Learn More About Cindy Gustafson
What is your political party?
I have been registered No Party Preference for more than 30 years.
What is your political philosophy?
At the local level I believe in working collaboratively with all political parties. I believe in balancing a strong economy with protecting our quality of life and environment. I strongly support public safety, strong educational opportunities, economic sustainability, resilient communities, and government accountability at all levels.
How will you protect District 5?
Since taking office April 2019, I have been working to advocate for my constituents needs and address issues impacting our communities. I am committed to serving District 5 residents in the following ways:
- Supporting our law enforcement and first responders
- Addressing the critical danger of catastrophic wildfire
- Ensuring government accountability to each and every constituent
- Protecting our quality of life and environment through conservation and stewardship
- Supporting economic sustainability and balanced growth
- Seeking and supporting local workforce housing solutions
How are you addressing public safety?
- Supported increased salaries and compensation across our public safety staff;
- Supported increased investments in equipment and technology such as body-worn cameras, mobile probation vehicles, investments in a new crime lab, a new sheriff’s substation and court house in Tahoe City, new hanger for Sheriffs fixed-wing aircraft;
- Supported additional positions in our District Attorney’s office;
- Supported investment in our jails and training programs;
- Supported technology and innovation in all areas of public safety
What have you done to address the critical danger of catastrophic wildfire?
- Supported increased expenditures to secure more grant-funding for forest work and defensible space in and around our communities.
- Supported the establishment of a full-time position of a Regional Forest Health Coordinator at Placer County – the first County in the State to create this position.
- Supported comprehensive mapping of threat zones throughout the entire County.
- Advocated for the establishment of stricter hazardous vegetation ordinances and additional code enforcement officers.
- Advocated at the State and Federal level for additional funding to manage and maintain forest health on Federal and State lands.
- Supported additional funding and resources for the Resource Conservation District’s chipper program.
How are you addressing the fire insurance crisis?
I am committed to continuing the County’s pressure on our State legislators to address regulatory and legislative changes to reduce the costs for our residents. Supported efforts to recognize homeowner and business investments in hardening their homes and investing in defensible space.
How are you addressing forest health and hazardous fuels management?
I have voted for and encouraged more investment by the County in protecting our communities. This has included both direct funding and staff working on securing grants for State and Federal lands surrounding our communities. I have also met with State and Federal officials to push for more streamlining of permits and investment by the Federal government on their properties.
What have you done to protect the environment and our communities?
Much of the growth and development in the western and south part of our County was approved through specific plans before I joined the Board. Moving forward this growth needs to be balanced with continued investment in the Placer County Conservation Plan and Placer Land Trust. I have supported funding for the acquisition of thousands of acres of land and the additions to the Hidden Falls Regional Park. I helped establish the Tourism Business Improvement District for North Lake Tahoe and Olympic Valley which are generating millions of dollars of investments in trails, transit, micro-transit, additional trash collection, parks, and beach improvements. I support in-fill and re-development over new development in our District.
How are you addressing housing?
Placer County is experiencing many of the same issues as the rest of the State with a critical shortage of housing, especially for our young families and workforce. I have strongly supported the use of County resources for workforce housing. These include: the Mercy Housing project at the Placer County Government Center; Work Force Housing Preservation Program; the establishment of the Housing Trust Placer; investment in infrastructure to serve affordable by design projects; Lease to Locals program; and others. In addition, I supported the establishment of the mobile temporary shelter tents at the Government Center. Working with a local non-profit, the Gathering Inn, leaders from our business community are supporting the efforts to address our homeless population. This example should be replicated in South Placer so that the entire County is involved in addressing our homeless population before it spreads further. I am proud that Placer County has been awarded a Pro-Housing designation by the State due to our investments and programs in housing.
What’s the best way to reach you?
I am very accessible and believe that it’s important to our residents to reach me with concerns and questions. I can be reached at the County offices and through my official email or at the campaign email email@example.com. I hold regular “Supervisor Chats” to ensure you can meet with me outside of government offices. I attend as many events as possible and I meet with individual homeowners and groups of homeowners with specific concerns and issues. I also enjoy touring with many of our local non-profits that are helping serve our community. If you would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to reach out!