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PRESS RELEASE - Fire District Secures $1 Million for Public Safety Facility

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(L-R) Jacob Poganski, President  -El Dorado County Professional Firefighters Association; Paul Gilchrest, Director -  El Dorado County Fire Protection District; Mickey Kaiserman, Director - El Dorado County Fire Protection District; Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil; Tim Cordero, FIre Chief - El Dorado County Fire Protection District; Rebecca Neves, City Engineer - City of Placerville.

Camino, CA, July 5, 2023 — The El Dorado County Fire Protection District is pleased to announce that California Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil has secured $1 million in initial project funding for the Placerville Combined Fire and Police Public Safety Building. This new facility will serve both the El Dorado County Fire Protection District and the Placerville Police Department as a replacement for their aging and inadequate existing facilities. Both the City of Placerville and the El Dorado County Fire Protection District are collaborating to identify project funding and bring the project to fruition. 

We are extremely appreciative of the work that Senator Marie Alvarado-GIl and her staff have done to help in advocacy and in bringing state resources back to our rural communities.

Please see the Press Release below. 



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June 28, 2023

CONTACT:     Kara Sather

(916) 933-8680

Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil Secures Funding for El Dorado Fire, Police, and Grizzly Flats in State Budget Agreement

SACRAMENTO – Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil, D-Jackson, representing Senate District 4, is thrilled to announce the successful passage of a three-party agreement on the State Budget Bills. The budget allocates almost $50 million to Senate District 4, supporting vital initiatives and infrastructure projects in the region.

“This budget provides critical funding for various projects that will positively impact our community without increasing taxes. We must stand united as a district and ensure we receive our fair share of resources and investments," stated Senator Alvarado-Gil.  

The highlights of the budget allocations for El Dorado County include:

  • Funding to sustain the Grizzly Flats Community Services District through three years of operations and maintenance budget shortfalls for the water district following the Caldor Fire, which destroyed a significant portion of Grizzly Flats in November 2021.
  • $1 million El Dorado County Fire Protection District for initial project funding to bring the Placerville Combined Fire and Police Public Safety Building to fruition.
  • $40 Million for the Food Production Investment Program at California Energy Commission. This substantial investment will bolster food production initiatives, promoting sustainability and innovation in the agricultural sector across the district.
  • $2 million for the Child Welfare Disaster Response Account. This funding will provide essential support for Foster Youth during disasters, ensuring the welfare and safety of these vulnerable children across the district.
  • Providing millions of dollars in savings to local governments through the reinstatement of Streets and Highways Code Sections 114.5, which will cap indirect costs for highway work.

"These comprehensive initiatives cover a broad spectrum of areas, including the support for fire-ravaged communities like Grizzly Flats, the advancement of food production, and the protection of Foster Youth during emergencies,” stated Senator Alvarado-Gil. “The funding allocated to the El Dorado County Fire Protection District is of utmost importance, as it will undoubtedly bolster emergency response capabilities while supporting the courageous individuals who safeguard our community. Witnessing the tangible outcomes of the efforts put forth by my team is truly gratifying, knowing that these allocations will significantly enhance the overall quality of life for the residents of Senate District 4.”

"After so many roadblocks, persistence has finally paid off. I am incredibly grateful to Senator Alvarado-Gil for her efforts to help the people of Grizzly Flats. This funding for the Grizzly Flats CSD supports important infrastructure needed to rebuild the community. This is only the beginning, and we are so fortunate to have Senator Alvarado-Gil’s partnership and persistence in advocating for our county,” stated George Turnboo, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors District 2.           

"We are extremely grateful and humbled by Senator Alvarado-Gil's unwavering advocacy for our firefighters and police officers. The Senator and her team took the time to visit both our fire station and police station, witnessing firsthand the urgent requirement to replace these facilities for the brave men and women protecting our community. Words cannot express our gratitude for the Senator's support for our firefighters and police officers," stated Tim Cordero, Fire Chief for El Dorado County Fire District.

To learn more about Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil, please visit:

Senator Alvarado-Gil represents the 4th Senate District including the Counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne.

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Tim Cordero, Fire Chief for El Dorado County Fire Protection District; Paul Gilchrist, Director, El Dorado County Fire Protection District; and Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil.
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Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil and El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor George Turnboo meet with residents of Grizzly Flats on the property where their home once stood.


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