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Workshop to help adolescent girls

Nevada Union High School is sponsoring an event to promote resiliency in adolescent girls, enhance their judgment and critical skills and encourage them to voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment.

Girls Circle, a nonprofit organization based in Cotati, is hosting the two-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 5 and 6, at the First Baptist Church on Ridge Road in Grass Valley.

The workshop is for service providers, educators, therapists, probation officers, social workers and mental health workers.

A grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is bringing the seminar to Nevada County.

The fee for attending the event is $100. For more information, contact Terry Brodie, NU intervention specialist, at 273-4431, ext. 316.

– The Union staff

Loma Rica Ranch

development ready for next step

Loma Rica Ranch, the major housing project proposed just outside Grass Valley’s city limits, is ready for environmental review and closer scrutiny, according to city leaders.

Although not endorsing the project, City Council members said developer Phil Carville’s project meets 2006 guidelines for large developments.

In November, Grass Valley leaders asked Carville to cut his project from 1,200 residences to between 500 and 700 residences. Carville now proposes 700 houses clustered on 452 acres.

Carville’s project is one of four large developments proposed for just outside Grass Valley’s city limits – the others being Northstar, Kenny Ranch and SouthHill Village.

– Greg Moberly

Environmental groups sue city

of Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Two environmental groups sued the city of Sacramento on Wednesday over its planned annexation of 577 acres of farmland for a housing development.

The Environmental Council of Sacramento and Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk allege that local officials should not have certified the environmental review for the 3,500-home Greenbriar project, the first step toward annexation.

The land south of downtown Sacramento is owned by prolific Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and other investors.

The environmental groups sued in Sacramento Superior Court.

– Associated Press

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