Community Action Project (CAP) (Murphys, CA)


  • Name:Mr. John Trinkl
  • Title:Co-Chair

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Community Action Project (CAP)
  • Address:P.O. Box 2633
    Murphys, CA 95247
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(209) 728-0710

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Home phone:(415) 826-4616

User Web and Email


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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Community Action Project (CAP) 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. CAP's vision is to preserve the rural quality of life in our county; protect our natural environment and our agricultural lands; promote locally owned viable businesses; promote jobs and housing for all residents; and preserve our historical and cultural resources.

  • History:
  • CAP was launched in 2005, as a project of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch (EPFW), to address the challenges of growth and development by educating and engaging a broad base of citizens and grassroots groups who would, in turn, take an active part in county planning and environmental decision-making. In January 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding between EPFW and CAP established EPFW as the fiscal sponsor for CAP.

    CAP has and will face numerous challenges. The primary challenge was to convince people that the longstanding regional “hands off” approach to land use and conservation could ever change. Additional challenges include funding and technical assistance; training volunteers to be effective advocates; remaining steadfast and reasonable in the face of attack; getting positive coverage of planning and conservation issues in the media; and convincing the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors that the people will support an alternative to “business as usual.”

    Because there is only one incorporated city in Calaveras County, the vast majority of private land development is approved by the Board of Supervisors. For decades, smart growth and good government advocates toiled in their politically and geographically isolated rural communities with little cross-community collaboration and little influence on the Supervisors, whose only allegiance was to their individual districts and their financial supporters. To combat isolation and empower local groups, in January 2006, CAP formed the Calaveras Planning Coalition ("CPC"), its primary project.

    Whether the intent is to advocate for sustainable economic development, greenhouse gas emission reduction, watershed health, minimization of the risks of catastrophic fire, curbing urban sprawl, or local government reform, that advocacy finds a place in the Coalition, which is a group of thirteen community organizations and individuals united behind eleven Land Use and Development Principles.

    The work of the Coalition falls, primarily, into four categories: community education, general plan advocacy, project specific advocacy, and coordination with and among member organizations. Member groups include: Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, Citizens for San Andreas, Calaveras Child Care Council, Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability (FoCuS), Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch, Foothill Conservancy, Keep It Rural Calaveras, Mountain Ranch Planning Committee, Murphys Community Planning Group,, Paloma Planning Group, and Wallace Citizens Serving Residents.

    Over the past five years, CAP and the CPC have:
    --coordinated the once isolated efforts of community groups concerned with water, land use, transportation, conservation, environmental protection, and good government;
    --given technical support essential for the creation of new citizen groups in areas where none existed before;
    --convinced Calaveras County to update its General Plan and community plans;
    --facilitated strategic planning and training for a coalition of community groups;
    --participated in the development of the Water, Agriculture, and Housing Elements of the pending General Plan update and in local community plans;
    --promoted reforms in Planning Department and Planning Commission procedures;
    --increased the attention given to local project proposals by responsible federal, state, and regional resource agencies;
    --provided an atmosphere in which local planning staff and consultants are empowered to make more sound recommendations for government action;
    --changed the amount, detail, and tone of media coverage regarding land use planning, conservation, and good government; and
    --generated informed citizen support for traditional community-centered growth, resulting in the County selecting a General Plan Update project description that would reduce future development on 120,000 acres of agricultural and forest lands.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:1

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • John Trinkl, Co-Chair—John Trinkl came to CAP from a lifetime of activism in various social causes and has been focusing much of his energy recently on preserving the quality of life of Calaveras County. John is a current Board member and former President of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch (EPFW). John has been a reporter, writer, editor, marketing specialist, web developer, and has worked in the travel industry, the book publishing business, and high tech ventures.

    Joyce Techel, Co-Chair—A business owner and long-time resident of Valley Springs, Joyce has been involved with various volunteer activities in the county for two decades. She is a founding member of, one of the major groups in the Calaveras Planning Coalition.

    Bob Dean—As a Board Member of the Calaveras County Water District, Bob works extensively on water issues. Currently, Bob is spearheading a two-county effort to develop a citizen group to support preservation of foothill oak woodlands. He is on the Board of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. Bob is vice- chair of the Mother Lode Land Trust, a regional group which supports land preservation in Calaveras and Amador Counties. He serves on the board of the Youth Mentoring Foundation.

    Linda Mariani—A 25-year resident of Calaveras County, Linda was a founder and administrator of a charter school supporting alternative education and encouraging parent and student voices. She is committed to principled leadership, focusing on common values, sustainability, community health, and thoughtful, long-range planning. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Resource Connection.

    Holly Mines—Holly served on the Calaveras County Planning Commission from 2005-2008. She has played an active role in Community Planning in Calaveras County, and chairs a stakeholders committee on Affordable Housing. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1967-69 and has volunteered in the communities where she has lived ever since.

    Michelle Plotnik—Michelle is a local architect who has been involved with various local planning and business groups for many years including the Calaveras Council of Governments, the Murphys Business Association, the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway Association, and the Central Sierra Ecological Building Association. Michelle is particularly interested in community planning issues and ensuring that our planning documents and policies reflect the values and goals of our communities.

    Penny Sarvis, Secretary—A former teacher and minister, Penny supports environmental preservation and sustainability as well as social justice both in Calaveras County and internationally. Penny has been active in CAP since its inception and is also on the Board of EPFW.

    Steve Schimp—Steve has been with the San Andreas Sanitation District since 1995 and is currently the General Manager.

    Jan Schmidiger—Jan is a licensed General Contractor, Green Builder, Advanced Green Builder and a Green Point Rater. She is a General Contractor with the Calaveras County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability (FoCuS) board member, and an active member of the Central Sierra Ecological Building Association. Jan is a volunteer tennis coach at Calaveras High School.

    Mickey Williamson, Treasurer—Mickey joined the Calaveras Planning Coalition as a representative of the Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability (FoCuS). She served as Coordinator for CAP before joining the Board. A teacher at heart and by profession, she has been an advocate for nature, humanity, community, and economy in many organizations in Calaveras County and the Bay Area. She has been active in several environmental nonprofits and in the Calaveras Humane Society.

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Ward LaValley, Community Action Project Coordinator
    Tom Infusino, Calaveras Planning Coalition Facilitator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:68-0466959

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:680466959
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% BUNNY FIREBAUGH
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 2862
  • Organization City:ARNOLD
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95223-2862
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2002
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C36
  • Asset Amount:$103,363
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$51,177
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$51,177
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:48:46 pm

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