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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS, PLANS & PROJECTS

This time of year not only brings warmer weather, but also a positive outlook as we continue to make great progress on so many fronts.


COVID UPDATE

Covid-19 cases continue to decline while the number of those vaccinated increases. Although Placer County saw a slight jump in the 7-Day Case Rate, we are encouraged to see that our 7-Day Positivity Rate and Health Equity Rate remain in the orange tier. Here is a snapshot of yesterday’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 7.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.5% (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.5% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of Monday, 212, 413 doses have been administered in Placer County, including over 50,000 at our County clinic.

Are you 50+? As of April 1, Placer County residents age 50 and above are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility. Looking ahead, Placer County will be moving forward with the vaccine eligibility timeline outlined by the state with residents 16+ starting April 15.

If you haven’t yet gotten your vaccine – please text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 and you will be notified as more appointments are available. For those who need assistance, please call 211. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


ECONOMIC UPDATE

Placer County continues to have positive economic trends. Our unemployment rate is 5.7% – 4th lowest in the State of California, tied with San Francisco, behind Marin, San Mateo & Santa Clara. Placer County is far below the Statewide average of 8.4%. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, please shop local and support our Placer County businesses. Learn More

 


HOUSING UPDATE

The Board of Supervisors received a semi-annual report last Tuesday demonstrating our progress on housing including developing quality and affordable housing in Placer County. With Placer County’s contribution of nearly $8 million, the Mercy Housing Project at the Dewitt Government Center is on schedule to be completed this fall, opening 79 units of affordable housing to families in our region. In addition, Meadow View broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Learn More

 

FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S
Placer County has a NEW Accessory Home website, which includes free pre-approved plans, a cost and ROI calculator, testimonials from ADU homeowners and a design inspiration book. As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. Learn More

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PLACER RENTERS WHO NEED HELP PAYING RENT DUE TO COVID
Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at RentHelpPlacer.com. Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More

 

 


WHILE ALL OF THIS IS POSITIVE NEWS, we still have many challenges to address to help our residents and businesses.

HOMELESS TASK FORCE | Placer County is stepping up its efforts to address health and safety concerns in response to a growing number of homeless encampments at its government center campus in North Auburn. Learn More

DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATIONS | After 3 years of trying to negotiate a new contract, we are still at odds. While we disagree with the Association, we highly value our Deputy Sheriffs. We have the best and we pay the best, but we need to find a middle ground. We will continue to negotiate and hope that a resolution that balances escalating costs and ensures fair compensation. Learn More

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS | Now is the time to start preparing your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County is also addressing your public properties as well as actively advocating for more funding from State and Federal sources to help us safeguard our communities. We hope to secure as much as possible to help with the forests that surround our communities. I encourage residents to learn more about the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, Firewise Communities, and fire safe councils. Learn More

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we have problems with our broadband services. During the pandemic this became even more clear as many needed to work and attend school online. I have been holding meetings with Suddenlink, CPUC, County IT staff, and other elected officials in adjacent County’s trying to ensure that service and reliability is improved. Suddenlink is now fully staffed and has committed to providing same day or next day service to their customers. With this renewed focus, we are hopeful that residents and businesses will experience a quick and efficient service.

There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

You’re invited to participate in our first-ever Placer County Regions Business Retention and Expansion Survey. This survey is a collaborative effort to determine how we can continue to work with business owners in Placer County, strengthen our local economy and help you prosper. Ultimately, your success is our success; continuing our legacy as one California’s best places to live, work, play and learn.

Take survey



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

RECENT & BREAKING COVID-19 HEADLINES

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


VACCINATION RESOURCES

GETTING VACCINATED

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

 


TEXT PLACERVACCINE

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

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE

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

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

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

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

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

Below you will find some additional updates and resources I thought you would find informative. As always, I encourage you to reach out to my office if you have additional comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to connect and for giving me the opportunity to serve you.

~ Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

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

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

ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINE RESOURCES:

 

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

 


Short-Term Rental Town Hall

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


Hidden Falls Public Hearing

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


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved the Workforce Housing Preservation Program (WHPP) which is a new program that will help provide housing options for the local Placer workforce. The county’s WHPP will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. Learn More


Serve on Housing Program Taskforce

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



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 12

Regional Stay At Home Order Lifted

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

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


Gov. Newsom’s Twitter Announcement

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

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

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

VIEW TWEET & WATCH VIDEO


COVID-19 Vaccinations:

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

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


Application Extended Through January 13

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


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

Protect Yourself Against Scammers



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Happy 2021 – Resolve to Make a Difference!

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

RESOLVE TO BE INVOLVED

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

Deadlines Are Coming Up!

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

Applications are due January 15, 2021

District 5 Specific Committee, Commission, Councils or Seats:

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

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

RESOLVE TO BE INFORMED

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

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

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


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

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

THE GREATER SACRAMENTO REGION’S STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED

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

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


COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

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

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


Application Extended Through January 13

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


Ready to Part with your Christmas Tree?

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


Protect Yourself Against Scammers

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

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 18

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 18

Wishing You A Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


DECEMBER 15 BOARD OF SUPERVISOR ITEMS

COMMENDATION FOR COURTLAND D. BRADBURY:

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

 

 


PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS (PACE):

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


PLACER COUNTY HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE:

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


TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (TBID)

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


Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

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

 

 


Rental assistance available for low-income households impacted by pandemic

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

 

 


Redevelopment Plans Proceed for Placer County Government Center

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



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 4

SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL, PROTECT LOCAL

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

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

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

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

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


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


REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


December 1 Board of Supervisor Items

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESOLUTION:

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


PLACER SHARES IMPACT GRANTS:

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

 

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES:

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


Placer Food Bank

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

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 19

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 19

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

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


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

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

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

If you are unsure of how to contribute, below is a list of just a few organizations that can use your help!

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

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

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

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Support small business this holiday season

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

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


Not too late to apply for Placer Shares Impact Grants

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

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 13

NOVEMBER 10 SPECIAL MEETING UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thank you Purple Heart Veterans!

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

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


Placer County invests in community through Placer Shares Impact Grants

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


Agricultural commissioner seeks feedback on bee ordinance update

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


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

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



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 30

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 30

 

Thank you to Placer County firefighters!


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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

This graphic illustrates criteria requirements for each tier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


 

Community invited to help shape update to Placer County housing policy

housing element

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


Supervisors approve $5 million in grant funding for community stabilization

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


New fee program aimed at boosting affordable housing in Placer County

housing

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

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

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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