Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Next Economy: Tell me it isn’t so

EDITOR:

On March 19 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved melding our county’s business goals with several other counties including Sacramento, Placer, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties through a process called “Next Economy” (NE) primarily funded by Silicon Valley millionaires Jim and Becky Morgan. I believe that this was a mistake and done without the proper community input. El Dorado County approved on March 25 the plan put forward by it’s Community Economic Development Advisory Committee. There was no indication that the goals of the Community Councils would ever have to comply with Sacramento and the other counties. In fact I don’t think that the supervisors really understood what they were going to implement with the vote for Next Economy.

There are tapes of the March 25 workshop where EDC’s new economic development plan was approved and I don’t think you will find any discussion about NE, however, I admit I missed the first 45 minutes of the workshop. I don’t believe there has been a discussion of NE at EDAC’s Regulatory Reform Committee and there certainly should have been if we are to abrogate our economic future to Sacramento.

The Next Economy would transfer policy-making away from the democratically elected, accountable, transparent, local governments to an unknown, unelected, unaccountable, non-transparent and distant regional governance structure controlled by stakeholders largely based in Sacramento. If this happens The People will no longer have a voice in the most important decisions that affect their lives and their communities.

El Dorado County is a special place with a tremendous history created by people with pride in their accomplishments. We have not gone away from being miners and timber people but have added to our economic fortune by adding Stem Cell Research and Robotics Development among other disciplines. We did not do this because Sacramento was helping. We did it because we are El Dorado County. Our supervisors approved the Next Economy in what I believe was just a common mistake, not understanding the potential power they were handing off to Sacramento County. No one is to blame but it needs to be fixed.

Therefore, I ask the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to rescind their approval of Next Economy and let the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee’s independent Community Councils operate as they were designed to do.

STEVE FERRY
El Dorado Hills

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  • EvelynApril 01, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Mr Ferry: Thank you for stating that BOS should rescind their Next Economy resolution. I couldn't agree more. The Next Economy, however, has been incorporated into CEDAC. See slide 19 of CEDAC's 3/25/2013 presentation, "Job Stimulation - LUPPU and Beyond", final item on left. HERE

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 01, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    With all do respects Mr.Ferry...a few will get away with saying they didnt know--didnt make the connection--however there are too many links with people using the terms of the New Economy. Communities WILL start looking at who brought it in...again all over the United States --Americans are fighting back--leaders are in trouble. Bans--laws are being put into place. Technology is faster than a paper trail sir--people forget that on-line--one is not alone...Even here on this wall--it is not an isolated room...people do not have to post--to read.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 03, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Our town meeting is tonight at the community center in Pollock at 6:00...unless it is postponed or canceled again ;) We are the poster child for ... well you tell me. Sustainability. New Economy. Next Economy. The 21st Century Agenda. Tonight we finalized how our advisory board will be chosen. Which is under the umbrella of the CEDAC (which was EDAC--but they added a "c" for community)...we also have to work with CEDAPP...who works along side the subcommittee of EDAC which is the Regulatory Reform Working Groups...lololol. I invite you--I am a resident of Pollock and a registered voter. Come help sort out all the acronyms...it is just easier remembering the players names...its the same people...with a few outsiders thrown in--talk about "silos"

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  • Sue TaylorApril 03, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    Steve - We did warn the Board. I actually gave the information to my Supervisor weeks before it came up for a vote and he is the one that move the vote forward. It was Charlie Downs (member of CEDAC) that made the presentation to the Board to sign on. He is also the owner of the building in which now houses Stem Cell Research...the industry in which Charlie was calling the next economy. "We" had nothing to do with Schilling Robotics. They were quietly producing when the County tried to kick them out of the building they were using in order to buy the building to house the Animal Shelter. Schilling had to stand up to the county in order to not lose their lease.... What do you bet that Stem Cell research is getting all kinds of government subsidies to be here? Sorry Steve, but you need to stop drinking CEDAC's kool-aid.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 04, 2013 - 7:35 am

    I am from Pollock Pines and last night I went to our town meeting--I left sad...like someone had died. The elephant in the room is the 21st century--agenda 21--next economy--whatever. The general plan is just that...yet another guideline of what is going to be done. I never disputed that. These prosperity plans are a loud echo of what the UN wanted the USA to move toward--a global society. And we need to be careful. As I looked around the room--I realized that there were no big money makers there--all this mess is so above what they are thinking--or learning about this New Economy. I like the people in my community--I dont like deception--or arrogance. It was a good meeting...it was calmer without a facilitator. (Mr. Ward is a tool. He is very good at his job--one of the best ive come across.)We did not talk about the "money" aspect of where grants or seeded money will come from. I hope that the ones in the room realize this is not about what "teeth" they can show the community--because that statement alone provides some "awful" visuals of an out of control meanness. An attitude of do it my way--or hit the road. Mr. Ferry--it is here this new Economy...is it scary--no. But go in informed--because if not--our county will follow other places that have gone bankrupt. A community itself has to be healed before one can invite guests in. I know when im sick--if I attempt to clean up for an unexpected guest while "sick"--it just doesnt work. And my friends leave feeling bad. Read about what is happening all over. Use the information to educate people--help people understand that being global does not mean one has to give up American rights. I still do not agree with how these groups will be formed. I can see ours already. I still say the first group--should not be on the board of any other group. Key people? thats forming a "click" a "silo"...next meeting is in a month. I hope people will come. I read the general plan. Three times. I never said it was the the New Economy--these meetings are.

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  • EvelynApril 04, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Fran: Where was Michael Ward – the indispensable facilitator -- last night? His absence rated not even a mention, even though his unexpected unavailability on March 25th had been cited as a reason for that scheduled meeting’s last-minute cancellation.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 04, 2013 - 8:23 am

    I think a good facilitator know when it is the right time not to be there. psychologically it doesnt make sense to keep coming--if it fuels a negative response. But im guessing in Mr. Wards case. I think if you read comments about meetings--there was the sense that people felt "ganged" up on. The simplest reason--is that his job was completed. His job was to make the meetings go faster toward a goal. To avoid the extra time on questions that would arise. Old school teaching ...before you go into teach a lesson--you spend time figuring out the questions that may be asked--and you work to "control" those questions. People know about this whole idea of the 21st century. They know people are scared (and if not informed--they should be) they know groups do not always see eye to eye. Mr. Ward was a tool. He is good at it. I just dont do "calm"--it is not my personality. All this "love" and peace that is now being sprouted in town--is very new...and it raised flags for me. A facilator doesnt work here--and unfortunately--for some it made it worse by showing things were hidden--left out on purpose. I am not saying that things are "out in the open" now. But the absence of two people working the crowd-- works better for some.

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  • EvelynApril 04, 2013 - 10:23 am

    TRUST & the Next Economy: Placerville’s Mayor Matson knows members of the NE's 44-member Steering Committee. She offers her trust in them as one reason we should as well. But some people, asking for a more in-depth analysis, recall sundry financial scandals that have rocked our country to its very foundations, draining it of valuable resources. Mention of Bernie Madoff reminds us of the thousands of investors who, trusting him, lost $$$BILLIONS. And now THIS: “Madoff Contacts Congress: ‘JPMorgan and Other Major Banks Were Complicit In My Crime’” For a public undertaking, trust, by itself, is insufficient. Prior to the Next Economy’s implementation we need to know the actual PLAN, players, rules, and mechanism for accountability.

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  • EvelynApril 07, 2013 - 6:52 am

    "Inequality – Both Economic and In Access to Liberty And Justice – Skyrockets to Historic Levels" - HERE - Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says that inequality is caused by the use of money to shape government policies to benefit those with money.

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  • EvelynApril 07, 2013 - 6:55 am

    Following on the above: NEXT ECONOMY INVESTORS - HERE

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  • EvelynApril 07, 2013 - 7:06 am

    1,900 Year Old Wisdom: “An Imbalance Between Rich and Poor Is the Oldest and Most Fatal Ailment of all Republics” - HERE

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 07, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Why U.S. cities are going bankrupt By Fareed Zakaria "I was struck last week to hear that the city of San Bernardino, California is declaring bankruptcy. It follows similar moves in the past month by Mammoth Lakes and Stockton, also in California. Before them it was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Jefferson County, Alabama, Central Falls, Rhode Island – the list continues." .http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/20/why-u-s-cities-are-going-bankrupt/

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 07, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Column: Don't blame union for bankrupt cities. .http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-07-30/public-employee-union-bankruptcy/56578478/1

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 07, 2013 - 8:32 am

    "In other cities, bad investments and poorly thought out economic development deals have left taxpayers holding a mountain of debt." From last posted link

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  • Compass2TruthApril 17, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Steve: The BOS knows exactly what they are doing and need to be held accountable to We the People. Conservatives must demonstrate their solidarity regarding growing concerns about the UNACCOUNTABLE New Economy. Kirk MacKenzie of Defend Rural America published a critique of the Next Economy which can be found at this link: http://www.defendruralamerica.com/files/Governance20130326NextEconomyResponse.pdf **Kirk comments: "For reasons mentioned in the critique, the EDC supervisors should rescind its approval of the proposal, at least until further evaluation can be done both by the people and the supervisors." Contact the BOS and urge them to rescind their earlier decision which gives a cart blanch to these unaccountable CEDAC groups.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 17, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcu8Z0-4K1w good vid to just watch...no one is saying to support--just listen...defend rural america...Kirk MacKenzie

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  • cookie65April 18, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    The "Next Economy" will follow a very predictable path. Here is a story from Detroit that is a glimpse into the future of the grand scheme of socialism. I didn't post this for the story, but for the comments that follow the story. They speak for themselves. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/04/18/aclu-detroit-police-dumping-homeless-outside-city/

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 18, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Cookie is your comment about hitler and stalins use of "food" for depopulation and control? The lessons of history clearly demonstrate that dictatorial regimes, whether they be Socialists, Communists, and Marxists will not hesitate to use food as a weapon against their own people in order to solidify power and impose absolute autocratic control. Or are you just referring to democrats?

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  • cookie65April 18, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Francesca, statism and centralized planning are one and the same. Who in this country does the government currently have total control over? Those individuals who depend completely on government for food, shelter, EBT cards, cell phones, crumbs, and transportation. Who is it our government has become more and more dependent on for ensuring and expanding their power over the rest of us? Which group is expanding under leftist policies? Look at the anarchy that is taking place in socialized Europe when the government handouts are threatened. Stalinism and Marxism are just a matter of perspective. Those who live in the leftists slums totally dependent on government for everything are already living under those dehumanizing ideologies. Their futures are set, they will remain slaves to government dependence to the end. And they keep voting for it. To me it isn't a question of whether or not the "next economy" is here, it is a question of how far it will spread. History does not lie, you can look at history to determine the only way government can expand. Government and individualism are in opposition to each other. Government can only get bigger by making the individual smaller. Over the last 50 years how much has government expanded? When the government takes over a responsibility that used to belong to the individual they take away freedom. That is exactly what you are witnessing. It is sold as compassion and benevolence but it is tyranny in disguise.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 18, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    I agree cookie...history matters. I just wanted to know what you were getting at.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 18, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Chevron Defies California On Carbon Emissions http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-18/chevron-defies-california-on-carbon-emissions.html

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 18, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    http://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/2013-04-18/aaa/jd88a The big kids ranked by billions

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 18, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    Patriot's Day in United States Prior to 1775, the area that is now the eastern part of the United States mainly consisted of British colonies controlled by the United Kingdom. The American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence, was a major step in the independence of the United States. The first battles in this war were fought in the areas of Lexington and Concord, near Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775. http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/patriots-day

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Foreclosures surge in 32 states http://www.banks.com/articles/foreclosure-starts-surge-32-states

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Take Oregon, where new rules on judicial foreclosures have taken effect, including measures that mandate mediation between homeowners and lenders. According to "The Oregonian," statewide foreclosures are up by 65 percent from January to February: "Oregon's seven largest counties collectively reported legal action on 996 properties, according to Gorilla Capital, a Eugene company that buys, redevelops and sells foreclosed homes. Those numbers mostly represent foreclosure cases. That's 65 percent more cases than seen a month earlier. And it rivals the 1,036 out-of-court foreclosure starts recorded in those counties a year earlier, before legal complications sent most foreclosures into the court system." They are following the New Economy plan--sustainability http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/SUS/Pages/index.aspx

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 7:22 am

    livable communities http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/SUS/pages/livable_communities.aspx

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 9:52 am

    http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200301/ski.asp sustainable skiing--private parties helping out

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Libraries...Some libraries look at merging . . . or privatizing Some libraries responded to budget woes by merging. The five library systems serving libraries throughout northern Illinois, for example, combined to form RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System). The decision to combine the Metropolitan, Alliance, DuPage, North Suburban, and Prairie Area library systems was made in answer to ongoing financial woes faced by the state-funded operations. Others considered privatizing. Commissioners in Osceola County, Florida, turned over management of libraries to a private company to save money. Maryland-based Library Systems and Services, Inc. (LSSI) began running the six branches in January; the county will pay the company $4.71 million during the first year of a five-year contract, which commissioners said would not result in reductions in operating hours or services. Savings-conscious administrators in Santa Clarita, California, also signed on with LSSI . . . but a new California law, effective Jan. 1, 2012, mandates that proponents of privatization make their case with hard numbers. http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries/soal2012/public-libraries Public vs private

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/digital-public-library-of-america_n_3111264.html " After two and a half years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the U.S.'s first public online-only library, opened its doors today -- or at least was made publicly available on the Internet." Remember when records left and came in...

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    http://dp.la/ get those e-readers out. Beautiful site

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 25, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Connecting the Dots: From the United Nations to Your State Government: "Well, let’s take just one example and follow it through the process. Let’s get acquainted with the Earth Charter. If Agenda 21 is the blue print – the Earth Charter is the manifesto." "...In its name, the UN is quietly building a grass- roots movement made up of Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals to bring its ideas and principles into national government and local communities. This is being carried out through various Task Force groups and volunteer networks of supporters who are working to implement the charter into different areas of life, including business, education and religion." Canada http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/54501

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 25, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    Tue Apr 16, 2013. By Kris Collins | 0 comments JEFFERSON CITY — State Rep. Lyle Rowland has introduced legislation to combat the United Nations initiative Agenda 21 from taking root in Missouri. Rowland, who represents the 143rd district of Missouri, introduced House Bill 42 to the Missouri House for the first time earlier this year. “What I’ve been arguing, in particular, is private property rights without due process,” Rowland said. “I feel like, at times, we’re not dealing with laws anymore. We’re dealing with committees and consensus. We’re not letting people make decisions.” http://tinyurl.com/bnwnjfk

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 30, 2013 - 7:05 am

    Remember this issue--It is changing El Dorado County as we write today...it is one of the reasons behind all the plans using grant money...many have not read up on what it has created in other places--that are now bankrupt. Economic groups (advisory boards), bikes and trails,forest rules--mining rules...the "BEYOND" of the general plan.

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