Placerville Historic Preservation League sues Judicial Council

On Tuesday, July 14, a Press Conference will be held due to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco by the Placerville Historic Preservation League to correct the process for the controversial $90,000,000 New Placerville Courthouse project.

Historic Placerville Courthouse
Historic Placerville Courthouse

The public is encouraged and welcome to attend the Press Conference on the steps of the Historic Main Street Courthouse at 12pm, noon, Tuesday, July 14.

As stated in the Press Release, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) failed to adequately disclose, analyze, and/or mitigate the Project’s impact on biological resources, impact on traffic and circulation, and the economic impact to the businesses in historic Placerville on Main Street that will lead to urban decay and blight.

According to the lawsuit, the Judicial Council prejudicially abused its discretion in violation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving the project.  The lack of public disclosure and appearance of conflict of interest has left the project mired in controversy.  The League is asking the Judicial Council to set aside approval of the project until the Judicial Council decides to bring its project into compliance with the law.

A copy of the Press Release and the Writ of Mandate can be viewed here:

Future of Placerville Courthouse – Tuesday, January 27, 6:00pm City Council Meeting

The proposed new Courthouse on Ray Lawyer Drive has raised concerns  about downtown Placerville’s economic future.  Please read comments submitted regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report here:

If you are concerned about the future of Placerville’s economic future, then please attend this meeting:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:00pm
City Council Chambers – Town Hall
549 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667

View the entire agenda here:

Here is Agenda Item 12.1 regarding the Blue Ribbon Committee:

12.1 Review Proposed Guidelines for a Blue Ribbon Committee to Develop Options for Future Development of the Historic Placerville Courthouse (Mr. Morris) Recommendation by the City Manager that the City Council review the proposed guidelines for a Blue Ribbon Committee to develop options for future development of the Historic Placerville Courthouse.