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Project 8 Winery to go before Board of Supervisors and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of the crystal clear water in Lake Tahoe was posted by @TahoeQuarterly on Instagram

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VIDEO: Be River Wise this Memorial Day Weekend

Placer County, in partnership with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department, State Parks, and the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, hosted a press conference at the confluence in Auburn yesterday to reiterate the deadly consequences of swimming and recreating in the river this year. So far, the river has claimed one life, with a second swimmer still missing. With summer upon us, please don’t become the next victim. Here’s a look at the rescue training scenario put on by CAL FIRE, State Parks and PCSO. Watch video

Community development

Project 8 Winery goes before Board of Supervisors on June 20

Project 8 Winery proposal

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has added a third meeting to its calendar for June to consider the proposed Project 8 Winery in Penryn, which will include time for public comment. You can attend in-person or online. Read more


Placer County offers new pre-reviewed accessory dwelling unit plans

Accessory dwelling unit

Placer County has released new pre-reviewed ADU plans that meet the 2022 California Building Standards Code that went into effect Jan. 1. The plans will save property owners thousands of dollars and streamline the process. Learn more

Military appreciation

Honoring servicemembers who've made the ultimate sacrifice

Why statue memorial

This Memorial Day we pay tribute to our military servicemembers who’ve given their lives to protect our safety and freedoms. Veterans memorials throughout the county offer you a place to honor their sacrifices. See the locations


Readers of all ages invited to sign up for library’s Summer Fest 2023

Library Summer Fest 2023

The Placer County Library invites readers of all ages to track reading, participate in challenges, share reviews and earn badges and prizes during this year’s Summer Fest! The theme is Find Your Voice and the fun begins June 6. Read more

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This week in Placer County history

George West

On or about May 24, 1935, an employee in the Placer County Treasurer’s Office discovered a mysterious letter from George West, Placer County Treasurer, who passed away the previous February. The letter was tucked under a piece of carpet in a safe in the Treasurer’s Office. The May 30, 1935, Auburn Journal referred to it as a “letter from the grave” and it described a discrepancy in funds West discovered. He believed the county treasury was short approximately $6,000. He called it a “leak” and blamed the merging of the Treasurer’s Office with the Tax Collector’s Office by the Board of Supervisors as the root cause.

West also blamed himself for not catching it sooner and was fearful to bring the discrepancy to anyone’s attention. He wrote the letter in failing health and with the knowledge that death was imminent. Soon after his death in February, his replacement, Sam Duton, reported a discrepancy of a little over $4,200.00 to the district attorney and the Board of Supervisors. His office was conducting a search for any sign of the missing money when the letter was discovered. 

Three insurance companies eventually shared the burden of reimbursing the county and it is unclear if they tried to collect from the estate of George West.

When he was a young man, George West, who was born in Todd Valley, moved his family to Indian Springs, which was later renamed Westville for his family. They ran the Westville Hotel for several years. In 1911, he was elected Placer County Treasurer, a position he held until his death on Feb. 12, 1935. He is buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery and may be featured in an upcoming cemetery tour.

Photo: George West, c. 1932

Fun things to do this week

Memorial Day

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

Roseville: 20th Annual Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet by Take Note Troupe, Memorial Day Ceremony, Roseville Memorial Day Veterans Ruck March

Lincoln: Poetry Contest and Display

Auburn: The Exchange Artisan Markets, Sound Check Jam Sessions

North Lake Tahoe: Made in Tahoe Festival

...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 Tahoe Community Alliance
Tahoe City Downtown 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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Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, June 1, 6 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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