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EID’s budget claims don’t hold water

The El Dorado Irrigation District’s Nov. 15 press release misleadingly claims a “nearly flat” 2012 budget. Yet gross spending actually is board-approved to increase by $1.7 million. EID’s headquarters overhead budget surges another$1.2 million following $10 million of overhead increases in the last eight years. Overhead now accounts for a “whopping” 30 percent of EID […]

2 Comments / November 18, 2011 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s bullets: Billingsley’s Axioms of Life, part 2

Bob Billingsley

This is part two of a new list of “Billingsley’s Axioms of Life.” These axioms are created when something, such as a sign, book, magazine, conversation or dream, stimulates my tendency to think sideways. If you review these axioms weekly and apply them to your daily living you will look and feel young in 28 […]

Comments Off / November 18, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

EID board thumbs nose at ratepayers

On Nov. 14, after closed session, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors returned to an empty board room gallery to vote general manager and general counsel contract extensions to September 2016. (Yes, 2016! The previous contracts already were guaranteed to September 2013.) This is a fresh $1.3-plus million salary and benefits commitment for […]

1 Comment / November 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Life … It’s all about numbers

Richard Esposito

According to the United Nations, the human population exceeded 7 billion this month. Not surprising news given today’s advances in medical research and technology. Despite the recent downward trend in birthrates people are living longer — much longer. This year’s census data reflects the United States contributed 300 million of the 7 billion people inhabiting […]

Comments Off / November 17, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Lets move on and address EID’s issues

EDITOR: Thank you for your commentary. Yes, it is a ‘new Day’ for EID. The voters of Division 5 issued a referendum on the status quo of EID, they aren’t happy with it. It is my intention to represent the concerns of my constituents: reducing EID costs, stopping the excess spending, getting a handle on […]

3 Comments / November 14, 2011 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

It’s a new Day at EID!

And the winner of last week’s El Dorado Irrigation District election for Division 5 is … Alan Day? Many people across the county seemed surprised hearing the news Alan Day beat incumbent board president Harry Norris. Not this casual observer. With residents of El Dorado Hills experiencing water and sewer rate hikes in the midst […]

1 Comment / November 12, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Where’s the coverage of ‘Occupy Movement?’

EDITOR: Where’s the coverage? Last Monday morning I sat in Peet’s Coffee House in El Dorado Hills — minding my own business — when a rowdy mob came charging in, demanding change — and demanding it now. All four of the group had on dark green hooded sweatshirts, very antagonistic attitudes, and Converse tennis shoes. If […]

Comments Off / November 11, 2011 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »