The Business Alliance in El Dorado County is made up of the El Dorado Builder’s Exchange, the El Dorado County Association of Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce. They claim their goal is to “engage and inform” the public. Thus, I am floored by the arrogance of the assertions made in their latest newsletter, beginning with this one:
“Suffice to say the initiatives are not based on community well-being and state laws: and they ignore the hundreds of hours of time donated by local volunteers who participated in good faith in the LUPPU process.”
Seriously? This statement itself does not encourage much positive engagement with the public, but it also misses a basic point. Many of the volunteers who participated in the LUPPU process are the very same ones circulating these initiative petitions! Surely these involved citizens DO have a clue as to what is in the community’s best interest. And the full page ads being run by the chamber are anything but engaging or informative.
Sign the blue petition from Rural Communities United to let the real discussion begin, and do not be fooled by the copy-cat petition soon to hit the streets and being promoted by out-of-county developers.
ELLEN VAN DYKE