December 2020 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

December 2020

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Shop local & support our Placer County Businesses this holiday season 

We are approaching a holiday season that will likely look different than holiday seasons in the past, but we can still tap into the holiday spirit to help our communities. One way to support your community is to focus on “shopping small” by making local small businesses your first stop for holiday items. Patronizing small businesses in your community will help strengthen the local economy and support your neighbors, and you will get the benefit of great local products and services.  The holidays give us the chance to reconnect with each other and every purchase at a small business, from a cup of coffee to a new TV, makes a difference.

Placer County’s small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They not only add character to our communities and deliver the goods and services we need all year long, they also provide employment opportunities for our families and friends. In fact, small businesses provide two out of every three new job opportunities in our communities.  Supporting our small businesses helps us to build and maintain a strong economic foundation, which benefits all of us.

During this holiday season don’t forget to dine locally as well. Although we are all doing our best to navigate the state’s changing COVID-19 restrictions, we can still enjoy al fresco dining or grab takeout from our favorite restaurants while you are out shopping. And don’t forget many restaurants also offer gift cards, which are great to have on hand for yourself and to give to the people on your list! Let’s make sure we help support our small businesses throughout the holiday season and beyond.

If you own a small business, please be sure to take a look at programs and events being offered by the U.S. Small business Administration (SBA) and the Placer Business Resource Center (BRC). The Small Business Administration’s Sacramento District Office hosts a weekly webinar for small businesses on SBA resources in an interactive format. Participants can ask questions and learn about SBA’s resources, including loan programs, federal contracting programs, training opportunities, and business counseling services. Please visit the SBA calendar for more information.

The Placer Business Resource Center is also offering a wide array of programs and services for small businesses, including virtual workshops, one-on-one business advising, hiring events and permitting assistance. Please visit the Small Business Resource Center’s website for more information.  

Finally, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. Although we are facing struggles right now, there is still much to be thankful for. I look forward to the day that we have moved past these trying times, and until then I continue to be grateful for all that we have, including our wonderful community.

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

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Residents encouraged to "Shop Placer" this holiday Season

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Placer County and city leaders have united to roll-out a Shop Placer campaign this holiday season. The Shop Placer, Show Love for Local campaign, encourages Placer County residents to shop local whenever possible. Read more...

Placer County resumes modified public counter services amid COVID-19 surge


To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Placer County will again be moving to modified public counter services this week.  Read more...

Placer County District Attorney's Office launches senior citizen Placer PROTECT Program

Senior Care Program launched by PC DA

The Placer County District Attorney's Office is launching an online senior citizen series to educate residents about issues affecting the senior citizens in the county. Learn more...

Placer County Museums Division wins a SOPHIE (Short Film) award

Mastering the Mountains

Our Placer County Museums Division was recently honored with a SOFIE (short film award) for best editing in a documentary short film for its production of "Master in the Mountains", a short film about the building of the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada. The documentary, edited and directed in 2019 by Placer County Museums exhibit technician Jason Adair, was created to mark 150 years since the completion of the country's first transcontiental railroad in 1869. "Winning the SOFIE award is validation of the hours of research devoted th this project," said Adair. "This project wouldn't have been possible without our amazing curators who are so knowledgeable about Placer's history."  Watch the film...

Placer County Public Health shares COVID-19 safety tips ahead of holidays

COVID19 safety during the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many are wondering how to safely celebrate in the time of COVID-19. Pending forthcoming additional state guidance, Placer County Public Health is sharing some tips to help community members start thinking about ways to connect during this meaningful time of year while giving the gift of health to our loved ones.  Learn more...

New fee program aimed at boosting affordable housing in Placer County

New Fee program aimed at boosting affordable housing in PC

Facing escalating housing affordability challenges, the Placer County Board of Supervisors adopted on October 27, a new affordable housing inclusionary requirement and fee program to help advance Placer's affordable housing initiatives.  Learn more...

Placer County Board of Supervisors extend Placer Shares Impact Grants funding for businesses

Placer Shares

On December 1, the Placer County Board of Supervisors authorized an additional $2 million in Placer Shares Impact Grants to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more... 

Two Placer Health and Human Services programs receive awards for innovation

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Placer County received two awards from the California State Association of Counties both for Health and Human Services programs. 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. 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 December.   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.

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