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Rockslides and mudslides in Placer and help with defensible space for low-income elderly and disabled residents in this week's Placer County newsletter

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Winter Storm 2023: Prepare, recover, repeat

We’ve recorded over 10 atmospheric rivers over the past few months, which have dealt impressive snow loads and rainfall; not to mention rockslides and mudslides. Watch our Department of Public Works in action dealing with a rockslide on Old Foresthill Road. Watch now

Aerial view of a mudslide crossing a road and colliding with a home in Colfax, California

A rain-related landslide in Colfax destroyed a house on Ben Taylor Road on Tuesday evening. The California Geological Survey sent out two landslide experts and they determined it was safe for the Placer County Sheriff's Office to downgrade its evacuation order to a warning. There still remains a potential for sliding during future storms. Ben Taylor Road is open to traffic. Watch video

As we prepare for next week’s incoming storm, use the break in the weather to inspect your property, make repairs, remove snow from rooftops and propane tanks, and clear debris. Winter preparedness tips

Did you experience damage to your property or business during the winter storm series on and after Feb. 26? Let us know! Take our Storm Damage Survey and help us continue to make the case for as much assistance for impacted residents as we can get. Be sure to include photos. Take survey 

Placer County Building Services will expedite the intake, review and approval of construction plans that are intended to repair or rebuild an existing, previously permitted occupied building that has been damaged by snow, mudslides, fire, floods, tree damage or other catastrophic events. Learn more

The stormy weather has led to an increase in dog intakes at the Placer County Animal Services Center in Auburn, putting additional strain on an already-full shelter. As a result, PCAS is launching adoption and redemption promotions to address overcrowding. Learn more

Take a look at some BIG snow seasons from years past, courtesy of our Museums Division. Watch video



Pioneer Community Energy shares the facts about PG&E rate increases

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PG&E’s recent rate increases for poles and wires affect Pioneer and non-Pioneer customers equally – everyone’s rates will go up by the exact same dollar amount. Pioneer guarantees that its percentage savings over PG&E still hold. Learn more

Economic development

Apply now for final COVID-19 recovery funding

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Did your small business sustain losses during the pandemic? Apply now for up to $100,000 in COVID-19 relief funds from the Placer County Business Resource Center. But hurry! The deadline to apply is March 27. Apply today


Placer County adopts beekeeping ordinance, allows for residential hives

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new beekeeping ordinance to regulate best practices in the industry and allow for hobbyist beekeeping in single-family residence backyards. Read more

Fire prevention

You may be eligible for up to $5,000 to protect your home

Wildfire burns through wooded area

Low-income elderly or disabled residents living in unincorporated areas of Placer County, get up to $5,000 to help protect your home and property from wildfire. Apply now for our Defensible Space Fuels Reduction Pilot Program. Learn more




This week in Placer County history

john-fante_original.jpgOn March 16, 1933, author John Fante arrived at his parent’s house in Roseville after an earthquake destroyed his Long Beach apartment March 10. The epicenter of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake was 3 miles south of Huntington Beach, caused nearly $50 million in damage, killed 120 people and injured over 1,000 more. Though Fante was inside his apartment when the four-story complex collapsed, he escaped without injury.

Fante, who was known mostly for short stories at the time, would go on to write eight novels and numerous screenplays. His most notable novel was “Ask the Dust,” a semi-autobiographical account of life in Los Angeles published in 1939. Some critics wrote it was the best novel ever written about Los Angeles and it garnered admiration for Fante from authors such as William Faulkner, Charles Bukowski and H.L. Mencken.

Because he spent many of his adolescent years in Roseville, the Roseville Press Tribune wrote numerous articles about his short stories, novels and awards throughout his career. John Fante died in 1983 after multiple complications from diabetes and his final novel, “1933 Was a Bad Year,” was published posthumously.

In 2006, Robert Towne directed the movie “Ask the Dust,” based on Fante’s novel, which starred Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek. Francis Ford Coppola purchased the rights to his novel, “The Brotherhood of the Grape,” which is set in a fictional Northern California railroad town (sound familiar?) but has yet to make the film.

Note: John Fante’s wife, Joyce Smart, was born and raised in Roseville. Her grandfather came to California during the Gold Rush and settled in Dutch Flat. The Smart home in Dutch Flat is still standing and may be the oldest building in that historic town.

Photo: John Fante, c. 1940

Fun things to do this week

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

Placer County Visitors' Bureau
North Tahoe Community Alliance
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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Rural Lincoln Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 20, 7 p.m. Information
Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 20, 6 p.m. Information
Placer County Planning Commission meeting, March 23, 10 a.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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