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This #PlacerLife photo of blooming tulips in Loomis was taken by @bennetthomestead on Instagram.

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Liberty Healthcare seeking to locate sexually violent predator near tribal land

A location near tribal land is being considered for the placement of Sexually Violent Predator William Stephenson according to the Department of State Hospitals contractor, Liberty Healthcare. This information was made public during a Placer County Superior Court hearing earlier this week. DSH has requested a 30-day extension to allow time to contact the tribal community to discuss the housing placement. Learn more

Community care

Child Abuse Prevention Month kicks off with events throughout April

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Our Board of Supervisors declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Placer County, kicking off a month-long series of activities and events culminating with the county’s annual Child and Family Resource Fair.
Learn more

North Lake Tahoe

Receive up to $2,220 to install a bear box!

apply now for the bear box grant program

Our Bear Box Grant Program is now open! Placer County property owners in the Tahoe Basin can receive up to $2,200 to install a bear-resistant garbage can, also known as a bear box. Funding is limited so apply today! Learn more

Wildfire prevention

Auburn and Foresthill community wildfire preparedness events

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In April and May, events in Foresthill and Auburn will equip residents with knowledge and resources to reduce wildfire risks. Activities include defensible space work, green waste removal and wildfire mitigation forums. Learn more

Property taxes

Second installment of property taxes due soon

man calculating his property taxes

The Placer County Treasurer-Tax Collector is reminding property owners to avoid property tax penalties by paying the second installment of property taxes by Wednesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. for the 2023-2024 tax year. Read more

Land Tender Virtual Community Forum

In other news

Placer County’s Regional Forest Health Coordinator Kerri Timmer to speak at North Tahoe Community Alliance’s First Tuesday Breakfast, April 2

Have questions about parking in Kings Beach? Replay our consultant Q&A from our March meeting

Tahoe National Forest plans to reduce wildfire risk surrounding Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley communities

This week in Placer County history

Commander Robert Schweitzer

On March 23, 1973, the population of Meadow Vista increased by one as former prisoner of war Commander Robert Schweitzer was welcomed to his new home. Commander Schweitzer, a Navy pilot who was shot down during a bombing mission in January of 1968, was held by the North Vietnamese for over five years.

Some 400 people greeted him amid sirens, firecrackers and flags. His wife bought the house in Meadow Vista in 1971, hoping the rural setting would make life easier for their two teenage sons.

According to the March 28, 1973 Auburn Journal, Schweitzer remarked, “The changes in America – things like styles and the hair-dos, including my sons’ – I had been told to expect, but if this is the new American, then I love it!”

Commander Schweitzer was freed as part of Operation Homecoming, a deal struck in 1973 between U.S. and North Vietnam officials in which nearly 600 POWs were returned to the U.S.

Like many POWs, Commander Schweitzer had difficulty adjusting to normal life. He had to stay busy. He began taking business classes at Sacramento State and rarely declined an organization’s invitation to speak.

And so it was on January 24, 1974, that he realized he was late for a speaking engagement after class and talking with friends. He drove too fast on Interstate 80 and as he approached Penryn, he lost control and crashed. He was killed instantly. He had been home for just ten months.

His ashes were scattered at sea from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ranger.

Photo: Commander Robert Schweitzer at his homecoming on March 23, 1973 (Auburn Journal Photo Collection)

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: Friday Night Flicks: The Sandlot

Lincoln: Lincoln Host Lions Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Fowler Ranch farmer’s market

Auburn: Unique Characters of Auburn

...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

Foresthill Forum, April 1, 7 p.m. Info
CANCELED: Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council, April 4, 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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