Final ruling on Measure E lawsuit

Judge Stracener adopted the tentative ruling as his final ruling:

Here is a link to the tentative ruling:  2017-07-20 1.30pm-Civil tentative ruling

Here is what Measure E may look like after the judge’s ruling:

The Measure E proponents will consult with their legal counsel to determine what their next steps will be.

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Term Limits for Supervisors

After much discussion about term limits for El Dorado County Supervisors at the July 27, 2017 Charter Review Committee meeting, we volunteered to poll El Dorado County residents for input.

Please take a few minutes to participate in the poll.  You will be asked to log in to your Google account so that you can only take the poll one time.

 


Having trouble viewing the poll?  View it here:  https://goo.gl/forms/RFRzvW7lbpPWM4Ui1

Please forward to friends, neighbors, and family.

Thank you,

Save Our County

Measure E ruling in the works

Measure E was heard in court on July 20, 2017.  Prior to the hearing, Judge Warren Stracener released a tentative ruling on July 18, which you can read here:  Tentative Ruling on Measure E

Judge Stracener has 30 days to issue his final ruling, which could either accept the tentative ruling as the final ruling or be a different ruling altogether.

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for Measure E and for holding developers of discretionary projects accountable for paying for their own roads.

Measure E in Court on July 20

Measure E will have its day in court on Thursday, July 20, at 1:30 pm, in the El Dorado Superior Court Department 9, 3321 Cameron Park Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682.  The public is welcome to attend.

Measure E became part of the El Dorado County general plan on July 29, 2016.  On the same day the Alliance for Responsible Planning (EDCARP) filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate in order to invalidate the voter approved Measure E.

At the August 30, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting, County Counsel Mike Ciccozzi explained that it is the Board’s duty to interpret its general plan.  Here is his explanation:  https://youtu.be/3jgLllGiiFY  Despite the explanation that it was their charge to interpret the general plan, including Measure E, Supervisors Novasel, Ranalli, and Veerkamp voted against providing staff with an interpretation of Measure E and how to implement it.

During Open Forum of the June 27, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, Planning Commissioner Jon Vegna explained to the Board that their lack of providing an interpretation of Measure E has left the staff, planning commissioners, project proponents, and residents without clarity as to how to implement Measure E.  Here is his testimony:  https://youtu.be/OeoXGben_ZY

Since Supervisor Ranalli said at the August 30, 2016 meeting – let the courts decide Measure E, we are left to assume they are ignoring the Measure until this case is decided.  Measure E has been part of the general plan for almost a year now.  Supervisors Novasel, Ranalli, and Veerkamp have been shirking away from their duty to interpret the El Dorado County general plan for a year.  The court will not do their job for them.  The only thing before the Court is whether or not the Measure is valid, implementing it will still be the responsibility of the Board.  Unfortunately the Board is taking the “just sue us” stand, so contributing to the Save Our County Legal Fund would be very much appreciated.

Please attend – Dixon Ranch at BOS on 2-14-17 at 2:00 pm

Forwarded from the Green Valley Alliance:

Dear Green Valley corridor residents and supporters:

Please attend this critical meeting of the Board for the final vote on Dixon Ranch. Help show Supervisors that the proposed density increase on this site is unacceptable. If this project & its 605 homes is news to you, visit the GVA page, https://sites.google.com/site/greenvalleyroadalliance/dixon-ranch, then:

  • Call the Supervisors to express your concerns: If you or friends in Dist 4 voted for Supervisor Ranalli, please remind him of his campaign promise, memorialized in the 9/18/14 Shingle Springs Community Alliance questionnaire and reiterated on his campaign website:

ranalli-questionnaire

Call him and ask if you can count on him Feb 14th to retain the designated land use of the Dixon Ranch site as Low Density Residential.

Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. John Hidahl, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650, bosone@edcgov.us
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651, bostwo@edcgov.us
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652, bosthree@edcgov.us
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513, bosfour@edcgov.us
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577, bosfive@edcgov.us
Clerk of the Board: edc.cob@edcgov.us

  •  Visit the new Facebook page ‘Stop Dixon Ranch’ (https://www.facebook.com/stopdixonranch/), to share information and connect with others who oppose the project. Please use your social media skills to help spread the word.

February 14th – yep, Valentine’s Day- if approved, this project will set a precedent for other proposals attempting to upzone lower density land and ignore voter approved Measure E. Don’t let this happen. We don’t say this often, but if you are able, take the afternoon off and be there to hold our electeds accountable. Mark your calendars now: 2pm Tues Feb 14th, 2850 Fairlane Ct Bldg C, Placerville

Ellen Van Dyke for Green Valley Alliance
www.GreenValleyAlliance.org

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Comment on Board of Supervisors appointment of Director of Community Development Agency (CDA)

Re:  1/10/17 Board of Supervisors, Closed Session Item #30, File #17-0025, Appoint of Director of Community Development Agency

Dear Supervisors,

I ask that you do not appoint anyone to the position of Director of Community Development Agency. This Legistar item does not have information or attachments so we are left to assume that the action is to hire a CDA Director. This position is simply an additional layer of management that is not needed to serve the people of El Dorado County.

The #1 and #2 concerns of El Dorado County residents are public safety and road maintenance. The Director does not perform either of those functions.  Additionally, you have made it very clear at the last few Board meetings that you need to cut the budget wherever possible to balance the budget while maintaining critical services.

This is an excellent opportunity to start trimming the fat.

Thank you for your consideration,

Sue Taylor
530-391-2190

Below are some of the suggestions we sent to Don Ashton and Roger Niello after meeting with them on November 14:

1. Eliminate Long Range Planning – it was created recently by CEDAC and has completed its mission of the TGPA/ZOU

2. Eliminate the CDA – too many layers of bureaucracy.

3. Put Environmental Health back under the direction of Health and Human Services to return the checks and balances for development.

4. Put Code Enforcement back under the Building Department.

5. Hire a Director of Transportation who understands the importance of maintenance on our roads, can oversee a crew for that purpose and not be a lobbyist for new growth.

6. Eliminate CEDAC. It lost its way long ago and the Board has suggested several times that it has outlived its usefulness. It has become a divisive force in the County and used for political purposes. At the very minimum Maryann Argyres should be removed from the committee given her lawsuit against the County. Also remove those CEDAC members who have benefited personally and in regards to land use by the actions they have taken while on this committee.

7. Split the Planning and Building departments. They have very separate functions and funding mechanisms.

8. Create an Ad Hoc task force to streamline the permit process. The task force should consist of local users of the County Planning and Building Department Page 2 of 2 System and not stack the task force with those that want to change our General Plan for their own benefit. That is what derailed the attempt 9 years ago. Through this task force, create an easy to read brochure or matrix to assist an applicant through the planning/building process and the Ombudsman position could/should be eliminated. The task force should be disbanded immediately after it completes its task.4

We appreciate your efforts to improve the relationships between the public and the County, and also within the County itself.

Thanks again for your consideration of our concerns,

Sue

Support Craig Schmidt for EID Board, District 3

Finally! Someone who wants to be fiscally responsible running for EID and not give away all our resources to large developers.  He has our support.

Sue Taylor
Save Our County

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Craig A. Schmidt <info@fixeid.com>
Sent: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:11:23 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: FixEID.com tops 25,000 visits!

Hello Friends;

Two quick items:

1. Our www.FixEID.com web site has just topped 25,000 visits. Wow!

2. If you haven’t read the “One Minute News” summaries for June/July, August and September 2016 at www.FixEID.com (i.e. just under my candidate statement), I would like to encourage you to do so. These past four months of EID board meetings have revealed a lot of new/critical information. It will probably take you 3 or 4 minutes (only).

Thanks for all of your support, encouragement and campaign funding. It is truly appreciated 🙂

Please SHARE with your friends and neighbors!

Best wishes,

Craig A. Schmidt
Candidate: EID Board, Div. 3
Putting ratepayers first!