Monday, July 21, 2014

Mutual respect in EDC

From page A5 | May 30, 2014 |


How many times have you heard El Dorado County Business Owners and the chambers of commerce asking us to shop local? Don’t drive down the hill to shop elsewhere. You can find everything you need right here in your community. I lost count of the amount of “shop local” campaigns that I have personally supported and I’m sure I am not alone. We all should make an effort to patronize our community businesses first because, that’s what being part of a community is all about.

Well now “We the Community” need your help? I will try to make this story short and to the point. This is a sad but true account of events that have taken place while the local volunteers for the 1-2-3 Green-Yellow-Purple petitions have been collecting signatures to get these three initiatives on the November ballot. I want to preface this by saying these volunteers are part of your community. We are your neighbors. We live and shop here and some of us work here. We are trying to “Protect Your Rural Lifestyle and Quality of Life” from big development trying to come in and mow over El Dorado County and urbanize it like they did in Folsom, Elk Grove and Sacramento, just to name a few. We are not anti-growth. We want reasonable, sustainable growth that fits in with the existing community we all enjoy. That’s why we all live here, isn’t it? This story is about heroes vs. villains: local El Dorado County volunteers vs. paid out-of-county petitioners.

The villains: Region Builders of Sacramento sent their professional petitioners to do their bidding in El Dorado County in March and April. Their petition gatherers flooded every business establishment in “your county” to get your signatures. They were everywhere. I’m sure you encountered them at some place or another. They were pushy and obnoxious, misleading, confusing and blatantly lying to this community about what their petitions would do for you. This was all in an effort just to get your signature, meet their goal to get on the November ballot and make money. You see, they were being well paid for every signature they received. Many times over the two months.

The Heroes, local volunteers encountered the villains, builders petitioners, while gathering signatures and they were verbally harassed and abused by them. They interrupted their conversations and even tried to pick fights. The villains copied the heroes’ words and confused and frustrated the voters. It became a battlefield in EDC. So much so that some of the local businesses were getting complaints from their customers about pushy petitioners and some businesses started asking all of us (heroes and villains) to leave and not petition their customers.

So out of respect, the local volunteers honored the businesses’ requests who asked them not to petition in front of their stores, but alas the paid petitioners did not. They knew their rights to petition under the First Amendment in a public place would prevail in a court of law, so they continued to gather signatures even after being asked several times by the businesses to leave until they achieved their goal. The developers’ villains are now gone, hooray, but the heroes are left with a “poisoned well.”

So that’s why I am asking for this community to help. We realize the damage that’s been done. Being defeated is a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. We are not giving up and neither should you. This is your home and your community.

Here are the facts: We are quickly running out of time to collect 3,000 more signatures to qualify to get on the November ballot. How can you help?

First: You can help by not shutting us out.

Second: You can sign the 1-2-3 Green-Yellow-Purple petitions if you haven’t.

Third: You can ask your El Dorado County family, friends and neighbors to sign the petitions. Just ask and we will get petitions to you. We also have voter registration forms for those not registered yet who want to vote in the November election.

Fourth: We need more signing locations. If you are a business who wants to help by becoming a designated petition signing location? Call 530-306-2329 to get on the roster.

Remember, “El Dorado County is your community” and together we can work to keep it beautifully rural. For more information visit

Shingle Springs



Letters to the Editor



Highway 50 collision fatal

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

IRS unveils Taxpayer Bill of Rights

By News Release | From Page: B1

EDH community unites to patch up historic barn

By Mike Roberts | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Stay connected through sheriff

By El Dorado County Sheriff's Office | From Page: B1

Bird tests positive for West Nile

By Ross Branch | From Page: A1

P’ville hires Camino superintendent

By News Release | From Page: B1

Heard over the back fence: Public swim times announced

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

County gets partial refund on promotional event

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Jeepers expo Wednesday in Georgetown

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Help SWR with squirrel babies

By Sierra Wildlife Rescue | From Page: A9



The rural life: Save the day: Neuter and spay

By Jennifer Forsberg Meyer | From Page: A4

Different place, different priorities

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

California rambling: Giving cities a pass

By John Poimiroo | From Page: A4 | Gallery



Ready for Hillary?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments


By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

100+ years and thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

A thank you note

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Prada belongs in Berkeley

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5



Becker slips by in wild KWS finish

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A6

Sports Scene: July 20, 2014

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

Roundup: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Season over for Post 119

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Valley View Sports Park

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Under the Scoreboard: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 21-26

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Sophia Barden wins strut title

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A7



How to safely help a horse

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B4

As we were: Money for home repairs

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Volunteer kitchen help needed in EDH

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: B10

Marshall Medical Center to host day of fitness and fun

By Marshall Medical | From Page: B10

Kids parade for free admission to the fair

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B10



Crime Log: July 6-8

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



Betty Ellene Hock

By Contributor | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Douglas J. Beam

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jerry Grant Young Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Kathryn Noreen Nolan

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate



TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Monday, July 21, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8