PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Council of Communities and Pollock Pines

By From page A7 | March 29, 2013

EDITOR:

With the coming “Council of Communities,” county planning will move to a whole new level. Participants in the council will include, in part, the unincorporated areas of Camino, Pollock Pines, Meyers, Diamond-El Dorado, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Georgetown and Coloma.

Things firmed up on March 25 when the Board of Supervisors approved recommendations from the county’s Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC).

Through an already established process known as “visioning” each community will develop a Community I.D., leading to the formation of their own community council, and finally to a county-wide collective “Council of Communities.”

The various communities are in different stages of their respective “Community I.D.” processes. This is preparatory to their planning for economic development, which will incorporate the “Next Economy,” signed on to by the Board of Supervisors on March 19.

Pollock Pines is said to be the poster child for the Community I.D. process. It began several months ago and was led by Supervisor Norma Santiago (District 5), hosted by CEDAPP (Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines) and facilitated by Michael Ward (inter alia, Tahoe Prosperity Center).

At their next meeting — April 3 at 6 p.m at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center — Pollock Pines will finalize the criteria for its own community council. Jeanne Harper (CEDAC and CEDAPP) writes, “It will be an integrated information-gathering council representing the entire community and responsible for future planning in the community.”

What is happening in Pollock Pines interests all of us. Our future is being shaped. The definitive word now is “silos.” It is said we must break out of them to work collaboratively. The Pollock Pines experience has much to teach us.

Be present on April 3. We are one county with a shared future.

EVELYN VEERKAMP
Placerville

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