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New developments ‘resource availability’ based?

By From page A5 | February 26, 2014

EDITOR:

Having owned our own business since 1979, I find it interesting that the Chamber of Commerce should take out full page ads in this paper to tell El Dorado County residents not to sign the four initiatives that could potentially stop developers from adding thousands more homes.

Developers seem to be focusing only on the LOS (F) traffic issues perhaps to keep residents from considering three other far more important resource issues: water, power and clean air. Traffic issues matter only when we are in traffic, which is a small part of the day. The three other easily identifiable issues of water, power and clean air will affect all residents’ lives all day long, every single day. Certainly, these resources should be the three most important issues in deciding just how many more homes should be built in El Dorado County and specifically in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs?

If thousands more homes are built, each with obviously at least twice to four times that number of water-using, power-consuming and air-breathing residents on average, what do you suppose the mandatory reductions in water and power will be then? What do you think that will do to the price of water and power? What will those thousands of homes do for landscaping? Plant cactus? What will they do to our already overloaded power grid?

It will not be only the new homes that will be required to shut off air conditioners in midsummer heat; it will be all of us. Ask yourself if you wish to swelter in our summer heat with no air conditioning because there is not enough power. Please recall that we have already been asked by PG&E to turn off our air conditioners during the last two summers. Do you really think that this situation will get better with thousands more homes? From a marketing perspective, it makes perfect sense for developers to concentrate only on traffic issues to draw your focus away from the elephants in the room: water, power and pollution.

Ask yourselves, can you get by on perhaps only 20 percent of the water that you are receiving now? Not a reduction of 20 percent, a total allocation of 20 percent of what you use now. Can you get by with less available electricity in the summer heat? Can you get by without burning wood fires in winter because of the increased pollution created by thousands more homes burning fires to stay warm in winter?

Water, power and increased pollution are the front-line issues and they cannot be debated away.

They are here facing us already. It is time to focus on what is really important to all members of our families. Water first, power second, pollution third and traffic last.

I understand “home-boys” wanting to build more homes. That is what they do. I also understand that when local residents are facing water rationing, power outages, potential for more air pollution along with increased traffic, it is time for residents to say “enough.” That is what we do for our families.

Some members of the Chamber want more business at your expense. That is what they want. Now, what do you want?

As a business owner I believe everyone should be able to grow their businesses. I just do not believe it should be at everyone else’s expense and suffering. Sign the petitions folks.

JIM RIORDAN
Cameron Park

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