Respected County Cattlemen Takes Exception to Political Charge of Development
A recent Howard Penn mailer identified "Bacchi Ranch" lands on a map and implied that we were developers intending to subdivide our land for 350 homes.
This is untrue.
Bacchi Ranch does not own land. It is a legal fictitious business name registered with the county clerk with notice published.
This business is owned by myself, my wife, my sister and her husband for the purpose of raising cattle.
We personally own real property in El Dorado County, some of which is within Mr. Penn's map. But, with the exception of one home site, all property in the Coloma Valley, owned by myself and my immediate family (mother and siblings), is under Williamson Act contract, enforceable by law, which allows only agriculture or agriculturally compatible uses on our property. We have no intention of filing notice of non renewal on any of our Williamson Act contracts or building any homes on the river parcel presently being used for raft camps.
Furthermore, with my approval, last year the Agricultural Commission recommended that the balance of our property, excluding two river parcels, be added to the existing Lotus/Coloma Agricultural District. The Board of Supervisors recently passed a "Resolution of Intent to Accept" these recommended additions pending approval of the county's environmental impact report.
With all parcels but one river home site in the Coloma Valley under Williamson Contract and all but two parcels included within our Ag District, It should be clear that our intention is to continue raising cattle. Certainly several of our fifth generation believe this as they already involved in the business.
There are many other branches of the Bacchi family owning land. We do not own property with them, we are not in business with them, and they are not involved in our business, "Bacchi Ranch".
This mailer has hijacked our business name for political purposes either by those who don't know what they are talking about or else didn't care enough to to find the facts. Regardless of which, it casts Mr. Penn in a poor light.
Chuck Bacchi P.O. Box 479 Lotus, Ca 95651
Chuck Bacchi, Lotus. Chuck is a 4th generation cattle rancher in Lotus and owner of Bacchi Ranch. He graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Economics and has led the business for the past 34 years raising cows, calves and yearling feeders. In addition to his role at Farm Bureau, he supports the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Cattlemen’s Association and serves on the Agricultural Commission.