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Speak up on ag event ordinance

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Placer County officials are trying to allow events of 100-plus people at a time (unlimited numbers throughout the day) to visit wineries and agricultural businesses using our private roads. Although the county already reduced may winery event fees by 66 percent and gave them 16 days of events in a generous winery ordinance, wineries now want to jump on the bandwagon of events planned for real growers, not grape importers. These events (particularly those involving alcohol) pose tremendous maintenance, safety and liability issues to private road owners who are responsible for their roads. Regardless of fault, when lawsuits are filed, private road owners will need to hire attorneys simply to defend themselves. We support local agriculture in Placer County but these Temporary Agriculture Events will harm the “Placer Grown” image because wine sold (up to 240,000 bottles per winery) can be 100 percent imported with nothing local but the label. Send your comments to your county supervisor at 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 or email at bos@placer.ca.gov. Mike Giles, Newcastle