Nov 132016

Remember Fred Ilfeld? He ran for Squaw Valley Public Service District and is 2 Votes out of 2nd Place. It was a vote for 3 so it looks like Mr. Ilfeld will win his election – only to find out that he will not be able to deny service to Squaw Valley if the project is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Ilfeld has threatened to sue if the Squaw project is approved. So have the greenmail extortionists known as Sierra Watch.

As previously illustrated, when Martis Valley was up for consideration by the Placer County Government, Sierra Watch was conspicuously silent. Then, as reported on this blog, Martis Valley saw their assets magically triple around that same time frame. You ask yourself what happened?

It is the opinion of this blog that the recently filed lawsuit by Sierra Watch against the Martis Valley project is not an accident. In politics, when people are caught in a lie the double down rather than retreat. It is 100% reasonable to think that Sierra Watch is covering themselves after scrutiny. As detailed in the Sierra Sun, the activist NIMBY Attorney from Davis has also plied his sue-happy litigation against other projects in the Tahoe Region.

Take note of this gem in the Sierra Sun Article: The developer planned to build 760 single-family residences on the west side of the highway in-lieu of the 1,360 homes for which the east side was zoned. They also said that if the transfer were completed, the east side would be made available for permanent conservation.

Got it? Sierra Watch succeeded in stopping 60% of the homes that were to be built AND were going to get the parcel(s) that the remaining 60% were supposed to be put on permanently preserved. What reasonable tree-hugging enviro would not take that deal? (especially when the EIR, and all the other absurd red tape has been completed…)

I am not alone in my opinion about the Greenmailing of Sierra Watch. Supervisor Kirk Uhler unloaded on Sierra Watch at a recent meeting.

Supervisor Uhler was trying to get Tom Moores of Sierra Watch to give a straight answer about what suddenly changed in 2016 from the agreement struck in 2013 (which is also the date that their balance sheet suddenly exploded). Moores repeatedly dodged the question and the transcript shows the audience groaning as Moores dodges the questions.

You ask yourself if I am off base in thinking that Sierra Watch is acting like a cat trying to clean its’ mess off of a marble slab.

I am still trying to figure out if Squaw and its’ ownership are completely insane for trying to do business in California.

Nov 122016

Breaking News:

Self-proclaimed Sacramento PR guru and former supposed architect of the Reagan Presidency, Doug Elmets, will be rewarded for his great job as head of Republicans for Clinton with a diplomatic post as Consul General to Mosul, Iraq. Reportedly, Hillary Clinton will be responsible for providing him air support.

If only…

Usually people with outsized egos are overcompensating. Meet Doug Elmets.

Apparently, my previous posts hammering this complete fraud have been read an appreciated by several REAL Reagan Alum.

Many within the Reagan circle resent Mr. Elmets and the living he has made dining off of a very brief and low level affiliation with the Ronald Reagan operation.

You see, I worked on a special project for Congressman Joe Heck who ran unsuccessfully for US Senate in Nevada in the election just concluded. Had he won, the best I honestly could have told people is that I did a special project for Mr. Heck. I never met the Congressman.

Doug Elmets real Reagan Story is not much more than my Joe Heck story.

Doug Elmets was an 18-year-old low level volunteer who as a result of his father’s connections got a job a “staff assistant” (translated, “glorified intern”) in the Reagan White House. He was never stationed in the West Wing, but had cubicle in the EOB smaller than a secretary/admin’s desk. So, it is fair to say that Elmets was a janitor in the Reagan operation who had a desk in the broom closet.

Doug Elmets did support work and NEVER WAS A PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHWRITER as both he stated in the Washington Times ( ) and on MSNBC ( ) and the DNC and Clinton Campaign claimed during his speech ( ). Imagine that, Clinton lied as did Doug Elmets.

In Doug Elmets’ own job history listing for his service in the Reagan Administration in the July 1993 Edition of the Directory for the Reagan Alumni Association, there is no mention of his “working in the Reagan White House” or being a “speechwriter” for President Reagan, both positions he now claims but knows would be refuted by knowledgeable Reagan Alumni members.

It seems that Doug Elmets has been telling a fish story that has gotten out of control. I wonder if he has tripled down on that lie with his current clients.

As it was told to me, in 1988 if Ronald Reagan had crossed paths with the then 18 year old Elmets, he’d have not known him at all.

Like many in the cesspool of lobbyists and politics, Elmets was able to parlay some low-level jobs and a press secretary job for a cabinet member in to long term employment in the system.

I am not surprised at all to find out that Elmets was nothing more than an errand boy / janitor in the Reagan admin that Ronald Reagan did not know. Maybe people reading this post can help inform the world of what a fraud Mr. Elmets is before he uses Reagan’s name to hurt more people.

Nov 112016
The Placer County Supervisors has a big vote coming up this week. Squaw Valley is proposing to redevelop its parking lots with additional lodging and hospitality offerings. The ski industry is changing all over the country. Squaw wants to make improvements to remain competitive with Colorado, Utah and other resorts around the country who have been upgrading and enhancing their offerings to skiers.
For Placer County, this means more jobs and more economic development for the region.
The project really doesn’t expand beyond the current asphalt parking lot. But, being in Tahoe, there are always going to be opponents to any proposed redevelopment. The vocal opposition seems to be a mixture of NIMBY types and one particularly aggressive environmental group, Sierra Watch.  This organization has waged a campaign, much of which is built on distortions, in a way that’s not often seen – even in Tahoe. You’d swear that Squaw had put measure M on the ballot all by themselves.
It’s interesting to note however that, Sierra Watch isn’t always so aggressive in its opposition to development in the region. The Squaw Project appears to receive far more intense and vehement opposition than anything else Sierra Watch has undertaken in recent years.
We think we’ve figured out why. When you take a look at Sierra Watch’s publicly available financial filings shows something they haven’t been telling the public, or even their supporters about. We will dive in to those filings in a future post.
Here at, we’ve learned that over the past few years, they’ve had massive infusions of cash on their balance sheet. In fact, Sierra Watch’s assets nearly quadrupled over 12 months from July 2014 to June 2015. An organization that was worth about $300k now boasts over $1.3 Milion dollars in assets. We are sure it wasn’t Cattle Futures either.
Where did all the cash come from?  There’s been speculation that it may come from developers in the region since Sierra Watch seems to be mildly opposed and simply quiet on some projects and wildly and hair on fire opposed to Squaw.
What’s even more interesting is Sierra Watch seemingly hasn’t disclosed any of this on their website or in other public communications.
So, just what is Sierra Watch after when it comes to Squaw?
Is this just another attempt to get a massive cash infusion into its coffers? Is their vocal opposition based on the fact that they see another massive cash payout that can come from a big employer like Squaw?
Your interpid blogger wants to know – what is the whole story behind all this cash suddenly swishing around Sierra Watch’s coffers?
There are a lot of questions here. A lot. It looks like the planning commissioners and supervisors need to know what is driving this groups’ opposition as they contemplate the issues over the next few weeks.
Things that make you go HMMM. If you want to help Squaw Valley expand in to the 21st Century despite Sierra Watch – see below:
Placer County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, November 15
9:00 am till ?
North Tahoe Event Center
Nov 112016

Let’s start with Roseville City School Board:

Extreme Left-Wing Activist Liberal Gary Miller survived a challenge, due mostly to Doyle Radford’s ballot title. (He called himself a Labor Union Representative or something similar)

Miller vastly under-performed the winner, Julie Constant. Miller will indeed have another rough election in 2020 as the blog has elevated him to #1 on our list of South Placer Favorites.

Gary Miller recruited fellow left-winger David Larson to run for another 2-year seat on the same board. Larson in our opinion intended to use that 2 year term as a springboard to run for Roseville City Council. He got shredded by Alisa Fong. The Placer CIR and League of Placer County Taxpayers endorsed Constant and Fong who both won.

If David Larson runs for Roseville City Council in 2018, it won’t end well for him.

Gary Miller is now isolated in the RCSD Board, three Republicans and a Conservative Independent make up that board now.

Roseville Joint Union High School District:

Rene Aggielairuh, the left-wing 2016 Hillary Clinton Delegate to the DNC lost twice on Tuesday. His run in local office has been terminated and the woman who paid his way to the DNC Convention got shellacked 306-232. It has long been our opinion, backed up with evidence that Aguilera is a career welfare recipient who was using local offices to get Health Insurance benefits at all of our expense.

Paige Stauss was re-elected. Although she is a liberal democrat, every conservative on that board respects her and she has been in agreement with them on all the important issues Conservatives care about. Stauss is only the 3rd democrat I have ever voted for in my life.

Julie Hirota finished second. That was an easy one to call, she has a lot of friends and drew the second spot on the ballot. Almost everyone we knew was supporting her. She was also working tirelessly.

Gary T Johnson won outright despite doing little. It is very simple why. When we observed ballots at the county, we saw democrat ballots with votes for Paige, Rene and Gary on them. Johnson drew the last spot on the ballot, which is almost as good as being on top. Most importantly, his ballot designation was Retired Peace Officer – in an election where Hillary Clinton was scapegoating cops and paying for violence at Donald Trump rallies anyone or anything anywhere near Law Enforcement was a winner in this Republican Area.

Gary Johnson will do well as a School Board Member and is a massive upgrade from Rene Aguilera.

Andrew Tagg, a first time candidate who was relatively unknown finished 5th. We are sure that we will hear from him again soon. Tagg also worked very hard, but drew the short straw on the ballot placement.

The author of this blog claims responsibility for the content of the attack mailers that were sent out by the Placer County Impact Republicans against both Aguilera and Miller. People can look forward to seeing more against Mr. Miller in the future – there is a price to pay for being out of touch with the area he live in and for trying to harm a man’s mother.

We are expecting Aguilera to attempt another run for office in 2018. It is 100% certain that he will get hammered again repeatedly until he just goes away.

Roseville City Council:

The Roseville Chamber of Commerce effectively killed the campaign of Tracy Mendonsa (who is now a Planning Commissioner) by refusing to endorse him. They instead endorsed the virulently anti-growth Richard Roccucci. Roccucci lost spectacularly. This marks the first time in a generation no Roccucci will be in office.

The seemingly bizarre choice of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce that appears to have been driven by a fear of Scott Alvord and some other under the surface issues blew up. Their endorsement of a man in contrast to their own stated mission of economic growth was incongruent and played out as such at the ballot box.

Bonnie Gore was elected mayor. No surprise there at all. Like Julie Hirota, everyone likes Bonnie Gore.

John Allard appears to be in 3rd. Either way, he is in as it appears that he did not slide enough for Ozenick to catch him in the final count. Allard’s huge financial advantage over the entire field carried him.

Phil Ozenick finished 4th by a large enough margin to call it. Mr. Ozenick infuriated a lot of people by systematically destroying people’s signs and replacing them with his own and those of Rene Aguilera. It is apparent that Aguilera did it as well. Both men lost their bids for office. It is nice to see that those with poor campaign and personal ethics lost. Like Aguilera, we are sure we have not seen the end of Ozenick until biology does what repeated losses at the ballot box don’t seem to be able to accomplish.

(The Below is from Aaron F Park, and does not reflect the opinion of the Placer CIR or League of Placer County Taxpayers)

Scott Alvord finished second. He worked his tail off. I saw evidence of him walking precincts in all areas of town. He also did some effective marketing to his fellow democrats, annoying the heck out of some of my Republican friends with targeted marketing that they got by accident!

There was also an independent walk by the labor unions on his behalf that was poorly targeted, ending up on the doorsteps of many local Republicans.

Based on what I know of Scott (and stay tuned as I will be doing a sit-down interview with him and his wife soon), he is a social liberal but a business friendly “fiscally conservative democrat”.

I told Mr. Alvord in person that I was going to vote for him. I am now stating publicly that I did. (Alvord is only the 4th Democrat I have ever voted for in my life) I felt that Alvord was the third candidate for Roseville Council most in-line with my values, and I also keep my promises. Mr Ozenick and Mr Roccucci needed to stay retired in my opinion. I do understand that there will be personal consequences for my decision to support Mr. Alvord, but I hope that anyone upset by that will respect my decision to do so and the reasoning therein. I am outspoken and I lay it out there in an attempt to influence opinion, there is some consequence to that for sure.

I sincerely hope that those that opposed Mr. Alvord will give him a chance to settle in as a Roseville Councilmember. It is possible that the negative things some believe about Mr. Alvord may prove to not be true. This may startle some that know how conservative I am personally to see me write this, but Scott Alvord earned his election to Roseville Council.

Nov 102016

In Placer Sup D5, Josh Alpine, a well-respected PCWA director held off a challenge from extreme left-wing enviro Otis Wollan. Wollan was unseated 8 years ago by Ben Mavy. Mavy recruited and supported Alpine 4 years ago before he moved to Wyoming.

In Auburn, long time and well-known businesswoman Cheryl Maki won a seat on the Auburn City Council. Keith Nesbitt was defeated. Maki is a fairly Conservative Republican who will help tilt that council to the business friendly right.

I’ve known Maki for years and while we’ve had our differences, I did support her over Josh Alpine for PCWA 4 years ago. I am glad to see her get elected, she will do well.

Mike Holmes lost his second election in a row in Auburn, losing a City Treasurer Race.

Short Sale LincolnWhile I was not paying attention much to races outside of Rocklin and Roseville, I have to say that I am thrilled to see that the residents of Lincoln have rejected Spencer Short.

While Short is arrogantly posting on his facebook that he is going to run for something else in the future – it appears that the 3-term councilmember had burnt a sufficient number of bridges with his duplicity. It was put to me that the usual sources of money that Lincoln Council Candidates go to for financing were quite tepid for Mr. Short (save for one).

Should Mr. Short run for another office in the future, he can make bank that the blog will be there for him.

For right now, we are thrilled that the residents of Lincoln performed cancer surgery and held a short sale.