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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 17

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 17


This week marks a new phase in our reopening with additional businesses welcoming customers. I know many people were excited to return to various outdoor recreation businesses, campgrounds, gyms, bars, and wineries- among others.

Starting this Friday, June 19, some additional personal care businesses including nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists, and estheticians will be allowed to reopen as long as they follow the state guidance.

I know many of our local businesses have been preparing for the opportunity to open and are looking forward to having you safely back in their business. Thank you again to our local business community for being prepared.

Personal Protective Equipment for Local Businesses

As we reopen, we know things look a little different at our favorite shops and restaurants with face coverings, additional spacing, and cleaning procedures. It is important that all businesses continue to adapt to these measures to keep all Placer County residents and visitors as safe as possible.

To help our local business community, Placer County applied for and received a shipment of disposable masks and hand sanitizer from the California Office of Emergency Services. This supply is intended for local businesses to provide up to a two-week, stop-gap supply of masks and hand sanitizer while businesses wait for larger shipments to arrive. This is not for a businesses’ long-term needs. All businesses will need to fill out a one page information sheet on why they need this PPE.

The county is working with our city partners to help distribute the PPE. The cities of Auburn and Colfax will be collaborating with their area business communities and chambers, so you will be able to contact them directly if you own a business in those areas. The delivery of the supplies is in progress, but should be available by the end of the week. For businesses in eastern Placer County, you can contact the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association directly for more information on PPE requests.


I want to make it very clear that I am in support of face coverings and encourage everyone to wear them and carry them with you so they are available when you can’t physically distance in public. Face coverings have been recommended by the Centers for Disease ControlWorld Health Organization, and Placer County’s Public Health Officer.

Face coverings help protect those around you. As we know, you may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, so by covering your face, you are preventing particles that may be infected with the virus from reaching others.

Because I believe face coverings are so important to help us slow the spread, I am working with county staff and regional partners on a face covering campaign that will be available for communities that wish to use it.


Finally, I say this every week, but please be responsible for the health and safety of yourself and your family. Wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and stay home when sick. We also have testing sites available for residents throughout the county that are FREE, so please get tested. You can make an appointment HERE.

Thank you again for everything you are doing. I will continue to provide updates through my newsletter to ensure you stay up to date with what is happening in our county.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Placer County Fire Chief Shares Fire Season Outlook

Find out what the outlook is for this fire season, what our fire fighters are doing to prepare and how you can help in this update from Placer County Fire Department Chief Brian Estes. Watch video

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 8

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | June 8

Moving Forward Together- Let’s Not Slip Back!

On Friday, June 5, the state released new guidance for the reopening of additional businesses. Under these new guidelines, more of our local businesses may be able to open as soon as this Friday, June 12.

Here are links to the business types that have received additional guidance through the state:

If you own or manage one of these business types, please take the time NOW to read through the guidance. I know many of you have already spent a great deal of time putting your plans together, so please ensure you have everything in place for reopening.

There are No Guarantees – We Must ALL Follow Guidelines to Succeed

Please keep in mind that according to the state: “All guidance should be implemented only with county health officer approval following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing, and testing.”

Placer County continues to focus on meeting these important metrics, but we need your help! Please follow the guidelines and help keep our County healthy and moving forward. We look forward to working with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Sisson, our hospitals, and our community members to ensure our businesses are ready to open Friday.

The Board of Supervisors will be receiving an update on COVID-19 and discussing reopening plans at our meeting tomorrow. I would encourage you to listen in and comment if you so choose. The item is timed for 10:30 am. You can find the complete agenda HERE.


Also, at our Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow, there will be a public hearing on the 2020/2021 Budget. This is a timed item for 5pm and public comment is encouraged.


I continue to hear from many of you about the importance of face coverings. Just last Friday, the World Health Organization started advising all to wear a fabric face covering when social distancing is not possible. While they are currently not mandatory, Placer County is recommending that they be worn in public. According to Dr. Sisson, “While face coverings are recommended, mandating them for part or all of the county is not planned at this time. We will continue to educate the public on the importance of wearing face coverings in public to protect those around you.” 

I will continue to work with our Public Health Officer and staff about the possibility of requiring face coverings for those times when social distancing is not possible, so that we can continue to reopen and stay open.

Thank you again for taking the time to connect this week. I will continue to update you as more information becomes available regarding reopening.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

Placer Has One of Largest Networks of Firewise Communities in the State

Heading into the 2020 fire season, Placer County now has one of the largest Firewise USA Communities networks in the state. Growing to 48 official Firewise Communities in 2020, Placer County stands prepared for wildfire.

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 29

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 29

Resolution to the Governor

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to request permission from the state to move into Stage 3 of reopening. We took this step due to Placer County’s success at flattening the COVID-19 curve, the protocols we have in place, and the proactive efforts of the local business community to prepare for safely reopening.

The resolution asks for the state to allow reopening of Stage 3 businesses in Placer County such as nail salons, gyms, lodging for tourism and entertainment venues – with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings. It also requests that youth sports and programs be allowed to resume.  Each of these types of businesses/services have been diligently working on their safe re-opening plans and we welcome the State’s guidance to ensure that they meet any other requirements. As I said at the Board meeting, large box stores are earning record-breaking profits since March, and yet many of our small business owners are in absolute financial crisis. It is imperative that they are able to reopen in a healthy and safe manner.  

This past weekend marked the start of the summer season. In eastern Placer County, the US Forest Service opened some of its campgrounds and they were full immediately. Just across the state line, Nevada opened its lodging and was near capacity. Significant numbers of day visitors were using the trails, beaches, rivers and park areas throughout our county. We know that people are coming into and through our communities and yet our small lodging businesses are waiting for the State to give them a timeline to officially open for non-essential travel. Because the lodging industry is open in most other areas of the State, and successfully and safely following the State’s guidance, our small lodging would like the same opportunity.  

Just because businesses are re-opening and using all the safety protocols recommended does not mean we can let our guard down. The virus will be part of our lives until and unless there is a vaccine. Each of us must take the steps necessary to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Each of us must choose how and when we want to dine out, or shop, or get our hair cut. Re-opening does not mean forgoing safety, but it does require each of us to make the best choices for ourselves.

In addition to our Stage 3 request, the Board of Supervisors also requested that the state release the estimated $40 million the county expects to receive in Federal funding provided through the CARES Act to reimburse and assist local agencies for certain costs of their COVID-19 responses. These federal resources will help Placer County continue to support services imperative to the safe reopening of our businesses.

Also on Tuesday, we passed an urgency ordinance that temporarily relaxes rules to support retail and restaurants in Placer County. This ordinance will allow retail stores and restaurants to utilize additional outdoor space to ensure safe physical distancing and also allow these establishments to display additional signage to customers. If you are a business that would like to know more, you can find additional details HERE.

As I remind you every week, please continue to be responsible as we reopen. We all still need to be maintaining physical distancing, wearing face masks, washing hands, and staying home when sick. COVID-19 testing sites are available in Roseville, Grass Valley, and Kings Beach with no cost to you- just make an appointment.

Please be safe as we head toward another weekend.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

Hair Salons and Barbershops Open with Guidance

Placer County’s health officer has approved reopening of hair salons and barbershops, as allowed by the California Department of Public Health on Tuesday, if they follow the state guidance. Learn more


Fill Out The 2020 Census

Make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census! Census workers are back out, with safety precautions, and leaving information at households. Many of these households are in rural areas where residents do not receive mail at their physical address. We know that this covers areas throughout District 5, so be on the lookout. More information on the Census can be found HERE.


Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 22

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 22

Emergency Board Meeting Update, Responsible Recreation, and Prepping for Reopening

I wanted to start out this week explaining the last minute cancellation of Wednesday’s special Board of Supervisors meeting and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. In the hours before the meeting, we learned of legal and financial implications that needed further investigation. We wanted to ensure we were thorough in our process and had all relevant information for ourselves and for the public, so the decision was made to cancel the meeting.

We met in closed session this morning and discussed anticipated litigation. This is standard procedure that anticipated litigation involving the county is done in closed session. The Board took no action during our meeting this morning and announced we will be holding a special meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at 10am. You will be able to find the agenda HERE as soon as it’s posted. I understand that there is a wide diversity of strongly-held opinions and concerns throughout the county and that diversity is clearly reflected in our own Board of Supervisors. 

Moving on to this weekend. While Memorial Day events have been cancelled, I ask each of you to remember, honor and mourn those who have given their lives defending our great nation. Please take a moment to pause and appreciate what they and their loved ones have sacrificed so that we can enjoy our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

This weekend also represents the unofficial start of summer. With temperatures warming up, I know many of us will be spending more time outside in the next few days, weeks, and months. We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful county with so many varied outdoor recreational opportunities, but we also need to remember to recreate safely this holiday weekend and in the summer ahead.

I am sharing this “Welcome to Tahoe” sign below because it has many helpful tips and guidance no matter where in Placer County you find yourself recreating this weekend or throughout the summer. Just because you are outside does not mean you can ignore the chance of transmitting or catching the virus. This poster also represents just one of the many collaborative efforts that have been happening throughout the county to help educate our public. Thanks to the Tahoe Fund and Take Care Tahoe for developing this messaging.

We have done a phenomenal job in this county of following protocols and keeping our cases low. Please continue to follow all of these tips and be safe wherever you are. We are fortunate to be reopening Stage 2 businesses and in order to continue for Placer County to move into Stage 3, we will need to continue to flatten the curve of this virus.

Speaking of Stage 3, I am getting numerous calls and emails everyday about the timeline for Stage 3. We continue to follow the state guidance, and we do not have specifics on when this might happen. Earlier this week, Governor Newsom did say that counties would be allowed to move to Stage 3 in “weeks, not months” so Placer County businesses should be planning for this to happen in June.

Our Placer County economic development team has created many resources for businesses to begin to get ready for Stage 3. That includes this Ready, Set, Prep site to help your business start working on a site specific plan, understand cleaning protocols, and more. I encourage ALL businesses that have not reopened yet to take time to prepare so you are ready as soon as we receive the greenlight from the state. Businesses included in Stage 3 are hair salons, gyms, and hotels/lodging/short-term rentals, so please be prepared.

I also have appreciated virtually participating with the Auburn Chamber Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee and Meddlers, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, and many other regional organizations and individuals throughout District 5. This input has provided great insight into the efforts, concerns, and specific needs and interests of individuals and business communities.

Thank you again to Placer County residents for all you have done over the past few months. This has definitely been a challenging time, but one we will get through together. I hope you have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!

Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

Can My Business Reopen?


The Placer Business Resource Center has developed a  tool for you to check if your business can safely reopen. Find out more HERE. Or call the Placer Business Recourse Team at 916-770-8380.


Printable Compliance Posters

Placer County has developed many printable posters that you can post at your business to let customers know what you are doing for their safety. The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association has created this poster for Tahoe businesses as well.


Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 15

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 15

On Tuesday, Placer County was given the green light by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to begin moving further into Stage 2 of the 4 Stages that Governor Newsom has detailed for the reopening of California. Thank you to the Placer County staff members that worked diligently to put together our attestation request. In that request, Placer was able to detail our readiness to handle openings due to our preparedness with additional testing capacity, hospital surge capacity, and support for vulnerable populations.  You can view the Placer County COVID-19 Variance Attestation submission that is posted on the CDPH website to get more information.

Business sectors in Placer County that will be allowed to resume operations once they have implemented state reopening guidance– include shopping centers and all in-store retail, and dine-in restaurants — although bars, breweries and wineries will not be permitted to reopen beyond takeout and delivery at this time unless they provide in-house dining. Other businesses like car washes, pet grooming, landscape gardening, and outdoor venues like museums and open gallery spaces with modifications can also now open as well.

If you are business that is looking to reopen, you are urged to review guidance and post readiness checklists at your establishment to self-certify your commitment to reopen safely. These materials are now available for review and preparation on the new Reopen Placer website.

I know there is still concern from many residents and businesses as we head into summer and have increases in visitors to parts of our county. There are several required and voluntary steps we will take to strike that balance between public health and personal economic impacts as businesses begin to reopen. They include:

  1. Monitor the number of COVID-19 cases, as required by the state, and develop plans to scale back reopening should our monitoring efforts reveal a need to do so.
  2. Monitor our testing capabilities and hospital bed availability to ensure we are prepared for any increase in cases.
  3. Develop and distribute messaging with our community and agency partners emphasizing physical distancing, face coverings and other COVID-19 related guidance throughout the region.
  4. Work with our business partners on public health messaging to visitors before they arrive in the region.

We will continue to take a careful and balanced approach as we reopen. Education for everyone is still of utmost importance. Please continue to wear a face mask, maintain a six-foot distancing whenever possible, stay home when sick, and increase sanitation measures like washing hands frequently. If you need a COVID-19 test, additional sites are now available in Kings Beach, Grass Valley, and Roseville and appointments can be made HERE.

Thank you for your great work helping Placer County flatten the curve and to be one of the first counties in California to be able to enter the rest of Stage 2.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Can My Business Reopen?


The Placer Business Resource Center has developed a  tool for you to check if your business can safely reopen. Find out more HERE. Or call the Placer Business Recourse Team at  916-770-8380.

STR Permit Deadline Extended

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline to obtain a Short-Term Rental Permit has been extended to July 31, 2020. More details on permit requirements and how to apply can be found HERE.

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 8

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 8

What is the New Normal?

How to Reopen and Stay Healthy

How we live with the coronavirus until there is a cure is very challenging for all of us. Every aspect of our lives has changed and will continue to be different. We must protect our own health, protect our vulnerable neighbors, and find ways to establish a “new normal” so that our workplaces can reopen safely.Their efforts and yours have allowed us to dramatically flatten the curve. After a slight surge in positive cases in late March and early April, we have seen a dramatically slower increase over the past month. Our hospital systems have never been overwhelmed and people who have needed care have continued to receive it. With two new testing sites available in the county as of this week, we will be better able to locate cases sooner in order to isolate and treat those affected. We also recognize that moving forward, we need to adopt new ways of doing almost everything in our lives.  

On Tuesday, my fellow Board members and I passed a Resolution requesting the Governor acknowledge and allow counties to craft locally-specific guidelines to address a phased reopening. I voted in support of this resolution because I have seen that throughout this crisis, it’s been up to us at the local level to enforce and educate our citizens. One size doesn’t fit all. As a suburban and rural community, our businesses and services are unique and individualized. Each type and size of business needs to implement safe practices for their workers and their patrons. They have been working with our County staff to take a leadership role to develop individualized plans for reopening that will ensure public health and safety.

I want to honor Governor Newsom and his team for their incredible leadership during this crisis. We have been ahead of many other areas of the country in slowing the spread of this deadly virus. In my view, the Board of Supervisors followed up on the Governor’s Monday announcement that he would allow rural counties to address their individual needs under specific circumstances. The Governor recognizes that in this vast state “one size doesn’t fit all” and that the State must rely on partnerships with local governments to do the actual implementation and enforcement. Placer County municipalities, businesses, and residents want the opportunity to demonstrate our ability and willingness to do just that.

As of yesterday, Governor Newsom released guidance on the beginning of Phase 2 reopening, allowing for certain businesses to resume altered operations- including retailers offering curbside pick-up and delivery; and manufacturers and warehouses with additional physical distancing and sanitation procedures. He also detailed a roadmap for county governments that outlines how we could pursue a variance that would allow Placer County to begin moving through Phase 2 of reopening more quickly than other places in the state – if and only if we can meet specific standards.

In order to do that, we must “demonstrate an ability to protect the public and essential workers”. Our Public Health Officer, Dr. Sisson, is already working with county staff to certify that Placer County is meeting the metrics laid out. This will allow us to reopen additional businesses in Phase 2 and establish protocols and procedures that both help our local economy and protect public health. Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that have proactively planned for reopening.

As we know, reopening is also primarily contingent on each and every one of us being responsible for our own actions. Please be sure to continue to stay at home if you feel unwell, maintain six feet of distance and wear a mask when in public, avoid physical contact like shaking hands, and wash your hands frequently. It is up to each of us to avoid situations that make us uncomfortable or feel at risk. We must use our personal judgement and caution as we move forward until this virus is eradicated.

I look forward to continue to work for you as we establish our “new normal” and reopen in a safe and healthy manner.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

Full I-80 Westbound Closure Scheduled Near Colfax for Paving Work Next Week

Caltrans will begin overnight paving work along an approximate three-mile stretch of westbound Interstate 80 between Rollins Lake Road and the State Route 174 junction in Colfax. Paving work is scheduled nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 through FridayMay 15 with work concluding Saturday morning.

Detours from Interstate 80 will be in place during the westbound closure:

  • Commercial and passenger vehicles will be detoured at the Interstate 80/State Route 20 junction to State Route 49 through Grass Valley and Auburn; connecting to Interstate 80 westbound via Bell Road. This detour is approximately 68 miles and will add around 40 minutes of additional travel time.
  • Local traffic will be detoured at Secret Town Road/Magra Road to State Route 174; connecting to Interstate 80 westbound in Colfax.

Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work.  You can find construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 1

Statewide Stay At Home Order and Phased Reopening- Take Care of Yourself and Others.

As of tomorrow, May 2, Placer County’s local health order will expire and residents will be guided by the governor’s Executive Order to stay at home. This transition will allow us to focus on planning for a phased reopening in partnership with local governments, health care, business and other stakeholders, as well as regional and state partners.

At our next Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 5, we will also be discussing adopting a Resolution requesting the Governor acknowledge and allow counties to craft local guidelines to address a phased reopening.

As we all know, the goal of staying at home is to flatten the curve—to avoid a large number of cases all at once that would overwhelm the health care system and result in deaths that could have been prevented if cases were spread out over time. The current numbers demonstrate that staying at home has helped slow the spread of COVID-19 in Placer County. Thank you again for doing your part to ensure that our friends and neighbors who were in need of medical care were able to receive the care necessary.

While the local order is ending, area residents still need to stay at home. Governor Newsom’s statewide order remains in effect until further notice. The governor’s Executive Order permits critical workers in 13 sectors to work, and allows people to leave their homes for necessities such as food, medications and health care.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the state order can be found at Placer County will continue to receive questions about the state order from local businesses and residents, and will work to synthesize and address these with the state. Businesses that remain open as permitted under the governor’s order are still asked to adhere to physical distancing protocols provided on the county’s guidance page at The health officer’s recommendation to wear face coverings when maintaining six feet of physical distance in public is not possible also remains in effect.

Placer County Public Health is focused on working with partners to build local capabilities necessary for an eventual and safe reopening. The state’s six indicators have been identified by Governor Newsom as:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability of the hospital and health system to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

Placer County has created sector-specific task forces to ensure the reopening of our county is managed effectively within public health guidance protocols. The task forces will coordinate with the state, county departments, local cities, chambers of commerce, and business associations as well as our non-profit partners to share information and develop health and safety guidelines to assist all sectors of our community.

The governor has announced four stages around how California may modify the statewide stay-at-home order in the future, as part of a “Resilience Roadmap.” State leaders made clear that California is still in stage 1, and movement to the second stage will be a statewide shift and not a local decision.

THANK YOU AGAIN for everything you are doing. I appreciate the feedback you have shared with me and my staff and I look forward to continuing to work for you. Remember, we are STRONGER TOGETHER.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 Survey on Reopening Impacts Coming Monday

We want to hear from you! On Monday, Placer County will be releasing a Flash Vote Survey to find out how the transitioning to reopening will affect you. If you haven’t signed up for Flash Vote, please do so HERE so we can get your thoughts next week.

Multi-Family Residential Development Slated for North Auburn

north auburn

The Placer County Planning Commission voted to approve the Gateway Commons Subdivision in North Auburn with a proposed creative layout that could help boost the county’s “attainable housing” supply. READ MORE.

A Special Covid-19 Message from Supervisor Gustafson and the Board of Supervisors | April 23

A Special Covid-19 Message from Supervisor Gustafson and the Board of Supervisors | April 23

Dear Friends and Neighbors –

We know how difficult the COVID 19 pandemic has been to cope with. It has turned all of our worlds upside down. Your commitment to close business, work from home and stop gathering in groups has made a huge difference in the course of this virus. We want to assure you there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We are here to serve you and will continue to manage this crisis.

We are flattening the curve in Placer County and we have our citizens to thank for doing their part and taking the necessary precautions to ensure we remain safe and healthy.  We know that there are significant financial struggles among us. Let us assure you that we are actively looking for opportunities within our authority, to assist our residents and businesses.  We are here for you.

In the meantime, we are urging residents to reach out to our local organizations for help with food, housing and childcare, utility assistance and mental health. You can find a listing of all these resources on our county website.

While we continue to meet our public health needs, it is imperative that we partner with our business community to prepare to get back to work. We will work with our businesses, industry by industry, to determine what is the best way to open our businesses and maintain the health and safety of customers and employees. While we work on this please, to the extent possible, shop local and help your neighbors’ businesses.

We are navigating a new time together and while we don’t have all the answers today, we are working tirelessly to provide you with useful resources and information. This crisis is rapidly evolving making it more important than ever for all of us to come together as a community. Whether you’re working in healthcare, concerned about your business or worried about your health: we hear you, we are listening. Placer County is here for you.

The pandemic has impacted all of us, some harsher than others. We are actively making progress to reduce the spread of this virus but the process is challenging. We want to let you know that we are actively engaged with our health partners, county, city, state and federal officials on all matters related to this pandemic. We promise to keep you informed and we will get through this together.

Placer County is here to serve you.

Bonnie Gore Placer County Supervisor, District 1 Robert Weygandt Placer County Supervisor, District 2
Jim Holmes Placer County Supervisor, District 3 Kirk Uhler Placer County Supervisor, District 4
Cindy Gustafson Placer County Supervisor, District 5 Todd Leopold Chief Executive Officer
Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 17

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 17

cindyUpdates for You

It’s hard to believe we are just about one month in to Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson’s first directive and the Governor’s Order for California. As I said last week, KEEP IT UP! We are seeing a “flattening of the curve” which is thanks to you and your family in doing everything we can to stop the spread. 

I also want to personally thank Dr. Sisson for her leadership and responsiveness during this ever-evolving situation. Earlier this week, Dr. Sisson released some amendments to her most recent Order allowing certain outdoor activities with limitations, if they can be done while maintaining physical distancing and by following specified requirements.


Here are some of the amendments you may be interested in:

• Golf courses, outdoor shooting and archery ranges may remain open if they follow guidance by the Health Officer .

• Dog parks may remain open if seating areas are closed, hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance/exit (or users bring their own hand sanitizer), and users bring their own water and waste bags. 

• Disc golf courses may remain open if there is no contact made with baskets.

• Tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts may remain open for use by members of the same household only.

• Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals can operate if they practice physical distancing throughout service and payment, clean any shared equipment between users, and do not travel in the same vehicles unless they are members of the same household.

If you would like clarity on any of the activities listed above or additional information on essential activities and businesses, you can read the entire April 10 Order HERE.

As I have mentioned previously, many of our local non-profits have increased their services due to greater demand from many of our friends and neighbors in need. These non-profits are working with limited resources, so if you are able to donate at this time, I encourage you to do so. HERE is a link to local non-profits in District 5 providing important services to our community.

THANK YOU AGAIN for everything you are doing. We are STRONGER TOGETHER and we will get through this.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

Dr. Aimee Sisson Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Sisson created a video to help understand some of the more frequently asked questions. You can watch the video HERE.

Online Planning and Building Applications Increased in March

Applications for building and planning permits in Placer County increased in March through the county’s online portal – eServices – despite the Community Development Resource Agency’s public counter closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

COVID-19 Message from Supervisor Gustafson | April 10

COVID-19 Message from Supervisor Gustafson | April 10

Dear Beloved North Tahoe Community: 

KEEP IT UP!  We are doing a great job staying home and socially distancing.  The curve is flattening, non- essential trips in our County are down over 70%, according to the Unacast Social Distancing Scorecard as of today.  Facing this pandemic is very hard. It has changed everything about our lives in the last month.  So many have closed their businesses, lost their jobs, and we are all fearful about the virus and about our future.  We will have much to do when it comes time to begin recovery – but for right now, what we are doing is making a difference.  We’ve got this – keep it up!

There have been a number of residents asking what we are doing to enforce Governor Newsom’s Executive Order and Placer County’s Health Officer’s Order. 

First, public education is the most important weapon in our war against this virus.  Placer County has been very proactive, with both local media and out-of-town media, educating the public through many channels about the Orders and health recommendations.   These efforts aren’t easy given the nature of our North Tahoe community.       

Let me provide some other insights.  Over the last two decades, North Lake Tahoe has continued to lose full-time population.  Those of us who are full-time residents make up a dwindling percentage of our community. Nine out of ten homes that are sold in this area are sold to buyers who do not live here full-time.  The most recent numbers indicate 68% of the homes in our community are owned by part-time residents.  The remainder are owned or occupied by full-time residents. 

Only 13.5% of all the homes in the community are used as short-term rentals.  For short-term rentals, Placer County does have the ability to issue citations and fines for those in violation of the “non-essential” order.  At the beginning of this crisis and before petitions and social media posts, property management firms indicated guests were cancelling in large numbers, and that the property management firms were cancelling the others.  Because some of the online platforms weren’t responding as quickly as our local management firms, Placer County initiated a series of emails and a letter to all short-term rental owners.  Our hotline and enforcement personnel, as well as our online contractor Host Compliance, have been tracking and responding to reported issues.  The results have indicated continued decreased activity with the most recent reports showing less than 3% of the units are being rented and each of those has been warned, cited, or further investigated.          

While we can’t enforce restrictions on part-time residents, Placer County has notified our part-time residents about the stay home order and suggested they stay in their primary residence during this time due to our area’s limited medical resources.  The vast majority of our part-time residents haven’t been coming here during this time.   For those who are, they aren’t coming here to hurt us – they are coming here to protect themselves, their properties, and their loved ones. While we may not agree with their decisions, we must respect them as neighbors and fellow human beings. 

Some have asked about establishing “check points” to regulate travel for visitors and part-time residents.  Federal and state highways are not under local control.  Speaking with our Sheriff’s Office, they will not set up check points, but they will continue to advise all of us that we should eliminate non-essential travel due to the risk of overwhelming medical services in our communities.   They have also assured us that law enforcement is not being used in any area of California to enforce what is “essential” or “non-essential travel.” 

I want to assure you that Placer County is in daily communication with Nevada County, the State, and our hospitals to ensure that they have the resources needed as well as the plans in place to serve all our communities.  Because of Californians’ early actions, and if we continue to act responsibly, we are hopeful that our hospitals won’t experience the issues that we are witnessing in other states.  Flattening the curve is essential for all of us.           

Please remember that our community is a complicated fabric of humans and whether we know them or not, our-part time residents are not the enemy – the virus should be our focus.   Let’s be civil, caring, and supportive.  We are all in this together. 

Many experts suggest that in times of chaos we can reduce our stress levels and stay healthier by focusing on what we can control – ourselves and our own actions. 

– Stay home.

– Avoid non-essential travel.

– Socially distance.

– Wear a face covering when we leave home.

If we practice all these, it shouldn’t matter who is in the house down the street, at the grocery store, or on the trail.

And a few other suggestions:

– Care for others.

– Donate where you can.

– Volunteer.

– Support a local business.

Reach out to those who might be facing this alone.

Let’s keep it up – we are making a difference!

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Cindy Gustafson
Placer County District 5 Supervisor