Palisades at Squaw Project Draft Environmental Document Available for Public Review

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-09-27

A draft environmental impact report for the Palisades at Squaw residential housing project in Squaw Valley is now available for public review and comment in local libraries in Tahoe City and Truckee, Placer County’s Community Development and Resource Agency office in Tahoe City and the Placer County website.

Currently zoned for high-density residential development, the proposed undeveloped 19.9-acre project site could include a planned residential project for up to 63 residential lots consisting of 33 lots for single-family homes and 30 lots for half-plex units, a 100-foot-wide open space easement along the site’s northeastern boundary, a private park, a multipurpose trail easement and right-of-way for utilities and roadways.

The project site is located in the community of Olympic Valley, west of state Route 89 and north of Squaw Valley Road along both the east and west sides of Creeks End Court.

The public comment period for the DEIR report is open for 45 days, until Nov. 4. The Placer County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the project Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center (8318 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach) to receive public comment on the DEIR. After the close of the public comment period, staff will review the comments to the adequacy of the DEIR and prepare a final environmental impact report prior to any future hearing recommendation to the Planning Commission on the final project as a whole. The project does not require approval from the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

The California Environmental Quality Act requires the preparation of an environmental impact report when there is substantial evidence that a project could have a significant effect on the environment. The purpose of an EIR is to provide decision-makers, public-agencies and the general public with an objective and informational document that fully discloses the potential environmental effects of the proposed project. The EIR provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects such as biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; population and housing; and transportation and traffic with the implementation of the proposed project.

The report is available for review during normal business hours at the Tahoe City Library (740 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City), the Truckee Library (10031 Levon Ave., Truckee), the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency offices in Tahoe City (775 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City) and in Auburn (3091 County Center Drive, Auburn). It’s also available online at:

Comments may be addressed to the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; by fax to 530-745-3080; at the October 27 Planning Commission hearing, or by email to Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 4.

For more information on the project, please contact the project planner, Allen Breuch, at 530-581-6284.

Governor Signs Dahle Forestry Bill

Source: Office of Assemblyman Brian Dahle  |  2016-09-27

AB 2029 Extends Effort to Streamline Fuel Reductions

A bill extending a California law that reduces the paperwork burden on landowners working to thin their forests in fire-prone regions of the state has been signed into law.

Assembly Bill 2029, authored by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, extends a pilot program created in 2013 by Dahle’s AB 744. The law grants landowners exemptions from the requirement to file a Timber Harvest Plan for small-scale thinning projects that cut trees up to 24 inches in diameter, preserving larger trees and making room for them to grow. The pilot program targets regions of California at high risk of wildfires.

“This program is still new,” Dahle said, “but I’ve heard from multiple landowners in Northern California that it is a critical tool. The cost of preparing a Timber Harvest Plan makes basic forest maintenance — the work we want to encourage for long-term health of the trees — a money-loser. Streamlining the bureaucratic burdens makes this work affordable for landowners. And doing that creates jobs in rural California.”

In addition to extending the pilot program through the year 2021, AB 2029 requires a study from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on the use of the exemption, and creates a path toward expanding the largest trees that can be cut under the exemption from 24 inches to 26 inches, measured at 8 inches from the ground.

“We need to strike a balance so landowners don’t neglect their property because of the cost of regulation,” Dahle said. “I’ve seen these projects on the ground. The results make me confident this is a path that allows sound forestry while protecting the environment. I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for their support and Governor Brown for his signature.”

Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, represents California’s 1st Assembly District, including all or parts of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou Counties.

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Why Being There Matters

Source: Kayla Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach  |  2016-09-27

Ensign Janice Mallery, from Roseville, Calif., acts as conning officer as the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) get into formation with ships from Carrier Strike Group 5 and Expeditionary Strike Group 7 to participate in a photo exercise to signify the completion of Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield 2016 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is participating in Valiant Shield in an effort to increase naval integration and joint capabilities in the event of conflict, contingency, or disaster relief. 
--(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Dionne/Released)

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world's oceans give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world's oceans.

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Sacramento Cyclocross Kicks-Off Race Series October 8-9

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2016-09-27

Rocklin Venues Shine in Cyclocross Races

On October 8 and 9 Sacramento Cyclocross will kick-off their cyclocross race season with exhilarating events in two Rocklin locations, both which are first-time venues for the organization. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be teaming up with them to bring the first of their race series to Placer Valley and give exposure to this unique and exciting sport.

Cyclocross is a fall and winter sport that combines elements of mountain and cross-country biking and elevates them to the next level in an adventure-filled, obstacle-ridden way. Sacramento Cyclocross, a Northern California based grassroots cyclocross race series dates back to the early 1990's, is currently run by husband and wife team, Clint and Jennifer Claassen of Time Your Race.

The first race will take place at Rocklin's Johnson Springview Park onSaturday, October 8. This new venue will be ideal for spectating as the entire park is visible from the center.

"The oak grove around the disc golf course not only provides great shade, but opportunities for interesting course changes and turns on rolling terrain, combined with the open grass area at the front of the park that makes for an interesting and fun course," explained Clint Claassen, who races as well as co-organizes the series.

The racing continues on Sunday, October 9 at the Rocklin Golf Course and Claassen shared his perspective on this location, "It's a unique opportunity to host a cyclocross race on a golf course period, but the terrain at the Rocklin Golf Course will add some challenging technical aspects for racers; the hillside in the center of the course that extends up from the driving range allows the course designer to include tricky off cumber turns, steep climbs and fast descents that are all visible form the deck of the clubhouse!"

The competitive racing age varies from 9 to 75 years old and there will be a total of seven different races throughout the day on both Saturday and Sundaywith the first race starting at 9 a.m. and the last race at 3 p.m. In the spirit of family, fun and including everyone, Sacramento Cyclocross offers a free kids race to any child 9 and under, registration is available on race day.

The races are free for spectators. Yolo Brewing Company will be featured in the beer gardens and El Fira will have their wood fired oven onsite with wood-fired pizzas and other food options available to purchase. Come check out the action! Johnson Springview Park is located at 5480 5th St. and the Rocklin Golf Course is located at 4201 Midas Ave. We hope to see you there

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit or call 916-773-5400.

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Plan to Remove Drought and Bark Beetle Affected Trees OK’d by Supervisors

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-09-27

With an ever-growing number of drought-weakened trees dying from bark beetle infestation, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved a plan to remove hazardous trees that could damage or destroy county infrastructure.

County staff has identified approximately 1,800 trees in need of immediate removal. With an estimate of $1,700 per tree, the total cost of the project is expected to be about $3.1 million. After funding the tree removal efforts, the county will seek reimbursement through the California Disaster Assistance Act that would repay the county for 75 percent of the tree removal costs.

The magnitude of tree mortality in California continues to expand. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimates there are 66 million dead and dying trees in the state. Placer County is one of 10 counties identified by the state to be significantly affected by tree mortality. The governor has declared a state of emergency all across California due to dead trees and the county board of supervisors has declared a local state of emergency.

“This is an evolving problem both for Placer County and the state, as well. And the size and scale of the problem is enormous.” said John McEldowney, Placer County Office of Emergency Services program manager. “Our goal is to get to the root of the problem.”

While there are tens of thousands of trees in Placer County affected by the tree mortality epidemic, the county will first deal with dead and dying trees that pose a danger to county owned and maintained roads, facilities and key infrastructure. Trees in high hazard zones that threaten roads, evacuation corridors, critical community infrastructure and structures are targeted for removal. Stressed or dead trees on private property are primarily the responsibility of the property owner.

In related news:

  • There will be a bark beetle community meeting Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Alta Fire Hall, 33950 Alta Bonny Nook Road in Alta at 7 p.m. Numerous agencies will be participating.
  • The Placer County Resource Conservation District is now offering landowner assistance for private property owners who have affected trees on their land. A registered forester or arborist will be available to speak with landowners and do an on-site property inspection and make site-specific recommendations. Contact the district by email: or phone: 916-600-3061.
  • A California forest stewardship helpline has been established where callers can speak with a registered professional forester and receive information on tree mortality. That number is 1-800-738-TREE (8733).
  • The Placer County Tree Mortality Task Force will have a booth at this weekend’s Auburn Home show at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.

For more information, please visit the Placer County Tree Mortality Task Force web page:

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Placer Selects Steven Pedretti as New Community Development Resource Agency Director

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2016-09-27

Guiding future development in Placer County is now in the hands of Steven Pedretti, Placer’s new Community Development Resource Agency director.

Pedretti was previously community development agency director for El Dorado County, and joins Placer with more than 35 years of government service, including 27 at the county level. He is a licensed civil engineer, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and received a senior executives in state and local government certificate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

As Placer’s CDRA director, Pedretti will be responsible for overseeing land use and development, as well as open space conservation, in the county’s unincorporated areas. County services like building permits and inspections, compliance with county codes, environmental regulation and review of proposed land development and zoning changes all fall under his purview.

“With transformative efforts like planning for the build-out of the Sunset Area in south Placer and environmentally sustainable redevelopment projects throughout North Lake Tahoe looming, we’re on the cusp of some very exciting opportunities in Placer County,” said County Executive Officer David Boesch. “I have every confidence Steve is the right person to lead us through these changes and bring us into an era of improved public engagement and transparency.”

"I'm excited to be joining such a forward-looking organization,” Pedretti said. “I'm very impressed that every member of the board and executive staff is focused on how to make Placer County THE place to be in the coming decades, and I can’t wait to get started."

Pedretti’s selection was confirmed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors today during the closed session portion of their meeting in Auburn. He will begin work for Placer County by the end of October.

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Team Eskaton Hits the Football Field to Help Prevent Seniors from Falling

Source: Eskaton  |  2016-09-22

In addition to the fall-prevention video, Eskaton is offering fall-prevention assessments and classes. Between September 15-23, Eskaton communities will provide an exercise class, such as Tai Chi or yoga, that is open to the public and will focus on better balance, strength and flexibly.

Eskaton’s No Falls League recently got out on the football field and recorded a video for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, coming September 22, 2016. The video, “Ready Steady Balance,” was named after the National Council on Aging’s 2016 initiative. Eskaton developed the video to highlight efforts in providing resources and programs to transform the aging experience while supporting larger efforts to reduce the number of falls. In the video, Eskaton’s Fall Prevention Team shows their peers how to have fun while exercising and prevent falls.

“We take a fun and new approach to teaching fall prevention, which can help reduce the number of falls each year,” said Eskaton Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Christy Barry. “The specially designed fall prevention exercises help strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and build faster reaction times, just in case you do lose your balance.”

The No Falls League, comprised of Eskaton’s independent living residents, are seniors aged 67 to 95, wearing football jerseys reflecting their age. Led by Barry, the seniors in the video demonstrate several exercises showing how easy it is to improve balance and strength, helping to reduce fall risk. Low-impact exercises include knee lifts, weight shifting, shoulder rolls, overhead arm reach, arm reach across the chest and more. To watch the video and download a checklist, please visit

In addition to the fall-prevention video, Eskaton is offering fall-prevention assessments and classes. Between September 15-23, Eskaton communities will provide an exercise class, such as Tai Chi or yoga, that is open to the public and will focus on better balance, strength and flexibly. “We want people to be aware that most falls are preventable, and we provide resources to seniors and their families,” said Barry. For a list of classes, visit

According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older American is seen in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 seconds a senior dies from a fall, which is the leading cause of death for an older adult. Eskaton continues to provide education and training for seniors year-round to reduce the injury and fatality rate and improve quality of life.

The vision of Eskaton is to transform the aging experience. Its dedicated team members provide services and support for nearly 12,000 individuals annually who live in Eskaton communities or participate in its comprehensive home-support services. Eskaton is also pet-friendly. For more information, please call (916) 334-0810, or visit

Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors throughout Northern California, releases innovative fall-prevention video just in time for the NFL season.

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Come Talk Trash with the Western Placer Waste Management Authority

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2016-09-22

The Western Placer Waste Management Authority will host its sixth annual community meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. to discuss odors and other operational issues of importance to local residents. The meeting will be held at their offices, 3033 Fiddyment Road, near the corner of Athens Avenue in Roseville.

This year’s meeting will highlight several recent and proposed odor-related projects, including the introduction of a new mobile odor notification application.

“We appreciate the community’s continued involvement in these meetings,” said Eric Oddo, program manager for the WPWMA. “Feedback from our neighbors has been instrumental in understanding how we can improve our efforts to be a good partner in the community.”

The WPWMA is a joint powers authority comprised of Placer County and the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville. It owns and operates the landfill and material recovery facility located in south Placer County.

Please RSVP for the meeting here.

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Women’s Empowerment Receives $45K Grant from Wells Fargo

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-09-22

Women’s Empowerment staff and students accept a check from Wells Fargo representatives for job training for formerly homeless women.

Wells Fargo & Company recently granted $45,000 to Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment for job training for formerly homeless women through the group’s Get A Job Kit Training, which provides paid stipends to participants. Funds also will support Women’s Empowerment’s on-the-job training in customer service and office administration, as well as transportation in partnership with Paratransit.

“The Get A Job Kit Training provides formerly homeless women with a unique opportunity to begin immediately building a financially stable home – something most other organizations serving homeless women are not able to offer,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Wells Fargo for its steadfast support as we empower women once homeless to find a steady job and a stable home for their families.”

Women’s Empowerment launched The Get A Job Kit Training with the help of Wells Fargo in 2014 to train women in the production, customer service, shipping and receiving industries. The program includes four-week paid training sessions with education and training in the field, assembly instruction and work with employment specialists. Trainees assemble the Get A Job Kits and send to customers, and receive training on safety in the workplace, conflict resolution, quality assurance and inventory management. Forty graduates have completed the training, with 70% now employed with local businesses. In the first year, 24 graduates sold and shipped 5,000+ Get A Job Kits across the country. For more information:

“I’m 44 and I felt like I missed out on life until I came to Women’s Empowerment,” said Lisa Costabile, one of the first Get A Job Kit Training graduates. “Now I feel like my life is just starting. And with the training we’ve received, We can walk into any employer and be more of an asset. Now I’m ready to start a career. Whatever I need to do, I’ll do it.”

The award is part of Wells Fargo’s targeted commitment to strengthen communities challenged by the highest levels of unemployment. Wells Fargo awarded $2.3 million to 59 nonprofits across California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The organizations offer people advancement opportunities by providing services focused on small- and micro-business development, workforce development and job creation. For more information:

“By directing $2.3 million to communities that are challenged by the highest levels of unemployment, it is our hope that we can change the economic prosperity of communities – one person at a time,” said Kevin Barri, community foothills area president of Wells Fargo. “Hearing the success stories from formerly homeless women now gainfully employed and stable confirms our investment in their future is paying off.”

The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation, visit:

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Serve Our Democracy as a Placer County Poll Worker

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2016-09-22

Can’t get enough of this year’s election? The best seats in the house on Election Day are still available - and we’ll pay you to take them.

It takes more than 1,600 poll workers to staff Placer County’s polling sites each election, and our office of elections is now accepting applications for all positions for the Nov. 8 presidential general election. It’s a great chance to give back to the community, be a part of the excitement of our democratic process and earn a little money, too.

“Voting is our most important responsibility as citizens,” said Ryan Ronco, Placer County clerk-recorder-registrar of voters. “As a poll worker, you make it possible for all of us to exercise our right to vote. It’s an honorable - and a fun - thing to do.”

Poll workers must be at least 18 years old (unless participating in the student poll worker program), be registered to vote in California or a permanent legal resident of the United States, provide their own transportation and be able to work from 6 a.m. to around 9 p.m. on the day of the election.

Poll worker duties include opening and closing polling sites, verifying voter names on election rosters and issuing and collecting ballots. Pay ranges from $85 to $100. Volunteers earn an additional $20 for attending poll worker training, required for certain positions.

Volunteering can be a great fundraising opportunity for service clubs or community organizations. Staffing an entire precinct can earn a group up to $730.

For more information or to apply online, visit the Placer County elections website or call the office of elections at 530-886-5650 or 1-800-824-8683.

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