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Celebrating Earth Day, speeding enforcement to increase and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Earth Day is an exciting time in Placer County! It’s the one-year anniversary of the historic Placer County Conservation Program, which is proactively balancing the long-term conservation and development needs of the county. Read more

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🌎 Happy Earth Day! 🌎

With our One Big Bin program, every resident and business in Placer recycles ensuring we all do our part. Reduce waste when possible and reuse what you can, but when it comes to recycling, we have you covered—you toss, we sort! Learn more

Road safety

Traffic enforcement to increase in Placer County

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Speeders beware: Starting in June, the California Highway Patrol will step up traffic enforcement on county roads after the Placer County Board of Supervisors this week approved new contracts for the expanded service. Learn more

Economic development

Second round of Micro Biz Grant program to launch April 25

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Microbusinesses in Placer County financially impacted by the pandemic can apply for relief grants of up to $2,500. The program includes $412,500 in funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Learn more

Bear safety

You can help protect Lake Tahoe bears

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Lake Tahoe bears are starting to wake up from their winter slumber - and they’re hungry! Secure garbage in a bear-proof container, don't leave food for pets outside and remove food from cars. Watch video

Drug safety

Free countywide medication take-back April 30


A free medication take-back event will take place at locations across Placer County on Sat., April 30. Last year’s event broke our Placer County record with more than 7,000 pounds of medication collected for safe disposal. Learn more

This week in Placer County history

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On April 20, 1926, an adventurous group from Auburn began their trek to Truckee by automobile to be the first to make it over Donner Summit by car after the seasonal snow accumulation.

The group in the ‘scout’ car was composed of Verne Ford, the local Studebaker dealer; J.H. Bree, son of T. Bree, the local agent for General Petroleum Co.; W.F. Durfee, an Auburn optometrist; and Henry Gietzen, the owner of the Ann Arbor Bakery in Auburn. This was Verne Ford’s second successful crossing over the snowy summit by automobile. His first crossing was in June of 1922.

In all, there were 10 cars in the convoy with the Studebaker always in front. Several times, the Studebaker got stuck and had to be dug out. The group reached Soda Springs after 10:30 p.m. on April 21 and arrived in Truckee on the evening of the 22nd. The road now open, they were able to make it back to Auburn by the evening of the 23rd. Ford supplied the used “Light Six” Studebaker and General Petroleum Co. provided the gasoline and oil. Learn more about Placer County history by visiting a Placer County museum near you.  

Fun things to do this week

twin peaks form Ward Creek Trail

Don’t miss the fun coming this next week in...

Auburn: Auburn Earth Day Festival, Friday Festival Celebrating Canyon Endurance Run, American River Clean-Up
Roseville: Free Mattress Recycling, Friday Night Flicks
Loomis: Art Studio Trek 
Tahoe: Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

...and many Placer County Library and Placer County Museum events.

Visit our regional partners to discover more of the fun happening right here in Placer County!

Placer County Visitors' Bureau
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
The Arts Council of Placer County
Placer Valley Tourism

Find current state COVID-19 guidance, along with local data and resources, here.


Upcoming public meetings and events

Community members gather for a meeting in a lodge hall

Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Council special meeting, April 21, 6 p.m. Details
CANCELED - Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 21
Planning Commission meeting, April 28, 10 a.m. Details

To learn about other Placer County committees and commissions and current opportunities to serve your community click here.

List of active projects throughout Placer County

Projects are listed alphabetically and by Board of Supervisors districts. A hard copy of the list is available at the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. 

Active Projects

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