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From Save Our County: More good news! The Reinstate Measure Y - Yellow petition has been certified!

posted Jul 27, 2014, 8:11 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 8:11 AM ]

Congratulations to us all!

Lori
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Subject: From Save Our County: More good news! The Reinstate Measure Y -
Yellow petition has been certified!
From: sue-taylor@comcast.net
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

Good news! The CRL/Green petition has been certified!

posted Jul 22, 2014, 9:41 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 22, 2014, 9:41 PM ]

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!

ACTION ALERT! Sign Ordinance on 7/22/14 BOS Agenda

posted Jul 20, 2014, 10:16 PM by Lori Parlin

The Sign Ordinance is on the agenda for this Tuesday's Board meeting at 2:00pm.  The Board will decide whether or not to move forward with the environmental reports on the new draft of the ordinance.  

The new draft is a complete rewrite and was just posted for public review on Friday, July 18.  That is not enough time for a thorough reading and thoughtful consideration.   Here is the agenda item:

30. 13-0086 Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning,
                    recommending the Board consider the following:
                    1) Review revisions made to the draft Sign Ordinance including
                    proposed reducing dwell time of electronic (digital) signs and signs in
                    motion from 12 seconds to 8 seconds;
                    2) Consider revisions to General Plan Objective 2.7.1 and Policy 2.7.1.2
                    as noted in the draft Resolution of Intention (ROI) to align General Plan
                    language with state law provisions; and
                    3) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution of Intention
                    106-2014 to Amend the Sign Ordinance and authorize staff to proceed
                    with the preparation of all necessary documentation and environmental
                    review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. 


Click here to see the new draft of the Sign Ordinance with the tracking changes:  https://eldorado.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=3182934&GUID=A2A0075C-FECA-4F9E-A945-C544C67E1343 

We need as many people as possible to contact the Supervisors and tell them that the public needs more than 4 days to review a complete rewrite of the draft Sign Ordinance.  Feel free to customize and use the sample email below to contact the Supervisors.

If you are available, please attend:
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 2:00pm
Building A, 330 Fair Lane Drive
Placerville, CA 95667


Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
(Please reference the Board meeting date and agenda item number in your email to expedite a response and subsequent addition to the agenda item) 
1. Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650, bosone@edcgov.us
2. Vacant, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651, bostwo@edcgov.us
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652, bosthree@edcgov.us
4. Ron Briggs, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513, bosfour@edcgov.us
5. Norma Santiago, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577, bosfive@edcgov.us
Board of Supervisors' Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board: edc.cob@edcgov.us

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Sample email:

Subject: Comment on 7-22-14 BOS Agenda Item, File #13-0086 Sign Ordinance

Dear Board of Supervisors,

I request that you do not approve and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution of Intention 106-2014 to Amend the Sign Ordinance and authorize staff to proceed with environmental review.  The new draft was posted on Friday, July 18, which only gave the public 4 days to review the ordinance.  The Sign Ordinance is a critically important document to the county and was completely rewritten instead of slightly edited.  The new draft of the ordinance should be processed like a brand new ordinance to give the public time for review.  Please start the process of public hearings to receive input.

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your town or address]

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Candidates forums for District 2 Supervisor Special Election - Save the Date

posted Jul 10, 2014, 9:18 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 10, 2014, 9:20 AM ]

The Vote By Mail ballots for the District 2 Supervisor Special Election will be sent out on August 11.  As a result, the Shingle Springs Community Alliance is hosting a Candidate Forum on Thursday, August 14.  The forum will be held at the Discovery Hills Church next to Buckeye Elementary School and is tentatively set to start at 6:30pm.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend this opportunity to hear from the candidates.  We will send out a separate press release soon with more detailed information.

In addition, we received an email notice from the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce announcing that the Chamber will host its forum on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:00pm at Cielo Estate Winery, 3040 Ponderosa Road.  This is another great opportunity to hear from the candidates.  Contact the Chamber at 530-677-8000 with any questions. 

We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Happy 4th of July! Sign the Purple Petition at Lee's Feed, El Dorado Hills Fireworks, Pollock Pines 4th of July Extravaganza, and more

posted Jul 3, 2014, 12:08 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 12:12 PM ]

Grassroots volunteers have gathered over 8,900 signatures on the Purple (Retain Zoning/Protect Resources) Petition and need another 600 signatures to feel confident in turning it in to the Elections Office.

Please help us reach the goal of getting the Purple Petition on the ballot.  It requires that the Board of Supervisors implement policies from the 2004 General Plan (such as Water Supply, Scenic Corridor, and Cultural/Historical Resources policies) before approving any discretionary projects.  Detailed information is available here:  http://www.lvc-edc.org/about/retain-current-zoning 

Here are places you can sign the Petition this weekend:

July 3, Thursday, El Dorado Hills Fireworks Jubilee:  http://eldoradohillstowncenter.com/4th-annual-fireworks-jubilee/ 

July 4, Friday, Pollock Pines 4th of July Extravaganza, 1:00pm at the Community Center:  http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?cid=8466&pid=96505 

July 5, Saturday, Placerville Farmers Market, 8:00am:  http://www.eldoradofarmersmarket.com/farmersmarket/Placerville.aspx

And here are locations where you can stop by any time during business hours to sign:

George's Pit Stop
M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm
6234 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado 
(across from Poor Red's)

Hangtown Skateshop
Mon-Sat 11:00am to 6:00pm
Sun 12:00pm - 5:00pm
200 Armory Drive, Placerville (near Fairgrounds)
(530) 626-6998

Jenni Lynn Consignment Boutique
M-F 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm
3490 Palmer Drive, #3B, Cameron Park
530-672-2844

New - Lee's Feed
M-F 8:00am - 7:00pm, Sat 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm
4110 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs
(530) 677-8763

Party Royal
Sun-Thurs 9:00-4:00pm, Fri 8:00am-6:00pm, 
Sun 8:00am-3:00pm
3970 Durock Road, Shingle Springs
530-676-4453

Placerville Hardware
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
441 Main Street, Placerville
530-622-1151

Ponderosa Auto Express
M-F 8:00am - 5:30pm and Saturdays 8:00am - 3:00pm
2981 Alhambra Drive, Cameron Park
530-677-5138 

Please thank these local businesses for supporting our efforts to protect our lifestyle and preserve resources in El Dorado County.

Have a safe 4th of July weekend!

Update on Petition Signatures, the Special Election in District 2, the General Plan Update (LUPPU), and more

posted Jun 25, 2014, 1:26 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jun 25, 2014, 2:16 PM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and El Dorado County rural lifestyle supporters,

It's been a busy few months.  Here are a few items of interest:  

Purple Petition - We're near the finish line!
The Green (Community Region Line) petition was turned in to the Elections Office on Wednesday, June 11, with 9,421 signatures.

The Yellow (Measure Y) petition was turned in to the Elections Office on Monday, June 16, with 9,815 signatures.

The Purple (Retain Zoning and Preserve Resources) petition currently has 8,600 signatures collected and needs approximately 800 more signatures by September 8, 2014 to qualify to be on a ballot.  There is not enough time to get the Purple Petition on the November 2014 ballot, so if we get enough signatures it will be on the next statewide ballot, which is June 2016.  

The energy of our grassroots efforts has raised awareness in the county of the threats to our quality of life.  People are taking notice and taking action.  Let's keep up the good work and finish collecting signatures on the Purple petition.  Visit our website www.LVC-EDC.org for locations to sign the petitions or reply to this email to help gather signatures.

District 2 Special Election to Replace Ray Nutting
A Special Election will be held on September 9th to replace Ray Nutting, who was removed from his seat as Supervisor of District 2 on June 6th.  This is a crucial election because we will need to find and support a candidate that agrees with the residents who want to protect the rural quality of life in El Dorado County.  Keep an eye on your email for an announcement of a community-wide meeting to meet the candidates.

General Plan Update (LUPPU, Land Use Policy Programmatic Update)
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for LUPPU was released on March 24, 2014, and public comments regarding the DEIR are due on July 23, 2014 at 5:00pm.  There is a countywide team working on making comments on the DEIR and we can use more help.  If you are interested and have experience in researching and writing reports, please reply to this email and we'll get you started with the team effort.

There is a Public Hearing with the Planning Commission scheduled for Thursday, July 10, at 8:30am in the Hearing Room of Building C at 2850 Fairland Court, Placerville.  This is a good opportunity for you to ask questions about the impacts of the General Plan Update and learn how to submit your concerns to the county.  Detailed information is available at:  http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/TGPA-ZOU_Main.aspx 

Apartment Complex in El Dorado Hills Town Center
Although this project is not in Shingle Springs, it is of concern to the entire county.  The impacts on water and traffic of an apartment complex of this size should be analyzed in a full Environmental Impact Report because the proposed density is 55 units per acre, which is more than allowed in the Specific Plan for Town Center, and more than the density allowed in the county's mixed-use and multi-family land uses.   The scale of this project is not compatible with our county's policies of 16 units per acre in a mixed-use project or 24 units per acre in a multi-family project.

Here is the information that I am passing on from another concerned group in the county:

Please join us at the public comment meeting on Thursday 6/26/14, 8:30 AM, at the Planning Commission (2850 Fairlane Court, Building C, Placerville) on the purposed EDH apartments, item 14-0769. This is a chance to make your voice heard. If you cannot be at the meeting, you may submit written comments to:
 
Mel Pabalinas, Senior Planner
Community Development Services
 
Fax: (530) 642-9025
Email: planning@edcgov.us – Attention Mel Pabalinas in the Subject Line
COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 25TH. PLEASE take a few minutes to send an email or fax and make your concerns known! Below is sample wording you can use:
 
Dear Planning Commissioners:
 
I am writing to voice my concerns over the 250 unit apartment complex being proposed for the El Dorado Hills Town Center. I don’t feel the impact of this project has been adequately analyzed. The impacts on water and traffic of an apartment complex of this size should be analyzed in a full Environmental Impact Report because the proposed density is 55 units per acre, which is more than allowed in the Specific Plan for Town Center, and more than the density allowed in the county's mixed-use and multi-family land uses.   The scale of this project is not compatible with our county's policies of 16 units per acre in a mixed-use project or 24 units per acre in a multi-family project. Please vote to require an Environmental Impact Report.
 
[You may also list any specific concerns (noise, congestion, traffic, water concerns, etc.) to the Board/Commissioners here.]
 
Thank you,
 
[Your name]
[Your town or address]

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Thank you for your time and continued attention to protecting what is important to all of us who live in El Dorado County - our beautiful environment and life away from the congestion of the city.  Please forward this email to your friends, family, and neighbors.

ACTION ALERT! Attend 5/13/14 Board Meeting - Board will decide whether to order Election Reports on the 1-2-3 petitions

posted May 13, 2014, 10:29 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated May 13, 2014, 10:31 PM ]

May 9, 2014

Dear Shingle Springs residents and El Dorado County rural lifestyle supporters,

At Tuesday's Board meeting, the Board will consider whether or not to direct staff to prepare the reports that analyze each initiative that we are currently circulating for signatures.  If the Board decides to order the reports now, it will eliminate some waiting periods in the initiative process and give us up to an extra 30 days to collect signatures on our 1-2-3 petitions.  This is significant because on May 6th our petitioners committed to another 30 days of signature gathering.  At this time we are approximately 2/3rds done gathering enough signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.  

At the last Board meeting on March 29th, several residents presented testimony about the fraud and deceit committed by the paid petitioners hired by Region Builders.  Then Sue Taylor and I requested that the Board put our request for the Election Reports on the next agenda.  Remember, the Board can only direct staff by making a motion on an agendized item.  You can view the testimony at http://youtu.be/k1s_8GCCFZw  and the request to the Board at http://youtu.be/Co9CRXQcCA4.  We have since learned that Region Builders spent $80,000 to get their petition on the ballot.

Please take action and contact the Supervisors and/or attend the Board meeting on Tuesday, May 13th.  At this time, all we know is that it will be in the morning with the Department Matters.  The agenda will be posted by Friday and you can find it here:  https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx 

We need as many people as possible to contact the Supervisors and attend the meeting to demand that they direct staff to prepare the Election Reports, which will assist the public to overcome the situation created by the fraudulent petitioners.  

Please attend, if you are available:
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, approximately 10:00am
Building A, 330 Fair Lane Drive
Placerville, CA 95667


Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
(Please reference the Board meeting date and agenda item number in your email to expedite a response and subsequent addition to the agenda item) 
1. Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650, bosone@edcgov.us
2. Ray Nutting, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651, bostwo@edcgov.us
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652, bosthree@edcgov.us
4. Ron Briggs, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513, bosfour@edcgov.us
5. Norma Santiago, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577, bosfive@edcgov.us
Board of Supervisors' Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board: edc.cob@edcgov.us

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Sample email:
To: <bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>
Subject: Comment on 5-13-14 BOS Agenda Item, Request to direct staff to prepare Election Reports

Dear Board of Supervisors,

I request that you address the concerns of your constituents and direct staff to prepare the required Election Reports for the 1-2-3 petitions.  This is an opportunity for you to show that you want to be of service to your constituents and level the playing field in this situation created by the deep pockets of the Region Builders.

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your town or address]

Action Alert! Comments on Noise from Mather Expansion due May 8th

posted May 13, 2014, 10:25 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated May 13, 2014, 10:28 PM ]

May 5, 2014

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The communities of Rescue, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, and El Dorado Hills will be severely impacted by the proposed expansion plan of Mather Airport transitioning into a premier cargo hub facility for the entire Pacific Rim Region.   Refer to the April 11th article in the Mountain Democrat at http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/mather-airport-expansion-moves-forward.  The public has until May 8th to make comments on the Draft EIR by contacting both the Sacramento and El Dorado Board of Supervisors.  An email template is provided for your use below:


Subject: DEIR Mather Airport Master Plan, Control No. 2002-0325

Dear Sacramento County Environmental Coordinator,

I am a resident of El Dorado County and am opposed to the proposed expansion of Mather airport and the noise that it will bring.  I support the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors' request for the following: 

• A return of cargo operations back to its origin, Sacramento International Airport, explaining, “Sacramento International Airport has the infrastructure to accommodate air cargo operations without an impact to neighboring communities.”

• Stopping the installation of the Mather Airport Category IIIb Instrument Landing System. 

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your town or address] 

PRESS RELEASE: COMMUNITY GROUP REQUESTS INVESTIGATION BY SHERIFF AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY INTO ELECTION FRAUD

posted May 13, 2014, 10:23 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated May 13, 2014, 10:23 PM ]

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Lori Parlin  (530) 672-6425
                Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190
 
COMMUNITY GROUP REQUESTS INVESTIGATION BY SHERIFF AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY INTO ELECTION FRAUD

April 25, 2014, Placerville, CA

        Today the grassroots group Local Voter Control in El Dorado County filed complaints with the El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson to demand that they take action to stop fraud by the paid signature gatherers brought into the County by Sacramento-based building industry political action group Region Builders.  Local Voter Control Committee members Lori Parlin and Sue Taylor and their attorney, Joel Ellinwood, presented the Sheriff and District Attorney with signed declarations from witnesses of fraudulent misrepresentations currently being made by the paid petition circulators.
 
        There have been numerous reports of the paid signature gatherers making blatantly false statements about the Region Builders white and pink petition, including that it would pay for adding another lane to Highway 50, or stop locally unpopular development proposals like San Stino in Shingle Springs.
 
According to California Election Code Section 18600,  "Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who: (a) ....intentionally misrepresents or intentionally makes any false statement concerning the contents, purport, or effect of any state or local initiative to any person who signs, or who desires to sign, or who is requested to sign, or who makes inquiries with reference to it, or to whom it is presented for his or her signature.”
 
        The Region Builders signature gatherers have continually misrepresented who they are and what their petition is about.  Region Builders’ spokesperson Josh Wood recently boasted to Sue Taylor that he would pay ten dollars per signature to get his petition on the ballot in an attempt to override county citizen-sponsored initiatives by Rural Communities United, Shingle Springs Community Alliance, and Save Our County, that are circulating petitions by local volunteer signature gatherers.
 
    “It is time for our elected officials to step in and stop this invasion of fraudulent signature gatherers upon our citizenry, in the attempt to abuse the initiative process in favor of outside special interests,” Parlin said.  Parlin, who is also a candidate for the District 4 Board of Supervisors seat, is the president of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance and is one of the proponents of the initiative to amend the Community Region Lines that are prompting proposals for the urbanization of the Green Valley Road corridor, Shingle Springs and the Camino - Pollock Pines communities.
 
        If you have witnessed these signature gatherers commit fraud by lying about the intent of their initiative, please report it to the Sheriff's Office at 530-621-5655 and the District Attorney's Office at 530-621-6472.
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Beware of the Developer Initiative - Sign the local petitions by May 1st

posted Apr 6, 2014, 10:37 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Apr 6, 2014, 10:37 PM ]

The Developer backed initiative is out on the street. The Developers have out-of-county money and backers paying professional signature gatherers that are flooding the area asking for signatures.  We do not recommend signing this petition as its sole purpose is to undo all we (residents, rural supporters, Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino, Stop Tilden Park, Save Our County, Residents Involved in Positive Planning, and Green Valley Alliance) have worked hard to do, which is to allow controlled and responsible growth within our county and maintain the rural character of our area.

We recommend you sign the 4 local initiatives (green, yellow, purple and blue) and get them on the November ballot.


Please know that if the Developer initiative (white and pink) is to get on the ballot and pass in November:

1) it would actively encourage projects like San Stino, Tilden Park, and Dixon Ranch;
2) if it garners more votes in November, it will cancel out the initiatives put forth by El Dorado County residents.

With your help we will gather enough signatures to put the local initiatives on the November ballot.

Here is where you can find the 1-2-3 petitions to sign them:  www.LVC-EDC.org/where-to-sign

Remember:  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  -Margaret Mead

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