Shingle Springs Community Survey Results

posted Jul 22, 2015, 2:53 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 22, 2015, 5:28 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The results of the Shingle Springs Community Survey are available here:

Thank you to everyone who participated.  We anticipate meeting with the Supervisors next week and will report back to you in an email summary, which was the preferred choice by the survey participants.

If you're new to our email list and would to look through previous email messages, simply click around the Announcements page of our website to view previous email announcements:

[FWD: Do you want digital signs in El Dorado County?]

posted Jul 18, 2015, 9:16 AM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please take action if you do not want digital signs in El Dorado County.  The County did not perform public polling or surveys to ask residents whether they want digital signs or not.  It is up to you to contact the Supervisors.

Send this on to friends and family to spread the word and get our voices heard!

Thank you,


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Do you want digital signs in El Dorado County?

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing to adopt the proposed County Sign Ordinance and the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on July 28, 2015.

On May 28, 2015, the Planning Commission received public comment and formulated their recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.  Their recommendation is to adopt the proposed policy to allow for digital signs in El Dorado County.  Do you agree with that recommendation?

When asked about an example of the digital signs that are proposed, the example given was the signs at Arden Fair Mall.  That is because the proposed El Dorado County Sign Ordinance allows for 50% digital coverage.  Here are photos and videos for reference:
Daytime photo of digital sign
Daytime photo of Arden Fair Mall's digital sign. Link to photo:

View daytime video here:

Nighttime photo of digital sign
Nighttime photo of Arden Fair Mall digital sign. Link to photo:
View nighttime video here:

The proposed Sign Ordinance also includes 60' tall signs along Highway 50.    Do you want more 60' tall signs along Highway 50?

How about digital advertisement signs on Government property?  The proposed Sign Ordinance allows for "Off-site digital general advertising for hire signs; such signs are only allowed by written agreement with the County" on Government property.  Do we want our Government property to be used for selling advertisement?

What else is in the proposed Sign Ordinance?  The whole point was to amortize existing billboards so that they could be removed.  Instead, the proposed Sign Ordinance is creating so many new policies that it is confusing.  Despite public requests at the Planning Commission hearings, the staff would not create an 'easy to follow' matrix to compare the existing Sign Ordinance to the proposed Sign Ordinance.

Here a link to the County's website for detailed information:




Attend meeting if you are available:
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Board of Supervisor meeting room
Time to be announced - Agenda available at

Feel free to use this sample email to submit your concerns:

Subject: Comment on Sign Ordinance Update, File #13-0086

Dear Board of Supervisors,
El Dorado County is known for its natural beauty.  That is what brings people here to live and to visit.  Do not update our Sign Ordinance to bring urban signage to El Dorado County.  Stand up for the quality of life that we enjoy and do not approve digital signs in the Sign Ordinance.  Stand up for our scenic viewsheds and do not approve 60' tall signs along Highway 50.

Tell staff that they should listen to public requests for clarification of proposed policies.  Creating a simple matrix to clarify the differences between the existing ordinance and the proposed ordinance could have alleviated much of the public's confusion and concerns about transparency of the process.

Thank you,

[Your name]
[Your town or address]

Phone calls are a good way to follow up on your email. Here is contact info for Board of Supervisors:

1. Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650,
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651,
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652,
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513,
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577,
Board of Supervisors' Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board:
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Your Input is Important - Survey attached for Shingle Springs residents

posted Jul 6, 2015, 5:19 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 7, 2015, 10:27 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents,

The Core Committee of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance will be meeting with Supervisors Ranalli and Frentzen in the next few weeks to open the lines of communication between our supervisors and the Shingle Springs community that they represent.  We'd like to know what issues are most important to you and share those with the supervisors.

Please share this survey with other Shingle Springs residents.  This survey will close on July 15, 2015.

Thank you!

Preserve our oaks

posted Jun 14, 2015, 11:05 PM by Lori Parlin

Please see the email below from the Green Valley Alliance.  Shingle Springs will also be negatively impacted if 100% of oak canopies are allowed to be removed for development.  Take a moment to contact the Board of Supervisors and tell them to create policies that require development to maintain oaks onsite for the protection of our quality of life.

From: Green Valley Alliance []
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:02 AM
To: Green Valley Alliance
Subject: Preserve our oaks
Corridor friends and concerned residents:
On Monday, June 22nd, the EDC Board of Supervisors will be hearing County staff's recommendations on their drafted policies for oak woodland preservation.  Green Valley corridor has a lot to gain from good policies, and a lot to lose from bad ones. 
As proposed by staff, the new policies will remove oak canopy 'retention' requirements, allowing 100% tree removal if fees are paid for off-site conservation. The Dixon Ranch development as proposed cannot meet the current oak canopy retention requirements, but the requirement just goes away under the new policies. 

Write to your Supervisors - the message is simple - tell them to protect our resources, and do NOT allow the oak canopy retention requirements to be removed. 
Ellen Van Dyke for GVA  
Template & contact info here:
Subject: Public Comment on draft Biological Policy, BOS meeting 6/22/15, file no. 12-1203
Dear Supervisors:
Please do not eliminate the oak canopy retention standards from the draft biological policies. We value the oak woodland in our area and do not want it to be replaced elsewhere!  Allowing 100% tree removal is not acceptable.

Thank you for your consideration.
[your name here]
send to :
Board of Supervisors -;;;;;
Planner Shawna Purvines   -

 More info available via these County sites:

Land Grab by Shingle Springs Miwok/Red Hawk Casino Tribe

posted May 20, 2015, 11:50 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 22, 2015, 1:30 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and fellow El Dorado County citizens,

The recent construction of a Gun Range on Tribal land in Shingle Springs has raised many questions and concerns from residents about the future of land uses near the Red Hawk Casino.  Here is information so that you understand the situation and are ready to take action when needed.

In the map below, the red parcels were purchased by the Tribe and converted to Trust Land.  This means that these parcels are off of the County tax roll and the Tribe has sovereign use of the land.  Trust parcels do not fall under local, state, or federal land use authority.  This sovereign status is what allowed the Tribe to build the incompatible Tribal Gun Range adjacent to homes, Highway 50, and the walking/biking/riding trail.  The parcel for the site of the open Gun Range was brought into Trust for the intended purpose of building a Tribal Health Facility.  The parcel for the site of the proposed Gas Station was brought into Trust for the intended purpose of building six residential houses.  The Tribe stated on its application that they needed the land to provide for the Tribe’s health and much-needed residential housing.  The Notice of Decision for bringing the parcels into Trust is available by clicking here.  Why has the Tribal Council switched its plans to provide for the Tribe’s health and well-being and instead are planning to build projects that are adversarial to the surrounding neighbors?

The parcels on the map outlined in blue have also been purchased by the Red Hawk Casino/Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Tribe.  The Tribal Council has submitted an application to to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to also have several of those parcels put into Trust.  You can view the Fee to Trust Application by clicking here.  We have been alerted that at least one other application is in process.  Additionally, the Tribe has been pressuring nearby neighbors to sell their property to the Tribe.  Why is the Tribe applying to have sovereign status on land that is already developed for residential use?   What is to prevent the Tribe from once again abusing the Land Trust process and build incompatible projects?  When will they stop pursuing more land?

El Dorado County is not the only county that is experiencing issues with its Tribal neighbors.  The Fee to Trust process is broken.  Applications are simply rubber stamped by the BIA and there is no accountability if a Tribe switches from one land use to another.  Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon has been working on this issue.  You can read some of her testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs by clicking here.  The situation has been exacerbated because our local and federal representatives have advised community groups to talk to the Tribe and work out issues.  That has been difficult because the Tribe has used its sovereignty to minimize and dismiss concerns.  This is in direct conflict with the The Tribe's stated commitment to having "a positive impact in the community and to preserving the places where our neighbors, guests, team and Tribe work, live and play." 

Please share this information with friends and neighbors.  We will need to be informed and united to make an impact on the decisions being made by our representatives.

Update - Tilden Park Hotel project

posted May 3, 2015, 10:44 PM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Tilden Park Hotel project is once again showing activity and we are sharing this information to keep the community aware of its status.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved an increase in the contracted amount to pay a consultant to perform a Draft Focused Environmental Impact Report for the Tilden Park Hotel project.  This was not unusual - many projects require an increase in the amount allocated for their Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The Tilden Park Hotel project EIR will focus only on traffic and will not address all of the impacts of the project.  The decision to perform a Focused EIR on traffic only was made by County Staff in 2012.  Here is the statement that I made at the Board meeting regarding the increase in consultant spending:

"I made a comment a couple weeks ago when the Marble Valley and Lime Rock consultant agreements were on the Consent Calendar, so I thought it was only fair to make a similar comment about the Tilden Park agreement that is on the Consent Calendar today.  This particular developer is out of state in North Carolina.  His project is outside of the General Plan and requires a General Plan Amendment.  I ask that you remind him that spending thousands of dollars on the environmental process is a risk and that it in no way guarantees nor influences approval of the project."

Please stay engaged in what is happening in our community and be ready to submit comments about projects that are beyond the capabilities of our current road infrastructure and will be allowing higher density contrary to the existing community's expected development pattern.

If you would like more information about the Tilden Park Hotel project, please visit this website:

Lori Parlin on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino, and Stop Tilden Park
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

SPTC Community Workshop: March 25th, 2015

posted Mar 18, 2015, 2:40 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 2:43 PM ]

San Stino Update

posted Mar 11, 2015, 10:30 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 10:31 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The San Stino project representative, Joel Korotkin, has stated for several months that he and his team have redrawn the project at a lower density than the 1,041 houses that were proposed at the Scoping Meeting on March 21, 2013.  In response, we have asked Mr. Korotkin to present the updated project to the community at a community-wide meeting to gather feedback.  We have also asked that the updated project be posted on a website as part of an open, transparent dialog about the project.  We have yet to see Mr. Korotkin satisfy either of these requests.

Please be aware that developers often try to reduce opposition to their projects by writing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with adjacent landowners.  In these MOUs, the landowners are promised amenities such as gates or road paving.  In return, they sign away their right to oppose the project.  Mr. Korotkin entered into MOUs to reduce opposition to the 1,041 house version of San Stino.  He also attempted to enter into an MOU to reduce opposition to his Dixon Ranch project on Green Valley Road:  The San Stino project will probably have a different name this time around, because the name has been tainted by the strong opposition the community had toward the project.  

Remember, at this time, the 645 acres is divided into 3 parcels each parcel is only entitled to one house until the land is subdivided.  The land is all designated for Low Density Residential development, and would be entitled to 101 parcels if subdivided according to its zoning.  Here is the parcel information:

229.3 acre parcel, APN 090-220-05, -24: Estate Residential Five (RE-5) Acre District = 46 units
142.5 acre parcel, APN 090-380-19, -02: Estate Residential Five (RE-5) Acre District = 28 units
273.4 acre parcel, APN 090-190-10: Exclusive Agricultural (AE) District = 27 units

Mr Korotkin has not announced when and how he will present his updated project plans to the community.  When he does, let's continue to stay unified as a community and tell him that we want a development project that is compatible with the surrounding homes and will not negatively impact Shingle Springs.

If you have had contact with Mr. Korotkin about his updated project plans, please contact Frank Verdin, lead of the No San Stino group, at

Update on 2-24-15 Board meeting

posted Mar 2, 2015, 11:01 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Mar 2, 2015, 11:02 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

THANK YOU!  Your emails and phone calls do matter.  These two items directly affect our community and they were on the Board agenda because of you.  As we become more organized and vocal about what we want for our community, the Board cannot ignore us and must take action for us, the citizens.  We must stay strong and persist in this battle to protect our quality of life in Shingle Springs and El Dorado County.  It is not easy to attend meetings in the middle of a work day, so here is a special thank you to all of you that were able to attend the Board meeting and fill the room and testify to show the Board how much we care.

Here are a few updates from the 2-24-15 Board of Supervisors meeting.  If you would like to view the video of the meeting, click on this link and scroll down to #46 and #47 on the list of agenda items: 

Agenda Item #46, Tribe Shooting Range
The Tribe gave a presentation regarding the size and location of their proposed open shooting range.  They stated that they do not have to follow any environmental review process because they are paying for the project with cash instead of financing with a bank.  This begs the question, "Why does paying cash excuse them from environmental review to discuss health and safety issues?"  Public comment regarding the project suggested that many people in the community would like to see a new shooting range in the county; however, this is not a proper location for an OPEN shooting range because it is too close to our local schools, recreational trails, residences, and Highway 50.  Noise and stray bullets were the top concerns.

Remember, the Tribe could mitigate many of the concerns by building an indoor range.  Building an indoor range is very expensive.  However, the Tribe is also planning to build a gas station and fast food restaurant right across the street from the shooting range.  That indicates that they have the means to build an indoor range and be the good neighbor that they strive to be. 

The Supervisors directed staff to create a Staff Report with options of what the Board can do to stop this process if the Tribe will not be a good neighbor to the community.  We are looking forward to that Staff Report and supporting whatever action the Board can take to stop the project in its current form.  We have been told by several sources that there are public health and safety regulations that the Tribe must follow.  We need our Supervisors to quickly determine what those regulations are and enforce them for the well being of all El Dorado County citizens.

What you can do:
Be prepared to take action!  If the Tribe moves forward with this project and our Board of Supervisors does not take action on our behalf, then we, the citizens, will have to be ready to fight for our community.
  • Share this information with your friends and family and get them involved
  • Contact our State and Federal Representatives - contact information is below
  • Organize protests on Shingle Springs Drive
  • Send Letters to the Editor - Mountain Democrat, Sacramento Bee, and any other regional newspaper
  • Visit this website and join the email list:

Agenda Item #47, Community Region Lines
This item was supposed to be about following up on the Board's motion in December to reduce the size of urban limit lines (Community Region Lines) in Shingle Springs and on the Green Valley Road corridor.  However, special interests led by the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and a group called EDCARP, turned the item into a political statement.  Keep in mind that EDCARP can be directly tied to the $1,000,000 campaign that Parker Development (Serrano/Marble Valley) led to defeat Measure O during the November election.  It was very disingenuous for these groups to state that the $1,000,000 of mailers and TV ads did not influence the voters last November.  What was more troubling is that staff and the Supervisors played into these political statements instead of working to find solutions that would alleviate many of our concerns.

The result was that the Board moved to put off our request for reducing Community Region Lines until 2016.  What became clear at the meeting is that the Board is majorly amending our General Plan and rewriting our Zoning Ordinance to allow for higher-density development.  In light of this it is even more critical that the Shingle Springs Community Region line be fixed BEFORE they move to amend the General Plan.

Here is the silver lining in this situation:  There was a clear message from the Board and staff that Community Planning is important to them to help guide our future.  This is especially good news for Shingle Springs because we started that process back in 2013 and can pick up from where we left off to move forward with planning for our future.

What you can do:
Be prepared to respond to emails and attend our next round of community meetings to continue working on our Shingle Springs Community Plan.  It is a lot of work to complete a Community Plan, but we have a good start and if we roll up our sleeves and work together we can create a beautiful vision for Shingle Springs so that we maintain the quality of life that we have all come to love.  Visit our website to see the progress we made in 2013 toward our Community Plan: 

We can do this!  

Here is an inspirational quote to keep us on track:  

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty ~  Thomas Jefferson

Contacts - Visit websites for email submission forms:

State Assembly:
Frank Bigelow (R-5th)
State Capitol, Suite #6027
Sacramento, CA  94249

2441 Headington Road
Placerville, CA  95667

State Senate:
Ted Gaines (R-1st)
State Capitol, Room 3070
Sacramento, CA  95814

4359 Town Center Blvd, Ste 112
El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Ste 1173
Sacramento, CA  95814

Congressional Representative:
Tom McClintock (R-4th)
2331 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515

2200A Douglas Blvd Ste 240
Roseville, CA  95661

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
112 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC  20510
501 I Street, Ste 7-600
Sacramento, CA  95814
Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
One Post Street, Ste 2450
San Francisco, CA  94104

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

posted Feb 22, 2015, 7:16 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 22, 2015, 10:04 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Our quality of life in El Dorado County is under attack.  Please take action and attend the Board of Supervisors meeting or write emails and make phone calls as suggested in the email below.  This is agenda item #47 on Tuesday and will be heard at 3:30pm.

Remember, we previously sent you an email about the proposed open shooting range, which is agenda item #46 at 2:00pm on the same day, Tuesday, 2-24-15.  Click here to find out more information about the proposed open shooting range and what you can do. 

Thank you!

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

by socedc
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 our 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, staff is 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:

Shawna Purvines makes comment at 12-9-14 Board of Supervisor Meeting

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?

Steve Pedretti at 2-10-15 Board of Supervisor Meeting

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 Serrano and Parker Development, compares our future roads in El Dorado County to those of Los Angeles and Orange County.  What the heck?

Kirk Bone of Serrano's Parker Development at 9-30-13 Board Meeting

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is sending out emails right now to promote EDCARP's message of lies.  The El Dorado County 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

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.
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,
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651,
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652,
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513,
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577,
Board of Supervisors' Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board:
Sample email [please customize it to reflect your concerns]:
To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>
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 name]
[Your town or address]

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