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Tell the truth, don’t confuse voters

By From page A5 | April 21, 2014

EDITOR:

Voters for Local Control just ran a one-page ad in the Mountain Democrat, claiming that the three petitions (green, yellow and purple) will give the state control over what happens in El Dorado County. Evidently, whoever those “voters” either did not read the measures or chose to outright lie about their content. They are also being devious in trying to confuse the voters by stealing the name of the grassroots initiative group (Local Voter Control-El Dorado County) made up of Save Our County, Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino, Stop Tilden Park and Residents Involved in Positive Planning. The pretenders Voters for Local Control should be ashamed.

The green measure actually gives control to the voters of our county, by fixing the artificial urban lines that make many of our rural communities targets for developers. The yellow measure reinstates Measure Y as it was passed in 1998 to prevent gridlock on our roads (that’s the one before being “fixed” by an admitted back room deal between developers and the BOS ). The purple measure actually requires the county to implement policies of the 2004 General Plan that have been ignored or changed so that our county’s agriculture, water and recreational facilities are protected. The TGPA the Targeted General Plan Amendments and Zoning Ordinance Updates have released their Draft Environmental Impact Report. This will increase densities in many zoning categories if this initiative is not passed.

I know who is circulating the petitions to put these measures on the ballot. They are our friends and neighbors giving of their time to stand in front of local businesses to collect signatures. Ask them their names, and they will tell you. They want only what is best for our county.

As far as the “Voters for Local Control” who put the pricey ad in the Mountain Democrat, do you know who they are? They won’t put their names on the ad because they don’t want you to know who they are. So, “Voters for Local Control,” come forward and claim your ad. Are you really voters from El Dorado County? Are you really big-time developers? Are you a front for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce who ran the other like ad? Are you the politicians who, time after time, have given away our county to out-of-county developers?

STAN STAILEY
Shingle Springs

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