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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 21

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 21

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH SNOW!

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

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

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

Please review the robust agenda we have planned:

County Update – Supervisor Cindy Gustafson

Informational Items:

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

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

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

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

[VIEW FULL AGENDA] | [LEARN MORE]

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

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

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Additional News & Resources

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

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


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

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


PLACER COUNTY ACCEPTING ‘ROUND-TWO’ MICROBUSINESS GRANT APPLICATIONS

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

 


PLACER APPROVES NEW NORTH LAKE TAHOE ROUNDABOUT

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

 

 


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

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

 


CALIFORNIA LEADS THE NATION WITH 500 FIREWISE COMMUNITIES

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

 

 

 


CAL FIRE: RESIDENTIAL BURN PERMITS NOW REQUIRED

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

 

 

 


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FREE MEDICATION TAKE-BACK ACROSS PLACER COUNTY APRIL 30

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

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 14

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | April 14

UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION DECISION ABOUT PLACER BROADBAND FUNDING

Hello all, 

First, thank you to all of you who responded quickly to our request last week to share your comments with the California Public Utilities Commission about their broadband infrastructure funding allocation for Placer County. The CPUC received nearly 200 comments from Placer County, which may have influenced their decision to postpone their planned April 7 vote to April 21.

Though they didn’t give a reason for the continuance, we are hopeful this means changes in the proposed decision are coming. So if you have not yet provided comments, or if you would like to provide further comments, now is a critical time to do so, as soon as you can.

As a reminder, the CPUC is set to approve a plan to allocate $2 billion for broadband infrastructure in California. Each county will receive a portion of this funding. Under the current proposal, Placer County would receive about $30 million— less than half as much as we would receive were we grouped with other rural counties with comparable infrastructure challenges.

It is the position of Placer County that the CPUC’s funding methodology is flawed because it groups Placer County with “urban” counties like San Francisco and Los Angeles, rather than “rural” counties like Nevada and El Dorado. In addition, the CPUC relied on inaccurate data related to existing internet access. Placer County staff filed comments with the CPUC requesting additional funding for these reasons, and the Board of Supervisors approved those comments April 5.

Providing input for the April 21 hearing will work just as it did for the April 7 hearing. 

1. Submit comments online:

  • Go to the CPUC Docket Card
  • Search for Proceeding Number 2009001
  • Click the blue hyperlinked Proceeding Number
  • Click the “Public Comments” Tab at the top
  • Click the “Add Public Comment” button

2. Speak at the CPUC Meeting:

  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Thursday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Participate by phone: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501#
  • MORE INFO HERE

*Please be advised that there may be a long (2+ hour) wait time for public comment. If you are not prepared to wait that long, we encourage you to submit a written comment for the official record.

Thank you very much!

Please join me in honoring the achievements of ALL women,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


 

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 7

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 7

PREPARING FOR SUMMER

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

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

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


RECOGNIZING PLACER COUNTY’S WINTER STORM HEROES

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

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

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

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

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


COUNTY NOTIFIES RESIDENTS OF DISTRICT CHANGE

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

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LIBRARY BENCH DEDICATION

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


APRIL 2022 ROADMAP TO RECOVERY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

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


WATCH THE WESTERN DISTRICT 5 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

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

VIEW FULL AGENDA | WATCH VIDEO

 

 

 


PLACER’S EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 


APRIL IS “CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH”

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

 

 


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES NEW CAMPING ORDINANCE

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

 

 


NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES STRATEGIES FOR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE

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

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 7

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 7

HAPPY MARCH!

While it wasn’t much, last week’s small storm helps with our significant snowpack deficit. “Miracle March’s” have occurred – let’s hope that we gain some additional relief this month from our historic drought conditions.

At this Tuesday’s Board (March 8th) meeting we will be considering setting the new fees for the short-term rental program. Staff has responded to the Board and community with a program that will double the amount of enforcement for nuisances and double the staffing to ensure compliance with permitting required by the new ordinance. The new ordinance also requires health and safety inspections for all STR’s this year or they won’t be renewed. The County is coordinating with the local fire districts to conduct these inspections. The fees proposed are significantly higher to fully fund the program and ensure that general taxpayers are not subsidizing these activities.

The Board will also be considering authorizing a study on the Eastern Regional Landfill Biomass Plant. Staff have responded quickly to our request to re-consider this project. At the current and projected level of forestry/defensible space work within our public and private lands, we need to increase the efforts to find means of disposal. The facility is only part of what is needed within the region, but because of the County’s work in 2013 we believe this can be moved forward quickly

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY | TUESDAY, MARCH 8

Tuesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. Throughout our County and our Eastern Placer Truckee region we have many women leaders in industry, non-profits, and government leadership. Some of the following are even historic firsts for women holding the top position or being in the majority on their board or council. I am so fortunate to work closely with many of them in service to all of you! These are challenging times for all in leadership, so please reach out and thank these women for the examples they are setting, their leadership and many contributions to our region.

We can’t possibly list all the women working to improve our Eastern Placer communities, but here is a start:

PRIVATE, NON-PROFIT, AND GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES:

• Amy Berry – CEO, Tahoe Fund
• Carmen Ghysels – Superintendent, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
• Claudia Andersen – CEO, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
• Deirdra Walsh – Vice-President and General Manager, Northstar CA
• Dee Byrne – President and COO, Palisades Tahoe
• Emily Vitas – Executive Director, Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agy
• Heidi Hill Drum – CEO, Tahoe Prosperity Center
• Jen Callaway, Town Manager, Town of Truckee
• Joanne Marchetta, Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agy
• Katherine Hill, Publisher/Owner, Tahoe Weekly
• Lisa Wallace, Executive Director, Truckee River Watershed Council
• Mayumi Elegado, Publisher/Owner, Moonshine Ink
• Sharon Romack, Executive Director, Sierra Senior Services
• Stacy Caldwell, CEO, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
• Alyssa Reilly, Executive Director, North Tahoe Business Association
• Katie Biggers, Executive Director, Tahoe City Downtown Association

ELECTED OFFICIALS:

Placer County Board of Supervisors
• Bonnie Gore
• Cindy Gustafson
• Suzanne Jones

Truckee Town Council
• Anna Klovstad
• Courtney Henderson
• Lindsay Romack

Tahoe City Public Utility District
• Ellie Beals
• Gail Scoville
• Judy Friedman

North Tahoe Public Utility District
• Danielle Hughes
• Sarah Coolidge
• Sue Daniels

North Tahoe Fire Protection District
• Heidi Doyle

Alpine Springs County Water District
• Christine York
• Jan Ganong
• Janet Grant

Olympic Valley Public Utility District
• Katy Hover-Smoot
• Victoria Mercer

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
• Cris Hennessey
• Dianna Driller
• Kim Szczurek
• Kirsten Livak

Truckee Tahoe Airport District
• Kathryn Rohlf
• Mary Hetherington
• Teresa O’Dette

Tahoe Forest Hospital District
• Alyce Wong
• Mary Brown

I apologize for all the amazing women I have missed mentioning.

Please join me in honoring the achievements of ALL women,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Board of Supervisors Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 AT 9AM
Location: The Domes
175 Fulweiler Avenue | Auburn, CA 95603

AGENDA ITEMS:

  • Approve and Present a Proclamation establishing March 2022 as American Red Cross Month in Placer County
  • Chance and Dean Rezone
  • Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Placer County Code Chapter 12, Article 12.26, Entitled “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County Property and Public Areas”
  • Short Term Rental Permit Fee Schedule Adjustment

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

[VIEW FULL AGENDA]  |  [ZOOM LINK]


Eastern Placer Virtual Town Hall

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 AT 6PM

AGENDA ITEMS:

Public Safety Reports

  • Placer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cal Fire
  • California Highway Patrol
  • North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Community Reports

  • North Tahoe Public Utility District
  • Olympic Valley Public Service District
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Northstar Community Services District
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Information Items

  • 2022 Zoning Text Amendments
  • Short Term Rental Ordinance Update

County Update – Supervisor Gustafson

[VIEW FULL AGENDA] | [ZOOM LINK]


STR Program Update Webinar

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 AT 6PM

Placer Tahoe staff will provide education on new ordinance standards, requirements, and fines/penalties as well as a live permit application demonstration of the new on-line software which will be utilized for permit intake starting April 1, 2022. The webinar is targets to current STR operators looking to renew or those seeking a new STR permit during the 2022 permit cycle. A new permit system will be available for applications starting April 1st, 2022.

[ZOOM LINK]


Additional News & Resources

HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND HEALTH

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) requests resident participation in a confidential survey to measure local quality of life, community engagement, and behavioral health needs. The survey is open now until April 3, 2022 and the results will help local organizations develop programs to better address the health needs of our community members. As a follow up to the 2020 Community Engagement & Behavioral Health Survey, the information collected in this survey will be valuable data used to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, identify any community health trends and support the recently released Behavioral Health Roadmap. TAKE THE SURVEY


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Help our environment and our congestion! As we head into another busy holiday weekend, I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. Please note: Starting January 15, TART will be running a modified and reduced service schedule. LEARN MORE

 


COFFEE ANYONE?

As hard as we try, we can’t possibly meet with each of our constituents individually. Heading into spring, our office will be setting up coffees and visits throughout the District. Please let us know if you would like to organize one with your neighbors, friends, or service organizations. EMAIL US!

 

 


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES A NEW MICRO BIZ GRANT!

Microbusinesses in Placer County that were financially impacted by the pandemic can apply for relief grants of up to $2,500. The program includes a total of $412,500 in funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. To qualify, businesses must have five or fewer employees and less than $50,000 in revenue as of 2019 in addition to several additional eligibility requirements. The official deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2022. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER SUPERVISORS OPPOSE BILL ASSERTING SCHOOL COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE

Introduced in January, SB 871 would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance and eliminate the personal belief exemption for COVID-19 vaccination as well as any future disease immunizations as determined by the California Department of Public Health. Under California law, students are allowed to skip vaccines required for in-person attendance at K-12 schools after a doctor says it’s medically necessary to do so. However, since current law only applies to previously approved immunizations, the state must offer broader personal belief exemptions for all newly mandated vaccines unless lawmakers and the governor override that requirement.

I do believe there are medical benefits to vaccines, but I believe it’s a personal choice. As long as we can take protective measures ourselves against those who have chosen not to vaccinate, then I’m OK with opposing any state or federal mandate on this. LEARN MORE


PLACER COUNTY REMOVES THE NAME SQUAW FROM ALL COUNTY-MAINTAINED ROADS

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to rename the three county-maintained roads that contained the word “Squaw” to alternative names. Squaw Valley Road was renamed Olympic Valley Road, Squaw Peak Road was renamed Shirley Canyon Road, and Squaw Peak Way was renamed Marmot Way. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE IN CA FOR INCOMING INVESTMENTS

Placer County ranked fourth among all counties in California with the most incoming investments, according to a recent study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER INTRODUCES NEW ORDINANCE TO COMPLY WITH SB 1383

A new county ordinance was introduced this week that, if approved by our Board of Supervisors at its March 8 meeting, would require residents and businesses to comply with state law SB 1383. The state law requires the reduction of organic waste materials sent to landfills, such as food scraps, green waste, paper and cardboard. LEARN MORE


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 3

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 3

HAPPY MARCH

As we “march” toward the official start of spring (March 20), the pace of permit applications, construction, and real estate transactions continues to increase. The County’s own projects as well as many private and individual projects are moving forward in 2022. As an example, I had the chance to meet with our County Assessor Matt Maynard last week and he provided the following statistics from their office: recording of deeds was up by 34% last year, and new single-family homes were up by 56% last year. 2022 is already looking to surpass these numbers indicating the upswing in sales and development throughout our County.

 

 

As another example of progress, our incredibly dedicated staff working on affordable and workforce housing throughout the County provided me with a tour of the Mercy Housing project at the Placer County Government Center. The first residents have moved in and all the units are expected to be occupied by the end of March. Over 95% of the occupants are currently Placer County residents and the Mercy Housing staff shared that they are expecting almost 80 children between the families locating there. The ribbon-cutting will be later this spring and I hope many of you will drive by or attend and see the success of this project.

 

 

The June Primary Election is also quickly approaching. Last week, I participated in our Elections Department’s Candidate Workshop for those interested in running for local office. There was a good turnout of potential candidates interested in both County and local agency offices. As you know, democracy depends upon public involvement.

If you are interested in seeking an office, please visit our Elections site to review more details.

Below are the important dates to remember:

  • March 11 | Close of regular candidate filing period. Extended candidate filing period begins for some offices
  • March 16 | Close of extended candidate filing period
  • March 17 | Random alphabet draw to be held at 11AM to determine the ballot order of candidates’ names
  • April 11 | Write-in candidate filing period begins
  • May 9 | Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters by this date
  • May 23 | Last day to register to vote for this election
  • May 24 | Close of write-in candidate filing period for this election
  • June 7 | Election Day

We are so very fortunate to live in a country where we encourage participation and involvement in our system of government. It is sometimes easy to forget how important it is to protect our democratic principles – not all in the world are allowed to participate freely. At the request of our public and members of Auburn City Council, on Monday we lit the historic Auburn Courthouse dome with the Ukrainian flag colors to show our support for those suffering from the invasion of their country.

Please feel to reach out to my office if you have questions on County business or activities. I can’t possibly do it by myself, my staff – Sophie Fox, District Director and Katelynn Hopkins, Deputy District Director – are great resources to help you navigate for assistance.

I look forward to seeing you at one of many upcoming events and meetings.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER COUNTY BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTER

Construction of Placer County’s long-awaited Health and Human Services Center kicked off February 23 with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the building site in Auburn. WATCH VIDEO

The design team worked closely with our HHS staff to determine the work environment that employees felt would be most desirable. The design of this building really hits the mark, community space, collaborative space, inviting both outside as well as inside. LEARN MORE


SUPERVISORS DELAY INTRODUCTION OF NEW CAMPING ORDINANCE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors delayed the introduction of a new camping ordinance but accepted public comments from the community on the proposed ordinance entitled, “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County Property and Public Areas”.

We decided to delay the introduction of the ordinance to ensure our residents had enough time to provide their input and insight into the ordinance’s potential impacts. This is a very complicated problem and there are no easy answers. We intend to be as transparent as possible to address these very human issues and we are asking for residents and businesses to help us find agreeable solutions. LEARN MORE

 

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN AUBURN

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 AT 9AM
Location: The Domes
175 Fulweiler Avenue | Auburn, CA 95603

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Western District 5:

  • Approve and Present a Proclamation establishing March 2022 as American Red Cross Month in Placer County
  • Chance and Dean Rezone
  • Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Placer County Code Chapter 12, Article 12.26, Entitled “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County
  • Property and Public Areas” 
  • Short Term Rental Permit Fee Schedule Adjustment 

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

[VIEW FULL AGENDA]


PLACER COUNTY INTRODUCES A NEW MICRO BIZ GRANT!

Microbusinesses in Placer County that were financially impacted by the pandemic can apply for relief grants of up to $2,500. The program includes a total of $412,500 in funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. To qualify, businesses must have five or fewer employees and less than $50,000 in revenue as of 2019 in addition to several additional eligibility requirements. The official deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2022. LEARN MORE

 


DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR PG&E ABOUT REBUILDING AFTER THE RIVER FIRE?

Visit the Mobile Help Center
Sierra Vista Community Center
55 School Street, Colfax CA 95713

Thursday, March 10 | 9am-1pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is hosting a mobile customer help center in Colfax where anyone can receive in-person answers to questions about obtaining electric service while rebuilding after the River Fire. PG&E customer service representatives will be there on Thursday, March 10 between the hours of 9am to 1pm, weather permitting. Staff will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information on re-establishing power for rebuilt homes and businesses. Other topics in which PG&E representatives can walk customers through include the process of getting temporary versus permanent power, tree and wood removal and billing. In accordance with PG&E’s guidelines to ensure customer and employee safety, PG&E employees will wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Customers impacted by wildfires who are going to rebuild or have questions are urged to contact PG&E early and apply for temporary power by visiting their website or email rebuild@pge.com. LEARN MORE


PLACER SUPERVISORS SUPPORT PROP 47 REPEAL

Approved by the voters in 2014, Proposition 47 reduced certain theft and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors and allowed broad changes to felony sentencing laws in California’s criminal justice system, reducing penalties for various drug and theft-related crimes. Proposed Assembly Bill 1599 would replace the proposition language with the state code language prior to its passage, except for certain provisions related to the penalty for possession of concentrated cannabis. If approved and signed into law, the bill would require approval by the voters in the next statewide general election. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER SUPERVISORS OPPOSE BILL ASSERTING SCHOOL COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE

Introduced in January, SB 871 would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance and eliminate the personal belief exemption for COVID-19 vaccination as well as any future disease immunizations as determined by the California Department of Public Health. Under California law, students are allowed to skip vaccines required for in-person attendance at K-12 schools after a doctor says it’s medically necessary to do so. However, since current law only applies to previously approved immunizations, the state must offer broader personal belief exemptions for all newly mandated vaccines unless lawmakers and the governor override that requirement.

I do believe there are medical benefits to vaccines, but I believe it’s a personal choice. As long as we can take protective measures ourselves against those who have chosen not to vaccinate, then I’m OK with opposing any state or federal mandate on this. LEARN MORE


PLACER COUNTY REMOVES THE NAME SQUAW FROM ALL COUNTY-MAINTAINED ROADS

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to rename the three county-maintained roads that contained the word “Squaw” to alternative names. Squaw Valley Road was renamed Olympic Valley Road, Squaw Peak Road was renamed Shirley Canyon Road, and Squaw Peak Way was renamed Marmot Way. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB | SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 

 



PLACER RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE IN CA FOR INCOMING INVESTMENTS

Placer County ranked fourth among all counties in California with the most incoming investments, according to a recent study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER INTRODUCES NEW ORDINANCE TO COMPLY WITH SB 1383

A new county ordinance was introduced this week that, if approved by our Board of Supervisors at its March 8 meeting, would require residents and businesses to comply with state law SB 1383. The state law requires the reduction of organic waste materials sent to landfills, such as food scraps, green waste, paper and cardboard. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER’S NEW EXPEDITED ROOFING PROGRAM | LAUNCHED MARCH 1

Beginning March 1, customers with roofing projects can expedite the process with Placer County’s new Platinum Roofing Contractor Program from the comfort of their home or business. LEARN MORE 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 18

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 18

CELEBRATING PRESIDENTS DAY!

The anniversary of President George Washington’s birthday is the day we have chosen to honor all our current and former Presidents, as well as the democracy that allows us to choose our leader. The year after President Washington’s death, his birthday became a day of remembrance that has continued for 222 years. In 1971 it was officially designated as the third Monday of February and became “President’s Day”, combining not only President Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, but also recognizing the lives and achievements of all our Presidents.

Placer County staff are busy with budget preparation for the 2022-23 fiscal year and I am focused on advocating for augmented budgets to address our major challenges in workforce housing, transportation, broadband and forest health initiatives. While the County can’t address these challenges on our own, with the support of our communities, our businesses, and our State and Federal representatives, I am very hopeful we will continue to expedite progress on each of these critically important issues.

In Service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | FEBRUARY 22

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Eastern Placer County:

  • Public Road Name Changes: “Squaw” Named Public Roads in the Olympic Valley Area | Conduct a Public Hearing to approve the renaming of “Squaw Valley Road” to “Olympic Valley Road,” “Squaw Peak Road” to “Shirley Canyon Road,” and “Squaw Peak Way” to “Marmot Way” in the community of Olympic Valley.
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy Wildfire Recover and Forest Resilience Grant Program 2022 | Adopt a Resolution ratifying the submission of a grant application to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Grant Program 2022 to receive $740,000 for the Placer County Wildfire and Forest Resilience Plan & Project Pipeline project and authorizing the County Executive Officer and Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer, or designees, to execute any required documents or amendments necessary to complete the projects.
  • Supporting the National Designation of the Donner Summit Tunnels as a National Historical Landmark and Its Preservation Thereof | Adopt a Resolution supporting the National Designation of the Donner Summit Tunnels as a National Historic Landmark and its preservation.

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

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Additional News + Resources

PLACER TO GIVE OVER $412,000 IN MICROBUSINESS GRANTS

On February 16th, Placer County launched the Placer Micro Biz Grant Program, which will distribute $412,500 in relief funds to microbusinesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Microbusinesses in Placer may be eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding. The grants are not loans and do not need to be paid back. The only exception is if the funds are not used, or if the funds are not used as stated on the grant application. To qualify, businesses must have five or fewer employees and less than $50,000 in revenue as of 2019, in addition to several additional eligibility requirements. Grant program eligibility requirements, applications, application assistance and frequently asked questions are available on the Placer Micro Biz website – CLICK HERE


SHORT-TERM RENTAL UPDATE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at the February 8th meeting to approve several proposed refinements to the short-term vacation rental ordinance aimed at addressing community concerns and preserving workforce housing availability. The approval will enable a replacement of the current short-term vacation rental permit ordinance; codified in County Code Chapter 9, Article 9.42.

The updated ordinance caps the number of short-term rental permits at 3,900 accommodating existing permit holders and previously approved exemptions that will need to apply for a permit and allowing for properties operating without an STR permit or active transient occupancy tax certificate to come into compliance with the proposed STR program.

Important Details:

  • Hotels, motels, timeshares, bed-and-breakfasts and condotel properties offered as hotel-type lodging would not be subject to the ordinance.
  • STR Permit holders will be required to rent their STR for a minimum of 30 nights a year to discourage the limited number of permits from going unused.
  • Owner-occupied properties will be exempt from the cap but still required to obtain a STR permit and otherwise comply with the ordinance.
  • All STR operators must obtain a business license and transient occupancy tax certificate from Placer County.

Further Ordinance Refinements:

  • Increased frequency of fire safety inspections
  • Increased time period for noise ordinance standards
  • Increased fine for ordinance violations

The moratorium remains in effect until March 31, 2022. The updated STR ordinance will be effective March 11th, including enforcement of updated standards for nuisance issues. The 2023 STR permit cycle will being April 1, 2022. The additional inspection requirements and ongoing evaluation of the program may increase the costs to the county for management and enforcement and therefore warrant an increase in the STR permit fees.

The proposed ordinance is one of several county efforts to address escalating housing challenges. A number of new workforce housing projects and programs are under development, and the county remains focused on incentivizing more hotel development to reduce pressure on the local housing inventory.

More Information:

   SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL PROGRAM WEBSITE

   SHORT-TERM RENTAL WEBINAR:
   TOPIC | Implementation & Permitting
   WHEN | Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm

   EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL:
   HOSTED BY | Supervisor Gustafson
   WHEN | TBD – email to follow with details

   SUPERVISOR GUSTAFSON’S LETTER REGARDING REGULATING
   SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN EASTERN PLACER COUNTY


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Help our environment and our congestion! As we head into another busy holiday weekend, I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. LEARN MORE

 


COFFEE ANYONE?

As hard as we try, we can’t possibly meet with each of our constituents individually. Heading into spring, our office will be setting up coffees and visits throughout the District. Please let us know if you would like to organize one with your neighbors, friends, or service organizations. EMAIL US!

 


PLACER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSIONER NEEDED

Placer County Planning Commission has an opening for a seat to represent Eastern Placer County, which includes the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, Northstar, Donner Summit and areas surrounding the Town of Truckee. LEARN MORE

COMPOSITION | Composed of seven members:

  • 1 from each Supervisorial District with terms concurrent with the District Supervisor and appointed by the Board
  • 2 At-Large members appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • 1 At-Large member must be a resident of Placer County and reside at least part-time east of the Sierra Crest
  • 1 At-Large member must be a resident of Placer County and reside at least part-time west of the Sierra Crest

The terms will be for four years.

REGULAR MEETINGS:

  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month at 10am
  • Planning Commission Chambers: 3091 County Center Dr in Auburn

PURPOSE | Principal advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on planning and related matters; accomplishes its mission by holding public hearings and making recommendations on proposed general plans, studies and zoning text amendments, reviewing and making decisions on major land development proposals and by encouraging citizen leadership and participation in the planning process.

COMPENSATION | $100 per diem and payment of additional expenses necessary to attend meetings and perform the duties of the office.


PLACER TO FILL 2 VACANT SEATS ON HOUSING TASKFORCE

Placer County is now accepting applications to fill two vacant seats on the Board-appointed Housing Development Advisory Taskforce: Seat 5, representing banking/mortgage lenders and Seat 6, representing attorneys experienced in housing/land use. LEARN MORE

 


COMMISSIONER LARA AND STATE EMERGENCY AGENCIES ISSUE “SAFER FROM WILDFIRES” FRAMEWORK TO PROTECT EXISTING HOMES AND COMMUNITIES

Drawing on the direct experience of first responders, fire safety experts, and the latest research on wildfires, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and emergency management leaders in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration today announced, “Safer from Wildfires,” a new insurance framework that incorporates wildfire safety measures to help save lives while making homes and businesses more resilient. “Safer from Wildfires” provides a list of achievable, effective actions that will help reduce risk for property owners, including community-wide safety recommendations to prevent the spread of wildfire to other properties. This is the first time that state agencies have been brought together to identify mitigation actions that insurance companies should consider for existing homes and businesses. READ MORE


REGIONAL FOREST HEALTH PROGRAM UPDATE

Kerri Timmer, our regional forest health coordinator, gave an overview of our regional forest health program. Since its creation in May 2021, Kerri has facilitated forest health management efforts in the county, while leveraging existing partnerships. We’ve made forest health and wildfire risk reduction a top priority and this program is one of the many ways we are working to ensure our communities are fire prepared! WATCH VIDEO

 


GIVE YOUR HOME A WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MAKEOVER

If this last year taught us anything, it is more important now than ever to prepare our homes for emergencies. Please start now! Consider taking the time to give your home a wildfire preparedness makeover. We have many options to support defensible space work and property clearing!


PLACER EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

 

 


WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY

Help us help you! We are currently evaluating potential updates to the Placer County website. Your input is vital in order to make the most informed decisions. Please take a few minutes to complete our WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY.

 

 

 


FREE TAX PREP AVAILABLE NOW

Eligible individuals and families can have their taxes prepared and filed for free now through March 31. Anyone earning income up to $57,000 in 2021 is eligible for this free program. Limited in-person appointments also available. LEARN MORE

 

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | February 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | February 4

WELCOMING FEBRUARY…
THE BORDER BETWEEN WINTER & SPRING

After December’s record-breaking storm, January’s plentiful sunshine has been welcomed and much needed for our region to recover from the damage and disruption. County staff and our partners continue to pursue funding and programs to help us with clean-up in those areas that experienced such tremendous damage. I am also supporting providing additional funding to augment the chipping program as quickly as possible. Stay posted for upcoming announcements on our efforts.

In the last two weeks I was pleased to join the installation dinners for both the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Highway 49 Business Association. Our locally owned businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. Their dedicated owners and staff go above and beyond to serve their customers and to volunteer for special events and activities to increase the vitality of our communities.

Congratulations to the incoming Board Members and the outstanding award recipients, and thanks for your volunteer service!

AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD

  • President: Scotland McCallum
  • Vice President: Josh Hanosh
  • Past President: Nalesh Chandra
  • Treasurer: Monique Hall
  • Board Members: Debbie Dahl, Eric Chun, Gary Gilligan, Katie Kenoyer, Garrett Konrad, Natalie Litchfield, Bernie Schroeder, Linda Shuman-Prins

AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • Rising Star: Amy Lind
  • Volunteer of the Year: Colleen Sands
  • Lifetime Achievement: Brenda Roper
  • Young Entrepreneur: Josh Hanosh
  • Best Non-Profit: Gold Country Wildlife Rescue
  • Best Local Event: Auburn Cruise Night
  • Chamber Award: Carol’s Market
  • Jeanette Klebofski Ambassador of the Year: Gary Gilligan
  • President’s Award: Fourth of July Committee

HIGHWAY 49 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION BOARD

  • President: Monique Hall
  • Vice President: Peter Konrad
  • Treasurer: Irene Yamasaki
  • Secretary: Madonna Anglin
  • Past President: Tony Ferrari

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COFFEE ANYONE?

As hard as we try, we can’t possibly meet with each of our constituents individually. Heading into spring, our office will be setting up coffees and visits throughout the District. Please let us know if you would like to organize one with your neighbors, friends, or service organizations. EMAIL US!

 

 


PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS HIRING

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is looking for experienced, quality deputies to join their team! If you are a current law enforcement officer or you have served as a full-time peace officer within the past 12 months, you are eligible to apply to work with them. WATCH VIDEO

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


LEARN MORE ABOUT COHOUSING IN AUBURN

You are invited to a FREE presentation about cohousing via zoom on Thursday, February 10 from 5:30-6:30pm. Future residents of the Auburn project will share information and answer questions. For more information, visit the Auburn Cohousing website + RSVP TODAY!

Please note: this workshop is not a County of Placer sponsored event and the County is not involved with the workshop.

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN AUBURN

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 AT 9AM
Location: The Domes
175 Fulweiler Avenue | Auburn, CA 95603

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Western District 5:

• Regional Forest Health Program Update

• Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Placer County Code Chapter 12, Article 12.26, Entitled “Camping and Personal Property Storage on County Property and Public Areas”

• Housing-Related Code Amendments | Presentation by the Planning Services Division to Address Comments Raised at the November 16, 2021 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

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GIVE YOUR HOME A WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MAKEOVER

If this last year taught us anything, it is more important now than ever to prepare our homes for emergencies. Please start now! Consider taking the time to give your home a wildfire preparedness makeover. We have many options to support defensible space work and property clearing!


JOB OPPORTUNITY! MEADOW VISTA MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL + WEIMAR/APPLEGATE/COLFAX MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL PART-TIME SECRETARY POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Placer County Board of Supervisors Office has part-time secretary openings for both the Meadow Vista Municipal Advisory Council (MV MAC) and the Weimar/ Applegate/ Colfax Municipal Advisory Council (WAC MAC). Both positions can be filled by one person. The positions require attendance at regular and special meetings of the MAC, which meet as needed, either virtually or in person. In-person meetings of the Meadow Vista MAC are held at the Meadow Vista Community Center and in-person meetings of the WAC MAC are held at the Colfax City Hall. Virtual meetings are conducted via Zoom.

The MAC secretary is responsible for posting and mailing public meeting notices and agendas, preparing and distributing summary meeting minutes, and maintaining the records of the MAC in coordination with Placer County staff. This contract position is paid on a per-meeting basis.

Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs) are comprised of local residents who advise the Board of Supervisors on issues or concerns. MACs are designed to provide a local public forum where information about land use, transportation and general county information is shared and discussed. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend MAC meetings to talk about issues that are important to them. LEARN MORE

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Teri Ivaldi at the Placer County Board of Supervisors’ Office at 530-889-4010.


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

APPLY FOR A JOB
SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS!

 


WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY

Help us help you! We are currently evaluating potential updates to the Placer County website. Your input is vital in order to make the most informed decisions.
WEBSITE FEEDBACK SURVEY.

 


FREE TAX PREP AVAILABLE NOW

Eligible individuals and families can have their taxes prepared and filed for free now through March 31. Anyone earning income up to $57,000 in 2021 is eligible for this free program. Limited in-person appointments also available. LEARN MORE

 

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

A Letter Regarding Short-term Rentals in Eastern Placer County | February 1

A Letter Regarding Short-term Rentals in Eastern Placer County | February 1

Last week the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve another step in regulating short-term rentals in Eastern Placer County. While some think it didn’t go far enough, others feel it went too far. What is clear from all the feedback we have received during the seven-month process, this is only one step in further addressing the issues, and certainly not the final step. In fact, the Board agreed that continued monitoring and adjustments will be required in the future.

SHORT-TERM RENTALS ARE NOT NEW

The majority of single-family homes and condominiums in Placer County have always been owned by people who reside outside of the area. For over 50 years rental properties were primarily managed by real estate firms, and some even included rental offices at or near the entrances to the development or subdivision. Those (what we now call) short-term rentals have been a vital part of our regions’ economy for decades, and for much of that time there was very little concern or opposition to those activities within the community.

WHAT HAS CHANGED

Why has this topic now caused such divisiveness in our region as well as many other resort communities? There are many opinions, but here are some observations:

  • Reduction in full-time residency – over the last twenty years we have seen a slow but very significant change in our community. Many in the generation of people who raised families here and owned/operated our core businesses retired and moved or took one of several cyclical opportunities to cash out of their primary homes and move away. For the most part, those families were not replaced by full-time residents because housing prices had escalated far beyond wages in the region.
  • The advent of online rental platforms (Airbnb, Vrbo, Vacasa, etc.) has resulted in an increase in the number of units being rented and the volume of rental activity.
  • Public demand for vacation home rentals versus hotel stays.
  • Tremendous population growth in both Northern California and Northern Nevada has increased the overall visitation to the region. Overcrowding and demands on the region are impacted by this growth in day users. It is difficult to determine exactly how much is day use or increased overnight visitation, but the public perception is that it is all “too much”.
  • A general polarization in our society with divisiveness, anger, and a lack of civility towards others.
  • A global pandemic impacting almost every aspect of our daily lives.

WE ARE NOT ALONE

Changes like those we are facing in Eastern Placer County are occurring throughout the country, and many other resort communities are struggling to develop their own public policies to address these impacts of shifting population. Each community is addressing it somewhat differently based on specific circumstances. Short-term rental ordinances are being drafted or revised with tools such as moratoriums, caps, spacing requirements, and further restrictions. Placer County, like many other jurisdictions, has been adjusting to the rapid changes by documenting the impacts, researching best practices, and developing appropriate policies and enforcement.

EVOLUTION OF REGULATION ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Placer County started funding enforcement of STRs in November of 2016. We hired Host Compliance to track down STRs operating without paying transient occupancy tax (TOT). The goal was to get those units into compliance and into a tracking system that was needed to understand the magnitude of the challenge. This jumped TOT collections by over $3 million a year.

In the fall of 2019, at the direction of the Board, Placer County staff drafted the first ever Short-Term Rental Ordinance to address the growing complaints regarding such things as trash, noise, and parking. Along with those concerns, we began to hear an outcry about “over-tourism” including traffic impacts, crowded beaches and trails. A hotline was established, enforcement officers hired, and for the first time, citations and penalties were issued. Just three months after the Ordinance went into effect, Covid-19 arrived.

Almost immediately when the pandemic hit, migration from urban areas brought an enormous increase in day use, second homeowner occupancy, overnight visitors, and skyrocketing housing values. Besides the surge in numbers in our communities, it turned our existing housing crisis into an absolute emergency. Workers throughout the region were being displaced, as homeowners decided to cash-in on the increased housing values or use their homes in different ways. Many could work remotely, school remotely, and occupying their mountain home was a way to escape the risks of urban living during the pandemic. Not only did we have a shortage of workforce housing, but we also had a surge in population. Emergency actions were needed, and in the summer of 2021 the Board of Supervisors approved a moratorium on the issuance of any new short term rental permits.

Once the moratorium was adopted the Board set a time frame of March 31, 2022 by which time the issue had to be studied and revisions to the ordinance made. Of primary concern to many was whether there should be a cap on the number of short-term rentals allowed. The revised ordinance approved last week did institute a cap which will eliminate the growth in the number of short-term rentals. This will allow us time to study other aspects of the issue and work to expand critically needed workforce housing solutions. In addition to the cap, the ordinance also increases the safety requirements for each home, triples the fines for violations, and in general requires more from the operators of STR’s.
The final adoption of the Ordinance will be February 8, 2022, and implementation of the new Ordinance will begin April 1, 2022. County staff is planning to host a webinar to demo the new permit system and answer detailed questions. In addition, my office will organize a Town Hall meeting for early March.

ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT — FUTURE CHANGES, REVISIONS, MEASURING SUCCESS

The full Board also joined me in supporting the establishment of a stakeholder group to research other suggestions we received, including but not limited to:

  • Geographic limits or spacing requirements in specific locations.
  • Limits on number of rental nights per year.
  • Potential differences in regulations between regions based on current or revised zoning.
  • Increasing the speed and response to issues of enforcement; and,
  • Establishing measurements of success.

The above, and other suggestions made by the community, require more detailed study and analysis. Some may require significant changes in zoning, new forms and methods of enforcement and other more complicated changes. Depending upon the nature of the changes identified, requirements for additional public notification and process may be required before implementation.

Placer County staff and my office will continue to work with community members and stakeholders to study all suggestions and make refinements to both the ordinance and our processes on a regular basis, while also supporting increased opportunities for our workers to live here. With this action, we have taken the next step in the evolution of STR regulation. To some this may seem like a small step, and to others a very significant change. Finding a balance that meets the desires of all is not at all easy but working together I am confident that we will find the best solutions for our community.

In service,
Supervisor Cindy Gustafson


TO REPORT A VIOLATION:
Contact our 24/7 hotline at 530.448.8003


 CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLACER COUNTY’S SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL PROGRAM


 

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 20

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 20

WELCOMING 2022 AND A NEW ROLE

The tradition of the Board of Supervisors is to rotate the role of chair, and I am truly honored to take my turn this year. It does come with added responsibilities and time commitments to County-wide duties, but I am certain that with the outstanding dedication of my District Director (Sophie Fox – West Slope) and Deputy District Director (Katelynn Hopkins – East Slope), we will be able to continue our service to you.

With gratitude,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 

 

 


NEW CHAIR SELECTED TO LEAD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson was selected by her fellow board members to take the helm as the new chair of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, replacing District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt. READ MORE

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Board of Supervisors Meeting in North Lake Tahoe

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 9AM

Granlibakken Tahoe
725 Granlibakken Rd. • Tahoe City, CA. 96145

The Board of Supervisors meeting includes several items that are specific to Eastern Placer County:

  • Commendation of Larry Sevison | Approve a Commendation recognizing Larry Sevison for 50 years of service on the Placer County Planning Commission.
  • East Placer Tahoe Housing Update | Receive an update on the County’s efforts to create achievable housing opportunities in East Placer and the Tahoe Basin.
  • Capital Projects Advisory (CAP) Committee FY2021-22 Capital Project Recommendations | Receive staff presentation outlining the CAP Committee recommendation to allocate TOT funds to up to 12 capital projects in eastern Placer County, consistent with the Tourism Master Plan.
  • Short-Term Rental Ordinance Changes | Introduce and waive oral reading of an Ordinance to repeal and replace Chapter 9, Article 9.42 of the Placer County Code to regulate short term vacation rentals. The proposed ordinance includes higher penalties, additional requirements, and a cap on the number of short-term rentals allowed.

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

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Additional News + Resources

ENVISION TAHOE | PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY!

The Tahoe Prosperity Center launched this new initiative as an effort to develop strategies to diversify and strengthen the regional economy so that it is more resilient and sustainable for those who live, work and provide public services in the Tahoe Basin. As your District 5 Supervisor, I am proud to co-chair the “Basin Wide Steering Committee” alongside Chris McNamara and dozens of other leaders throughout our communities who represent various businesses and organizations.

Please take 10 minutes to share your feedback about what is needed to help our Lake Tahoe communities and the economy. Together we can make Lake Tahoe a place where we can Live, Work, Play and Thrive!
TAKE SURVEY + LEARN MORE


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Help our environment and our congestion! I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage the FREE winter transit options. The winter Park + Ride lots in Truckee and Tahoe City offer service to Olympic Valley and Northstar California Resort. In addition, TART Connect offers free on-demand shuttle service in North Lake Tahoe with curb-to-curb service and connections, via the app or phone, and you will be picked up in as little as 15 minutes. Please note: Starting January 15, TART will be running a modified and reduced service schedule. LEARN MORE

 


TAHOE CITY CDRA FRONT COUNTERS CLOSE TO PUBLIC

Amid the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases, in-person counter services will be temporarily suspended at our Community Development Resource Agency offices in Tahoe City starting Tuesday, January 18. Virtual appointments, and many other services, remain available through our eServices online portal. Please note: Closure does not impact the STR program enforcement. LEARN MORE

 


COVID-19 UPDATE + RESOURCES


NOW ACCEPTING 2022 CITIZENS ACADEMY APPLICATIONS

The Placer County District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for its spring 2022 citizens academy. During the nine-week program participants will learn about the District Attorney’s Office, its role within the criminal justice system and the services it provides to the community. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON LIBRARY SERVICES

Placer County is interested in hearing from residents regarding library services. The county will host a virtual town hall meeting to seek input on January 24 at 6pm. The scheduled town hall will consist of a two-hour interactive session. Participants will explore options for library service and discuss what services are most important to them. All community members are encouraged to attend – those who use the library, and those who do not. REGISTER + LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

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FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ONE CHILD AT A TIME

January marks National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. We’re honored to be a part of the Placer County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Team helping children who are victims or are at risk of being exploited in our community. The CSEC Team is composed of members from KidsFirst, law enforcement agencies, mental health agencies, probation, District Attorney’s Office and Children’s System of Care. LEARN MORE  

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

District Aide Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 13

WELCOMING 2022 AND A NEW ROLE

The tradition of the Board of Supervisors is to rotate the role of chair, and I am truly honored to take my turn this year. It does come with added responsibilities and time commitments to County-wide duties, but I am confident that with the help of my District Director (Sophie Fox – West Slope) and Deputy District Director (Katelynn Hopkins – East Slope), we will be able to continue our service to you.   

2022 came in with a bang resulting from the record-smashing holiday winter storm. It caused tremendous damage and disruption to many of our residents. I can’t begin to thank those who stepped in to assist. In addition to Cal Fire- Placer County Fire, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Roads crews, Placer County Office of Emergency Services staff, City of Colfax staff and council members, Placer County Water Agency, all our local fire districts, PG&E, and Placer Community Foundation, many volunteers stepped in to assist their neighbors and their communities. They checked in on neighbors, cleared driveways, prepared and distributed food, called in outside resources, opened-up their homes and donated time and resources to others. I have been told many stories of the heroes that stepped in to help. Please, send us emails to let our office know of these stories so we can recognize the individuals who provided such incredible volunteer service.

With gratitude,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


NEW CHAIR SELECTED TO LEAD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The Board of Supervisors has seated a new board chair. District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson took the helm at their first meeting of the new year replacing District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt as part of the annual rotation. READ MORE

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Winter Storm Update + Resources

I am working closely with County staff to identify more resources for cleanup and recovery. We will keep everyone notified when additional information or resources become available. 

PLACER BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RATIFIES LOCAL EMERGENCY FOR WINTER STORMS
The Placer County Board of Supervisors ratified the County’s proclamation of a local emergency due to the ongoing threat from winter storm conditions. LEARN MORE

WESTERN D5 TOWN HALL RECORDING
On Wednesday, January 5, Placer County staff and I hosted a Western District 5 Town Hall addressing the Winter Emergency. WATCH NOW

VIDEO: RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE AFTER RECENT WINTER STORMS
Placer County roads crews and partners from CAL FIRE – Placer County Fire, Placer County Sheriff, and PG&E worked around the clock during the storm and in the days after to remove fallen trees, plow snow-covered roads and restore power to foothills and mountain communities.
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STAY INFORMED WITH OUR NEW READYPLACER DASHBOARD
Placer County’s new dashboard provides helpful maps showing current road conditions, sandbag locations, power outages, winter weather hazards, rain tips, snow tips, and more so you can be more prepared before you head out. It also includes local weather and traffic information. LEARN MORE

PLACER COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Placer County RCD helps and manages projects throughout western Placer County and up to the Tahoe Basin. They are currently offering Landowner Assistance Programs, including the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which aids in dead tree removal, as well as the Chipper Program, which provides a low-cost residential chipping service. LEARN MORE

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Covid-19 Update + Resources

 

 


PLACER SIERRA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 21

Placer County has extended the application period for three open positions on the Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council until January 21. The council represents Colfax, Secret Town, Alpine Meadows, Weimar, Applegate, Clipper Gap, Eden Valley, Alta and Dutch Flat. It’s led by community members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and Colfax City Council. Much like a neighborhood watch for wildfire preparedness, members mobilize neighbors to protect their homes, communities, pets and environments from catastrophic wildfire. LEARN MORE

 


NOW ACCEPTING 2022 CITIZENS ACADEMY APPLICATIONS

The Placer County District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for its spring 2022 citizens academy. During the nine-week program participants will learn about the District Attorney’s Office, its role within the criminal justice system and the services it provides to the community. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER APPROVES MULTI-AGENCY PLAN TO PROTECT 336,000 ACRE-FEET OF GROUNDWATER

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a regional groundwater sustainability plan to protect groundwater resources in a portion of western Placer. In coordination with multiple regional agencies, the GSP details a long-term management plan for groundwater to avoid depletion of the resource. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY

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

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OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JANUARY 27

Save the date for our upcoming Placer County Parks and Trails Master Plan virtual town hall meeting set for January 27. The first-ever parks and trails master plan provides a 10-year vision for the development and operation of parks and trails throughout the county. LEARN MORE

 

 


FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ONE CHILD AT A TIME

January marks National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. We’re honored to be a part of the Placer County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Team helping children who are victims or are at risk of being exploited in our community. The CSEC Team is composed of members from KidsFirst, law enforcement agencies, mental health agencies, probation, District Attorney’s Office and Children’s System of Care. LEARN MORE  

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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