Friday, April 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Logan Building II

EDITOR:

Got a real kick out of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon meeting when Ray Nutting looked out in the audience and said “there’s no one here and this is a big important item,” for which the CAO Terri Daly quipped, “Well that’s because they trust their CAO and staff.” Not hardly, Terri. We don’t trust you.

Staff and the board has quietly and surreptitiously hidden this major acquisition of a 28,000 square foot office building in Placerville from the public by never referring to it’s name, Pioneer Plaza, or its address at 344 Placerville Drive; the CAO has just published the Assessor’s parcel number in the Board of Supervisors agenda and done everything under closed session since March.

This is anything but transparent government and downright sneaky. The county was actually negotiating on this $1,750,000 property in the Fall of 2012, long before being given any direct authority by the board.

Chris Payne, retired county DOT engineer, then got up and warned the board that it had not been successful in the past with certain office building acquisitions, but wouldn’t give any names, and the Board Chairman Ron Briggs seemed to chuckle away. Ha, ha, ha, the Logan Building. The county lost over $1 million on that fiasco, and they say history doesn’t repeat itself? Now the county is renting the Logan Building again for 10 years.

This one should be another blunder, as Russ Fackrell, the current inexperienced facilities manager, is making many of the same mistakes cited in the former Grand Jury reports for the county’s failed acquisition of the Logan Building on acquiring Pioneer Plaza, i.e., making the decision based primarily and solely on low price. Wait? Isn’t that what determined the animal shelter building in Park West?

Pioneer Plaza, with over 30 years of deferred maintenance, lacks enough parking, is not nearly ADA compliant, has no elevator, etc., etc. I can’t wait to see the county’s final price tag on this one after all the true bills come in, especially since it is meant only to temporarily house workers during county remodeling. Why did Russ Fackrell lie to the Board of Supervisors and tell them the building was 40 percent vacant when it is really nearly 100 percent occupied?

Yep, sounds like a real winner to temporarily house employees with a multi-million price tag.

How does this fit in with the County Master Facilities Plan? Oh that’s right, the county doesn’t have one. So all this seat of the pants negotiating, pushing leases far out from the county seat, strange undocumented contractual relationships with a real estate agent named Scott Kingston, big time lease commissions totaling over $400,000 paid to Kingston … And your CAO thinks we trust her? Ha. We don’t trust you as far as we can throw you.

DAN WESTON
Placerville

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 13, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    DAN WESTON, it is true. There is no elevator at 344 Placerville Dr. Perhaps that is because the upper level is accessed by DRIVING UP to the upper level, parking ones car, opening your car door, getting out of your car, walking or wheeling to the appropriate door, opening the door and walking/wheeling into the office.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 13, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    DAN WESTON, are you saying the CAO ought to ignore GJ reports??? LINK - COUNTY LEASED BUILDINGS EXPENDITURE Internal Investigation - GRAND JURY 05-055 - El Dorado County government offices are housed in both county owned and county leased properties. The County pays over $2.2 million a year on leased properties. El Dorado County continues to unnecessarily lease, rather than own, facilities for county departments. The County should aggressively replace leased facilities with owned facilities. - - - MENTAL HEALTH/Admin. - 344 Placerville Drive - Suites 12-18 & 20 - $92,034.00 - - - MENTAL HEALTH - Suite 11 - $14,288.16

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 13, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    LINK - 344 Placerville Drive - a property description absent an "agenda"

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  • EvelynSeptember 10, 2013 - 10:56 am

    EDC Mental Health Dept's Logan Building Raided by State Contractor’s License Board - HERE

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