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Get your EID facts right

EDITOR: Bob Luca’s letter is misinformed and wrong. You would think that a District Attorney’s investigator would have more interest in the facts — especially when he’s accusing EID’s board of being “out of touch.” As the Mountain Democrat accurately reported, on Feb. 25 the EID board and employee association agreed to implement the Public […]

No Comment / March 05, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fire board, SRA fee and veterans

EDITOR: Feb. 21, the 692nd meeting of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board was different. While there were 35 chairs for the public this night only four or five were filled by citizens not employed or otherwise linked to the department. While the quantity of citizens was lacking the quality was not. Bill Sturge appeared […]

1 Comment / March 03, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

El Dorado Irrigation District ratepayers wake up!

EDITOR: Once again, the EID board voted 4-1 (board member Alan Day voting no) to approve 7 percent pay raises for staff each year for the next three years. Look at the increase in your water and sewer bill to see what these pay raises are costing you. Yes, rates are up and so employees […]

4 Comments / March 03, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

EID passes 7 percent wage hikes

EDITOR: Despite protest of Director Alan Day and five ratepayer advocates, on Feb. 25 the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District passed three years of 7 percent annual wage hikes for its employees. EID employees already receive wage and benefits averaging $127,000 annually. And EID further has the second worst unfunded pensions of all […]

1 Comment / March 03, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Believe your first impression

A New Yorker fiction story titled “Black Box” by Jennifer Egan, stated the following: “The first 30 seconds in a person’s presence are the most important.” I think Jennifer is correct. • I have always been inclined to place a lot of value on my first impression of a person, and my first impressions are […]

No Comment / March 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s ink: ‘Paper or plastic’ might be dumped

“Will that be paper or plastic?” the grocery store clerk asked. Years ago brown paper bags (or sacks as some folks refer to them) were the only game in town. Growing up in our household, we saved our paper grocery bags. We re-used them to line the kitchen trash container. And at the beginning of […]

1 Comment / March 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Hands off TOT

The Economic Development Advisory Council under the dynamic leadership of attorney Jim Brunello has done yeoman’s work in simplifying any number of regulations — from street standards to modern traffic measurements. And they have plowed an entire mile-square section of General Plan updating and zoning. We applaud that work, though the jury’s still out on the super-duper […]

No Comment / February 24, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »