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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

Action Alert! El Dorado County is under attack - We need you to sign our petitions and forward this email

posted Apr 6, 2014, 10:21 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Apr 6, 2014, 10:26 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

El Dorado County is under attack by special interests and out-of-county developers.  Just last week a huge, Sacramento-based Developer political action committee (PAC) called Region Builders filed a misleading, pro-development initiative in El Dorado County. It goes by the misleading title of "Control Growth to Fix our Roads."  To see who is behind this new initiative, click here:  http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/joshua-wood-is-the-smiling/content?oid=11110472   To see how back-door politics influences our elected officials, click here:  http://youtu.be/XxD8IUbmdkU 

We, the taxpaying citizens, need to take action now to ensure that our quality of life and resources are not hijacked by people that just want to make a buck at our expense.  This is a county-wide issue, not just Shingle Springs.
 
If you chose to live in El Dorado County to get away from urban living, then we need your help.  Please step up and take action now.  We must have 10,000 signatures gathered by May 5th so that we can get our three grassroots initiatives on the November ballot.  We NEED your help in accomplishing this.
 
For more information on our initiatives visit www.LVC-EDC.org
  
Here's what we need you to do:

Check the schedule below and be sure to stop by and sign our 1-2-3 petitions (green, yellow, purple).  The schedule is constantly updated, so see the most recent calendar at www.LVC-EDC.org/where-to-sign
 
Forward this email to at least 10 friends that are El Dorado County residents and let them know how important it is to take action now
 
Contact us and we will get petitions to you to gather signatures. If everyone on this list took petitions to their own circle of friends and family, then we will make our goal.  Contact Shelley Wiley to get petitions at (530) 306-2329 or info@LVC-EDC.org.   Here are some ideas of where you can take petitions to gather signatures:  your neighborhood, book clubs, church groups, sports teams, school events, yard sales, just anywhere that you see your friends and family.  
 
Sign up to help at one of our scheduled locations.  We can pair you with an experienced signature gatherer until you are comfortable.  We have found that it is much easier to get signatures with a partner.
 
And we can always use people to hold up signs at our scheduled locations.  
 
Now is the time to get involved and protect what is important to you. Uniting with community members throughout the county will empower us to take back control of our future in El Dorado County.

We can't let big, outside influence and money ruin our county's future.  Be on the lookout for the developer initiative disguised as a "Rural" effort.  Ask questions before you sign, and look for the volunteers with the three community-based initiatives.  It's Easy As 1-2-3, green, yellow, purple!

Here is a link to the current schedule of locations and times to sign the petitions.  Be sure to check the calendar often for updates, www.LVC-EDC.org/where-to-sign

Results of 3-18-14 Board of Supervisors Meeting

posted Mar 26, 2014, 9:47 PM by nyssa s   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 9:57 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,


Thank you to everyone that sent in emails, made phone calls, and attended the March 18th Board meeting regarding Development Agreements (Agenda Item #19).  I'm sending a special heartfelt thank you to everyone that went up to the podium and shared your concerns with the Supervisors.  Your statements to the Board made it clear that we love our community and are willing to fight to the end to preserve our quality of life in Shingle Springs and throughout the county.


In a nutshell, the Board denied the recommendation to create a Development Agreement Team, but then made a motion to create a process for Development Agreements.  They also decided to call them Community Benefit Plans instead of Development Agreements, as if changing the name is going to make it more beneficial for communities.  The Board's discussion was very chaotic and confusing.  It appeared that even though the recommendation was denied, they went ahead with it anyway and just changed the name.  


Several attendees compared it calling an 'urban limit line' a 'community region line' - it sounds friendlier but is still the same thing.


For a summary of the Development Agreement agenda item, read Chris Daley's summary in the Mountain Democrat.  Be sure to scroll down and read the comments that further illustrate the sense of confusion surrounding this item: http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/supes-scotch-development-agreement-team/


If you'd like to watch the video of the meeting, follow this link:  http://eldorado.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=362&meta_id=176158


The Board's action on this item makes it very clear that we, the people, must stay vigilant in holding our elected officials accountable for their actions.


2014 is a big year in El Dorado County's land use battles, and we cannot let down our guard.  Take a look at our online calendar to find locations and times to sign our 1-2-3 petitions, and please spread the word:  www.LVC-EDC.org/where-to-sign


Action Alert! San Stino and other high density developments on 3-18-14 BOS agenda

posted Mar 17, 2014, 7:43 PM by nyssa s   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 7:45 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,
 
On Tuesday, March 18th, our Supervisors will be voting on whether or not to proceed with Development Agreements for Dixon Ranch, Central EDH, Marble Valley/Lime Rock Valley, andSan Stino.  Click here to see the full text of the agenda item:  https://eldorado.legistar.com/ViewReport.ashx?M=R&N=Text&GID=57&ID=1638755&GUID=CE3E797E-5B58-49D6-AEF7-F4077642BCC8&Title=Legislation+Text 
 
Development Agreements (DAs) are voluntary contracts often requested by developers so that approved projects will be immune to changes in regulations, such as zoning changes or changes that may result from our initiatives.
 
The public has said they do not want these large subdivisions, and our infrastructure for traffic and water are at capacity.  The community is circulating ballot initiatives to stop these projects.  Staff time should not be spent for the benefit of developers on projects that are opposed by the public.  Instead, staff time should be spent on projects benefiting residents, such as changing community region lines and the sign ordinance.
 
Attend the meeting, if you are available:
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, approximately 10:00am (it is the 3rd item on the agenda)
Building A 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA

If you cannot attend the meeting, please write our Supervisors, asking them NOT to enter into DA negotiations prematurely. Have them focus staff on issues that benefit the greater public in this county, not just a few developers that may or may not live within our borders.   (Contact info and sample 'starter' email below).
 
Note:  If you are interested in joining the signature gathering effort for the initiatives, please contact us, or visit the Local Voter Control website at www.LVC-EDC.org
 
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Here is an email template to get you started:
 
Subject: Public Comment for 3-18-14 BOS Agenda Item #19, File #14-0129, Development Agreement authorization

Dear Board of Supervisors,

Put your concerns to the Board here. 

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your town or address]  
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Marble Valley and Lime Rock are moving ahead despite the drought

posted Mar 10, 2014, 10:29 AM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please note that an increase of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) contract fees for the Marble Valley and Lime Rock residential projects are on the 3-11-14 Board of Supervisors Consent Calendar.  Items on the Consent Calendar are approved without discussion unless a Supervisor pulls the item for discussion.  The dollar amount of the contracts for the Environmental Impact Reports EIR are being increased, which means that the project applicant will be paying more for their EIRs.  

The real question is, has the Board of Supervisors made it clear to the applicant that they are taking a risk by spending more money to move forward with a high-density residential project that is opposed by many community organizations while we are in a drought?  If you are not familiar with these projects, they are located on the south side of Highway 50 between Bass Lake Road and Lime Kiln Road, and you can find more information here:  http://www.thevillageofmarblevalley.com/ and http://www.limerockvalley.com/ 

Bottom line: The Draft Environmental Impact Reports are expected to be released at the end of March and we need to be on alert so that we can make comments on them.

Here are the Consent Calendar items for your reference:
5. 12-1370 Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning,
recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign the
following pertaining to the proposed Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan:
1) Amendment 1 to Funding Agreement No. 241-F1311 with G3
Enterprises, LLC increasing funding by $257,355 for a new total
not-to-exceed amount of $600,347; and
2) Amendment 1 to Agreement for Services No. 267-S1311 with ICF
Jones & Stokes, Inc., increasing the maximum obligation by $76,225 for
a new total not-to-exceed amount of $359,307 to provide direct
consultant services to the County for preparation of Environmental
Impact Reports and planning consultant services. (4/5 vote required)
FUNDING: Applicant Funding Agreement (No Federal Funding).
 
6. 14-0073 Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning,
recommending the Board consider the following:
1) Make findings pursuant to Section 3.13.030 of the County Ordinance
that it is more economical and feasible to engage an independent
contractor for peer review and development of a standard set of
guidelines for Fiscal Impact Analysis and Public Facilities Financing Plan
documents for three proposed Specific Plan Projects: Central El Dorado
Hills, Village of Marble Valley, and Lime Rock Valley; and
2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign Agreement for Services No.
410-S1411 with Goodwin Consulting Group, Inc. for a term of three
years in an amount not-to-exceed $200,000.
FUNDING: Applicant Funding Agreement (No Federal Funding).
 
8. 12-1354 Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning,
recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign the
following pertaining to the proposed Village of Marble Valley Specific
Plan:
1) Amendment 1 to Funding Agreement No. 245-F1311 with Marble
Valley Company, LLC, increasing funding by $240,794 for a new total
not-to-exceed amount of $602,091; and
2) Amendment 1 to Agreement for Services No. 268-S1311 with ICF
Jones & Stokes, Inc., increasing the maximum obligation by $70,209 for
a new total not-to-exceed amount of $371,596 to provide direct
consultant services to the County for preparation of Environmental
Impact Reports and planning consultation services. (4/5 vote required)
FUNDING: Applicant Funding Agreement (No Federal Funding).

If you would like to contact the Board of Supervisors and express your concerns now, here is their contact information:
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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Here is an email template to get you started:

To: <bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>
Subject: Comment on 3-11-14 BOS Agenda Items #5, 6, and 8, Marble Valley, Lime Rock, and Central EDH projects

Dear Board of Supervisors,

Put your concerns to the Board about these projects here. 

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your town or address]  

Recap of 2/25/14 Board of Supervisors meeting - Sign our petitions

posted Feb 28, 2014, 8:12 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 28, 2014, 8:22 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Thank you to everyone that attended the Board meeting on February 25th.  Your presence and comments remind the supervisors that we are not going to back down in our battle to keep Shingle Springs rural.

The Board decided to move ahead with their Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) and study the Community Region Lines separately.  This was not a desired result for two reasons:  1) The TGPA-ZOU is an overhaul of the General Plan that will encourage high density development;  2) Starting to study the CRLs now could mean months if not years of study before any action is taken to change any CRLs within the County.

These results mean that our county-wide initiatives are the best way for us to take back local voter control of our county's future.  Shingle Springs Community Alliance (SSCA) has joined forces with Save Our County (SOC) and Residents Involved in Positive Planning (RIPP) to gather signatures on 3 petitions to put initiatives on the ballot this November.  Two of the petitions are already out for signature and the third one will be ready soon.

If you would like to host a petition signing party in your neighborhood, go ahead and start planning it for mid-March and we will have our petitions ready and get them to you.  Call Shelley Wiley to set up the date/time/place at 530-306-2329.  What a great excuse to have a party!
 
We need help with manning our tables at signature gathering locations, such as Pete's near the EDH movie theater, Safeway in Cameron Park, Gold Harvest Market in Shingle Springs, and more.  Please call Shelley if you have a couple hours that you can give us to help out.

Here is where you can sign the petitions this weekend:

Friday - Sunday, February 28 - March 2
Safeway Cameron Park
3:00 - 6:30pm We could use more volunteers at this site.

Pete's Restaurant by the Theatre in El Dorado Hills
Friday 5-7
Sat 11-2 and 5-7
Sun 11-2 

Upcoming locations will be posted on our Local Voter Control website and Facebook page:  www.lvc-edc.org and www.facebook.com/LocalVoterControl.  Be sure to tell your friends and family to stop by, too.

Thank you for all your support as we take back local control of land use in El Dorado County.

ACTION ALERT! Attend 2/25/14 Board Meeting - Shingle Springs Community Region Lines and Targeted General Plan Amendment

posted Feb 24, 2014, 12:07 AM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Urgent!  This notice snuck up on us.  Tuesday's Board of Supervisors agenda will include whether or not to include changes to the Shingle Springs Community Region Line in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Targeted General Plan Amendment (TGPA).  The Staff Report is available here and the options are on pages 5 and 6:  https://eldorado.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=2917026&GUID=AAE92D57-BDC5-4565-AC66-188F9B2ECD0F   

Remember, the Community Region Line is where the County intends to put the highest intensity of urban development.  Shingle Springs has been telling the Board to remove the Community Region Line from Shingle Springs because we do not want to be a target for high density development.

We need to pack the Board Room and tell the Supervisors that we want the removal of the Shingle Springs Community Region Line included in the Targeted General Plan Amendment.  Here is where you can find the PowerPoint presentation and slides 13 and 14 are about the Community Region Lines: https://eldorado.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=2917071&GUID=CCF7C9CB-20F6-4261-8836-33426C64F87B   

Please attend:
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 2:00 pm (second item at 2:00 pm)
Building A, 330 Fair Lane Drive
Placerville, CA 95667

Thank you.

PRESS RELEASE: Initiative Filed to Amend Community Region Lines in El Dorado County

posted Jan 24, 2014, 10:22 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jan 26, 2014, 10:53 AM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
INITIATIVE FILED TO AMEND COMMUNITY REGION LINES IN EL DORADO COUNTY
 
Placerville, California (January 23, 2013)  
In response to repeated requests by the public to the Board of Supervisors to amend Community Region Lines in the county, the Shingle Springs Community Alliance (SSCA) has filed an initiative that will assist the Board in amending those lines throughout El Dorado County.  This initiative was referred to in the SSCA presentation to the Board of Supervisors on January 14, 2014.

Community Region Lines are urban limit lines that make the area within the line a target for high-density development.  The Community Region Line (CRL) Initiative removes the Community Region Lines from Camino, Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, Shingle Springs, and parts of Green Valley Road, so that those areas are not a target for high density development.  The Board has indicated in public meetings that it agrees that the lines should be amended, but that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process is lengthy and expensive.  The initiative process will save the county from the cost and delays of an EIR.

SSCA anticipates working with community groups throughout the county to gather the signatures required to put the initiative on the ballot.  Detailed information will be available soon on the SSCA website at www.ShingleSpringsCommunityAlliance.com
 
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Lori Parlin
info@ShingleSpringsCommunityAlliance.com
530-672-6425


Recap of 1-14-14 Board of Supervisors Meeting and Next Steps

posted Jan 19, 2014, 10:43 PM by Lori Parlin

Thank you to everyone that made it to the Board meeting, brought a friend or neighbor, sent in emails, or made phone calls in support of the Shingle Springs Community Plan. All of your efforts were appreciated and heard by the Board of Supervisors (BOS). 

For those of you that couldn't make it, please know that the BOS was very supportive of our efforts and encouraged us to move forward with creating a draft to publish for public comment and continue our outreach to stakeholders. However, the BOS expects that we could be facing a year-long process with no guarantee of adopting our Community Plan as part of the General Plan. A video of the presentation to the Board and the discussion afterward are available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2BfoMzju7A&feature=youtu.be (Video credit to KathleenNewell.com)

We are cautiously optimistic with the outcome of the meeting. Due to the Board's past trends of postponing and stalling community efforts, we cannot let our guard down and must take action on our own behalf. Therefore, in addition to moving forward with publishing the Shingle Springs Community Plan, we are also co-sponsoring an initiative that will remove the Community Region Line (CRL) from Shingle Springs, Camino, Cedar Grove, Pollock Pines, and part of the Green Valley Road corridor. 

We will need your support and legwork to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary to get the CRL initiative on the ballot and will be contacting the many people that attended our November 21, 2013 meeting and offered to help. Community groups from Camino, Pollock Pines, and Cedar Grove have joined forces with us to get this initiative on the ballot.

Once again, thank you for standing up for our rural lifestyle and quality of life in Shingle Springs. We are making a difference and must stay focused on our goal.

Good news to start the new year!

posted Dec 21, 2013, 9:51 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Dec 21, 2013, 9:52 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

We wanted to take a moment and share with you an article that mentions the Shingle Springs Community Alliance as a group that is making a difference in El Dorado County.  The article is below for your reference.  And remember, the Shingle Springs Community Alliance is you, the community.  We'd like to thank each and every one of you for all that you've done this year to keep Shingle Springs rural, such as:
  • Sent emails and made phone calls to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commissioners
  • Walked a neighborhood to hand out flyers to advertise community meetings
  • Attended Board of Supervisors meetings
  • Attended Community Meetings
  • Completed surveys regarding community issues
  • Submitted comments for the Tilden Park Notice of Preparation (NOP)
  • Submitted comments for the San Stino Notice of Preparation (NOP)
  • Held signs on street corners to advertise meetings
  • Posted signs on your private property to send a clear message that high density development does not belong in Shingle Springs
  • Made donations to cover expenses, such as facility rental for community meetings and photocopying flyers and handouts
Shingle Springs has found its voice and we must stay strong and continue to be vigilant and engaged in our county's government.

Our next step as we move into 2014 is to give a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on the progress we've made toward creating our Shingle Springs Community Plan.  At the end of the presentation we will ask the Board to support us to move forward with the plan.  We need to pack the room and show the Board that the community supports a Shingle Springs Community Plan to preserve our quality of life.

Please attend:
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:00 pm
Building A, 330 Fair Lane Drive
Placerville, CA 95667

Thank you and Happy New Year to all.

From the Shingle Springs Community Alliance Core Committee


Here is the article that was referenced above.  If you cannot view it in this email, you can view it at:  http://motherlode.sierraclub.org/maidu/newsletters/SC%20newsletter%20Fall%20Winter%202014.pdf

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