Ron Briggs in default: Home, farm may face auction

By From page A1 | May 30, 2014

A  public notice in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat states that the Ron and Kelly Briggs Family Trust is in default to the UNIONBANKCAL Mortgage Corp. Unless the default is cleared, the property will be put up for public sale at the Main Street entrance of the county Courthouse in Placerville on June 27 at 10 a.m., according to the notice. Part of the family’s ranch, the Wallace Road property is just off Highway 49 a few miles north of Placerville.

“The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,080,215.12,” the notice advises.

Ron Briggs has represented District 4 as El Dorado County Supervisor for nearly eight years. District 4 includes the Georgetown Divide area, Coloma and north county. His term ends Jan. 1, 2015. He is currently a candidate for El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector challenging seven-term incumbent C.L. Raffety, CPA.

Reached by phone Wednesday morning, Briggs acknowledged that “It’s not an easy thing, and it’s an involved story.”

“There are quite a few legal avenues to explore before (the scheduled sale date). But I’m worried, yes,” he said.

Z&B Ranch, a Certified Organic Farm, is on about 42 acres and includes the family’s home, a barn and farm structures, he explained. Documents from the county Assessor’s Office show a 6,900-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bathroom house built in 1998. The supervisor’s son Alex owns an additional 13 acres and manages the farm operations. Briggs’s parents live on an adjoining 47 acres. John Briggs, the supervisor’s father, is a former California assemblyman and state senator.

Considering next Tuesday’s election, Briggs said he hoped the issue would not be politicized between now and then. He added that he would have “no further comment” at this time.

Briggs has lost several investment properties to default within the past two years. In an unpublished interview last year, he acknowledged that his family had gotten in over their heads financially back before the recession began when the local economy was thriving.

Chris Daley

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