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History, Mission, Vision and Values

The Community Action Project, or CAP, is a community-based, community-focused citizen-participation project in Calaveras County, CA. Calaveras County is located in the cental Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Founded as a project of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch (EPFW), CAP maintains its own advisory board, annual operating budget, mission, and projects. EPFW remains the fiscal sponsor for CAP. CAP receives financial support through grants and the generous donations of our supporters.

CAP’s mission is to promote community-based democracy in Calaveras County so that local citizens have the maximum possible control of quality of life issues that affect them.

History of CAP, the Community Action Project in Calaveras County

For years, Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch has been a leader in community-based forest protection in the Sierra Nevada.

In 2005, Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch noted that Calaveras County needed a group to empower citizens to have greater control over quality of life issues beyond forest protection. The quality of life issues of concern in communities throughout Calaveras County included land use management, transportation, affordable housing, resource conservation, open space, public safety, economic resiliency, and environmental sustainability. To address these broader community issues, EPFW started a new project in 2005: the Community Action Project (CAP).

After studying the challenges facing the people of Calaveras County, the Community Action Project Board decided to hire staff to organize communities throughout the County to address these critical issues. What the organizer found was that many small groups concerned with these quality of life issues had already formed in some communities, while other communities needed help to get organized. In addition, it became clear that one of the best opportunities to address these issues of concern was the pending update of the obsolete and inadequate Calaveras County General Plan.

Formation of the Calaveras Planning Coalition (CPC)

As the once isolated community groups began to meet together to promote a comprehensive update of the Calaveras County General Plan with full public participation, they discovered that their communities had a lot of concerns in common. They also discovered that, when coordinated in a geographically comprehensive mutual assistance group, they got far more done than they had as geographically and topically isolated groups. Finally, they discovered that the issues they were concerned with at a very local level (the land use impacts of sprawl, traffic gridlock, energy and water conservation, air quality, sustainable economic development, protecting the legacy of working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and emergency services) were also the topic of concern throughout the Sierra region, and throughout California. These were not just local quality of life issues anymore; they were also issues of great concern at the regional, state, and national level. They were no longer working only to protect their own backyards, but their neighbor’s ranches, the region’s air quality, the state’s water supply, the nation’s recreation areas, and the world’s climate.

Today, this federation of regional and local organizations, neighborhood groups, and concerned individuals is known as the Calaveras Planning Coalition (CPC). The CPC remains the flagship endeavor of the Community Action Project (CAP). Founded as a project of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch (EPFW), CAP maintains its own advisory board, annual operating budget, mission, and projects. EPFW remains the fiscal sponsor for CAP. CAP receives financial support through grants and the generous donations of our supporters.

CAP’s Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission:

Promote community-based democracy in Calaveras County so that local citizens have the maximum possible control of quality of life issues that affect them.

Vision:

  • Preserve the rural quality of life in our County
  • Protect our natural environment and our agricultural lands
  • Promote locally owned viable business
  • Provide jobs and housing for all residents
  • Preserve our historical and cultural resources

The Values that Drive our Work:

  • Strive to encourage the widest possible public participation in decision making
  • Seek educational and economic opportunities for all citizens
  • Maintain an open and transparent decision making process
  • Create change and growth using a positive approach based on principles that protect both our citizens and our environment

 







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