Event September 20
2 PM on Saturday September 20 the Citizens Coalition will host
a matching fundraiser for District 1 supervisoral candidate
Susanne La Faver at the offices of Katzoff & Riggs, 9779
Broadmoor in the Riviera.
board members have pledged, to date, to match up to $10,000
(with a possibility of more) in contributions from all others
that are made to the Coalition and are designated as contributions
to Susanne¹s campaign. Those who wish to participate but who
can't attend the September 20 event may mail their checks, payable
to ³Lake County Citizens Coalition² to P. O. Box 1409, Lower
Lake, CA 94957. Contributions will be applied to the event
if received in the box not later than Friday September 19, 2008.
Robert Riggs for
Lake County Citizens Coalition was founded in 2001 in response to
a crisis associated with the Snows
Coalition today is dedicated to helping the County of Lake adopt and
follow a sustainable, long-term policy with regard to all of the varied
forces of growth and land development that are affecting the County
almost daily. Its participants are united in the perception that our
local governments have too often failed to fulfill their responsibility
to the County's citizens to engage in sound planning and growth management.
They believe that Lake County is a beautiful place to live, work,
raise children, and retire. The County is not in need of "quick
fixes" which come at the expense of our quality of life. Coalition
participants come from all walks of life, all political persuasions,
and from all parts of the County.
its inception, the Coalition participants have understood that Lake
County is a "do-it-yourself" kind of place where citizens
can make a difference, if they choose to become involved in solving
a problem. Faced with a brush-off attitude by County Supervisors,
the Coalition has demonstrated an ability to take political action
by successfully supporting candidates who step forward to advocate
a sound planning agenda.
One such candidate is Denise Rushing, recently elected to serve as
Lake County's District 3 supervisor. The Coalition was Denise's largest
financial supporter. Denise was an outspoken supporter of a proposal
to place a moratorium on approval of new development projects until
the County's long-overdue general plan update is in place. Her defeated
opponent, incumbent supervisor Gary Lewis, opposed the moratorium
and publicly supported sprawling projects that are contrary to the
County's general plan, such as the proposed Cristallago
project west of Lakeport.
Coalition encourages anyone in Lake County who agrees with the Coalition's
mission to participate in the Coalition. Much of the Coalition's activity
is conducted on line through E-Mails. The Coalition participants also
sponsors gatherings, which have in the past been addressed by local
supervisors and supervisoral candidates. In 2007, the Coalition is
planning to invite newly appointed County officials with planning
Coalition operates under the governance of a five-member Board of
Directors. The current Board chair is Robert
Riggs. Other officers include Karen Gekas, Treasurer, and Stacey
STATEMENT OF THE LAKE COUNTY CITIZENS COALITION
Lake County, with Clear Lake itself at its heart, is a quality
place to live and work. The Coalition is dedicated to keeping
it that way. The County's people, wildlife, and natural environment
are all matters of common concern. Property rights of individuals
and businesses are important and must be respected. Given
the County's location and resources, development is inevitable.
However, it is very important that development should occur
in a sustainable fashion that does not unreasonably diminish
the quality of the County.
2. The Coalition will work to elect public officials to represent
and support this policy.
3. The Coalition will organize itself to support and represent
the overwhelming majority of Lake County residents and voters,
who favor this policy
4. The Coalition will focus on networking other organizations,
County wide, to support this critical policy and to assist
in electing public officials who will strongly represent it.