Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 13

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 13

Placer Advances to Orange Tier of Reopening – Stay Cautious

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

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor



Have Your Voice Heard – Be Sure to VOTE

Like so many other aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has changed how we go about voting. I encourage you to utilize PlacerElections.com for election details such as locating your nearest Placer County drop box and voter service center locations, checking your voter status and registering to vote. You can also view the Placer County voter information guide, sample ballot, ballot status lookup and more. Learn More


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Placer Shares – Second Round of Funding Opened Today

Last week the Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate a second round of Placer Shares funding for businesses that may have missed the deadline in September. If you or a business you know didn’t already applywe encourage you to submit your application today – the application portal opened today through midnight on October 23. Sharing these Federal funds will help sustain our small business community, which is so important to all of us who live, work and call Placer County home.

To date, Placer County has awarded 1,250 grants to 1,120 small businesses and 135 nonprofits with grant funding totaling approximately $7.5 million through the first round of the county’s Placer Shares program. Of those, Eastern Placer County was awarded 10.1% of the funding with 87 grants to small businesses and 80% of those went to businesses with 9 or less employees. Out of all eligible small businesses that applied for funding, 100% received between $5,000 and $10,000 awards. Learn More



Project Homekey funding for the 7 Pines Motel

On October 9 the Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution regarding the implementation of California’s innovative Homekey Program. The awarded $1.4m will be used to acquire and rehabilitate the 7 Pines Motel, a 14-unit motel located in Kings Beach, to provide housing to individuals experiencing homelessness who have mental health issues. One of the project highlights is that the motel is within walking distance of several services and amenities, including the Sierra Community House that provides social services and food distribution.


Linking Tahoe: Regional Transportation Plan – Get Involved

There is broad consensus that the Tahoe Region needs a transportation system transformation. To achieve these regional goals, the TRPA has implemented Linking Tahoe, containing over 100 projects that support transit, trails, technology, and communities. The projects identified in Linking Tahoe will create a fully connected system for residents, commuters and visitors to the Region. Please provide your input – public comments are due before October 25 to mglickert@trpa.orgLearn More

Internet Survey






Internet Service Survey

Placer County is hoping to bring attention to the growing digital divide that is impacting our residents and business owners in the foothill communities and portions of eastern Placer. The lack of connectivity has become increasingly difficult to contend with now that many of us are working and going to school from home and need to rely on virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom and Teams. Placer County is conducting a survey to identify the quality of Internet service within its numerous cities and small towns. Complete Survey Today


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