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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

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 […]

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 […]

House Central Valley water bill worries EID

California has a long history of “water politics” and even all-out water wars. The 2011 version pits south state agri-business demands against mountain counties where the water actually comes from. New congressional legislation to bring more assurance to water deliveries to Central Valley farmers is getting worried attention from the El Dorado Irrigation District and […]

My turn: South Lake Tahoe General Plan focuses on solutions

The city of South Lake Tahoe understands the League to Save Lake Tahoe has filed suit against the city for adopting a General Plan Update as required by state law. The League’s actions once again demonstrate its members’ willingness to mislead the public and now the courts in a way that redirects the public’s very […]

Scientists review draft Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council has been charged with using the best available science in formulating its Delta Plan. The plan is due on Dec. 31, and Chairman Phil Isenberg has repeatedly stated his determination to meet the deadline. The seven-member council combines expertise in policymaking, agriculture, pharmaceutical business, water management, environmental law, legislation, and Delta […]

Anti-logging suit wrong-headed

It hardly seems like news anymore when some environmental group sues the U.S. Forest Service to stop any and all logging. It’s not like the home building industry needs any lumber right now anyway. But the suit over logging at Lake Tahoe is just plain boneheaded. The logging that is being targeted is that being […]

Bear hunting vote a victory

EDITOR: On Saturday, Dec. 4, Nevada’s State Wildlife Commissioners met in Reno and voted unanimously, 8-0, to legalize bear hunting. In a huge victory for Nevada’s houndsmen and hunters, a limited hunt of the state’s estimated 200-300 black bears is in their future. At a time when groups like the Humane Society of the United […]

Delta Stewardship Council hears flow study rundown

Democrat correspondent A common response to the question of water contamination in rivers and streams has been ÒDilution is the solution to pollution.Ó In other words, just add more water and any contaminants will be dispersed to such a low concentration that they arenÕt harmful. The issue of sufficient water flows came to a head […]

Forest management, ecosystem, jobs to be topics

AUBURN Ñ Building consensus on issues surrounding the management of Sierra Nevada forests will be a key topic of discussion when the Sierra Nevada Conservancy holds its quarterly governing board meeting in Sierra County Sept. 1-2. ÒWeÕre looking forward to having the governing board come to Sierra County and see firsthand the issues facing our […]

Socialized medicine not the solution in the U.S.

Placerville EDITOR: Socialized medicine is not for us. Once again I hear from some misguided liberal who thinks some socialistic country has a superior health care system than our own. Letter writer Mr. John Roberts recently traveled to China and was impressed by how easy and inexpensive the care he received was under their socialistic […]

My turn: Keep your eye on the COMPAS

Special to the Democrat Every fifth-grade student learns that James MarshallÕs gold discovery in Coloma was the historic event that put California on the map. On the other hand, glittering El Dorado County has recently obtained notoriety with a less savory reputation as the ÒMurder and Abduction Capitol of the Nation.Ó Students and citizens alike […]

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