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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.