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Here it comes. A new developer front group called “El Dorado County Voters for Local Control” bought full page ads in the Mountain Democrat last week.
The message in the developer’s ad says, “Don’t sign petitions that turn over county planning to Caltrans bureaucrats.” That‘s quite a stretch. The actual language in our Fix Highway 50 First/Keep Us Rural Initiative reads as follows:
“If Caltrans determines that traffic on any Highway 50 road segment west of the city of Placerville has reached, or is forecast to reach, Level of Service F (LOS F equals stop-and-go, gridlock) during weekday, peak-hour commute periods, then the county shall not approve single-family detached housing subdivisions of five or more parcels until cumulative Highway 50 traffic levels are improved and stay below LOS F.”
That’s the actual policy language: 62 words. Our initiative simply prohibits the county from approving more large housing subdivisions of five or more parcels if Caltrans (using its electronic traffic sensors) determines there is insufficient Highway 50 capacity. Period. It doesn’t turn over county planning to Caltrans.
Voters should know these newspaper ads are being paid for by Parker Development (Serrano) which is proposing to build 5,000 more homes in the west county — which our ballot measure would stop. The names behind this newspaper ad are Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee members. Guess what? Parker Development’s government affairs director Kirk Bone is the president of the Chamber’s PAC group.
It is disappointing to see that agricultural leaders Maryanne Argyres and Christa Campbell are part of the developer’s front group. Where do they think water for all this new development will come from?
DON VAN DYKE
Member of Rural Communities United