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EID fiscal irresponsibility

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District rates have more than doubled in the last seven years yet EID management wants board approval to continue gouging its ratepayers and increase 2017-18 rates fully 30 times the 0.3 percent increase in 2016-17 Social Security payments. EID management’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget includes median $131,000 per employee compensation with benefits […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: I miss all my pals

Even before I wrote my last “Heard Over the Back Fence” column I knew I would miss all of my co-workers at the Mountain Democrat office. It felt like I was leaving family. The entire Mountain Democrat crew works as a very productive, intelligent and friendly group of very nice people. It was a great […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Teachers union offers anti-Trump lesson plan

EDITOR: It was with horror that I read in the Sacramento Bee the morning of Thursday, Nov. 17, on page 6A that a union representing San Francisco’s Public school teachers is circulating a classroom lesson plan that calls President-elect Donald Trump a racist and sexist man. The United Educators of San Francisco posted the plan […]

3 Comments / November 23, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

District 1 election

EDITOR: I had the pleasure, with many more community members, to support John Hidahl for District 1 supervisor. It was a true grassroots effort that spoke loudly about who we wanted to represent us in our district. Many community volunteers rallied around the one candidate that will fight the over-development of our region and the […]

Comments Off / November 23, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Senior News: Ready to celebrate the holidays?

The annual Christmas Luncheon is here. Call us now if you haven’t signed up for the Friday, Dec. 2, party at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym. Thanks to the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, our long-standing tradition of serving delicious banana splits will continue. The musical talents of Oak Ridge High School […]

Comments Off / November 23, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s Ink: The real question is “What went ‘right?'”

The peaceful transition of power has begun. President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met in the Oval Office with both sharing complimentary remarks afterward. Mr. Obama retains the key to the executive washroom until Inauguration Day and Mr. Trump just saved taxpayers $1.6 million by deciding not to take a salary during his term in […]

1 Comment / November 22, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Message from EID: Infrastructure and the CIP, understanding the cost

As 2016 comes to a close the El Dorado Irrigation District continues on a strong path guided by a solid financial plan and sustainable capital improvement program. On Oct 24 the EID Board of Directors approved a 2017–21 capital improvement program that chips steadily away at the many projects necessary to keep EID’s facilities in good condition so […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »