Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova)

The California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) was signed into law on September 21st by Governor Brown, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. AB 2249 ensures park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Cooley and Assemblymen Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) in response to the U.S. National Park Service’s controversial renaming of several landmarks at Yosemite National Park due to a dispute with their ex-concessionaire.

“This bill makes clear that trademarking of historic names in state parks by concessionaires without any independent basis for a claim is unacceptable and our state Department of Parks and Recreation cannot sign off on the type of trademarking conduct that produced the Yosemite dispute,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “With AB 2249’s signature, that kind of behavior will disqualify a concessionaire from receiving a concessions contract in California, which makes the bipartisan unanimity of the Legislature especially impressive.”

The Ahwahnee Hotel has been re-named the “Majestic Yosemite Hotel,” Curry Village is now “Half Dome Village,” the Wawona Hotel is “Big Trees Lodge” and Badger Pass Ski Area is now called “Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.”

AB 2249 ensures nothing of the same kind occurs in a California state park. To keep concessionaires from co-opting state landmarks, this bill adds to state law a prohibition on concessionaires claiming ownership of a name associated with a California state park and disqualifies a bidder from future contracts if they attempt such trademark claims.

“Our state parks are not like football or baseball stadiums, trading sponsorship deals to the highest bidder,” said Assemblyman Gray. “The people of California protect and preserve these landmarks as a part of our history, and it is the people of California who own their storied names.”

“I have the privilege of representing Yosemite National Park and know first-hand how treasured these landmarks are by the people of our state,” said Assemblyman Bigelow. “I’m proud to co-author AB 2249 to protect historic sites up and down California.”

California’s Yosemite National Park is on the short list of America’s most magnificent parks and is filled with historic landmarks built decades ago—some date back to the 19th century. The Ahwahnee Hotel was built in the 1920s in a valley meadow with the sheer granite of Half Dome as its backdrop; its filing for the National Register of Historic Places explains its name comes from a local Native American word meaning “deep, grassy meadow.” Nearby Curry Village is named after the couple who established a summer camp there in 1899.  The Wawona Hotel, in the southwest corner of Yosemite National Park, was originally constructed 140 years ago, in 1876. All three were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s.

Assembly Bill 2249 will take effect January 1, 2017.


Get Notifications if Disaster Strikes

Source: Sacramento County  |  2016-09-29

With fire season upon us and winter months approaching, there is no better time to prepare for a disaster - events that often occur with little to no warning – by registering with the mass notification system at any one of the following three URL’s: Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org.

Register now before a disaster hits, so public safety officials can call, text or email you in the event of a disaster.

Consider the state’s historic drought causing elevated wildfire danger, or winter storms and the many levees surrounding our urban core. Both events can occur rapidly, sometimes forcing evacuations, shelter in place orders and road closures. The regional mass notification system is a critical link for you to immediately learn of required actions.

Sign up for alerts at either Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org - it’s easy and your information is protected. Officials will only text during an emergency or public safety event, or if public help is needed to find a missing child or adult.

The unique feature of the system is the ability to handle more than one contact method for residents including cell phones, alternate numbers, text, email and even landlines. You choose the best notification method or chose them all. You can also register multiple locations, such as your work address, your parent’s address or your children’s school, in order to get alerts about the places that mean the most to you.

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or e-mail addresses, visit www.sacramento-alert.org, www.yolo-alert.org or www.placer-alert.org.


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Region Welcomes America's Navy Pilots

By M. Dawn Scott, Navy Office of Community Outreach  |  2016-09-29

The Blue Angels, Navy Band Southwest, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, USS Constitution Sailors and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets will be participating in the Sacramento Navy Week.

Sacramento hosted the Navy for the third time in eight years when Navy Week kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Sacramento Veterans Auditorium with a concert celebration, and concludes with the Capitol Air Show featuring the Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels.

“Sacramento Navy Week is an opportunity for people to see America’s Navy up close, and to make sure that happens, the Navy brings in as much as possible and approximately 60 events have been planned,” said Mr. Gary Ross, lead planner for Sacramento Navy Week with the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).

Navy Week Flag Host Rear Adm. Douglas “Woody” Beal, deputy commander, Navy Recruiting Command, will have the honor to participate in various ceremonies and meet with local business, civic and educational leaders during the week.

“It’s an honor to be a part of Sacramento Navy Week and it is important for the Navy to come here to share our capabilities and to renew bonds between Sacramento and the Navy,” said Rear Adm. Beal.

Several outreach events have been coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city. The Blue Angels, Navy Band Southwest, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, USS Constitution Sailors and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets will be participating in the Sacramento Navy Week.

Navy Band Southwest music group “Destroyers” will also perform at Sacramento’s “Block Party” at 6:00 pm. Sept. 30, and at the California Capital Airshow on both Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2 in Rancho Cordova.

“The Destroyers is more than your average rock band,” said Chief Musician Justin Belka, from NBSW. “Spanning charts through the decades, from the 70’s to today, this dynamic group of professional musicians is sure to please any crowd and appeal to people of all ages. The Destroyers utilize the latest sound reinforcement technology and performance techniques, allowing them to accurately reproduce any music style or genre, from Bruno Mars to Johnny Cash.”

Sailors from USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and a ship that actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855, will come dressed in uniforms from the 1800s to provide educational interactions about the ship’s history and current activities.

“The best part of serving on the Constitution is the sense of pride, history and heritage,” said Seaman Casey Kaczmarek.

Constitution’s interpretive history presentations, which include hands-on artifacts, will be presented to numerous schools in the area.

The culmination of Sacramento Navy Week will be the California Capital Airshow featuring the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, celebrating their 70th anniversary of flying excellence.

“The pilots want to be very approachable and connect with the American people by meeting, asking questions and seeing the pilot in action,” said Blue Angels Public Affairs Officer Lt. Joseph Hontz.

Sacramento’s warm welcome to the Navy promises for a week of events and activities that all should remember long after the Navy Week and the airshow have concluded.

Sacramento Navy Week is the 13th of 15 Navy Weeks in 2016 that focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.outreach.navy.mil.


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State Water Board Bans 100 Tank Sites from Cleanup Fund

Source: State Water Board  |  2016-09-29

$20 Million to be Paid in Largest Settlement of its Kind

As part of a settlement agreement, the State Water Resources Control Board has permanently banned 100 of Shell Oil Company’s underground storage tank (UST) claims, held by a subsidiary Equilon Enterprises LLC, from the UST Cleanup Fund for allegedly claiming reimbursement through false or misleading statements on claim forms.

Disqualifying these 100 claims could save the UST Cleanup Fund up to $150 million, significantly reducing Shell’s future reimbursements from the UST Cleanup Fund. In addition, the settlement agreement required Shell to pay $20 million to the parties to the settlement agreement. Specifically, Shell has paid the State Water Board more than $11 million to settle the State Water Board’s administrative claims and alleged False Claims Act violations.

Shell has paid an additional $8 million in settlement moneys to the state’s Office of the Attorney General and a whistleblower related to the alleged violations of the False Claims Act. The State Water Board’s portion of the settlement moneys will go to the UST Cleanup Fund and be used to reimburse other UST Cleanup Fund claims.

“The UST Cleanup Fund is a critical tool the State Water Board uses to protect public health and safety and the environment,” said Cris Carrigan, director of the State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement. “It is imperative that claimants not engage in bad faith or fraud when accessing these vitally important public-benefit funds by submitting false or misleading statements. If they do, the State Water Board has powerful administrative authority to disqualify and take deductions against claims.”

“The UST Cleanup Fund relies on accurate and truthful claimant self-reporting when issuing reimbursements,” said UST Cleanup Fund Manager Lisa Babcock. “We are pleased that Shell has now complied with the requirement and recognizes the critical need for full disclosure to the UST Cleanup Fund.”

State Water Board staff had challenged Shell’s UST Cleanup Fund claims since 2007, and developed an administrative case to disqualify certain claims from seeking reimbursement. The State Water Board and the Office of the Attorney General uncovered evidence that Shell failed to disclose reimbursements it received from insurance companies for the same sites where Shell was seeking UST Cleanup Fund reimbursement. Claimants are prohibited from receiving UST Cleanup Fund reimbursement for cleanup costs that have been, or will be, reimbursed from another source. Shell UST Cleanup Fund claims were placed on hold during the dispute between Shell and government agencies. As part of the settlement, the State Water Board will process reimbursement of up to $20 million in eligible claims subject to certain conditions set forth in the settlement.

Allegations and Settlement Agreement

On April 6, 2010, a whistleblower filed a complaint in Sacramento Superior Court against Shell alleging fraud under the California False Claims Act. The complaint alleged that when Shell submitted applications to the UST Cleanup Fund seeking reimbursement of costs at UST sites, it failed to disclose it previously had received reimbursement from a series of insurance claims, litigation, and settlements for the same sites on its Non-Recovery Certifications. This action resulted in a misrepresentation to the State Water Board as all types of monies received from other sources must be disclosed on its Non-Recovery Certifications. Double payments are not allowed under the UST Cleanup Fund.

The whistleblower complaint stated Shell’s failure to accurately report to the State Water Board the sources of other payments constituted a violation under the False Claims Act. The judicial action sought triple damages, penalties and attorney fees and costs against Shell. After the complaint was filed, the Office of the Attorney General coordinated its investigation with the State Water Board to determine how to best pursue and potentially resolve the claims asserted in the false claims lawsuit, as well as the State Water Board’s administrative claims.

Although the State Water Board was not a party to the False Claims Act litigation, it joined in the settlement negotiations arguing that it had independent administrative and litigation claims it could pursue. Shell cooperated with the State Water Board and the Office of the Attorney General in the investigation. The State Water Board’s resolution of the matter was contingent upon the settlement containing both a disqualification of certain claims and a reimbursement of funds previously paid to Shell from the UST Cleanup Fund. The disqualification of certain claims sends a strong message to all UST Cleanup Fund claimants of the importance of fully disclosing all monies that have been, or will be, reimbursed from another source.

Under the terms of the False Claims Act component of the settlement agreement, Shell will pay more than $11.3 million to the State Water Board and almost $5 million to the Office of the Attorney General in damages. In addition, Shell will pay more than $3.4 million to the whistleblower, in addition to reimbursing the third-party plaintiff for attorney fees and costs.

Under the terms of the Barry Keene Act component of the settlement agreement, 100 UST Cleanup Fund claims where Shell was previously qualified to receive reimbursements will now be permanently barred from the UST Cleanup Fund. These claims are no longer eligible to receive any reimbursement for cleanup costs. The UST Cleanup Fund’s average reimbursement is about $500,000 per eligible claim, but many claims use the entire $1.5 million allotment, so the savings for the UST Cleanup Fund is between $50 million and $150 million.

A copy of the settlement agreement approved by the Sacramento County Superior Court can be found at the State Water Board webpage.


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Aerojet Interns Gain Powerful Experience

Source: Areojet Rocketdyne  |  2016-09-29

“As an intern at Aerojet Rocketdyne I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most experienced and talented engineers in the aerospace industry,” said Bryce Chane.

Aerojet Rocketdyne hosted its largest group of college interns this summer with 79 students. In the past three years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has hired 196 interns from more than 50 different universities across the nation.

“Our internship and co-operative education programs are central to transferring knowledge within the company to the next-generation. We are also able to take advantage of their fresh perspective and incorporate new thoughts and ideas into the company,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake.

Aerojet Rocketdyne offers internships to students pursuing many areas of study, including finance, economics and business; however, the majority of the opportunities are in the engineering field. The company matches its interns with a mentor who provides guidance and assigns them a project based on their abilities, college courses completed and area of study. Interns are also included in a program called “Launch” which was created to ease the transition of newly hired recent graduates from college to the work environment through mentoring, social networking and identifying potential leadership opportunities

“As an intern at Aerojet Rocketdyne I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most experienced and talented engineers in the aerospace industry,” said Bryce Chanes about his experience this summer working as a Project Engineer Intern at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Los Angeles facility. “With their guidance and mentorship, I was able to hone my engineering skills and enhance my professional toolset in a way that no other experience can.”

Chanes worked on the important AR1 engine, which will end reliance on the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, currently used to power the nation’s most reliable launch vehicle. AR1 is taking advantage of the latest manufacturing processes, materials and technology to be able to rapidly develop and certify an engine by 2019 that will be more capable than the RD-180.

“I am so impressed with our current class of Aerojet Rocketdyne summer interns and the exciting projects they were able to work on, like AR1. They are our future leaders in engineering, science and business,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “I cannot wait to see what they do next.”

“I believe every college student should have the opportunity to try out the career they think they want to pursue as early as possible to get a feeling about what it’s like to walk in those shoes. I am lucky in that I knew from an early age that this is what I wanted to do,” said Chanes about his experience.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s internship program currently has interns at eight of its 14 sites and plans to grow the internship program to meet the increased need for qualified employees with real world experience.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


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Placer Wins Three “Best in Basin” Awards for Tahoe Environmental Projects

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-09-29

Placer County continues to be recognized for exemplary environmental efforts at North Lake Tahoe. Two projects have been awarded the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s “Best in the Basin” award for 2015, and another county program was recognized as a partner on another award.

Placer’s Department of Public Works and Facilities received awards for its Lower Chipmunk and Outfall Water Quality Improvement Project in Kings Beach and the Lake Forest Water Quality Improvement Project - Panorama Phase. The mPower program was recognized as a project partner on the Granlibakken Tahoe energy efficiency upgrades project.

“Our engineers in Tahoe have come up with innovative ways to reduce the sediment and nutrients flowing into Lake Tahoe and degrading its clarity,” said Public Works and Facilities Director Ken Grehm. “These two projects are part of our commitment to use cutting-edge methods and technologies to not only reduce the damage that’s been done to the lake, but to reverse it.”

The Lower Chipmunk project addresses the watershed above Kings Beach down through the “grid,” the residential streets above Highway 28 and down to the shore of Lake Tahoe. Public Works and Facilities went up into the watershed and took a broader look at water flows and designed a system that collects, conveys and treats sediment-carrying stormwater runoff that previously flowed unchecked through the streets of Kings Beach and into the lake. That project works in tandem with sediment control features in the county’s Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project downtown revitalization effort to reduce the pollutants reaching lake.

The Lake Forest project is the fourth and final phase of a 173-acre project to repair decades-old environmental damage. In the 1960s, the Lake Forest meadow was graded flat for a future housing development that was never built. Creeks that flowed through the meadow were diverted into culverts.

The project restored the environment of Lake Forest Creek through the Panorama neighborhood, replanted native vegetation and created a new outfall into the lake. The final phase built water quality treatment and erosion control improvements.

Granlibakken Tahoe received an award for their energy efficiency upgrades, which resulted in an estimated 43 percent reduction in energy use and annual savings up to $44,000. Placer County’s mPower program was recognized as a partner for providing the project financing. Sierra Business Council was also recognized as a partner for their role in project management.

“We congratulate Granlibakken on their award and are pleased to see their leadership in energy efficiency and the environment recognized,” said mPower Program Administrator Jenine Windeshausen. “We hope others in the Tahoe area will consider increasing energy efficiency to save money and improve the environment.”

The annual awards are given to projects around the lake that improve the environmental and economic health in the basin and its surrounding communities.


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Pet Adoptions 50 Percent Off at Placer County’s Auburn Shelter Oct. 3 – 15

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-09-29

The fall adoption special is happening for the next two weeks at Placer County’s animal shelter in North Auburn. Facing a surplus of wagging tails, the county’s animal services center will reduce cat and dog adoption fees from Oct. 3 - 15. Dog adoptions - normally $121 plus a $20 licensing fee are just $60 (plus the $20 licensing fee). Cat adoption fees are reduced from $101 to $50 (no licensing fee). The reduced fee is only for animals one year and older.

“Fall weather means cooler temperatures in Placer County, a perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors with a new family dog or bundling-up on the couch with a feline friend,” said Peggy Zarriello, assistant animal services director.

Dog adoption fees include the cost of the heartworm test (for dogs over 6 months); a first heartworm preventative pill; flea and tick prevention; a first distemper, parvo and bordetella vaccination; rabies vaccination (if over 4 months); deworming; microchipping; and spay or neuter procedures.

Cat adoption fees include the cost of a feline AIDS and leukemia test; a first feline distemper vaccination; deworming; rabies vaccination (if over 4 months); microchipping; and spay or neuter procedures.

Search available animals for your new best friend on our animal services website or at petharbor.com. Or drop by the Auburn shelter (11251 B Ave.in Auburn) anytime during its recently-expanded hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Would-be adopters must complete an adoption application, also available on our website. Stay tuned, the new Auburn shelter is opening Oct. 24!


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Free Medication Take-Back at 12 Placer County Locations Oct. 22

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2016-09-29

A free medication take-back event will take place at 11 locations throughout western Placer County on Saturday, Oct. 22. Take-back hours have changed from previous events: Gates will open at 9 a.m. and will close at 1 p.m.

A take-back event will also be held in Tahoe City, hosted by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Tahoe-Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence, for residents of eastern Placer County from 9 a.m. to noon.

Led by the Coalition for Placer Youth, and in collaboration with the Rx Drug Safety Placer Nevada coalition, local law enforcement, public health entities, and local schools, the event will accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs, controlled substances and veterinary medications at the following locations (please note the location changes from previous events):

Auburn
City Hall
1225 Lincoln Way

Justice Center
2929 Richardson Dr.

Granite Bay
Granite Bay High School
1 Grizzly Way

Lincoln
Lincoln Police Department
770 7th St.

Loomis
Del Oro High School
3301 Taylor Road

Rocklin
Old Kmart
5616 Pacific St.
(corner of Pacific & Sunset)

Whitney High School
701 Wildcat Blvd.

Roseville
Maidu Community Center
Korean War Memorial
1550 Maidu Drive

Roseville High School
1 Tiger Way

Sun City - Roseville
7050 Del Webb Blvd.

Colfax
Placer County Sheriff’s Office Substation
10 Culver St.

Tahoe City (9 a.m. – noon)
Old Fire House
300 North Lake Blvd.

Pills should be emptied from bottles into plastic bags and then sealed. Liquids can be dropped off in original bottles; personal information should be removed or crossed out with a permanent marker.

Unacceptable items include sharps and lancets, medical waste, illicit drugs aerosols and hydrogen peroxide.

“Events like this help remove potentially dangerous prescriptions drugs from the community,” said Christina Ivazes, health educator for substance abuse prevention with the Placer County Children’s System of Care. “We collected 5,700 pounds of medications at our take-back event last April, which was a 58 percent increase from what was collected at the April 2015 event. This commitment to community wellness and our youth is what makes Placer County great!”


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County Unveils Draft Vision for Sunset Area and Placer Ranch in South Placer

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-09-28

Placer County planners today unveiled the first draft land use vision for Placer Ranch and the Sunset Area in south Placer - where planned university, technology and residential developments are expected to drive economic growth for decades.

At today’s board of supervisors meeting, county staff presented a draft land use diagram of the Sunset Area, which include brand new concepts, such as an entertainment mixed-use district to bring in visitors and consumers from outside the region; a 400-acre innovation center district similar to a Google corporate campus; and an eco-industrial district to provide opportunities for energy alternatives, enhanced recovery of materials and solid waste related research and development.

“We're really trying to create a vibrant, livable community, where we can live, work, play and learn, all in one area,” said Michele Kingsbury, the county’s project manager leading the Placer Ranch effort.

View a larger version of the Sunset Area draft land use diagram

Placer Ranch includes 300 acres of land to be dedicated to California State University, Sacramento for a possible satellite campus that could develop into an independent CSU campus. At build out, the school is projected to employ 5,000 faculty and staff who will support 25,000 students. Sierra College plans to locate a transfer center on the site that serves an additional 5,000 students. Ultimately, it’s envisioned that students will be able to begin their studies at Sierra College and complete four-year degrees at the same Placer Ranch university campus.

Additionally, the Placer Ranch Specific Plan proposes residential developments, including an active adult community; 5,800 residential units in three density ranges; elementary and middle schools, lots of parks and open space; a university town center with a vibrant, high-density residential and commercial area; and a bike and trail plan that ties into existing trails and connects the university campus with the schools, parks and neighborhoods.

The Sunset Area is an 8,900-acre area in unincorporated Placer County that sits between the cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln. Placer Ranch is 2,213 acres of land entirely within the Sunset Area Plan.

County staff completed an extensive economic market analysis of the Sunset Area identifying its competitive attributes, including large expanses of developable land and close proximity to high-amenity residential communities, which provide a high-quality labor pool. The draft land use diagram also reflects input received during an extensive and ongoing public outreach effort.

Board members encouraged staff to include options for employee and high-density affordable housing when they return with an updated land use diagram.

“I think we have an opportunity here to receive proposals that are creative and imaginative in terms of how they incorporate life-work opportunities in a campus style format,” said District 4 Supervisor Kirk Uhler.

“The vision was really to create a robust job center outside of Placer Ranch that the existing neighborhoods could take advantage of to reduce their outbound commute and relieve some of the congestion on both Highway 65 and Interstate 80,” said Sherri Conway, a supervising county planner leading the area plan update.

In the coming months, county staff will be vetting the Sunset Area Plan with community members in neighboring jurisdictions, developing a robust design vision plan for the area, formulating capital improvement plans and finance strategies and providing updates to the board.

“This is a game changer for all of south Placer,” said George Phillips, Placer Ranch land use attorney. “This will change the economic outlook for Placer County for years to come.”


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Placer County Releases PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn Draft Environmental Document for Public Review and Comment

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-09-28

A draft environmental impact report for the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn 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.

The proposed project includes the demolition of existing on-site structures to build a new multilevel hotel, two residential condominium buildings and an underground parking garage. The project would include landscaping, bicycle and pedestrian paths connecting the proposed buildings and on-site recreational amenities. Water, sewer and drainage improvements would also be included to support the operation of the new facilities.

The project site is located at 1920 Squaw Valley Road in Olympic Valley and contains the existing PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn.

The DEIR public comment period 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. 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 DEIR provides an analysis of the potential effects with respect to aesthetics; geology and soil; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; noise; transportation and traffic; and utilities and service systems. Most adverse effects would be mitigable to less-than-significant levels.

The DEIR found that during winter the proposed project would create a significant and unavoidable increase in traffic at two intersections: at Squaw Valley Road, Far East Road and Christy Hill Road and at Squaw Valley Road and Village East Road.

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: www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/envcoordsvcs/eir/plumpjack

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

For more information on the project, please contact the project planner, Steve Buelna, at 530-581-6285.


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