Last night was one of the best days of my life. I was able to talk to several important people about a new idea that will help every person in Lake County. It is called a Community Action Plan (CAP). The whole idea, and purpose of such a plan will be to make all the changes we need to make our county better in the future as a part of the blueprint our Board of Supervisors must follow for everything in Lake County.
County Area plans are old hat for all California counties. They all need such a blueprint to follow for their future. Some Counties do have such a plan, and some do not. Lake County, like most California Counties, have had such a plan for some time.
The County Area Plan gets looked at and changed to keep up with the times, much too seldom. That’s because such changes add so much extra work on our hard-working Board of Supervisors, and our Planning Commissioners. Also, it is hard for them to know what you and I and all our people want and need to keep up with the necessary changes. Years may go by before the County Plan is updated to reflect new events and happenings.
Besides all that, the parts of the County, like Upper Lake and Witter Springs, where Cleo and I live, are, sometimes overlooked entirely. Same for the rest of Region 3, which includes Blue Lakes, Pillsbury, Lucerne, Nice, Glenhaven, and Clearlake Oaks and all small towns and areas spotted along beautiful scenic highway 20, and next door to one of the greatest lakes in the world; Clear Lake.
I started out at that meeting last night, telling folks, “I asked our Supervisor, Eddie Crandell, to take the Chair, and I asked Jim Steele to be the Chair and he also deferred. I think they were right. Since I have a vivid imagination and write lots about Cleo and books, and if I trip up, I had the least to lose, since my reputation for correctness and seriousness is already in tatters.”
Here’s what we talked about. At our Town Halls, which each of the several Advisory Boards, like mine, hold each month, the citizens should create a Community Action Plan. The CAP would cover everything from, soup to nuts and include everything from commerce, housing, and security to environment, agriculture, water conservation and homelessness.
If we are successful, the draft CAP would go to planning to make sure we were in sync with the rest of the County. Hopefully, in a lot less time than the usual two years plus, the CAP would be given to the Board of Supervisors and become the legal Blueprint and the new Area plan for our County.
What would a CAP do for our people? I’ll tell you what such a plan with citizen input would do. It would lighten the already heavy load of our Supervisors and our Planners. It would more accurately reflect the wishes of all of residents, who wanted their particular part of Lake County to reflect Community Character and the History of that part of our County, like Upper Lake, the First Pony Express Stop in 1860. We start next Wednesday at our January 15, Advisory Board Meeting.
Al in all, we got a good start and the CAP will be on our next Advisory agenda. It will make Lake County’s future for our Children and their children better. It will draw in new commerce when these we mean business. Most of all, the people who do this, after they leave this blue mudball in space, will be the only thing for which theey shall be remembered: helping our fellow beings.