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1 Pill Can Kill campaign, investing in wildfire preparedness and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter


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New “1 Pill Can Kill campaign” aimed at raising awareness of lethal dangers of fake pills

This week we launched the new "1 Pill Can Kill Placer" campaign, which aims to inform and educate teens, young adults and parents on the dangers of obtaining prescription pills from anywhere other than a doctor or pharmacy. Black market dealers are manufacturing fake pills made of fentanyl – or "fentapills" – made to look like Percocet, Oxycodone or Xanax, and selling these pills to unsuspecting customers through social media and money transfer apps. It only takes 2mg of fentanyl to be lethal – that's equivalent to a few grains of sand. Learn more


Wildfire preparedness

Placer invests in preparedness ahead of coming wildfire season

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Communities are coming together throughout Placer County in May to reduce their risk of wildfire with a series of events for National Wildfire Awareness Month. Check out the list of events to find ways to get involved near you.
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Homelessness

Placer awarded $23.5 million for permanent supportive housing

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Placer County was awarded $23.5 million in highly competitive funding as part of the Homekey 2.0 program for the intended purchase of a Roseville hotel to be converted as permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Learn more


Housing resources

Learn about housing resources with free webinars in May

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May is Affordable Housing Month and we’re offering free webinars throughout the month to highlight housing assistance resources in Placer County - including down payment assistance programs, accessory home incentives and more! Learn more


Criminal justice

Honoring victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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This week marked National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office joined county partners in a series of events including ceremonial ribbon placements, attending a community resource fair and more. Learn more



This week in Placer County history

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On April 23, 1917, the Auburn Chapter of the Red Cross formally organized in response to the United States’ declaration of war on Germany on April 6 and Austria-Hungary on April 7. On the evening of April 23, a large group gathered in the Auburn Theater where Judge Prewett gave a stirring patriotic speech and implored people to join the Red Cross. 

After his speech, the roll was opened and about 100 men and women joined. Mrs. G.H. Fay was elected chairman, A.J. Barclay vice chairman, Mrs. W.F. Jacobs secretary and Judge Prewett treasurer. The initial task before the new chapter of the Red Cross was making bandages, but as the war raged on, some would be sent to France and other international destinations. 

Nationally, this period for the Red Cross was chaotic as the organization grew from just 100 chapters to over 3,000. In May, President Wilson set up a war council to direct the Red Cross and picked Henry Davidson, a successful New York Banker, to be the volunteer chairman.

The Red Cross had grown from 16,708 adult members before the war to 20,390,173 adult members and 11,418,385 junior members by its end. Those tasked with giving aid near the front were not immune to bullets and bombs as 400 Red Cross nurses and workers lost their lives. Of course, before the guns fell silent, the Red Cross set its sights on a new enemy: the flu. To learn more, visit the Placer County Museum and see the exhibit: The Pandemic of 1918.

Images: World War I Cap and Veil, c. 1918 and the Penryn Red Cross, c. 1918.


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Fun things to do this week

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

Auburn: Placer Veterans Stand Down 

Foresthill: Free green waste drop off every Tuesday in May for Foresthill residents
Lincoln: Free mattress dropoff

...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
PlacerGROWN


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

Foresthill Forum meeting, May 2, 7 p.m. Details
Wildfire Awareness Month state forum, May 3, 1 p.m. Details
CANCELED - Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 4
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Board meeting, May 4, 8:30 p.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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