Contact The El Dorado County Supervisors!

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Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation created in 2008, in response to a "Request For Proposal for Excursion Rail Operator" issued by the Sacramento Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which owns 53 miles of the former Southern Pacific Railroad "Placerville Branch". This RFP called for the development of Excursion Railroad Service on a 26 mile portion of the railroad between Folsom and Shingle Springs that was built during the Civil War. While an initial 5 year operating license was being negotiated, a "Temporary Right of Entry" was issued to P&SVRR across the three affected jurisdictions, (City of Folsom, Sacramento County, and El Dorado County), allowing P&SVRR to conduct minor maintenance and to launch a limited pilot program.

Both City of Folsom and Sacramento County ratified the 5 Year Operating License on July 26th, 2011. El Dorado County, on the other hand, voted to adopt the "Shingle Springs Compromise Plan". This plan was an agreement between the Rail Program of the County Historical Museum and the local trails advocacy group Friends of El Dorado Trail. Under this plan the County Rail Program, known as El Dorado Western Railroad, agreed to the removal of 17 miles of track between County Line and Shingle Springs, in exchange for the preservation of just under 8 miles of track between Shingle Springs and Missouri Flat Road. This small remaining segment of the railroad would be managed and developed by the County for limited excursion service, with a trail running parallel to the track, sacrificing the remaining 17 miles for trail development only.

On Tuesday, May 15th 2012, by a narrow 3-2 margin, the El Dorado County Supervisors voted to deny P&SVRR's proposed operating license for excursion rail service. They also chose not to renew the temporary right of entry, effectively prohibiting P&SVRR from crossing the County Line, and barring us from taking you into El Dorado County (to towns like Latrobe, and places like Sugar Loaf Vista, Lime Mine Gap, and the beautiful Marble Valley). Negotiations throughout 2012 failed to sway the block of three Supervisors opposing the License, so the agreement was rewritten to include only the Folsom and Sacramento County portions of the railroad. The revised 5 Year License went into effect February 1st, 2013.

Although losing access into El Dorado County was a setback for our Program, the political winds in El Dorado County were changing even before the license went into effect!. As a result of the 2012 and 2014 elections, we now have a clean slate of Supervisors who have so far been more receptive to our Program. However, although we have made limited progress in El Dorado County since 2012, our Program continues to be hamstrung by the actions of that previous Board! We need YOUR support to help reverse the poorly considered policy decisions of 2011-2012! Please contact ALL the current Supervisors, and let them know that you support P&SVRR's vision of Rails WITH Trails for the ENTIRE corridor, not just a segment of it. Let them know that you would love to visit El Dorado County and enjoy all it has to offer, that you wish to see it by rail, that you do NOT want to be stopped at the County Line, and that you want the Supervisors to Ratify the P&SVRR License!

Thank You for Your Support!!!

P.S. Be sure to copy our President on all correspondence with El Dorado County, so we can make sure your voice is heard! (Jim Harville - president@psvrr.org - 916-708-7368)

El Dorado County Supervisors
330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667
All Supervisors - via Clerk of the Board edc.cob@edcgov.us 530-621-5390
District 1 - Ron "Mik" Mikulaco* bosone@edcgov.us 530-621-5650
District 2 - Shiva Frentzen** bostwo@edcgov.us 530-621-5651
District 3 - Brian Veerkamp* bosthree@edcgov.us 530-621-5652
District 4 – Mike Ranalli*** bosfour@edcgov.us 530-621-6513
District 5 – Sue Novasel*** bosfive@edcgov.us 530-621-6577

* The 2012 Elections introduced two new Supervisors to the Board. Ron "Mik" Mikulaco (District 1), and Brian Veerkamp (District 3). Please tell these public servants how you feel about the Railroad!
** Shiva Frentzen became District 2 Supervisor after winning a Special Election held September 9th, 2014. Nearly 18 Miles of the Railroad runs through her District. Contact her TODAY!
*** Mike Ranalli (District 4), and Sue Novasel (District 5) won their seats in the regular election of 2014. Both have a record of preserving El Dorado County's history and culture. Let's make sure that they do not compromise that record by destroying the Railroad!

El Dorado County District Map

Contact The Commissioners!

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The El Dorado Parks and Recreation Commission has consistently supported a Rails WITH Trails vision for the ENTIRE corridor, as stated in their January 19th, 2012 motion supporting our effort to have El Dorado County ratify our Operating License. We are grateful for the Commission's reasonable and balanced view of this issue, but they need to hear from the public on a regular basis to offset the lobbying efforts of those trail advocates who wish to destroy the railroad in favor of a trail. Please contact them TODAY and ask them to support the efforts of P&SVRR!

El Dorado County Parks and Recreation Commissioners
Contact all Commissioners via the Parks Manager
Parks Manager - Vickie Sanders vickie.sanders@edcgov.us 530-621-5360
District 1 Commissioner
- Josh Morgan
District 2 Commissioner
- Charles Callahan
District 3 Commissioner
- Kris Payne
District 4 Commissioner
- John Arenz
District 5 Commissioner
- Steve Yonkers

Attend Important Meetings!

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During the Spring of 2013 the following Committees heard a proposal by P&SVRR to restore limited rail access into El Dorado County, allowing us to resume our popular "Latrobe Breakfast Special". This unique monthly excursion brings passengers into the El Dorado County town of Latrobe, to support the pancake breakfast fundraiser held there the last Sunday of each month. This excursion, among others, was suspended by the May 15th, 2012 action which is discussed at the top of this page. Thanks in large part to those of you who were able to attend these meetings, ALL THREE votes were in our favor!

Our proposal was then heard by the County Supervisors...

At that meeting the Supervisors voted 3-1 in favor of allowing us to offer the Latrobe Breakfast Special in June and July on a trial basis. On August 6th the Supervisors extended that permission through the end of 2013 with another 3-1 vote! Those events were a tremendous success, but our struggle was FAR from over!

Summary of the meetings that took place throughout 2014.

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - 2pm. Minutes Available Here
  • Supervisors heard a staff report on the status of the Rail Corridor. Members of the public joined representatives of P&SVRR to speak loud and clear in support of regular excursions to Latrobe. Let's make sure the trail is built ALONGSIDE the tracks, NOT over them!

  • EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, March 20th, 2014 - 10am. Minutes Available Here
  • The Commission discussed the role of the Advisory Committees, and was under tremendous pressure by trail advocates to disband the SPTC Oversight Committee, which was the ONLY committee that included Railroad Stakeholders!

  • EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 10am. Minutes Available Here
  • The Commission heard a presentation on the renewal of the Latrobe Breakfast Special, and once again offered their unanimous support of our Program. Due to pressure from the trails crowd, however, the Commisioners chose to only recommend another two month approval, giving the Commission time to hold a Special Meeting on the Corridor to get a first hand look at the safety concerns expressed by the trails advocates. P&SVRR supported that decision, as we have been eager for the Commission to get that kind of "Boots on the Ground" perspective on this issue.

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - 9am Minutes Available Here
  • The Supervisors heard the recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Commission regarding the reinstatement of the Latrobe Breakfast Special, and approved not two, but three months for the LBS, in order to give the Commission plenty of time to come back with their findings!

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 - 9am Minutes Available Here
  • The Supervisors voted to dissolve the SPTC-Oversight Committee, as well as the Trails Advisory Committee, in favor of a more flexible Ad-Hoc committee policy. Ultimately, P&SVRR supported this change, as it promises to allow us to more actively engage our Policy Makers!

  • EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 1pm. Minutes Available Here
  • The Commission held a Special Meeting, which adjourned to the Rail Corridor at 3pm for a first hand look at the alleged safety issues constantly being claimed by certain trail advocates. The Commissioners came away very impressed by the safe interaction of rail equipment and trail users.

  • EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, June 19th, 2014 - 10am. Minutes Available Here
  • The Commission once again voted unanimously to approve the Latrobe Breakfast Special!

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - 9am Minutes Available Here
  • After several scheduling/communication conflicts which prevented this item from getting on an earlier agenda (and which prevented us from offering the Latrobe Breakfast Special in July), the Supervisors finally heard the favorable recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Commission to approve the Latrobe Breakfast Special through the end of 2014. In an indication of the progress we have made in El Dorado County, this item passed on the Consent Calendar with no objection or debate!

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - 9am Minutes Available Here
  • The Supervisors heard the following two important requests from P&SVRR:

    "Chief Administrative Office, Parks Division, recommending the Board consider the following requests from the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Rail Road: 1) Grant rail access to Latrobe Road through a Special Use Permit for the 5th Annual Railroad Festival Event to be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (9 a.m. through 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 28, 2014 (9 a.m. through 4 p.m.); and 2) Grant rail access for Motorcar Operators West to Latrobe Road through a Special Use Permit on Saturday November 8, 2014 from (8 a.m. through 8 p.m.)."

    Unfortunately, due to intense pressure from a handful of trail advocates, the Supervisors deadlocked 2-2 on these requests, and they were NOT approved! Please encourage everyone you know to attend future meetings, as we continue to fight for a balanced Rails WITH Trails Policy on the SPTC!

    Summary of the meetings that took place throughout 2015.

  • El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, January 15th - 3pm Minutes Available Here
  • The Commissioners were asked to consider approval for P&SVRR rail operations for the entire year.
    --Again, PRESSURE FROM TRAILS ADVOCATES has caused the Commission to continue this item for
    further discussion, forcing the CANCELLATION of the February LATROBE BREAKFAST SPECIAL!
    Please attend the next Parks & Recreation Meeting and voice your support for the Railroad!--


  • El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, February 19th - 3pm Minutes Available Here
  • Thanks to your support, the Commissioners have once again given P&SVRR a resounding recommendation to not only renew the established and popular Latrobe Breakfast Special, but to also allow us to modestly expand our program in El Dorado County for 2015! this item must now be approved by the County Supervisors.

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, March 24th - 2pm Minutes Available Here
  • Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to attend this meeting! It makes a huge difference! At this meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to renew the Latrobe Breakfast Special, and for that we are extremely grateful. The balance of our request, however, has been postponed until after the 1st draft of the SPTC Alternatives Analysis Study is published in June. The Anti-Rail Activists are counting on this study to make an overwhelming case for the removal of the rails, and your team at P&SVRR is fighting to make sure that study is accurate and balanced (these types of studies tend to favor the spending of Tax Dollars, i.e. trails, over the work of Non-Profits, so we have our work cut out for us).

    Thanks also to District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen for her efforts to secure a couple of interim dates while we await completion of the Study, and to District 4 Supervisor Mike Ranalli for allowing his original motion for postponement to be amended. This amended motion passed on a 5-0 vote. Watch our schedule for the "Summer Breeze Extra" coming June 6th and 7th!

    Very soon, the Supervisors will decide the scope of our rail operations for the rest of the year, and perhaps the fate of our entire program! Please continue to call and email the El Dorado County Supervisors, and help us show them that the Public WANTS THE RAILROAD TO GROW!

  • El Dorado County Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, August 20th - 3pm Minutes Available Here
  • Please Attend these important meetings in 2016!

  • District II Parks Survey Town Hall - Monday, March 14th, 2016 - 6:30pm.
    Pioneer Park Community Center, 6740 Fair Play Road, Somerset, CA
  • Public Review of the recent District II Parks Survey. Unfortunately, there were no questions regarding the disposition or development of the Railroad! Here is your chance to make your voice heard in support of P&SVRR!

  • EDC Parks & Recreation Commission - Thursday, March 17th, 2016 - 3pm. Minutes Available Here
  • The Commission will hear presentations from all stakeholders regarding the SPTC. The proposal by P&SVRR MUST get a positive vote from the Commission in order to move forward to the County Supervisors for approval.

  • El Dorado County Supervisors Meeting - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 - 11am Agendas Available Here
  • Special Meeting in which the Supervisors will determine the fate of P&SVRR! This meeting, originally scheduled for April 26th, is shaping up to be the most important challenge our program has faced since the dark days of 2011-2012! The forces that were aligned against our program back then have returned, but this time we can be ready. Please put this date on your calendar, and consider showing up in person to tell the Supervisors that you support P&SVRR! If you cannot attend this meeting, please follow the instructions near the top of this page to send an email to the Supervisors and their Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Don't forget to copy our President so we can make sure the County gets your message!!!
    (Jim Harville - president@psvrr.org - 916-708-7368)

    2016 will be another critical year for the railroad, with decisions being made that will impact not only the short term survival of the railroad, but also our ability to develop the program to it's fullest potential. Please get involved this year and help use defend this priceless historic treasure!

    LET'S GET EL DORADO COUNTY BACK ON TRACK!!!

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