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Thursday, 1/6 Special meeting of the RCRC Ad Hoc Committee on Wildfire and Forest Stewardship. PG&E had requested to meet with RCRC and we were able to share our concerns and frustrations with how PG&E operates in our communities. They are focusing on undergrounding their infrastructure, but it was pointed out that they need to communicate realistic expectations or else they are setting themselves up for failure. Increased communication was the takeaway from the meeting. And I again asked that using our microgrids in any power outage situation, not just for PSPS events, should be a priority project for them. I did thank them for bringing in crews from all over to help restore power from the snow storm.
Saturday, 12/3Attended the Georgetown Christmas Parade and VFW dinner.
Meeting with staff regarding Ranch Marketing and Winery Ordinance update.
Monthly check in with staff regarding Chili Bar project.
Monthly meeting with DOT Director.
Special Golden Sierra Job Training Agency meeting.
Virtual biomass working group meeting.
Monthly meeting with HR Director.
Monthly meeting with Planning staff.
Virtual Community Health Improvement Plan steering committee meeting.
Monthly meeting with IT Director.
Monthly meeting with Library Director.
Monthly meeting with Environmental Management Director.
Virtually attended Taxpayers Association meeting to elect officers.
Tour of the Divide Wellness Center.
Meet and Greet with Senator Alvarado-Gil
Met with Supervisor Laine and toured District IV. Pointed out areas where issues will be coming to the Board.
Briefing on the storm damage at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Hemp Ad Hoc Meeting #3. I would like the meeting materials sent out earlier so that we have time to review them prior to meeting.
Hemp meeting finished early, so I was able to join the Cemetery Advisory Committee meeting. Good to see everyone. District 5 is looking for a representative if anyone is interested.
Virtual meeting with Aging on Commission representatives.
Monthly virtual meeting with County Counsel.
As a follow up to SMUD Funds ad hoc meeting, phone call with Jeff Marsolais, Eldorado Forest Supervisor, and invited him to join us in next SMUD Funds ad hoc meeting to discuss potential revenue sources for maintaining Ice House Road and other roads in the Upper American River Project (UARP) area.
Zoom meeting with Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) staff to prepare for the Board meeting on 3/4/21.
Budget Ad Hoc Zoom meeting regarding TOT (Transient Occupancy [Hotel] Tax) apportionment to Veterans Affairs Commission
Zoom Taxpayers Association meeting - guest speaker Assemblymember Frank Bigelow
Zoom meeting with representatives of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District regarding their TOT study and request
Zoom meeting with representatives to discuss Community HUBS
COVID Cooperators call update
Supervisor Thomas and I met virtually with our DOT Director regarding the proposed reduction in force.
Tour of Bass Lake with EDHCSD and EDHPromise Foundation regarding proposed park plans.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Virtual Board Meeting. Preparing to quickly fund projects if the Governor’s Budget is passed. Good discussion about connecting communities with funding and received an update on the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative which is being looked at as a model.
Joined the Zoom Transportation Commission (EDCTC) meeting late, but did confirm that the funding for the SR 49 Confluence study is in the acceptance process.
Monthly meeting with District 4 Planning Commissioner.
Phone meeting to check in with Georgetown Divide Fire Safe Council liaison.
Phone meeting with Tahoe City Councilmember Bass to follow up on 56-acre project conversation.
CSAC/RCRC Redistricting webinar. Many new requirements, very labor intensive, advised to hold first public meeting sooner than later using estimates. Will be follow up webinar.
Phone meeting with CDPH representative for input and updates.
Phone meeting with Adam Clark regarding Alternate Public Defender agenda item.
Zoom update with Treasurer-Tax Collector.
Taxpayers Association meeting guest speaker Jack Frost regarding Reopen California Now.
Attended California Middle Mile Project webinar hosted by RCRC and presented by CPUC staff.
Attended open forum at Planning Commission to congratulate James Williams on his 6 years of serving as the District 4 Planning Commissioner.
Grand Jury Meet and Greet.
Redistricting Special Board meeting.
Monthly Zoom meeting with Long Range Planning Staff.
Meeting with Town & Country Village project applicants in preparation for 10/19 BOS J6 hearing.
Monthly meeting with Environmental Management Director.
Attended Garden Valley Community Association’s volunteer appreciation event at Garden Valley Park.
Attended Taxpayers Association meeting and guest speaker was Robert D’Agostini of J&R Logging, who discussed challenges of forest management.
Attended El Dorado West Republican Women Federated’s Annual Meet Your Elected Officials Luncheon.
EDCWA - Going to Washington D.C.
Meeting with Sheriff - appreciated his time to help me understand more about his department and how I can better interact with him and his department
Met with residents about Vineyards project
Met with staff about Vineyards project
Soup and Sandwiches at Camino Pollock Pine Community Center
Cowboy Honor Ride in Auburn to pay respects to Deputy Brian Ishmael.
Garden Valley Fire Department Breakfast - good to see everyone in the new year. Lots of projects to bring to my attention and get status.
Met with a few residents near the Vineyards project.
Good Governance meeting - good discussion.
Human Rights Commission - Discussing their work plan for the commission
RCRC Monthly meeting
RCRC Sponsored Legislation - We had to take a roll call vote on this one because it was a contentious topic. Due to cannabis overproduction in California, RCRC is following recent Oregon legislation and proposing legislation to allow for cannabis and cannabis products to be transported across state lines. This cannot occur until there is a liberalization of federal law. The vote was 17 Ayes, 13 Noes, and 1 Abstain. I voted with the Ayes because the voters directed us to build our legal cannabis market so that we can eradicate the black market in El Dorado County, and this legislation is intended to build the legal market.
During the Member County Issues and Concerns it was brought up by several counties that they are asking others to join them in declaring a state of emergency regarding vegetation management so that we can have leverage as a region for obtaining State grant monies, much like we did with the Tree Mortality state of emergency. We will be having an agenda item soon to discuss the potential state of emergency.
RCRC - Evening - Annual installation of officers and Rural Leadership Awards
Meeting with GDPUD General Manager, 2 Board of Directors, and Don Ashton to increase communication between our agencies
Budget ad hoc meeting
Christmas Parade Committee meeting - We debriefed to prepare for 2020. I mention this because it was good to see that the County had several entries in the 2019 parade and Toys for Tots really appreciated the use of County space.
Meeting with Commission on Aging representative - Discussed Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) from CPUC decision. Liz and I discussed ways to distribute the information to our low-income and medically sensitive residential customers. Keeping an eye on it.
Georgetown Fire Department Town Hall regarding Homeowners Fire Insurance - Great turnout. I addressed a question regarding County’s Vegetation Management ordinance. Next Town Hall is March 21.
El Dorado West Republican Women Federated annual luncheon in Cameron Park - Guest speakers were Congressman McClintock and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley. Major topic was the negative impacts to independent contractors from AB5, and the efforts to repeal it.
Cool Community Hall Association monthly potluck - Asked for Vegetation Management speaker so Shelley sent them the hotline to get connected.
Georgetown Republican Women’s Luncheon - Guest speaker was Cindy Garcia, Board of Director for GDPUD.
Snowline Hospice photo exhibit Vanquishing the Invisible honoring women veterans.
Rubicon Oversight Committee meeting - Large turnout and Vickie did a great job of updating everyone on what’s coming this year and why.
I was asked to attend the monthly Coloma Lotus Advisory Committee (CLAC) meeting. Good news from El Dorado County Fire Protection District - they will be providing 24/7 coverage during the peak season at the Coloma Lotus Fire Station 74.
Meeting to catch up with Chair of the Behavioral Health Commission. Very hopeful for a good result from recruitment for Mental Health Director.
EDCAR El Dorado County Association of Realtors annual breakfast to support troops. Great turnout and saw a lot of familiar faces.
Department Meetings with Planning, Environmental Management, and County Counsel, and briefings on Cemeteries, Airports, and Cannabis.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Tour of proposed Vineyards project site with Supervisor Hidahl, our Planning Commissioners, and staff. I appreciate the applicant working with us to make that happen.
Community meeting hosted by the Divide Action Coalition, which has created a non-profit called American River Community Coalition. First responders and insurance professionals on the panel to address safety issues regarding the proposed Auburn State Recreation Area plan.
Compliment received from a resident who had a great experience with CPS.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Attended the celebration of 100 Years of Votes for Women cosponsored by the El Dorado County Democratic Women at Oak Ridge High School. State Controller Betty Yee was the guest speaker.
Received Thank You Note from Odd Fellows in Georgetown for Community Grant to assist with the hall renovation.
Thank you to Kim Dawson and her staff for working with me and Shelley to have a test Zoom meeting to prepare for our Roundabout Meeting with DOT coming up on 11/12
Attended virtual Regional Economic Summit hosted by North State Planning & Development Collective. Data intensive presentation by Dr. Robert Eyler and informative presentation by Barbara Hayes of RCRC about broadband and forest efforts. Looking forward to the video recording to review the data.
Attended virtual El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) meeting. Special thank you to Executive Director Deloria for persevering and securing a grant for the Highway 49 Confluence study. That work will begin next year and I’ve been keeping the community informed through our District IV newsletter and on Facebook.
Listened in virtually to the Pioneer Community Energy Board meeting as they discussed expanding to include El Dorado County and the City of Placerville.
Honored to read the Board of Supervisors Veterans Day Proclamation for the video recording of the virtual Veterans Day ceremony
Attended both the Governments For Forest Health and Governor’s Forest Management Task Force virtual meetings. I plan to follow up with Supervisor Veerkamp on how much value he sees that we get from these meetings.
Over the last several weeks, many phone calls and meetings with residents regarding concerns surrounding the proposed Mira Loma project in the Cameron Woods neighborhood. I appreciate staff’s ongoing support in addressing those concerns.
Additionally over the last several weeks, many phone calls and meetings with residents and the manager of the Black Oak Mountain Vineyard over concerns regarding the noise from events and compliance with the Ranch Marketing Ordinance.
El Dorado Water Agency meeting - finalized strategic plan
Hosted Lotus/Gold Hill Road online community meeting. DOT Director Rafael Martinez did a great job of explaining why we are looking at a roundabout at that intersection. I also want to thank our Clerk of the Board, Kim Dawson, for making sure that we were all set up to host the Zoom meeting. The meeting was recorded and we sent a link out in our District IV newsletter, which will be posted on our District IV webpage and Facebook page.
Online meeting with staff regarding proposed Mira Loma/Cameron Woods Apartments
Participated in SOFAR collaborative online meeting. Ken Payne from EDC Water Agency presented a proposal to increase Water Agency participation in SOFAR since it relates to watershed.
Participated in a webinar organized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection: Organizing Community-Based Wildland Fuels Management Projects. Good information.
Monthly phone call to check in with HSSA Director Don Semon.
Participated in an online presentation hosted by the Eldorado National Forest regarding the King Fire restoration.
Monthly Zoom meeting with Planning Staff
Zoom meeting regarding progress of the Coloma Lotus Economic Analysis Study.
Monthly meeting with Director of Environmental Management Greg Stanton.
Meeting with General Manager of the Georgetown Divide Recreation District (GDRD)
Listened in on the Public Health Cooperators’ Call regarding COVID update.
Used slowdown for Thanksgiving to catch up on emails and phone calls and get outside for some yardwork and enjoy this beautiful time of year.
Our office was getting a lot of phone calls regarding the IBC Writ. So, thank you to Rob Peters in Planning for the phone call explaining how the IBC issue is being addressed.
EDC Transportation Commission meeting. Previewed the El Dorado Hills transportation plan public outreach videos.
Coloma Lotus Advisory Committee meeting. It was good to see them meeting again. Several ad hoc committees formed to work on specific tasks and potentially bring recommendations to the Board.
Phone calls and emails coming in about the proposed Mira Loma Apartments project off of Cameron Park Drive. I appreciate the DOT Director reaching out on that project and I’ll be meeting with staff to understand next steps in that project.
Supervisor Hidahl and I met with staff to review the 2021 Board meeting calendar.
I’ll be visiting another hemp farm this afternoon. National Night Out is this evening.
After BOS meeting visited hemp farm on Thompson Hill. Talked with the farmers and observed the smells and lack of setbacks to neighbor.
Went to Georgetown for National Night Out. It was outside and people were social distancing and/or wearing masks. Stopped by the Divide Chamber of Commerce booth and Sol appreciated Kyle Zimbleman driving up there to drop off masks and hand sanitizer.
Participated in the Golden State Job Training Agency board meeting.
Took the day off and drove up to Hope Valley. Trees were just starting to get their color.
Spent the morning in Coloma gathering information for economic analysis and parks/trails plans.
Monthly meeting with DOT Director.
Visit to Thompson Hill hemp farm neighbor. Good to see the farm from their perspective.
Contacted about concerns regarding the Cameron Park Airport and its financial stability. Questions about how is the airport funded and what if it goes bankrupt. Could become a County issue, so bringing to Board’s attention and I did contact Supervisor Frentzen since it is in her district.
Lots of emails and phone calls over the past week regarding the Mira Loma Apartments pre-app, so appreciated a virtual meeting with my Planning Commissioner, County Counsel, and Planning staff to discuss the steps of the process and potential options. I will report out to the community in an upcoming newsletter.
Attended the Republic Central Committee monthly meeting where Kevin Kiley was the guest speaker and gave an update on his lawsuit against Governor Newsom’s use of Executive Orders.
Phone call to check in with Sierra Nevada Conservancy for next year’s board appointment. El Dorado County will chair our region on the board.
Attended virtual El Dorado County Water Agency EDCWA Board meeting. Continued working on Strategic Plan.
Attended virtual SOFAR meeting.
Attended Environmental Services JPA virtual meeting. Primary focus was on implementing SB 1383 and regulations for closing down landfills, such as our Union Mine landfill.
Shelley and I attended our virtual monthly meeting with Long Range Planning. Updates and opportunity for discussion are very appreciated. My concerns about the proposed project at Hacienda on Cameron Park Drive are being addressed with a traffic signal being added to the widening of Cameron Park Drive in that area. Thank you to DOT for looking into that for the safety of everyone using Cameron Park Drive.
Shelley and I had a virtual introductory meeting with our new PG&E Government Relations representative, Sarah Rasheed. It was good to meet her and we thanked Brandon Sanders for his great customer service over the past 2 years that we’ve worked with him.
Phone meeting with Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and residents in the Cameron Woods neighborhood where the Mira Loma Apartments project is being proposed. It was good that the residents were able to discuss their concerns with us. This particular parcel has a complex history, so I let them know that I am working with staff on next steps.
Shelley and I had a virtual meeting with Charles Mason our CPUC representative. We did not have a chance to meet with him prior to COVID, so this was our first meeting. We focused on what we can do to assist areas that do not have any communications during power outages. We are packaging that information and plan to send that out to our residents soon.
The fires along Highway 50 were only a few blocks from my house, so I wanted to thank our first responders for their quick response and getting the fires under control quickly. The planes, helicopters, and ground crews did an amazing job.
Lots of questions about the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Lotus and Gold Hill Roads. Our office is working on gathering information to respond to those inquiries and will be working with our DOT director to plan a virtual Town Hall.
Virtual meeting with Barry Broome of Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC)
Supervisor Hidahl and I participated in the virtual Hemp Ad Hoc meeting. Staff will be bringing the moratorium documents to the Board by the end of this year and will work on drafting an Ordinance for the ad hoc to review early next year.
Attended the TuCARE 28th Annual Natural Resources Summit, which was virtual this year. TuCARE is Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources & Environment, which was established in 1988. Their theme this year was “Where there’s a WILL, There’s a WAY.” For a visual of the work that needs to be done for our forest health, it was said that if you can ride a horse through a forest, then you’ve thinned it about right. Great information and video is available at https://youtu.be/zZSUY4sZGqY.
I went out to Coloma to see the pumpkins on the bridge for Halloween. Crisp and cool evening to be outside by the river and enjoy the creativity of the pumpkins.
Participated as an alternate in the El Dorado Transit Authority Board meeting
Participated in the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) meeting. Update from Executive Director stating that grant application for Confluence study was rejected. He is looking for an alternate funding source for this important study.
Fire ad hoc committee meeting
Meeting with Ag Commissioner and CAO to discuss the Livestock Grazing information campaign proposed by cattle ranchers. Follow up meeting tomorrow 9/23.
Fork Fire started. I appreciate the Chair and CAO keeping me updated.
Started participating in daily Fork Fire Cooperators call to stay informed on fire and resources to share with constituents in newsletter and social media.
Phone call with Pastor Drew of the Cool Community Church regarding evacuation center. Due to COVID, the church was being used as a hub to get evacuees hotel vouchers.
Started receiving a lot of phone calls and emails about Mosquito Bridge status. As a result, provided an update in the District IV newsletter and on social media.
Online meeting with Natalie Porter in DOT to follow up on SB 743 Vehicle Miles Traveled VMT discussion and why Shingle Springs numbers appeared atypical.
Monthly DOT meeting with updates.
Started receiving a lot of phone calls and emails asking about a ban on campfires, which resulted in the 9/22 BOS agenda item.
Phone call with El Dorado County Fire Chief Cordero to discuss potential for ban on campfires during fire season. Appreciated input regarding BOS discussion.
Participated in a virtual meeting to discuss proposed recommendations to the Governor by the Forest Management Task Force. Concerns raised about taking 2 years to come up with recommendations and how some groups are represented more than others in the recommendations.
Participated in the virtual Governor’s Forest Management Task Force. Two guest speakers gave presentations and then two of the subcommittees presented their recommendations with no opportunity for discussion, so not interactive.
RCRC virtual Board meeting
I was honored to recognize the winner of the 4th Annual RCRC Photo Contest. El Dorado County resident Jason Brand took the winning photo of Mack Lake in Inyo County. Mr. Brand also submitted a beautiful nighttime photo of El Dorado County that was one of the 3 finalist photos.
Voted to take No Position on Prop 22. Was not a unanimous vote.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Homeowner’s Insurance made its recommendations to the RCRC Board of Directors. It was very disappointing that the Insurance Commissioner did not support AB 2167. The Insurance Commissioner needs to hear from voters about the need for legislation to assist homeowners with obtaining affordable insurance.
Participated in virtual SOFAR Collaborative meeting. I shared a brief summary of the Feinstein proposed legislation with the group.
Attended Foothill Interfaith Collaboration Kickoff meeting. Effort by local churches to come together on issues.
Monthly online meeting with Long Range Planning Staff for updates. I appreciated that they started early so that I could get to the Water Agency meeting.
EDCWA virtual meeting. We collaboratively worked on the Strategic Plan.
Budget hearing to consider adoption of the 2020/21 Budget
First day without a Fork Fire Cooperators Call. Good news - the fire is staying quiet.
Meeting with Ag Commissioner Charlene Carveth and Chuck Bacchi to check in on status of the educational campaign to use Livestock Grazing as a tool for vegetation management. Charlene reported that the phone line should be installed by the end of this month and that handouts and materials are ready. The plan is to hold one or two workshops before spring of next year and reach out to Fire Safe Councils to start sharing information. To start things off Chuck Bacchi will be the point of contact for connecting with ranchers.
Supervisor Veerkamp and I participated in the Urgency Housing Ad Hoc Committee. Staff is making great progress on preparing an ordinance to bring to the Board.
Monthly meeting with County Counsel
Site visit at hemp farm. I appreciated the opportunity and am planning on visiting another site soon.
Lunch meeting with Supervisor-elect Wendy Thomas. We were cognizant of the Brown Act and mostly talked about the challenges of being a new supervisor.
Thank you to County Counsel’s office, the Treasurer-Tax Collector, and to Code Enforcement for working toward bringing a few code violators into compliance to help improve quality of life in neighborhoods.
Listened in on the last half of the Taxpayers Association monthly business Zoom meeting.
Participated in RCRC Homeowners Insurance Ad Hoc Committee meeting. The committee discussed SB 2167 which establishes the Insurance Market Action Plan, known as IMAP. In 1988 Prop 103 allowed insurers to request up to 6.9% rate increases without a public hearing. SB 2167 allows insurers to request actuarial based rate increases which could be higher than the 6.9% in exchange for offering policies in IMAP counties at a market penetration level equal to 85% of their statewide market penetration level. The goal is to allow insurers to recover their losses and stay in California and get policyholders off of the FAIR plan.
The ad hoc committee is working on a report for submission to the full RCRC Board at their September meeting, which I will share with you when published
Golden State Job Training Agency Board meeting
Budget ad hoc committee
El Dorado County Transportation Commission meeting
Met on site with SMUD and Mountain Enterprises representatives to tour vegetation management work done for landowner who was not satisfied with work done on her property under the transmission lines. I appreciate that SMUD is going above and beyond to work with the landowner.
Listened in on part of the Taxpayers Association meeting. Joe Irvin, Manager of City of South Lake Tahoe, was the guest speaker.
Listened in on the Government for Forest Health online meeting.
Listened in on the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force online meeting.
Meet and Greet with new Assistant Director of IT, John Goode.
RCRC Board of Directors virtual meeting.
President and CEO Greg Norton announced his retired effective end of 2020.
Ballot measure positions (some very contentious discussion):
Prop 15 - Split Roll - OPPOSE
Prop 16 - Repeal affirmative action prohibition - SUPPORT
Prop 17 - Voting rights for felons still on parole - OPPOSE
Prop 18 - Age of voting to 17 for primary if 18 by general - NEUTRAL
Prop 19 - Similar to Prop 90 tax base transfer for seniors - OPPOSE
Reminder to Counties to get the Electric Vehicle Charging ordinances completed or else the State will do it for us with legislation. Only a few jurisdictions in the State have completed their ordinances and EDC was not on the list.
RCRC ESJPA (Environmental Service Joint Powers Authority) virtual meeting. Primarily talked about implementation of SB 1383.
Attended small ceremony in Auburn Lake Trails to commemorate that they have been a Fire Wise Community for 15 years and received signage from the National Fire Protection Association for the gate entrances. ALT is also 50 years old now and plans for their celebration are on hold until next year.
I have a mural on loan from the EDC Museum in my office, so I connected the Recorder-Clerk and the County Museum Director to arrange for a loan of museum artwork for the Recorder-Clerks office now that the remodel is complete. The office looks great and I will stop by to see the artwork up on walls. Great to share our local history for public viewing.
Virtual meeting with local cattle ranchers and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) representatives regarding reestablishing cattle grazing on the ASRA Knicker Bocker property in Cool. BOR was more concerned about the water quality impacts than the fire safety aspects, so we will continue to look into that.
Phone meeting with GDRD (Georgetown Divide Recreation District) General Manager regarding access to Greenwood Schoolhouse. My monthly meeting with DOT Director was immediately after phone call, so I connected her with our DOT Director for potential temporary access through our DOT yard in Greenwood.
Zoomed in to the Taxpayers Association meeting. Jill Ritzman, General Manager of Cameron Park CSD, was the guest speaker.
Heads up that I may be bringing an agenda item to Board regarding a pioneer cemetery that needs vegetation management but has questionable ownership. Working with staff.
Follow up meeting with SMUD representatives.
Virtual meeting of Hemp ad hoc committee. Next steps are that the Ag Commissioner will be bringing our recommendation to the Board for further direction.
Monthly phone meeting with HHSA Director Don Semon.
Virtual meeting with Natalie Porter in DOT to follow up on my questions from our 8/4 VMT discussion. She is working with consultant on VMT threshold questions.
My assistant Shelley and I participated in a meeting with OES deputies for an update on Fire and Evacuations. After that meeting we participated in a session with the Sheriff’s situation simulator. Great experience and appreciated how the simulator gives you the opportunity to debrief after each simulation.
Monthly meeting with Long Range Planning staff.
Meeting with local ranchers and LeeAnne in Ag Dept. Working toward an educational program for using livestock grazing for vegetation management. Feedback from CAO and Supervisor Veerkamp will determine next steps and whether we will bring an item to the Board for further direction.
CCA (Community Choice Aggregate) ad hoc meeting. We will be bringing an item to the Board so that we can have discussion on whether to engage with Pioneer JPA in Placer County.
Monthly meeting with County Counsel
Meeting with DOT Director for status on a few District 4 projects
Supervisor Hidahl and I participated in the CCA Community Choice Aggregate ad hoc meeting with representatives from Pioneer Energy. Good meeting, making progress, and a presentation and draft ordinance will be on our 9-22-20 agenda for your review and approval.
Follow up meeting with local ranchers toward creating an El Dorado County Livestock Grazing Information phone line to encourage using livestock grazing for vegetation management. Making progress.
Tried to participate in Virtual Town Hall on SB 743, Vehicle Miles Traveled, but it was poorly organized and started off as a sales pitch about how great SB 743 is going to be for our State. I don’t know if anyone else participated, but it seemed to be a waste of time and so I didn’t stay for the whole webinar.
Supervisor Frentzen and I had a video meeting update with Environmental Management and El Dorado Disposal
Listened in on Taxpayers Association monthly business meeting
CAO and I had a phone call with RCRC to get clarification on a couple State issues
Had a socially distanced outside meeting with members of the Mosquito Fire Safe Council. It was good to catch up with what is going on there.
To follow up on Board direction from the 6/30/20 meeting, I participated in a meeting with Supervisor Novasel and staff regarding the Human Rights Commission. We decided that Supervisor Novasel will take the lead on the Commission and I will receive correspondence so that I’m in the loop.
Missed EDCWA meeting because Human Rights Commission meeting went long and we were at a criti al point in the discussion.
Attended the Ag Commission meeting. I’ve been in touch with the Cattleman’s Association and there was a presentation regarding promoting using livestock grazing for Vegetation Management. The Commission created an ad hoc committee to explore that possibility and I look forward to supporting their efforts.
Zoom meeting organized by McClintock’s office including agencies involved in the Auburn State Recreation Area to follow up on the release on the FEIR for the ASRA General Plan update.
Attended socially distanced outdoor meeting for the Volcanoville Firewise Community Council. Well attended. Gave update on items in the County. It was really good to see everyone!
Listened in on Taxpayers Association meeting, guest speaker was David Wolfe regarding ballot measures
Huge thank you to our Clerk of the Board for working diligently to help the community feel comfortable with using Zoom for public comment
Supervisor Veerkamp and I participated in Budget ad hoc in the morning
I was the guest speaker at the Republican Central Committee last night
Generally, responding to lots of emails with COVID questions and receipt of Dollar General public comments
Week of 7/15 to 7/21/20
Phone calls with residents and agencies, especially about next steps regarding Auburn State Recreation Area General Plan Update, including setting up meetings with the Cattleman’s Association for potential livestock grazing on ASRA and elsewhere in the County.
Weekly COVID Cooperators Call
Monthly meeting with HHSA Director
Monthly Zoom meeting with Long Range Planning Staff
Taxpayers Association Zoom meeting, Vern Pierson guest speaker
Supervisor Veerkamp and I participated in the Emergency Housing Ad Hoc committee. I appreciate the progress that staff is making on this issue and I look forward to when we can bring something to the Board.
Meeting with cattle ranchers and Cattlemen’s Association representatives regarding potential livestock grazing programs in El Dorado County and particularly in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Many follow up emails and phone calls to prepare for meeting with Bureau of Reclamation
Meeting with Georgetown Fire Chief Glenn Brown
With fire season upon us our office is getting more requests for information about evacuation routes. I need assistance on where to direct them for information.
Fire ad hoc meeting to discuss Grand Jury report response.
Fire ad hoc meeting with consultant regarding EMS JPA.
Tour of California Conservation Corps (CCC) center in Greenwood. Thank you to District Director Robert Griffith.
Follow up meeting regarding reestablishing cattle grazing for vegetation management on Knickerbocker land in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Next meeting in two weeks.
Virtual Taxpayers Association meeting - Jody Gray, Fair Association, guest speaker
Virtual meeting with State Parks, County Parks, Public Health Officer, and CAO to discuss status of river rafting industry reopening steps
Virtual Town Hall with river rafting outfitters - thank you to State Parks, County Parks, County Public Health Officer, and our CAO
BOS Special Meeting
Phone call with Chair of the Cool Pilot Hill Community Advisory Committee about Planning Department processes
Virtual Board meeting of the Governing Body of the Golden Sierra Job Training Agency. They are finding that clients are liking the added accessibility of online services. Unemployment claims are slowly decreasing.
Budget ad hoc committee meeting to prepare for today’s agenda item on the budget
Monthly meeting with my Planning Commissioner
EDC Transportation Commission meeting - approved Work Plan
Briefing on EMS and Fire services from Sue Hennike in anticipation of upcoming discussions
Phone meeting with resident concerned about how Zones of Benefit program works
Follow up virtual meeting regarding the EDC Water Agency logo rebranding
Attended Historical Society meeting for a little bit
Meeting with resident concerned about lack of public’s understanding and accessibility to County’s planning processes during COVID, especially with the Dollar General project
Participated in webinars for Government For Forest Management and the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force
Potential for additional Tree Mortality funding
EDCWA meeting - finalized new logo and budget
Monthly phone meeting with Planning Commissioner
Monthly meeting with DOT Director
Taxpayers Association Zoom meeting - Monthly business meeting
Site visit to Shoo Fly Road Defensible Space project with CCC and Georgetown Divide Fire Safe Council members
Ad hoc Fire meeting
Ad hoc Housing meeting
RCRC Zoom meeting
Last meeting was March 11, so lots to talk about
During Member County Concerns, I brought up request for clarification on Reopening Guidelines when the Governor’s Stay In Place order is still in effect
Executive Committee voted to waive membership dues for 2020
El Dorado County is $13,000
Will receive an invoice with $0 balance due
We spent hours discussing a draft letter to the Governor requesting that he remember to consider the unique character of rural counties when making his orders and reopening guidelines
No position on Rental Affordability Act
No position on SB 10 Bail Reform Referendum
Support position on Public Safety Ballot Initiative: undoes some of Prop 47
Budget discussion - much has changed since meeting
“most mysterious budget ever”
Golden State Finance Authority meeting during RCRC meeting at 10:00am
Mortgage business was strong during COVID
Approved resolution for GSFA to file applications for Rural Development Opportunity Fund to support broadband infrastructure for rural counties
Approved resolution to implement Revolving Loan Fund for Member Counties as “gap” funding for when a grant has been awarded but need up-front monies
Meeting with DOT Director regarding potential Rodeo Drive off ramp
Budget ad hoc meeting
Phone meeting with Human Rights Commission chair
Phone meeting with District IV Human Rights Commission representative
Monthly Zoom meeting with Long Range Planning staff
Monthly phone meeting with HHSA Director
Monthly phone meeting with Environmental Management Director
Taxpayers Zoom meeting - guest speaker Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
Special Board of Supervisors meeting regarding potential budget cuts
Phone call to check in with residents near the former Tribal Gun Range.
ESJPA (Environmental Services JPA) meeting. Approved draft budget with membership fees reduced by 50%. Lots of discussion about implementing legislation.
Participated in meeting with Sheriff and County residents regarding policing policies in El Dorado County. Spoke with one of the participants afterward and we plan to sign up for the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy to better understand his department's operations.
Monthly meeting with County Counsel.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the ASRA (Auburn State Recreation Area) General Plan update was published at the end of the day. In anticipation of the FEIR, I had a phone meeting with Kimberly Pruitt of Congressman McClintock’s office. We will be holding a Zoom meeting with all involved agencies in that area to follow up on the FEIR. Kimberly reminds us that the Plan did not entitle any projects and each project within the Plan will have to go through its own environmental process, including NEPA because it is on Federal land.
Phone meeting with the Planning and Building Director.
Taxpayers Zoom meeting. Laurel Brent-Bumb of the El Dorado County Chamber was the guest speaker.
Phone meeting with EDCTC Executive Director Woody Deloria. Will include him in ASRA Confluence Zoom meeting with McClintock’s office. Got clarification on the Cameron Park undercrossing widening project - part of the full interchange project, so he is going to look into whether it can be done separately.
Meeting to check in with Supervisor Veerkamp and our Forest Management team.
Many constituent phone calls to follow up on Governor letter and parking near parks.
Agenda review with EDCTC Executive Director Woody Deloria and discussed bicyclists on rural roads.
Cool Pilot Hill Community Advisory Committee virtual meeting with the Grocery Outlet developer.
Phone meeting with PG&E representative regarding the microgrid in Georgetown.
Briefing with the Treasurer Tax Collector.
Phone meeting with member of American River Community Coalition to request an update on Auburn State Recreation Area project
EDCTC virtual meeting.
I voted against funding an online map promoting bicycle routes on rural roads because our office receives a lot of complaints about bicyclists on narrow, winding, rural roads.
Executive Director gave an update that the grant application was submitted for the Highway 49 Confluence road study.
The Caltrans representative will get back to me with an update on the status of the Cameron Park undercrossing widening as that was supposed to be completed this summer.
Special Board Meeting for COVID Attestation by Public Health Officer to move into Stage 2 of reopening.
Phone meeting to follow up with Grocery Outlet developer
Monthly phone meeting with DOT Director
Shelley and I drove by many of the District 4 parking hotspots to see how the parking situations at parks were doing. Met property owner and neighbors at Traverse Creek and was glad to meet them and see their progress on protecting their private property.
Taxpayers Association virtual meeting Treasurer Tax Collector Karen Coleman was guest speaker.
Watched Placer County’s Special Board meeting for their Attestation Statement. Many of the same conversations that we had at our Special Meeting.
Phone call with Barry Smith at State Parks, they are preparing to reopen parks in phases.
El Dorado County Water Agency Board of Directors virtual meeting.
Approved moving forward with Fairgrounds Drainage Feasibility Study
For the Irrigation Management Services 2020 Growing Season - Approved reducing the cost share amount for each site from $500 to $400
Approved entering into contract for Upper American River Basin Regional Drought Contingency Plan
Provided feedback to consultant on new logo design
Received presentation and approved 2020/21 recommended budget
SOFAR forest collaborative virtual meeting.
Phone call with Elections Department Director to discuss options for November election. Thank you, Bill.
Fielded several COVID-19 related questions from industries that want to reopen and events that may be cancelled, such as graduations. I appreciate staff’s help in responding to these questions with accurate and consistent information.
Monthly phone meeting with the Environmental Management Director. Thank you for updates, Greg.
Taxpayers Association virtual meeting. Supervisor Veerkamp was the guest speaker and did a great job explaining the current budget and COVID-19 situations. Thank you to Supervisor Hidahl for bowing out so that I could attend and not violate the Brown Act.
I listened in on the virtual Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting for a proposed bed and breakfast in Coloma. Sounds like a good opportunity but is a long ways out and there is still plenty of work to do there.
Thank you to all of the agencies that have been working to resolve issues with parking and safety near our parks. While we understand that people want to recreate, we need to be able to do it safely and in a manner that does not negatively impact nearby residents. We are working together for long term solutions in several locations. Everyone’s patience is appreciated.
Monthly meeting with Don Semon, HHSA Director
Housing, Land Use and Transportation Policy
AENR (Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources) PolicyGovernment Finance and Administration Policy
Emails and phone calls started because the Planning Commission approved Dollar General in Cool
Virtual meeting on EDC Water Agency logo rebranding
Phone meeting with All About Equine horse rescue applicants
Golden State Job Training Agency Governing Body meeting on telephone. Decrease in people physically coming into job centers due to Stay at Home orders, but huge increase in requests for assistance with unemployment filings and filing of WARN notices by employers - Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification. They are in triage mode to help people as best they can.
I sent an email to CalTrans and State Parks asking for assistance to close ALL of the parking so that the one remaining open parking area wasn’t causing congestion on Highway 49 and attracting park visitors against Stay at Home orders. Great response from all involved. They had been working on it, but several agencies were involved in this particular area. All parking was closed down by Friday, 4-3-20. Received emails of appreciation from residents, however looking for permanent solution.
Participated in a couple test Zoom meetings. Staff did a great job of working out bugs.
El Dorado County Transportation Commission Zoom meeting (EDCTC). Quick meeting, approved adding Federal Advocacy Services to budget and approved advocacy agreement.
Special EDC BOS meeting to approve acceptance of Emergency Homeless Funding.
Zoom meeting with representatives from EDCTC, Placer County, CalTrans, and State Parks to work toward a permanent solution for the parking problems at the Confluence. Everyone was in agreement that this needs to be addressed and I think we’re on our way to a work plan to come up with solutions. EDCTC will be looking into Caltrans grant funding programs to secure planning funding to look into issues and opportunities on SR 49 from Cool to the Confluence. Specific elements will include parking, truck traffic, and pedestrian safety. The effort will be led by EDCTC and will be a partnership with El Dorado County, Caltrans, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), City of Auburn, Placer County, and State Parks. I am looking forward to working on this much needed project.
Tuesday 4-7-20 BOS Meeting Comments
Thank you to staff for adjusting to physical distancing and working from home, and to all of our community partners for coming together to provide services to our businesses and residents. A special thank you to Kim Dawson and our IT staff for working to make our virtual meetings possible.
Lastly, I appreciate Don Ashton, CAO, keeping our weekly 1-1 meetings on the phone so that I can keep up with all that is going on during this challenging time, and his help with fielding inquiries from constituents.
County Counsel briefing on Cannabis ordinance update
Parks briefing regarding Monroe Trail and Chili Bar Study funding
Monthly meeting with Planning staff over Zoom. Thank you for keeping those meetings.
Quick phone check in with Budget ad hoc committee
Monthly meeting with Environmental Management Director over phone. Thank you for updates and for handling Quintette water supply issues.
Participated in Taxpayers Association’s Zoom meeting where Auditor-Controller Joe Harn was the guest speaker.
Receiving lots of emails and phone calls about illegal parking on roads surrounding closed State Parks. Drove out to investigate the situation at Bayne Road near Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma and Pedro Hill Road near Cronan Ranch. DOT advised that residents work with CHP to address illegal parking. May need to continue working on improved signage as these are ongoing issues that are increasing as we attract more tourists to the area.
Also increasing emails and phone calls about when we are opening up the County. Reached out to staff and other Supervisors to have a consistent County message.
Follow up meeting with staff from Assemblyman Bigelow and Senator Dahle’s office to touch base regarding Auburn State Recreation Area. I shared with them the EDCTC grant application for a study of parking on the Confluence.
Webinar by the Governor’s Testing Taskforce - Strategy for testing explained.
Week of 4-27-20
Increase in phone and email complaints about parking near parks and trails.
Contacted DOT, State Parks, U.S. Forest Service for assistance.
CAO Don Ashton was the guest speaker at Taxpayers Zoom meeting.
Phone calls and emails letter to Governor to begin Phase 2
Phone meeting with developer for the proposed Grocery Outlet in Cool
Staff briefing on Cannabis ordinance
Phone meeting with lead of Cool/Pilot Hill Advisory Committee regarding Planning Commission meeting for Dollar General on 5-28-20 and Grocery Outlet virtual meeting with developer on 5-5-20.
Meet & Greet with Chief Cordero
Meeting with Supervisor Frentzen and CPCSD General Manager
Meeting with Veterans Commissioners and Supervisor Veerkamp to discuss future funding of commission
Meeting with my Fair Board representative and Commission on Aging representative to brainstorm ideas so that the Commission on Aging can have a booth at the County Fair on Senior Day.
Read with the children during story time at the Georgetown Library on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Meeting with my Human Rights Commissioner about their Work Plan.
Meeting with a CLAC representative about annual meeting.
Vegetation Management meeting with Garden Park residents - they are one of the two County Emphasis Areas (CEA).
Monthly meeting with my Planning Commissioner.
EDCTC - Receive and file on Work Plan. Proposed legislation to require an SB 1 Gas Tax website with fiscal information for transparency.
Annual River meeting hosted by the CLAC. Thank you to Creigthon Avilla for covering for Parks Division and to Sergeant Thompson for attending on behalf of the Sheriff.
Garden Valley Fire breakfast.
Taxpayers Association discussed sales tax for road maintenance.
Fair 2x2 working on MOU.
Supervisor Veerkamp and I met with SMUD representatives to make sure we’re collaborating on vegetation management and potential tourist revenues. Interim Forest Supervisor Liz Berger joined us.
Human Rights Commission - left early but I think that they are ready to take the 2 Supervisors off of their roster and continue moving forward toward creating a Work Plan. Their annual presentation to the BOS is tentatively set for April 21.
Youth Commission annual dinner meeting. Enjoyable evening and good to hear all the good things that the Commission is working on.
Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) meeting
No longer sponsoring interstate cannabis export bill due to controversies.
Joined Los Angeles County and CSAC to support AB 2612 (Maienschein) for $200M annually to support organic and solid waste recycling. Asking for letter of support.
Working with Senator Brian Dahle on SB 1191 requiring CalRecycle to consider whether a jurisdiction made good faith efforts to implement organic waste reduction program (SB 1383) before imposing a compliance order or penalities.
Asked to send in letter of support for County Fair allocations.
Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) meeting during lunch break. After much discussion, voted to make loan to Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR) for $10M toward wood pellet facilities, which will use woody biomass fire fuels from forests.
Barbara Hayes reported that the Economic Development group is working on Broadband and took a trip out of state to explore alternate models. Sounds promising and we may want our Broadband consultant to reach out to Ms. Hayes.
Cautioned that Housing Element may be affected by recent and sudden defunding of Mortgage Credit Certificate program. GSFA sent letter for re-funding of program to State Treasurer Fiona Ma.
After RCRC meeting, the RCRC Homeowner’s Insurance Ad Hoc Committee met with representatives for 2 different proposed pieces of legislation. Both bills are still being worked on and the ad hoc committee decided to take a watch approach for each bill for final language.
Environmental Services Joint Powers’ Authority (ESJPA)
Presentation of Model Tools for implementing SB 1383. However, regulations are not finalized yet because the Office of Administrative Law sent the regulations back to CalRecycle for clarification. Uncertainty about what this will do to implementation timeline.
Appreciated briefing from Treasurer Tax-Collector Karen Coleman on proposed policy changes that will be on our agenda next week.
Appreciated monthly meeting with DOT Director Rafael Martinez.
Budget ad hoc committee met with General Services departments
Budget Ad Hoc committee meeting with Land Use Departments
Phone meeting with EDCTC Executive Director Woody Deloria to follow up from the last EDCTC meeting with the status of Pine Hill Preserve trail. EDCTC staff has been working with our Planning staff to start the process. This trail will be a Class 1 paved trail and can also be used as an evacuation route in an emergency.
Budget Ad Hoc committee meeting with Law & Justice Departments
Fire Advisory Committee meeting - discussed drafting a response to Garden Valley Fire Department’s recent requests to El Dorado County
Lots of phone calls and emails about COVID-19
Meetings are now using teleconferencing and/or social distancing
3-25 through 4-2, including weekend
Increase in complaints about congestion and parking at Confluence due to out of town visitors violating Stay at Home orders.
Complaints intensified due to State Parks closure of their fee parking areas, which increased congestion in the limited free parking area along Highway 49.
No BOS meeting, so I went to Confluence to witness first hand. Spoke with CHP officer who was enforcing No Parking. Explained that the small free parking area was not closed down.
Monday, February 3, 2020
Fair 2x2 with Supervisor Veerkamp. Preparing for our special meeting with Board of Supervisors and Fair Board in Marc
Golden State Job Training Agency Board meeting - Beginning of year administrative duties
Meeting with EDCTC Executive Director Woody Deloria to prep for meeting and talk strategy for Highway 49 at the Confluence.
Met with my Planning Commissioner - lots going on in District 4 to catch up on.
EDCTC meeting. Approved final version of Active Transportation Plan for County and City of Placerville.
Met with a resident who is having troubles because of the Mineral Resources Overlay from the TGPA/ZOU. The number of these is starting to grow. Contacting Planning staff.
Garden Valley Fire breakfast - caught up on several projects with residents during breakfast.
Music on the Divide at Georgetown IOOF Hall - 26th annual Young Musician’s Concert. Very talented students.
Tree Mortality Task Force has changed its name and focus to Governments for Forest Health. I am checking in with staff about our Tree Mortality reimbursement because the billings weren’t received and the deadline is approaching.
Forest Management Task Force - lots going on and I will follow up with Supervisor Veerkamp to make sure we are plugged in
EDCWA - Updates
SOFAR - Presentation on forest resiliency. Sue Hennike gave an update on the Vegetation Management Ordinance.
Briefing from HHSA staff on smoking ordinance.
Meeting with Treasurer-Tax Collector Karen Coleman
Fair is coming up so meeting with my Fair Board representative
Phone meeting with Placer County Supervisor Gustafson regarding ASRA
First monthly update with DOT Director Rafael Martinez
Two residents joined me to meet with the Director of State Parks regarding ASRA. Went very well and I’m looking forward to continued discussions.
Meet & Greet with our IT Director Tonya Digiorno. Lots of great ideas and seems to have a good understanding of our IT department and systems.
Briefing with Assessor Karl Weiland.
Supervisor Frentzen and I had a meeting with DOT staff about the potential Rodeo Drive off ramp.
El Dorado County Fire Protection District held a community meeting to explain their plans for staffing Coloma Lotus Station 74 this year and into the future.
Met with a Georgetown resident who is pulling together information to help us with a potential ordinance for travel trailers as living space.
Met with Laura Scwartz in Facilities with update on Senior Nutrition program in Greenwood building and hoping to get a newspaper article out about that for residents.
Supervisor Hidahl and I attended a Pavement Workshop hosted by our DOT staff at the request of the Taxpayers Association. Good information and questions shared.
Fair 2x2 meeting looking at the MOU.
Our Vegetation Management staff gave a Learn to be Fire Wise presentation at the Cool Community Hall. Well attended and lots of great questions. Kristine Guth handled it all very well.
Long Range Planning Staff monthly briefings - thank you.
Met with Howard Penn and Kyle Zimbleman and plan for Coloma-Lotus Valley economic study is coming along.
Monthly Environmental Management update with Greg Stanton.
Annual Cameron Park Fire Department Crab Feed. Well attended and fun.
Tuesday, 2-25-20 through Friday, 2-28-20
Traveled with Supervisor Veerkamp and EDCWA staff to Washington D.C. to meet with legislators and directors regarding Alder Creek Reservoir. Well received and it was a great learning experience for me.