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Fake “small farms” steal from residential EID customers

EDITOR: Poor EID polices have exacerbated the severe drought in El Dorado County. As 35,000 EID residential customers sacrifice vegetation at their homes to reduce water consumption to meet drought goals, EID moves to further relax criteria for the discounted “small farm” water category. This seems like very bad policy in light that two studies […]

No Comment / July 13, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

I agree with Director Prada on small farms

EDITOR: For the past six months I’ve watched the rhetoric fly back-and-forth between small farmers and EID Director Greg Prada. I have to say, “I agree with Director Prada.” Irrespective of the fact that Director Prada’s $49 small farm rate has been disproven by EID’s own staff (actually $514 per acre foot, annually) and irrespective […]

No Comment / July 13, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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 »