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Top 10 — No. 5: ADA lawsuits attack local businesses

A blitz of threatened lawsuits and demands for money for alleged Americans With Disabilites violations by attorney and quadriplegic Scott Johnson blanketed the Tahoe/ Camino/Pollock Pines/Placerville businesses toward the end of 2011. By the winter of 2012, small businesses faced the choice of paying up and fixing up. Some of them, like Pony Espresso in […]

Write the Legislature about abusive ADA lawsuits

Changes need to be made to both federal and state Americans with Disabilities Act legislation in order to stop abusive lawsuits and provide access to buildings, businesses and services for all. And it’s up to the public to make it happen. But changing state access legislation is an uphill battle. California legislators have turned down […]

City takes a look at ADA lawsuits

A recent string of federal lawsuits against Placerville’s small businesses for non-compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act standards was the subject of a presentation by City Manager Cleve Morris to the Placerville City Council March 27. “What can the city do to help small businesses?” was Morris’ rhetorical question.” It’s a difficult issue to resolve, […]

ADA lawsuits are mean-spirited

EDITOR: I suppose there are many  handicapped persons and their attorneys nationwide who have seized the opportunity to legally extort money from business owners even though they never do, or intend to, visit or patronize the business in question, but simply because they are there. I would like to paraphrase a line from a 1951 […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Prada censured

On a 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted Monday to censure Director Greg Prada for threatening a speaker at the Oct. 14 meeting when he said, “Best make sure your liability insurance is paid up.” Nov. 10 Prada issued a statement in defense against censure, writing, “I made a statement not […]

Reform in ADA may help small business

Businesses all over California might breathe a little easier, especially small businesses, since Governor Brown signed SB 1186 on Sept. 19., but they still need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act  requirements. SB 1186, a bill introduced by state senators Darrell Steinberg and Bob Dutton, is designed to reduce predatory lawsuits and increase […]

Facts about home-based businesses and the ADA

Do you run a home based business that requires clients or customers to access specific areas of your home on a regular basis? If so, you could be required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and be subject to a civil rights lawsuit. Maybe you run a small day care facility from your […]

ADA lawsuit abuse may end

Kudos to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, for being a co-sponsor along with Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Inland Empire, of Senate Bill 1186 that will rein in the ADA abusive lawsuits. Also cosponsoring it are Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, and  Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres. The bill, passed 36-0 in the state Senate, requires a private […]

ADA lawsuit bill advances

Senate Bill 1186, introduced by state Senator Bob Dutton and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg passed the Senate with a 36-0 vote May 29 and will move on to the Assembly. The bill is an attempt to curb predatory lawsuits with regard to disability access. It was co-authored by state Senators Anthony Cannella and […]

Town Hall ADA workshop packed

Business and property owners from Placerville and beyond filled Town Hall on Tuesday. The 7 a.m. start time of the workshop on “How to Avoid or Resolve ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Lawsuits,” sponsored by state Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. Every seat was filled as David Peters, CEO of Lawyers Against Lawsuit […]

Happy with coverage of ADA situation

EDITOR: We sincerely thank the Mountain Democrat for its excellent coverage of the challenges our local, small businesses are having with predatory ADA lawsuits. Because of your reporting, Mayor Mark Acuna received a phone call from the Senior Aide to Senator Feinstein who has been entrusted with researching the devasting effects these lawsuits are having on small business in California. (The […]

Gaines’ ADA bill wins committee vote

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, April 10 announced that a portion of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation reform package has unanimously cleared the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee with bi-partisan support. Assembly Bill 1879, requires the State Architect to compile a list of all federal and state disability access regulations […]

Senator to hold two more ADA workshops

Senator Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, gave thanks to the more than 120 business owners and constituents who attended his first two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Workshops in Placer and Sacramento Counties. There are two more workshops left. If you are a business owner, you can’t miss out on this opportunity to get an update […]

ADA attorney sweeps area

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act was a good idea — making sure that all people, including those with disabilities have access to services and businesses — but the interpretation of the regulations in states like California that award monetary damages for ADA violations has created an abundant income for some and economic crisis for […]

Pony Espresso, ADA victim

EDITOR: Many people, besides myself, are grieving the closure of our comfortable, friendly coffee house in Pollock Pines, Pony Espresso. It wasn’t ADA (American Disability Act) compliant, according to an out-of-town lawyer who travels around suing small businesses. It seems that the intent and spirit of the law is being corrupted and is misguided. Don’t […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

ADA attorney forces out small business Pollock

It’s not the first time a small business has closed due to pending litigation. In small communities all over California businesses, mostly in older buildings built before the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disability Act, are closing because they aren’t able to completely comply with it. Pony Espresso at 6401 Pony Express Trail in […]

ADA attorney defends ADA Tahoe letters

A Carmichael attorney who has inundated small businesses in South Lake Tahoe and Truckee with letters requesting they bring buildings in line with access laws for the disabled defended the practice recently. Dozens of letters from Scott N. Johnson have angered business owners who contend the letters, and subsequent lawsuits, do more to line Johnson’s […]

Disability access: Guv names Latrobe man

Bringing a developer’s perspective to the table is Latrobe resident Douglas Wiele, 61, who was recently reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wiele was first appointed to the commission in September of last year but that term expired in December. Wiele has been the founding partner and president of […]

End shakedowns

A bill to curb disability access shakedown lawsuits is awaiting the governor’s signature. Originally promoted by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg put the final legislation together and pushed it through after U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote, urging him to do it. But even more credit goes to the people of Pollock […]

McClintock: Gov’t is the problem

Speaking to an audience of approximately 100 people, Congressman Tom McClintock held a Town Hall meeting in Pollock Pines Monday night. Saying that the government was the problem, McClintock fielded a series of questions from residents who appeared worried and unhappy about the direction of the country and our current economic problems. The problem of […]

Abusive lawsuit meeting well-attended

Approximately 140 residents, business and property owners from El Dorado County crowded into the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center Thursday evening. Jeanne Harper, director of the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines (CEDAPP), organized the meeting as a result of a series of lawsuits filed by attorney Scott Johnson against business and property owners in […]

Ditch, dam upgrades approved

The El Dorado Irrigation District moved forward on two capital improvement projects at its June 22 meeting despite some differing opinions among the board members. First up was approving the spending of $160,291 for the Upper Main Ditch piping project. The piping will replace three miles of open ditch that extends from the Forebay Reservoir to […]

American River Conservancy protects watershed

On a steep hillside above the American River a bulldozer carved out a road from the water’s edge to a development site high above. Unfortunately in the subsequent rain a thousand yards of red soil laced with heavy metals washed into the river, followed by a thousand more yards later in the same season. The […]

Gov’t center renovation project stems from 2008 lawsuit

The Mountain Democrat interviewed project manager Brent Collins after his Nov. 13 presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Collins is in charge of a multi-million dollar repair and renovation of the county’s government center Buildings A and B. He elaborated on some of the reasons for the renovation besides the “crumbling walls,” as Supervisor Brian […]

No on initiatives M, N, O

EDITOR: The effort to stop about anything in this state began about 40 years ago, by Jerry Brown, who promoted the philosophy of “small is beautiful” (except when it came to government). That is why he stopped building roads and dams. The theory being, if we don’t build roads and dams, people would not come […]

2014 Toyota RAV4 All grown up

Toyota as of late, at least ever since the Camry unintended acceleration problem some five years ago, has been flying under the radar while still maintaining its No. 1 position in the world. (Although the government bludgeoned Toyota into a large fine, data still shows that the problem was caused by driver error, stepping on […]

Fire and water highlight special meeting

“Smoke-free so far,” Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree told the Mountain Democrat recently when asked about the conditions of the forest. Later during a county Board of Supervisors special meeting Aug. 25, he said, “I thought the forest looked pretty good. It’s intact and that’s good.” Crabtree aimed kudos at forest management and an […]

Want more water?

EDITOR: Eldorado National Forest management is based on the 1989 Forest Land Management Plan. This plan was amended in January 2004 by the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment. This amendment created strategies to treat fuels, but has since been limited by Northern Spotted Owl habitat concerns. Actually, the greatest threat to habitat is wildfire. Proper […]

Loser pays

Here’s a concept. Sue a business and if you lose, you pay the attorney’s fees for the business. That was the recent decision from the Delaware Supreme Court. Delaware courts hold a lot of sway in the corporate world because a lot of companies are incorporated in Delaware. One corporation included a loser pays proviso […]

EDWPA gets update on innovative water rights project

An update on the El Dorado Water Reliability Project was given at the March 12 board meeting of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority (EDWPA). If successful, the project would add 40,000 acre-feet of new water rights for the county under 1927 area-of-origin law, with the water stored in the Upper American River Project of […]

Water execs briefed on Water Action Plan

Going into the third year of minimal snow and rain, and with a long-term forecast for more of the same, a draft public review of the California Water Action Plan was released on Oct. 31. A briefing of the plan was presented to regional water agency and district managers, board members, and county supervisors in […]

Sen. Gaines responds to State of State address

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today reacted to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Legislature and the people of California on Wednesday morning. He said: “Everyone is worried about the drought, but I’m more worried about the jobs drought. We’ll see rain […]

A dose of Dan: Playground safety gone wrong

While the huddled masses of our country are preoccupied with political madness ranging from the government shutdown to Obamacare, parents of elementary and middle school children nationwide need to tune into a surging concern involving the safety of our local playgrounds. Children safety experts from the U.S. to Canada have weighed in over the past […]

Red tape

What’s keeping unemployment high — 8.1 percent in California, 7.3 percent nationally? The obvious answer is a lack of jobs. A more nuanced answer is our government. By government we mean red tape. California is driving out jobs with its cap-and-trade tax on business, President Obama is going to do the same thing through his […]

Man protests alleged corruption outside courthouse, DA’s Office

A protest concerning possible corruption in El Dorado County was the result of what the organizer described as a kidnapping and assault by bounty hunters illegally trying to detain him. Todd “Ty” Robben, a former IT worker for the Nevada Department of Taxation, was arrested after he supposedly harassed a member of the Nevada Department […]

Assemblywoman Gaines gets 100% from NFIB

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R- Rocklin, announced Jan. 29 that the nation’s top advocate for small businesses and job creation, the National Federation of Independent Business has recognized her, for the second consecutive year, with a 100 percent pro-business rating based on her 2012 voting record. “Receiving high marks on the NFIB scorecard, for […]

McClintock handily retakes seat

Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, celebrated his big victory over opponent Jack Uppal, D-Lincoln, Tuesday night at the Serrano Country Club with the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills and guests. Early returns gave McClintock a big lead and the congressman said he wasn’t worried about his race. “I’m doing all right,” he said, […]

Yes on Prop. 37

EDITOR: A critical time in the health of the American people-has arrived. Are you willing to let big chemical companies continue to manipulate the political process to keep you from knowing that the food you eat has been genetically altered? That the foreign bacteria, viruses, antibiotic-resistant genes and synthetic DNA contaminating your food — that have nothing to […]

‘Little Sluice’ restoration brings e-mail flood

Within the space of a few hours on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Mountain Democrat had received well over 100 e-mails — copies of letters sent to each of the five members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Most in a similar format, the writers pleaded, asked politely, urged, cajoled and begged supervisors not to move ahead with planned maintenance on the Rubicon Trail scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28.

Many of the letters came from off-roading clubs and residents of Northern California, but a significant number were sent by folks from Utah, Georgia and parts in between.

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Something to think about: Can I have a pony?

I don’t want to fly the friendly skies with a monkey. I like monkeys, but air travel is challenging enough with unexplained flight delays, needles in the sandwiches and a dearth of pillows, blankets, food and space on domestic flights. And now, I might have to share the cabin with a monkey, a pot-bellied pig, […]

Environmental zealotry out of control

EDITOR: Imagine … Dad is driving up this summer to take the family to its favorite spot in the Eldorado National Forest, the truck is loaded up with camping gear and bicycles and fishing poles, just like they have done every so often to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the day-to-day grind. They […]

EID by the numbers: Spending

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors will hear public comment on four more years of proposed rate increases on March 26, immediately following a 6 p.m. rate hearing at the Cameron Park Community Center. The four-year rate package, in combination with three years of increases approved in 2010, would more than double water […]

Assemblywoman Gaines seeks to curb disability lawsuit abuse

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, Feb. 22 announced that she has introduced two measures that will curtail frivolous Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits and pinpoint conflicting state and federal ADA regulations. One measure, Assembly Bill 1878, would give California’s most vulnerable small businesses an opportunity to correct an ADA violation before a lawsuit can […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Mountain Counties hears mixed panel speak

Members of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies met jointly in Placerville last month at the El Dorado Irrigation District conference room in Placerville. The two organizations held their respective business meeting in the morning. The afternoon was devoted to a three-hour forum of experts on “The Future of […]

9th U.S. Circuit’s harmful discharge

If this year is like most years, there will be millions more spent on fighting fires on federal lands than on thinning. The U.S. Fire Service — sorry – the U.S. Forest Service said in March its firefighting costs have doubled in the last decade, totaling $1 billion in 2009. Why? Forest policy is regulated […]

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News »

America going broke, McClintock says

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Placerville home burns down

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

EDH boy fires deputy’s lost gun

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A1

Fireworks are illegal

By El Dorado County Sheriff's Office | From Page: A1

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

By El Dorado Transit | From Page: A3

Need a job? Want to drive a truck?

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency | From Page: A8

Rattlesnake warning: Watch where you step

Press Release | From Page: A12

Thief cleans out Coloma mailboxes

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A13

Heard over the back fence: Get on the right track

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

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Opinion »

The Weekly Daley: Ain’t love grand!

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Will my marriage survive?

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Weeds and a bad ‘welcome sign’ of the times

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Letters »

Who will see the sign?

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Thanks for the help

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Farmers market defense

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Check your facts first

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Where are the service organization logos?

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Sports »

On Tap: Locals squads prepare for tourney

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Swimming: Sharks drop contest

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Baseball: Thrilling finish for El Dorado Hills, Ponderosa

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Softball: KG Hitters advance

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Divide eliminated by Folsom National

By Mike Bush | From Page: A10

Roundup: July 3, 2015

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Prospecting »

Entertaining time at Family Blast

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Things to do: July 3, 2015

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Pollock Pines heating up — in a cool way

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Summer art opens at Fausel House

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B3

Super Spectacular Fourth laser light show

By Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau | From Page: B4

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens at Music Circus

By Music Circus | From Page: B4

Homewood festival features arts and crafts

By Pacific Fine | From Page: B5

ARMF tickets available now

By Matt Semonsen | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Tanya Tucker in concert at the Carson Valley Inn

By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B7

Duty: SPC Kayla Boardway

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Kirkwood to open on weekends on July 3

By News Release | From Page: B8

Duty: Air Force Airman Garrett D. Huffman

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Tahoe Donner to host tribute bands

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Wedding: Kristy Wilson and Michael Opresko

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Taste best brews at State Fair brewfest

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Essentials »

DUI log

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Crime Log: June 23-30

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Obituaries »

Priscilla Lynn Petanovich

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Rhoda Suezann Garcia

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Frederick H. Krupp

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Ernest Nick “Bud” Andrew

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Real Estate »

A bull market or another bubble?

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS3

All the home’s a stage: House hunting

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

All the home’s a stage: Finding the house

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

Pending home sales maintain momentum in May

Press Release | From Page: HS4

Kingsley has vaulted ceiling, guest cottage

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Shoe

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Speed Bump

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Horoscope, Friday, July 3, 2015

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Horoscope, Sunday, July 5, 2015

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New York Times Crossword

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Home Source

A bull market or another bubble?

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All the home’s a stage: Finding the house

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