Letters to the Editor

I apologize

By December 10, 2011

Last night, within minutes of attending the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, I realized John Skeel’s return to work as general manager of the EDHCSD was in imminent danger.

We failed to fill the meeting room with bodies, which is the only thing the BOD responds to … pressure from a room of angry people. The BOD does not internalize that which the citizens and employees of El Dorado Hills have stated over and over again; why was John Skeel placed on a leave of absence in the first place and why has John Skeel not returned to work? And when they do comment wondrous words of wisdom are spouted, but the questions are never clearly answered. As a previous speaker and frequent attendee of BOD meetings, I wanted someone else to get up and talk. Certainly there are enough concerned residents that do not agree with the BOD’s handling of the John Skeel issue, but where were they? Why didn’t they attend? It’s the Christmas season; I’m taking my child to sports; it’s too cold; I do charity work for another organization; or I just don’t care.

Look at our society; are we uncaring people? We need to care for our family, friends, neighbors and community. We need to take notice of what is going on in our own back yards and be accountable. We can support more than one cause and we can take time out of our busy schedules to help our community. We need to try and we need to care. People will help us. Good people exist everywhere. “Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.”

But I failed to get enough people to attend that one meeting – the one meeting that might have made a difference. Maybe people would see how nontransparent the BOD is -how much they waste our money and precious time, over and over again, and fail to make decisions. Their ability to botch a decision about something as ordinary as a citizen wanting to remove an oak tree is astounding.

There’s a joke there somewhere, how many board members does it take to … but it really is no joke. And the joke is on us because we allow this to happen.

The regular board meeting ended and the BOD went in closed session again. (They were also in closed session prior to the board meeting.) The BOD wanted to wait until everybody went home. There was even one board member not at the regular meeting who was able to make the closed session. When the board reported out what happened at the closed session, the one board member was not present again. The board member could have stayed for three more minutes. You can vote to terminate the contract of John Skeel but you do not have the nerve and fortitude to deliver the message to the steadfast few that stayed around for an answer? That is how our El Dorado Hills Board of Directors operates.

I include myself in this fine mess and want to publicly apologize to John Skeel and his family because I let them down. I was in a terrible mood today and short to those I love the most, my family. I later apologized and told them why. But John Skeel and his family relocated from Colorado to El Dorado Hills and now he does not have a job and does not know why. Now John has to do what is necessary to provide for his family.

The BOD issue is not resolved. There will be more truths that will surface about the board that will make many citizens of El Dorado Hills unhappy. Please act when you hear these truths. It’s not too late to voice your concern and take action.

Nancy Sianez
El Dorado Hills

Letter to the Editor

Discussion | 16 comments

  • Noelle MattockDecember 12, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Nancy, I apologize to you and our community for not having attending the board meeting last Thursday night. I was returning from UC Davis oncology where I was informed that my beloved dog is terminally ill with lymphoma. once I got him home and settled in, I informed the board that I would make myself available should they need me. I was not in the best condition to be there and am sincerely sorry for the appearance that I did not or do not care. We have all listened to the public and employees. We made our decision after months of consideration and work. While the decision was a difficult one for us to make, we will now focus on the future of the district. Many of the upcoming decisions and actions will based on the feedback we received from through out the process from the public and employees. We are hoping to work with everyone to begin to heal the district and move us forward in the 50th anniversary year of the El Dorado Hills CSD.

  • CuriousDecember 12, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Nah. Hopefully, you'll be gone soon......

  • good griefDecember 12, 2011 - 6:56 pm

    Noelle, If you are trying to tell us you have a heart because your dog is sick you are barking up the wrong tree. Being available and being there speak volumes. I hope John wins in court and takes down the whole board. What you have allowed to happen and continue to work at the CSD is the real cancer.

  • Nick YonanoDecember 12, 2011 - 7:11 pm

    Ms. Mattock, you and a few others can begin to apologize by vacating your seats and positions. By doing so, you will save many, many, people, including myself, from the process of removing you through normal channels. You will also allow the CSD and the many wonderful families and employees to begin to move forward. Yes, the lawsuit will continue, hopefully a grand jury investigation will develop, and the CSD will lose precious dollars due to what you have done. However, this would be the best thing you can do. I, for one, do not expect you, or the board, or that HR manager that must have something on you, to do the right thing.

  • DonDecember 13, 2011 - 7:05 am

    Noelle, Regardless of your dog, you are Consistently on the wrong side of your Constituents. Who do you represent? Did you even 20 people ask you to remove John? If so publish their names. Please resign now. Is the cost of removing you is another waste you intend to put the taxpayers in El Dorado Hills through? You voted to hire, reinstate, and terminate him. You never addressed publically any of your concerns. You failed John and your community. Play the public hearing again as it is all recorded. EDH residents are not happy with you and the other three misguided and incompentent elected cronies. We deserver better.

  • Concerned ResidentDecember 30, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Please attend the EDHCSD Board of Directors Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Parks Conference Room. The topic of discussion will be the appointment of the Interim General Manager. Attend and voice your concerns!

  • EDH ResidentFebruary 06, 2012 - 10:58 pm

    I'm reading this now months later and it's still so lame. Noelle Mattock is a joke. But folks don't laugh...she wants to launch a political career to represent even more residents in our area! Can you believe it? The audacity of this woman has no bounds. This Board must be stopped NOW! Sign the petition to RECALL THE CSD BOARD. Go to RecallCSDboard.com today....get the whole story...

  • Wendy HagelFebruary 09, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Sounds like it is time for the Grand Jury to investigate this board. Please, someone who has the information needs to fill out the form on the Grand Jury's website at http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/grandjury The Grand Jury does have the power to investigate and get to the root of the many problems with the CSD board.

  • EDH ResidentFebruary 13, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    Is it true Ms Mattock had her rescue dog taken away this week because she was unable to follow the guidelines the organization required for care of the dog? No doubt she'll blame the rescue organization for not knowing what's good for the dog.

  • Julie PetroneFebruary 14, 2012 - 11:21 am

    Dear EDH Resident, Try using your real name so we can understand the motivations behind your comments. I am a close friend of Ms. Mattock and find your comments to be vial, off base, uninformed, and made out of malace. You clearly do not know this individual who devotes countless hours to our community and our county. share with us what you do other than make slanderous comments anonymously.

  • john smithFebruary 14, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    vile, malice

  • EDH ResidentFebruary 15, 2012 - 8:08 am

    So if you can't argue the facts, attack the messenger, is that it, Julie? It is Ms. Mattock who made the care of her dogs an issue when, in these pages, she wrote about missing a meeting that affected our community and a man's life, career, and family so she could care for her sick dog. Ms. Mattock chose to run for public office. Along with that honor and responsibility comes a life under the spotlight and the microscope. This is small time compared to what she might face if rumors of her grander aspirations are true. All most of us know of Ms. Mattock is her involvement in the John Skeel debacle and the perception that she has played favorites putting her friends ahead of community wishes. Maybe you or she can share with us the wondrous things she has accomplished while serving on the CSD Board so as to give us a broader perspective of her accomplishments. Meanwhile, she might want to keep her "pitbull" from attacking her constituents and voters. Your writing doesn't do her any favors.

  • Julie PetroneFebruary 15, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    As I read this, I can't help but wonder who is attacking whom. I have lived in this community for 15 years and have known her just about as long. What I can tell you she is very involved philanthropically and is a good person. She does a lot whether you chose to recognize it or not and I am guessing had this incident never occurred, you most likely would not even know her name. Perhaps your vehement anger has got in the way of the topic at large, which is did the board act accordingly or not-- not just Ms. Mattock, but the board as a whole. As for your comments about her foster dog (or her dog that recently died of cancer), I am not sure as to what that has to do with her abilities in her position. Those comments are purely an attack on her and unnecessary. I appreciate that you are unhappy with her as a board member and that is your right, but such aggressive words are plain right cruel. I am also pretty sure the general public is unaware of the entire story of Mr. Skeel and with due process, the truth will come out. Enough said by me, I will continue to stand by her and am proud to call her my friend. Perhaps I will meet you around town someday too, neighbor. Until then, be well.

  • EDH citizenFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    Julie- What the dog has to do with her "ability" is that when the community who elected her needed her most, she chose her dog over the taxpayers. That is just wrong and even makes me question her mental health status You are obviously her friend, hence the support, and we, the taxpayers, are the victims.

  • EDH TaxpayerFebruary 17, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Apparently EDH citizen is unaware that Ms. Mattock did attend the closed session of that meeting, which is how they got the 4-1 vote. As a taxpayer, I understand that these board members have lives and do their best to represent us all. Frankly, they deserve more given what they have had to endure from a very small group of people, who frankly need to get lives, and let our community heal. This board should be commended for their fiscal responsibility...look around us, they have ample reserves, we have top notch programs, and services. My experiences with the csd have not changed. And now I await the posts attacking me since I am not part of your lynch mob.

  • Bass Lake ResidentFebruary 18, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    EDH Taxpayer, looks like they are going to endure a recall effort from a large group of people now. Three plus years of poor Board of Directors performance. A total mess.



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