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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 4

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!

I hope as we recover from this winter’s damages we can look forward to a spring and summer that are not only a bit calmer, but also filled with all the amazing colors, warmth, and fun that our region offers.

At the March 28 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved a Proclamation declaring April 2023 as “Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month” in Placer County. The Placer County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has many community partners who participate actively in pursuing the goal of reducing and treating child abuse and neglect for Placer County by strengthening children and families. These include Lighthouse Counseling Services, Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council in coordination with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, and KidsFirst Counseling and Family Resource Centers as well as other key partners.

On Thursday morning, I was grateful for the opportunity to join county elected officials and residents at the Auburn Courthouse to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month and bring awareness to this critical issue by planting a blue pinwheel garden. I encourage you to support this cause by wearing blue ribbons in the first full week of April and to “wear all blue” on Friday, April 7. Other activities will include a Resource Fair on April 27, the planting of the Children’s Memorial flag, and enhanced community prevention trainings. Please visit the Placer County website for more information. LEARN MORE

The Board also approved a Proclamation establishing April 2023 as “Donate Life Month” in Placer County. There are currently more than 107,000 patients on the national waitlist for life-saving transplants, including 1,500 in the local service area. Every day, the lives of up to 22 people are lost due to the shortage of organ donors. Every year, one million people need cornea or tissue transplants. One organ donor can save the lives of 8 people through the donation of organs and improve the lives of up to 75 people with eye and tissue donation. We honor all those who have given the extraordinary gift of life through living and deceased donations. Californians can register to be organ donors regardless of their age or medical history. I encourage you to register as an organ and tissue donor on your driver’s license or ID card at the Department of Motor Vehicles or online at donatelifecalifornia.org. In addition, please talk to your families about giving the Gift of Life through organ, eye, and tissue donation. LEARN MORE

The Board of Supervisors and County staff are working on the development of the 2023-24 budget that guides all operations of Placer County. Two half-day workshops with the full Board of Supervisors are scheduled for April 10 and 11 with each department presenting their historic and proposed budgets, key accomplishments from this past year, and emerging issues and department priorities. The draft budget will continue to be developed and adjusted with the final budget being presented in June for adoption. You can attend the meeting in person or watch via Zoom if you’re interested! LEARN MORE

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson 


Additional News + Resources

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | RECAP OF MARCH 28

The Board of Supervisors meeting on March 28 included a number of items that are specific to or impact District 5, including:

VIEW FULL AGENDA + MARCH 28 RECORDING


HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK TRAILS EXPANSION PROJECT UPDATE MEETING

DATE & TIME | April 18 @ 6pm
LOCATION | In-person at the Placer County Planning Commission hearing room or virtually via Zoom

Community members are invited to join County staff for an update about all elements of the project. Placer County Department of Parks and Open Space is pleased to announce that the construction plans and specifications for the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails and Open Space Expansion Project – Phase 1: Twilight Ride Access and Parking/Trailhead Project have been completed and are preparing for bid in anticipation of construction starting in summer 2023. The project, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2021, will provide access to approximately 8 miles of new trails through a new entrance off of Bell Road, as well as improved signage and wayfinding. In addition to construction of the new parking lot/trailhead, staff are working to address management needs and neighbor concerns including vegetation management, emergency response, signage and wayfinding, and cooperation with Placer Land Trust. If you have any questions, please contact Placer County Parks and Open Space at Parks@placer.ca.gov or by phone at 530-886-4901. LEARN MORE


APPLY NOW FOR UP TO $100K IN MOSQUITO FIRE BUSINESS RECOVERY FUNDING

Was your business affected by smoke or damaged by wildfire in last year’s Mosquito Fire? Following the devastating fire in the Foresthill region, the Placer County Business Resource Center has launched the Mosquito Fire Business Recovery Program to provide forgivable loans to businesses within unincorporated Placer County impacted by this natural disaster. The program is intended to help businesses retain or recruit full-time employees. Businesses can apply for a maximum of $100,000, including $50,000 per full-time employee added or retained. LEARN MORE + APPLY TODAY

 


PLACER COUNTY WILL EXPEDITE BUILDING PERMITS FOR STORM DAMAGED STRUCTURES

If you have property that has been damaged during recent storms, the Placer County Building Services Division will expedite building permits for repairs. Building permits are required to repair a roof collapse, wall displacement, damaged overhead electrical service and any damage to electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems connected to a wall. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY PLANS INNOVATIVE MODEL TO MANAGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PLANNING

With five declared emergencies in just two years, Placer County is now moving forward with a first-of-its-kind, emergency-response model that will enhance cooperation and coordination among the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Fire, and the Placer County Office of Emergency Services. On Tuesday, a multi-disciplinary presentation detailing the new emergency-response model was provided to the Board of Supervisors by Placer County’s sheriff, fire and OES agencies. The plan calls for the addition of a dedicated sheriff’s lieutenant and assistant fire chief to work directly in the Office of Emergency Services and coordinate planning and disaster response alongside the OES team. LEARN MORE


PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CONTINUES TO SEEK VOLUNTEERS FOR GRAND JURY SERVICE

The Superior Court of California, County of Placer continues to seek volunteers to serve on the 2023- 2024 Placer County Grand Jury. The Court encourages applications from all citizens to enable the Grand Jury to represent a broad cross-section of the Placer County community. The one-year term for successful applicants begins on July 1, 2023 and ends on June 30, 2024. The Grand Jury’s primary function is to examine governments within Placer County, inclusive of the county government, city governments, and special districts to ensure that public agencies are conducting business in an appropriate and efficient manner. READ NEWS RELEASE + MORE INFO


UCP GOLF TOURNAMENT | APRIL 28

The UCP Player’s Cup is a new golf tournament coming in 2023 – providing an amazing day of golf for our participants while also raising funds for UCP programs and services. Enjoy a fantastic day of golf with a great group of business leaders and community members and make a significant difference for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and their families. LEARN MORE

 

 


NEW! FIRE SAFE COUNCILS OF PLACER COUNTY NEWSLETTER

Stay informed about fire prevention and safety. Read the Fire Safe Councils of Placer County newsletter – and be sure to subscribe. The newsletter contains important information about workshops, events and more. SUBSCRIBE HERE

 

 

 


FREE TAX PREP FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Placer County Health and Human Services is now providing free tax assistance to eligible individuals and families, in cooperation with the IRS and United Way, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


Additional Resources

Placer Business Resource Center
North Tahoe Community Alliance
Sierra Small Business Development Center
California State Treasurer’s Office



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 3

WHAT A WINTER!

I wrote this as we experienced yet another significant storm moving through our area. While we welcomed our record snowfall and rain after (4) years of persistent drought, it also came with much colder temperatures and low snow impacts. Tahoe is buried in snow with approximately 100 inches of new snowfall in the region over the last seven days, creating delays and shortages for the region. These combined require much more emergency preparations, operations, and services than we have seen in recent years. The significant weather has resulted in a deterioration of many of roadways – significant potholes are evident. Our office has been working with both Caltrans and our Department of Public Works to address concerns with roadway conditions and rest stop closures. Potholes can be temporarily patched during cold and wet conditions, but permanent repairs require temperatures above 50 degrees, dryer weather, and temporary lane closures. The rest stops on I80 have had repeated closures. Snow removal is only one of the issues. Sewer line repairs and a reduction in the level of the treatment ponds is needed. The weather this winter has not allowed these areas to be addressed in a timely manner. If there are serious concerns with a particular location – please let our office know and we will make sure State and County staff are notified. Another major storm is forecasted for this weekend so expect further travel delays and potential roadway closures on regional roadways. Please stay informed and make sure to visit our ReadyPlacer Dashboard for up-to-date road conditions and weather advisories. WATCH VIDEO

Last week I visited with volunteers interested in protecting the historic lime kilns located along the Bear River. A unique part of California’s history, the kilns are located on private property that was fairly undisturbed for the last 120 years. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Jim Wood of the California Lime Kiln Conservancy.

I was also invited to speak at the Auburn Rotary Club and once again was so very impressed with the service ethic shared by the Rotary Club (and so many other local service organizations) to making lasting impacts in our communities and throughout the world. Two thoughts that they reminded me of: “be curious not judgmental”; and let us all contribute “Happy bucks” for all that we must be grateful for in our County, our State and in our nation.

As I described in more detail in the last newsletter, we are also continuing to work on efforts with our homeless that are located at the Placer County Government Center. As of this writing all those unsheltered individuals still on the site have moved into the Mobile Temporary Shelter (MTS). 47 of the 50 tents are occupied and the rules put into place are being followed. The former location will remain fenced off with the remaining belongings for 90 days as required. The residents are being encouraged to remove their remaining items as required. The Placer County Probation Department, HHS and First Communities (contractor) are at the site and providing support and enforcement as required.

Looking ahead at our upcoming March meetings, County staff is working on a wide variety of items including: forest health update and demonstration; beekeeping code amendments; disaster preparedness; budget preparation for 2023-24; as well as a potential staffing increase for our Board of Supervisors’ offices. Please visit our website to view specific agendas.

Please feel free to reach out to our office with questions.

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson 


Additional News + Resources

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | RECAP OF FEBRUARY 28

The Board of Supervisors meeting on February 28 included a number of items that are specific to or impact District 5, including:

VIEW FULL AGENDA + FEBRUARY 28 RECORDING


PLACER COUNTY OPENS MOBILE TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR UNHOUSED IN AUBURN & MOVES TO PROVIDE MEALS

Placer County has opened a first-of-its-kind mobile, temporary shelter in Auburn to serve local, unhoused residents. The low-barrier shelter is located in the Placer County Government Center and consists of 50 heavy-duty tents with basic services. LEARN MORE + WATCH VIDEO

Following the Board of Supervisors action on Tuesday, clients of the Placer County Mobile Temporary Shelter will now be given two meals a day through the county’s contract for inmate meals. The move comes just two weeks after the shelter opened because no food storage or fires are allowed at the shelter. LEARN MORE

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


WORKFORCE HOUSING IN TAHOE GETS FUNDING BOOST

More than half-a-million dollars in additional funding has been made available for homebuyers in eastern Placer County to address the shortage of local worker housing. With a unanimous vote, the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 14 approved $600,000 of reserved transient occupancy tax dollars to increase funding for the county’s incentive-based home buying assistance program, the Workforce Housing Preservation Program. WHPP is designed to address the rising cost of home purchases, specifically in eastern Placer County, by assisting local workers with grant funding to help them purchase homes near where they work. LEARN MORE


PLACER VETERANS STAND DOWN | MAY 9-11, 2023

Do you know what Stand Down means? It’s a military term for active duty personnel in the field… “to stand down, is to stop for R & R.” Rest & Relaxation is what Placer Veterans Stand Down is giving our Veterans by helping them get the services they need but may not be able to afford or know how to get. Veterans who show up can take advantage of services such as dental, vision, hearing, legal, DMV, and more. PVSD has officially confirmed dates and a location for their 2023 event – they will be back at the Roseville Fairgrounds from May 9-11. LEARN MORE

 


MARK WATTS APPOINTED TO PLACER PLANNING COMMISSION

The Placer County Board of Supervisors acted on Tuesday, February 14 to appoint North Auburn resident Mark Watts to the Placer County Planning Commission, representing District 5. Watts has served locally on the North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council and has decades of experience as a lobbyist and governmental relations consultant in Sacramento with a focus in the areas of transportation, public policy and governance. He is currently co-principal at Watts & Hartmann LLC providing lobbying services and strategic political advice along with day-to-day management of the firm. LEARN MORE

Mark is a highly qualified professional with decades of experience in state government as well as working with local governments on transportation issues. As chair of the North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council, Mark demonstrated his respect for the public process and thoughtful approach on a variety of planning issues. Mark and his wife have residences in Auburn and Tahoe and he’s very knowledgeable of the issues facing our foothill and Sierra communities.


HOW YOU CAN HELP HONOR OUR FALLEN PEACE OFFICERS?

Our Board of Supervisors approved a $50,000 contribution on behalf of our residents to help fund the proposed Fallen Deputy Monument at the Auburn Justice Center – honoring the nine Sheriff’s Office peace officers who’ve given their lives in service. There’s still a need for more funding. LEARN MORE

 

 


FREE TAX PREP FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Placer County Health and Human Services is now providing free tax assistance to eligible individuals and families, in cooperation with the IRS and United Way, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA helps wage earners with the highest need receive their earned income tax credit, a refundable federal and state income tax credit for low-to moderate-income working individuals and families. Anyone earning income up to $65K in 2022 is eligible for this free program. LEARN MORE

 


Public Safety Reports District 5 • February 2023

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF

  • Total Incidents: 3627
  • Citizen Calls: 2020
  • Deputy Initiated: 1607
  • Priority 1 Citizen Calls: 55
  • Priority 2 Citizen Calls: 586
  • Suspicious Activity: 297
  • Disturbance: 219
  • Alarm: 307
  • Traffic Stops: 540
  • Calls closed with an Arrest: 121
  • Calls closed with a Citations: 107

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (AUBURN)

  • Collisions: 107 for February | 252 YTD
    • 2 Fatalities YTD
  • Citations: 366
  • DUI Arrests: 38
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 1
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 1
  • Assist Disabled Motorists: 128
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 9

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (TRUCKEE)

  • Collisions: 33 for month of February
  • Citations: 188
  • DUI Arrests: 16
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 0
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 0
  • Assist Disabled Motorists (including snow related spinouts) : 223
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 2

CAL FIRE/PLACER COUNTY FIRE DEPT.

  • Acres Burned: 2
  • Wildland Fire: 2
  • Structure Fire: 37
  • Vehicle Fire: 5
  • Other Fire: 119
  • Medical Responses: 566
  • HazMat: 31
  • LE Activity: 0
  • PSA/Other: 77
  • Total Incidents: 900

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Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | February 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | February 2

WELCOMING FEBRUARY….

District 5 Residents, Businesses, and Organizations:

Communities across the state—and country—are grappling with the complex issue of homelessness. While Placer County has the lowest rate of homelessness in Northern California, our Board, staff, and community partners are working diligently to address this issue and support the long-term health and wellbeing of Placer County communities.

The causes of homelessness are multifaceted, and the County approach reflects that. In December of 2021, Placer County Probation unveiled their Probation Outreach Vehicle to serve unhoused individuals. In August of last year, the County opened the Lotus Center, a 24/7 respite center for individuals in crisis. In April, the County secured funding for 82 units of permanent supportive housing and services. And the County continues to participate in the Regional Homelessness Response working group, having conversations with representatives from all six cities to find countywide, collaborative strategies.

The County also enacted a camping ordinance to prohibit camping in certain areas of County property. Last spring, homeless camping on the Placer County Government Center grew to a size and scale that we couldn’t continue to allow. It wasn’t safe or healthy for those camping there, it wasn’t safe for the public and the staff who need to access the site, and it impacted neighbors in the area. After enacting its camping ordinance, the County lawfully required individuals camping on the Government Center to relocate. Unfortunately, a number of those individuals filed a class claim against the County. Since September, the County has been working to resolve those claims, and in January a settlement was reached. Part of that settlement requires establishing a mobile temporary shelter at 11517 F Avenue on the Placer County Government Center. READ PRESS RELEASE

The goal of the mobile temporary shelter is to help unhoused individuals stabilize, connect to services, and find permanent housing. The shelter will include:

  • Approximately 50 tents with cots and basic bedding
  • Toilets and handwashing stations
  • Showers, potable water, and trash service
  • Fixed tent layout with limited storage and possessions
  • 24/7 on-site supervision and enforcement of some basic rules

The site will function as a low barrier shelter, meaning that there will be no residency or drug-testing requirements for admittance. Shelter residents must comply with basic health and safety rules, such as a prohibition on weapons, drugs, and alcohol on site. The existing County building at 11517 F Avenue will be used as a staging area for shelter management, supportive services, and as a warming and cooling center during extreme weather. Once this shelter is in place, no one will be allowed to remain at the current informal encampment on F Avenue.

The establishment of this shelter represents a significant investment in addressing homelessness, and numerous studies indicate that assisting the unhoused into shelter and programs is more cost effective than the cost of chronic homelessness. A 2017 report conducted by UC Irvine in collaboration with Orange County found a 50% reduction in costs associated with providing housing and supportive services, versus leaving individuals in the cycle of homelessness. A 2017 brief by the National Alliance to End Homelessness looked at national data and found a cost reduction of 49.5% when chronically unhoused individuals were housed.

We ask that caring community members not drop off unauthorized donations, which generally contribute to waste and pest problems. Anyone interested in providing food or volunteering at the shelter should contact Probation Manager Aaron Johnson at (916) 543-7436.

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson 


Recent D5 Community Events

Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Hwy 49 Business Association recently hosted their annual installation dinners. Our locally owned businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. Their dedicated owners and staff go above and beyond to serve their customers and to volunteer for special events and activities to increase the vitality of our communities.

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

AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is for the local business owners, the local economy, and the local community. Everything they do and stand for aligns for the betterment of everyone who lives and works in and around Auburn, CA.

2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
• President: Peggy Seitzinger
• President Elect: Josh Hanosh
• Vice President: Gary Gilligan
• Past President: Scotland McCallum
• Treasurer: Monique Hall
• Board Members: Eric Chun, Katie Kenoyer, Garrett Konrad, Natalie Litchfield, Candace Hile, Manouch Shirvanioun, Nalesh Chandra, and Cynthia Haynes

AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD RECIPIENTS
• Volunteer of the Year: Katie Kenoyer
• Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary Gilligan
• Rising Star: Candace Hile
• Best Non-Profit: Stand Up Placer
• Best Local Event: Placer Grown Farmers Market
• New Entrepreneur: Eric Chun
• Jeanette Klebofski Ambassador of the Year Award: Bill Radakovitz
• Chamber Award: Kahl Muscott
• President’s Award: Arthur Chappell

HIGHWAY 49 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION was founded to give local businesses a networking opportunity to promote their businesses, to be a resource for local happenings and to give a voice to local businesses in political and economic activities.

2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
• President: Peter Konrad
• Vice President: Jerry Picaman
• Treasurer: Irene Yamasaki
• Secretary: Madonna Anglin
• Past President: Monique Hall
• Director: Tony Ferrari

PLACER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION recently hosted a donor appreciation dinner where I had the honor to speak. The blaze spread nearly 77,000 acres in Placer and El Dorado County with 4000 firefighters assigned to the fire – resulting in the largest evacuation in Placer County history, with 6000 people facing up to 11 consecutive days of evacuation. Placer Community Foundation established the Mosquito Fire Relief Fund, raising $314K which was distributed to an estimated 2500 households. Similarly, Placer Community Foundation raised $258K for the River Fire and $20K for the Winter Storms. LEARN MORE

 

NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA is celebrating their 50th anniversary of operations this season! This past weekend I was excited to partake in the celebration which included 3 fun-filled days with live music, ice sculptures, a drone show, operations showcase, and so much more. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


Additional Resources + News

PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR GRAND JURY SERVICE

The Superior Court of California, County of Placer is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2023-2024 Placer County Grand Jury. The Court encourages applications from all citizens to enable the Grand Jury to represent a broad cross-section of the Placer County community. The one-year term for successful applicants begins on July 1, 2023 and ends on June 30, 2024. The Grand Jury’s primary function is to examine governments within Placer County, inclusive of the county government, city governments, and special districts to ensure that public agencies are conducting business in an appropriate and efficient manner. READ NEWS RELEASE + MORE INFO


PLACER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES EIGHT TAHOE PROJECTS FOR 2022.23

Based on the recommendation of the Capital Advisory Projects Committee, eight capital improvement projects have received funding in eastern Placer County. On Tuesday, January 24, the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the allocation of $4,493,818 in Tourism Occupancy Tax funds consistent with CAP Committee recommendations to fund these eight projects for the 2022-23 fiscal year. LEARN MORE

I’m thankful for the CAP Committee’s deliberation and commitment to recommending these projects in our region.There are many important needs in our area and I’m so thankful the committee reserved funds for future projects that could go to addressing critical housing and transportation issues.


FREE TAX PREP FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Placer County Health and Human Services is now providing free tax assistance to eligible individuals and families, in cooperation with the IRS and United Way, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA helps wage earners with the highest need receive their earned income tax credit, a refundable federal and state income tax credit for low-to moderate-income working individuals and families. Anyone earning income up to $65K in 2022 is eligible for this free program. LEARN MORE


Public Safety Reports District 5 • January 2023

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (AUBURN)

  • Collisions: 138 YTD
    • 1 Fatality
  • Citations: 298
  • DUI Arrests: 21
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 1
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 1
  • Assist Disabled Motorists: 128
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 5

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (TRUCKEE)

  • Collisions: 49
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Citations: 103
  • DUI Arrests: 25
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 0
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 0
  • Assist Disabled Motorists: 216
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 2

CAL FIRE/PLACER COUNTY FIRE DEPT.

  • Acres Burned: 0
  • Wildland Fire: 0
  • Structure Fire: 40
  • Vehicle Fire: 10
  • Other Fire: 128
  • Medical Responses: 758
  • HazMat: 114
  • LE Activity: 1
  • PSA/Other: 60
  • Total Incidents: 1,111

Additional Resources


Placer Alert notifies residents about emergency events and other important public safety information via phone call, text or email. Please help us to help you by signing up to receive these important alerts. SIGN UP!

Free, confidential, multilingual and available 24/7. Connect to resources for housing, food, transportation, healthcare, heat safety resources and more. Your source for non-emergency disaster information. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
RESOLVE TO PARTICIPATE AND HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Happy New Year to All! 2022 seemed to fly by and now we look to setting goals for 2023. One of the Board’s priorities is encouraging more public involvement in our processes. We work hard each and every day and yet very few of our 405,000 residents participate in our meetings, committees, or workshops. I hope you will take a few minutes to consider getting involved in one of our many opportunities this next year. Government is only successful at reflecting the will of the people when a diversity of voices are participating in meaningful dialogue.  If you participate, you can and will make a difference! 

For my part, I will continue to focus on meeting with as many of you as possible. While my schedule stays incredibly full, I look forward to opportunities to meet you at your business, service club, neighborhood meeting, or special event. We can organize coffees, tours, or other activities to meet all those that are the fabric of our communities. Please send me your invitations!

RESOLVE TO BE INVOLVED

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 to consider applying for an appointment to one of the seats. I’d love to tell you it’s 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 sometimes it is not fun – but democracy requires participation! The rewards of serving your community are immense.

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

Explore committees, commissions and councils with upcoming vacancies or term expirations.

Municipal Advisory Councils – MACs:

For more information on board, commission or committee vacancies, click here. 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 our monthly Eastern Placer Bulletin, the Countywide Newsletter, and/or 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. Explore Placer County’s online calendar!

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 ideas, suggestions, or questions.

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson 


LOOKING BACK AT PUBLIC SERVICE IN PLACER COUNTY

Thank you to our residents, partners, and staff for making 2022 a year of positive growth. Please join us for a look back at the past year as we highlight just some of the accomplishments that we all made together. We hope the next year brings you joy, prosperity and wonderful memories. WATCH VIDEO


RECOGNIZING OUR MOSQUITO FIRE DONORS & VOLUNTEERS

FORESTHILL MOUNTAIN STRONG
This is a reprint from The Foresthill Messenger submitted by Elisa Gardner
In the aftermath of the Mosquito Fire, we have seen the residents of Foresthill come together and combine their resources to help those who needed it most. An incredible outpouring of fund raising started immediately upon our arrival back on the hill after the evacuation orders were lifted. Non-Profit groups rallied together to not only give thanks to our fire- fighters who saved the town but offered aid to those who lost their homes. Even businesses suffered losses showed their support with donations. Divisions that may have once existed for whatever reason suddenly became a thing of the past and Foresthill has united 130% making the motto “Foresthill Mountain Strong” an active energy to be felt by all. Foresthill Chamber of Commerce was asked to help spread the word about re- sources that can help those in our community. First, Placer County, created a Local Assistance Center, at the old school, for a two-day event offering resources to fire victims. Over twenty entities were there for Foresthill residents. Following that, a Disaster Resource Village was put together by the New Hope Organization. They brought together many Non- Profits, to provide immediate supplies, money cards, food, emotional support, insurance advice and legal directions. We offer our thanks to everyone involved with the miracles of giving and receiving at such a critical time.

THE SPAGHETTI FEED FUNDRAISER RAISED OVER $14K
The Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser supported the victims that have lost homes in
 the Mosquito Fire on
 the Foresthill Divide; including Foresthill, Michigan Bluff and Baker Ranch. A special thank you to the the leads of the Foresthill Strong Mosquito Fire Relief: Danielle, Lola, Debora, Gina, Michelle, Nessa, Lisa, and Kelsey as well as the many volunteers that assisted them in making this fundraiser a huge success. In addition, thank you to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Foresthill Lions Club, 220 Area Squad Club, Foresthill Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Grace Church, Foresthill Christian Church, Hells Angels Highlands, Motorcycle Community, The Church of the Almighty Highway at the Highlands.

THANK YOU TO PLACER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION VOLUNTEERS:

  • Sue Thompson
  • Mary Ann Flemmer
  • Barbara Goodson
  • Vicki Spannagel
  • Janice Carey

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the $102,000 raised by community donations and the $87,500 in Cal Fire Foundation funding.


$2,500 SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AVAILABLE

The MicroBiz Grant program is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. Small businesses in Placer County that missed the first round and second round should not hesitate to submit an application to receive $2,500. The Micro Biz grant is for small business owners whose business revenue was less than $50,000 in 2019. To qualify, businesses must have five or fewer employees and have been operating since the end of 2019. Please note, that there are additional eligibility requirements. You are urged to review the simple requirements prior to submitting an application. LEARN MORE + APPLY TODAY

 


GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Community members are invited to shape the future of the region, and we need help from Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to ensure everyone’s voice is heard! Applications are now open for CBO partners to propose outreach and engagement activities for the 2025 Blueprint to build community awareness and help gather input. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is responsible for creating a plan that looks 25 years into the future to determine how the Sacramento region will grow and change over that time. The plan, also called the 2025 Blueprint, is developed using a combination of evaluating development projects from cities and counties, careful forecasting of population and transportation changes, and most importantly, with lots of input from community members. LEARN MORE

  • Who can apply: Community-based organizations including nonprofits, neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and more.
  • When are applications due: January 20, 2023
  • Timeline for grant completion: Engagement activities will start February 2023 and need to be completed by June 30, 2023.
  • Interested in applying? Start your application here. You can also register for a pre-proposal meeting on January 10, 1–3 pm, for Q&A with SACOG staff.

2022 Public Safety Reports for District 5

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF

  • Total Incidents: 30179
  • Citizen Calls: 18104
  • Deputy Initiated: 12075
  • Priority 1 Citizen Calls: 5539
  • Priority 2 Citizen Calls: 5437
  • Suspicious Activity: 2722
  • Disturbance: 2034
  • Alarm: 2232
  • Traffic Stops: 3933
  • Calls closed with an Arrest: 1012
  • Calls closed with a Citations: 669

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (AUBURN)

  • Collisions: 1734 YTD
  • 192 for month of December
  • 21 Fatalities YTD
  • Citations: 7,059
  • DUI Arrests: 388
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 64
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 60
  • Assist Disabled Motorists: 2,059
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 54

CAL FIRE/PLACER COUNTY FIRE DEPT.

  • Acres Burned: 1,962
  • Wildland Fire: 421
  • Structure Fire: 379
  • Vehicle Fire: 38
  • Other Fire: 3,362
  • Medical Responses: 27,011
  • HazMat: 1,333
  • LE Activity: 54
  • PSA/Other: 3,372
  • Total Incidents: 35,974


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 1

SEASON’S GREETINGS!

I hope all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving filled with gratitude for what we have, for the families we love, for the friends we cherish, and hope for the future.

Now the Giving Season is upon us! I encourage you to shop local and to consider donating to any of the non-profits that serve our communities. We have so many incredible local businesses and nonprofits throughout Placer County and every dollar spent or donated makes a huge difference in the lives of so many.

If you are able, please take a moment to think about your year-end giving. Most of our local nonprofits run on shoestring budgets with small staffs and volunteers who work long hours. They rely on your generosity to be able to continue their support for our residents and communities in the new year ahead. I encourage you to think about those organizations and causes close to your heart and donate.

If you are unsure of how to contribute this Giving Season, below is a list of just few examples of organizations doing phenomenal work that can use your help:


GIVE BACK TAHOE

If you’re looking to donate to an organization in the Tahoe Truckee area, check out Give Back Tahoe. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation hosts an annual Give Back Tahoe end-of-year campaign, serving as a platform to connect you with 60 nonprofits in the region and can help you find a cause that aligns with your values and charitable goals. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation also sponsors challenge grants between November 29 – December 13, so your donation may even help a nonprofit collect additional funds.

‘The Give Back Tahoe Giving Season brings together neighbors, visitors, and friends. It reminds us the spirit of the holiday season is about gratitude and giving. It’s about community. Donate to local nonprofits. Be a part of something bigger.’ LEARN MORE + DONATE

Here are just a few organizations in Eastern Placer that can use your help:


RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SHOW LOVE FOR LOCAL AND “SHOP PLACER” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Placer County leaders are encouraging residents to give back to their community this holiday season as they roll out their third-annual Shop Placer campaign. The “Shop Placer, Show Love for Local” campaign is a regional effort of local chambers of commerce, cities and towns to band together and encourage Placer County residents to shop local and support their favorite businesses and restaurants whenever possible. LEARN MORE

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


JUSTSERVE | FIND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES + RESOURCES

JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community. JustServe is a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in posting projects or in encouraging volunteers to serve according to our guidelines. LEARN MORE

 


Additional News + Resources

BOARD APPROVES CONTRACT FOR NEW PLACER COUNTY CEO | JANE CHRISTENSON

After a nationwide search, Jane Christenson has been selected to permanently fill the position of county executive officer for Placer County. Christenson, who has been acting CEO since June 2022, was chosen from among a field of 15 qualified candidates. LEARN MORE

I want to thank all the panelists and county staff that participated in the extensive selection process. The board appreciates the wisdom and communication from so many of our constituents, elected department heads, and staff members who will be working with and for Jane. I think it is important for residents to understand the thoroughness of the process and how united we were in our support for Jane’s appointment.


FREE CHIPPER SERVICE THROUGH DECEMBER 31

Placer County Resource Conservation District has announced chipper service will be free for service requested between Nov 9th and Dec 31st. Placer RCD has taken this step to encourage residents to tackle their defensible space work, with a goal of keeping chipper crews busy through the holidays which is typically a slower time for the program. LEARN MORE + RESERVE SERVICES

 

 


MOSQUITO FIRE LANDOWNER ASSISTANCE

In partnership with CAL FIRE and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Placer County Resource Conservation District is offering free landowner assistance to property owners within the Mosquito Fire perimeter for removal of dead/dying trees and reforestation where appropriate. LEARN MORE

 

 


MOSQUITO FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM LAUNCH

Right of Entry forms for residential property owners for the Mosquito Fire debris removal program are now available. The webpage includes program details and instructions for completion. An email was sent to all Mosquito Recovery email newsletter subscribers, and staff will also be contacting property owners by phone regarding the program. Completed ROE forms should be submitted to Environmental Health: envhealth@placer.ca.gov, and submitters will receive email notification once ROEs are approved. Deadline for ROE submission is December 16. Information about the alternative debris removal option for those choosing to hire their own contractors at their own expense to remove debris is also available. LEARN MORE


2050 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN PUBLIC SURVEY AND DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

PCTPA is embarking on an effort to update its long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which is required to be updated every five years. The RTP outlines fiscally-constrained transportation opportunities in Placer County (excluding the Tahoe Basin) until 2050, and includes projections of population and housing growth, estimates revenue, and outlines transportation investment priorities. It is a collaborative effort among PCTPA, its member agencies, SACOG, elected officials, and stakeholders from across the County. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY

PCTPA will be hosting three RTP community workshops to gauge the Placer County community transportation priorities.


TWO ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS WILL AFFECT TRAFFIC IN DISTRICT 5 | ROLLINS LAKE + ALTA FORESTRY ROAD

The Department of Public Works has started construction on two projects in our district: the Rollins Lake Slide Repair Project and the Alta Forestry Road slope stabilization project.

Rollins Lake Road will be reduced from two lanes to one and controlled with temporary traffic lights beginning at Barb Wire Lane and extending 1,400 feet north. The project will repair a 2017 slope failure and mitigate the possibility of future slope failures that could affect private property. The public may contact Gina Prchlik with Ghirardelli Associates Inc. at 510-681-4275 with questions on the Rollins Lake slide repair project. The project is scheduled for completion in April.

The Alta Forestry Road slope stabilization project will reduce traffic to one lane with flaggers controlling traffic starting at Alta Bonnynook Road and ending 350 feet to the southeast. The project includes the construction of a retaining wall to eliminate the impacts of slope failures where dirt and debris has slid onto the road and required cleanup. This stretch of Alta Forestry Road is near Lake Alta and serves as the lone access point to the local CalFire station. The public may reach out to Dan Albright with PSOMAS at 916-204-6963 with questions regarding this project, which is scheduled for completion in January. LEARN MORE


District 5 Public Safety Reports | November 2022

awaiting updated stats….

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF

  • Total Incidents: 2,341
  • Citizen Calls: 1,352
  • Deputy Initiated: 989
  • Priority 1 Citizen Calls: 50
  • Priority 2 Citizen Calls: 346
  • Suspicious Activity: 198
  • Disturbance: 145
  • Alarm: 170
  • Traffic Stops: 303
  • Calls closed with an Arrest: 77
  • Calls closed with a Citations: 72

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (AUBURN)

  • Collisions: 1526 YTD
  • 128 for month of November
  • 15 Fatalities YTD
  • Citations: 6,969
  • DUI Arrests: 367
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 58
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 52
  • Assist Disabled Motorists: 1,881
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 49

CAL FIRE / PLACER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • Acres Burned: 1,956
  • Wildland Fire: 409
  • Structure Fire: 337
  • Vehicle Fire: 31
  • Other Fire: 2,977
  • Medical Responses: 23,894
  • HazMat: 1,064
  • LE Activity: 52
  • PSA/Other: 2,985
  • Total Incidents: 31,718


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 1

RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED

It is our duty as both a nation and as individuals, to recognize and honor the brave women and men that have served our country and defended our liberty. While our Country’s veterans should be thanked every day of the year, we get to celebrate these heroes on Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day! Please join me in acknowledging and supporting their service at these various community events.

AUBURN VETERANS DAY PARADE AND COMMUNITY CEREMONY | Celebrating 75 Years of the United State Air Force! Join the celebration, join the salute! The Parade will begin November 11 at 10:50am at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Avenue and will proceed down Lincoln Way. The parade will pause at the Central Square at 11am. There will be a brief patriotic ceremony with the release of doves, followed by a fly-over (weather permitting), and a three-volley rifle salute followed by TAPS. The parade will resume on High Street and end at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. LEARN MORE

VETERANS DAY SERVICES | Mark your calendar for the upcoming Veterans Day services on November 11 at 11:11am at the Placer County Veterans Monument site. The James E. Fowler, American Legion Post 264 Lincoln, CA and the Glen Edwards VFW Post 3010 – Lincoln/Sheridan California will honor Veterans past and present with their annual Veteran’s Day ceremony including guest speaker Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, the unveiling of panel #6 on the monument, and “Visit with a Vet” in the park. LEARN MORE

FORESTHILL VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION | The American Legion Post 587 Foresthill, CA and Foresthill VFW Post 11294 will be marching through town on November 11 at 10am, starting at the Red and White Center on Main Street and ending at the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall. Followed by a community BBQ hosted by the American Legion and VFW. LEARN MORE

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


HIGHLIGHTING THE AUBURN SENIOR CENTER

This month I’d also like to highlight a wonderful organization in our community – the Auburn Senior Center. In early October I got the opportunity to tour their new facility in North Auburn and see all the exciting programs and activities they offer to their 300+ members from Placer, El Dorado and Nevada Counties.

Here are just a few examples of how this organization helps seniors:

  • Schedule over 1500 tax appointments for seniors every year through AARP Free Tax Services.
  • Offer dozens of fun and informative classes covering everything from cooking to fitness to art and much more.
  • Provide tech support and cell phone training.
  • Members are offered travel opportunities through companies who support the needs of seniors.

Membership costs only $25 per year, and being a member provides heavily discounted rates for classes. All of the services provided at this location are funded by membership fees, donations and fundraisers, so if you’re a senior in the area, please take advantage of this great opportunity. LEARN MORE

I’m also excited for the opportunity to attend the Auburn Senior Center’s 2nd annual “Taste of the Foothills” event which will be held Thursday, November 3 at the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall where a variety of Placer’s finest food and drink will be served along with entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are sold out and they have started a waiting list. LEARN MORE

With gratitude for all of our heroic first responders and generous community members,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 

 


More Events, News & Resources

BEAR RIVER CAMPGROUND UPDATE

The Bear River Campground is currently open to the public for day use and will remain open for day use following the expiration of the county’s operating agreement with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on November 12, 2022. As a condition of our operating agreement, Placer County is required to remove fire rings, bar-b-Q’s, tables, benches, and signage relating to camping prior to November 12. Our staff is currently in the process of removing these required items. No formal decision has been made on the future management and operation of the property, but discussions are ongoing with the State. If you would like to receive updates on the Bear River Campground, please email Placer County Parks. LEARN MORE


DON’T FORGET TO VOTE | NOVEMBER 8

Don’t let the November 8, 2022, General Election pass you by! Visit the Placer Elections website for election information, how to vote, where to vote, information on returning your ballot, additional operating hours, volunteering, and much more. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


MOUNTAIN MANDARIN FESTIVAL | NOVEMBER 18-20

The 29th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, takes place every year in November at the Auburn Fairgrounds with the new crop of delicious, foothills-grown Mandarin oranges. Placer County growers will sell thousands of pounds of fresh Mandarin oranges and gift baskets, accompanied by all the free samples you like. Join in the fun with food, artisan crafts, and activities featuring the Mandarin orange and music! LEARN MORE + PURCHASE TICKETS

 


PCTPA TO LAUNCH 2050 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Transportation plays a key role in promoting economic development and protecting the quality of life. Every five years, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) prepares a long-range transportation plan that projects population and housing growth estimates, future federal, state, and local revenues, and outlines a financially constrained list of transportation investment priorities for the next 25 years in all of Placer County (excluding the Tahoe Basin). PCTPA works with residents, elected officials, and various other stakeholders from across Placer County to prepare the Regional Transportation Plan.

This cycle, given so many significant changes in the area, PCTPA is making a cognizant effort to be out in the community and assess residents’ priorities, so the plan is built from the bottom up. These efforts include a community-wide survey, hosting various community meetings, and being present at popular community events and spaces to meet residents where they are at.

Information about this process and how to get involved: CLICK HERE
Interested in becoming a stakeholder or have questions for the project team: CLICK HERE


LOW-COST CHIPPER PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH DEFENSIBLE SPACE NEEDS

Defensible space is only a call away with our low-cost chipper program. The Placer County Chipper Program provides a low-cost residential chipping service to help landowners manage their vegetation and meet defensible space goals. Run by the Placer Resource Conservation District and supported by our Probation Department, this program can help you with your land management needs. LEARN MORE

 


NAVY VETERAN WILL SERVE AS PLACER COUNTY’S NEW VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

There’s a new face ready to support Placer County veterans and their families. Matthew Galvin, a longtime Navy officer, has been appointed the county’s new veterans service officer, overseeing an office that supports veterans’ access to compensation and pensions, survivor benefits, education, vocational rehabilitation, home loans, life insurance and burial benefits, among other services. LEARN MORE

 


PUBLIC INPUT WANTED TO STRENGTHEN PLACER COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Placer County community members are invited to participate in an online survey to help strengthen county mental health services. The plan aims to create local mental health systems that are consumer- and family member- driven, focused on wellness and resiliency, recovery-orientated and culturally competent. Community input through the survey will help determine what is working well in the community and what services are still needed to improve mental health. TAKE SURVEY + LEARN MORE

 


REGION’S LARGEST BUSINESS SUMMIT ATTRACTS 700+

Placer County’s top business and economic leaders joined the community to share their economic outlook, vision and best practices at the first-annual Placer Valley 2022 Business Summit in Roseville. 700-plus regional business representatives met for Placer Valley Business Summit at Bayside Church in Roseville. WATCH VIDEO

 


CELEBRATING NEW ‘TRAFFIC GARDEN’ AT AUBURN ELEMENTARY

On Friday October 17, students at Auburn Elementary School celebrated the addition of a new ‘traffic garden’ on campus, holding a bike rodeo with school staff and community partners to mark the occasion. Traffic gardens are miniature, child-scale traffic towns that provide a safe space for children to learn the rules of the road away from street traffic. LEARN MORE + WATCH VIDEO

 


NEW BENEFITS SYSTEM FOR FOOD, HEALTHCARE + EMP. ASSISTANCE

On October 31, Placer County joined dozens of other counties in transitioning to a new, easy-to-use universal public benefits system. With this change, the MyBenefits CalWIN public portal will change to a new website. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 6

GRATITUDE AS WE RECOVER FROM THE MOSQUITO FIRE

The Mosquito Fire is officially the largest in Placer County’s history burning over 65,000 acres within our County. While it is the largest in acreage, fortunately it wasn’t as destructive as it could have been thanks to the phenomenal efforts of our first responders.

Words can’t express the incredible gratitude and confidence we have had witnessing the heroic efforts of CAL FIRE, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, USFS, and allied local agencies, who immediately responded to safely evacuate our neighbors and fight the Mosquito Fire protecting lives, homes and businesses. The aerial assault, as well as the huge number of firefighters and ground-based equipment that were mobilized, saved the community of Foresthill. Even so, the Mosquito Fire caused a number of our residents to lose their beloved homes and possessions, and many others experienced significant hardships as their lives, businesses and schools were disrupted during the event. We extend our greatest sympathy and support to those who have lost so much and those who were impacted by the evacuations.

In addition to our incredible first responders, many Placer County departments, staff, other government agencies, and non-profit organizations immediately jumped in to assist and support our impacted community members. Their efforts found those who were evacuated shelter, animal care, food, clothing, supplies, alternative school sites for their children, and financial support. (See more recovery information below.) I encourage you to watch the video from the Board of Supervisors sharing gratitude to all the partners who assisted during the Mosquito Fire.

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]

We are also grateful for the incredible outpouring of individual Placer County residents and donors who provided assistance, shelter, and donations to help those displaced. Many of these individuals go unrecognized and yet represent the true fabric of our Placer County communities. If you know of residents or businesses who assisted on an individual basis, please email our office so we can offer our thanks and recognition.

The Mosquito Fire recovery efforts will continue for quite some time — please encourage anyone who needs assistance to reach out to our 211 line for a comprehensive list of all support services and resources.

With gratitude for all of our heroic first responders and generous community members,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


MOSQUITO FIRE RECOVERY EFFORTS & UPDATES

As of October 2, The Mosquito Fire burned a total of 76,788 acres with 90% containment and 1,540 personnel. Based on current and expected fire activity, this will be the final daily update for the Mosquito Fire on InciWeb. READ MORE

Recovery efforts are in full swing. Here’s what’s currently going on with the response….

• Due to multiple ongoing hazardous operations requiring the use of heavy equipment from several agencies, Mosquito Ridge Road will be closed from 8am-6pm daily until further notice. LEARN MORE

• Residents who’ve experienced any impacts related to the fire are encouraged to sign up for email updates and continue to monitor our Mosquito Fire Recovery website for more information and resources. LEARN MORE

• The Local Assistance Centers that were held by Placer County on September 22 and 23 provided assistance to people who were affected by the Mosquito Fire. Over the course of those two days, 16 stations logged 367 interactions with 127 households. The most interactions were recorded at Animal Services followed by the DMV, Health and Human Services, Assessor’s Office, and Franchise Tax Board. LEARN MORE

• Our community has shown tremendous generosity; for both the River Fire in 2021, and the Mosquito Fire. Placer Community Foundation now seeks to build funds in advance of these devastating fires so that, when another fire strikes, dollars can be distributed to victims quickly and thoughtfully. The Community Foundation has established the Fire Season Relief Fund. Please consider a donation to help our future neighbors in need. Our community is better when we work together. DONATE HERE

MOSQUITO FIRE LANDOWNER ASSISTANCE
Placer Resource Conservation District is dedicated to assisting private landowners impacted by the 2022 Mosquito Fire. Placer RCD will conduct landowner site assessments free of charge and are actively seeking implementation funding for hazard tree removal and reforestation. To schedule a site visit or stay updated on potential assistance options for post-fire recovery contact Lewis Campbell, Forestry Project Coordinator. LEARN MORE

HOW EVACUATIONS WORKED IN THE MOSQUITO FIRE

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | RECAP OF SEPTEMBER 27

The Board of Supervisors Meeting on September 27 included several items that are specific to or impact various regions of District 5….

Annual Housing Program Update
Government Center Facilities Update
Ratifying Mosquito Fire Local Health Emergency
Ca Department of Public Health for Future of Public Health | Funding Allocation

VIEW FULL AGENDA | SEPTEMBER 27 RECORDING


UPDATE YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE POLICY

Recent storms are a reminder that the rainy season is approaching. Did you know that homeowners’ policies do not cover damage from flooding? Protect your property and financially prepare for storms with flood insurance. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


BECOME A POLL WORKER AND SERVE OUR DEMOCRACY

Volunteer for the November 8 midterm election! Join the 1500 poll workers serving at the county’s polling places on election day. Being a poll worker is a great way to learn about the election process and serve your community. SIGN UP

 

 

 


COMMUNITY THEMES AND STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT SURVEY

The Placer County Health and Human Services Department – Public Health Division is working towards gaining a deeper understanding of the issues important to those who live, work, learn, shop, or play in Placer County. Your input is important and will be used to develop plans and programs to improve the quality of life in Placer County. All information provided is anonymous and will be kept confidential.

Help us chart the future: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL

 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community? Placer County’s Free Tax Prep program (also known as VITA) is currently seeking volunteers for the 2023 tax season. The program, operating in conjunction with United Way and the IRS, offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families in Placer County with an income of approximately $66,000 or less. LEARN MORE

 

 


HOUSING SUPPORT PROGRAM
A BOOST FOR CALWORKS FAMILIES

The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) assists homeless families in quickly obtaining permanent housing. The program serves families with children who are enrolled in CalWORKs – and already receiving employment -focused services – to provide additional housing resources such as rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, housing placement and more based on their needs. Here’s a quick look at how the program helps stabilize families, through the eyes of one participating mother. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE MOSQUITO BITE PREVENTION IN WAKE OF WEST NILE CASES

Placer County’s public health officer, along with the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, are reminding residents to continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, after two recent human cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus. LEARN MORE

 

 


Wildfire Updates and Resources

FALL IS STILL FIRE SEASON – STAY PREPARED & INFORMED!

We live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. Please be vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert

 


SEPTEMBER CHIPPER UPDATE FROM PLACER RCD

The Placer County Chipper Program is a cost-share program, funded by Placer County and CAL FIRE, that provides low-cost residential chipper service for Placer County residents, incentivizes fuels reduction, and promotes defensible space adherence and fire prevention activities. In September 2022 70 jobs were completed. VIEW MONTHLY REPORT

Current wait time is 1 week. Residents can now request service and pay online. CLICK HERE

 


District 5 Public Safety Reports | Sept. 2022

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF

  • Total Incidents: 2,627
  • Citizen Calls: 1,685
  • Deputy Initiated: 942 
  • Priority 1 Citizen Calls: 84
  • Priority 2 Citizen Calls: 788
  • Suspicious Activity: 231 
  • Disturbance: 183
  • Alarm: 199
  • Traffic Stops: 341
  • Calls closed with an Arrest: 82
  • Calls closed with a Citations: 54

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (AUBURN)

  • Collisions: 1294 YTD, 129 for month of Sept.
  • Citations: 5,817
  • DUI Arrests: 316
  • Felony Arrests (Non-DUI): 30
  • Misdemeanor Arrests (Non-DUI): 28
  • Assist Disabled Motorists: 1,603
  • Stolen Vehicle Recoveries: 31

CA HIGHWAY PATROL (TRUCKEE)

  • Collisions: 19
  • Fatal Collision: 1
  • DUI Arrest: 4
  • Citations (Placer County): 94
  • Recovered stolen vehicles: 2

CAL FIRE / PLACER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • Total Incidents: 1073
  • Acres Burned: 76,788
  • Wildland Fire: 82
  • Structure Fire: 27
  • Vehicle Fire: 31
  • Other Fire: 7
  • False Alarm: 104
  • MVA: 79
  • Rescue: 5
  • Medical Responses: 642
  • HazMat: 23
  • PSA/Other: 73


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

D5 Newsletter | Mosquito Fire Update

D5 Newsletter | Mosquito Fire Update

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS CONTINUE FOR ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY THE MOSQUITO FIRE

It has been traumatic for those that have lost their homes, been displaced, and are still separated from their homes and communities. I wanted to share that we are doing everything possible to fight the fire, protect the remaining homes, support the needs of the evacuees, and get people back to their homes as quickly as it is safe. We are hopeful that those evacuated will be back in their homes within the next week – but the public safety officials must be certain that their homes and properties are safe and secure before they begin that process.

Words can’t express the gratitude and confidence we all have seeing the heroic efforts of Cal Fire, USFS, allied local agencies, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, OES, Placer County Animal Control staff, and all of our support staff and volunteers who continue their efforts to serve our residents and our communities.

If you, or anyone you know, are in need of services during this time – from shelter, food, clothing, or support – please call 211 and they will help. Also if you have ideas or suggestions – please reach out to my office. Please know that we at Placer County, as well as many of our residents, want to assist those in need.

I wanted to share several videos documenting the phenomenal effort during Tuesday afternoon’s firefight at Foresthill, the incredible base of operations at The Grounds in Roseville, and messaging from our animal control officers. We are so very thankful for the dedicated staff and round-the-clock efforts being made on behalf of our Placer County residents and our neighbors to the south in El Dorado County.


Foresthill Defense

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


Mosquito Fire Incident Command Basecamp

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


Caring for your animals during the Mosquito Fire evacuation

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


 

Mosquito Fire Update

Last Updated | 9/16/22 8:03am

Placer County has proclaimed a local emergency, which was ratified by the Placer County Board of Supervisors September 13, due to the ongoing threat from the Mosquito Fire. Governor Gavin Newsom has also proclaimed a state of emergency for Placer and El Dorado counties due to the Mosquito Fire.

California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Mosquito Fire burning in El Dorado and Placer counties. LEARN MORE

Foresthill and nearby communities in both Placer and El Dorado counties remain under evacuation orders and warnings (El Dorado residents can find information here). CAL FIRE NEU is in Unified Command with the USFS Tahoe National Forest, Foresthill Fire Protection District and Placer County Sheriff’s Office on the Mosquito Fire.

The Placer County Sheriff provides an updated list of Placer County Evacuation Zones. CLICK HERE

For evacuee support from Red Cross: (855) 755-7711

Structures:

  • Structures threatened: 9,236
  • Structures destroyed: 73
  • Structures damaged: 13

Firefighter personnel: 3,873

People evacuated: 11,277


SITUATION SUMMARY | 9/16/22 8:03AM

Firefighters continued to hold the Mosquito Fire within existing control lines along its western and southern flanks. The aggressive work of firefighters has minimized damage and further spread into affected communities along the fire’s edge. With the threat of stronger winds in the coming days due to an incoming cold front, crews will relentlessly patrol the fire’s perimeter for heat, smoke, and any potential issues that could cause the fire to jump containment lines. On September 13th, firefighters and the public saw firsthand how quickly a spot fire could jump control lines and threaten the communities again with little to no time to escape.

On Thursday, the fire’s eastern flank remained active with steady growth towards the Ramsey Crossing area. There, crews are using defensive firing operations along the Eleven Pines Road and control lines running south through Devil’s Peak to stop the fire’s growth towards McCulloh. Firefighters have continued work to hook the fire around the southeast corner by constructing control lines and using strategic firing operations when possible in the Stumpy Meadows area. Crews plan to utilize the Wentworth Springs Road as well as hand and dozer lines moving north across the Rubicon River drainage. With increased smoke shading on the northern portion of the fire, firefighters have made progress in holding their control lines along Deadwood Road.

The persistent southwest winds will continue and become even stronger as the approaching cold front arrives this weekend. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and wetting rains are forecasted for Sunday and lasting into early next week. Firefighters will welcome precipitation, but the stronger winds have the potential to cast embers farther out in front of the fire. Crews will continue the difficult work of constructing primary and contingency lines ahead of the north and eastern portions of the fire. With multiple steep and rugged river drainages to navigate, creating contingency lines will provide firefighters and communities with a secondary safety net should the fire jump primary control lines.
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MOSQUITO FIRE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Livestream meetings are scheduled each evening at 7pm with Cal Fire, USFS, Incident Management Team, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and El Dorado Sheriff’s Office.

ATTEND VIA FACEBOOK LIVE | ATTEND VIA YOUTUBE


Additional Mosquito Fire Resources

HOW TO HELP

Placer Community Foundation’s Mosquito Fire Relief Fund | Since the fund was launched last Friday, September 9, PCF has received 307 gifts totaling $149,000. PCF has been in regular contact with Placer County Health & Human Services and the County’s 211 Resource Hotline. Through their referrals and word of mouth, they have reached over 300 households or 1,000 individuals. With their trusted nonprofit partner Auburn Chamber of Commerce Foundation, they are providing direct financial assistance totaling over $102,000 to these individuals in the coming days. Dollars are for people in dire need of basic living items such as clothes, food, gas and hotel stays.

“All of us at PCF are heartened by our community’s care and concern for our friends and neighbors in need. Thank you to all that donated!”

More support is needed! PCF is still accepting donations from those who wish to support local fire victims. DONATE NOW!

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO HELP:
Red Cross Disaster Relief donations
Support Placer County Animal Services


ROAD CLOSURES

CLICK HERE for road closure information.

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US FOREST CLOSURES

El Dorado National Forest: The forest has issued a Forest Closure Order No. 03-22-16 which includes lands, roads and trails in the Mosquito Fire Area. View this order and related maps HERE.

Tahoe National Forest: The Tahoe National Forest has issued Forest Closure Order No. 17-22-09 which includes lands, roads and trails in the Mosquito Fire Area. View this order and related maps HERE.


EMERGENCY SHELTER

Sierra College | View Map
5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA (enter on Rocklin Road)
Parking will be in Lot B
Shelter will be in the cafeteria (building J)

*The previous shelter in Auburn has now closed, as has the RV/Trailer evacuation point at Auburn Regional Park Gym


ANIMAL SHELTERS

Over 400 evacuated pets and livestock were transferred from the Nevada County Fairgrounds to the Gold Country Fairgrounds this week to bring evacuated animals closer to their owners. WATCH VIDEO

For animals in areas under mandatory evacuation, if no other resources are available. When possible, to reserve space for those animals most in need, take pets with you and use available resources such as family, friends or boarding facilities.

Gold Country Fairgrounds – Large (including livestock) and small
209 Fairgate Rd, Auburn (enter via Gate 3 on Pleasant Ave.)
*No chickens/poultry due to avian flu.

*The Placer County Animal Services Center on B Ave. in Auburn has suspended new intakes after reaching capacity. The former animal sheltering at Nevada County Fairgrounds has ceased operation; please take animals to the Gold Country Fairgrounds for intake.


JOINT AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

Placer County Health and Human Services and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District have extended the joint air quality advisory through Friday, Sept. 16, to notify the public of continued poor air quality conditions from smoke from the Mosquito Fire in both Placer and El Dorado Counties. If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced. LEARN MORE

ADDITIONAL LINKS:


GENERAL INFORMATION

For general fire-related information and updates about available resources, please call 211. Reserve 911 for urgent emergency needs only. LEARN MORE

Mail Info: Foresthill, Georgetown, and Greenwood mail is being held at the USPS office (371 Nevada St, Auburn, CA). Please go to the pick up line and bring an ID. The address on the ID must match the address of the mail you are trying to pick up (registration or utility bills may be used as well). Please pick up mail as often as possible, daily would be preferable, so the mail pending pick up doesn’t create operations issues.

Injured Wildlife: If you come across injured wildlife, please contact the Wildlife Disaster Network or Gold Country Wildlife Rescue.

Property Tax Relief: Property owners that have been impacted by the Mosquito Fire may be eligible for tax relief. Information on how to apply for a temporary reduction in property taxes can be found HERE.

Business Information: Placer County Economic Development is collecting business information for those affected by the Mosquito Fire. They will be sharing information and resources via email as they become available, CLICK HERE.

CalFresh Recipients: Individuals who are recipients of CalFresh that were evacuated due to the Mosquito Fire, may be eligible to replacement CalFresh benefits due to the loss of food. CalFresh recipients displaced by the fire are encouraged to go to a Placer County Human Services office or call 888-385-5160. Please report the loss to the county by close of business on Oct. 6. Human Services office address are available online, CLICK HERE.


SCHOOL CLOSURES

Foresthill High School – Closed until further notice
Foresthill High School students may convene at the new Learning Commons at Placer High School (275 Orange Street, Auburn) at 8:40 am each morning.

Foresthill Divide School – Starting Sept. 13, Foresthill Divide Elementary School students are invited to join their teachers at the Placer School for Adults Campus (3775 Richardson Drive, Auburn). Participating students will connect with peers and teachers, have access to meals and mental health support, and engage in meaningful activities.


OTHER CLOSURES

Foresthill Transfer Station – Temporary Closure – Due to current hazardous conditions, the Foresthill Transfer Station will be closed starting Friday, Sept. 9. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.


Additional Wildfire Resources

Be prepared, know your evacuation routes, and listen to law enforcement! Please remember evacuations are a very coordinated effort between all law enforcement, fire districts, Caltrans, and our county roads – it’s a significant undertaking and planning between the agencies is extensive. In the event of an evacuation, please remain calm, follow the instructions of the emergency personnel, and have an action plan ready before the fire strikes. Have your kit ready to go for every family member, know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, and remember to check all your apps, alerts and social media pages – officials will constantly be pushing out messages immediately and as fast as they can. Don’t wait for the evacuation order – if you feel threatened, leave – and leave as soon as the evacuation is recommended by any officials. Depending on where the fire is located, law enforcement will determine which evacuation route is best, and officials will be placed in strategic areas to direct people where to go. Please don’t stop to try and ask questions – this will delay everyone’s evacuation – trust they are directing you a safe way to get as many people out as quickly as possible.

It is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. Please be vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

D5 Newsletter | Mosquito Fire

D5 Newsletter | Mosquito Fire

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted and potentially impacted by the Mosquito Fire. Our incredible Placer County residents and others from around the region are asking how they can help. At this time, our very best suggestion is to donate funds through the Placer Community Foundation.

Placer Community Foundation’s Mosquito Fire Relief Fund | accepting donations from those who wish to support local fire victims. With many structures threatened and thousands of residents under evacuation orders, dollars raised by the fund will be mobilized at the earliest opportunity to meet the greatest needs. DONATE NOW!

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO HELP:
Red Cross Disaster Relief donations
Support Placer County Animal Services


Mosquito Fire Resources + Updates

Placer County has proclaimed a local emergency due to the ongoing threat from the Mosquito Fire. Governor Gavin Newsom has also proclaimed a state of emergency for Placer and El Dorado counties due to the Mosquito Fire. The fire near Foresthill has burned 13,704 acres, is 0% contained, and threatens more than 3,600 structures. Foresthill and nearby communities in both Placer and El Dorado counties remain under evacuation orders and warnings (El Dorado residents can find information here). CAL FIRE NEU is in Unified Command with the Tahoe National Forest and Placer County Sheriff on the Mosquito Fire. View more incident information here. LEARN MORE


TOWN HALL MEETING VIDEO

A Mosquito Fire Town Hall meeting took place on Sept. 8 at 7pm.

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY]


For general fire-related information and updates about available resources, please call 211. Please reserve 911 for urgent emergency needs only. LEARN MORE


EVACUATIONS

The Placer County Sheriff provided an updated list of Placer County Evacuation Zones. CLICK HERE


ROAD CLOSURES

Please visit the ‘Road Conditions’ tab for additional road closure information or CLICK HERE


EMERGENCY SHELTER

Auburn | Bell Road Baptist Church | 707 Bell Road


RV/TRAILER TEMPORARY EVACUATION POINT

Parking (For RV/Car), bathrooms and shower access ONLY
(no hookups, sleeping spaces, etc.)
Auburn Regional Park Gym | 3770 Richardson Drive
*Additional sheltering space under development


ANIMAL SHELTERS

For animals in areas under mandatory evacuation, if no other resources are available. When possible, to reserve space for those animals most in need, take pets with you and use available resources such as family, friends or boarding facilities.

Grass Valley – Large and Small Animals
Nevada County Fairgrounds | 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley
Enter through gate 8 for check in; drop-off only (no camping)
*No chickens/poultry due to avian flu.
*The Placer County Animal Services Center has suspended new intakes after reaching capacity.


SCHOOL CLOSURES

Foresthill High School – CLOSED Sept 9.
Foresthill High School students may convene at the new Learning Commons at Placer High School (275 Orange Street, Auburn) at 8:30 am to have access to nutrition, mental health support, resources, and ability to reconnect with their peers and community.

Foresthill Divide School – CLOSED Sept. 9.


OTHER CLOSURES

Foresthill Transfer Station – Temporary Closure – Due to current hazardous conditions, the Foresthill Transfer Station will be closed starting Friday, Sept. 9. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.


JOINT AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

Placer County Health and Human Services and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory through Friday, September 9, 2022, to notify the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions from smoke from the Mosquito Fire in both Placer and El Dorado Counties. If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced. LEARN MORE


Additional Wildfire Resources

Be prepared, know your evacuation routes, and listen to law enforcement! Please remember evacuations are a very coordinated effort between all law enforcement, fire districts, Caltrans, and our county roads – it’s a significant undertaking and planning between the agencies is extensive. In the event of an evacuation, please remain calm, follow the instructions of the emergency personnel, and have an action plan ready before the fire strikes. Have your kit ready to go for every family member, know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, and remember to check all your apps, alerts and social media pages – officials will constantly be pushing out messages immediately and as fast as they can. Don’t wait for the evacuation order – if you feel threatened, leave – and leave as soon as the evacuation is recommended by any officials. Depending on where the fire is located, law enforcement will determine which evacuation route is best, and officials will be placed in strategic areas to direct people where to go. Please don’t stop to try and ask questions – this will delay everyone’s evacuation – trust they are directing you a safe way to get as many people out as quickly as possible.

It is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. Please be vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | September 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | September 2

SUMMER DRAWS TO AN END…
BUT FIRE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER!

Over 100 years ago, our Country began recognizing the first Monday in September as Labor Day, paying tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. While Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, I want to remind you that our fire season is FAR from being over. Until we begin to see some rain and snow, I will continue to push out wildfire information. Let’s work together to keep Placer County educated, informed, prepared, and SAFE!

Wishing you a Happy Labor Day,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


BEAR RIVER CAMPGROUND UPDATE + TOWN HALL

Last Tuesday we convened a roundtable discussion with the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Placer County Parks and Open Space staff, Placer County CEO staff, public safety officials and several local community stakeholders to share ideas about the future of Bear River Campground and Day Use Area. The County has operated the property under an agreement with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife but does not operate any other properties owned by the State. County staff have been in discussions with the State to better understand their plans for the property’s management and maintenance. This small working group session allowed us to get initial feedback from the State about their planned approach and to consider impacts to residents and County departments. The session also allowed us to better understand the vision some groups and individuals have toward the protection and expansion of public access up and down the river corridor. This initial meeting gave us all the chance to better prepare for a robust and informative community town hall.

BEAR RIVER CAMPGROUND TOWN HALL

Please join myself, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Placer County Parks and Open Space staff – we would love to get feedback from the community and hear your thoughts and concerns.

WHEN: Monday, September 12 from 6-8pm
IN PERSON: Sierra Vista Community Center
VIRTUAL: via Zoom


PLACER TO OPEN THREE LIBRARIES DURING HEAT WAVE

Excessive heat warning for southwest Placer County in effect from Saturday at 11am to Tuesday at 8pm. Placer County will keep three of its libraries open throughout the long holiday weekend to help residents stay cool and out of the heat. County libraries located in Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax will extend their hours of operation until 7pm on Saturday. Although typically closed on Sundays and holidays, these three libraries will be open from noon until 7pm on Sunday and Labor Day Monday with air-conditioned spaces but limited library services. LEARN MORE

 


RESPONSES TO LETTERS REGARDING INTERSTATE 80

At the last Weimar/Applegate/Colfax Municipal Advisory Council (WAC/MAC) meeting and later at the Board of Supervisors, Don Belden of the Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council presented the serious concerns about the increasing incidence of truck fires along Interstate 80. We are now working with both Caltrans and California Highway Patrol to address safety concerns including the high speed of the vehicles, and the dense vegetation in the right-of-way along both sides of I-80 between the Summit and Meadow Vista. Our office and Placer County Fire both submitted letters regarding these concerns as well as the previous letter we sent on the deterioration of the I-80 surface which has caused numerous broken windshields and flat tires. Follow-up responses are below.

I-80 ROAD CONDITIONS
“Caltrans uses a robust pavement asset management system. Based on our assessment, the surface layer has degraded, and structural section is in good condition. To address this need we have planned a project for construction in 2023. In the meantime, we have increased our sweeping operation to remove any loose material from the surface.” – Response from Amarjeet Benipal, Caltrans District 3 Director

SPEEDING OF TRUCKS ON I-80
“…We appreciate you making us aware of the concerns listed in your letter and will be working with our membership on reminding them and their drivers to adhere to the state’s 55 MPH speed limit for commercial motor vehicles and to pay close attention to checking their brakes. The timing of your letter couldn’t have come at a better time as National Brake Safety Check Week is scheduled for August 21-27. We will make sure to reiterate to our members and their drivers the importance of checking their brakes not only during Brake Check Safety Week but throughout the year.” – Response from Eric Sauer, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, California Trucking Association


RECOGNIZING PLACER COUNTY’S WINTER STORM HEROES

On August 10 I had the pleasure of presenting a certificate of special recognition in honor of our winter storm heroes from the record breaking December storms that affected so many residents in District 5. They stepped up to assist the community by checking in on their neighbors and donating time and resources to others. Thank you all for your incredible volunteer service and dedication to the community. VIEW CERTIFICATE + NAMES

 

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS | RECAP OF AUGUST 23

The Board of Supervisors Meeting on August 23 included several items that are specific to or impact various regions of District 5….

Commendation Recognizing Congressman Tom McClintock
Annual Crop Report
CivicSpark Fellowship Service Term Overview
Final Action of Appeal of Planning Commission’s Denial of the Sorensen Variance (PLN21-00460)
Appeal of the Planning Commission’s Denial of the 3M Event Center Conditional Use Permit (PLN22-00053)
Alta Forestry Road Slope Stabilization Project – Approve Plans and Specifications and Authorization to Advertise, Delegate Authority to Award and Execute Construction Contract and Delegate Authority to Award and Execute Construction Management Services Contract

VIEW FULL AGENDA | AUGUST 23 RECORDING


PLACER COUNTY PROBATION RECRUITMENT VIDEO

The communications team released a new recruitment video last week that showcases the Probation Department and the great work the team does in our community. WATCH VIDEO

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


COUNTY LOOKING TO FILL VACANCY ON NORTH AUBURN MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

The North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council in District 5 has an open seat. Citizens who are interested in working alongside Placer County to serve their community are encouraged to apply. MACs are comprised of volunteers who serve as a voice for their community and provide their elected county supervisor with input on policies, projects and issues affecting their neighbors. MAC members work together, with input from the community, to make formal recommendations to the Placer County Planning Commission on certain land use projects and may provide comments and input on other county projects such as infrastructure planning and grant applications. If you are interested in serving, please submit a completed application to the Clerk of the Board, 175 Fulweiler Avenue in Auburn, 95603. To be eligible to serve as a MAC member you must reside, own real property or a business, or manage and operate a business within the MAC boundaries. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY AGRICULTURE VALUE HITS NEW RECORD OF $100 MILLION; ALMONDS VALUE INCREASED 48%

An increase in almond production put the nut crop into Placer County’s top four crops last year, helping drive a 48% increase of overall crop value to an all-time high in 2021. Rice, along with beef cattle, walnuts and nursery, remained among Placer County’s top five highest-gross-value crops. LEARN MORE

 


DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH, HELP FEED YOUR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS

September is Hunger Action Month, and more than 30,000 people in Placer County alone – including children and seniors – experience food insecurity. To raise awareness and address local need, the Placer Food Security Coalition is hosting a community food drive at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Please drop off non-perishable food items on the following dates at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, at the gate 2 entrance on Fairgate Rd. in Auburn.

• September 8 & 9 from 4-6pm
• September 10 from 11am-6pm
• September 11 from 11am-3pm

Alternatively, you can also donate to a virtual food drive fund, CLICK HERE. All donations will go to the Placer Food Bank. LEARN MORE


SR 49 AMERICAN RIVER CONFLUENCE STUDY WORKSHOP

Interested in the planned changes to SR 49? Want to share your thoughts? Join us at the State Route 49 American River Confluence Study workshop, taking place at the Northside Elementary School gymnasium at 6:30pm on September 14. LEARN MORE

 

 


AN AUBURN COMMUNITY CELEBRATION HONORING PLACER HIGH SCHOOL’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY

Placer County’s oldest high school is turning 125 years young! The Hillmen Foundation is excited to invite you to the 125th Anniversary Celebration of Placer High School, September 30-October 2, 2022, in Auburn. Mark your calendars for a weekend filled with fun, food, festivities, and friendship. LEARN MORE

 


PG&E WORK AT ROLLINS LAKE

From Wednesday, September 28 to Friday, September 30, those near Rollins Lake may notice PG&E crews and helicopters removing lines that span across a portion of the lake. From 6:30am to noon on these dates, the boat launches will be closed and there will be temporary restrictions on movement on the lake in the vicinity of the work.+ Traffic control will be in place in all work areas in the form of signage and flagging personnel while the safety work is performed, and therefore customers may experience traffic impacts. PG&E will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before we begin our work, as well as signage at the launch ramps to Rollins Lake. Approximately 400 notices also went out to residential and business customers in the work area. LEARN MORE


HELP PLACER COUNTY IMPROVE SHORT-TERM RENTAL RULES

As we prepare for next year’s permitting cycle, we’re again asking for your input on how our Short-Term Rental Program is working so we can continue to improve it. Please share your thoughts by taking this 2-minute survey, through Friday, September 2. TAKE SURVEY

 

 

 


Wildfire Updates and Resources

FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED & INFORMED!

We live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. Please be vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert


District 5 Public Safety Reports | August 2022

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF

  • Total Incidents: 2645
  • Citizen Calls: 1653
  • Deputy Initiated: – 992
  • Priority 1: – 504
  • Priority 2: – 495
  • Suspicious Activity: 230
  • Disturbance: 189
  • Alarm: 171
  • Traffic Stops: 341
  • Arrests: 89
  • Citations: 72

CAL FIRE

  • Total Incidents: 4,135
  • Acres Burned: 109.72
  • Wildland Fires: 79
  • Structure Fires: 35
  • Fire, Other: 390
  • Medical Responses: 2,803
  • HazMat: 96
  • LE Activity: 27
  • Public Service – Other: 705


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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