Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Council of Communities and Pollock Pines

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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  • cookie65March 29, 2013 - 9:02 am

    The Tower of Babel. Isn't it interesting to witness the demise of freedom. A couple of generations hence they will wonder what the history books meant by freedom.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 29, 2013 - 9:39 am

    vid by Tea Party TV...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4dwdlEZpAM&feature=g-all-a&list=PLA36498E13CAC7C5F&context=G2a61136FAAAAAAAAAAA

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 29, 2013 - 9:51 am

    http://youtu.be/Su7i4cH7eYo

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 29, 2013 - 9:57 am

    I have read the comments about agenda 21...it is here. What I would worry about is who brought it in...did they know? I know in other states where people (Americans ) are fighting back--the people who brought it in are in trouble...something to think about. Even if you didnt know and participated--your neighbors know how it was brought in to their community...something to think about. People will wake up. Again there are some great elements of the future...but this is not the way. Not here in America. Right or wrong it is here...

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 29, 2013 - 10:06 am

    http://youtu.be/rR65xFIfDx4

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 29, 2013 - 10:53 am

    property rights http://youtu.be/O2N0vyT3kxw

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  • Compass2TruthMarch 29, 2013 - 11:42 am

    With respect to the Council of Communities and the Next Economy, the EDC BOS have thrown their constituents under the bus. Kirk MacKenzie of Defend Rural America recently emailed a critique and response to the Next Economy proposal that has already been voted on by El Dorado County's supervisors. For reasons mentioned in the critique, the EDC supervisors should rescind its approval of the proposal, at least until further evaluation can be done both by the people and the supervisors.

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  • Compass2TruthMarch 29, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Tuesday’s BOS Agenda Item #5 is another example of the lack of transparency & accountability of EDC government representatives. Regardless of where you live, their AGENDA will impact YOUR COMMUNITY. Show up and SPEAK UP in defense of Liberty and Justice at every opportunity.(Kirk MacKenzie) “Rural Americans better wake up. There is an agenda. Your self-interest can only be served by organizing and fighting as one.”

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  • Compass2TruthMarch 29, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    We deserve an explanation as to why the 2 Compass2Truth comments posted earlier today in regard to this letter to the editor were CENSORED & REMOVED???

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 29, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    Melody, we deserve that you re-pest and re-post until your point(s) are presented. For the most part I disagree with your world view. But I like to read (see) through your eyes too.

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 29, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    OOPS!!! "re-pest" should be "re-post" - - - my "Freudian"?

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  • Kirk W MacKenzieMarch 29, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Compass2Truth -- I see comments from you today at 11:42, 11:48, plus your last one at 12:30. Did you have two more? If I click the "report abusive comment" link on the comments page, that comment disappears for me but not for everyone... Evelyn -- good letter. Phil -- Freudian typos can be hilarious.

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  • cookie65March 29, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    I didn't even know there was a "report abusive comment" link to click. I guess I am not the type who runs around looking to be offended.

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  • MelodyMarch 29, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Phil: Sometimes the TRUTH hurts. Doubtful your post was a Freudian slip--more like a left-handed stab with an ice pick that landed in your own right eye. (LOLOLOL!)

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  • Compass2TruthMarch 29, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Kirk W Mac: Gotta introduce you to the "other" Kirk MacKenzie @ DRA next time he is in EDC. Meanwhile you can get an overview of your namesake at his website: http://www.defendruralamerica.com/DRA/Home.html **BTW, I see my 2 previous posts finally reappeared. Not the first time this has happened...Go figure???

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 29, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    http://capoliticalnews.com/2013/03/25/lake-tahoe-nevada-wants-jobs-california-wants-to-save-the-planet/.Lake Tahoe: Nevada Wants Jobs & California Wants to Save the Planet. The people and lawmakers in Nevada are not illiterate or stupid. They have watched as California legislators kill jobs, raise the cost of living and taxes and create regulations guaranteed to assure a Depression for a generation. (Interesting article)

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  • EvelynMarch 30, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Regarding 4/2/2013 BOS Agenda Item #5 (referenced yesterday 11:48 am), documents HERE. ********** I'll post two of the documents separately, below.

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  • EvelynMarch 30, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Public Comment, Attachment B: HERE

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  • EvelynMarch 30, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Public Comment, Attachment E: HERE

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  • Compass2TruthMarch 30, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Our republic is being defeated by taking policy-making away from our democratically-elected, accountable, and transparent representatives and transferring it to unelected, unaccountable, and non-transparent central planning groups. We know them as NGOs, regional planning associations, and similar terms. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) called them "soviets". Globalists call this "governance," apparently in an attempt to suggest it is something other than government takeover. (Kirk MacKenzie @ DRA)

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  • SusieOMarch 31, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    Tin foil hat conspiracy theorists are running amuk today...you'd think they'd be busy with Easter services!

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  • humor usMarch 31, 2013 - 7:20 pm

    susieO, tell us all u learned while you were busy preying today at Easter services ;;;;;;;; maybe u can bring help to sum poor lost soles

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 31, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    Once again susie o...I provide links of common site information. You can chose to read or not...but making fun of people doesnt show intellectual good choices. I can keep posting sites (global sites) to prove points or grant sites that these groups are now using...conspiracy theorists--I wasnt even sure what agenda 21 was--because that is not its proper name. Im sure the group is tried of links. I feel bad that people do not go the extra mile to read both sides...these groups have you one version--I am providing the other. I was taught in order to form a great debate--one must be able to debate both sides equally as passionate. I can do that--can you? I was taught so well--One would not know which side I was really for--can you? (evil grin) I do not know about any one else...I know how I feel about something that has some very good items--but was brought in with deception. (by people who felt they were better than others--I guess)Once again READ.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMarch 31, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    susieo...lolol you are the one who called me a pita...and this statement,"...So I would think that the evil "County" doesn't have any extra money to spend on the libraries..." Well susieO...I was wondering why they have 350,000 dollars now to give to people who were not elected in the first place? Just asking.

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  • EvelynMarch 31, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Oh Susie: You will be relieved to note that yours was the first comment posted today, 3/31/2013, on this particular page. For all you know, all us mad hatters were in church when you were at home commenting about where we should be.

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  • EvelynApril 01, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Susie: Let's kick off April Fools' Day with THIS.

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