Politics

Time to fix the DMV

At the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), state employees are sleeping on the job. Literally. A recent report revealed that one particular employee had a habit of sleeping severa ...

McClintock, Morse agree to public debate on Sept. 23

The first debate between incumbent Congressman Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse will be on Sept. 23, pending confirmation of a venue’s availability. This comes a ...

Trust: the foundation for what we say and do

Any book one might read about leadership, the first chapter is always about trust. In any organization, employees will only sacrifice for the good of the company when they see that ...

Placer Business Resource Center helps farmers succeed

Placer County has a long and rich history of farming and ranching, starting before the birth of the county in 1851 and continuing to this day. The dedication and hard work by our ...

Casino owners could chip in millions on new Highway 65-99 link

The Auburn based tribe that owns Thunder Valley Casino could step up with $24 million to financially energize construction of a new road between Highway 65 in Placer County and Hig ...

Road-mapping the process to plan for the next 50 years of local water

Water is life. And as a Nevada Irrigation District (NID) director and current president of the board, I am dedicated to working to ensure our community continues to have an ample, ...

Road-mapping the process to plan for the next 50 years of local water

Water is life. And as a Nevada Irrigation District (NID) director and current president of the board, I am dedicated to working to ensure our community continues to have an ample, ...

Councilmen stepped over mayor

At the July 10 City Council meeting, three of our councilmen stepped over Mayor Nader! I am disgusted by their action.  This is not how our city works.  One of the benefi ...

School bond selfish to our kids

I almost choked on my morning coffee when I read the front page of The News Messenger, “School district to place measure on November ballot.” You’ve got to be ki ...

Tears, anger punctuate Placer County debate on sanctuary state law

UPDATED: JULY 11 2 P.M. Tears, anger and emotions rubbed raw on both sides Tuesday as the divisive sanctuary state issue embroiled the Placer County Board of Supervisors chambers ...

Sacramento continues to propose new taxes amidst record revenues

Our state government is collecting more money from Californians than ever before. At $200 billion, this year’s state budget set a new record, surpassing last year’s bud ...

Weed, sanctuary state wrangles on Placer board's plate

The Placer County board will be asked Tuesday to OK a lien on a rural property near Auburn that’s at the center of a dispute over cannabis-growing regulations. Also on the a ...

Clock ticking on two Election Days in Placer County

The clock is ticking more loudly toward Election Day not only in November but also toward a special election in September for some Placer County voters. The general election &mdas ...

Water use limits? Placer County faces new state-driven normal

With drought and climate change in mind, a new state law is ratcheting up California water conservation. Just how far that will take water-saving efforts in Placer County and impa ...

Beefed-up tax revenue bolsters Placer County budget

With a positive revenue forecast, Placer County is moving into its next annual funding cycle in July with plans to spend $940 million. While changes are expected between now and S ...