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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 4

SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY UPON US, PLACER COUNTY!

With the change of season comes great news and accomplishments to celebrate in our region. I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for what we’ve accomplished and look forward to once again meeting in-person and participating in events. While there is no arguing this past year was challenging, I have confidence the future holds hope, positivity and renewed stability. There is always more work to do, but I want encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on the good. Let’s make the most of our Placer County summer and appreciate all of our wonderful resources, outdoor activities, and local businesses — and come together to find our way back to a sense of community and a sense of normal.

 


CALIFORNIA IS SET TO FULLY REOPEN | JUNE 15

On May 25, the California Department of Public Health announced that Placer County’s COVID metrics have qualified the county to enter the orange tier, a few weeks prior to the state’s move “Beyond the Blueprint” anticipated for June 15. View activities and capacities permitted under orange tier, CLICK HERE. For a look at what is ahead when the state as a whole moves “Beyond the Blueprint” June 15, CLICK HERE. The state is also expected to adjust masking guidance at that point to align with the CDC’s indoor guidance for vaccinated individuals.

 


POP UP VACCINE CLINICS | JUNE 8 + 10

Placer County Public Health and health care system partners will be holding special vaccination clinics in parts of the county with lower vaccination rates or access to health services in the month of June. Appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov and walk-ins are also welcome. LEARN MORE


VIRTUAL FORESTHILL TOWN HALL MEETING | JUNE 7

Please join myself and County Staff for a Virtual Foresthill Town Hall on June 7 at 7pm for updates, resources and information on the following topics:

  • County Updates
  • Public Safety & Community Updates
  • Transfer Station Tipping Fees + Garbage Collection Fees
  • Foresthill Fire Protection Defensible Space Public Display Area

Information on accessing this virtual town hall meeting will be posted HERE once the meeting agenda is published.


Wildfire Preparedness

PLACER FIRE CHIEF BRIAN ESTES GIVES A FIRE SEASON UPDATE

Start preparing you and your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County remains one of the top in California and the nation for community-led fire preparedness efforts. Placer County Fire Department/CAL FIRE NEU Chief Brian Estes gives his 2021 outlook for this upcoming fire season.

 

 

Chief Estes stated that the first thing we can do is get educated. His message is simple – we live in a beautiful, but fire danger critical area – it is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. This also includes his reminder that ALL Fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Placer County. Check out the many ways we can work together to ensure all are ready for fire season! VIEW VIDEO

 

 


ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE NEWS & 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

RED FLAG WARNING PROGRAM | Our Red Flag Warning Program is a local effort to make residents aware of wildfire risk in our community and is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. If you see red flags posted at fire stations and government buildings, that is the time to visit readyforwildfire.org. LEARN MORE

HI-LO SIRENS CAN HELP SAVE LIVES | The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released an important PSA this week regarding hi-low sirens and how they can help keep us safe. The hi-lo siren was installed in 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 from a wildfire, chemical spill, flood, etc. LEARN MORE

CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS IN NEVADA, YUBA + PLACER | The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. LEARN MORE

PLACER SEEKS FOR FEEDBACK WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN | Placer County is seeking community feedback as part of its 2021 update to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The goal of the CWPP is to enhance efforts to protect communities, watersheds and other at-risk properties from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

FRENCH MEADOWS FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT | The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project is a collaborative forest health project intended to reduce wildfire risk. Placer is scheduled to start in June as the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the county to perform work on federal land for the multi-agency partnership French Meadows Forest Restoration Project. With the approval, Placer will take the lead on hiring and overseeing contractors to execute tree removal, forest thinning and biomass removal. LEARN MORE


Additional Placer County News

DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT FOR NORTH AUBURN HHS FACILITY

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a design-build contract for a new Health and Human Services Center, awarding the contract to Sacramento-based firm Turner Construction/AC Martin following a competitive process. Fiscal responsibility has been a hallmark of this Board, and it’s important for residents to understand the funding sources and reimbursement that will offset costs. The new HHS facility is included in the county’s recently-updated master plan for the Placer County Government Center, and would help consolidate existing staff and services from six divisions in a 142,000-square-foot facility in North Auburn. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY FAIR REOPENS | JUNE 24-27

The Placer County Fair “Mooving Forward Together” reopens June 24-27, becoming one of the first large events to return in the Sacramento region as state’s Economy reopens. Covid canceled the fair in 2020, but as cases drop and vaccinations increase, annual event becomes one of the first fairs scheduled in the state. READ PRESS RELEASE

 


MEADOW VISTA RURAL MAIN STREETS PROGRAM

Join Meadow Vista community members on June 26 from 10am-2pm where they will be leading a temporary demonstration event with support from the County to test out pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Placer Hills Road. The temporary improvements will include delineated pedestrian pathways, curb enhancements, and high-visibility crosswalks. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN

The public draft of the Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan is being updated to reflect recent the updated Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project. Public comments on the draft plan will be taken through June 13. We encourage you to submit your comments digitally, CLICK HERE

 


PLACER EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR DEWITT THEATER

Placer is seeking proposals to potentially breathe new life into the DeWitt Theater located on the Placer County Government Center campus in North Auburn. The Board of Supervisors allowed the Department of Facilities Management to solicit plans to restore, reimagine or re-use the theater, slated for demolition in the county’s recently updated master plan for redeveloping the government center campus. LEARN MORE


PLACER ADOPTS UPDATED GENERAL PLAN HOUSING ELEMENT

The Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s comprehensive update of its General Plan Housing Element, pledges additional $575,000 for affordable housing efforts – outlining its policies and programs to meet existing and projected housing needs for all Placer residents through 2029. LEARN MORE

 


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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


REDISTRICTING PLACER

Join in the process to redraw Placer County’s supervisorial districts. This process only takes place once every 10 years! The Placer County Redistricting Commission is beginning the work to redraw the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts. District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect the representative of their choice. LEARN MORE

 


FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S

Placer County is now providing free building plans to homeowners interested in constructing an accessory home on their property, saving thousands in building costs, while helping to increase the county’s stock of affordable housing As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | May 27

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | May 27

WISHING YOU A FUN & SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, I ask each of you to remember, honor and mourn all who have served and given their lives defending our freedom. Please take a moment to pause and appreciate what they and their loved ones have sacrificed so that we can enjoy our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

This weekend also represents the unofficial opening of Lake Tahoe and the start of summer, topped off with a warm and sunny forecast. This time of year I can’t help but be reminded how lucky we are to be able to live, work and play in such an amazing place – filled with beautiful views, ample outdoor activities, a resilient community and a variety of incredible local businesses. Let’s continue to support our friends and neighbors while we also remember to recreate safely and respectfully this holiday weekend and into the summer ahead.


EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL | JUNE 10

Join myself and County Staff for a Virtual Eastern Placer County Town Hall on June 10 at 6pm for updates, resources and information on the following topics:

• Public Safety & Community Updates
• New Summer Services – Trash & Transit
• Development Project Updates
• Short Term Rental Updates
• COVID Updates

Information on accessing this virtual town hall meeting will be posted HERE once the meeting agenda is published.


POP UP VACCINE CLINICS IN KINGS BEACH | JUNE 2 + 3

Placer County Public Health and health care system partners will be holding special vaccination clinics in parts of the county with lower vaccination rates or access to health services in the month of June. Appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov and walk-ins are also welcome. LEARN MORE

Also, youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine to protect against COVID-19. It is available through many local providers via MyTurn. Book Appointment


PLACER COUNTY MOVES INTO THE ORANGE TIER

On May 25, the California Department of Public Health announced that Placer County’s COVID metrics have qualified the county to enter the orange tier, a few weeks prior to the state’s move “Beyond the Blueprint” anticipated for June 15. View activities and capacities permitted under orange tier, CLICK HERE.

For a look at what is ahead when the state as a whole moves “Beyond the Blueprint” June 15, CLICK HERE. The state is also expected to adjust masking guidance at that point to align with the CDC’s indoor guidance for vaccinated individuals.


NORTH LAKE TAHOE RESORT ASSOCIATION NEW TBID BOARD OF DIRECTORS SEAT – PLACER BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The process to select and seat the new North Lake Tahoe Resort Association TBID Board of Directors is underway as they are preparing the Election Ballot with candidates for all nominated and designated Board seats. The Placer County Board of Supervisors has one of “6” nominated seats on the NLTRA TBID Board as part of the Governance within the Management District Plan (MDP). Learn more about NLTRA’s committee structure HERE.

Placer County is seeking applications to serve on NLTRA’s new TBID Board of Director Seat – At-Large Public Member representing the Placer County Board of Supervisors. View the TBID Governance document that outlines the breakdown of both the nominated and designated seats (all have to be elected by NLTRA membership) and the Board Candidate Application.

Applications are due by June 11. Board appointment of the TBID Board of Director Seat will be on the June 22 BOS agenda.


FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF NORTH LAKE TAHOE: TAKE THE TRAVELER RESPONSIBILITY PLEDGE!

The magic of Lake Tahoe lies in the culture of our communities and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To protect and preserve vulnerable ecosystems and residential communities, regional visitor bureaus have joined forces to focus on educational tactics that reinforce the importance of mindful, responsible travel. Before embarking on a journey to our beloved region, please take the North Lake Tahoe Traveler Responsibility Pledge. We appreciate your commitment to preserving the natural wonders of the Sierra! Take the Pledge + watch the video below to learn more!


Wildfire Update

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Start preparing you and your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

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

 

PLACER SEEKS FEEDBACK FOR WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN

Placer County is seeking community feedback as part of its 2021 update to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The goal of the CWPP is to enhance efforts to protect communities, watersheds and other at-risk properties from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

 

 

FRENCH MEADOWS FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project is a collaborative forest health project intended to reduce wildfire risk. Placer is scheduled to start in June as the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the county to perform work on federal land for the multi-agency partnership French Meadows Forest Restoration Project. With the approval, Placer will take the lead on hiring and overseeing contractors to execute tree removal, forest thinning and biomass removal. LEARN MORE

 


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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Redistricting Placer

Join in the process to redraw Placer County’s supervisorial districts. This process only takes place once every 10 years! The Placer County Redistricting Commission is beginning the work to redraw the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts. District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect the representative of their choice. Redistricting takes place every 10 years after the federal census. District boundaries for federal, state and local elected offices are redrawn to reflect new population data and shifting populations. LEARN MORE

 


Free Plans for ADUs

Placer County is now providing free building plans to homeowners interested in constructing an accessory home on their property, saving thousands in building costs, while helping to increase the county’s stock of affordable housing As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. LEARN MORE

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 3

WHO’S READY FOR SUMMER?

With summer just around the corner, I’m reminded how fortunate we are to have so many recreational options in Placer County. The ample sunshine and warmth always bring a renewed and welcomed sense of optimism and good health. There are endless options to get outside and explore our beautiful region, including the many trails, rivers, reservoirs, lakes and peaks, just to name a few. Beyond that, our region is home to a vibrant and diverse set of communities, each with their own unique identity and a variety of amazing local businesses – this is truly what makes Placer County’s District 5 so special. Now more than ever, I encourage you to support your friends and neighbors by shopping, eating and playing locally. While visiting our incredible resources please take care of them like you would your own backyard – because they are! Your actions can go a long way… such as leaving no trace, being fire aware, and being kind, conscientious, and courteous to all those around you.

Not only do we have a great summer to look forward to, but there continues to be hopeful news and milestones in relation to the pandemic and vaccine distribution. Read on for some recent news, resources and events to keep you informed, involved, and prepared. Let’s continue to work together to ensure we have a fun and safe Placer County summer.


COVID UPDATE

While California is not seeing the large case surges that many other states are experiencing, we continue to experience a gradual increase in the number of cases in Placer County and in our region. Due to our case rate, we remain assigned to the Red Tier. Many factors seem to be driving this uptick, but the rise of more easily transmissible variants appears to be one significant factor. Fortunately, we continue to see much lower levels of severe illness and hospitalizations due to Covid-19 relative to what we were experiencing just a few months ago. Here is a snapshot of today’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 6.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.4 (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.0% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:

SELF-SWABBING IS NOW AVAILABLE

Self-swabbing is now available at the OptumServe COVID-19 testing sites in Roseville and Truckee. Easy, fast and free; with turnaround generally between 1-2 days. Make an appointment: https://lhi.care/covidtesting


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccine distribution, and as of Monday, 303,514 doses have been administered countywide.

As of April 15, Placer County residents age 16 and above are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility.

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

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


BODY WORN CAMERA UPDATE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved body-worn cameras for sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers. The sheriff’s office expects to launch the $4.8 million program over the next nine months and thanks the Board of Supervisors for funding this crucial initiative. I really appreciate and strongly support this program. We’re 100% behind this as well as our law enforcement officers in getting this program to protect them and protect our constituents. Learn more

 

 


PLACER COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

After a 4-year effort of surveys, public meetings, data gathering, writing, and editing, we invite you to attend a virtual Zoom Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 6 at 6pm to get a refresher on the plan progress, review the major elements, see the latest edits based on public input, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and comment. Click Here to Join the Webinar

 

 


WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

FOREST THINNING TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK

Prioritizing forest health heading into fire season, our Board of Supervisors voted this week to execute forest thinning for an additional 3,000 acres of the French Meadows Forest Restoration Project this year (here is the press release)

BURN PERMITS REQUIRED STARTING MAY 1

Starting May 1, the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will require burn permits for residential burning in Placer County. No-burn days are still in effect and can be confirmed on the Placer County Air Pollution Control District website. Learn more

Additional Resources:


FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF NORTH LAKE TAHOE: TAKE THE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PLEDGE

The magic of Lake Tahoe lies in the culture of our communities and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To protect and preserve vulnerable ecosystems and residential communities, regional visitor bureaus have joined forces to focus on educational tactics that reinforce the importance of mindful, responsible travel. Before embarking on a journey to our beloved region, please take the North Lake Tahoe Traveler Responsibility Pledge. We appreciate your commitment to preserving the natural wonders of the Sierra! Take the Pledge + watch the video below to learn more!


PLACER COUNTY PROBATION LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY MOBILE WORK CREW PROGRAM

The Placer County Probation Department has launched a new in-house mobile work crew program with the goal to provide increased accountability for program participants, while allowing the opportunity to give back to the local community. Learn more

 


LAMALFA, THOMPSON INTRODUCE UTILITY RESILIENCE & RELIABILITY ACT

Congressmembers LaMalfa and Thompson introduced the Utility Resilience and Reliability Act, a bipartisan bill to make the national energy grid more reliable and resilient to natural disasters and extreme weather events. Text of the bill can be found here.


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

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we continue to have problems with our broadband services. I asked county staff to give me a breakdown of the various types of broadband in order to better understand both the technology, as well as the options for the county moving forward. View the PowerPoint to see some of our conclusions.

COMMERCIAL INSURANCE DATA CALL NOTICE | In an open letter dated April 13, Commissioner Ricardo Lara addressed the Commercial Insurance Data Call notice, acknowledging that insurance companies are non-renewing or refusing to write commercial insurance. Lara directed commercial insurance companies doing business in the state to provide detailed information to his Department within 60 days about the availability of commercial insurance. This new commercial insurance data will help inform her actions as well as actions that the Governor and California State Legislature can take to further protect our businesses. Read Letter

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Let’s Make This the Biggest Big Day of Giving Ever for Placer Nonprofits

Big Day of Giving is just a few days away – May 6, 2021! Placer’s nonprofits and our neighbors who they serve need your help more than ever this year. Let’s make it our biggest year yet! Learn more


North Lake Tahoe & Truckee Regional Officials Cancel Fourth of July Events for 2021

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee regional officials have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks displays in the North Lake Tahoe area. Challenges to outdoor destinations across the country have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these cancelations will reduce crowd concerns during an already busy time for the region. Read more



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 19

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 19

POSITIVE STEPS MOVING FORWARD INTO SPRING & SUMMER

Placer County staff have been working with my office to address many of the concerns we all share about the quality of life and the environment in our region. Understanding that we can’t control everyone’s behavior, we are working on a combination of approaches to address the issues including: public education campaigns, increased enforcement efforts, and provision of additional services. This comprehensive approach will help lessen the impacts we experienced last summer. I am very encouraged by the efforts of so many agencies and organizations working collaboratively to help. I know we can’t solve all issues, but it is a huge step forward!

The following information will report on these near-term efforts and plans for longer-term projects. Please share this information, and I encourage you to provide your input on other suggestions we can pursue.


Currently in Eastern Placer

SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROGRAM UPDATE

In response to both community feedback and enforcement staff recommendations, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to update the county’s current short-term rental ordinance. Since the program’s inception, we have been listening to local stakeholders and residents to learn how we can improve the program in a way that benefits our community and addresses the neighborhood impacts. These updates reflect not only program feedback, but also a larger effort by the county to address key issues affecting our region. With additions to compliance staff and new data systems we believe that tracking and reporting will be available to help us make prudent and effective adjustments moving forward. Learn More

Current updates to the program include:
• Redefining the program boundaries to match the Eastern Placer transient occupancy tax (TOT) collection area.
• Clarifications to rental restrictions during construction.
• Adding information regarding bear boxes, fire safety enhancements and program streamlining.

View the STR complaint stats below, click here to enlarge.

FREE!! RIDESHARE SERVICE COMING TO NORTH LAKE TAHOE

This summer, North Lake Tahoe residents and visitors will have a new microtransit rideshare service available through Placer County’s Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit. The service will offer free, curb-to-curb shuttle service using a smartphone app to book rides, similar to popular services like Lyft and Uber. Learn More

 

 

 

TEMPORARY SIGNAL AT GROVE STREET

In 2020, county staff hired a third-party consultant develop a design for a temporary signal at the Grove Street and SR 28 intersection. Staff has also worked with Caltrans to obtain the necessary permits and approvals for the signal. By installing a temporary signal, county staff can monitor traffic flow conditions to determine whether a permanent signal could work.

 

 

 

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING GUARDS

In 2020, Placer County contracted with a third-party vendor to provide crossing guards on weekends from July – September in Kings Beach and Tahoe City. Specifically, crossing guards were placed at heavily used crosswalks at the roundabouts in Kings Beach and at Grove Street and Commons Beach Road in Tahoe City. This service will continue in 2021 and expand to additional weekends in June and July which were not included in the 2020 service contract. The goals of this program include pedestrian safety and reduction in traffic congestion.

 

ENHANCED LITTER/TRASH SERVICE

In 2020, Placer County increased the frequency of trash pickup service in Kings Beach and Tahoe City to address issues with litter and trash. To further address this issue, county staff is currently working with Clean Tahoe to supplement existing trash service in summer 2021 and winter 2022. Clean Tahoe will also be “on-call” to address overflowing trash cans and dumpsters in Town Centers and they will monitor trash and litter in Town Centers and public parks and beaches daily. County staff is also working with the California Tahoe Conservancy and other local and state agencies to partner on this enhanced service.

 

PLACER APPROVES $1.4M FOR MARTIS VALLEY TRAIL, FANNY BRIDGE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROJECT AND MORE

The Martis Valley Trail, Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project, Kings Beach Western Approach Project, Pam Emmerich Memorial Pinedrop Trailhead Improvement Project, and the SNOW Sports Museum were among nine projects approved by the Board of Supervisors. The projects being funded are indicative of the investment our county continues to put back into eastern Placer through our transient occupancy tax program. From transportation, to recreation access, to preserving the region’s history — the efforts made by our Capital Projects Advisory Committee represent a tremendous partnership to support local community projects of importance. Learn More


Looking Ahead in Eastern Placer

TRPA | REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN ADOPTION

At the April meeting, the TRPA Governing Board will consider adoption of the Regional Transportation Plan. This 25 year list of projects and services totals $3.4 billion and will require significant effort in securing funding through all Federal, State, local, and private sources. A high priority will be securing an annual $20 million regional share to provide free to user transit, microtransit on-demand, and matching funds for State and Federal grant funding. Learn More

Focus areas include:
• Free to User Transit throughout the region with connections to adjoining areas.
• Complete the Tahoe Trail and connections.
• Utilization of new technology to provide better options for travel choices.
• Enhance transportation access to regional hot spots (Emerald Bay, beaches, etc).

TAHOE CITY DOWNTOWN ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS

Project goals include improving mobility and access for pedestrians and other Active Transportation users, providing public parking for access to recreation amenities and commercial destinations, reducing vehicular congestion on North Lake Boulevard (SR 28), and constructing facilities envisioned in the Tahoe City Mobility Plan. Key features include a shared-use path extending behind the commercial businesses and parking area, expanded public parking from the existing Grove Street public parking lot. access to expanded parking from multiple commercial properties, delivery truck access at rear of commercial properties, and potential for future public restroom facilities and possible electric car charging stations. Currently the Draft Environmental Document and preliminary design have been completed and looking ahead will include the formal adoption of the Environmental Document followed by full plans and engineering, then construction (in late 2021 or 2022).

View the preliminary design below, click here to enlarge.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF THE TRUCKEE RIVER RECREATIONAL ACCESS PROJECT PLAN

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Ascent Environmental Inc. to complete an environmental impact report and community impact analysis for the Truckee River Recreational Access Project plan. The Truckee River corridor between Tahoe City and Truckee is a popular destination for paddlers, hikers, anglers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, campers and others who want to enjoy the river. Through the recreational access plan, Placer County – working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Town of Truckee, Truckee River Watershed Council, nearby property owners and the general public – seeks to create clear river and forest access points along the plan area. Learn More


Housing Update

HOUSING PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

The Placer County Housing Goals include increasing the availability of mix housing types, improving the County’s overall employment growth and reducing vehicle miles traveled. Currently, Eastern Placer County has two projects in the works including Meadow View Place in Martis Valley which broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village which is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Upcoming development in Eastern Placer County include Dollar Creek Crossing where the County will be conducting a site study to assist in planning/design development of the site this Spring followed by the environmental review starting this summer. Potential future projects include the redevelopment of the Tahoe Inn in Kings Beach and the former Eastern Gateway property in Kings Beach. Learn More

HOUSING RELATED CODE AMENDMENTS

Proposed housing related code amendments are aimed at increasing housing availability and affordability while streamlining the permit approval process for a mix of housing types for all income levels. The proposed changes will allow for increased residential capacity on commercial and multi-family zoned parcels and will align with recent changes to State housing laws, with higher density, mixed use, transit-oriented, and infill housing development primarily located where existing infrastructure and public services are currently available. Learn More

 

FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S

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

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROGRAM

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

 

MORE PLACER COUNTY RENTERS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR RENT PAYMENT HELP

Hundreds of Placer County residents may be newly eligible for help with rental and utility payments after income limits were loosened at the federal level. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Applications will be accepted through April 30. Learn More


Wildfire Update

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE WILDFIRE PREPARED, PLACER!

Placer County remains one of the top in California for community-led fire preparedness efforts with our Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, a group of local, state and federal agencies and community partners, who support local Firewise Communities and fire safe councils throughout the county.

Additional Resources:
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information

COMMERCIAL INSURANCE DATA CALL NOTICE

In an open letter dated April 13, Commissioner Ricardo Lara addressed the Commercial Insurance Data Call notice, acknowledging that insurance companies are non-renewing or refusing to write commercial insurance. Lara directed commercial insurance companies doing business in the state to provide detailed information to his Department within 60 days about the availability of commercial insurance. This new commercial insurance data will help inform her actions as well as actions that the Governor and California State Legislature can take to further protect our businesses. Read Letter


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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID UPDATE: CALIFORNIA SET TO REOPEN ON JUNE 15

As we reach 20 million vaccines administered and COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have stabilized, California is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopening our economy. On June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations. We will only progress to this stage if we continue to stay vigilant, keep wearing our masks and getting vaccinated. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access, and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed. Read More


VACCINE UPDATE: NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE 16+

As of April 12, the Placer County Public Health Division began conducting vaccine clinics for people who live OR work in Placer County who are 16 and older. Book Your Appointment

 


 

PLACER COUNTY BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

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



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS, PLANS & PROJECTS

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


COVID UPDATE

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

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

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


ECONOMIC UPDATE

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

 


HOUSING UPDATE

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

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

Take survey



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

HAPPY SPRING!

The season is changing and there is much to report on activities and projects related to Placer County .

The Board of Supervisors will be meeting in North Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, March 30 with a number of items that are specific to or impact Eastern Placer County, including:

  • Proposed revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance
  • Housing Program Mid-Year Report
  • North Lake Tahoe Town Center Parking Exemption Program
  • Dollar Creek Housing Feasibility Study Update
  • Presentation by the USFS on Activities and Plans with the Tahoe National Forest

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Information

TUESDAY, MARCH 30 AT 9AM

The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at:
Resort at Squaw Creek | 400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

[VIEW THE AGENDA]

Please note: The Placer County Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda is typically posted by 5pm on the Wednesday before the Board meeting, and is required to be available online 72 hours prior to the meeting.

The public will be allowed into the room using strict protocols – limited to just 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6-feet of social distancing inside and outside. To participate via zoom/phone or to submit public comment – including links, resources, and additional information – please CLICK HERE.


COVID INFORMATION & UPDATES

The California Department of Public Health announced that statewide vaccination thresholds were met allowing state tier metrics to relax. As a result, Placer County moved into the red tier on Sunday, March 14.

Covid cases continue to hold at about 7 cases per 100,000 population which keeps us in the “red” tier. (View a summary of what the red tier means here.) Both our 7-Day Positivity Rate and our Health Equity Rate have been in the “orange” tier since the beginning of March. We are hopeful that with the number of vaccinations in Placer County continuing to average around 15,000 per week, we will be able to further reopen our businesses and activities soon.

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:

Also, in response to the devastating impacts of Covid to individuals, businesses and non-profits, Placer County has provided $16 million or 40% of its CARES Act funding in grants – the highest percentage of any county in the State. Looking ahead, Placer County is closely monitoring the new federal stimulus bill and we are optimistic for another opportunity to help our communities when funding becomes available.

As we look to further recovery, we are preparing for continued impacts to our public lands and resources. We anticipate summer visitation in the region will again be high and our staff has been working hard to prepare. This includes new and continued partnerships with other regional agencies and entities as well as implementing new programs. I look forward to sharing these with you in the weeks to come.


VACCINE INFORMATION & UPDATES

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of today, nearly 170,000 doses have been administered in Placer County.

Currently, Placer County is offering vaccinations to individuals through to Phase1B, including persons 16-64 with certain high-risk medical conditions. I understand there are still countless people who are awaiting appointments as well as their turn and I truly appreciate everyone’s patience. Placer County staff will continue to work hard to ensure all of our constituents have the opportunity to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

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.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT UPDATE

On March 9, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to finalize the creation of the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District – freeing up over $4 million in transient occupancy tax for transportation and workforce housing projects while also generating an additional $6 million in assessment revenue for North Lake Tahoe annually.

The TBID not only creates an avenue for all businesses to participate in local improvement projects but allows for a broader range of investments back into our community. From addressing traffic, to workforce housing, to the most pressing issues affecting our community, I am confident we will look back at this decision as the start of a more economically viable, collaborative and improved North Tahoe. Read more

 

 


Thank you for taking the time to connect and please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any additional questions. I am looking forward to seeing you in person soon.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Applications available for Placer renters who need help paying rent due to COVID

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


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

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



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

The Hidden Falls Reduced Project | March 16

The Hidden Falls Reduced Project | March 16

A LETTER FROM YOUR DISTRICT 5 SUPERVISOR

Dear Residents:

Since making my decision on the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Reduced Project, I have received many emails and calls expressing views of either anger or gratitude. While I can’t respond to each person individually, I want to explain my thinking to the people of District 5, and provide some background as to how I arrived at my decision.

Even before I took office, the Hidden Falls Regional Trails Expansion Project has been a very divisive issue. One side supports expansion of protected open space and trails, while the other side remains concerned with safety, traffic, and fire issues in the surrounding neighborhood. Over the last 18 months, both sides have weighed in with hundreds of emails and calls. I was able to tour the site and meet with constituents from all sides of the issue, with staff, with users, and with residents in the surrounding area.

In response to the concerns expressed by the neighbors, the County parks staff proposed a reduced project as a compromise. The reduced project was a 63% reduction in parking spaces and a generally corresponding reduction in traffic and visitation during peak days from the initial proposal. While I believe the technical issues raised were adequately addressed, for some, the concerns and fears about any project remained.

Acquiring land to protect it for public use is a worthwhile effort and so much of the legacy of our nation and our state, is its national, state, regional and local parks. Quality of life is measured by many factors – but parks and open space are one of the most important. Throughout California, as our population swells, pressures for housing continue to mount. Many of our historic large privately-held parcels are disappearing, divided into smaller and smaller properties. Thankfully, Placer County leaders have been working to address these growing pressures. Beginning in 1991, volunteers in Placer County created the non-profit Placer Land Trust “. . . to permanently protect natural and agricultural lands for current and future generations”. To assist in this mission, in 1998 the Board of Supervisors formed Placer Legacy to provide funding and public mechanisms. To date over 12,000 acres of Placer County lands have been permanently protected.


Throughout my campaign, and since taking office, I have been committed to finding balance, especially during these divisive times. I committed to listen to all sides and consider all issues. Ultimately my vote to support the reduced project at Hidden Falls was informed by many, and I believe represented the best balance of all interests. This compromise requires that the many who will benefit from this open space must work diligently to minimize the impacts and issues for the neighbors.

Protecting our future means government, parks users and neighbors must come together. We should respect other points of view and concerns. Government, elected by the majority, can’t forget the impacts to the individuals of its decisions. In this situation, adaptive management must be used to ensure that we adjust to issues and needs as they arise.

A few of the items I raised at the meeting were:

  • Using technology, the reservations system and other methods to educate park users on traffic safety, respect for the neighbors, stewardship of the park, and user preparedness
  • Requiring reservations more days of the week including full-time if necessary
  • Increased rangers and enforcement
  • Increased traffic warnings and enforcement
  • Continuing the closures on high fire threat days
  • Adding more closures if needed

In weighing all of the factors and casting my vote, I emphatically committed that I would stay involved to ensure that the reduced project for Hidden Falls Regional Park, including the Twilight Ride entrance project for 54 auto parking spaces and 20 equestrian trailer spaces would be developed, maintained and operated in a manner to minimize the impacts to those neighbors. [Read Press Release]

While there has been much hard work to date on both sides of the issue, now the really tough work begins – working together, to address the concerns of all interests, to protect Placer County’s future.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

RECENT & BREAKING COVID-19 HEADLINES

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


VACCINATION RESOURCES

GETTING VACCINATED

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

 


TEXT PLACERVACCINE

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

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

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

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

ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINE RESOURCES:

 

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

 


Short-Term Rental Town Hall

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


Hidden Falls Public Hearing

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


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

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


Serve on Housing Program Taskforce

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



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 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