Placer County

Budget crisis impacts agricultural marketing program

Placer County’s agricultural marketing program is in limbo — a victim of the state’s budget crisis. But the county’s Agriculture Department remains optimistic it can be sal ...

Placer woman dies from H1N1 virus

A Rocklin woman has become the first Placer County resident to die while infected with H1N1 flu virus. The middle-aged woman died July 5 in a hospital outside the county, according ...

Placer air quality dropping, temperature rising

Imagine clamping on the lid of a pressure cooker and then cranking up the heat. That’s what’s in store for the Auburn area over the next few days as a high-pressure system coo ...

Grand jury recycles blue bag controversy

A Placer County grand jury report is putting renewed pressure on participating communities, including Auburn, to toss out programs that now see residents bagging recyclables. The ...

Spending keeps growing

With John Mendes, disgraced former CEO of the Placer County Superior Court, allegedly awarding himself unauthorized raises in excess of $400,000 one would think that those involved ...

Got government fatigue? Forget it for the Fourth

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liber ...

Despite economy, county gives execs raises

The recent decision to give county managers salary increases has raised questions among some employees about the actual budget situation. At the Tuesday Placer County Board of Su ...

Group puts supervisor in hot seat over solar ties

Supervisor Kirk Uhler’s status as employee of a solar-power business that has contracted with Placer County is getting some close scrutiny from a Granite Bay group threatening to ...

Supervisors support rollback of septic-system inspections

Placer County supervisors have added their support to a bill by Assemblyman Ted Gaines to stave off mandatory septic-system inspections. Supervisors voted at Tuesday’s meeting t ...

Flu bug hits local schools

A particularly nasty round of flu is striking Placer and Del Oro high schools. The strain has been described as like getting run over by a Mack truck and is keeping students at ho ...

Placer County home values plummet

Placer County hasn’t seen a median home price in the $270,000 range since 2002, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Due to high activity and a crush of buyers — many fi ...

Union sounds alarm about possibility of county layoffs

Saying members have been put on notice that layoffs are in the offing for Community Development Resource Agency staff, Placer County’s employee union wants more consideration of ...

Placer County shuts doors until Tuesday

Placer County offices at its North Auburn administrative center were shut Thursday for the Lincoln’s birthday holiday and its parking lots emptied during the first of a five-day ...

County spent $4.8 million on overtime

Placer County spent more than $4.8 million on paid overtime to employees in 2008 during a year of budget cutbacks and layoffs. The Sheriff’s Department spent more than $3.1 milli ...

Burglary suspects allegedly linked to at least 10 thefts in Placer County

A Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested two burglary suspects believed to be tied to at least 10 Placer County thefts during a midnight stop. Jason Bianchi, 24, and Ch ...