Francisco/Schooner Crosswalk Gets Safety Review

On Thurs., May 8, the El Dorado County Traffic Advisory Committee approved installation of ADA ramps at crosswalks at the Francisco and Schooner Drive intersection, and requested that further review of whether the current configuration of crosswalks at that intersection pose a safety concern for pedestrians.

The action resulted from efforts by area residents and the Lake Forest Owners Association to move the northern Francisco crosswalk to the south side of the intersection, in order to improve traffic flow and provide direct crossing from the middle school to a sidewalk at Windsor Point Park.  They reasoned that this would discourage school children from walking down the middle of Schooner after crossing Francisco, as they now do.

An engineering and traffic survey conducted by the County Transportation Division determined that moving the crosswalk would not significantly improve traffic on Francisco. However, the committee agreed to refer the issue back to the Transportation Division as a safety issue, before the ADA ramps are installed, in order to determine how best to address the safety of middle school children crossing Francisco at this intersection.

EID Declares Stage 2 Drought Emergency

The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), which supplies water to El Dorado County, has declared a state 2 level drought emergency, requiring 30 percent voluntary reductions in water consumption.  CLICK HERE to read the full story.

In response to the emergency, the Lake Forest Owners Association has decided not to order annual flowers this year, as they would not survive without 7 day a week watering.  The LFOA will do everything possible to maintain all other vegetation on the corridor given the water restrictions imposed upon it.  Additionally, the LFOA canceled almost $20k in replacement trees and hedge material that was to be planted this spring.  These new plants would have required heavy watering for their first year.

EID Asks For Voluntary Water Conservation

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14)

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14) John Poimiroo

Stopping short of declaring a drought emergency, with water levels dropping the El Dorado Irrigation District is urging water conservation, the Mountain Democrat reported last Friday.

The paper reported: “Folsom Reservoir is approximately 18 percent full as of Jan, 6, which is approximately 37 percent of average for this time of year. Currently, the supplies available to EID from Folsom Reservoir include the United States Bureau of Reclamation contract of 7,550 acre-feet and the ditch/Weber Reservoir water rights totaling 4,560 acre-feet,” said Mueller.

“We are not solely dependent on our water allocation from Folsom Reservoir since we also draw water from our other sources. As a result, we have not experienced the same devastating consequences as other water purveyors who are reliant on Folsom Reservoir. Despite this fact, we are still concerned with the lack of rainfall this winter and are urging customers to voluntarily cut back their water usage, conserve, and not waste water.” the article continued.

To read the complete article, CLICK HERE.

Mountain Lions in Lake Forest Village

Mountain lions have been predating deer inside Lake Forest Village.  These photos show the results of one attack on a deer, this week.

A deer dragged the bloody carcass of a deer across this driveway in The Summit.

A deer dragged the bloody carcass of a deer across this driveway in The Summit.

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Mountain lion tracks can be seen by the blood stain.

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Bloody scene of a mountain lion attack on a driveway in The Summit.

All that was left of the deer.

All that was left of the deer.

Feeding deer attracts predators and threatens human lives in Lake Forest Village.

Feeding deer attracts predators and threatens human lives in Lake Forest Village.

Feeding deer increases their population artificially, attracting predators and acclimating them to living within the community.  That poses a danger to pets, children and adults who live in the village.

It is illegal to feed deer in California. Penalties may include a fine and/or jail time, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.