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Michael Ranalli ran an advertisement stating that he will keep El Dorado County rural and protect the peaceful quality of life residents enjoy. He also has a list of supporters that appear to make him look like a good choice for District 4 Supervisor. One should look at his advertisement and see if it speaks the truth.
Michael and his supporters’ vision for keeping our county rural is that certain types of growth can only occur within specific boundaries regardless of the zoning of the land. Those boundaries require that future growth be packed into communities along the Highway 50 corridor. If someone chose their home based on the fact the surrounding property is zoned for 5-acre parcels leading them to believe there will no high-density housing near them, they may be in for a surprise. If that land is within an urban boundary, it may be targeted to be switched to higher-density development of up to eight homes per acre or up to 30 units per acre depending on the zoning approval. How? Micheal Ranalli’s involvement with LUPPU, inspired to update the General Plan to allow higher-density housing than currently allowed in the General Plan.
Michael Ranalli has repeatedly supported the concept of keeping boundary lines so that high-density growth is concentrated in areas that may or may not be appropriate or desirable by residents. This is probably why he hasn’t spoken up against the large developments in Shingle Springs, Cameron Park or El Dorado Hills, slated for 6,700 homes.
Michael Ranalli has touted himself as the coordinator of the county’s Regulatory Reform (Reg. Reform) which is a subcommittee of CEDAC (Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee). Reg. Reform was formed to streamline regulations that stifle Economic Opportunities within the county. CEDAC was formed to advise the Board of Supervisors on economic development.
There is a requirement that governs public agencies to give advance notice of the subject matter of a meeting to allow the public to participate. Reg. Reform failed to publish its meeting agenda to the public. When it was revealed in early 2013 that Reg. Reform was violating the open meeting law, also known as the Brown Act, Michael Ranalli failed to bring the group into compliance with the law. As coordinator of Reg. Reform and Vice Chairperson of CEDAC, he was and is in a position to bring about the needed changes to stop the group from their illegal activities. Michael failed. The problem I have is if a potential elected county official turns a blind eye to the illegal actions of a committee he’s associated with, what can residents expect if he is seated as a county official?
While his list of supporters appears to be impressive, take a closer look at what they represent. MaryAnn Argyres is one of Michael’s largest supporters. She is the chairperson of CEDAC and has stated that she preferred the way Reg. Reform was run and did not want to make any changes to bring its activities into compliance with the Brown Act. MaryAnn is also the principal officer of El Dorado County Voters for Local Control (EDCVLC). (Not to be confused with LVC-EDC, Local Voter Control of El Dorado County, sponsors of the 1-2-3 petitions.) MaryAnn’s group is responsible for several of the full-page ads attacking the local petitions. If one takes a close look at their Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC) paperwork, one will see that EDCVLC placed over $27,000 in advertisements in the Mountain Democrat and received $20,000 in polling services from Parker Development and affiliates, the developer of Serrano in El Dorado Hills and proposed Marble Valley. Parker Development and affiliates is pushing for higher-density residential development within this county.
Parker Development is also an integral part of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s general manager, Laurel Brent-Bumb, is a supporter of Michael Ranalli’s campaign. Kirk Bone of Parker Development is also a member of both the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee. Do we as county residents believe it possible for Laurel Brent-Bumb to be unbiased in her position as general manager of the EDCCC given that Kirk Bone is one of the most politically-connected and influential entities in the county?
All of these aforementioned groups aligned with Michael Ranalli are pushing for the revised, higher-density, developer-influenced General Plan.
County residents have grown tired of the double talk, cronyism and status quo within county government. There are far better candidates for supervisor that are not tainted by association with developers and outside interests.