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Prior to World War II there were a great number of Americans who thought that the U.S. should have an isolationist policy towards the war.
President Franklin Roosevelt executed otherwise using the Lend/Lease program with Winston Churchill to bolster the English defenses. It was not until Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec.7, 1941 and then Germany declaring war on the U.S. four days later that the U.S. isolationists began changing their minds about the threat from Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.
Now, what has this got to do with El Dorado County? We have a great number of isolationists among us. They seem to think that if we “totally stop growth of any kind” that we will achieve nirvana and we can live lives of quiet desperation. Oops, quiet desperation? I thought it was just nice quiet living. Nope, it is quiet desperation.
Here are the major issues if these petitions are successful in getting on the ballot:
1. No new projects will be approved, just a home here and there in the rural regions.
2. Projects that are already approved and/or being built, will be coming to completion within the next four years.
3. County income from new projects will cease for a period of 20 years.
4. The county receives a little less than $30,000 per new home permit. This total receipts from this fee will decrease drastically.
5. Measure Y receives a little less than $30,000 per new home permit. This total receipts from this fee will decrease drastically and the state will be trying to find $295 billion for transportation infrastructure needs through 2021. Did I say potholes?
6. El Dorado Irrigation District will be impacted also. Its fees will be severely constricted but “they can still bill you.”
7. Any new projects approved after the 20-year hiatus will take about 5-plus years to get to permit stage. Did I say 2040?
8. How will the county continue to pay for its libraries, and other valuable county services?
9. How will the county pay for ambulance services?
10. Will the county be able to financially help fire services?
11. When we have no new students for our schools how many teachers will face layoff?
12. Proposition 13 taxes do not cover all county expenses and the county will have no fallback position such as increased sales tax revenues or the aforementioned fee revenue.
13. I have not written about the effect this will have on agriculture or vineyards but certainly they will be affected also.
14. If you have a child or grandchild who is 16 they will be 42 when we start building again. Their children may be teenagers.
This should give you a reasonable insight to the petition gatherers’ actual goals. It really is “No Growth Isolationism.”
In closing, if an isolationist writes in about this, please use your intellect and not Saul Alinsky’s and his instructional book, “Rules for Radicals.” After all, just saying the statements are stupid or the writer is stupid really doesn’t help our citizenry understand the issues at all. Use your intellect, rise to the challenge, tell us about the prosperity you predict.
Remember, “Just Say No, to Potholes and Sprawl…”
El Dorado Hills