Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Response to editorial on traffic presentation

EDITOR:

I’m writing in response to your New Year’s day editorial, “Goofy gavel.”

The purpose of our presentation was simple. It was to show the Board of Supervisors and the public how the staff has been hiding the ball on traffic issues, culminating with the publication of the Travel Demand Model (TDM) final documentation on Oct. 14, 2013 by consultant Kimley-Horn. While the consultants insist that the “model volumes and actual counts are good predictors of each other” and met “industry standards,” we discovered that predicted model volumes were wildly inconsistent with the actual counts. We did not claim to be “traffic specialist(s).” We simply presented the actual numbers from the Kimley-Horn TDM report for the board and public to see, in a form that was clear and easy to understand. To say that the board was taken aback by the numbers, when they had been repeatedly told by staff that the Traffic Model results were just fine, would be an understatement.

We also presented actual road counts from the TDM report, which show that virtually all roads in the county except for Highway 50 have capacity to accommodate the next 20 years’ growth. These are actual numbers, not modeled, and they call into question staff’s continued advocacy for a massive road Capital Improvement Program, which results in job killing Traffic Impact Fees throughout the county.

We did this ourselves, because staff hasn’t. Staff reliance on and defense of a wildly inaccurate traffic model is inexplicable. Staff’s refusal to accept Caltrans’ determination that Highway 50 is currently at Level of Service F, and that even with all planned improvements Highway 50 traffic will only get worse over the next 20 years, is equally inexplicable. It does the board, and the public, no favors, when staff is not presenting the truth in a clear and unvarnished fashion.

So we have asked the board to hold a hearing on this seminal planning issue, which it has agreed to do. We have encouraged the board to ask for a wide variety of independent input, including Caltrans and the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, and of course staff, consultants and the public.

We are pleased that the board, particularly under Chairman Briggs’ leadership, is actually striving to understand the facts around traffic and growth. We wish that staff would help them. But if staff doesn’t, we will.

BILL CENTER
Lotus

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Discussion | 11 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 07, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I translate, "We wish that staff would help them. But if staff doesn’t, we will." into, See you in court.

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  • taxpayerJanuary 07, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Without accurate information from staff the Board cannot do their job.

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  • James E.January 07, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Phil, appears Mr. JimBo has disappeared.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 15, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    James, apparently JimBo "cleans up" after himself.

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  • James E.January 07, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    No, I'm wrong. There he is.

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  • EllenJanuary 08, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Thank you Bill. Well said. I'm exasperated with county staff's misleading of the Board and the public, and in wonder as to why there would not be universal support by the public to pressure staff to start working FOR them, and stop the obfuscations and delay tactics.

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  • taxpayerJanuary 08, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Unfortunately, Ellen, the general public has no way of knowing that staff is marching to the beat of a different drummer.

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  • R SmithJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:18 am

    When your business and that of your comrades depend on providing a rural outdoor experience then growth becomes your enemy. In the great environmental tradition, you never attack the problem head on; you find a tool that will provide the leverage needed to sway an unsuspecting population. In this case traffic. Then you support a candidate who will act in accordance with your tutelage.

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  • DollyJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:32 am

    ...Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't--I've come and gone and, ...Ooh I love to sweep around the wide step -- cut a little swathe and lead the people on. Now my good friends, it behooves me to be solemn and declare... I'm for goodness and for profit and for living clean and saying daily prayer. And now, my good friends, you can sleep nights, I'll continue to stand tall... You can trust me, for I promise, I shall keep a watchful eye upon ya'll... ...Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't--I've come and gone and ...Ooh I love to sweep around the wide step -- cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

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  • Fly On The WallJanuary 08, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Briggs & Center are dancing the political two-step and cutting a wide swath just like Dolly sang it. Meanwhile staff is marching to the tune of a different drummer: Get out of step and your government paycheck will be axed by the EDC Gestapo. Tough choice.

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  • Compass2TruthJanuary 08, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Who's misleading who? Briggs refuses to answer and walks out on constituents during BOS meetings when he doesn't like the facts presented to him; public matters predetermined behind closed doors; EIRs skewed; data obfuscated or purposely withheld; public comments censored; obtuse answers to specific CPRAs; etc. etc. Just look at the Animal Shelter, Henningson-Lotus Park and Logan Building fiascoes. Come on Bill, how can you possibly call that 'leadership'???

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