Activities and Accomplishments as a Community member
Lori was the lead coordinator of the effort to update the Buckeye Elementary School’s computer lab in 2003. This was a two-year effort that involved bringing together many different interests and funding sources. The path was difficult because of the layers of bureaucracy that are unique to schools, but persistence played a key role in creating a project in which everyone involved was proud.
During the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 school years, Lori was a member of the Buckeye Elementary School Site Council and participated on a subcommittee to update the school’s Safety Plan.
After working extensively on the Measure K campaign to improve local schools with bond funding, Lori served a 2-year term as the Parent Representative on the Buckeye School District Steering Committee. The committee was responsible for monitoring how the funds were spent and reporting to the public.
Lori was the Secretary for the Camerado Parents Club for three years, which was a great way to create relationships and share information between the school’s staff, administration, and its parents.
As a supporter of our local schools and the arts, Lori volunteered her time to create and maintain a website for the Ponderosa High School Visual Arts Department and continues to maintain websites for the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night Committee and the El Dorado High School Alumni Association.
Activities and Accomplishments as a Community Advocate
An early accomplishment as a Community Advocate began in July 2012 when Lori took the lead as President of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance and focused the energies of the Shingle Springs community into initializing the effort to create a Community Plan for Shingle Springs to preserve its rural residential lifestyle as a peaceful country community with ranches and homes on acreage.
Persistence pays off – On September 19, 2017, years of meetings finally came to fruition when the Board of Supervisors voted to approve $250,000 per year for 4 years toward Community Planning. Through Lori’s leadership and perseverance, Shingle Springs is getting the opportunity to create its Community Plan to bring clarity to both residents and developers. It has been a long road, but one worth following. And the best is yet to come! It is Lori’s hope that Shingle Springs’ path can lead the way for other communities to pursue a Community Plan to protect their own unique identity.
Over time it became clear that many El Dorado County residents felt that notification for development projects was not adequate in El Dorado County. State law required that property owners within 300 feet of a proposed project receive notification by mail, and El Dorado County required a 500 feet notification. However, in a rural county where parcel sizes are often several acres, 500 feet was inadequate. In 2013, Lori began working with residents, County staff, and Supervisors to spearhead the effort to increase public notification of development projects. The result was Ordinance 5026, which was approved with a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on September 15, 2015 and increased the notification for development projects in El Dorado County.
County-Wide Community Support:
As a long-time resident of several different areas of El Dorado County, Lori understands that each community within the County has its own unique characteristics which make it special to its residents. In support of those unique characteristics, Lori has teamed up with or supported several community groups, in addition to the Shingle Springs Community Alliance: No San Stino, Green Valley Alliance, Save Our County, Friend of Historic Hangtown, Save Our Canal, Cameron Park Design Review Committee, and the Georgetown Preservation Society.
El Dorado County residents have reaffirmed their desire to prevent traffic gridlock by approving various ballot initiatives, including the 1998 Measure Y, the 2008 Measure Y, and 2016 Measure E. A majority of its policies and the intent of Measure E were upheld in court by Judge Stracener on July 31, 2017. Lori participated in the years-long journey to ensure the path to Measure E’s approval, which began in 2014 and took years of effort by community groups throughout the county:
* Endless hours of gathering signatures on petitions and organizing volunteers throughout the county;
* Attending Board meetings to ensure that petition made its way through the process to become ballot measure;
* A grassroots, boots-on-the-ground campaign against a million-dollar developer-financed campaign;
* Countless meetings with lawyers and County staff to implement Measure E into the El Dorado County General Plan.