Friday, April 18, 2014
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El Dorado County growth

EDITOR:

In a column in Jan. 15 edition, “Whack-A-Mole,” Gene Aultshuler reminded us that we, as residents of El Dorado County, must be ever vigilant and continue to fight for the beloved rural lifestyle we all enjoy. Also, the Jan. 15 edition of the Sacramento Bee had an article on slow-growth advocates for our county, by Tony Bizjak. In his article he informed readers that former county supervisor Bill Center, part of a grassroots effort to maintain slow growth in the county, has filed papers with the El Dorado County Elections Office, to place a measure on the November ballot to “Fix Highway 50 traffic first/Keep us Rural.” I for one, applaud this effort and encourage all of us to keep abreast of this effort, and any efforts to the contrary.

It seems that the infinite depth of the developers’ pocketbooks has a way of “encouraging” some, if not all of our elected supervisors to allow rampant housing growth. Highway 50 is and will remain a grade “F” on Caltrans traffic studies. If anyone disputes this (supervisors included), I implore you to traverse the Ponderosa/South Shingle/North Shingle/Duroc/Mother Lode/ Highway 50 east/westbound on- and offramp debacle around 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. I will guarantee you that you will not get through any of these roads in less than four traffic light changes.

If it is this bad now, what is it going to be like with an estimated 6,500 more vehicles on our roads?

This is going to be a long-term battle, folks. We have up to now done a pretty good job of staving off the vultures. We must keep up this massive effort.

JAMES MARSHALL
Shingle Springs

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  • Robert D NollJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:45 am

    well said Mr Marshall

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  • BillJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Another great op piece, Gene! With the launching of the new RCU Initiative to responsibly slow-walk growth, with an emphasis on job creation and boosting the county's economy, the rallying cry should be: "Be Vocal, Shop Local". Measure Y went a long way to keep EDC rural; the new Initiative closes a few loopholes by tying the approval process to real measureable traffic data. Communities are becoming vocal in support. And shopping local will go a long way to sustain our economy, create jobs.

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 22, 2014 - 10:14 am

    If people will follow developer purse strings and see campaign contributions from the Sac/Folsom/EDH developers it will reveal all that is needed to vote the ones on the take out. These developers are after our water for Folsom and Sac County expansion and their profit is always first and they could care less what mess is left for others and who pays for it. They want their extravagant lifestyles to be funded and increased and they want power and bought and paid for candidates. There has been a complete ignoring of M-Y for years and plans to keep it up. Their plans are to dump thousands of vehicles on narrow two lane roads. These projects added to the drought should be suspended until further notice and M-Y strictly enforced as it is the law passed by voters twice now.

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  • Robert D NollJanuary 22, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    keep telling the truth

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