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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 »

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 »

Congratulations, Shiva

Shiva Frentzen was the clear winner of the Sept. 9 special election to fill the District 2 supervisor seat for the next couple of years. She was far ahead of the pack with 30.96 percent of the vote. It is also clear that she picked up the votes of those with whom she is in […]

2 Comments / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Congratulations winners

The most interesting election night outcome was the voter’s selection from among six candidates running for the District 5 supervisorial seat. The top two vote-getters are Sue Novasel from South Lake Tahoe and Kevin Brown from Pollock Pines. District 5 for a long time has been a South Lake Tahoe seat. District 2, now held […]

Comments Off / June 05, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

2010: A year of high profile retirements, gold-plated benefits


Former El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Neves retired in late 2009, a full year before his term ended. He offered up the tried-and-true but paper-thin “time with family” exculpation to explain his departure. Neves’ CalPERS retirement benefit, a tidy $15,202 per month, might have also factored into the decision. With pension reform in the wind, Neves […]

Comments Off / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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