Letters to the Editor

A taxpayer for Sherry & Craig Petersen

By From page A5 | October 24, 2012


Mr. Christian failed to mention his expertise is grounded in his career as a firefighter. If I were a firefighter, and wanted to see the great pay and benefits continue to be offered in El Dorado Hills, I would probably draft a similar letter.

But I’m just a taxpayer in El Dorado County. A taxpayer that read with dismay the Grand Jury report, and cannot fathom why the current board has approved the spending and negotiated such an overly generous labor (call it an association … same thing) contract with the firefighters union.

Hidahl and Hartley are campaigning for re-election as a team. Does Mr. Christian think that they might have had/be having non-public conversations regarding the Fire Board, and in violation of The Brown Act? No? Really? Granted, they may not be cohabitating, but they have been board members together for over 12 years … longer than most marriages in California last! Shame on Mr. Christian for concluding the Petersens are “ethically bankrupt” when he doesn’t even know them. In fact, his letter to the editor reveals much about his ethics.

I recommend that voters review the Grand Jury report, available at co.el-dorado.ca.us/Government/GrandJury/2010-2011_Grand_Jury_Report.aspx and determine for themselves if our tax dollars have been too freely spent. I think its way past time to get a couple of thoughtful, well-versed taxpayer advocates like Sherry & Craig Petersen on the EDH Fire Board!

John Maintz
El Dorado Hills

Letter to the Editor

Discussion | 1 comment

  • James ChristianOctober 23, 2012 - 11:35 am

    John, yes, guilty as charged. I have served for over 40 years in the fire service. I am quite proud of that fact. Quite a bit of that time I served for no pay at all. I suggest that you read my letter again. You charge me of wanting to "see the great pay and benefits continue to be offered in El Dorado Hills". I did not mention anywhere in my letter the pay and benefits of firefighters. My letter concerns staffing and response to emergencies, and the obvious problem that will come into play if two people living in the same household are elected to the same board. I would feel that way regardless of the leanings of the people running for election. If you want to fire shots at the substance of my letter, then be my guest. However, I kindly request that you do attribute to me words that I have not written.



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