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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 31

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 31

New and Improved COVID-19 Dashboard

I hope you have had a chance to visit the County’s online COVID-19 dashboard, which provides up-to-date information on the virus in Placer County.  The dashboard was originally launched in April and last week Placer County launched an updated version that provides additional information in a format that is easier to read. You will find the updated dashboard on the county’s Novel Corona Virus COVID-19 page under the “Cases in Placer” tab.  

One important change to the dashboard is how the number of confirmed cases are reported by day. Previously the number of cases per day was based on the day a case was reported to Public Health, but the new site reports the number of cases by the date the test was conducted. This update will more closely reflect the actual spread of COVID-19 in the community and also brings Placer County into line with methods used by many other California counties.

Another change you will see on the new dashboard is that cases are now identified by region based solely on zip code. The dashboard originally split Placer County into three regions, South Placer, Mid Placer, and East Placer, and in some instances zip codes crossed into multiple regions. Identifying cases by region based on zip code allows for greater efficiency and simplicity of reporting regional case information.

Finally, the updated dashboard includes additional tabs where specific data can be found. For example, information on cases broken down by region can be found on the ‘Cases by Zip Code’ tab. You can also toggle between the ‘Zip Code’ and ‘Region’ options on the map to see cases by zip code versus cases for each Placer County region.  Another important tab to be aware of is the ‘Data Notes’ tab, which contains definitions and information for the data presented, and this tab also includes answers to many questions about the data.

State Monitoring List
I have received a lot of questions regarding whether or not Placer County is still on the State’s COVID-19 Monitoring List. The answer is yes. Although our metric for hospitalizations fell below the State threshold for two days last week, our rate of new COVID-19 cases still exceeds the State threshold. Additionally, the California Department of Public Health has stated that once a county is placed on the Monitoring List, indoor business operations will continue to be restricted until the order is amended or rescinded by the State health officer – not just until that county is removed from the Monitoring List. 

At our meeting on July 28 the Board of Supervisors asked the Public Health Officer to address this requirement with the State, as businesses in the county should be permitted to resume indoor operations, using physical distancing and requirements for face coverings, if our numbers drop below the threshold for the Monitoring List. The state’s order does allow for schools in counties that are on the Monitoring List to resume in-person instruction once county metrics fall below Monitoring List thresholds for 3 consecutive days and remain below thresholds for 14 additional consecutive days.

Looking Ahead
I will continue to encourage people to wear their face coverings and practice physical distancing. We do not know how long this will go on, but we need to find a way to balance public health and safety with a sustained economy. I am confident we can do this by working together and focusing on our common goals.

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

 


Placer County approves alcohol ban in two locations

The Placer County Board of Supervisors this week approved ordinances restricting alcohol in two separate locations in Placer County. At its July 27 meeting the Board extended the Truckee River alcohol ban until October 15, and on July 28 the Board approved and alcohol ban at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn. Find more information about these Board actions in our online newsroom

 


 

Board of Supervisors renews CAL FIRE contract

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution today authorizing a $13.6 million CAL FIRE contract, which includes first-time funding for a new fire marshal and provides fire service and medical response to nearly one-third of the county. CAL FIRE has been acting as the Placer County Fire Department for nearly 50 years under a cooperative fire protection reimbursement agreement. Learn more

 


 

Eligible small businesses and nonprofits may begin applying for grant funding Aug. 25

Beginning Aug. 25, eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations in Placer County can begin applying for Placer Shares grant funding to offset impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting state shutdown order. 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 | July 24

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 24

Safely Support Local Business

We are all struggling to get through this crisis, and as we have seen, some people have been impacted more than others. Many of the people who are being hit the hardest by the effects of COVID-19 are the owners or employees of locally-owned small businesses. The good news is there are things we can do to help support our local businesses, even if we can’t do so in the same way we used to.

Many restaurants are offering their full or modified menu for pick up or delivery, so if you are able to do so, order take out and let someone else do the cooking a couple of nights a week. This is a safe way to support your favorite local restaurants and take a little bit of the load off of yourself. You can also dine in – outside – as many restaurants have adapted to outdoor seating and reservation-only dining to meet current guidelines issued by the state.

If you need a little retail therapy, many stores have reopened for business, so be sure to wear your mask and maintain the appropriate distance between yourself and other shoppers. Many stores are also limiting the number of people permitted in at one time and offering curbside pick up or delivery in order to ensure the safety of their customers.

There are also plenty of service providers who have adapted their operations to allow for virtual sessions or classes, including yoga instructors, therapists, financial planners and even music teachers. You can purchase gift cards, post about a positive experience with a local business on social media, and tip service providers extra. Anything we can do to help our local businesses will benefit our community by keeping the economy afloat.

Businesses are taking extra steps to ensure we can safely visit them.

Here in District 5 our business organizations have compiled helpful information on which local establishments and service providers are up and running. The Colfax Chamber of Commerce has created a list of businesses with information on what services are currently being provided. The Auburn Chamber of Commerce also put together a working list of restaurants that are  open for business, with information on hours and available services. You can also visit Auburn’s Downtown Business Association and Old Town Business Association websites for a list of open businesses. The Foresthill Divide Chamber of Commerce has also posted a list of open businesses on its website.  

If you are considering heading up to the mountains, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association has created a Safe Travel page on its website, which includes COVID-friendly itineraries and information on the Mask Up Tahoe campaign.

For information on businesses in our smaller communities such as Meadow Vista, Applegate, and the Alta/Dutch Flat area be sure to look at social media sites specific to those areas as that is often the best way to find up-to-date information.

Signs like this help businesses inform the public about their efforts to keep customers safe.

Finally, one of the most important ways we can support our local businesses is to adhere to guidelines and respect their requirements that you wear a mask and practice social distancing. Remember we are all in this together and anything we can do to help our local businesses succeed will help all of us in the long run.

Upcoming Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Board of Supervisors meet on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28. The Board Chambers continues to be closed to public attendance, but the public may participate online or via telephone.

Monday’s meeting begins at 1pm and is a Special Meeting focused largely on Tahoe-area items and updates, including an update on the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s response to COVID-19, a proposed Workforce Housing Preservation Program and a proposed amendment to the North Lake Tahoe Economic Development Incentive Program. At Monday’s meeting the Board of Supervisors will also consider an Urgency Ordinance to ban alcohol on portions of the Truckee River from July 27 to October 15.

On Tuesday the Board’s regular meeting begins at 9am and we have a full agenda including an ordinance aimed at banning alcohol within the Placer County Government Center, allocation of CARES Act funds, and an update from Placer County Public Health Officer, Dr. Aimee Sisson on COVID-19. Please take a look at the agenda, which also provides information on how to participate in the meeting.

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

 


Guidance for outdoor operation of personal services

The California Department of Public Health released additional guidance this week for some personal services to begin outdoor operations; including hair, massage, nail and skin care services. They also offered new guidance to help restaurants adapt to providing outdoor dining service. Find all the latest reopening guidance on our Reopen Placer website

 


 

Negative COVID-19 test not required for return to work

Placer County Public Health has announced that employees diagnosed with COVID-19 do not need to be retested after their initial positive test. Instead, following guidelines from the CDC, someone with COVID-19 can return to work using criteria based on time and symptoms. This will help keep testing available for those who need it most. Learn more

 


 

Senior peer counseling program available

Are you 55 years or older, and feel like you could use someone to talk to who really understands what you are going through? Senior Peer Counseling is a free, voluntary, peer support program for Placer County residents aged 55 years or older, who are dealing with age-related adjustment issues.

COVID-19 is not slowing us down! We are currently providing services via phone and accepting new client referrals. 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 | July 17

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 17

Stay Informed

Getting through a crisis is never easy, but access to information that helps us make good choices can certainly make things go more smoothly. In this ever changing landscape of COVID-19, finding up-to-date information on the issues we are dealing with can be challenging, to say the least. The District 5 offices in Auburn and Tahoe along with Placer County staff across multiple departments receive calls from people every day who are trying to make sense of all of the information out there, and we do our best to answer all of those questions. As we head into the second round of shutdowns issued by the state it is critical that we understand what is being asked of us and what resources are available to help us, so here is a rundown of some places to look for helpful information.

Placer County’s Reopen Placer website provides all kinds of helpful information to help businesses navigate the current closures and reopen responsibly. This website provides the most up-to-date information on what industries are permitted to open their businesses and has a tool that allows you to search closure information by business type. You can also find information on where and how to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your business, answers to frequently asked questions and a directory on where to find services and supplies. This site also allows you to download posters that can be printed and displayed at your place of business to help educate visitors about the importance of social distancing.  

For residents who are looking for information on a variety of topics related to COVID-19 the county has created a Coronavirus webpage with links to information on COVID-19 testing, Placer County’s current case count and links to a national and worldwide case database. On this page you will also find a list of resources compiled by the Placer County Office of Education in partnership with multiple county departments, to help residents find out how to get assistance in the areas of food, unemployment, housing, utilities, mental health, and child care throughout the county.

Board of Supervisors Meeting
Although COVID-19 certainly dominates most of our conversations and news these days, the Board of Supervisors continues to move ahead with the business of Placer County. We will be meeting on Monday, July 27th and Tuesday, July 28th and I encourage the public to participate online or via telephone. Monday’s meeting will include staff updates on some of the county’s larger issues in the Tahoe area, and on Tuesday we will hear about adjustments to impact fees, an ordinance aimed at banning alcohol within the Placer County Government Center and about potential uses for CARES funding, among many other issues. Board of Supervisors meeting agendas are typically posted online the Wednesday before each meeting by 5pm and include information on how you can participate in the meeting.

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

 


State orders some Placer County businesses to close and others to cease indoor operations

In response to the increasing spread of COVID-19, State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell issued an order for several businesses in Placer County to either close or eliminate indoor operations starting Sunday, July 12.  The State had indicated previously that any California county that remains on the monitoring list for three days will be ordered to draw back its reopening efforts. Learn more


 

‘Got it Covered?’ Face Covering Campaign

We should all wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible, as detailed in state guidance.

Here in Placer County, face coverings are an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents. The “Got It Covered” campaign showcases actual Placer residents and business owners sharing their personal reasons for wearing a face covering. 

Got questions about face coverings — why they’re important, how to wear them and when they’re necessary? Check out our Face Covering FAQ here

Participate in the “Got It Covered” campaign by printing your statement and submitting your photo using this form or sharing the video and other materials below. 

 


 

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 | July 10

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 10

The Glass Is Half-Full

I know that the last four months have felt more like the glass is half empty, but we have to remain positive and keep trying.  Fighting the spread of this virus and providing our community with a way to continue their livelihoods are both critical to our health, safety and security.  Finding a safe balance in a society so torn apart is challenging.  I continue to receive hundreds of angry and accusatory emails from both ends of the spectrum, and I will continue to try and educate and calm the rhetoric that is so damaging to our communities.

While Placer County is on the State’s watch list, and scaling back the opening of some businesses appears imminent, we need to know that we can do things to help each other and our communities. Please remember that our goal is to get through this with as little harm to our neighbors, community and loved ones as possible. Please wear a face covering, protect each other, don’t gather inside in groups or without adequate physical distance, be cautious and please understand that your actions affect not only you but our entire community. Placer County is a phenomenal place to live and our cases per capita are low compared to most areas of the State and are far below those areas hardest hit.  Keep it up, help others, support those you can – so that everyone can provide for their families, and stay healthy.

Keeping in Touch Virtually It’s hard to believe it has been nearly four months since county and statewide shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of COVID-19. In that time we have had to learn a new way of doing so many things in order to navigate through this pandemic, and it is not always easy. But I have been impressed with the changes I’ve seen people make in their activities, their businesses and their communities in an effort to keep things running as smoothly as possible during this time. Here at Placer County we continue to make the same changes in order to ensure you continue to receive county services and information you need.

Holding virtual meetings, the Board of Supervisors has been able to move ahead with critical county business such as approving our operating budget, allocating funds for human services programs and law enforcement, and ensuring public infrastructure projects remain on track. Here in District 5 we have also hosted several virtual community meetings, and will be hosting more in the coming weeks to keep you informed regarding COVID-19 as well as the non-COVID issues our communities face every day.

Last month we hosted a virtual Special Joint Meeting of the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council and the Squaw Valley MAC where we learned about programs aimed at increasing workforce housing, providing incentives for renovation and development of lodging in the Tahoe Basin and pedestrian improvement projects in Eastern Placer County. Additionally, on July 9th we held a virtual North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting and earlier in the week we held two virtual town hall meetings in one day.

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson, Brian Estes, Unit and Fire Chief, CAL FIRE Nevada Yuba Placer Unit, Placer County Fire Department, Sarah Poindexter, Management Analyst II, Jim Hudson, CAL FIRE Nevada Yuba Placer Unit’s West Division Assistant Chief and Supervisor Jim Holmes participate in the Fire Services Virtual Town Hall meeting.

The first town hall meeting focused on fire services in Placer County and included an update on Placer County Fire Department activities, staffing and structure, as well as information on how to be prepared for the summer fire season. Later that day we held a virtual town hall meeting for the Foresthill community that included an update on COVID-19 from Dr. Aimee Sisson, Placer County Public Health Officer, an overview of resources and programs offered by the Placer County Business Resource Center and information on a local issue with solid waste disposal at the Foresthill Transfer Station. If you missed these meetings and would like to learn what they are all about, please feel free to click on the links above to watch them.

Members of the public submit questions and comments throughout the meetings online or by telephone and get answers to their questions in real time. Please keep an eye out for additional information on virtual town hall meetings for Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista and North Auburn. You can always find out about upcoming events by visiting the District 5 calendar online. I hope you are able to participate in one of these meetings, and I look forward to hearing from all of you on issues in your communities.

Although things are not “business as usual” there is still plenty of business to take care of, and these virtual meetings provide a great opportunity to have personal contact while still maintaining the social distance we all need to maintain in order to remain safe. I want to thank everyone who joined in these discussions. Your participation is the only way we can make sure we are doing our best to address the issues affecting you and your community.  

As always, I remain committed to helping the community get through this very difficult time. Let’s continue to help each other stay safe by wearing a face mask and maintaining a safe distance when we are out and about. The sooner we put this behind us the sooner we will be up and running at full capacity!

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

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Audit Committee gives “A” rating to county financials

Placer County’s accounting and auditing processes have been given a clean bill of health from the Placer County Audit Committee. During this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Audit Committee Chair Wayne Nader reported that the committee found the county’s system of internal controls to be in place and operating effectively. The committee also found the financial reporting processes adequate to ensure the financial statements fairly presented the county’s financial position. Learn more


 

Coming soon…District 5 East Placer Bulletin

Keeping up with efforts by state and county leaders to find the balance between economic vitality and public safety can be challenging these days, particularly in communities where tourism is a critical component of the economy. In an effort to keep you informed about issues affecting business owners, residents and visitors in the eastern portion of Placer County – from the Donner Summit to Lake Tahoe – we will be sending out periodic bulletins highlighting updated guidelines and statistics, opportunities to help educate visitors and residents on how to keep our communities safe and clean, and any other news and information that is relevant to our mountain areas. If you are interested in receiving the East Placer Bulletin, please take a moment to add your contact information to the online distribution list. 

 


 

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 | July 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 2

Celebrate our Democracy – Dedication to its Principles

When our forefathers came together to Declare their Independence – they did so as a united body of 13 colonies.  Despite their differences, they came together to fight a common enemy, and they prevailed.  As we celebrate this weekend, let’s remember that we truly are “Stronger Together”.    

In last week’s newsletter I said reopening after the COVID 19 shutdown is important, but staying open is even more important, and with some counties being asked to implement another shutdown or scale back their reopening plans , it’s even more true this week.  Placer County did a great job flattening the curve in March, April and May, which allowed us to be among the first counties to reopen. However, over the past three days higher numbers of COIVID 19 cases have been confirmed in Placer County. If these numbers continue to increase we will have both health and economic risks. 

The California Department of Public Health has placed 19 counties, including Sacramento County, our neighbor to the south, on a monitoring list as a result of increased cases. The counties on the list are being asked once again to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters and family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. Additionally, bars in these counties must close all operations. I want to be certain Placer County does not end up on that list.

One way for businesses to stay safe and help others do the same is to be sure to have a supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on hand for staff and people visiting your business. Reopen Placer, which was created to help businesses reopen responsibly, provides information on how businesses in communities throughout Placer County can obtain PPE, including hand sanitizer and face masks. These supplies are being provided free of charge to businesses from Roseville to Donner Summit through partnerships between the Placer County Office of Emergency Services and local cities, towns and business organizations. In the eastern part of the county the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association is providing PPE to businesses at no cost while supplies last.

I am encouraging you once again to wear your face covering when you can’t physically distance yourself, and follow guidelines issued by public health officials. This is especially critical as we head into Fourth of July weekend, which is typically a time for community events and gathering with loved ones. There is plenty of evidence that large gatherings where people are not social distancing and are not wearing face coverings have led to increases in COVID 19 cases.  I know it is hard, especially on a hot summer day, but it is vital that we all work together to protect each other and our small local businesses, which have suffered enormously throughout this pandemic. It is my hope that we can remove any politics from this issue and be thoughtful about how we address this virus and its impact on our communities.

This Independence Day let’s all remember the sacrifices made by generations of Americans in order to protect their fellow citizens. I hope we can all become part of that tradition by making our own small sacrifices during this time in order to protect our loved ones and our communities.

Stay strong! I know we will get through this together.

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

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Statewide tele town hall on fire preparedness

On July 9th at 5 PM State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will join Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci and United Policyholders Executive Director Amy Bach for a statewide conference call on wildfire preparedness in order to help keep people and communities safe this fire season.

People are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time via email. Learn more


 

211 Placer launches to offer one-stop shop for community services

July 1 marks the launch of 211 Placer, the new information and referral system in Placer County. 211 Placer is a free, confidential, multilingual information line and website that connects people with the services and resources in their community. 211 Placer provides a 24/7, one-stop shop for referrals to community and health services including food, transportation, senior care, employment services, housing assistance, mental health supports and much more. Learn more


Tahoe staff changes

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Jennifer Merchant, our Placer County Tahoe Deputy CEO, on her new journey with The Sea Ranch Association on the Sonoma Coast. Jennifer started working in Lake Tahoe in 1989 as a reporter at the former Tahoe World newspaper, then became a district aide for a former Placer County District 5 supervisor, which led to her current role. She has been a strong advocate for North Lake Tahoe; promoting tourism for the visitors bureau and resort association, advocating for a better transportation system to serve our economy and community and playing a role in significant projects and programs during her time as our deputy county executive officer. She has dedicated nearly 30 years of her professional life to our community and we sincerely thank her for the commitment that she always demonstrated. We wish Jennifer good luck in her next professional endeavor.

I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Crystal Jacobsen for her promotion to Deputy Director of the Community Development Resource Agency for the county’s Tahoe operations. Our CDRA department is at the front line of services for our residents and local businesses. I have no doubt that Crystal will help bring our services to the next level for our community. I hope you will join me in thanking Jennifer for her service to our community and congratulating Crystal on her promotion!

COVID-19 Message from Supervisor Gustafson | July 1

COVID-19 Message from Supervisor Gustafson | July 1

PLEASE – SUPPORT EACH OTHER – LET’S STAY OPEN!

North Tahoe Business Owners,

My office is being inundated with complaints and concerns regarding the apparent lack of local businesses taking the State’s guidance seriously. Complaints range from the number of people not wearing face coverings or adhering to physical distancing guidelines within businesses and allege businesses are not implementing safety plans. Over the past several months, we’ve worked closely with community partners at local and state levels to push for reopening your businesses. Now that we’ve been able to reopen, we must work together to stay open!

Our case numbers are growing rapidly – yesterday was a record of new cases. The Governor has started to show that he will order shutdowns again and we desperately don’t want to see that occur. He is also threatening to withhold millions of dollars in funding to our County that would support COVID-19 response and economic recovery if we aren’t implementing his guidance. Some of these funds are planned to be granted to North Lake Tahoe businesses impacted by COVID-19. Please, take the guidance seriously by implementing your safety plans, requiring face coverings and ensuring people are physically distancing while at your place of business.

To further support your efforts, we are distributing free personal protective equipment (PPE) on Thursday, July 2 from 11-2 at the old Fire Station in Tahoe City and the Events Center in Kings Beach. I have attached a flyer with details. The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association is also selling PPE at cost. You can purchase online and pick up at the Visitor Center in Tahoe City.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – Let’s Keep Tahoe Healthy and Open. Your actions now will support everyone staying open during the critically important summer season.

Thanks for all that you are doing, and feel free to reach out, cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov, if you have questions or need additional support.

Cindy signature

Cindy Gustafson
Placer County District 5 Supervisor
cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 26

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 26

Safety First!

As we continue to reopen businesses and activities, we expected to see COVID-19 cases increase in Placer County, and they continue to rise.  The good news is we are still low in our per capita incidence compared to most areas of the State.  For example, in California the most recent numbers show 514 cases of COVID 19 per 100,000 people and in Placer County there are 154 cases per 100,000 people. Nonetheless, I remain committed to the safe re-opening of Placer County, and I will continue to urge all of us to follow the guidance of health care professionals, including using a face covering when you can’t physically distance yourself. 

 

 

If you are interested in helping to spread the word about the importance of wearing a mask in public, you can order yard signs from Take Care Tahoe. These messages were created to encourage responsible behavior in Tahoe, or any other community where people are out and about on trails, at beaches and visiting businesses. The URL displayed on the signs can be customized for your local organizations as well. The goal is to keep everyone safe and keep our communities open for the long-run. There are a lot of emotions surrounding this issue and it’s important to remember we all deal with stressful situations differently, but everyone can use a little positivity in the middle of a difficult time!

Reopening is important, but staying open is even more important.   It’s up to each of us to protect our families, our friends, our colleagues and our communities.  Now more than ever we need to depend upon each other!

At our Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, we had many items of action and interest.  Below are some of the most important:

  • Adopted our 2020-2021 Final Budget – $1,020,071,376.
  • Approved the Winery and Farm Brewery Zoning Text Amendment  with minor revisions.
  • Approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Trustees of California State University for a new campus in Western Placer.
  • Amended our Declaration of Emergency to reflect Public Health and Safety Code.
  • Received a presentation from PG&E on changes to improve the Public Safety Power Shutoff program as well as Community Wildfire Safety Program.
  • Received a presentation from Placer County Probation on the Placer Re-Entry Program’s success.

In addition to serving on the Board of Supervisors I fulfill some additional assignments which include serving on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board and the California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC) Board.  These Boards also met this week and covered many issues that are outside of our county but still affect our communities.  Of specific interest to Placer County residents, TRPA received a briefing on the multi-agency efforts to address congestion on the State Route 89 recreation corridor (West Shore of Lake Tahoe) and the CTC approved a grant of $650,000 to California State Parks to complete design and permitting for the pier relocation and recreation improvements at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. 

I also want to let you know that I will be hosting several virtual Town Hall meetings for residents throughout District 5 in the coming weeks, including one focused on fire issues. Please see below for more information on these meetings, and be sure to visit the District 5 calendar for the latest information on these and other District 5 meetings, including how to participate remotely. I look forward to seeing you online, and hearing about how you and your community are faring during this time. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need assistance with County issues or concerns.

Most importantly keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Placer’s Auburn library offers curbside service

Curbside service in Tahoe to follow soon…

The Placer County Library team developed the curbside program to maintain physical distancing and help keep customers safe while providing materials, including books, DVDs, audiobooks, and more.

Library cardholders are able to pick up materials 9 a.m.-12 p.m, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and return materials weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Auburn Library at 350 Nevada Street.  Learn more


 

New county grant program in the works to offset pandemic hardships

(This program is currently being developed and we will provide information as it is available.)

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Placer County may be eligible for grant funding to offset negative economic impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 17

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 17

REOPENING, PPE, AND FACE MASKS

This week marks a new phase in our reopening with additional businesses welcoming customers. I know many people were excited to return to various outdoor recreation businesses, campgrounds, gyms, bars, and wineries- among others.

Starting this Friday, June 19, some additional personal care businesses including nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists, and estheticians will be allowed to reopen as long as they follow the state guidance.

I know many of our local businesses have been preparing for the opportunity to open and are looking forward to having you safely back in their business. Thank you again to our local business community for being prepared.

Personal Protective Equipment for Local Businesses

As we reopen, we know things look a little different at our favorite shops and restaurants with face coverings, additional spacing, and cleaning procedures. It is important that all businesses continue to adapt to these measures to keep all Placer County residents and visitors as safe as possible.

To help our local business community, Placer County applied for and received a shipment of disposable masks and hand sanitizer from the California Office of Emergency Services. This supply is intended for local businesses to provide up to a two-week, stop-gap supply of masks and hand sanitizer while businesses wait for larger shipments to arrive. This is not for a businesses’ long-term needs. All businesses will need to fill out a one page information sheet on why they need this PPE.

The county is working with our city partners to help distribute the PPE. The cities of Auburn and Colfax will be collaborating with their area business communities and chambers, so you will be able to contact them directly if you own a business in those areas. The delivery of the supplies is in progress, but should be available by the end of the week. For businesses in eastern Placer County, you can contact the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association directly for more information on PPE requests.

FACE COVERINGS

I want to make it very clear that I am in support of face coverings and encourage everyone to wear them and carry them with you so they are available when you can’t physically distance in public. Face coverings have been recommended by the Centers for Disease ControlWorld Health Organization, and Placer County’s Public Health Officer.

Face coverings help protect those around you. As we know, you may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, so by covering your face, you are preventing particles that may be infected with the virus from reaching others.

Because I believe face coverings are so important to help us slow the spread, I am working with county staff and regional partners on a face covering campaign that will be available for communities that wish to use it.

TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS

Finally, I say this every week, but please be responsible for the health and safety of yourself and your family. Wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and stay home when sick. We also have testing sites available for residents throughout the county that are FREE, so please get tested. You can make an appointment HERE.

Thank you again for everything you are doing. I will continue to provide updates through my newsletter to ensure you stay up to date with what is happening in our county.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 8

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 8

NEW STATE GUIDANCE and FACE COVERINGS-
Moving Forward Together- Let’s Not Slip Back!

On Friday, June 5, the state released new guidance for the reopening of additional businesses. Under these new guidelines, more of our local businesses may be able to open as soon as this Friday, June 12.

Here are links to the business types that have received additional guidance through the state:

If you own or manage one of these business types, please take the time NOW to read through the guidance. I know many of you have already spent a great deal of time putting your plans together, so please ensure you have everything in place for reopening.

There are No Guarantees – We Must ALL Follow Guidelines to Succeed

Please keep in mind that according to the state: “All guidance should be implemented only with county health officer approval following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing, and testing.”

Placer County continues to focus on meeting these important metrics, but we need your help! Please follow the guidelines and help keep our County healthy and moving forward. We look forward to working with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Sisson, our hospitals, and our community members to ensure our businesses are ready to open Friday.

The Board of Supervisors will be receiving an update on COVID-19 and discussing reopening plans at our meeting tomorrow. I would encourage you to listen in and comment if you so choose. The item is timed for 10:30 am. You can find the complete agenda HERE.

2020/2021 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING

Also, at our Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow, there will be a public hearing on the 2020/2021 Budget. This is a timed item for 5pm and public comment is encouraged.

FACE COVERINGS

I continue to hear from many of you about the importance of face coverings. Just last Friday, the World Health Organization started advising all to wear a fabric face covering when social distancing is not possible. While they are currently not mandatory, Placer County is recommending that they be worn in public. According to Dr. Sisson, “While face coverings are recommended, mandating them for part or all of the county is not planned at this time. We will continue to educate the public on the importance of wearing face coverings in public to protect those around you.” 

I will continue to work with our Public Health Officer and staff about the possibility of requiring face coverings for those times when social distancing is not possible, so that we can continue to reopen and stay open.

Thank you again for taking the time to connect this week. I will continue to update you as more information becomes available regarding reopening.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Placer Has One of Largest Networks of Firewise Communities in the State

Heading into the 2020 fire season, Placer County now has one of the largest Firewise USA Communities networks in the state. Growing to 48 official Firewise Communities in 2020, Placer County stands prepared for wildfire.

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 29

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 29

Resolution to the Governor

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to request permission from the state to move into Stage 3 of reopening. We took this step due to Placer County’s success at flattening the COVID-19 curve, the protocols we have in place, and the proactive efforts of the local business community to prepare for safely reopening.

The resolution asks for the state to allow reopening of Stage 3 businesses in Placer County such as nail salons, gyms, lodging for tourism and entertainment venues – with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings. It also requests that youth sports and programs be allowed to resume.  Each of these types of businesses/services have been diligently working on their safe re-opening plans and we welcome the State’s guidance to ensure that they meet any other requirements. As I said at the Board meeting, large box stores are earning record-breaking profits since March, and yet many of our small business owners are in absolute financial crisis. It is imperative that they are able to reopen in a healthy and safe manner.  

This past weekend marked the start of the summer season. In eastern Placer County, the US Forest Service opened some of its campgrounds and they were full immediately. Just across the state line, Nevada opened its lodging and was near capacity. Significant numbers of day visitors were using the trails, beaches, rivers and park areas throughout our county. We know that people are coming into and through our communities and yet our small lodging businesses are waiting for the State to give them a timeline to officially open for non-essential travel. Because the lodging industry is open in most other areas of the State, and successfully and safely following the State’s guidance, our small lodging would like the same opportunity.  

Just because businesses are re-opening and using all the safety protocols recommended does not mean we can let our guard down. The virus will be part of our lives until and unless there is a vaccine. Each of us must take the steps necessary to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Each of us must choose how and when we want to dine out, or shop, or get our hair cut. Re-opening does not mean forgoing safety, but it does require each of us to make the best choices for ourselves.

In addition to our Stage 3 request, the Board of Supervisors also requested that the state release the estimated $40 million the county expects to receive in Federal funding provided through the CARES Act to reimburse and assist local agencies for certain costs of their COVID-19 responses. These federal resources will help Placer County continue to support services imperative to the safe reopening of our businesses.

Also on Tuesday, we passed an urgency ordinance that temporarily relaxes rules to support retail and restaurants in Placer County. This ordinance will allow retail stores and restaurants to utilize additional outdoor space to ensure safe physical distancing and also allow these establishments to display additional signage to customers. If you are a business that would like to know more, you can find additional details HERE.

As I remind you every week, please continue to be responsible as we reopen. We all still need to be maintaining physical distancing, wearing face masks, washing hands, and staying home when sick. COVID-19 testing sites are available in Roseville, Grass Valley, and Kings Beach with no cost to you- just make an appointment.

Please be safe as we head toward another weekend.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Hair Salons and Barbershops Open with Guidance

Placer County’s health officer has approved reopening of hair salons and barbershops, as allowed by the California Department of Public Health on Tuesday, if they follow the state guidance. Learn more

 


Fill Out The 2020 Census

Make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census! Census workers are back out, with safety precautions, and leaving information at households. Many of these households are in rural areas where residents do not receive mail at their physical address. We know that this covers areas throughout District 5, so be on the lookout. More information on the Census can be found HERE.