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:

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Action Alert! Community Region Boundaries on 10-25-16 BOS agenda

posted Oct 22, 2016, 11:51 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 22, 2016, 11:52 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please contact the Board of Supervisors and tell them that you expect them to follow through on their promise to consider reducing the Shingle Springs Community Region Boundary (CRB) during the 2011-2015 Five Year Review of the General Plan.

On the upcoming 10-25-16 Board of Supervisors agenda, the Long Range Planning staff is recommending that the Supervisors receive and file the Five Year Review and find that there is no need to change the CRBs.  A CRB is where the county plans to put the highest and most intense development in the County.  Shingle Springs identifies itself as "a peaceful country community with ranches and homes on acreage," and the CRB conflicts with our community identity and sense of place.  

Shingle Springs residents have attended meetings for years with the goal to have our CRBs reduced.  A timeline of those meetings is included in the  Five Year Review and excerpted below for your convenience.  Please take action to tell the Supervisors that we do not want all of our efforts ignored again.

If you are able to attend the meeting:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Building C Hearing Room  (Temporary location during construction)
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND - Write to the Supervisors - Customize our sample email to fit your concerns

Subject:  10-25-16 BOS Agenda, File #16--0477, Item #38

Dear Supervisors,

I request that you reject staff's recommendation to receive and file the Five Year Review.  Based on the discussions at past meetings, the expectation was that you would initiate the reduction of the CRBs during the Five Year Review process. Please follow through and direct staff to begin the process to reduce the CRBs as part of the 2016-2020 work plan. 


[Your Name]
[Your Town]

Excerpt from page 25 of the Five Year Review - timeline of events regarding Community Region Boundaries:

On October 1, 2012, the Board directed additional analysis of possibly adding, amending or deleting existing Community Regions, or Rural Center planning areas be removed from the TGPA-ZOU project description; and to consider as a potential Project Alternative in the EIR, with the exception of the proposed amendment to Policies and These policies relate to the current Community Region of Camino/Pollock Pines proposed for amending into the three Rural Centers of Camino, Cedar Grove, and Pollock Pines.

Potential revisions to Community Region boundary lines were discussed during Board meetings and workshops on May 7, May 14, June 27, and September 30, 2013. On June 11, 2013, staff provided the Board with a “White Paper” on General Plan Amendments related to Community Region Boundary Lines, and set June 27, 2013 as a Special Meeting of the Board to discuss the White Paper. The White Paper included a General Plan history, review of the current development process, and options for the Board to consider, should they choose to go forward with a General Plan Amendment to modify the Community Region boundaries (see June 11, 2013 Board of Supervisors Agenda, Item No. 2, Legistar File No. 13-0510, Attachment 2A). On June 27, 2013, the Board directed staff to return in approximately 60 days with a work plan pertaining to costs and next steps on Community Region boundary lines. On September 30, 2013, the Board directed staff to return to the Board in early 2014 with 16-0477 2B 26 of 111 El Dorado County General Plan 2011-2015 Five Year Review October 2016 26 examples and/or options for considering amending the Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills Community Region Boundary lines.

On December 9, 2014, potential options related to the potential amendment of Community Region boundary lines for the communities of Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills were presented to the Board. At this meeting, the Board received requests from members of the public to amend specific boundaries in the areas north of El Dorado Hills along Green Valley Road, southeast area of Shingle Springs, and in the Camino/Pollock Pines area. The Board directed staff to prepare a Resolution of Intention to contract the Community Region boundary lines for Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills along the Green Valley Corridor, using maps provided by a Shingle Springs resident and an El Dorado Hills resident.

On February 24, 2015, staff presented proposed General Plan amendments to contract the Community Region boundary lines for El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and El Dorado-Diamond Springs. Staff also asked the Board for the preferred method for processing this project based on staff and funding availability. The Board directed the Community Region boundary options to be addressed as a component of the next General Plan five-year review, including review of the proposed maps and any other map considerations of Community Region boundary line alterations, in relation to the goals and objectives of the General Plan. 

We support John Hidahl for District 1 Supervisor

posted Sep 14, 2016, 7:20 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 7:21 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance Core Committee endorses John Hidahl in his bid for District 1 County Supervisor.  John supports and aligns with community groups all over El Dorado County.  He understands the importance of making sure that existing residents are not negatively impacted by new development.  As such, John has consistently stood with residents against projects like the Central El Dorado Hills Golf Course rezone, San Stino's Mill Creek, and Marble Valley because they are beyond what was promised in the General Plan. 

Please help John become Supervisor by reaching out to your friends and family in El Dorado Hills and ask them to vote for John Hidahl for District 1 Supervisor.  We look forward to him taking a seat on the Board to represent the people of the County and not the developer interests.

John's opponent has not lived in El Dorado County for years and purchased an El Dorado Hills house in 2015 just to qualify to run for Supervisor.  She also recently registered to vote in El Dorado County in February 2016 and has already started her campaign to run for the Senate in 2020, which would interfere with local Supervisorial duties.  She has not been involved in local issues and is simply using El Dorado County to keep her name in the limelight to further her political career.  We do not need a Supervisor who is unfamiliar with the unique needs of El Dorado County and is planning a short stint of representation as Supervisor.

Please visit John Hidahl's website at to find out how you can help support him in his bid for election on November 8, 2016.   Forward this email to your contacts in District 1, and consider donating to John's campaign to help him overcome Beth Gaines' well-funded run for Supervisor. 

Investing in John's candidacy is an investment in our future.

Support oak tree retention in El Dorado County - 8/15/16 is deadline for comment

posted Aug 11, 2016, 9:34 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 9:35 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The County is in the process of updating the Oak Resources Management Plan.  Concerns are being raised because 100% tree removal is being contemplated to make room for development.

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation has put together a webpage to explain their alternative plan.  Please visit their website and sign their petition if you support their position for better oak tree retention.

You can also submit your own letter to:

Shawna L. Purvines
Principal Planner
County of El Dorado
Community Development Agency
Long Range Planning
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667

More information is available on the County's website:  

Please attend: Workshop on implementing Measure E

posted Aug 6, 2016, 11:15 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 6, 2016, 11:15 PM ]

Forwarded from Save Our County:

County staff will be presenting information and giving recommendations to the Board of Supervisors about how Measure E should be implemented at a Special Workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 9:30 am.  Please attend to show your support for implementing Measure E as intended by the voters of El Dorado County.

Here is a link to the Staff Report:

It is anticipated that the opponents to Measure E will be there in force. They have already filed a lawsuit to thwart the will of the voters. Information about the lawsuit and how you can help defend Measure E is available here:

The voters have made it clear that it is now the responsibility of the County to implement Measure E as it was intended.

Join us in defending staff as they work toward following the will of the people.  If you cannot attend the meeting, contact the supervisors and let them know that voters expect them to follow the will of the people.

Supervisor Mikulaco <>,
Supervisor Frentzen <>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <>,
Supervisor Novasel <>,
Supervisor Ranalli <>,
Clerk of the Board <>

Update on Tribal gas station project

posted Jul 31, 2016, 8:35 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 31, 2016, 8:35 AM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Lake Tahoe News has posted an article clearly summarizing the Tribal gas station project on Shingle Springs Drive. Here is a link:

Here is a link to the Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate filed with the Superior Court of California on July 22, 2016:

Remember to stay engaged and ready for next steps.

FWD: El Dorado County Land Grab - Is your community next?

posted Jul 17, 2016, 10:46 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 17, 2016, 10:49 AM ]

FYI - This project includes utilities and road infrastructure that may lead to further development, such as San Stino's Mill Creek project, in our rural communities.

Forwarded from El Dorado Council Incorporated

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Love El Dorado County? Help El Dorado Council fight for what matters most to you!

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has done it again.  They have illegally used their discretionary power and aligned with the Redhawk Casino's Tribal Council to move forward  on a massive project which will destroy the surrounding community's property values and lifestyle forever.

We, the citizens of El Dorado County, must take a stand and hold our County Supervisors accountable for this abuse of power.  The role of a Supervisor is to work for the people who entrusted them with great responsibility.  They should understand the needs of local businesses and communities.  In this case, our Supervisors showed negligence and indifference to the citizens of El Dorado County.

The El Dorado Council has retained legal counsel to demand that the Board of Supervisors requires the Tribal Council to complete an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to mitigate the negative impacts of their huge project on Shingle Springs Drive.   We are standing up to the County and Tribal Council.  The question before you is:  Are you willing to stand with us to fight for your neighborhood, your family’s lifestyle, and your property values?

Any Tribe can buy land or a business anywhere in El Dorado County and petition the U.S. Government to put their purchased land into “TRUST,” as they have with the 35.64 acres in Shingle Springs.  The Tribe will then pay no property tax, no sales tax, and no required liability insurance.    The Tribe will adhere to no local rules, local ordinances, or restrictions on land use.  All of this leads to unfair competition to the rest of us and destruction of our General Plan.  Any Tribe can buy into El Dorado County whether it’s the Auburn Tribe from Placer County to the north,  the Me-Wuk in Amador County to the south, or the Miwok in El Dorado County.  No neighborhood is safe, no zoning is safe, no business is safe, and no community is safe from lower property values, loss of the safety of rural neighborhoods, or safe from the drugs and crime that follows the Tribal money.

On June 28 of this year the Board of Supervisors (Ron Mikulaco, Brian Veerkamp, Michael Ranalli, and Sue Novasel), voted against the families and taxpayers of El Dorado County for a monetary “hand out” from the Tribal Council.  The Board of Supervisors abdicated their responsibility to require a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by segmenting a huge project into small components.

The key statement made at the board meeting was that the Tribal Council was in negotiations for a monetary settlement for loss of revenues to the County.  It became clear these four board members sold the community out for cash to spend on their “pet projects,” which is happening now with Tribal money that was earmarked for Shingle Springs being diverted to Missouri Flat area.

The El Dorado Council, a grassroots community-based nonprofit organization, informed the Board of Supervisors of their legal rights to slow this project.  The Board responded with NO COMMENT.

The El Dorado Council needs your help.  If you think it’s someone else’s problem, THINK AGAIN!  Today it’s Shingle Springs.  Tomorrow it’s 35 acres in Grassy Run in Placerville.  Is your community next?



The EL DORADO COUNCIL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

If 100 people donate $250 then we will reach our goal.  Thank you to those of you who have already donated.

Carol Louis on behalf of                                                
El Dorado Council                                                   

El Dorado Council Inc. PO Box 504 Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Forward: Take Action – Shinn Ranch map extension

posted Jul 17, 2016, 10:42 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 17, 2016, 10:48 AM ]

FYI - This project is on Mother Lode Drive, just east of Shingle Springs.

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Forwarded from Save Our County

Shinn Ranch location map
Shinn Ranch location map

The Shinn Ranch project's tentative map time extension is on the Board of Supervisors agenda for July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  Many circumstances have changed since the original map was approved in 2007, and the surrounding community is asking for the map extension to be denied.  See detailed explanation below.

The County's files are available here:

The proposed project includes 141 single-family houses on 167 acres, which will add approximately 1,400 car trips to Mother Lode Drive daily.

Please attend the Board of Supervisors meeting to request that the map extension be denied:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA 95667

To send in your comments via email, send to:
Supervisor Mikulaco <>,
Supervisor Frentzen <>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <>,
Supervisor Novasel <>,
Supervisor Ranalli <>,
Clerk of the Board <>
Subject:  Shinn Ranch, File #07-1802, Agenda Item #49

The Shinn Ranch map extension is being appealed to the Board of Supervisors based on the grounds that the project approval violates California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the applicable general plans and zoning laws, and that the comments submitted to the Planning Commission contained accurate statements of significant legal violations that were not addressed by the Planning Commission at the hearing.

In addition to the legal violations not addressed previously, the following are additional facts which must be addressed regarding this time extension, approval of which indicates that these concerns should have been considered when the tentative development was approved in 2007.

1. Measure E approval (June 2016)
The approval of Measure E reinforces Measure Y, which should therefore have been applied and still applies to this project.

2. Fire safety for nearby properties-health and safety hazard
There is no water supply, fire hydrants, nor any egress on the narrow roads leading to the existing 38 homes/56 parcels on Kingvale Road, Concept Mountain Rd, Kingvale Court, and Wildcrest Road south of the planned development. This tentative development and the planned new homes increases the chances of a fire occurring. With the current plans using Kingvale road, this causes a huge bottleneck for all residents relying on Kingvale road as their only exit. The project should have mitigated the reality of fire for all the residents beyond the project on Kingvale road which have no way of protecting themselves from this hazard. The planners chose to use their only exit.

3. Indian burial sites
The local Native Miwok tribal Communities submitted the following comments to county planning: "We have serious concerns of possible burial sites that may exist and are purposely obscured. The tentative map does provide for " ... in the event of human remains are encountered ... " which would be considered inadvertent discovery. This is very different from original knowledge of same prior to any discovery during construction. This is not acceptable and disrespectful to cultural ancestors and the disturbance of any remains. There are not typically any markers with Indian burial sites, but, the area would be considered sacred and should be preserved as sanctuary. More time is needed to research and respond to this issue. The secondary problem is that excavation of these burial grounds will reintroduce Valley Fever and other ratified diseases to the surrounding community. This is a health and safety issue for the community. Apparently there is no study or plan to contain this disease once it is airborne.

4. Notification of affected properties
In 2007 when this tentative map was approved, notification was made in the newspaper, but a limited number of adjacent property owners were notified. At that time, notification was required if property was within 500 feet of the planned development. Currently, the requirement is one mile. Some residents claim they did not receive these notifications. We're they sent certified? Tom Shinn owned 3 of the properties affected at that time, maybe more.  A full background would need to be done in order to verify. Many residents do not subscribe to the Mountain Democrat. Word of mouth is not an appropriate vehicle for notification.

5. Existing deed restrictions- Shinn Ranch Road properties
A deed restriction was attached to deeds signed by Tom Shinn and Linda Lou Fine when the Shinn Ranch Road properties were sold. These existing properties are adjacent to the tentative map. Restrictions include:
• Dwelling must be a minimum of 2600 sq. ft (exclusive of garage)
• Second dwellings not to exceed 1200 sq ft.
• No manufactured or modular dwellings except during construction
• No track or course for bikes, quads, motorcycles
• Only domestic livestock allowed (no excessively noxious or noisy animals)
Changes to these restrictions requires written consent of all adjoining property owners bordering a Shinn Ranch Road property. The 5 and 10 acre parcel owners on Shinn Ranch Road have concerns over how the tentative development is in opposition to these restrictions, especially the home square footage restriction. There are also similar deed restrictions for all properties north of old timer lane to Mother Lode. This development does not fit within the existing CC & R's. Nor does it fit within the existing neighborhood.

6. Increased traffic Kingvale Road
Access is already difficult and dangerous at Shinn Ranch Road, Kingvale and on an already dangerous thoroughfare, Mother Lode Drive, especially when the sun glare is brightest turning west on Mother Lode off Kingvale in the late afternoon. Several have been injured or killed at Kingvale and Mother Lode Drive.  Follow up with CHP for data as it appears this was also not taken into consideration. The proposed deceleration and turn lanes added as part of this project won't handle the added traffic. Mother Lode is a narrow two lane road. Apparently planning failed to study the impact to the existing residents already using Kingvale road. This development only makes this intersection more dangerous for the existing communities. This development should NEVER have access to Kingvale road due to the added risk, traffic and inconvenience to the existing residents who only have one way into their homes. It is also a private, maintained road by the residents of Gold Country, whom bare. the full cost of road maintenance.

7. County to pay for infrastructure?
Since the County has constructed an Animal Shelter at another location since the approval of this project, all references to the County reimbursing the developer, such as “The applicant and El Dorado County shall enter into a reimbursement agreement in the event that this development occurs prior to El Dorado County construction of the roads for the Animal Shelter,” should be removed.  The County should not be responsible for providing the infrastructure for this project. 

8.  Drainage
Much of the drainage mitigation is to be determined after approval of the project, which is a violation of CEQA.  It should have been required of the applicant to show that adequate drainage is possible with the amount of homes being proposed to ensure that the neighboring properties will not be impacted by future drainage issues.

9. Quality of life.
Noise, light and air pollution, crime. Destroys rural atmosphere we all enjoy.

Take Action - Make comments on Shingle Springs Drive encroachment by 6/26/16

posted Jun 22, 2016, 11:46 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jun 22, 2016, 11:47 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indian's gas station project is preparing to move forward.  There are several things you can do to get your concerns addressed regarding the encroachment permit for the utilities and driveway to the gas station.

1.  Submit your comments regarding the encroachment onto Shingle Springs Drive for utilities and the driveway to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by June 26, 2016, at  Links to the environmental reports (Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study) are available here:

2.  Attend the Board of Supervisors hearing on June 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm, at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville.

3.  Donate to the El Dorado Council to help fund the legal team that will be assisting the community with this and other "tribe-related" issues.  The El Dorado Council is a 501c3 nonprofit (Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part).  More information about the El Dorado Council is available on their website:

Checks can be made payable and sent to:

    El Dorado Council Incorporated
    P.O. Box 504
    Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Thank you!


posted Jun 22, 2016, 11:45 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jun 22, 2016, 11:45 PM ]

Greetings El Dorado County rural lifestyle supporters,

Thank you to each and every one of you who helped make the Yes on E & G campaign a success! Please stay engaged and continue to keep up the good fight to protect our quality of life in El Dorado County.

Lori Parlin


For Immediate Release
Contact: Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190


June 8, 2016, Placerville, CA

Save Our County, Residents Involved in Positive Planning, and the Shingle Springs Community Alliance would like to thank the voters of El Dorado County for the adoption of Measure E. Measure E retains a new and improved 1998 Measure Y while sending a clear message that projects which create gridlock on our roads will not be tolerated.

Measure G lost by a slim margin, informing the Board of Supervisors that it is not just a “small” group of residents that want our resources, rural character, and quality of life protected, as promised in the voter-approved 2004 General Plan.

The 'No' campaign by Parker Development, the Farm Bureau, Alliance for Responsible Planning, and the Winery Association promised to protect our open space, farms, wineries, rural economy, local jobs, worms, water, roads, rural quality of life, schools, public safety, fire protection, small businesses, our children, and seniors.

In light of those campaign promises we would expect to find common ground with the opposing groups when we ask the Board of Supervisors to stop ruling in favor of projects that violate our General Plan. Rather than wasting public and private resources by forcing lawsuits, the Supervisors should stand with the people of El Dorado County in demanding that the required policies that protect our historical, cultural, agricultural, recreational, and natural resources finally be put in place.

We would like to express a special appreciation to the many individuals, business owners, farmers, and ranchers who have spent their time and energy to spread the word about the importance of protecting our rural quality of life.
Additionally, thank you to the many community groups that supported our shared cause, including Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills, Friends of Historic Hangtown, Georgetown Preservation Society, our friends in Meyers, and especially Rural Communities United (RCU).

When the current Board of Supervisors recently overhauled our General Plan and Zoning Ordinance to favor higher-density, urban-type development, RCU was quick to take the lead in a lawsuit designed to stop the county from its abuse of “discretionary” power. We encourage everyone to support RCU with donations to fund the lawsuit that will further restore the voter-approved 2004 General Plan.

Supplemental information can be found at this website:
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