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Winter storm watch issued, COVID-19 and flu testing available and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter.

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Winter storm watch issued in Placer County. Here’s what you should know

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, which includes the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, foothills and the valley. Here are a few resources to help you prepare. Stay safe out there, and we hope the rest of your week is delightful. 😊

  • Visit ReadyPlacer.org for winter preparedness tips, road condition information and more.
  • Know before you go! Caltrans’ live traffic cameras are available here.
  • Follow the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for updates on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Get the latest weather information from the National Weather Service here.


Supervisors hire in-house candidate to fill CEO vacancy

Placer County CEO Jane Christenson

With a unanimous vote of confidence, our Board of Supervisors this week approved a two-year employment agreement with new County Executive Officer Jane Christenson, who had been acting CEO since June of this year. Learn more

Community development

New Building Standards Code goes into effect on Jan. 1

Building permit

Starting Jan. 1, Placer County’s Building Services Division will require permits to meet the 2022 Title 24 regulations, which set uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings and systems. Read more


Shining a light on foster-to-adopt families in Placer County

Mom and Dad with new adopted son

National Adoption Day is an annual event in which courts and communities in all 50 states join to finalize thousands of adoptions and to celebrate families who foster and adopt. Here are the stories of a few Placer families. Read more


Feeling sick? Combo flu/COVID tests available in Roseville and Truckee

COVID and flu a and b testing

OptumServe testing sites in Roseville and Truckee are now offering combo COVID and Flu A/B tests to symptomatic patients, free of charge. Plus, eligible patients who test positive for COVID can get RX  medication onsite. Book now

This week in Placer County history

Sacramento Bee news article clipping

At around 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 29, 1932, an explosion shook downtown Roseville. Rain and a car vs. train accident nearby at about the same time led to confusion. It wasn’t until the next morning that the Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office were called to the new Sun Light Market, a Chinese grocery store owned by Gee Lum, where the explosion had taken place.

Sheriff Gum discovered six unexploded sticks of dynamite – dynamite he recognized as being part of the theft of three boxes of dynamite from a powder house in Auburn on Nov. 19. The vandal simply placed the dynamite on the floor, which only caused moderate damage.

Gum surmised that the perpetrator was inexperienced. Gee Lum was able to repair the damage in time for his store’s grand opening on Dec. 3, but who was responsible?

The Nov. 23 Roseville and Tribune Register reported that “At a regular meeting of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce held at the city hall Friday evening [Nov. 18th], the chamber went on record as being opposed to the opening of a Chinese store in Roseville.” It was further reported that many of the local grocery clerks organized and voiced their own opposition to the store.

The authorities didn’t believe the opposition to Sun Light Market played a significant part in the act of vandalism. A headline in the Dec. 2, 1932, Roseville Tribune and Register read “Tong War May Be Cause of Blast at New Store,” but the article gave no proof for this assertion.

The store did close soon after, but not because of vandalism. It was announced in January of 1933 that the Busby property, on which the Sun Light Market sat with two other buildings, had been selected as the site for the new Roseville U.S. Post Office. Those responsible for the vandalism were never identified or caught. 

U.S post office in Roseville

Photos: Clipping from the Nov. 30, 1932, edition of The Sacramento Bee and the Roseville U.S. Post Office, c. 1935.

Fun things to do this week


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

Roseville: Roseville Downtown Holiday Celebration, Breakfast with Santa, Neighborhood Santa
Rocklin: Rocklin Tree Lighting
Lincoln: Lincoln Hometown Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Loomis: Days of Yesteryear Christmas Faire, Christmas Craft & Gift Market
Auburn: Placer Wine Trail: Holidays in the Hill, Festival of Lights Parade
Foresthill: Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa’s Visit
Meadow Vista: Kinder Winter Wonderland, Holiday Faire
North Lake Tahoe: Holiday Tree Lighting & Pictures with Santa, North Tahoe Arts: Artsy Holidays

...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

CANCELED - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 1 Information
Foresthill Forum Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Information
Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Information
CANCELED - Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 7 Information
Placer Conservation Authority Advisory Committee, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Information
CANCELED - North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 8 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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