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Governor Newsom adds Placer County to severe winter storms emergency proclamation, plus Placer roads crews are "plowerful" in this week's newsletter

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Stay informed. Stay prepared. Be ready, Placer!

An intense atmospheric river has barreled into our region bringing significant rainfall, snow and windy conditions. It’s important that community members be prepared and stay informed as conditions can quickly change.

Visit and bookmark our Ready Placer Dashboard for important updates about the weather, road conditions, power outages and more. Learn more

➡️Get sandbags: Information
➡️Snow load advisory: Information
➡️Sign up for emergency notifications: Information
➡️Be prepared for closures if traveling to the Sierra Nevada: Information
➡️Report an emergency: 9-1-1
➡️Call for information or non-emergency resources: 2-1-1
➡️Report downed trees, street flooding or road hazards: 530-745-7565

As we continue to deal with winter storm impacts, our Board of Supervisors this week ratified our county’s proclamation of a local emergency. The governor proclaimed a state of emergency for Placer County today. See how our first responder partners and our emergency services and roads teams have been working around the clock throughout the storms to help keep us all safe. Watch video


Snow removal

How on earth are our roads crews keeping up with all this snow?

Snow plows and plow operators in Placer County.

This winter has been one of the snowiest on record in Placer County. Our roads crews have been working 24/7 almost nonstop since December to keep county roads clear for your safety. Learn more about their operations and how they do it. Watch video

Community development

Virtual forum on West Placer development slated for March 21

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Join Supervisors Bonnie Gore and Shanti Landon along with Roseville Mayor Bruce Houdesheldt for a virtual community meeting about development and construction in western Placer County at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21. Register

Women in leadership 

Placer County’s leading women featured in Comstock’s Magazine

Women in leadership at Placer County

Get to know some of the county’s most prominent female leaders as supervisors Cindy Gustafson, Suzanne Jones, Bonnie Gore and Shanti Landon joined CEO Jane Christenson for a special interview in honor of International Women's Day. Read more

Public benefits

Federal changes to impact Placer County CalFresh and Medi-Cal recipients

Benefits Change in Placer County

Placer County residents who are receiving CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits will see changes this spring as many pandemic-era measures come to an end. Make sure your information is up-to-date so we can reach you about your benefits. Learn more




This week in Placer County history

morales-mug-shot_crop.jpgOn March 7, 1925, Daniel Morales and Zacarias Martinez, employees of the Gladding McBean Pottery Works in Lincoln, got into a heated argument. Unable to resolve their differences, they agreed to a duel.

The two men walked 2 to 3 miles out of town onto Fruitvale Road. Such a walk was customary to give both men time to reflect and perhaps rethink the duel, but neither man changed his mind.

Unlike duels of the past, there were no seconds, no witnesses and when the shooting started, each man fired several bullets. Both men took cover behind trees but their final shots were on target. Morales was shot in the chest while Martinez was fatally struck in the head.

Morales was taken to the Placer County Hospital where Dr. Mackay reported he would likely survive. He was arrested for murder, but District Attorney Orin J. Lowell discovered he would have to try Morales under an old dueling statute, which carried a sentence of one to seven years.

Morales recovered from his wound and in September was tried for murder as the result of a duel.

On Sept. 25, 1925, he was found guilty. According to the Auburn Journal, it was the first murder conviction for a duelist in California since 1859. He was sentenced by Judge Landis to serve one to seven years in San Quentin Prison. He was discharged from prison Nov. 22, 1928.

The dueling statute was finally repealed by the passage of a bill by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson on July 20, 1994.

Photo: San Quentin mug shot of Daniel Morales, c. 1925

Fun things to do this week

Snow in Tahoe

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

Auburn: AST Presents: Auburn Winds’ Spring Concert “Have Music, Will Travel,” Scott Lindgren Endurance Zone Tile Dedication & Celebration
Loomis: High Hand’s Art in the Garden
North Lake Tahoe: 2023 Kings Beach Snowfest! Parade

...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

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CANCELED - Planning Commission meeting, March 9 Information
CANCELED - North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, March 9 Information
Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting, March 14, 9 a.m. Information
North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 14, 6 p.m. Information
West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 15, 6:30 p.m. 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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