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Housing rezone program moves forward, Placer Sheriff’s Office and CAL FIRE/PCFD train in Auburn in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Photo of the week

The man and the 🌙! This #PlacerLife photo of the Claude Chana Gold Panner monument in Auburn and a crescent-shaped moon was taken by @jumprampmedia on Instagram.

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Placer County Board of Supervisors moves forward with rezone

The Placer County Board of Supervisors took action Tuesday to rezone 13 privately-owned sites throughout the county to help meet state requirements for high-density multi-family housing. Next week, the board is scheduled to consider further action to add two additional county-owned sites to the rezone package.

Tuesday’s public hearing included a detailed staff presentation, three rezoning options and 89 public comments on the Housing Element Sites Rezone program. Read more

Military appreciation

Honoring service members who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice

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This Memorial Day we pay tribute to our military service members who’ve given their lives to protect our safety and freedoms. Veterans memorials throughout the county offer you a place to honor their sacrifices. See locations

Wildfire recovery

Mosquito Ridge Road reopens following 2022 Mosquito Fire

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The Tahoe National Forest plans to reopen Mosquito Ridge Road on May 23 after it was severely impacted during the 2022 Mosquito Fire and subsequent winter storms. Significant re-engineering was needed to fix the roadway. Learn more

Emergency response

United and dedicated to keeping Placer County safe during emergencies

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The annual unified command training for western Placer County was held yesterday in North Auburn. The collaborative emergency exercise included 16 agencies and two counties. Visit Ready Placer for emergency resources. Learn more

Youth mental health

Crisis Resolution Center helps keep kids out of criminal justice system

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As we continue to promote crisis resources throughout Mental Health Matters Month, this video spotlights the Crisis Resolution Center: a unique public-private partnership that helps struggling youth with a high rate of success. Watch video

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In other news

PCTPA launches survey for Placer Countywide Active Transportation Plan

Tahoe Fund installs new donor-engraved bears in Tahoe City’s Heritage Plaza 

Placer County wins Public Facilities Award of Excellence for sixth straight year

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This week in Placer County history

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On May 19, 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Geiger of Applegate received a telegram from their son, Albert Geiger, Jr., that he was safe and headed home soon. He was part of a bomber crew in the 516th Bomber Squadron in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His plane, named Lady Anne, was shot down Nov. 5, 1944, while on a bombing mission over Ludwigshafen, Germany. Geiger was able to bail out with his parachute along with six other crew members before the plane crashed, but they were soon captured by the German army and sent to a prisoner of war camp. Two of their crew, co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Leonard Pure, and navigator, 2nd Lt. John McMenamin, Jr., perished.

Although Geiger was only in the POW camp for about six months, they were the harshest six months for all prisoners in Germany as food and supplies began to run short. Germany was on the verge of collapse and was unable to keep their own soldiers and citizens properly fed. Geiger and the other prisoners were freed when U.S. forces liberated the camp in May of 1945.

Geiger returned home in July of 1945. He married Lois Dahlberg of Auburn in 1946 and they had two daughters, Joanna and Sharon. He owned and operated the Geiger Gas Company in Auburn, which specialized in propane, from 1951 to 1965, when he sold his business to Tahoe Vangas. Geiger died March 16, 2004, and is buried in the New Auburn Cemetery.

Photo: Geiger Gas Company, c. 1953 (Left to right: Richard Dodds, Albert Geiger, Jr., and Don Epperson)

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Did you know?

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It’s National Public Works Week! 

Thank you to our Placer County Public Works Department professionals whose work makes possible our high quality of life. They provide essential services for water and wastewater, roads, bridges, storm drains, flood control, transit and so much more! 

Check out these amazing stats about the work performed by our Public Works team. They: 

  • Repair and maintain over 1,000 miles of roadways in unincorporated Placer County from Pleasant Grove to Lake Tahoe
  • Repair and maintain 125 bridges 
  • Respond to over 100 traffic safety concerns submitted by our residents each year
  • Manage seven sewer districts (which includes operating and maintaining 44 sewer pump stations, nearly 300 miles of sewer pipe, over 450 septic tank effluent pump (STEP) systems), one domestic water district, two material recovery facilities, recycling programs, garbage collection contracts, maintain four closed landfills, and manage sustainable groundwater efforts.
  • Divert over 61,000 tons of recyclable materials from the landfill, produce 60,000 tons of compost, serve 400,000 residents and businesses 
  • Transported 553,779 public transit passengers last year, who rode 4,596,344 passenger miles

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Fun things to do this week

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

Auburn: Sunday Markets on Commercial Street, Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Lincoln: Free Fan Fest
Loomis: Lend a Heart, Lend a Hand, Read to a Dog!
Newcastle: Memorial Day Service
North Lake Tahoe: Made in Tahoe Festival, Everline’s Memorial Day BBQ, Tahoe City’s Farmers Market
Rocklin: TNT Presents: Shakespeare in the Park, Memorial Day Service
Roseville: Be Well Roseville Presents: Grocery Store Tour, Spring Craft Fair

...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:

Current recruitments include:

Upcoming public meetings and events

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Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, May 23, 6 p.m. Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, May 28, 9 a.m. Info
North Auburn Ophir Fire Safe Council meeting, May 28, 4 p.m. Info
Horseshoe Bar / Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 28, 6 p.m. Info
Public hearing for Mental Health Services Act annual update, May 28, 6:15 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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