Another local government abuses its discretionary power = Placerville City Council

Measure K was passed by Placerville City residents on November 4, 2014. Measure K requires that any time a roundabout is proposed on a public road, the citizens will first vote on whether or not they want a roundabout in that location.

On January 27, 2015, Placerville City Manager, Cleve Morris, states that the City will move ahead with its proposed Western Interchange project, without regard for Measure K.  The Western Interchange project includes several roundabouts.

Here is a video clip and an excerpt of the text follows:

Partial script from the video: 2:26:34

“Cleve Morris (Placerville City Manager: As far as telling you what is going to happen with those (WPI) roundabouts designed as part of the Interchange, we’re moving forward with them at this point. Will we get challenged on them? We don’t know. But we are also coordinating with Caltrans in that process, and will continue to coordinate with Caltrans to make sure that they are on board. We’ve already had discussions with their legal counsel regarding that, so we will make sure that’s . . . But I can’t tell you, if you’re asking “How Measure K will affect those?” I don’t . . . by the next meeting we will not have that answer.

Carol Patton (City Council Woman): Has Caltrans made a ruling on the Measure K impacts to the Western Placerville Interchange?

Cleve Morris: They have not made a ruling; however, I believe our discussions were that they felt that if they were challenged on those roundabouts that they would become involved in and support us in that challenge.”


Roundabout in Front of Poor Reds?

January 9, 2014Roundabout

Staff from the Community Workshop sponsored by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) spoke with local residents about a roundabout option as one of three possible intersection improvements for downtown El Dorado.

El Dorado County resident George Turnboo who owns an automotive repair shop at the intersection expressed his concerns with staff regarding the roundabout.

The workshop was the final community meeting to discuss the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan.

Information on the plan here
-Click on Projects
-Select Diamond Springs-El Dorado Area Mobility and LIvable Community Plan

On March 30, 2011, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) submitted an application to Caltrans for a 2011/2012 Community-Based Transportation Planning Grant to fund the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan. On July 26, 2011, Caltrans notified EDCTC that the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan had been selected for funding in Fiscal Year 2011/2012 with an award of $250,000. On June 28, 2012, the EDCTC Board awarded a consulting contract to Mark Thomas & Company, Inc. to work with EDCTC, El Dorado County, El Dorado Transit Authority, Caltrans, and the community to develop the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan.

The Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan (Community Transportation Plan) will address mobility issues in the communities of Diamond Springs and El Dorado. The project will utilize the most current information available to perform a focused analysis of traffic operations in the project area, including key intersections on State Route 49 and local roads. The Community Transportation Plan will also identify the role, function, and performance of State Route 49, local roads, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities in providing for the safety and mobility of all users of the transportation system. It will also identify improvements to the transportation system and the scope and estimated cost of those improvements that will improve mobility, air quality, and parking in downtown areas while providing people with more mobility choices, including safer routes to school and complete streets. The Community Transportation Plan will also analyze how the relationship between improvements to the transportation system, economic development, and the preservation of cultural, historic, and environmental assets can result in a more livable community with a vibrant economy for years to come.


Public involvement and outreach are major components of the Community Transportation Plan. Involving the public in the plan will be accomplished through the formation of a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, public meetings, and meeting with individual members of the public and interested groups as necessary. In an effort to involve a broad range of potentially affected interests, forty-four groups are represented on the Community Transportation Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). The purpose of the SAC is to provide both policy and technical guidance to the EDCTC during the development of the Community Transportation Plan. The SAC’s efforts will be complemented by the technical work of the Project Development Team (PDT) that will include the Mark Thomas & Company consulting team, members of El Dorado County Department of Transportation, El Dorado County Planning Services, El Dorado Transit Authority, EDCTC, SACOG, and Caltrans. The project scope of work assumes a minimum of five SAC meetings and two public open houses.

%d bloggers like this: