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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 […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,
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