Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Portal or black hole?

We credit the County Economic Development Advisory Committee with a lot of useful accomplishments, particularly simplifying a way forward to complete zoning to conform to the county General Plan and also updating the General Plan.

But CEDAC’s plan for a $100,000 Web “Portal” is going to wind up being a black hole sucking up all the light from private enterprise.

The plan for this Web “Portal” to sell advertising is an affront to the Mountain Democrat and Village Life and all the other publications and commercial Web sites. We accept and meet the challenge of competition.

We won’t accept our tax dollars being used to set up competition against us and everyone else. We don’t invest in our competition, why should we be forced to pay for a new competitor?

If some private individual wants to invest a 100 grand and start a Website, we say bring on the competition. But government has no business getting into commercial business, selling ads and paying sales representatives.

Why was Sue Taylor the only one to see this is the wrong thing for government to do? There are three people from private enterprise on the board and at least two of them can vote on money issues. How would Supervisor Ron Briggs like it if the county started an organic farm? How would Supervisor Ron Mikulaco like it if the county bought his rentals out through eminent domain? Does government competing against two Rons make it right?

Taylor was absolutely correct when she questioned the county spending $100,000 on a Website when there are already people in the county doing it for free. Well, not exactly free. People have to make a living. That’s why they sell advertising.

Speaking of making a living, advertising supports 45 employees and 16 independent contractors at the Mountain Democrat, Village Life and Georgetown Gazette. The county’s plan to sell advertising on its so-called Web Portal is just a plan to use our tax dollars to take the bread off the plates of these employees.

If the county feels a need to promote itself through a Website, include it in the county’s already existing Website and have the county information technology folks do it as part of their regular job. The county has a good looking site already. Adding a promotional connector to wine districts, Apple Hill, the chambers of commerce and the industrial parks shouldn’t be difficult.

But don’t sell real estate ads. Don’t sell restaurant ads.

Send the money to the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, which is in the business of promoting the county.

Sue Taylor may seem like a Cassandra to the board, but her warning that the grant program that was part of the $280,000 promotion budget could become “an incubator for cronyism” will later prove to be prophetic.

But the truly outrageous part is the 36 percent of this budget going to competing with county businesses that pay property, sales and income taxes and business licenses.

Is it a Web Portal or a port-hole on the Carnival Cruise of county government running amuck with our tax dollars?

Mountain Democrat

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Discussion | 23 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJuly 18, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    Sue, tip of the hat! :)

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  • FranJuly 18, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    Excellent article!!!!!!!!

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    BUMP - FOR - Sue

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  • Keepin It RuralJuly 19, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    Great article Mountain Democrat! and a Great Job to Sue Taylor! CEDAC, what were you thinking?

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  • EvelynJuly 19, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Sue: You do yeoman's work! The amount of work you put into staying on top of things is, for most of us, unimaginable. People probably wouldn't believe me if I said how little sleep you get (sometimes none at all) when assimilating all the material preparatory to weekly BOS meetings. Sue's input on this particular agenda item is on the video @03:14:30 here

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  • FranJuly 19, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    I like having an option to view many sides of an issue. Sue, through her hard work gives me that option. And I thank her for that. I like when people just present information. Where I run on emotions--Sue just presents alternatives...then walks away--allowing me to decide for myself.

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  • FranJuly 20, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    ^

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 8:18 am

    "But CEDAC’s plan for a $100,000 Web “Portal” is going to wind up being a black hole sucking up all the light from private enterprise." I love this statement...

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 8:22 am

    http://www.degc.org/ Detroit Economic Growth Coorproation: "DEGC is a private, non-profit organization. We're not part of the city of Detroit's government, but we are a long-time partner of it. We love Detroit, and are dedicated to strengthening the city from the inside out. " sounds like our Economic Development groups...Detroit is broke.

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 8:25 am

    JUNE 19, 2013 DETROIT DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY APPROVES $650 MILLION FRAMEWORK FOR DOWNTOWN EVENTS CENTER AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT MAY 23, 2013 DDA Seeks Bids for Randolph Streetscape Project MAY 20, 2013 REVOLVE DETROIT EARNS ARTPLACE AMERICA GRANT FOR LIVERNOIS AVE. APRIL 30, 2013 City of Detroit P&DD issues RFP's for recently closed fire stations and police barn. Is anything ringing a bell--a red flag...come on

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 8:31 am

    LIVE, WORK, PLAY IN DETROIT vs. Live, Work ,and Play in El Dorado County http://tinyurl.com/k9b7uel LUPPU and beyond

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 8:40 am

    BIG RED FLAG... CEDAPP: Live, love, and play in Nature's Wonderland Detroit: Live, Work, and Play in Downtown Detroit. ... their favorite place to work. How about yours? Here is more about why greater downtown is a great place to work. Stockton: Find Meetup Groups in Stockton, CA, us about marin county. ... This group is open to people who live/ work or play in beautiful Marin County! El Dorado County: “The residents of El Dorado County can continue to live, work and play here knowing dedicated leaders are committed to the community's well-being for today ... Land for sale in El Dorado County, California with 3 acres close to Pollock Pines. ... COME SEE WHY WE CHOOSE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY IN EL DORADO

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

    "Live, work and what? The roots of the live-work-play community aren’t exactly new. In the past, this concept has been known as mixed-use development. It’s popular in highly-populated areas and has beginnings in the idea that people are happier living in a neighborhood that provides for many of their needs." http://www.movingtoday.com/enjoy-life-in-a-live-work-play-community/

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 9:09 am

    "Mixed use development is often seen as too risky by many developers and lending institutions because economic success requires that the many different uses all remain in business. Most development throughout the mid to late 20th century in the United States was single-use, so many development and finance professionals see this as the safer and more acceptable means to provide construction and earn a profit. Christopher B. Leinberger notes that there are 19 standard real-estate product types that can obtain easy financing through real estate investment trusts. Each type, such as the office park and the strip mall, is designed for low-density, single-use zoning. Another issue is that short-term discounted cash flow has become the standard way to measure the success of income-generating development, resulting in "disposable" suburban designs that make money in the short run but are not as successful in the medium to long term as walkable, mixed-use environments.[5]" wiki.

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  • FranJuly 21, 2013 - 9:16 am

    I say black hole...read this article. Sue does remarkable research behind her presentations...go to the BOS site--start looking at the live vids of the meetings...listen to the people trying to save a county.

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  • cookie65July 22, 2013 - 6:49 am

    They just can't help themselves. They have a checkbook and are completely bored with way too much time on their hands. It is how someone with credit cards and the home shopping network become hoarders. Evelyn, it looks as though the CIA is backing $630,000 spent on the study to control the weather. This causes a great conflict to what the left has been indoctrinating the kids with for decades. According to them we already do. We already have "MAN-MADE" global warming. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cia-backs-630000-study-into-how-to-control-global-weather-through-geoengineering-8724501.html

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  • EvelynJuly 22, 2013 - 7:12 am

    Based upon recent temperatures, my vote is for MAN-MADE global cooling!

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  • cookie65July 22, 2013 - 8:09 am

    Evelyn, according to those who promote the political science of global warming, global cooling is caused by global warming. I must say I'm have having better luck this summer with the tomato's in my garden ripening. Last year they would not ripen. Tomato's like it hot. Maybe last year I should have set up a television for them with cable or network news playing for them so the endless promotion of global warming would have indoctrinated them into turning red.

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  • FranJuly 22, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    I just read that the web portal is a go...I cant even find the words to...people cant be this stupid. I see Harper is for it...I have friends who have not had raises in years--their money comes from the general fund...they work hard to keep the senior lunch programs working...I dont get it. I just dont. People should be scared that these people get to do what they want...CEDAC should really look hard at what they are deciding. There are people in this county "hurting"--im sure that the people I know will be thinking this web site is going to put food on their table tonight. Some people who work for the county are making less each year...nice. (Shaking head)

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  • FranJuly 22, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    http://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx 7/16/2013 "4) Approve the Web Portal Project and authorize the release of the Request for Proposal No. 14-918-006. (Est. Time: 15 Min.) FUNDING: General Fund - Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). PUBLIC COMMENT - K. Newell, D. Weizer, K. Payne, J. Harper, S. Taylor, M. Ranalli, L. Marinko, E. Veerkamp, L. Price, H. Penn, B. Smart A motion was made by Supervisor Santiago, seconded by Supervisor Briggs, to approve this matter as presented; however, the Board chose Supervisors Briggs and Mikulaco to serve as the two members on the subcommittee to review all Cultural and Community Development Program applications. In addition, staff was directed to provide an annual report to the Board for said program during the Budget process. Yes: 5 - Briggs, Santiago, Mikulaco, Veerkamp and Nutting"

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  • FranJuly 27, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    County puts 'Web Portal Development & Related Services' out for bid - See more at: http://www.inedc.com/1-5381#sthash.jDKIuKBB.dpuf

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  • FranJuly 27, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    details for those of you interested...hopefully you work with young adults (ROTC-or high school)http://edcapps.edcgov.us/contracts/pdf/14-918-006.pdf

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 20, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    :)

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