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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 18

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 18

A TIME TO GIVE THANKS

As we head toward the holiday season it is always good to reflect on how very much we in Placer County have to be grateful for, especially during the challenges of the last year!

Please join me in thanking those who have done so much to contribute to our safety and well-being during the year.

Our veterans and current service members — They and their families made huge sacrifices to protect and defend our nation. Let us remember their service and needs throughout the year.

Our first responders in fire and law enforcement — These professionals keep us safe throughout the year, especially this past summer with fires all around us. It was due to their heroic efforts that lives were saved and the fires were kept from doing even more damage. They made sure all were evacuated safely and their properties were secured. These dedicated public servants protect us round-the-clock throughout the year.

Our health care professionals, hospitals, clinics, and health department — These individuals and organizations were incredibly stressed during the pandemic and yet 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 — Despite the pandemic, our public servants 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, many other services that are essential to our way of life.

Our many incredible non-profits — These organizations and volunteers 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 own health and well-being.

Our local businesses — During a year of immense challenges and changing conditions, our local businesses continued to provide our communities with goods and services, places to gather, and support for their employees. Many also donated resources and products to our charitable foundations so that they could provide for those less fortunate.

Communities truly are the people — and most especially those who volunteer their time, talents, 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, and with immeasurable gratitude,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Upcoming Events + Ways to Give

TURKEY DRIVE | AUBURN INTERFAITH FOOD CLOSET

DONATE: Through Saturday, November 20
DISTRIBUTION: Monday, November 22

Purchase a frozen turkey at Auburn’s Grocery Outlet, Save Mart or Safeway and they will keep the turkey until distribution day. In addition, Auburn Grocery Outlet will host a turkey collection day in their parking lot on Saturday, November 20 from 9am-5pm. AIFC will gladly accept direct donations of frozen turkeys at their table or at the freezer truck which will be in the Grocery Outlet parking lot. You can also donate a turkey online, here. AIFC will distribute turkeys on Monday, November 22nd. They will provide one turkey to each registrant in the order of registration, register here! They can only provide a turkey to as many families as turkeys donated. Last year they were able to provide a turkey for each registration, distributing over 400 turkeys. They are anticipating more registrations this year, so even greater community support is desired. LEARN MORE + DONATE TODAY


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.

 


DOWNTOWN AUBURN CENTRAL SQUARE TREE LIGHTING

DATE: Saturday, November 27 | 4:30-6:30pm
LOCATION: 940-948 Lincoln Way in Auburn

The annual Central Square Tree Lighting is a favorite holiday event with s’mores, hot cocoa and cider, music and more! Plus, be on the lookout for Santa’s arrival! LEARN MORE

 


AUBURN’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ART & CRAFT FAIRE

DATES: Saturday & Sunday, November 27-28
LOCATION: Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn

Enjoy a unique holiday and shopping experience for the whole family offering fine art, quality crafts, and gourmet food. LEARN MORE

 


GIVING TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 30

So many of us have so much to be thankful for, if you are able, please take a moment to think about your year-end giving, especially on Giving Tuesday. We have so many incredible non-profits in Placer County, many of which run on shoestring budgets with small staffs and volunteers who work long hours. A lot of our local non-profits rely on your 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

If you are unsure of how to contribute, below is a list of just a few organizations that can use your help:

Auburn Interfaith Food Closet
Auburn State Theater
Auburn Symphony
Boys & Girls Club of Placer County
Colfax Green Machine
Gold Country Wildlife Care
Placer Community Foundation
Placer Land Trust
Pride Industries
Salvation Army
Seniors First
Stand Up Placer
The Gathering Inn

A list of Eastern Placer County non-profits will go out in my next bulletin. Please subscribe here to be included on that mailing list.


FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS | AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DATE: Saturday, December 4 at 5:30pm
LOCATION: Downtown area into Fairgrounds

The Auburn Chamber of Commerce brings you the Festival of Lights with this year’s theme, “Christmas is Back in Auburn”. The Parade route will flow from the Downtown area into the Gold Country Fairgrounds and through the Fairgrounds to the Upper Parking Lot. LEARN MORE


Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health & good times! 


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 2021 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
 

 



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 Newsletter | Veterans Day November 11

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | Veterans Day November 11

HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED

Please join me in honoring and thanking all the brave women and men that have served our country. They should be thanked every day of the year but tomorrow their service can be recognized at various community events.

 

 


Veterans Day Community Events

AUBURN VETERANS DAY PARADE, COMMUNITY CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

Come join the celebration, come join the salute! The Parade will begin at 10:50 am at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Ave. and will proceed down Lincoln Way. The parade will pause at the Central Square at 11 am. There will be a brief patriotic ceremony with the release of doves, followed by a fly-over (weather permitting), and a three-volley rifle salute followed by TAPS. The parade will resume on High Street and end at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. LEARN MORE

 

FREE LUNCH TO ALL VETERANS

The American Legion Post 192 and Pizza Factory want to welcome any local Vets and their immediate family to enjoy pizza lunch for free on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 from 11am-1pm. Come in and enjoy lunch on them and share your stories, some of which have never heard them before. LEARN MORE

 

 

VETERANS DAY SERVICES

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Veterans’ Day services at McBean Park on Thursday, November 11 at 11:11am at the Placer County Veterans Monument site. Co-hosted by the American Legion Post 264 and the Glen Edwards VFW Post 3010, and in partnership with the Lincoln Veterans Memorial Coalition, Inc. who is building the monument. Can’t make it in person? Join us via facebook.

 

 

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

Please join Boy Scout Troup 266 at the Tahoe City Trails End Cemetery on Thursday, November 11 at 11am as they honor local veterans and host a Veterans Day ceremony.

 

 

 


Veterans Day Community News

PLACER COUNTY IS HONORED TO SALUTE ITS MANY VETERAN EMPLOYEES

This Veterans Day, we’d like to continue the tradition of sharing our appreciation for our many veterans employed here at Placer County. View just some of our many Team Placer veterans, CLICK HERE.

 

ANNUAL MILITARY CARE PACKAGES DONATION DRIVE

In honor of Veterans Day, the Human Resources Department recently hosted its annual Military Care Packages Donation Drive in partnership with Sacramento Blue Star Moms. This year, we deployed 12 donation stations at various county offices from south Placer to North Lake Tahoe, and Team Placer delivered! Thanks to your kindness and generosity several cars were needed to load up the treats for our troops. Their service to our country is immeasurable and your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Team Placer! VIEW PHOTOS

 

SERVING PLACER COUNTY’S VETERANS

Our Veteran Services Officer Derrick Oliveira this week gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors at their meeting in Auburn. Derrick, along with Health and Human Services Assistant Director Gary Geisler, detailed the strong work provided by our Veteran Services Office, connecting veterans and their family members to the benefits they earned. Learn more about our Veteran Services Office at placer.ca.gov/veterans. WATCH VIDEO

 


 


 

ADVISORY REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING RESUMES ON NOVEMBER 10

The Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission will host its next public meeting November 10 before presenting its recommendation to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on November 30. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER LAUNCHES 2021 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

 

 

 

 



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 Newsletter | November 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 2

WINTER WEATHER CAME EARLY

This past storm not only brought record breaking precipitation to Placer County, but also to most parts of California. We can only hope that this is a sign of a great winter ahead. The moisture was more than welcomed and long overdue – which helped any remaining regional wildfires to reach containment. And while this currently put the threats of this season’s wildfires at bay, fire season is never truly over. There is always more to do to prepare ourselves for next season.

Don’t forget!… With winter weather comes different types of preparation. Whether it be rain or snow, it is always smart to be prepared. Plan ahead by checking weather and road conditions before traveling, keep your vehicle fully fueled in case of delays or closures, and build an emergency kit to keep in your car. Be ready for anything from floods, debris, road closures, chain controls, evacuations, and beyond. For more information on ways to keep you and your family safe, I encourage you to visit Placer County’s winter weather preparation tips webpage, CLICK HERE.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Photo: Cindy Gustafson – District 5 Supervisor, Ryan Gembala – Pilot, Brian Estes – Fire Chief, and Jim Holmes – District 3 Supervisor

CAL FIRE CONTRACT PROTECTS OUR COMMUNITIES

From left: Cindy Gustafson – District 5 Supervisor, Ryan Gembala – Pilot, Brian Estes – Fire Chief, and Jim Holmes – District 3 Supervisor.Prior to the recent storm, I had the opportunity to tour the burn areas from the air via helicopter to get an aerial view of the River Fire, Bridge Fire and several other smaller incidents. The aerial view allows for a much more complete understanding of the extent of damage and the access challenges faced by firefighters during the incidents. The helicopter, owned and operated by Heli One, is under a three-year Exclusive Use contract with Cal Fire. It is based out of Auburn Station 10 which allows the helicopter to be available exclusively to Cal Fire for initial attack fire suppressions. This Bell 212 HP is equipped with high performance upgrades including a 360-gallon fixed water tank and snorkel which allows the helicopter to draft water from closer sources as well as respond quickly and repeatedly during a fire emergency.

During the River Fire this aircraft played a critical role. It was onsite within 8 minutes and made over 60 water drops in the first day of the River Fire. Also, while trying to provide structure defense and rescue to homeowners, two fire engines and their crew were overrun and trapped by the oncoming fire, and this helicopter was instrumental in their safe escape. Because of its ability to draft water directly from the river, it was able to make 9 direct water drops allowing safe egress for the engine crews. Placer County Fire Chief and Cal Fire NEU Unit Chief, Brian Estes highlighted its importance to the safety of our area. “The support from Cal Fire to fund this exclusive use helicopter for 3 years here in Auburn has shown our dedication to our initial attack mission and the protection of life and property here in Placer County.” The Chief went on to say, “This asset proved to be critical in our firefighting operations in 2021 and will be an important part of our regional fire response in Placer for years to come.”

This helicopter, along with all the resources of Cal Fire and our first responders, saved lives and property during a number fires in Placer County. We are fortunate to have the dedicated resources to protect our communities.

CAL FIRE NEU’S SEASONAL BURN SUSPENSION HAS BEEN LIFTED | While the suspension has been lifted, please remember that burning may still be restricted periodically to help preserve air quality and reduce wildfire risk on windy days. Please check Placer Air before you burn. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


Placer County Redistricting

GET INVOLVED! Redrawing the County’s supervisorial districts only occurs once every 10 years and is critical to your representation. Many of you have already submitted input and we urge your continued review and input. Placer County staff received and reviewed over 240 Redistricting Placer surveys that provided feedback on their work to redraw the boundaries.

Redistricting principles are critically important to the integrity of the process. Both state and federal law provides direction including: compliance with the U.S. Constitution Equal Protection Clause; compliance with the California Voting Rights Act; and obtaining population equality between districts as nearly as practicable.

Additionally, consideration is given to the following factors in order of priority (Elections Code, § 21500(c)): 1. Geographically contiguous districts (each supervisorial district should share a common border with the next), 2. Geographic integrity of a local neighborhood or community of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, 3. Geographic integrity of a city or census designated place shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, 4. Easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and 5. Lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness.

Following these principles, staff provided three alternative district maps for consideration. The public submitted five maps as well. All of these are now available for review as part of the staff’s report to our Planning Commission. Visit our agenda center to view or download the report or use our interactive map to see how the county provided alternative boundaries could affect your parcel specifically. Placer County welcomes and encourages your comments on these maps, which can be viewed and submitted through the online form, here.

Join us! The Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission is hosting its next public meeting on November 4 before presenting its recommendation to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on November 30. Learn More

Watch the October 14 Advisory Redistricting Commission meeting, here.

The Board of Supervisors will hear the Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission’s recommendations and make the final decision on Tuesday, November 30. Learn More


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES ANNUAL INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. The 2021 Internet Service Survey will gauge how Placer residents and business owners use the internet and rate the quality of their service. The survey is also intended to help identify unserved and underserved communities. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY

 


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: TOWN HALLS AND MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCILS

During the pandemic my office expanded our outreach to include virtual town halls on key issues facing the County. We also held our municipal advisory councils (MACs) virtually. Now that we are out of the emergency, Town Halls can continue virtually, but MAC’s must meet in public. “Hybrid meetings” – which would allow the public to participate virtually (such as those the Board of Supervisors conducts) require a significant amount of time and investment to facilitate. Hybrid meetings require public rooms to be equipped for computer access, large screens, and cameras, as well as having IT professionals staffed to assist during the meeting. We are currently reviewing the process to make sure all County residents have equal access and opportunity to address myself and County staff. Look for a survey in the coming weeks to gauge the best way to communicate and engage with you! To learn more about Placer County’s Municipal Advisory Councils, CLICK HERE.


GROWING NUMBER OF STUDENT WELLNESS CENTERS

Ten schools in Placer now have Wellness Centers onsite, the result of a grant-funded partnership between the Placer County Children’s System of Care and Placer County Office of Education. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


PLACER AWARDS WAVE BROADBAND $500K ‘LAST MILE BROADBAND GRANT’

The Placer County Board of Supervisors awarded Astound Broadband LLC, dba Wave Broadband a $500,000 “Last Mile Broadband Grant” to expand high-speed internet service to the county’s rural communities. LEARN MORE

 

 


AUBURN COURTHOUSE REROOF

A new roof has been installed on the historic courthouse in Auburn. A historic consultant was brought into the project to advise the contractor. Placer is dedicated to the preservation of this historic building for generations to come. WATCH VIDEO

 

 


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 Newsletter | October 5

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 5

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

 

 


AUBURN STATE OF THE COMMUNITY AWARDS DINNER

This past Thursday, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual State of the Community Awards at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful time to recognize those who go above and beyond to serve our community. I was pleased to present Placer County’s Award winners — Katie Combs-Prichard, Public Information, and Michael Romero Program Manager for Emergency Preparedness and Response, both with our Department of Health and Human Services, for their phenomenal leadership, efforts and services during the pandemic. Their instrumental roles provided key policymakers, first responders, businesses, health care providers, and residents about community transmission, State requirements, and efforts to slow the spread. They also were integral in setting up the mass vaccination clinic at The Grounds. They fielded thousands of inquiries during the pandemic from national, state, local media, and co-developed messaging with 211 Placer and our local nonprofits. They kept our Cities’ leadership as well as business leaders and residents informed and educated during regular updates, through the website, and in-numerous zoom calls. Please join me in congratulating the Chamber and all the award winners recognized at the event. VIEW AWARD WINNERS


Wildfire Updates

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:

ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE NEWS & RESOURCES

RIVER FIRE RECOVERY

As our community begins to recover from the River Fire, I wanted to provide you with resources to help you get back into your homes and businesses safely. Placer County has created a River Fire Recovery webpage that provides everything you need from permits, financial/food/housing assistance, insurance resources, debris removal, rebuilding, and information on what to expect upon return. LEARN MORE

 

 

RIVER FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM

On Tuesday, September 28 the Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance establishing standards for the removal of debris generated as a result of the River Fire. LEARN MORE

 

 

 

PROTECTED INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR WILDFIRE SURVIVORS

On September 20, Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered insurance companies to preserve residential insurance coverage for more than 325,000 policyholders who have been affected by devastating Northern California wildfires across 22 counties – stating that there is a mandatory one-year moratorium that prevents homeowner insurance cancellations and non-renewals following an emergency declaration. Several Placer County zip codes are covered under this moratorium. LEARN MORE

 

 

SHADED FUEL BREAK

North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break—Phase II CAL FIRE recently awarded the Placer County Resource Conservation District with a $4.5M grant to complete the second phase of work on the North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break. Phase I of this project was previously identified by Governor Newsom as one the 35 priority fuel reduction projects across the state. This new funding will allow for expansion of the existing 850 acre fuel break, adding an additional 1000 acres over five years which will serve to provide critical wild fire protection to the communities between the City of Colfax to the City of Auburn. LEARN MORE

 

PLACER COUNTY CHIPPING PROGRAM

In August 2021, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement to expand funding and staffing for the Placer County Chipper Program by partnering with the Probation Department’s alternative sentencing work-release program. The program is a low-cost residential chipping service to help landowners manage their vegetation and meet defensible space requirements to reduce the risk of wildfire. Management of this program was transferred from Placer County to the Placer County Resource Conservation District in 2013. They currently have 2 crews. View the last weeks report [link to report, shown below] for service done on the east side of the county, service for the east side was performed the week prior. LEARN MORE

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE

Residents of Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas Counties who have been impacted by wildfires that started in July and August 2021 can now file for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers these benefits, which are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires. For full details, see the EDD news release regarding available disaster benefits for those impacted by recent wildfires, CLICK HERE.


Labor Union Negotiations with Our Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA)

While there remains significant disagreement between the DSA and the Board of Supervisors, we did vote to impose our final offer to their members with salary increases of 4% | 4.25% | 4.5% respectively over the next 3 years along with a number of changes to implement these salary and benefit changes. Supporting our public safety professionals is critically important to all of us. That includes not only ensuring their pay and benefits today, but ensuring the long-term viability of the future obligations. VIEW AGENDA


Additional News & Resources

PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY

On Wednesday, September 29 Placer County hosted an Employee Appreciation day with a Placer Eats 2021 Food Truck event to celebrate and recognize the great work Placer employees do. Thank you to each and every one of who have and continue to adapt and provide services to our County and its communities. View the Employee Appreciation Day Thank You video from myself, CEO Todd Leopold and all your Board of Supervisors. WATCH VIDEO


OCTOBER IS PLACERGROWN MONTH

On September 28, our Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation declaring October PlacerGROWN Month at their meeting in North Auburn. PlacerGROWN is also celebrating its 20-year anniversary, highlighting Placer County farms and ranches, a time-honored tradition in the county since the mid-1800’s. LEARN MORE

 

 


SIGN-UP FOR OUR PLACER WORKS VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Are you an employer with job vacancies or a job seeker? Meet with hundreds of qualified local candidates and employers in Placer County in a convenient virtual forum. Be part of the Placer Works virtual job fair on October 14. Registration is free. REGISTER NOW

 

 

 


PLACER OFFICE OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO EXPERIENCE TRAUMA

To support students who may have experienced trauma, the Placer County Office of Education has partnered with the Children’s System of Care and other agencies to implement the Handle with Care program. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY AGRICULTURE VALUE CRESTS ALL-TIME HIGH OF $90 MILLION

Strong prices for beef, walnuts, timber and almonds in Placer County helped drive a 4% increase of total crop value to an all-time high in 2020. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES NEW ALZHEIMER’S INITIATIVE GRANT

Placer County Public Health has been selected for a new grant to expand on the existing Healthy Brain Initiative. The funding will be used to create a committee to improve early Alzheimer’s detection and screening efforts in the county. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER REDISTRICTING COMMISSION | PUBLIC MEETING OCTOBER 14

The once-a-decade process of revising Placer County’s supervisorial district boundaries continues October 14 with a public meeting with the Advisory Redistricting Commission. 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 Newsletter | September 10

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | September 10

LABOR DAY HAS COME AND GONE, BUT FIRE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER!

Over 100 years ago, our Country began recognizing the first Monday in September as Labor Day, paying tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Without a doubt, the last two years have been difficult for our workers and businesses in Placer County, nationally, and beyond. During such trying times, the Labor Day holiday is well deserved. Thanks to each and every one of you who have not only contributed and achieved for our communities’ success, but who have also worked hard to stay positive throughout these challenges.

In addition, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. And while summer comes to a close, I want to remind you that our fire season is FAR from being over. Not only have we seen devastating wildfires in our own County, but we are also watching several wildfires race through our surrounding counties, communities, and forests. Until we begin to see some rain and snow, I will continue to push out wildfire information. Let’s work together to keep Placer County — as well as everyone affected — educated, informed, prepared, and SAFE!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


9/11 REMEMBRANCE AT THE LIBERTY TREE

Placer County officials are inviting the community to join them at a 9/11 20-year anniversary event tomorrow, September 11 at 9am at the Placer County Fire Station #180 in Auburn. LEARN MORE


WILDFIRE UPDATES

BRIDGE FIRE UPDATE | The Bridge Fire under the Foresthill Bridge on the Auburn side of Placer County has been active for 4 days, is currently at 411 acres and 75% contained. As of September 6, we are thankful to say all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted. LEARN MORE

CALDOR FIRE UPDATE | The Caldor Fire in El Dorado an Amador Counties has been active for 26 days, is currently at 218,459 acres and 53% contained. While the Caldor did not burn in any area of Placer County, its impacts on the region were immense. The smoke-filled air deterred many from visiting our tourism destinations and some businesses are reporting extreme consequences as a result. In addition, the air-quality readings were unprecedented and dangerous through the Sierras and much of the foothills. Our Placer County staff has and continues to assist El Dorado County staff throughout this fire event. LEARN MORE


FIRE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER!
CREATE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR OWN PREPARATIONS

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.

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

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:


DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE

Residents of Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas Counties who have been impacted by wildfires that started in July and August 2021 can now file for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers these benefits, which are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires. For full details, see the EDD news release regarding available disaster benefits for those impacted by recent wildfires, CLICK HERE.

 


COVID-19 UPDATE

The Delta surge has resulted in record numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations and is leaving our local hospitals with less room to absorb more patients requiring hospitalization.

The bottom line: the surge is very real here in Placer County. As of today, Placer County reported 205 confirmed cases in the hospital with 53 confirmed cases in the ICU. In addition, our 7-day test positivity rate was 8.9% with our 7-day average daily case rate coming in at 34.9 cases per 100K — far surpassing the surge we experienced last winter. Visit the Placer Covid-19 Dashboard for more information on current stats.

To preserve critical infrastructure that serves all, including hospitals and schools, Placer County Public Health is advising residents regardless of vaccination status to use high-quality masks while in all indoor settings to protect against the highly infectious Delta variant. LEARN MORE

California COVID-19 Dashboard | Placer County COVID-19 Dashboard


LABOR UNION NEGOTIATIONS WITH OUR DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION (DSA)

Over the last three years Placer County and the labor union (DSA) that represents our non-management Sheriff’s employees, have been in negotiations trying diligently to address the escalation of salaries and benefits which is outpacing the growth in revenues. The Board has steadfastly supported our Sheriff’s budget and in the past increased special pays to ensure that our deputies are compensated at the top in the region. Unfortunately, those special pays are not included in comparisons used for salary adjustments and the compounding impacts have created a financial condition that is not sustainable.

The labor negotiation process while extremely lengthy, includes legal protections to ensure the employees’ rights. The County has been proceeding through the process, following all required legal steps which have now resulted in the Board’s decision next Tuesday on whether to resolve the impasse.

I want to continue to assure you that there is NO proposal by the Board of Supervisors to cut the Sheriff’s budget or their salaries. In fact, our Board and our community has strongly supported our law enforcement professionals by increasing contributions to the Sheriff’s budget on average 8.8% annually over the past twenty years. Part of that increase includes annual salary increases for deputies, driven by the Measure F formula, averaging 3.8% each year over the past twenty years. As a result, Deputy Sheriff annual salary increases have significantly outpaced both general County employees’ annual increases and the Consumer Price Index for the last 10 years. For reference, please see the 5-year graph and the 10-year chart below. These salary increases combined with all other special pays and benefits has lead to our deputies’ TOTAL compensation being 20% above the surrounding jurisdictions.

The Board’s goal is to ensure that we are protecting your tax dollars by anticipating and planning for the long-term financial implications of top-tier law enforcement services. These plans must also consider the compounding of pensions that are most often longer than years of service. Our responsibility is to make sure that we as taxpayers can afford these future cost escalations. The voters’ enactment of the Placer County Charter in 1980 vested the Board with responsibility to negotiate on behalf of the taxpayers and thus superseded the Measure F formula enacted in 1977. Until now, the Board voluntarily continued to follow the formula and even chose to enhance the benefits when the formula-driven salary adjustments weren’t enough to ensure our recruitment and retention of staff. However, as discussed above, the Board must address the current and future economic situation created by Measure F.

The proposal before us now is to look at the total compensation, including all the special pays and pension benefits, to ensure that we stay competitive but also stay within what you can afford.

As I stated at the Board meeting, our community should be proud — we have the best, we want the best, and we will continue to pay the best. I encourage you to reach out with any additional comments or questions.


CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL RECALL ELECTION | SEPTEMBER 14

The 2021 California gubernatorial recall election is a special election on whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom from office, and if removed, to select a candidate to replace him for the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2023. LEARN MORE

 

 

 

 

 


PLACER TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM

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. 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 Newsletter | August 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | August 3

AUGUST IS HERE, ENJOY THE END OF OUR BUSY SUMMER.

As we begin to wind down from another hot and busy summer, I want to thank everyone for doing their part to keep Placer County safe. There are so many ways each of you have contributed towards a successful summer, from preparing for wildfires to getting your COVID vaccination and traveling responsibly to supporting our local businesses. Let’s continue to work together to keep the momentum going and help provide Placer County a healthy, prosperous future.

Below you will find some news, updates and resources I thought you would find informative. As always, I encourage you to reach out to my office if you have additional comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to connect and for giving me the opportunity to serve you.

~ Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


WILDFIRE & AIR QUALITY UPDATES

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.

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

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

WITH FIRE SEASON COMES SMOKE!

When Placer County is impacted, an air quality advisory will be issued to notify the public of the intermittent potential for poor air quality conditions from smoke from wildfires in several other northern California counties. 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:


COVID + Vaccination Updates

It is well known that the Delta variant is posing challenges across the country, including here in Placer County. The variant spreads rapidly among unvaccinated people and threatens some of our most vulnerable residents. The vaccine is proving to be some of the safest and most effective in history, so if you have not already, I encourage you to please get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and your community. Especially with schools preparing to re-open with full-time in-person instruction, it is imperative we are taking all the necessary steps and precautions to keep our kids in school.

Dr. Robert Oldham sent out a letter last Wednesday to the Placer County Board of Supervisors with an update on covid in Placer County including case rates, hospitalizations, deaths from covid, vaccination rates and information, mask guidelines and more. READ LETTER

Here is a snapshot of today’s Placer stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 17.3
  • 7-day positivity rate: 8.0%
  • COVID-19 hospitalized patients: 110
  • COVID-19 ICU patients: 25

California COVID-19 Dashboard | Placer County COVID-19 Dashboard


Eastern Placer County Updates

PLACER COUNTY’S CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE | Since March, the board has approved approximately $1.4 million of transient occupancy tax revenues for more transportation and tourism sustainability projects after action was taken to form the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District. That action, approved by the local business community, freed up millions in transient occupancy tax for key priority programs in North Lake Tahoe, as defined by the region’s Tourism Master Plan. Since the creation of the new Tourism Business Improvement District, Placer County has used the freed up TOT funds to launch TART Connect on-demand transit service, contract with Clean Tahoe for a regional trash cleanup initiative, install a temporary traffic light to pilot one solution to help with road congestion at Grove Street and state Route 28 and more. LEARN MORE

PLACER COUNTY EXPANDS ON-DEMAND TRANSIT SERVICE TART CONNECT THROUGH THE WINTER SEASON | The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday 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

PLACER COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL PERMITS IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE | The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a temporary moratorium on new short-term rental permits in North Lake Tahoe, the latest in a series of recent actions to address an unprecedented and growing housing crisis in the region. The urgency ordinance, approved by a 4-0 vote, took effect upon board adoption and with two exceptions. It stops the issuance of all new short-term rental permits within the transient occupancy tax boundaries in eastern Placer County for an initial 45-day period. Exceptions to the moratorium are: Renewal applications for existing permits with no outstanding fees or violations and new applications submitted at least 24 hours prior to Tuesday’s approval. LEARN MORE


SIGNING CEREMONY COMMEMORATES HISTORIC CONSERVATION PROGRAM

The long-awaited Placer County Conservation Program was commemorated today at a signing ceremony in Lincoln, California, marking the approval of the historic plan. LEARN MORE


KEEP HISTORY ALIVE: VOLUNTEER AT PLACER COUNTY MUSEUMS

The Placer Museums Division is recruiting volunteers to join the ranks of the County’s amazing museum volunteers, docents and team members. 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 Newsletter | July 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | 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 FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN DISTRICT 5 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.

“BE WISE TO RIVER RISE” & SWIFT WATER RESCUES | As always, we recommend you wear a lifejacket to protect yourself and loved ones, and “be wise to river rise” whenever you are near the river. In 2020, the Placer County Fire Department Technical Rescue Team responded to over 270 river and Technical Rescues. Please remember river water can be deceiving; while everything may appear calm on the surface, swift currents lie underneath, and the water temperature is cold enough to allow hypothermia to set in in as little as 15 minutes!


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:

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


MEADOW VISTA RURAL MAIN STREETS PROGRAM

On June 26, I joined Meadow Vista community members, County staff, Local Government Commission, and volunteers for a temporary demonstration event to test out pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Placer Hills Road. The temporary improvements included delineated pedestrian pathways, curb enhancements, and high-visibility crosswalks. LEARN MORE

 


FINAL COUNTY BUDGET APPROVED

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 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

 


HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY TASKFORCE MEMBERS APPOINTED

Affordable housing in Placer County has nine new champions, with the county Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to appoint the members of its new Housing Development Advisory Taskforce. LEARN MORE

 


AUBURN/LINCOLN AIRPORTS LAND USE COMPATIBILITY PLAN WORKSHOPS

The PCTPA/ALUC is hosting two virtual community workshops this summer to discuss the updated Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans for the Auburn and Lincoln airports. The two workshops will take place on July 14 (Auburn) and July 15 (Lincoln). LEARN MORE

 


PLACER RANKS #35 AS ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES IN NATION

The 2021 Healthiest Communities rankings 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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 4

SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY UPON US, PLACER COUNTY!

With the change of season comes great news and accomplishments to celebrate in our region. I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for what we’ve accomplished and look forward to once again meeting in-person and participating in events. While there is no arguing this past year was challenging, I have confidence the future holds hope, positivity and renewed stability. There is always more work to do, but I want encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on the good. Let’s make the most of our Placer County summer and appreciate all of our wonderful resources, outdoor activities, and local businesses — and come together to find our way back to a sense of community and a sense of normal.

 


CALIFORNIA IS SET TO FULLY REOPEN | JUNE 15

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.

 


POP UP VACCINE CLINICS | JUNE 8 + 10

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


VIRTUAL FORESTHILL TOWN HALL MEETING | JUNE 7

Please join myself and County Staff for a Virtual Foresthill Town Hall on June 7 at 7pm for updates, resources and information on the following topics:

  • County Updates
  • Public Safety & Community Updates
  • Transfer Station Tipping Fees + Garbage Collection Fees
  • Foresthill Fire Protection Defensible Space Public Display Area

Information on accessing this virtual town hall meeting will be posted HERE once the meeting agenda is published.


Wildfire Preparedness

PLACER FIRE CHIEF BRIAN ESTES GIVES A FIRE SEASON UPDATE

Start preparing you and your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County remains one of the top in California and the nation for community-led fire preparedness efforts. Placer County Fire Department/CAL FIRE NEU Chief Brian Estes gives his 2021 outlook for this upcoming fire season.

 

 

Chief Estes stated that the first thing we can do is get educated. His message is simple – we live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. This also includes his reminder that ALL Fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Placer County. Check out the many ways we can work together to ensure all are ready for fire season! VIEW VIDEO

 

 


ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE NEWS & 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

RED FLAG WARNING PROGRAM | Our 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 and 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 this week 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

CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS IN NEVADA, YUBA + PLACER | The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. LEARN MORE

PLACER SEEKS FOR FEEDBACK 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


Additional Placer County News

DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT FOR NORTH AUBURN HHS FACILITY

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a design-build contract for a new Health and Human Services Center, awarding the contract to Sacramento-based firm Turner Construction/AC Martin following a competitive process. Fiscal responsibility has been a hallmark of this Board, and it’s important for residents to understand the funding sources and reimbursement that will offset costs. The new HHS facility is included in the county’s recently-updated master plan for the Placer County Government Center, and would help consolidate existing staff and services from six divisions in a 142,000-square-foot facility in North Auburn. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY FAIR REOPENS | JUNE 24-27

The Placer County Fair “Mooving Forward Together” reopens June 24-27, becoming one of the first large events to return in the Sacramento region as state’s Economy reopens. Covid canceled the fair in 2020, but as cases drop and vaccinations increase, annual event becomes one of the first fairs scheduled in the state. READ PRESS RELEASE

 


MEADOW VISTA RURAL MAIN STREETS PROGRAM

Join Meadow Vista community members on June 26 from 10am-2pm where they will be leading a temporary demonstration event with support from the County to test out pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Placer Hills Road. The temporary improvements will include delineated pedestrian pathways, curb enhancements, and high-visibility crosswalks. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN

The public draft of the Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan is being updated to reflect recent the updated Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project. Public comments on the draft plan will be taken through June 13. We encourage you to submit your comments digitally, CLICK HERE

 


PLACER EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR DEWITT THEATER

Placer is seeking proposals to potentially breathe new life into the DeWitt Theater located on the Placer County Government Center campus in North Auburn. The Board of Supervisors allowed the Department of Facilities Management to solicit plans to restore, reimagine or re-use the theater, slated for demolition in the county’s recently updated master plan for redeveloping the government center campus. LEARN MORE


PLACER ADOPTS UPDATED GENERAL PLAN HOUSING ELEMENT

The Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s comprehensive update of its General Plan Housing Element, pledges additional $575,000 for affordable housing efforts – outlining its policies and programs to meet existing and projected housing needs for all Placer residents through 2029. 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 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. LEARN MORE

 


FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S

Placer County is now providing free building plans to homeowners interested in constructing an accessory home on their property, saving thousands in building costs, while helping to increase the county’s stock of affordable housing As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 3

WHO’S READY FOR SUMMER?

With summer just around the corner, I’m reminded how fortunate we are to have so many recreational options in Placer County. The ample sunshine and warmth always bring a renewed and welcomed sense of optimism and good health. There are endless options to get outside and explore our beautiful region, including the many trails, rivers, reservoirs, lakes and peaks, just to name a few. Beyond that, our region is home to a vibrant and diverse set of communities, each with their own unique identity and a variety of amazing local businesses – this is truly what makes Placer County’s District 5 so special. Now more than ever, I encourage you to support your friends and neighbors by shopping, eating and playing locally. While visiting our incredible resources please take care of them like you would your own backyard – because they are! Your actions can go a long way… such as leaving no trace, being fire aware, and being kind, conscientious, and courteous to all those around you.

Not only do we have a great summer to look forward to, but there continues to be hopeful news and milestones in relation to the pandemic and vaccine distribution. Read on for some recent news, resources and events to keep you informed, involved, and prepared. Let’s continue to work together to ensure we have a fun and safe Placer County summer.


COVID UPDATE

While California is not seeing the large case surges that many other states are experiencing, we continue to experience a gradual increase in the number of cases in Placer County and in our region. Due to our case rate, we remain assigned to the Red Tier. Many factors seem to be driving this uptick, but the rise of more easily transmissible variants appears to be one significant factor. Fortunately, we continue to see much lower levels of severe illness and hospitalizations due to Covid-19 relative to what we were experiencing just a few months ago. Here is a snapshot of today’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 6.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.4 (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.0% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:

SELF-SWABBING IS NOW AVAILABLE

Self-swabbing is now available at the OptumServe COVID-19 testing sites in Roseville and Truckee. Easy, fast and free; with turnaround generally between 1-2 days. Make an appointment: https://lhi.care/covidtesting


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccine distribution, and as of Monday, 303,514 doses have been administered countywide.

As of April 15, Placer County residents age 16 and above are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility.

If you haven’t yet gotten your vaccine – please text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 and you will be notified as more appointments are available. For those who need assistance, please call 211. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


BODY WORN CAMERA UPDATE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved body-worn cameras for sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers. The sheriff’s office expects to launch the $4.8 million program over the next nine months and thanks the Board of Supervisors for funding this crucial initiative. I really appreciate and strongly support this program. We’re 100% behind this as well as our law enforcement officers in getting this program to protect them and protect our constituents. Learn more

 

 


PLACER COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

After a 4-year effort of surveys, public meetings, data gathering, writing, and editing, we invite you to attend a virtual Zoom Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 6 at 6pm to get a refresher on the plan progress, review the major elements, see the latest edits based on public input, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and comment. Click Here to Join the Webinar

 

 


WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

FOREST THINNING TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK

Prioritizing forest health heading into fire season, our Board of Supervisors voted this week to execute forest thinning for an additional 3,000 acres of the French Meadows Forest Restoration Project this year (here is the press release)

BURN PERMITS REQUIRED STARTING MAY 1

Starting May 1, the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will require burn permits for residential burning in Placer County. No-burn days are still in effect and can be confirmed on the Placer County Air Pollution Control District website. Learn more

Additional Resources:


FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF NORTH LAKE TAHOE: TAKE THE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL 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!


PLACER COUNTY PROBATION LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY MOBILE WORK CREW PROGRAM

The Placer County Probation Department has launched a new in-house mobile work crew program with the goal to provide increased accountability for program participants, while allowing the opportunity to give back to the local community. Learn more

 


LAMALFA, THOMPSON INTRODUCE UTILITY RESILIENCE & RELIABILITY ACT

Congressmembers LaMalfa and Thompson introduced the Utility Resilience and Reliability Act, a bipartisan bill to make the national energy grid more reliable and resilient to natural disasters and extreme weather events. Text of the bill can be found here.


WHILE ALL OF THIS IS POSITIVE NEWS, we still have many challenges to address to help our residents & businesses.

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we continue to have problems with our broadband services. I asked county staff to give me a breakdown of the various types of broadband in order to better understand both the technology, as well as the options for the county moving forward. View the PowerPoint to see some of our conclusions.

COMMERCIAL INSURANCE DATA CALL NOTICE | In an open letter dated April 13, Commissioner Ricardo Lara addressed the Commercial Insurance Data Call notice, acknowledging that insurance companies are non-renewing or refusing to write commercial insurance. Lara directed commercial insurance companies doing business in the state to provide detailed information to his Department within 60 days about the availability of commercial insurance. This new commercial insurance data will help inform her actions as well as actions that the Governor and California State Legislature can take to further protect our businesses. Read Letter

There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Let’s Make This the Biggest Big Day of Giving Ever for Placer Nonprofits

Big Day of Giving is just a few days away – May 6, 2021! Placer’s nonprofits and our neighbors who they serve need your help more than ever this year. Let’s make it our biggest year yet! Learn more


North Lake Tahoe & Truckee Regional Officials Cancel Fourth of July Events for 2021

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee regional officials have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks displays in the North Lake Tahoe area. Challenges to outdoor destinations across the country have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these cancelations will reduce crowd concerns during an already busy time for the region. Read more



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS, PLANS & PROJECTS

This time of year not only brings warmer weather, but also a positive outlook as we continue to make great progress on so many fronts.


COVID UPDATE

Covid-19 cases continue to decline while the number of those vaccinated increases. Although Placer County saw a slight jump in the 7-Day Case Rate, we are encouraged to see that our 7-Day Positivity Rate and Health Equity Rate remain in the orange tier. Here is a snapshot of yesterday’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 7.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.5% (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.5% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of Monday, 212, 413 doses have been administered in Placer County, including over 50,000 at our County clinic.

Are you 50+? As of April 1, Placer County residents age 50 and above are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility. Looking ahead, Placer County will be moving forward with the vaccine eligibility timeline outlined by the state with residents 16+ starting April 15.

If you haven’t yet gotten your vaccine – please text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 and you will be notified as more appointments are available. For those who need assistance, please call 211. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


ECONOMIC UPDATE

Placer County continues to have positive economic trends. Our unemployment rate is 5.7% – 4th lowest in the State of California, tied with San Francisco, behind Marin, San Mateo & Santa Clara. Placer County is far below the Statewide average of 8.4%. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, please shop local and support our Placer County businesses. Learn More

 


HOUSING UPDATE

The Board of Supervisors received a semi-annual report last Tuesday demonstrating our progress on housing including developing quality and affordable housing in Placer County. With Placer County’s contribution of nearly $8 million, the Mercy Housing Project at the Dewitt Government Center is on schedule to be completed this fall, opening 79 units of affordable housing to families in our region. In addition, Meadow View broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Learn More

 

FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S
Placer County has a NEW Accessory Home website, which includes free pre-approved plans, a cost and ROI calculator, testimonials from ADU homeowners and a design inspiration book. As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. Learn More

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PLACER RENTERS WHO NEED HELP PAYING RENT DUE TO COVID
Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at RentHelpPlacer.com. Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More

 

 


WHILE ALL OF THIS IS POSITIVE NEWS, we still have many challenges to address to help our residents and businesses.

HOMELESS TASK FORCE | Placer County is stepping up its efforts to address health and safety concerns in response to a growing number of homeless encampments at its government center campus in North Auburn. Learn More

DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATIONS | After 3 years of trying to negotiate a new contract, we are still at odds. While we disagree with the Association, we highly value our Deputy Sheriffs. We have the best and we pay the best, but we need to find a middle ground. We will continue to negotiate and hope that a resolution that balances escalating costs and ensures fair compensation. Learn More

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS | Now is the time to start preparing your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County is also addressing your public properties as well as actively advocating for more funding from State and Federal sources to help us safeguard our communities. We hope to secure as much as possible to help with the forests that surround our communities. I encourage residents to learn more about the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, Firewise Communities, and fire safe councils. Learn More

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we have problems with our broadband services. During the pandemic this became even more clear as many needed to work and attend school online. I have been holding meetings with Suddenlink, CPUC, County IT staff, and other elected officials in adjacent County’s trying to ensure that service and reliability is improved. Suddenlink is now fully staffed and has committed to providing same day or next day service to their customers. With this renewed focus, we are hopeful that residents and businesses will experience a quick and efficient service.

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 solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

You’re invited to participate in our first-ever Placer County Regions Business Retention and Expansion Survey. This survey is a collaborative effort to determine how we can continue to work with business owners in Placer County, strengthen our local economy and help you prosper. Ultimately, your success is our success; continuing our legacy as one California’s best places to live, work, play and learn.

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Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov