Dear El Dorado County concerned citizens,
Please attend the Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Board of Supervisors meeting at 3:30 pm.
For several years the residents of El Dorado County have tried to protect their quality of life by reducing the urban boundary lines in the County. These urban boundary lines are called Community Region Lines. Right now the Community Region Lines include land that is proposed for low density growth, such as 5-acre parcels. Basically the people living in these areas are not expecting or aware of high-density growth that these lines tend to promote. Because the Board of Supervisors lacked the will to move forward due to being told by staff that it would take lots of time and money if they were to implement this, the residents gathered signatures and put Measure O on the 2014 ballot.
Measure O was defeated because the developer interests, led by Parker Development and the El Dorado County Chamber, spent over $1,000,000 on mailers and TV ads to spread lies about Measure O . Measure O was defeated at the polls because the grassroots groups that put Measure O on the ballot could not compete with the $1,000,000 of lies.
County staff has led the Board to believe that changing the urban boundary lines will cost $100,000 in environmental reports. However, staff is not mentioning that environmental reports for reduced urban boundary lines were already analyzed as part of the General Plan in 2004. The analysis in 2004 stated that reduced urban boundary lines is consistent with the intent of our General Plan. Why hasn’t staff told the Supervisors this at Board meetings?
Instead, we have staff making political statements that discourage the Board from reducing the urban boundary lines.
Here is an example of where Shawna Purvines, staff member of Long Range Planning, attempts to mislead the Board of Supervisors by stating that the community’s goal is to discourage development, rather than maintain its rural character:
Why would county staff make such a misleading statement?
Here is another example where Steve Pedretti, the Director of Community Development Agency, is referring to a political election for setting county priorities. Shouldn’t he be keeping politics out of the county business as a public servant?
Our Zoning Ordinance is compliant with the General Plan. It does not have to be changed as Steve Pedretti stated in the video, yet changes are currently proposed to change the Plan in ways to benefit developers over communities. That is why we feel it is so critical to fix these lines.
The development community is once again working with the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce to sway the Board of Supervisors with propaganda that is full of lies. Watch your mailboxes and email inboxes for propaganda from a group called EDCARP (Alliance for Responsible Planning). Do not be fooled by their name. They are the same people that aligned with Parker Development’s million dollar campaign to defeat Measure O. They do not want our Community Region Lines reduced, nor do they care about our quality of life in El Dorado County. They are beholden to Parker Development’s quest to urbanize El Dorado County.
Watch this video where Kirk Bone of Parker Development, compares our future roads in El Dorado County to those of Los Angeles and Orange County. What the heck?
The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is sending out emails right now to promote EDCARP’s message of lies. The El Dorado County Chamber was a huge supporter of the campaign to defeat Measure O, and Kirk Bone is the Chairman of the El Dorado County Chamber’s Political Action Committee. Here is a photo of the El Dorado County Chamber’s front counter, laden with campaign propaganda during the 2014 election:
And lastly, the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce regularly holds it luncheons and mixers at the Red Hawk Casino restaurants. EDCARP also holds its meetings at Red Hawk Casino restaurants. The Red Hawk Casino is run by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok, which is a sovereign nation and not part of El Dorado County. Shouldn’t a Chamber of Commerce hold its meetings in one of its local businesses rather than that of a sovereign nation?
As citizens of El Dorado County, we must take a stand against the developer interests in our county and demand that our Board of Supervisors protect the quality of life that we love.
TAKE ACTION! Make phone calls, write emails, attend the 2-24-15 Board Meeting.
PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Board of Supervisors Meeting
330 Fair Lane, Building A, Placerville, CA
Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651, email@example.com
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513, email@example.com
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Supervisors’ Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board: email@example.com
Sample email [please customize it to reflect your concerns]:
Dear Board of Supervisors,
I want you to protect our quality of life in El Dorado County. Direct staff to begin the process of reducing the Community Region Lines using the analysis from the 2004 General Plan and to make it a high priority in their list of projects.
[Your town or address]