We all like to see people make it, like Greg Prada, a “Valley boy” who chose El Dorado County to apply his efforts in development of our beloved county. Like Greg, I spent my childhood in the Valley gazing at the Sierras in admiration. I don’t know Greg, but I heard him speak a couple of times and hope his basic values and motivation affect him in an El Dorado way. As far as I know, Greg has worked with local officials and commissions in past projects and future planned development. I’m not an architect, in fact I’m not much of an expert on much, however, I am an active resident and live the past “rights and wrongs” of El Dorado County.
Since we moved here, we have seen thousands of Equity Emigrants use and sometimes abuse our laid-back lifestyle. Not sure if we have taken our county too lightly or speculators just see an opportunity to grab profit and run. On the surface, I wish Greg and all well-intended developers and planners the best of luck enhancing our future. If there was one thing I would like to see from all of us is to remember the things in your last effort that you would do differently in your next project.
Too bad my very good friend, Ed Murray, moved out of state but he makes an excellent example. Years ago, Ed was having trouble meeting the city requirements for the number of parking spaces required for the Buttercup Restaurant, so he convinced the Planning Commission that if he designed “compact car” spaces, he could meet the spaces required, and he was “in fact” planning for future compact cars that would be on the road. So every time I pull into Buttercup in my pick-up I think of Ed. We all make mistakes. A good planner learns from his mistakes.