Native Directions/HomeCA Update • Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council Event • New Online Projects Tool • Fire Safe Council Videos • Commission for Youth and Families Vacancy • First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission Vacancies

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Our office has recently received inquiries on the status of the Native Directions/HomeCA Substance Use Treatment Centers on Deer Valley Road.

Here are current statuses:

1) I continue to work with County Counsel to determine what level of CEQA compliance is required for this project, and;

2) My office continues to work with Senator Alvarado-Gil's staff to set up a meeting with Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Further updates will be shared via the District IV Newsletter.


On 1/30/24, Supervisor Parlin brought the following item to the Board of Supervisors for discussion.

19. 24-0205 Supervisor Parlin recommending the Board:
1) Consider documentation, staff information, and public comment regarding the proposed Native Directions/HomeCA Substance Use  Disorder Treatment Centers;
2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign the attached letter to Senator Alvarado-Gil, Assemblyman Patterson, and other interested parties, requesting assistance with interfacing with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and other pertinent agencies on how to prevent these proposed projects from negatively impacting our rural communities and/or relocating them to more suitable locations; and
3) Provide direction to staff to collaborate with affected departments, agencies, and  organizations to research and determine a path forward to either fully mitigate the negative impacts to the County and our communities or relocate the facilities.

After the board discussion and public comment, the board took the following action:

A motion was made by Supervisor Parlin, seconded by Supervisor Turnboo to Approve this matter with direction regarding section 2 of the item to modify the attached letter to include the Board's recommendation of stronger language as to the impacts on rural communities and direct staff to:

1) Direct County Counsel to explore what level of California Environmental Quality Assurance (CEQA) compliance, if any, is required for the subject project;

2) Direct staff of affected departments to collaborate with our State representatives and their staff to interface with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to ensure that the application was fully vetted, and to minimize the negative impacts of these planned projects or, preferably, relocate them to a more suitable site;

3) Direct staff to collaborate with affected agencies and organizations, such as fire districts, to minimize the negative impacts of these  planned projects to ensure public health and safety; and

4) Approve and authorize the Chair to draft and sign a letter to our Federal representatives to request assistance with this planned project, including the impacts to native plants.

Documents and letters regarding these projects are available on the District IV webpage:

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6:30 - Firewise and how it will affect you.

7:00 - El Dorado County Sheriff's OES will give a presentation in the new site and how it will affect future evacuation orders in the County.

7:30 - Mary Beth Bykowski, representing the California Dept of Insurance, will give a presentation on homeowners insurance and how Firewise recognition can result in discounts for some.

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Press Release

El Dorado County’s Planning and Building staff launched the “Projects in Your Area” online tool that makes it easier to find the current status of and information about proposed, in-progress, and approved projects in the County. The new tool includes features and functionality community members and officials have requested.

Click here for the website:  

Press release:  

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Below are links to three video shorts describing our local fire safe councils and encouraging community members to participate. 

What is a fire safe Council? 

Why should I join a local Fire Safe Council? 

How do I join or start a fire safe council? 

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ONE (1) VACANCY SHALL EXIST ON THE EL DORADO COUNTY COMMISSION FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES FOR A PUBLIC MEMBER. Description: The Commission aims to improve outcomes for youth and families by providing coherent and effective support within the County. The Commission will coordinate an integrated, transparent, and data-driven system of services so that all young people have access to the social, emotional, educational and/or health services they need to thrive. Term for this Vacancy: Two-year term. The position is currently filled, and current members may reapply. Other interested parties that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information

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(2) TWO VACANCIES SHALL EXIST ON THE FIRST 5 EL DORADO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMISSION COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES. Description: First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission is committed to improving the lives of children 0 through 5 and their families by promoting, enhancing, and developing comprehensive early childhood systems through collaborative partnerships, early care and education, health, and community services. (Non-District Specific Appointments) Term for this Vacancy: The Community Representative positions are three-year terms and are currently filled, and current members may reapply. Other interested parties that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information.

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