FWD: Court hearing for RCU v. EDC: April 25, 2018

posted Mar 15, 2018, 2:01 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 2:02 PM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,
Please see the email below from Rural Communities United (RCU).  If you are new to our email list or would like more information about the lawsuit, visit
Thank you!
Dear RCU friends and supporters-
When El Dorado County’s General Plan was adopted in 2004, it significantly increased development in the county.  But it also included policies to protect our water resources, open space, traffic and more, against the impacts of that new development.  In 2015, the zoning ordinance was modified and hacked to further allow increased development without implementing the intended protections for county residents. These changes to the Zoning Ordinance in 2015 via the TGPA/ZOU now face legal action from RCU.

On April 25th, 2018, Judge Stracener will hear the case brought by Rural Communities United against the county, alleging the violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Those violations will allow many new policies to chip away at our quality of life until we are no longer the rural county promised by our General Plan. Our hope is to get a ruling that will restore the zoning of the 2004 General Plan and require those protections be completed before further increasing the county’s already generous development potential.

RCU still needs funding for trial costs and to pay our attorney for this enormous undertaking. Please spread the word to those you know to donate what they can and attend the public hearing if they wish.

The case will be heard Wednesday April 25th, 8:30 am at the El Dorado County Superior Court hearing room, 3321 Cameron Park Dr.

Ellen Van Dyke for RCU

DATE CHANGE! Ponderosa / US 50 / South Shingle interchange - Workshop Public Notice

posted Jan 31, 2018, 8:44 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 8:30 AM ]

The date and time for the public workshop has changed.  The new date and time are:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Building C
2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville

The Department of Transportation advised us of this change yesterday and asked us to help spread the word.  Please share with friends, family, and neighbors.

The original message is below, with the updated date/time.


Thank you!


Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters:

The County is planning to enlarge the Ponderosa Road / Highway 50 interchange.  Durock Road, North Shingle Road and Wild Chaparral Drive are to be realigned in the area near the interchange.  We are unsure about the planned schedule.  CalTrans states that one of the reasons for the enlargement is to "provide for future traffic growth at this interchange projected to occur from planned regional growth."  While alleviating traffic and accommodating pedestrian traffic on the overpass would be welcomed, one concern is that the project could allow large development projects to go forward, such as San Stino’s Mill Creek development, or a large regional box store at the Ponderosa Road / North Shingle intersection.

The County is holding an informational workshop meeting on Thursday, February 15, at 6:30pm - 7:30pm in Building "C", 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville.  Please attend the meeting if you would like to learn more about the project.

Here is a link to the environmental documents:

We'll see you there!

Shingle Springs Community Plan back on track!

posted Dec 14, 2017, 7:34 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 7:34 AM ]


We have great news for all the residents, business owners, and stakeholders in Shingle Springs!

On December 5, 2017, Shingle Springs was approved for county funding to complete the Shingle Springs Community Plan that we started several years ago (see the meeting minutes below).  In addition, our plan will potentially provide a template for our neighboring communities to create their own Community Plan.   

At this time the county is working on staffing needs and we will be meeting with them to determine the next step in this much-needed plan to ensure that our vision for our commercial core area is heard and implemented. 

Thank you to everyone who has been vigilant with communicating our needs to our Board of Supervisors.

FWD: Press Release - new lawsuit against El Dorado County

posted Dec 1, 2017, 11:17 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Mar 10, 2018, 6:33 PM ]


If you are having trouble viewing the message below, you can view it here:
From: Rural Communities United [] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:36 AM
To: Rural Communities United
Subject: Press Release attached - new lawsuit against El Dorado County


Success! Community Planning included in County's 2017/18 Budget

posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:54 PM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Our perseverance has paid off! On 9/26/17 the Board of Supervisors (BOS) unanimously voted to include $250,000 for community planning as part of the 2017/18 budget.

It's been a while since the Shingle Springs Community Alliance (SSCA) core members organized meetings for residents and other interested parties to come together and choose potential designs for new commercial development in Shingle Springs. The latest discussions with County staff were in 2014, and we anticipate continuing from where we left off, which was step 4 of 7 in the Community Planning Guide that can be viewed by clicking here.

As we regroup to move forward, please know that this will be a community-driven process and there will be several opportunities for you to engage along the way.

Remember, County staff works at the direction of the BOS. Therefore, the SSCA core group will contact Supervisors Frentzen and Ranalli to ensure that they will agendize an item to direct County staff to work with the community to create a draft Shingle Springs Community Plan.

A planning team will be formed to work with County staff to create the draft Community Plan, using the materials that were gathered at community meetings in 2013 (you can view those meetings and materials by clicking here). This step will likely take months and months of work, depending on how many team members and staff are working on the draft. Due to limited staff resources, a County-funded consultant may be brought in to supplement County staff.

The draft Community Plan will be presented to the community for feedback and could be sent back to the planning team for edits. Once the plan is finalized by the community and County, it may be adopted by the BOS as part of the General Plan.

If you have skills in community planning or creating design standards and would like to help draft the Shingle Springs Community Plan, please reply to this email and let us know. The more that the community can complete on its own, the better the process will go when interfacing with County staff.

Keep an eye on your email and be ready to respond. The planning team may reach out to the community for additional information or hold an informational meeting during the process, and your input is important.

Thank you for staying engaged and involved in local issues. Together, we can accomplish a plan to protect our quality of life for generations to come.

Action Alert! Community Plans and Budget on 9-19-17 BOS agenda

posted Sep 14, 2017, 11:00 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 11:01 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please contact the Board of Supervisors (BOS) and state that you expect them to follow through on their Board action from the June 20, 2017 BOS meeting to fund Community Plans if additional fund balance was found during the budget process.

Here is the Board's action from June 20, 2017:
A motion was made by Supervisor Ranalli, seconded by Supervisor Frentzen to consider Community Planning as a priority in the amount of $150,000 if fund balance comes in higher than staff anticipates.
Yes: 5 - Veerkamp, Frentzen, Ranalli, Novasel and Hidahl

The Chief Administrative Officer's (CAO) September 13, 2017 letter states that "El Dorado County ended FY 2016-17 with approximately $12.8 million dollars more than anticipated in General Fund operating fund balance."

Shingle Springs residents worked diligently in 2013 and 2014 toward the goal of a Community Plan to provide clarity for residents, business owners, and developers on the future of Shingle Springs. Those efforts were made in good faith working with County staff and Supervisors, and with the promise by the Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee to make Community Plans a priority as part of the "LUPPU and Beyond" efforts. Much of the community's efforts were documented and can be found here:

Additionally, Supervisor Ranalli made the following statement regarding the Shingle Springs Community Plan and we anticipate him to fulfill his campaign promise for full support:

"Your community visioning and implementation plan and funding is the process by which Shingle Springs can articulate their sense of place and how it differs from Cameron Park. I wholeheartedly support this effort and enthusiastically embrace the rail town history carrying forward into the plan and up to and including architectural and form base design standards as Shingle Springs evolves. As your Supervisor, I will prioritize and sponsor the items for Board of Supervisor’s agenda and I will, in cooperation with the community, see it through to adoption and implementation."

If you are able to attend the meeting:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Building A Hearing Room
330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND - Write to the Supervisors - Customize our sample email to show your support

To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>

Subject: 9-19-17 BOS Agenda, File #17-0406, Item #19

Dear Supervisors,

I request that you follow through on your Board action of June 20, 2017 and fund Community Planning as part of the 2017-18 budget. I further request that you support the community of Shingle Springs in its Community Planning efforts. In 2013 and 2014, many hours of volunteer time was spent in good faith working with County staff, but the community effort was placed on hold until the County made funding available. Now is the time to pick up where we left off and work with the Shingle Springs community to protect OUR quality of life in Shingle Springs with a Community Plan.


[Your Name]
[Your Town]

FWD: A picture's worth a thousand words!

posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:33 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 10:34 PM ]

FYI - Forwarded from Rural Communities United (RCU)

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Subject: A picture's worth a thousand words!
From: Rural Communities United <>

Dear RCU Friends and Supporters-

A big  'thank you!' to those who participated in the August matching-donation campaign. We raised a whopping $12K in that effort with your help, but we are not there yet, and too many people are still unaware of why we are here. 

The map below shows in green the vast extent of parcels proposed for rezone under the 2015 Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU). While some changes were innocuous, many were not, and the majority of landowners were never informed. Help spread the word of our efforts to overturn these changes and require the County to provide full disclosure to all residents and landowners impacted. 

Be sure to attend our Music on the River fundraising event, Sept 17th at Camp Lotus, and bring a friend! (see website for details)

Ellen Van Dyke for RCU

Map Linked here - green shows over 37,000 of the County's 108,000 parcels proposed for rezone

You're Invited! FWD: August update from RCU

posted Sep 10, 2017, 12:41 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 12:53 PM ]

August 31, 2017

Dear Shingle Spring residents, supporters and those new to our cause,

If you are not aware, our county rezoned 37,000 parcels without direct notification to most property owners or adjacent property owners. 
Massive changes to the Zoning Ordinance have been misrepresented to the public as ‘implementation' of our General Plan. Furthermore, the County does not acknowledge current Highway 50 traffic conditions. Gridlock, stop-and-go traffic (Level of service ‘F') exists now yet many more parcels are already approved and not yet built. Stop and go traffic on Highway 50 and adjacent feeder roads will only get worse. 

In response, Rural Communities United (RCU) filed a lawsuit against El Dorado County to protect parcel owners and our rural quality of life.

Here is an update from RCU: 

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Subject: August update from RCU

Dear RCU friends and supporters,

We have great news to share ... the June deadline for record certification was met, the documents filed, and we are officially heading into the courtroom.  We are well on our way to restoring policies and zoning that were intended to protect our quality of life here in El Dorado County!

We also need to share details for our upcoming Music on the River event, Sept 17th at Camp Lotus, featuring the group 'Late for Dinner'. A few details:
  • $10 entry fee; kids under 14 are free
  • Bring camp chairs/blankets and enjoy the live music (..some number of picnic tables available)
  • No-host bar and great food available from Chandos Taco's (full menu & prices listed in link here)
  • Gates open at 5:00, but early birds can come at 4:00 to dip in the river at the designated beach area
  • Bring cash or checkbook for the silent auction (some items will be previewed on our website)
  • Take a look at our flier and help us boost attendance by posting it on your mailbox or Facebook page!

Lastly, we have just a handful of days left in August to take advantage of a supporter's generous offer to match up to $5,000 in donations. Please tell your friends and neighbors that this is a BIG DEAL for our county, and help us to not waste this opportunity!

Hope to see you in September for our event on the river - bring a friend!

Ellen Van Dyke for RCU 

FWD: Measure E amendments to general plan

posted Sep 10, 2017, 12:33 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 12:35 PM ]

August 22, 2017

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please see the post below from Save Our County regarding Judge Stracener's ruling on Measure E.

FYI - EDCARP (Alliance for Responsible Planning), is the party who filed the lawsuit against Measure E.  In December 2015, many of EDCARP's members also lobbied for the Board of Supervisors to approve the higher-density General Plan, which is now being challenged in court by Rural Communities United (RCU).  Additionally, several of the same EDCARP members joined with Laurel Brent-Bumb, the Chief Executive Officer of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, to lobby the Board of Supervisors not to implement Measure E.  Beware of the political influences in El Dorado County.

If you have trouble viewing the email post, click here to view it in your browser:

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New post on Save Our County

Measure E amendments to general plan

by El Dorado County Watchdog
The document below shows the effects of Judge Stracener's court ruling on how Measure E has amended the El Dorado County General Plan.  The document was prepared by the petitioner in the case, EDCARP, and aligns with the Press Release published by El Dorado County.
Save Our County is consulting with its legal counsel to determine whether or not to pursue an appeal of the ruling.

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

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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.

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