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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 03/30/2010 04:27 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/13/2010 08:55 AM
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Letter to the Editor~by Al Segalla

"Dear Editor, In reference to the Calaveras County General Plan Update, I think there are plenty of differing opinions on how the County should develop. Many of us seem to share the vision that it is possible and important to protect, preserve and restore our free society. This may be why our Constitution seems so important today. “Visioning”, as exercised in the CEQA process, seems to involve an emotional and motivating exercise whereby participants envision how other people’s property should be used or not used over time. .....

There is a danger that this type of visioning. It is like the soft and warm velvet glove hiding the cold iron fist of enormous future police power.

Sometimes, we forget that the Planning and Building Departments operate on police power and must be carefully watched to protect liberty and property rights. The shocking revelation of having hundreds of project applications delayed years indicates to me that we have failed to be alert to this oppression in the past.

At some of the public workshops participants rejected the prescribed Alternates A, B & C and suggested Alternate “D” which would accept existing land use designations, but also would allow maximum flexibility for future change in accordance with the free market and would protect the property rights of all.

Perhaps the vision of Alterative "D" is of our children living in a free and prosperous society with the free market deciding what land use would emerge, all in harmony with their human rights to life, liberty and property.

Albert J. Segalla"



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