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Placer supes’ disputed charity fund has new look, old concerns

A $100,000 fund dispensing money to charitable causes and controlled by the Placer County Board of Supervisors still stands after weathering an internal challenge. Three superviso ...

Slush or aid to worthy causes? Placer supes split on $100,000 fund

Placer County supervisors disagreed Tuesday on how best to oversee a controversial $100,000 fund they control that uses taxpayer dollars for charitable causes. Donations from the ...

Placer County taxpayer watchdog group set to fold after 39 years

After 39 years, the League of Placer County Taxpayers watchdog group is poised to end its ongoing battle against government waste and overspending. The non-profit organization’s ...

Brett Storey named County Employee of the Year for biomass plant leadership

When Brett Storey looks at the brush and overgrowth choking the sides of Sierra trails, he sees a better future. A backpacker, Storey has long enjoyed the outdoors in the mountain ...

Placer County supe Holmes, McClintock at odds over fed spending cuts

Fresh from a Washington, D.C. trip, Supervisor Jim Holmes criticized U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock on Tuesday for trying to cut spending he said could impact federal funding for Placer ...

Best January ever for Auburn-to-San Jose Capitol Corridor commuter train

A double-digit spike in ridership for January has helped the Capitol corridor commuter rail service set a record for the month. The Oakland-based Capital Corridor Joint Powers Auth ...

Three to D.C. to push for Placer Parkway, Auburn State Recreation Area support

A trio of top Placer County officials is bound for Washington, D.C. for four days in February to lobby for federal support on a bevy of local projects. County Executive Officer To ...

New Roseville jail will have arraignment courtroom after all

Placer County supervisors gave their OK Tuesday to a jail courtroom for arraignments at the 390-bed South Placer Adult Correctional Facility now under construction in Roseville. T ...

Placer-Bay Area commuter rail link picks up steam

The Capitol Corridor commuter-rail system between Auburn and San Jose is back on track after suffering through some recessionary bumps. With some sectors of the economy in recover ...

Grand jury: More public scrutiny needed for supes’ $100,000 donation pot

Placer County supervisors need to tighten up on the $100,000 they donate every year from county coffers to non-profits and community organizations, the grand jury says. In a repor ...

Duran emerges the clear winner in bitterly fought Roseville supes race

Jack Duran is the winner in a bitterly fought election battle with Rocky Rockholm for the Roseville seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors. But the overall primary electio ...

Placer County’s veterans advocate is District 3 Employee of the Year

Rocklin’s Rick Buckman is something of a magician as he works inside the confines of county government. He doesn’t pull rabbits out of a hat though or make cards disappear. B ...

Non-resident accident fee when Placer Fire rolls wins supes support

Placer County Fire will start billing insurers by July for auto-crash call-outs caused by out-of-area drivers. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in support of a plan that is expe ...

Placer County Fire to bill insurers for auto crash call-outs?

Placer County has plans to get a cut of insurance money available when out-of-area motorists cause accidents inside its fire department’s boundaries. Under a proposal to be cons ...

Placer County’s new $4 million chopper airborne in turbulent fiscal times

It’s a new recruit. But for Placer County Sheriff’s Department chief pilot, it’s has already had its mettle tested and proved its worth. Sgt. Van Bogardus was at the contro ...