Dollar General Appeal, Pilot Hill Control Burn, New State Guidelines, Emergency Notifications, Rive Safety

El Dorado County

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Hi All,

On 6/10/20 two appeals were filed of the Planning Commission’s 5/28/20 approval of the Dollar General project in Cool. The appeals request that the Board of Supervisors (BOS) hold a hearing on the project. The hearing is set for July 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm and my office will send out information on how to participate in the hearing as soon as it is available.

I am saddened to hear that some community members have said that I do not care about their community. I absolutely care about every community in El Dorado County and especially in District IV. However, we must remember that every project applicant is entitled to a fair process for their project, which means having their project heard by a neutral unbiased decisionmaker. If the applicant accuses me of being biased against their project, then the applicant could ask that I be recused from the hearing. As such, I will be refraining from taking any actions that could compromise my ability to serve as a neutral unbiased decisionmaker, including any communications that could give the appearance that I am collaborating with project opponents.

Please send your comments regarding the Dollar General project to the El Dorado County Clerk of the Board at  By sending your comments to the Clerk, your comments will be distributed to all 5 Supervisors and become part of the public record.

To recap:

  • The Dollar General project in Cool has been appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

  • The Board of Supervisors hearing has been set for June 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm

  • Applicants are entitled to a fair process for their project.

  • Do I care about your community? Yes I do!


The Dollar General project in Cool was subject to the County process for Design Review, which is available here:

Agenda, Staff Reports, video and draft minutes for the 5/28/20 Planning Commission meeting are available at:


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Pilot Hill Area Control Burn 6/13/20
Lyon Ranch VMP

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Personal Services COVID-19 Guidelines from State 

The State has issued guidelines for the following Personal Services sectors:
nail salons, tattoo parlors, esthetician, skin care, cosmetology, massage therapy, body art, and piercing, effective June 19th.
They can be found here:

As long as these businesses have developed and implemented safety plans that mirror the guidelines, they may open on June 19th without further County approval.

Other Resources:

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Fire Season is HERE
Share the CodeRED signup


Code Red

Fire Season is HERE.

Make sure you are signed up for CodeRED and please SHARE the information with your friends and neighbors.

If you can not register online, call 530-621-5895 and speak with one of our communications specialists to complete your registration over the telephone.

Learn more about CodeRED here:

To register your home phone, cell phone, and/or email address go to:

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, Office of Emergency Services' Alert Notification System - Code Red provides a number of ways in which the county may contact the community in the event of an emergency such as: evacuations due to wildfires or hazardous material spills, or urgent law enforcement operations. The system may be used to deliver alerts when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents.

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Be River Safe


 Sec. 12.64.070. - Use of personal flotation devices required. 
It is unlawful for any person to traverse, travel over or navigate on or in the South Fork of the American River between Chili Bar Dam and the Salmon Falls Bridge and the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River where each borders the County on an inner tube, or air mattress without wearing correctly a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device; the provisions of this section shall not apply to any vessel as defined in the Harbors and Navigation Code.