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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 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 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 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 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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 17

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 17

EASTERN PLACER COUNTY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

TONIGHT- Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm
AGENDA

The Town Hall will be held virtually and all community members are invited to attend. Topics include:

  • General County Updates from Supervisor Gustafson
  • Updates on Trash Initiatives
  • Updates on Housing- including the Workforce Housing Preservation Program, Hopkins Village, and Meadowview Place

To join the meeting via Zoom, CLICK HERE

To join by phone, call 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247, Conference ID: 973 1446 5291, Passcode: 708288


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 | January 28

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 28

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY UPDATE

As I mentioned to many of you in emails last night and in my Districtwide newsletter last week, things are rapidly changing around vaccine distribution. I am reaching out again as new information is now available regarding who is eligible to sign up to receive a vaccine in Placer County.

 


EDUCATION, CHILDCARE, EMERGENCY SERVICES WORKERS

The Placer County Public Health vaccination clinic @ the Grounds will begin vaccinating education, childcare and emergency services workers in accordance with state guidance starting next week, while continuing to vaccinate residents 65+ as well. Workers in these sectors must show proof of employment in Placer County. LEARN MORE


VACCINE INFORMATION & UPDATES

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. Other health care providers may also be vaccinating different populations based on vaccine availability. Ensure your medical provider has your up-to-date contact information. More information is available at https://www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics. The state is expected to release more guidance on the food and agriculture sector which would help solidify a timeline for this group.


Placer County is still severely limited in the availability of vaccine appointments based solely on the limited supply of doses we are receiving. So while it is great news that educators, child care workers, and emergency service personal are now eligible to receive the vaccine, there will not be enough available appointments for all those that would like to get the vaccine to receive it immediately.

Placer County and our partners are prepared to administer thousands more doses per week as soon as we receive additional allotments from the state. But until then, we will only be able to administer what receive.

Placer County staff continues to advocate for additional vaccines and we hope to see our allocation of doses increase in the coming weeks. Please know that we are working hard on your behalf. Many of our days are spent in meetings or on the phone trying to work out these difficult issues so we can make progress, together.

As your neighbor, your friend and local elected official, I want you to know that we’re working tirelessly for you. Please be sure to do your part- continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distance.

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Placer Shares Update Video

Watch an update on the Placer Shares program that was shown at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 26. CLICK HERE


Martis Valley Trail Progress

The Martis Valley Trail project reached significant funding and multi-agency environmental review milestones this month as part of a trail system envisioned for the region. READ 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

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