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My Turn: Balancing the El Dorado County budget

There are not very many opportunities for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to easily add to the revenue side of the balance sheet without adding additional expenditures. The board has made a major commitment to obligate the residents of El Dorado County to a $2.6 million per year bond payment for the next 40 years […]

Comments Off / August 24, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Time for more water storage

As most of California recovers from this historical drought, one thing we can count on is that history will repeat itself. Californians can take full credit for willingly sacrificing landscape and adjusting habits to save water supply for another year. Toilets have been replaced; lawn has been converted to plastic; leaks have been fixed; prime […]

Comments Off / August 21, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Let the legal battle begin

As predicted by Village Life, voter-approved Measure E has a date in El Dorado County Superior Court. The Alliance for Responsible Planning’s lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Measure E’s implementation violates constitutional and statutory law and is inconsistent with El Dorado County’s voter-approved general plan. Its arguments are backed up by the initiative’s analysis […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Coffee philosophy – accent the positive

The Four Seasons development has a comfortable lodge that offers free coffee in the morning. Several of us create discussion topics that offer lots of different opinions and conclusions. Usually we avoid discussing politics and religion because nobody ever changes his mind about politics or religion. Recently the subject of “Love in the morning” introduced […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a Care Manager: What questions should older adults ask the candidates?

Two-thirds of all people who are older than 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today. I am among them. According to Ken Dychtwald, PhD, Founder of Age Wave, the average life expectancy when the Constitution was written was 36 years old. Today there are more than 10,000 people a day turning 70 who […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Meet my friend Curbi

Pokemon or pine trees? GymStops or sleeping under the stars? School has started and the only real struggle I had with my kids this summer vacation was how much was too much time they could spend on devices. During the school year we keep pretty tight reins on their use of technology, but summer vacation […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: Gold medal winning

Planting a memorial tree is a great way to commemorate a special event or pay tribute to a loved one. Courtesy photo

While the world and lover of international sport is focused upon Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games, I am choosing to pay tribute to my favorite “gold medal” caliber tree. This champion of arboriculture is actually more symbolic than botanic. The summer months have seen the generous gestures of many individuals, work groups, neighbors and families […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »