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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Chris Daley

A victim tells her story

Kristi Merrill, 25, was abducted from the Sacramento-Carmichael area in March of 2012 and held as a “sex slave” for four months. She was found and rescued by a Christian organization that specializes in finding and helping women and girls escape from similar circumstances. The Mountain Democrat covered the issue extensively at the time. There […]

County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

A county multi-disciplinary task force is putting the lie to the notion that, “It can’t happen here.” Law enforcement, social services, mental health and public health staff have joined in a campaign to reduce and prevent human trafficking of local youth for the purpose of commercial sex exploitation. Although many of the 20 victims identified […]

The weekly Daley: Welcome to Georgia and have a nice day

If you’re going to Georgia this summer, you might want to do a little research before going into a bar, a church, a school or even an airport. According to a new law just passed by the Georgia legislature, (if you’re a Georgia resident) you will be able to carry your gun in the open […]

Air quality rating up in the air

After years of study and documentation and plan preparation, El Dorado County has joined with its fellow air districts of the Sacramento Region in seeking to overturn a former failing grade as part of the “Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area (SFNA).” In its simplest concept, the air used to be pretty bad and now it’s better […]

Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

Just when everyone in the county had learned that LUPPU stands for Land Use Policy Programatic Update, they went and changed it to LRPU and then contracted that down to LRP. Long-Range Planning Division Assistant Director Dave Defanti brought that news to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ April 15 meeting. Because LUPPU was […]

The weekly Daley: ‘Everything’s coming up ruses’

With warm weather comes the growing season, and things are sprouting up everywhere. Green weeds along with green grass-like substances abound, and Iris plants are shooting up with their purple and root beer-hued crowns, while buds are turning to blossoms almost before our eyes. Pine pollen seems to have subsided, but something every bit as […]

Supes pick 1% growth forecast

Accepting the recommendation of its Long-Range Planning Division, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on April 8 adopted a new set of projections for how and where future growth will occur. The board approved “Scenario 3,” which combines the “historical growth rate with growth distribution that is consistent with the county’s General Plan.” Such […]

Sheriff gets OK for new offices

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini got the go-ahead Tuesday to pursue three possible sites for a future new sheriff’s headquarters. D’Agostini began his presentation April 8 by thanking the Board of Supervisors for recognizing and prioritizing his department’s need for a new headquarters facility. Acknowledging the county’s many other “competing needs,” D’Agostini cited “leadership […]

Cancer center: Supes deadlock on funding

Back-to-back votes by four out of five El Dorado County supervisors failed to pass a motion Tuesday, April 8 to provide supplemental funding for Marshall Medical’s cancer treatment center in Cameron Park. As originally proposed by Supervisor Ron Briggs, the county would have “considered” a contribution of about $800,000 toward the hospital’s approximately $6 million […]

‘Drive Clean’ aims to incentivize use of electrics and HOV lanes

Federal, state and local governments are putting up money as incentives for residents to buy and drive “zero or ultra-low emission vehicles.” El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors approved a package of grant-based clean air projects including a Drive Clean Incentive program during its April 1 meeting. Locally, the El Dorado County Air Quality Management […]

County backs range of grant projects promoting air quality

El Dorado County Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve six proposals recommended by the county’s Air Quality Management District. The April 1 action supports projects ranging from continuing the County Fair Shuttle to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure development in the city of Placerville and a “Stay and Play Shuttle” program sponsored by the El Dorado County Chamber […]

The weekly Daley: Free speech and other important stuff

First, I have to note that today being April 2, I am celebrating the 15th and 11th anniversaries, respectively, of my first and second heart attacks. It being only about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, however, technically I really should wait until after midnight before I get too sassy about it. Thursday April 3, 8:03 a.m. Yup, […]

Fire funding still vexes supervisors

Providing fire protection services to its residents is neither a function nor obligation of El Dorado County government. Those services are the responsibility of 15 separate fire protection districts on the western slope and in the Tahoe basin. “The county is not in the fire protection business,” more than one supervisor has declaimed on more […]

Incumbent’s petition denied

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector Cherie Raffety filed a petition for a writ of mandate with the Superior Court on Monday, March 24. The writ sought a legal determination that the opposing candidate for the post she has held for more than 25 years was not qualified to serve as Treasurer-Tax Collector. While El Dorado […]

Petition for writ of mandate explained

El Dorado County Counsel Ed Knapp sent the following description and discussion on the petition for a writ of mandate and the county’s role in the process: “This is election season, so it is the time when all County Counsel’s offices around the state become involved in cases like this, because County Counsel’s offices represent […]

The weekly Daley: Really?

I’ll confess at the outset that I have not personally, actually seen 99.9 percent of the so-called “reality” shows available on television these days. But I have seen numerous ads or trailers for a number of them. The two that come immediately to mind are “Storage Wars” and “Naked and Afraid.” Good grief! Until I […]

Supes scotch development agreement team

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors bowed to public opposition to development agreements during the March 18 board meeting. Development agreements typically are contracts between the county and larger development companies that lock in a quid pro quo of mutual benefit to both parties for a specified length of time, commonly up to 20 […]

The weekly Daley: The president’s speech to Putin, early efforts

The following partial drafts were found in the White House speech writers’ wastebasket. As usual, they came to me in a plain brown wrapper and otherwise would never have seen the light of day. More’s the pity. “We’re the Y-A-NKS with the T-A-NKS and the B-A-NKS. We’re the Yanks with the Tanks and the Yanks […]

Supes, public not always clear on meeting rules

What should be talked about? What should be approved or denied without discussion, and who should make the determination? Five related items were pulled from the “consent calendar” at the March 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after several members of the public complained the items were too important to be […]

Nutting, Briggs squabble over Brown Act

Tension between El Dorado County Supervisors Ray Nutting and Ron Briggs has simmered for much of the past year, but at the March 11 Board of Supervisors meeting, it nearly boiled over. A portion of the meeting had dealt with the Ralph M. Brown Act’s requirements regarding preparation of the board agenda — specifically the […]

Rubicon Trail: Supes take a break on history

An effort to promote the Rubicon Trail to the National Register of Historical Places took an abrupt detour during the March 4 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. Running into large boulders of potential opposition, the project was sidelined for further “exploration.” The Rubicon Trail is a public route that roughly connects Georgetown to […]

The weekly Daley: We say what?

Not long ago I had an interesting conversation with a former colleague I met when I was a teacher years ago. She said she had recently told a group of students that a particular performance number they were rehearsing looked like a “Chinese Fire Drill.”” “I’m not even sure they knew what I meant, but […]

‘Respectful workplace’ survey near

El Dorado County Supervisors saw a draft version of a document that they hope will give them a clear view of the county as employer and the county as workplace. The March 4 board meeting included presentations by Human Resources director Pamela Knorr and two consultants retained to find out what’s wrong, what’s right and […]

The weekly Daley: From the Greeks to the Varangians and then some

For the record, Barack Obama has gotten a number of things wrong, in my opinion. One of them, however, is not that he “allowed,” or somehow by his weakness encouraged, Vladimir Putin to invade the Crimean Peninsula. Many of the talking heads and especially the GOP old guard are putting it out that the president […]

Travel, traffic, growth challenge county’s crystal ball

How to grow and where to grow are issues that continue to confound local government officials. On Feb. 24, El Dorado County Supervisors opted to delay a decision that would have given direction to the Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division on how and where future growth should be considered from now through 2035. […]

Supervisors get a tutorial on county budget process

Spending the public’s money is the job of government, and the work must be done in an open, structured and prescribed way. The county’s official “spenders” went to budget school last week when Chief Financial Officer Laura Schwartz presented “Budget Basics” to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Developing the county’s annual budget is […]

The weekly Daley: Arizona no friend of deeply held beliefs

Finally, somebody almost got it right. If the Governor of Arizona hadn’t been such a spoilsport, a business owner in her state who didn’t like something about a customer wouldn’t have had to serve that customer and couldn’t be sued for discrimination as long as the owner sincerely believed that the customer’s “something” was an […]

Traffic model, CIP on tap Monday

Policy wonks will have a full plate Monday when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors holds a special meeting to discuss, growth, traffic and road maintenance. The new Travel Demand Model will be officially unveiled and explained by the county’s Long-Range Planning Division staff. A TDM, as it’s called, is a collection of data […]

Parkway will connect Hwy 49 to Mo Flat

Plans for relieving traffic congestion in the Diamond Springs area have been on the drawing board for more than 15 years. The Diamond Springs Parkway Project is expected to provide some of that relief by widening and realigning a portion of Diamond Road which is actually Highway 49 immediately north of the intersection with Pleasant […]

County OKs underground utilities for Diamond Parkway

A 4-1 majority of county supervisors created the Diamond Springs Parkway Underground Utility District Feb. 4. More precisely, the board passed a resolution that allows for formation of the district. The California Public Utilities Commission established tariff programs in 1967 whereby private companies such as PG&E and AT&T set aside funds exclusively for the purpose […]

The weekly Daley: Ted Nugent — a new low in potty-mouth

If I hadn’t just read it online, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the title of a Ted Nugent song. “Cat Scratch Fever” apparently is the best known, just not by me. I’m sure I must have heard it back in the day, but I don’t remember anything about it. I also read […]

County adopts economic development incentive policy

El Dorado County Supervisors adopted a new policy aimed at attracting businesses that can provide significant numbers of good-paying jobs. Policy J-7 for Economic Development Incentives was drawn up by the Chief Administrative Office and is authorized under the Economic Development section of the county’s General Plan. Using financial or procedural incentives is a common […]

The weekly Daley: Me and Shirley Temple

Reflecting on the death of beloved child star and later U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black took me way back in time to the day Shirley and I began our relationship. Now, my brother the conservative, as we reminisced the other night, tells a Shirley Temple story that I cannot corroborate, not that I doubt his […]

County eyes new bridges

The Feb. 4 Board of Supervisors afternoon agenda focused on the “bridges of El Dorado County” — specifically Mt. Murphy and Bucks Bar bridges. Both are elements of the county’s Capital Improvement Program, and both need a lot of improvement. Matt Smeltzer, deputy director for engineering at the Department of Transportation, laid out the case […]

BOS tackles the function and life span of a ‘committee’

Determining when a committee is no longer a committee should be a relatively simple thing to accomplish. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors tackled that and several related issues at its Jan. 14 meeting. Prompted by a fairly routine report about the board-appointed Community Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC), Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim […]

Supes OK consultants for ‘respectful workplace’

El Dorado County Supervisors authorized the Chief Administrative Office and the Human Resources Department to move forward on hiring one or more contractors to develop a policy that will result in establishing the county as an employer with a “Respectful Workplace.” More commonly known as an “anti-bullying” policy, the board voted unanimously to spend an […]

The weekly Daley: Drama and trauma and terror, oh my

Sochi — Who would ever pick Sochi, Russia as the site of the Winter Olympics, let alone for the Dog Catcher or Going Postal Olympics? For the terrorist bomber Olympics it might be just the place. Americans are warned not to leave the Olympic compound wearing their red, white and blue American flag uniforms and […]

The Weekly Daley: All the news…

I think I might have missed one of my annual jaunts down memory lane last year. That is my review of the news from 100 years ago as presented in the “Chronicle of America” and the notion that there’s not much new under the sun. The Chronicle gives a year-by-year history of America from Paleolithic […]

New HR director refines anti-bullying policy

On the job since September, Human Resources Director Pamela Knorr told El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday she was cautioned about taking her new position. She said “lots of people called and said, ‘Are you crazy?’” The county is perceived by folks in other jurisdictions as a place where HR managers go to fail, […]

The weekly Daley: Ain’t it awful?

Forget the “rant” by Seattle Seahawks defensive star Richard Sherman right at the end of Sunday’s championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. He was pumped up, in the game “zone,” he said. He was excited knowing he and his team were heading to the Super Bowl. And he’s only 25 years old. He’s been […]

Petition brings reactions

By Wednesday afternoon, the local political grapevine was in full bloom. As county leaders learned about the petition filed Tuesday by the Rural Communities United, the Mountain Democrat tried to contact several county officials and other individuals involved in the initiative process. “I’m not quite certain what it means,” District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting said […]

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Initiative aims to halt subdivisions

Community activists followed through on a challenge to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday when “Rural Communities United” filed to get a petition on this year’s November ballot. Based primarily on traffic and land-use issues, the initiative’s “proponents” hope to generate broad public support for curtailing large residential developments, particularly those proposed in […]

The weekly Daley: Some thoughts I’ve thought about

A guy in Florida shoots another guy for texting in a movie theater during the previews, before the main attraction. Evidently it bothered the alleged shooter so much that he felt compelled to pull his hardware and allegedly plug the other guy. The NRA would, of course, suggest that if everyone in the movie house […]

County to rescind 2012 ordinance on sex offenders: A better ordinance may come in the future

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance in February 2012 to prohibit “registered sex offenders from entering county parks, schools and other areas where children congregate.” Designed and implemented along “substantially similar” lines as those crafted by many other jurisdictions throughout the state, local ordinances “have been challenged in state and federal […]

Supervisors tweak traditional new year passing of the gavel

Years of local government history came to the fore right out of the gate at Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. By tradition, the outgoing chair passes the gavel to the incoming chair at the beginning of the first meeting of the new year. So Supervisor Ron Briggs moved out of the center […]

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