COUNTY OF PLACER
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18, 2010
F.C. “Rocky” Rockholm, District 1 Thomas Miller, County Executive
Robert Weygandt, District 2, Vice Chairman Anthony J. La Bouff, County Counsel
Jim Holmes, District 3 Mike Boyle, Assistant County Executive
Kirk Uhler, District 4, Chairman Holly Heinzen, Assistant County Executive
Jennifer Montgomery, District 5 Ann Holman, Clerk of the Board
County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603
FLAG SALUTE – Led by Supervisor Montgomery.
STATEMENT OF MEETING PROCEDURES - Read by Clerk.
Chairman Uhler advised that this morning Rosemary Frieborn, a resident of Newcastle, served him with a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition. He said he anticipated this by virtue of an e-mail circulated by the Save Granite Bay group that cited the cause for this was his support of the expenditure of the $750,000 of taxpayer money on the unnecessary and unwanted over hall of the Granite Bay Community Plan. He stated that he has never supported spending $750,000. Chairman Uhler advised on the Save Granite Bay group’s website it claims he refused to meet with them, advising he contacted Marlene George attempting to set up a meeting that has been scheduled next Tuesday. The web-site states that Chairman Uhler owns 200,000 shares of Solar Power Inc, which is completely false. The web-site states the wife of the County Planner working on and promoting the Granite Bay Community overhall is on his staff. He advised Mr. Ivaldi, Planner, has served the people of Placer County for over 13 years and Ms. Ivaldi has served Placer County for the past 19 years as an aide to the entire Board of Supervisors. Chairman Uhler said he welcomes the petition and looks forward to a full open and honest discussion of all of the issues raised because with the light of day shining on these it will clearly illustrate to the rest of the community that this group has not acted on good faith and on behalf of the community but rather in the very small narrow special interest of a group that had been intending a recall for over one year.
PUBLIC COMMENT – 1) Arlene Keeley, Granite Bay resident, supported the Save Granite Bay group in the recall of Chairman Uhler and is opposed to the Granite Bay Community Plan update. 2) Will Ellis, Granite Bay resident and one of the founders of Save Granite Bay, opposed the Granite Bay Community Plan update. Mr. Ellis said as the county is in a dire budget year seems irresponsible to propose $750,000 for an update that nobody wants. Mr. Ellis urged supervisors to consider voting for option 4 or 5, at no cost to the county, and shut down the Granite Bay Community Plan update with the minimal requirements that state law requires. 3) Christine Erickson, Granite Bay resident, stated she was uncomfortable with Chairman Uhler talking about Marlene George, who was not here to defend herself and that they are going to recall him.
SUPERVISOR’S COMMITTEE REPORTS – Supervisor Montgomery attended the Lake Tahoe Summit at Sand Harbor in Nevada. Supervisor Montgomery said she had the opportunity to speak with Senator Feinstein about Placer County’s Biomass Proposal and some larger Federal issues relating to Biomass and some policy at the EPA and Department of Agriculture level that addresses Biomass as a larger Federal issue. Supervisor Montgomery said Senator Feinstein directed both EPA and Department of Agriculture to go back to DC to work to address Placer County’s policy issues and get them resolved. Supervisor Montgomery said she has high hopes that we will see a change in policy at the Federal level that will recognize Woody Biomass as a renewable green energy source.
Supervisor Holmes said he attended the Lake Tahoe Summit and said Senator Feinstein has a passion for moving the Biomass Project forward, as was clear in her statements to the assembled group. Supervisor Holmes said the leadership that Supervisor Montgomery has done along side of Supervisor Norma Santiago of El Dorado County is clearly evident about moving this forward.
Chairman Uhler said last year the Board had a conversation in regard to a Federal exemption or regulation that exempts Woody Biomass having been removed from Federal properties as counting toward green energy production that meets Federal mandates and asked if any progress had been made on that issue. Supervisor Montgomery said that is one of the three issues that the Senator asked the Under Secretaries from EPA and Department of Agriculture to go back and work out. Senator Feinstein clearly understands that that needs to be part of our renewable energy arsenal if we have any hope for energy independence in this country. Supervisor Montgomery also understands that we need to show that it will work environmentally and economically.
1. COUNTY EXECUTIVE/BUDGET WORKSHOP – Considered final budget adjustments to reflect anticipated State budget impacts and other proposed revenue/expenditure reductions and changes.
2. COUNTY COUNSEL/ADJOURN TO CLOSED REPORT:
(A) §54957.6 - CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS - The Board received a report and gave direction to its negotiators.
(a) Agency designated representatives: Tom Miller, Nancy Nittler, Mike Boyle, Gerald O. Carden, Anthony J. La Bouff
Employee organization: PPEO. DSA.
ADJOURNMENT – Next meeting is Thursday, August 19, 2010, next regular meeting is Tuesday, August 24, 2010.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ 2010 MEETING SCHEDULE:
August 19, 2010
August 24, 2010