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By Eric Johnson
Published May 20, 2024

Construction of multifamily housing developments is set to skyrocket in the next half decade. Construction of multifamily housing developments is set to skyrocket in the next half decade. Image credit: Sundry Photography, Shutterstock

Here Comes the California Housing Boom

For California Local members who are tired of the state's endless housing crisis, this week's edition of The Newsletter brings good news. And as always there's somethiing for everyone who would like to know what's up in their own neighborhood just below, in our carefully curated News Digest. And yes: A featured local nonprofit, and a recipe!

What You Should Know About the State's Ambitious Housing Plans, and How to Get Involved

Here at California Local we see what’s coming out of most of the newsrooms in ten Northern California counties and select important stories to include in our News Digest (see below). In doing so over the past couple of months, our friend and colleague Chris Neklason noticed two phrases appearing everywhere, as cities and counties raced to complete the “housing element” of their “general plans.” 

We understand that not all of you are familiar with those two terms, and may not yet be aware that California is already experiencing the start of a housing boom. Folks in Santa Cruz, where Chris lives, are well aware of this fact, as downtown is in the midst of a dramatic transformation, and the same thing is happening here in Midtown Sacramento. In these two articles, Chris explains how this works, and how you can help shape the way it will all play out on the ground.

The Coming California Housing Boom

New six-story apartment buildings in downtown Santa Cruz loom large over a funky one and two-story plaza one block away which is home to Redwood Records, The Bagelry (est 1977) and the world renowned Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
Suddenly, a lot of housing is being built across the state.

How California Manages Housing as a Public Resource

207 units of market rate housing in Santa Cruz almost ready for occupancy in May 2024
Like the 33 million acres of forest in California, the nearly 15 million units of housing in the state are tended and managed with future generations in mind. Meet the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Placer County's Homepage

Direct your browser to to catch up on the latest news in California and Placer County. Bookmark the link and visit often, there's a lot happening in your community!

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Savory cherry sauce perfect for grilling season

Savory cherry sauce with sweet onions makes a wonderful accompaniment to grilled pork.
New! Savory cherry sauce with sweet onions goes great with pork, chicken

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Big Brothers Big Sisters logo Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brother Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported mentorship. The chapter serves Sacramento and Yolo counties, as well as southern Placer County.

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Sierra Sun logo Visit Placer’s Explorer Pass Is Back to Promote County’s Top Attractions

Visit Placer is proud to announce the return of the free Explorer Pass, encouraging visitors and residents to explore dozens of locations throughout the county.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo California State Parks Foundation Calls on the Legislature to Restore Library Parks Pass Funding

California State Parks Foundation responded to Governor Newsom's revised 2024-2025 budget and raised concern about the elimination of funding for a popular state park access program, the California State Library Parks Pass.

Sierra Sun logo Placer County Discover & Discuss Community Event May 30 to Discuss Projects, Programs Shaping the Future of North Lake Tahoe

Placer County is inviting the community to Discover and Discuss: Projects and Programs Shaping the Future of North Lake Tahoe on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Sierra Sun logo Gas Line Replacement Project to Cause Traffic Delays on State Route 28 Between Kings Beach and Tahoe City

Drivers can expect delays on State Route 28 along the north shore of Lake Tahoe next week, as Caltrans resumes traffic-interfering work.

Auburn Journal logo Auburn Teen Wins Medal in Return to California State Old-Time Fiddle and Picking Championships

Returning California fiddle champ Eli Clegg, 14, of Auburn won a medal in the Junior Division (ages 13-17) at the annual California State Old-Time Fiddle & Picking Championships held in Lodi on April 19-20.

Auburn Journal logo Auburn Small Businesses Feel Pinch; 4 Are Closing Amid a Tough Economy

Four Auburn businesses will close their doors in the next few weeks as small businesses report struggles with fewer shoppers.

Auburn Journal logo Plan B? Colfax Reviews Aspects of Skate Park, Considers Alternate Location

The Colfax City Council reviewed additional aspects of the proposed skate park on May 8 in an effort to continue the project’s progress.

Sierra Sun logo Wildfire Preparedness Workshop Seeks to Build Community

The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team is hosting a Community Wildfire Preparedness Workshop on June 1. The event runs from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Loomis News logo Having Their Way With Clay: 35th Annual ClayFest Draws 100+

Artists, coordinated by Ray Gonzales, carved clay pipes from Gladding McBean’s factory into chickens, trees and time machines.

Placer Herald logo Rezone Program Moves Forward to Placer Supervisors

The Housing Element Implementation Program HE-1: Rezone to Meet the RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Allocation) involves the assessment of potential candidate sites to be rezoned to accommodate a shortfall in Placer’s capacity in lower-income households.

Auburn Journal logo Drowning Near Confluence

Auburn State Recreation Area Superintendent Lauren Shoemaker said a call was received of someone in the water around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, which prompted a water rescue below the Confluence near the No Hands Bridge.

Sierra Sun logo LISTEN: Tahoe TAP Podcast With Amy Berry

Mike Peron and Rob Galloway, the vibrant hosts of Tahoe TAP, are back to whisk listeners away on another enthralling journey. Today, they embark on a mission to spotlight an individual whose efforts have left an indelible mark on the …

Sierra Sun logo Historic Chinatown in Truckee Honored With New Landmark Plaque

On Friday, May 10, many Truckee residents gathered to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and the unveiling of Truckee's latest historical landmark, which recognizes the Chinese workers who built Truckee's railway.

Tahoe Guide logo How to Use This Guide

The Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide is available in digital format for free at You can download it, fill out the checklists, and post the resources section on your refrigerator.

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Recent Statewide News

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• Why UC Grad Students Are Going Out on Strike

The job action starting today at UC Santa Cruz isn’t about pay, but instead is in response to how UC deployed police to clear pro-Palestinian encampments on campuses.

(05/19/2024) → CalMatters

• These California Schools Connect Kids to Community Services. Will They Survive Budget Cuts?

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched the community school initiative with $4.1 billion in grants to connect students and their families to medical care, counseling and other services.

(05/16/2024) → CalMatters

• Should California Doctors Report Domestic Abuse to Police? Here’s How Physician Lawmakers Voted

Pending legislation would lift requirements for California’s doctors to report all domestic abuse cases to police. The Assembly’s three physicians had different opinions.

(05/16/2024) → CalMatters

• California’s Lagging Economy Hinders Efforts to Close State Budget Deficit

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that’s plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can’t count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

(05/16/2024) → CalMatters

• California’s Staggering Budget Deficit Squashes Hundreds of Bills

The state’s multibillion-dollar shortfall shapes which spending bills survived the ‘suspense file’ hearings by the Assembly and Senate appropriations committees.

(05/16/2024) → CalMatters

• $20 Billion: The Delta Tunnel’s New Price Tag

The centerpiece of California’s water wars pits Gov. Newsom against local communities and environmentalists. A new report says the benefits of the tunnel exceed the cost since other water supplies would cost more.

(05/16/2024) → CalMatters
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Government Announcements

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Reser's Fine Foods Announces Voluntary Recall of Single Batch of Aldi Macaroni 32 oz Salad with Use By Date of Jun/03/24 Due to Unlabeled Wheat Allergen

Reser's Fine Foods is voluntarily recalling a single item with a specific use by date, produced at a regional facility and distributed to ALDI. The product is the Aldi Deli Macaroni Salad 32 oz, with a Use By Date of Jun/03/24 due to an incorrect label. The incorrect label does not include an all
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/17/2024)

United Supermarkets Advises Guests in New Mexico and Texas of Palmer Candy's Voluntary Recall of White Coated Confectionary Items Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

United Supermarkets is advising guests about a recall by its supplier Palmer Candy of its white coated confectionary items due to possible Salmonella contamination. Palmer Candy was notified by its liquid coating supplier that there was a potential for contamination with Salmonella from an ingredie
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Board of Supervisors to hold rezone public hearing on May 21

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing for the Housing Element Sites Rezone program with a timed action item scheduled for 10 a.m. May 21.
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Irvington Seafood Recalls "Crabmeat: Jumbo, Lump, Finger, and Claw Meat" Because of Possible Health Risk

Irvington Seafood of Irvington, AL, is recalling its 1 lb. packages of "Crabmeat: Jumbo, Lump, Finger, and Claw meat" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly
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Mars Petcare US, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 315 Bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food, 44 lb. Bag Size

Mars Petcare US is voluntarily recalling 315 bags of PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food in the 44 lb. bag size only, due to the potential presence of loose metal pieces in the bag. The affected products have a Best By Date of March 4, 2025 and Lot Code 4
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Update to Palmer Candy Company Recall of White Confectionary Products Because of Possible Health Risk

The recalled confectionary items were distributed nationwide in Walmart, HyVee, Target, Dollar General, and to distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wy
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Summer Swim Days 2024

The post Summer Swim Days 2024 appeared first on Loomis, CA.
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City of Auburn Annual Clean Up Day - Saturday, June 8th!

Recology Auburn Placer will pick up your curbside trash throughout the City of Auburn.
Image of County of Placer seal. County of Placer   (05/16/2024)

Discover & Discuss: Projects and programs shaping the future of North Lake Tahoe

Join county staff and community partners at this open-house style event on Thursday, May 30, at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach to learn more and provide feedback about impactful projects and programs in the region.
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/16/2024)

Sun Noodle Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in S&S Frozen Cup Saimin

Sun Noodle is recalling approximately 37,158 cases of S&S CUP SAIMIN manufactured from May 9, 2023 - May 8, 2024, because they may contain undeclared egg white powder. Any product produced prior to May 9th, 2023 should have already been discarded due to expiration dates. People who have an allergy o