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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.
READ MORE


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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | August 5

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | August 5

HAPPY AUGUST!

Your Voice Makes a Difference!
As we head toward the end of summer the overall number of issues our office is handling is not slowing down! In the last few weeks we have attended a number of Municipal Advisory Council meetings and heard from many about issues and concerns. The following are just a few of the examples of what our office is working on for you.

Increase in Truck Fires on Interstate 80
At the 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 I80 between the Summit and Meadow Vista. Our office and Placer County Fire are both submitting letters regarding these concerns. We will follow-up on this issue, as well as the previous letter we have sent on the deterioration of the I80 surface which has caused numerous broken windshields and flat tires.

Bear River Campground and Day Use Area
Also during the WAC/MAC meeting, Placer County Parks provided a report to the community on the direction the County was heading to not renew the operating agreement with the State for the Bear River Campground and Day Use Area. As a result of many concerns expressed and questions asked, our office immediately offered to facilitate a workshop with the public, the County and the State. 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. Community members will be invited to attend the workshop. Please email us if you would like to be informed of the time and date of the workshop. It will also be posted on our Parks and Open Space website.

Candidate Workshop on July 23
On July 23 I participated in the Candidate Workshop held by the Placer County Elections Office. There will be over 180 positions available on various local city councils, school boards, parks, fire, water and utility districts in Placer County this November. The workshop explained many of the details involved in running for public office including campaign financial disclosure filing, campaign techniques and working with the media. Guest speakers also included a successful candidate, a campaign consultant, a member of the media, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco, and knowledgeable elections staff. Candidate filing for the November 2022 general election opened July 18 and closes at 5pm on August 12. LEARN MORE

Whether we are meeting with our agricultural representatives trying to develop a vision for the future of agriculture in Placer County, assisting special districts to secure State legislative help, convening partners on solutions to homelessness in our County, investigating code compliance concerns, or simply connecting with a bank whose ATM (the only in the community) was not working, our office stands ready to serve you however we can. Sometimes our role is small, sometimes large, but please know that Sophie, Katelynn and I stand ready to assist you in getting answers and facilitating solutions!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


INTRODUCING AND WELCOMING SHERIFF WAYNE WOO

Last Tuesday we attended the swearing-in ceremony for Wayne Woo, Placer County’s 29th Sheriff/Coroner/Marshal. Dozens of elected officials, supporters, and members of Sheriff Woo’s family were able to hear the incredibly moving speech about his journey through the ranks of law enforcement and his vision for the future of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Public safety is our county’s top priority, and I have no doubt that Sheriff Woo will serve this role with the integrity, dedication and leadership that our residents deserve. WATCH VIDEO

[CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO]


FORESTHILL DOG PARK

I was honored to perform the official ribbon cutting ceremony on July 11 for the very first dog park in Foresthill. Placer County worked closely with Foresthill Parks and Recreation to establish this great new addition to the community, which is located in Memorial Park behind the pool, next to the children’s playground. LEARN MORE

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS | RECAP OF JULY 25 + 26

The Board of Supervisors Meetings on July 25 & 26 included several items that are specific to or impact various regions of District 5….

Audit Committee Annual Report
Establish Zone of Benefit No. 236 in County Service Area 28 and Establishment of Charges on Tax Roll for Homewood Lot 3 and Lot 5 and Set a Fee for Services
Arts Council of Placer County
River Fire
CAL FIRE California Climate Investments Forest Health Grant Program
Petition to Rescind Tax Sale of 9005 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA
Election Results | June 7, 2022
Amendment to Placer Code, Chapter 16 Resulting from Senate Bill 9
East Placer Lease to Locals Pilot Program
Martis Valley Trail
Park and Grounds Maintenance Services in the Tahoe Vista/Kings Beach Area

VIEW FULL AGENDA | JULY 25 RECORDING | JULY 26 RECORDING


 PLACER PROTECT SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR | AUGUST 11

WHEN: August 11 | 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Maidu Community Center
WHAT: Join Placer PROTECT & 30+ partners

LEARN ABOUT:
• Community resources
• Criminal prosecutions
• Senior scams
• Elder abuse + prevention
• Emergency preparedness
• Senior health + wellness
• … and more!

OPPORTUNITIES:
• Paper shredding (2 box max) with AARP
• Free legal clinic with the Legal Services of Northern California
• Educational seminars
• Coffee with local officials

LEARN MORE


PLACER RECOGNIZED AS #1 DIGITAL COUNTY

Placer County placed first nationally in our population-size category in the 20th annual Digital Counties Survey! This is the fourth consecutive year Placer has finished in the top four for innovative use of emerging technologies to serve our residents. LEARN MORE

 

 


GET PLACER NEWS EASILY ON YOUR PHONE WITH SIMPLICITY APP

Placer County has joined Simplicity – a free smartphone app for local news and information. Just download the app, select your community and follow Placer County for push alerts on all the topics that interest you. LEARN MORE

 

 


HOW TO READ YOUR ENERGY BILL | PIONEER COMMUNITY ENERGY

Pioneer Community Energy heard from the community that energy bills can be a bit confusing, so they’re providing this video to help explain your savings and billing details. Pioneer customers in El Dorado and Placer County are expected to save 6% or more on electric generation rates in 2022. If you still have questions, their customer service team can walk you through your monthly savings; you can click here or call (844)YES-PIONEER. LEARN MORE

 


ONLY A COUPLE SPOTS LEFT FOR THE PLACER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FALL CITIZENS ACADEMY

The Placer County District Attorney’s Citizens Academy is a nine-week program that will offer accelerated courses each week. Placer County citizens will be able to meet our team, learn about the District Attorney’s Office, its role within the criminal justice system and the services that are provided to the community. Space is limited and accepted participants will receive notification. Notification will also be made to those who were not accommodated. The course starts September 13 and will be held every Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. through November 8 at the Rocklin Police Department Community Room. LEARN MORE

 


Wildfire Updates and Resources

FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED AND 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


IF YOU HEAR THE HI-LO SIREN, IT’S TIME TO EVACUATE!

The hi-lo siren was installed in Placer County Sheriff’s Office patrol units in 2019 to be used during emergency evacuations. The sound is different from the traditional police siren — it will ONLY be used in areas facing danger. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


AUGUST 2022 ROADMAP TO RECOVERY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

[CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE]


NOTICE FOR WEIMAR AREA ONLY… CONSTRUCTION ALERT!

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS IS BUILDING A GIGABIT AMERICA You will soon be seeing construction activity in your neighborhood. We want you to know what is going on. Frontier is upgrading their existing, 140-year-old technology copper facilities with new, 21st century fiber optic cable that will deliver to you as much as 2 Gigabit service. In order to make this happen, we need to do some digging. MORE INFO: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL

 


BRINGING FAMILIES HOME

The Bringing Families Home program gave Tara another chance at a life with her daughter. The program supports families who are involved in the child welfare system, and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 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 | July 7

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | July 7

WHY WE LOVE PLACER… THE PEOPLE, THE COMMUNITIES!

The last two weeks have reminded me of what makes any place great – it’s both the place and the people!

Last week we gathered to honor a legacy of volunteer public service that started in 1971! Past and present leaders from the Placer County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, California Tahoe Conservancy, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Tahoe City Public Utility District, and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, gathered with Larry and Patsy Sevison and their family, to recognize Larry’s 50+ years of service to Placer County and the Lake Tahoe region. Many of those people shared stories of Larry’s service through the decades. Each story had a common theme – that Larry’s humble, kind, and thoughtful leadership set an example for all of us to learn from and to strive for throughout our lives. WATCH DEDICATION VIDEO

Placer County – ranked as one of the Nation’s (40th) and California’s (3rd) healthiest communities!

We all know that wherever we reside in Placer County, we have chosen a very special place to live. Our residents benefit from the incredible beauty of our open space, our agricultural lands, our foothill communities, and our recreational opportunities in the High Sierra. We recently learned that Placer County was one of only three California counties that ranked in the top 50 of 3,000 counties nationwide, in the U.S. News’ 2022 Healthiest Communities rankings.

The fifth annual Healthiest Communities project from U.S. News assessed dozens of metrics that fall into 10 health and health-related categories, such as public safety, economy, housing and the environment. Individual metrics include community crime rates, obesity prevalence, high school graduation rate and walkability, and communities are scored on a 100-point scale tied to how they perform relative to one another. Placer County ranked third, just behind Santa Clara and San Mateo County, and just ahead of Marin County, Orange County, and Napa County. While we will always have more to improve, this survey is a good reminder of how fortunate we truly are as residents of Placer County.

As we enjoy our busy summer activities, let’s remember to keep working to make Placer County an even better place to live, work and play!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


SUPERVISORS APPROVE A $1.22 BILLION BUDGET WITH A STRONG RAINY DAY FUND

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget totaling $1,221,251,032 for fiscal year 2022-23, representing a 19.2% increase over FY 2021-22. The increase is attributed to inflationary costs and the addition of staffing to deliver services in key strategic areas of county operations. These cost increases are primarily offset with additional property and sales tax revenues related to the growing local economy. State and federal grant revenues have also increased to offset the growing cost of health and human services and public safety programs. Also included in the budget is an increase of $99.1 million in capital projects, which are funded by bond financing, capital reserves and state grants. LEARN MORE

I am proud that our county is in a strong financial position and can adequately serve its residents by providing comprehensive county services. Our state partners are pessimistic about the economy in the coming fiscal year and it’s imperative that we be prepared to backfill our services with reserve funds should the state decrease its budget allocations to counties.


UPDATE TO PLACER COUNTY HOUSING POLICY TARGETS INFILL AREAS FOR MORE HOUSING

Increasing the variety and affordability of housing in Placer County’s developed unincorporated areas is the goal of a series of policy changes approved Tuesday by the County Board of Supervisors. The proposed updates would align county code with sweeping changes to state law in recent years intended to address the growing housing affordability crisis in California. They would also allow innovative housing types like moveable tiny homes and co-housing or “cottage home” developments. While Placer County has for years been working to reduce barriers to housing construction, the Board of Supervisors and community members alike sought an extensive public engagement process to ensure a balance between meeting state requirements and preserving the character of existing communities through this broad update to Placer’s housing policy. LEARN MORE


AFTER POINT-IN-TIME COUNT RELEASE, PLACER COUNTY EYES CONTINUED PROGRESS

point-in-time release
The estimated number of unhoused community members in Placer County remains relatively steady compared to 2020, according to results of the 2022 Point-in-Time homeless census released today by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. Placer County will use data from the count to inform its ongoing efforts to address homelessness, including a regional planning effort that is now entering its second phase. Results showed that the overall estimate of homeless individuals increased by less than 1% from 2020 to 2022, from 744 to 750, although the rate of homelessness per 10,000 people declined slightly during that time period. LEARN MORE


FREE ELECTION CANDIDATE WORKSHOP AVAILABLE

DATE: JULY 23 @ 10AM
LOCATION: The Assessor’s Confluence Room

There will be over 180 positions available on various local city councils, school boards, parks, fire, water and utility districts in Placer County this November. Citizens who are interested in serving their community and are registered voters are qualified to run for local office but may not know how to go about it. The Placer County Elections Office is holding a candidate workshop July 23 to take the mystery out of running for office. Prospective candidates and their supporters are encouraged to attend. Members of the media and the general public are also invited. The workshop will explain many of the details involved in running for public office including campaign financial disclosure filing, campaign techniques and working with the media. Guest speakers will include a successful candidate, a campaign consultant, member of the media, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco, and knowledgeable elections staff. Candidate filing for the November 2022 general election will open July 18 and close at 5pm on August 12. LEARN MORE


Wildfire Updates and Resources

HOT TEMPERATURES AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT FIRE SEASON FORECAST

Residents are urged to remain vigilant as we head into peak fire season. CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Chief Brian Estes shares his fire season outlook and the increased resources that are dedicated to our region. WATCH VIDEO

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


PLACER COUNTY RESIDENTIAL CHIPPER PROGRAM

The Board of Supervisors recently approved $700,000 over two years to continue the expanded pilot Residential Chipper Program with the Placer County Resource Conservation District.

The Chipper Program is a good use of public funds because it provides a low-cost residential chipper service for Placer residents, incentivizes fuels reduction on residential properties, and promotes defensible space. LEARN MORE


FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED AND 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:


KEEP YOUR COOL DURING THE SUMMER HEAT

With hot temps in the forecast, make your next visit to Hidden Falls Regional Park an enjoyable one. Bring plenty of water and snacks, dress for weather conditions and know your limits. We hope to see you soon! LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Check out Placer County’s employment website for a list of open positions, including internships. Job seekers can apply for positions and sign up for job alerts to be notified of openings.
APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!



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 | June 29

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 29

CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY’S INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Let’s make this Fourth of July memorable by counting our blessings, truly appreciating our freedom, and celebrating our democracy! On this holiday weekend let’s remember the leadership, courage, and sacrifices that so many made throughout our nation’s history – to first establish and then defend our democracy. The Fourth of July commemorates the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation when 56 members of the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, which gifted our nation independence, self-determination, and the right to dream big. This historic document is still a wonderful read and a way to remember our founding fathers words as they established a new country.

Also, please stay cautious through fire season. As you gather with friends and family, remember that we are in extreme fire danger and we need to remain vigilant for potential ignition points. Let’s keep each other and our communities safe as we enter another dangerous fire season.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


NO FIREWORKS PERMITTED IN UNINCORPORATED PLACER COUNTY!

[Click Here to Watch Video]

“Fireworks in Placer County and across our region are a real concern to the fire services and our fire department – not only for the threat of starting new wildland fires – but also because of public safety.” | Chief Estes

‘NO FIREWORKS’ SIGNS AVAILABLE!

We encourage you to pick up these FREE signs and post them at your business or residence – where they’re highly visible – to warn and remind both our residents and visitors that fireworks are illegal. [VIEW PICKUP LOCATIONS]

 

 


FIRE SEASON IS UPON US – STAY PREPARED AND 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:



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 | June 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 2

PLEASE VOTE ON JUNE 7

Many have fought and given their lives to protect our democratic form of government. Placer County voters have a history of strong voter turnout, ranking among the best in California. Now, more than ever, it is critically important for voters to participate in this primary election There are several key races on this ballot. Please vote – our democracy depends on you choosing the best leaders to help guide the County and serve you.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


JUNE 7 | STATEWIDE DIRECT PRIMARY ELECTION

The ballot includes several state and federal seat primaries as well as Placer County races including assessor, clerk-recorder-registrar of voters, district attorney, sheriff/coroner-marshal, and for Eastern Placer voters, it also includes Measure A.
LEARN MORE + VISIT THE PLACER COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE WEBSITE

 


Additional News & Resources

WATCH THE WESTERN DISTRICT 5 WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS TOWN HALL FROM MAY 24

On Tuesday, May 24 we hosted a Western District 5 Wildfire Preparedness Town Hall, offering both in-person and virtual attendance. We received a great turnout and want to thank everyone who joined us. If you we’re unable to attend – or you simply want to revisit a topic – we encourage to watch the recording provided below.

Included presentations from Cal Fire, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and Placer County Office of Emergency Services:

• Home Hardening & Defensible Space
• Red Flag and Elevated Fire Weather
• Placer Alert & Evacuations
• General Emergency Preparedness
• Ways to Help My Community

[WATCH RECORDING] | [VIEW FULL AGENDA]


CONGRESSMAN LAMALFA ANNOUNCES PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF BODY-WORN CAMERA GRANT

On Monday, May 23, Congressman Doug LaMalfa announced that he secured a $580,000 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant through the Department of Justice for Placer County. The funds will be awarded for a Body-Worn Camera Program. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office will assign Body-Worn Cameras to deputies in field operations and to correctional staff for use in both correctional facilities. Congressman LaMalfa was joined by Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell, Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson, and Placer County Undersheriff Wayne Woo. LEARN MORE


PLACER SUPERVISORS APPROVE FIRST-EVER PARKS AND TRAILS MASTER PLAN

Last week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the first-ever countywide Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan, which could double the amount of recreation acreage by 2040 and triple the amount of trail miles. The plan provides a 20-year-and-beyond vision for the development and operation of parks, recreation, open space and trail networks in the county. It also includes future improvements and maintenance for existing parks and trails. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER SUPERVISORS AUTHORIZE $56 MILLION FOR NEW SHERIFF’S OFFICE FACILITIES

The Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of resolutions Tuesday to authorize the award of two design-build contracts totaling $56 million for the construction of the Mental Health Facility and the Vocational Training Facility at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. Based on a best-value criterion, the contracts were both awarded to Clark & Sullivan Construction and Broward Builder, who have entered a joint venture. When complete, the two Placer County Sheriff’s Office facilities will add a total of 165 beds to the South Placer Jail. LEARN MORE


PLACER SUPERVISORS SUPPORT FUNDING FOR MARRIOTT MEADOWS PARK IN NORTH AUBURN

North Auburn will welcome a new park thanks to a large grant from the state of California and actions by the Placer County Board of Supervisors last week. The planned Marriott Meadows Park will be located west of Regional Park on Richardson Drive in North Auburn. Features will include walking trails through conserved woodlands, a dog park, open turf area, a central plaza, splash pads, bocce ball courts, picnic tables and restrooms. LEARN MORE


OPENING ON PLACER COUNTY ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD REPRESENTING DISTRICT 5

Placer County is accepting applications to fill a seat on the county Assessment Appeals Board to represent District 5. Assessment Appeals Board members must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in the state of California as a certified public accountant, licensed real estate broker, an attorney, or certified and accredited property appraiser. LEARN MORE + APPLY HERE

 


PLACER ACCEPTING ‘ROUND-2’ MICROBIZ GRANT APPLICATIONS THROUGH JUNE 10

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

 


“KNOW WHERE ALZHEIMER’S HIDES” CAMPAIGN

Placer County’s Healthy Brain Initiative program is continuing its work to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related resources through a new multimedia awareness campaign. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 5

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 5

HAPPY MAY!

As I begin my third year as your Placer County District 5 Supervisor, I can’t help but reflect on the vast diversity of issues that my office is working on to serve you. These last few weeks were a perfect example – from forest health, to workforce housing, to broadband funding, to legislative advocacy and everything in between – there certainly hasn’t been a lack of issues and needs!

 

 

 

 

 

On April 22, I was honored to attend the dedication ceremony for the Yo’ Dok’IM Pakan – Gerjuoy North Fork Preserve on Moody Ridge near Alta. The Placer Land Trust returned 40 acres of ancestral homelands to the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe. Members of the Tribe and Placer Land Trust Board and staff were present for the very touching ceremony.
LEARN MORE + WATCH VIDEO

 

 

 

Last week I joined two of my fellow Placer Supervisors, CEO, and County staff on the annual Placer County Legislative Advocacy trip to Washington D.C. In our meetings with Senator Feinstein, and Congressmen McClintock and LaMalfa – Placer County made four earmark requests for projects in need of funding:

  • Placer Parkway – $5M
  • Lincoln Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion – $4M
  • Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization – $4M
  • North Lake Tahoe Shared Use Trail – $3M

In addition to the above funding requests, we also met with members of the administration to discuss the crucial needs for funding and support to address the forests located on Federal Lands within Placer County. We are hopeful that our face-to-face meetings with these agency and elected officials demonstrated to them how vitally important these issues are to our residents and communities.

Finally, I want to thank the more than 300 Placer residents who took the time to share their thoughts with the California Public Utilities Commission ahead of their broadband funding decision. Although we are very disappointed that Placer County remains classified as an urban county rather than rural, (resulting in less funding) we are looking forward to working collaboratively with the CPUC to ensure the $30 million allocated for broadband projects in Placer County makes the greatest impact possible for our residents.
MORE INFORMATION + VIEW FULL/FINAL DECISION

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


MAY IS WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH – INVEST IN PREPAREDNESS AHEAD OF COMING WILDFIRE SEASON

Communities are coming together throughout Placer County in May to reduce their risk of wildfire with a series of events for National Wildfire Awareness Month. Planned activities include defensible space work, hazardous vegetation removal and town hall discussions of emergency and evacuation preparedness with Placer’s public safety agencies and community leaders. Please join us on Tuesday, May 24 for a Western District 5 Wildfire Preparedness Town Hall, details below.
LEARN MORE + VIEW ALL EVENTS

From the Department of Insurance | Tuesday, CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara hosted the Safer from Wildfires Forum. WEBINAR RECORDING


WESTERN DISTRICT 5 WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS TOWN HALL
TUESDAY, MAY 24 @ 5:30PM | VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON

Please review the informative agenda we have planned:

Joint Presentation from Cal Fire, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and Placer County Office of Emergency Services:

  • Home Hardening & Defensible Space
  • Red Flag and Elevated Fire Weather
  • Placer Alert & Evacuations
  • General Emergency Preparedness
  • Ways to Help My Community

[VIEW FULL AGENDA] | [ZOOM LINK]


PLACER AWARDED $23.5 MILLION TO CONVERT ROSEVILLE HOTEL INTO PERMANENT HOUSING FOR HOMELESS

The California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded Placer County $23,516,978 in highly competitive funding as part of the Homekey 2.0 program, the agency announced, for the intended purchase of a Roseville hotel to be converted as permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Homekey is the state’s competitive grant program that followed Project Roomkey, which urgently sheltered vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in trailers, motels and hotels to prevent the spread of COVID-19. LEARN MORE


MERCY NORTH AUBURN AT ROCK CREEK DEDICATION EVENT
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 @ 11AM | 2960 1ST STREET IN AUBURN

Mercy North Auburn at Rock Creek is a 79-unit affordable apartment and townhome development for families, located within the Placer County Government Center campus. Featuring three 3-story apartment buildings and seven 2-story attached townhomes, this new community is a collaborative effort between Mercy Housing California and Placer County, which contributed 3 acres of property, housing vouchers, and funding from two state grants. RSVP HERE


HOUSING RESOURCES IN PLACER COUNTY THE FOCUS OF FREE WEBINAR SERIES

May is Affordable Housing Month and Placer County is offering free webinars throughout the month to highlight everything residents need to know about housing assistance resources in our region. As housing challenges have increased in recent years, Placer has adopted new policies to encourage the development of more housing affordable to those in all income ranges and implemented new programs to increase access to housing in unincorporated Placer County. LEARN MORE

  • West Placer Virtual Housing Showcase – May 7 at 10am | REGISTER
  • East Placer Virtual Housing Showcase – May 14 at 10am | REGISTER
  • First Time Homebuyer Application Webinar – May 17 at 7pm | REGISTER
  • Building Accessory Dwelling Units Webinar – May 21 at 10am | REGISTER

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

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Bridget Powers to the Placer County Planning Commission, serving in the at-large seat representing areas east of the Sierra Crest. The talented trio of candidates brought unique and differing skill sets, but Bridget’s specific experience in both Eastern and Western Placer County as well as her previous service in both elected office and appointments on other planning and land use commissions, provided the final edge. She has worked on complex land issues, was a longtime company representative in Eastern Placer County, and is a second homeowner in Olympic Valley. Bridget will bring exceptional experience and insight, and her collaborative approach balances community interests. At the same meeting the board also approved the appointment of Robyn Dahlgren to the Planning Commission representing District 1. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER WELCOMES NEW PARKS AND OPEN SPACE DIRECTOR

This month Placer County welcomed Steve Gayfield as the first director of its new Department of Parks and Open Space. Gayfield comes to the county with more than 30 years of experience working in parks and recreation; previously serving as Executive Director at Sulphur Parks and Recreation District in Louisiana and superintendent of parks and recreation for the City of Lancaster in Ohio. LEARN MORE

 


OPENING ON PLACER COUNTY ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD REPRESENTING DISTRICT 5

Placer County is accepting applications to fill a seat on the county Assessment Appeals Board to represent District 5. Assessment Appeals Board members must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in the state of California as a certified public accountant, licensed real estate broker, an attorney, or certified and accredited property appraiser. LEARN MORE + APPLY HERE

 


PLACER COUNTY ACCEPTING ‘ROUND-TWO’ MICROBUSINESS GRANT APPLICATIONS

Placer County is launching the second round of grant funding for microbusiness owners who may have missed their opportunity for a $2,500 grant in the first round. New applications for the Placer Micro Biz Program will be accepted starting April 25 through June 10. The state provided Placer with a total sum of $412,500 in relief funds to award microbusinesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Placer launched the first round in February and in April awarded a total of $137,500 to 55 recipients. The remaining sum of $275,000 may be awarded during the second round. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY AIR DISTRICT RAISES FLAG FOR AIR QUALITY

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District is celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week from May 2-6. The U.S. EPA will recognize the District on May 2 for its work with wildfire and smoke preparedness and public outreach. This year’s theme is Be Air Aware & Prepared, with each day featuring a new topic on how to prepare for and stay safe during periods of poor air quality. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC PCCP

On April 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day celebration sparked a global environmental movement, so it’s quite appropriate that the Placer County Conservation Program began implementation on Earth Day last year, after 20 years in the making. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 21

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 21

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH SNOW!

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

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

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

Please review the robust agenda we have planned:

County Update – Supervisor Cindy Gustafson

Informational Items:

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

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

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

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

[VIEW FULL AGENDA] | [LEARN MORE]

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

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

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Additional News & Resources

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

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


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

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


PLACER COUNTY ACCEPTING ‘ROUND-TWO’ MICROBUSINESS GRANT APPLICATIONS

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

 


PLACER APPROVES NEW NORTH LAKE TAHOE ROUNDABOUT

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

 

 


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

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

 


CALIFORNIA LEADS THE NATION WITH 500 FIREWISE COMMUNITIES

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

 

 

 


CAL FIRE: RESIDENTIAL BURN PERMITS NOW REQUIRED

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

 

 

 


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FREE MEDICATION TAKE-BACK ACROSS PLACER COUNTY APRIL 30

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

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 7

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 7

PREPARING FOR SUMMER

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

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


RECOGNIZING PLACER COUNTY’S WINTER STORM HEROES

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

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

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

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

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


COUNTY NOTIFIES RESIDENTS OF DISTRICT CHANGE

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

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LIBRARY BENCH DEDICATION

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


APRIL 2022 ROADMAP TO RECOVERY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

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


WATCH THE WESTERN DISTRICT 5 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

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

VIEW FULL AGENDA | WATCH VIDEO

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 


APRIL IS “CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH”

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

 

 


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES NEW CAMPING ORDINANCE

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

 

 


NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES STRATEGIES FOR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE

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

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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