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Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 6

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 6

Happy 2021 – Resolve to Make a Difference!

Just a year ago we could never have imagined the challenges that 2020 would bring. As we look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel for our public health crisis, hopefully we can refocus our energy and efforts to address other important issues we face as a County..

RESOLVE TO BE INVOLVED

My new term of office begins this month and as part of that process, many commission, committee, and council seats are also scheduled for re-appointment. Placer County has a wide array of opportunities for resident involvement. Many local citizens volunteer their time to serve their communities through participating in one of these efforts. I’d like to encourage all of you to consider applying for an appointment to one of the seats. I’d love to tell you its easy and won’t take much time, but having served on some of these before, I can assure you it is not always easy, and some times it is not fun – but democracy requires participation! The rewards of serving your community are immense.

Deadlines Are Coming Up!

Please review the following list and fill out this application if you are interested in serving. You can also email my office with any additional questions.

Applications are due January 15, 2021

Eastern Placer Specific Committee, Commission, Councils or Seats:

Countywide Seats Available:
Below is a list of countywide committees, commissions and councils with upcoming vacancies or term expirations.

If you are interested in starting to serve or continuing to serve, you can find an application here.

RESOLVE TO BE INFORMED

Even if you are unable to serve on a committee, commission, or council, I still encourage you to be involved by staying informed. If you’re reading this, you’ve already started by signing up for my newsletter and I thank you for that. You can also sign up for the Countywide newsletter and choose to get notified on other issues that are of interest to you.

Check Agendas for meetings: Typically, the Board of Supervisors meet twice a month and our upcoming agendas are posted here. You can find upcoming agendas for many other committees and commissions here and sign up to get notifications to be alerted to meetings as well.

Attend a meeting: Public input is accepted at all public meetings, so if you have thoughts or ideas to share, be sure to voice them.


Placer Alert: Sign up for Placer Alert– the county’s emergency notification system. You can sign up to receive calls, texts, or emails to ensure you know about an emergency near you the quickest way possible.

Thank you for taking the time to connect and do not hesitate to contact my office if you have additional questions.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

THE GREATER SACRAMENTO REGION’S STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED

“The Greater Sacramento Region remains under the order because the area’s four-week projected ICU capacity does not meet the criteria to exit the order. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area.” | California Department of Public Health, January 2
Read Full Announcement

Read Placer County’s COVID-19: January Epidemiology (EPI) Report


COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating  COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Placer County has begun the Phase 1a rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, residents of skilled nursing facilities, and others in the Tier 1 and 2 categories of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines to as quickly as possible based on both the federal and state guidelines for different phases and tiers. County staff are also creating plans for future phases and will be providing sites on both the western and eastern side of the county for citizens to receive the vaccine. Placer County has a Vaccine Resources page and as more detailed plans are available, you can find them here.

 


Application Extended Through January 13

California’s $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant website is live for all eligible California Small Businesses and Nonprofits to apply for grants up to $25k. Apply now through January 13. Learn More & Apply Today.


 

Seeking Your Input on Draft Local Roadway Safety Plan

Placer County is seeking your feedback and input on its draft Local Roadway Safety Plan. An LRSP helps stakeholders identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. The LRSP also establishes the counties proactive approach to addressing locally-specific safety needs. A virtual community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 6-7pm. Learn More

 

 


North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan Survey

We’re seeking public input for our North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan. The plan will propose several trailhead parking and staging area sites that would provide increased access to public outdoor recreation areas.
Learn more about the plan | Take the 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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | December 18

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | December 18

Wishing You a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!
This holiday season will look quite different for most us, but it is my hope that our community can come together to support one another by being patient and kind. With California’s new Regional Stay Home Order that went into effect for our region on December 11, there is now even more to understand and take into consideration as we move into winter. I realize that this order comes during the holidays and will create additional burdens for our residents and our businesses. Now more than ever, I encourage all of you to educate yourselves and follow guidelines to help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming our hospitals and ICUs.  

Please Stay Home
The Governor’s Stay Home Order asks Californians in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity to avoid non-essential travel. We should all be staying home – all of us – and stop mixing between households as much as possible. For the health and safety of you, your family, your friends and your community, please consider modifying your usual trips and activities. It is important for our community to be familiar with the details of the orders as well as realize the County’s commitment to educate its citizens on steps they can take to protect themselves. Learn More

Lodging and Short Term Rentals
According to the Stay Home Order, the State has prohibited hotels and other lodging from accepting or honoring reservations except to offer accommodation for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. All lodging and Vacation Rental Operators, including all Short Term Rental owners, have been notified by County staff with details of the updated Order, the existing travel advisory as well as resources to help familiarize themselves with these updates.

The holidays have always been a time of year that fills most of the homes in our region. Even with the State’s guidelines, we should all understand we will see the arrival of vacation homeowners, their guests, and visitors. The County can not restrict homeowners from using their property and we do not have the resources or staff to check who is occupying each and every property in the region. Placer County can and will continue to implore ALL businesses, ALL rental owners, ALL visitors, and ALL residents to follow the Governor’s orders. Enforcement staff will continue to prioritize resources towards addressing public safety issues, education for those not observing the Governor’s guidance, and investigating and enforcing nuisance issues that are regulated by the Short Term Rental ordinance — noise, trash, parking, and numbers of occupants. If you have any nuisance issues to report, please visit our Short Term Rental Helpline for concerns/complaints including a 24/7 hotline at 530-448-8003 or online, click here. For questions related to the renting of properties during the Stay at Home order, please call this number: 530-581-6210.

This pandemic has infected a small percentage of our population with a very dangerous virus, but maybe even more impactful, it seems to have infected many more with fear, anger, frustration and intolerance. Whether you want others to behave differently, or you are struggling without a job at the holidays, please know that many of us care and are trying to help. If you need assistance call Placer County’s 211 to connect to a wide variety of resources. The holidays are truly a time to seek compassion, understanding, and take care of those who need our help. Be kind, stay safe, share what you can. Let’s make Eastern Placer County a model of civility and compassion.

North Lake Tahoe Winter Plan Webinar
On Wednesday evening, myself in collaboration with Placer County staff the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, hosted a community webinar that addressed issues and concerns that impact the quality of life in North Lake Tahoe and. A lot of great topics were addressed including information on STRs, trash, and traffic mitigation. Watch Now

It is clear that we can’t restrict people from coming to our community, or even control what our neighbors do, but what we can focus on is not mixing with individuals from outside our households except for essential services, socially distancing ourselves, and wearing facial coverings.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL, PROTECT LOCAL

While you are doing your holiday shopping, I encourage you to SHOP LOCAL! Many of our local businesses have struggled this year with closures or restrictions. So now more than ever, I encourage you to use this holiday season as an opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. Shopping locally not only helps keep businesses open, but it also preserves valuable jobs. And don’t forget all the ways that many of our small business owners give back to our local communities – they sponsor our youth sports and schools, give back to our seniors, donate to our charity events, fundraisers and galas along with providing incredible local knowledge about our area to their customers. Now it’s our turn – let’s be sure to give back and show them our appreciation and support during a time that they need it the most. Here are a couple ways to show your love and shop local!

North Tahoe Shop & Win Contest
North Lake Tahoe and regional businesses have teamed up to bring you the free-to-play, North Tahoe Shop & Win Holiday Contest. The contest runs through January 3rd and when you shop local, you can support small businesses, get creative, and post to win! Learn More

 

 

North Tahoe Gift Card & Online Shopping
Join me in supporting North Lake Tahoe businesses and support local today. Buy a gift card now, use it later, and help support the regional businesses that need us more than ever. In addition to purchasing a gift card, visit our online shopping category to purchase items in real time from some of your favorite North Lake Tahoe businesses. Learn More

 


SUPPORT NORTH LAKE TAHOE RESTAURANTS

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) recently launched Takeout Tahoe, an initiative to support and promote local restaurants through fall, winter and beyond. The campaign includes a downloadable guide to help visitors and locals navigate the 150+ restaurant options in the region, a North Tahoe EATS Facebook Page, and a contest element that will award restaurant gift cards to further support eating local. Learn More


DONATE TO HELP OTHERS

Traditionally, at this time of year many provide services to those less fortunate. Now in the midst of this pandemic, these nonprofits are serving record-breaking numbers. Please provide your thanks to the many volunteers and donate as generously as you can to our incredible nonprofits who are providing so much to those in our community with the greatest needs.

Here are some local nonprofits, just to name a few, that really need our support:

You are also welcome to donate via GiveBackTahoe.com – which provides a comprehensive list of all the nonprofits in our region.

Or consider donating to our local business associations:


UPCOMING HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENT IN NORTH TAHOE

Winter Warmth & Wellness Giveaway For Those In Need
Saturday, December 19 from 2-5pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

More Information | Contact Meera: 775.230.1066 or mbeser@sbcglobal.net


Seeking Your Input on Draft Local Roadway Safety Plan

Placer County is seeking your feedback and input on its draft Local Roadway Safety Plan. An LRSP helps to organize stakeholders to identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. The LRSP also establishes the counties proactive approach to addressing locally-specific safety needs. A virtual community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 6-7pm. Learn More


North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan Survey

We’re seeking public input for our North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan. The plan will propose several trailhead parking and staging area sites that would provide increased access to public outdoor recreation areas.
Learn more about the plan | Take the 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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 19

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 19

COVID-19 UPDATE — PLACER COUNTY MOVES TO PURPLE TIER
As most of you already know, Placer County, along with our surrounding counties and 94% of the State’s population, has been moved back into the most restrictive tier – Purple (“Widespread” risk level) In the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. While health experts predicted a “second wave” to occur this winter, it has come earlier than anticipated. Cases of Covid doubled throughout Placer County last week. Because of the significant growth in cases everywhere in the State, the Governor sped up the tier process and has added some additional guidance. We are asked to expand the use of face coverings to include anytime we  are outside our home, reduce our travel to shorter trips (2-3 hour distances), to quarantine if we return to the State from further distances, and to refrain from group gatherings with those outside our households. These efforts are to put an “emergency brake” on the growth in cases.  While the cases are high, California’s standards and past efforts have kept our rates below other areas across the nation and even right next door in Nevada.  

Many of our local businesses are struggling to survive, employees will be out of work just as we enter the holiday season. I urge us to be even more vigilant in our precautions and commit support for our neighbors, our small businesses, and our communities (see how to give section below). We each must do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Be cautious, follow recommendations, and hopefully we can get back to a place where we can enjoy more activities while also staying safe and protecting each other. Learn More


COVID HOLIDAY MESSAGE FOR TAHOE-TRUCKEE COMMUNITY

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


GIVE THANKS TO THOSE WHO SERVE
Despite the pandemic and its consequences to our health and well-being, we still have many reasons to give thanks. I am especially thankful for those who give of themselves each day to take care of our community and this incredible place we call home. Please join me in offering sincere thanks to our: health care workers, first responders, law enforcement staff, educators, pharmacists, those who staff our essential businesses, public servants working in our post offices, utilities, roads, removing trash, driving buses, caring for those in need, maintaining our beaches, parks, and trails. And that is just a few of the many who help us sustain our families, our homes, and our lives.

DONATE TO HELP OTHERS
Traditionally, at this time of year many provide services to those less fortunate. Now in the midst of this pandemic, these nonprofits are serving record-breaking numbers. Please provide your thanks to the many volunteers and donate as generously as you can to our incredible nonprofits who are providing so much to those in our community with the greatest needs.

Here are some local nonprofits, just to name a few, that really need our support:

You are also welcome to donate via GiveBackTahoe.com – which provides a comprehensive list of all the nonprofits in our region.

PLEASE CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY
Also while this time of year is traditionally spent gathering with friends and family, I encourage you to think ahead and celebrate responsibly with your loved ones. Let’s come together this holiday season to decrease the spread of Covid-19. For ideas on safer alternatives, please read the Placer County Holiday Safety Tips.

UPCOMING THANKSGIVING & HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENTS IN NORTH TAHOE

Sierra Community House – Thanksgiving Drive-Through Distribution

• Lakeside | Thursday, November 19 from 2:30-3:30pm
The Village Church • 736 McCourry Blvd., Incline Village

• Truckee | Tuesday, November 24 from 4-5pm
Sierra College • 11001 College Trail, Truckee

Services are free and open to anyone while supplies last. Community members can register on site. Volunteers will place a turkey and fixings in the trunk as community members drive through the parking lot. Community members on our home delivery program will be delivered on November 23. Health and safety is our main priority. Please no walk-ups. Other Accommodations | 775-545-4083 or food@sierracommunityhouse.org.

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11th Annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 26 from 2-6pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

Drive-through Holiday food pick-up – Covid Style! Food is free, donations welcome. Admission by your choice of donation: (1) 1 new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots; (2) 1 or more cans of food for Project MANA; (3) Cash donation of $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family; or (4) Volunteer help. More Information | Contact Meera: 775-230-1066 tahoecommunitythanksgiving@gmail.com

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Winter Warmth & Wellness Giveaway

Saturday, December 19 from 2-5pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

Donations needed for North Tahoe – many of our North Tahoe neighbors lack these basics of life. Please generously share with them personal care items, household/laundry items, winter clothing, nonperishable, high-protein food.

Donation Drop Off: Monday, December 14-18 from 10am-3pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

More Information | Contact Meera: 775.230.1066 or mbeser@sbcglobal.net


PLACER SHARES IMPACT GRANTS
Placer County has designated an additional $5 million of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid small businesses and nonprofits in the county through a new, targeted grant program called Placer Shares Impact Grants. Funding will be prioritized for small businesses to focus on community business anchors and job preservation and for nonprofits to focus on rental assistance, food/housing insecurity and counseling/mental health needs. Applications opened for eligible businesses on November 12 and close November 20. Nonprofit organizations may apply November  16 through December 7. Eligibility and application requirements differ for the respective sectors. Learn More


EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL RECAP
The Eastern Placer Virtual Town Hall Meeting was held on Thursday, November 12. Thank you to everyone who joined us, it was very well attended and provided an amazing opportunity for community issues to be heard. The meeting created a lively discussion with a lot of great comments and questions. If you were unable to attend and want to learn more, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to watch the full Town Hall recording. Please feel free to follow-up with my office or Placer County staff for more information on the following agenda items that were discussed.

  • Rubicon Trail – McKinney Rubicon Recreation Trail Overview | Information on the history of trail use and winter operations (short-term and long-term). Presented by Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of Public Works. CLICK HERE to view the presentation.
  • General Transportation and County Road Operations Update | A reminder of winter restrictions on roads, information on neighborhood traffic management program, and overview of current transportation plans and projects. Presented by Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of Public Works
  • Lakeside Redevelopment Project Status | An update on the status of the Lakeside Redevelopment project appeal. Presented by Crystal Jacobsen, Deputy Director – CDRA Tahoe
  • Update on Zephyr Collaboration | An update on the community issues survey and stakeholder meetings. Presented by Erin Casey, Principle Management Analyst – Tahoe

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Penny Bear in Tahoe City

 

On November 4, Placer County finalized and worked with Tahoe Engineering to install the Donation Plaque and Interpretive Panel at the beloved Penny Bear in the Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City. Next time you are in town, stop by and view the great addition to our community.


7 Pines Hotel Purchase

Last week, Placer County completed the purchase of the 7 Pines Motel in Kings Beach, a 14-unit motel that will be converted into permanent supportive housing to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the North Tahoe region. The $1.45 million purchase was funded through a variety of grant programs including Homekey, the state’s $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties – and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. 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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 2

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 2

Protect Our Communities – Wear Masks, Socially Distance, Follow Guidelines!

 

 

As we put another busy summer behind us, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for doing their part to keep our families, friends and community safe. Now more than ever, it is important to consider some of the positive steps taken in North Lake Tahoe during these unprecedented times. During this ever-evolving crisis, the County, other public agencies, and community members must reflect on lessons learned, seek solutions, and remain flexible. Keep it up – it will take all of us working together!

 

 

A NORTH LAKE TAHOE SUMMER SUMMARY

While the following issues are not new, they have certainly been exacerbated due to Covid-19. The County response has included coordination with several departments – I really want to thank staff for stepping in on so many fronts to collaborate with our various partners.


Signage + Regional Messaging

Placer County funded and worked closely with staff and external agencies on regional messaging, including the local special districts, State and Federal agencies, business associations, and the Tahoe Fund. Electronic billboards at all entrances to Tahoe included messaging. Additionally, signs were placed in public places including beaches, parks and trailheads. Staff also expanded on the Tahoe Fund’s ‘Take Care’ campaign to include Covid-19 focused messaging – including face coverings, hand sanitizer and physical distancing. Message boards were placed along SR 89 encouraging physical distancing on the river to educate users about the extended alcohol ban. In addition, yard signs were spread throughout our community using the look and feel of the ‘Take Care’ campaign to expand the messaging and were available to the public for free at various events and locations.


 

 

 

 

Distribution of Masks & Hand Sanitizer

Placer County secured and then partnered with the business associations to distribute thousands of masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to businesses in North Lake Tahoe. The County offered two different giveaways with our staff, our local associations and community volunteers to hand out PPE in Tahoe City and Kings Beach. In addition, staff took boxes down the streets of our downtown areas and walked into businesses to hand the PPE out.

 


Short-Term Rentals (STR)

The Board of Supervisors adopted a new ordinance for STR that became effective January 1, 2020. Unfortunately with the many impacts of Covid on our workforce, our roll-out of the brand new program was significantly impacted. As of last week, we have issued permits to 2,554 of the estimated 3600-3800 STRs. Citations are being issued for failure to obtain an STR permit. 195 properties have dropped their TOT certificates, deciding not to rent and 150 additional properties are not actively renting and may drop out of the program altogether. Since opening the Short-Term Rental hotline, we received about 600 official complaints. Due to a number of challenges including issues with Host Compliance, Covid’s impacts on workload, as well as staff turnover, many of our responses and investigations were delayed. Staff is working hard to improve their responses. The County has recently hired a new STR supervising code officer to focus on increased patrol and presence. A second full-time STR officer will be added in the next month to improve weekend and holiday coverage. Staff is also developing GIS mapping to improve chronic area identification so that they can increase patrol to better serve those areas.


Litter & Trash


In response to the overflowing liter and trash this past summer, a plan was created that included several key aspects of increased service and working with TTSD to provide these additional services. In Kings Beach, strategic locations were identified and dumpsters were added at 3 different locations. Trash service in the downtown business district was shifted to provide a Saturday pickup. In Tahoe City, the receptacles in the downtown area are the individual business’ responsibility but with the additional need the County stepped in and increased service. In addition, addresses were crosschecked for collecting TOT against the TTSD service list, and ensuring trash service was reinstated for all households renting their homes. Other solutions included increased marketing of our Bear Box Loan Program, added TTSD trash service for all TART bus stations, installation of educational stickers on trash cans, coordinated response with partner agencies and the creation of a volunteer ambassador program with NLTRA, TCDA and NTBA to educate visitors.

 


Traffic Management Solutions

The Placer County Department of Public Works hired a contractor to again pilot a program to provide crossing guards at our high volume crosswalks in both Tahoe City and Kings Beach. The locations included the Grove Street and Commons Beach Drive crosswalks at Hwy 28 in Tahoe City and the four crosswalks at the two roundabouts in Kings Beach. The contractor typically performed the work on Friday through Sunday – usually from about 12-4 pm to capture the highest volumes of pedestrians and help with improving vehicular flow through the two town centers. “This metering effect tended to help vehicles to move through town centers experiencing less congestion, as opposed to random and often continuous pedestrian crossing during high volume periods, which would cause more vehicular backup,” said Peter Kraatz. Community feedback tended to be positive, and with funding for next summer, it is likely to implemented again. In addition, Public Works plans to work with Caltrans on a future initiative to deploy a pilot/temporary signal at Grove Street in Tahoe City and similarly, installing temporary signal lights/pedestrian crossing infrastructure at the two roundabouts in Kings Beach.


Stronger Together Community Conversations

Placer County partnered with the Resort Association to leverage the already existing ‘Stronger Together’ campaign to develop an initiative to address the divisiveness in the community around issues and concerns impacting the quality of life in North Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Collaboration has been hired to facilitate several community focus groups with a broad cross section of community members and leaders. This also included a quality of life survey, which has already received over 500 responses. Similar to sessions held during the spring, we will host virtual town halls to discuss the issues and develop short and long-term solutions. “We believe that developing a venue to have constructive conversations around these issues, and then to develop solutions, is really important and somewhat lacking in our community right now,” said Erin Casey. “We feel that this effort, this initiative, could really help us to address issues, and build stronger relationships, as we continue moving forward.”

 


What’s Ahead?

Placer County is developing a “data dashboard” with agency partners to identify and track what’s happening in the community. “There are additional data points that are important for us to understand,” said Erin Casey. ”I think it’s easy to make observations and come up with anecdotal thoughts about what may be occurring. But it is imperative for public agencies to have the data to ensure we are expending the public’s dollars in the most effective way.” Placer County staff is facilitating and attending weekly meetings (core team calls) with the Resort Association, bi-monthly meetings with the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Stakeholder and regional recreation coordination meetings with TRPA, Resort Association and other agency partners. Finally, continued coordination with local, state and federal agencies to address trash issues on public lands as well as continued coordination with Business Associations and Resort Associations on traffic management, trash issues, business needs and public engagement. These efforts are truly unprecedented and have resulted in partnerships and services never before established.


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | TAHOE RECAP

Commendation of Larry Sevison | Congratulations to long-time Placer County resident Larry Sevison who received a commendation from the Board of Supervisors this week for 50 years of service to the community. Sevison’s service on the Board of Supervisors, TRPA Governing Board, California Tahoe Conservancy, Placer County Planning Commission and as co-founder of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue were cited. In honor of his contributions, the trail at Dollar Hill in North Tahoe, which he worked for decades to bring to fruition, has been named the Sevison Trail. To watch the Larry Sevison segment from last week’s BOS meeting, Click Here.

 

 

Renaming of ‘Coon Street’ to ‘Raccoon Street’ | The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved and adopted a resolution authorizing the renaming of Kings Beach’s “Coon Street” to Raccoon Street”. Learn More

Resort Triangle Transportation Plan Update | Placer County took a step forward on sustainable transportation in eastern Placer with the Board of Supervisors unanimously voting in support of the Resort Triangle Transportation Plan. The plan is intended to provide a unified local vision for North Lake Tahoe’s three main transportation corridors – state Routes 28, 89 and 267 and adjacent communities, which make up the area’s “Resort Triangle” between Placer’s lakeside communities, mountain resorts and the Town of Truckee. Learn More 

Workforce Housing Preservation Program | After receiving a presentation from WHPP, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the description and guidelines. Next steps will be for their staff to return to the Board in 90 days with a program ready for adoption and implementation. Learn More 

Capital Projects Committee | The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the staff recommendation to allocate $490,000 of Transient Occupancy Tax Funds to two capital projects – $475,000 for the North Tahoe Regional Park Sports Facilities Enhancement & Expansion (includes trail & turf field expansion) and $15,000 for the Tahoe City Community Tree. Learn More

CARES Funding – Small Business Assistance | The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved an additional $5 million of the County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid anchor businesses and social safety net programs critically impacted by COVID-19. Learn More

For more information, full agenda and YouTube live stream of the October 27 Board of Supervisors Meeting, CLICK HERE.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


It’s Time to Vote, Placer County!

Our Placer County Board of Supervisors and Registrar of Voters have banded together to encourage people to vote. It’s your vote and your choice of how you decide to vote. Watch Now

 


Internet Service Survey

In today’s connected world, we know that some Placer County residents and businesses don’t have adequate internet service to meet their needs. We’ve heard your concerns. The State of California has made it a priority to ensure all residents have sufficient internet service and this survey will assist the county in advocating for our residents. If you have more than one address in Placer County, please fill out a survey for each address. Take Survey Today


 

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 30

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 30

It’s Time to Vote, Placer County!

Our Placer County Board of Supervisors and Registrar of Voters have banded together to encourage people to vote. It’s your vote and your choice of how you decide to vote. Watch Now

It is your right – USE IT!

Like so many other aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has changed how we go about voting. I encourage you to utilize PlacerElections.com for election details such as locating your nearest Placer County drop box and voter service center locations, checking your voter status and registering to vote. You can also view the Placer County voter information guide, sample ballot, ballot status lookup and more.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Tips for a Safer Halloween During COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean you can’t have a spooktacular Halloween – it just means a few extra precautions are in order. Here are some tips from Placer County Public Health to help you have a safe and fun Halloween. Learn More


Internet Service Survey

In today’s connected world, we know that some Placer County residents and businesses don’t have adequate internet service to meet their needs. We’ve heard your concerns. The State of California has made it a priority to ensure all residents have sufficient internet service and this survey will assist the county in advocating for our residents. If you have more than one address in Placer County, please fill out a survey for each address. Take Survey Today


 

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 23

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 23

Upcoming Board of Supervisors Meeting in Tahoe

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will be meeting at 9am on Tuesday, October 27 at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. There are many topics of interest within Eastern Placer County.

Tahoe Related Agenda Items:

  • Commendation of Larry Sevison | The Board is recognizing Larry’s legacy of service to the North Lake Tahoe Community as the County’s representative on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the California Tahoe Conservancy.
  • Public Road Name Change | My office and the Engineering and Surveying Division of Community Development Resource Agency received several requests from community members over this past summer asking that Placer County change the name of Coon Street to “Raccoon Street”. This item will be heard by the Board of Supervisors for consideration. Read More
  • Resort Triangle Transportation Plan Update | Placer County is developing a comprehensive transportation plan for the “Resort Triangle” area. Connecting Interstate 80 and the North Lake Tahoe area of Placer County, the plan will identify strategies to improve mobility, reduce transportation impacts on the environment, address traffic congestion, and enhance transit services and non-motorized travel choices. The board will adopt a resolution to accept the Resort Triangle Transportation Plan and provide direction to staff on implementation strategies. Read More
  • Workforce Housing Preservation Program Update | The WHPP – formally referred to the Housing Indeed Program – is intended to secure County housing stock for the local workforce. The program assists local employers and homebuyers who are in the low, moderate, and achievable income brackets in securing housing near their employment. In exchange for granting the County a deed restriction on the home, the owner will receive a financial incentive that may be used towards a down payment, complete renovations on the home or to meet other needs. If the Board adopts the guidelines for the program, staff will work with local employers, developers and other funding partners to help implement the program. Learn More
  • Capital Projects Advisory Committee Update | The Board of Supervisors will receive a staff presentation outlining the Capital Projects Advisory Committee recommendation to allocate Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds to additional capital projects from the Fiscal Year 2019-20 fall grant cycle and an alternative recommendation from county staff. Learn More
  • CARES Funding – Small Business Assistance Update | The Board will receive an update on the BOS-approved Placer Shares small business grant extension, as well as consider potential future funding. This extension is open to eligible small businesses that did not receive a grant in round one, and closes on Friday, October 23 at 10pm. As of October 21, only 10 Tahoe-based small businesses have applied, so please make sure to take advantage of this unique small business funding opportunity! Learn More & Apply Today
  • Summer Update – Response to Critical Issues in North Lake Tahoe | The Board will receive a presentation from county staff on Placer County’s response to critical issues in North Lake Tahoe during COVID-19 including community and agency coordination, public outreach and engagement, short-term rental permits and enforcement, trash and litter, traffic management and business support efforts.

For more information and the full agenda, please CLICK HERE.

The board chambers will be open to in-person attendance. To remain in compliance with the state’s public health guidance, the county will limit in-person attendance to just 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6 feet of social distancing inside and outside chambers. There will be no standing room in chambers. If all seats are occupied, citizens will be asked to wait outside chambers. Due to the reduced capacity we ask that citizens only be in chambers during the item they wish to participate on and then leave to allow others to participate in chambers. The entire meeting will be available on livestream and will also be broadcast outside the building. For those not in attendance Public Comment for the Board Meeting will be offered virtually through Zoom. Public Comment will be opened for each agenda item, and citizens may comment virtually through a Zoom meeting webinar utilizing the “raise hand” function for Public Comment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Don’t Forget to VOTE

Like so many other aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has changed how we go about voting. I encourage you to utilize PlacerElections.com for election details such as locating your nearest Placer County drop box and voter service center locations, checking your voter status and registering to vote. You can also view the Placer County voter information guide, sample ballot, ballot status lookup and more. Learn More

 


General Election Virtual Town Hall Meeting Oct. 27

The Placer County Elections Office is hosting a virtual town hall meeting via Zoom at 6pm on Oct. 27 to provide information to the public and answer questions about the Nov. 3 general election. Hosted by Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco and Elections Office staff, town hall topics will include voting by mail, ballot drop boxes, voter service centers and in-person voting. The town hall may be watched live on zoom, CLICK HERE.

 


 

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 13

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 13

Placer Advances to Orange Tier of Reopening – Stay Cautious

Today the State announced that Placer County has moved from the “Substantial” category (Red tier) of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy into the “Moderate” category (Orange tier), indicating a reduction in our COVID-19 cases.  This means increased capacity and flexibility for our businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, as well for community activities, such as recreation facilities and places of worship. While this does not mean we will see a full-scale reopening, we will see capacities closer to what we enjoyed in early summer.  We’ve achieved this through your efforts!   Keep it up!  As we head into colder temperatures, this increased capacity for indoor venues becomes even more important to the stability of our businesses.  Staying in the orange tier, and working toward moving into the yellow tier, is critical to our local economy.  Please continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. 

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


 

Have Your Voice Heard – Be Sure to VOTE

Like so many other aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has changed how we go about voting. I encourage you to utilize PlacerElections.com for election details such as locating your nearest Placer County drop box and voter service center locations, checking your voter status and registering to vote. You can also view the Placer County voter information guide, sample ballot, ballot status lookup and more. Learn More


 

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Placer Shares – Second Round of Funding Opened Today

Last week the Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate a second round of Placer Shares funding for businesses that may have missed the deadline in September. If you or a business you know didn’t already applywe encourage you to submit your application today – the application portal opened today through midnight on October 23. Sharing these Federal funds will help sustain our small business community, which is so important to all of us who live, work and call Placer County home.

To date, Placer County has awarded 1,250 grants to 1,120 small businesses and 135 nonprofits with grant funding totaling approximately $7.5 million through the first round of the county’s Placer Shares program. Of those, Eastern Placer County was awarded 10.1% of the funding with 87 grants to small businesses and 80% of those went to businesses with 9 or less employees. Out of all eligible small businesses that applied for funding, 100% received between $5,000 and $10,000 awards. Learn More

 


 

Project Homekey funding for the 7 Pines Motel

On October 9 the Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution regarding the implementation of California’s innovative Homekey Program. The awarded $1.4m will be used to acquire and rehabilitate the 7 Pines Motel, a 14-unit motel located in Kings Beach, to provide housing to individuals experiencing homelessness who have mental health issues. One of the project highlights is that the motel is within walking distance of several services and amenities, including the Sierra Community House that provides social services and food distribution.


 

Linking Tahoe: Regional Transportation Plan – Get Involved

There is broad consensus that the Tahoe Region needs a transportation system transformation. To achieve these regional goals, the TRPA has implemented Linking Tahoe, containing over 100 projects that support transit, trails, technology, and communities. The projects identified in Linking Tahoe will create a fully connected system for residents, commuters and visitors to the Region. Please provide your input – public comments are due before October 25 to mglickert@trpa.orgLearn More


Internet Survey

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Service Survey

Placer County is hoping to bring attention to the growing digital divide that is impacting our residents and business owners in the foothill communities and portions of eastern Placer. The lack of connectivity has become increasingly difficult to contend with now that many of us are working and going to school from home and need to rely on virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom and Teams. Placer County is conducting a survey to identify the quality of Internet service within its numerous cities and small towns. Complete Survey Today


 


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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | August 3

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | August 3

IS THIS THE PEAK?
The six weeks between the beginning of July into early August are traditionally our busiest time of the year in Eastern Placer County and this year part-time residents and visitation numbers may even be higher. We may also experience these higher occupancy numbers for a longer period of time this year, given changes in school schedules and workplace telecommuting allowances due to COVID-19.

VIRUS SPREAD
Many people I hear from express their concerns that “outsiders” of any kind – part-time residents, overnight and day visitors – are exacerbating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.   Although we can contract the virus from any infected person we come into contact with, contact tracing efforts indicate that family gatherings of local residents remain the greatest source of transmission.   I urge you to review the reports that are published by Placer County, Nevada County and Tahoe Forest Hospital.  While the virus will continue to spread until we reach “herd immunity” through exposure and hopefully vaccination, our numbers in Eastern Placer have not grown in proportion to occupancy and visitation.  

Recent information shows we are averaging approximately one new case per day (see chart below).   These new cases bring our Eastern Placer total infections since March to somewhere between 0.3-0.5% of our total population. 

Despite increases in occupancy by part-time residents and visitors, our growth rate is below the other areas of Placer County.

Cases summarized by date of receipt with the exception of 14-day case rate, which is calculated by date of specimen collection to more closely align with CDPH reporting.*The 14-day case rate per 100,000 is the sum of new cases with specimens collected in the past 14 days per 100,000 residents (e.g., total new cases by specimen collection date for past 14 days/398,843 *100,000 for the County). This figure is lagged by 3 days as new cases continue to be received. Note: North Tahoe population used is year-round census population. Created 7/31/20 by Placer County Public Health

COVID-19 is a serious threat and we must stay focused on slowing the spread.  Physical distancing and face-coverings continue to be the best advice for protecting yourself and your loved ones. 

TENSION 
With that high level of occupancy and visitation, I continue to receive many emails, calls, and social media posts with suggestions and stronger, that Placer County shut down certain businesses and lodging, and/or close Tahoe to outside visitors. One of the things that makes the Tahoe area such a desirable place to live is that we are surrounded by public land. This is also what makes the Tahoe area such a desirable place to visit, and the County cannot prevent the public from using federal and state highways to access these public lands.  Federal and state funding and resources have been heavily invested in our region for the benefit of visitors as well as local residents.  We cannot take action on our own without the support of State and Federal leaders.  The only action the County could take would be enacting ordinances and restrictions that would close the businesses and services local residents rely on to make a living and try to carry on with daily life.  Any action at the County level would need to be based on evidence directly tied to the source and fortunately at this point we are not seeing a spread of the virus commensurate with the exceedingly high visitation levels.  Such action would also require a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors and we would consult with law enforcement and our District Attorney to ensure that they could and would enforce such closures. 

ENFORCEMENT
In our free society, law enforcement resources focus on a very small percentage of the population. We maintain peace and order because the vast majority of people are following the law.  As a nation, we do not staff law enforcement at the levels that would be required to enforce every ordinance and law for every incident of violation.  The Placer County Sheriff is an independently elected official dedicated to serving the community under local, state and federal laws.   Under the Sheriff’s direct authority, the Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services based on the highest priorities for public protection and safety.   While behaviors of some are very troubling and need to be addressed, the Sheriff’s Office must be trusted to focus on the greatest risks to overall public safety. 

EDUCATION
Understanding that we can’t enforce our way out of some of the issues we are facing, many organizations and volunteers have recognized that expanding the focus of education efforts is the best way to let visitors know how to safely and respectfully enjoy the Tahoe area. Many local groups have come together to create public education campaigns on COVID-19, stewardship of the environment, and being a “good neighbor”.    The Take Care Tahoe program evolved a number of years ago to educate the public on stewardship of the region’s environment.   The incredible efforts of the 45 public and non-profit organizations participating in the Take Care program are remarkable, and have now been expanded to include efforts to educate on COVID-19, with a series of billboards, signs, and information directed to those visiting the region.  In addition, Placer County created the “Good Neighbor” campaign focused on short-term rental issues in the community.  Repeated messaging to owners, posting of Good Neighbor policies, and a 24/7 hotline have assisted our enforcement efforts.   Placer County and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association have also worked closely to develop the Stronger Together, Know Before You Go, and Mask Up Tahoe campaigns, focused on educational messaging.   

HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE
We are also currently developing an Ambassador program in partnership with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association to address issues we are witnessing throughout the community. Volunteers can help with visitor and community education, trash pickup, distribution of face coverings and hand sanitizer and more. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Erin Casey with the County Executive Office in Tahoe at 530-369-1950 or ecasey@placer.ca.gov for details.

PROBLEM SOLVING and RESPONSE
I appreciate the many suggestions and questions.  I can’t possibly respond to each one but am trying to use these bulletins to explain the issues and questions that are most frequently raised.

Stay safe, physically distance, be considerate to all, use a face-covering, and help educate everyone in our community.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

-Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Extension of Truckee River alcohol ban until Oct. 15

Due to health and safety concerns resulting from a recent increase in activity along the Truckee River, the Placer County Board of Supervisors July 27 to temporarily extend an alcohol ban on the Truckee River until Oct. 15. Learn more


Placer County approves new rebate program for lodging projects

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a new transient occupancy tax rebate program intended to spur investment in lodging projects in North Lake Tahoe. Learn more

 


Supervisors provide direction on guidelines for proposed deed restriction program

The California Department of Public Health released additional guidance this week for some personal services to begin outdoor operations; including hair, massage, nail and skin care services. They also offered new guidance to help restaurants adapt to providing outdoor dining service. Find all the latest reopening guidance on our Reopen Placer website

 


 

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | July 24

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | July 24

Managing the Truckee River 

Since mid-June we have been seeing growing visitation throughout the Lake Tahoe region.  This is not unexpected, we anticipated California and Nevada residents would remain closer to home to vacation this year.  Even with that expectation, the numbers have exceeded what most of us have ever seen.

In particular, the Truckee River’s heavy use has been the subject of many emails, calls, and social media posts.  For the last month I have been working with land managers and law enforcement at the county, state and federal levels to discuss the challenges and opportunities of regulations and enforcement. 

Placer County is responsible for issuing permits to the two commercial raft companies that operate on the river.  The conditions of those permits limit the number of commercial rafts allowed on the river and require the companies to operate shuttle buses, provide garbage clean-up and have restroom facilities available to all river users.  This year both companies have voluntarily limited their operations to 50% of what their permits allow in order to ensure the ability to provide safe physical distancing for their customers.   Partially due to these limitations there has been an explosion of public users crowding the river. 

Placer County cannot limit the public’s use of the Truckee River. In California, members of the public have rights to access and use the waters for fishing, recreation, and navigation.   People can swim, fish, and bring their own float devices and enter the river at numerous points along Highway 89.  Some of these entry points are on US Forest Service (USFS) land and others are within the Caltrans right-of-way or on private land.  While there is a lot of use on the river, the large gatherings at several locations are the primary health concern.  The “party scene” on the river is not new this year, it has regularly occurred at times in the past.  In 2008 environmental and safety concerns prompted Placer County to secure urgency legislation from the State that allowed for the adoption of an ordinance to ban alcohol on the river during “holiday times”.  With the added risk of COVID-19 we are again faced with the need to take action.

We are increasing efforts to educate the public of the importance of social distancing by posting more signs reminding people not to gather in groups.

As a result of the concerns for public health, safety and environmental impacts, I have asked Placer County Board of Supervisors to consider an alcohol ban through October 15 and our County Counsel’s Office has drafted the ordinance to mirror the efforts for the July 4th holiday period.  The discussion will be held during the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on Monday, July 27 and if the ban is adopted by a 4/5 vote of the Board it will go into effect   immediately. By banning alcohol, we hope to discourage the large group gatherings that pose a risk to public health and safety.  To watch that meeting electronically and offer comment, go to www.placer.ca.gov.

In addition to the proposed alcohol ban, we are working with Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD), USFS and the rafting companies to increase education efforts by posting more signs reminding the public not to gather in groups.  Through a combination of education and enforcement we hope to reduce the behaviors that we have seen in recent weeks.  

Tahoe Items at Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Board of Supervisors meet on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28. The Board Chambers continues to be closed to public attendance, but the public may participate online or via telephone.

Monday’s meeting begins at 1pm and is a Special Meeting focused largely on Tahoe-area items and updates, including an update on the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s response to COVID-19, a proposed Workforce Housing Preservation Program and a proposed amendment to the North Lake Tahoe Economic Development Incentive Program. At Monday’s meeting the Board of Supervisors will also consider the Urgency Ordinance to ban alcohol on portions of the Truckee River from July 27 to October 15.

On Tuesday the Board’s regular meeting begins at 9am and we have a full agenda. Tahoe-area items include consideration of a third-party appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a Conditional Use Permit Modification for a rafting license. The consent agenda also includes a budget increase for the Dollar Creek Housing Project Planning for consultant services surrounding the development of the Nahas property and a request for temporary borrowing of treasury funds for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. On Tuesday the Board will also consider allocation of CARES Act funds and will receive an update from Placer County Public Health Officer, Dr. Aimee Sisson on COVID-19. I encourage you to take a look at the agenda, which also provides information on how to participate in the meeting.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

-Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Learn how to prepare your home for wildfire

Want to learn how to harden your home against wildfire? Register for this free virtual workshop and hear from experts on how to reduce your home’s fire vulnerabilities. Learn more


Senior peer counseling program available

Are you 55 years or older, and feel like you could use someone to talk to who really understands what you are going through? Senior Peer Counseling is a free, voluntary, peer support program for Placer County residents aged 55 years or older, who are dealing with age-related adjustment issues.

COVID-19 is not slowing us down! We are currently providing services via phone and accepting new client referrals. Learn more

 


Guidance for outdoor operation of personal services released

The California Department of Public Health released additional guidance this week for some personal services to begin outdoor operations; including hair, massage, nail and skin care services. They also offered new guidance to help restaurants adapt to providing outdoor dining service. Find all the latest reopening guidance on our Reopen Placer website

 


Negative COVID-19 test not required for return to work

Placer County Public Health has announced that employees diagnosed with COVID-19 do not need to be retested after their initial positive test. Instead, following guidelines from the CDC, someone with COVID-19 can return to work using criteria based on time and symptoms. This will help keep testing available for those who need it most. 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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | July 17

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | July 17

Keep it Up!

Despite a significant increase in residency and visitation, the number of COVID-19 cases in Eastern Placer has remained fairly stable – averaging less than 1 per day for the last 10 days.  I am so encouraged by the number of masks I see here in the eastern part of the county.  We need to keep it up!  Unfortunately this virus is something we are going to have to live with until we have a vaccine that can be widely distributed.  This is not a sprint to the finish line – it is a very long endurance race, and we need to support each other in order to make it through.  Please continue your vigilance in caring for yourself, your loved ones and our community.

Considering the long-term nature of the situation COVID-19 has put us in, we must be dedicated to finding a balance between protecting human life and ensuring people are able to continue to take care of themselves and their families.  Reopening and slowing the spread of the virus are both critically important components of getting through this. Shutting down businesses has had profound impacts on many additional areas of public health, including access to medical care for other health issues and increases in mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Safely reopening is not about profit, it is about sustaining our whole community.   

Many don’t know that the single largest area of Placer County’s budgeted expenses is allocated to our provision of Health and Human Services programs. The 2020-2021 budget the Board of Supervisors approved on June 23rd included more than $230 million in funding for Health and Human Services programs, staff and services.  Placer County’s efforts in this area are tremendous as we seek solutions to societal issues faced within our communities, and these problems go far beyond COVID-19.   

Throughout the County HHS divisions provide essential services in partnership with non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, and other community groups working to help our residents.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the secondary pandemic has been the impacts to other aspects of public health.  Specific to Eastern Placer County, here are some facts about what the Sierra Community House and our other partners have experienced in North Lake Tahoe / Truckee: 

  • 400% increase suicide crisis calls
  • 216% increase in households needing hunger assistance:
    • 90,000 meals delivered to families in our region
    • 30,000 meals delivered to youth through Boys and Girls Club
    • 130,000 meals for youth in region from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
    • $47,000 in food cards to over 600 families
  • 100% increase in rental assistance for domestic violence/sexual assault victims:
    • 135 rental assistance applications totaling $182,000
  • 150% increase in calls to the Crisis Intervention hotline
  • Very significant increases in emergency housing needs in our region:
    • Emergency shelter
    • Transitional housing for families (out of homelessness)    
    • Safe housing from domestic violence

Covid-19 has required all of us to change some of our activities and habits to protect ourselves.  In addition, many have had even more impacts to our lives in order to take of our children and family members.  But as indicated by the numbers above, there are many in our community who not only have had to adjust as we have, but are suffering significantly more with lost employment and income, increased debt, lost housing, and even worse.  

Fighting the spread of COVID-19 is critical.  Fighting the resulting secondary pandemic is just as critical.   We must be in this together.  Fighting to help our community remain stable, employed and mentally healthy, is critical and each of us can help.  Please don’t condemn others, instead let’s help educate.  Please don’t judge people, there could be circumstances or factors unknown to you.  All of us in and around our community are struggling in our own way with the impacts of this pandemic.   We won’t get through this by antagonizing each other and creating more conflict and tension.  I encourage everyone to seek compassion and understanding.  We truly are stronger together. 

I also hope you will consider contributing to our non-profits that are providing services to so many in desperate circumstances.  They are on the front lines of this pandemic and are doing amazing work to help mitigate the impacts to the community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

-Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


‘Know Before You Go’ North Lake Tahoe Informational Guide Released

Going outdoors is an important part of our mental, emotional and physical health. The North Lake Tahoe destination has compiled a number of “Know Before You Go” resources to help ensure safe and responsible recreation and travel across the Sierra region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more


Electric buses and trail improvements coming to eastern Placer

Electric buses will be purchased and operating within the next three years to serve residents in eastern Placer as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide more achievable housing. During this week’s meeting, the Placer County Board of Supervisors accepted nearly $3.6 million in grant funds from Neighborhood Partners, LLC in exchange for implementing transit and trail improvements. The transportation improvements will be completed by the county to support Meadow View Place in Martis Valley, a 56-unit housing project. Learn more

 


Community Development Operations Update

The County’s Tahoe CDRA office re-opened to the public on June 15, 2020.  The offices are open by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2pm.  You can schedule an appointment online or by calling (530) 581-6200.  You can also submit applications for residential and commercial development projects and look up zoning requirements by using our eServices digital suite. Learn more

 


State orders some Placer County businesses to close and others to cease indoor operations

In response to the increasing spread of COVID-19, State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell issued an order for several businesses in Placer County to either close or eliminate indoor operations starting Sunday, July 12.  The State had indicated previously that any California county that remains on the monitoring list for three days will be ordered to draw back its reopening efforts. 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