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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.
VIEW MAP + LEARN MORE


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.

APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!


[CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS]



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

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