September 2020 District 3 Newsletter

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September 2020

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The Right to Vote

In 1973, August 26th was designated as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the day in 1920 when Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed a proclamation that granted American women the constitutional right to vote. Although a handful of states had individually granted women the right to vote decades before the 19th Amendment was passed, it was not until August 18, 1920 that Tennessee’s vote in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment gave the movement the three-fourths vote of states necessary to pass.

As with any transformative change, the road leading to this victory was rough and long. The first organized women’s rights event took place in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, and after more than 70 years of marches, protests, pickets and lobbying, women in the United States were finally guaranteed the right to vote. California holds a special place in women’s suffrage history as thousands of women in California advocated for the right to vote on the streets, in the newspapers, in the state capital and throughout the state. In California, women gained the right to vote with the passage of Amendment 8 to the state constitution in 1911 – nearly a decade before the 19th Amendment was passed. Placer County voters helped win this victory by supporting this amendment at the polls.

Although women had been granted the privilege and the right to vote, many continued the fight for equal rights in the United States, as the 19th Amendment did not grant all women the right to vote. Ultimately it was not until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Federal legislation that prohibits racial discrimination in voting in all states, that all women, and people of all racial backgrounds, were allowed to vote freely in every state.

Once women gained the right to vote, they also began to run for political office. Irene Burns, an educator who dedicated her life to teaching disabled children, was the first woman to serve in a public office when she was elected Placer County Superintendent of Schools. I am grateful to Irene Burns for her pioneering spirit and determination to serve the community, and I am grateful for all of the women elected to public office who I have served with over the years. The basis of a representative government is to ensure that all are represented, and we are all made better human beings by working alongside those who bring a different, equally valuable perspective.

Voting is the foundation of a functioning democratic system. It allows all of us to have a say in our government and ensures accountability for our leaders. The brave women who fought for decades to win their right to vote should serve as great inspiration to all of us, and we should honor their struggles by taking our right to vote seriously. As American citizens we must reaffirm our desire to continue to strengthen democratic participation and to inspire future generations to cherish and preserve the historic precedent so many women fought so hard to establish under the 19th Amendment.

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Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

Placer Shares

The Placer County Board of Supervisors set aside $8 million of its federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act to help Placer's small businesses and nonprofits with qualifying expenses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting state shutdown. Watch video...

Now through September 7, applications are being accepted for Placer Shares grants. Learn more and apply...

Placer Shares Eats & Drinks: Following the BOS's August 18 action, Placer Shares Eats & Drinks applications for restaurant and bar grants are being accepted now through September 30th. Learn more and apply...

Placer County and Mercy Housing break ground on 79-unit affordable housing development

Mercy Groundbreaking

Placer County has broken ground with developer Mercy Housing on an affordable housing project at the Placer County Government Center in Auburn. Watch video and learn more...

Placer County and PCOE

A Joint Message from Placer County Public Health and Placer County Office of Education

Contrary to a Rocklin Unified School District statement on August 21, Placer County Public Health has not recommended delaying school reopening for in-person instruction. Learn more...

Placer County approves alcohol ban for its North Auburn government center campus


At its July 28 meeting, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved adding a restriction to county code that will ban alcohol at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn.  Learn more...

Recovery Happens

No matter where you are, near or far - recovery happens. Residents are invited to join in Saturday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (register in advance).  Learn more...


If you have not yet done so, take a moment to sign up for PlacerAlert. Placer Alert notifies residents about emergency events and other important public safety information via phone call, text or email. As we head into fire season, please help us to help you by signing up to receive these important alerts. 


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 September.   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.

Auburn Interfaith Food Closet

September is Hunger Action Month.

Help Auburn Interfaith Food Closet help your neighbor. Learn more...

Auburn Interfaith Food Closet

List of Active Projects

County Jobs

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