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Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 17

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 17

EASTERN PLACER COUNTY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

TONIGHT- Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm
AGENDA

The Town Hall will be held virtually and all community members are invited to attend. Topics include:

  • General County Updates from Supervisor Gustafson
  • Updates on Trash Initiatives
  • Updates on Housing- including the Workforce Housing Preservation Program, Hopkins Village, and Meadowview Place

To join the meeting via Zoom, CLICK HERE

To join by phone, call 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247, Conference ID: 973 1446 5291, Passcode: 708288


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 Bulletin | January 28

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 28

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY UPDATE

As I mentioned to many of you in emails last night and in my Districtwide newsletter last week, things are rapidly changing around vaccine distribution. I am reaching out again as new information is now available regarding who is eligible to sign up to receive a vaccine in Placer County.

 


EDUCATION, CHILDCARE, EMERGENCY SERVICES WORKERS

The Placer County Public Health vaccination clinic @ the Grounds will begin vaccinating education, childcare and emergency services workers in accordance with state guidance starting next week, while continuing to vaccinate residents 65+ as well. Workers in these sectors must show proof of employment in Placer County. LEARN MORE


VACCINE INFORMATION & UPDATES

To be notified when large batches of new appointments become available, TEXT PLACERVACCINE to 898211 to receive text alerts. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer. Other health care providers may also be vaccinating different populations based on vaccine availability. Ensure your medical provider has your up-to-date contact information. More information is available at https://www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics. The state is expected to release more guidance on the food and agriculture sector which would help solidify a timeline for this group.


Placer County is still severely limited in the availability of vaccine appointments based solely on the limited supply of doses we are receiving. So while it is great news that educators, child care workers, and emergency service personal are now eligible to receive the vaccine, there will not be enough available appointments for all those that would like to get the vaccine to receive it immediately.

Placer County and our partners are prepared to administer thousands more doses per week as soon as we receive additional allotments from the state. But until then, we will only be able to administer what receive.

Placer County staff continues to advocate for additional vaccines and we hope to see our allocation of doses increase in the coming weeks. Please know that we are working hard on your behalf. Many of our days are spent in meetings or on the phone trying to work out these difficult issues so we can make progress, together.

As your neighbor, your friend and local elected official, I want you to know that we’re working tirelessly for you. Please be sure to do your part- continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distance.

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Placer Shares Update Video

Watch an update on the Placer Shares program that was shown at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 26. CLICK HERE


Martis Valley Trail Progress

The Martis Valley Trail project reached significant funding and multi-agency environmental review milestones this month as part of a trail system envisioned for the region. READ 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

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VACCINE! | January 22

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VACCINE! | January 22

As you can imagine many people are calling, writing and emailing in search of more information on when they can get vaccinated. I understand that this is an extremely frustrating time for all of us – so I am hoping to help explain what we know, and just as importantly what we don’t know. Information changes rapidly but here is where we stand as of today.

The limitations on vaccinations is entirely due to limitations on the supply of doses. Placer has been allocated an average of 4,343 doses of the Covid-19 vaccination (first and second) per week. To give you an idea on how far that goes, there are approximately 80,000 Placer residents who are 65 or older – not to mention the thousands of healthcare workers and others that fall into the Phase 1a category as well. At this pace, it would take us 4-6 months to vaccinate our most vulnerable and our essential workers. We do know that more vaccine is on the way and we are actively fighting to secure as much as we can for our residents. As soon as we get it – we get it out. Unfortunately none of us believe this is fast enough.

Placer County does have capacity to give the vaccines once we receive more doses. Placer County Public Health and Safeway alone currently have the capability to administer around 7,400 per week and other health providers throughout the county have the capacity to administer thousands more. Also, Public Health continues to cultivate partnerships with other pharmacies to further expand capacity as we receive more vaccines.

As we see additional doses become available, more appointments for vaccines will also be available to community members. One of the best ways to be notified when large new batches of appointments are made available at county clinics and about progression through the vaccination phases is to sign up for text alerts. To do that, text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211.

The Placer County vaccine website is also updated as new information becomes available. You can also check this page for answers to some additional frequently asked questions.

I know this is a challenging time, but please be patient and have confidence that more vaccines are coming. I encourage you to sign up for text alerts and to continue to check the website – I will also continue to update you through newsletters as we have more information to share.

Finally, a reminder to all of us – whether we’ve received the vaccine or not – please continue to work together and follow safety protocols. Please wash your hands, wear a face covering, and physically distance yourself from others.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

GETTING VACCINATED

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. LEARN MORE

AVAILABLE CLINICS

SUTTER HEALTH
Sutter patients who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 75 and older

KAISER PERMANENTE
Kaiser members who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 75 and older

PLACER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
Placer County residents who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 65 and older (The State/PrepMod is in the process of updating their web portal to reflect 65+ eligibility. Eligible residents in this category may proceed making an appointment and ignore messages to the contrary.)

SAFEWAY (various locations)
Placer County residents who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 75 and older (Safeway is in the process of updating their web portal to reflect 75+ eligibility. Eligible residents in this category may proceed making an appointment and ignore messages to the contrary.)

TAHOE FOREST HEALTH SYSTEM
Placer County & Nevada County residents who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 65 and older

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA)
Veterans who are:

  • Living in their long-term care facilities
  • And VA health care personnel

The Placer County Health Division is kindly encouraging everyone to please arrive ON TIME (not early) for their appointments to alleviate unnecessary crowds. Also, please check on your eligible family, friends and neighbors to see if they need assistance making an appointment online.


 

[Click here to sign up for emergency notifications]

 


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

Limited supply of vaccines now available to older adults in Phase 1B | January 14

Limited supply of vaccines now available to older adults in Phase 1B | January 14

AUBURN, Calif. — Public and private vaccine administration partners in Placer County are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in extremely limited supply to residents over the age of 65.

Vaccine is available in limited quantities through a Public Health clinic in south Placer; large hospital systems including Kaiser and Sutter; and pharmacy partner Safeway, whose locations span the county. Appointments are limited based on the availability of vaccine supply.

Vaccinations are by appointment only and proof of Placer County residency and age are required. Vaccinations open to the public include:

  • Kaiser Permanente: Members age 65+ can call 866-454-8855 or visit the Kaiser Permanente website for more information. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
  • Sutter Health: Sutter patients who are healthcare workers or aged 75+ can now schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • Other regional health systems: Check with your provider.
  • Public Health clinic and eight Safeway locations: Visit placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics to view locations, appointment slots and make an appointment.

Additional vaccine sites will come online as the supply chain grows to meet demand. Currently there are 17 access points (including mobile efforts by CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate long-term care facility residents) offering vaccine to individuals in Phases 1A and those over 65 in 1B, with future groups in 1B tier 1 still to come. Phases and tiers of administration are determined by the state.

Any Placer health care workers in Phase 1A who have not yet been vaccinated can continue to make appointments via the above links as well. See a summary of 1A populations here. These residents are required to bring proof of employment.

“We do not have enough vaccine for everyone at this time, so we appreciate everyone’s patience as we advocate for more doses,” said interim health officer Dr. Rob Oldham. “Surprisingly, we have had some appointments left open at our clinic during 1A, so we do think it’s important to move forward and offer those slots up to those in the next phase per the state’s expanded definitions. But, supply will not yet meet demand and so we want to set appropriate expectations that this will not be an overnight process.”

Approximately one fifth of the Placer County population is over 65 – or 80,000 people. Vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States, and Placer County is provided with only small amounts of vaccine each week. This week, for example, the county was allotted 2,925 first doses and 1,200 second doses, even though together Placer County Public Health and Safeway will have the capacity to administer 7,400 vaccines per week as of next week, meaning capacity currently exceeds supply. Weekly allotments of first doses from the state have been highly variable (ranging from just 100 first doses to around 3,000), adding challenges to local planning. Yet, health care and pharmaceutical partners are continually scaling up in anticipation of more doses.

To stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases, residents can visit the Placer County website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccine; text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211; and subscribe to Placer County’s newsletter.


COVID-19 Vaccines in Placer County

Click here to watch Placer County Health Officer, Dr. Rob Oldham, speak about the state’s initial phases of vaccine distribution and discuss how the community can prepare and stay informed in the coming months.

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.

Click here to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Placer County


Health Division Seeking Nurses for COVID-19 Support

Placer County Health Division is building a workforce to continue specimen collection and implement our COVID-19 vaccine campaign. If you or someone you know is interested, the following links are job descriptions and application information for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN). Please share this information with someone you know if they can support this effort.


Face Coverings in Placer County

Here in Placer County, face coverings are an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents. The “Got It Covered” campaign showcases actual Placer residents and business owners sharing their personal reasons for wearing a face covering. Click here to watch video


Don’t delay if you need health care

Some things can’t wait. Your health care is one of them. During COVID-19, local hospitals are safe and open to serve our community. Don’t hesitate to get care if you need it. Watch this PSA to learn more.

In addition to physical health, it’s important to take care of your mental health. There are a wide array of resources available locally, including many telehealth options. Click here to learn more


 

[Click here to sign up for emergency notifications]

 


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

Statement from Supervisor Gustafson | January 7

Statement from Supervisor Gustafson | January 7

Shortly after we distributed my Newsletter and Eastern Placer Bulletin yesterday, the news of events at our Nation’s Capital occurred. I was so disturbed by what I witnessed that I wanted to send out another message.

For those of you who don’t know, I was fortunate to grow up just outside of Washington DC, while my father worked a block from the US Capitol. I was blessed to visit the Capitol many times over those years and later, while in college, spent my summers interning in various offices just off of Capitol Hill. At lunch, I would often walk to Capitol Mall and watch many visitors from all over our country and the world as they de-boarded tour buses and stood in awe of our US Capitol building and all that it symbolizes to ourselves and to those from all around the world. Watching their emotions often brought me tears of appreciation for what our nation truly means. The images yesterday of mob’s desecration of our nation’s sacred symbol brought me tears of sadness.

Political debate is what our forefathers fought for, but the growing extreme intolerance for other points of view can destroy us.

This coming Tuesday I will officially begin the term of office you elected me to by taking an oath of office “to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of California”. I am greatly honored to take that oath of office in order to serve you, and I ask each of you to consider those words, consider our sacred democracy and pledge yourself to do the same.

We still live in a great nation, please, lets work together to keep it that way.


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 Bulletin | January 6

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | 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 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

Eastern Placer 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 input 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 2 categories of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines to 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.


 

Seeking Your Input on Draft Local Roadway Safety Plan

Placer County is seeking your feedback and input on its draft Local Roadway Safety Plan. An LRSP helps stakeholders identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. The LRSP also establishes the counties proactive approach to addressing locally-specific safety needs. A virtual community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 6-7pm. Learn More

 

 


North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan Survey

We’re seeking public input for our North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan. The plan will propose several trailhead parking and staging area sites that would provide increased access to public outdoor recreation areas.
Learn more about the plan | Take the 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 | 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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | December 18

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | 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

Lodging and Short Term Rentals
According to the Stay Home Order, the State has prohibited hotels and other lodging from accepting or honoring reservations except to offer accommodation for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. All lodging and Vacation Rental Operators, including all Short Term Rental owners, have been notified by County staff with details of the updated Order, the existing travel advisory as well as resources to help familiarize themselves with these updates.

The holidays have always been a time of year that fills most of the homes in our region. Even with the State’s guidelines, we should all understand we will see the arrival of vacation homeowners, their guests, and visitors. The County can not restrict homeowners from using their property and we do not have the resources or staff to check who is occupying each and every property in the region. Placer County can and will continue to implore ALL businesses, ALL rental owners, ALL visitors, and ALL residents to follow the Governor’s orders. Enforcement staff will continue to prioritize resources towards addressing public safety issues, education for those not observing the Governor’s guidance, and investigating and enforcing nuisance issues that are regulated by the Short Term Rental ordinance — noise, trash, parking, and numbers of occupants. If you have any nuisance issues to report, please visit our Short Term Rental Helpline for concerns/complaints including a 24/7 hotline at 530-448-8003 or online, click here. For questions related to the renting of properties during the Stay at Home order, please call this number: 530-581-6210.

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 Eastern Placer County a model of civility and compassion.

North Lake Tahoe Winter Plan Webinar
On Wednesday evening, myself in collaboration with Placer County staff the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, hosted a community webinar that addressed issues and concerns that impact the quality of life in North Lake Tahoe and. A lot of great topics were addressed including information on STRs, trash, and traffic mitigation. Watch Now

It is clear that we can’t restrict people from coming to our community, or even control what our neighbors do, but what we can focus on is not mixing with individuals from outside our households except for essential services, socially distancing ourselves, and wearing facial coverings.

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


SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL, PROTECT LOCAL

While you are doing your holiday shopping, I encourage you to SHOP LOCAL! 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. 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. Here are a couple ways to show your love and shop local!

North Tahoe Shop & Win Contest
North Lake Tahoe and regional businesses have teamed up to bring you the free-to-play, North Tahoe Shop & Win Holiday Contest. The contest runs through January 3rd and when you shop local, you can support small businesses, get creative, and post to win! Learn More

 

 

North Tahoe Gift Card & Online Shopping
Join me in supporting North Lake Tahoe businesses and support local today. Buy a gift card now, use it later, and help support the regional businesses that need us more than ever. In addition to purchasing a gift card, visit our online shopping category to purchase items in real time from some of your favorite North Lake Tahoe businesses. Learn More

 


SUPPORT NORTH LAKE TAHOE RESTAURANTS

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) recently launched Takeout Tahoe, an initiative to support and promote local restaurants through fall, winter and beyond. The campaign includes a downloadable guide to help visitors and locals navigate the 150+ restaurant options in the region, a North Tahoe EATS Facebook Page, and a contest element that will award restaurant gift cards to further support eating local. Learn More


DONATE TO HELP OTHERS

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.

Here are some local nonprofits, just to name a few, that really need our support:

You are also welcome to donate via GiveBackTahoe.com – which provides a comprehensive list of all the nonprofits in our region.

Or consider donating to our local business associations:


UPCOMING HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENT IN NORTH TAHOE

Winter Warmth & Wellness Giveaway For Those In Need
Saturday, December 19 from 2-5pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

More Information | Contact Meera: 775.230.1066 or mbeser@sbcglobal.net


Seeking Your Input on Draft Local Roadway Safety Plan

Placer County is seeking your feedback and input on its draft Local Roadway Safety Plan. An LRSP helps to organize stakeholders to identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. The LRSP also establishes the counties proactive approach to addressing locally-specific safety needs. A virtual community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 6-7pm. Learn More


North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan Survey

We’re seeking public input for our North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan. The plan will propose several trailhead parking and staging area sites that would provide increased access to public outdoor recreation areas.
Learn more about the plan | Take the 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