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My turn: EDC’s problems are with its CAO

Something is terribly wrong in El Dorado County. A survey of county employees and the latest grand jury report point to dysfunction that is startling. While it isn’t always a boss’ fault, it is her responsibility to fix the problems. And when the boss is the problem, it’s time for her to go. But the […]

Comments Off / June 26, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Academic decathletes hit the books

MMMM — Fried dough sizzles in the pan. This food, common in the 1930s during the Great Depression, was served at the Academic Decathlon's kick-off presentation last month. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

The 2010-11 Academic Decathlon will tackle a heavy topic — the Great Depression (not to be confused with the economic drag of today). On Nov. 18 students and coaches for the four participating El Dorado County high schools got into the spirit of the 1930s with Dust Bowl-era music and food as they prepared for the […]

Comments Off / December 08, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Budget shows cautious optimism

El Dorado County’s budget is expected to remain balanced for at least the next three years based on a number of trends and assumptions. Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs recently submitted the optimistic news to the Board of Supervisors as part of the annual mid-year budget update. The 2015-16 budget was based on projected revenues […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fire dept. gets overdue funds

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department will receive the promised $513,302 from El Dorado County. Last Tuesday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors made a “finding of public benefit” and directed county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn to transfer the funds, which are a portion of property taxes collected over the last two years  — the time frame […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Harn gets recall notice

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. Recall proponents cite five issues from which they are “seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices.” Citing a violation of California State Penal Code, the notice states that […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Former supervisor Briggs wants back pay

Former two-term District 4 El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs is contemplating suing El Dorado County if he doesn’t get back pay he says the county owes him. The issue first surfaced in February when Briggs submitted a claim through his legal counsel to the Board of Supervisors. Citing a number of different legal precedents […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories | Read More »

Grand Jury takes on the charter

The El Dorado County Charter should be scrapped at best or substantially amended, according to the Grand Jury report issued June 16. Tacking on to Grand Jury recommendations from 2008-09 and 2013-14 reports, the latest report recommends in even stronger language the repeal or heavy amending of the charter. “The Grand Jury found that the structure of government […]

1 Comment / June 18, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »



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