Rebuttal to Measure O editorial

posted Oct 15, 2014, 10:33 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 10:34 PM ]

By Letters to the Editor
From page A5 | October 15, 2014


I am writing this letter in response to your editorial of Measure O dated Oct. 3. I am very disappointed that the writer did not sign their name to the letter, as we as subscribers are required to when we submit a letter. Are we to assume the editor in chief crafted that letter? In any case I would like to clear up several misleading and inaccurate statements made by the writer so that voters will understand Measure O.
Contrary to the writer’s confusion regarding the language of the Initiative Measure O, the language is taken straight from the El Dorado County General Plan. All areas of our county are classified as a community region, rural center or rural region with the exception of the incorporated cities of Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. Subdivided lands that don’t fit in these designations are called platted land overlays. Community regions are defined as “those areas which are appropriate for the highest intensity of self-sustaining compact urban type development or suburban type development within El Dorado County.”

When the communities of Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, Camino and other surrounding areas were lumped into a single community region in the 1996 General Plan, the Board of Supervisors realized that was a big mistake and as a result, in 2009 they adopted a resolution of intention to change them into separate rural centers. After that nothing happened, because the county’s legal counsel advised the board that it would require a very costly environmental impact report to make changes to the general plan. Since then the county has been advised by an expert land use and environmental attorney that this is not the case. This was around the same time that several concerned citizens formed the Shingle Springs Community Alliance, because they and others living in the Green Valley Road corridor realized that they were living in a community region designation which made them bullseye targets for the highest-intensity, compact urban and suburban-type development. They began petitioning the Board of Supervisors to reclassify their communities as rural centers and platted lands in order to preserve the rural character of their communities and remove the bullseye target, preserve their quality of life and retain the existing zoning.

In regard to the writer’s claim that shifting the status of these communities will delay the fire district response time is ludicrous. How is that possible? The General Plan spells out the requirements for emergency response time, and fire districts have their own standards for response time. Fire districts will provide the same level of service regardless of land use changes made to the General Plan. Their mission is responding as quickly as possible to save lives and property — period; end of story. Dear writer: Please stop trying to use scare tactics and lies to push your agenda on the voters.

The initiative process can amend the General Plan without it costing the taxpayers of our county thousands of dollars and accomplishes what the Board of Supervisors has said it would do since 2009. Most importantly, it is what the vast majority of residents of the county want — “to retain the rural quality of our county.” The language of Measure O was carefully written to be consistent with the General Plan and there is nothing misleading in its content. Please read your ballot and vote yes on Measure O and help us preserve our rural quality of life that we all enjoy in El Dorado County.

Shingle Springs

The Green 1-2-3 petition is Measure O on the November ballot

posted Oct 1, 2014, 2:40 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 3:48 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The November election is fast approaching and Sample Ballots are on the way to mailboxes now.

We all worked very hard on collecting signatures on the 1-2-3 petitions and the green one that removes the urban boundary lines around Shingle Springs, Camino, Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, and areas around the Green Valley corridor, is now Measure O and made it onto the November ballot.  We want to remove the urban boundary lines so that those areas are no longer a target for urban development by the county.

So let's make sure that Measure O passes this November.  Remember, this is a countywide measure, so send it to everyone you know in the county.  Here's what you can do to help us spread the word:
  1. Forward this email to friends and family to encourage them to vote Yes on Measure O.
  2. Reply to this email if you live on a high-traffic street and would like a 4'x4', 4'x8', or A-frame sign to support Measure O.  
    See photos below for samples. Feel free to make your own sign.
  3. Display a window sticker on your car.  See photo below.  You can get a window sticker at the Placerville Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.  We will be setting up more locations to get window stickers soon.
  4. Write your own Measure O message on your car window with window markers.
  5. Use your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media account to get the word out.
  6. Send a donation to LVC-EDC, P.O. Box 1581, Shingle Springs, CA 95682 or go to our website to make on online donation:
  7. Volunteer to walk a neighborhood anywhere in the county and distribute flyers to support Measure O.  Reply to this email and we'll get you set up or call 530-417-5944.
  8. Write a Letter to the Editor in support of Measure O.  It doesn't have to be long or complicated.  Make it simple.  Most newspapers have a submittal form on their website. 
  9. Reply to this email if you'd like to help paint our Measure O signs.
Once again, thank you to everyone that helped put our grassroots measure on the ballot.  All efforts, big and small, contributed to the success of the cause.  Let's keep up the good work and pass Measure O this November.

Thank you,

Lori Parlin on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino, and Stop Tilden Park
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

         Window Stickers                                            4'x4'                                                                 

                   A-frame                                         4'x8'                

Press Release: Request for Opinion from FPPC Regarding El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

posted Sep 29, 2014, 11:12 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 11:13 PM ]

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lori Parlin  (530) 672-6425
               Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190
September 29, 2014, Shingle Springs, CA
        Members of the grassroots group Local Voter Control in El Dorado County are in the process of filing an inquiry with the Fair Political Practices Commission to start investigations into slander during an election campaign.  The request stems from a Town-hall Phone Meeting hosted by El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce member Mike Kobus, owner of Koby Pest Control, on the evening of September 24, 2014.  Mr. Kobus stated misinformation about the initiatives and its proponents. 
            According to California Election Code Section  20501. (b):
 "A person who is a sponsor of a sponsored committee, as defined
by Section 82048.7 of the Government Code, is liable for any slander
or libel committed by the sponsored committee if the sponsor
willfully and knowingly directs or permits the libel or slander."
The sponsor of the phone meeting was the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, a 501c6 organization, which Mr. Kobus is a Board Member.  The Chamber also has a Political Action Committee, which has previously spent over $70,000 against all grassroots efforts to put land use measures on the November ballot.  A request will be made to the Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate whether the Chamber has overstepped the boundaries of what is allowed in its campaign against the initiatives by using misinformation to scare voters.
          “The amount of misinformation in Mr. Kobus' phone meeting was astonishing.  He reached out into people's homes over the phone to intentionally spread this misinformation and cause confusion.  An uninformed listener would be led to believe that Mr. Kobus is an expert about these measures, when in fact he lumped all of the measures together and mixed up and distorted the facts," said Lori Parlin, a Measure O proponent.  "For example, Mr. Kobus debated with one caller that Measure O has a kill clause in it that will wipe out all of the other measures if it got the most votes.  That is an absolutely erroneous statement because Measure N has the kill clause in it, which is one of many reasons I am opposed to Measure N."
          Sue Taylor, another Measure O proponent agreed with a caller that said, "Follow the Money."  Taylor went on to say,  "Mike Kobus should have explained that it is with the Chamber's Board members and directors where the money lays... such as Sierra Pacific Industries, PG&E, AT&T, The Mountain Democrat, and Kirk Bone of  Parker Development who developed Serrano and is proposing the Marble Valley development project.  There is a lot riding on this election for these people."
          Further updates will be published at as the inquiry progresses. 

Action Alert! Please email the Planning Commissioners today regarding the El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments

posted Sep 9, 2014, 12:14 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 12:15 PM ]

The County is contemplating allowing a super-sized apartment development project (55 units per acre), which will mainly benefit out of area developers to achieve their goal of highest and best use of the property while impacting our County services and infrastructure.  At a minimum, this project violates the Specific Plan for Town Center, it violates the county design standards, it violates the traffic standards, it violates the zoning (24 units per acre), and it violates our General Plan. 

***Please use the Form Letter below to email the Planning Commissioners and let them know that this apartment project, as currently proposed, should be rejected.
Here is an example of a Public Comment that has been filed regarding the project:
This proposed project violates county design standards, and would induce high-rise visual blight in the EDH community. 
It would induce increased traffic burdens on already at-capacity roads (Load Level F).  
It would put a major increase in demand on our already-fully-committed water supply, as current drought rationing makes clear.
It is incompatible with the zoning for this area. 
The EDC Sheriff's Office submitted a report concluding that they will need additional officers and staff due to this project. 
For all these reasons, the proposed project violates our General Plan. 
Please reject this  proposed urban-encroachment project, El Dorado Hills Town Center East Apartments
FORM LETTER:   Feel free to personalize the message to get your concerns on the record:
Subject: EDH Apartments in Town Center, Agenda 9/11/14, item 4 file no. 14-0769
Dear Commissioners:
I oppose the Town Center Apartments project in its current form.
[your name here]
[town of residence]

9/7/14 Measure O update and Turning in Purple Petition signatures

posted Sep 9, 2014, 11:14 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 11:23 AM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Tomorrow is the big day.  It is the last day that we can turn in the signatures to qualify the Retain Zoning and Preserve Our Resources (Purple) petition.  We have collected over 9,800 signatures and will turn those in to qualify the petition for the next statewide election.

If you would like to be there to turn in the signatures tomorrow, Monday, September 8th, please be in front of the Elections Office at 2850 Fairlane Court, in Placerville by 9am.  We'll take our traditional group photo and then head inside to turn in the signatures.

Also, it is time to start raising funds and awareness for Measure O.   It is going to take some grassroots fundraising to combat the big money that the Chamber of Commerce is spending against our measure and to get voters to understand the importance of our initiative.  Please take a look at our promotional video and spread the word:

Have some fun and make your own video to let others know that we treasure our county and want to preserve it by voting Yes on Measure O.  You can email us the link to your video and we'll post it on our website and Facebook for you, or go directly to our Facebook page and post it yourself: 

Campaign contributions can be made and sent to:
LVC-EDC (Local Voter Control in El Dorado County)
P.O. 1581
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
(If you contribute $100 or more, please provide your Occupation and Employer on the check for Fair Political Practices Commission reporting.)

Or click here to make an online contribution: 

Contributions are not tax-deductible.

Thank you for all your support to get these initiatives on the ballot and to keep El Dorado County rural.

Please attend - Guide for Community Plans, August 26 at 6pm

posted Aug 24, 2014, 1:15 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 24, 2014, 1:15 PM ]

As the number of communities showing interest in creating Community Plans has increased, the county has decided to create a guide for communities to use to create those plans.  Click here to see the Fact Sheet for information about the process and meetings.

The meeting for Shingle Springs is scheduled for:
Tuesday, August 26, 6:00pm 
Discovery Church, Room 3, 
4270 Shingle Springs Drive, Shingle Springs 

Click here to see the county's draft of the Community Planning Guide.  We encourage the public to read the draft and then attend the meeting to give input into the Guide. Our community has already made great progress toward creating a Community Plan. You can see that progress on our website:  

Please attend the meeting to give the county feedback and ask pertinent questions about their draft Guide to ensure that their process does not hinder the work that we've already completed.

Video of District 2 Candidate Forum, August 14, 2014

posted Aug 16, 2014, 6:19 PM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and El Dorado County rural lifestyle supporters,
If you weren't able to make it to the District 2 forum on Thursday, August 14, the video is now available at:   Thank you again to the candidates who participated in the forum.

At the end of the forum we took a poll of the 170 attendees. Here are the results:

Question: At this time, which of the following candidates would you vote for? (Check Only One)

42 George Turnboo

41 Shiva Frentzen

24 Dave Pratt

3 Jennifer Nutting

3 Claire McNeal

1 Chris Amaral

Here is information for the next forum:
Candidate Forum hosted by League of Women Voters
Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Place: Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville
Time: 3:00pm

Information regarding District 2 Candidates for Special Election

posted Aug 6, 2014, 5:06 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 5:07 PM ]

We encourage you to get to know the District 2 candidates as the Special Election on September 9 approaches.  Here is a webpage with our ranking of the candidates based on information that we've gathered to date: 

As you can see on the webpage, we have several well-qualified candidates and it will be up to you to decide who will represent your interests.

Here is your next opportunity to hear from the candidates:

What:       Candidate Forum, hosted by Shingle Springs Community Alliance
Date:        Thursday, August 14, 2014
Place:       Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Drive, Shingle Springs (next to Buckeye Elementary School)
Time:       6:00 to 8:00pm
If you would like to submit a question to ask the candidates at the forum, please send them to to be put into the pool of questions.

More information is available on our website: 

Please attend 8/5/14 Board Meeting at 9:00am

posted Aug 4, 2014, 9:33 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 4, 2014, 9:33 PM ]

Thank you for all of your emails and phone calls to the Board of Supervisors over the past couple of days.

As of 6:00pm on Monday, August 4th, we have not heard from any of the Supervisors that the Reinstate Measure Y (yellow) petition will be on the Tuesday, August 5 agenda.

We have been told that if it is a time sensitive, emergency item, then the Supervisors can vote to put it on the agenda immediately. However, to qualify as an emergency item, there has to be something about the item that was unknown at the time the agenda was posted.

When the agenda was posted on Friday, August 1, the initiative proponents did not know that Supervisor Brigg's son, Alex Briggs, was a consultant for the Region Builders/Fix Local Roads initiative, and was in the Board room during the meeting on July 29. The question has been raised: Why didn't Supervisor Briggs recuse himself from voting on this initiative that is in direct competition with his son's initiative? Another question has been raised: Why didn't Jim Moore divulge that he has worked for Region Builders as a pollster?

Please attend the Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting and raise these questions and push to have this initiative put on the agenda as an emergency item.

Please attend:
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, August 5, Open Forum, 9:00am
Building A, 330 Fair Lane Drive
Placerville, CA 95667

Another good question to ask is: Why was the Reinstate Measure Y (yellow) initiative singled out from the rest of the initiatives?

Thank you!

Update on 1-2-3 Petitions as a result of 7-29-14 Board Meeting

posted Jul 30, 2014, 8:01 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 8:01 PM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and El Dorado County lifestyle supporters,

Here is the latest update on the 1-2-3 petitions.

1.  The Community Region Lines (green) petition's signatures were certified by the Elections Department and received by the Board of Supervisors on 7/29/14.  The BOS decided to put the initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

2.  The Reinstate Measure Y (yellow) petition's signatures were certified by the Elections Department and received by the BOS on 7/29/14.  Despite assurances on May 13th and June 10th that they would not order a 30-day report on our initiatives, the BOS decided to order a 30-day report on the economic impact of the initiative.  Because of the 30-day report, the initiative will not make the cut-off for this year, so it will be on the November 2016 ballot.

3.  The Retain Zoning/Preserve Resources (purple) petition is still a few hundred signatures short from qualifying to be on a ballot.  If we can get a few hundred more signatures by September 9, 2014, then we will take the signatures to the Elections Department and get it on the November 2016 ballot.

A more detailed summary of the 7/29/14 BOS meeting will be sent out in the next few days.

Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance to get these initiatives on the ballot.

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