Apr 13

Contact information for El Dorado County Board of Supervisors

Always copy  the clerk as well listed below when sending in public comment to BOS

Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650, bosone@edcgov.us
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651, bostwo@edcgov.us
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652, bosthree@edcgov.us
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513, bosfour@edcgov.us
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577, bosfive@edcgov.us
Board of Supervisors’ Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board: edc.cob@edcgov.us

Apr 08

Director Alan Day’s response for voting to sell EID Water to WWD

In answer to your question, sometimes you have to do the right thing, even though not everyone understands and you take flak. I’m used to it :) Yes, EID has offered to transfer/sell some water to Westlands. Not my first choice, or my favorite people but they offered the most and you can’t discriminate against people just ’cause you don’t like ‘em. Plus, we have a duty to get the most for the people in our district. California water rights, water law, water rules and regulations are complex, convoluted and can be confusing. In addition there are issues of storage, storage location, access locations, etc. Here’s the bottom line: this water, that might be transferred (not a sure thing), could not be used by us this year as things stand now. If we didn’t transfer/sell it we would lose it, get nothing for it as it flowed past us … so, better to try to get something rather than be left with nothing. We have not sold our water rights, let alone our birthright. It is a possible one year transfer, that is all. These sorts of short term transfers are common place throughout the state. Here is a test: by not transferring/selling it could we, the people of El Dorado County, have used more water in our homes, in our yards? The answer is no. We will not get to use more, or less, water because of this potential, one year, transfer. Hard as it is to understand it has no affect. So again, better to get something, possibly millions of dollars for our people, rather then be left with nothing. A further test: this current EID Board is rarely unanimous when it comes to important things, yet this vote was unanimous. I’ve voted, stood alone or been in the minority on this board many a time. If I thought this was bad for us I’d say so and would have voted so.

Mar 31

United Democrats April Meeting!

The United Democrats of El Dorado County will be holding their April meeting on Thursday, April 23rd, at the Placerville Denny’s.  Our speaker will be Mike Patterson from the California Teachers Association.  Mike will be speaking to us about the numerous issues facing education in California today.


Apr 18

May 7 Briefing on Water & the Drought in El Dorado County

“Out Here, Whiskey’s For Drinkin’ … and Water’s for Fightin’ Over”

As the above quote by Mark Twain jokes, water is a hot topic and will become more so as we move into summer – and as the drought continues. Sierra Foothill Democrats are hosting a community-wide, non-partisan, town hall meeting to discuss water issues of concern to us all. Here is an opportunity to hear two perspectives (statewide and local) on our water problems; how we got here, where we’re at and what the future may hold.
David Abelson, an environmental attorney, former Deputy Attorney General for California, will present a brief history on water in California.
Alan Day, a member of the EID Board of Directors and a Director on the El Dorado Water and Power Authority, will discuss our county’s current water issues and what the future may hold.
Time will be provided for questions and answers. You are invited to attend this very important and informative community town hall meeting:

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Cameron Park Community Services District
 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

To make the most of our time together, and to ensure your questions/concerns are addressed, please email any water questions you may have to:
Charlet Burcin at charlet331@gmail.com
For all other questions, please contact
Chris Berry, Chair
Sierra Foothills Democratic Club
(916) 337-6049

Apr 15

El Dorado County General Plan Briefing

The El Dorado County General Plan and
Zoning Ordinance Amendments:
Facts and Fiction

The County Board of Supervisors is preparing to approve amendments to our general plan and zoning ordinances that could significantly affect how properties, neighborhoods, region boundaries, and open spaces are designated. Don’t be fooled, these amendments could negatively impact zoning, traffic, open space, noise, water – all of which shape the quality of life we now enjoy. The current rural nature of the towns of El Dorado, Diamond Springs, Camino, Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, Shingle Springs, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and others are being threatened.

A community town hall meeting to discuss these issues will be held on:

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Cameron Park Community Services District
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Come learn how the amendments affect traffic, zoning, open space, and more. Forward this to a friend and help spread the word (flyer attached).

Sponsored by:
Citizens for Responsible Development in El Dorado Hills www.citizens4sensibledevelopment.org
Save Our County www.saveourcounty.net

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Apr 15

The El Dorado County General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments: Facts and Fiction Mtng.4/29

Come to hear whether it is fact or fiction on amending El Dorado County General Plan (the blueprint for our county government) .  Does the BOS have to approve these amendments? These amendments could impact traffic, noise, water,zoning, open space,and our quality of life.  Wednesday, April 29th, 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. at Cameron Park Community Services District, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park.  Bring a friend and spread the word!

Apr 06

Next Steps for the Sign Ordinance

The next steps for the Sign Ordinance by the Planning Commission will be on May 28th at 2850 Fairlane Ct, Placerville.

Mar 27

What’s Happening on the Divide?

There’s always something going on at the Pilot Hill Grange. Check out our updated calendar on our web page….http://pilothillgrange.org/calendar. Lots of cool things going on in April…GPUD water workshop with GPUD GM, Home Business Workshop, Emergency Prep workshop (tomorrow) and Cub Scouts Pine Box Derby, Zumba. And, of course, B I N G O, every second and fourth Tuesday. Learn * Share * Grow * Thrive.

Mar 25

Proposed Sign Ordinance Taking Testimony

Charlet Jean Nalbach Burcin Posted on FMF Chat

This Thursday, March 25, the El Dorado County Planning Commission will take testimony on a proposed sign ordinance for El Dorado County, and then make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. You should be aware that this proposed sign ordinance likely negatively affects Cameron Park more than other El Dorado County communities; and, more importantly, it ignores what Cameron Park residents have said about improving the appearance of our community.

Among other disturbing issues, the proposed sign ordinance allows for unnecessarily tall signs — as tall as 60 feet (compare to a 6-story building) and 20-foot-high signs (equal to the height of a 2-story building) along some roadways. The Arco Sign at Cambridge and Highway 50 is 40 feet high. Even most urban cities do not allow signs that are as tall as those proposed for our county. Certain Highway 50-oriented signs that meet proposed height and area criteria could be installed with no public review other than to make sure that required size and setbacks are met. As proposed, there could be no judgment made as to how this sign fits in with its surroundings, conflicts with it, or diverts attention from the roadway.

This proposed sign ordinance is an affront to our community. Attractive signs that are in front of businesses and which do not exceed 6 feet high are more readily and easily viewed by the motoring public and are more attractive. For comparison purposes, can you imagine reading a 20-high stop sign? That would be so very unnecessary and not as effective as if it were lower. Signs can contribute in a more positive way to community identity than what is proposed.

For the proposed sign ordinance, the County hired an outside consultant to prepare an Environmental Impact Report. The report indicates that, other than digital signs, the proposed sign ordinance will not have a significant negative aesthetic impact on the County. The Environmental Impact Report even compares us to Rancho Cordova, saying that community allows 60 foot signs. What a comparison. Should we start looking like Rancho Cordova!? Well, we all know what sign clutter can only degrade the appearance of a community and that additional numerous tall signs could further contribute to blight our rural-type atmosphere that we enjoy.

The proposed sign ordinance is posted on-line at http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/Sign_Ordinance_Update.aspx . Please contact the Planning Commissioners and members of the Board of Supervisors to express your displeasure of the proposed sign ordinance.