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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.


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

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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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 19

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 19

As most of you already know, Placer County, along with our surrounding counties and 94% of the State’s population, has been moved back into the most restrictive tier – Purple (“Widespread” risk level) in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and just this afternoon the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a limited Stay at Home Order. While health experts predicted a “second wave” to occur this winter, it has come earlier than anticipated. Cases of Covid-19 doubled throughout Placer County last week. Because of the significant growth in cases throughout the State, the Governor sped up the tier process and has added some additional guidance, including the limited Stay at Home Order we just learned about. We are asked to expand the use of face coverings to include anytime we are outside our home, reduce our travel to shorter trips (2-3 hour distances), to quarantine if we return to the State from further distances, and to refrain from group gatherings with those outside our households. These efforts are to put an “emergency brake” on the growth in cases.  While the cases are high, California’s standards and past efforts have kept our rates below other areas across the nation and even right next door in Nevada.  

Many of our local businesses are struggling to survive, and employees could be out of work just as we enter the holiday season. I urge us to be even more vigilant in our precautions and commit support for our neighbors, our small businesses, and our communities (see how to give section below).  We each must do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Be cautious, follow recommendations, and hopefully we can get back to a place where we can enjoy more activities while also staying safe and protecting each other.


Give Thanks to Those Who Serve, Donate to Help Others, and Please Celebrate Responsibly

Despite the pandemic and its consequences to our health and well-being, we still have many reasons to give thanks. I am especially thankful for those who give of themselves each day to take care of our community and this incredible place we call home. Please join me in offering sincere thanks to our: health care workers, first responders, law enforcement staff, educators, pharmacists, those who staff our essential businesses, public servants working in our post offices, utilities, roads, removing trash, driving buses, caring for those in need, maintaining our beaches, parks, and trails. And that is just a few of the many who help us sustain our families, our homes, and our lives. 

Traditionally, at this time of year many 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.

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
Seniors First
Boys & Girls Club of Placer County
Salvation Army
Stand Up Placer  
The Gathering Inn  
Pride Industries  

Also, while this time of year is traditionally spent gathering with friends and family, I encourage you to think ahead and celebrate responsibly with your loved ones. Let’s come together this holiday season to decrease the spread of COVID-19. For ideas on safer alternatives, please read the Placer County Holiday Safety Tips.

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


Support small business this holiday season

Don’t forget to support Placer County’s small businesses this holiday season. Our local businesses are the foundation of our communities and contribute so much to our local economy, providing two out of every three new job opportunities.  

While you are out shopping safely, don’t forget many restaurants are still open for limited outdoor dining. You can also pick up gift cards that can be used for take out and there are typically no expiration dates on gift cards. Let’s support our small businesses during the holidays and all year long.


Not too late to apply for Placer Shares Impact Grants

Placer County has designated an additional $5 million of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid small businesses and nonprofits in the county through a new, targeted grant program called Placer Shares Impact Grants. Funding will be prioritized for small businesses to focus on community business anchors and job preservation and for nonprofits to focus on rental assistance, food/housing insecurity and counseling/mental health needs. Applications opened for eligible businesses on November 12 and close November 20. Nonprofit organizations may apply November  16 through December 7. Eligibility and application requirements differ for the respective sectors. 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 | November 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 13

NOVEMBER 10 SPECIAL MEETING UPDATE

At a special Board of Supervisors meeting held on November 10 county staff from the CEO’s fiscal team provided an overview of the development of the 2021/2022 Placer County Budget, and staff from the Facilities Management Division provided an overview of several large-scale facilities projects.  

Budget Workshop
This was the first of several presentations that will be made before the Board of Supervisors as we work toward adoption of the Placer County 2021/2022 Final Budget in June. The workshop included a discussion of economic impacts on county operations as a result of COVID-19 as well as an overview of updates to county financial policies, retirement funding obligations, and a status report on several of the county’s major operating funds.

The county’s fiscal staff will return to the Board of Supervisors next month with proposed updates to several county financial policies, and in February will return to provide a mid-year budget update. It is anticipated that county departments will make their budget presentations to the Board of Supervisors in March. The final steps of the budget approval process will occur in June, first with a public hearing to consider the county budget and a subsequent public hearing to adopt the final budget.

If you are interested in learning more about the county’s budget process I encourage you to visit our County Budget web page for more information.

Capital Facility Planning Workshop
Facilities Management staff provided an overview of the current progress of the Five Year Facilities Capital Improvements Plan (Facilities CIP), including proposed modifications to the plan. The main focus of the workshop was a discussion regarding how to utilize building space that will become available with the construction of the Health and Human Services Center in Auburn and improvements to the Atherton Road facility in Rocklin. The completion of these projects will free up considerable space in both the Community Development Resources Center and the Finance Administration Building, where Health and Human Services and Elections Division staff are currently located, providing opportunities to move other county staff and functions into these updated workspaces. While these moves are likely several years out, it is important to begin these discussions now in order to ensure the most effective and beneficial location of staff and resources.

Staff also provided an update on the progress of priority projects throughout Placer County, including the Health and Human Services Center in Auburn, the Tahoe Justice Center, the Placer County Crime Lab, and the County Administration Center in Auburn. These projects are currently  in different stages of the planning phase.

If you are interested in learning more about proposed plans for the county’s current and future facilities please visit the Facilities Management web page for more information.

COVID-19 Update – Moving Back to Red and Maybe Worse
Although we anticipated it, I am disappointed that our cases have increased enough to move us back into the more restrictive red tier (“Substantial” risk level) of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Because of the growing number of cases, the State has moved us back a tier.  In the red tier, we will see additional restrictions on some of our businesses, such as reduced capacity in restaurants, theaters and gyms/fitness centers, and the closure of other businesses such as bars and breweries.  Many of our local businesses are trying so hard to survive on this roller coaster of closures and reductions, and I urge us to be more vigilant and commit support for our neighbors and communities.  Without action by our residents we could move back into the purple tier (“Widespread” risk level), which would require the closure of many of our businesses and activities. 

By taking caution and following recommendations, we can get back to a place where we enjoy more freedoms while also staying safe and protecting each other. We each need to do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Many of our employees, local businesses and families are depending on all of us coming together to do the right thing.

Wear a face covering! Stay healthy, stay safe, stay open!
I am continuing to ask all our residents to take the precautions recommended:  wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and physically distance from those outside your household. There has been so much research that validates the claims that wearing a face covering helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are all responsible for our own actions, but please remember that your actions with regard to wearing a face covering affect the public health and economy of your entire community.


Thank you Purple Heart Veterans!

On November 3 the Board of Supervisors approved a Proclamation recognizing Placer County as a Purple Heart County. This proclamation recognizes Placer County’s support for Purple Heart Veterans, and honors the contributions and sacrifices of our Purple Heart recipients wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.

Pictured from left to right: Philip Jordan, Adjutant American Legion Post 169, Roseville, Dennis Wright, Jr. Vice Commander, Order of the Purple Heart, Folsom, Ron Manjarrez, Finance Officer, Order of the Purple Heart, Folsom, Chris Archuleta, Commander, Order of the Purple Heart, Folsom


Placer County invests in community through Placer Shares Impact Grants

Placer County has designated an additional $5 million of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid small businesses and nonprofits in the county through a new, targeted grant program called Placer Shares Impact Grants. Funding will be prioritized for small businesses to focus on community business anchors and job preservation and for nonprofits to focus on rental assistance, food/housing insecurity and counseling/mental health needs. Learn more


Agricultural commissioner seeks feedback on bee ordinance update

The Placer County Agriculture Department is requesting public feedback on a proposal to revise the county’s beekeeping ordinance.  The proposal, which would add specific new requirements to the county’s beekeeping rules, is intended to reduce the number of nuisance complaints and conflicts between beekeepers and their neighbors.  Other goals of the new rules would be to ensure that Placer County continues to foster a healthy beekeeping industry, and to allow small, backyard beekeepers to keep up to four hives in their yards as longs as certain safety requirements are met.  More details, including public comment opportunities, can be found at www.placer.ca.gov/beekeeping


County Public Health Office shares COVID-19 safety tips ahead of holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many are wondering how to safely celebrate in the time of COVID-19. Pending forthcoming additional state guidance, Placer County Public Health is sharing some tips to help community members start thinking about ways to connect during this meaningful time of year while giving the gift of health to our loved ones.  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 | October 30

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 30

 

Thank you to Placer County firefighters!


In a year where California has seen the previous record for the number of acres burned by wildfire double, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our firefighters.  These brave individuals work incredibly long hours in dangerous and strenuous conditions, often battling high temperatures and steep terrain, in order to keep us safe and protect our property. Although it would be difficult to adequately thank these brave men and women for all they do, community leaders came together last week to show appreciation.

 

 

Supervisor Gustafson enjoys lunch with some of the guests of honor.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors hosted a luncheon for firefighters at the CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department Headquarters in Auburn, and the United Auburn Indian Community posted messages of appreciation on billboards at various points along Interstate 80 and Highway 65 for firefighters returning home from fires throughout California and surrounding states.

The United Auburn Indian Community sponsored billboards thanking firefighters for their work.

These were small gestures compared to the life-saving work our firefighters do, but I’m glad we had the opportunity to let these heroes know how much we appreciate them!

COVID Update
As we continue to navigate through the impacts of COVID-19, our Health and Human Services Division, including our Public Health Office, continues to focus attention on areas that will have the most impact for Placer County communities. Staff continue to meet with Placer County’s superintendent of schools multiple times a week, and have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions that is updated and posted online on a weekly basis. County staff also meet regularly with mayors, the business community, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and correctional facilities, among others, in order to ensure ongoing communication and coordination.

Several weeks ago Placer County’s improved case rate and testing positivity rate allowed us to progress into the “orange/moderate tier” in the State’s colored tier framework within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy; however it is likely that our increased case rate numbers will push us back into the red tier, which will mean reduced capacity for our restaurants and other restrictions on local businesses.

This graphic illustrates criteria requirements for each tier.

This will have a huge impact on our local businesses, particularly as we move into colder weather and outdoor seating is a less viable option for restaurants. We all want COVID-19 to be over, but we have to do the work to make that happen. The longer this virus is present, the greater the impact to our families, our businesses and our communities. Please do your part to help our community by following guidance issued by public health officials. Avoid large gatherings, wash your hands, physically distance yourself from others and wear a face covering. We all need to work together on this.

Placer Shares Update
Placer County continues to use funding from the federal CARES Act to support local businesses and nonprofit organizations through our Placer Shares program. The application cycle for our second round of Placer Shares grant funds for small businesses and non-profit organizations closed on October 23rd. I am happy to see so many local businesses taking advantage of this opportunity.  Nearly 300 applications were submitted requesting almost $1.6 million for small businesses throughout Placer County, 48 of which were submitted by businesses in Auburn and 21 from businesses in North Lake Tahoe. These applications are in addition to the 1,250 grants totaling $7.5 million that were awarded to priority small businesses and non-profits during the initial round of Placer Shares grant funding that closed September 7th.  At our October 27th meeting the Board of Supervisors also approved an additional $5 million in CARES Act funding for a future grant cycle that will provide funding for anchor businesses and social safety net programs impacted by COVID-19. See below for additional information and keep an eye out in future newsletters for more information on how to access these funds.

Don’t forget to vote!
Still haven’t voted? It’s not too late! Watch this video to learn more.

Take a moment to fill out our Broadband/Internet survey 
After hearing concerns from many residents regarding the state of internet connectivity in some areas of Placer County, staff in our communications and IT divisions have teamed up to conduct a survey to identify the specific connectivity needs within our communities. The more participation we receive, the better we will understand the scope, magnitude and location of the internet connectivity issues.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, and be sure to share it with your friends and neighbors.  The more the merrier! 

The Internet Service Survey will be available until November 15th.  Respondents are encouraged to fill out a separate survey for each address where they pay for internet service, which could include businesses and rental properties as well.  If you need assistance with the survey, call the  helpline at 530-886-2263 or email your questions to broadbandsurvey@placer.ca.gov. 

Wear face coverings!
I am continuing to ask all our residents to take the precautions recommended:  wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and physically distance from those outside your household. There has been so much research that validates the claims that wearing a face covering helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are all responsible for our own actions, but please remember that your actions with regard to wearing a face covering affect the public health and economy of your entire community.

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

 


 

Community invited to help shape update to Placer County housing policy

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Placer County is updating its housing policy and is asking for more community feedback to help make sure it guides the kind of housing opportunities residents want to see. Learn more…


Supervisors approve $5 million in grant funding for community stabilization

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved an additional $5 million of the county’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid anchor businesses and social safety net programs critically impacted by COVID-19.  Learn more…


New fee program aimed at boosting affordable housing in Placer County

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Facing escalating housing affordability challenges, the Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted a new affordable housing inclusionary requirement and fee program to help advance Placer’s affordable housing initiatives.

The county’s new affordable housing ordinance establishes a requirement on private housing development for 10% of the development’s units to be in the affordable range and an in-lieu fee option for fulfilling that requirement.  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 | October 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 13

Placer Advances to Orange Tier of Reopening – Stay Cautious


Today the State announced that Placer County has moved from the “Substantial” category (Red tier) of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy into the “Moderate” category (Orange tier), indicating a reduction in our COVID-19 cases.  This means increased capacity and flexibility for our businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, as well for community activities, such as recreation facilities and places of worship. While this does not mean we will see a full-scale reopening, we will see capacities closer to what we enjoyed in early summer.  We’ve achieved this through your efforts!   Keep it up!  As we head into colder temperatures, this increased capacity for indoor venues becomes even more important to the stability of our businesses.  Staying in the orange tier, and working toward moving into the yellow tier, is critical to our local economy.  Please continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. 

If your small business could use some assistance, I’m happy to report that last week the Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate a second round of funding for businesses that may have missed the last month’s deadline.  If you own or know of a small business that has not already applied, visit the Placer Shares website to learn how to submit an application now.  Sharing these Federal funds to help sustain our small community businesses is important to all of us who live and work in Placer County.

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


Potential PSPS October 14

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PG&E is closely monitoring a developing fire weather event and is projecting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for tomorrow, Wednesday October 14th, beginning at 10:00pm. 
As currently scoped, this event is expected to impact less than 400 customers in Placer County, primarily in the upcountry portions of the County in the I-80 corridor. For more information please visit the PG&E website.


County seeks input on internet service levels to help improve access for all

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Placer County is conducting a survey to identify the quality of internet service within its numerous cities and small towns, from the City of Roseville to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. 

The Internet Service Survey, which was released today, is designed to reveal internet availability and service speeds with the goal of identifying underserved and unserved communities. Learn more


Have your voice heard – be sure to VOTE!

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November 3rd is fast approaching and we encourage everyone to get out and vote!  The drop box located at the Placer County Elections Office, 2956 Richardson Drive in Auburn is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is also a drop box located at the Auburn City Clerk’s Office, 1225 Lincoln Way in Auburn, which is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and a location in Colfax at the Colfax City Clerk’s Office, 33 S. Main Street, which is available Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Visit the Placer Elections website here for more.


Updated Meeting Location

The Fire Services Ad Hoc Committee Workshop on Tuesday, October 20th that was originally to be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Auburn will now be held at the Community Development Resource Agency in the Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn. The meeting will start at 9:00am with a closed session item, and the Workshop will begin at 10:00am.



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 | October 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 2

It’s up to all of us
We continue to monitor the county’s status on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which places counties in different tiers that determine their ability to reopen based on their COVID-19 case numbers and positivity rate. Placer County was initially placed in the Purple Tier (Widespread) and then moved into the Red Tier (Substantial) as a result of improving case data. Based on our most recent numbers we anticipated moving into the Orange Tier (Moderate) this week, which would allow for the easing of some additional restrictions, but because our case numbers exceeded the allowable threshold for the Orange Tier we did not move. The good news is our testing positivity rate did meet the requirements for the Orange Tier, however because the state requires both metrics to fall within the range established for each tier we remain in the more restrictive tier. The other piece of good news here is that overall our numbers seem to be trending in the right direction – downward. 

One thing to keep in mind is that the state requires the lower numbers to be met for two weeks before a  county is moved into a less-restrictive tier. The state updates the status information for counties every Tuesday and I will continue to keep you updated on any changes to our status. You can also monitor the information on your own by visiting the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.

The county is also taking steps to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Placer County through a seroprevalence study that will be conducted by Stanford University this fall. The study will test a random representative cross-section of Placer County residents for COVID-19 antibodies to assess current COVID-19 prevalence in the County, the results of which will help inform the Board’s policy decisions moving forward.

Mailers will be sent to a random but representative sample of Placer County residents inviting them to take part in the study. Participants will be provided a finger-stick blood test to complete at home and return to Stanford for analysis.  The results of all positive tests and 10% of negative tests will be rerun to produce results with 99% accuracy and the researchers will develop an online dashboard detailing their findings on the demographic and geographic prevalence of the virus in Placer County. A report on the study’s results will also be presented at a future Board of Supervisors meeting by the Stanford researchers. I will keep you informed of the date the report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors. In the meantime, please take care of yourself, your loved ones and our County. Let’s not forget that Placer County has ranked in the top five healthiest counties in California for nearly a decade! We need to work together to keep Placer healthy. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands and observe physical distancing.

Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on our lives for the past seven months, it’s important that we continue to discuss what steps are being taken to combat the virus, and what we can do to help safely support our local economy. Sometimes however, it seems as though we do not hear about the other good work that is going on, so this week I also want to share information about positive developments here in Placer County. We could all use a little good news!

Libraries to reopen for in-person browsing in phases
I am happy to share that Placer County libraries will begin a phased opening plan for in-person browsing beginning October 6. Library Services Director, Mary George and her staff have developed a phased reopening plan that will allow them to welcome patrons back into the libraries as safely as possible by identifying successful reopening procedures and utilizing those procedures as they reopen additional facilities. Several libraries in District 5 will reopen in the initial phase: Auburn, Kings Beach and Tahoe City locations will be open Tuesday through Friday with varying hours. The Granite Bay Library will also reopen on October 6 and the Rocklin Library will expand its walk-up hours.

The Colfax Library is slated to reopen on November 3, also Tuesday through Friday, and the Foresthill and Rocklin Libraries will likely open December 3. Although it would be wonderful if all of our libraries could open right now, the additional time is needed for staff to ensure sites are configured to allow for physical distancing and to hire the staff needed for safe operations. Unfortunately, the smaller libraries where social distancing is challenging, such as Applegate and Penryn, will remain closed for the foreseeable future to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff. To learn more about visiting your favorite library, please go to the Placer County Library Services Division’s webpage

Chipper Shredder Program to resume
Many of you have shared your concerns about the absence of the Placer County Resource Conservation District’s Chipper Shredder Program since it was suspended back in April due to COVID-19 related staffing issues. I am happy to report that as of October 1 the program is up and running again. The Chipper Shredder Program has been a vital component of our community for years and considering the amount of destruction caused by wildfires already this year, the return of the program is especially good news. The cost-share fee is $80 per hour, however disabled people and low-income households may be granted a fee waiver. Please visit the Resource Conservation District’s website to learn more about the program and how to sign up.

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

 


Free flu shot clinics in October

Placer County will hold four flu shot clinics this year at locations throughout the county; three drive-through and one walk-in by appointment.

Residents are encouraged to get a flu shot through their regular health care provider, but these free clinics provide another accessible option should anyone experience barriers. Learn more


Placer looks to extend public review period for proposed trails expansion project

UPDATE: At its September 24 meeting the Planning Commission took action to postpone the hearing on the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project to October 22. See sidebar for information on upcoming Hidden Falls Town Hall meeting. 

The Placer County Parks Division will request a continuance of a public hearing at this evening’s Planning Commission meeting on the county’s proposed Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project. Learn more

 

Still time to register to vote!

There is still time to register to vote! Please visit the Placer County Elections Office website or call (530) 886-5650 to 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 | September 23

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | September 23

Have your voice heard – be sure to vote!
Most of us have heard by now that November’s election will be 100% vote by mail, and although it is correct that all active voters will be sent a vote by mail ballot, Placer County voters will also have the opportunity to vote in person if they prefer. If you are unsure about your registration status or you know you need to register to vote, please visit https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/.  Vote by mail ballots will be mailed the week of October 5 and should arrive to you by October 15.  If you are registered to vote you will receive this ballot automatically – you do not need to fill out an application or request a ballot.

There are several options for getting your ballot to the Elections Division by the close of voting on November 3.  You can return your ballot by mail, drop it in a designated ballot drop box or you can vote in person at multiple locations throughout the county.

Beginning October 5 through Election Day voters can visit either the Placer County Elections Office in Auburn or the Placer County Elections Warehouse in Rocklin to vote in person, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM and the last two Saturdays and Sundays before Election Day: October 24 and 25 and October 31 and November 1.

In addition to these two locations there will also be 28 voter service centers opened throughout Placer County for four days leading up to Election Day, from Saturday, October 31 through Election Day on November 3. Voter service centers in District 5 will be located in Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Alta, Tahoe City and Kings Beach. Please visit https://www.placerelections.com/vote-service-center-locator/ to find exact locations and hours. The information will also be included in your county voter information guide or with the ballot mailed to you. If you prefer to vote in person consider doing so prior to November 3 in order to avoid potentially long lines and wait times on Election Day.

Voters who are concerned about potential postal service delays are encouraged to drop their completed vote by mail ballot in one of the 27 drop boxes around the county beginning October 6. Ballots deposited in a drop box get to the elections office faster than using the mail, and because those ballots do not enter the mail stream, the county saves money on postage. The drop boxes are a secure and convenient voting option. Drop box locations can be found here: https://www.placerelections.com/drop-box-locations/.  Voters can also submit their completed vote by mail ballot at any of the 28 voter service centers beginning October 31.

I know there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding voting by mail, so I want to assure Placer County voters that voting by mail is safe, secure, and transparent. Before any vote by mail envelope can be opened and the ballots counted, state law requires the election’s office to perform a match of the signature on the outside of the vote by mail envelope against the signature that is on the voter’s registration card.  This is required for every envelope during every election. Any questionable signatures are compared by at least three staffers before they are verified by the Registrar of Voters. If the signatures do not match state law requires the election’s office to contact the voter by mail to find out why the signatures do not match. If the voter provides a telephone number or email address, the election’s office staff will call and email the voter as well. There are many safety nets in place to protect against vote fraud.  It is virtually impossible for someone to come across a random ballot and commit vote fraud. If you would like to see firsthand how the election’s office verifies voter signatures, stop by the Auburn office after October 5 to see how it is done. 

There has also been some discussion about the possibility of people voting twice by using their vote by mail ballot and voting in person, however there is a number assigned to the ballot for each registered voter, and once that voter’s ballot is counted the number is voided, so additional votes would not be counted.

Finally, voters can sign up with BallotTrax to receive confirmation when their ballot is counted at: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/. Signing up takes about two minutes, and those who sign up are notified when their vote by mail ballot is sent out in the mail and again when their ballot is received by the election’s office.  When your ballot has been received BallotTrax will also let you know whether it was received as “good” and the envelope passed signature validation, or received as “challenged” and your ballot will not be counted without clarification. If you receive notification from BallotTrax that your ballot was received as challenged or you don’t receive any notification about your ballot please contact the Elections Office (530-886-5650) before polls close on Election Day to ensure your vote is counted.

Like so many other aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has changed how we go about voting. Placer County is taking steps necessary to ensure that in person voting is safe by adhering to state requirements regarding sanitization, physical distancing and face coverings, while also being respectful of the fact that certain voters may not be able to wear certain types of PPE.

If you have further questions, please contact the Election’s Office at election@placer.ca.gov or call us at 530-886-5650. 

District 5 Voter Service Centers

  • Alta Community Center, 33950 Alta Bonnynook Road, Alta
  • Placer County Elections Office, 2956 Richardson Drive, Auburn
  • Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street, Auburn
  • Foresthill High School, 23319 Foresthill Road, Foresthill
  • Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School Street, Colfax
  • North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach
  • The Old Fire House, 300 N. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City

 

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Oldham appointed as Placer County’s interim health officer

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint  Dr. Rob Oldham as Placer County’s interim health officer, effective Sept. 26. Oldham, who recently returned to the county as the new director of Health and Human Services and chief psychiatrist, previously served as health officer at Placer County for nearly six years.  Learn more


Bring ideas to improve air quality in Kings Beach

In collaboration with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, a virtual public workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and will feature a short presentation on the Community Air Protection (CAP) Incentives program, air quality, and efforts to reduce localized air pollution in the Tahoe Basin.  Workshop participants are encouraged to share air quality-related community health concerns and provide feedback to help the District prioritize CAP funding among the eligible project categories
Learn more


Rental assistance available for low-income households impacted by pandemic

The Placer County Housing Authority and the Community Development Resource Agency HOME program are offering rental assistance to eligible low-income residents who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more


Placer County hiring election aides ahead of Nov. 3 general election

In preparation of the Nov. 3 general election, the Placer County Elections Office is recruiting election aide temporary positions for county voting centers in North Lake Tahoe. 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