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We love our new tree

EDITOR: On behalf of El Dorado Hills seniors, and the community at large, we would like to thank El Dorado Hills Fire Foundation members and El Dorado County’s Grounds Division for facilitating the planting of a new redwood tree at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Working collaboratively, the Firefighters Foundation purchased the large redwood […]

No Comment / November 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Salaries not excessive

EDITOR: Greg Prada is again complaining about an EID budget detail — despite EID having cut the costs in question by $846,000 this year. His citation of $127,133 in salary per employee in the 2013 budget is correct, but he neglects to note the cost savings. Also, EID has held cost-of-living increases to only 2 […]

3 Comments / November 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Support your local school

EDITOR: With all of the propositions on this year’s ballot, I believe people should have information that is not a 30 second sound bite from someone who does not have a personal stake in its outcome. For the last 20 years I have served on various local school boards. The first being the El Dorado […]

1 Comment / October 31, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fire board spending unconscionable

EDITOR: I read with dismay your front page article on Oct. 17 implying the present fire board has exercised sound fiscal management. This is absurd given the extravagant compensation EDH firefighters receive. Their annual salary, overtime and education incentives average about $135,000 to $140,000 in addition to fully paid health care and an attractive retirement […]

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Stracener campaign gets sleazy

EDITOR: Judge Warren Stracener is mailing literature that uses smear tactics to hurt his opponent. This win-at-all-costs approach is what we expect from sleazy politicians, not judicial candidates. Is this the kind of person we want as our judge? Judge Eddie Keller(Ret.) El Dorado County Superior Court Shingle Springs

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

EID’s bloated budget

EDITOR: In his proposed $47 million gross operating spending for 2013, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie has included $28.1 million of salaries and benefits for 221.5 employees … an average of $127,000 per employee. Abercrombie wants EID average salaries to climb to $78,000 and employee benefits, excluding paid time off, to average an “eye-popping” $49,000 […]

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cutting the fire budget cuts service

EDITOR: I’m a firefighter for another department in the greater Sacramento area, and am proud to make El Dorado Hills my home. I’m hoping that the insight I can provide might help some of my voters make a good decision on Election Day. Let me start by saying that the district that I work for […]

16 Comments / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »