News Archives: 2009


Rancho Del Oro Estates

OPlacer County has just released a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Rancho Del Oro Estates project. The review period for this project will be from December 8, 2009 through January 21, 2010.

During this time, a public hearing will be held to receive comments on this project’s Draft EIR. The public hearing is scheduled on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM in the Placer County Planning Commission Hearing Room, located at 3091 County Center Drive (corner of Richardson Drive and Bell Road in the Dewitt Center), Auburn.

Comments regarding the Daft EIR must be submitted to Maywan Krach, Environmental Coordination Services, at the Placer County Development Resource Agency (3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603), by e-mail at by fax at (530) 745-3003. All comments must be received by January 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

Copies of the Draft EIR are available at the Granite Bay Public Library, and can also be seen here.

Toy Drive to Benefit Children in Need

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department has teamed with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and KNCI Radio to host a toy drive for children in need. This Friday through Sunday, Dec. 11-13, collection receptacles will be set up inside Roseville’s Westfield Galleria Mall from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., inside the mall at the entrance to Nordstrom. Personnel from both sheriffs’ departments will be staffing the doors.

This event will assist in providing underprivileged children with gifts this holiday season in Placer and Sacramento counties. KNCI will broadcast live each day of the event.

For more information, contact Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419.

Workshop Update

**UPDATE: Supervisor Uhler and the planning department have extended the deadline for summiting the survey given out at the Granite Bay Community Plan Workshop on October 28th.  The new deadline is November 30, 2009.  In addition to extending the deadline, they have made the survey available on the web; click here.

Completed surveys can be dropped off at the Granite Bay Library located on 6475 Douglas Boulevard Granite Bay. Or, they can also be mailed to:

Planning Department
Attn: EJ Ivaldi
3091 County Center Drive, Suite 140 Auburn, CA 95603

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON NOVEMBER 6th: At the Granite Bay Community Plan Workshop on October 28th, county distributed a community survey of about 40 pages for residents to complete and submit by November 15, 2009. The packet is divided into four sections:

  • >> Goals and Policies
  • >> Proposed Policy Changes
  • >> Suggested Criteria for Evaluating Land Use Requests
  • >> Property Owner Land Use Change Requests

If you were unable to attend the meeting and wish to complete a survey, contact the Placer County Planning Department at 800-488-4308, extension 3000 for information.

At the November 4th MAC meeting, many residents felt the time line to respond was too short and asked to have the deadline to complete the survey extended. Supervisor Uhler said his office would look into the matter.

Granite Bay Community Plan Review Workshop Announcement

Placer County Planning Department staff will provide an overview of a community workshop scheduled for the evening of October 28th at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. This workshop’s primary purpose will be to solicit community input on requested changes to the community plan received from property owners.

Otow Orchard Open House

As a thank you to their customers for their patronage over the years, on Saturday, November 14, 2009, the Otow Orchard on 6232 Eureka Road is holding an open house from 1 to 3 PM. Hosted by the Placer Land Trust, visitors will enjoy: refreshments, (featuring Placer County produce), a demonstration of the ancient art of drying persimmons (hoshigaki), a tour and information about the historical family farm.

Community Plan: Hearing Mailing List

As the updating of the Granite Bay Community Plan continues to be discussed, those interested in taking part in it, or simply staying informed, can be added to the mailing list to receive notices on upcoming hearings by contacting the Planning Department at (800) 488-4308, Extension 3000.

The 5th Annual JDRF Texas Hold'Em Charity Tournament

On Friday, November 13, 2009, take part in the 5th Annual Texas Hold 'Em Charity Tournament which will benefit the American Diabetes Association! Held at the Roseville Health and Wellness Center at 1650 Lead Hill Blvd, check in is at5:30 PM with the game starting at 6:30 PM. With a tournament fee of $150, ($100 to charity and $50 to prize money), have fun and support a great cause. The tournament is limited to the first 81 players; so to reserve your spot, send the $100 charitable donation by November 1st to:

Warren Chiropractic
1650 Lead Hill Blvd #600
Roseville, CA 95661

For more information about this event, please call Scott Warren at (916) 947-4325.

Community Awareness Academy

t’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Department’s popular Community Awareness Academy. The academy offers a glimpse inside the law enforcement agency. Participants are asked to attend all seven classes; each class covers a different topic. The classes which will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff Department’s headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center (located at 2929 Richardson Drive in north Auburn’s Dewitt Center) will take place  Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings, beginning October 6th and ending October 27th from 6 PM to 9 PM. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419 or e-mail her For more information, click here.

McClintock Holding Town Hall Meeting

Tonight, Tuesday, September 1, 2009, congressman Tom McClintock will hold a town hall meeting for Granite Bay residents to discuss health care reform. The meeting will be held in the gym at Granite Bay High School (1 Grizzly Way) at 6:00 PM. For more information on other town hall meetings hosted by Tom McClintock, click here.

Fire Safety Day

On Saturday, October 3, 2009 the South Placer Fire District will hold a Fire Safety Day from 10 AM to 2 PM in the east parking lot of Quarry Pounds on Douglas Blvd.

Batting Cage at Feist Park

At its August meeting, MAC supported Lakeside Little League’s request of the County Parks Division to modify the park’s batting cage, giving it a steel roof and replacing the woven netting with chain link.  

Update on Enclave Project

On Thursday, August 13th, The Planning Commission voted 3-2 (two commissioners were absent) to support Placer County staff and deny a general plan amendment and rezone for the Enclave at Granite Bay project. The hearing went on for 2-1/2 hours before a standing room crowd only. The applicant requested the rezone in order to construct 27 age restricted homes (55 and older) on property zoned for 6 lots. Applicant has 10 days to file an appeal to the decision of the Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors.

MAC had denied support of the project 7-0 and there was significant opposition from residents around the proposed project and Granite Bay as a whole.

Lakeside's Dream Run Comes To An End

After last night’s game against Chula Vista, Lakeside's All Star season has come to an end. Despite putting up a good fight, Lakeside lost to Park View. The Western Region championship game was much closer than the final score of score 11-4 indicates.  Lakeside gave Park View the most challenging game of tournament; and in the process, made their community very proud.

Lakeside Majors All Stars Reach the Championship Game

After last night’s close game against Arizona, where Lakeside won 9 to 8, they now play the Park View from Chula Vista, Southern California winners. The televised game is set for tomorrow, Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 5:00PM on ESPN2.

Meeting To Be Held Over Deer Issue

On Wednesday, August 27, 2009 there will be a meeting to discuss the proposed deer hunt. The meeting is at 7:00 PM at the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 3091 Center Dr, Auburn.

Lakeside All Stars Make News in San Bernardino

**UPDATE: Lakeside Majors All Stars continue winning at the Little League Western Regional in San Bernardino; defeating both Utah on Monday with a final score of 10 to 0 and Hawaii on Wednesday 5 to 3.  Next up for the Lakeside Majors All Stars are the semi-finals where they face Arizona, tonight at 7:30 p.m..

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON AUGUST 9th: The local Lakeside Majors All Stars are off to a strong start at the Little League Western Regional in San Bernardino; defeating Nevada by a score of 7 to 1 on Friday and then Arizona on Saturday with a final score of 4 to 1. With these two wins behind them, the Lakeside Majors All Stars face Utah on Monday, August 10, 2009. For a complete list of games and times, please click here.

Students At Granite Bay High School Have H1N1 Virus; School To Remain Open

**UPDATE: According to the Granite Bay View, the number of confirmed H1N1 cases currently stands at 8. In addition, about 39 other students were home on Thursday with flu-like symptoms; officials caution that they were not confirmed cases of the virus.

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON AUGUST 11th: With the new school year just beginning, The Roseville Joint High School District has confirmed that four students at Granite Bay High School have contracted the H1N1 virus or swine flu. Of those four students, three of them were students that had gone to band camp at the school, which was held before the school year began. One of those students is now feeling better and is back at school. Meanwhile, the fourth student, not associated with the band, was sent home and was confirmed to have the virus on Monday. In addition to these four students, according to Principal Michael McGuire, seven other students with flu-like symptoms have been kept at home; however, those students have not been confirmed to have the virus.

The school is sending out a message to all of its parents to let them know about the cases. In addition, the District said it is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Placer County health guidelines, which state that any school staff or student who show up with a fever, cough or sore throat are sent home and asked to not to return until 24 hours after the symptoms are gone. School district officials have gone on to meet with all of the school nurses, who were told, if students come to their offices with symptoms, they should be sent home.

26th Annual National Night Out

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department is taking to the streets for the 26th annual National Night Out. Monday and Tuesday, August 3 and 4. Convoys of emergency vehicles will be making their way from neighborhood to neighborhood to celebrate the annual event that brings neighbors and their public safety partners together. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for, and participation in, Neighborhood Watch. Click here to see more details about this event. Also, for questions on future National Night Out events, call CSO Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419.

UPDATE: Placer County Planning Commission To Hold Public Hearing

On Thursday, July 9, 2009, the Planning Commission held a meeting to discuss the Enclave at Granite Bay project.  After hearing a presentation by the applicant's representative, the Planning Commission decided to return the project back to the planning staff and have re-scheduled the meeting to hear all of the issues and conditions on the project. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:05 a.m. in the Planning Commission's Hearing Room - 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA.

Landscaping Project

The County is hoping for bids on the Douglas Boulevard landscaping project this summer.  Construction would then begin after Labor Day and continue through the winter.

Update: Auburn Folsom Widening Project

As discussed at last month's MAC meeting, the middle phase of the Auburn Folsom Widening Project, located from Lou Place to Ann Place (just south of Eureka Road) will be put out for bids this summer. The project is expected to take about two construction seasons to complete.

Fish And Game Contacted Over Deer Problem

Supervisor Uhler has contacted Fish and Game after a number of dear and vehicle strikes in the area.  The agency, concerned with possible over population of deer, is considering issuing about 20 permits for a controlled bow and arrow hunt to thin the deer population.  No guns would be involved.

Douglas Fire Station Sold

The South Placer Fire District's Board of Directors has sold the residentially zoned Douglas Fire Station property on Douglas Boulevard to a Jewish Community Center for $616,000.

Placer County Planning Commission To Hold Public Hearing

On Thursday, July 9, 2009, the Placer County Planning Commission will hold a pubic hearing at 10:30 am in the Planning Commission Hearing Room (3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA 95603).  Click here to learn more about what will be discussed.

MAC Makes Decision About Enclave At Granite Bay

After listening to a detailed presentation, consisting of input from the project designer, an arborist and traffic engineer, MAC voted unanimously to recommend that the proposed Enclave subdivision in Granite Bay be denied.

Sign Up For Sheriff’s Horse Camp

It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Department’s 17th annual Ride With Pride. Children ages seven to 12 are invited to participate in this one-day camp that pairs them with deputies and their horse partners. Participants may choose to attend Ride With Pride on one of four days: June 22-25, 2009 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day and a free lunch is provided as part of this free event. For more information or to register, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419.

Auburn Folsom Road Construction

After being on winter suspension, the work on Auburn-Folsom Road, from Lou Place to the Sacramento County line, will resume. The contractor will complete the median landscaping, place open graded asphalt and stripe the road.  This work will be done with lane closures and is expected to take about six week to finish.

South Placer Fire District

The South Placer Fire District Board of Directors appointed Madelaine Kiliany to fill the spot vacated by Jeff Moss, who resigned to accept the position of Planning Commissioner for this area.

Placer County Volunteer Opportunities

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department is hosting an evening to showcase opportunities to volunteer within county government and government support entities.  On Tuesday, May 12, 2009, an informational evening will be held at the Auburn Justice Center, 2929 Richardson Drive, Auburn, in the community room from 6-8 p.m. Among the agencies participating are the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Museum Department, the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, Child Advocates of Placer County and more.  For more information on this event, please click here.

Foothills K9 Association Fundraiser

The Animal Nutrition Center in Roseville have begun a fundraising effort to replace the aging protective ballistic vests for the 15 law enforcement canines working in four different agencies within Placer County. The fundraiser involves tickets for dog food for a year for 12 winners, a two-night stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek, cedar dog houses, dog beds, several dinners for four at local restaurants and much more. The tickets are for sale up until the day of the event. On Sunday, May 3, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the drawings will be held at Animal Nutrition Center at 1805 Cirby Way, Suite 10, in Roseville. For more information about this event, click here.

Bids & Bites

On Saturday, May 16, 2009 take part in Bids & Bites. From 6 to 10 PM at the Lutheran Church Event Center, (6365 Douglas Blvd), the charity event, presented by Granite Bay Service Clubs, will be a casual evening of food, art, auctions and fun. Tickets are $35.00 per person; for more information, please click here.

Sheriff's Report

An officer reported that there have been a number of home burglaries and thefts from vehicles. The officer suggested that some of the rise in crime is driven by the poor economy and residents are urged to lock cars and homes to deter criminals.

Supervisor's Report

At February's meeting, Supervisor Uhler updated the MAC on the progress of a number of road projects in the southern part of Placer County; in addition, he discussed: a replacement helicopter for the Sheriff's Department, and a Ritz Carlton Hotel to be built at North Star. 

Granite Bay Community Plan Update

After being postponed twice the special community meeting to discuss the Granite Bay Plan, and the process for updating it, was finally held on February 11th. The County estimated that approximately 400-450 residents packed the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, where Planning Director Michael Johnson, gave a short presentation. During which he noted that comments regarding the update must be received by June 30, 2009. At that time, staff will review them and then prepare an EIR; a process is estimated to take about two years to complete.

Following Mr. Johnson’s presentation, about 30 residents gave input to the staff; the majority of those people questioned the necessity of updating the Plan, which seems to be working fine as is. For more information about the Plan and the update process as well as forms, please check out the hotline: (530) 745-3098 or click here.

San Juan Water District Water News

The San Juan Water District is reaching out to community organizations to provide important news about the drought, Folsom Lake water supply conditions and conservation tips. To learn more please click here.

Roseville Arts "Art in the Garden" Tour

Tickets for the Roseville Arts’ 9th annual fundraiser, "Art in the Garden" go on sale Sunday, March 1st.  The spring home, garden tour and art sale slated for Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 10:00am to 4:00 pm, will benefit Roseville Arts’ Blue Line Gallery which supports art-related activities for children and adults in the community. For more information about this event, please click here.

Sheriff Offers Free Victim Notification Program

In a new press release the Placer County Sheriff introduces a new notification program for victims of crime. To learn more about the program, please click here.

Amazing Facts Ministries News

New information about the Amazing Facts Ministries has just been posted, so check out our Development page.

Metal Thefts

Many residents have been frustrated by the theft of brass letters (from sub-division entrances) as well as catalytic converters, etc. The recently passed AB 844 bill addresses metal theft, requiring the recycler to hold payment for 3 days; in addition, the seller must present a photo ID, thumbprint and a photograph of the materials offered for sale.

Public Safety

The Sheriff’s Service Center located in the shopping center at the southwest corner of Douglas and Sierra College has closed. Lynn Harrison will be the Community Services Officer in charge of Neighborhood Watch for this area. She can be contacted at (916) 652-2419.

New Septic System Requirements

At last month’s MAC meeting the Placer County Environmental Health Director, Jill Pahl discussed California regulations and the statewide conditional wastewater discharge waiver proposed for all existing and new septic systems. These new regulations will establish minimum requirements for permitting, monitoring and operation of Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) as required by AB 885 passed in 2000. The proposed regulations are now part of a draft document due to go before the Water Resources Control Board on February 9th. Placer County Environmental Health will submit Placer County Comments to Water Resources on February 8th. The Public comment period ends February 9th, with July 1, 2010 being the implementation date. For addition information contact Jill Pahl at 800-488-4308 or

Send Comments by February 9th to:

State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Quality
Attn: Todd Thompson, P.E.
1001 I Street, 15th Floor, P.O. Box 2231 Sacramento, CA 95812

***IMPORTANT REMINDER: Special Community Meeting

After being rescheduled twice over the past two months, the Special Community Meeting to discuss the Granite Bay Community Plan will take place on February 11th at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on 6365 Douglas Blvd (Right next door to the Granite Bay Library).

Dinner & Auction to Benefit the Granite Bay High School Baseball Program

The Granite Bay High School Baseball Boosters Association is holding their annual dinner and auction on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Granite Bay Golf Club. The dinner/auction is the major fundraiser for the baseball program and in the past has provided monies for necessary field upgrades, dugouts, equipment, uniforms, training, and the like. There is still more to do to support our student athletes, and district budgets need to be supplemented. The Baseball Boosters welcome all supporters to attend this enjoyable evening of dining, silent and live auctions, and dancing at the lovely Granite Bay Golf Club. The auction has historically included many exciting items for all tastes and budgets: from wine & gift baskets, tickets to sporting events, to one of a kind artwork and exciting vacation packages! This year includes a raffle for an HP Laptop Computer as well. For information regarding tickets or to make a donation to the auction effort, please call Leigh Mastrantonio at 916-791-5076.

IMPORTANT: Special Community Meeting Date Changed (Again)

The Special Community Meeting to discuss the Granite Bay Community Plan has once again been changed. At this time, the meeting is now scheduled to take place on February 11 (not January 14) at 7:00 and will be held at the Lutheran Church on Douglas Blvd.