Political Endorsements for Local County Conservative Voters - Unvarnished and Explained

by Placerville Newswire / Oct 11, 2018 / comments

[Cris Alarcon] Countywide OFFICES and MEASURES Summary: [Rationale and Analysis follows]

-- Endorsements --

County Recorder-Clerk: Todd White.

County Supervisor, 4th District: Michael Ranalli

County Supervisor, 5th District: Sue Novasel

NO on MEASURE J

NO on MEASURE U

YES on MEASURES N, P, Q, R, S [in Block]


I have set aside past personal dislikes, enmity, and hostile attitudes driven by my own perceived insults to create this objective guide to help Conservative El Dorado County voters better understand the candidates and issues without the clouds of hidden agendas.  Many know I have been a local political activist for over 40 years sprouting in South Lake Tahoe, growing on the Western Slope, and expanding my wings in national and international travels before coming back home to “God’s County” after college years in SoCal.

This recommendations will be based on Conservative Principles applied more objectively under these parameters:

  1. “Knowledge of Political and Cultural environment” Full understanding of Local cultural and political conditions including overriding State and Federal restraints:

  2. Support of Capitalist Growth and Stability:

  3. Responsible Uses of Local Environmental and Cultural Resources:

  4. Belief in a Representative Government of the People including a clear understanding of politics on a larger scale and how that interacts with local conditions:

  5. Individual Moral Fiber.

Each of these categories I will Grade in a Traditional A, B, C, D, F weighted scale.
 


 

DETAILS:

 

TODD WHITE, Pollock Pines, El Dorado Union High School District Board Member.

(A proven Conservative with extensive system knowledge and many life-long supporters attesting to his moral character.  Former Chairman of the County’s Charter Review committee and respected public member of local school board leadership oversight committees)

[3.2] Breakdown Grades:

1- “A”

2- “B”

3- “C”

4- “A”

5- “B”

todd@electtoddwhite.com www.electtoddwhite.com

 

Janelle K. Horne, Shingle Springs, Businesswoman/Mortgage Consultant

[2.4] Breakdown Grades::

1- “C”

2- “C”

3- “C”

4- “B”

5- “B”

janellehorne2018@gmail.com www.janellehorne.com

 

County Supervisor, 4th District

ENDORSEMENT: Michael Ranalli.

 

Michael Ranalli, Incumbent,  Lotus. Wintner.

(A proven Conservative from a hard working Blue-collar career with extensive system knowledge and years of growing the local economy in a responsible and sustainable manner.  A landowner along the prominent tourist river corridor where he grows grapes to support the local wine industry. An incumbent Supervisor with years of votes demonstrating a dedication to Conservative principles making the county better)

[3.8] Breakdown Grades:

1- “B”

2- “B”

3- “A”

4- “A”

5- “B”

mike@ranalli4supervisor.com www.ranalli4supervisor.com

 

Lori Parlin, Shingle Springs. Community Advocate.

[1.2] Breakdown Grades:

1- “B”

2- “F”

3- “F”

4- “C”

5- “D”

lori@voteparlin.com www.voteparlin.com

 

County Supervisor, 5th District

ENDORSEMENT: Sue Novasel.  

 

Sue Novasel, Incumbent, South Lake Tahoe. Investment Land Owner.  (Both candidates are well-suited to serve the needs of the county with a clear love of the area and an understanding of the political conditions.  An advantage goes to Sue Novasel due to the nature of SLT’s unique regulatory conditions including a Bi-State agency regulating much of the land use issues but particularly because of the recent development of the “Vacation Home Rent Online” business that is changing the landscape in South Tahoe and how that same issue will have an effect on all the downslope rural tourist-desired areas of the county.  It is her experience with the Tahoe Basin lifestyle, it’s tourist based economy, and her investments in local lands that tilt the endorsement to her. Ken is a fine Conservative with high moral standards, but he has not had an active opportunity to put his vote on the public record regarding these the emerging rental business and how it affects El Dorado County's rural life.)

[5.0] Breakdown Grades:

1- “A”

2- “A”

3- “A”

4- “A”

5- “A”

sue@novaselforsupervisor.com www.novaselforsupervisor.com

 

Kenny Curtzwiler, South Lake Tahoe. Retired Military/Contractor.

[3.6] Breakdown Grades:

1- “A”

2- “B”

3- “B”

4- “A”

5- “A”

skibumfamily@sbcglobal.net

 

MEASURE J -- (An unrestricted slush fund tax increase with no direction to be used for the purpose of increasing tourist generated revenues to local businesses by promoting El Dorado County as a tourist destination.)

 

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3.28.030 OF THE EL DORADO COUNTY ORDINANCE CODE RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX

The revenue of such tax can be spent for unrestricted general revenue purposes.  The Transient Occupancy Tax is a general tax. The additional revenue generated by the increased TOT would be deposited in the County’s general fund, where the revenue could be used for general government purposes.

 

MEASURE U - Weaken Term Limits.  (A plain power grab endorsed by career politicians to use the power of incumbency to secure political positions for persona profit. The argument that we lose “Institutional Knowledge” by limiting terms of Supervisors falls on its face when we recognize that the People and their knowledge stay in place for use in many ways only their power to get re-elected via a position of incumbency is lost.  Already after a short period of being out of office those Same Supervisor can appeal to voters for another run at office. Simply reading the arguments in the Ballot shows that past Supervisors bring that “Institutional Knowledge back to the voters, even without any personal hope of a taxpayer funded paycheck to go with the input.)

 

A “yes” vote is a vote to amend the County of El Dorado Charter to extend the term limit for a member of the Board of Supervisors to three consecutive terms of office.

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the County of El Dorado Charter, thus leaving in place the current term limit for a member of the Board of Supervisors of two consecutive terms of office.  If approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon, would amend Section 202 of the County of El Dorado Charter (“Charter”) to allow a member of the County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors to serve three consecutive terms of office, instead of only two consecutive terms of office as currently allowed by the Charter.

 

“The County of El Dorado is best served by County Supervisors that are aware of the needs of their community by being involved with that community, that do not make a career of public office, and that are reliant on the living they earn in and from that community; Now, Therefore, the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County absolutely and unanimously opposes any and all effort (s) to change Section 202 of the El Dorado County Charter, which regulates the term of office of Elected County Supervisors.”

William Carey, President, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County

Todd White, Secretary, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County

A.L. Hamilton, Vice-President, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County

 

“Our current eight-year term limit reform is working! County supervisors now leave the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after serving two consecutive four-year terms totaling eight years. Unlike the lifetime ban in California’s State Office term limits, our County Charter allows termed-out County supervisors to seek re-election after four-year time out period. Measure U would change our current reform of eight years on and four years off to twelve years on and four years off the Board.

Measure U is a sneaky step backwards into an era when our County was run by career politicians who felt entitled to lifetime jobs with lavish PERS retirements. Our eight-year limit is working. This reform works because it forces politicians to live under the consequences of their eight years of laws and policies for at least four years before seeking their old job. Extending term limits from eight to twelve years weakens this important benefit.

Under current limits, two County supervisors have been re-elected after observing time out periods. So current policy doesn’t restrict choices where voters especially like a particular County supervisor.

Measure U was placed on the Ballot by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors THREE WEEKS AFTER THE DEADLINE initially set by the El Dorado County Elections Office to submit November ballot measures giving opponents little time to organize. Don’t be fooled, Measure U is bad policy intended to benefit two supervisors terming out in 2020. Our current term limit reform is working!”

Dan Dellinger, County Co-Chairman, California Taxpayer Protection Committee

Ray Nutting, County Co-Chairman, California Taxpayer Protection Committee, Term Limit Author

 

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The State voters have voted and our county must find a way to best adjust to the will of Statewide voters that meets our own standards and lifestyle choices.  We have some determination in how the new Pot laws will be enforced in our community. Advocates have accepted a community responsibility to fund he needed tax and regulatory framework to protect our community standards and our youth.  

It is a well established fact that prohibition does not work and anyone with basic knowledge understands that a vigorous Blackmarket for Marijuana has existed in our community for over 40 years.  This regulatory framework will work to eliminate that Blackmarket by bringing it under close law enforcement and elected office holder scrutiny while also self-funding the costs of those regulatory efforts.

 

Few could make a valid good case that marijuana has caused the social harm that either alcohol or tobacco has done.  The concept that Marijuana is the lead “gateway” drug also lacks validity as most entered the underage drug scene via tobacco and alcohol even here in El Dorado County.

There is some hard science to show some medical benefits of marijuana even to the point of forcing the FDA to approve a cannabis based drug in the face of extreme Federal resistance.

 

Much more hard science shows the serious and pernicious effects of early marijuana use on developing brains.  So much so that there should be a wide concern and effort made to keep this drug away from youth. A proven systematic approach is in place today to limit access to tobacco and alcohol from children.  That same kind of approach in set in place with these measures giving law enforcement access and regulatory powers to restrict the access, and using taxes generated from the industry to offset these cost.  Many local growers are against these measures as it puts them in bed with their traditional advosaeriesies, police and tax collectors. But the the proponents have accepted the responsibility to protect our environment, our youth, and our economy by self-regulating themselves.

 

The estimated revenue from all the measures (N,P,Q,R and S) passed by the voters is $1,900,000 to $52,800,000.  If the Board of Supervisors chooses to appropriate the new money it can be used for road repair, law enforcement, First Five, youth trauma prevention, mental health, veterans programs, and substance abuse education.

Taken together these measure meet the standards of Conservative Principles of self-governance, entrepeneurialship, and community involvement.

Proposal Details:

 

MEASURE N

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE TAXATION, PERMITTING, AND ENFORCEMENT OF INDEPENDENTLY AUTHORIZED COMMERCIAL CANNABIS ACTIVITIES

 

Everyone should pay their fair share for law enforcement, local roads, and other critical public services. The cannabis industry should not be an exception.

 

Passage of Measure N will ensure a tax is in place if commercial cannabis is ever authorized. Measure N also ensures that cannabis businesses pay their fair share and are positive contributors to the County.

 

Placed on the ballot by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Measure N provides a general tax on the commercial cannabis industry. As a general tax, the revenue will be placed in the general fund and will give the Board the ability to react to the County’s needs which includes effectively enforcing our ordinances and funding critical services such as the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney, mental health services, public health education, senior services, road maintenance and other important services.

 

Whether you agree with the legalization of cannabis or not, it is imperative that we tax the industry to ensure sufficient funding for compliance with existing laws and to deal with the illegal cannabis market. We must ensure that the public’s safety is preserved and the illegal cannabis market is driven out of the County. That means having a sustainable revenue stream that allows for uses such as staffing, equipment and services for County departments/programs including but not limited to the Sheriff’s Department, Code Enforcement, and District Attorney. The tax will only be paid by cannabis businesses in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County (outside the cities).

 

Voters in many California cities and counties have already approved similar cannabis business taxes and El Dorado County should do so now to protect law enforcement, public health, rural roads, and other vital county services.

 

Via: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors...

 

If any commercial cannabis activities are independently authorized in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County (“County”), a tax generating revenue for the privilege of engaging in such commercial cannabis activities would provide revenue for the County for general government purposes, including funding for programs affected by cannabis, such as law enforcement and the eradication of illegal cannabis cultivation and public health education, including educating youth about the harms of recreational cannabis.

Revenue from a general tax on commercial cannabis activities could also provide needed revenue for Countywide services, such as social services, parks, and roads.

If any commercial cannabis activities are independently authorized in the unincorporated areas of the County, a program providing for discretionary permitting of any authorized commercial cannabis activities, fees to cover the costs of the program, and enforcement procedures and fines are necessary.

This ordinance does not authorize any commercial cannabis activity, but establishes a general excise tax and discretionary

permitting and enforcement program in the event that any commercial cannabis activity is authorized by the voters or the Board of Supervisors.

Section 26200 of the Business and Professions Code preserves the County’s ability to adopt and enforce local ordinances to regulate commercial cannabis businesses, including but not limited to local zoning and land use requirements and business license requirements.

Revenue and Taxation Code Section 34021.5, subdivisions (a)(1) and (a)(2) authorize the County to “impose a tax on the privilege of cultivating, manufacturing, producing, processing, preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing cannabis or cannabis products by a licensee operating under Division 10 (commencing with Section 26000) of the Business and Professions Code”.

After 18 public meetings discussing cannabis, the Board of Supervisors created the El Dorado County Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee on December 12, 2017 with the purpose of studying and creating ballot measures for different cannabis commercial uses tied to taxation; and WHEREAS, after 9 public meetings with participation and presentations from a diverse spectrum of the public in support of and opposed to commercial cannabis activities, the Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee prepared this ordinance and the Board of Supervisors voted to place it on the ballot for consideration by the voters of El Dorado County.

 

MEASURE P

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE AUTHORIZATION AND REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL OUTDOOR AND MIXED-LIGHT CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS FOR MEDICINAL USE [If approved Measure P would enact El Dorado County Code Section 130.14.300. The ordinance could become effective only if Measure N passes, which provides for taxation of any authorized commercial cannabis activity and a County regulatory and enforcement program]  If Measure P passes, a person could cultivate commercial cannabis for medicinal use only after obtaining a permit from the County, which requires a background check reviewed by the Sheriff’s Office, site-specific environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act, odor reduction requirements, setbacks, screening of the plants from public view, a legal water source, security procedures, and other regulations to protect public health and safety and the environment.

 

MEASURE Q

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE AUTHORIZATION AND REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL OUTDOOR AND MIXED-LIGHT CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS FOR ADULT ONLY USE. [If approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon, Measure Q would enact El Dorado County Code Section 130.14.310. The ordinance could become effective only if Measure N passes, which provides for taxation of any authorized commercial cannabis activity and a County regulatory and enforcement program.]

Estimated revenue from the measures passed by the voters is $1,900,000 to $52,800,000. If the Board of Supervisors chooses to appropriate the new money it can be used for road repair, law enforcement, First Five, youth trauma prevention, mental health, veterans programs and substance abuse education.

This measure will authorize the County to permit no more than 150 cannabis cultivation operations. The extensive permit requirements of this measure will prevent cannabis cultivation problems. Permitted operations must comply with 100s of pages of state regulations and provide 24/7 video surveillance, security fencing and storage, and extensive environmental protection review and compliance. Operations must obtain permits through Conditional Use Permit hearings of the Planning Commission and Agriculture Commission. Only parcels zoned rural lands or agriculture over 10 acres are eligible for permits. No commercial cultivation will occur near residential zoned parcels.

New permits will increase rural property values and add new jobs. Give El Dorado County businesses a chance to compete. More than 70% of the market is adult-use. Competing in only a portion of the market is like telling the wine industry they can only make Rose wine. Many other counties are getting a head start on El Dorado County businesses.

 

MEASURE R

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE AUTHORIZATION AND REGULATION OF RETAIL SALE, COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION, AND COMMERCIAL INDOOR CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS FOR MEDICINAL USE This measure was placed on the ballot by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after many meetings with community stakeholders. [If approved Measure R would enact El Dorado County Code Section 130.14.320. The ordinance could become effective only if Measure N passes, which provides for taxation of any authorized commercial cannabis activity and a County regulatory and enforcement program]

 

MEASURE S

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE AUTHORIZATION AND REGULATION OF RETAIL SALE, COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION, AND COMMERCIAL INDOOR CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS FOR RECREATIONAL ADULT USE. [This measure was placed on the ballot by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after many meetings with community stakeholders]

The purpose of this ordinance is to permit certain specified commercial cannabis activities and uses in the unincorporated areas of the County, subject to the regulation and control of the Board of Supervisors. While this ordinance was enacted by voters, the Board of Supervisors retains discretion to regulate such uses, including without limitation the density, intensity, number, proximity, location, and environmental standards of such uses without further voter approval. Measures N,P,Q,R and S must all pass to provide the County with the money necessary to build stronger enforcement programs targeting illicit market cannabis. A county with less hilly area than our county estimated it would cost an additional $3,100,000 to enforce an unregulated market. Additional money will be required for new enforcement in our county.  

Cannabis must be used responsibly.

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Analysis and Endorsements by Cris Alarcon, 10/11/2018