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A Valentine's Day 'I do' at Clerk-Recorder-Elections chapel and Supervisors reduce housing rezone list in this week's Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of a chain control station on Interstate 80 was taken by @chp_truckee on Instagram. Three storms are expected to hit the region over the next week, bringing more rain and snow. Stay safe out there.

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Placer County takes monumental step forward on regional forensic lab project

Our Board of Supervisors this week took a huge step toward making the Placer County District Attorney’s Office forensic crime laboratory project a reality, voting to move the project into its first phase of planning. The project is an innovative and collaborative effort between the DA’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the Placer County Executive Office, Sacramento State and others. 

Forensic evidence is often critical in criminal cases. Currently, the District Attorney’s Office contracts with the California Department of Justice to analyze all its forensic evidence, which can take from nine to 12 months or more – delaying justice for both the victims and the accused.

This project is part of the future Sacramento State Placer Center and will provide forensic students hands-on experience through the university’s criminal justice program, while addressing current forensic backlog issues. Learn more


Board takes action to emphasize flexibility within Rezone Program

Aerial view of multifamily housing in Placer County

To continue meeting state requirements while maintaining as much flexibility as possible, our Board of Supervisors took action to refine a list of properties for consideration within the Housing Element Sites Rezone program. Read more

Health and Human Services

Auburn’s new HHS Center begins opening to the public

Lobby of new Health and Human Services center in Auburn

Health and Human Services programs in Auburn are transitioning to the new, consolidated HHS Center. This “one-stop” service center opened its doors this week. Find a schedule and view a video about the building. Learn more & watch video


Supervisors formally oppose Proposition 1 on March ballot

Placer County Board of Supervisors pose in front of county seal

Our Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution to oppose Prop 1, which would provide $6.38 billion from general obligation bonds to house more homeless residents - but reduce local control and funding for county health services. Learn more

County services 

Love was in the air in Placer County this Valentine’s Day

Bride and groom portrait in front of a wedding display at the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office

Ten happy couples said “I do” at the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office yesterday. Performing over 650 ceremonies a year, the office is proud to offer multiple wedding venues and a host of extras like photography, bouquets and rings. Learn more  

Placer County Planning Commission hosts Housing Element Rezone EIR meeting on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. Click for details

In other news

Placer County named one of America’s top places to work (and #1 government agency of our size in California)

FREE first hour of chipping service available - schedule now!

Meet your match at Placer County Animal Services Center. Adoption Special February 14 through 17. $14 adoptions

This week in Placer County history

The Holsclaw Feed Store safe

On Feb. 10, 1934, George Anderson entered the Holsclaw Feed Store just before closing time. When he approached the counter where young Arthur Holsclaw was working, he drew a pistol and aimed it at the young man’s stomach.

Anderson demanded money and asked for the paper bills first, which Holsclaw pulled from the cash drawer and handed over. Then Anderson demanded the silver, and Holsclaw pulled out the silver drawer and sat it down on the counter. Anderson began to scoop out the change with one hand, but with each passing microsecond, the immense pressure of time grew. He put the gun down on the counter and scooped the change with both hands.

Holsclaw snatched the gun and fired two shots into the floor. Anderson begged him not to shoot and gave up. The elder Holsclaw, alerted by the shots, quickly ran to the store from his house next door. He and a customer tied Anderson up with bailing wire. Anderson was promptly arrested and transported to the Placer County Jail. He pled guilty at his trial, and because this was his third felony, Judge Landis sentenced him to life at Folsom Prison. He would be eligible for parole in 12 years, but Anderson was already 69 years of age. He died in 1940 and is buried in the Newcastle Cemetery.

Photo from the Placer County Museums Collection: The Holsclaw Feed Store safe. It is on display at the Placer County Archives and Collections Facility located at 11526 C Avenue in North Auburn on the DeWitt Government Center campus. Learn more

Celebrate Black History Month. The story of R.G. Rapier, Barber.

Fun things to do this week

Small dog takes a rest after hiking Donner Peak

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

Roseville: Night Out at the Museum: California’s Native Voices, Be Well Roseville: Leap into Fitness Circuit Workout, Movie Club @ The Downtown Library
Lincoln: Valentines on the Placer Wine Trail

...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.

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

Board of Supervisors sit at dais during meeting

Board of Supervisors meeting, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. Info
Foresthill, Iowa Hill Fire Safe Council meeting, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m. Info
Greater Lincoln Area Fire Safe Council meeting, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. Info
Weimar, Applegate, Colfax Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 21, 6 p.m. Info
Planning Commission meeting, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. Info
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. Info

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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