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Supercenter impact too negative

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Relative to all the press and comments and letters about Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment and its opposition to the Bohemia project, it seems that we need to remind some people what we are fighting for and against. Since 2008, concerned citizens have been exercising their rights by expressing their concerns to appointed and elected officials about the development proposed at the Bohemia site. These are environmental concerns as outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA. The legislature enacted law so that citizens have a way to challenge inadequate Environmental Impact Reports and to seek remediation including through court appeals. Many say that no one should interfere with property transactions, but they are not sacrosanct and must conform to codes and plans etc. You cannot build a skyscraper in your backyard, for example. All APACE is asserting is that the (Bohemia project) EIR was inadequate, as it did not take into account all the significant impacts, and drew erroneous conclusions based on its own data. Twice before the previous owner dropped plans to build a supercenter there, based on denial by the board of supervisors, and because of a court action. While many of us are against Wal-Mart particularly because of its notorious and well-documented business practices, we are perfectly aware we cannot dictate who buys and sells property to whom, nor specify a tenant. It is coincidental that our appeal of a procedural issue is contemporaneous with the revealed sale of the site to Wal-Mart. If Wal-Mart wanted to put in one of its 40,000-square-foot stores, we would not be fighting this, but the impacts in the EIR identified intolerable traffic, pollution, effects on businesses leading to blight and decay, as well as other issues. It based several conclusions in the report on erroneous assumptions and contradictions in cited data. There are 1,800 pages in the report including more letters and comments against, rather than for a supercenter of the proposed size and scale. It is available online through the Placer County Community Development Department’s website or in their offices. We have analyzed the whole report. We will carry on. VICTORIA CONNOLLY, Auburn, member of APACE