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.
Member, Road Committee CSA #4
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.
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)
- MyMotherlode tends to have articles up pretty quickly and usually includes a map of the incident.
Please share other sites or info sources in the comments.
Thanks & stay safe!
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.
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:
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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Apparently the lack of clarity from the County is resulting in a land rush to set up growing operations in Calaveras County:
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.
Last night Bob & I spoke at the LAFCO hearing in order to comment on the report of the status of Calaveras County CSAs. Three other CSAs were represented by their advisory committee members. Diamond XX residents, Ed & Diana Fischer, also attended the meeting and offered comments.
In general, LAFCO got an earful from the community of volunteers who put much time and effort into their roles yet were completely ignored when it came time to conduct a study of their CSAs. As a result of being left out of the reporting process, Diamond XX Advisory Committee was compelled to present their comments at the LAFCO hearing in an effort to identify faulty opinions & recommendations made by this report that lacked sufficient data. We did this because we believed the report should be both thorough and accurate with opinions based on sound analysis and because LAFCO will use this report to make recommendations to our Supervisors that may effect county CSAs.
LAFCO’s response was a promise to include advisory committee members next time (5 years from now) a report on CSAs was to be conducted.
Going forward, my own responsibility will be to keep a watchful eye on LAFCO and other county agencies who are spending our tax dollars and making decisions that effect our lives.
Sometimes just to show up and let them know you are watching is enough.
Respectfully submitted, Jeane Kennedy, CSA 4 Advisory Committee Member
An article in the Calaveras Enterprise concerning Calaveras County CSAs and LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) came as a surprise and generated concern to your Diamond XX Road Committee members – Bob & Jeane – particularly the following quote, “Moving forward, Jennifer Stephenson, who prepared the report, told the Local Agency Formation Commission at a November 16 meeting that it would be more cost-efficient to establish a countywide CSA to maintain roads.”
$20,000 of your taxes was budgeted for the creation of this report on the status of CSAs within Calaveras County. Your Diamond XX Road Committee was not interviewed by the consultant nor were we informed that there would be a comment period and then a hearing.
Because we were alarmed about several of the conclusions this report made, we began seeking information from our Supervisor, Debbie Ponte, as well as from LAFCO’s Executive Officer, John Benoit. As a result of those emails we were able to find out LAFCO’s hearing date for this report is January 25 and we urge anyone with concerns to attend. There is also a current comment period ending December 29th. Comments can be submitted to: John Benoit (LAFCO Executive Officer), email@example.com
Here is a link to the report: http://www.calaveraslafco.org/uploads/1/1/4/5/11454087/calaveras_csas_public_review_draft_downsized.pdf
This report leads you to believe that CSA’s are sitting on a pot of money rather than spending it on road maintenance. Yet, when our Road Committee looked back through correspondence with Public Works during the reporting period, the reason CSA #4 had almost $300,000 was because:
- FEMA had finally paid us for flood damage suffered in the flood of 2006.
- Public Works did not have the resources available to do the projects we wanted to have done that year.
- Some CSA funds were saved for the Stagecoach Bridge project (which we later we found out did not require matching funds)
While no factual errors were found in the report prepared by Ms. Stephenson, the report does not tell the whole story about road maintenance activity that was or was not taking place in the CSAs nor the reasons why.
In studying the recommendations made by Ms. Stephenson, we fail to see a benefit to Diamond XX residents for the following reasons.
- We fear that the compiling of our funds with other CSAs will remove it from the close scrutiny your Road Committee has applied to these funds for over a decade.
- More administration costs rather than road maintenance will be applied to our account.
- Our road fees may then be able to be raised at will by the county.
So, please read the report, comment if you wish, and attend the hearing Jan. 25, 6pm at the Board of Supervisors chambers.
Road Committee members