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It was a lively discussion that filled the Pollock Pines–Camino Community Center last evening as citizens came together with Supervisor Norma Santiago to create the first Pollock Pines Community Advisory Council. It was obvious that some folks might still not have the truth and full knowledge of how citizens across the county are trying to implement the Community Identity portion of the General Plan (Goal 2.4), which is the official “law of the land.”
In that portion, the verbiage is: “The county shall develop community design guidelines in concert with members of each commnity.” This means that communities get to speak for themselves … and the county government must heed. The description of that goal reads, “Identification, maintenance and enhancement of the unique identity of each existing community.” The operative word in that statement is unique.
So, by the end of last night’s meeting, with great excitement and pride, Pollock Pines has selected the following people to be the first seven (of 11) in our community to describe our uniqueness and to ensure that the Board of Supervisors adheres to our sense of what is good and right in our rural community: Don Clowser, Cleve Hart, Wanda Flores, Nicole Phillips, Steve Poindexter, Cathy Staller and Tom Schultz.
These folks represent business (both retail and home based), residents, seniors and service organizations. Between now and the next meeting on June 24, an outreach to fill the remaining four positions will be conducted.
It is critically important to remember that these community meetings and processes are by the community, from the community and of the community as an integrated, broad-based approach to representing your community. It is absolutely not government run, controlled or initiated.
There are those who would say otherwise, but if anyone needs more information or proof, the regulatory reform meetings held every Friday morning in Building C in the Government Center are open to one and all in a free flow discussion of what is happening in communities all over the county. Those meetings are facilitated and attended by volunteers from Diamond Springs, Camino, El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Coloma, Cool, Georgetown, Pollock Pines, etc. who have a common interest in getting things done in their community the way their community wants them done. Come join us at 8 a.m.
JEANNE HARPER, CEDAPP