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This #PlacerLife aerial photo of the Upper Truckee River was taken by @abradfordadventure on Instagram.

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Placer County poll workers on election night

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Get the latest election results for races in Placer County

The general election might be over but ballot counting continues in Placer County. Final, certified results - including provisional ballots needing verification and eligible mail-in ballots not yet received - will be posted within 30 days. We'd also like to give a special thanks to all of our poll workers for volunteering their time, helping voters and enduring a cold and snowy night. ❤️ 

  • Placer County election results are updated every Tuesday and Friday. View results
  • Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registar of Voters Ryan Ronco gives an overview of the ballot count process after the polls close. Watch video
  • Serve as a poll worker for the next election! Learn more

Wildfire preparedness

Open burning resumes for permissible burn days

Burn bans lifted in Placer County

CAL FIRE has lifted the seasonal burn ban in Placer County, allowing open burning on permissible burn days. You must verify it is a permissible burn day prior to burning and you can be held liable for burns that escape control.
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Land conservation

County conservation program adds 1,400 acres of land preserves

Aerial photo of Ellis Ranch for land conservancy

More than 1,400 acres of land in the Sheridan area have been acquired by the Placer County Conservation Program in the name of conserving lands that are critical to the survival of sensitive species and their habitat. Read more

Veterans services

Honoring and advocating for our veterans

Placer County Veteran Services Office staff

Placer County is home to approximately 27,000 veterans, and this Veterans Day we honor their service. Our local Veterans Service Office is a champion for veterans, and helps them navigate the process of applying for benefits through the VA among other services. Meet the team 

Flood insurance

Don't wait until it's too late: Buy a flood insurance policy today

Reminder to secure flood insurance in Placer County

The cost of flood insurance is a drop in the bucket compared to the price of flood damage. Placer County participates in a federally-backed program providing homeowners, renters and businesses with discounted insurance. Learn more

This week in Placer County history

Dr. Kenneth Fox’s “Why” statue in front of the Placer County Administration Building on Fulweiler Avenue

In the days leading up to the 1967 Veterans Day Parade in Auburn, there was much excitement because for the first time a Congressional Medal of Honor winner would ride in the parade. Alford McCommick moved to Auburn in the early 1960s and, according to the June 30, 1966, Auburn Journal, received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman at a White House Ceremony on June 14, 1946. He won the award for bravery while a prisoner of war at Odowell [O’Donnell] Prison Camp during the Bataan Death March.

On Oct. 20, 1970, McCommick made the news again by attending an intense Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting. The meeting was a media frenzy as one item on the agenda dealt with the contentious issue of Dr. Kenneth Fox’s “Why” statue that was installed in front of the Placer County Administration Building on Fulweiler Avenue earlier in the year. 

Some of the board members felt it expressed an anti-Vietnam War sentiment, something Dr. Fox denied, and wanted it removed. Crammed in the board chambers with reporters were 200 people, nearly all in support of Dr. Fox and his statue. Speaking in support of the statue were veterans from every 20th century war thus far. Included in those speaking in support of the statue was Alford McCommick who said, “I don’t believe in destroying or putting out of sight a statue like this…”

It’s unclear if the parade of veterans speaking in support of the statue swayed them, but ultimately, the board voted 3-2 to keep the statue in front of the Placer County Administration building. 

McCommick, however, was a fraud. A search of the Congressional Medal of Honor database reveals no one named “Alford McCommick” was ever awarded the medal. Further, a search at the Truman Library does highlight a Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony on the White House grounds on June 14, 1946, but McCommick isn’t among the five men who were given medals at this ceremony. “Alford McCommick” was an alias. His real name was Milo Clarence. He was born in Maine in 1923 and was deported from Canada in 1955. We don’t know much else about him.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court has twice affirmed that falsely presenting oneself as either a veteran or the recipient of any medal is protected speech, Stolen Valor remains an important issue to veterans. 

Dr. Fox’s statue was dedicated to veterans of wars past, present and future. It honors their service and stands as a reminder of the true cost of war.

The Placer County Department of Parks and Open Space just completed a re-landscaping around the statue in time for Veterans Day. Please take a moment to visit the statue and reflect on what it means to you.

Fun things to do this week

Family of three picking mandarins in an orchard

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

Placer County: Placer Artists Studios Tour

Roseville: Food Truck Mania

Rocklin: FREE Saturday’s at the Museum: Galapagos Getaway, Springfield Arts & Crafts Fair

Lincoln: Veterans Day Ceremony & Visit with the Vets Celebration, Market Under the Lights

Auburn: Beautiful Mind Presents: An Evening of Song and Story, Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade, AST Presents: Good Morning Vietnam

...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
Placer Wine Trail

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


Upcoming public meetings and events

People seated at a town hall meeting in a log-paneled community meeting hall

Bear River property town hall, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. Information
CANCELED - Horseshoe Bar/Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 15, Information
CANCELED - Weimar/Applegate/Colfax Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 16, Information
CANCELED - West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 16, Information
CANCELED - Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 17, Information

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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