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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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 12

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 12

GIVING THANKS AND MORE!

As we head toward the holiday season there is much to report to you, and also so much more to be thankful for in 2021! 

Join me in thanking those who have done so much to contribute to our safety and well-being in 2021: 

Our veterans and current service members – whom we honored yesterday but should be thanked every day of the year. They and their families made huge sacrifices to protect and defend our nation. 

Our first responders in fire and law enforcement – keeping us safe throughout the year but especially this summer with fires all around us. It was due to their heroic efforts that we in the Tahoe Truckee region escaped without a major incident.  These dedicated public servants protect us round-the-clock throughout the year.  

Our health care professionals, hospitals, clinics, and health department – who continued their incredible efforts in providing our health care and ensuring that we could be vaccinated as we climbed our way back from the worst of this pandemic. 

Our other public servants – who despite a pandemic, continued to serve us in other essential ways including: educating our youth; maintaining our parks; taking care of our trash and sewage; making sure our buildings and roads are safe; driving our buses; ensuring that our less fortunate can receive services; extending technology for access to school, work and public meetings; operating our libraries; and, so many other services that are essential to our way of life. 

Our many incredible non-profits – who support our community with programs and services to protect and serve our seniors, our animals, our environment, those physically challenged, our arts, our families, our youth, and our health and well-being. 

Communities truly are the people – and most especially those who provide their time and resources to give to others and to serve others. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, please be thankful for all those individuals and groups who make up our phenomenal communities. 

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


30 YEARS OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS – TRUCKEE NORTH TAHOE TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Last Thursday evening the TNT/TMA celebrated its 30th anniversary as an organization. Since its inception the TNT/TMA has been bringing together government, business, and volunteers to help coordinate and solve our transportation problems. Speakers reviewed the history, accomplishments, and individuals who have played a role in moving transportation initiatives forward. I was honored to accept one of the awards for Placer County’s role in innovative funding that is ensuring continuation of micro-mass transit, free fares and so much more. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Important Upcoming Community Meetings & Events

JOINT NORTH TAHOE REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL AND SQUAW VALLEY MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 6PM
Location: Tahoe City Public Utility District
Please note, this meeting will be in-person only.

Agenda Items include:

  • Dollar Creek Crossing Housing Project Update
  • Transportation Fee Program Update
  • Road Renaming Process in Squaw Valley
  • SNOW Sports Museum Update

 VIEW AGENDA


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 9AM
Location: Auburn + Virtual

Agenda items include the Board of Supervisors Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Workshop.

AGENDA COMING SOON

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 | 9AM
Location: Auburn + Virtual

Agenda items include the first presentation to the Board on Redistricting options.

AGENDA COMING SOON

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14 | 9AM
Location: Auburn + Virtual

Agenda items include an update on changes to the Short-Term Rental Ordinance.

AGENDA COMING SOON

 


PLACER’S 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. The webinars offer an opportunity for community members to learn more about opportunities for homeownership in Placer County, the down payment assistance programs the county offers, such as the Workforce Preservation Housing Program, and general information about the home buying process. LEARN MORE

Eastern Placer meeting dates:
• December 2 from 7-8pm | Register
• December 4 from 10-11am | Register
• December 12 from 10-11am | Register


CHILDREN’S VACCINE AVAILABILITY

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for use in children ages 5-11 following approval by state and federal regulatory agencies. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check with their healthcare providers and pharmacies or Myturn.ca.gov for availability. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES 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. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY

 

 

 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community? Placer County’s Free Tax Prep program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2022 tax season. 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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | October 6

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | October 6

AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR

With crisp sunny days, vivid colors from the changing leaves, and stunning vibrant sunsets – it’s easy to say that fall in Placer County is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s also one of the best times of the year to get outside to explore the amazing outdoors with ideal weather, stunning landscapes, and less crowds.

And while the season is changing, our fire season is still very much here. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I will continue to push out wildfire updates and resources until we begin to see significant rain and snow. Please continue to stay educated, informed, prepared, and safe!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 

 


 

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF 288 NEW AFFORDABLE AND WORKFORCE HOUSING UNITS IN NORTH TAHOE & TRUCKEE

Last Friday, I was thrilled to join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, officials and staff from North Lake Tahoe, Placer County, Nevada County, Town of Truckee, and developers and residents for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of 288 new affordable and workforce housing units at five locations throughout the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region. A total of $150 million was infused into the local economy to develop these housing units! These affordable housing units are vital if we are to keep the fabric of our communities strong. The homes will provide for our teachers, our firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies. They will provide for our county, town and tourism-related workers. Developments like these help ensure opportunities for our children to be able to stay in the communities they love. Moving forward, we are committed to keeping affordable housing as a top priority to protect our communities for generations to come. LEARN MORE

 


Upcoming Meetings + Town Hall

REDISTRICTING PLACER
ADVISORY REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 6PM
Location: Community Development Resource Center in North Auburn or Virtual

The once-a-decade process of revising Placer County’s supervisorial district boundaries continues with a public meeting with our Advisory Redistricting Commission. District lines can shape residents’ ability to elect the representative of their choice. Community members are welcome to join us in-person or virtually participate in the meeting via Zoom. View meeting details, CLICK HERE.

Visit the Redistricting Placer interactive website, a roadmap for how residents can participate in redrawing Placer’s supervisorial district boundaries to reflect population changes reported in the 2020 Census. The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted in February to appoint the Placer County Planning Commission to act as the Advisory Redistricting Commission to draw redistricting maps, which will ultimately be brought forward to the public and board for formal review and adoption.

The following residents serve on the Advisory Redistricting Commission:
Samuel Cannon, District 1; Nathan Herzog, District 2; Anthony DeMattei, District 3; Daniel Woodward, District 4; Anders Hauge, District 5; Larry Sevison, At-Large East of Sierra Crest; Richard Johnson, At-Large West of Sierra Crest.

Redistricting takes place every 10 years after the federal census. Using the Census data, county officials realign supervisorial districts in their counties, accounting for shifts in population growth since the last Census and assuring equal representation for their constituents in compliance with the “one-person, one-vote” principle of the Voting Rights Act. LEARN MORE


SQUAW VALLEY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 6PM
Location: Virtual

Agenda items include:

  • Public Safety Reports from Placer County Sheriff’s Office & California Highway Patrol
  • Community Reports from Olympic Valley Public Service District
  • County Updates from Supervisor Gustafson
  • Process for Changing the Name of County Assets | County Executive Office will provide an update on the process for renaming County assets in Olympic Valley with presenters Stephanie Holloway and Lindsay Romack.

VIEW AGENDA | ZOOM LINK


NORTH TAHOE REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 6PM
Location: Tahoe City Public Utility District

Agenda items include:

  • NTRAC Member Introductions including the appointment of our newest RAC member, Gerald Herrick
  • Supervisor, Community & Member Reports
  • Short-Term Rental Moratorium including staff update & timeline for work being advanced from Stephanie Holloway, Placer County Executive Office

VIEW AGENDA


WHAT IS A ‘MAC’?

PURPOSE OF A MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) | Municipal Advisory Councils are comprised of volunteer community members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to provide input on topics of interest as specified by the Board of Supervisors. A MAC may offer feedback on land use projects, county programs and services and other community issues. A Municipal Advisory Council is not a decision-making body such as the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission. MACs do not have authority to make, set, provide interpretation of or enforce county ordinances, policies, or laws.

DUTIES OF A MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL | Municipal Advisory Council meetings provide one of several forums for gathering input from the community on matters that relate to the area served by the MAC, such as land use, roads, public health and safety concerns, Placer County fire protection, Placer County law enforcement, Placer County parks and other matters as specified by the Board of Supervisors. MAC meetings also serve as a means of informing the public about additional options for providing input on specific projects and community issues, including submitting questions, concerns or suggestions to the Board of Supervisors via written correspondence, attending a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission or other county decision-making body, or attending other public/community meetings.

LEARN MORE:
SQUAW VALLEY MAC | NORTH TAHOE RAC | DONNER SUMMIT MAC


STR Moratorium Update

At the meeting on August 31, 2021 the Board of Supervisors directed staff to undertake a process to establish revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance and to bring the revisions back to the Board for adoption by February, 2022. This complicated issue will include meetings with various interest groups, economic analysis, as well as additional work on nuisance abatement and code enforcement. Stephanie Holloway, Tahoe Operations Manager and Crystal Jacobsen, CDRA Deputy Director, are tasked with overseeing this effort that includes public and private interests. LEARN MORE

The timeline for the process is as follows:


Fire Season is Far From Over!

Fall is still fire season, especially with the extreme drought. Please continue to 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 COUNTY WELCOMES 20-YEAR COUNTY VETERAN TO THE NORTH LAKE TAHOE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE

After an extensive recruitment process, Placer County has selected Stephanie Holloway as the new Tahoe operations manager for its North Lake Tahoe County Executive Office. The position provides administrative oversight, community relations partnership, project management and operational guidance throughout North Lake Tahoe and eastern Placer County. Some initial areas of focus for Holloway and her team will include updating the county’s Tourism Master Plan and furthering solutions for housing and transportation. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Projects that implement the Tourism Master Plan and benefit the North Lake Tahoe community may have an opportunity to receive funding with Placer County’s 2021-22 Tourism Master Plan grant program. The program supports the Tourism Master Plan, approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 2015. The plan provides a road map for transient occupancy tax investment in eastern Placer County and focuses on key priority areas including: visitor activities and facilities, transportation, and visitor information. LEARN MORE

 


FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC IN KINGS BEACH ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Public Health will hold a flu shot clinic in Kings Beach on Wednesday, October 27 from 3:30-5:30pm this year in partnership with Sierra Community House at their regular food distribution. Residents are encouraged to get a flu shot through their regular health care provider, but these free walk-up clinics provide another option. 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 Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 30

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 30

CREATE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR OWN PREPARATIONS

The Caldor fire is leaving all of us worried about the safety of our homes and families, but it’s important to remember that at this point, it remains 15-20 miles from Placer County’s border. Our Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and Placer County Fire Department are working alongside all of the other agencies involved in the incident and coordinating constantly. I was able to tour the front lines this afternoon with our Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes and can assure you that there are tremendous resources being used to fight this fire. It is tragic to see the fire spotting over Echo Summit and across Highway 50, but for now residents of Placer are not part of the immediate threat.

The best way to use the energy created by this anxiety is to create confidence in your own preparations. There are four basic steps to consider:

  1. Register for Placer Alerts
  2. Have an evacuation plan
  3. Prepare your home and your property
  4. Evacuate wisely

It’s important to remember that no one can create a step by step plan to handle every possible disaster situation, but by making as many reasonable preparations as possible in advance of an emergency and practicing them you can make yourself, your family, and your home safer.

Preparing for a disaster often seems overwhelming. The most important step is to start from where ever you are. Clicking on any of the links is a great start!

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I am providing you this information from the Placer Sheriff’s Office:

We continue to field many questions about the potential for evacuations along the Placer County side of Lake Tahoe. At this time we do not anticipate any portion of Placer County being evacuated. The fire’s edge is still between 15-20 miles from the county line at Tahoma. We are monitoring closely and will send updates as they apply. Click the links below for updates and ways to stay informed.”

[PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S FACEBOOK PAGE]

For the latest updates on the Caldor Fire, please CLICK HERE.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:


WITH FIRE SEASON COMES SMOKE!

If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

 


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 Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 24

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 24

WILDFIRE & SMOKE UPDATES FOR THE TAHOE BASIN

While there are currently no active fires burning within Placer County, the smoke and air quality conditions, specifically in the Lake Tahoe Basin, have been devastating. Most of the smoke you are seeing and breathing is coming from the Caldor Fires (El Dorado County) and the Dixie Fire (Butte County), bringing our area relentless and unprecedented drift smoke from both directions. Please note that Placer County Public Health and Placer County Air Pollution Control District have extended the joint air quality advisory through Friday, August 27. CLICK HERE for more information on air quality and smoke including ways you can reduce your smoke exposure.

While there are no current evacuation orders or warnings issued to the Lake Tahoe area – these fires and the resulting smoke are yet another unfortunate and humbling reminder that wildfire can strike at anytime and anywhere – we MUST be prepared. The time is NOW to plan, prepare, stay aware and know your evacuation routes. Please CLICK HERE to view Cal Fire’s wildfire evacuation guide. I also encourage you to visit the CalFire website for information on ways to prepare for wildfire including; getting your to-go kit ready, creating a wildfire action plan, and preparing now.

SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

Please be vigilant with your actions, stay safe, and keep your thoughts with everyone who is currently dealing with wildfire firsthand. I also want to extend my utmost appreciation to the firefighter crews and emergency personnel for their bravery and hard work while they are actively fighting these fires.

Below is a letter I received on behalf of TRPA, providing a lot of important information and resources regarding the Caldor fire. Please share this information with community members, friends, and family.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


LETTER SENT ON BEHALF OF TAHOE REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY

The Caldor Fire has now been burning for a little over a week and the Incident Command team anticipates it will continue to burn and impact air quality for some time. As of 7am on August 24 it has burned 117,704 acres and is at 9% containment with 2119 personnel on the fire. These numbers are updated daily at 7am and 7pm on the incident command site, and is also where they post any updates throughout the day.

To offer some perspective, so far in 2021 we’ve seen over 1,570,000 acres burned in California alone. That’s a 42% increase from last year in CA during the same period. We are collecting the most current data for Nevada this season, which makes these numbers even more staggering. Climate change is propelling all of us towards a sobering and smokier reality.

Here are some highlights from the August 23 5pm community briefing and news from throughout the day:

  • Boundaries: The Southwest corner (heel) is seeing good progress. (The south and west perimeter is toward the foothill communities). The spot fire north of Hwy 50 near Kyburz is spreading west, but not moving north or east. (North and east spread is toward Tahoe). There’s a new spot fire growing rapidly near the head (Northeast corner) that’s about 100 acres, but they anticipate the fire behavior should calm down in the evening. On the west flank, the fire has not crossed Sly Park Rd.
  • Evacuations: There have been no evacuation orders or warnings in South Lake Tahoe (no change). While we are all concerned, this is good news that there is no imminent change for Tahoe’s communities.
  • Weather: The weather is predicted to be similar to today through Wednesday. After that, winds decrease considerably and temperatures increase, which will likely cause the smoke to be trapped low in an inversion layer well into the weekend meaning continued smoke impacts.
  • Air quality: Air quality is forecasted to be poor to hazardous throughout the week, with westerly winds continuing to push wildfire smoke with degraded air quality into the Sierra and western Nevada. Hazardous smoke is expected as long as there are active fire and fire runs, probably for some time. CLICK HERE for information about the smoke outlook for the region.
  • Closures: California State Parks has closed DL Bliss State Park, Rubicon Trail, Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, and Emerald Bay State Park. The Conservancy has closed Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Tahoe Pines. There has been an additional forest closure along a portion of Humboldt-Toiyabe in California along the PCT and TRT.
  • Caldor Fire Structure Status: View the GIS map showing boundary and showing structural damage and fire boundaries

There are a lot of uncertainties right now, but one thing that is sure is that the incident command team will be planning for days and weeks ahead depending on fire conditions. This looks like a very long slog. All partners are aligned in getting everyone back in their homes safely and as soon as possible. If you’d like to donate to support those who have or will be affected, CALfire recommends donating to the local American Red Cross. El Dorado County is part of the Sacramento Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC).

Stay informed and please stay safe,
Joanne S. Marchetta, Executive Director
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency


USDA FOREST SERVICE TEMPORARILY CLOSES NINE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NATIONAL FORESTS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout northern California, and strained firefighting resources throughout the country, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of nine National Forests. This closure will be effective through September 6, 2021 at 11:59pm. “Fires are running very quickly due to the drought conditions, dry fuels, and winds. This makes initial attack and containment very difficult and is even more challenging with strained resources who are battling more than 100 large fires across the country,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien. “We do not take this decision lightly and understand how this impacts people who enjoy recreating on the National Forests. These temporary closures are necessary to ensure public and firefighter safety, as well as reduce the potential for new fire starts. I want to thank the public for your patience during this challenging situation.” READ MORE


EASTERN PLACER TOWN HALL | VIDEO LINK 

Thanks to everyone that attended the Virtual Eastern Placer County Town Hall on Thursday, August 12. We received a great turnout with a lot of informational presentations on important topics including updates on Covid & vaccine, public agencies, housing and more. If you were unable to attend or simply want to revisit one of these topics, please visit the link below to watch the recording.  


UPCOMING BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | AUGUST 31

Please join us next Tuesday, August 31 for the Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting at the Domes in Auburn at 9am – both in person and virtual attendance is welcome. The agenda will be posted HERE once it is available. One agenda item to note is the public hearing to consider an extension of an Urgency Ordinance Establishing a Moratorium on the issuance of New Short-Term Rental Permits Pursuant to Placer County Code Chapter 9, Article 9.42. READ NOTICE


GROVE STREET SIGNAL | DID IT HELP?
In order to try new ways to alleviate traffic in North Lake Tahoe, we installed a temporary traffic light at Grove Street and state Route 28 in Tahoe City. This temporary pilot project is intended to help control heavy pedestrian crossings that affect traffic every summer. Now we want your feedback! Did it help? Should we make it permanent? Help us make an informed decision on the future of the program by filling out a quick survey today! TAKE SURVEY

 

 


POLL WORKERS NEEDED IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE

The Placer County Elections Office still needs poll workers in North Lake Tahoe for the upcoming September 14 California gubernatorial recall election. Poll workers who are bilingual in Spanish are in special need, too. A training class for election poll workers will be held in North Lake Tahoe on September 9. LEARN MORE

 

 


CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL RECALL ELECTION | SEPTEMBER 14

Registered voters in Placer County should start checking their mailboxes for the Sept. 14 California gubernatorial recall election voter information guide and vote-by-mail ballots. 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 | August 6

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | August 6

A DEVASTATING REMINDER, BE PREPARED FOR WILDFIRE!

As many of you know, the River Fire, which started Wednesday, grew very quickly, and destroyed homes in the Colfax area and beyond. My heart goes out to each and every individual who has already lost their homes or had property impacts. I was able to get to Colfax and meet with the Mayor Pro Tem, the City Manager, Cal Fire, and the Placer County Sheriff’s office a few hours after the start of the fire. Seeing the tremendous resources in action from the air and the ground was reassuring. Thousands of people were evacuated, 3,400 homes threatened, but fortunately at this point only 88 structures were destroyed. I want to extend the utmost appreciation to our CalFire crews who reacted quickly, called in tremendous aerial and on-the-ground equipment and crews, and limited the growth of the fire quickly. Their efforts saved us from a far worse outcome. In addition, I’d like to thank our Placer County Sheriff’s staff who worked quickly to evacuate residents and ensure their safety. The following video shares the difficult conditions firefighters have been contending with over the past 24 hours. WATCH VIDEO

This is a humbling reminder that wildfire can strike at anytime and anywhere – we MUST be prepared. The time is NOW to plan, prepare, stay aware and know your evacuation routes. Please CLICK HERE to view Cal Fire’s wildfire evacuation guide. I also encourage you to visit the CalFire website for information on ways to prepare for wildfire including; getting your to-go kit ready, creating a wildfire action plan, and preparing now.

For current information on the River Fire, including ways you can volunteer or donate, please CLICK HERE.

Please be vigilant with your actions, stay safe and keep your thoughts with everyone who is currently dealing with wildfire firsthand. Our Placer County community, near and far, will need to come together to help each other through this devastating time.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 @ 6PM

As we close in on the last few weeks of a busy summer season, Placer County staff and the Board of Supervisors have continued to advance pilot efforts to address the impacts of increased visitation to our Eastern Placer communities and to seek solutions to our workforce housing needs. These issues and impacts are by no means unique to our region, in fact resort communities throughout our country have struggled with similar problems. Researching solutions that have been effective in other jurisdictions has allowed us the opportunity to learn from the best practices and customize efforts in our area.

County staff and I feel it’s extremely important to provide our community with all the information and resources you might need and we invite you to join us on Thursday, August 12 at 6pm for a Virtual Eastern Placer County Town Hall. We have prepared a robust agenda with a focus on the many efforts we are undertaking to address workforce housing.

[VIEW AGENDA]

[ZOOM LINK]


Other Updates Underway

GROVE STREET SIGNAL

After decades of discussing a variety of options, Placer County is piloting a signal that would control and make pedestrian crossings safer at this key intersection. Pedestrian activity at the Grove Street intersection has been the cause of significant traffic delays in past summers. The pilot project is being monitored and evaluated during our peak busy summer season and the results will be checked against data while it was an unregulated crosswalk. One of the issues that has been identified, is the delay due to allowing left hand turns out of Grove Street. Adjusting the timing at the signals may help but won’t eliminate delays. The study will look at traffic volumes with and without signal and how those volumes may translate into the extent of delays folks are experiencing. We appreciate the feedback and experience that many of you are providing. Staff will evaluate and discuss future efforts at a fall NTRAC meeting. LEARN MORE

SHORT TERM RENTAL MORATORIUM

For a number of years, short term rentals have been a growing concern in Eastern Placer County. During the fall of 2019 a new ordinance and permitting process was established and was implemented in January of 2020. The effectiveness of this ordinance and its implementation are being evaluated. There is also significant documentation available indicating that short term rentals are increasing housing values in resort communities. This moratorium is a “time out” while information is collected as to how best to balance our community’s needs and demands. We are not the first region to address these growing issues. Many, if not most, communities throughout the country have begun restricting, regulating, instituting caps, and other efforts in order to preserving community character and needs. Housing is extremely difficult and costly to build. Shortages for workforce housing are evident even in larger communities but resort communities are suffering the worst. Finding the right balance is critical to the well-being of our community. We will be seeking further input and collecting data for the discussion of how to address these issues. LEARN MORE

PLACER EXPANDS TART CONNECT THROUGH THE WINTER SEASON

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved $530,000 in transient occupancy tax funds to expand the TART Connect on-demand transit pilot program for the winter season. The funding will allow continued TART Connect service from December through April 2022, and will expand service into the Cedar Flat and Carnelian Bay area neighborhoods, now covering all Placer communities along Lake Tahoe. LEARN MORE

 


JOINT AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

Placer County Public Health and Placer County Air Pollution Control District have issued an air quality advisory in part due to the potential for wildfire smoke impacts from the River Fire in Nevada and Placer counties. Additionally, the public should be prepared for a strong potential for poor air quality conditions through Sunday, August 8, from smoke from wildfires elsewhere in northern California. This air quality advisory is issued based on the National Weather Service, Sacramento forecast of a wind shift to northerly winds that would bring smoke into our area. LEARN MORE


POLL WORKERS NEEDED IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE

The Placer County Elections Office still needs poll workers in North Lake Tahoe for the upcoming September 14 California gubernatorial recall election. Poll workers who are bilingual in Spanish are in special need, too. A training class for election poll workers will be held in North Lake Tahoe on September 9. 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 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