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News Briefs

Thousands Have Gone Weeks Without Power; Local Emergency Measures Due to Winter Storms Persist

PLACER, NEVADA COUNTIES

As of yesterday evening, there are 11,000 residents in the Sierra Nevada that have gone without power now for almost a full two weeks, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. The majority of those who lost power during the December storms have had it restored, but for these thousands of residents the unexpected extended power outage has persisted.

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 4 ratified the county’s proclamation of a local emergency due to the ongoing threat from winter storm conditions. Placer’s County Executive Officer Todd Leopold, acting as the director of emergency services, proclaimed a local emergency Dec. 28, which required ratification by the board within seven days. California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency Dec. 30 in several counties to support the ongoing response to the storms.

“In times of emergency like this, we are encouraging people to check in on family, friends and neighbors,” said District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson in a press release by Placer County. “The county is doing everything we can, but we need all of our residents to help inform us on the needs out there. There is always more work to be done, but I am confident that our county is using all resources available to get us through the results of this storm. Placer County is responding to needs that are identified and we will continue to work 24 hours a day until things are back to normal.”

Meanwhile, in Nevada County at the end of December, 28,000 households were still without power (as reported to the county by PG&E) and downed trees remained blocking roadways countywide. On Dec. 30 in a special meeting, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors moved to declare a local emergency. This declaration is the formal step necessary to request emergency mutual aid from state and federal partners following Monday’s extreme snowstorm.

As of Tuesday afternoon, PG&E reported 94 outages, with the company providing no official timeline for when power will be restored due to the unprecedented number of downed power poles felled by the storm.

 “[Nevada] County is fully mobilized to serve our community. Since the onset of the storm, law enforcement has responded to over 900 calls for service. Snowplows are working 24/7 on 12 to 14 hour shifts to clear and reopen roads. Social workers are checking in on elderly residents and vulnerable families. Our Office of Emergency Services team is coordinating a unified response. While County buildings may be closed to the public, it’s all hands on-deck from our dedicated public safety and essential services staff,” said county executive officer Alison Lehman in a Nevada County press release.

CAL FIRE assisting county road crews with tree removal in Alta Sierra. Photo courtesy Nevada County

A local emergency proclamation asserts continuing risk to life and property and the response is beyond the capabilities of local resources. Placer’s proclamation requests state and federal assistance, but a federal disaster has not yet been declared that would authorize individual disaster assistance for residents and businesses. 

December was the snowiest on record in the Sierra in 50 years with 214 inches reported by Berkley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab. Placer activated its emergency operations center Dec. 27 to coordinate support requests from public safety agencies and other jurisdictions like cities and water districts. 

Since Dec. 23, Placer road crews have worked 24/7 to plow snow and clear roads of fallen trees and other obstacles. To date, they’ve worked over 4,700 hours and removed 6 million cubic yards of snow. Placer’s Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with the county’s facilities and libraries, has since opened two charging centers in Colfax and Foresthill, while coordinating with PG&E’s community resource center in Alta. The 211 Placer information and services referral has also operated 24/7 to help residents get connected with the resources they need, supporting over 200 residents through this storm event. 

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to do daily area and welfare checks around the county, which included saving a couple trapped in their home in Cisco Grove and having Search and Rescue clear out a snowed-in apartment complex in Colfax, in addition to various proactive efforts. The Sheriff’s Office also engaged in an extensive search for a missing skier in North Lake Tahoe. PCSO’s dispatch team supported over 1,209 residents through this storm event.

Cal Fire alongside Placer County Fire Department crews continue work to clear damage from the recent storm. They deployed 14 engines and five hand crews for these efforts. Clearing has included removing snow and trees at local schools to ensure schools could remain open during the storm event. CAL FIRE also helped the Placer County Water Agency clear trees to access its damaged Boardman Canal to repair it and quickly restore water deliveries. Crews are also shoveling snow to open access points for propane trucks to deliver heating and cooking fuel to residents.

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STORM COORDINATION: Lt. Sean Scales and Logistics Coordinator Roger Tucker in the Emergency Operations Center allocating critical resources. Photo courtesy Nevada County

Cal Fire Investigators Determine Cause of Dixie Fire

BUTTE, PLUMAS, LASSEN, SHASTA, AND TEHAMA COUNTIES 

Last year’s Dixie Fire started on July 13, burned a total of 963,309 acres, destroyed 1,329 structures, and damaged 95 additional structures. Cal Fire investigators were dispatched to the locations affected by the Dixie Fire and began a meticulous and thorough investigation, ultimately determining that the Dixie Fire was caused by a tree contacting electrical distribution lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) located west of Cresta Dam.

The Dixie Fire investigative report has been forwarded to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. All inquiries regarding this report will be referred to the Butte County DA’s Office at (530) 538-7411. 

For more information on how to be prepared for wildfire, visit readyforwildfire.org or fire.ca.gov.

~ Cal Fire press release

Business Briefs

2011 Incline High School Graduate Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List

INCLINE VILLAGE

Chloe Breider, 28 year old Incline High graduate and current resident of San Francisco, is a principle of Renegade Partners and has made big waves, scoring a coveted spot on this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 list in the venture capital category. As a principal at the firm, she focuses mostly on fintech, proptech, and RPA technologies. Breider also runs a microfund called Phoenix focused on the Harvard ecosystem, which includes unaccredited investors as fund LPs with a goal of democratizing access to venture capital (following nine months working with law firm Fenwick & West). She has written 22 checks in the past year for Phoenix. After growing up in a low-income background with a single mother, Breider told Forbes she’s passionate about startups helping the un- and under-banked.

~ Forbes 30 Under 30 List 

Hey Chef! Voted Best Lake Tahoe Culinary Staffing Company

TRUCKEE

Hey Chef!, which provides chefs and kitchen staffing services for in-home culinary experiences, was recently awarded LUXLife’s Best Lake Tahoe Culinary Staffing Company. “These awards are committed to recognizing everyone across the hospitality space,” states LUXLife’s website. “… Every area of the industry is recognized this year to provide magazine readers a true representation of the very best in the industry, which is crucial for the well-being of clients around the world.”

View the award page at lux-review.com/winners/hey-chef.

~ Hey Chef! Email

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