Lori Parlin announces for El Dorado County Supervisor
On her new campaign website, she explains why she Running for Supervisor:
I would like to represent residents from all over El Dorado County with the same passion and drive that I have demonstrated as a leader of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance.
It all started out as an effort to unite the residents of Shingle Springs to stop the flood of projects that were proposed for our peaceful community of homes and ranches on acreage. After the billboards were erected right in the view of the Crystal Range Mountains and the high-density apartments were built on Sunset Lane, residents started to realize that the county government was not working to protect the rural nature of Shingle Springs. Then the San Stino high density residential project and the Tilden Park hotel project were proposed to further urbanize our country community. Something had to be done.
So I put together a website and started collecting email addresses to get the word out. I met others that were concerned and were taking action in their own neighborhood. We all realized that these issues could potentially destroy the rural residential nature of Shingle Springs. A core group of volunteers formed and we worked to inform the community and get community feedback on what actions to take. Soon, we were presenting information to the Board of Supervisors to get support for new policies that would preserve the quality of life in Shingle Springs and El Dorado County as a whole.
As word spread that Shingle Springs was uniting to voice its concerns about the threat of being urbanized, other communities reached out to us after finding that we had similar issues within different areas of the county. Relationships have grown that have lead to support for each other and created a synergy within the county.
These countywide policies are near completion and will bring more transparency to government processes, largely due to our efforts:
Increased public notification to residents about proposed projects
Mandatory early review of projects to better engage the public
And more are being worked on right now:
Analyzing and modifying the Community Region Lines, which create a target for high-density development
Creating Community Plans for each unique area within El Dorado County
This is a very exciting and pivotal time for planning the future of El Dorado County. I would be honored to be one of the five El Dorado County supervisors that guide the process with input from everyone that calls El Dorado County their home.
This Bio also is on the same website:
About Lori: Lori was 4 years old when her family moved to El Dorado County from the Bay Area. Living in Camino for several years provided her with a wonderful childhood filled with fond memories of playtime in the apple orchards and walking country lanes to visit friends. The family settled in Pollock Pines, where Lori excelled in school and found a passion for music. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 1982, she started at the local junior college, and soon began working and living in Cameron Park. Her path in college led her to move to the Sacramento region and transfer to California State University, Sacramento, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management Information Systems. It was there Lori met her husband Sam, and the two of them supported each other while starting a family, working, and completing college.
The young family had been living in Folsom when they decided to move away from the congestion of the city and return to the peaceful pace of El Dorado County, settling in Shingle Springs. As the children grew and blossomed at school, Lori stayed busy by volunteering in the classroom, participating in committees, and working part time. Her favorite job was working half-days as a Library Assistant at Ponderosa High School, where she enjoyed the challenges and rewards of working with students and staff.
As Lori's job at Ponderosa was ending, land use battles in El Dorado County were starting to heat up. First, the high density Tilden Park project was proposed in Shingle Springs. Lori teamed up with a neighbor to start and co-lead the Stop Tilden Park group, which advocated to keep the land zoning at one-acre parcels. A year later, after attending a meeting regarding the county's General Plan Update, Lori and a few friends realized that there was a need to address issues in the Update. They created the Shingle Springs Community Alliance to advocate for keeping Shingle Springs rural. Lori has worked very hard as President of the Alliance, not only to stop high density projects in Shingle Springs, but also to bring the community together to create a better plan for its future.