EDITOR (and Mr. Daley):
Your coverage of the billboard moratorium was great. I was disappointed that you didn’t have an additional article to accompany it regarding the three billboards that were approved by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors earlier on the same day. You would be doing the public a great service by informing them of how our county leaders are failing us and letting lawyers govern our communities.
The three billboards are a perfect example of this government by litigation. Did you know that the Planning Department missed important deadlines in the application process for the billboards so the applicant threatened to sue for damages? Did you know that the board decided that instead of denying the billboards and protecting the scenic beauty of El Dorado County, it approved them because it would be too expensive to defend against the lawsuit?
Bottom line: Our county made serious processing mistakes and then got bullied by a lawsuit because of those errors. This is not the first time that this type of legal bullying has happened. I would really appreciate it if you, or anyone on the Mountain Democrat staff, did a thorough investigation into how often and how many county decisions are made by error and litigation. The public needs to know.