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💦The water is fast and cold so Be River Wise this Mother’s Day weekend and Placer County’s CEO retires in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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These #PlacerLife photos of the firefighters undergoing training for chainsaw and hazard tree removal operations were taken by @calfireneu on Instagram.

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Be River Wise and stay safe at the American River

Nobody plans on losing their life when they head out for a day of fun at the American River. Yet it happens to someone every year - usually because they made a mistake they didn’t need to. To stay safe, you have to Be River Wise. Learn how

County administration

County Executive Officer Jane Christenson retires

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After more than three decades of service with government agencies on the West Coast, County Executive Officer Jane Christenson has announced her retirement. The Board of Supervisors is evaluating next steps for her replacement. Learn more


2024 Ag Tour highlights benefits of grazing in Placer County

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Our Agriculture Department and the Placer Resource Conservation District recently hosted the annual Placer County Ag Tour. Attendees learned about farming, conservation and community while visiting agricultural resources. Watch video

North Lake Tahoe

Stay informed about emergencies throughout the Lake Tahoe region

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In collaboration with surrounding cities and counties, we are pleased to announce the launch of the TahoeAlerts emergency notification locator. TahoeAlerts simplifies emergency notification registration for residents and visitors. Learn more

Public safety

We’re continuing the fight against the fentanyl crisis

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This week, our 1 Pill Can Kill Placer campaign released its annual update reaffirming our collective commitment to fighting the fentanyl crisis. This includes new opioid settlement funds, a countywide investigative unit and more. Learn more

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In other news

Placer County environmental document publishing moving to all-digital format

Nearly 2.7 million  in tourism-generated funding approved for four projects in North Lake Tahoe

In tandem with Mother's Day and National Prevention Week, hear from local moms in recovery through Placer's perinatal substance use program

VIDEO: Recap of Placer4MentalHealth Wellness Fair that drew 600+

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This week in Placer County history

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During this same week 41-years apart, two different Placer County city councils took up the issue of prohibiting smoking during city council meetings. On May 6, 1936, the Roseville City Council voted on a motion to prohibit smoking during city council meetings, but the motion failed. Someone on the city staff apparently believed it would pass because “no smoking” signs had been printed prior to the meeting.

On May 9, 1977, the Auburn City Council voted to ban smoking during council meetings. It passed by a vote of 4-1. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Berenice Pate, the only council member who smoked. Ahead of the vote, Pate said she would resign if the measure passed. Ultimately, she did not resign and decided instead to not seek reelection in 1978.

As detrimental health effects linked to the use of tobacco products were realized through multiple studies, medical professionals began to promote better health through cessation of tobacco use. The Surgeon General’s warning that smoking was dangerous to your health appeared on cigarette packages in 1969. In California, a ban on smoking indoors, except in bars, went into effect Jan. 1, 1995. The smoking ban in California bars went into effect Jan. 1, 1998.

Pate donated a large collection of Native American baskets to the Placer County Museums, some of which can be viewed at the Placer County Museum and the DeWitt History Museum. (For hours visit www.placer.ca.gov/museums.)


Photo: Berenice and Waldo Pate, c. 1946

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Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Food Truck Mania, Be Well Roseville Presents: Mother’s Day Spin & Yin, 

Rocklin: Rocklin Community Festival 

Lincoln: Mother’s Day Weekend Vendor Fair, ClayFest   

Loomis: Summer Concert Series  

Auburn: North Auburn Art Studios Tour, National Veterans Awareness Ride 2024, May Co-op and 175th Gold Rush Anniversary Celebration, Auburn Cruise Nite

...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

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North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, May 9, 6 p.m. Info
SPECIAL MEETING - Rural Lincoln Municipal Advisory Council, May 13, 6 p.m. Info
North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 14, 6 p.m. Info
Weimar / Applegate / Colfax Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 15, 6 p.m. Info
West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 15, 6:30 p.m. Info

Fire Safe Alliance, May 16, 10 a.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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