For Immediate Release
Contact: Lori Parlin (530) 672-6425
Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190
REQUEST FOR OPINION FROM FPPC REGARDING
EL DORADO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
September 29, 2014, Shingle Springs, CA
Members of the grassroots group Local Voter Control in El Dorado County are in the process of filing an inquiry with the Fair Political Practices Commission to start investigations into slander during an election campaign. The request stems from a Town-hall Phone Meeting hosted by El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce member Mike Kobus, owner of Koby Pest Control, on the evening of September 24, 2014. Mr. Kobus stated misinformation about the initiatives and its proponents.
According to California Election Code Section 20501. (b):
"A person who is a sponsor of a sponsored committee, as defined
by Section 82048.7 of the Government Code, is liable for any slander
or libel committed by the sponsored committee if the sponsor
willfully and knowingly directs or permits the libel or slander."
The sponsor of the phone meeting was the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, a 501c6 organization, which Mr. Kobus is a Board Member. The Chamber also has a Political Action Committee, which has previously spent over $70,000 against all grassroots efforts to put land use measures on the November ballot. A request will be made to the Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate whether the Chamber has overstepped the boundaries of what is allowed in its campaign against the initiatives by using misinformation to scare voters.
“The amount of misinformation in Mr. Kobus' phone meeting was astonishing. He reached out into people's homes over the phone to intentionally spread this misinformation and cause confusion. An uninformed listener would be led to believe that Mr. Kobus is an expert about these measures, when in fact he lumped all of the measures together and mixed up and distorted the facts," said Lori Parlin, a Measure O proponent. "For example, Mr. Kobus debated with one caller that Measure O has a kill clause in it that will wipe out all of the other measures if it got the most votes. That is an absolutely erroneous statement because Measure N has the kill clause in it, which is one of many reasons I am opposed to Measure N."
Sue Taylor, another Measure O proponent agreed with a caller that said, "Follow the Money." Taylor went on to say, "Mike Kobus should have explained that it is with the Chamber's Board members and directors where the money lays... such as Sierra Pacific Industries, PG&E, AT&T, The Mountain Democrat, and Kirk Bone of Parker Development who developed Serrano and is proposing the Marble Valley development project. There is a lot riding on this election for these people."
Further updates will be published at www.LVC-EDC.org as the inquiry progresses.
The County is contemplating allowing a super-sized apartment development project (55 units per acre), which will mainly benefit out of area developers to achieve their goal of highest and best use of the property while impacting our County services and infrastructure. At a minimum, this project violates the Specific Plan for Town Center, it violates the county design standards, it violates the traffic standards, it violates the zoning (24 units per acre), and it violates our General Plan.
***Please use the Form Letter below to email the Planning Commissioners and let them know that this apartment project, as currently proposed, should be rejected.
Here is an example of a Public Comment that has been filed regarding the project:
This proposed project violates county design standards, and would induce high-rise visual blight in the EDH community.
It would induce increased traffic burdens on already at-capacity roads (Load Level F).
It would put a major increase in demand on our already-fully-committed water supply, as current drought rationing makes clear.
It is incompatible with the zoning for this area.
The EDC Sheriff's Office submitted a report concluding that they will need additional officers and staff due to this project.
For all these reasons, the proposed project violates our General Plan.
Please reject this proposed urban-encroachment project, El Dorado Hills Town Center East Apartments
FORM LETTER: Feel free to personalize the message to get your concerns on the record:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: EDH Apartments in Town Center, Agenda 9/11/14, item 4 file no. 14-0769
I oppose the Town Center Apartments project in its current form.
[your name here]
[town of residence]
Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,
Tomorrow is the big day. It is the last day that we can turn in the signatures to qualify the Retain Zoning and Preserve Our Resources (Purple) petition. We have collected over 9,800 signatures and will turn those in to qualify the petition for the next statewide election.
If you would like to be there to turn in the signatures tomorrow, Monday, September 8th, please be in front of the Elections Office at 2850 Fairlane Court, in Placerville by 9am. We'll take our traditional group photo and then head inside to turn in the signatures.
Also, it is time to start raising funds and awareness for Measure O. It is going to take some grassroots fundraising to combat the big money that the Chamber of Commerce is spending against our measure and to get voters to understand the importance of our initiative. Please take a look at our promotional video and spread the word: http://youtu.be/8MyuJCb89xA Have some fun and make your own video to let others know that we treasure our county and want to preserve it by voting Yes on Measure O. You can email us the link to your video and we'll post it on our website and Facebook for you, or go directly to our Facebook page and post it yourself: https://www.facebook.com/Yes.on.O.ElDorado
Campaign contributions can be made and sent to:
LVC-EDC (Local Voter Control in El Dorado County)
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
(If you contribute $100 or more, please provide your Occupation and Employer on the check for Fair Political Practices Commission reporting.)
Contributions are not tax-deductible.
Thank you for all your support to get these initiatives on the ballot and to keep El Dorado County rural.
As the number of communities showing interest in creating Community Plans has increased, the county has decided to create a guide for communities to use to create those plans. Click here to see the Fact Sheet for information about the process and meetings.
The meeting for Shingle Springs is scheduled for:
Tuesday, August 26, 6:00pm
Discovery Church, Room 3,
4270 Shingle Springs Drive, Shingle Springs
Please attend the meeting to give the county feedback and ask pertinent questions about their draft Guide to ensure that their process does not hinder the work that we've already completed.
Dear Shingle Springs residents and El Dorado County rural lifestyle supporters,
If you weren't able to make it to the District 2 forum on Thursday, August 14, the video is now available at: http://youtu.be/4EfA018uTYg Thank you again to the candidates who participated in the forum.
At the end of the forum we took a poll of the 170 attendees. Here are the results:
Question: At this time, which of the following candidates would you vote for? (Check Only One)
42 George Turnboo
41 Shiva Frentzen
24 Dave Pratt
3 Jennifer Nutting
3 Claire McNeal
1 Chris Amaral
Here is information for the next forum:
Candidate Forum hosted by League of Women Voters
Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Place: Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville
As you can see on the webpage, we have several well-qualified candidates and it will be up to you to decide who will represent your interests.
Here is your next opportunity to hear from the candidates:
What: Candidate Forum, hosted by Shingle Springs Community Alliance
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Place: Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Drive, Shingle Springs (next to Buckeye Elementary School)
Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
If you would like to submit a question to ask the candidates at the forum, please send them to info@ShingleSpringsCommunityAlliance.com to be put into the pool of questions.
Thank you for all of your emails and phone calls to the Board of Supervisors over the past couple of days.
As of 6:00pm on Monday, August 4th, we have not heard from any of the Supervisors that the Reinstate Measure Y (yellow) petition will be on the Tuesday, August 5 agenda.
We have been told that if it is a time sensitive, emergency item, then the Supervisors can vote to put it on the agenda immediately. However, to qualify as an emergency item, there has to be something about the item that was unknown at the time the agenda was posted.
When the agenda was posted on Friday, August 1, the initiative proponents did not know that Supervisor Brigg's son, Alex Briggs, was a consultant for the Region Builders/Fix Local Roads initiative, and was in the Board room during the meeting on July 29. The question has been raised: Why didn't Supervisor Briggs recuse himself from voting on this initiative that is in direct competition with his son's initiative? Another question has been raised: Why didn't Jim Moore divulge that he has worked for Region Builders as a pollster?
Please attend the Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting and raise these questions and push to have this initiative put on the agenda as an emergency item.
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, August 5, Open Forum, 9:00am
Building A, 330 Fair Lane Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
Another good question to ask is: Why was the Reinstate Measure Y (yellow) initiative singled out from the rest of the initiatives?
Greetings Shingle Springs residents and El Dorado County lifestyle supporters,
Here is the latest update on the 1-2-3 petitions.
1. The Community Region Lines (green) petition's signatures were certified by the Elections Department and received by the Board of Supervisors on 7/29/14. The BOS decided to put the initiative on the November 2014 ballot.
2. The Reinstate Measure Y (yellow) petition's signatures were certified by the Elections Department and received by the BOS on 7/29/14. Despite assurances on May 13th and June 10th that they would not order a 30-day report on our initiatives, the BOS decided to order a 30-day report on the economic impact of the initiative. Because of the 30-day report, the initiative will not make the cut-off for this year, so it will be on the November 2016 ballot.
3. The Retain Zoning/Preserve Resources (purple) petition is still a few hundred signatures short from qualifying to be on a ballot. If we can get a few hundred more signatures by September 9, 2014, then we will take the signatures to the Elections Department and get it on the November 2016 ballot.
A more detailed summary of the 7/29/14 BOS meeting will be sent out in the next few days.
Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance to get these initiatives on the ballot.
Congratulations to us all!
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Subject: From Save Our County: More good news! The Reinstate Measure Y -
Yellow petition has been certified!
Date: Sat, July 26, 2014 5:58 pm
Dear El Dorado County Rural Lifestyle Supporters,
Save Our County and Residents Involved in Positive Planning, working with many organizations and particularly the community of Shingle Springs, received the call that we gathered enough valid signatures to CERTIFY the “Reinstate Measure Y” (yellow petition) initiative!!
Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and support to making this effort a success.
We are inspired by the dedication of so many that are fighting for our lifestyle in El Dorado County.
7,921 of the 9,855 signatures turned in were determined to be valid signatures of registered voters (80%)!
The certification will be presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 29th. At that time the Board will decide whether to adopt the initiative, put it on the ballot, or order a 30-day report. Based on discussion at the Board On Tuesday, July 22nd, they will likely direct it to be placed on the ballot…Yea!
The grassroots team of signature gatherers reminds us of this quote:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
Sue Taylor for:
Save Our County
We just got a call today from the Elections Office to tell us we gathered enough valid signatures to CERTIFY the “Fix Community Region Line Flaws” (green petition) initiative!!
There’s something to be said about “Grassroots and Community effort!!” Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and support to making this effort a success.
7,819 of the 9,512 signatures turned in were determined to be valid signatures of registered voters (82%)…Wow! That says a lot about being a community “Volunteer.” We know the rules and we stick to them!
The certification will be presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 29th. At that time the Board will decide whether to adopt the initiative, put it on the ballot, or order a 30-day report. Based on discussion at the Board today (22nd), they will likely direct it to be placed on the ballot…Yea!
Let’s keep our public presence alive….We are being heard!