Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Roundabout and city illegal developments

By
From page A5 | November 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

EDITOR:

Not sure what all the fuss is about with the City Council’s pushing of an unwanted roundabout over on its citizenry? It is clear that most of the citizens do not want a roundabout, but the council wants the circular monstrosity because of the free $1.2 million of SACOG grant money that would help pay for building it and repair ailing city streets. If the City Council really wants to build the roundabout and truly wants to violate the wishes of its citizens and deceive them, I’m not sure why it is going through this big, costly charade of attempting to act like it is impartial and interested in listening to the public viewpoint — while spending six figures on preparing a biased CEQA report based on several project alternatives, but favoring the roundabout selection with a preconceived outcome?

If the city really wants to get business done, circumvent its own planning and development rules, and violate it’s citizenry, then perhaps it should just go ahead and build the roundabout without any environmental documents, approved plans, development approvals and permits. Maybe the city could do the construction work on a weekend when the city staff isn’t around and then the city can later just grant itself after the fact approvals under an annually renewed “Temporary Use Permit” just like the city did on the two illegally constructed commercial parking lots for the county government up off of Briw Road that the county is using for its Health and Human Services building.

DARRELL WARREN
Placerville

Letters to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 5 comments

  • beansNovember 25, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Grant money is not free. It's just another category of MY and YOUR money stolen by the government, called taxes. And this is a prime example of the foolishness it gets spent on. The specious argument about spend it or lose it is also foolish. Send it back and hope it gets spent wisely on something else in another community. If somebody granted you money to cut off your arm would you do that, too? Or say no thank you and decline the money? So next time there's a new tax or a tax increase on the ballot, vote "NO".

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampNovember 25, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    Mr. Warren seems to be arguing (WRT Briw Rd. parking) that the City ought to have spent even more taxpayer money studying, permitting, red taping, public hearing and clearing a clearly needed parking expansion for the Briw Rd. complex. Were there multiple properties suitable? No. Shortcutting process saves taxpayer money. Where's the beef. ~~~ BTW kill the roundabout. Respect, history. Respect public input. Find another solution.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JimNovember 27, 2013 - 4:53 am

    The County uses tax payer’s dollars to cover the cost of rent, but goes overboard paying: The cost of taxes, fire insurance, total cost of maintenance/ repairs and Assessment Districts. Which includes any improvements supporting the new court House? What a sweetheart deal. With a lease this bad for the Tax Payers it’s not too hard to figure out who owner are? For the one forty thousand sq, feet building alone, $3.90 a sq, foot with no costs to the owner. Over a million dollars a year profit, and the county says it’s OK to pay these additional costs because: (1.) the owners are the right people. (2.) The State pays half.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Little RickyNovember 28, 2013 - 7:25 am

    I doubt that Phil could navigate through a roundabout.. Gps might help.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JimBoNovember 29, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Mentally or Physically???

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

 
Past due state taxes bring arrest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 9 Comments | Gallery

 
 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

 
CPCSD seat unfilled

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

By News Release | From Page: A14, 6 Comments

 
.

Letters

District 4 candidate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 19 Comments

 
Open meetings

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

Volunteers and homeless camps

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 76 Comments

 
Bicycle events and traffic control

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

Evacuation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

 
.

Sports

First and goal: Bunt etiquette

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

 
Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

Jennings wins national title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

King of the West roars into Placerville

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

 
Roundup: April 17, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Things to do: April 18, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Spring art brightens government center

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

By News Release | From Page: B3

Student art featured for Third Saturday

By News Release | From Page: B3

 
Time out: A grand time at Grand China

By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Promenade in high style

By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

 
Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

 
Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

See what is inside the vault

By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

 
Eggstravaganza

By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

 
Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

By California Stage | From Page: B8

Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

KVIE calls for artists

By Kvie | From Page: B9

 
A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

 
Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

See wildflowers on train ride

By Railtown | From Page: B15

 
Easter at Northstar is family friendly

By Northstar California | From Page: B15

.

Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Arthur W. Cornell

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Roy Cluness Chaix

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frederick Wilbur Heymann

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

 
Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

 
HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

.

Comics

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A13

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
.

Home Source

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments