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Planning Commission Meeting – September 01, 2016

2016 August 31
by Jim

The Planning Commission meeting tomorrow is relevant to the DiamondXX: Planning Commission review and recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the General Plan Update.

Topics of discussion:  Land Use Map – Draft #4
Click this link to get the specific proposals to be discussed: Copperopolis

Road Committee Meeting Minutes

2016 August 7
by Jim

Here are the meeting minutes. The meeting was well attended – thanks to all who came!


Road Committee Meeting

2016 July 16
by Jim

Diamond XX Advisory Committee has scheduled a meeting on Saturday, August 6th, 10am at the Copper Fire Station.

In attendance will be

  • Copper Fire
  • Supervisors Dennis Mills and Debbie Ponte
  • CAL Fire
  • CHP or sheriff
  • Public Works Dept
  • and lots of Diamond XX folks, I hope.

There will be a short update on the Stagecoach Bridge project but most of the meeting will be devoted to the fire season, emergency access and evacuation through our roads.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Jeane Kennedy

Member, Road Committee CSA #4

This was predictable.

2016 July 15
by Jim

Four recent fires in the Motherlode have one common cause… Can you guess what it is?

I sure hope each one is getting billed the full cost of fighting the fires.

Where do you get your fire info?

2016 July 13
by Jim

For the second time in as many weeks, we heard the planes, rushed out on our deck, and saw a huge plume of smoke rising just over the hill, somewhere in Diamond XX. Here are some of the places I go to get near real-time info on what is happening:

Facebook groups (search for them in Facebook, then join as a member):

  • Motherlode Fire and Police Info
  • Gold Country Fire EMS and Law Enforcement
  • Tri – County Fire, Police and More (probably the fastest to post factual data)

News sites:

  • MyMotherlode tends to have articles up pretty quickly and usually includes a map of the incident.

Scanner feeds:

Please share other sites or info sources in the comments.

Thanks & stay safe!

Want to sign the anti-pot growing petition?

2016 May 25
by Jim

The petition to ban commercial marijuana growing with an exemption of patients and care givers will be available for people to sign at these times:

  • Thursday, May 26th, from 9 AM to 11 AM and 4PM to 6PM, at Black Creek Park
  • Friday, May 27th, from 9AM to 5PM, at the Armory in Copperopolis.

I think this is the same petition that is described in this article.

RMK Mine Update

2016 May 8
by Jim

Our neighbors at the RMK Mine have an update on their efforts to safely and responsibly close the mine and provide for long-term monitoring:

RMK NeighborUpdate4-16

Important Supervisor’s meeting tomorrow, 9am, San Andreas

2016 April 11
by Jim

A number of Diamond XX residents have been doing great work in sorting through the marijuana cultivation issues. Here is an update – please strongly consider coming to the County Supervisor’s meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, at 9am.

We have recently started working with an alliance group that filed a petition in an effort to ban commercial marijuana processes in Calaveras County.  The petition, Notice of Intention to Circulate Petition, was filed today.

However, it is extremely important that we have as many people as possible attend tomorrows 9:00am Board Meeting.  They don’t have to speak but please at least be there to show support for our group.  Unfortunately, the Board is persuaded by those in attendance at the meeting and so far commercial marijuana cultivators make up the vast majority that does attend.  Our group goal for tomorrow is to STOP the Urgency Ordinance from being passed.  The ordinance will not stop the land grab that’s currently taking place and gives some legitimacy for commercial cannabis cultivators’ current actions, not to mention it is written almost entirely for the benefit of commercial cannabis cultivators leaving us with little to no protection or rights.

Can you please reach out to people and let them know the urgency of the situation?  We need to get everyone possible to attend tomorrow’s meeting.  It will be held at:

Calaveras County Board of Supervisors
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
Time 9:00 am

I know this is on very short notice but we need all the support we can get.  If people just aren’t able to attend, please ask them to send the Board of Supervisors an email asking for a Ban on Commercial marijuana cultivation.

Email addresses for the Board is as follows:

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2016 April 7
by Jim


The Board of Supervisors is meeting on April 12, 2016 at 9:00am to discuss the Urgency Medical Marijuana Ordinance.  
The ordinance may sound like a good idea but the ordinance does nothing to protect our property, wells, children, families, peace, fresh air, safety and health from the impacts and devastation that marijuana cultivation imposes on us.   The ordinance tries to give a warm and fuzzy feeling of protecting us from marijuana being grown in our neighborhood by adding section 17.95.190 Nuisance; Violations as defined in the Calaveras County Code which has nothing specific in it regarding medical marijuana cultivation.  Code Compliance has a 3 year backlog due to lack of money and manpower.  We can expect to experience the same problems we had last year but on a bigger scale since there still isn’t a cultivation ban in place. 
Our District Attorney and acting Sheriff have openly stated they do not have the money or manpower to respond to the current level of impacts we are seeing leaving us completely unprotected and without rights.  The Urgency Ordinance does little to nothing for us and basically gives cannabis cultivators the vast majority of rights.  Calaveras County will be required to do an Environmental Study for marijuana cultivating at a cost of $250,000 of our tax dollars if it doesn’t get banned!
Don’t let the Cannabis Groups force their cultivation operations all around you!  Please email our Board of Supervisors and Planning Commissioner ASAP urging them to pass a BAN on medical marijuana CULTIVATION in Calaveras County.  Please if at all possible, we need your support at the Board Meeting next Tuesday.  Cannabis groups show up in large numbers to have their voices heard.  Don’t let them push our voices aside, they have everything to gain and we have everything to lose!  Please attend the meeting and pass this information onto your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Email addresses for the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commissioner:
Thank you for your support!

Marijuana Growers – NOT HERE!!

2016 April 3
by Jim

Apparently the lack of clarity from the County is resulting in a land rush to set up growing operations in Calaveras County: 

Marijuana growers move to buy land in Calaveras County

It could happen here…

It is important for all of us to be aware of what is going on in our neighborhoods. If we don’t want a bunch of commercial pot grows taking over the Diamond XX, we need to be contacting our Supervisors to enact the appropriate ordinances right now.