Author: Cindy Gustafson

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | July 23

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | July 23

We are well into another very busy summer in North Lake Tahoe and as always, there is much to report on activities and projects in our region. But first and most importantly, as wildfires ravage many parts of our State and the West, we can never remind ourselves and others enough — please follow all recommendations — be safe, be prepared, be cautious. Learn more on how to prepare for wildfire.

Another important update, the Board of Supervisors will be meeting in North Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, July 27 with a number of items that are specific to or impact Eastern Placer County, including:

  • Presentation from Liberty Utilities on their Community Wildfire Mitigation Program to include the Public Safety Power Shutoff
  • Annual Mountain Housing Council Update and Additional Potential Housing Initiatives for Eastern Placer County
  • Placer County Membership in the Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency
  • Urgency Ordinance to Establish a Moratorium on the Issuance of New Short-Term Rental Permits
  • Dollar Creek Crossing Housing Project Update
  • Allocation of Transient Occupancy Tax Fund Balance to Fund Winter Microtransit Pilot Program in Eastern Placer County
  • Update on North Lake Tahoe Tourism Mitigation Projects
  • Purchase and Sale Agreement of the Swiss Mart Property in Kings Beach
  • Contract with Nevada County regarding the Collaborative and Regional Health and Human Services in the North Lake Tahoe

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 27 AT 9AM

Meeting will be held at:
North Tahoe Event Center
8318 North Lake Blvd. | Kings Beach, CA 96143

[VIEW AGENDA]

The board meeting will be open to in-person attendance. The entire meeting will also be available on livestream.

Public Comment will be opened for each agenda item, and citizens may comment virtually through a Zoom meeting webinar utilizing the “raise hand” function or if you have joined the Zoom meeting via phone at 877-853-5247 using the Webinar ID 940 6001 9811 please dial *9 to “raise hand” and queue for Public Comment. Please raise your hand at the time the Chair announces the item. There will be no phone reservation line.


DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR TAHOE WORKERS

Workers in the North Lake Tahoe region struggling to afford a home can now apply for a new program to help make their housing dreams come true. The Workforce Housing Preservation Program is designed to secure our existing housing inventory for the local workforce. The program pays homebuyers and new housing developers in exchange for deed restricting their home so that it can only be occupied by local workers. The funding can help homebuyers with down payments or complete renovations. Placer County’s new Workforce Housing Preservation Program is now accepting applications, offering cash assistance for qualified buyers. LEARN MORE

 


REPORT LITTER & TRASH WITH CLEAN TAHOE

Clean Tahoe is a nonprofit organization based in South Lake Tahoe with a proven track record to assist communities with litter and garbage abatement. Placer County and other neighboring jurisdictions in the region are collectively contributing funding to Clean Tahoe to have them address and clean up litter hotspots. This program will complement the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Service, because while they take care of all of our trash, they’re not set up to do the boots on the ground litter patrol. The whole idea here is not to worry about jurisdictional boundaries – when someone from the public sees a problem trash can, it doesn’t matter whose can it is, they can call it up. Clean Tahoe Program is happy to announce they opened an office in Kings Beach and are now servicing Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Incline Village, and Crystal Bay. The public can report litter and trash with Clean Tahoe two ways: Call 530.544.4210 or via their online form. LEARN MORE


TART CONNECT | FREE CURB-TO-CURB TRANSIT SERVICE
tart connect
Now through September 6, Placer County will be offering this FREE service across the North Shore. This free service will offer 8 vehicles that will run daily from 8am to midnight, offering vans that hold up to 9 people as well as bike racks and an ada compliant vehicle available upon request. Request your FREE ride today using the TART Connect App, available for download now! LEARN MORE

 


FIGHTING FOR IMPROVED BROADBAND SERVICE
The Placer County Board of Supervisors this month sent a letter urging action on improving service and infrastructure issues for Altice USA/ Suddenlink broadband customers. While we hope the broadband issues are addressed directly by the service provider, we are also calling on the California Public Utilities Commission and State Legislature to seek solutions, should appropriate action not be taken. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | July 1

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | July 1

CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY’S INDEPENDENCE DAY – STAY SAFE AND GRATEFUL!

On this holiday weekend let’s remember the leadership, courage, and sacrifices that so many made throughout our nation’s 245-year history – to first establish and then defend our democracy. The Fourth of July commemorates the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation when 56 members of the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, which gifted our nation independence, self-determination, and the right to dream big. This historic document is still a wonderful read and a way to remember our founding father’s words as they established a new country, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Let’s make this Fourth of July memorable by counting our blessings, truly appreciating our freedom, and celebrating our democracy!

We ask that as you gather with friends and family, please remember that we are in extreme fire danger – be SAFE and remain vigilant for potential ignition points. Let’s keep each other and our communities safe during such a dangerous fire season.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


A MESSAGE FROM PLACER COUNTY FIRE CHIEF BRIAN ESTES

A FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN EASTERN PLACER COUNTY AND ALL OF UNINCORPORATED PLACER COUNTY. ONE LESS SPARK IS ONE LESS WILDFIRE. Help us all stay safe through the fire season. We live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. [WATCH VIDEO]

Stay safe and have a Happy 4th of July.


Wildfire Update & Resources

2020 was the worst recorded fire season in California history and 2021 is already surpassing it. There’s a huge fire danger increase this year due to the lack of snow and rain, along with high temperatures. On May 1 the snowpack was at 59% of normal and there were no late spring rains. Fire spread predictions are approximately 6 weeks ahead of normal and the fires we’ve had are extremely hot and fast moving. Please SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT — it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

PLAN, PREPARE, STAY AWARE + EVACUATION
Be prepared, know your evacuation routes, and listen to law enforcement! Please remember evacuations are a very coordinated effort between all law enforcement, fire districts, Caltrans, and our county roads — it’s a significant undertaking and planning between the agencies is extensive. In the event of an evacuation, please remain calm, follow the instructions of the emergency personnel, and have an action plan ready before the fire strikes. Have your kit ready to go for every family member, know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, and remember to check all your apps, alerts and social media pages — officials will constantly be pushing out messages immediately and as fast as they can. Don’t wait for the evacuation order — if you feel threatened, leave — and leave as soon as the evacuation is recommended by any officials. Depending on where the fire is located, law enforcement will determine which evacuation route is best, and officials will be placed in strategic areas to direct people where to go. Please don’t stop to try and ask questions — this will delay everyone’s evacuation — trust they are directing you a safe way to get as many people out as quickly as possible. LEARN MORE

 

 

 

RED FLAG WARNING PROGRAM | The Red Flag Warning Program is a local effort to make residents aware of wildfire risk in our community and is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. If you see red flags posted at fire stations/government buildings, that is the time to visit readyforwildfire.org. LEARN MORE

HI-LO SIRENS CAN HELP SAVE LIVES | The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released an important PSA regarding hi-low sirens and how they can help keep us safe. The hi-lo siren was installed in patrol units in 2019 to be used during emergency evacuations. The sound is different from the traditional police siren — it will ONLY be used in areas facing danger from a wildfire, chemical spill, flood, etc. LEARN MORE

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:


Housing Update

As we all know, Eastern Placer County is facing an unprecedented housing crisis and our region is losing long-term rental space at a very alarming rate. Our workforce is being driven out of our community and almost every business in the region has had to adjust hours and services due to lack of staff. We realize that the already critical housing shortage has been exacerbated by the unprecedented surge in values of homes. I am working with our County officials and the Mountain Housing Council partners to do everything we can to ease the situation and keep new workforce housing projects moving forward. With more challenging times ahead we encourage anyone who is willing and able to please consider offering your home or even just a room – whether it’s just for a season, or long-term. It is going to take an entire community effort to help each other through this crisis and rebuild a balanced community.


CURRENT HOUSING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

The Placer County Housing Goals include increasing the availability and mix housing types, improving the County’s overall employment growth and reducing vehicle miles traveled. Currently, Eastern Placer County has two projects in construction including Meadow View Place in Martis Valley which broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village which is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Upcoming development in Eastern Placer County includes Dollar Creek Crossing where the County will be conducting a site study to assist in planning/design development of the site this spring followed by the environmental review starting this summer. Potential future projects include the redevelopment of the Tahoe Inn in Kings Beach and the former Eastern Gateway property in Kings Beach. LEARN MORE

Please join our July 27 Tahoe Board of Supervisors Meeting for more thorough update on housing.


Additional News & Resources

TART CONNECT | FREE CURB-TO-CURB TRANSIT SERVICE

On June 25, I joined the community for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the debut of Tart Connect, a free curb-to-curb transit service in North Lake Tahoe. Now through September 6, Placer County will be offering this service across the North Shore with service zones that include West Shore, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Brockway, Crystal Bay, and Incline Village. This free service will offer 8 vehicles that will run daily from 8am to midnight, offering vans that hold up to 9 people as well as bike racks and an ada compliant vehicle available upon request. Request your FREE ride today using the TART Connect App, available for download now! This microtransit pilot program is operated by downtowner and managed by Placer County Department of Public Works, transit division. LEARN MORE


 

CLEAN TAHOE PROGRAM

Clean Tahoe is a nonprofit organization based in South Lake Tahoe with a proven track record to assist communities with litter and garbage abatement. Placer County and other neighboring jurisdictions in the region are collectively contributing funding to Clean Tahoe to have them address and clean up litter hotspots. This program will complement the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Service, because while they take care of all of our trash, they’re not set up to do the boots on the ground litter patrol. The whole idea here is not to worry about jurisdictional boundaries – when someone from the public sees a problem trash can, it doesn’t matter whose can it is, they can call it up. Clean Tahoe program is scheduled to launch a 1-year pilot trash abatement program for the North Lake Tahoe area on Friday, July 2. LEARN MORE

 


TEMPORARY SIGNAL AT GROVE STREET

Placer County staff have been working with Caltrans for over a year to get permitting to deploy a temporary signal to improve car and pedestrian safety and control their movements at this high volume intersection. It was finally installed on Wednesday night and became effective July 1, 2021. Caltrans and our staff will monitor traffic conditions to determine how effective it is and whether we want to consider a permanent pedestrian signal. LEARN MORE

 


COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT EFFORTS FOR SHORT TERM RENTALS (STRS)

Placer County staff have been working with Caltrans for over a year to get permitting to deploy a temporary signal to improve car and pedestrian safety and control their movements at this high volume intersection. It was finally installed on Wednesday night and became effective July 1, 2021. Caltrans and our staff will monitor traffic conditions to determine how effective it is and whether we want to consider a permanent pedestrian signal. LEARN MORE

 


TAHOE CITY’S PENNY BEAR

Last week our beloved Penny Bear received a much-needed “bath”! The artists who created Penny Bear gave her a good cleaning and trained our Placer County team on how to take care of the piece going forward. LEARN MORE

 

 

FINAL COUNTY BUDGET APPROVED

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a balanced budget of $1,024,477,507 for the next fiscal year – 0.4% increase from last year’s final budget of $1,020,071,376. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER RANKS #35 AS ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES IN NATION

Where you live can play a crucial role in determining how healthy you are. The 2021 Healthiest Communities rankings highlight measure nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and county equivalents across 84 factors that fuel and form the health of a community and its residents. Check out the report!

 

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 1

CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY’S INDEPENDENCE DAY –
STAY SAFE AND GRATEFUL!

On this holiday weekend let’s remember the leadership, courage, and sacrifices that so many made throughout our nation’s 245-year history – to first establish and then defend our democracy. The Fourth of July commemorates the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation when 56 members of the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, which gifted our nation independence, self-determination, and the right to dream big. This historic document is still a wonderful read and a way to remember our founding father’s words as they established a new country, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Let’s make this Fourth of July memorable by counting our blessings, truly appreciating our freedom, and celebrating our democracy!

We ask that as you gather with friends and family, please remember that we are in extreme fire danger – be SAFE and remain vigilant for potential ignition points. Let’s keep each other and our communities safe during such a dangerous fire season.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


A MESSAGE FROM PLACER COUNTY FIRE CHIEF BRIAN ESTES

A FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN DISTRICT 5 AND ALL OF UNINCORPORATED PLACER COUNTY. ONE LESS SPARK IS ONE LESS WILDFIRE. Help us all stay safe through the fire season. We live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. [WATCH VIDEO]

Stay safe and have a Happy 4th of July.

“BE WISE TO RIVER RISE” & SWIFT WATER RESCUES | As always, we recommend you wear a lifejacket to protect yourself and loved ones, and “be wise to river rise” whenever you are near the river. In 2020, the Placer County Fire Department Technical Rescue Team responded to over 270 river and Technical Rescues. Please remember river water can be deceiving; while everything may appear calm on the surface, swift currents lie underneath, and the water temperature is cold enough to allow hypothermia to set in in as little as 15 minutes!


Wildfire Update & Resources

2020 was the worst recorded fire season in California history and 2021 is already surpassing it. There’s a huge fire danger increase this year due to the lack of snow and rain, along with high temperatures. On May 1 the snowpack was at 59% of normal and there were no late spring rains. Fire spread predictions are approximately 6 weeks ahead of normal and the fires we’ve had are extremely hot and fast moving. Please SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

PLAN, PREPARE, STAY AWARE + EVACUATION

Be prepared, know your evacuation routes, and listen to law enforcement! Please remember evacuations are a very coordinated effort between all law enforcement, fire districts, Caltrans, and our county roads – it’s a significant undertaking and planning between the agencies is extensive. In the event of an evacuation, please remain calm, follow the instructions of the emergency personnel, and have an action plan ready before the fire strikes. Have your kit ready to go for every family member, know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, and remember to check all your apps, alerts and social media pages – officials will constantly be pushing out messages immediately and as fast as they can. Don’t wait for the evacuation order – if you feel threatened, leave – and leave as soon as the evacuation is recommended by any officials. Depending on where the fire is located, law enforcement will determine which evacuation route is best, and officials will be placed in strategic areas to direct people where to go. Please don’t stop to try and ask questions – this will delay everyone’s evacuation – trust they are directing you a safe way to get as many people out as quickly as possible. LEARN MORE

RED FLAG WARNING PROGRAM | The Red Flag Warning Program is a local effort to make residents aware of wildfire risk in our community and is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. If you see red flags posted at fire stations/government buildings, that is the time to visit readyforwildfire.org. LEARN MORE

HI-LO SIRENS CAN HELP SAVE LIVES | The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released an important PSA regarding hi-low sirens and how they can help keep us safe. The hi-lo siren was installed in patrol units in 2019 to be used during emergency evacuations. The sound is different from the traditional police siren — it will ONLY be used in areas facing danger from a wildfire, chemical spill, flood, etc. LEARN MORE

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert


MEADOW VISTA RURAL MAIN STREETS PROGRAM

On June 26, I joined Meadow Vista community members, County staff, Local Government Commission, and volunteers for a temporary demonstration event to test out pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Placer Hills Road. The temporary improvements included delineated pedestrian pathways, curb enhancements, and high-visibility crosswalks. LEARN MORE

 


FINAL COUNTY BUDGET APPROVED

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget of $1,024,477,507 for the next fiscal year – 0.4% increase from last year’s final budget of $1,020,071,376. LEARN MORE

 


HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY TASKFORCE MEMBERS APPOINTED

Affordable housing in Placer County has nine new champions, with the county Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to appoint the members of its new Housing Development Advisory Taskforce. LEARN MORE

 


AUBURN/LINCOLN AIRPORTS LAND USE COMPATIBILITY PLAN WORKSHOPS

The PCTPA/ALUC is hosting two virtual community workshops this summer to discuss the updated Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans for the Auburn and Lincoln airports. The two workshops will take place on July 14 (Auburn) and July 15 (Lincoln). LEARN MORE

 


PLACER RANKS #35 AS ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES IN NATION

The 2021 Healthiest Communities rankings measure nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and county equivalents across 84 factors that fuel and form the health of a community and its residents. Check out the report!

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | June 22

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | June 22

EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL RECAP

On Thursday, June 10, I joined County staff and other Public Agencies for a Virtual Eastern Placer County Town Hall. I want to thank all of the panelists that participated and I hope you can see how hard everybody’s working. We are trying to focus on getting some pretty big projects done and direct our energy where we can best make a difference for North Lake Tahoe and Eastern Placer County. We had a great meeting with a lot of valuable information pertaining to our region – especially as we head into another busy summer.

I want to follow-up with a brief recap of the meeting. In addition, I included everyone’s contact information in the event you’d like to learn more. You will also find a link to a recording of the meeting in case you were unable to attend or simply want to revisit one of the topics.

[WATCH THE EPC TOWN HALL]

[VIEW THE AGENDA]


COVID & VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County is seeing the lowest covid & hospitalization rates since September! County wide, the case rate is about 3 cases per 100K and testing positivity rate of less than 2%, and even lower in Eastern Placer. We can attribute this to the high effectiveness of the vaccine – Placer County has over 380,000 does in arms. The pace of vaccination has slowed down – 600 per day vs 4000 per day back in April. Some communities have high rates, such as Tahoe City, and other communities have lower rates, such as Kings Beach having one of the lower rates in the County. Kings Beach has demographic factors working against it, such as a younger population as well as lower rates of vaccine uptake among the Latino population. Placer County offered a pop up clinic in the beginning of the month that didn’t have as much traffic as we had hoped – about 60 vaccinations between the two nights.

Presenter: Dr. Rob Oldham, Placer County Director of Health and Human Services, Interim Public Health Officer & Chief Psychiatrist


WILDFIRE UPDATES + RESOURCES

CALFIRE
2020 was the worst recorded fire season in California history and 2021 is not looking good. There’s a huge increase this year due to the lack of snow and rain in our area. On May 1 the snowpack was at 59% of normal and there were no late spring rains. Fire spread predictions are approximately 6 weeks ahead of normal and the fires we’ve had are extremely hot and fast moving. An update of what they have done and are doing include:

• 712 hazard piles burned last season in the Tahoe region
• 58 acres high hazard area treated
• 97 hazard trees were dropped
• Residential burning has been suspended
• Peak staffing levels – 411 State funded personnel in the Nevada Yuba Placer Unit
• 27 staffed engines, 5 type 1 hand crews, 4 bulldozers (1 prepositioned on the east side as conditions warrant), 1 air attack, and 2 air tankers

Presenter: Chief Mike Rufenacht

LOCAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS
North Tahoe Fire, Truckee Fire, Northstar Fire, + Olympic Valley Fire

Our area is operationally consolidated – which means all of our local Fire Districts including North Tahoe, Truckee, Northstar, Olympic Valley and Incline Village are on the same dispatch and frequency out of Grass Valley – allowing the closest resource to respond to the emergency no matter the jurisdiction as well as share resources. All our fire chiefs took to the same page as CalFire and noted that we are in an exceptionally dry year and that we all need to be prepared for the fire season. Please remember, that in addition to the suspension of residential burning, campfires and charcoal outside of campgrounds are banned. They also emphasized the importance of defensible space around your home. Another important reminder, all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Placer County.

Please SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERTIt is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

Presenters:
North Tahoe Fire | Chief Steve Leighton
Truckee Fire | Chief Bill Seline
Northstar Fire | Chief Sean Bailey
Olympic Valley Fire | Chief Allen Riley

 

PLAN, PREPARE, STAY AWARE + EVACUATION
Be prepared, know your evacuation routes, and listen to law enforcement! Please remember evacuations are a very coordinated effort between all law enforcement, fire districts, Caltrans, and our county roads – it’s a big ordeal that includes a lot of people at once. In the event of an evacuation, please remain calm, follow the instructions of the emergency personnel and have an action plan ready before the fire strikes. Have your kit ready to go for every family member, know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, and have all your apps, alerts and social media pages followed – they will constantly be pushing out messages immediately and as fast as they can. Don’t wait for the evacuation order – if you feel threatened, leave – and leave as soon as the evacuation is recommended by any fire officials. Depending on where the fire is located, law enforcement will determine which evacuation route is best, and officials will be placed in strategic areas to direct people where to go. Please don’t stop to try and ask questions – trust they are directing you a safe way to get as many people out as possible.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

 


ADDITIONAL PUBLIC AGENCY UPDATES

UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE
If you’re a homeowner that abuts the forest and you’d like to implement that hundred feet of defensible space behind your property out into the forest, we have that capability to do so to get you that permission fairly quickly to implement. Recreation updates included Sugar Bowl Snow Play, Tahoe National Forest Truckee Ranger District recently approved 35 miles of native surface trail open to class 1 e-bike, and they are looking to formalize the Cabin Creek parking into a more professional manner with a hard surface for plowing, greater capacity and better winter access.
Presenter: Jonathan Cook-Fisher, District Ranger

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL/ CHP
We are expecting a busier summer than last year with more visitors – which means the California Highway Patrol will target everything they normally do including speeding, DUIs, seatbelts, distracted driving, cell phones as well as be all around the lake doing their normal parking enforcement. In addition, CHP will have their bike patrol out all summer long which also helps with community engagement.
Presenter: Lt. Matt Tweed

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
On June 5 at 10pm, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call that came from a residence in Homewood, in North Lake Tahoe. Deputies arrived to the home and located 70-year old Robert Gary Spohr, who was found deceased as a result of a single gunshot wound. Surveillance captured this video of a male who was seen on foot around the property at the time of the incident. Anyone with information on this homicide and any surveillance systems located along West Lake Boulevard is being urged to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office tip line at: (530) 889-7853.
Presenter: Lt. Paul Long

TAHOE CITY PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT
Boat Launches around the lake are closing due to low water levels creating an increasing demand at the Lake Forest Boat Ramp. In response, TCPUD closed the campground to provide overflow boat trailer parking which creates 24 additional spots. They also announced their newest property, the Tahoe City Community Center, located at the old Maritime Museum, 401 West Lake Blvd. The property includes 11 acres with a 2-story log building. They are preparing the grounds, gardens, casibo, ponds, and electrical for outdoor concerts – available for rent for public/private events plus staff on the 2nd story of log building.
Presenter: Kay Bernston, Parks Facilities Superintendent

NORTH TAHOE PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT
Rehabilitation is underway for the sewer pump stations at Tahoe Vista and Moon Dunes. The new sewer pump and upgraded electrical equipment will make the systems much more reliable. You can still access both beaches while under construction. Also, their crews recently removed synthetic turf on field 4 at the North Tahoe Regional Park with the new turf expected to done this fall. They are also working on a new paved pathway into the tennis courts. And the low lake level forced NTUD to shut down the Tahoe Vista boat ramp.
Presenter: Justin Broglio, Public Information Officer


NEW SUMMER SERVICES

TART CONNECT
This microtransit pilot program will be operated by downtowner, managed by Placer County Department of Public Works, Transit division. Starting on June 24 through September 6, Placer County will be offering free curb-to-curb transit service across the North Shore with service zones that include West Shore, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Brockway, Crystal Bay, and Incline Village. This free service will offer 8 vehicles that will run daily from 8am to midnight, offering vans that hold up to 9 people as well as bike racks and ada compliant vehicle available upon request. Request your ride using the TART Connect App, available for download now! We invite you to join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Friday, June 25 at 10am at the North Tahoe Event Center followed by a post ribbon cutting reception from 11:30am-1pm.
Presenter: Lindsay Romack, Management Analyst, Placer CEO’s Office

 

 

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Let’s work together to educate our visitors and our locals about taking care of this special place that we all get to live in and be stewards of.

TAKE CARE TAHOE
Take Care Tahoe is the unified stewardship campaign for the entire Tahoe region. Their messages are designed to be witty and stand out but also be straight to the point, with the mission of connecting people to Tahoe and inspiring a culture of responsibility and respect. Outdoor recreation exploded quite a bit and to help avoid some of those issues, Take Care Tahoe has implemented a useful website where visitors can really connect and learn more about the Tahoe region including public beach information, biking information, maps, public transportation information, trail information, volunteer resources, and guided hikes. To compliment the site, they offer a lot of in situation signage available for purchase. In addition they implemented on the ground education with their Take Care Ambassadors program – offering five different programs and totaling 75 ambassadors.
Presenter: Crew Stover, Program & Outreach Coordinator

SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE
The magic of Lake Tahoe lies in the culture of our communities and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Together we’re asking community members and travelers alike to follow six pledge commitments that amplify environmental stewardship efforts. The traveler responsibility pledge reminds us to travel with awareness and observe the impact of individual actions. Take the pledge + watch the video
Presenter: Jeff Hentz, CEO NLTRA

CLEAN TAHOE PROGRAM
Clean Tahoe is a nonprofit organization based in South Lake Tahoe with a proven track record to assist communities with litter and garbage abatement. Placer County and other neighboring jurisdictions in the region are collectively contributing funding to Clean Tahoe to have them address and clean up litter hotspots. This program will complement the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Service, because while they take care of all of our trash, they’re not set up to do the boots on the ground litter patrol. The whole idea here is not to worry about jurisdictional boundaries – when someone from the public sees a problem trash can, it doesn’t matter whose can it is, they can call it up. Launch is planned for the end of the month.
Presenter: Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of Public Works

 


COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT EFFORTS FOR STRS

As we head into summer, our noise complaints are going to go up as people are outdoors and windows are open. We do have a very full enforcement schedule and our staff is available with very few gaps throughout the week. We are hoping that the ordinance continues to work as it has with our local contacts resolving issues and really limiting the impact on our neighborhoods. Please call our 24/7 hotline at 530-448-8003 to report a violation and speak directly to enforcement staff.

JAN-MAY 2021 complaints | 83

  • Noise | 43
  • Trash | 8
  • Parking | 21
  • Occupancy | 1
  • Permit requirements | 10

Presenter: Jayme Paine, Supervising Code Compliance Officer


PROJECT UPDATES

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IN EASTERN PLACER

Tahoe City Downtown Access Improvement Project | This project is designed to improve vehicular circulation and access to parking in the downtown core of Tahoe City to address existing commercial development in parking. The environmental document for this project was recently approved by our Board of Supervisors and we are now commencing with detail, design and looking into securing funding. Target construction date for this project is 2023.

Traffic Crossing Guards Program | We’ve again hired a contractor to provide pedestrian flaggers at high-volume crosswalks in both Tahoe City and Kings Beach. The locations include the Commons Beach Road crosswalk at Hwy 28 in Tahoe City, and the four crosswalks at the two roundabouts in Kings Beach. The contractor will typically perform the work on Thursdays at Commons Beach, and Saturdays and Sundays in Kings Beach – usually from about 12-4 pm to capture the highest volumes of pedestrians and help with improving vehicular flow through the two town centers.

Pilot Signalization of Grove St & Hwy 28 | We’ve been working with Caltrans for over a year to get permitting to deploy a temporary signal to improve car and pedestrian safety and control their movements at this high volume intersection. We will monitor traffic conditions to determine how effective it is and whether we want to consider a permanent signal. We’re excited to launch this in July and we’ll run it for as long as we can, until the snow flies.

Our Roads | We have 150 miles of roads between North Lake Tahoe, West Shore and up to the Serene Lakes area. We are planning to perform surface treatments in the Regency Way neighborhood. We hope to address the Timberland neighborhood next year.

Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program | This long standing program addresses requests by various neighbors on our County roads asking about traffic calming and what can be done about slowing down cars. The most recent one is on Fairway Dr. In Tahoe City and the Board of Supervisors recently approved building three speed cushions to be spread out along the road.

Truckee River Trail and Access Plan | We still need to do about 25 miles of trail which is primarily in Martis Valley and then and then along the Truckee River. We plan to launch into the formal environmental analysis effort on July 9, opening the formal notice of for comments by the public and then closing on August 8 with a public meeting on July 21 during that period.

Martis Valley Trail | Construction has begun to connect the East end of Martis Valley up to Northstar Drive. Hopefully next year another section of trail will fill the gap so we’ll have a paved trail all the way from the Town of Truckee into Placer County and up to Northstar Drive.

Presenter: Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of Public Works


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE AGENCY/PLANNING

Tahoe City Lodge | We are pleased to announce that this project is moving forward and have been working with a development team on finalizing their improvement plans. We hope to have a building permit issued towards the end of summer so that they can get their footing set before winter comes.

Sugar Bowl Tube Park | This project is located on the north side of Sugar Bowl Resort, west of Lake Mary and will include 600 feet with 2 sets of five parallel groomed runs and a centrally located magic carpet on 7.75 acres owned by Sugar Bowl Resort and USFS. It also includes snow making equipment, 206 parking stalls, temporary service structure for phase one with a permanent facility in phase two. Project is scheduled for Zoning Administrator public hearing on July 15.

Brockway North Hotel | Predevelopment application for a potential mixed use redevelopment project at 8602 North Lake Blvd and includes a 4-story building with 21-unit boutique hotel, 9 condo units, restaurant, retail, meeting/seminar room, outdoor public performance site/playground/public art. Expect public outreach in late summer.

Tahoe Inn Workforce Housing | Predevelopment application for a potential workforce housing redevelopment project at 9937 North Lake Blvd at Stateline and includes 51 multi-family and 60 multi-person units in 2-3 story buildings and about 2,000 square feet of commercial use. No formal application submitted to date.

Presenter: Crystal Jacobsen, Deputy CDRA Director


COUNTY UPDATES FROM SUPERVISOR CINDY GUSTAFSON

LIBRARIES | We will start a feasibility and analysis of both our Kings Beach and Tahoe City libraries. Not only do we need a larger library in Kings Beach, but we’re looking at a potential relocation into the Kings Beach Center if that moves forward. We are also looking at a potential relocation of the Tahoe City library to a more visible spot. In addition, we are checking into a regional system by creating a partnership with Truckee. You’ll hear more about that as well as outreach regarding our local libraries so we can analyze how we can best adjust our services and potentially expand.

SUDDENLINK | We are looking into passing a County ordinance so we can start to fine Suddenlink for their service meeting certain standards including lack of investment and customer responses. Please forward your concerns along to our office – we are keeping a log and forwarding them off to Suddenlink.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING | We need to find a regional revenue stream to sustain and expand our micro mass programs throughout our entire region year-round as well as make that a part of the way we live up here. Our systems are not seamless nor fully connected and we will continue to look into free, frequent service in the Basin.

BIOMASS | Placer County, surrounding counties and special districts are looking into ways we can stop paying money to haul our wood off the hill by trying find a local biomass plant. In addition, we’re collaborating on ways we can use that energy and wood product right here in our region.

HOUSING | It is beyond a crisis! It is a horrible situation for our employers and employees that are being kicked out of their homes. Our region is losing long-term rental space at a very rapid rate and we are working every opportunity we can to revise ordinances to ease the situation so we can get some housing projects going. We are way behind and none of us anticipated Covid and the pressure it created for our community. We all know this is a very challenging time. I encourage you to join our July 27 Tahoe Board of Supervisors Meeting for a more thorough report on housing updates.

Thank you to the incredible dedication of so many of our county staff and local agencies, I’m so impressed with everybody’s efforts.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Redistricting Placer | Public Meeting on June 24

The once-a-decade process of revising Placer County’s supervisorial district boundaries gets underway June 24 with the first in a series of public meetings with an Advisory Redistricting Commission. The Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission, which is set to consider amendments to the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts later this year, will host a public meeting at 10:10 a.m. on June 24 at the Community Development Resource Agency in North Auburn. LEARN MORE


Free Plans for ADUs

Placer County is now providing free building plans to homeowners interested in constructing an accessory home on their property, saving thousands in building costs, while helping to increase the county’s stock of affordable housing As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. LEARN MORE
 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 4

SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY UPON US, PLACER COUNTY!

With the change of season comes great news and accomplishments to celebrate in our region. I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for what we’ve accomplished and look forward to once again meeting in-person and participating in events. While there is no arguing this past year was challenging, I have confidence the future holds hope, positivity and renewed stability. There is always more work to do, but I want encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on the good. Let’s make the most of our Placer County summer and appreciate all of our wonderful resources, outdoor activities, and local businesses — and come together to find our way back to a sense of community and a sense of normal.

 


CALIFORNIA IS SET TO FULLY REOPEN | JUNE 15

On May 25, the California Department of Public Health announced that Placer County’s COVID metrics have qualified the county to enter the orange tier, a few weeks prior to the state’s move “Beyond the Blueprint” anticipated for June 15. View activities and capacities permitted under orange tier, CLICK HERE. For a look at what is ahead when the state as a whole moves “Beyond the Blueprint” June 15, CLICK HERE. The state is also expected to adjust masking guidance at that point to align with the CDC’s indoor guidance for vaccinated individuals.

 


POP UP VACCINE CLINICS | JUNE 8 + 10

Placer County Public Health and health care system partners will be holding special vaccination clinics in parts of the county with lower vaccination rates or access to health services in the month of June. Appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov and walk-ins are also welcome. LEARN MORE


VIRTUAL FORESTHILL TOWN HALL MEETING | JUNE 7

Please join myself and County Staff for a Virtual Foresthill Town Hall on June 7 at 7pm for updates, resources and information on the following topics:

  • County Updates
  • Public Safety & Community Updates
  • Transfer Station Tipping Fees + Garbage Collection Fees
  • Foresthill Fire Protection Defensible Space Public Display Area

Information on accessing this virtual town hall meeting will be posted HERE once the meeting agenda is published.


Wildfire Preparedness

PLACER FIRE CHIEF BRIAN ESTES GIVES A FIRE SEASON UPDATE

Start preparing you and your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County remains one of the top in California and the nation for community-led fire preparedness efforts. Placer County Fire Department/CAL FIRE NEU Chief Brian Estes gives his 2021 outlook for this upcoming fire season.

 

 

Chief Estes stated that the first thing we can do is get educated. His message is simple – we live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. This also includes his reminder that ALL Fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Placer County. Check out the many ways we can work together to ensure all are ready for fire season! VIEW VIDEO

 

 


ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE NEWS & RESOURCES

Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert

RED FLAG WARNING PROGRAM | Our Red Flag Warning Program is a local effort to make residents aware of wildfire risk in our community and is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. If you see red flags posted at fire stations and government buildings, that is the time to visit readyforwildfire.org. LEARN MORE

HI-LO SIRENS CAN HELP SAVE LIVES | The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released an important PSA this week regarding hi-low sirens and how they can help keep us safe. The hi-lo siren was installed in patrol units in 2019 to be used during emergency evacuations. The sound is different from the traditional police siren — it will ONLY be used in areas facing danger from a wildfire, chemical spill, flood, etc. LEARN MORE

CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS IN NEVADA, YUBA + PLACER | The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. LEARN MORE

PLACER SEEKS FOR FEEDBACK WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN | Placer County is seeking community feedback as part of its 2021 update to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The goal of the CWPP is to enhance efforts to protect communities, watersheds and other at-risk properties from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

FRENCH MEADOWS FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT | The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project is a collaborative forest health project intended to reduce wildfire risk. Placer is scheduled to start in June as the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the county to perform work on federal land for the multi-agency partnership French Meadows Forest Restoration Project. With the approval, Placer will take the lead on hiring and overseeing contractors to execute tree removal, forest thinning and biomass removal. LEARN MORE


Additional Placer County News

DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT FOR NORTH AUBURN HHS FACILITY

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a design-build contract for a new Health and Human Services Center, awarding the contract to Sacramento-based firm Turner Construction/AC Martin following a competitive process. Fiscal responsibility has been a hallmark of this Board, and it’s important for residents to understand the funding sources and reimbursement that will offset costs. The new HHS facility is included in the county’s recently-updated master plan for the Placer County Government Center, and would help consolidate existing staff and services from six divisions in a 142,000-square-foot facility in North Auburn. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY FAIR REOPENS | JUNE 24-27

The Placer County Fair “Mooving Forward Together” reopens June 24-27, becoming one of the first large events to return in the Sacramento region as state’s Economy reopens. Covid canceled the fair in 2020, but as cases drop and vaccinations increase, annual event becomes one of the first fairs scheduled in the state. READ PRESS RELEASE

 


MEADOW VISTA RURAL MAIN STREETS PROGRAM

Join Meadow Vista community members on June 26 from 10am-2pm where they will be leading a temporary demonstration event with support from the County to test out pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Placer Hills Road. The temporary improvements will include delineated pedestrian pathways, curb enhancements, and high-visibility crosswalks. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN

The public draft of the Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan is being updated to reflect recent the updated Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project. Public comments on the draft plan will be taken through June 13. We encourage you to submit your comments digitally, CLICK HERE

 


PLACER EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR DEWITT THEATER

Placer is seeking proposals to potentially breathe new life into the DeWitt Theater located on the Placer County Government Center campus in North Auburn. The Board of Supervisors allowed the Department of Facilities Management to solicit plans to restore, reimagine or re-use the theater, slated for demolition in the county’s recently updated master plan for redeveloping the government center campus. LEARN MORE


PLACER ADOPTS UPDATED GENERAL PLAN HOUSING ELEMENT

The Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s comprehensive update of its General Plan Housing Element, pledges additional $575,000 for affordable housing efforts – outlining its policies and programs to meet existing and projected housing needs for all Placer residents through 2029. LEARN MORE

 


There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


REDISTRICTING PLACER

Join in the process to redraw Placer County’s supervisorial districts. This process only takes place once every 10 years! The Placer County Redistricting Commission is beginning the work to redraw the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts. District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect the representative of their choice. LEARN MORE

 


FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S

Placer County is now providing free building plans to homeowners interested in constructing an accessory home on their property, saving thousands in building costs, while helping to increase the county’s stock of affordable housing As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | May 27

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | May 27

WISHING YOU A FUN & SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, I ask each of you to remember, honor and mourn all who have served and given their lives defending our freedom. Please take a moment to pause and appreciate what they and their loved ones have sacrificed so that we can enjoy our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

This weekend also represents the unofficial opening of Lake Tahoe and the start of summer, topped off with a warm and sunny forecast. This time of year I can’t help but be reminded how lucky we are to be able to live, work and play in such an amazing place – filled with beautiful views, ample outdoor activities, a resilient community and a variety of incredible local businesses. Let’s continue to support our friends and neighbors while we also remember to recreate safely and respectfully this holiday weekend and into the summer ahead.


EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL | JUNE 10

Join myself and County Staff for a Virtual Eastern Placer County Town Hall on June 10 at 6pm for updates, resources and information on the following topics:

• Public Safety & Community Updates
• New Summer Services – Trash & Transit
• Development Project Updates
• Short Term Rental Updates
• COVID Updates

Information on accessing this virtual town hall meeting will be posted HERE once the meeting agenda is published.


POP UP VACCINE CLINICS IN KINGS BEACH | JUNE 2 + 3

Placer County Public Health and health care system partners will be holding special vaccination clinics in parts of the county with lower vaccination rates or access to health services in the month of June. Appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov and walk-ins are also welcome. LEARN MORE

Also, youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine to protect against COVID-19. It is available through many local providers via MyTurn. Book Appointment


PLACER COUNTY MOVES INTO THE ORANGE TIER

On May 25, the California Department of Public Health announced that Placer County’s COVID metrics have qualified the county to enter the orange tier, a few weeks prior to the state’s move “Beyond the Blueprint” anticipated for June 15. View activities and capacities permitted under orange tier, CLICK HERE.

For a look at what is ahead when the state as a whole moves “Beyond the Blueprint” June 15, CLICK HERE. The state is also expected to adjust masking guidance at that point to align with the CDC’s indoor guidance for vaccinated individuals.


NORTH LAKE TAHOE RESORT ASSOCIATION NEW TBID BOARD OF DIRECTORS SEAT – PLACER BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The process to select and seat the new North Lake Tahoe Resort Association TBID Board of Directors is underway as they are preparing the Election Ballot with candidates for all nominated and designated Board seats. The Placer County Board of Supervisors has one of “6” nominated seats on the NLTRA TBID Board as part of the Governance within the Management District Plan (MDP). Learn more about NLTRA’s committee structure HERE.

Placer County is seeking applications to serve on NLTRA’s new TBID Board of Director Seat – At-Large Public Member representing the Placer County Board of Supervisors. View the TBID Governance document that outlines the breakdown of both the nominated and designated seats (all have to be elected by NLTRA membership) and the Board Candidate Application.

Applications are due by June 11. Board appointment of the TBID Board of Director Seat will be on the June 22 BOS agenda.


FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF NORTH LAKE TAHOE: TAKE THE TRAVELER RESPONSIBILITY PLEDGE!

The magic of Lake Tahoe lies in the culture of our communities and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To protect and preserve vulnerable ecosystems and residential communities, regional visitor bureaus have joined forces to focus on educational tactics that reinforce the importance of mindful, responsible travel. Before embarking on a journey to our beloved region, please take the North Lake Tahoe Traveler Responsibility Pledge. We appreciate your commitment to preserving the natural wonders of the Sierra! Take the Pledge + watch the video below to learn more!


Wildfire Update

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Start preparing you and your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

Wildfire Resources:
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert

 

PLACER SEEKS FEEDBACK FOR WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN

Placer County is seeking community feedback as part of its 2021 update to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The goal of the CWPP is to enhance efforts to protect communities, watersheds and other at-risk properties from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

 

 

FRENCH MEADOWS FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project is a collaborative forest health project intended to reduce wildfire risk. Placer is scheduled to start in June as the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the county to perform work on federal land for the multi-agency partnership French Meadows Forest Restoration Project. With the approval, Placer will take the lead on hiring and overseeing contractors to execute tree removal, forest thinning and biomass removal. LEARN MORE

 


There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and help find solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Redistricting Placer

Join in the process to redraw Placer County’s supervisorial districts. This process only takes place once every 10 years! The Placer County Redistricting Commission is beginning the work to redraw the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts. District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect the representative of their choice. Redistricting takes place every 10 years after the federal census. District boundaries for federal, state and local elected offices are redrawn to reflect new population data and shifting populations. LEARN MORE

 


Free Plans for ADUs

Placer County is now providing free building plans to homeowners interested in constructing an accessory home on their property, saving thousands in building costs, while helping to increase the county’s stock of affordable housing As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 3

WHO’S READY FOR SUMMER?

With summer just around the corner, I’m reminded how fortunate we are to have so many recreational options in Placer County. The ample sunshine and warmth always bring a renewed and welcomed sense of optimism and good health. There are endless options to get outside and explore our beautiful region, including the many trails, rivers, reservoirs, lakes and peaks, just to name a few. Beyond that, our region is home to a vibrant and diverse set of communities, each with their own unique identity and a variety of amazing local businesses – this is truly what makes Placer County’s District 5 so special. Now more than ever, I encourage you to support your friends and neighbors by shopping, eating and playing locally. While visiting our incredible resources please take care of them like you would your own backyard – because they are! Your actions can go a long way… such as leaving no trace, being fire aware, and being kind, conscientious, and courteous to all those around you.

Not only do we have a great summer to look forward to, but there continues to be hopeful news and milestones in relation to the pandemic and vaccine distribution. Read on for some recent news, resources and events to keep you informed, involved, and prepared. Let’s continue to work together to ensure we have a fun and safe Placer County summer.


COVID UPDATE

While California is not seeing the large case surges that many other states are experiencing, we continue to experience a gradual increase in the number of cases in Placer County and in our region. Due to our case rate, we remain assigned to the Red Tier. Many factors seem to be driving this uptick, but the rise of more easily transmissible variants appears to be one significant factor. Fortunately, we continue to see much lower levels of severe illness and hospitalizations due to Covid-19 relative to what we were experiencing just a few months ago. Here is a snapshot of today’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 6.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.4 (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.0% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:

SELF-SWABBING IS NOW AVAILABLE

Self-swabbing is now available at the OptumServe COVID-19 testing sites in Roseville and Truckee. Easy, fast and free; with turnaround generally between 1-2 days. Make an appointment: https://lhi.care/covidtesting


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccine distribution, and as of Monday, 303,514 doses have been administered countywide.

As of April 15, Placer County residents age 16 and above are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility.

If you haven’t yet gotten your vaccine – please text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 and you will be notified as more appointments are available. For those who need assistance, please call 211. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


BODY WORN CAMERA UPDATE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved body-worn cameras for sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers. The sheriff’s office expects to launch the $4.8 million program over the next nine months and thanks the Board of Supervisors for funding this crucial initiative. I really appreciate and strongly support this program. We’re 100% behind this as well as our law enforcement officers in getting this program to protect them and protect our constituents. Learn more

 

 


PLACER COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

After a 4-year effort of surveys, public meetings, data gathering, writing, and editing, we invite you to attend a virtual Zoom Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 6 at 6pm to get a refresher on the plan progress, review the major elements, see the latest edits based on public input, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and comment. Click Here to Join the Webinar

 

 


WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

FOREST THINNING TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK

Prioritizing forest health heading into fire season, our Board of Supervisors voted this week to execute forest thinning for an additional 3,000 acres of the French Meadows Forest Restoration Project this year (here is the press release)

BURN PERMITS REQUIRED STARTING MAY 1

Starting May 1, the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will require burn permits for residential burning in Placer County. No-burn days are still in effect and can be confirmed on the Placer County Air Pollution Control District website. Learn more

Additional Resources:


FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF NORTH LAKE TAHOE: TAKE THE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PLEDGE

The magic of Lake Tahoe lies in the culture of our communities and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To protect and preserve vulnerable ecosystems and residential communities, regional visitor bureaus have joined forces to focus on educational tactics that reinforce the importance of mindful, responsible travel. Before embarking on a journey to our beloved region, please take the North Lake Tahoe Traveler Responsibility Pledge. We appreciate your commitment to preserving the natural wonders of the Sierra! Take the Pledge + watch the video below to learn more!


PLACER COUNTY PROBATION LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY MOBILE WORK CREW PROGRAM

The Placer County Probation Department has launched a new in-house mobile work crew program with the goal to provide increased accountability for program participants, while allowing the opportunity to give back to the local community. Learn more

 


LAMALFA, THOMPSON INTRODUCE UTILITY RESILIENCE & RELIABILITY ACT

Congressmembers LaMalfa and Thompson introduced the Utility Resilience and Reliability Act, a bipartisan bill to make the national energy grid more reliable and resilient to natural disasters and extreme weather events. Text of the bill can be found here.


WHILE ALL OF THIS IS POSITIVE NEWS, we still have many challenges to address to help our residents & businesses.

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we continue to have problems with our broadband services. I asked county staff to give me a breakdown of the various types of broadband in order to better understand both the technology, as well as the options for the county moving forward. View the PowerPoint to see some of our conclusions.

COMMERCIAL INSURANCE DATA CALL NOTICE | In an open letter dated April 13, Commissioner Ricardo Lara addressed the Commercial Insurance Data Call notice, acknowledging that insurance companies are non-renewing or refusing to write commercial insurance. Lara directed commercial insurance companies doing business in the state to provide detailed information to his Department within 60 days about the availability of commercial insurance. This new commercial insurance data will help inform her actions as well as actions that the Governor and California State Legislature can take to further protect our businesses. Read Letter

There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Let’s Make This the Biggest Big Day of Giving Ever for Placer Nonprofits

Big Day of Giving is just a few days away – May 6, 2021! Placer’s nonprofits and our neighbors who they serve need your help more than ever this year. Let’s make it our biggest year yet! Learn more


North Lake Tahoe & Truckee Regional Officials Cancel Fourth of July Events for 2021

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee regional officials have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks displays in the North Lake Tahoe area. Challenges to outdoor destinations across the country have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these cancelations will reduce crowd concerns during an already busy time for the region. Read more



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 19

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 19

POSITIVE STEPS MOVING FORWARD INTO SPRING & SUMMER

Placer County staff have been working with my office to address many of the concerns we all share about the quality of life and the environment in our region. Understanding that we can’t control everyone’s behavior, we are working on a combination of approaches to address the issues including: public education campaigns, increased enforcement efforts, and provision of additional services. This comprehensive approach will help lessen the impacts we experienced last summer. I am very encouraged by the efforts of so many agencies and organizations working collaboratively to help. I know we can’t solve all issues, but it is a huge step forward!

The following information will report on these near-term efforts and plans for longer-term projects. Please share this information, and I encourage you to provide your input on other suggestions we can pursue.


Currently in Eastern Placer

SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROGRAM UPDATE

In response to both community feedback and enforcement staff recommendations, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to update the county’s current short-term rental ordinance. Since the program’s inception, we have been listening to local stakeholders and residents to learn how we can improve the program in a way that benefits our community and addresses the neighborhood impacts. These updates reflect not only program feedback, but also a larger effort by the county to address key issues affecting our region. With additions to compliance staff and new data systems we believe that tracking and reporting will be available to help us make prudent and effective adjustments moving forward. Learn More

Current updates to the program include:
• Redefining the program boundaries to match the Eastern Placer transient occupancy tax (TOT) collection area.
• Clarifications to rental restrictions during construction.
• Adding information regarding bear boxes, fire safety enhancements and program streamlining.

View the STR complaint stats below, click here to enlarge.

FREE!! RIDESHARE SERVICE COMING TO NORTH LAKE TAHOE

This summer, North Lake Tahoe residents and visitors will have a new microtransit rideshare service available through Placer County’s Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit. The service will offer free, curb-to-curb shuttle service using a smartphone app to book rides, similar to popular services like Lyft and Uber. Learn More

 

 

 

TEMPORARY SIGNAL AT GROVE STREET

In 2020, county staff hired a third-party consultant develop a design for a temporary signal at the Grove Street and SR 28 intersection. Staff has also worked with Caltrans to obtain the necessary permits and approvals for the signal. By installing a temporary signal, county staff can monitor traffic flow conditions to determine whether a permanent signal could work.

 

 

 

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING GUARDS

In 2020, Placer County contracted with a third-party vendor to provide crossing guards on weekends from July – September in Kings Beach and Tahoe City. Specifically, crossing guards were placed at heavily used crosswalks at the roundabouts in Kings Beach and at Grove Street and Commons Beach Road in Tahoe City. This service will continue in 2021 and expand to additional weekends in June and July which were not included in the 2020 service contract. The goals of this program include pedestrian safety and reduction in traffic congestion.

 

ENHANCED LITTER/TRASH SERVICE

In 2020, Placer County increased the frequency of trash pickup service in Kings Beach and Tahoe City to address issues with litter and trash. To further address this issue, county staff is currently working with Clean Tahoe to supplement existing trash service in summer 2021 and winter 2022. Clean Tahoe will also be “on-call” to address overflowing trash cans and dumpsters in Town Centers and they will monitor trash and litter in Town Centers and public parks and beaches daily. County staff is also working with the California Tahoe Conservancy and other local and state agencies to partner on this enhanced service.

 

PLACER APPROVES $1.4M FOR MARTIS VALLEY TRAIL, FANNY BRIDGE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROJECT AND MORE

The Martis Valley Trail, Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project, Kings Beach Western Approach Project, Pam Emmerich Memorial Pinedrop Trailhead Improvement Project, and the SNOW Sports Museum were among nine projects approved by the Board of Supervisors. The projects being funded are indicative of the investment our county continues to put back into eastern Placer through our transient occupancy tax program. From transportation, to recreation access, to preserving the region’s history — the efforts made by our Capital Projects Advisory Committee represent a tremendous partnership to support local community projects of importance. Learn More


Looking Ahead in Eastern Placer

TRPA | REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN ADOPTION

At the April meeting, the TRPA Governing Board will consider adoption of the Regional Transportation Plan. This 25 year list of projects and services totals $3.4 billion and will require significant effort in securing funding through all Federal, State, local, and private sources. A high priority will be securing an annual $20 million regional share to provide free to user transit, microtransit on-demand, and matching funds for State and Federal grant funding. Learn More

Focus areas include:
• Free to User Transit throughout the region with connections to adjoining areas.
• Complete the Tahoe Trail and connections.
• Utilization of new technology to provide better options for travel choices.
• Enhance transportation access to regional hot spots (Emerald Bay, beaches, etc).

TAHOE CITY DOWNTOWN ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS

Project goals include improving mobility and access for pedestrians and other Active Transportation users, providing public parking for access to recreation amenities and commercial destinations, reducing vehicular congestion on North Lake Boulevard (SR 28), and constructing facilities envisioned in the Tahoe City Mobility Plan. Key features include a shared-use path extending behind the commercial businesses and parking area, expanded public parking from the existing Grove Street public parking lot. access to expanded parking from multiple commercial properties, delivery truck access at rear of commercial properties, and potential for future public restroom facilities and possible electric car charging stations. Currently the Draft Environmental Document and preliminary design have been completed and looking ahead will include the formal adoption of the Environmental Document followed by full plans and engineering, then construction (in late 2021 or 2022).

View the preliminary design below, click here to enlarge.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF THE TRUCKEE RIVER RECREATIONAL ACCESS PROJECT PLAN

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Ascent Environmental Inc. to complete an environmental impact report and community impact analysis for the Truckee River Recreational Access Project plan. The Truckee River corridor between Tahoe City and Truckee is a popular destination for paddlers, hikers, anglers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, campers and others who want to enjoy the river. Through the recreational access plan, Placer County – working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Town of Truckee, Truckee River Watershed Council, nearby property owners and the general public – seeks to create clear river and forest access points along the plan area. Learn More


Housing Update

HOUSING PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

The Placer County Housing Goals include increasing the availability of mix housing types, improving the County’s overall employment growth and reducing vehicle miles traveled. Currently, Eastern Placer County has two projects in the works including Meadow View Place in Martis Valley which broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village which is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Upcoming development in Eastern Placer County include Dollar Creek Crossing where the County will be conducting a site study to assist in planning/design development of the site this Spring followed by the environmental review starting this summer. Potential future projects include the redevelopment of the Tahoe Inn in Kings Beach and the former Eastern Gateway property in Kings Beach. Learn More

HOUSING RELATED CODE AMENDMENTS

Proposed housing related code amendments are aimed at increasing housing availability and affordability while streamlining the permit approval process for a mix of housing types for all income levels. The proposed changes will allow for increased residential capacity on commercial and multi-family zoned parcels and will align with recent changes to State housing laws, with higher density, mixed use, transit-oriented, and infill housing development primarily located where existing infrastructure and public services are currently available. Learn More

 

FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S

Placer County has a NEW Accessory Home website, which includes free pre-approved plans, a cost and ROI calculator, testimonials from ADU homeowners and a design inspiration book. As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. Learn More

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROGRAM

Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More

 

MORE PLACER COUNTY RENTERS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR RENT PAYMENT HELP

Hundreds of Placer County residents may be newly eligible for help with rental and utility payments after income limits were loosened at the federal level. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Applications will be accepted through April 30. Learn More


Wildfire Update

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

Additional Resources:
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information

COMMERCIAL INSURANCE DATA CALL NOTICE

In an open letter dated April 13, Commissioner Ricardo Lara addressed the Commercial Insurance Data Call notice, acknowledging that insurance companies are non-renewing or refusing to write commercial insurance. Lara directed commercial insurance companies doing business in the state to provide detailed information to his Department within 60 days about the availability of commercial insurance. This new commercial insurance data will help inform her actions as well as actions that the Governor and California State Legislature can take to further protect our businesses. Read Letter


There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and help find solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID UPDATE: CALIFORNIA SET TO REOPEN ON JUNE 15

As we reach 20 million vaccines administered and COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have stabilized, California is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopening our economy. On June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations. We will only progress to this stage if we continue to stay vigilant, keep wearing our masks and getting vaccinated. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access, and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed. Read More


VACCINE UPDATE: NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE 16+

As of April 12, the Placer County Public Health Division began conducting vaccine clinics for people who live OR work in Placer County who are 16 and older. Book Your Appointment

 


 

PLACER COUNTY BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

You’re invited to participate in our first-ever Placer County Regions Business Retention and Expansion Survey. This survey is a collaborative effort to determine how we can continue to work with business owners in Placer County, strengthen our local economy and help you prosper. Ultimately, your success is our success; continuing our legacy as one California’s best places to live, work, play and learn. Take survey



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS, PLANS & PROJECTS

This time of year not only brings warmer weather, but also a positive outlook as we continue to make great progress on so many fronts.


COVID UPDATE

Covid-19 cases continue to decline while the number of those vaccinated increases. Although Placer County saw a slight jump in the 7-Day Case Rate, we are encouraged to see that our 7-Day Positivity Rate and Health Equity Rate remain in the orange tier. Here is a snapshot of yesterday’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 7.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.5% (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.5% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of Monday, 212, 413 doses have been administered in Placer County, including over 50,000 at our County clinic.

Are you 50+? As of April 1, Placer County residents age 50 and above are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility. Looking ahead, Placer County will be moving forward with the vaccine eligibility timeline outlined by the state with residents 16+ starting April 15.

If you haven’t yet gotten your vaccine – please text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 and you will be notified as more appointments are available. For those who need assistance, please call 211. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


ECONOMIC UPDATE

Placer County continues to have positive economic trends. Our unemployment rate is 5.7% – 4th lowest in the State of California, tied with San Francisco, behind Marin, San Mateo & Santa Clara. Placer County is far below the Statewide average of 8.4%. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, please shop local and support our Placer County businesses. Learn More

 


HOUSING UPDATE

The Board of Supervisors received a semi-annual report last Tuesday demonstrating our progress on housing including developing quality and affordable housing in Placer County. With Placer County’s contribution of nearly $8 million, the Mercy Housing Project at the Dewitt Government Center is on schedule to be completed this fall, opening 79 units of affordable housing to families in our region. In addition, Meadow View broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Learn More

 

FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S
Placer County has a NEW Accessory Home website, which includes free pre-approved plans, a cost and ROI calculator, testimonials from ADU homeowners and a design inspiration book. As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. Learn More

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PLACER RENTERS WHO NEED HELP PAYING RENT DUE TO COVID
Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at RentHelpPlacer.com. Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More

 

 


WHILE ALL OF THIS IS POSITIVE NEWS, we still have many challenges to address to help our residents and businesses.

HOMELESS TASK FORCE | Placer County is stepping up its efforts to address health and safety concerns in response to a growing number of homeless encampments at its government center campus in North Auburn. Learn More

DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATIONS | After 3 years of trying to negotiate a new contract, we are still at odds. While we disagree with the Association, we highly value our Deputy Sheriffs. We have the best and we pay the best, but we need to find a middle ground. We will continue to negotiate and hope that a resolution that balances escalating costs and ensures fair compensation. Learn More

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS | Now is the time to start preparing your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County is also addressing your public properties as well as actively advocating for more funding from State and Federal sources to help us safeguard our communities. We hope to secure as much as possible to help with the forests that surround our communities. I encourage residents to learn more about the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, Firewise Communities, and fire safe councils. Learn More

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we have problems with our broadband services. During the pandemic this became even more clear as many needed to work and attend school online. I have been holding meetings with Suddenlink, CPUC, County IT staff, and other elected officials in adjacent County’s trying to ensure that service and reliability is improved. Suddenlink is now fully staffed and has committed to providing same day or next day service to their customers. With this renewed focus, we are hopeful that residents and businesses will experience a quick and efficient service.

There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

You’re invited to participate in our first-ever Placer County Regions Business Retention and Expansion Survey. This survey is a collaborative effort to determine how we can continue to work with business owners in Placer County, strengthen our local economy and help you prosper. Ultimately, your success is our success; continuing our legacy as one California’s best places to live, work, play and learn.

Take survey



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

HAPPY SPRING!

The season is changing and there is much to report on activities and projects related to Placer County .

The Board of Supervisors will be meeting in North Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, March 30 with a number of items that are specific to or impact Eastern Placer County, including:

  • Proposed revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance
  • Housing Program Mid-Year Report
  • North Lake Tahoe Town Center Parking Exemption Program
  • Dollar Creek Housing Feasibility Study Update
  • Presentation by the USFS on Activities and Plans with the Tahoe National Forest

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Information

TUESDAY, MARCH 30 AT 9AM

The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at:
Resort at Squaw Creek | 400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

[VIEW THE AGENDA]

Please note: The Placer County Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda is typically posted by 5pm on the Wednesday before the Board meeting, and is required to be available online 72 hours prior to the meeting.

The public will be allowed into the room using strict protocols – limited to just 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6-feet of social distancing inside and outside. To participate via zoom/phone or to submit public comment – including links, resources, and additional information – please CLICK HERE.


COVID INFORMATION & UPDATES

The California Department of Public Health announced that statewide vaccination thresholds were met allowing state tier metrics to relax. As a result, Placer County moved into the red tier on Sunday, March 14.

Covid cases continue to hold at about 7 cases per 100,000 population which keeps us in the “red” tier. (View a summary of what the red tier means here.) Both our 7-Day Positivity Rate and our Health Equity Rate have been in the “orange” tier since the beginning of March. We are hopeful that with the number of vaccinations in Placer County continuing to average around 15,000 per week, we will be able to further reopen our businesses and activities soon.

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:

Also, in response to the devastating impacts of Covid to individuals, businesses and non-profits, Placer County has provided $16 million or 40% of its CARES Act funding in grants – the highest percentage of any county in the State. Looking ahead, Placer County is closely monitoring the new federal stimulus bill and we are optimistic for another opportunity to help our communities when funding becomes available.

As we look to further recovery, we are preparing for continued impacts to our public lands and resources. We anticipate summer visitation in the region will again be high and our staff has been working hard to prepare. This includes new and continued partnerships with other regional agencies and entities as well as implementing new programs. I look forward to sharing these with you in the weeks to come.


VACCINE INFORMATION & UPDATES

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of today, nearly 170,000 doses have been administered in Placer County.

Currently, Placer County is offering vaccinations to individuals through to Phase1B, including persons 16-64 with certain high-risk medical conditions. I understand there are still countless people who are awaiting appointments as well as their turn and I truly appreciate everyone’s patience. Placer County staff will continue to work hard to ensure all of our constituents have the opportunity to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

To be notified when large batches of new appointments become available, TEXT PLACERVACCINE to 898211 to receive text alerts. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT UPDATE

On March 9, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to finalize the creation of the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District – freeing up over $4 million in transient occupancy tax for transportation and workforce housing projects while also generating an additional $6 million in assessment revenue for North Lake Tahoe annually.

The TBID not only creates an avenue for all businesses to participate in local improvement projects but allows for a broader range of investments back into our community. From addressing traffic, to workforce housing, to the most pressing issues affecting our community, I am confident we will look back at this decision as the start of a more economically viable, collaborative and improved North Tahoe. Read more

 

 


Thank you for taking the time to connect and please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any additional questions. I am looking forward to seeing you in person soon.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Applications available for Placer renters who need help paying rent due to COVID

Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at RentHelpPlacer.com. Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov