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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 27

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 27

Photo: Erik Bergen, Placer County

This Christmas storm has broken records back to 1970 so we ask for your patience and support to all our first responders, staff, utility workers, and businesses who are trying to keep all of us safe and secure. Please see the following notes and make sure to do your best to help those around you. If you need non-emergency assistance, please call 211.

Stay put, stay safe, and help those around you.

Cindy Gustafson
Placer County Supervisor, District 5

 

 

 

 

 


Update from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office

We are asking anyone and everyone to please stay home today. I-80 closed in BOTH directions at Applegate due to trees down. Foresthill Road remains closed and anything off that road is unplowed. This photo was taken this morning at the overpass in Colfax. Emergency crews cannot keep up with the snow-packed roads and downed trees. Please stay home. Backroads are expected to have the same issues. We have no estimated time for when I-80 at Applegate and Foresthill Road will reopen.


Update from CAL FIRE

We are working though the mitigation of last nights storm and preparing for the second round tonight. I wanted to give you all an update on the efforts from CAL FIRE / Placer County Fire Department. Our jurisdictional areas in the County that have been hit hard include the I80 corridor from Colfax east to the Summit and down into the Truckee Basin and into North Tahoe. Additionally, we are coordinating and sharing resources across the Hwy 174 and Hwy 49 corridors into Nevada County.

  • We have established an ICS organization and two Branches (North and East) for operational objectives. Each of those Branches has Battalion Chiefs that are coordinating the operations including emergency response, road and downed tree mitigations, infrastructure security at State and County fire facilities, continuity of Operations at all of our communication sites, and support to the County EOC. We will communicate the OES mission tasking process with OES for access to State resources for outside agencies
  • We have all of our County, Volunteer, and State engine companies fully staffed and are assigning those resources throughout priority areas using system status management in the Grass Valley ECC.

Update from CHP – Truckee

I-80 CLOSED from Applegate to the Nevada Stateline.
SR-89 Closed from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley Rd. due to an avalanche.
– SR-267 CLOSED from Northstar to Kings Bings Beach. – SR-89 CLOSED from Truckee to Sierraville. – SR-89 CLOSED from Bliss State Park to Eagle Point Campground – US 50 CLOSED from Placerville to Myers.
We received approximately 193.7” of snow as of this morning breaking our 1970 record UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab
Do not try to take back roads in order to avoid closures, you will get stuck! Also, do not trust your GPS or google maps as some closures are not reported on their apps. You can check current and up to date road conditions here: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/roadscell.php


IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first — chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

RESOURCES


Winter Weather Alerts

KNOW YOUR AREA’S RISK FOR WINTER STORMS

Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
For real-time travel information from the National Weather Service — follow our weather and traffic Twitter list: https://twitter.com/i/lists/1086405749754933248


Stay travel prepared with CALTRANS traffic cameras!

Did you know that CALTRANS has traffic cameras that you can view before you travel? You can see them in our Ready Placer dashboard to help you with all your travel and winter storm needs! From road conditions to power outages — our dashboard has you covered!

Social Media

Facebook
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CAL FIRE Nevada Placer Yuba Unit
CHP Truckee

Twitter
Placer County Placer County Sheriff’s Office
CAL FIRE Nevada Placer Yuba Unit
CHP Truckee



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 Newsletter | December 21

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 21

Happy Official First Day of Winter and Holiday Wishes, Placer County!

It’s officially winter, which also means the holiday season is upon us. There are many things to love about this time of year, especially the blessings of time with family and friends. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday filled with peace and prosperity, and a happy and healthy New Year.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 


PLACER COUNTY 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

As we get set to welcome a new year, we’d like to share some of the great achievements made in 2021 by our dedicated staff and community. View this video, showcasing why Placer County is such a wonderful place to live, work, learn and play!

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RETAILER & #SHOPPLACER

Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Let’s #ShopPlacer and show them our support. Below is a link to a list of some of your local area business associations and chambers, many of which have online gift cards and sales. Let’s show love for local and support our friends and neighbors.


PLACER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COMES TO AN AGREEMENT ON DISTRICT MAP AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSES

After months of public meetings and community input, our Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted on the supervisorial district map that will serve our community for the next decade.

The map includes all of Auburn in District 5, divide the foothill communities into District 3 and District 4 along Interstate 80, would keep Lincoln and Rocklin whole, and allow the city of Loomis to remain in District 3 along with Penryn and Newcastle.

The map was presented and finalized for adoption at the December 14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. The new map will take effect in early 2022 and the redistricting process will not take place again until 2031. Thank you to all who participated in the redistricting process.
VIEW MAP + LEARN MORE


STAY INFORMED DURING WINTER STORMS WITH OUR NEW READYPLACER DASHBOARD

Our 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 from Twitter. LEARN MORE

 

 


TEMPORARY STATEWIDE MASK MANDATE NOW IN EFFECT

The California Department of Public Health announced this week that it is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, from December 15 through January 15. Placer County Public Health continues to advise residents regardless of vaccination status to use high-quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask, while in indoor settings to protect against the Delta and Omicron variants — and, most importantly, to get vaccinated or boosted. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY SEEKING APPLICANTS TO ADVISE ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

Placer County is seeking applicants for three open positions on the Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council. 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

 

 


FRENCH MEADOWS FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

Placer County is so excited to be a part of the French Meadows partnership and just as excited to help promote the project’s NEW interactive story map! Check it out and learn more about how this innovative partnership is working to protect our county’s natural resources. 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!

 


[CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS]


 


LOCAL COVID RESPONSE PROGRAMS WIN TOP STATE HONORS

Two of our collaborative Human Services programs addressing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have received top awards from the California State Association of Counties for 2021! The CSAC awards spotlight the most innovative programs developed and implemented by California counties. LEARN MORE

 

 


LIBRARY SERVICES WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Placer County Library Services continues to provide excellent reading programs and opportunities for county residents while looking ahead to expand services next year. The Placer County Board of Supervisors this week received an update from county Library Services staff regarding highlights from the past year as well as a preview of library plans set for 2022. 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 | December 21

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | December 21

HAPPY OFFICIAL FIRST DAY OF WINTER AND HOLIDAY WISHES, PLACER COUNTY!

It’s officially winter, which also means the holiday season is upon us. There are many things to love about this time of year, especially the blessings of time with family and friends. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday filled with peace and prosperity, and a happy and healthy New Year. 

In service,Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor 

 


PLACER COUNTY 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

As we get set to welcome a new year, we’d like to share some of the great achievements made in 2021 by our dedicated staff and community. View this video, showcasing why Placer County is such a wonderful place to live, work, learn and play!

[CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO]


SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RETAILER & #SHOPPLACER

As you are finalizing your holiday shopping, I again urge you to keep your dollars in our community by showing your love for local. Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Let’s #ShopPlacer and show them our support. LEARN MORE

 

 


NORTH LAKE TAHOE EGIFT CARD

The North Lake Tahoe gift card goes toward many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services, sports and entertainment options all in one place. Use your eGift card at participating locations throughout North Lake Tahoe and shop local to support our community. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COMES TO AN AGREEMENT ON DISTRICT MAP AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSES

After months of public meetings and community input, our Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted on the supervisorial district map that will serve our community for the next decade.

The map includes all of Auburn in District 5, divide the foothill communities into District 3 and District 4 along Interstate 80, would keep Lincoln and Rocklin whole, and allow the city of Loomis to remain in District 3 along with Penryn and Newcastle.

The map was presented and finalized for adoption at the December 14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. The new map will take effect in early 2022 and the redistricting process will not take place again until 2031. Thank you to all who participated in the redistricting process.
VIEW MAP + LEARN MORE


STAY INFORMED DURING WINTER STORMS WITH OUR NEW READYPLACER DASHBOARD

Our 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 from Twitter. LEARN MORE

 


DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW WITH A SNOWPLOW

Our snow removal crews were hard at work! Did you know we have one of the largest snow removal operations in the state? Depending on the severity and timing of the storm, crews from the Department of Public Works can be plowing from Auburn to the Nevada state line. Our crews will continue to plow 24/7 as long as needed to keep the roads clear! Watch our snowplows in action!

 


TART WINTER SERVICES + TART CONNECT

Since it’s ski season and the holidays, 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

 


TEMPORARY STATEWIDE MASK MANDATE NOW IN EFFECT

The California Department of Public Health announced this week that it is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, from December 15 through January 15. Placer County Public Health continues to advise residents regardless of vaccination status to use high-quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask, while in indoor settings to protect against the Delta and Omicron variants — and, most importantly, to get vaccinated or boosted. LEARN MORE

 


PLACER COUNTY SEEKING APPLICANTS TO ADVISE ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

Placer County is seeking applicants for three open positions on the Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council. 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

 


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!


[CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS]



LOCAL COVID RESPONSE PROGRAMS WIN TOP STATE HONORS

Two of our collaborative Human Services programs addressing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have received top awards from the California State Association of Counties for 2021! The CSAC awards spotlight the most innovative programs developed and implemented by California counties. LEARN MORE

 


LIBRARY SERVICES WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Placer County Library Services continues to provide excellent reading programs and opportunities for county residents while looking ahead to expand services next year. The Placer County Board of Supervisors this week received an update from county Library Services staff regarding highlights from the past year as well as a preview of library plans set for 2022. 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 Bulletin | November 26

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 26

AFTER GIVING THANKS – LET’S GIVE BACK!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving filled with a harvest of blessings, good health, and time with family and loved ones. Now the Giving Season is upon us! I encourage you to shop local, especially on Small Business Saturday, and to consider donating to your favorite nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. We have so many incredible local businesses and nonprofits in Placer County and every dollar spent or donated makes a huge difference in the lives of so many.

 

 

 


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 27

Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Join me in celebrating and patronizing local, not only during Small Business Saturday, but throughout this holiday season, and into the New Year. Show your love and support your friends and neighbors by keeping your dollars in our community. For information on local shops in your community, CLICK HERE.

 

 


GIVING TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 30

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to promote generosity and it has turned into a global movement. We have countless amazing nonprofits in our Eastern Placer County region, many of which run on shoestring budgets with small staffs and volunteers who work long hours. Our local nonprofits rely on our generosity to be able to continue to support their mission in the new year ahead. I encourage you to think about those organizations and causes close to your heart and donate. LEARN MORE

 

GIVE BACK TAHOE

If you’re looking to donate to an organization in the Tahoe Truckee area, check out Give Back Tahoe. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation hosts an annual Give Back Tahoe end-of-year campaign, serving as a platform to connect you with 60 nonprofits in the region and can help you find a cause that aligns with your values and charitable goals. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation also sponsors challenge grants between November 30 – December 14, so your donation may even help a nonprofit collect additional funds.

‘The Give Back Tahoe Giving Season brings together neighbors, visitors, and friends. It reminds us the spirit of the holiday season is about gratitude and giving. It’s about community. Donate to local nonprofits. Be a part of something bigger.’ LEARN MORE + DONATE

If you are unsure of how to contribute this Giving Season, below is a list of just a few examples of organizations doing phenomenal work that can use your help:

Sierra Community House
Tahoe Fund
Achieve Tahoe
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
Sierra Senior Services


PLACER COUNTY TO HOST DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE WEBINARS

Placer County will host six down payment assistance informational webinars this fall as part of its efforts to support housing affordability. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES ANNUAL INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. TAKE SURVEY

 

 

 



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 | November 18

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 18

A TIME TO GIVE THANKS

As we head toward the holiday season it is always good to reflect on how very much we in Placer County have to be grateful for, especially during the challenges of the last year!

Please join me in thanking those who have done so much to contribute to our safety and well-being during the year.

Our veterans and current service members — They and their families made huge sacrifices to protect and defend our nation. Let us remember their service and needs throughout the year.

Our first responders in fire and law enforcement — These professionals keep us safe throughout the year, especially this past summer with fires all around us. It was due to their heroic efforts that lives were saved and the fires were kept from doing even more damage. They made sure all were evacuated safely and their properties were secured. These dedicated public servants protect us round-the-clock throughout the year.

Our health care professionals, hospitals, clinics, and health department — These individuals and organizations were incredibly stressed during the pandemic and yet continued their incredible efforts in providing our health care and ensuring that we could be vaccinated as we climbed our way back from the worst of this pandemic.

Our other public servants — Despite the pandemic, our public servants continued to serve us in other essential ways including: educating our youth; maintaining our parks; taking care of our trash and sewage; making sure our buildings and roads are safe; driving our buses; ensuring that our less fortunate can receive services; extending technology for access to school, work and public meetings; operating our libraries; and, so many, many other services that are essential to our way of life.

Our many incredible non-profits — These organizations and volunteers support our community with programs and services to protect and serve our seniors, our animals, our environment, those physically challenged, our arts, our families, our youth, and our own health and well-being.

Our local businesses — During a year of immense challenges and changing conditions, our local businesses continued to provide our communities with goods and services, places to gather, and support for their employees. Many also donated resources and products to our charitable foundations so that they could provide for those less fortunate.

Communities truly are the people — and most especially those who volunteer their time, talents, and resources to give to others and to serve others. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, please be thankful for all those individuals and groups who make up our phenomenal communities.

In service, and with immeasurable gratitude,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Upcoming Events + Ways to Give

TURKEY DRIVE | AUBURN INTERFAITH FOOD CLOSET

DONATE: Through Saturday, November 20
DISTRIBUTION: Monday, November 22

Purchase a frozen turkey at Auburn’s Grocery Outlet, Save Mart or Safeway and they will keep the turkey until distribution day. In addition, Auburn Grocery Outlet will host a turkey collection day in their parking lot on Saturday, November 20 from 9am-5pm. AIFC will gladly accept direct donations of frozen turkeys at their table or at the freezer truck which will be in the Grocery Outlet parking lot. You can also donate a turkey online, here. AIFC will distribute turkeys on Monday, November 22nd. They will provide one turkey to each registrant in the order of registration, register here! They can only provide a turkey to as many families as turkeys donated. Last year they were able to provide a turkey for each registration, distributing over 400 turkeys. They are anticipating more registrations this year, so even greater community support is desired. LEARN MORE + DONATE TODAY


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 27

Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. Join me in celebrating and patronizing local, not only during Small Business Saturday, but throughout this holiday season, and into the New Year! Show your love and support your friends and neighbors by keeping your dollars in our community. For information on local shops in your community, CLICK HERE.

 


DOWNTOWN AUBURN CENTRAL SQUARE TREE LIGHTING

DATE: Saturday, November 27 | 4:30-6:30pm
LOCATION: 940-948 Lincoln Way in Auburn

The annual Central Square Tree Lighting is a favorite holiday event with s’mores, hot cocoa and cider, music and more! Plus, be on the lookout for Santa’s arrival! LEARN MORE

 


AUBURN’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ART & CRAFT FAIRE

DATES: Saturday & Sunday, November 27-28
LOCATION: Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn

Enjoy a unique holiday and shopping experience for the whole family offering fine art, quality crafts, and gourmet food. LEARN MORE

 


GIVING TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 30

So many of us have so much to be thankful for, if you are able, please take a moment to think about your year-end giving, especially on Giving Tuesday. We have so many incredible non-profits in Placer County, many of which run on shoestring budgets with small staffs and volunteers who work long hours. A lot of our local non-profits rely on your generosity to be able to continue to support their mission in the new year ahead. I encourage you to think about those organizations and causes close to your heart and donate. LEARN MORE

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
Auburn State Theater
Auburn Symphony
Boys & Girls Club of Placer County
Colfax Green Machine
Gold Country Wildlife Care
Placer Community Foundation
Placer Land Trust
Pride Industries
Salvation Army
Seniors First
Stand Up Placer
The Gathering Inn

A list of Eastern Placer County non-profits will go out in my next bulletin. Please subscribe here to be included on that mailing list.


FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS | AUBURN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DATE: Saturday, December 4 at 5:30pm
LOCATION: Downtown area into Fairgrounds

The Auburn Chamber of Commerce brings you the Festival of Lights with this year’s theme, “Christmas is Back in Auburn”. The Parade route will flow from the Downtown area into the Gold Country Fairgrounds and through the Fairgrounds to the Upper Parking Lot. LEARN MORE


Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health & good times! 


PLACER COUNTY TO HOST DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE WEBINARS

Placer County will host six down payment assistance informational webinars this fall as part of its efforts to support housing affordability. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES 2021 INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY
 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 12

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | November 12

GIVING THANKS AND MORE!

As we head toward the holiday season there is much to report to you, and also so much more to be thankful for in 2021! 

Join me in thanking those who have done so much to contribute to our safety and well-being in 2021: 

Our veterans and current service members – whom we honored yesterday but should be thanked every day of the year. They and their families made huge sacrifices to protect and defend our nation. 

Our first responders in fire and law enforcement – keeping us safe throughout the year but especially this summer with fires all around us. It was due to their heroic efforts that we in the Tahoe Truckee region escaped without a major incident.  These dedicated public servants protect us round-the-clock throughout the year.  

Our health care professionals, hospitals, clinics, and health department – who continued their incredible efforts in providing our health care and ensuring that we could be vaccinated as we climbed our way back from the worst of this pandemic. 

Our other public servants – who despite a pandemic, continued to serve us in other essential ways including: educating our youth; maintaining our parks; taking care of our trash and sewage; making sure our buildings and roads are safe; driving our buses; ensuring that our less fortunate can receive services; extending technology for access to school, work and public meetings; operating our libraries; and, so many other services that are essential to our way of life. 

Our many incredible non-profits – who support our community with programs and services to protect and serve our seniors, our animals, our environment, those physically challenged, our arts, our families, our youth, and our health and well-being. 

Communities truly are the people – and most especially those who provide their time and resources to give to others and to serve others. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, please be thankful for all those individuals and groups who make up our phenomenal communities. 

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


30 YEARS OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS – TRUCKEE NORTH TAHOE TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Last Thursday evening the TNT/TMA celebrated its 30th anniversary as an organization. Since its inception the TNT/TMA has been bringing together government, business, and volunteers to help coordinate and solve our transportation problems. Speakers reviewed the history, accomplishments, and individuals who have played a role in moving transportation initiatives forward. I was honored to accept one of the awards for Placer County’s role in innovative funding that is ensuring continuation of micro-mass transit, free fares and so much more. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Important Upcoming Community Meetings & Events

JOINT NORTH TAHOE REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL AND SQUAW VALLEY MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 6PM
Location: Tahoe City Public Utility District
Please note, this meeting will be in-person only.

Agenda Items include:

  • Dollar Creek Crossing Housing Project Update
  • Transportation Fee Program Update
  • Road Renaming Process in Squaw Valley
  • SNOW Sports Museum Update

 VIEW AGENDA


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 9AM
Location: Auburn + Virtual

Agenda items include the Board of Supervisors Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Workshop.

AGENDA COMING SOON

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 | 9AM
Location: Auburn + Virtual

Agenda items include the first presentation to the Board on Redistricting options.

AGENDA COMING SOON

 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14 | 9AM
Location: Auburn + Virtual

Agenda items include an update on changes to the Short-Term Rental Ordinance.

AGENDA COMING SOON

 


PLACER’S DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE WEBINARS

Placer County will host six down payment assistance informational webinars this fall as part of its efforts to support housing affordability. The webinars offer an opportunity for community members to learn more about opportunities for homeownership in Placer County, the down payment assistance programs the county offers, such as the Workforce Preservation Housing Program, and general information about the home buying process. LEARN MORE

Eastern Placer meeting dates:
• December 2 from 7-8pm | Register
• December 4 from 10-11am | Register
• December 12 from 10-11am | Register


CHILDREN’S VACCINE AVAILABILITY

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for use in children ages 5-11 following approval by state and federal regulatory agencies. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check with their healthcare providers and pharmacies or Myturn.ca.gov for availability. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY

 

 

 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community? Placer County’s Free Tax Prep program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2022 tax season. 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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | Veterans Day November 11

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | Veterans Day November 11

HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED

Please join me in honoring and thanking all the brave women and men that have served our country. They should be thanked every day of the year but tomorrow their service can be recognized at various community events.

 

 


Veterans Day Community Events

AUBURN VETERANS DAY PARADE, COMMUNITY CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

Come join the celebration, come join the salute! The Parade will begin at 10:50 am at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Ave. and will proceed down Lincoln Way. The parade will pause at the Central Square at 11 am. There will be a brief patriotic ceremony with the release of doves, followed by a fly-over (weather permitting), and a three-volley rifle salute followed by TAPS. The parade will resume on High Street and end at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. LEARN MORE

 

FREE LUNCH TO ALL VETERANS

The American Legion Post 192 and Pizza Factory want to welcome any local Vets and their immediate family to enjoy pizza lunch for free on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 from 11am-1pm. Come in and enjoy lunch on them and share your stories, some of which have never heard them before. LEARN MORE

 

 

VETERANS DAY SERVICES

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Veterans’ Day services at McBean Park on Thursday, November 11 at 11:11am at the Placer County Veterans Monument site. Co-hosted by the American Legion Post 264 and the Glen Edwards VFW Post 3010, and in partnership with the Lincoln Veterans Memorial Coalition, Inc. who is building the monument. Can’t make it in person? Join us via facebook.

 

 

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

Please join Boy Scout Troup 266 at the Tahoe City Trails End Cemetery on Thursday, November 11 at 11am as they honor local veterans and host a Veterans Day ceremony.

 

 

 


Veterans Day Community News

PLACER COUNTY IS HONORED TO SALUTE ITS MANY VETERAN EMPLOYEES

This Veterans Day, we’d like to continue the tradition of sharing our appreciation for our many veterans employed here at Placer County. View just some of our many Team Placer veterans, CLICK HERE.

 

ANNUAL MILITARY CARE PACKAGES DONATION DRIVE

In honor of Veterans Day, the Human Resources Department recently hosted its annual Military Care Packages Donation Drive in partnership with Sacramento Blue Star Moms. This year, we deployed 12 donation stations at various county offices from south Placer to North Lake Tahoe, and Team Placer delivered! Thanks to your kindness and generosity several cars were needed to load up the treats for our troops. Their service to our country is immeasurable and your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Team Placer! VIEW PHOTOS

 

SERVING PLACER COUNTY’S VETERANS

Our Veteran Services Officer Derrick Oliveira this week gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors at their meeting in Auburn. Derrick, along with Health and Human Services Assistant Director Gary Geisler, detailed the strong work provided by our Veteran Services Office, connecting veterans and their family members to the benefits they earned. Learn more about our Veteran Services Office at placer.ca.gov/veterans. WATCH VIDEO

 


 


 

ADVISORY REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING RESUMES ON NOVEMBER 10

The Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission will host its next public meeting November 10 before presenting its recommendation to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on November 30. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER LAUNCHES 2021 INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY

 

 

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 2

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | November 2

WINTER WEATHER CAME EARLY

This past storm not only brought record breaking precipitation to Placer County, but also to most parts of California. We can only hope that this is a sign of a great winter ahead. The moisture was more than welcomed and long overdue – which helped any remaining regional wildfires to reach containment. And while this currently put the threats of this season’s wildfires at bay, fire season is never truly over. There is always more to do to prepare ourselves for next season.

Don’t forget!… With winter weather comes different types of preparation. Whether it be rain or snow, it is always smart to be prepared. Plan ahead by checking weather and road conditions before traveling, keep your vehicle fully fueled in case of delays or closures, and build an emergency kit to keep in your car. Be ready for anything from floods, debris, road closures, chain controls, evacuations, and beyond. For more information on ways to keep you and your family safe, I encourage you to visit Placer County’s winter weather preparation tips webpage, CLICK HERE.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Photo: Cindy Gustafson – District 5 Supervisor, Ryan Gembala – Pilot, Brian Estes – Fire Chief, and Jim Holmes – District 3 Supervisor

CAL FIRE CONTRACT PROTECTS OUR COMMUNITIES

From left: Cindy Gustafson – District 5 Supervisor, Ryan Gembala – Pilot, Brian Estes – Fire Chief, and Jim Holmes – District 3 Supervisor.Prior to the recent storm, I had the opportunity to tour the burn areas from the air via helicopter to get an aerial view of the River Fire, Bridge Fire and several other smaller incidents. The aerial view allows for a much more complete understanding of the extent of damage and the access challenges faced by firefighters during the incidents. The helicopter, owned and operated by Heli One, is under a three-year Exclusive Use contract with Cal Fire. It is based out of Auburn Station 10 which allows the helicopter to be available exclusively to Cal Fire for initial attack fire suppressions. This Bell 212 HP is equipped with high performance upgrades including a 360-gallon fixed water tank and snorkel which allows the helicopter to draft water from closer sources as well as respond quickly and repeatedly during a fire emergency.

During the River Fire this aircraft played a critical role. It was onsite within 8 minutes and made over 60 water drops in the first day of the River Fire. Also, while trying to provide structure defense and rescue to homeowners, two fire engines and their crew were overrun and trapped by the oncoming fire, and this helicopter was instrumental in their safe escape. Because of its ability to draft water directly from the river, it was able to make 9 direct water drops allowing safe egress for the engine crews. Placer County Fire Chief and Cal Fire NEU Unit Chief, Brian Estes highlighted its importance to the safety of our area. “The support from Cal Fire to fund this exclusive use helicopter for 3 years here in Auburn has shown our dedication to our initial attack mission and the protection of life and property here in Placer County.” The Chief went on to say, “This asset proved to be critical in our firefighting operations in 2021 and will be an important part of our regional fire response in Placer for years to come.”

This helicopter, along with all the resources of Cal Fire and our first responders, saved lives and property during a number fires in Placer County. We are fortunate to have the dedicated resources to protect our communities.

CAL FIRE NEU’S SEASONAL BURN SUSPENSION HAS BEEN LIFTED | While the suspension has been lifted, please remember that burning may still be restricted periodically to help preserve air quality and reduce wildfire risk on windy days. Please check Placer Air before you burn. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


Placer County Redistricting

GET INVOLVED! Redrawing the County’s supervisorial districts only occurs once every 10 years and is critical to your representation. Many of you have already submitted input and we urge your continued review and input. Placer County staff received and reviewed over 240 Redistricting Placer surveys that provided feedback on their work to redraw the boundaries.

Redistricting principles are critically important to the integrity of the process. Both state and federal law provides direction including: compliance with the U.S. Constitution Equal Protection Clause; compliance with the California Voting Rights Act; and obtaining population equality between districts as nearly as practicable.

Additionally, consideration is given to the following factors in order of priority (Elections Code, § 21500(c)): 1. Geographically contiguous districts (each supervisorial district should share a common border with the next), 2. Geographic integrity of a local neighborhood or community of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, 3. Geographic integrity of a city or census designated place shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, 4. Easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and 5. Lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness.

Following these principles, staff provided three alternative district maps for consideration. The public submitted five maps as well. All of these are now available for review as part of the staff’s report to our Planning Commission. Visit our agenda center to view or download the report or use our interactive map to see how the county provided alternative boundaries could affect your parcel specifically. Placer County welcomes and encourages your comments on these maps, which can be viewed and submitted through the online form, here.

Join us! The Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission is hosting its next public meeting on November 4 before presenting its recommendation to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on November 30. Learn More

Watch the October 14 Advisory Redistricting Commission meeting, here.

The Board of Supervisors will hear the Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission’s recommendations and make the final decision on Tuesday, November 30. Learn More


PLACER COUNTY LAUNCHES ANNUAL INTERNET SERVICE SURVEY FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

Placer County has launched its 2021 Internet Service Survey to help identify communities where broadband internet infrastructure improvements need to be made. The 2021 Internet Service Survey will gauge how Placer residents and business owners use the internet and rate the quality of their service. The survey is also intended to help identify unserved and underserved communities. LEARN MORE + TAKE SURVEY

 


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: TOWN HALLS AND MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCILS

During the pandemic my office expanded our outreach to include virtual town halls on key issues facing the County. We also held our municipal advisory councils (MACs) virtually. Now that we are out of the emergency, Town Halls can continue virtually, but MAC’s must meet in public. “Hybrid meetings” – which would allow the public to participate virtually (such as those the Board of Supervisors conducts) require a significant amount of time and investment to facilitate. Hybrid meetings require public rooms to be equipped for computer access, large screens, and cameras, as well as having IT professionals staffed to assist during the meeting. We are currently reviewing the process to make sure all County residents have equal access and opportunity to address myself and County staff. Look for a survey in the coming weeks to gauge the best way to communicate and engage with you! To learn more about Placer County’s Municipal Advisory Councils, CLICK HERE.


GROWING NUMBER OF STUDENT WELLNESS CENTERS

Ten schools in Placer now have Wellness Centers onsite, the result of a grant-funded partnership between the Placer County Children’s System of Care and Placer County Office of Education. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


PLACER AWARDS WAVE BROADBAND $500K ‘LAST MILE BROADBAND GRANT’

The Placer County Board of Supervisors awarded Astound Broadband LLC, dba Wave Broadband a $500,000 “Last Mile Broadband Grant” to expand high-speed internet service to the county’s rural communities. LEARN MORE

 

 


AUBURN COURTHOUSE REROOF

A new roof has been installed on the historic courthouse in Auburn. A historic consultant was brought into the project to advise the contractor. Placer is dedicated to the preservation of this historic building for generations to come. WATCH VIDEO

 

 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community? Placer County’s Free Tax Prep program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2022 tax season. 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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | October 6

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | October 6

AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR

With crisp sunny days, vivid colors from the changing leaves, and stunning vibrant sunsets – it’s easy to say that fall in Placer County is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s also one of the best times of the year to get outside to explore the amazing outdoors with ideal weather, stunning landscapes, and less crowds.

And while the season is changing, our fire season is still very much here. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I will continue to push out wildfire updates and resources until we begin to see significant rain and snow. Please continue to stay educated, informed, prepared, and safe!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 

 


 

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF 288 NEW AFFORDABLE AND WORKFORCE HOUSING UNITS IN NORTH TAHOE & TRUCKEE

Last Friday, I was thrilled to join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, officials and staff from North Lake Tahoe, Placer County, Nevada County, Town of Truckee, and developers and residents for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of 288 new affordable and workforce housing units at five locations throughout the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region. A total of $150 million was infused into the local economy to develop these housing units! These affordable housing units are vital if we are to keep the fabric of our communities strong. The homes will provide for our teachers, our firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies. They will provide for our county, town and tourism-related workers. Developments like these help ensure opportunities for our children to be able to stay in the communities they love. Moving forward, we are committed to keeping affordable housing as a top priority to protect our communities for generations to come. LEARN MORE

 


Upcoming Meetings + Town Hall

REDISTRICTING PLACER
ADVISORY REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 6PM
Location: Community Development Resource Center in North Auburn or Virtual

The once-a-decade process of revising Placer County’s supervisorial district boundaries continues with a public meeting with our Advisory Redistricting Commission. District lines can shape residents’ ability to elect the representative of their choice. Community members are welcome to join us in-person or virtually participate in the meeting via Zoom. View meeting details, CLICK HERE.

Visit the Redistricting Placer interactive website, a roadmap for how residents can participate in redrawing Placer’s supervisorial district boundaries to reflect population changes reported in the 2020 Census. The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted in February to appoint the Placer County Planning Commission to act as the Advisory Redistricting Commission to draw redistricting maps, which will ultimately be brought forward to the public and board for formal review and adoption.

The following residents serve on the Advisory Redistricting Commission:
Samuel Cannon, District 1; Nathan Herzog, District 2; Anthony DeMattei, District 3; Daniel Woodward, District 4; Anders Hauge, District 5; Larry Sevison, At-Large East of Sierra Crest; Richard Johnson, At-Large West of Sierra Crest.

Redistricting takes place every 10 years after the federal census. Using the Census data, county officials realign supervisorial districts in their counties, accounting for shifts in population growth since the last Census and assuring equal representation for their constituents in compliance with the “one-person, one-vote” principle of the Voting Rights Act. LEARN MORE


SQUAW VALLEY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 6PM
Location: Virtual

Agenda items include:

  • Public Safety Reports from Placer County Sheriff’s Office & California Highway Patrol
  • Community Reports from Olympic Valley Public Service District
  • County Updates from Supervisor Gustafson
  • Process for Changing the Name of County Assets | County Executive Office will provide an update on the process for renaming County assets in Olympic Valley with presenters Stephanie Holloway and Lindsay Romack.

VIEW AGENDA | ZOOM LINK


NORTH TAHOE REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 6PM
Location: Tahoe City Public Utility District

Agenda items include:

  • NTRAC Member Introductions including the appointment of our newest RAC member, Gerald Herrick
  • Supervisor, Community & Member Reports
  • Short-Term Rental Moratorium including staff update & timeline for work being advanced from Stephanie Holloway, Placer County Executive Office

VIEW AGENDA


WHAT IS A ‘MAC’?

PURPOSE OF A MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) | Municipal Advisory Councils are comprised of volunteer community members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to provide input on topics of interest as specified by the Board of Supervisors. A MAC may offer feedback on land use projects, county programs and services and other community issues. A Municipal Advisory Council is not a decision-making body such as the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission. MACs do not have authority to make, set, provide interpretation of or enforce county ordinances, policies, or laws.

DUTIES OF A MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL | Municipal Advisory Council meetings provide one of several forums for gathering input from the community on matters that relate to the area served by the MAC, such as land use, roads, public health and safety concerns, Placer County fire protection, Placer County law enforcement, Placer County parks and other matters as specified by the Board of Supervisors. MAC meetings also serve as a means of informing the public about additional options for providing input on specific projects and community issues, including submitting questions, concerns or suggestions to the Board of Supervisors via written correspondence, attending a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission or other county decision-making body, or attending other public/community meetings.

LEARN MORE:
SQUAW VALLEY MAC | NORTH TAHOE RAC | DONNER SUMMIT MAC


STR Moratorium Update

At the meeting on August 31, 2021 the Board of Supervisors directed staff to undertake a process to establish revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance and to bring the revisions back to the Board for adoption by February, 2022. This complicated issue will include meetings with various interest groups, economic analysis, as well as additional work on nuisance abatement and code enforcement. Stephanie Holloway, Tahoe Operations Manager and Crystal Jacobsen, CDRA Deputy Director, are tasked with overseeing this effort that includes public and private interests. LEARN MORE

The timeline for the process is as follows:


Fire Season is Far From Over!

Fall is still fire season, especially with the extreme drought. Please continue to be fire safe and vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT — it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:


PLACER COUNTY WELCOMES 20-YEAR COUNTY VETERAN TO THE NORTH LAKE TAHOE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE

After an extensive recruitment process, Placer County has selected Stephanie Holloway as the new Tahoe operations manager for its North Lake Tahoe County Executive Office. The position provides administrative oversight, community relations partnership, project management and operational guidance throughout North Lake Tahoe and eastern Placer County. Some initial areas of focus for Holloway and her team will include updating the county’s Tourism Master Plan and furthering solutions for housing and transportation. LEARN MORE

 

 

 


TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Projects that implement the Tourism Master Plan and benefit the North Lake Tahoe community may have an opportunity to receive funding with Placer County’s 2021-22 Tourism Master Plan grant program. The program supports the Tourism Master Plan, approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 2015. The plan provides a road map for transient occupancy tax investment in eastern Placer County and focuses on key priority areas including: visitor activities and facilities, transportation, and visitor information. LEARN MORE

 


FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC IN KINGS BEACH ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Public Health will hold a flu shot clinic in Kings Beach on Wednesday, October 27 from 3:30-5:30pm this year in partnership with Sierra Community House at their regular food distribution. Residents are encouraged to get a flu shot through their regular health care provider, but these free walk-up clinics provide another option. 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 Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 5

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | October 5

AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR

With crisp sunny days, vivid colors from the changing leaves, and stunning vibrant sunsets – it’s easy to say that fall in Placer County is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s also one of the best times of the year to get outside to explore the amazing outdoors with ideal weather, stunning landscapes, and less crowds.

And while the season is changing, our fire season is still very much here. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I will continue to push out wildfire updates and resources until we begin to see significant rain and snow. Please continue to stay educated, informed, prepared, and safe!

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 

 


AUBURN STATE OF THE COMMUNITY AWARDS DINNER

This past Thursday, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual State of the Community Awards at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful time to recognize those who go above and beyond to serve our community. I was pleased to present Placer County’s Award winners — Katie Combs-Prichard, Public Information, and Michael Romero Program Manager for Emergency Preparedness and Response, both with our Department of Health and Human Services, for their phenomenal leadership, efforts and services during the pandemic. Their instrumental roles provided key policymakers, first responders, businesses, health care providers, and residents about community transmission, State requirements, and efforts to slow the spread. They also were integral in setting up the mass vaccination clinic at The Grounds. They fielded thousands of inquiries during the pandemic from national, state, local media, and co-developed messaging with 211 Placer and our local nonprofits. They kept our Cities’ leadership as well as business leaders and residents informed and educated during regular updates, through the website, and in-numerous zoom calls. Please join me in congratulating the Chamber and all the award winners recognized at the event. VIEW AWARD WINNERS


Wildfire Updates

FIRE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER!

Fall is still fire season, especially with the extreme drought. Please continue to be fire safe and vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT — it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.

IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:

ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE NEWS & RESOURCES

RIVER FIRE RECOVERY

As our community begins to recover from the River Fire, I wanted to provide you with resources to help you get back into your homes and businesses safely. Placer County has created a River Fire Recovery webpage that provides everything you need from permits, financial/food/housing assistance, insurance resources, debris removal, rebuilding, and information on what to expect upon return. LEARN MORE

 

 

RIVER FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM

On Tuesday, September 28 the Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance establishing standards for the removal of debris generated as a result of the River Fire. LEARN MORE

 

 

 

PROTECTED INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR WILDFIRE SURVIVORS

On September 20, Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered insurance companies to preserve residential insurance coverage for more than 325,000 policyholders who have been affected by devastating Northern California wildfires across 22 counties – stating that there is a mandatory one-year moratorium that prevents homeowner insurance cancellations and non-renewals following an emergency declaration. Several Placer County zip codes are covered under this moratorium. LEARN MORE

 

 

SHADED FUEL BREAK

North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break—Phase II CAL FIRE recently awarded the Placer County Resource Conservation District with a $4.5M grant to complete the second phase of work on the North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break. Phase I of this project was previously identified by Governor Newsom as one the 35 priority fuel reduction projects across the state. This new funding will allow for expansion of the existing 850 acre fuel break, adding an additional 1000 acres over five years which will serve to provide critical wild fire protection to the communities between the City of Colfax to the City of Auburn. LEARN MORE

 

PLACER COUNTY CHIPPING PROGRAM

In August 2021, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement to expand funding and staffing for the Placer County Chipper Program by partnering with the Probation Department’s alternative sentencing work-release program. The program is a low-cost residential chipping service to help landowners manage their vegetation and meet defensible space requirements to reduce the risk of wildfire. Management of this program was transferred from Placer County to the Placer County Resource Conservation District in 2013. They currently have 2 crews. View the last weeks report [link to report, shown below] for service done on the east side of the county, service for the east side was performed the week prior. LEARN MORE

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE

Residents of Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas Counties who have been impacted by wildfires that started in July and August 2021 can now file for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers these benefits, which are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires. For full details, see the EDD news release regarding available disaster benefits for those impacted by recent wildfires, CLICK HERE.


Labor Union Negotiations with Our Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA)

While there remains significant disagreement between the DSA and the Board of Supervisors, we did vote to impose our final offer to their members with salary increases of 4% | 4.25% | 4.5% respectively over the next 3 years along with a number of changes to implement these salary and benefit changes. Supporting our public safety professionals is critically important to all of us. That includes not only ensuring their pay and benefits today, but ensuring the long-term viability of the future obligations. VIEW AGENDA


Additional News & Resources

PLACER COUNTY EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY

On Wednesday, September 29 Placer County hosted an Employee Appreciation day with a Placer Eats 2021 Food Truck event to celebrate and recognize the great work Placer employees do. Thank you to each and every one of who have and continue to adapt and provide services to our County and its communities. View the Employee Appreciation Day Thank You video from myself, CEO Todd Leopold and all your Board of Supervisors. WATCH VIDEO


OCTOBER IS PLACERGROWN MONTH

On September 28, our Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation declaring October PlacerGROWN Month at their meeting in North Auburn. PlacerGROWN is also celebrating its 20-year anniversary, highlighting Placer County farms and ranches, a time-honored tradition in the county since the mid-1800’s. LEARN MORE

 

 


SIGN-UP FOR OUR PLACER WORKS VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Are you an employer with job vacancies or a job seeker? Meet with hundreds of qualified local candidates and employers in Placer County in a convenient virtual forum. Be part of the Placer Works virtual job fair on October 14. Registration is free. REGISTER NOW

 

 

 


PLACER OFFICE OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO EXPERIENCE TRAUMA

To support students who may have experienced trauma, the Placer County Office of Education has partnered with the Children’s System of Care and other agencies to implement the Handle with Care program. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER COUNTY AGRICULTURE VALUE CRESTS ALL-TIME HIGH OF $90 MILLION

Strong prices for beef, walnuts, timber and almonds in Placer County helped drive a 4% increase of total crop value to an all-time high in 2020. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES NEW ALZHEIMER’S INITIATIVE GRANT

Placer County Public Health has been selected for a new grant to expand on the existing Healthy Brain Initiative. The funding will be used to create a committee to improve early Alzheimer’s detection and screening efforts in the county. LEARN MORE

 

 


PLACER REDISTRICTING COMMISSION | PUBLIC MEETING OCTOBER 14

The once-a-decade process of revising Placer County’s supervisorial district boundaries continues October 14 with a public meeting with the Advisory Redistricting Commission. 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

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