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Support for Israeli citizens, fentanyl dealer sentenced for murder and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Colonnade of Auburn historic courthouse lit blue and white

Photo of the week

The colonnade of Placer County’s historic courthouse in Auburn will be illuminated in blue and white through Oct. 20 in a show of support for Israeli citizens.

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Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire speaks at press conference following fentanyl murder sentencing

Featured story

Fentanyl dealer sentenced to 15 years for murder of Roseville teen

The first person to receive a fentanyl murder conviction in California was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Placer County on Tuesday. Nathaniel Cabacungan, 22, was convicted of second-degree murder for the fentanyl-related death of a teenage girl from Roseville. The Placer County District Attorney's Office held a press conference after the sentencing. Watch press conference


Oct. 17- Next meeting for SVP placement in Placer County

Placer County opposes transient release of sexually violent predator

Residents are urged to attend Tuesday’s meeting regarding the placement of SVP William Stephenson into Placer County. The Board of Supervisors will delay its regular meeting until 1 p.m. on Oct. 17 to attend the SVP meeting. Read more

Wildfire prevention

Burn permit suspension lifted in Placer County

Placer County resident burns excess brush and vegetation

Starting Oct. 13, the burn permit suspension in Placer County is officially lifted by CAL FIRE's Unit Chief, Brian Estes. Current and valid agriculture and residential burn permit holders can now resume burning on authorized days. Learn more

Economic development

Learning from transformational leaders at Placer Valley 2023

Placer Valley 2023 video recap preview of business summit panel speakers

Hear from Placer County Supervisor Shanti Landon, Placer County Economic Development Director Gloria Stearns and Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley as they share their experiences from the region’s largest business summit. Watch video


Placer County 4-H now enrolling

Placer County girl in green 4-H shirt smiles in front of horses

Our Placer County 4-H program is currently open for enrollment. Central to 4-H is an emphasis on a resiliency-based approach to youth programming using positive youth development as a framework. Consider enrolling your child. Learn more

Joint vaccine clinic Oct. 19 in Roseville offering updated COVID-19 vaccines (and others) to residents regardless of insurance status

In other news

Watch Professor Margaret O’Mara deliver a keynote address at Placer Valley 2023

After adoption success at weekend event, $15 pet adoptions continue throughout October

Placer County Conservation Plan receives grant funding for Riosa Redwing Ranch North acquisition

This year's International ShakeOut Day is October 19

Nightly Closures Scheduled on Westbound I-80 Near Colfax

PlacerGROWN farm fresh. Tap to find a farmers' market near you.

This week in Placer County history

Black and White photo of psychiatric technicians graduation day at DeWitt State Hospital in 1962

On Oct. 10, 1946, the DeWitt State Hospital welcomed its first patients. Three buses transported the patients, all elderly men, from Napa State Hospital to their new home in North Auburn. 

These first patients were joined by 100 women at the end of the month, though it should be noted that the hospital did not officially open until 1947.

The California Department of Mental Hygiene purchased the DeWitt campus from the U.S. government in January 1946. The largest employer in the Auburn area, the treatment team at DeWitt was comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric technicians, nurses, social workers and a variety of medical, office and safety staff. 

The National Mental Health Act was passed that same year to develop and implement more effective methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating mental illness on the state level. 

Although the maximum patient capacity was 2,133, by 1952 there were 3,040 patients hospitalized at the facility. Too many patients and a lack of adequate staffing taxed the hospital’s ability to deliver proper care. 

In 1972, the hospital shuttered its doors, and Placer County purchased the property.

To learn more about the history of the DeWitt State Hospital and the Army’s DeWitt General Hospital that preceded it, please visit our DeWitt History Museum, located at 2985 Richardson Drive in Auburn, Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. The admission is always free.

Photo: Psychiatric Technicians (Pysch-Techs) Graduation Day at DeWitt State Hospital, c. 1962

Free anonymous used and expired medication and vaping device drop-off. Oct. 28, 2023, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fun things to do this week

Man jumping between rocks with Donner Lake in the background

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

Roseville: Food Truck Mania, Blue Line Arts Presents: Cutting Edge Exhibition, Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Rocklin: Movies in the Park
Lincoln: Dora Dain Farm’s Pumpkin Patch, The Haunted Hop Field
Loomis: Preschool Storytime!
Auburn: Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Golden Age Radio Halloween Show
North Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City Waterfront Walking Tour


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.

Advisory committees and commissions

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Whether it’s representing your community or sharing your expertise on topics like agriculture or parks, there are always opportunities for you to help advise county leaders on the issues that matter to you most. Recruitment is open now to fill seats on the following committees or commissions, among others. Learn more and apply

Current recruitments include:

Upcoming public meetings and events

BOS meeting

Special Board of Supervisors meeting, Oct. 16, 9 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. Information
Foresthill / Iowa Hill Fire Safe Council meeting, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. Information
Greater Lincoln Area Fire Safe Council meeting, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. Information
CANCELED - West Placer Municipal Advisory Council, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. Information
Zoning Administrator/Parcel Review Committee meeting, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. Information
Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council, Oct. 19, 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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