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This Week: Placerville revs up plans for hotel development

Placerville is the hub for visitors headed to El Dorado County’s wineries, orchards and historic gold country, but businesses and growers say efforts to boost tourism are hindered by a lack of lodging.
Placerville is the hub for visitors headed to El Dorado County’s wineries, orchards and historic gold country, but businesses and growers say efforts to boost tourism are hindered by a lack of lodging. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Seeking to add momentum to a decade-long push for hotel development in Placerville, the City Council on Tuesday will consider soliciting proposals from consultants to perform a hotel feasibility study.

The city over the years has studied and approved three sites for hotel development. Construction began on one site at the east end of town, considered the gateway to Apple Hill, but work was halted due to the recession.

Placerville is the hub for visitors headed to El Dorado County’s wineries, orchards and historic gold country, but businesses and growers say efforts to boost tourism are hindered by a lack of lodging.

The Placerville Economic Advisory Committee recently recommended pursuing a study that would provide detailed information on the feasibility of a new hotel in Placerville and assist the city in attracting a developer.

In addition to seeking more hotel rooms, city officials say they are looking at creating conference space to attract additional tourism.

Over the past two months, several consultants and at least one hotel developer have contacted the city to express interest in such a study, according to a city staff report.

The study is expected to cost about $5,000, and city staff members say they are seeking potential stakeholders to assist with funding.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, 549 Main St., Placerville. For more information, see the city’s website at www.cityofplacerville.org.

Cathy Locke


IN THE NEWS

Fire officials review prescribed burns in Tahoe

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will host an open house Wednesday to explain and answer questions about how prescribed fires are planned and implemented in the Lake Tahoe basin.

The open house will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the forest supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe.

It will include stations for the public to learn more about fire weather forecasting, smoke dispersal, fire behavior modeling and how moisture in vegetation is tested before burning.

Attendees can also see before-and-after photos of prescribed fires, view maps of upcoming project locations and sign up for prescribed-fire notifications.

Participating agencies will include the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, and Tahoe Douglas and Lake Valley fire protection districts.


Wisdom Project speakers discuss senior services

Amy Dierlan of the River City Food Bank and Mark Snaer of Sacramento County’s senior companion program will speak about their programs at Thursday’s meeting of the Wisdom Project, aimed at gay and lesbian seniors.

Dierlan and Snaer will discuss the services their programs offer, as well as ways older community members can help their agencies. The meeting takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. in Sacramento.

Info: www.servant-hearts.org


New Sacramento gas survey due Tuesday

Gasoline prices in the Sacramento area and throughout California have been falling since midsummer and now are closing down on the $3-a-gallon threshold.

The prolonged decline has been tied to low crude oil prices, ample gas supplies and little disruption of refinery production. On Tuesday, AAA will release its monthly Gas Price Survey, breaking down average at-the-pump costs at jurisdictions throughout the state.

Info: Check www.sacbee.com for updates


Panel examines capital’s Obamacare options

Does Obamacare create more health care choices for consumers in Sacramento, or limit them?

That’s the question three health care experts – Western Health Advantage CEO Garry Maisel, Health Access lobbyist Beth Capell, and Bay Area Council policy adviser Micah Weinberg – will address at a free noontime discussion Wednesday at UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K St. downtown.

Sponsored by Zócalo Public Square and The California Wellness Foundation, the discussion will be moderated by Emily Bazar, author of the “Ask Emily” question-and-answer column on the Affordable Care Act.

To register for the event, go to www.zocalopublicsquare.org. A boxed lunch will be served.


Health fair offers free services to veterans

UC Davis medical school’s Willow Clinic is offering free health care services – including dental, vision and prostate cancer exams – to veterans Tuesday at its fifth annual Veterans Day Health Fair in Sacramento.

The health fair – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 67, 2784 Stockton Blvd. – also offers services aimed at addressing Vietnam-related illnesses.

The student-run Willow Clinic offers free medical and psychiatric care to the homeless every Saturday at the Salvation Army, 1200 N. B St. in Sacramento.

Info: www.willowclinic.org


Gamers offer e-waste recycling in Roseville

The International Game Developers Association of Sacramento is hosting a free electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fountains at Roseville, 1013 Galleria Blvd.

Accepted items include monitors, televisions, desktop computers, compact discs, speakers, telephones and other electronic devices. Large household items, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, and furniture, cannot be accepted. Household hazardous waste such as batteries, paints and pesticides also are not accepted.

California Electronic Asset Recovery, which is partnering with the game developers association to sponsor the event, shreds all hard drives for data security.

Info: (916) 792-2680

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