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Five Solutions to Some of California’s Woes! By Ted Gaines

Posted by: thepinetree on 02/15/2024 10:52 PM
El Dorado Hills, CA...California's biggest problem is up for debate. Sadly, there are many contenders vying for that dubious distinction. But instead of focusing on the problems, we need to be focused on solutions. Without rank, here are five, chronic California problems where state leadership has completely failed and one simple idea for each to help improve governance and boost our quality of life.

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Eight Years Post Butte Fire, Calaveras Still Has Significant Evacuation Needs ~Community Action Project & Calaveras Planning Coalition

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/21/2023 02:17 PM
San Andreas, CA...It has been eight years since the Butte fire destroyed over 500 homes and left five dead. Survivors of the fire can attest to the importance of the routes they used to evacuate the fire. The Calaveras County 1996 General Plan failed to address emergency evacuation routes. The continuing failure of the 2019 General Plan Update to comprehensively address this subject is one of the reasons the Calaveras Planning Coalition filed a legal challenge to that plan. For more information about this and other issues neglected in the 2019 General Plan and what you can do personally to improve the situation, go to

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Lahaina's Horrifying Fire Tragedy Can Happen in Calaveras County ~ Christopher Buttner

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/20/2023 09:14 AM
Murphys, CA...Emerging facts are revealing the continued escalations that lead to the staggering loss of lives and property from the Maui wildfires that, as of this date and time, have resulted in 111 deaths and a staggering 1,300 still missing, along with the near complete devastation of the historic town of Lahaina.

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The Arnold Tesla Supercharger Station ~ Lisa Kramer

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/18/2023 08:19 AM
Arnold, CA...Letter To The Editor below regarding the Tesla Supercharger station being constructed behind the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. I am a concerned citizen who has watched in horror as other high risk areas in California burn, nearly to the ground, I don't want to see that happen to the town I love and our precious Stanislaus Forest. I feel the location of this project - at the back of the center, rather than the large, half empty parking lot along the highway is shortsighted and potentially dangerous for a variety of reasons I elaborate on below.

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Letter to the Editor: Calaveras County’s EVCS Ordinance - Repeal and Replace. ~ Christopher Buttner

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/15/2023 09:09 AM
Murphys, CA...My name is Christopher Buttner and I have been a full time resident of Murphys since mid-2015. I am the son of a firefighter. I have over three decades of experience in event safety protocols for arenas, amusement parks, convention centers, and cruise ships.

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Letter to the Editor: Meadowmont EV Charging Station ~ Sarah Jones

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/14/2023 10:40 AM
Arnold, CA...As a homeowner in Arnold, I’m deeply concerned about the placement of Meadowmont Shopping Center’s new electric vehicle charging station behind the complex, in the woods, adjacent to residences.

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We are Free Speech Absolutists....However it Doesn't Have to Mean Profanity!

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/27/2023 09:55 AM
Arnold, CA...We believe strongly in unadulterated free speech. If people know they can speak freely even though they may be wrong or in the minority we believe it not only helps preserve other freedoms but acts as a pressure relief valve on society. If the goal is to persuade others to see the world as you do just screaming or typing obscenities rarely has that effect. We want you to have your say period. However, you can voice your opinion with reason and not just insults and vulgarity. So you may see some comments removed not because of content of beliefs or political position but on basis of profanity.

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America’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Moment Has Already Arrived, New IRS Data Show ~ Jonathan Miltimor

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/08/2023 12:22 PM
Atlanta, GA...It’s not just high taxes that are driving people out of cities. There are other costs—moral, social, and cultural—associated with spurning property rights and celebrating looting. Last September, billionaire Ken Griffin announced he was pulling up stakes and moving Citadel—his gigantic hedge fund—from Chicago to Miami.  The Windy City was out of control, he told Bloomberg, something that dawned on him after a colleague made a coffee run and was robbed by a thief who put “a gun to his head.”

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On The County Strategic Plan ~ Albert J. Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 12/16/2022 06:52 PM
San Andreas, CA...We are fortunate in how well the Supervisors work together and with the CAO. There is some public concern about expanding government with subsequent loss of human rights to life, liberty and property. Also, loss of home rule.

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Now is the Time for Us to Look at Evacuation Needs ~ Austen Thibault

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/21/2022 05:15 PM
San Andreas, CA...We have all experienced the challenges of driving our local roads. They can be narrow, winding and, in some cases, one lane. Imagine how much worse those challenges would be in a fire or flood. You have the opportunity to express your concerns to the Calaveras Council of Governments, the Regional Transportation Planning Agency.

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