The California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County, in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, is ready to paint the town Blue and Gold with the arrival of the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels! The Airshow will open its gates the weekend of October 1st and 2nd at Mather Airport with a heart-pounding lineup of performances and entertainment for the whole family. A variety of pre-sale ticket options are available online now at californiacapitalairshow.com/buy-tickets.
To kick-off the fun filled weekend, the Airshow will host a Performer Meet and Greet on Friday, September 30th, with a FREE ‘Paint the Town Blue and Gold’ block party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come meet the Blue Angels, hangout with their favorite Airshow performer and the Kings Dancers, win door prizes, listen to music, take selfies and so much more. The block party will be located in midtown in front of LowBrau at 1050 20th Street in Sacramento between J and K Streets. Tell your friends as this is going to be a party to remember!
In addition to the awe-inspiring Blue Angels performances on Saturday and Sunday - October 1st and 2nd - the skies over Sacramento will be screaming with the likes of the US Army Golden Knights, Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet Demo, US Air Force F-16 Viper, ‘FIFI’, the iconic B-29 Superfortress and more. Fans won’t want to miss our nod to honoring the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with an emotional tribute that will showcase the service, sacrifice and heroism demonstrated during the activities throughout the Pacific theater during WWII. This theatrical production will be emotionally narrated and beautifully choreographed to music with thundering pyrotechnics. For a complete list of performers visit californiacapitalairshow.com/lineup/the-performers/.
But the fun certainly doesn’t stop here! While entertainment in the sky is endless, it continues on the ground:
“The whole family can enjoy a weekend filled with thrilling performances while exploring aircraft displays, attractions and interactive exhibits designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “At CCA we use the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. Our unique environment provides rare opportunities to meet pilots, crew, engineers and cutting-edge innovators who have used their STEM education to literally change the world!”
Bring your sunscreen, hats, and comfortable shoes, because the Airshow is ready for takeoff! Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. each day – flying will begin around noon. The much-anticipated show features tons of jet noise, jaw-dropping aerobatics, stomach-churning aerial jumps, and gravity defying routines that will leave you speechless and wanting more!
“The Airshow is a fantastic value for a full day of fun and the memories made will last a lifetime. Once inside the gates, you’ll be amazed at the abundance of entertainment on the ground and in the sky!” added Brewer.
Airshow tickets are on sale now at californiacapitalairshow.com/buy-tickets/. Pre-sale discount pricing expires at midnight on September 30th.
The following sponsors and community partners have generously contributed to the 2016 California Capital Airshow: Sacramento County, City of Rancho Cordova, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento Jet Center, Lasher Auto Group, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Budweiser, Fox 40 and iHeart Media.
Visit the California Capital Airshow website for news and attractions. Want to get the inside scoop on the Airshow? Become an Airshow Insider via the home page on the CCA website. Fans can follow the Airshow on Facebook and Twitter (@calcapairshow) and Instagram (capitalairshow).
Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)(3) is an exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.californiacapitalairshow.com.
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.
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.”
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 email@example.com. 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.
A draft environmental impact report for the Palisades at Squaw residential housing project in Squaw Valley 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.
Currently zoned for high-density residential development, the proposed undeveloped 19.9-acre project site could include a planned residential project for up to 63 residential lots consisting of 33 lots for single-family homes and 30 lots for half-plex units, a 100-foot-wide open space easement along the site’s northeastern boundary, a private park, a multipurpose trail easement and right-of-way for utilities and roadways.
The project site is located in the community of Olympic Valley, west of state Route 89 and north of Squaw Valley Road along both the east and west sides of Creeks End Court.
The public comment period for the DEIR report 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 as a whole. 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 EIR provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects such as biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; population and housing; and transportation and traffic with the implementation of the proposed project.
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: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/envcoordsvcs/eir/palisades%20at%20squaw.
Comments may be addressed to the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; by fax to 530-745-3080; at the October 27 Planning Commission hearing, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 4.
For more information on the project, please contact the project planner, Allen Breuch, at 530-581-6284.
AB 2029 Extends Effort to Streamline Fuel Reductions
A bill extending a California law that reduces the paperwork burden on landowners working to thin their forests in fire-prone regions of the state has been signed into law.
Assembly Bill 2029, authored by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, extends a pilot program created in 2013 by Dahle’s AB 744. The law grants landowners exemptions from the requirement to file a Timber Harvest Plan for small-scale thinning projects that cut trees up to 24 inches in diameter, preserving larger trees and making room for them to grow. The pilot program targets regions of California at high risk of wildfires.
“This program is still new,” Dahle said, “but I’ve heard from multiple landowners in Northern California that it is a critical tool. The cost of preparing a Timber Harvest Plan makes basic forest maintenance — the work we want to encourage for long-term health of the trees — a money-loser. Streamlining the bureaucratic burdens makes this work affordable for landowners. And doing that creates jobs in rural California.”
In addition to extending the pilot program through the year 2021, AB 2029 requires a study from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on the use of the exemption, and creates a path toward expanding the largest trees that can be cut under the exemption from 24 inches to 26 inches, measured at 8 inches from the ground.
“We need to strike a balance so landowners don’t neglect their property because of the cost of regulation,” Dahle said. “I’ve seen these projects on the ground. The results make me confident this is a path that allows sound forestry while protecting the environment. I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for their support and Governor Brown for his signature.”
Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, represents California’s 1st Assembly District, including all or parts of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou Counties.
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On October 8 and 9 Sacramento Cyclocross will kick-off their cyclocross race season with exhilarating events in two Rocklin locations, both which are first-time venues for the organization. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be teaming up with them to bring the first of their race series to Placer Valley and give exposure to this unique and exciting sport.
Cyclocross is a fall and winter sport that combines elements of mountain and cross-country biking and elevates them to the next level in an adventure-filled, obstacle-ridden way. Sacramento Cyclocross, a Northern California based grassroots cyclocross race series dates back to the early 1990's, is currently run by husband and wife team, Clint and Jennifer Claassen of Time Your Race.
The first race will take place at Rocklin's Johnson Springview Park onSaturday, October 8. This new venue will be ideal for spectating as the entire park is visible from the center.
"The oak grove around the disc golf course not only provides great shade, but opportunities for interesting course changes and turns on rolling terrain, combined with the open grass area at the front of the park that makes for an interesting and fun course," explained Clint Claassen, who races as well as co-organizes the series.
The racing continues on Sunday, October 9 at the Rocklin Golf Course and Claassen shared his perspective on this location, "It's a unique opportunity to host a cyclocross race on a golf course period, but the terrain at the Rocklin Golf Course will add some challenging technical aspects for racers; the hillside in the center of the course that extends up from the driving range allows the course designer to include tricky off cumber turns, steep climbs and fast descents that are all visible form the deck of the clubhouse!"
The competitive racing age varies from 9 to 75 years old and there will be a total of seven different races throughout the day on both Saturday and Sundaywith the first race starting at 9 a.m. and the last race at 3 p.m. In the spirit of family, fun and including everyone, Sacramento Cyclocross offers a free kids race to any child 9 and under, registration is available on race day.
The races are free for spectators. Yolo Brewing Company will be featured in the beer gardens and El Fira will have their wood fired oven onsite with wood-fired pizzas and other food options available to purchase. Come check out the action! Johnson Springview Park is located at 5480 5th St. and the Rocklin Golf Course is located at 4201 Midas Ave. We hope to see you there
About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.
With an ever-growing number of drought-weakened trees dying from bark beetle infestation, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved a plan to remove hazardous trees that could damage or destroy county infrastructure.
County staff has identified approximately 1,800 trees in need of immediate removal. With an estimate of $1,700 per tree, the total cost of the project is expected to be about $3.1 million. After funding the tree removal efforts, the county will seek reimbursement through the California Disaster Assistance Act that would repay the county for 75 percent of the tree removal costs.
The magnitude of tree mortality in California continues to expand. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimates there are 66 million dead and dying trees in the state. Placer County is one of 10 counties identified by the state to be significantly affected by tree mortality. The governor has declared a state of emergency all across California due to dead trees and the county board of supervisors has declared a local state of emergency.
“This is an evolving problem both for Placer County and the state, as well. And the size and scale of the problem is enormous.” said John McEldowney, Placer County Office of Emergency Services program manager. “Our goal is to get to the root of the problem.”
While there are tens of thousands of trees in Placer County affected by the tree mortality epidemic, the county will first deal with dead and dying trees that pose a danger to county owned and maintained roads, facilities and key infrastructure. Trees in high hazard zones that threaten roads, evacuation corridors, critical community infrastructure and structures are targeted for removal. Stressed or dead trees on private property are primarily the responsibility of the property owner.
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For more information, please visit the Placer County Tree Mortality Task Force web page: www.placer.ca.gov/trees
Guiding future development in Placer County is now in the hands of Steven Pedretti, Placer’s new Community Development Resource Agency director.
Pedretti was previously community development agency director for El Dorado County, and joins Placer with more than 35 years of government service, including 27 at the county level. He is a licensed civil engineer, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and received a senior executives in state and local government certificate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
As Placer’s CDRA director, Pedretti will be responsible for overseeing land use and development, as well as open space conservation, in the county’s unincorporated areas. County services like building permits and inspections, compliance with county codes, environmental regulation and review of proposed land development and zoning changes all fall under his purview.
“With transformative efforts like planning for the build-out of the Sunset Area in south Placer and environmentally sustainable redevelopment projects throughout North Lake Tahoe looming, we’re on the cusp of some very exciting opportunities in Placer County,” said County Executive Officer David Boesch. “I have every confidence Steve is the right person to lead us through these changes and bring us into an era of improved public engagement and transparency.”
"I'm excited to be joining such a forward-looking organization,” Pedretti said. “I'm very impressed that every member of the board and executive staff is focused on how to make Placer County THE place to be in the coming decades, and I can’t wait to get started."
Pedretti’s selection was confirmed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors today during the closed session portion of their meeting in Auburn. He will begin work for Placer County by the end of October.
Eskaton’s No Falls League recently got out on the football field and recorded a video for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, coming September 22, 2016. The video, “Ready Steady Balance,” was named after the National Council on Aging’s 2016 initiative. Eskaton developed the video to highlight efforts in providing resources and programs to transform the aging experience while supporting larger efforts to reduce the number of falls. In the video, Eskaton’s Fall Prevention Team shows their peers how to have fun while exercising and prevent falls.
“We take a fun and new approach to teaching fall prevention, which can help reduce the number of falls each year,” said Eskaton Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Christy Barry. “The specially designed fall prevention exercises help strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and build faster reaction times, just in case you do lose your balance.”
The No Falls League, comprised of Eskaton’s independent living residents, are seniors aged 67 to 95, wearing football jerseys reflecting their age. Led by Barry, the seniors in the video demonstrate several exercises showing how easy it is to improve balance and strength, helping to reduce fall risk. Low-impact exercises include knee lifts, weight shifting, shoulder rolls, overhead arm reach, arm reach across the chest and more. To watch the video and download a checklist, please visit http://www.eskaton.org/fall.
In addition to the fall-prevention video, Eskaton is offering fall-prevention assessments and classes. Between September 15-23, Eskaton communities will provide an exercise class, such as Tai Chi or yoga, that is open to the public and will focus on better balance, strength and flexibly. “We want people to be aware that most falls are preventable, and we provide resources to seniors and their families,” said Barry. For a list of classes, visit http://blog.eskaton.org/class-schedule-fall-prevention.
According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older American is seen in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 seconds a senior dies from a fall, which is the leading cause of death for an older adult. Eskaton continues to provide education and training for seniors year-round to reduce the injury and fatality rate and improve quality of life.
The vision of Eskaton is to transform the aging experience. Its dedicated team members provide services and support for nearly 12,000 individuals annually who live in Eskaton communities or participate in its comprehensive home-support services. Eskaton is also pet-friendly. For more information, please call (916) 334-0810, or visit http://www.eskaton.org.
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors throughout Northern California, releases innovative fall-prevention video just in time for the NFL season.