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EDH groups invited to guide land-use decisions

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From page A1 | February 20, 2013 | 28 Comments

Local attorney Jim Brunello looked like a rumpled Uncle Sam last week as he pointed a figurative index finger at a room full of community leaders and delivered the message: “El Dorado Hills needs you.”

A student of county land use dating back to the 1960s, Brunello has led the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the past three-and-a-half years, and was in El Dorado Hills to encourage the formation of local councils to guide land-use decisions in their communities.

“People who wanted or didn’t want things made appointments with supervisors and made their case one on one,” he said. “They still do. Until now it’s all been decided in the back room.”

Brunello was at the library in El Dorado Hills last week with EDAC volunteers, encouraging local leaders to help pull the decisions that shape their community out of the back room and make land-use planning less reactionary.

The front door opened in December when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors combined the county planning, transportation and environmental departments into one large Community Development Agency, headed by Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim Kerr.

Local councils will formalize their community’s vision into a plan that can be used to shape policy and evaluate project proposals. The councils will be self-selecting, and can represent a geographic area or a special interest group.

The additional responsibility and the resulting outreach into the communities marks the transition of EDAC from economic development and regulatory reform into community development. EDAC becomes CDAC.

Councils have already formed in Camino, Placerville, Shingle Springs, Diamond Springs/El Dorado and Cool, where residents have long held a shared identity and sought greater representation in county governance.

But will mainstream El Dorado Hills residents buy in? The process will require hours of prime time meetings.

History doesn’t bode well for such councils in El Dorado Hills, where residents have typically gotten involved in land use matters only when personally affected and then only to oppose a proposed project, be it more homes, stores, offices or roads. Even schools and parks face stiff opposition in the neighborhoods they serve.

Brunello played on the community’s pervasive truculence. “There are things going on that will affect you,” he said. “They’ll affect everyone. Organize and be heard.”

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco was on hand last week. He recently named Marshall Medical Center Executive T. Abraham to a second EDAC term.

Abraham told community leaders that the current supervisors face far-reaching decisions in the next three years, and the new agency lets a “council of communities plug into the board and be heard as never before.”

“It’s just a question of do we want to organize … and be a part of this, or have other people determine our future,” Abraham said.

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Discussion | 28 comments

  • James SmithFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:15 am

    Jim Brunello an expert on Planning and Land Use? Really? I thought Jim was a Bankruptcy Attorney and seasoned veteran of Parcel Map four-by-fours. His pushing support for the County’s reorganization into a one-stop CZAR system by an unqualified person under Grand Jury investigation in Amador County defies logic and shows that placing such broad power under one unqualified person is very dangerous for El Dorado County. Kim Kerr is Unqualified and Inappropriate choice to head the County’s Building, Community Development and Transportation Departments. She lacks the proper qualifications, educational credentials and experience. She also has a record of creating major financial blunders in government agencies. http://www.voiceinione.com/Documents/GrandJuryReports/2011-2012/2011-2012GJR-Response.pdf

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  • Steve FerryFebruary 20, 2013 - 9:45 am

    I notice that Mr. Smith wants to attack the folks who will not be serving on the "Better Together Community Council" Whoever leads the effort in EL Dorado Hills will have the chance to decide our future rather than leaving our future to "Random Chance" and the development community. We will have Ad hoc committees and try our best to be available to EDH residents. I am sorry that Mr. Smith doesn't know Mr. Brunello, or T. Abraham, Mary Anne Argyres or the rest of the committee members or the 300 local residents who have participated on the Reg Reform Sub committee, and given thousands of hours of their time for the benefit of their communities. I personally have spent 500 plus hours on this project and have been joined by the political Left, the Right, Agriculture Leaders, Wine Leaders, Ranchers, Fire folks, retired Intel folks and so many others. Mr. Smith, you should join us some Friday morning at 8:00 at the TAC office at the county and then make up your mind.

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  • Sue TaylorFebruary 20, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    What are you getting out of this Mr. Ferry? I know what Mr. Brunello has to gain. All this activity by unelected special interest groups, under a centralized CZAR system, to decide our future should give the public great concern for the future of El Dorado County. Our country is based on a Republic, rule of law, not a Democracy or Mob Rule.

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  • cjFebruary 20, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Mr. Smith is right. James Burnello is the worse person to head such a committee. He and his family have trashed my neighborhood with an ugly Industrial Park that was never finished. The county Board of Supervisors let them slide on a Certificate of Compliance issued in 1988 for all the road improvements to the project. No lot was to be sold until the infrastructure was completed. Guess what? All lots were sold and no infrastructure, only a dirt road. All the industrial traffic feeds out on a country residential road that is repaired every 2-4 years at taxpayers expense. EDAC has done well for Agriculture the rest of us will be overwhelmed by mixed-use development and apartments. Your APAC does a fairly good job monitoring the plans headed to EDH. But don't drink the cool-aid low income housing is on it's way. EDAC meets at 8 a.m. what a great time for the residents to participate. 300 people have showed up at one time or another out of about 180,000 residents not a very impressive number. It's time the new Board of Supervisors listen to the residents and not EDAC, which swarms with special interests.

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  • Bill E.February 21, 2013 - 8:01 am

    Mr. Roberts hit the nail on the head with "History doesn’t bode well for such councils in El Dorado Hills". EDH residents identify more with Folsom and Granite Bay as westward focused bedroom communities in that they want their own brand of suburbia conveniences and trappings as long as it is in someone else's backyard. Collectively, many want to be the last person to move to their area and then shut the door. Many do not participate at the vision level because they are used to paying someone to do that type of menial work under their direct supervision. No growth types living in the highest growth area of the county. Community self awareness is the first step to community identity...

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  • EvelynFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Bill: In your experience, (a) how are "visioning" workshops typically conducted; and (b) who appoints the facilitators?

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:21 am

    Bill... Community self awareness is the first step to community identity...again Bill--at our meeting most of the "placed" people didnt know our history at all. The hosting groups own mission statement : CEDAPP is an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of Pollock Pines... Yet many from that group dont know our history. We are a logging town. At the timber line. We love people coming in to share in our celebrations. The mill was closed. Our logging day and wagon train activities were sent down the hill...and our place--was left to die. Come on Bill--people didnt even know that the building held both communities names on it. People who dont live here--were allowed to play. Yet people who live three mins away could not?

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:27 am

    I wrote to three different people asking who paid the facilator--no response. Our supervisor lives 50 miles away. I dont think she cares about our community...could be wrong--these meetings are not supporting any other feelings as of yet. She supports a group --the hosting group. We are not Tahoe.

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  • Sue TaylorFebruary 21, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Bill - The people I have met in El Dorado Hills are not crying about shutting the door. They are asking for growth to match the surrounding zoning and that also meets the traffic circulation requirements that the County currently has on the books. Suddenly everything is high density in which the public gets to pick what color the fascades will be on the buildings with no concern for circulation or cost of infrastructure. Also missing from the conversation is how will the County be paying for the Silva Valley Interchange needed to help Brunello build out Clarksville, especially since the TIM fees in zone 8 have already been spent. Will the people get to vote on whether or not a bond will be floated to pay for it or will it be like EID and the Supervisors will just vote to bond for speculation then dump the debt on the existing residents?

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  • EvelynFebruary 21, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Sue Taylor asks: "Will the people get to vote on whether or not a bond will be floated to pay for it or will it be like EID and the Supervisors will just vote to bond for speculation then dump the debt on the existing residents?" ********** Correct answers to the two-part question: (1)NO; (2)YES

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  • CatherineFebruary 21, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    I have to comment on this because it's just so bizarre: "Our country is based on a Republic, rule of law, not a Democracy or Mob Rule" When the founders emphasized the word Republic, they used it in contrast to Monarchy, not in contrast to democracy. To call democracy mob rule and press this artificial distinction with a republic is to misunderstand that historic struggle.

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  • Susie O.February 21, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    Jim Brunello and many on EDAC "volunteer" their time because they are developers or are tied to the developer community. They are NOT looking out for your best interest, but theirs. Brunello owns land in the Clarksville area and needs that Silva Valley interchange to build. Councils have already formed? I didn't see anything about it in the newspaper. Where is the information about this??

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  • EvelynFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    I love the way the meaning of "volunteer" has been reformulated!!!

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  • Sue TaylorFebruary 22, 2013 - 2:37 am

    Catherine you need to go back and study our history.

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  • EvelynFebruary 22, 2013 - 5:32 am

    QUICK QUIZ: a) How many times does the word "democracy" appear in the United States Constitution? b) How many times does the word "democracy" appear in any/all of the Constitutions of the States in the United States?

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netFebruary 22, 2013 - 8:28 am

    24. How many times is the word “democracy” mentioned in the Constitution? 24. The word “democracy” does not appear in the Constitution. Our nation is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. The Founders feared Democracy (unrestricted rule by majority) and favored a Republic (rule of law where the law limits the government). James Madison wrote: “…. Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netFebruary 22, 2013 - 8:32 am

    sorry forgot to write my answer was from an eight grade quiz

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  • EvelynFebruary 22, 2013 - 8:37 am

    THANK YOU, Fran. You may pass "GO" and collect $200!!!

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 26, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    "The front door opened in December when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors combined the county planning, transportation and environmental departments into one large Community Development Agency, headed by Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim Kerr." See now I know how she became a leader of so many depts. Not a bad thing--it just is.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    "The additional responsibility and the resulting outreach into the communities marks the transition of EDAC from economic development and regulatory reform into community development" here they are combining the two issues Economic development and regulatory reform...

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    "The El Dorado County Economic Development Advisory Committee’s (EDAC) Regulatory Reform subcommittee has hit the ground running with several meetings held last week. - "See more at: http://www.inedc.com/1-3582#sthash.vvSDW6iL.dpuf

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Members of the CEDAC focus their efforts on implementing the Board approved Action Plan for Economic Development and establish teams supporting community and economic development initiatives. Regulatory Reform Community Identity Business Retention & Expansion Attraction/Incentives Economic & Demographic Profiles CEDAC is choosing to form groups--then yes...they need to follow the Brown Act.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    "the Brown Act (also, "Act"). The Act describes a standing committee as one which has "continuing subject matter jurisdiction." This means that a permanent committee that is designed to handle an issue or issues on a continual basis will be a standing committee and is subject to the Act's notice and posting requirements. For example, many Neighborhood Councils have established various committees through their bylaws, such as Land Use and Planning Committees, Public Safety Committees, Election Committees, etc. 1 These committees, because of their subject matter, generally are of an ongoing nature and regardless of their configuration, (whether comprising solely less than a majority of board members, or of a combination of board members and stakeholders) are subject to the notice and posting requirements of the Act.2" http://tinyurl.com/m2p5f5m random case of a similar question. ad hocs are "tempory"--repetitve topics over time--standing...standing is under brown act.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    one year ago. http://www.eldoradocounty.org/pdf/BA_Newletter_Feb_15_2013.pdf "Regulatory Reform is an ad hoc sub-committee of EDAC, a working group of volunteers that seeks to unravel the policies reported to be detrimental to local economic growth" ad hoc is temporary...repeat topics over time--it is standing. "Regu

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    dec 2011 "In May 2009 the Board of Supervisors convened an Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) tasked with assisting the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the county, to, in part, “Recommend ways to reform and improve regulatory processes relating to business….and recommend procedures to eliminate contradictory, unneeded requirements of the county….” To this end an EDAC Regulatory Reform Subcommittee (Reg Reform) was formed specifically to review local land use and land entitlement processes." http://tinyurl.com/mybbw7o <---several flyers in this link. The key standing groups formed by appointed people fall under the brown act...adhoc over time of repeating information...becomes a standing committee.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    the BOS lawyer said this same information at the beginning of the question...but the answer went round and round. town meetings are different--the difference...accepting tax dollars from the BOS. It was suggested at some point when a plan is very refined to become a "committee" under the Brown Act. If town meetings start out that way--no one will come. Town meetings are still "safe." At our town meetings we asked for donations to pay for the lights....we were safe--and some of us knew that going in. I totally respect the shingle springs group. No one seems to be shoving people out of the way to be in "charge." Nice....and their town meetings are amazing with the amount of people who come to share their idea.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Edward L. Knapp, Principal Assistant, County of El Dorado ‐ County Counsel provided EDAC members a short synopsis of the Brown Act. Knapp described the Brown Act as Sunshine in Government legislative that governed all legislative bodies and their member’s actions. <---EL DORADO COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION 330 Fair Lane, Conference Room A Placerville, CA 95667 July 29, 2009 @ 8:00 AM DRAFT MINUTES AND THEY ARE STILL QUESTIONING IT...lololololol maybe they didnt believe him. they know that their subcommittee is under the Brown Act. they are just jealous of the success of the "town meetings."

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    2009 Edward L. Knapp, Principal Assistant, County of El Dorado ‐ County Counsel provided EDAC members a short synopsis of the Brown Act. Knapp described the Brown Act as Sunshine in Government legislative that governed all legislative bodies and their member’s actions. "...and their member’s actions. " and they had another longer version of the Brown act last year...if I look--have they had one every year? tsk, tsk ,tsk. One has to ask themselves--what are they trying to get away with? Small groups wanting to rule the world...shrugging shoulders.

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