Commentary: Camp Lotus Fire
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of Californians like the word “Fire!” However the amount of coverage CL News gave this small fire is rather disturbing. Sadly, the last 5 arson fires on Mt. Murphy didn’t get nearly as much media attention. (My golden retriever, Sundance, died of smoke inhalation as a result of the pictured 2007 arson fire set by 3rd generation firefighter Ben Cunha.)
Meanwhile the Coloma Resort has illegal fireworks accompanied by amplified noise on 4th of July creating yet another fire danger for residents on the north side of the river. Petitions for a Community Evacuation Plan have been ignored by the BOS and OES since 1988.
My neighbor witnessed the incident in the Ropes area of the campground that evening and called 911. He also called the owners but the Faieta’s blamed the American River Resort or someone “across the river.” This has been their typical MO for nearly two decades.
Yesterday I visited EDSO and asked to examine several case file reports. Regardless of who initiated the call, Sheriff’s records indicate the Coloma Resort owners have blamed me –Melody Lane--for “harassment” every time the Sheriff has been called to enforce the law. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Call the Sheriff and you end up the victim just for reporting a crime!!! Go figure.
From what I was told, the new procedure is EDSO will not assign a Case File number to a report unless the individual is willing to file a Citizen’s Arrest. Unfortunately most residents don’t want to bother with the legal “messiness” of court appearances. Something is wrong with this picture…
During the “Crime on the Divide” meeting held last month at Garden Valley Fire Department, Vern Pierson encouraged the packed room to contact the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff D’Agostini, and the DA about your concerns, “Persist until they respond appropriately.” Per Sheriff D’Agostini, “Hold their feet to the fire. Mine too. I work for you.”
EDC Fire Chief Michael Hardy also encourages citizens to vocalize their concerns at weekly BOS meetings held Tuesdays at 9 AM, 330 Fair Lane, Building A in Placerville.
A round of applause in appreciation to GVFD Chief Bill Dekker and his staff for expressing their concerns at the BOS meetings and demonstrating how to ‘lead by example.’
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