A Couple of Walks Down Memory Lane – 2015 Vote No on Measure E

Here are a couple of videos about Town Hall meetings that were held near the end of 2015 to discuss Measure E:

Measure E Text
Should the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors re-zone the approximately 100 acres of the former executive golf course in El Dorado Hills from its current land use designation as “open space recreation” to a designation that allows residential housing and commercial development on the property?

Townhall Meeting, September 29, 2015 – NO on Measure E

00:00 Introduction – Jim Pridemore
03:59 Measure E – Wayne Haug
05:49 Impartial Analysis – Wayne Haug
06:20 Argument in Favor of E – Wayne Haug
07:02 Argument against Measure E – Wayne Haug
13:13 Absentee voting – Wayne Haug
14:42 Q & A – Wayne Haug
38:04 Previous Surveys – John Hidahl

CEDAC El Dorado Hills Community Survey Start here

EDH CSD Revenue Feasibility Survey Results Start here

50:20 Vision – John Hidahl
56:54 Ron Mikulaco
01:05:00 Brainstorming – Jim Pridemore
01:20:00 Financing – Jim Pridemore
01:27:16 Ron Mikulaco
01:31:00 – Summary and Next steps – John Hidahl
01:43:00 – Greg Prada EID Director
01:48:49 – Darwin Throne
01:50:39 – Q & A John Hidahl
01:51:17 – Ron Mikulaco
01:55:00 – Q & A
02:00:00 – End

Town Hall October 13, 2015

00:00 Welcome/committee into – John Moreno
03:37 CSD Measure E November Ballot -Terry Crumpley
26:22 Next Steps  – John Hidahl
37:39 General Q&A – John Hidahl
51:34 End

And here are the results of the November election:

County Website, Made Easier To Navigate and Read

If you go to the county website for this project, you will see gobbledgook.  Not sure why it is not user friendly, perhaps to discourage people from using it?

Here is a list of the attachments from the website.  (Note: when you click on a link the file will be downloaded onto your computer where you can open it for viewing)

1. 2A – Attachment 5(1)-Draft EIR-Appendices A-L PC 12-12-19 (638 pages a quick scan shows most of this documentation is out of date and goes as far back as 2007)

2. 2B – Attachment 5(3)-Final EIR Appendix L-Attachment PC 12-12-19  (May 16, 2017 Traffic Study, 209 pages)

3. 2C – Staff Memo 12-09-19 (Information on Commission Requested Discussion Topics) PC 12-12-19, (12/9/2019, 14 Pages)

Why are the Pedregal Planning Area and Serrano Westside Planning Area not being
processed as separate projects?
• County inventory of multi-family land area, current regional housing needs allocation for
the County, report back on County staff and applicant discussions on the inclusion of
affordable housing in the project.
• Traffic impact analysis overview, including the impacts of the Country Club Drive and
turning movement level of service (LOS) at intersections.
• Overview of the Development Agreement (DA) and input on whether the DA
commitments apply to subsequent developers and consideration of adjustments to the
Community Benefit Fee and dwelling unit triggers for Country Club Drive extension
• Report back on meeting between County staff and El Dorado Hills Community Services
District (EDHCSD) on increases in parkland dedication in the Serrano Westside Planning
• Overview of recommended Statement of Overriding Considerations 

4. 2D – Staff Memo 12-09-19 (Technical Analysis-Final EIR Appendix L) PC 12-12-19

5. 2E – Staff Memo Attachment-Transportation Impact Analysis-Oct 2015 PC 12-12-19 NOTE: This is out of date, 2015

6. 2F – Staff Memo Attachment-Appendix A-Existing Conditions Technical Calculations PC 12-12-19 (Existing Conditions Technical Calculations All Traffic Data, Out of Date March 2015)

7. 2G – Staff Memo Attachment-Appendix A-Cumulative Technical Calculations PC 12-12-19, (APPENDIX A: Cumulative Technical Calculations (Updated October 2015) Traffic Data – 93 Pages)

8. 2H – Staff’s Powerpoint Presentation PC 12-12-19,

9. 2I – Applicant’s Powerpoint Presentation PC 12-12-19,

10. Public Comment Rcvd 12-11-19 to 12-12-19 PC 12-12-19  (Miscellaneous public comments – 49 pages)

11. Public Comment Rcvd 12-11-19 PC 12-12-19 (Review of Critical Traffic Issues in Latest Traffic Analyses for Proposed Revision to Central – 9 pages)

12. Public Comment Rcvd 12-09-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment Laura Patane, Carole Braverman, Sharon Nunes, Bill Osgood)

13. Email Petitions 12-01-19 to 12-08-19 PC 12-12-19, (83 pages of Email Petitions)

14. Public Comment Rcvd 12-06-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Ray Cavanagh, Shirley and Walter Sikes and Diane Gross)

15. Public Comment Rcvd 12-05-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Rakesh Sethi and Albert & Paula Autry)

16. Public Comment Rcvd 12-04-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Sheryl Sage)

17. Public Comment Rcvd 12-03-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Dr. Gene Gowdey, Member, Board of Directors Elms, Oaks, and Willows Homeowner’s Association — Promontory Village 8. )

18. Public Comment Rcvd 11-27-19 to 12-02-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Kerry Marini, Natalie Marini , Karen Brown, John Bowles, Sherrie Bunk-Petersen and John Moreno)

19. Email Petitions 11-24-19 to 12-01-19 PC 12-12-19, (48 pages of Email Petitions)

20. Public Comment Rcvd 11-20-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Kenny Croyle)

21. Public Comment Rcvd 11-18-19 PC 12-12-19, (Public comment from Dean Getz regarding CEDHSP’s Proposed Sidestepping of Serrano’s CC&Rs )

22. Email Petitions 11-17-19 to 11-24-19 PC 12-12-19, (347 pages of Email Petitions)

23. A – Staff Report PC 11-14-19, (RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission review the staff report, receive public comment, recommend certification of the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan Final EIR, and direct staff on recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the CEDHSP. )

24. B – Attachment 1-Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan PC 11-14-19, (398 pages)

25. C – Attachment 2-Proposed Edts to Specific Plan PC 11-14-19, (ATTACHMENT 2 PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TEXT OF THE CENTRAL EL DORADO HILLS SPECIFIC PLAN (CEDHSP) – 43 pages)

26. D – Attachment 3-Draft Public Facilities Financing Plan PC 11-14-19, (dated April 2017 – 77 pages)

27. E – Attachment 4-Draft Development Agreement PC 11-14-19, (COMMUNITY BENEFIT AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT – 24 Pages)

28. F – Attachment 5(1)-Draft Environmental Impact Report PC 11-14-19,

29. G – Attachment 5(2)-Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report PC 11-14-19,

30. H – Attachment 5(3)-Final Environmental Impact Report PC 11-14-19,

31. I – Attachment 6-General Plan Consistency Analysis PC 11-14-19,

32. J – Attachment 7-Fiscal Impact Analysis PC 11-14-19,

33. K – Attachment 8-CEQA Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations PC 11-14-19,

34. L – Attachment 9-Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program PC 11-14-19,

35. M – Staff Report Exhibits A-K PC 11-14-19,

36. N – Notification Map PC 11-14-19,

37. O – Notification Map-Sacramento County Detail PC 11-14-19,

38. P – Proof of Publication-Mountain Democrat PC 11-14-19,

39. Q – PowerPoint Presentation PC 11-14-19,

40. R – Applicant’s PowerPoint Presentation PC 11-14-19,

41. Public Comment Rcvd 11-14-19 PC 11-14-19, (Comments from Richard Ross and Kevin A. Loewen)

42. Public Comment Rcvd 11-12-19 PC 11-14-19, (Comments from Albert and Paula Autry  and John Burns)

43. Public Comment Rcvd 11-07-19 PC 11-14-19, (Comments from Lisa Plummer, Renee Gilpen, Drew Gilpen, Sara Adams, and Eric & Becky Brandon)

44. Public Comment Rcvd 11-06-19 PC 11-14-19, (Comments from Angela Martin and Neal Takahashi)

45. Public Comment Rcvd 11-05-19 PC 11-14-19, (Comment from Cam Squires)

46. Public Comment Rcvd 11-04-19 PC 11-14-19, (Comment from Susan Hansen)

47. Public Comment Rcvd 10-30-19 PC 11-14-19 (Comments from Nathan and Julia Roos, and Stephen Miller)

Support EHD sustainability: Encourage NO to the Rezone

When: Monday January 13 at 6 pm

Where: District Church 7000 Rossmore Lane El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Family, friends, and community members:

We invite you to join our community members and families in attending the Planning Commission’s meeting to encourage our representatives to vote no to the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan (Serrano Westside, Old Executive Golf Course) Rezone. Parker development company is proposing to rezone land currently zoned as open space to build 747 new units including high density housing developments with no improvements to community infrastructure: no new schools, no improvements to current over-capacity Oak Ridge High School, no additions to road improvements, fire department, police department, additional water sources, and the list continues. This is our only opportunity to make a successful stand against the destruction of our easily-accessible open space/recreational area. Only together can we make an impact. 

Please come, bring your family and children, and support our future generations’ sustainability as a community.

Parents- let us be an example to our children and show that we can take action as a community in ensuring their education and recreation is a priority to us.

Additional information can be found at:


Facebook group: parksnotparker.org



Yes, I would love to help my neighbors fight against this project, it seems there are not many benefits for residents in El Dorado Hills and the rest of the County.

Reason 2 (of many reasons) For Not Approving this Rezone of the Old Golf Course.

In the Draft Development Agreement for the CEDHSP (Golf Course Rezone) this is stated:

“E. The Project will provide neighborhood, community and County-wide benefits, as more fully detailed in this Agreement, including:

1. Fiscally neutral impacts on County services (Section 3.9 and FIA); “

It goes on to say “.. a net negative fiscal impact upon the County General Fund and County Road Fund. Developer and County shall form a community facilities district (“CFD”) or other mutually acceptable financing to generate annual revenues to the County sufficient to eliminate the identified negative fiscal impact to both the County General Fund and the County Road Fund.”

In my opinion, this is not a BENEFIT because in fact, the negative fiscal impact will start at the beginning of the project and over 15 years will amount to a deficit of $4,885,000, and the deficit will continue in perpetuity.

How will this deficit be made up? Higher taxes on the residents of El Dorado County. This may benefit the County but NOT the residents!

I don’t know about you but in addition to property taxes and other taxes, I pay about $1,000 additional taxes (Mello Roos) per year toward roads and County infrastructure and the roads continue to deteriorate.

This is not a Benefit.

This is one of many reasons this project is not good for the residents of El Dorado County and that is why I oppose this project.

I Regret The Actions of Nextdoor.com

Yesterday, I had all my posts removed without justification or warning to me. I have had several posts on Nextdoor about a critical issue confronting all the residents of El Dorado Hills. The subject is the rezone of the old El Dorado Hills Golf Course. I know many residents feel strongly about the rezone because in 2015 91% of registered voters voted against it.

Because time is of the essence, I started posting topics about this rezone to make residents were aware of the impacts on the community. Although each topic was centered around the rezone, each topic I posted had a different facet of the rezone so discussions would be unique.

The intent of the posts was to get the community involved in a subject very important to the quality of life in EDH now, and for future generations. I found that most residents were engaged and many great issues were discussed along with historical facts about the community.

I was enriched with a lot of new friendships as were others. These discussions and the documentation provide in those discussions were helpful to many in understanding the issue.

As with all discussions, and by the nature of social media, some discussions strayed outside the areas intended, but that is the nature of things.

Today, I took a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day and when I awoke I found that I was locked out of Nextdoor until I agreed to follow the Nextdoor guidelines. I agreed and was allowed to continue to find that all my posts, neighborhood connections, the history and relationships contained in those posts were gone, without warning.

I have had a few hours to absorb this and felt compelled to write this post, probably my last on Nextdoor.

I am disappointed that the hours and hours of communication, engagement, information and knowledge that help me and thousands of others share our thoughts was destroyed by some unknown person or persons who felt they had to power to take that from us.

I was naive to think the administrators of this website would not do such a thing because according to their “about”,  “Nextdoor is the world’s largest social network for the neighborhood. Nextdoor enables truly local conversations that empower neighbors to build stronger and safer communities.

Building connections in the real world is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighborhoods are one of the most important and useful communities in our lives, have been a guiding principle for Nextdoor since it was founded in 2011.”

So I sit here quietly.  No one has given me an explanation of any kind.

Well, my faith in Nextdoor is destroyed and it is time to move on.

Hello Facebook!

Volunteer Help Needed

The ParksNotParker.org  team needs volunteer help ASAP.  These are purely voluntary positions and will last from 2 to 6 months (part time or full time, or just do what you can) depending on how effective we are at making the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan (CEDHSP) a win/win for the County and the Applicant.  At this point in the process there are many issues with the project and we are working to mitigate those issues so we need help in the following areas.

  • Document Analysis – We are looking for community volunteers to review documents for errors and inconsistencies in this projects’s documentationThe goal of this analysis is to determine how the project documentation and content can be improved to provide the best benefit to the community, and to the applicant.  We will provide much needed help for the El Dorado Hills Area Planning Advisory Committee (APAC) which is reviewing the documents to insure their accuracy before they are presented to the El Dorado County Planning Commission (Planning Commission) for their review.  It is imperative these documents contain accurate and vetted information before the Planning Commission submits their recommendations to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (BOS)  for their vote on the project.
    • Skills required
      • Detail oriented
      • Ability to simplify complex written prose
      • Ability to understand spreadsheets
      • Ability to collaborate in small groups
      • Self starter
      • Ability to get things done in a short period of time with minimal supervision
    • Needed as soon as possible
  • Marketing  – We want to utilize social media, newspapers, email and US Postal service mailings to notify the EDH public about the project and to get their input.  Back in 2015 Measure E on the ballot resulted in 91% of the registered voters who voted were against the project.  Now the Developer is pushing forward and the project is in the hands of the Planning Commission.  We want to inform and remind every EDH resident of the implications of this project on their quality of life so they can voice their concerns.
    • Skills required
      • Effective written and oral communication skills
      • Facebook Publishing Tools and Facebook Ad Center knowledge and application
      • Email Marketing skills such as Constant Contact or Mail Chimp
      • Digital graphics skills
      • WordPress post creation
      • Self starter
      • Ability to get things done in a short period of time with minimal supervision
    • Needed as soon as possible

These are voluntary positions.  Your reward will be a positive impact on this community now and for generations to come.

Please submit the following information:

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

This post is to encourage all of you who voted against the rezone of the old EDH Golf Course in 2015 to act NOW.

This post is to encourage all of you (1600) who voted against the rezone of the old EDH Golf course on this website https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=129700844 to act NOW.

It may seem the cards are stacked against us, and they are. I have been watching what has been going on in this community since I moved here in 2011 and my takeaway is that this community is overtaken by apathy.

I like to say, we all know there is a silent majority in America, unfortunately they all live in EDH.

I see people complaining and venting about everything that is wrong with the community, bad roads, school overcrowding, so on and so on. Plenty complaints, very little action. All of the action comes from very few concerned citizens that actually volunteer to do something while the rest of us sit back and complain while we watch our quality of life slowly erode.

Parker Development wants to take a huge piece of prime property, which they own, and which has been zone open space/recreational from the 1960’s and should stay that way, and turn it into more than 700 homes. As a good friend of mine says, “Parker gets the gold mine and we get the shaft”.

My question to you, fellow resident, are we going to let that happen? I am afraid the answer is a resounding YES. Why? Because of the big A word, Apathy. There are a hand full of people silently working to stop this development but I am afraid it is too little too late.

I have a petition on https://parksnotparker.org to stop the rezone where over 1300 neighbors have signed. I have put a poll on Nextdoor asking if they are against the rezone and over 1600 have said “YES”.

This is all well and good, but we need a much stronger show of strength and commitment against the rezone. I have done as much as I can and others have also been proactive against this fight but it is not enough. Our fate is in the hands of the 5 Supervisors on the County Board of Supervisors. It takes 3 out of 5 to decide our fate, and it is NOT looking good. It seems the Supervisors who are not directly associated with EDH could care less and want this project to go through because it will be a “cash cow” for the rest of the County. EDH is already a cash cow.

Of the other three Supervisors, the general feeling is that two of them do not want this project to go through. That leaves our Supervisor, John Hidahl, who was elected based on his well documented opposition to the project. https://parksnotparker.org/john-hidahl-remarks-on-nextdoor/

I know John and I worked closely with him when he initiated Measure E in 2015 where an advisory vote of 91% of the registered voters in EDH voted against this project. Now I am hearing from some close to John that he wants to vote FOR this project. I don’t know if what I have heard is true, but they are reliable sources and it scares me and should scare you.

I know there are small groups working throughout the community to resist this project. I believe that what we need is a “champion or leader” to pull these groups together and organize them into one cohesive group that can lead this effort with a strong message and voice.

Who will that person be?