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Chris Daley

Holiday terror alert: Law enforcement always prepared

No increased threat for El Dorado county Security agencies all around the country are in a heightened state of alert as the July 4th holiday approaches. A number of news organizations report that their sources have described a high, even the “highest ever terror alert,” since 9/11. The FBI has set up command posts throughout the nation […]

The Weekly Daley: Ain’t love grand!

“I’m in love with at least one if not two or more convicted murderers. He and/or they are who I want to spend the rest of my life with, maybe have his/their baby or babies one day. We’ll be so happy. Ain’t love grand! But first I have to help them bust out of prison, […]

Anti-terrorism authority renewed

Supervisors renewed a 2003 authorization to create an Anti-Terrorism Approval Body (Approval Authority) during their June 23 meeting. The entity, whose purpose is to distribute Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funds, includes representatives from five county emergency response agencies. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, the approval body includes Placerville and South Lake Tahoe police […]

The weekly Daley: Excuse me! What?

Think you’ve heard it all? I kind of thought I’d heard it all until Wednesday morning. While driving to work I heard on NPR that state Attorney General Kamala Harris was hoping not to have to deal with a proposition titled the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” Excuse me! What? She was hoping a judge would grant […]

El Dorado County fee structure debate begins

El Dorado County supervisors got a first look at the county’s fee structure and policies study at their June 23 meeting. Prepared and presented by staff from the Community Development Agency, the fee study draft recommends a number of changes and perhaps consolidations of current fees for services. Cost for service lies at the heart […]

Grand Jury calls for familiar charter reforms

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 […]

Supervisor Novasel responds to conflict questions

El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel responded to allegations contained in a letter to the editor in the June 12 Mountain Democrat. Following a truncated Board of Supervisors meeting June 16, Novasel said that at the beginning of her term, she gave County Counsel Robyn Drivon an extensive list of items that could […]

The weekly Daley: More nuts with guns

Like clockwork, yet another young man turns up with a gun and a killer agenda, and another nine people are dead because they went to an event at their church in Charleston, S.C. Wednesday night. Dylann Roof allegedly went to the same event and while there, it is alleged that he shot and killed nine […]

Knorr out as CAO

Interim El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr will no longer hold the  CAO title, effective June 29, and will return to her original appointment as the county’s full-time Human Resources director. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to move Knorr back to her HR position and announced the appointment of Larry T. Combs […]

County tries to woo UC Davis; no first date pending

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector Cherie Raffety pitched an idea to the Board of Supervisors back in March. How about initiating a plan to convince a four-year college, public or private, to locate a campus in the county? Raffety said she had been working on the idea for some time and thought it was a […]

Supervisors set priorities for public parks

Recognizing parks as an asset to the community, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors last week directed staff to establish a parks capital improvement program and begin an annual campgrounds inspection program. El Dorado County owns and maintains four developed parks for the public’s recreational use — Henningsen-Lotus Park in the Coloma-Lotus valley, Pioneer Park in the Fair Play-Somerset […]

The Weekly Daley: Funny you should say that

“Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay established absolute dominance as they racked up 239 without loss for India against Bangladesh on day one of the lone test on Wednesday. Dhawan was not out on 150 and Vijay on 89 when bails were drawn for bad light, after 34 overs were lost after lunch to heavy […]

BOS marathon ends with 4-1 vote for budget

El Dorado County Supervisors started early and stayed late last week during four days of hearings, revisions and recalculations to the “Recommended Budget” presented by Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr. State law requires that the county approve a recommended budget on or before June 30 each year, and a final or “Adopted Budget” on or […]

The weekly Daley: Is it or is it not?

I’m following up on last week’s piece suggesting that climate change is an actual thing, that it’s happening and maybe we ought to think about crafting some realistic responses. A number of commenters took me to task on a range of issues such as promoting the notion that we humans are to blame to some […]

Biological resources update OK’d

El Dorado County’s General Plan addresses a variety of issues related to protection of the local flora and fauna while especially encouraging economic development in the county. In March of last year, the county contracted with the Dudek consulting firm to review and potentially amend several General Plan policies related to biological resources. The agreement […]

New west slope storm water regulations enacted

El Dorado County supervisors adopted a new amended ordinance governing the flow of storm water on the county’s west slope at their May 19 board meeting. According to law, a new ordinance must be read or made available to the public on at least two formal occasions, a first reading and a second or final […]

The weekly Daley: Spare ‘climate’ change?

I’ve had a couple of interesting conversations lately with two climate change deniers. Smart, respectable, world-wise guys who have been around as many, if not more, blocks than I. They simply do not believe any of the reports of climate change, melting glaciers, rising seas. Lies, all lies, they say. Cooked up by corrupt “greener […]

Supes go another round with ‘train guys and trail people’

It’s 31 miles of bad road from Missouri Flat to East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Actually, it’s 31 miles of some good and some bad road, but it’s been 20 years of bad blood between the “trail people and the train guys.” That’s how El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s Dan Bolster described the “rails versus […]

Delays will affect Ice House Road

Work on Ice House Road between the junction of Wentworth Springs Road and the end of the pavement near Loon Lake in the Eldorado National Forest will begin June 1 and continue through October, according to a prepared statement from the El Dorado County Division of Transportation received last Thursday. Motorists will be subject to […]

Green Valley Rd. to close for six weeks

Green Valley Road will be closed from June 1 to July 13 between Lode Road and El Dorado Road, El Dorado County’s Department of Transportation advised in a prepared statement on May 21. County staff and the contractor for the project to replace the old Weber Creek Bridge, determined recently that geological conditions particularly on […]

Written guidelines direct future budget

El Dorado County has a new set of “budget policies” that may be likened to a roadmap leading to the destination of  “We’re not doing it the way we’ve always done it anymore.” The county’s history regarding fiscal policies may be discerned, in effect, by figuratively reading the document from back to front. For example, […]

Supervisors adopt new ‘budget policy’

The book hasn’t been written yet, but a working title could be “Mik and the Giant County Budget.” Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting once again featured District 1’s Ron Mikulaco taking issue with the soon-to-be-unveiled Recommended Budget prepared by Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr. Agenda Item 31 was simply titled, “The Budget Ad-Hoc Committee recommending […]

The weekly Daley: Just another 10,000 oughta do it

If only the U.S. would send another 10,000 troops with boots on the ground to Iraq and maybe Syria, we would smack those ISIS boys right back to the Stone Age. South Carolina’s senior Sen. Lindsey Graham said that earlier this week. I threw in the “stone age” part just for context. He said the […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

General Plan amendment process draws fire from public and two supes

Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen joined several members of the public in a general staff-bashing session during the May 12 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue was a staff request for increased funding for additional services by the consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc. The company specializes in environmental planning […]

Anti-secession group forms to stop State of Jefferson

With its headquarters in Redding, the political action committee, “Keep It California” is branching out to other northern California counties in a counter move to the proposed establishment of an independent state to be known as Jefferson. As envisioned, Jefferson would secede from California to become the nation’s 51st state. It would be assembled from […]

Mosquito Bridge replacement project on track for 2020

You could buy a new Mosquito Road Bridge for a mere $32 million, or maybe it will cost $53 million with approach roads and such. El Dorado County Division of Transportation has a number of alternatives for replacing the current bridge that in one incarnation or another has been in place for over 150 years. […]

BOS renews fire funding ‘patch’ for one year

As approved a year ago, the current El Dorado County Board of Supervisors continued its agreement to supplement five rural fire protection districts in the amount of $815,000. The county gave a similar amount last year to six districts, which at the time, included the Georgetown FPD in addition to the five others. Fallen Leaf […]

The weekly Daley: Slow and stupid wins the race

Call them Free Range Panderers. Call them Ambassadors for Ignorance. Call them the blooming crop of Republican presidential candidates. Not a scientist among them, therefore, they are unable to comment on climate change. Not an educated member of the 21st Century among them either. If there were, they would be proud to acknowledge that they […]

Map contest again wows BOS

Former District 5 El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago always ranked it “high on her cha-cha scale” and called the annual event one of the board’s favorite meetings. This year’s Student Map Contest at the April 28 Board of Supervisors meeting was no slouch by comparison. Sponsored by the El Dorado County S.A.G.E. association of surveyors, architects, geologists and engineers, the map contest has grown in popularity over its 21-year history.

More than 700 school kids participated from 31 public, private and charter schools on the county’s western slope, and as it has throughout the history of the contest, Latrobe School dominated with 19 winning ribbons. Edwin Markham Middle School took …

Mikulaco blasts budget process

Supervisor Ron Mikulaco expanded on the frustration he had expressed to Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr during the April 28 Board of Supervisors meeting over the county’s budget process. In a phone call with the Mountain Democrat Thursday morning, Mikulaco  reiterated that both he and District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen had voted not to adopt […]

CAO pulls rank on budget preparation

With only two members of the public remaining in the Board of Supervisors chambers a little after 5 p.m., the April 28 board meeting continued unexpectedly. Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr opened her laptop and read a section of the El Dorado County Charter that clearly states that it is the duty of the CAO […]

The weekly Daley: Potpourri

Doing a potpourri is always fun. Sure it’s cheap, but it’s still fun. For example: America’s newest Rock Star is none other than Toya Graham. Who? You Ask. Toya Graham is the mother who cuffed her 16 year-old son “upside the head” to prevent him from joining protesters in Baltimore the other day. She chased […]

Supervisors vote 4-1 to OK EID election change: Mikulaco voices strong opinion against change

El Dorado Irrigation District’s Board of Directors recently voted to change its election cycle to coincide with the state’s even-year general elections. In doing so, the board added one year to each district director’s term of office. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco of El Doardo County Board of Supervisors likened the EID board’s actions to […]

Echo Summit bridge to be fixed: Caltrans targets 2019 construction

Motorists may not realize they are traversing a bridge when they wind down the east side of Echo Summit toward South Lake Tahoe. Caltrans, the state transportation department, alternately refers to it as a viaduct on its Website. A viaduct is a type of bridge that typically has several spans, usually of equal length. The Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct was constructed with three spans in 1939, and while it’s not falling apart, there is significant wear and tear after nearly 80 years of service.

Clark Peri, Caltrans project manager, gave a slide presentation to the Board of Supervisors April 7 outlining the agency’s plan to rehabilitate or replace the old bridge. Following public outreach and extensive environmental …

Grand Jury slams BOS over HR Dept.

Under the title “Board of Supervisors Neglects Human Resources,” the El Dorado County Grand Jury Report 2014-2015 rakes the board and the county’s Human Resources department over the coals. By way of introduction to a list of 16 “Findings,” the report states: “Failure to strengthen the Human Resources Department has led to personnel issues being […]

The weekly Daley: We’re sorry to see you go

I’ve been on a hunting expedition this week. The prey I’m after is pretty elusive sometimes and downright non-existent other times. Occasionally it’s right there at the top of the page with Rachael’s Belly Flab Flogging plan. That my car warranty expired about 10 years ago apparently has no bearing on the fact that I […]

‘Nerves of steel’ to fix county budget

“We’d have to have nerves of steel and a resolve we’ve not seen before,” District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli said after seeing a proposal that suggests deep cuts are necessary to balance the county’s next budget. “If we cut it all this year, it will result in havoc,” Shiva Frentzen, supervisor for District 2, noted. […]

Supes see bleak future in budget

El Dorado County Supervisors got the math equivalent of last year’s “Ice Bucket” challenge on April 15. It came as an introduction to the annual budget process that will be in full swing over the next several months. Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr wielded the virtual bucket. Knorr is charged with preparing the county’s budget […]

The weekly Daley: Free Range … it’s everywhere

I never heard of it before but I love the term. Free Range Parenting or maybe it could be called Free Range childhood or Free Range growing up. Whatever you call it, it means that kids get to go to the park without a parent or guardian or supervisor or monitor or cop taking them […]

Committees and panels and boards, oh my

Editor’s note: Some definitions were found for committees, commissions and such entities on painintheenglish.com, to help clarify the differences between each. County supervisors and clerk of the board staff were able to find similar data on sites providing legal information and definitions.   A commission has powers delegated from above to it and is given […]

County committees update

Living up to its desire to be a “policy board,” the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted April 7 to establish a formal process for appointing citizens to the county’s various committees and commissions. In effect, supervisors will no longer be directly involved in screening applicants, reading resumes, curricula vitae or lists of qualifications […]

Supervisors OK review of county committees

In its roll as the “supreme” local authority, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors directed its staff to evaluate all existing committees, commissions and JPAs.  The latter is the acronym for Joint Powers Authority, of which the county is a partner in six separate entities. Clerk of the Board Jim Mitrisin put on a […]

Supervisors react to Economic Development efforts

Economic development is a priority goal for the county and is enshrined in the 2004 General Plan. As envisioned and memorialized in the original and in updates over the past 10 years, a ratio of “one job to one rooftop,” has been the target for development. Not only has that ratio not been reached, it […]

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