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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.

Take survey



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

RECENT & BREAKING COVID-19 HEADLINES

Placer County will move into the red tier as of Sunday, March 14, the California Department of Public Health announced today after statewide vaccination thresholds were met and state tier metrics relaxed as a result. READ MORE

“This is a big step and one that we welcome. With our case rate increasing gradually in the past week, it remains important to take precautions like masking and distancing, as none of us want to lose the progress we’ve made as a county,” said HHS Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham.

What does the red tier mean? CLICK HERE to view the updated Blueprint for a Safer Economy for activities and businesses.

CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 Placer County Dashboard.


TWO MILLION COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES DELIVERED TO CALIFORNIA’S HARDEST-HIT COMMUNITIES, PROMOTING UPDATE OF STATE’S REOPENING PLAN

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Californians in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities, increasing immunity where the state’s transmission rates and disease burden have been the highest during the pandemic. With this equity metric met, and because vaccines slow the spread of disease and serious illness, the previously announced update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to account for progress with vaccine administration goes into effect.

After reassessment using new thresholds, 13 counties will move to a less restrictive tier, from Purple (widespread) to Red (substantial): Amador, Colusa, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Mono, Orange, Placer, San Benito, San Bernardino, Siskiyou, Sonoma and Tuolumne. Twenty-one counties will remain in the Purple (widespread) Tier, 33 will be in the Red (substantial) Tier, three remain in the Orange (moderate) Tier and one remains in the Yellow (minimal) Tier. These changes will take effect on Sunday, March 14. READ MORE


VACCINATION RESOURCES

GETTING VACCINATED

Placer County will continue to offer vaccines for people in Phases 1A and 1B. Starting Monday, March 15, persons 16-64 with certain high-risk medical conditions will also be eligible.
Learn more

 


TEXT PLACERVACCINE

Want to stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases? Text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211 Placer.

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE

Last week, I joined my fellow Board of Supervisors and County leadership in a Strategic Planning Workshop. This was a great opportunity for the Board members to not only talk about our priorities, but also to get to know each other a little better. I appreciate the wisdom, background, and insight we were able to share and am excited about the initiatives we plan to undertake in the future.

During the workshop, one of the items we worked through together was revising and reaffirming Placer County’s Critical Success Factors which were first outlined by the Board in 2018. This was a great opportunity for the five of us to look at how far we’ve come since establishing that Strategic Plan while also making some necessary and relevant revisions to match our current goals and priorities. This was especially important since Supervisors Gore, Jones, and myself were not Board members in 2018. The Critical Success Factors have been a great metric for both county staff and the community to ensure that these goals are being achieved efficiently and effectively. The revised Critical Success Factors include:

  • Strategic Relationships and Community Engagement
  • Diversity of Achievable Housing Throughout the County
  • Public Serving Infrastructure and Amenities
  • Outcome-Focused Economic Development Strategies
  • Prudent and Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Fiscally Sustainable Public Safety Services
  • Innovative, Integrated County Services
  • Balanced Land-Use Planning and Environmental Stewardship

We also discussed additional priorities and issues. Some of the ones that rose to the top included sustainable fire services, forest management, a county-wide homeless action plan, criminal justice reform, and increased farm to fork opportunities. Additional priorities I outlined included:

  • Enhancing rural broadband/internet and emergency alert services
  • Advancement of innovative transportation and transit solutions
  • Development of future leaders in our county through County leadership programs
  • Regular tracking of key indicators of quality of life – covering a wide variety of topics from mental health to economics
  • Moving forward, the Board and I will continue to work together to refine these priorities and put work plans in place. I look forward to sharing more with you as these develop.

Below you will find some additional 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


COVID UPDATE

It’s been exactly one year since the first case of Covid was identified in Placer County. Despite the ups and downs our County has endured during this time, our current stats are hopeful and this is the BEST things have looked in awhile. Our case rate and our positivity rate are trending downward which means Placer County could be moving into the Red Tier as soon as mid-March – we will let you know as soon as we hear anything. And in other good news, our stats have also allowed outdoor sports to resume. Here are some our current key stats as of Friday, February 26. CLICK HERE to view all stats.

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 7.6 (PURPLE)
  • 7-Day Positivity Rate: 3.5% (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 5.9% (RED)
  • Hospitalizations/ICU:
    • Confirmed Cases in Placer Hospitals: 39
    • Confirmed Cases in Hospital Because of COVID: 34
    • Cases in ICU because of COVID: 13

FEBRUARY EPIDEMIOLOGY (EPI) REPORT
In Public Health’s monthly COVID-19 update, they take a look at recent trends and provide an update on vaccination progress. CLICK HERE to read about the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. New reports are published on the first Friday of each month. The next report should be available March 5, 2021. Click here for past and future reports

CONTACT TRACING
Contact tracing is when public health workers identify and notify the people who were exposed to infected people. They let them know that they’ve been in close contact with an infected person, and what to do next to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Placer County has about 60 contact tracers/case investigators on staff which have proven critical in helping us manage sizeable surges. Learn More

COVID TESTING STILL AVAILABLE
Testing remains an important tool to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community moving forward. Schedule your test today at an OptumServe location near you: CLICK HERE or call 888-634-1123. There is ample availability.

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County is a proud leader in vaccine distribution in California – last week marked our 100,000th administered vaccine dose which is the highest per capita in the region. In addition, our vaccine clinic @ The Grounds administered their 30,000th dose last week. Our offices have been receiving countless emails, calls and comments from our constituents acknowledging their professionalism, efficiency and organization of the vaccine distribution and I personally want to thank all our staff who have contributed towards creating this positive experience. Watch a video on the county’s efforts HERE.

Currently, Placer County is offering vaccinations to individuals through to Phase1B. I understand there are still countless people who are awaiting appointments as well as their turn and I truly appreciate everyone’s patience. Placer County staff will continue to work hard to ensure all of our constituents have the opportunity to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINE RESOURCES:

 

SLEEVES UP PLACER
Social science tells us that when people see others around them talking about getting vaccinated, they are more likely to get vaccinated, too. You can help encourage more people — people you know! — to get vaccinated by sharing the #SleevesUpPlacer hashtag, graphics and messages. Learn More

 


Short-Term Rental Town Hall

Placer County will be hosting a virtual Short-Term Rental Town Hall on Wednesday, March 3 from 6-7:30pm. County staff will present an overview on the Short-Term Rental Program to date along with proposed revisions to the Short-Term Rental Ordinance. Staff will also answer questions submitted from the public. Meeting Link


Hidden Falls Public Hearing

The Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the expansion of the Hidden Falls Regional Park multi-use trail network on Monday, March 8 at 3pm. The public is welcome to participate either in person or via Zoom. Once posted, the agenda can be found HERE. Please CLICK HERE to submit public comment for this item.


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved the Workforce Housing Preservation Program (WHPP) which is a new program that will help provide housing options for the local Placer workforce. The county’s WHPP 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. Learn More


Serve on Housing Program Taskforce

Placer County is inviting interested individuals to apply to serve on the Housing Development Advisory Taskforce, a new board-appointed committee which will help to identify and move forward affordable housing projects in the county. The taskforce will consist of nine community members with expertise in housing development who understand the unique housing needs of the Placer region. To apply, download and fill out the application found HERE. Deadline is Friday, March 19 at 5pm.



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 12

Regional Stay At Home Order Lifted

Placer County was notified this afternoon by the California Department of Public Health that, based upon the latest projections of ICU bed capacity 4 weeks into the future, the Greater Sacramento region is no longer under State’s regional “stay-at-home” order, effective immediately.

“We’re starting to see some stabilization both in ICUs as well as stabilization in our positivity rate. We’re also starting to see the rate of growth for hospitalizations beginning to decline,” Newsom said. “Today, effectively immediately, we’re pulling the Sacramento Region out of the stay-at-home order.”


Gov. Newsom’s Twitter Announcement

“Hospitalization growth rates have slowed. ICU & positivity rates are stabilizing.

Today, the Sacramento region is coming out of the Regional Stay-at-Home Order.

Hopeful signs—but we must approach them cautiously. Wear a mask. Be safe. Avoid gathering.”

VIEW TWEET & WATCH VIDEO


COVID-19 Vaccinations:

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Placer County is in the Phase 1a rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, residents of skilled nursing facilities, and others in Tiers 1, 2, and 3 of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines as quickly as possible based on both the federal and state guidelines for different phases and tiers. Placer County has a Vaccine Resources page and as more detailed plans are available, you can find them HERE.


Application Extended Through January 13

California’s $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant website is live for all eligible California Small Businesses and Nonprofits to apply for grants up to $25k. Apply now through January 13. Learn More & Apply Today.


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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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Happy 2021 – Resolve to Make a Difference!

Just a year ago we could never have imagined the challenges that 2020 would bring.  As we look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel for our public health crisis, hopefully we can refocus our energy and efforts to address other important issues we face as a County.

RESOLVE TO BE INVOLVED

My new term of office begins this month and as part of that process, many commission, committee, and council seats are also scheduled for re-appointment. Placer County has a wide array of opportunities for resident involvement. Many local citizens volunteer their time to serve their communities through participating in one of these efforts. I’d like to encourage all of you interested to consider applying for an appointment to one of the seats. I’d love to tell you its easy and won’t take much time, but having served on some of these before, I can assure you it is not always easy, and some times it is not fun – but democracy requires participation! The rewards of serving your community are immense.

Deadlines Are Coming Up!

Please review the following list and fill out this application if you are interested in serving. You can also email my office with any additional questions.

Applications are due January 15, 2021

District 5 Specific Committee, Commission, Councils or Seats:

Countywide Seats Available:
Below is a list of countywide committees, commissions and councils with upcoming vacancies or term expirations.

If you are interested in starting to serve or continuing to serve, you can find an application here.

RESOLVE TO BE INFORMED

Even if you are unable to serve on a committee, commission, or council, I still encourage you to be involved by staying informed. If you’re reading this, you’ve already started by signing up for my newsletter and I thank you for that. You can also sign up for the Countywide newsletter and choose to get notified on other issues that are of interest to you.

Check Agendas for meetings: Typically, the Board of Supervisors meet twice a month and our upcoming agendas are posted here. You can find upcoming agendas for many other committees and commissions here and sign up to get notifications to be alerted to meetings as well.

Attend a meeting: Public comment is accepted at all public meetings, so if you have thoughts or ideas to share, be sure to voice them.


Placer Alert: Sign up for Placer Alert– the county’s emergency notification system. You can sign up to receive calls, texts, or emails to ensure you know about an emergency near you the quickest way possible.

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

THE GREATER SACRAMENTO REGION’S STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED

“The Greater Sacramento Region remains under the order because the area’s four-week projected ICU capacity does not meet the criteria to exit the order. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area.” | California Department of Public Health, January 2
Read Full Announcement

Read Placer County’s COVID-19: January Epidemiology (EPI) Report


COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Placer County has begun the Phase 1a rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, residents of skilled nursing facilities, and others in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines as quickly as possible based on both the federal and state guidelines for different phases and tiers. County staff are also creating plans for future phases and will be providing sites on both the western and eastern side of the county for citizens to receive the vaccine. Placer County has a Vaccine Resources page and as more detailed plans are available, you can find them here.


Application Extended Through January 13

California’s $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant website is live for all eligible California Small Businesses and Nonprofits to apply for grants up to $25k. Apply now through January 13. Learn More & Apply Today.


Ready to Part with your Christmas Tree?

Check out free drop-off options, or leave it in your green waste can for curbside pickup. All trees are composted! Learn More


Protect Yourself Against Scammers

According to Placer PROTECT scammers are taking advantage of the new economic impact payment or stimulus checks to scam our residents. Learn some tips to prevent this scam from happening to you! Learn More

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 18

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 18

Wishing You A Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!

This holiday season will look quite different for most us, but it is my hope that our community can come together to support one another by being patient and kind. With California’s new Regional Stay Home Order that went into effect for our region on December 11, there is now even more to understand and take into consideration as we move into winter. I realize that this order comes during the holidays and will create additional burdens for our residents and our businesses. Now more than ever, I encourage all of you to educate yourselves and follow guidelines to help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming our hospitals and ICUs.

Please Stay Home
The Governor’s Stay Home Order asks Californians in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity to avoid non-essential travel. We should all be staying home – all of us – and stop mixing between households as much as possible. For the health and safety of you, your family, your friends and your community, please consider modifying your usual trips and activities. It is important for our community to be familiar with the details of the orders as well as realize the County’s commitment to educate its citizens on steps they can take to protect themselves. Learn More

We do have positive news as we head into the New Year as the Covid vaccine has arrived and the first healthcare workers in Placer County are getting vaccinated this week. We will continue the rollout throughout our community, with plans to offer vaccines to the general public starting this spring and early summer.

Until then, please continue to wash your hands, wear a face covering, stay at least six feet apart when in public, and do not gather with those outside your household. Throughout Placer County and the country, we are seeing an increase in cases so please do everything you can to protect yourself and help so our healthcare system is not overrun.

Donate
Traditionally, at this time of year, many local non-profits provide services to those less fortunate. Now in the midst of this pandemic, these nonprofits are serving record-breaking numbers. Please provide your thanks to the many volunteers and donate as generously as you can to our incredible nonprofits who are providing so much to those in our community with the greatest needs.

Below are just a few of the organizations that have seen an increase in need and could use your support this holiday season:

Shop Placer
As you are finalizing your holiday shopping, I again urge you to keep your dollars in our community by showing your love for local and SHOP PLACER.

Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Let’s #ShopPlacer and show them our support. Below is a link to a list of some of your local area business associations and chambers, many of which have online gift cards and sales. Let’s show love for local and support our friends and neighbors.

Many of our local businesses have struggled this year with closures or restrictions. So now more than ever, I encourage you to use this holiday season as an opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. Visit ShopPlacer.com for additional information on local shops in your community.

Finally, let’s remember we are all in this together. This pandemic has infected a small percentage of our population with a very dangerous virus, but maybe even more impactful, it seems to have infected many more with fear, anger, frustration and intolerance. Whether you want others to behave differently, or you are struggling without a job at the holidays, please know that many of us care and are trying to help. If you need assistance call Placer County’s 211 to connect to a wide variety of resources. The holidays are truly a time to seek compassion, understanding, and take care of those who need our help. Be kind, stay safe, share what you can. Let’s make Placer County a model of civility and compassion.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


DECEMBER 15 BOARD OF SUPERVISOR ITEMS

COMMENDATION FOR COURTLAND D. BRADBURY:

The board honored Courtland D. Bradbury, President of the Veteran’s Advisory Council, American Legion Post 84 for his outstanding service to Placer County.  Thank you Courtland D. Bradbury for your dedication and service to our nation and community.  We are better for it.

 

 


PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS (PACE):

The board authorized execution of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Administrator Agreements for a pilot 2 year period. PACE programs generally allow property owners to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, and fire resiliency projects on residential and commercial structures, with repayment occurring via an annual assessment or special tax on their property tax bill. Click here to learn more.


PLACER COUNTY HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE:

The Board conducted a public workshop and received a presentation on the Oct. 30, 2020 Draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element. The Housing Element serves as a policy document to assess housing characteristics, community housing needs and establishes programs to meet those needs.  The State housing element law requires cities and counties to update the housing element periodically.  This current draft includes 44 implementation programs: 12 programs continuing without modification, 8 modified programs and 24 new programs.  Click here to learn more about the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update including videos of public meetings as well as public comments and responses.


TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (TBID)

The North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District (NLTTBID) is moving forward after the Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution of Intention on Tuesday. Developed by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA), the TBID is a benefit assessment district proposed to provide specific benefits to local businesses. Business owners decided to pursue formation of the NLTTBID in order to create this revenue source that would be controlled locally. It is expected this will generate an additional $6.6 million for the region. The Supervisors also agreed to dedicate the funding that currently is supporting the NLTRA- just over $4 million- to housing and transportation needs of the North Lake Tahoe community. The Board of Supervisors will hold two additional public hearings as required by law before the NLTTBID is officially formed this spring. Learn more


Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community during this unprecedented time? Placer County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2021 tax season. Learn more

 

 


Rental assistance available for low-income households impacted by pandemic

The Placer County Housing Authority and the CDRA HOME program are offering rental assistance to eligible low-income residents who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has been extended through Sept. 30, 2021. Call 211 today if you are interested in applying. Learn more

 

 


Redevelopment Plans Proceed for Placer County Government Center

The Placer County Superior Court has denied a petition against the Placer County Government Center Master Plan Update, allowing redevelopment plans for the campus in North Auburn to proceed.
The master plan update for the county-owned campus, approved by the county Board of Supervisors in April 2019, envisions new amenities like a community events center, open space and preserving several of its original buildings in a dedicated heritage area to honor the campus’s rich history. It also includes a 79-unit multi-family workforce housing development. Learn more



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 4

SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL, PROTECT LOCAL

It is hard to believe we are finally in the last month of 2020 — this year has been much different than any of us would have ever imagined. I know many of us are looking forward to 2021 with the hope for a return to a bit of normalcy. But before we transition to a new year, let’s focus our attention onto our local businesses as we head into the holiday season. While you are doing your holiday shopping, I encourage you to SHOP PLACER!

Many of our local businesses have struggled this year with closures or restrictions. So now more than ever, I encourage you to use this holiday season as an opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. Please keep your dollars in our community by showing your love for local and SHOP PLACER.

Shopping locally not only helps keep businesses open, but it also preserves valuable jobs. And don’t forget all the ways that many of our small business owners give back to our local communities — they sponsor our youth sports and schools, give back to our seniors, donate to our charity events, fundraisers and galas along with providing incredible local knowledge about our area to their customers. Now it’s our turn — let’s be sure to give back and show them our appreciation and support during a time that they need it the most.

Visit  ShopPlacer.com  for more information on ways to shop local — including purchasing gift cards — and a full list of Placer County cities and towns, local chambers and tourism partners.

While supporting our local businesses, be sure to continue taking precautions, like keeping social distance and wearing face covering.


Click HERE to watch a special holiday message from Supervisor Gustafson and other leaders in the Tahoe/Truckee area.


REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER

Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a Regional Stay at Home Order. As of writing this on Friday, Dec. 4, Placer County, which is part of the Greater Sacramento Region, is not under this under.

Currently, we are trying to fully understand the new orders from the Governor and we plan to provide more guidance once we have more clarification. Learn more about this order.

With that news, I want to provide reassurance to our communities that the Placer County Health and Human Services (HHS) department staff members are in constant contact with local hospitals. So, while Placer County continues to see an increase in hospitalizations and positive Covid-19 cases, it is encouraging to say that all of the county hospitals have robust surge plans so our HHS department feels confident they will be able to handle this increase. Both Placer County testing sites in Roseville and Truckee have increased their capacity, which means an additional 1,650 tests per week can be performed in the county. Placer County staff are also working diligently to plan for vaccine distribution to ensure healthcare workers get vaccinated as soon as they are able to and plans are also being created for distribution the larger citizen base as well.

The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, December 1 and below you’ll find details on some of the items I want to share with you.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns. And Happy Shopping Local!

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


December 1 Board of Supervisor Items

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESOLUTION:

The Board unanimously approved a Healthy Communities Resolution that recognizes hardships caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and outlines approaches that can reduce the impact. The resolution speaks to Placer’s geographic diversity and how the one-size-fits-all Blueprint for a Safe Economy that the state has been using for counties, does not work for our county. The resolution pushes for greater decision-making ability at the local level.


PLACER SHARES IMPACT GRANTS:

The Board authorized an additional $2 million in Placer Shares Impact Grants to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $700,000 of that money will go toward fully funding eligible businesses that applied to the previous round of grants that concluded on Nov. 20. The remaining $1.3 million will be available to businesses impacted by recent state closures that were not eligible for the latest round of grants. The funding will also be available for chambers/community collaborations and multi-business innovative solutions, for projects such as creating community outdoor dining establishments. To date, the county has allocated $16 million in grant funding in order to assist struggling businesses and nonprofits. Learn more.

 

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES:

The Board received a progress report on Countywide critical success factors first outlined by the Board of Supervisors in April 2018. There has been great progress in all nine areas- ranging from increasing diversity in housing to community engagement and public serving infrastructure and amenity improvements. The Board will be revisiting these critical success factors in 2021 and will continue to identify ways to improve Placer County.


Placer Food Bank

For safety purposes, Placer Food Bank has halted all individual and company food donation drives. Because of this, they are asking for monetary donations this holiday season. Visit Placerfoodbank.org to make a donation today.
If you are in need of support, visit placerfoodbank.org/get-food.

 



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