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Statement from Supervisor Gustafson | January 7

Statement from Supervisor Gustafson | January 7

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

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

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

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

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


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 6

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 6

Happy 2021 – Resolve to Make a Difference!

Just a year ago we could never have imagined the challenges that 2020 would bring. As we look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel for our public health crisis, hopefully we can refocus our energy and efforts to address other important issues we face as a County..

RESOLVE TO BE INVOLVED

My new term of office begins this month and as part of that process, many commission, committee, and council seats are also scheduled for re-appointment. Placer County has a wide array of opportunities for resident involvement. Many local citizens volunteer their time to serve their communities through participating in one of these efforts. I’d like to encourage all of you to consider applying for an appointment to one of the seats. I’d love to tell you its easy and won’t take much time, but having served on some of these before, I can assure you it is not always easy, and some times it is not fun – but democracy requires participation! The rewards of serving your community are immense.

Deadlines Are Coming Up!

Please review the following list and fill out this application if you are interested in serving. You can also email my office with any additional questions.

Applications are due January 15, 2021

Eastern Placer Specific Committee, Commission, Councils or Seats:

Countywide Seats Available:
Below is a list of countywide committees, commissions and councils with upcoming vacancies or term expirations.

If you are interested in starting to serve or continuing to serve, you can find an application here.

RESOLVE TO BE INFORMED

Even if you are unable to serve on a committee, commission, or council, I still encourage you to be involved by staying informed. If you’re reading this, you’ve already started by signing up for my newsletter and I thank you for that. You can also sign up for the Countywide newsletter and choose to get notified on other issues that are of interest to you.

Check Agendas for meetings: Typically, the Board of Supervisors meet twice a month and our upcoming agendas are posted here. You can find upcoming agendas for many other committees and commissions here and sign up to get notifications to be alerted to meetings as well.

Attend a meeting: Public input is accepted at all public meetings, so if you have thoughts or ideas to share, be sure to voice them.


Placer Alert: Sign up for Placer Alert– the county’s emergency notification system. You can sign up to receive calls, texts, or emails to ensure you know about an emergency near you the quickest way possible.

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

THE GREATER SACRAMENTO REGION’S STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED

“The Greater Sacramento Region remains under the order because the area’s four-week projected ICU capacity does not meet the criteria to exit the order. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area.” | California Department of Public Health, January 2
Read Full Announcement

Read Placer County’s COVID-19: January Epidemiology (EPI) Report


COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating  COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Placer County has begun the Phase 1a rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, residents of skilled nursing facilities, and others in the Tier 1 and 2 categories of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines to as quickly as possible based on both the federal and state guidelines for different phases and tiers. County staff are also creating plans for future phases and will be providing sites on both the western and eastern side of the county for citizens to receive the vaccine. Placer County has a Vaccine Resources page and as more detailed plans are available, you can find them here.

 


Application Extended Through January 13

California’s $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant website is live for all eligible California Small Businesses and Nonprofits to apply for grants up to $25k. Apply now through January 13. Learn More & Apply Today.


 

Seeking Your Input on Draft Local Roadway Safety Plan

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

 

 


North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan Survey

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

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 6

Happy 2021 – Resolve to Make a Difference!

Just a year ago we could never have imagined the challenges that 2020 would bring.  As we look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel for our public health crisis, hopefully we can refocus our energy and efforts to address other important issues we face as a County.

RESOLVE TO BE INVOLVED

My new term of office begins this month and as part of that process, many commission, committee, and council seats are also scheduled for re-appointment. Placer County has a wide array of opportunities for resident involvement. Many local citizens volunteer their time to serve their communities through participating in one of these efforts. I’d like to encourage all of you interested to consider applying for an appointment to one of the seats. I’d love to tell you its easy and won’t take much time, but having served on some of these before, I can assure you it is not always easy, and some times it is not fun – but democracy requires participation! The rewards of serving your community are immense.

Deadlines Are Coming Up!

Please review the following list and fill out this application if you are interested in serving. You can also email my office with any additional questions.

Applications are due January 15, 2021

District 5 Specific Committee, Commission, Councils or Seats:

Countywide Seats Available:
Below is a list of countywide committees, commissions and councils with upcoming vacancies or term expirations.

If you are interested in starting to serve or continuing to serve, you can find an application here.

RESOLVE TO BE INFORMED

Even if you are unable to serve on a committee, commission, or council, I still encourage you to be involved by staying informed. If you’re reading this, you’ve already started by signing up for my newsletter and I thank you for that. You can also sign up for the Countywide newsletter and choose to get notified on other issues that are of interest to you.

Check Agendas for meetings: Typically, the Board of Supervisors meet twice a month and our upcoming agendas are posted here. You can find upcoming agendas for many other committees and commissions here and sign up to get notifications to be alerted to meetings as well.

Attend a meeting: Public comment is accepted at all public meetings, so if you have thoughts or ideas to share, be sure to voice them.


Placer Alert: Sign up for Placer Alert– the county’s emergency notification system. You can sign up to receive calls, texts, or emails to ensure you know about an emergency near you the quickest way possible.

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

THE GREATER SACRAMENTO REGION’S STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED

“The Greater Sacramento Region remains under the order because the area’s four-week projected ICU capacity does not meet the criteria to exit the order. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area.” | California Department of Public Health, January 2
Read Full Announcement

Read Placer County’s COVID-19: January Epidemiology (EPI) Report


COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Placer County has begun the Phase 1a rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, residents of skilled nursing facilities, and others in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines as quickly as possible based on both the federal and state guidelines for different phases and tiers. County staff are also creating plans for future phases and will be providing sites on both the western and eastern side of the county for citizens to receive the vaccine. Placer County has a Vaccine Resources page and as more detailed plans are available, you can find them here.


Application Extended Through January 13

California’s $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant website is live for all eligible California Small Businesses and Nonprofits to apply for grants up to $25k. Apply now through January 13. Learn More & Apply Today.


Ready to Part with your Christmas Tree?

Check out free drop-off options, or leave it in your green waste can for curbside pickup. All trees are composted! Learn More


Protect Yourself Against Scammers

According to Placer PROTECT scammers are taking advantage of the new economic impact payment or stimulus checks to scam our residents. Learn some tips to prevent this scam from happening to you! Learn More

 

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 18

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 18

Wishing You A Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!

This holiday season will look quite different for most us, but it is my hope that our community can come together to support one another by being patient and kind. With California’s new Regional Stay Home Order that went into effect for our region on December 11, there is now even more to understand and take into consideration as we move into winter. I realize that this order comes during the holidays and will create additional burdens for our residents and our businesses. Now more than ever, I encourage all of you to educate yourselves and follow guidelines to help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming our hospitals and ICUs.

Please Stay Home
The Governor’s Stay Home Order asks Californians in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity to avoid non-essential travel. We should all be staying home – all of us – and stop mixing between households as much as possible. For the health and safety of you, your family, your friends and your community, please consider modifying your usual trips and activities. It is important for our community to be familiar with the details of the orders as well as realize the County’s commitment to educate its citizens on steps they can take to protect themselves. Learn More

We do have positive news as we head into the New Year as the Covid vaccine has arrived and the first healthcare workers in Placer County are getting vaccinated this week. We will continue the rollout throughout our community, with plans to offer vaccines to the general public starting this spring and early summer.

Until then, please continue to wash your hands, wear a face covering, stay at least six feet apart when in public, and do not gather with those outside your household. Throughout Placer County and the country, we are seeing an increase in cases so please do everything you can to protect yourself and help so our healthcare system is not overrun.

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

Below are just a few of the organizations that have seen an increase in need and could use your support this holiday season:

Shop Placer
As you are finalizing your holiday shopping, I again urge you to keep your dollars in our community by showing your love for local and SHOP PLACER.

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

Many of our local businesses have struggled this year with closures or restrictions. So now more than ever, I encourage you to use this holiday season as an opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. Visit ShopPlacer.com for additional information on local shops in your community.

Finally, let’s remember we are all in this together. This pandemic has infected a small percentage of our population with a very dangerous virus, but maybe even more impactful, it seems to have infected many more with fear, anger, frustration and intolerance. Whether you want others to behave differently, or you are struggling without a job at the holidays, please know that many of us care and are trying to help. If you need assistance call Placer County’s 211 to connect to a wide variety of resources. The holidays are truly a time to seek compassion, understanding, and take care of those who need our help. Be kind, stay safe, share what you can. Let’s make Placer County a model of civility and compassion.

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


DECEMBER 15 BOARD OF SUPERVISOR ITEMS

COMMENDATION FOR COURTLAND D. BRADBURY:

The board honored Courtland D. Bradbury, President of the Veteran’s Advisory Council, American Legion Post 84 for his outstanding service to Placer County.  Thank you Courtland D. Bradbury for your dedication and service to our nation and community.  We are better for it.

 

 


PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS (PACE):

The board authorized execution of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Administrator Agreements for a pilot 2 year period. PACE programs generally allow property owners to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, and fire resiliency projects on residential and commercial structures, with repayment occurring via an annual assessment or special tax on their property tax bill. Click here to learn more.


PLACER COUNTY HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE:

The Board conducted a public workshop and received a presentation on the Oct. 30, 2020 Draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element. The Housing Element serves as a policy document to assess housing characteristics, community housing needs and establishes programs to meet those needs.  The State housing element law requires cities and counties to update the housing element periodically.  This current draft includes 44 implementation programs: 12 programs continuing without modification, 8 modified programs and 24 new programs.  Click here to learn more about the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update including videos of public meetings as well as public comments and responses.


TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (TBID)

The North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District (NLTTBID) is moving forward after the Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution of Intention on Tuesday. Developed by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA), the TBID is a benefit assessment district proposed to provide specific benefits to local businesses. Business owners decided to pursue formation of the NLTTBID in order to create this revenue source that would be controlled locally. It is expected this will generate an additional $6.6 million for the region. The Supervisors also agreed to dedicate the funding that currently is supporting the NLTRA- just over $4 million- to housing and transportation needs of the North Lake Tahoe community. The Board of Supervisors will hold two additional public hearings as required by law before the NLTTBID is officially formed this spring. Learn more


Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community during this unprecedented time? Placer County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2021 tax season. Learn more

 

 


Rental assistance available for low-income households impacted by pandemic

The Placer County Housing Authority and the CDRA HOME program are offering rental assistance to eligible low-income residents who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has been extended through Sept. 30, 2021. Call 211 today if you are interested in applying. Learn more

 

 


Redevelopment Plans Proceed for Placer County Government Center

The Placer County Superior Court has denied a petition against the Placer County Government Center Master Plan Update, allowing redevelopment plans for the campus in North Auburn to proceed.
The master plan update for the county-owned campus, approved by the county Board of Supervisors in April 2019, envisions new amenities like a community events center, open space and preserving several of its original buildings in a dedicated heritage area to honor the campus’s rich history. It also includes a 79-unit multi-family workforce housing development. Learn more



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | December 18

Eastern District 5 Bulletin | December 18

Wishing You a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!
This holiday season will look quite different for most us, but it is my hope that our community can come together to support one another by being patient and kind. With California’s new Regional Stay Home Order that went into effect for our region on December 11, there is now even more to understand and take into consideration as we move into winter. I realize that this order comes during the holidays and will create additional burdens for our residents and our businesses. Now more than ever, I encourage all of you to educate yourselves and follow guidelines to help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming our hospitals and ICUs.  

Please Stay Home
The Governor’s Stay Home Order asks Californians in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity to avoid non-essential travel. We should all be staying home – all of us – and stop mixing between households as much as possible. For the health and safety of you, your family, your friends and your community, please consider modifying your usual trips and activities. It is important for our community to be familiar with the details of the orders as well as realize the County’s commitment to educate its citizens on steps they can take to protect themselves. Learn More

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

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

This pandemic has infected a small percentage of our population with a very dangerous virus, but maybe even more impactful, it seems to have infected many more with fear, anger, frustration and intolerance. Whether you want others to behave differently, or you are struggling without a job at the holidays, please know that many of us care and are trying to help. If you need assistance call Placer County’s 211 to connect to a wide variety of resources. The holidays are truly a time to seek compassion, understanding, and take care of those who need our help. Be kind, stay safe, share what you can. Let’s make Eastern Placer County a model of civility and compassion.

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

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

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

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL, PROTECT LOCAL

While you are doing your holiday shopping, I encourage you to SHOP LOCAL! Many of our local businesses have struggled this year with closures or restrictions. So now more than ever, I encourage you to use this holiday season as an opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. Shopping locally not only helps keep businesses open, but it also preserves valuable jobs. And don’t forget all the ways that many of our small business owners give back to our local communities – they sponsor our youth sports and schools, give back to our seniors, donate to our charity events, fundraisers and galas along with providing incredible local knowledge about our area to their customers. Now it’s our turn – let’s be sure to give back and show them our appreciation and support during a time that they need it the most. Here are a couple ways to show your love and shop local!

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

 

 

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

 


SUPPORT NORTH LAKE TAHOE RESTAURANTS

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


DONATE TO HELP OTHERS

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

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

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

Or consider donating to our local business associations:


UPCOMING HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENT IN NORTH TAHOE

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

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


Seeking Your Input on Draft Local Roadway Safety Plan

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


North Tahoe Recreation Access Plan Survey

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


 

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

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

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

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

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 4

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | December 4

SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL, PROTECT LOCAL

It is hard to believe we are finally in the last month of 2020 — this year has been much different than any of us would have ever imagined. I know many of us are looking forward to 2021 with the hope for a return to a bit of normalcy. But before we transition to a new year, let’s focus our attention onto our local businesses as we head into the holiday season. While you are doing your holiday shopping, I encourage you to SHOP PLACER!

Many of our local businesses have struggled this year with closures or restrictions. So now more than ever, I encourage you to use this holiday season as an opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. Please keep your dollars in our community by showing your love for local and SHOP PLACER.

Shopping locally not only helps keep businesses open, but it also preserves valuable jobs. And don’t forget all the ways that many of our small business owners give back to our local communities — they sponsor our youth sports and schools, give back to our seniors, donate to our charity events, fundraisers and galas along with providing incredible local knowledge about our area to their customers. Now it’s our turn — let’s be sure to give back and show them our appreciation and support during a time that they need it the most.

Visit  ShopPlacer.com  for more information on ways to shop local — including purchasing gift cards — and a full list of Placer County cities and towns, local chambers and tourism partners.

While supporting our local businesses, be sure to continue taking precautions, like keeping social distance and wearing face covering.


Click HERE to watch a special holiday message from Supervisor Gustafson and other leaders in the Tahoe/Truckee area.


REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER

Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a Regional Stay at Home Order. As of writing this on Friday, Dec. 4, Placer County, which is part of the Greater Sacramento Region, is not under this under.

Currently, we are trying to fully understand the new orders from the Governor and we plan to provide more guidance once we have more clarification. Learn more about this order.

With that news, I want to provide reassurance to our communities that the Placer County Health and Human Services (HHS) department staff members are in constant contact with local hospitals. So, while Placer County continues to see an increase in hospitalizations and positive Covid-19 cases, it is encouraging to say that all of the county hospitals have robust surge plans so our HHS department feels confident they will be able to handle this increase. Both Placer County testing sites in Roseville and Truckee have increased their capacity, which means an additional 1,650 tests per week can be performed in the county. Placer County staff are also working diligently to plan for vaccine distribution to ensure healthcare workers get vaccinated as soon as they are able to and plans are also being created for distribution the larger citizen base as well.

The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, December 1 and below you’ll find details on some of the items I want to share with you.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need any assistance with County issues or concerns. And Happy Shopping Local!

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


December 1 Board of Supervisor Items

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESOLUTION:

The Board unanimously approved a Healthy Communities Resolution that recognizes hardships caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and outlines approaches that can reduce the impact. The resolution speaks to Placer’s geographic diversity and how the one-size-fits-all Blueprint for a Safe Economy that the state has been using for counties, does not work for our county. The resolution pushes for greater decision-making ability at the local level.


PLACER SHARES IMPACT GRANTS:

The Board authorized an additional $2 million in Placer Shares Impact Grants to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $700,000 of that money will go toward fully funding eligible businesses that applied to the previous round of grants that concluded on Nov. 20. The remaining $1.3 million will be available to businesses impacted by recent state closures that were not eligible for the latest round of grants. The funding will also be available for chambers/community collaborations and multi-business innovative solutions, for projects such as creating community outdoor dining establishments. To date, the county has allocated $16 million in grant funding in order to assist struggling businesses and nonprofits. Learn more.

 

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES:

The Board received a progress report on Countywide critical success factors first outlined by the Board of Supervisors in April 2018. There has been great progress in all nine areas- ranging from increasing diversity in housing to community engagement and public serving infrastructure and amenity improvements. The Board will be revisiting these critical success factors in 2021 and will continue to identify ways to improve Placer County.


Placer Food Bank

For safety purposes, Placer Food Bank has halted all individual and company food donation drives. Because of this, they are asking for monetary donations this holiday season. Visit Placerfoodbank.org to make a donation today.
If you are in need of support, visit placerfoodbank.org/get-food.

 



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 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