Against gifting developers

By From page A5 | January 11, 2013


I’m appalled by Supervisors Sweeney and Knight and all of the BOS gifting developer Mr. Grado with future public funds. This is the same Mr. Grado who proposed building a Burger King across from Herbert Green School, and sits on the City of Placerville’s economic development committee. Does he have our kids and residents interests at heart or his own special interests? This new connector road will insure that further development of proposed projects and unnecessary retail space will continue. I’m concerned about this county losing its rural and agricultural character and being turned into one strip mall after another. The argument used in favor of this project is it will prevent our tax money revenue being spent down the hill, but as we push this development, we start to look like down the hill, and will lose far more than we gain. Do we invite big box and chain stores or do we build on our historical and rural roots? Those of us who moved here ask what happened to the oaks in Oakland, the walnuts in Walnut Creek and the pleasant in Pleasanton. Let’s work at keeping the gold in El Dorado.


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