Nov 202015

Ok – here is the summary: the NIMBY’s think the State Controller’s Office validated their proposal even though at least 25 of their 30+ questions were hammered. The NIMBY’s went to the LAFCO meeting to try to see if they could continue on in the process.

The LAFCO board basically said the proposal did not look good. Then Fred Ilfeld accused the LAFCO Board of Corruption (as in colluding against HIM). After that, the usually mild-mannered bill Kirby got animated.

Now at the next LAFCO meeting, it is likely that the future of the project will be sealed – leaving the NIMBY’s to defer to the ENVIROS to stop the development.

Meantime – skiers are getting screwed over. I highlighted a couple spots of the release that speak to the motives of Ilfeld and his ill-fated effort.


The effort by Incorporate Olympic Valley (IOV) was dealt a severe blow at this week’s meeting of the Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). As the process has transpired, multiple financial experts, including the California State Controller’s Office (SCO), have established and continue to unambiguously state and evidence what has been largely and well known for quite some time — the proposed town of Olympic Valley is not financially feasible. In fact, the annual operating losses of this proposed town exceed $1.5 million in the most liberal interpretation of this effort, hence the continued efforts and focus by Save Olympic Valley so to ensure that this risky proposal doesn’t advance any further.

At Wednesday’s meeting, LAFCO Commissioners rejected a staff request for further fiscal analysis and instead, moved to put the issue of terminating the incorporation application on their meeting agenda as soon as the law allows. Prior to taking action, the LAFCO Commissioners heard testimony from their own staff, as well as from Save Olympic Valley’s (SOV) fiscal consultant, Matthew Newman, about the implications of the recent State Controller’s review of the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) of the proposed town. According to both LAFCO staff and Mr. Newman, the town is not feasible, and nothing in the Controller’s report changes that conclusion.

“IOV’s statements that the town is viable rely on some remarkably unrealistic assumptions,” Newman stated. “IOV proposes to enjoy all the fruits of development in the form of increased revenues, but doesn’t budget for any of the increased costs which new development would bring, such as higher expenditures for law enforcement or the planning department.”

Newman added, “IOV also proposes to take over the regional services currently provided by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA), and with in doing so would be taking from the entire North Lake Tahoe community, millions of dollars of additional property taxes that are currently used to fund community-wide and county-wide services.”

Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, one of the many members of Save Olympic Valley also reacted to the LAFCO actions, stating “This meeting validated most of what we have known and have been saying for quite some time, and that is that incorporation is not feasible and is a patently dangerous notion not just for the community of Olympic Valley, but also for the entire community of North Lake Tahoe and Placer County. With the great many variables and challenges our community has, introducing yet another civic entity — and in this case, a fiscally unstable civic entity — doesn’t make any sense, whatsoever.”

Wirth said LAFCO commissioners clearly recognized that this process could go on ad infinitum and spoke candidly about how and when to terminate the incorporation application. “Everyone but the small group of individuals associated with IOV now very clearly understand that incorporation has never been, and will never be financially viable,” Wirth said.

“Ironically, IOV set out to slow or stop the enhancement of Squaw Valley by way of the company’s real estate redevelopment project, the very project that would produce the revenues needed for their proposed new town.” Wirth said.

Commissioners engaged in a robust three-hour debate that included a summary of findings from the State Controller’s Office and a discussion on whether to move forward with a quest for fresh data to update the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis.

In the meeting’s most dramatic moment, IOV alleged that LAFCO staff and its consultants were biased against incorporation, a notion that was vehemently disputed by Commissioner Dr. Bill Kirby.

“LAFCO staff and their consultants are not biased. They have been fair and unbiased. I am insulted by these allegations,” Dr. Kirby stated.

One hope for the proposed town might have been if Placer County was willing to provide financial aid through a process known as “revenue neutrality” negotiations. Unfortunately for IOV, however, the hope of subsidies was dashed by a top county official.

Jennifer Merchant, Placer County’s Deputy CEO for Tahoe, said after having reviewed the State Controller’s Office report and multiple fiscal studies which concluded the town was not feasible, “The County would certainly negotiate revenue neutrality in good faith, but negotiations are not meant to enrich the applicant’s incorporation proposal. In fact, revenue neutrality negotiations might be more detrimental to IOV’s hope for incorporation than the estimated numbers prepared by RSG Consulting in the draft CFA. It’s not the county’s job to find ways to make incorporation viable.”

Keith Fountain, who is neither a member of, nor affiliated directly with SOV, spoke on behalf of the 218 homeowners at the Squaw Valley Lodge who have sought exemption from the incorporation boundaries as put forth by IOV.

“We have studied the CFA ourselves and interpret its conclusions very differently from IOV,” Fountain told the commission. “Contradiction is evident in IOV’s request that restricted TOT funds intended for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) now be transferred to the town and considered in the calculation of property tax. All this, despite their on-going claim that they would continue funding NLTRA as Placer County does now. Their argument is simply a financial manipulation intended to inflate the town’s future revenues.”

LAFCO’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m. in Auburn.

Save Olympic Valley (SOV) is a large group of local residents, homeowners, property owners and business leaders who have sought exclusion from the proposed town due primarily to the substantial financial risk associated with the proposed town. Businesses, properties and individuals seeking exclusion include: Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Plumpjack/Newsom Properties, The Resort at Squaw Creek, Poulsen Family Properties, Dean and Sandra Hall Properties, Richie Goldman Properties, Dan Morgan Property, Heidi and Terry Deveau, and Ciro Mancuso Properties.

Nov 172015


ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville Police Officers’ Association, Roseville Police Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1592, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39, announced the establishment of a newly formed political action committee (PAC) – Roseville First 2016.

Starts a Press Release that was run in a local website.  Further analysis shows that the release was sent by a Doug Elmets – who also works for the left-leaning Auburn Indians.

The Roseville City Council had an extremely contentious contract negotiation with the local police and fire departments and it would appear that they are going to attempt to wield influence in the upcoming 2016 Roseville City Council election.

It means that the likely beneficiaries of the labor union largess would be Scott Alvord, David Larson and Richard Rocucci out of the field running.

Now – read the rest of the release carefully:

“As Roseville residents, it is vital to be engaged in public service, through employment or volunteerism. Everyone has a role to play in keeping Roseville safe and we believe the establishment of Roseville First 2016 will help achieve that goal,” said Phil Mancini, President of the Roseville Police Officers’ Association. “Roseville First 2016 will ensure that everyone who lives and works in Roseville is fairly represented.”

Fairly Represented – this means pushing for by-district elections.

“As Roseville employees, public safety personnel and residents, we believe that everyone deserves to have a say in how our city’s affairs are being conducted, now and in the future,” said Jamie Pepin, President of the Roseville Fire Fighters Association. “Roseville First 2016 is our way of inviting the community to come together by supporting candidates who truly desire to put Roseville and its residents – first.”

Roseville First 2016 will  support candidates that believe in public safety, fiscal responsibility, and appropriate development and retainment of businesses.

This is an interesting way of saying that they will support those who will give out unsustainable contracts to public safety employees.

“As Roseville grows, so does its representation. It is important to ensure that longstanding members of the community and rising leaders are engaged and attentive to the City’s growing needs,” said Mancini.

What this basically means is that they intend to deceive voters in to believing that unsustainable public safety contracts are actually putting Roseville First.

… unless of course a coalition of three of the most hard-left unions in California in concert with local law enforcement really intend something different. Leave us not forget that the local law enforcement and fire unions hired bay area agitators for the last contract negotiation.

Nov 012015

Fred Ilfeld is the man attempting to Incorporate Olympic Valley at the expense of the Placer County Taxpayers. The Controller’s Office and the independent auditor agree – it does not pencil out.

Ilfeld is in to this effort $300k+ that we know of. I do believe that Ilfeld will not stop wasting his money and the time of the Placer County Government – that he has to reimburse the taxpayers for.

The State Controller’s office was dragged in because of a provision in the law where a rich NIMBY like Mr. Ilfeld can spend some pocket change (in this case, $125K) to have the State Controller’s Office review the reviews of the “CFA” – the Comprehensive Financial Analysis. They did – and they decimated Ilfeld.

Take a look at the following:

Nov 012015

The flyer says to send your checks to Sacramento. Many people know that Gaines just moved from Placer to run for this office in El Dorado County. I am not posting the flyer here for obvious reasons – but a serial carpetbagger is asking people to mail their checks to a third county versus the two they have lived in various places in.

The flyer has an entry price of $125, which is an obscene number for El Dorado County – but the message in the email is the whopper of the ages (whopper emphasized):

Coming up Monday, November 16th I’ll be holding the first event for my El Dorado County Supervisorial campaign!  Phil & Laurie Chiappe will be hosting the event at their beautiful home in Serrano.  I’m looking forward to bringing new and effective leadership to El Dorado County and I hope I can count on your support!

Oct 282015

Remember our post about Lincoln Council-member Gabriel Hydrick joining the AD06 race? Two of his colleagues support Bill Halldin. The other two have not endorsed.

Since posting about Hydrick and hearing about Hydrick, we have heard nothing further. However local Lincoln area electeds beyond the two council-members support Bill Halldin, including Supervisor Robert Weygant.

There was a recent event with the remnant of the Placer CRA which once had 105 members before surrendering its’ charter in May. An estimated 15-20 people were there that were not brought by candidates.

Nugget 1: Cristi Nelson was not present. Every other candidate was. This has been consistent with Nelson’s pattern – she is reputed to be an elitist, preferring to hang around “Money People” only. Secondly, as we have chronicled – she is a social liberal and probably wanted to avoid legitimate questions about her liberal views versus what she claims on her website.

Nugget 2: Kevin Kiley flip-flopped on the No New Taxes Pledge? After saying publicly, he does not take pledges. He did.

Nugget 3: Suzanne Jones appears to have a loyal, hard-core constituency that may help her get some traction in this race. The remnants of the CRA appear to be one such constituency.

Recently, I heard then verified that Ron “Mik” Mikaluco – the embattled El Dorado County D1 Supervisor is talking openly about running for Assembly. This means that Mik has recognized that the serial office-shopper is a formidable candidate he may not be able to deal with and that his best bet is to run for something else. If true, this is a serious boost to Steve Ferry – who is widely regarded as the best chance El Dorado County voters have to free themselves from the chains of Gaines.

Cristi Nelson recently held a fundraiser. Reports indicate that most of the attendees were employees of a large, local business who were there at the behest of the owner in order to create photo-ops for the campaign. Nelson has another fundraiser with a 6-person host committee that just added Senator Gaines to the invite. (No Beth Gaines sighting yet – adding to our suspicions of confusion)

Lastly – I took note of how the announcement of Clay Sigg presented him as the leading candidate in the race, yet neglected the McClintock endorsement of Sigg. Current McClintock endorsee Kevin Hanley has posted about it on Facebook, but nowhere else is it featured. McClintock did endorse Kevin McCarthy for speaker, so you’d think that people would be more excited about such an endorsement. (especially since Hanley just had a fundraiser with McClintock as the headliner!)