County Supervisor Report

By Susan Peters
March 2020


Sacramento County’s Business Environmental Resource Center—which has helped more than 20,000 businesses in our region—has moved to Arden-Arcade at 591 Watt Ave., Suite 220, near the intersection of Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard.

If your business is existing or expanding, BERC can help you navigate through new regulations that may have not previously applied to your industry. If you are starting a business, BERC can help you work through the steps to opening your business and being successful.

BERC also hosts the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program, which certifies and promotes businesses and other organizations in the Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado counties that pledge to adopt environmentally friendly practices and conserve resources.
For more information, visit


With warmer weather arriving, I will resume “office hours” by setting up a table at various community events where residents can drop by and talk about items of interest with no appointment necessary.

This month, I will hold Arden-Arcade office hours from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Annual Trout Fishing Derby in Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, sponsored by the Fulton-El Camino Recreation & Park District. For more information on the fishing derby, call the park district at (916) 927-3802 or visit

Next month, I will hold office hours from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, during the Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Carmichael Recreation & Park District and Carmichael Kiwanis Club, at Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. The egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine, with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information on the egg hunt, call the park district at (916) 485-5322 or visit


Are you interested in making a difference in your community or gaining experience in a particular field?

Join the more than 75,000 volunteers and interns who have donated more than 6 million hours of service to Sacramento County since 2004.

Whether it’s directing customers at the airport, helping with events, assisting seniors, mentoring children, interviewing veterans, performing clerical tasks or helping animals, Sacramento County has a project or service for you.

Anyone can volunteer. Many positions do not require special skills and training is provided. For general information, call 311 or visit, under “Government,” then “Volunteer.”

Off-Duty Hero

Sacramento parks ranger honored for his bravery

Sacramento County Regional Parks Ranger Jared Elster demonstrated outstanding heroism and bravery when he responded while off-duty to a random stabbing attack at the Auburn Library in Placer County last December.

Elster was picking up a family member at the library when he heard someone yell “Call 911.” He witnessed a suspected perpetrator jump over a table after stabbing a library patron in the face. The same subject continued his rampage by attacking another library patron, stabbing that person in the chest.

Despite being unarmed, Elster intervened by yelling and identifying himself as a police officer, causing the suspect to flee. Without regard for his own safety, Elster pursued the armed suspect who made a slashing motion resulting in a cut to Elster’s hands. The Auburn Police Department arrived and captured the assailant.

According to the Auburn Police, Elster prevented further tragedy by stopping the suspect from inflicting more harm to his victims or stabbing other library patrons. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors recognized Elster in a special ceremony before friends and colleagues in January for his courageous action, professionalism and bravery.


Be prepared for a disaster by registering to receive notifications from the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services at 

Our regional mass notification system is a critical link for you to immediately learn of required actions, such as forced evacuations, shelter in place orders and road closures.

The unique feature of Sacramento County’s system is the ability to handle more than one contact method, including cell phones, landlines, text and e-mail. You pick the best notification method or choose them all. You can also register multiple locations, such as your work address, parent’s address or children’s school, to receive alerts related to the places that are important to you.

Susan Peters represents the Third District on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. She can be reached at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @insidesacramento.

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