Signing the plan

Signing the plan

By Letters to the Editor, Mountain Democrat, March 20, 2013

From page A5 | 21 Comments


On March 12, I was shocked to watch the Board of Supervisors sign off on regionalizing our economy to an unelected group of “volunteers” — mostly from Sacramento — promoting what they call the “Next Economy.”

Previously I had attended one of the Next Economy sessions in which they broke us into predetermined “cluster sectors.” Each sector discussed re-branding Sacramento. I participated in the Ag Sector. They were not too happy when I suggested they were better off financially when they were a “cow town.” Generally speaking it was a very uncomfortable meeting. There were people there who have lost their economy and do not seem to understand or accept an economy that is not subsidized by the government.

Next Economy came to my attention again when the City of Placerville signed a resolution to implement the “plan.” Later I asked the city manager, “Why would the city sign this resolution when the plan was ‘yet to be determined?’ He stated, “It is not an action plan, just collaboration for support.” This was the Placerville resolution: “BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Placerville endorses the Next Economy Regional Prosperity Plan and authorizes the City Manager to actively engage in shaping and implementing the plan and to integrate it, as appropriate, into the City’s economic development activities.” The resolution is almost identical to the one the county just passed, a boiler plate resolution which came directly from the Next Economy.

Besides the “Call To Action” statement at the top of the plan, the plan is full of action words; it asks for “champions” to be coordinating, building, leveraging, fostering, encouraging, pursuing, mobilizing, establishing, priority, educating, aligning, obtaining, enacting, tracking and examining implementation measures in the plan.

Verbiage from the “plan:” “This Prosperity Plan sets the stage to transform the Region’s economy by mobilizing leaders around a common playbook for action.” Basically it appears that this private-public partnership will be the collective power to determine the winners and losers. This plan is to regionalize our economy. Regionalization takes responsibility and accountability away from local governance and gives it to an unelected special interest group which the public cannot hold accountable. One of this plan’s objectives removes local regulations and adopts State and Federal regulations in order to streamline an, as yet, unidentified agenda.

If our government agents want to hang out with these people — just to be inclusive or whatever — then go ahead, but I asked them please not to sign onto a plan that had not even been revealed.

I would like to live in a county where I feel safe to do business and make investments in my community and not be classified by an unaccountable force to make sure I fit into a pre-determined “cluster.” Such “clusters” cut the heart out of individualism, turning us into an elitist-ruled collective.



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    • Foaming at the MouthMarch 18, 2013 - 10:56 pm

      • How's your investment down on Main Street coming, Sue? Talk about a cluster! Talk is cheap, including "action" words.

    • Sue TaylorMarch 19, 2013 - 12:29 am

      • Foaming.. if you seriously want to have a chat about were we are with the Hangman Building, then come and ask me. I'm not that hard to find.

    • Foaming at the MouthMarch 19, 2013 - 12:01 pm

      • Tell me here, so everyone can see. Work was to start after the holidays. Which holidays? If it falls down tomorrow, are you insured? How do you think today's eyesore affects the business climate on Main Street?

    • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 19, 2013 - 12:32 pm

      • foaming at the mouth...diversion..." One Globe Corporation (OGC) is a sustainable infrastructure company that develops replicable, scalable solutions for global sustainability. Our projects power a ripple of economic, environmental, equality and entrepreneurial initiatives that ultimately help communities and countries realize long-term prosperity." Either you already know of these connections--or you are believing in a friend--because of hard times. Just read. Start any where and follow the links. Really some good ideas--but it has already been tainted by greed and power. ( I have lots of links--I never show all my cards.)

    • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 19, 2013 - 12:37 pm


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    • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 19, 2013 - 1:03 pm

      • The new economy. I did not vote for any group to make decisions for myself or my grandson--and its his future.

    • EvelynMarch 19, 2013 - 2:53 pm

      • To have identified the Next Economy resolutions that came before both City and County as just “collaboration for support” is misleading. Both City and County signed on to implementing an action plan presumably unknown to themselves and certainly unknown to their constituents at the time of signing. The Next Economy Capital Region Prosperity Plan (HERE) has just now become available. Probably, however, much of it remains invisible to the public. For example, on (numbered) pg.62 we find “(Solutions for streamlining)”, “Coordinate marketing efforts)” and “(Execute on [sic] action plan)”. These seem to represent unpublished information. The center of power is being moved outward, beyond our reach and ken. Government is being regionalized. We will be regulated and reshaped to meet the needs of powerful special interest lobbyists. And we will pay for the privilege.

    • EvelynMarch 19, 2013 - 3:12 pm

      • Foaming: You think Sue Taylor is obliged to answer to someone whose bravado resides in calling himself "Foaming"? See you around!

    • Foaming at the MouthMarch 19, 2013 - 3:19 pm

      • Evelyn - She has no answers. Like me, she's all talk.

    • EvelynMarch 19, 2013 - 3:53 pm

      • Speak for yourself, Foaming! Having talked to Sue Taylor, I disagree that she has no answers. Take her up on her offer and speak to her directly. You may be surprised.

    • EvelynMarch 19, 2013 - 4:29 pm

      • "Wall Street Giants – JP Morgan and SAC – Hauled Up On Fraud Allegations" HERE ********** Why post bank fraud here? ANSWER: I'm reminded of our Mayor's reassurance that she knows some of the Next Economy's proponents and that she trusts them. Unfortunately, trust minus accountability time and again proves shaky ground -- at best. Bernie Madoff's investors trusted Bernie. Thousands lost $Billions.

    • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 19, 2013 - 5:48 pm

      • this is a must read--date 2010

    • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 19, 2013 - 6:03 pm


    • cookie65March 20, 2013 - 11:43 am

      • Replacing individualism with collectivism is the brass ring. It goes with that old saying, losing a freedom is easy, getting it back is another story.

    • EvelynMarch 21, 2013 - 8:42 am

      • "Next Economy Partnership Project One Pager July 2011" - HERE********** We are being led by the nose.

    • EvelynMarch 21, 2013 - 8:52 am

      • "Partnership for a NEW AMERICAN ECONOMY", which includes Microsoft, Boeing, News Corp, Walt Disney Co. & Marriott Intl -- Ever wonder why a new hotel materializes out of every "visioning" session? -- is mastering our "Next Economy". - HERE

    • MelodyMarch 21, 2013 - 10:03 am

      • In the words of Tom Sullivan, "If you don't put in your two cents worth, how can you expect CHANGE?" Excellent observations Sue!! Kudos also to Evelyn for her comments during Tuesday's BOS Open Forum on the same topic. It dovetailed perfectly to my presentation regarding National Sunshine Week - Open Government is Good Government.

    • EvelynMarch 28, 2013 - 9:07 am

      • Conference - DESIGN MANAGEMENT EUROPE: "designing the Next Economy" (Madrid, 23-25 April 2013) HERE "Join us for a global conversation on how design is changing the game for business, education and the public sector." ********** Folks, our Board of Supervisors has signed us up for something neither they nor we understand. It's time to begin doing some serious homework.