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

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,



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 <>
Sent: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:11:23 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: tops 25,000 visits!

Hello Friends;

Two quick items:

1. Our 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 (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!

Attend 8/30 Board meeting to support Measure E

The opponents of Measure E are spreading misleading information about Measure E’s implementation to confuse the public, once again.

Please attend the meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm to support implementing Measure E as intended by voters.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Building C Hearing Room  (Temporary location during construction)
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA

In working with County Counsel, the proponents of Measure E have come to agreement with all but one issue:  the way that the County analyzes traffic congestion on roadways and highways.

Measure E mandates the use of Caltrans data to analyze the level of service on US 50, however the County has proposed to ignore this mandate.

Here is a link to the County’s documents and reports:

Once again, it is anticipated that the opponents to Measure E will be there in force. They have already filed a lawsuit to thwart the will of the voters. Information about the lawsuit and how you can help defend Measure E is available here:

The law is clear that it is now the responsibility of the County to implement Measure E as it was intended.

If you cannot attend the meeting, contact the supervisors and let them know that voters expect ALL of Measure E to be implemented as intended.

Supervisor Mikulaco <>,
Supervisor Frentzen <>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <>,
Supervisor Novasel <>,
Supervisor Ranalli <>,
Clerk of the Board <>

Subject:  Measure E Implementation, File #14-1054, Agenda Item #32


Take action! Tell County to stop catering to special interests

At the August 16, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) presented a new Prop 90 report to the Supervisors.  The report clearly showed that the County will lose money by extending Prop 90.  This is the same conclusion from reports by previous CAO’s.

So why did 3 of 5 Supervisors vote to extend Prop 90 for 5 more years?  Those 3 Supervisors seemed more concerned about Lennar Homes selling homes to folks from L.A. and the Bay Area at a good profit margin than with protecting our County’s budget.

Should existing residents be burdened with the added cost of services needed for “affluent” seniors coming from other Counties?

Shiva-Frentzen-150x150Supervisor Shiva Frentzen tackles that question in an opinion piece posted today, August 23, 2016, on the Lake Tahoe News website:  Opinion: EDC caters to special interests

To date, Prop 90 has caused El Dorado County to lose a total of $3,246,664 in funding to the County’s General Fund (used for services and road maintenance) and to the County’s Special Districts:

Prop 90 Cumulative Calculation to General Fund

Prop 90 Cumulative Calculation to Special Districts

If Prop 90 was allowed to expire on September 30, 2016, and no more houses were allowed in the program, the County will still continue to lose annual funding:

Prop 90 Cumulative Calculation to General Fund 5 more years

Prop 90 Cumulative Calculation to Special Districts 5 more years

El Dorado County CANNOT afford to extend Prop 90 for another 5 years and add more houses to the program.

Take action and flood the the Supervisors with emails and let them know that they should be focused on finding ways to fix our budget, not catering to special interests.

And show up on August 30, 2016 to put the Supervisors on notice that they are charged with protecting the County’s financial well-being.

This item is on the Consent Calendar.  The public has the right to make comment on the Consent Calendar items:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 9:00am
Building C Hearing Room  (Temporary location during construction)
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA

To send in your comments via email, send to:

Supervisor Mikulaco <>,
Supervisor Frentzen <>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <>,
Supervisor Novasel <>,
Clerk of the Board <>

Subject: Prop 90, File # 16-0777, Agenda Item #3

If you would also like to make phone calls, here is that information:

Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650
Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651
Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652
Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513
Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577
Please forward this email/post to everyone you know who is concerned about the financial health of El Dorado County.

Cultural Resources on 8/16/16 Board of Supervisors agenda

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, the Board of Supervisors will give staff direction on preparing a Cultural Resources Ordinance and possibly removing the requirement to have a Cultural Resources Preservation Commission.

If you are interested in El Dorado County’s Cultural Resource preservation, please attend:

Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, after 2:00 pm
2850 Fairlane Court, Building C
Placerville, CA
(temporary location during construction)

Links to the Staff Memo and Presentation are available here:

If you cannot make it to the meeting, send your comments to:

Supervisor Mikulaco <>,
Supervisor Frentzen <>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <>,
Supervisor Novasel <>,
Supervisor Ranalli <>,
Clerk of the Board <>

Subject:  BOS Agenda 8/16/16, Item #26, File #16-0660, Cultural Resources Ordinance


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