October 2020 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

October 2020

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We have had many challenges during these several months of COVID-19. One of the things I miss the most is being able to visit our Placer County libraries.  Fortunately, I have been able to use this time to read several books in my home library that have been on my reading list for quite some time, but sat on my bookshelf waiting  patiently for my attention.

I have finally finished Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner’s amazing book about the American West and its disappearing water, an ever-evolving story. I then read Gina Kolata’s Flu, the story of the 1918 influenza pandemic. These are the types of books that I take time to read because they lead me to reflect on how human activity through the ages has brought civilization to where it is today and make me think about what we could do better.

Among the biographies I’ve read these past few months are Ronald White’s American Ulysses about the career of President Grant, Leadership in Turbulent Times by one of my favorite historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Joan Biskupic’s Chief a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts.

As any avid reader knows, every book you finish leads you to another. That is why I miss my local library. It is just a short walk from my office to the Auburn Library and when I need a break from my work I stroll over to the library and browse the shelves, look at the new books on display, and sometimes succumb to a book that catches my eye and takes me on a new journey.

Libraries are a very important part of any community, a place where young and old alike can gain knowledge in a quiet relaxing environment. I am very pleased that Mary George, Director of Library Services, and Sophie Bruno, the very able Assistant Director, have begun the process of safely reopening our libraries, with some locations set to open October 6. Please visit the Library Services website, for more information on library openings, including information on operating hours for specific library locations (information on library reopenings will be posted online Friday, October 2).

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

Oldham appointed as Placer County's interim health officer

Dr Oldham

At the Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting on September 22, the board unanimously appointed Dr. Rob Oldham as Placer County's interim health officer effective September 26. Oldham, who recently returned to the county as the new director of Health and Human Services and chief psychiatrist, previously served as health officer at Placer County for nearly six years. Read more...

Hidden Falls Park Continuance by Placer County Planning Commission to October 22

Hidden Falls

The Placer County Parks Division requested a continuance of a public hearing at their meeting of September 24. Learn more...

Resource Conservation District's Chipper Shredder Program Resumes

Placer Resource Conservation District’s (Placer RCD) Chipper Program will resume services on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Although the program experienced a temporary pause this spring due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Placer RCD is grateful for the community’s patience and excited to announce its reopening. Learn more...

Placer ag value increases 17% in 2019, rice remains top crop

Placer ag

Strong prices an an increase in planted acreage of rice and walnut crops in Placer County helped drive a 17% increase of total crop value in 2019.  Learn more...

Placer County hiring election aides ahead of November 3 general election

PC Elections 2020

In preparation for the November 3rd general election, the Placer County Elections Office is recruiting election aide temporary positions for county voting centers in North Lake Tahoe. Learn more...

Placer approves Sabre City Park Estates subdivision project in western portion of county

Sabre City Park Estates

The Placer County Board of Supervisor approved the Sabre City Park Estates subdivision project west of the City of Roseville.  Learn more...


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

Learn more about Supervisor Jim Holmes. 


There will be no District 3 MAC meetings in October.   MAC meetings will not be held until social distancing orders implemented as a result of COVID0-19 have been lifted.

Please check our online MAC meeting calendar or contact the Board of Supervisors Office at (530)889-4010 for information on future meetings.

Placer County Transportation Planning Agency

Is Public Transit meeting your needs?

PCTPA wants to hear from you about how public transit can best serve the Placer County Region. This survey is open September 1st to October 31st.   Learn more...


List of Active Projects

County Jobs

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