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By BStigers on June 25, 2022.


Budget planning is headlining all local, state, and federal governments. The Placer County Board of Supervisors heard this week a presentation regarding the county’s transportation needs and potential sales tax measure the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) would like to implement.

The potential sales tax measure would be a south district tax for Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville to assist addressing a funding gap for county transportation expansion projects like constructing Placer Parkway, widening Highway 65, or making improvements to Interstate 80. According to PCTPA Executive Director Mike Luken, the county has more than $3 billion of planned transportation infrastructure needs over the next 30-40 years, with $2 billion paid with impact fees from the building community and more than $1 billion still unfunded. According to Luken, Placer County is the largest county in California of those without a sales tax measure and there are 25 counties with a tax measure, which makes it difficult when competing for state and federal grant funding. After discussion, no action was taken.


Gregory Elvis Hyde, A 30-year-old resident of Penryn was sentenced Thursday to five years and 4 months in California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for stalking and threatening a victim who was just out for a run. The victim felt unsafe and used her cellphone to record part of the incident. She escaped by climbing a fence, crawling through blackberries, and hiding in a nearby backyard, where she called the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Due to investigative work by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and video the victim took on her phone, the defendant entered a plea to felony stalking, a violation of Penal Code Section 646.9. He also pled to being a felon in possession of ammunition and admitted he has a prior strike conviction.  Hyde remains in custody at the Auburn Jail and is ineligible for bail.


El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 34-year-old Jesse Okamoto of El Dorado Hills early last week on suspicion of battery and stalking. Sheriff’s officials said they had received complaints of a man harassing and assaulting women in the Town Center area of El Dorado Hills. Detectives are asking anyone who had an alleged encounter or who knows someone who had an alleged encounter with Okamoto to contact Det. Brian Harris at harrisb@edso.org.Sheriff’s officials confirmed last Thursday that Okamoto has been released from custody as the investigation continues. Jail records show he was originally being held on $50,000 bond.


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