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Coming together to support Placer’s vulnerable youth

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and partners across the county are coming together to support Placer County's families in creating safe, healthy and nurturing homes in which children can thrive. The month kicked off with a proclamation from our Board of Supervisors and a blue pinwheel garden at the historic Auburn courthouse.

Recent MDIC reports show an increase in child forensic interviews, making education and prevention more important than ever before. In Placer, anyone can call the county’s child welfare team toll-free at 866-293-1940 to make a report if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected.

Upcoming activities throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month include:

  • Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 5
  • Trainings and workshops on key topics like internet safety
  • Victim & Survivor Brunch in tandem with Crime Victims’ Rights Week, hosted by the Placer Justice Foundation
  • Child and Family Resource Fair with activities, giveaways and more April 25

View a full calendar of events


Primary election canvass and certification completed

election results

We’re pleased to announce that March presidential primary results are now certified after completion of the canvass and audits (including a manual tally of randomly selected ballots) verified votes were counted correctly. Learn more


Where should we focus wildfire mitigation efforts?

wild fire mitigation online survey

Your feedback matters! Help shape forest health treatments in Placer County by taking a short survey on what's most important to you regarding wildfire risk: property, wildlife, recreation areas or something else? Take survey


Progress on meeting regional housing needs outlined in annual report

Housing development

The Placer Planning Department provided an annual progress report to our Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission last week to outline progress on housing needs, projects in the pipeline and General Plan amendments. Watch video

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Go for gold: 550+ Placer employees participate in National Walking Day

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From Tahoe City to south Placer, county employees across the region got outside this week and celebrated National Walking Day on Wednesday. See more of this annual health and wellness tradition in our recap video. Watch video

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In other news

Over $3 million available for projects that improve air quality in Placer County

UC Master Gardeners of Placer County: Turn "Waste" into a "Resource"

Video: How Recycling Happens at the WPWMA

Pioneer launches online marketplace to make shopping for solar easier

new one-bedroom ADU plan

This week in Placer County history

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On the afternoon of April 2, 1900, a violent storm descended on the small town of Sheridan. Thunder rolled across western Placer County followed by flashes of lightning. Icy pellets of hail rained down as the skies darkened and the wind howled. Off to the southwest, a large black cloud ominously drew closer. A conical-shaped, dark appendage slowly reached from the black cloud and touched the ground just 2 miles south of Sheridan. It was a tornado.

The tornado wreaked havoc on the Mitchell and Greitman ranches, destroying barns, sheds, a blacksmith shop and about a dozen outhouses. The twister maimed trees leaving mangled stumps in its wake. It swallowed an entire chicken coop and de-feathered or killed over 50 fowl.

As it entered Sheridan, it collapsed a porch, pulled shingles off the school, damaged a windmill and then slowly lifted from the ground and dispersed. It was over. Aside from the loss of structures and some chickens, no one was hurt.

Since 1951, California has averaged six tornadoes per year, far fewer than states east of the Rocky Mountains such as Kansas (55 per year) or Oklahoma (82 per year). And most in the Golden State are relatively weak, ranging from EF0 to EF1. Since 1951, there have been five recorded tornadoes in Placer County. The last was in Lincoln on Jan. 9, 2017.

Be ready for tornadoes and other natural disasters. Learn how at www.readyplacer.org

Photo: Sheridan “school bus,” c. 1900

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Fun things to do this week

Woman running in Hidden Falls Regional Park

Spring wildfire preparedness events

Auburn: Christian Valley Wildfire Preparedness Day, Stop the Embers

Foresthill: Firewise Communities Open House, Land Tender Summit - West Community Forum, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Free Green Waste Day

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

Roseville: Food Truck Mania

Lincoln: Woman's Clubhouse 100 year Anniversary, Sunset Market Series, Callejeros Car Show & Dance

Auburn: Ramble and Roam Kid’s Day – 9-12 yrs

Colfax: Bingo Fundraiser for SVCC 

North Lake Tahoe: Live Music at Alpine Deck

...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

Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council Meeting meeting, April 4, 6 p.m. Info
CANCELED - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 4 Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, April 9, 9 a.m. Info
Meadow Vista Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 8, 6 p.m. Info
Planning Commission meeting, April 11, 10 a.m. Info
North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, April 11, 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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