is referred to as the Tax Lien date. The secured property tax bill, issued each September, uses the value established on the tax lien date.
The first installment is due and payable on November 1. However, you have until 5:00 pm on December 10 to make your payment before a 10% penalty is added to your bill.
The second installment is due and payable on February 1. The grace period on the second installment expires at 5:00 pm on April 10. If the installment remains unpaid as of April 10, a 10% penalty and $10 cost is imposed. If the delinquent dates fall on a weekend or an observed holiday, the delinquent date is the next business day.
First installment delinquent at 5:00 pm December 10. Second installment delinquent at 5:00 pm April 10.
Senior Citizens' Property Tax Postponement Program. Information and claim forms can be obtained by calling the State Controller Office at 1-800-952-5661 or visit www.sco.ca.gov/col/taxinfo/indcx.htm.
Yes. Call (855)985-1104 or Pay here. Invoice Cloud will charge a nominal fee to use this service.
Mail Payments to: Mariposa County Tax Collector, PO Box 1450 Suisun City, CA 94585-4450
Mail to office at: PO Box 247, Mariposa, CA 95338
You may receive more than one supplemental tax bill, depending on when you purchased your property or completed new construction. Since the secured property taxes are based on the January 1 value and cover a fiscal year, your purchase/construction date may affect the calculation of the taxes for two fiscal years. For example, if you purchased property in February 2019, your purchase would affect the 2018/2019 fiscal year taxes (July 2018 through June 2019). The latter fiscal year is affected because the Assessor would have already established the value on January 1, 2018, prior to the purchase/construction. Therefore, the taxes calculated for 2019/2020 would also have to be adjusted by a supplemental bill for the increased value.
Yes. If your payment is not received or postmarked by the delinquent dates, penalty amounts are the same as the secured taxes: First installment penalty = 10% of the first installment amount. Second installment penalty = 10% of the second installment amount plus $20.