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Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 18

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 18

HAPPY AUGUST!

2022 LAKE TAHOE SUMMIT
On Tuesday, August 16 a number of Placer County staff, Supervisor Suzanne Jones, and I attended the 26th annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Sand Harbor Nevada State Park. This annual summit is a chance for local officials to meet with our Federal and State leaders to discuss the challenges and efforts underway to ensure the improvement and protection of Lake Tahoe.

In addition to remarks from Senators Rosen, Cortez-Mastro and Padilla, Nevada Governor Sisolak, and Congressmen McClintock and Amodei, we also heard from White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy who gave the keynote address. McCarthy, who is tasked with coordinating the Biden administration’s domestic climate agenda, previously served as President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama Administration.

This year’s summit theme “Protecting Lake Tahoe’s Future,” was a chance to reflect on the progress made to restore the Tahoe Basin over the last two decades, discuss current challenges that the surrounding communities face, and find ways to preserve and protect Lake Tahoe in the years to come. There was much discussion on: advancing the pace and scale of work in our forests; addressing transportation solutions and educational opportunities to meet the growing demands from day visitation to the region; and, continuing and advancing the efforts to improve water quality and protect the Lake from aquatic invasive species. Each of the speakers articulated their individual and collective efforts to secure Federal support for the region.

In my role as the current Chair of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, I was proud to support all of these discussions and in addition remind our State and Federal leaders of the critical issues we face with workforce housing shortages.

The partnership of Federal, State, and local leaders, which is renewed each year at the summit, is absolutely essential to protecting the region and moving us forward in a collaborative manner to address the immense issues facing the region. LEARN MORE

MARTIS VALLEY TRAIL GRAND OPENING
After the Summit concluded we joined our local partners, along with Congressman Tom McClintock, and Deputy District Commander Lt. Col. Dianna Lively of the US Army Corp of Engineers in the ribbon cutting for the 4.6 mile section of Martis Valley Trail. As another example of partnership, we recognized the remarkable efforts of Mike Staudenmayer, General Manager of Northstar Community Services District (NCSD), along with his Board of Directors, for the 20-year effort to connect a trail from the Town of Truckee to Northstar. Federal assistance for the trail was needed to secure the preferred alignment through the Army Corp land in the Martis Valley. The Washoe Tribe’s support was absolutely essential to the final route that crosses through their ancestral lands. A cultural pavilion will be placed along the trail to educate users on the significance of the site to the Washoe people.

The trail will eventually continue another 1.2 miles to the Northstar Village, and in the future, into the Lake Tahoe Basin. A new trailhead for improved access to the trail is also being planned in the Martis Valley. Other sections of trail are being designed and developed to connect the entire Resort Triangle of Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Truckee.

While Placer County was not the lead in all phases, we did support NCSD in a variety of capacities and through various departments including the efforts of: Placer County Parks, Department of Public Works, and the CEO and Board offices. Each played a strong role in the funding, permitting, and construction of the trail.

The regional Class 1 trail network being developed throughout the Truckee-Tahoe area unites our communities as well as allowing those of all abilities and mobilities to enjoy our region without being dependent on an automobile. LEARN MORE

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson


HELP FIND KIELY RODNI

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kiely Rodni. Our local, regional and Federal agencies have committed all available resources to the effort. We are so very thankful for the countless hours of incredible volunteer effort to assist in locating her. Please make sure to provide any information you might have: call (530) 581-6320 Option 7 or email Sheriff_TahoeInvestTips@placer.ca.gov. Submit photos or videos that may assist the investigation here. You can remain anonymous.
VISIT FINDKIELY.COM


PLACER CREATES NORTH TAHOE TRUCKEE BIOMASS TASK FORCE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to create the North Tahoe Truckee Biomass Task Force – a regional effort to reduce catastrophic forest wildfires while reducing local green waste tipping fees for customers and agencies. A major goal of the task force is the establishment of biomass facilities. These facilities can create renewable energy or heat by converting wood scraps left over from forest clearing and defensible space efforts, which then help remove hazardous sources of fuel from wildfires. LEARN MORE

It is absolutely clear that there is a massive need for a biomass facility in North Lake Tahoe. I am excited to see all of our North Lake Tahoe local governments and the Community Foundation working together to find solutions.


2022 ENVISION TAHOE ECONOMIC SUMMIT | SEPTEMBER 7

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7 @ 9am
WHERE: Gralibakken Tahoe

Lake Tahoe may be made up of many communities, but we are one lake and one regional economy, so what affects some of us, affects all of us. The annual Tahoe Economic Summit is an opportunity to catalyze change and take action for the benefit of our regional economy while supporting our community, quality of life and environment. The theme for 2022 is “Envision Tahoe.” Due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, plus the recent Caldor Fire, it is more critical than ever to look at economic diversification and recovery. Government leaders, local residents, business owners, young professionals, start-up companies, developers, investors, and entrepreneurs are all encouraged to attend to help us build a resiliency strategy that will benefit Lake Tahoe and all our communities. LEARN MORE


TAHOE ONE BIG BIN PROGRAM

You Toss. We Sort. During covid, there was a large surge in trash and litter within the Tahoe public area, including overflowing public solid waste bins. In order to find creative ways to solve this issue, we moved forward with hiring the supplemental waste services of the non-profit Clean Tahoe and gained approval for rebranding the public solid waste bins to showcase Placer County’s One-Big Bin program. This simple rebranding will encourage trash and recyclables to be placed in both sides of the bin, which is consistent with the One-Big Bin program where both trash and recycling are commingled upon pickup and then sorted at our Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Watch this short video and see for yourself! This shift will instantaneously increase our solid waste capacity by fully utilizing the “Recycle” side of the public bins. Our team has worked hard to design the rebranding with the Tahoe Fund’s Take Care Campaign to keep messaging similar within the region. We are happy to announce this rebranding is currently being installed and you can enjoy the freedom of allowing Placer County to take care of the recycling for you. LEARN MORE


Wildfire Updates + Resources

FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED AND INFORMED!

Be fire safe and vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

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


SHORT TERM RENTAL UPDATE

PERMIT STATUS:
Issued permits: 2,051
Total applications received: 3,082

STR ENFORCEMENT/COMPLIANCE:
Complaint Type:

  • Noise: 45
  • Trash: 25
  • Parking: 21
  • Occup.: 3
  • Other: 8

ADDITIONAL UPDATES:

  • Team has been enforcing new STR ordinance since March 11
  • Initially focused on enforcement of operational standards
  • STR Enforcement hours – 7 days/nights a week including holidays (until midnight; sheriff responds after midnight)
  • STR Enforcement goal = out patrolling 80% of shift time

SHORT TERM RENTAL PROGRAM WEBSITE 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | July 21

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | July 21

PUBLIC SERVICES IN EASTERN PLACER COUNTY

As a 40-year resident of Tahoe City, I have been fortunate to spend many years volunteering with incredible community members to improve our communities in Eastern Placer County. When the opportunity to serve on the Board of Supervisors presented itself, I changed my career plans and sought this office to ensure fair representation for Eastern Placer County. While we have a number of issues in common with our fellow county residents, we also have unique needs and concerns.

Since taking office I have learned a tremendous amount about the other areas of the County and particularly the communities in my District. I find it rewarding to work on issues throughout the County in efforts to improve services and solve the challenges before us. One of those areas is library services.

Recently the County completed a library study that reviewed our current library service models, library facilities, and the Grand Jury recommendations from 2015-16 and 2020-21. The study revealed that the growth in property taxes dedicated to library services is not keeping up with the costs to provide the current services. The revenues from Eastern Placer County (including appropriate overhead) exceed expenditures for direct services, and both our Tahoe City and Kings Beach libraries are too small to provide the level of service desired by our library users. In response, our office has been meeting with representatives from the Town of Truckee, Nevada County and Friends of the Truckee Library to discuss regional library service delivery models as well as other opportunities for collaboration and coordination.

A number of constituents have written my office, fearful that the County is considering closing the Tahoe City Library. I want to assure you that nothing could be further from the truth! I am dedicated to finding ways to improve service reliability, share resources and ensure that taxes you pay for library services are dedicated to serving you. Later this fall we will be convening more discussions on this important topic.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


HONORING LARRY SEVISON | JUNE 27 DEDICATION CEREMONY

On June 27 we gathered to honor a legacy of volunteer public service that started in 1971! Past and present leaders from the Placer County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, California Tahoe Conservancy, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Tahoe City Public Utility District, and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, gathered with Larry and Patsy Sevison and their family, to recognize Larry’s 50+ years of service to Placer County and the Lake Tahoe region. Many of those people shared stories of Larry’s service through the decades. Each story had a common theme – that Larry’s humble, kind, and thoughtful leadership set an example for all of us to learn from and to strive for throughout our lives. WATCH DEDICATION VIDEO


PLACER EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR TAHOE-AREA DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Local workers at all income levels looking to buy a home in North Lake Tahoe are now eligible for down payment assistance through Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program. Launched in 2021, the program pays participants to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them, providing home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. LEARN MORE


ON-DEMAND TRANSIT IN TAHOE GAINS HIGH MARKS

On-demand transit service in eastern Placer County is receiving high marks for its performance and is viewed as a major reason why the Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transportation service has seen a 20% increase in ridership over pre-COVID numbers. LEARN MORE

Given the high price of gas and the public’s interest in protecting our environment, I am pleased to hear that our residents are taking advantage of this free transportation service, I am not surprised by the excellent reviews. I regularly hear from residents who share that they use the service and think it’s great!


TREE MORTALITY ON DONNER SUMMIT, AND THROUGHOUT OUR REGION

On July 7, I joined a tour with Truckee Fire, CalFire, Placer Fire, and Placer County’s Regional Forest Health Coordinator to see firsthand the developing issue of large tree deaths on Donner Summit, especially with the red fir around Serene Lakes. The trees are drought-stressed and then vulnerable to the bark beetle. Many have already died and more are showing signs of infestation. Unfortunately we expect that this is only the beginning resulting in significant tree mortality in the area. We discussed the need for immediate steps to protect our forests and our communities. Staff is working on developing action plans and funding requests to address this critical problem. LEARN MORE ABOUT FOREST HEALTH


SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR STATE HIGHWAY 28 GAS LINE REPLACEMENT WORK

Traffic Control to be Restricted During Peak Hours

Caltrans is alerting motorists of a schedule change starting next week for traffic-interfering work on State Highway 28 for a utility project. Southwest Gas and its contractor, Q&D Construction, are working on a gas line replacement project between Tahoe City and Kings Beach. Beginning Monday, July 18, both lanes of Highway 28 from Sahara Drive to Onyx Street will be open from 3-7pm to avoid delays during peak traffic. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7pm Sunday to 3 p.m. Monday, Monday through Thursday from 7am-3pm and from 7pm Thursday to 7am Friday. No work is scheduled on the weekend. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes during one-way traffic control. Caltrans issues construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3, on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3 and on the its online lane closure reports. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play. LEARN MORE


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS | RECAP OF JUNE 27 & 28

The Board of Supervisors Meetings on June 27 and 28 included several items that are specific to or impact Eastern Placer County….

VIEW FULL AGENDA | JUNE 27 RECORDING | JUNE 28 RECORDING


PLACER COUNTY – RANKED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S (40TH) AND CALIFORNIA’S (3RD) HEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES!

We all know that wherever we reside in Placer County, we have chosen a very special place to live. Our residents benefit from the incredible beauty of our open space, our agricultural lands, our foothill communities, and our recreational opportunities in the High Sierra. We recently learned that Placer County was one of only three California counties that ranked in the top 50 of 3,000 counties nationwide, in the U.S. News’ 2022 Healthiest Communities rankings.

The fifth annual Healthiest Communities project from U.S. News assessed dozens of metrics that fall into 10 health and health-related categories, such as public safety, economy, housing and the environment. Individual metrics include community crime rates, obesity prevalence, high school graduation rate and walkability, and communities are scored on a 100-point scale tied to how they perform relative to one another. Placer County ranked third, just behind Santa Clara and San Mateo County, and just ahead of Marin County, Orange County, and Napa County.

In addition, Placer County placed first nationally in our population-size category in the 20th annual Digital Counties Survey! This is the fourth consecutive year Placer has finished in the top four for innovative use of emerging technologies to serve our residents.

While we will always have more to improve, this survey is a good reminder of how fortunate we truly are as residents of Placer County.


SUPERVISORS APPROVE A $1.22 BILLION BUDGET WITH A STRONG RAINY DAY FUND

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget totaling $1,221,251,032 for fiscal year 2022-23, representing a 19.2% increase over FY 2021-22. The increase is attributed to inflationary costs and the addition of staffing to deliver services in key strategic areas of county operations. These cost increases are primarily offset with additional property and sales tax revenues related to the growing local economy. State and federal grant revenues have also increased to offset the growing cost of health and human services and public safety programs. Also included in the budget is an increase of $99.1 million in capital projects, which are funded by bond financing, capital reserves and state grants. LEARN MORE

I am proud that our county is in a strong financial position and can adequately serve its residents by providing comprehensive county services. Our state partners are pessimistic about the economy in the coming fiscal year and it’s imperative that we be prepared to backfill our services with reserve funds should the state decrease its budget allocations to counties.


CONSIDERING RUNNING FOR OFFICE? JOIN THE FREE ELECTION CANDIDATE WORKSHOP ON JULY 23 AT 10AM

There will be over 180 positions available on various local city councils, school boards, parks, fire, water and utility districts in Placer County this November. Citizens who are interested in serving their community and are registered voters are qualified to run for local office but may not know how to go about it. The Placer County Elections Office is holding a candidate workshop July 23 to take the mystery out of running for office. Prospective candidates and their supporters are encouraged to attend. Members of the media and the general public are also invited. The workshop will explain many of the details involved in running for public office including campaign financial disclosure filing, campaign techniques and working with the media. Guest speakers will include a successful candidate, a campaign consultant, member of the media, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco, and knowledgeable elections staff. Candidate filing for the November 2022 general election opened July 18 and closes at 5pm on August 12. LEARN MORE

 


Wildfire Updates + Resources

HOT TEMPERATURES AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT FIRE SEASON FORECAST

Residents are urged to remain vigilant as we head into peak fire season. CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Chief Brian Estes shares his fire season outlook and the increased resources that are dedicated to our region.

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PLACER COUNTY RESIDENTIAL CHIPPER PROGRAM

The Board of Supervisors recently approved $700,000 over two years to continue the expanded pilot Residential Chipper Program with the Placer County Resource Conservation District. The Chipper Program is a good use of public funds because it provides a low-cost residential chipper service for Placer residents, incentivizes fuels reduction on residential properties, and promotes defensible space. LEARN MORE


 

FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED AND INFORMED!

Be fire safe and vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

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

 

 

 


PLACER RECOGNIZED AS #1 DIGITAL COUNTY

Placer County placed first nationally in our population-size category in the 20th annual Digital Counties Survey! This is the fourth consecutive year Placer has finished in the top four for innovative use of emerging technologies to serve our residents. LEARN MORE

 


 

GET PLACER COUNTY NEWS EASILY ON YOUR PHONE WITH THE SIMPLICITY APP

Placer County has joined Simplicity – a free smartphone app for local news and information. Just download the app, select your community and follow Placer County for push alerts on all the topics that interest you. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.
APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | June 16

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | June 16

WELCOMING SUMMER!

As we look forward to a beautiful and busy summer, I want to encourage everyone to recreate respectfully, responsibly, and do your part to keep Placer County safe. We ask that as you gather with friends and family over the Fourth of July and other activities and events, please remember that we are in fire season – and that fireworks are always illegal in unincorporated Placer County. Please be careful and vigilant! Let’s make this holiday – and the rest of the summer – memorable by counting our blessings, truly appreciating our freedom, and celebrating our democracy!

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson

 


LARRY SEVISON DOLLAR CREEK TRAIL DEDICATION CEREMONY

Please join us in honoring Larry Sevison for his 50 year legacy of public service in Placer County and Lake Tahoe at the Dollar Creek Dedication Ceremony on Monday, June 27 at 4pm at the Dollar Creek Trailhead. The Dollar Creek Trail is just one of many projects that Larry championed for the benefit of Placer County residents and visitors. His leadership, dedication and support for this trail was decades-long and certainly would not have been constructed without his tenacity and vision. The legacy Larry Sevison leaves throughout Placer County and in his community of Lake Tahoe is unmatched, and it is with the utmost gratitude and appreciation that we honor Larry for his lifelong dedication to his community. LEARN MORE

 


CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE

North Lake Tahoe will launch drones instead of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day!
The shift aligns with the region’s commitment to sustainability and stewardship, and addresses community concerns related to fire risk and environmental impacts. READ PRESS RELEASE

A light show you won’t want to miss!
Orchestrated to music, over 100 drones will take to the air directly over Lake Tahoe, brightening up the sky and delivering a new kind of wonder. Click the events below for more information!

 


BALLOT COUNT CONTINUES IN PLACER COUNTY

As of June 14, a total of 47,093 ballots were counted from last week’s Statewide Direct Primary Election. Key Placer County races included sheriff/coroner-marshal, assessor, clerk-recorder-registrar of voters, district attorney, and for Eastern Placer voters it included transient occupancy tax Measure A. SEE RESULTS

 

 


FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED AND INFORMED! 

We live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. Please be vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN TAHOE ON JUNE 28

We will be holding our next Board of Supervisors Meeting in Tahoe on Tuesday, June 28. With the change of seasons, there will be a lot to report on in Eastern Placer County including important housing and transit updates. Please look for a follow-up email next week which will include details as well as the full agenda. LEARN MORE

 

 


WATCH THE BOATWORKS REDEVELOPMENT PRESENTATION

On June 9 the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council received an informational overview of the proposed mixed-use redevelopment project located on a 3.8 acre developed site located at 790 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City. The project area is comprised of three contiguous parcels and seeks to redevelop the site with an 80 to 85-unit hotel facing Lake Tahoe, with conference facilities and associated amenities, 31 residential condominium units, and 8,000 square feet of commercial retail space fronting North Lake Boulevard. The applicant has elected to process a joint Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement with Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency respectively. WATCH PRESENTATION


PLACER SUPERVISORS DISMISS COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER

On June 3, 2022, the Board designated Assistant County Executive Officer Jane Christenson to serve as our Acting CEO. While change can be challenging, the Board’s decision was in the best interests of County taxpayers and staff, and our Supervisors remain focused on public service delivery and committed to advancing our many future-focused initiatives. We thank our hard-working and dedicated County employees for their support during this transition and we look forward to working together in continued service to our Placer community. The Board of Supervisors has issued a statement regarding the decision to terminate CEO Todd Leopold. READ STATEMENT


PLACER SUPERVISORS COMMIT TO HELPING RAISE $20 MILLION FOR TRANSPORTATION IN TAHOE

A regional effort to raise transportation dollars for Lake Tahoe is being supported by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. During its Tuesday meeting, the board adopted a resolution approving a commitment to a regional partnership dedicated to raising a minimum of $20 million per year for transportation improvements. The funding would be earmarked to support the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Regional Transportation Plan, which focuses on environmental sustainability and alternative forms of transportation such as transit services, bike and pedestrian trails and other community enhancements. LEARN MORE


PLACER SUPERVISORS APPROVE FIRST-EVER PARKS AND TRAILS MASTER PLAN

the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the first-ever countywide Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan, which could double the amount of recreation acreage by 2040 and triple the amount of trail miles. The plan provides a 20-year-and-beyond vision for the development and operation of parks, recreation, open space and trail networks in the county. It also includes future improvements and maintenance for existing parks and trails. LEARN MORE


PLACER WELCOMES DAVID KWONG AS NEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE AGENCY DIRECTOR

Please join us in welcoming David Kwong as the new director of our Community Development Resource Agency. David brings over 30 years in government service, including his most recent job serving as community development director for San Joaquin County, and 15 years with the City of Sacramento. LEARN MORE

 


OPENING ON PLACER COUNTY ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD REPRESENTING DISTRICT 5

Placer County is accepting applications to fill a seat on the county Assessment Appeals Board to represent District 5. Assessment Appeals Board members must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in the state of California as a certified public accountant, licensed real estate broker, an attorney, or certified and accredited property appraiser. LEARN MORE + APPLY HERE

 


NORTH TAHOE SENIOR LUNCHES | TUESDAYS + THURSDAYS

Sierra Senior Services, the local Meals on Wheels Provider, and the NTPUD are sponsoring a new lunch program for seniors in North Tahoe. Senior lunches are now available on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:30am-1pm. Reservations are required by 4pm the day before – please call 530.550.7600 to reserve your seat. LEARN MORE 

 

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.
APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | May 19

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | May 19

REMEMBER AND HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to pause, remember and honor all who have served and given their lives defending our freedom and our democracy. It seems even more important today as we witness global challenges to democratic principles that we not take for granted our rights to choose our own leaders. While we can never repay the loss to our fallen heroes and their loved ones, each of us can honor their sacrifice by participating in our upcoming Primary Election on June 7. Please find more information on the upcoming election below. I also encourage you to attend the Flag Retirement Ceremony hosted by the Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 on Monday, May 30, at 5pm at the Trails End Cemetery in Tahoe City.

In addition, Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional beginning of summer activities at Lake Tahoe. It’s during this time of year that I am reminded how lucky we are to be able to live, work, and recreate in such an amazing place – not only offering so many outdoor activities but also a community filled with a variety of incredible local businesses. So with all of this beautiful weather in the forecast, I remind you to please recreate safely, respectfully, and responsibly now…and throughout the summer ahead!

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson


Placer County is Gearing Up for June 7 Primary Election

In preparation for the June 7 Statewide Direct Primary Election, the Placer County Elections Office ballots were mailed out to all active registered Placer County voters starting on May 9. The ballot includes several state and federal seat primaries as well as Placer County races including assessor, clerk-recorder-registrar of voters, district attorney, sheriff/ coroner-marshal, and for Eastern Placer County voters, it also includes Measure A (info below). LEARN MORE

MEASURE A ON THE BALLOT FOR EASTERN PLACER VOTERS

Measure A asks voters if they would like to reauthorize the additional 2% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) that is charged to lodging guests in the North Lake Tahoe area. This additional 2% was initially approved by voters in 1996 and reauthorized by voters again in both 2002 and 2012. The 2% is added to the 8% that is collected county-wide for a total of 10% TOT collected on lodging properties in North Tahoe- both in short-term rentals and hotels. LEARN MORE

POLL WORKERS NEEDED IN PLACER COUNTY

With just weeks remaining until the June 7 statewide direct primary election, the Placer County Elections Office is facing a shortage of volunteers to serve in precincts throughout the county.
LEARN MORE & APPLY


WATCH THE EASTERN PLACER TOWN HALL FROM MAY 9!

On Monday, May 9 we hosted an Eastern Placer County Town Hall, offering both in-person and virtual attendance. We received a great turnout and want to thank everyone who joined us. If you were unable to attend – or you simply want to revisit a topic – we encourage to watch the recording provided below.

WATCH RECORDING | VIEW AGENDA

 


NORTH LAKE TAHOE SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25 | 10am-2pm
WHERE: North Tahoe Event Center

Join Placer PROTECT & partners to learn about:
• Criminal prosecutions & investigation
• Signs of Alzheimer’s disease
• Senior scams
• Elder abuse & prevention
• Emergency preparedness
• Senior health & wellness

PLUS! Have coffee with District Attorney Gire, lunch included as supplies last, free medication disposal, and free legal clinic!

LEARN MORE + RSVP HERE


EXPANDING EAST PLACER WORKFORCE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

Placer County is bringing forward some updates to East Placer housing programs in May and June to increase housing opportunities for the local workforce. Changes include expanding and removing income requirements for certain local worker programs and projects, incentivizing long-term rentals, and allowing moveable tiny houses.

READ EMAIL | LEARN MORE

 


MAY IS WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH – INVEST IN PREPAREDNESS AHEAD OF COMING WILDFIRE SEASON

Communities are coming together throughout Placer County in May to reduce their risk of wildfire with a series of events for National Wildfire Awareness Month. Planned activities include defensible space work, hazardous vegetation removal and town hall discussions of emergency and evacuation preparedness with Placer’s public safety agencies and community leaders. LEARN MORE

From the Department of Insurance | CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara hosted the Safer from Wildfires Forum. WEBINAR RECORDING


EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS DISCUSSION

WHEN: Thursday, June 9 | 5:30-7pm
WHERE: Via Zoom

Join the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and regional partners for a discussion on how to prepare for wildfire evacuation. Learn where to get timely information and what to do when an evacuation is ordered. Each agency will give a short presentation on their role and responsibilities with evacuation situations followed by ample time for questions from the audience. If you register but cannot attend during the scheduled time, you will receive an email with the recording following the event. Spanish interpretation will be available.

Speakers:
• Bob Womack, Emergency Services Coordinator, Town of Truckee
• Paul Cummings, Nevada County OES Program Manager
• Sean Scales, Lieutenant, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office
• Paul Long, Tahoe Station Lieutenant, Placer County Sheriff’s Office

LEARN MORE + REGISTER HERE


OPENING ON PLACER COUNTY ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD REPRESENTING DISTRICT 5

Placer County is accepting applications to fill a seat on the county Assessment Appeals Board to represent District 5. Assessment Appeals Board members must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in the state of California as a certified public accountant, licensed real estate broker, an attorney, or certified and accredited property appraiser.

LEARN MORE + APPLY HERE

 

 


SPRING TART CONNECT | FREE ON-DEMAND NIGHT SERVICE

TART Connect offers a FREE, easy way to leave the car behind. TART Connect offers curb-to-curb service via their on-demand shuttles. Reserve your trip via the app or by phone and you will be picked up in an 20 minutes or less. Service within the three zones daily between 6-10pm, with Zone 3 operating until midnight on Friday and Saturday. LEARN MORE

 

 


FASTER ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION PERMITS

https://www.placer.ca.gov/8009/Electric-vehicle-charging-stations
The Placer County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a motion to streamline the permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations. LEARN MORE 

 

 


PLACER ACCEPTING ‘ROUND-TWO’ MICRO BIZ GRANT APPLICATIONS

Placer County is launching the second round of grant funding for microbusiness owners who may have missed their opportunity for a $2,500 grant in the first round. New applications for the Placer Micro Biz Program will be accepted starting April 25 – June 10. LEARN MORE 

 

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.
APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 14

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 14

UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION DECISION ABOUT PLACER BROADBAND FUNDING

Hello all, 

First, thank you to all of you who responded quickly to our request last week to share your comments with the California Public Utilities Commission about their broadband infrastructure funding allocation for Placer County. The CPUC received nearly 200 comments from Placer County, which may have influenced their decision to postpone their planned April 7 vote to April 21.

Though they didn’t give a reason for the continuance, we are hopeful this means changes in the proposed decision are coming. So if you have not yet provided comments, or if you would like to provide further comments, now is a critical time to do so, as soon as you can.

As a reminder, the CPUC is set to approve a plan to allocate $2 billion for broadband infrastructure in California. Each county will receive a portion of this funding. Under the current proposal, Placer County would receive about $30 million— less than half as much as we would receive were we grouped with other rural counties with comparable infrastructure challenges.

It is the position of Placer County that the CPUC’s funding methodology is flawed because it groups Placer County with “urban” counties like San Francisco and Los Angeles, rather than “rural” counties like Nevada and El Dorado. In addition, the CPUC relied on inaccurate data related to existing internet access. Placer County staff filed comments with the CPUC requesting additional funding for these reasons, and the Board of Supervisors approved those comments April 5.

Providing input for the April 21 hearing will work just as it did for the April 7 hearing. 

1. Submit comments online:

  • Go to the CPUC Docket Card
  • Search for Proceeding Number 2009001
  • Click the blue hyperlinked Proceeding Number
  • Click the “Public Comments” Tab at the top
  • Click the “Add Public Comment” button

2. Speak at the CPUC Meeting:

  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Thursday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Participate by phone: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501#
  • MORE INFO HERE

*Please be advised that there may be a long (2+ hour) wait time for public comment. If you are not prepared to wait that long, we encourage you to submit a written comment for the official record.

Thank you very much!

Please join me in honoring the achievements of ALL women,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


 

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 7

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 7

HAPPY MARCH!

While it wasn’t much, last week’s small storm helps with our significant snowpack deficit. “Miracle March’s” have occurred – let’s hope that we gain some additional relief this month from our historic drought conditions.

At this Tuesday’s Board (March 8th) meeting we will be considering setting the new fees for the short-term rental program. Staff has responded to the Board and community with a program that will double the amount of enforcement for nuisances and double the staffing to ensure compliance with permitting required by the new ordinance. The new ordinance also requires health and safety inspections for all STR’s this year or they won’t be renewed. The County is coordinating with the local fire districts to conduct these inspections. The fees proposed are significantly higher to fully fund the program and ensure that general taxpayers are not subsidizing these activities.

The Board will also be considering authorizing a study on the Eastern Regional Landfill Biomass Plant. Staff have responded quickly to our request to re-consider this project. At the current and projected level of forestry/defensible space work within our public and private lands, we need to increase the efforts to find means of disposal. The facility is only part of what is needed within the region, but because of the County’s work in 2013 we believe this can be moved forward quickly

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY | TUESDAY, MARCH 8

Tuesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. Throughout our County and our Eastern Placer Truckee region we have many women leaders in industry, non-profits, and government leadership. Some of the following are even historic firsts for women holding the top position or being in the majority on their board or council. I am so fortunate to work closely with many of them in service to all of you! These are challenging times for all in leadership, so please reach out and thank these women for the examples they are setting, their leadership and many contributions to our region.

We can’t possibly list all the women working to improve our Eastern Placer communities, but here is a start:

PRIVATE, NON-PROFIT, AND GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES:

• Amy Berry – CEO, Tahoe Fund
• Carmen Ghysels – Superintendent, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
• Claudia Andersen – CEO, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
• Deirdra Walsh – Vice-President and General Manager, Northstar CA
• Dee Byrne – President and COO, Palisades Tahoe
• Emily Vitas – Executive Director, Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agy
• Heidi Hill Drum – CEO, Tahoe Prosperity Center
• Jen Callaway, Town Manager, Town of Truckee
• Joanne Marchetta, Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agy
• Katherine Hill, Publisher/Owner, Tahoe Weekly
• Lisa Wallace, Executive Director, Truckee River Watershed Council
• Mayumi Elegado, Publisher/Owner, Moonshine Ink
• Sharon Romack, Executive Director, Sierra Senior Services
• Stacy Caldwell, CEO, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
• Alyssa Reilly, Executive Director, North Tahoe Business Association
• Katie Biggers, Executive Director, Tahoe City Downtown Association

ELECTED OFFICIALS:

Placer County Board of Supervisors
• Bonnie Gore
• Cindy Gustafson
• Suzanne Jones

Truckee Town Council
• Anna Klovstad
• Courtney Henderson
• Lindsay Romack

Tahoe City Public Utility District
• Ellie Beals
• Gail Scoville
• Judy Friedman

North Tahoe Public Utility District
• Danielle Hughes
• Sarah Coolidge
• Sue Daniels

North Tahoe Fire Protection District
• Heidi Doyle

Alpine Springs County Water District
• Christine York
• Jan Ganong
• Janet Grant

Olympic Valley Public Utility District
• Katy Hover-Smoot
• Victoria Mercer

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
• Cris Hennessey
• Dianna Driller
• Kim Szczurek
• Kirsten Livak

Truckee Tahoe Airport District
• Kathryn Rohlf
• Mary Hetherington
• Teresa O’Dette

Tahoe Forest Hospital District
• Alyce Wong
• Mary Brown

I apologize for all the amazing women I have missed mentioning.

Please join me in honoring the achievements of ALL women,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Board of Supervisors Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 AT 9AM
Location: The Domes
175 Fulweiler Avenue | Auburn, CA 95603

AGENDA ITEMS:

  • Approve and Present a Proclamation establishing March 2022 as American Red Cross Month in Placer County
  • Chance and Dean Rezone
  • Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Placer County Code Chapter 12, Article 12.26, Entitled “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County Property and Public Areas”
  • Short Term Rental Permit Fee Schedule Adjustment

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

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Eastern Placer Virtual Town Hall

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 AT 6PM

AGENDA ITEMS:

Public Safety Reports

  • Placer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cal Fire
  • California Highway Patrol
  • North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Community Reports

  • North Tahoe Public Utility District
  • Olympic Valley Public Service District
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Northstar Community Services District
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Information Items

  • 2022 Zoning Text Amendments
  • Short Term Rental Ordinance Update

County Update – Supervisor Gustafson

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STR Program Update Webinar

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 AT 6PM

Placer Tahoe staff will provide education on new ordinance standards, requirements, and fines/penalties as well as a live permit application demonstration of the new on-line software which will be utilized for permit intake starting April 1, 2022. The webinar is targets to current STR operators looking to renew or those seeking a new STR permit during the 2022 permit cycle. A new permit system will be available for applications starting April 1st, 2022.

[ZOOM LINK]


Additional News & Resources

HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND HEALTH

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) requests resident participation in a confidential survey to measure local quality of life, community engagement, and behavioral health needs. The survey is open now until April 3, 2022 and the results will help local organizations develop programs to better address the health needs of our community members. As a follow up to the 2020 Community Engagement & Behavioral Health Survey, the information collected in this survey will be valuable data used to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, identify any community health trends and support the recently released Behavioral Health Roadmap. TAKE THE SURVEY


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Help our environment and our congestion! As we head into another busy holiday weekend, I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. Please note: Starting January 15, TART will be running a modified and reduced service schedule. LEARN MORE

 


COFFEE ANYONE?

As hard as we try, we can’t possibly meet with each of our constituents individually. Heading into spring, our office will be setting up coffees and visits throughout the District. Please let us know if you would like to organize one with your neighbors, friends, or service organizations. EMAIL US!

 

 


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES A NEW MICRO BIZ GRANT!

Microbusinesses in Placer County that were financially impacted by the pandemic can apply for relief grants of up to $2,500. The program includes a total of $412,500 in funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. To qualify, businesses must have five or fewer employees and less than $50,000 in revenue as of 2019 in addition to several additional eligibility requirements. The official deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2022. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER SUPERVISORS OPPOSE BILL ASSERTING SCHOOL COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE

Introduced in January, SB 871 would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance and eliminate the personal belief exemption for COVID-19 vaccination as well as any future disease immunizations as determined by the California Department of Public Health. Under California law, students are allowed to skip vaccines required for in-person attendance at K-12 schools after a doctor says it’s medically necessary to do so. However, since current law only applies to previously approved immunizations, the state must offer broader personal belief exemptions for all newly mandated vaccines unless lawmakers and the governor override that requirement.

I do believe there are medical benefits to vaccines, but I believe it’s a personal choice. As long as we can take protective measures ourselves against those who have chosen not to vaccinate, then I’m OK with opposing any state or federal mandate on this. LEARN MORE


PLACER COUNTY REMOVES THE NAME SQUAW FROM ALL COUNTY-MAINTAINED ROADS

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to rename the three county-maintained roads that contained the word “Squaw” to alternative names. Squaw Valley Road was renamed Olympic Valley Road, Squaw Peak Road was renamed Shirley Canyon Road, and Squaw Peak Way was renamed Marmot Way. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE IN CA FOR INCOMING INVESTMENTS

Placer County ranked fourth among all counties in California with the most incoming investments, according to a recent study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER INTRODUCES NEW ORDINANCE TO COMPLY WITH SB 1383

A new county ordinance was introduced this week that, if approved by our Board of Supervisors at its March 8 meeting, would require residents and businesses to comply with state law SB 1383. The state law requires the reduction of organic waste materials sent to landfills, such as food scraps, green waste, paper and cardboard. LEARN MORE


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.
APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 18

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 18

CELEBRATING PRESIDENTS DAY!

The anniversary of President George Washington’s birthday is the day we have chosen to honor all our current and former Presidents, as well as the democracy that allows us to choose our leader. The year after President Washington’s death, his birthday became a day of remembrance that has continued for 222 years. In 1971 it was officially designated as the third Monday of February and became “President’s Day”, combining not only President Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, but also recognizing the lives and achievements of all our Presidents.

Placer County staff are busy with budget preparation for the 2022-23 fiscal year and I am focused on advocating for augmented budgets to address our major challenges in workforce housing, transportation, broadband and forest health initiatives. While the County can’t address these challenges on our own, with the support of our communities, our businesses, and our State and Federal representatives, I am very hopeful we will continue to expedite progress on each of these critically important issues.

In Service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | FEBRUARY 22

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Eastern Placer County:

  • Public Road Name Changes: “Squaw” Named Public Roads in the Olympic Valley Area | Conduct a Public Hearing to approve the renaming of “Squaw Valley Road” to “Olympic Valley Road,” “Squaw Peak Road” to “Shirley Canyon Road,” and “Squaw Peak Way” to “Marmot Way” in the community of Olympic Valley.
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy Wildfire Recover and Forest Resilience Grant Program 2022 | Adopt a Resolution ratifying the submission of a grant application to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Grant Program 2022 to receive $740,000 for the Placer County Wildfire and Forest Resilience Plan & Project Pipeline project and authorizing the County Executive Officer and Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer, or designees, to execute any required documents or amendments necessary to complete the projects.
  • Supporting the National Designation of the Donner Summit Tunnels as a National Historical Landmark and Its Preservation Thereof | Adopt a Resolution supporting the National Designation of the Donner Summit Tunnels as a National Historic Landmark and its preservation.

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

[VIEW FULL AGENDA]
[ZOOM LINK]


Additional News + Resources

PLACER TO GIVE OVER $412,000 IN MICROBUSINESS GRANTS

On February 16th, Placer County launched the Placer Micro Biz Grant Program, which will distribute $412,500 in relief funds to microbusinesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Microbusinesses in Placer may be eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding. The grants are not loans and do not need to be paid back. The only exception is if the funds are not used, or if the funds are not used as stated on the grant application. To qualify, businesses must have five or fewer employees and less than $50,000 in revenue as of 2019, in addition to several additional eligibility requirements. Grant program eligibility requirements, applications, application assistance and frequently asked questions are available on the Placer Micro Biz website – CLICK HERE


SHORT-TERM RENTAL UPDATE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at the February 8th meeting to approve several proposed refinements to the short-term vacation rental ordinance aimed at addressing community concerns and preserving workforce housing availability. The approval will enable a replacement of the current short-term vacation rental permit ordinance; codified in County Code Chapter 9, Article 9.42.

The updated ordinance caps the number of short-term rental permits at 3,900 accommodating existing permit holders and previously approved exemptions that will need to apply for a permit and allowing for properties operating without an STR permit or active transient occupancy tax certificate to come into compliance with the proposed STR program.

Important Details:

  • Hotels, motels, timeshares, bed-and-breakfasts and condotel properties offered as hotel-type lodging would not be subject to the ordinance.
  • STR Permit holders will be required to rent their STR for a minimum of 30 nights a year to discourage the limited number of permits from going unused.
  • Owner-occupied properties will be exempt from the cap but still required to obtain a STR permit and otherwise comply with the ordinance.
  • All STR operators must obtain a business license and transient occupancy tax certificate from Placer County.

Further Ordinance Refinements:

  • Increased frequency of fire safety inspections
  • Increased time period for noise ordinance standards
  • Increased fine for ordinance violations

The moratorium remains in effect until March 31, 2022. The updated STR ordinance will be effective March 11th, including enforcement of updated standards for nuisance issues. The 2023 STR permit cycle will being April 1, 2022. The additional inspection requirements and ongoing evaluation of the program may increase the costs to the county for management and enforcement and therefore warrant an increase in the STR permit fees.

The proposed ordinance is one of several county efforts to address escalating housing challenges. A number of new workforce housing projects and programs are under development, and the county remains focused on incentivizing more hotel development to reduce pressure on the local housing inventory.

More Information:

   SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL PROGRAM WEBSITE

   SHORT-TERM RENTAL WEBINAR:
   TOPIC | Implementation & Permitting
   WHEN | Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm

   EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL:
   HOSTED BY | Supervisor Gustafson
   WHEN | TBD – email to follow with details

   SUPERVISOR GUSTAFSON’S LETTER REGARDING REGULATING
   SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN EASTERN PLACER COUNTY


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Help our environment and our congestion! As we head into another busy holiday weekend, I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. LEARN MORE

 


COFFEE ANYONE?

As hard as we try, we can’t possibly meet with each of our constituents individually. Heading into spring, our office will be setting up coffees and visits throughout the District. Please let us know if you would like to organize one with your neighbors, friends, or service organizations. EMAIL US!

 


PLACER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSIONER NEEDED

Placer County Planning Commission has an opening for a seat to represent Eastern Placer County, which includes the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, Northstar, Donner Summit and areas surrounding the Town of Truckee. LEARN MORE

COMPOSITION | Composed of seven members:

  • 1 from each Supervisorial District with terms concurrent with the District Supervisor and appointed by the Board
  • 2 At-Large members appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • 1 At-Large member must be a resident of Placer County and reside at least part-time east of the Sierra Crest
  • 1 At-Large member must be a resident of Placer County and reside at least part-time west of the Sierra Crest

The terms will be for four years.

REGULAR MEETINGS:

  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month at 10am
  • Planning Commission Chambers: 3091 County Center Dr in Auburn

PURPOSE | Principal advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on planning and related matters; accomplishes its mission by holding public hearings and making recommendations on proposed general plans, studies and zoning text amendments, reviewing and making decisions on major land development proposals and by encouraging citizen leadership and participation in the planning process.

COMPENSATION | $100 per diem and payment of additional expenses necessary to attend meetings and perform the duties of the office.


PLACER TO FILL 2 VACANT SEATS ON HOUSING TASKFORCE

Placer County is now accepting applications to fill two vacant seats on the Board-appointed Housing Development Advisory Taskforce: Seat 5, representing banking/mortgage lenders and Seat 6, representing attorneys experienced in housing/land use. LEARN MORE

 


COMMISSIONER LARA AND STATE EMERGENCY AGENCIES ISSUE “SAFER FROM WILDFIRES” FRAMEWORK TO PROTECT EXISTING HOMES AND COMMUNITIES

Drawing on the direct experience of first responders, fire safety experts, and the latest research on wildfires, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and emergency management leaders in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration today announced, “Safer from Wildfires,” a new insurance framework that incorporates wildfire safety measures to help save lives while making homes and businesses more resilient. “Safer from Wildfires” provides a list of achievable, effective actions that will help reduce risk for property owners, including community-wide safety recommendations to prevent the spread of wildfire to other properties. This is the first time that state agencies have been brought together to identify mitigation actions that insurance companies should consider for existing homes and businesses. READ MORE


REGIONAL FOREST HEALTH PROGRAM UPDATE

Kerri Timmer, our regional forest health coordinator, gave an overview of our regional forest health program. Since its creation in May 2021, Kerri has facilitated forest health management efforts in the county, while leveraging existing partnerships. We’ve made forest health and wildfire risk reduction a top priority and this program is one of the many ways we are working to ensure our communities are fire prepared! WATCH VIDEO

 


GIVE YOUR HOME A WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MAKEOVER

If this last year taught us anything, it is more important now than ever to prepare our homes for emergencies. Please start now! Consider taking the time to give your home a wildfire preparedness makeover. We have many options to support defensible space work and property clearing!


PLACER EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.
APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 


WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY

Help us help you! We are currently evaluating potential updates to the Placer County website. Your input is vital in order to make the most informed decisions. Please take a few minutes to complete our WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY.

 

 

 


FREE TAX PREP AVAILABLE NOW

Eligible individuals and families can have their taxes prepared and filed for free now through March 31. Anyone earning income up to $57,000 in 2021 is eligible for this free program. Limited in-person appointments also available. LEARN MORE

 

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 20

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 20

WELCOMING 2022 AND A NEW ROLE

The tradition of the Board of Supervisors is to rotate the role of chair, and I am truly honored to take my turn this year. It does come with added responsibilities and time commitments to County-wide duties, but I am certain that with the outstanding dedication of my District Director (Sophie Fox – West Slope) and Deputy District Director (Katelynn Hopkins – East Slope), we will be able to continue our service to you.

With gratitude,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 

 

 


NEW CHAIR SELECTED TO LEAD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson was selected by her fellow board members to take the helm as the new chair of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, replacing District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt. READ MORE

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


Board of Supervisors Meeting in North Lake Tahoe

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 9AM

Granlibakken Tahoe
725 Granlibakken Rd. • Tahoe City, CA. 96145

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Eastern Placer County:

  • Commendation of Larry Sevison | Approve a Commendation recognizing Larry Sevison for 50 years of service on the Placer County Planning Commission.
  • East Placer Tahoe Housing Update | Receive an update on the County’s efforts to create achievable housing opportunities in East Placer and the Tahoe Basin.
  • Capital Projects Advisory (CAP) Committee FY2021-22 Capital Project Recommendations | Receive staff presentation outlining the CAP Committee recommendation to allocate TOT funds to up to 12 capital projects in eastern Placer County, consistent with the Tourism Master Plan.
  • Short-Term Rental Ordinance Changes | Introduce and waive oral reading of an Ordinance to repeal and replace Chapter 9, Article 9.42 of the Placer County Code to regulate short term vacation rentals. The proposed ordinance includes higher penalties, additional requirements, and a cap on the number of short-term rentals allowed.

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

[VIEW FULL AGENDA]

[ZOOM LINK]


Additional News + Resources

ENVISION TAHOE | PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY!

The Tahoe Prosperity Center launched this new initiative as an effort to develop strategies to diversify and strengthen the regional economy so that it is more resilient and sustainable for those who live, work and provide public services in the Tahoe Basin. As your District 5 Supervisor, I am proud to co-chair the “Basin Wide Steering Committee” alongside Chris McNamara and dozens of other leaders throughout our communities who represent various businesses and organizations.

Please take 10 minutes to share your feedback about what is needed to help our Lake Tahoe communities and the economy. Together we can make Lake Tahoe a place where we can Live, Work, Play and Thrive!
TAKE SURVEY + LEARN MORE


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Help our environment and our congestion! I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. Please note: Starting January 15, TART will be running a modified and reduced service schedule. LEARN MORE

 


TAHOE CITY CDRA FRONT COUNTERS CLOSE TO PUBLIC

Amid the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases, in-person counter services will be temporarily suspended at our Community Development Resource Agency offices in Tahoe City starting Tuesday, January 18. Virtual appointments, and many other services, remain available through our eServices online portal. Please note: Closure does not impact the STR program enforcement. LEARN MORE

 


COVID-19 UPDATE + RESOURCES


NOW ACCEPTING 2022 CITIZENS ACADEMY APPLICATIONS

The Placer County District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for its spring 2022 citizens academy. During the nine-week program participants will learn about the District Attorney’s Office, its role within the criminal justice system and the services it provides to the community. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON LIBRARY SERVICES

Placer County is interested in hearing from residents regarding library services. The county will host a virtual town hall meeting to seek input on January 24 at 6pm. The scheduled town hall will consist of a two-hour interactive session. Participants will explore options for library service and discuss what services are most important to them. All community members are encouraged to attend – those who use the library, and those who do not. REGISTER + LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.

APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY

Help us help you! We are currently evaluating potential updates to the Placer County website. Your input is vital in order to make the most informed decisions.
WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY.

 

 


OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JANUARY 27

Save the date for our upcoming Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan virtual town hall meeting set for January 27. The first-ever parks and trails master plan provides a 10-year vision for the development and operation of parks and trails throughout the county. LEARN MORE

 

 


FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ONE CHILD AT A TIME

January marks National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. We’re honored to be a part of the Placer County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Team helping children who are victims or are at risk of being exploited in our community. The CSEC Team is composed of members from KidsFirst, law enforcement agencies, mental health agencies, probation, District Attorney’s Office and Children’s System of Care. LEARN MORE  

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | December 21

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | December 21

HAPPY OFFICIAL FIRST DAY OF WINTER AND HOLIDAY WISHES, PLACER COUNTY!

It’s officially winter, which also means the holiday season is upon us. There are many things to love about this time of year, especially the blessings of time with family and friends. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday filled with peace and prosperity, and a happy and healthy New Year. 

In service,Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor 

 


PLACER COUNTY 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

As we get set to welcome a new year, we’d like to share some of the great achievements made in 2021 by our dedicated staff and community. View this video, showcasing why Placer County is such a wonderful place to live, work, learn and play!

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RETAILER & #SHOPPLACER

As you are finalizing your holiday shopping, I again urge you to keep your dollars in our community by showing your love for local. Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Let’s #ShopPlacer and show them our support. LEARN MORE

 

 


NORTH LAKE TAHOE EGIFT CARD

The North Lake Tahoe gift card goes toward many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services, sports and entertainment options all in one place. Use your eGift card at participating locations throughout North Lake Tahoe and shop local to support our community. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COMES TO AN AGREEMENT ON DISTRICT MAP AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSES

After months of public meetings and community input, our Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted on the supervisorial district map that will serve our community for the next decade.

The map includes all of Auburn in District 5, divide the foothill communities into District 3 and District 4 along Interstate 80, would keep Lincoln and Rocklin whole, and allow the city of Loomis to remain in District 3 along with Penryn and Newcastle.

The map was presented and finalized for adoption at the December 14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. The new map will take effect in early 2022 and the redistricting process will not take place again until 2031. Thank you to all who participated in the redistricting process.
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STAY INFORMED DURING WINTER STORMS WITH OUR NEW READYPLACER DASHBOARD

Our new dashboard provides helpful maps showing current road conditions, sandbag locations, power outages, winter weather hazards, rain tips, snow tips, and more so you can be more prepared before you head out. It also includes local weather and traffic information from Twitter. LEARN MORE

 


DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW WITH A SNOWPLOW

Our snow removal crews were hard at work! Did you know we have one of the largest snow removal operations in the state? Depending on the severity and timing of the storm, crews from the Department of Public Works can be plowing from Auburn to the Nevada state line. Our crews will continue to plow 24/7 as long as needed to keep the roads clear! Watch our snowplows in action!

 


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Since it’s ski season and the holidays, I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. LEARN MORE

 


TEMPORARY STATEWIDE MASK MANDATE NOW IN EFFECT

The California Department of Public Health announced this week that it is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, from December 15 through January 15. Placer County Public Health continues to advise residents regardless of vaccination status to use high-quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask, while in indoor settings to protect against the Delta and Omicron variants — and, most importantly, to get vaccinated or boosted. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY SEEKING APPLICANTS TO ADVISE ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

Placer County is seeking applicants for three open positions on the Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council. The council represents Colfax, Secret Town, Alpine Meadows, Weimar, Applegate, Clipper Gap, Eden Valley, Alta and Dutch Flat. It’s led by community members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and Colfax City Council. Much like a neighborhood watch for wildfire preparedness, members mobilize neighbors to protect their homes, communities, pets and environments from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.

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LOCAL COVID RESPONSE PROGRAMS WIN TOP STATE HONORS

Two of our collaborative Human Services programs addressing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have received top awards from the California State Association of Counties for 2021! The CSAC awards spotlight the most innovative programs developed and implemented by California counties. LEARN MORE

 


LIBRARY SERVICES WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Placer County Library Services continues to provide excellent reading programs and opportunities for county residents while looking ahead to expand services next year. The Placer County Board of Supervisors this week received an update from county Library Services staff regarding highlights from the past year as well as a preview of library plans set for 2022. LEARN MORE


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 26

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 26

AFTER GIVING THANKS – LET’S GIVE BACK!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving filled with a harvest of blessings, good health, and time with family and loved ones. Now the Giving Season is upon us! I encourage you to shop local, especially on Small Business Saturday, and to consider donating to your favorite nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. We have so many incredible local businesses and nonprofits in Placer County and every dollar spent or donated makes a huge difference in the lives of so many.

 

 

 


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 27

Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Join me in celebrating and patronizing local, not only during Small Business Saturday, but throughout this holiday season, and into the New Year. Show your love and support your friends and neighbors by keeping your dollars in our community. For information on local shops in your community, CLICK HERE.

 

 


GIVING TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 30

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to promote generosity and it has turned into a global movement. We have countless amazing nonprofits in our Eastern Placer County region, many of which run on shoestring budgets with small staffs and volunteers who work long hours. Our local nonprofits rely on our generosity to be able to continue to support their mission in the new year ahead. I encourage you to think about those organizations and causes close to your heart and donate. LEARN MORE

 

GIVE BACK TAHOE

If you’re looking to donate to an organization in the Tahoe Truckee area, check out Give Back Tahoe. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation hosts an annual Give Back Tahoe end-of-year campaign, serving as a platform to connect you with 60 nonprofits in the region and can help you find a cause that aligns with your values and charitable goals. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation also sponsors challenge grants between November 30 – December 14, so your donation may even help a nonprofit collect additional funds.

‘The Give Back Tahoe Giving Season brings together neighbors, visitors, and friends. It reminds us the spirit of the holiday season is about gratitude and giving. It’s about community. Donate to local nonprofits. Be a part of something bigger.’ LEARN MORE + DONATE

If you are unsure of how to contribute this Giving Season, below is a list of just a few examples of organizations doing phenomenal work that can use your help:

Sierra Community House
Tahoe Fund
Achieve Tahoe
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
Sierra Senior Services


PLACER COUNTY TO HOST DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE WEBINARS

Placer County will host six down payment assistance informational webinars this fall as part of its efforts to support housing affordability. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES ANNUAL INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. TAKE SURVEY

 

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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