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Coco 30-percent EID rate increase defeated

EDITOR: The Coco 30-percent rate increase was defeated at the June 23 EID meeting, thank goodness. At least for now. But there’s no telling or trusting what Coco says and does. Recently elected El Dorado Irrigation District Director Dale Coco has repeatedly and publicly chastised and criticized his own constituents, residential ratepayers, for not doing […]

No Comment / July 10, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t allow the past to own you

It’s amazing how one episode can affect you, sometimes for years, sometimes for a lifetime. I remember once, when I was 8 or 9 years old, that I saw a relative of mine drunk. He was crawling across a lawn to his apartment in the Richmond Housing Projects. A small crowd started to gather to […]

No Comment / July 08, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

EID’s industrial planning politics

EDITOR: The EID board once again will take up “small farm” qualification criteria at its July 14 board meeting. This is a continuation of EID’s ongoing industrial planning politics as our local water agency picks and chooses another special interest to subsidize at the more than $1 million expense to 35,000 residential ratepayers that provide […]

No Comment / July 03, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib Notes: Summer Lessons

As we sat around the campfire in Santa Cruz last weekend I pulled out an old Girl Scout goody for the 11 kids in our party. My Aunt Tilly, she died last night, she died last night, did she die?  At first the kids didn’t know what I meant, or why sometimes the answer is […]

No Comment / July 03, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

EID small farms not conserving water

EDITOR: From 2009 through 2013, EID’s 35,000 residential ratepayers reduced their water consumption 5,000 acre feet annually. Residential ratepayers further are on pace to conserve an additional 2,000 acre feet this year. If this pace continues, the cumulative residential conservation since 2009 will be 30 percent. Meanwhile, EID’s small farm water consumption has increased 1,400 […]

No Comment / July 02, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Recognize the facts

Who among us will be the Sancho Panza who will politely inform the quixotic EID Director Greg Prada that those Small Farms and their water rates metaphorically are windmills, not a foul brood of giants to be engaged in righteous battle? It won’t be me. Directors Prada and Day hold the distinction of being the […]

1 Comment / July 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Our turn: El Dorado County on the move to drive innovation

We ask the public to join the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in our commitment to create a renaissance regarding the county’s reputation. For starters, Terri Daly has been working at our direction for almost four years and we want you to know that we support our chief administrative officer (CAO) who is working […]

No Comment / July 01, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »