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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 19

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 19

As most of you already know, Placer County, along with our surrounding counties and 94% of the State’s population, has been moved back into the most restrictive tier – Purple (“Widespread” risk level) in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and just this afternoon the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a limited Stay at Home Order. While health experts predicted a “second wave” to occur this winter, it has come earlier than anticipated. Cases of Covid-19 doubled throughout Placer County last week. Because of the significant growth in cases throughout the State, the Governor sped up the tier process and has added some additional guidance, including the limited Stay at Home Order we just learned about. We are asked to expand the use of face coverings to include anytime we are outside our home, reduce our travel to shorter trips (2-3 hour distances), to quarantine if we return to the State from further distances, and to refrain from group gatherings with those outside our households. These efforts are to put an “emergency brake” on the growth in cases.  While the cases are high, California’s standards and past efforts have kept our rates below other areas across the nation and even right next door in Nevada.  

Many of our local businesses are struggling to survive, and employees could be out of work just as we enter the holiday season. I urge us to be even more vigilant in our precautions and commit support for our neighbors, our small businesses, and our communities (see how to give section below).  We each must do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Be cautious, follow recommendations, and hopefully we can get back to a place where we can enjoy more activities while also staying safe and protecting each other.


Give Thanks to Those Who Serve, Donate to Help Others, and Please Celebrate Responsibly

Despite the pandemic and its consequences to our health and well-being, we still have many reasons to give thanks. I am especially thankful for those who give of themselves each day to take care of our community and this incredible place we call home. Please join me in offering sincere thanks to our: health care workers, first responders, law enforcement staff, educators, pharmacists, those who staff our essential businesses, public servants working in our post offices, utilities, roads, removing trash, driving buses, caring for those in need, maintaining our beaches, parks, and trails. And that is just a few of the many who help us sustain our families, our homes, and our lives. 

Traditionally, at this time of year many provide services to those less fortunate. Now in the midst of this pandemic, these nonprofits are serving record-breaking numbers. Please provide your thanks to the many volunteers and donate as generously as you can to our incredible nonprofits who are providing so much to those in our community with the greatest needs.

If you are unsure of how to contribute, below is a list of just a few organizations that can use your help!

Auburn Interfaith Food Closet
Seniors First
Boys & Girls Club of Placer County
Salvation Army
Stand Up Placer  
The Gathering Inn  
Pride Industries  

Also, while this time of year is traditionally spent gathering with friends and family, I encourage you to think ahead and celebrate responsibly with your loved ones. Let’s come together this holiday season to decrease the spread of COVID-19. For ideas on safer alternatives, please read the Placer County Holiday Safety Tips.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Support small business this holiday season

Don’t forget to support Placer County’s small businesses this holiday season. Our local businesses are the foundation of our communities and contribute so much to our local economy, providing two out of every three new job opportunities.  

While you are out shopping safely, don’t forget many restaurants are still open for limited outdoor dining. You can also pick up gift cards that can be used for take out and there are typically no expiration dates on gift cards. Let’s support our small businesses during the holidays and all year long.


Not too late to apply for Placer Shares Impact Grants

Placer County has designated an additional $5 million of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid small businesses and nonprofits in the county through a new, targeted grant program called Placer Shares Impact Grants. Funding will be prioritized for small businesses to focus on community business anchors and job preservation and for nonprofits to focus on rental assistance, food/housing insecurity and counseling/mental health needs. Applications opened for eligible businesses on November 12 and close November 20. Nonprofit organizations may apply November  16 through December 7. Eligibility and application requirements differ for the respective sectors. Learn more

 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 19

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 19

COVID-19 UPDATE — PLACER COUNTY MOVES TO PURPLE TIER
As most of you already know, Placer County, along with our surrounding counties and 94% of the State’s population, has been moved back into the most restrictive tier – Purple (“Widespread” risk level) In the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. While health experts predicted a “second wave” to occur this winter, it has come earlier than anticipated. Cases of Covid doubled throughout Placer County last week. Because of the significant growth in cases everywhere in the State, the Governor sped up the tier process and has added some additional guidance. We are asked to expand the use of face coverings to include anytime we  are outside our home, reduce our travel to shorter trips (2-3 hour distances), to quarantine if we return to the State from further distances, and to refrain from group gatherings with those outside our households. These efforts are to put an “emergency brake” on the growth in cases.  While the cases are high, California’s standards and past efforts have kept our rates below other areas across the nation and even right next door in Nevada.  

Many of our local businesses are struggling to survive, employees will be out of work just as we enter the holiday season. I urge us to be even more vigilant in our precautions and commit support for our neighbors, our small businesses, and our communities (see how to give section below). We each must do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Be cautious, follow recommendations, and hopefully we can get back to a place where we can enjoy more activities while also staying safe and protecting each other. Learn More


COVID HOLIDAY MESSAGE FOR TAHOE-TRUCKEE COMMUNITY

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


GIVE THANKS TO THOSE WHO SERVE
Despite the pandemic and its consequences to our health and well-being, we still have many reasons to give thanks. I am especially thankful for those who give of themselves each day to take care of our community and this incredible place we call home. Please join me in offering sincere thanks to our: health care workers, first responders, law enforcement staff, educators, pharmacists, those who staff our essential businesses, public servants working in our post offices, utilities, roads, removing trash, driving buses, caring for those in need, maintaining our beaches, parks, and trails. And that is just a few of the many who help us sustain our families, our homes, and our lives.

DONATE TO HELP OTHERS
Traditionally, at this time of year many provide services to those less fortunate. Now in the midst of this pandemic, these nonprofits are serving record-breaking numbers. Please provide your thanks to the many volunteers and donate as generously as you can to our incredible nonprofits who are providing so much to those in our community with the greatest needs.

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

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

PLEASE CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY
Also while this time of year is traditionally spent gathering with friends and family, I encourage you to think ahead and celebrate responsibly with your loved ones. Let’s come together this holiday season to decrease the spread of Covid-19. For ideas on safer alternatives, please read the Placer County Holiday Safety Tips.

UPCOMING THANKSGIVING & HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENTS IN NORTH TAHOE

Sierra Community House – Thanksgiving Drive-Through Distribution

• Lakeside | Thursday, November 19 from 2:30-3:30pm
The Village Church • 736 McCourry Blvd., Incline Village

• Truckee | Tuesday, November 24 from 4-5pm
Sierra College • 11001 College Trail, Truckee

Services are free and open to anyone while supplies last. Community members can register on site. Volunteers will place a turkey and fixings in the trunk as community members drive through the parking lot. Community members on our home delivery program will be delivered on November 23. Health and safety is our main priority. Please no walk-ups. Other Accommodations | 775-545-4083 or food@sierracommunityhouse.org.

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11th Annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 26 from 2-6pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

Drive-through Holiday food pick-up – Covid Style! Food is free, donations welcome. Admission by your choice of donation: (1) 1 new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots; (2) 1 or more cans of food for Project MANA; (3) Cash donation of $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family; or (4) Volunteer help. More Information | Contact Meera: 775-230-1066 tahoecommunitythanksgiving@gmail.com

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Winter Warmth & Wellness Giveaway

Saturday, December 19 from 2-5pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

Donations needed for North Tahoe – many of our North Tahoe neighbors lack these basics of life. Please generously share with them personal care items, household/laundry items, winter clothing, nonperishable, high-protein food.

Donation Drop Off: Monday, December 14-18 from 10am-3pm
North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

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


PLACER SHARES IMPACT GRANTS
Placer County has designated an additional $5 million of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid small businesses and nonprofits in the county through a new, targeted grant program called Placer Shares Impact Grants. Funding will be prioritized for small businesses to focus on community business anchors and job preservation and for nonprofits to focus on rental assistance, food/housing insecurity and counseling/mental health needs. Applications opened for eligible businesses on November 12 and close November 20. Nonprofit organizations may apply November  16 through December 7. Eligibility and application requirements differ for the respective sectors. Learn More


EASTERN PLACER COUNTY TOWN HALL RECAP
The Eastern Placer Virtual Town Hall Meeting was held on Thursday, November 12. Thank you to everyone who joined us, it was very well attended and provided an amazing opportunity for community issues to be heard. The meeting created a lively discussion with a lot of great comments and questions. If you were unable to attend and want to learn more, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to watch the full Town Hall recording. Please feel free to follow-up with my office or Placer County staff for more information on the following agenda items that were discussed.

  • Rubicon Trail – McKinney Rubicon Recreation Trail Overview | Information on the history of trail use and winter operations (short-term and long-term). Presented by Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of Public Works. CLICK HERE to view the presentation.
  • General Transportation and County Road Operations Update | A reminder of winter restrictions on roads, information on neighborhood traffic management program, and overview of current transportation plans and projects. Presented by Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of Public Works
  • Lakeside Redevelopment Project Status | An update on the status of the Lakeside Redevelopment project appeal. Presented by Crystal Jacobsen, Deputy Director – CDRA Tahoe
  • Update on Zephyr Collaboration | An update on the community issues survey and stakeholder meetings. Presented by Erin Casey, Principle Management Analyst – Tahoe

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Penny Bear in Tahoe City

 

On November 4, Placer County finalized and worked with Tahoe Engineering to install the Donation Plaque and Interpretive Panel at the beloved Penny Bear in the Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City. Next time you are in town, stop by and view the great addition to our community.


7 Pines Hotel Purchase

Last week, Placer County completed the purchase of the 7 Pines Motel in Kings Beach, a 14-unit motel that will be converted into permanent supportive housing to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the North Tahoe region. The $1.45 million purchase was funded through a variety of grant programs including Homekey, the state’s $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties – and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Learn More


 

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 13

NOVEMBER 10 SPECIAL MEETING UPDATE

At a special Board of Supervisors meeting held on November 10 county staff from the CEO’s fiscal team provided an overview of the development of the 2021/2022 Placer County Budget, and staff from the Facilities Management Division provided an overview of several large-scale facilities projects.  

Budget Workshop
This was the first of several presentations that will be made before the Board of Supervisors as we work toward adoption of the Placer County 2021/2022 Final Budget in June. The workshop included a discussion of economic impacts on county operations as a result of COVID-19 as well as an overview of updates to county financial policies, retirement funding obligations, and a status report on several of the county’s major operating funds.

The county’s fiscal staff will return to the Board of Supervisors next month with proposed updates to several county financial policies, and in February will return to provide a mid-year budget update. It is anticipated that county departments will make their budget presentations to the Board of Supervisors in March. The final steps of the budget approval process will occur in June, first with a public hearing to consider the county budget and a subsequent public hearing to adopt the final budget.

If you are interested in learning more about the county’s budget process I encourage you to visit our County Budget web page for more information.

Capital Facility Planning Workshop
Facilities Management staff provided an overview of the current progress of the Five Year Facilities Capital Improvements Plan (Facilities CIP), including proposed modifications to the plan. The main focus of the workshop was a discussion regarding how to utilize building space that will become available with the construction of the Health and Human Services Center in Auburn and improvements to the Atherton Road facility in Rocklin. The completion of these projects will free up considerable space in both the Community Development Resources Center and the Finance Administration Building, where Health and Human Services and Elections Division staff are currently located, providing opportunities to move other county staff and functions into these updated workspaces. While these moves are likely several years out, it is important to begin these discussions now in order to ensure the most effective and beneficial location of staff and resources.

Staff also provided an update on the progress of priority projects throughout Placer County, including the Health and Human Services Center in Auburn, the Tahoe Justice Center, the Placer County Crime Lab, and the County Administration Center in Auburn. These projects are currently  in different stages of the planning phase.

If you are interested in learning more about proposed plans for the county’s current and future facilities please visit the Facilities Management web page for more information.

COVID-19 Update – Moving Back to Red and Maybe Worse
Although we anticipated it, I am disappointed that our cases have increased enough to move us back into the more restrictive red tier (“Substantial” risk level) of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Because of the growing number of cases, the State has moved us back a tier.  In the red tier, we will see additional restrictions on some of our businesses, such as reduced capacity in restaurants, theaters and gyms/fitness centers, and the closure of other businesses such as bars and breweries.  Many of our local businesses are trying so hard to survive on this roller coaster of closures and reductions, and I urge us to be more vigilant and commit support for our neighbors and communities.  Without action by our residents we could move back into the purple tier (“Widespread” risk level), which would require the closure of many of our businesses and activities. 

By taking caution and following recommendations, we can get back to a place where we enjoy more freedoms while also staying safe and protecting each other. We each need to do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Many of our employees, local businesses and families are depending on all of us coming together to do the right thing.

Wear a face covering! Stay healthy, stay safe, stay open!
I am continuing to ask all our residents to take the precautions recommended:  wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and physically distance from those outside your household. There has been so much research that validates the claims that wearing a face covering helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are all responsible for our own actions, but please remember that your actions with regard to wearing a face covering affect the public health and economy of your entire community.


Thank you Purple Heart Veterans!

On November 3 the Board of Supervisors approved a Proclamation recognizing Placer County as a Purple Heart County. This proclamation recognizes Placer County’s support for Purple Heart Veterans, and honors the contributions and sacrifices of our Purple Heart recipients wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.

Pictured from left to right: Philip Jordan, Adjutant American Legion Post 169, Roseville, Dennis Wright, Jr. Vice Commander, Order of the Purple Heart, Folsom, Ron Manjarrez, Finance Officer, Order of the Purple Heart, Folsom, Chris Archuleta, Commander, Order of the Purple Heart, Folsom


Placer County invests in community through Placer Shares Impact Grants

Placer County has designated an additional $5 million of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid small businesses and nonprofits in the county through a new, targeted grant program called Placer Shares Impact Grants. Funding will be prioritized for small businesses to focus on community business anchors and job preservation and for nonprofits to focus on rental assistance, food/housing insecurity and counseling/mental health needs. Learn more


Agricultural commissioner seeks feedback on bee ordinance update

The Placer County Agriculture Department is requesting public feedback on a proposal to revise the county’s beekeeping ordinance.  The proposal, which would add specific new requirements to the county’s beekeeping rules, is intended to reduce the number of nuisance complaints and conflicts between beekeepers and their neighbors.  Other goals of the new rules would be to ensure that Placer County continues to foster a healthy beekeeping industry, and to allow small, backyard beekeepers to keep up to four hives in their yards as longs as certain safety requirements are met.  More details, including public comment opportunities, can be found at www.placer.ca.gov/beekeeping


County Public Health Office shares COVID-19 safety tips ahead of holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many are wondering how to safely celebrate in the time of COVID-19. Pending forthcoming additional state guidance, Placer County Public Health is sharing some tips to help community members start thinking about ways to connect during this meaningful time of year while giving the gift of health to our loved ones.  Learn more



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 2

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | November 2

Protect Our Communities – Wear Masks, Socially Distance, Follow Guidelines!

 

 

As we put another busy summer behind us, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for doing their part to keep our families, friends and community safe. Now more than ever, it is important to consider some of the positive steps taken in North Lake Tahoe during these unprecedented times. During this ever-evolving crisis, the County, other public agencies, and community members must reflect on lessons learned, seek solutions, and remain flexible. Keep it up – it will take all of us working together!

 

 

A NORTH LAKE TAHOE SUMMER SUMMARY

While the following issues are not new, they have certainly been exacerbated due to Covid-19. The County response has included coordination with several departments – I really want to thank staff for stepping in on so many fronts to collaborate with our various partners.


Signage + Regional Messaging

Placer County funded and worked closely with staff and external agencies on regional messaging, including the local special districts, State and Federal agencies, business associations, and the Tahoe Fund. Electronic billboards at all entrances to Tahoe included messaging. Additionally, signs were placed in public places including beaches, parks and trailheads. Staff also expanded on the Tahoe Fund’s ‘Take Care’ campaign to include Covid-19 focused messaging – including face coverings, hand sanitizer and physical distancing. Message boards were placed along SR 89 encouraging physical distancing on the river to educate users about the extended alcohol ban. In addition, yard signs were spread throughout our community using the look and feel of the ‘Take Care’ campaign to expand the messaging and were available to the public for free at various events and locations.


 

 

 

 

Distribution of Masks & Hand Sanitizer

Placer County secured and then partnered with the business associations to distribute thousands of masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to businesses in North Lake Tahoe. The County offered two different giveaways with our staff, our local associations and community volunteers to hand out PPE in Tahoe City and Kings Beach. In addition, staff took boxes down the streets of our downtown areas and walked into businesses to hand the PPE out.

 


Short-Term Rentals (STR)

The Board of Supervisors adopted a new ordinance for STR that became effective January 1, 2020. Unfortunately with the many impacts of Covid on our workforce, our roll-out of the brand new program was significantly impacted. As of last week, we have issued permits to 2,554 of the estimated 3600-3800 STRs. Citations are being issued for failure to obtain an STR permit. 195 properties have dropped their TOT certificates, deciding not to rent and 150 additional properties are not actively renting and may drop out of the program altogether. Since opening the Short-Term Rental hotline, we received about 600 official complaints. Due to a number of challenges including issues with Host Compliance, Covid’s impacts on workload, as well as staff turnover, many of our responses and investigations were delayed. Staff is working hard to improve their responses. The County has recently hired a new STR supervising code officer to focus on increased patrol and presence. A second full-time STR officer will be added in the next month to improve weekend and holiday coverage. Staff is also developing GIS mapping to improve chronic area identification so that they can increase patrol to better serve those areas.


Litter & Trash


In response to the overflowing liter and trash this past summer, a plan was created that included several key aspects of increased service and working with TTSD to provide these additional services. In Kings Beach, strategic locations were identified and dumpsters were added at 3 different locations. Trash service in the downtown business district was shifted to provide a Saturday pickup. In Tahoe City, the receptacles in the downtown area are the individual business’ responsibility but with the additional need the County stepped in and increased service. In addition, addresses were crosschecked for collecting TOT against the TTSD service list, and ensuring trash service was reinstated for all households renting their homes. Other solutions included increased marketing of our Bear Box Loan Program, added TTSD trash service for all TART bus stations, installation of educational stickers on trash cans, coordinated response with partner agencies and the creation of a volunteer ambassador program with NLTRA, TCDA and NTBA to educate visitors.

 


Traffic Management Solutions

The Placer County Department of Public Works hired a contractor to again pilot a program to provide crossing guards at our high volume crosswalks in both Tahoe City and Kings Beach. The locations included the Grove Street and Commons Beach Drive crosswalks at Hwy 28 in Tahoe City and the four crosswalks at the two roundabouts in Kings Beach. The contractor typically performed the work on Friday through Sunday – usually from about 12-4 pm to capture the highest volumes of pedestrians and help with improving vehicular flow through the two town centers. “This metering effect tended to help vehicles to move through town centers experiencing less congestion, as opposed to random and often continuous pedestrian crossing during high volume periods, which would cause more vehicular backup,” said Peter Kraatz. Community feedback tended to be positive, and with funding for next summer, it is likely to implemented again. In addition, Public Works plans to work with Caltrans on a future initiative to deploy a pilot/temporary signal at Grove Street in Tahoe City and similarly, installing temporary signal lights/pedestrian crossing infrastructure at the two roundabouts in Kings Beach.


Stronger Together Community Conversations

Placer County partnered with the Resort Association to leverage the already existing ‘Stronger Together’ campaign to develop an initiative to address the divisiveness in the community around issues and concerns impacting the quality of life in North Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Collaboration has been hired to facilitate several community focus groups with a broad cross section of community members and leaders. This also included a quality of life survey, which has already received over 500 responses. Similar to sessions held during the spring, we will host virtual town halls to discuss the issues and develop short and long-term solutions. “We believe that developing a venue to have constructive conversations around these issues, and then to develop solutions, is really important and somewhat lacking in our community right now,” said Erin Casey. “We feel that this effort, this initiative, could really help us to address issues, and build stronger relationships, as we continue moving forward.”

 


What’s Ahead?

Placer County is developing a “data dashboard” with agency partners to identify and track what’s happening in the community. “There are additional data points that are important for us to understand,” said Erin Casey. ”I think it’s easy to make observations and come up with anecdotal thoughts about what may be occurring. But it is imperative for public agencies to have the data to ensure we are expending the public’s dollars in the most effective way.” Placer County staff is facilitating and attending weekly meetings (core team calls) with the Resort Association, bi-monthly meetings with the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Stakeholder and regional recreation coordination meetings with TRPA, Resort Association and other agency partners. Finally, continued coordination with local, state and federal agencies to address trash issues on public lands as well as continued coordination with Business Associations and Resort Associations on traffic management, trash issues, business needs and public engagement. These efforts are truly unprecedented and have resulted in partnerships and services never before established.


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING | TAHOE RECAP

Commendation of Larry Sevison | Congratulations to long-time Placer County resident Larry Sevison who received a commendation from the Board of Supervisors this week for 50 years of service to the community. Sevison’s service on the Board of Supervisors, TRPA Governing Board, California Tahoe Conservancy, Placer County Planning Commission and as co-founder of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue were cited. In honor of his contributions, the trail at Dollar Hill in North Tahoe, which he worked for decades to bring to fruition, has been named the Sevison Trail. To watch the Larry Sevison segment from last week’s BOS meeting, Click Here.

 

 

Renaming of ‘Coon Street’ to ‘Raccoon Street’ | The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved and adopted a resolution authorizing the renaming of Kings Beach’s “Coon Street” to Raccoon Street”. Learn More

Resort Triangle Transportation Plan Update | Placer County took a step forward on sustainable transportation in eastern Placer with the Board of Supervisors unanimously voting in support of the Resort Triangle Transportation Plan. The plan is intended to provide a unified local vision for North Lake Tahoe’s three main transportation corridors – state Routes 28, 89 and 267 and adjacent communities, which make up the area’s “Resort Triangle” between Placer’s lakeside communities, mountain resorts and the Town of Truckee. Learn More 

Workforce Housing Preservation Program | After receiving a presentation from WHPP, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the description and guidelines. Next steps will be for their staff to return to the Board in 90 days with a program ready for adoption and implementation. Learn More 

Capital Projects Committee | The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the staff recommendation to allocate $490,000 of Transient Occupancy Tax Funds to two capital projects – $475,000 for the North Tahoe Regional Park Sports Facilities Enhancement & Expansion (includes trail & turf field expansion) and $15,000 for the Tahoe City Community Tree. Learn More

CARES Funding – Small Business Assistance | The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved an additional $5 million of the County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid anchor businesses and social safety net programs critically impacted by COVID-19. Learn More

For more information, full agenda and YouTube live stream of the October 27 Board of Supervisors Meeting, CLICK HERE.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


It’s Time to Vote, Placer County!

Our Placer County Board of Supervisors and Registrar of Voters have banded together to encourage people to vote. It’s your vote and your choice of how you decide to vote. Watch Now

 


Internet Service Survey

In today’s connected world, we know that some Placer County residents and businesses don’t have adequate internet service to meet their needs. We’ve heard your concerns. The State of California has made it a priority to ensure all residents have sufficient internet service and this survey will assist the county in advocating for our residents. If you have more than one address in Placer County, please fill out a survey for each address. Take Survey Today


 

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 30

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 30

 

Thank you to Placer County firefighters!


In a year where California has seen the previous record for the number of acres burned by wildfire double, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our firefighters.  These brave individuals work incredibly long hours in dangerous and strenuous conditions, often battling high temperatures and steep terrain, in order to keep us safe and protect our property. Although it would be difficult to adequately thank these brave men and women for all they do, community leaders came together last week to show appreciation.

 

 

Supervisor Gustafson enjoys lunch with some of the guests of honor.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors hosted a luncheon for firefighters at the CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department Headquarters in Auburn, and the United Auburn Indian Community posted messages of appreciation on billboards at various points along Interstate 80 and Highway 65 for firefighters returning home from fires throughout California and surrounding states.

The United Auburn Indian Community sponsored billboards thanking firefighters for their work.

These were small gestures compared to the life-saving work our firefighters do, but I’m glad we had the opportunity to let these heroes know how much we appreciate them!

COVID Update
As we continue to navigate through the impacts of COVID-19, our Health and Human Services Division, including our Public Health Office, continues to focus attention on areas that will have the most impact for Placer County communities. Staff continue to meet with Placer County’s superintendent of schools multiple times a week, and have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions that is updated and posted online on a weekly basis. County staff also meet regularly with mayors, the business community, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and correctional facilities, among others, in order to ensure ongoing communication and coordination.

Several weeks ago Placer County’s improved case rate and testing positivity rate allowed us to progress into the “orange/moderate tier” in the State’s colored tier framework within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy; however it is likely that our increased case rate numbers will push us back into the red tier, which will mean reduced capacity for our restaurants and other restrictions on local businesses.

This graphic illustrates criteria requirements for each tier.

This will have a huge impact on our local businesses, particularly as we move into colder weather and outdoor seating is a less viable option for restaurants. We all want COVID-19 to be over, but we have to do the work to make that happen. The longer this virus is present, the greater the impact to our families, our businesses and our communities. Please do your part to help our community by following guidance issued by public health officials. Avoid large gatherings, wash your hands, physically distance yourself from others and wear a face covering. We all need to work together on this.

Placer Shares Update
Placer County continues to use funding from the federal CARES Act to support local businesses and nonprofit organizations through our Placer Shares program. The application cycle for our second round of Placer Shares grant funds for small businesses and non-profit organizations closed on October 23rd. I am happy to see so many local businesses taking advantage of this opportunity.  Nearly 300 applications were submitted requesting almost $1.6 million for small businesses throughout Placer County, 48 of which were submitted by businesses in Auburn and 21 from businesses in North Lake Tahoe. These applications are in addition to the 1,250 grants totaling $7.5 million that were awarded to priority small businesses and non-profits during the initial round of Placer Shares grant funding that closed September 7th.  At our October 27th meeting the Board of Supervisors also approved an additional $5 million in CARES Act funding for a future grant cycle that will provide funding for anchor businesses and social safety net programs impacted by COVID-19. See below for additional information and keep an eye out in future newsletters for more information on how to access these funds.

Don’t forget to vote!
Still haven’t voted? It’s not too late! Watch this video to learn more.

Take a moment to fill out our Broadband/Internet survey 
After hearing concerns from many residents regarding the state of internet connectivity in some areas of Placer County, staff in our communications and IT divisions have teamed up to conduct a survey to identify the specific connectivity needs within our communities. The more participation we receive, the better we will understand the scope, magnitude and location of the internet connectivity issues.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, and be sure to share it with your friends and neighbors.  The more the merrier! 

The Internet Service Survey will be available until November 15th.  Respondents are encouraged to fill out a separate survey for each address where they pay for internet service, which could include businesses and rental properties as well.  If you need assistance with the survey, call the  helpline at 530-886-2263 or email your questions to broadbandsurvey@placer.ca.gov. 

Wear face coverings!
I am continuing to ask all our residents to take the precautions recommended:  wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and physically distance from those outside your household. There has been so much research that validates the claims that wearing a face covering helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are all responsible for our own actions, but please remember that your actions with regard to wearing a face covering affect the public health and economy of your entire community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


 

Community invited to help shape update to Placer County housing policy

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Placer County is updating its housing policy and is asking for more community feedback to help make sure it guides the kind of housing opportunities residents want to see. Learn more…


Supervisors approve $5 million in grant funding for community stabilization

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved an additional $5 million of the county’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to aid anchor businesses and social safety net programs critically impacted by COVID-19.  Learn more…


New fee program aimed at boosting affordable housing in Placer County

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Facing escalating housing affordability challenges, the Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted a new affordable housing inclusionary requirement and fee program to help advance Placer’s affordable housing initiatives.

The county’s new affordable housing ordinance establishes a requirement on private housing development for 10% of the development’s units to be in the affordable range and an in-lieu fee option for fulfilling that requirement.  Learn more…

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 30

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 30

It’s Time to Vote, Placer County!

Our Placer County Board of Supervisors and Registrar of Voters have banded together to encourage people to vote. It’s your vote and your choice of how you decide to vote. Watch Now

It is your right – USE IT!

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

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Tips for a Safer Halloween During COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean you can’t have a spooktacular Halloween – it just means a few extra precautions are in order. Here are some tips from Placer County Public Health to help you have a safe and fun Halloween. Learn More


Internet Service Survey

In today’s connected world, we know that some Placer County residents and businesses don’t have adequate internet service to meet their needs. We’ve heard your concerns. The State of California has made it a priority to ensure all residents have sufficient internet service and this survey will assist the county in advocating for our residents. If you have more than one address in Placer County, please fill out a survey for each address. Take Survey Today


 

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 23

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 23

Upcoming Board of Supervisors Meeting in Tahoe

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will be meeting at 9am on Tuesday, October 27 at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. There are many topics of interest within Eastern Placer County.

Tahoe Related Agenda Items:

  • Commendation of Larry Sevison | The Board is recognizing Larry’s legacy of service to the North Lake Tahoe Community as the County’s representative on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the California Tahoe Conservancy.
  • Public Road Name Change | My office and the Engineering and Surveying Division of Community Development Resource Agency received several requests from community members over this past summer asking that Placer County change the name of Coon Street to “Raccoon Street”. This item will be heard by the Board of Supervisors for consideration. Read More
  • Resort Triangle Transportation Plan Update | Placer County is developing a comprehensive transportation plan for the “Resort Triangle” area. Connecting Interstate 80 and the North Lake Tahoe area of Placer County, the plan will identify strategies to improve mobility, reduce transportation impacts on the environment, address traffic congestion, and enhance transit services and non-motorized travel choices. The board will adopt a resolution to accept the Resort Triangle Transportation Plan and provide direction to staff on implementation strategies. Read More
  • Workforce Housing Preservation Program Update | The WHPP – formally referred to the Housing Indeed Program – is intended to secure County housing stock for the local workforce. The program assists local employers and homebuyers who are in the low, moderate, and achievable income brackets in securing housing near their employment. In exchange for granting the County a deed restriction on the home, the owner will receive a financial incentive that may be used towards a down payment, complete renovations on the home or to meet other needs. If the Board adopts the guidelines for the program, staff will work with local employers, developers and other funding partners to help implement the program. Learn More
  • Capital Projects Advisory Committee Update | The Board of Supervisors will receive a staff presentation outlining the Capital Projects Advisory Committee recommendation to allocate Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds to additional capital projects from the Fiscal Year 2019-20 fall grant cycle and an alternative recommendation from county staff. Learn More
  • CARES Funding – Small Business Assistance Update | The Board will receive an update on the BOS-approved Placer Shares small business grant extension, as well as consider potential future funding. This extension is open to eligible small businesses that did not receive a grant in round one, and closes on Friday, October 23 at 10pm. As of October 21, only 10 Tahoe-based small businesses have applied, so please make sure to take advantage of this unique small business funding opportunity! Learn More & Apply Today
  • Summer Update – Response to Critical Issues in North Lake Tahoe | The Board will receive a presentation from county staff on Placer County’s response to critical issues in North Lake Tahoe during COVID-19 including community and agency coordination, public outreach and engagement, short-term rental permits and enforcement, trash and litter, traffic management and business support efforts.

For more information and the full agenda, please CLICK HERE.

The board chambers will be open to in-person attendance. To remain in compliance with the state’s public health guidance, the county will limit in-person attendance to just 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6 feet of social distancing inside and outside chambers. There will be no standing room in chambers. If all seats are occupied, citizens will be asked to wait outside chambers. Due to the reduced capacity we ask that citizens only be in chambers during the item they wish to participate on and then leave to allow others to participate in chambers. The entire meeting will be available on livestream and will also be broadcast outside the building. For those not in attendance Public Comment for the Board Meeting will be offered virtually through Zoom. Public Comment will be opened for each agenda item, and citizens may comment virtually through a Zoom meeting webinar utilizing the “raise hand” function for Public Comment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Don’t Forget to VOTE

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

 


General Election Virtual Town Hall Meeting Oct. 27

The Placer County Elections Office is hosting a virtual town hall meeting via Zoom at 6pm on Oct. 27 to provide information to the public and answer questions about the Nov. 3 general election. Hosted by Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco and Elections Office staff, town hall topics will include voting by mail, ballot drop boxes, voter service centers and in-person voting. The town hall may be watched live on zoom, CLICK HERE.

 


 

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 | October 13

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 13

Placer Advances to Orange Tier of Reopening – Stay Cautious


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

If your small business could use some assistance, I’m happy to report that last week the Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate a second round of funding for businesses that may have missed the last month’s deadline.  If you own or know of a small business that has not already applied, visit the Placer Shares website to learn how to submit an application now.  Sharing these Federal funds to help sustain our small community businesses is important to all of us who live and work in Placer County.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Potential PSPS October 14

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PG&E is closely monitoring a developing fire weather event and is projecting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for tomorrow, Wednesday October 14th, beginning at 10:00pm. 
As currently scoped, this event is expected to impact less than 400 customers in Placer County, primarily in the upcountry portions of the County in the I-80 corridor. For more information please visit the PG&E website.


County seeks input on internet service levels to help improve access for all

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Placer County is conducting a survey to identify the quality of internet service within its numerous cities and small towns, from the City of Roseville to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. 

The Internet Service Survey, which was released today, is designed to reveal internet availability and service speeds with the goal of identifying underserved and unserved communities. Learn more


Have your voice heard – be sure to VOTE!

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November 3rd is fast approaching and we encourage everyone to get out and vote!  The drop box located at the Placer County Elections Office, 2956 Richardson Drive in Auburn is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is also a drop box located at the Auburn City Clerk’s Office, 1225 Lincoln Way in Auburn, which is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and a location in Colfax at the Colfax City Clerk’s Office, 33 S. Main Street, which is available Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Visit the Placer Elections website here for more.


Updated Meeting Location

The Fire Services Ad Hoc Committee Workshop on Tuesday, October 20th that was originally to be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Auburn will now be held at the Community Development Resource Agency in the Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn. The meeting will start at 9:00am with a closed session item, and the Workshop will begin at 10:00am.



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 13

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | October 13

Placer Advances to Orange Tier of Reopening – Stay Cautious

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

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


 

Have Your Voice Heard – Be Sure to VOTE

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


 

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Placer Shares – Second Round of Funding Opened Today

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

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

 


 

Project Homekey funding for the 7 Pines Motel

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


 

Linking Tahoe: Regional Transportation Plan – Get Involved

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


Internet Survey

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Service Survey

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


 


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 2

It’s up to all of us
We continue to monitor the county’s status on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which places counties in different tiers that determine their ability to reopen based on their COVID-19 case numbers and positivity rate. Placer County was initially placed in the Purple Tier (Widespread) and then moved into the Red Tier (Substantial) as a result of improving case data. Based on our most recent numbers we anticipated moving into the Orange Tier (Moderate) this week, which would allow for the easing of some additional restrictions, but because our case numbers exceeded the allowable threshold for the Orange Tier we did not move. The good news is our testing positivity rate did meet the requirements for the Orange Tier, however because the state requires both metrics to fall within the range established for each tier we remain in the more restrictive tier. The other piece of good news here is that overall our numbers seem to be trending in the right direction – downward. 

One thing to keep in mind is that the state requires the lower numbers to be met for two weeks before a  county is moved into a less-restrictive tier. The state updates the status information for counties every Tuesday and I will continue to keep you updated on any changes to our status. You can also monitor the information on your own by visiting the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.

The county is also taking steps to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Placer County through a seroprevalence study that will be conducted by Stanford University this fall. The study will test a random representative cross-section of Placer County residents for COVID-19 antibodies to assess current COVID-19 prevalence in the County, the results of which will help inform the Board’s policy decisions moving forward.

Mailers will be sent to a random but representative sample of Placer County residents inviting them to take part in the study. Participants will be provided a finger-stick blood test to complete at home and return to Stanford for analysis.  The results of all positive tests and 10% of negative tests will be rerun to produce results with 99% accuracy and the researchers will develop an online dashboard detailing their findings on the demographic and geographic prevalence of the virus in Placer County. A report on the study’s results will also be presented at a future Board of Supervisors meeting by the Stanford researchers. I will keep you informed of the date the report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors. In the meantime, please take care of yourself, your loved ones and our County. Let’s not forget that Placer County has ranked in the top five healthiest counties in California for nearly a decade! We need to work together to keep Placer healthy. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands and observe physical distancing.

Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on our lives for the past seven months, it’s important that we continue to discuss what steps are being taken to combat the virus, and what we can do to help safely support our local economy. Sometimes however, it seems as though we do not hear about the other good work that is going on, so this week I also want to share information about positive developments here in Placer County. We could all use a little good news!

Libraries to reopen for in-person browsing in phases
I am happy to share that Placer County libraries will begin a phased opening plan for in-person browsing beginning October 6. Library Services Director, Mary George and her staff have developed a phased reopening plan that will allow them to welcome patrons back into the libraries as safely as possible by identifying successful reopening procedures and utilizing those procedures as they reopen additional facilities. Several libraries in District 5 will reopen in the initial phase: Auburn, Kings Beach and Tahoe City locations will be open Tuesday through Friday with varying hours. The Granite Bay Library will also reopen on October 6 and the Rocklin Library will expand its walk-up hours.

The Colfax Library is slated to reopen on November 3, also Tuesday through Friday, and the Foresthill and Rocklin Libraries will likely open December 3. Although it would be wonderful if all of our libraries could open right now, the additional time is needed for staff to ensure sites are configured to allow for physical distancing and to hire the staff needed for safe operations. Unfortunately, the smaller libraries where social distancing is challenging, such as Applegate and Penryn, will remain closed for the foreseeable future to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff. To learn more about visiting your favorite library, please go to the Placer County Library Services Division’s webpage

Chipper Shredder Program to resume
Many of you have shared your concerns about the absence of the Placer County Resource Conservation District’s Chipper Shredder Program since it was suspended back in April due to COVID-19 related staffing issues. I am happy to report that as of October 1 the program is up and running again. The Chipper Shredder Program has been a vital component of our community for years and considering the amount of destruction caused by wildfires already this year, the return of the program is especially good news. The cost-share fee is $80 per hour, however disabled people and low-income households may be granted a fee waiver. Please visit the Resource Conservation District’s website to learn more about the program and how to sign up.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns.

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


Free flu shot clinics in October

Placer County will hold four flu shot clinics this year at locations throughout the county; three drive-through and one walk-in by appointment.

Residents are encouraged to get a flu shot through their regular health care provider, but these free clinics provide another accessible option should anyone experience barriers. Learn more


Placer looks to extend public review period for proposed trails expansion project

UPDATE: At its September 24 meeting the Planning Commission took action to postpone the hearing on the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project to October 22. See sidebar for information on upcoming Hidden Falls Town Hall meeting. 

The Placer County Parks Division will request a continuance of a public hearing at this evening’s Planning Commission meeting on the county’s proposed Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project. Learn more

 

Still time to register to vote!

There is still time to register to vote! Please visit the Placer County Elections Office website or call (530) 886-5650 to 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