Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Logan building insanity

EDITOR: Insanity is often said to be doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Perhaps the new faces in the El Dorado County government office need to familiarize themselves with the 2000-2001 Grand Jury report regarding the County of El Dorado’s former ill-conceived acquisition and desperate disposition of the Logan Building in light of the County’s current desire to potentially lease and occupy space there again.

Some highlights of the Grand Jury’s 2000-2001 findings regarding the Logan Building in Diamond Springs are:

The county previously lost somewhere between $800,000 and $1 million on this property through its poor acquisition and subsequent disposition along with six-figures of wasted county personnel time.

That the interior of the building was not configured in a manner that would accommodate the county’s needs, without the existence of substantial wasted space.

The Logan Building had been built to serve a single-purpose facility. It was constructed as a special-use building and not for the purpose of being sold, subdivided, leased or otherwise marketed to others.

The county ignored the major American with Disabilities Act impacts of the building’s design, as the building lacks an elevator and parking.

The building was to be occupied by Tim Logan Construction Co. solely, with stairways as the only access to the upper floor.

The floor-tile covering most of the middle floor of the building, while obviously luxurious and expensive, is unsuited to traffic by the public. Tile floors constitute a potentially dangerous condition as to which the county will be exposed to dangerous slip-and-fall litigation.

The Logan Building is located in a remote area of Diamond Springs which is already subject to significant traffic congestion, and the adaptation of the building to county uses will exacerbate that problem. Current traffic models show a Level “F” service in the area.

The Grand Jury found that the county would probably spend substantially over another $1 million to reconfigure and remodel the building to suit the county’s needs back in the year 2000.

Is the county looking to make the same mistake twice?

CLAUDE JOHNSON

Placerville

Letters to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 6 comments

  • EvelynApril 05, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    For anyone interested, HERE is the 2000-2001 GJ Report, "Acquisition and Use of the Logan Building and Related Property".

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Dink LaneApril 05, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Why do you think the BoS agreed to buy the building -- In TOTAL secrecy? Because the owner (I heard the widow was a friend of theirs) couldn't sell it on the market with these problems.... As Usual.... Or Financially Conservative [in name only] Republicans decided the TAXPAYERS could foot the bill..... Don't you just love it?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampApril 06, 2013 - 5:24 am

    DAMN! - Déjà vu all over again.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 06, 2013 - 8:35 am

    FINDINGS (F75): GJ Report, Logan Building - "The BOS, as a group, did not tour or otherwise view the Logan Building prior to authorizing its purchase. Some, but not all, of the members of the BOS did view it on an individual basis. At least one of the members of the BOS, however, never saw the Logan Building before voting to authorize its purchase."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 06, 2013 - 8:59 am

    RECOMMENDATIONS (R2): GJ Report, Logan Building - "No resolution or other action by the BOS authorizing the purchase by the County of real property, or of any building or other facility involving an expenditure of county funds totaling $100,000 or more, should be adopted or taken unless and until each member of the BOS, either individually or together with the BOS as a group, has personally viewed the property, building or facility.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 06, 2013 - 9:02 am

    RECOMMENDATIONS (R5): GJ Report, Logan Building - "Where the County is engaged in complicated real estate negotiations, it should . . . not permit its interest in real estate negotiations to be represented jointly with the interests of any other party to those negotiations."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    News

    Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

    By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

     
    Past due state taxes bring arrest

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 9 Comments

     
    Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Woman, dog back from Oso

    By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 9 Comments | Gallery

     
     
     
    DA candidate to remain on ballot

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

    Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

    By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

     
    CPCSD seat unfilled

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

    Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

    By News Release | From Page: A14, 6 Comments

     
    .

    Letters

    District 4 candidate

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 35 Comments

     
    Open meetings

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

    Volunteers and homeless camps

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 76 Comments

     
    Bicycle events and traffic control

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 7 Comments

    Evacuation

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

     
    .

    Sports

    Jennings wins national title

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

    By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    King of the West roars into Placerville

    By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

     
    First and goal: Bunt etiquette

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

    Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

     
    Roundup: April 17, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    .

    Prospecting

    Plantastic sale this Saturday

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Things to do: April 18, 2014

    By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

    Spring art brightens government center

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Student art featured for Third Saturday

    By News Release | From Page: B3

    Time out: A grand time at Grand China

    By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

    By News Release | From Page: B3

    Promenade in high style

    By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

     
    Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

    By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

    Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

    By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

     
    Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

    See what is inside the vault

    By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

     
    Eggstravaganza

    By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

    Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

     
    Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

    By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

    Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

     
    Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

    Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

     
    Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

    By California Stage | From Page: B8

    KVIE calls for artists

    By Kvie | From Page: B9

     
    A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

    By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

    America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

    By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

     
    See wildflowers on train ride

    By Railtown | From Page: B15

    Easter at Northstar is family friendly

    By Northstar California | From Page: B15

     
    Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

    By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

    .

    Essentials

    Crime Log: March 28-30

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Arthur W. Cornell

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Roy Cluness Chaix

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Frederick Wilbur Heymann

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    .

    Real Estate

    Faster sales with spring staging

    By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

     
    Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

    Press Release | From Page: HS7

    Handsome Redmond suits modern families

    Press Release | From Page: HS11

     
    Growing your own

    By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

     
    Fraud workshop scheduled

    Press Release | From Page: HS21

    HCD launches assistance program

    Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

     
    EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

    By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

    .

    Comics

    Rubes

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    Tundra

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

    TV Listings

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    Sudoku

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

    Speed Bump

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    Working It Out

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

    Shoe

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    New York Times Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

    Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

     
    Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

    Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

     
    .

    Home Source

    Faster sales with spring staging

    By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

    Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

    Press Release | From Page: HS7

    Handsome Redmond suits modern families

    Press Release | From Page: HS11

    Growing your own

    By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

    Fraud workshop scheduled

    Press Release | From Page: HS21

    HCD launches assistance program

    Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

    EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

    By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments