Monday, April 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

City double standards

EDITOR:

I watched the Placerville City Council meeting regarding the Hangtown Haven’s request for an extension of its Temporary Use Permit and the discrimination that followed by certain members of the audience and the city council. The council members and city attorney Driscoll made the case for closing this much-needed community resource in these trying economic times for people that need a little help by talking out of both of their mouths.

The basic premise by Borelli, Driscoll and the rest of the council was that the Hangtown Haven was basically a sea monkey experiment gone bad and designed to statutorily expire after its one-year Temporary Use Permit ran its course and couldn’t be renewed; however, the city has several times renewed the Temporary Use Permits on other projects in town that do not meet the city development standards and also violate public health and safety — in fact, with the same property owner.

The city has gone as far as to co-conspire, collude and rubber stamp two illegal commercial parking lot developments after the fact on Briw Road with Temporary Use Permits and then annually renew them each year. The city in fact did so with the same underlying property owner of the Hangtown Haven, Barry Wilkinson, on this other property he owns on Briw Road, where the county Health and Human Services Department is located. For several years now, the city council has continued to renew a Temporary Use Permit for Wilkinson, et al for illegally constructed dirt/gravel parking lots and storage containers built for the county to handle an overflow of parking that clearly do not meet the City Development standards or codes and violate public health and safety — the same arguments used by the city council Tuesday night to deny the current Hangtown Haven on a property owned by the same property owner. And just like the Haven, there are no sidewalks on Briw Road. Discrimination you might say? I found the council’s use of the public safety argument not only disingenuous, but downright dishonest, deceitful and duplicitous.

I think Barry Wilkinson has done a tremendous job with trying to help the homeless, but I find it disingenuous for the city council to sit there and talk out of both sides of their mouths while splitting hairs about the time limits of Temporary Use Permits, alleged violation of city standards, etc., as I’ve now watched them extend another one year Temporary Use Permit for six years.

This is the same city council that selectively, arbitrarily and capriciously grants renewals of Temporary Use Permits year after year on Mr. Wilkinson’s dirt/gravel commercial parking lot developments on Briw Road property that benefit the county of El Dorado and yet seeks to deny the Temporary Use Permit extension that benefits the homeless — especially when the property owner is one in the same, smacks of discrimination.

Further, for the council to tout that the city has development standards and needs to follow them is laughable.

I think Legal Services of California may have one heck of a federal case of discrimination. Shame on you city council members.

LEE ANDERSON
Placerville

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Discussion | 14 comments

  • kggNovember 20, 2013 - 8:22 am

    thank you lee for sharing this information.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Homeless Persons Have Rights, Too. http://civil-rights.lawyers.com/human-rights/Homeless-Persons-Have-Rights-Too.html

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Lawyers Working to End Homelessness http://tinyurl.com/mnstlgp

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 8:52 am

    "Grand Juries are appointed by the local State Superior Court of California and serve as … investigative bodies. Civil grand juries are empowered to inquire into alleged criminal acts … within the County; examine fiscal and management practices in County government, … departments, cities and special districts; and to investigate allegations of misconduct of any … public office or officer within the … ..." File a report--enough people file...makes a difference

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 8:53 am

    File an Action Request https://www.edcgov.us/GrandJury/

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 8:55 am

    As an independent arm of the court the primary mission of the Grand Jury (Jury) is to represent the Public’s interest including, but not limited to, concerns regarding: County government City government Special districts Local school districts (financial, not curriculum) Annual inspection of the adult jail and juvenile facilities Review adult jail and juvenile facilities policy and procedures Inspection of county buildings Prepare public reports about findings and recommendations Off BOS site....Local Government can be recalled. People decide.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 9:01 am

    Procedure for Recalling State and Local Officials http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/procedure-for-recalls.htm

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  • Gaspen AspenNovember 20, 2013 - 9:07 am

    "dishonest, deceitful and duplicitous." Sounds like Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 20, 2013 - 9:09 am

    awwwww...but if it is true...and people dont fight back--they are part of the problem. doesnt matter how it is worded.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 21, 2013 - 5:45 am

    Mr. Anderson, what is your alternate solution to the Brew Rd. parking needs?

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  • cookie65November 21, 2013 - 7:09 am

    Phil, check this out. http://twistedsifter.com/2013/11/single-thread-wrapped-around-thousands-of-nails-kumi-yamashita/

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  • cookie65November 21, 2013 - 6:53 am

    Is anyone else curious about the logic of individuals who support the government at every level determining what individuals can do with their private property getting butthurt when the power they grant the government gets exercised in a fashion they don't approve of? I think the founders made a point or two about limitations on government for a reason.

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  • cookie65November 21, 2013 - 8:22 am

    I see the word "discrimination" offered in this letter. Perhaps the most overused word in the American political lexicon. It is used much the same way as the word "controversial". Both of these words have been adopted to gain a reaction that bypasses the presumption of innocence. The second to the last sentence puts a spotlight on why it has become such a useful word. It can be thrown around with abandonment and leave an intended impression of a person or group intentionally and maliciously denying equal opportunity, rights, representation, and even special treatment. It doesn't require any substance or verification. We know this because it is always used in a threatening fashion. A means of forcing one party's will on another party. It is a highly destructive word, but again destruction is what follows those who profit off of such words. jesse jackson owes his personal fortune to it. And the cost has been a greater difficulty for certain groups to find employment out of fear on the part of the employer to have to deal with the charge of "discrimination" should the employment not work out. Feeding off the destruction of people.

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  • cookie65November 21, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Speaking of double standards and controversial. Who remembers the school of fish collectively wanting to hurl themselves from highrise windows over something some guy on the radio said about a woman who publicizes her promiscuity? Nothing but crickets though over what comes from the hip hop industry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_6I089_mrE

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