FWD: Measure E in Court on July 20

posted Jul 16, 2017, 6:53 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 16, 2017, 6:53 PM ]

Shingle Spring Residents,

It's been rumored the passage of Measure E has had an affect on the progress of San Stino's, Mill Creek. Measure E requires the developer to fund the roadway infrastructure required to support a development. In this case, the developer is rumored to not have the funds to proceed due the requirements of Measure E. Currently the development has been placed "On Hold" with the county. The lawsuit challenging Measure E was filed by the same folks that helped lead the campaign against it.

The following is Save Our County's post regarding the Measure E lawsuit.

Frank Verdin, No San Stino on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino's Mill Creek, and Stop Tilden Park
Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [New post] Measure E in Court on July 20
From: Save Our County <>
Date: Sat, July 15, 2017 8:25 am

Measure E in Court on July 20

Measure E will have its day in court on Thursday, July 20, at 1:30 pm, in the El Dorado Superior Court Department 9, 3321 Cameron Park Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682. The public is welcome to attend.

Measure E became part of the El Dorado County general plan on July 29, 2016. On the same day the Alliance for Responsible Planning (EDCARP) filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate in order to invalidate the voter approved Measure E.

At the August 30, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting, County Counsel Mike Ciccozzi explained that it is the Board’s duty to interpret its general plan. Here is his explanation: Despite the explanation that it was their charge to interpret the general plan, including Measure E, Supervisors Novasel, Ranalli, and Veerkamp voted against providing staff with an interpretation of Measure E and how to implement it.

During Open Forum of the June 27, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, Planning Commissioner Jon Vegna explained to the Board that their lack of providing an interpretation of Measure E has left the staff, planning commissioners, project proponents, and residents without clarity as to how to implement Measure E. Here is his testimony:

Since Supervisor Ranalli said at the August 30, 2016 meeting - let the courts decide Measure E, we are left to assume they are ignoring the Measure until this case is decided. Measure E has been part of the general plan for almost a year now. Supervisors Novasel, Ranalli, and Veerkamp have been shirking away from their duty to interpret the El Dorado County general plan for a year. The court will not do their job for them. The only thing before the Court is whether or not the Measure is valid, implementing it will still be the responsibility of the Board. Unfortunately the Board is taking the “just sue us” stand, so contributing to the Save Our County Legal Fund would be very much appreciated.

San Stino's Mill Creek project on hold

posted Jul 4, 2017, 10:34 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 4, 2017, 10:34 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Here's a quick status of San Stino's Mill Creek project:

The project has been placed on hold since the passage of Measure E and the county is waiting on the developer on how to proceed with processing it.  Rumor has it that Measure E has had an impact on the development due to the already strained road infrastructure surrounding the project.

It is good to hear that all of our efforts to pass Measure E are affecting development projects as intended.  It will be up to each community to hold the Board of Supervisors accountable to ensure that Measure E is enforced on projects throughout the county.

Thank you for your time, energy, and donations to pass Measure E!

Frank Verdin, No San Stino, on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino's Mill Creek, and Stop Tilden Park
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

ACTION ALERT - 2017/18 Fiscal Budget, CEDAC recommendations for Community Plans

posted Jun 18, 2017, 8:21 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

On Tuesday, June 20, at 2:00 pm, the Board of Supervisors will review and make decisions on the proposed 2017/18 budget.

The Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC) submitted a letter to the Supervisors requesting both fiscal and staff support to implement Community Plans.  That letter is available here:

Shingle Springs residents and businesses worked toward creating a Community Plan in 2013/14 and are ready to complete that process with the County's support.  As such, the Shingle Springs Community Alliance sent a letter to support CEDAC's request.  That letter is below for your reference.

Feel free to send in your own letter of support or attend the meeting, if you are available.  

The agenda item and attachments for the budget are available here:

Thank you!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 2017/18 Fiscal Budget, CEDAC recommendations for Community
From: "Lori at Shingle Springs Community Alliance"
Date: Fri, June 16, 2017 12:14 pm
To:, "Shiva Frentzen" <>,,,
Cc: "Clerk of the Board" <>,,, "Creighton Avila" <>,, "Anne Novotny" <>,

Dear Supervisors,

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance core group supports CEDAC's request for fiscal and staff support for the development of Community Plans.  Shingle Springs residents made great strides in 2013 and 2014 toward implementing a Community Plan, and are ready to complete that process with the County's guidance and support, as is suggested in the Community Plan Guide dated November 2014.

Based on discussions with former Long Range Planning Director Dave Defanti and former Principal Planner Shawna Purvines, the Shingle Springs Community Plan will focus on creating design standards for multi-family and commercial development within the commercial core along Mother Lode Drive.  This is an excellent opportunity to pursue economic development in that area by creating a unifying theme for new development centered around the train depot.

We ask that you adopt CEDAC's recommendations as part of the 2017/18 budget.  

As stated at the September 11, 2013 meeting in Shingle Springs,

"The Shingle Springs Community Identity and Community Plan Will:
Respect the rural lifestyle of the current residents while allowing for economic expansion that builds upon the rural character and contributes to the economic health of Shingle Springs.

The Shingle Springs community envisions itself as a peaceful country community with ranches and homes on acreage."

Thank you,

Lori Parlin on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural


posted May 25, 2017, 8:00 AM by Lori Parlin

FYI - Forwarded from El Dorado Council.


May 24, 2017, Shingle Springs, CA

    On May 23, 2017, El Dorado Council, Inc., filed a Settlement with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribe regarding the environmental review of the Express Fuels gas station project on Shingle Springs Drive. The environmental review for the gas station project is different than other projects in the county because the gas station is on tribal trust land of which the county has no land use authority other than the driveway encroachments, and water/sewer easements. Additionally, the environmental review was piecemealed when El Dorado County approved the project by only analyzing the traffic impacts from the gas station and not the entire, built-out project on the 34.63-acre site.

    Due to the limited scope of the environmental review, the Tribe and El Dorado Council worked diligently within the Settlement to create mitigations that would reduce the impacts of the gas station project, and more. Two of the more significant settlement points were the gun range and the potential for an unfair business advantage. The gun range has been a contentious issue between the neighbors and the Tribe since it opened in 2015. As part of the settlement, the Tribe agrees to study and perform feasible mitigations to bring the gun range within the bounds of the County's noise ordinance. Mitigations could include enclosing the gun range to create an indoor range or installing a sound wall around the outdoor gun range. Bringing the gun range into compliance with the County's noise ordinance is a first step in building a better relationship between the Tribe and its neighbors.

    To address the concerns about unfair business competition, the Tribe has agreed to charge non-Indian customers approximately the same taxes as other businesses in the County. This arrangement will prevent the Tribe from using their tax structure to unfairly compete with local businesses and is aligned with the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the Tribe has with the County of El Dorado.

    Other settlement points include public safety measures, monitoring the underground storage tanks, inspecting the storm water drainage system, collaborating on the landscape plan to reduce noise and lighting from the project, consideration of a green-energy solar farm, and a full Environmental Impact Report if and when the Tribe moves forward on developing the remainder of the 34.63-acre parcel. It is the intent of the Settlement Agreement to move forward and for the residents, businesses, and Tribe to work collaboratively with respect to land use and other environmental issues of mutual interest.

    Questions or Comments may be sent to

Supervisor Frentzen Town Hall Meeting 5/25/17 6:30 - 8:00 pm

posted May 21, 2017, 8:25 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated May 21, 2017, 8:25 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Supervisor Shiva Frentzen represents El Dorado County District 2, which includes parts of Shingle Springs.   As such, Shingle Springs residents are encouraged to attend this meeting to hear Supervisor Frentzen's update about the County and to ask questions.

Here is the information from the County's Press Release:

WHAT: El Dorado County Supervisor Shiva Frentzen Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, May 25th, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Cameron Park Community Services District 2502 Country Club Drive Cameron Park

District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen announced she will hold a Town Hall meeting in Cameron Park to provide an update on County issues and a proposed expansion of El Dorado Transit services. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 25th from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at the Cameron Park Community Services District.

“Town Hall meetings are a valuable way to communicate to the residents in my district about the important matters occurring in the places they live, work and play,” said Frentzen. “I know Board of Supervisor meetings aren’t convenient, or even possible, for everyone to attend, so it’s important that I take the information on the road and hear from community members outside Board Chambers.”

In addition to the proposed expansion of transit services, Supervisor Frentzen will provide an update on the County’s 2017-18 budget and road maintenance.    

Banning Ranch decision favorable to citizens

posted May 14, 2017, 10:20 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated May 14, 2017, 10:20 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Rural Communities United (RCU) is the grassroots group in El Dorado County that is working to restore the voter-approved General Plan. RCU filed a lawsuit against El Dorado County when the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to alter the General Plan in such a way as to increase development beyond the voter-approved plan.

The email post below from RCU explains the significance of the recent Banning Ranch Conservancy (BRC) ruling by the California Supreme Court. The ruling emphasizes the responsibility of elected officials to conduct proper environmental review.

The BRC ruling reinforces the validity of the issues we have with our own county and sets a precedent to improve the environmental review process for projects like San Stino's Mill Creek development.

Please forward this information to neighbors, friends, and family.

Thank you!

********* Forwarded message from RCU:

CA Supreme Court Decision Favorable to Citizens and Environmental Law
On March 20, 2017, the Banning Ranch Conservancy (BRC) announced a win for citizens throughout California who are fighting to get their elected officials to abide by environmental law. The Supreme Court of California published its ruling in the BRC case, making it clear that the environmental review process is more than just a checkbox to mark to approve a project.

Rural Communities United (RCU) attorney Tom Infusino shared the outcome of this case and its importance with the El Dorado County Planning Commissioners and Board of Supervisors, in a letter dated April 26, 2017. As the decision makers for development in El Dorado County, Commissioners and Supervisors need to understand the impact of this recent court ruling. The court ruling dictates that decision makers have a duty to determine if meaningful environmental review of projects has actually occurred, prior to making any land use decision. It is not ‘ok’ to disregard public comments that question development impacts: full disclosure and fully reasoned analysis must be in evidence, or their decisions will be overturned.

“The preparation and circulation of an EIR [Environmental Impact Report] is more than a set of technical hurdles for agencies and developers to overcome. The EIR’s function is to ensure that government officials who decide to build or approve a project do so with a full understanding of the environmental consequences and, equally important, that the public is assured those consequences have been taken into account.”

Read the full post with links to documents here:

Results of Dixon Ranch and CP Sign Ordinance

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:47 PM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

This was a busy week and we have two updates for you:

1.  Cameron Park Sign Standards - The meeting on 2/13/17 went well and the Cameron Park Design Review Committee (CPDRC) received good feedback on their draft.  Let's stay engaged and supportive of their efforts to better understand the process and decide which parts of their Sign Ordinance we would like to adopt for Shingle Springs.  Thank you to the CPDRC for keeping us in the loop on this project.

2.  Dixon Ranch project - On 2/14/17, after a good discussion and meaningful public comments, District 1 Supervisor Hidahl, District 2 Supervisor Frentzen, and District 4 Supervisor Ranalli voted to have staff draft Findings to deny the project  (District 3 Supervisor Veerkamp and District 5 Supervisor Novasel voted to approve the project).  When the Findings to support denial are drafted, County Counsel will put them on the Consent Calendar for the Board to approve.  Once the Findings are approved, the project is officially denied.  Keep in mind that the developer may submit a revised version of the project or simply drop it all together. 

To view the video of the Dixon Ranch project at the Board of Supervisors, go to this link and click on Item #26 at the 4:02:24 time mark:

This shows that by staying engaged in the process and holding our elected officials accountable for their actions, that we can get our voices heard to protect our quality of life.  Supervisor Frentzen's statement said it well:  Let's use our limited resources for economic development, not general plan amendments.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the meetings or sent in emails.  By working together and supporting each other, we are making a difference!

ACTION ALERT! Please attend Dixon Ranch at BOS 2-14-17 at 2:00 pm

posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:28 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 8:29 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please see the Green Valley Alliance email below and take action to request that the Supervisors deny the Dixon Ranch development project.  The Dixon Ranch project parallels the San Stino's Mill Creek project in many ways (same developer, pre-existing low-density land use designation, community region boundary, formerly agricultural land, and more).  We must take action so that the Dixon Ranch project does not set a precedent for other high-density projects in low-density neighborhoods, such as San Stino's Mill Creek.  Thank you for your perseverance to keep El Dorado County rural.

    ~  Lori Parlin, Shingle Springs Community Alliance

Measure E was voted into place by the voters of El Dorado County despite the false and misleading opposition to it by special interest groups sponsored by developers. The measure was passed to prevent developments such as Dixon Ranch from being wrongfully approved when the circumstances merit denial. Why is it important to defend against Dixon Ranch?  It is in many ways similar to San Stino's Mill Creek with regard to density, impact to traffic, light pollution, and the quality of life to its nearby residents.  It's important to note that approval requires a General Plan amendment and rezone, much like Mill Creek would.  Our county Supervisors need to uphold the will of the people and apply Measure E when considering this development.  Dixon Ranch should be a NO vote as dictated by Measure E. If Dixon Ranch is approved, it may very well set the stage for what's to come in Shingle Springs.

    ~  Frank Verdin, No San Stino

Please attend – Dixon Ranch at BOS on 2-14-17 at 2:00 pm

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,, 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,
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,
Clerk of the Board:

  •  Visit the new Facebook page 'Stop Dixon Ranch' (, 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


You're Invited - Sign Standards meeting 2-13-17

posted Feb 5, 2017, 10:32 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 10:32 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Cameron Park Design Review Committee (CPDRC), has been working on a draft of the Cameron Park Sign Standards.  The committee recently issued a Press Release inviting the public to receive a presentation on the draft on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Cameron Park Community Center located at 2502 Country Club Drive.   

We encourage you to attend the meeting to support their community efforts and to see how the Cameron Park Sign Standards will differ from the County Sign Standards.  As we renew our endeavor for a Shingle Springs Community Plan, we may want to incorporate some or all of the Cameron Park Sign Standards into our own Plan.

If you would like an advance PDF copy of the Cameron Park Sign Standards prior to the meeting, please email Committee Chair, Vince Maloney, at  

SAN STINO'S MILL CREEK UPDATE:  We haven't sent out any email updates yet this year, so we thought we should take this opportunity to let you know that, according to County Planner Rob Peters, the San Stino's Mill Creek project is currently on hold.  That means it could start moving forward again at any time.

SAVE THE DATE:  The Dixon Ranch project is scheduled for a Board of Supervisors hearing on February 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Please attend!  This project parallels the San Stino's Mill Creek project, so we want to ensure that the County follows environmental law and Measure E.  A separate email will follow soon.

Please stay engaged and connected to our community.  The developers hope that we will become complacent and not be ready for action when their projects move forward.  Shingle Springs is a wonderful place to live and we must be prepared to protect our quality of life.

Thank you!

Opportunity knocks - Help keep Shingle Springs rural

posted Nov 20, 2016, 8:58 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Nov 20, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters

The future of El Dorado County will be decided in the courts.  Please help if you can and share this information with others:

PCLF is the Planning & Conservation League Foundation.  Donations are tax deductible through Planning & Conservation League (PCL) Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship under their 501(c)(3).

Thank you!

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