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:
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, 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
Clerk of the Board: email@example.com
- 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
For Immediate Release Contact: Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190
COURT BRIEF FILED IN CASE AGAINST EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR ABUSE OF DISCRETIONARY POWER
June 30, 2015, Placerville, CA
The Opening Brief has been filed in the matter of Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills v County of El Dorado. The basis of the litigation can be seen in a copy of the Brief here: http://tinyurl.com/oy66nw2
The abuse of discretion by the Board motivating this legal action is described in Attorney Tom Infusino’s December 1, 2014 letter:
“Given the unusual decision of the Board of Supervisors on November 4 to defy the recommendations of their advisory bodies, and to direct the Planning Department to prepare for project approval, it has become necessary to explain why this project approval is not only ill advised, but also unlawful at this time.”
It is up to citizens to take action and hold officials accountable when they abuse their discretionary power and ignore the law. Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills and Save Our County are working together to see that public concerns about the project and its impact on the community are addressed and that environmental law is followed.
Please visit www.Citizens4SensibleDevelopment.org or www.SaveOurCounty.net to find out how you can join the effort to hold the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors accountable for abusing their discretionary power.
Parker Development has been controlling the Board members on the Serrano Home Owners Association. This has led to the people that own homes in Serrano to have their voices silenced by the developer-backed Board members. Serrano is turning 20 this year. It is time that the people that live in the community take charge of their HOA Board.
Please send this information to all of your friends and family living in Serrano.
Suggested votes to take control of the Serrano HOA Board:
Here is where you can find more information:
https://youtu.be/2iOd88baMmk – Who is John Tyler?
https://youtu.be/UVPn5OfflEc – Developer Spending to Influence HOA Election
https://youtu.be/78TzRdei9XE – Unacceptable Developer Control
Subject: Agenda clarification request
Yesterday’s regular meeting of the Board, held in EDH, included a staff update on the General Plan update. I have two fairly serious issues with what occurred during the meeting. The first regards the Brown Act and the effort to restrict public comment during the hearing. A copy of both the 3/17/15 agenda page and California Gov Code (CGC) 54954.3 are attached below.
I would like clarification as to
1) why this update was not considered to be ‘on the agenda’
2) why a staff update would not qualify as “an item of interest to the public” per CGC
3) how the public was to ‘know’ that they would not be allowed to comment on the issue. It was after all, listed on the agenda and we are asked not to comment during Open Forum on items on the agenda.
Second, during this update, a number of VERY misleading statements were made by staff. Without the opportunity for the public to comment, those misconceptions just ‘hang’ out there, breeding misinformation on an already controversial issue. This occurred previously during discussion of Measure Y, the TDM, and traffic Levels of Service, and the misconceptions were never corrected in public. Here are a few of the points made in hearing yesterday and subsequently refuted by Sue Taylor and John Hidahl:
1) ‘The TGPA/ZOU update does not increase density’ – note that the RDEIR itself refutes this, as has been pointed out in submitted public comments
2) ‘no new entitlements are being granted’ – over 37,000 parcels are being rezoned; there are entitlements being granted whether parcels are created or not.
3) ‘This update is not changing the General Plan – we’re just amending it’ which was repeated about 5 times by Supervisor Mik and confirmed by staff’s Dave Defanti. Regardless of the fact that ‘to amend’ something IS to change it, the TGPA/ZOU is a massive overhaul and ‘targeted’ or not, the policy changes are sweeping.
While the Board eventually relented under pressure and allowed a few insistent people to comment (thank you), more residents would have commented if not for your suppression. I would like to know if this manner of placing things on the agenda will continue, and would like to request greater clarity in the future.
You have been informed of the way staff is misrepresenting the facts to both you and the public.
Please include this comment in the administrative record for the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance update.
Ellen Van Dyke
from Ca Gov Code 54954.3:
Agenda page 6: