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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 21

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 21

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH SNOW!

What an “Amazing April” it has already been, especially with the recent storm bringing over a foot of snow to our region. While it’s rare to see this much snowfall in April, it is extremely welcomed in helping with our significant snowpack deficit and all this moisture will provide additional relief from our historic drought conditions. Join me in celebrating “Earth Day 2022 – Invest in our Planet” on April 22 by enjoying all the amazing outdoor places and activities Placer County has to offer.

Looking ahead, there are many important public projects and programs coming to our Eastern Placer County region this summer, as well as a number of private projects in various stages of review and development. We want our residents to be engaged and informed, and that’s why I’m hoping you’ll join myself and county staff on Monday, May 9 at 5:30pm for an in-person Eastern Placer Town Hall Meeting, details below. The meeting will have some brief presentations, but also have stations so that you can focus on the projects of most interest to you. We will provide a hybrid format for the presentation portion of the meeting but more detailed information will be presented at the stations around the room.

MONDAY, MAY 9 AT 5:30PM | NORTH TAHOE EVENT CENTER

Please review the robust agenda we have planned:

County Update – Supervisor Cindy Gustafson

Informational Items:

a. Department of Public Works
• Eastern Placer Project Updates
• Parking Enforcement
• Summer Tourism Services

b. County Executive Office
• Educational Presentation on Measure A:
proposal to reauthorize 2% TOT

c. Placer County Sheriff’s Office
• Evacuation Plans & 4th of July

d. Community Development Resource Agency
• Project Review and Entitlement Process
• Eastern Placer Project Update

[VIEW FULL AGENDA] | [LEARN MORE]

We’re also excited to announce that for those attending in-person, the following County Departments and Agencies will have informational booths on-site with additional information on the services they provide:

• Community Development Resource Agency
• Department of Public Works
• Placer County Sheriff’s Office
• Environmental Health – Animal Control
• North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

I look forward to seeing many of you on May 9th!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Additional News & Resources

BRIDGET POWERS JOINS PLACER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION SERVING AREAS EAST OF THE SIERRA CREST

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Bridget Powers to the Placer County Planning Commission, serving in the at-large seat representing areas east of the Sierra Crest. The talented pool of candidates was nothing short of amazing, but Bridget’s specific experience in both Eastern and Western Placer County put her over the top. She has worked on complex land issues, was a longtime company representative in Eastern Placer County, and is a second home-owner in Olympic Valley. Bridget will bring exceptional insight that will help her balance community interests and development. LEARN MORE


MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY – JOIN THE NEW NORTH LAKE TAHOE RESORT ASSOCIATION TOT COMMITTEE

The NLTRA recently transitioned from being funded by Transient Occupancy Tax dollars (TOT), to being funded by a self-assessed Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID). The TOT funds that previously funded the NLTRA have been freed up to be redistributed back into the community through housing and transportation-oriented projects recommended by the TOT committee. The TOT committee will focus on identifying affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure programs and projects in eastern Placer County. This committee will include representation, and seek appointments from, transportation and workforce housing organizations, as well as representatives with expertise in transportation and workforce housing, and those who are advocates for transportation and workforce housing. Submit your interest by April 26 at 5pm. APPLY HERE


PLACER COUNTY ACCEPTING ‘ROUND-TWO’ MICROBUSINESS GRANT APPLICATIONS

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

 


PLACER APPROVES NEW NORTH LAKE TAHOE ROUNDABOUT

A plan for a new roundabout and other road improvements at the intersection of state routes 28 and 267 in Kings Beach moved forward this week. This project is intended to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety. LEARN MORE

 

 


THIS SPRING TART CONNECT RETURNS FOR FREE ON-DEMAND NIGHT SERVICE

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

 


CALIFORNIA LEADS THE NATION WITH 500 FIREWISE COMMUNITIES

California is now the first state in the nation to boast 500 recognized Firewise communities. Did you know that Placer County is one of the top counties for these community wildfire preparedness groups? LEARN MORE

 

 

 


CAL FIRE: RESIDENTIAL BURN PERMITS NOW REQUIRED

As of effective 8am on April 18, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit require burn permits for residential burning within Placer County. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


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FREE MEDICATION TAKE-BACK ACROSS PLACER COUNTY APRIL 30

A free medication take-back event will take place at locations across Placer County on Saturday, April 30 from 10am-2pm. They will accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs, controlled substances and veterinary medications. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 7

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 7

PREPARING FOR SUMMER

As we prepare for summer, the record-breaking drought should be driving each of us to focus on protecting our homes, our properties, and our communities from wildfire. Placer County is working to expand the Chipper Program, provide support for the One Big Bin program, and are proposing to expand the Firewise Community Program by hiring a full-time Community Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator. I strongly encourage you to visit the ReadyPlacer Wildfire webpage for information on how you and your neighbors can prepare your homes and communities for wildfire. In addition, please feel free to reach out to me and my staff if you need more information.

The Board of Supervisors and County staff are working on the development of the 2022-23 budget that guides all operations of the County. A day-long workshop with the full Board of Supervisors was conducted earlier this week with each department presenting their historic and proposed budgets, key accomplishments from this past year, and emerging issues and department priorities. The draft budget of $1,089,926,060 will continue to be developed and adjusted with the final budget being presented in June for adoption.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


RECOGNIZING PLACER COUNTY’S WINTER STORM HEROES

Placer County is made special because of the incredible people who choose to live here, especially those in our smaller communities. This was truly evidenced by the countless volunteers who stepped in to assist their neighborhoods and communities during the record-breaking storm last winter. They checked in on neighbors, cleared driveways, prepared and distributed food, called in outside resources, opened-up their homes, and donated time and resources to others. I have been told many stories of the heroes that stepped in to help.

Please join me in recognizing and applauding some of the amazing individuals who provided such incredible volunteer service.

• Mayor Trinity Burruss
• Councilmember Joe Fatula
• Councilmember Marnie Mendoza
• Councilmember David Ackerman
• Councilmember Sean Lomen
• City Manager Wes Heathcock
• Caroline McCully
• Christy M. Carlisles
• Dominic DiMaggio
• Donna Sehabiague
• Dylan LaMadrid
• Hank Silva
• Jeremy Rogers
• Jillian Whitcomb
• Jodi Henry
• Jordyn DiMaggio
• Justin Rocky Farwell
• Ken Little
• Kyle Tatum
• Lee Harrison
• Nick Dion
• Rick Tetrault
• Wesley Willis

We have prepared ‘Certificates of Recognition’ for each person, and they will be delivered soon.

I also want to acknowledge the brave and hard work of the Placer County Sheriff’s, CalFire, Placer County Fire Department, Foresthill Fire, Placer Hills Fire, Office of Emergency Services, and Placer County Roads Department each of these performed round the clock work throughout the region to ensure our safety during a record-smashing event. WATCH VIDEO


COUNTY NOTIFIES RESIDENTS OF DISTRICT CHANGE

Placer County is reaching out to residents whose homes were redrawn into a different supervisorial district during last year’s redistricting process. The new boundaries, which went into effect in January, relocated approximately 25,000 households. The county wants to make sure affected residents know their supervisor has changed along with their district designation. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LIBRARY BENCH DEDICATION

Thanks to everyone who attended the Placer County Library Bench Dedication in celebration of the life of Kathrine S. Berger at the beautiful Foresthill Library – a place she held close to her heart. We gathered with people from the Foresthill community, Friends of the Library, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Search and Rescue, and some of Kathrine’s family members. It goes without saying that Kathrine was a staple in this community and her memory and dedication to those she loved will always live on. WATCH VIDEO


APRIL 2022 ROADMAP TO RECOVERY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

United Policyholders is offering the following free workshops in April for people affected by the 2020 and 2021 California wildfires. LEARN MORE


WATCH THE WESTERN DISTRICT 5 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

Tune into the Western District 5 Virtual Town Hall that was held on Thursday, March 24. Agenda items included: Community Reports, Public Safety Reports, Beekeeping Zoning Text Amendment, 2022 Zoning Text Amendments, and County Updates.

VIEW FULL AGENDA | WATCH VIDEO

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 


APRIL IS “CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH”

Our Board of Supervisors recently proclaimed this coming April as “Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month” in Placer County. We are excited to share information and resources throughout the month along with our partners including KidsFirst, Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center Placer County MDIC and Children’s Advocacy Center and more. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES NEW CAMPING ORDINANCE

The Board of Supervisors approved the introduction of a new camping ordinance to regulate camping and storage on county property. LEARN MORE

 

 


NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES STRATEGIES FOR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE

A new report is now available to the public for review that details a range of potential strategies for a regional response to homelessness in Placer County. 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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 3

HAPPY MARCH

As we “march” toward the official start of spring (March 20), the pace of permit applications, construction, and real estate transactions continues to increase. The County’s own projects as well as many private and individual projects are moving forward in 2022. As an example, I had the chance to meet with our County Assessor Matt Maynard last week and he provided the following statistics from their office: recording of deeds was up by 34% last year, and new single-family homes were up by 56% last year. 2022 is already looking to surpass these numbers indicating the upswing in sales and development throughout our County.

 

 

As another example of progress, our incredibly dedicated staff working on affordable and workforce housing throughout the County provided me with a tour of the Mercy Housing project at the Placer County Government Center. The first residents have moved in and all the units are expected to be occupied by the end of March. Over 95% of the occupants are currently Placer County residents and the Mercy Housing staff shared that they are expecting almost 80 children between the families locating there. The ribbon-cutting will be later this spring and I hope many of you will drive by or attend and see the success of this project.

 

 

The June Primary Election is also quickly approaching. Last week, I participated in our Elections Department’s Candidate Workshop for those interested in running for local office. There was a good turnout of potential candidates interested in both County and local agency offices. As you know, democracy depends upon public involvement.

If you are interested in seeking an office, please visit our Elections site to review more details.

Below are the important dates to remember:

  • March 11 | Close of regular candidate filing period. Extended candidate filing period begins for some offices
  • March 16 | Close of extended candidate filing period
  • March 17 | Random alphabet draw to be held at 11AM to determine the ballot order of candidates’ names
  • April 11 | Write-in candidate filing period begins
  • May 9 | Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters by this date
  • May 23 | Last day to register to vote for this election
  • May 24 | Close of write-in candidate filing period for this election
  • June 7 | Election Day

We are so very fortunate to live in a country where we encourage participation and involvement in our system of government. It is sometimes easy to forget how important it is to protect our democratic principles – not all in the world are allowed to participate freely. At the request of our public and members of Auburn City Council, on Monday we lit the historic Auburn Courthouse dome with the Ukrainian flag colors to show our support for those suffering from the invasion of their country.

Please feel to reach out to my office if you have questions on County business or activities. I can’t possibly do it by myself, my staff – Sophie Fox, District Director and Katelynn Hopkins, Deputy District Director – are great resources to help you navigate for assistance.

I look forward to seeing you at one of many upcoming events and meetings.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER COUNTY BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTER

Construction of Placer County’s long-awaited Health and Human Services Center kicked off February 23 with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the building site in Auburn. WATCH VIDEO

The design team worked closely with our HHS staff to determine the work environment that employees felt would be most desirable. The design of this building really hits the mark, community space, collaborative space, inviting both outside as well as inside. LEARN MORE


SUPERVISORS DELAY INTRODUCTION OF NEW CAMPING ORDINANCE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors delayed the introduction of a new camping ordinance but accepted public comments from the community on the proposed ordinance entitled, “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County Property and Public Areas”.

We decided to delay the introduction of the ordinance to ensure our residents had enough time to provide their input and insight into the ordinance’s potential impacts. This is a very complicated problem and there are no easy answers. We intend to be as transparent as possible to address these very human issues and we are asking for residents and businesses to help us find agreeable solutions. LEARN MORE

 

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN AUBURN

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

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Western District 5:

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

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

[VIEW FULL AGENDA]


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES A NEW MICRO BIZ GRANT!

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

 


DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR PG&E ABOUT REBUILDING AFTER THE RIVER FIRE?

Visit the Mobile Help Center
Sierra Vista Community Center
55 School Street, Colfax CA 95713

Thursday, March 10 | 9am-1pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is hosting a mobile customer help center in Colfax where anyone can receive in-person answers to questions about obtaining electric service while rebuilding after the River Fire. PG&E customer service representatives will be there on Thursday, March 10 between the hours of 9am to 1pm, weather permitting. Staff will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information on re-establishing power for rebuilt homes and businesses. Other topics in which PG&E representatives can walk customers through include the process of getting temporary versus permanent power, tree and wood removal and billing. In accordance with PG&E’s guidelines to ensure customer and employee safety, PG&E employees will wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Customers impacted by wildfires who are going to rebuild or have questions are urged to contact PG&E early and apply for temporary power by visiting their website or email rebuild@pge.com. LEARN MORE


PLACER SUPERVISORS SUPPORT PROP 47 REPEAL

Approved by the voters in 2014, Proposition 47 reduced certain theft and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors and allowed broad changes to felony sentencing laws in California’s criminal justice system, reducing penalties for various drug and theft-related crimes. Proposed Assembly Bill 1599 would replace the proposition language with the state code language prior to its passage, except for certain provisions related to the penalty for possession of concentrated cannabis. If approved and signed into law, the bill would require approval by the voters in the next statewide general election. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER SUPERVISORS OPPOSE BILL ASSERTING SCHOOL COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE

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

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


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

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

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



PLACER RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE IN CA FOR INCOMING INVESTMENTS

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

 

 


PLACER INTRODUCES NEW ORDINANCE TO COMPLY WITH SB 1383

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

 


PLACER’S NEW EXPEDITED ROOFING PROGRAM | LAUNCHED MARCH 1

Beginning March 1, customers with roofing projects can expedite the process with Placer County’s new Platinum Roofing Contractor Program from the comfort of their home or business. 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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | February 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | February 4

WELCOMING FEBRUARY…
THE BORDER BETWEEN WINTER & SPRING

After December’s record-breaking storm, January’s plentiful sunshine has been welcomed and much needed for our region to recover from the damage and disruption. County staff and our partners continue to pursue funding and programs to help us with clean-up in those areas that experienced such tremendous damage. I am also supporting providing additional funding to augment the chipping program as quickly as possible. Stay posted for upcoming announcements on our efforts.

In the last two weeks I was pleased to join the installation dinners for both the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Highway 49 Business Association. Our locally owned businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. Their dedicated owners and staff go above and beyond to serve their customers and to volunteer for special events and activities to increase the vitality of our communities.

Congratulations to the incoming Board Members and the outstanding award recipients, and thanks for your volunteer service!

AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD

  • President: Scotland McCallum
  • Vice President: Josh Hanosh
  • Past President: Nalesh Chandra
  • Treasurer: Monique Hall
  • Board Members: Debbie Dahl, Eric Chun, Gary Gilligan, Katie Kenoyer, Garrett Konrad, Natalie Litchfield, Bernie Schroeder, Linda Shuman-Prins

AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • Rising Star: Amy Lind
  • Volunteer of the Year: Colleen Sands
  • Lifetime Achievement: Brenda Roper
  • Young Entrepreneur: Josh Hanosh
  • Best Non-Profit: Gold Country Wildlife Rescue
  • Best Local Event: Auburn Cruise Night
  • Chamber Award: Carol’s Market
  • Jeanette Klebofski Ambassador of the Year: Gary Gilligan
  • President’s Award: Fourth of July Committee

HIGHWAY 49 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION BOARD

  • President: Monique Hall
  • Vice President: Peter Konrad
  • Treasurer: Irene Yamasaki
  • Secretary: Madonna Anglin
  • Past President: Tony Ferrari

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COFFEE ANYONE?

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

 

 


PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS HIRING

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is looking for experienced, quality deputies to join their team! If you are a current law enforcement officer or you have served as a full-time peace officer within the past 12 months, you are eligible to apply to work with them. WATCH VIDEO

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


LEARN MORE ABOUT COHOUSING IN AUBURN

You are invited to a FREE presentation about cohousing via zoom on Thursday, February 10 from 5:30-6:30pm. Future residents of the Auburn project will share information and answer questions. For more information, visit the Auburn Cohousing website + RSVP TODAY!

Please note: this workshop is not a County of Placer sponsored event and the County is not involved with the workshop.

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN AUBURN

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

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Western District 5:

• Regional Forest Health Program Update

• Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Placer County Code Chapter 12, Article 12.26, Entitled “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County Property and Public Areas”

• Housing-Related Code Amendments | Presentation by the Planning Services Division to Address Comments Raised at the November 16, 2021 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

[VIEW FULL AGENDA]


GIVE YOUR HOME A WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MAKEOVER

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


JOB OPPORTUNITY! MEADOW VISTA MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL + WEIMAR/APPLEGATE/COLFAX MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL PART-TIME SECRETARY POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors Office has part-time secretary openings for both the Meadow Vista Municipal Advisory Council (MV MAC) and the Weimar/ Applegate/ Colfax Municipal Advisory Council (WAC MAC). Both positions can be filled by one person. The positions require attendance at regular and special meetings of the MAC, which meet as needed, either virtually or in person. In-person meetings of the Meadow Vista MAC are held at the Meadow Vista Community Center and in-person meetings of the WAC MAC are held at the Colfax City Hall. Virtual meetings are conducted via Zoom.

The MAC secretary is responsible for posting and mailing public meeting notices and agendas, preparing and distributing summary meeting minutes, and maintaining the records of the MAC in coordination with Placer County staff. This contract position is paid on a per-meeting basis.

Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs) are comprised of local residents who advise the Board of Supervisors on issues or concerns. MACs are designed to provide a local public forum where information about land use, transportation and general county information is shared and discussed. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend MAC meetings to talk about issues that are important to them. LEARN MORE

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Teri Ivaldi at the Placer County Board of Supervisors’ Office at 530-889-4010.


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY

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

 


FREE TAX PREP AVAILABLE NOW

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

 

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 13

WELCOMING 2022 AND A NEW ROLE

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

2022 came in with a bang resulting from the record-smashing holiday winter storm. It caused tremendous damage and disruption to many of our residents. I can’t begin to thank those who stepped in to assist. In addition to Cal Fire- Placer County Fire, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Roads crews, Placer County Office of Emergency Services staff, City of Colfax staff and council members, Placer County Water Agency, all our local fire districts, PG&E, and Placer Community Foundation, many volunteers stepped in to assist their neighbors and their communities. They checked in on neighbors, cleared driveways, prepared and distributed food, called in outside resources, opened-up their homes and donated time and resources to others. I have been told many stories of the heroes that stepped in to help. Please, send us emails to let our office know of these stories so we can recognize the individuals who provided such incredible volunteer service.

With gratitude,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


NEW CHAIR SELECTED TO LEAD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The Board of Supervisors has seated a new board chair. District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson took the helm at their first meeting of the new year replacing District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt as part of the annual rotation. READ MORE

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


Winter Storm Update + Resources

I am working closely with County staff to identify more resources for cleanup and recovery. We will keep everyone notified when additional information or resources become available. 

PLACER BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RATIFIES LOCAL EMERGENCY FOR WINTER STORMS
The Placer County Board of Supervisors ratified the County’s proclamation of a local emergency due to the ongoing threat from winter storm conditions. LEARN MORE

WESTERN D5 TOWN HALL RECORDING
On Wednesday, January 5, Placer County staff and I hosted a Western District 5 Town Hall addressing the Winter Emergency. WATCH NOW

VIDEO: RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE AFTER RECENT WINTER STORMS
Placer County roads crews and partners from CAL FIRE – Placer County Fire, Placer County Sheriff, and PG&E worked around the clock during the storm and in the days after to remove fallen trees, plow snow-covered roads and restore power to foothills and mountain communities.
WATCH THE VIDEO

STAY INFORMED WITH OUR NEW READYPLACER DASHBOARD
Placer County’s new dashboard provides helpful maps showing current road conditions, sandbag locations, power outages, winter weather hazards, rain tips, snow tips, and more so you can be more prepared before you head out. It also includes local weather and traffic information. LEARN MORE

PLACER COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Placer County RCD helps and manages projects throughout western Placer County and up to the Tahoe Basin. They are currently offering Landowner Assistance Programs, including the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which aids in dead tree removal, as well as the Chipper Program, which provides a low-cost residential chipping service. LEARN MORE

[CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS]


Covid-19 Update + Resources

 

 


PLACER SIERRA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 21

Placer County has extended the application period for three open positions on the Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council until January 21. The council represents Colfax, Secret Town, Alpine Meadows, Weimar, Applegate, Clipper Gap, Eden Valley, Alta and Dutch Flat. It’s led by community members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and Colfax City Council. Much like a neighborhood watch for wildfire preparedness, members mobilize neighbors to protect their homes, communities, pets and environments from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

 


NOW ACCEPTING 2022 CITIZENS ACADEMY APPLICATIONS

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

 

 


PLACER APPROVES MULTI-AGENCY PLAN TO PROTECT 336,000 ACRE-FEET OF GROUNDWATER

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a regional groundwater sustainability plan to protect groundwater resources in a portion of western Placer. In coordination with multiple regional agencies, the GSP details a long-term management plan for groundwater to avoid depletion of the resource. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY

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

 


OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JANUARY 27

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

 

 


FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ONE CHILD AT A TIME

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

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 27

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 27

Photo: Erik Bergen, Placer County

This Christmas storm has broken records back to 1970 so we ask for your patience and support to all our first responders, staff, utility workers, and businesses who are trying to keep all of us safe and secure. Please see the following notes and make sure to do your best to help those around you. If you need non-emergency assistance, please call 211.

Stay put, stay safe, and help those around you.

Cindy Gustafson
Placer County Supervisor, District 5

 

 

 

 

 


Update from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office

We are asking anyone and everyone to please stay home today. I-80 closed in BOTH directions at Applegate due to trees down. Foresthill Road remains closed and anything off that road is unplowed. This photo was taken this morning at the overpass in Colfax. Emergency crews cannot keep up with the snow-packed roads and downed trees. Please stay home. Backroads are expected to have the same issues. We have no estimated time for when I-80 at Applegate and Foresthill Road will reopen.


Update from CAL FIRE

We are working though the mitigation of last nights storm and preparing for the second round tonight. I wanted to give you all an update on the efforts from CAL FIRE / Placer County Fire Department. Our jurisdictional areas in the County that have been hit hard include the I80 corridor from Colfax east to the Summit and down into the Truckee Basin and into North Tahoe. Additionally, we are coordinating and sharing resources across the Hwy 174 and Hwy 49 corridors into Nevada County.

  • We have established an ICS organization and two Branches (North and East) for operational objectives. Each of those Branches has Battalion Chiefs that are coordinating the operations including emergency response, road and downed tree mitigations, infrastructure security at State and County fire facilities, continuity of Operations at all of our communication sites, and support to the County EOC. We will communicate the OES mission tasking process with OES for access to State resources for outside agencies
  • We have all of our County, Volunteer, and State engine companies fully staffed and are assigning those resources throughout priority areas using system status management in the Grass Valley ECC.

Update from CHP – Truckee

I-80 CLOSED from Applegate to the Nevada Stateline.
SR-89 Closed from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley Rd. due to an avalanche.
– SR-267 CLOSED from Northstar to Kings Bings Beach. – SR-89 CLOSED from Truckee to Sierraville. – SR-89 CLOSED from Bliss State Park to Eagle Point Campground – US 50 CLOSED from Placerville to Myers.
We received approximately 193.7” of snow as of this morning breaking our 1970 record UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab
Do not try to take back roads in order to avoid closures, you will get stuck! Also, do not trust your GPS or google maps as some closures are not reported on their apps. You can check current and up to date road conditions here: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/roadscell.php


IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first — chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

RESOURCES


Winter Weather Alerts

KNOW YOUR AREA’S RISK FOR WINTER STORMS

Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
For real-time travel information from the National Weather Service — follow our weather and traffic Twitter list: https://twitter.com/i/lists/1086405749754933248


Stay travel prepared with CALTRANS traffic cameras!

Did you know that CALTRANS has traffic cameras that you can view before you travel? You can see them in our Ready Placer dashboard to help you with all your travel and winter storm needs! From road conditions to power outages — our dashboard has you covered!

Social Media

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Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 21

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 21

Happy Official First Day of Winter and Holiday Wishes, Placer County!

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


PLACER COUNTY 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

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

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RETAILER & #SHOPPLACER

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.


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

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

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

The map was presented and finalized for adoption at the December 14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. The new map will take effect in early 2022 and the redistricting process will not take place again until 2031. Thank you to all who participated in the redistricting process.
VIEW MAP + LEARN MORE


STAY INFORMED DURING WINTER STORMS WITH OUR NEW READYPLACER DASHBOARD

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

 

 


TEMPORARY STATEWIDE MASK MANDATE NOW IN EFFECT

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

 

 


PLACER COUNTY SEEKING APPLICANTS TO ADVISE ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

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

 

 


FRENCH MEADOWS FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

Placer County is so excited to be a part of the French Meadows partnership and just as excited to help promote the project’s NEW interactive story map! Check it out and learn more about how this innovative partnership is working to protect our county’s natural resources. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


[CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS]


 


LOCAL COVID RESPONSE PROGRAMS WIN TOP STATE HONORS

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

 

 


LIBRARY SERVICES WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR

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

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

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