Petition to Limit Growth - Two Sides Speak Out
Two Side Speak Out
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Just as Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows,” so today you don’t need full page ads paid for by chambers of commerce, real estate developers or San Francisco speculators to persuade you that the gridlock traffic you experience on Highway 50 isn’t really all that bad. Don’t be fooled.
If you’re stuck in traffic, heading east or west on Highway 50, you know that El Dorado County’s General Plan governing residential development needs help. And help is on the way: With your signature on the Rural Communities United (RCU) Initiative petition, El Dorado County’s rural quality of life will be preserved, for now, and for future generations.
Strips local control over planning? Hardly. Speculators from the Bay Area are not local; nor is their money.
Transfers power to state, bypassing local control? Too ironic to mention: The initiative was launched and supported by local residents, who experience the calamity that Highway 50 has become … daily.
The RCU Initiative simply requires that the county shall not approve single-family detached housing subdivisions of five or more parcels until Highway 50 is improved, and gridlock eliminated. Don’t be fooled. Join your neighbors throughout the county and sign the petitions to ensure that the initiative gets on the Nov. 4 ballot. Your signature and your vote will preserve El Dorado County’s coveted rural quality of life, today and for future generations. We don’t need to become a Bay Area or L.A. You have a choice.
Thanks for listening.
Don’t sign the petition
The usual suspects are at it again. Bill Center and his acolytes — John Hidahl, Ellen Van Dyke, Shiva Frentzen and Howard Penn. These folks are not talking slow growth, they are talking no growth.
What does that mean for El Dorado Hills? Retail businesses with no new business, churches with no new believers, schools with no new students, sports teams with no new athletes and service clubs with no new members. I don’t like the vision of our businesses having to leave our area to prosper.
A friend of mine just closed his We Olive store and moved to Sutter Street in Folsom — doubled his business overnight. So this no growth leadership wants to see boarded up businesses and those who don’t board up just barely survive? Well I don’t want to see that.
I listened to Center’s speech to the supervisors and heard his distortions and misinformation about our traffic patterns. Center conveniently left out the Elk Grove connector, the extension of Saratoga Way to Iron Point, the new Silva Valley interchange and the five-year Capital Improvement Projects by the state, the county of Sacramento and city of Folsom to Highway 50.
We have Level of Service F (LOS-F) when traffic drops below 53 mph or there are a certain number of cars per mile traveling at any speed. This turns out to be .36 percent of the time. Yes, that is .36 percent, not 36 percent of the time. That is over a period of time of about 6,500 hours (nine months) we have LOS-F for 30 hours. This is only on a section of road from El Dorado Hills Boulevard to the Sacramento County line, about 500 yards.
His proposal is to shut down El Dorado Hills, and with that Folsom can prosper.
Where is the initiative to shut down building 12,800 units in Sacramento County/Folsom south of Highway 50? Oh, that’s right, Center has a different agenda for that land.
The conclusion here is: Don’t sign the petition, and if you are a business, don’t allow the petition people on your property. Center may want this county in turmoil but we don’t.
STEVE FERRYEl Dorado Hills