Special Interest Group plots against grassroots community groups

The following message is being distributed by a group that is aligned with Parker Development, “Alliance for Responsible Planning” and being headed by the Board of Supervisor’s appointed Chairperson of the Community and Economic Development Advisory Commission,
Maryann Argyres.

(Save Our County’s comments in red)

Begin forwarded message:

Date: January 7, 2016 at 1:20:55 PM PST
Subject:Alliance for Responsible Planning Luncheon — Friday, January 22, 2016; 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
You are cordially invited to attend a complimentary luncheon
 
Friday, January 22, 2016
 
From 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
In the Private Waterfall Buffet Room at Red Hawk Casino.
 
Much has happened since our last luncheon meeting, and new issues are on the horizon. 
 
Following years of public hearings and environmental review, the Board of Supervisors approved the Targeted General Plan Amendment/Zoning Ordinance Update on December 15, 2015.  The first comprehensive update of the zoning ordinance in over 30 years:
 
  • Brings zoning consistent with the General Plan for about 6% of parcels that were previously “inconsistent”;
    There are 94,000 parcels on the tax rolls 6% would be 5640 parcels so why did the county rezone 37,000 parcels?
  • Extends “right to farm” protections to some of our most productive agricultural lands;
    And possibly removed protections from around 2,300 previously Ag zoned parcels that the County “opted out” of Ag without much understanding of the consequence of that action.
  • Provides rural commerce opportunities to maintain economic viability of larger parcels in rural areas;  
    Allowing for rural commerce was already in the existing General Plan, but the County went beyond this by allowing a home occupancy business to be retail or industrial without checking for compatibility with their neighbor.
  • Does not change General Plan Land Uses (“colors”) except a small number of map corrections.
    This is a conflicting statement.  The county changed land use even after telling the public that there would be NO land use changes.  The public argued that this massive General Plan overhaul would not be necessary if they just changed the land use to match the zoning.  We were told by the County that they could not change land use.   
As you might imagine, this does not conclude planning-related issues on the near-term horizon.  
  • Litigation to challenge TGPA/ZOU is threatened by opposition groups;
    This is not a threat but is a duty of the public to hold our government officials responsible for upholding the law.  The Board of Supervisors left the public no choice but to litigate – unfortunately they will be using our money to defend their actions.
  • Petitions to recall the entire Board of Supervisors are being circulated by a small group of activists frustrated by their inability to control County government; 
    The Board of Supervisors are suppose to be public servants and answer to their citizens, that’s what we hired them to do!  We did not yield our sovereignty to the agencies which serve us.
  • Efforts continue to obstruct our “Area of Origin” water rights application, including attempts to discredit the fiscally sound policies of the majority of the EID Board.
  • Is it a sound decision to gamble $11 million of tax and rate payer funds for speculation when they know that the jurisdictions down river will sue to stop them as they did before? The other issue to consider is do we really need water rights for 216,000* more residents on metered water and do we really want to fund the last $180 million* to implement the infrastructure for these future residents? (*these facts are hard to document given they come from those that don’t always share truth)
     
Two initiatives will appear on the June 2016 ballot.  The “Yellow Petition” claims to “Reinstate Measure Y”, but even Bill Center has said this initiative goes “far beyond” original Measure Y, and would have “serious economic impacts”. The “Purple Petition” would make sweeping General Plan amendments to conform the Land Use Map to old zoning, among other changes.
“Reinstate Measure Y” goes back to forcing the developers to pay their own way for roads and as originally stated takes the vote away from the Board and back to the people before a road can be allowed to go to level of service F (gridlock). 
The “Retain our current zoning and Rural assets” initiative requires the Board to implement the protection policies as promised in the 2004 General Plan before allowing developers to bulldoze the resources the plan was to protect.  
The Board of Supervisors have enormous power over our land use, over the last 20 years they have severely abused that discretion and these initiatives put that power back in check allowing for common sense development and protection of our treasured resources for local use rather than incentivizing stack and pack development for favored developers at Taxpayers expense.
 
As you can see, there’s a lot to talk about, and we hope you will be able to join us for this timely discussion.  Because seating is limited, please let us know in advance if you are unable to attend
Anyone want to go and set the record straight for this propaganda event? 
 
Thank you again for your valuable contribution to the future of our county.
 
Maryann Argyres
Alliance for Responsible Planning, President
 
RSVP (Regrets Only) by reply to this email or to

alliance4responsibleplanning@gmail.com

Take Action! Our quality of life is under attack in El Dorado County

Dear El Dorado County concerned citizens,

Please attend the Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Board of Supervisors meeting at 3:30 pm.

For several years the residents of El Dorado County have tried to protect their quality of life by reducing the urban boundary lines in the County.  These urban boundary lines are called Community Region Lines.  Right now the Community Region Lines include land that is proposed for low density growth, such as 5-acre parcels.  Basically the people living in these areas are not expecting or aware of high-density growth that these lines tend to promote.  Because the Board of Supervisors lacked the will to move forward due to being told by staff that it would take lots of time and money if they were to implement this, the residents gathered signatures and put Measure O on the 2014 ballot.

Measure O was defeated because the developer interests, led by Parker Development and the El Dorado County Chamber, spent over $1,000,000 on mailers and TV ads to spread lies about Measure O .  Measure O was defeated at the polls because the grassroots groups that put Measure O on the ballot could not compete with the $1,000,000 of lies.

County staff has led the Board to believe that changing the urban boundary lines will cost $100,000 in environmental reports.  However, staff is not mentioning that environmental reports for reduced urban boundary lines were already analyzed as part of the General Plan in 2004.  The analysis in 2004 stated that reduced urban boundary lines is consistent with the intent of our General Plan.  Why hasn’t staff told the Supervisors this at Board meetings?

Instead, we have staff making political statements that discourage the Board from reducing the urban boundary lines.

Here is an example of where Shawna Purvines, staff member of Long Range Planning, attempts to mislead the Board of Supervisors by stating that the community’s goal is to discourage development, rather than maintain its rural character:


Why would county staff make such a misleading statement?

Here is another example where Steve Pedretti, the Director of Community Development Agency, is referring to a political election for setting county priorities.  Shouldn’t he be keeping politics out of the county business as a public servant?

Our Zoning Ordinance is compliant with the General Plan.  It does not have to be changed as Steve Pedretti stated in the video, yet changes are currently proposed to change the Plan in ways to benefit developers over communities.  That is why we feel it is so critical to fix these lines.

The development community is once again working with the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce to sway the Board of Supervisors with propaganda that is full of lies.   Watch your mailboxes and email inboxes for propaganda from a group called EDCARP (Alliance for Responsible Planning).  Do not be fooled by their name.  They are the same people that aligned with Parker Development’s million dollar campaign to defeat Measure O.  They do not want our Community Region Lines reduced, nor do they care about our quality of life in El Dorado County.  They are beholden to Parker Development’s quest to urbanize El Dorado County.

Watch this video where Kirk Bone of Parker Development, compares our future roads in El Dorado County to those of Los Angeles and Orange County.  What the heck?

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is sending out emails right now to promote EDCARP’s message of lies.  The El Dorado County Chamber was a huge supporter of the campaign to defeat Measure O, and Kirk Bone is the Chairman of the El Dorado County Chamber’s Political Action Committee.  Here is a photo of the El Dorado County Chamber’s front counter, laden with campaign propaganda during the 2014 election:

M-N-O at EDC Chamber
Campaign materials on front counter of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

And lastly, the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce regularly holds it luncheons and mixers at the Red Hawk Casino restaurants.  EDCARP also holds its meetings at Red Hawk Casino restaurants.   The Red Hawk Casino is run by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok, which is a sovereign nation and not part of El Dorado County.  Shouldn’t a Chamber of Commerce hold its meetings in one of its local businesses rather than that of a sovereign nation?

As citizens of El Dorado County, we must take a stand against the developer interests in our county and demand that our Board of Supervisors protect the quality of life that we love.

TAKE ACTION!  Make phone calls, write emails, attend the 2-24-15 Board Meeting.

PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Board of Supervisors Meeting
330 Fair Lane, Building A, Placerville, CA

Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. Ron Mikulaco, 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
Board of Supervisors’ Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board: edc.cob@edcgov.us

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Sample email [please customize it to reflect your concerns]:

To: <bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>
Subject: Comment on 2-24-15 BOS Agenda Item #47, File #13-0510

Dear Board of Supervisors,

I want you to protect our quality of life in El Dorado County.  Direct staff to begin the process of reducing the Community Region Lines using the analysis from the 2004 General Plan and to make it a high priority in their list of projects.

[Your town or address]
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