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Too much El Dorado Hills

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From page A5 | April 08, 2013 |

EDITOR: Again, a large housing development is looming in El Dorado Hills — and amazingly it is right where the beautiful, public golf course was located a few short years ago. Makes one wonder what came first, the offer of a major developer to buy the land, or the closure of the course. How long has all this been in the works? The public will never know — so many decisions are made over coffee (and money) and leave no trail. Big business always seems to win.

A major concern should be, where is the water coming from? All we hear from EID is conserve, conserve, conserve, which is evidently being done well — witness the brown summer lawns (or could it be no one can afford the ever increasing rates?). “Miscalculations” of EID years back sent us from a moratorium of no building to mass building as Serrano and multiple other developments appeared. Seems to me that there is an ever present concern for drought as the snow pack varies yearly, and yet thousands of new people could soon be sharing our water supply?

Streets and freeways are overcrowded and frustratingly slow. Smog is moving into the foothills. More and more we are resembling L.A. and Orange County.

Does the “increased tax base” really compensate for the loss of what makes El Dorado County great — our rural lifestyle surrounded by nature at its best? Are our county supervisors and planners carrying out the will of the people? What does it take to stop this rampant growth? Public meetings to solicit input are a joke as it is rather a given — decisions have already been made. Do we have any voice these days?

KATHERINE ALLEN
Diamond Springs

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