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By BStigers on July 7, 2022.

Caltrans is hosting a community open house Tomorrow, Thursday July 7th starting at 5:00 p.m. to seek public feedback about proposed alternatives for a safety and mobility improvement project on Interstate 80 between Dutch Flat and Drum Forebay in Placer County. Location for the meeting will beat the East Bound I-80 Gold Run Rest Stop east of exit 143. Displays with project alternatives and review maps and other materials will be available and. Caltrans staff members will be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public. Caltrans is exploring various alternatives for a $93.5 million project to improve the safety, reliability, and freight mobility of I-80 in Placer County from .45 miles west of the Monte Vista Overcrossing (post mile 42.7) to .3 miles east of the Drum Forebay Overcrossing (post mile 49.3). Proposed improvements include a truck-climbing lane and pavement rehabilitation on eastbound I-80.


The estimated number of unhoused community members in Placer County remains relatively steady compared to 2020, according to results of the 2022 Point-in-Time homeless census released Thursday by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras.

Placer County will use data from the count to inform its ongoing efforts to address homelessness, including a regional planning effort that is now entering its second phase.

Results showed that the overall estimate of homeless individuals increased by less than 1 percent from 2020 to 2022, from 744 to 750, although the rate of homelessness per 10,000 people declined slightly during that time period.

This year, 408 unsheltered and 342 sheltered individuals were counted. Required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Point-in-Time count estimates the number of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night, typically in January each year. Homelessness service providers, law enforcement and community volunteers work together to conduct the count. A detailed report is in the Auburn Journal as a staff report and covers more detail of the County plans for Homeless management and history of tehe process so far by County Supervisors.


The Placer County Supervisors approved funding last week to extend the County support of the community chipper program. The two-year agreement is with the Placer County Resource District and approved in the amount of $175,000 in funding and staffing through the probation department alternative sentencing program in effect since August of 2021. The original pilot program was extended in February so operations could continue at the development level of service and explore for additional funding. They report 900 chipping services and 4000 tons of chip material completed since the beginning of the pilot program.


Update on CalFire activity on the Electra Fire Incident in Amador County, 3,034 acres have been burned, is 10% contained. Fire activity is centered in Amador County southeast of Jackson on highway 49. Evacuations continue as the fire spreads.