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District 1 Update

Food Safety in Placer County

Many of us have heard about the concern for food safety and the recent closures of national restaurant chains due to various food borne illnesses such as salmonella and E. coli. 

Protecting the health and safety of our residents is one of Placer County’s most important responsibilities and we’ve always done a good job at it. Still, we can always do better. So, starting in April, we are taking our food safety program up a notch with a new system of placards to make it easier for diners to see whether a restaurant is a safe place to eat - and put even more pressure on those that aren’t making the grade.

For diners, the new placards will be as easy to read as a stoplight. Green means a restaurant has passed inspection. Restaurants with yellow placards have passed an inspection, but we’ve given them a short timeline to fix issues that aren’t an immediate health concern but could become a problem. If you see a red placard, it means that restaurant has failed their inspection and we’ve closed it down until they get their act together. The placards must be posted right at the entrance, so you won’t even need to walk in the door to know if it’s safe. 

For restaurants, the placards are a powerful incentive to do the right thing safety wise. They’re less of a stick than they are a carrot.  However, we worked closely with our County restaurant owners to implement this system, and the vast majority of them continue to do a great job and support the program. They look forward to displaying their green placards for all to see when they arrive next month.

Other counties that have implemented this program, including neighboring Sacramento, report a decrease in food-borne illnesses and a higher number of restaurants meeting health standards. That’s what it’s all about. It’s a simple but important change we are glad to make so you can enjoy your favorite restaurants worry-free.

This program is in the process of being implemented countywide (both incorporated and unincorporated county areas), as the County Department of Environmental Health is responsible for implementing the State’s food safety program. 

Upcoming Events

Here are a couple of upcoming events you might be interested in attending:

Reducing your business' exposure to lawsuits.  March 15th -- Placer County Building Services in cooperation with California Certified Accessibility Specialists are offering a free accessibility with workshop--instructor Mark Wood.  
 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Community Development Resource Center, 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA 95603.  RSVP: (530) 745-3000

Placer County Business Resiliency Workshop #1.  March 17th -- 7:30am-11:00am at the Placer County Association of REALTORS, 270 Technology Way, Rocklin  
• Disaster – Proof your business!
 Cost: $10-$20.  Contact Tammy Cronin at

Cooley Middle School Student Art Show--Downtown Library.  March 19th  
 Cooley Middle School student art will be on display, March 19 - April 13.   Reception for the artists with a live performance by Cooley Middle School Jazz Band.   6 - 8 pm,  225 Taylor Street, Roseville 

Placer County Economic Development 25th Annual Breakfast Summit!
 The theme this year is “Placer Made.”  Keynote speaker:  Ken Sloan, Chief Operating Officer of The University of Warwick—with an update on the new campus in south Placer.
 When:  Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM 
 Where:  William Jessup University - 2121 University Ave. Rocklin.  $25 per person. 

KidsFirst Signature Luncheon,  March 31  Child Abuse Prevention Awareness--Luncheon, 11 am -- 1:30 pm 
 Timber Creek Ballroom, Sun City Roseville, www.kidsfirstnow,org.

Tommy Apostolos Fund 26th Annual Dinner Dance— April 2nd 6 pm at the Mahany Sports Complex.      
 Music by GARRATT AND THE PARROT HEADS!  Dinner by the Gourmet Garage.

12th Annual Sierra College Taste of Excellence.  April 23—a Food and Wine tasting Gala. 
 Benefits the Sierra College Foundation. 

Again, it is truly a pleasure to serve you.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at or call my office at 916-787-8950.