NOON HOUR UPDATE: County hears another “community center” appeal; defensible space for properties; Easter Sunday activities and justice system master plan

What’s happening and what we’re working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for our Wednesday edition.

What we’re working on: The issue of the “community center” designation for facilities on agricultural land is in the spotlight once again as the owners of Gold Hill Gardens appeal the rejection of their minor-use permit application for a “community center” from the Planning Commission. Reporter Jon Schultz is at the Placer County Board of Supervisors’ chambers, where the appeal is being heard, and will have a story on the board’s decision. Jon will also have a piece on defensible space for properties as we prepare for another fire season.

Easter is Sunday and there’s plenty to do in the community when it comes to Easter egg hunts and the traditional brunch. Correspondent Amy Lobenberg has a story on what activities are available for you and your family.

Placer County has contracted with a firm for $316,000 for two years to come up with a justice system master plan in the wake of AB109. Reporter Gus Thomson has a story on what the consultant will be doing and how this contract will help the county.

What you’re talking about: Our story on the rash of vandalism that included rocks being thrown through people’s windshields has readers sharing their thoughts on the situation. Our pieces on the victim being identified from the crash in Loomis over the weekend and the wildlife safety class also have readers talking. Read all these stories and more and add your comments.

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