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County looks to shut down Tulloch “Bump” parties

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 2:23 pm | Updated: 12:38 pm, Mon Oct 8, 2012.

Calaveras County is looking to quiet Lake Tulloch Resort’s oft-debated Bump parties in court, seeking an injunction against an event the county describes as a “public nuisance.”

The Sept. 4 lawsuit is backgrounded by a recently proposed retooling of the county’s special event permitting process, an effort that has heightened scrutiny not just of Bump parties, but similarly unpermitted events ranging from Murphys’ Ironstone Concert Series to Mountain Ranch’s Wood Whomp festival.

Pointing to the fact that neither of those venue’s owners had faced more than administrative fines, Lake Tulloch Resort owner Bernadette Cattaneo said she felt singled-out.

“I’m very disappointed that my business is being targeted,” Cattaneo said last week. “The county cutting us off from doing (Bump events) is going to effectively shut us down.”

County Counsel Janis Elliot declined to comment on ongoing litigation.

Look for a full report on the county filing in the Friday, Sept. 28 edition of the Enterprise.

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  • Dickey Weinkle posted at 12:42 pm on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    Dickey Weinkle Posts: 142

    Of course the racial makeup of the crowd has NOTHING to do with this selective enforcement. (Nod, nod. Wink, wink)

  • Ray posted at 9:03 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    Ray Posts: 30

    Heightened Scrutiny ! Public Nuisance ! lets just stop all events in the county Grape Stomp,Irish Days,Bingo.good way to hurt the local business community and then cancel the fair as well no more frog jump.

  • Local Guy posted at 7:25 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    Local Guy Posts: 5

    If they follow the rules, pay the fees why shouldn't they be allowed to continue?

  • Charles Dudley Jr posted at 5:22 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    Charles Dudley Jr Posts: 1281

    What a bunch of horse puckey!! There have been huge parties at Lake Tulloch/Poker Flat since the 70's and nobody has complained like this or brought injunctions of this type.

    This is just wrong.