Measure E amendments to general plan

The document below shows the effects of Judge Stracener’s court ruling on how Measure E has amended the El Dorado County General Plan.  The document was prepared by the petitioner in the case, EDCARP, and aligns with the Press Release published by El Dorado County.

Save Our County is consulting with its legal counsel to determine whether or not to pursue an appeal of the ruling.

A pdf of the document is available by clicking here.

 

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Supervisors Violate Constitutional Oaths

Supervisors Novasel, Ranalli, and Veerkamp received the following letters on March 8, 2017.  As of this date, former Supervisor Mikulaco has not picked up his letter at the Post Office.

Click here to read letter to Supervisor Veerkamp
Click here to read letter to Supervisor Ranalli
Click here to read letter to Supervisor Novasel
Click here to read letter to former Supervisor Mikulaco

Here are excerpts from the letters and video clips:

Whenever constitutional violations are committed by public officers, there are constitutional remedies available to the people. Such remedies make those who violate their oaths, such as you, accountable and liable for their unconstitutional actions conducted in perjury of their oaths.

Your continued refusal to allow the public the opportunity to make comment on the staff’s monthly TGPA/ZOU status update was a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act. By your actions, as stated herein, you perjured your oath, which oath was given in exchange for the public trust. Therefore, you violated the public trust, and also violated the rights of free speech, redress of grievances to government and peaceful assembly, guaranteed in the First Amendment, all of which actions were conducted by you without constitutional or any other valid lawful authority.

Your refusal to provide a meaningful process for Citizens made it extremely clear to the audience that this meeting was a joke, a farce and a fraud, simply meant to give the appearance of a just and fair hearing, but delivering nothing of the kind.

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:
https://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2818037&GUID=1C211302-1FEA-423E-9096-3D329451086D

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:  http://wp.me/P2S1Pd-bc

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 <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Ranalli <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

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 <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
The BOSFOUR <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

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:
https://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2807428&GUID=4C0E52E4-7EFA-43A8-8A55-B66390C2B4C7&FullText=1

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

Supervisor Mikulaco <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Ranalli <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

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

 

Please attend: Workshop on implementing Measure E

County staff will be presenting information and giving recommendations to the Board of Supervisors about how Measure E should be implemented at a Special Workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 9:30 am.  Please attend to show your support for implementing Measure E as intended by the voters of El Dorado County.

Here is a link to the Staff Report:
https://eldorado.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=4612086&GUID=BD45C453-84D9-49C7-8A65-624257DD2BB8

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:  http://wp.me/P2S1Pd-bc

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

Join us in defending staff as they work toward following the will of the people.  If you cannot attend the meeting, contact the supervisors and let them know that voters expect them to follow the will of the people.

Supervisor Mikulaco <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Ranalli <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

 

 

Take Action – Shinn Ranch map extension

Shinn Ranch location map
Shinn Ranch location map

The Shinn Ranch project’s tentative map time extension is on the Board of Supervisors agenda for July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  Many circumstances have changed since the original map was approved in 2007, and the surrounding community is asking for the map extension to be denied.  See detailed explanation below.

The County’s files are available here:
https://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2779030&GUID=3CA822D1-377A-4B7C-B5C6-3DC8DAD0CA2A&Options&Search&FullText=1

The proposed project includes 141 single-family houses on 167 acres, which will add approximately 1,400 car trips to Mother Lode Drive daily.

Please attend the Board of Supervisors meeting to request that the map extension be denied:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA 95667

To send in your comments via email, send to:

Supervisor Mikulaco <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Ranalli <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

Subject:  Shinn Ranch, File #07-1802, Agenda Item #49

The Shinn Ranch map extension is being appealed to the Board of Supervisors based on the grounds that the project approval violates California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the applicable general plans and zoning laws, and that the comments submitted to the Planning Commission contained
accurate statements of significant legal violations that were not addressed by the Planning Commission at the hearing.

In addition to the legal violations not addressed previously, the following are additional facts which must be addressed regarding this time extension, approval of which indicates that these concerns should have been considered when the tentative development was approved in 2007.

1. Measure E approval (June 2016)
The approval of Measure E reinforces Measure Y, which should therefore have been applied and still applies to this project.

2. Fire safety for nearby properties-health and safety hazard
There is no water supply, fire hydrants, nor any egress on the narrow roads leading to the existing 38 homes/56 parcels on Kingvale Road, Concept Mountain Rd, Kingvale Court, and Wildcrest Road south of the planned development. This tentative development and the planned new homes increases the chances of a fire occurring. With the current plans using Kingvale road, this causes a huge bottleneck for all residents relying on Kingvale road as their only exit. The project should have mitigated the reality of fire for all the residents beyond the project on Kingvale road which have no way of protecting themselves from this hazard. The planners chose to use their only exit.

3. Indian burial sites
The local Native Miwok tribal Communities submitted the following comments to county planning: “We have serious concerns of possible burial sites that may exist and are purposely obscured. The tentative map does provide for ” … in the event of human remains are encountered … ” which would be considered inadvertent discovery. This is very different from original knowledge of same prior to any discovery during construction. This is not acceptable and disrespectful to cultural ancestors and the disturbance of any remains. There are not typically any markers with Indian burial sites, but, the area would be considered sacred and should be preserved as sanctuary. More time is needed to research and respond to this issue. The secondary problem is that excavation of these burial grounds will reintroduce Valley Fever and other ratified diseases to the surrounding community. This is a health and safety issue for the community. Apparently there is no study or plan to contain this disease once it is airborne.

4. Notification of affected properties
In 2007 when this tentative map was approved, notification was made in the newspaper, but a limited number of adjacent property owners were notified. At that time, notification was required if property was within 500 feet of the planned development. Currently, the requirement is one mile. Some residents claim they did not receive these notifications. We’re they sent certified? Tom Shinn owned 3 of the properties affected at that time, maybe more.  A full background would need to be done in order to verify. Many residents do not subscribe to the Mountain Democrat. Word of mouth is not an appropriate vehicle for notification.

5. Existing deed restrictions- Shinn Ranch Road properties
A deed restriction was attached to deeds signed by Tom Shinn and Linda Lou Fine when the Shinn Ranch Road properties were sold. These existing properties are adjacent to the tentative map. Restrictions include:
• Dwelling must be a minimum of 2600 sq. ft (exclusive of garage)
• Second dwellings not to exceed 1200 sq ft.
• No manufactured or modular dwellings except during construction
• No track or course for bikes, quads, motorcycles
• Only domestic livestock allowed (no excessively noxious or noisy animals)
Changes to these restrictions requires written consent of all adjoining property owners bordering a Shinn Ranch Road property. The 5 and 10 acre parcel owners on Shinn Ranch Road have concerns over how the tentative development is in opposition to these restrictions, especially the home square footage restriction. There are also similar deed restrictions for all properties north of old timer lane to Mother Lode. This development does not fit within the existing CC & R’s. Nor does it fit within the existing neighborhood.

6. Increased traffic Kingvale Road
Access is already difficult and dangerous at Shinn Ranch Road, Kingvale and on an already dangerous thoroughfare, Mother Lode Drive, especially when the sun glare is brightest turning west on Mother Lode off Kingvale in the late afternoon. Several have been injured or killed at Kingvale and Mother Lode Drive.  Follow up with CHP for data as it appears this was also not taken into consideration. The proposed deceleration and turn lanes added as part of this project won’t handle the added traffic. Mother Lode is a narrow two lane road. Apparently planning failed to study the impact to the existing residents already using Kingvale road. This development only makes this intersection more dangerous for the existing communities. This development should NEVER have access to Kingvale road due to the added risk, traffic and inconvenience to the existing residents who only have one way into their homes. It is also a private, maintained road by the residents of Gold Country, whom bare. the full cost of road maintenance.

7. County to pay for infrastructure?

Since the County has constructed an Animal Shelter at another location since the approval of this project, all references to the County reimbursing the developer, such as “The applicant and El Dorado County shall enter into a reimbursement agreement in the event that this development occurs prior to El Dorado County construction of the roads for the Animal Shelter,” should be removed.  The County should not be responsible for providing the infrastructure for this project. 

8.  Drainage

Much of the drainage mitigation is to be determined after approval of the project, which is a violation of CEQA.  It should have been required of the applicant to show that adequate drainage is possible with the amount of homes being proposed to ensure that the neighboring properties will not be impacted by future drainage issues.

9. Quality of life.

Noise, light and air pollution, crime. Destroys rural atmosphere we all enjoy.