Letters to the Editor

Vote for Coco!

By October 25, 2013

EDITOR:

Whether you’re a farmer, rancher, businessman or resident in El Dorado County, the El Dorado Irrigation District is a big problem. I moved to the county in 1959 and have never seen such absurd choices as the board has made lately. We need new management at EID! We need solutions not slogans.

Dr. Dale Coco is willing to take on this challenge and he has the skills to be the kind of director we need. As a physician, he managed a large and complex organization as a hospital chief of staff — a challenging task indeed. In retirement, he has spent years devoting himself to studying this county’s water issues, meeting with concerned citizens and groups and focusing on developing practical solutions. He will see that EID reduces its debt, stops balancing its books on the backs of us rate payers and insuring adequate supplies for our future needs.

He is endorsed by a broad range of leaders in the county from vintners, Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce to the American River Conservancy president and a member of the board of directors of the Sierra Club plus Alan Day, the only “ratepayer advocate” on the EID board, not to mention many district residents like him. Sometimes your vote can make a difference. This is one of those times.

Steve Truax
Placerville

Letter to the Editor

Discussion | 5 comments

  • Bought and paid forOctober 24, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    If you love paying extra rates to pay for capacity expansion for the Developers, Dale Coco is your man. Coco has accepted more than $20,000 of campaign contributions from Parker's newly formed PAC.If you want someone who stands for ratepayers Jake Flesher is your man.

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  • Concerned CitizenOctober 26, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Funny how you fail to mention that the PAC that has donated almost $20k to his campaign - and almost $15k to Englefield - was created by a large developer. This large developer stands to save $35,000,000 by the election and subsequent decisions of these two. This developer also gives large sums of money to the Chamber that has endorsed them. His campaign is also being run by the Democrat Central Committee. Hardly a bastion of fiscal responsibility. Your vote does make a different! Vote for Jake Flesher, a bright, young, charismatic attorney who truly cares about the community and ratepayers!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 29, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Concerned Citizen, here is a sample of your man's "brilliance" ~~~ “Something I’m learning in this whole process is that there are several counties here. There’s the ag community, there’s Placerville — and it’s different from Cameron Park and Tahoe. . . . TAHOE part of EID??? And then there is this. ~~~ ". . . he understands the importance of water issues after working as a farmer in Kern County for a year . . ." It took him a YEAR to learn that plants need water?, Kern County needs OUR WATER so therefore Jake Flesher says, ~~~ " . . . let’s use Folsom Lake water to the extent we can and think about options for Project 184 water to create some revenue.” Hmmmm . . . I wonder if Kern County . . . . might . . . uh . . . be interested . . . I'll check at my law office with my Rail Road clients . . . Rail Roads are some of the biggest "farmers" in the Central Valley . . . especially Kern.

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  • Concerned CitizenOctober 31, 2013 - 8:34 am

    I'll tell you what, Phil - you can vote for the old Democrat that's supported by the EID, the developers, the Chamber and the Democrat Central Committee (whose chairman is running his campaign) and I will vote for the young, bright man running a grassroots campaign and supported by the Republican Central Committee and everyday citizens. The latter has ratepayers welfare in mind while the former is another good old boy who will save the developers millions while ratepayers suffer more of the same! Slander Jake all you like, but he is the best man for the job by a mile! Good day, Phil!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 9:10 am

    I'll tell you what, Bob Luca. I'll take the "old man" any day over the young Kern County farmer carpet bagging San Francisco lawyer who can't find time to attend EID Board meetings because he's too busy jumping between Folsom and 'Frisco working on the rail road Kern County water issues. ~~~ Say Hi to Vern.

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