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, Friends 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.
Dollar General project:
Georgetown residents advocated against the proposed Dollar General project because it did not fit the character of their historic Main Street. Lori saw their plight and supported efforts to oppose the project. Not only did she testify at the April 5, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting, she also supported and participated with all of the Georgetown Preservation Society’s fundraisers that were needed to pay the legal bills to overturn the Board of Supervisors 4-1 approval. On April 14, 2017, the Court ruled in favor of the Georgetown Preservation Society. The project applicant and the Board of Supervisors continue to ignore the community’s concerns and have appealed the Superior Court’s decision. Lori will continue to support the Georgetown Preservation Society as it raises funds for the appeal.