March 2020 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

March 2020


Placer County working together to meet California's Greenhouse Emissions goal.

I would like to take a moment to bring your attention to Placer County’s first-ever Sustainability Plan, a road map to meet California’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

The goal of the plan is to reduce carbon emissions and our vulnerability to risks associated with climate change. It is designed to offset and avoid GHG emissions associated with county operations and community activities in the unincorporated areas of the county. It addresses emissions from buildings, land use, transportation, water consumption and waste generation.

In 2019, Placer County ranked number one in California for quality of life, which makes our county a very desirable place for people to live, work, play and learn. One of the things I love most about Placer County is the proximity of our vibrant population centers in the valley to our natural open spaces including rural foothill areas and vast mountains and wildlands. Unfortunately, however, our county is vulnerable to a wide range of climate-related hazards, including drought, flooding, avalanches, bark beetle infestations, tree mortality and wildfires.

Although the unincorporated areas of Placer County reduced their GHG emissions by 16% between 2005-2015 and have met the state’s 2020 GHG emission goals, without more action GHG emissions in Placer County are forecast to increase 87% by 2050. It is critically important that we continue to do our part to reduce carbon emissions to help keep Placer County’s environment healthy.

For many years Placer County has successfully implemented policies to reduce GHG emissions and advance sustainability, including: mPower, solar power incentive programs, transportation demand management, the Placer County Government Center master plan, Placer County building retrofits, solid waste disposal initiatives, the One Big Bin recycling system, and zero emission transit buses.

Other successful GHG reduction-related county programs include offering free rides on Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit in eastern Placer County, which has increased ridership by 32% in just the first few months of the program; as well as the installation of solar panel carports at six county buildings, which will save the county $5 million and reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing more than 900 vehicles from the road for over 20 years.

The adoption of the Placer County Sustainability Plan is one more step toward doing our part to ensure that Placer County’s resources, beauty and opportunities continue to flourish for future generations.

To learn more about the Placer County Sustainability Plan, please visit

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

Placer County Department of Child Support Services ranked #1 in California for first time ever

CSS is #1

The Placer County Child Support Services Department, for the first time, placed first for performance statistics among all California counties - surpassing last year's excellent accomplishments. Learn more

Placer County Receives Grant To Support Residents with Alzheimer's, Dementia


A new grant from the California Department of Public Health will help create "dementia-friendly communities" in Placer County. Learn more

Public Meeting for Proposed Hidden Falls Trails Expansion Project set for March 26

Hidden Falls

Public meeting for proposed Hidden Falls Trails Expansion Project set for March 26 at 5:00 p.m.   Learn more

Placer County aproves $5 million to resurface 132 mile of county roads

Bowman Bridge

More than 132 miles of county roads will be resurfaced this summer with the Placer County Board of Supervisors approving five million for the work. Learn more

Board Encourages Placer County's participation in the 2020 Census

2020 Census

The Placer County Board of Supervisors today passed a resolution voicing support for the 2020 Census, urging residents to participate and be counted this spring. Learn more

Placer Superior Court seeks volunteers for Grand Jury service

PC Superior Courts

The Placer Superior Court is seeking applications from Placer County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2020-2021 Grand Jury. Learn more

One thing I want to remind you of is to encourage every citizen in the county to sign up for PlacerAlert. This is a state-of-the-art community notification system to alert residents about emergency events and other important public safety information. This system enables us to call, text or email critical information to you quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and yes wildfire evacuations. Please help us to help you and sign up for this emergency notification system. My hope is that this year’s wildfire season will come and go without incident, but for that to happen we must be united in our prevention efforts.

Placer County Board of Supervisors

Learn more about the Board of Supervisors, including information on upcoming Board of Supervisors meetings.

Learn more about Supervisor Jim Holmes. 

District 3 Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs)

MAC meetings are sometimes cancelled. Please verify meeting dates by visiting online calendar or contacting the Board of Supervisors Office at (530)889-4010.

North Auburn MAC
March 10, 2020
6:00 PM

Newcastle/Ophir MAC
March 19, 2020
7:00 PM

Horseshoe Bar/Penryn MAC
March 24, 2020
7:00 PM

List of Active Projects

County Jobs

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