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Chris Daley

CAO contract details questioned

El Dorado County Interim Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs’ contract is getting a closer look after county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn questioned whether its language follows California Public Employees Retirement System requirements. “Based on my limited review of PERS law and limited review of the CAO’s contract, it appears that the county has been violating PERS law,” Harn […]

The Weekly Daley: Life after Iowa

So the post-Iowa hype has instantaneously evolved into the pre-New Hampshire hype. Other than the presidential campaign there doesn’t appear to be anything else going on in our world. Oh, Super Bowl of course, but whatever happened to that ISIS thing that was all “front page” not so long ago? And although the stock market […]

Recall dates draw near

Efforts to recall seven elected El Dorado County officials began officially during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 27 last year. At that time, community activists under the title El Dorado County Total Recall served intent to circulate recall petition notices to District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli and District 5’s Sue Novasel. Notices were […]

The Weekly Daley: It’s getting weird out there

I’m not sure if the term bizarre does justice to the current state of the Republican presidential campaign. It’s every bit of that and then some. By the time this sees the light of day, we will know whether or not Donald Trump kept his word about “maybe not attending” last night’s GOP debate hosted […]

Attorney Ingrid Tung puts the law on the side of those in need

Guthrie and Ellerman attorney Ingrid Tung is proud to be doing what she really loves and what she’s really good at. She advocates for folks with special needs. Armed with a four-year degree from Wellesley and a law degree from Cornell, the Buffalo, N.Y. native came out West about nine years ago. Living first in […]

Stay in the comfort of the familiar with Harlow’s Help at Home

The company motto could borrow from the old Ghostbusters challenge. “Who you gonna call?”  Well, who are you gonna call when you or a loved one can’t get out of the chair, bathe independently or even cook dinner? Harlow’s Help at Home is who you’re gonna call. While guardian angel may be a little over the […]

The Weekly Daley: The gloves are coming off

Although I’ve heard otherwise, I don’t believe Republican candidates eat their young, but they sure do seem to be munching on each other these days. For example, despite his seemingly overwhelming popularity with conservative prospective voters, Donald Trump apparently is a RINO of the first order. That is, a Republican in Name Only. Hence  Ted […]

Fee fight could reach courts

El Dorado County might sue Auditor-Controller Joe Harn over a delayed payment to the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District. On Dec. 8 the Board of Supervisors directed County Counsel to initiate litigation against Harn, who has hired his own attorney to handle the potential court fight. Both Harn and interim County Counsel Mike Ciccozzi have […]

Supes take aim at human trafficking

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation establishing January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month during its Jan. 12 meeting. Defined as a form of modern-day slavery, U.S. federal law cites three categories of victims in this country — minors younger than 18 who are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC); adults older than 18 […]

Forest restoration projects unite agencies

State, local and federal agencies have teamed up to protect and improve resources, forests and the county’s watershed regions damaged by recent wildfires and the ongoing drought. Cal Fire, the El Dorado County Resource Conservation District and the U.S. Forest Service representatives presented their individual and combined efforts at the Jan. 12 El Dorado County […]

The Weekly Daley: A few observations

As a news and politics junkie, I try to keep up to date on news and politics, especially when the news is mostly politics. But, after listening to the pundits and experts and big-heads and others of their ilk month after month for what seems like two years, I’m beginning to weary of it all. […]

Supes start new year with duty changes

El Dorado County supervisors unanimously elected District 1’s Ron “Mik” Mikulaco to handle the gavel for 2016. In its first regular meeting of the new year Tuesday, Jan. 5, the board also approved District 2’s Shiva Frentzen to be vice-chair and District 4’s Michael Ranalli as second vice-chair. Traditionally, the longest-serving supervisors take over the […]

Frentzen ready for re-election

Shiva Frentzen has announced her intention to run for re-election as El Dorado County District 2 supervisor, according to a prepared statement received by the Mountain Democrat. The next local election takes place Tuesday, June 7,  and coincides with the general election and the presidential primaries. Frentzen won the District 2 seat in a special […]

The Weekly Daley: What a start to the new year

Whew! It didn’t take long to go from Happy New Year to Crazy New Year. The president announced Tuesday that he intends to rework gun control laws through Executive Order with the probable result that only “outlaws will have guns,” if you believe all the GOP candidates. Law-abiding citizens will be subjected to expanded background checks […]

Board of Supervisors back in business tomorrow

After a three-week holiday hiatus, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors returns to its regular Tuesday schedule tomorrow, Jan. 5, for its first official meeting of 2016. Traditionally, the board begins its new year with elections for board chairperson, vice chair and second vice chair. District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp held the gavel throughout […]

Try to keep up with teen Tifany Wong

She seems kind of young to be so accomplished. Tifany Wong was a competitive figure skater, plays on the Oak Ridge girls golf squad, plays piano and has passed the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level 10. She’s been playing at senior residential homes for five years or so and currently studies under Professor Richard Cionco […]

The weekly Daley: Predictions of resolutions

It’s day one of the new year, the first of January, 2016. It’s a fine day to ponder the annual full slate of possible resolutions and to consider another load of predictions for the year. New Year’s resolutions have confounded me for at least the past five decades. Way back when, I might have resolved […]

4. StemExpress finds itself in national spotlight

As the presidential election has heated up, and Congressional budget fights raged, it’s significant to remember that Placerville’s biotech firm StemExpress has been in and out of the same national spotlight that has shined on Planned Parenthood for the past six months. Accused by name in the undercover, anti-abortion videos that surfaced last summer, the […]

Advanced Chiropractic centers its care around patients’ needs

Scott Hale said that from an early age he “always wanted to be a chiropractor.” Not sure why. He had no family history of it or of the medical field in general. His dad was a teacher and his mom was a homemaker. Thirty years on, he continues to work at his dream job. Hale is Advanced […]

7. Total recall

District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel and District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli were served with a notice of intention to circulate recall petition during the Oct. 27 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors open forum. Citing the “tyranny of our elected officials … who have failed to effectively and efficiently operate county government,” proponents under the […]

9. TGPA/ZOU adopted

After years of meeting, planning and countless staff hours the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted most of the project known as the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update on Dec. 15. Prepared by the Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division, the multi-year project had considerable support from the Community Economic Development […]

Court denies EDH apartment project

“The El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments project approval has been overturned by the courts, one year after its approval by the Board of Supervisors.”

So begins a prepared statement from the group known as Citizens for Sensible Growth in El Dorado Hills.

The weekly Daley: Same day, new traditions

Christmas is most of all about tradition. The most common American tradition holds that each home has a Christmas tree and colored lights and a wreath on the front door. Stockings are hung by the chimney or the faux mantel or the bookshelf or whatever stands in as a chimney. There might be any number of […]

‘We don’t need supervisors,’ State of Jefferson Committee declares

Local State of Jefferson representative Mike Thomas addressed the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during the Tuesday, Dec. 15, meeting. As supervisors adopted a proclamation recognizing the date as Bill of Rights Day in El Dorado County, Thomas announced that “El Dorado County has enough support to join the State of Jefferson.” Citing the […]

EDH Fire getting overdue money; other funding source threatened

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department will receive the promised $513,302 from El Dorado County. Last Tuesday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors made a “finding of public benefit” and directed county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn to transfer the funds, which are a portion of property taxes collected over the last two years  — the time frame […]

Planning update officially done … for now

El Dorado County supervisors adopted most of the project known as the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update on Dec. 15. Prepared with help and support from the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee, chambers of commerce, business and agriculture interests, and despite robust opposition from a number of organizations and individuals, the action […]

County counsel takes top job for Sacramento County

El Dorado County Counsel Robyn Drivon has resigned the position she has held since last fall. The Board of Supervisors officially and unanimously accepted her letter of resignation at 5 p.m. during a closed session following this week’s regular Tuesday board meeting. The action takes effect Jan. 8. One minute later, supervisors voted unanimously to […]

The weekly Daley: Letters from Santa

Dear CNN, Fox, NBC, et al, I don’t think I can keep Donald driving your ad campaigns for another decade. I know what he’s doing for your bottom line and I understand you’d love it to continue forever, but no-can-do. On the bright side, there’s always somebody else or something else waiting in the wings. […]

Supes ponder fees, road work

Traffic Impact Mitigation fees and the county’s Capital Improvement Program took center stage during last week’s special El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. Staff from the Long Range Planning Division of the Community Development Agency, bolstered by an array of consultants, laid out a comprehensive update of this “highest priority project.” The project is part of a […]

The weekly Daley: Protecting the rights of non-flying terrorists

More than 700,000 Americans are on a no-fly list or a terrorist watch list. A huge number of them, allegedly, are totally innocent and should never have been put on such lists. They have the same names or similar names of terrorists or others whom we should not let on an airplane. Or they simply […]

Harn gets recall notice

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. Recall proponents cite five issues from which they are “seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices.” Citing a violation of California State Penal Code, the notice states that […]

Workshop focuses on roads, county facilities

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special workshop Monday beginning at 9 a.m. in the board’s meeting chambers in Placerville. The topic is the current and future Capital Improvement Program, which covers major maintenance and construction projects on nearly 1,100 miles of roads, in addition to numerous bridges and county facilities. By […]

The Weekly Daley: Did you hear …?

The Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear is a transgender person. We know that because Ted Cruz said so. Ted Cruz said so because Dear’s voter registration gender box says female. Other documents say Dear is a male, according to various reports. Public agencies have copped to having made clerical errors. Ted Cruz doesn’t buy it. […]

County considers revised biological resources policy

El Dorado County’s Long Range Planning Division announced last week that a public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23. Published as a “Revised Notice of Preparation,” the document explains that an environmental impact report will be prepared regarding General Plan policies related to biological resources and the Oak Resources Management Plan (ORMP). The […]

The weekly Daley: Food basics

You’ve seen the television ads and you’ve seen the displays in the stores and recipes in every magazine from “Outdoor Life” to “Real Simple.” Sure it’s the holiday season, but by any measurement it’s really the “food season.” Just as I got out of bed Wednesday morning, the phone rang. It was my sister-in-law calling […]

Supes hike ambulance fees

The cost for a ride in a local ambulance just shot up from $1,114 to $1,427. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 17 approved a 28.11 percent increase for ambulance service in County Service Areas 3 and 7 —South Lake Tahoe and the county’s Western Slope. A board resolution includes language that allows […]

Corrections

The Nov. 18 article titled “EDH Fire fights for promised revenue” misidentified two resolutions passed by the Board of Supervisors June 10, 2014.  “The first dissolved the Latrobe Fire Protection District and the second approved the annexation of the Latrobe fire service area to EDH Fire,” the article stated. County supervisors do not have the […]

Auditor-controller ‘ordered’ to reimburse fire district

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn faced off against the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during the Nov. 17 meeting on Tuesday. The immediate issue was whether or not he has a “duty” to transfer $169,859 from the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District’s Development Impact Fee account to partially reimburse the district for purchase of a […]

The Weekly Daley: The Syrians are coming, the Syrians are coming …

Jumping on the xenophobic bandwagon, 31 governors at last count said they wouldn’t allow Syrian refugees into their state, no way, no how, no kiddin’. Great for red meat soundbites, not legal from what I’ve read as only the federal government can say whether a refugee can enter the country or not. As I understand it, […]

Correction

Monday’s story about Supervisors Brian Veerkamp and Shiva Frentzen responding to a recall petition notice cited the wrong section of the state Elections Code. El Dorado County Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz advised, “Our county goes by Election Code 11200 – 11220 and is the one that applies to local elected officers. So, our recalled […]

Frentzen, Veerkamp respond to recall effort; Mikulaco receives notice

District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen and District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp recently submitted formal responses to the group known as El Dorado County Total Recall. In accordance with California State Elections Code, both supervisors answered vague charges of “corruption and cronyism” and emphasized their achievements while in office. Within seven days after the filing of the […]

EDH Fire fights for promised revenue

El Dorado County owes the El Dorado Hills Fire Department more than $500,000 — funds guaranteed to the fire department after it annexed the Latrobe Fire Protection District. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the department expected to receive a little more than $256,000 each fiscal year as outlined in an El Dorado County Board of Supervisors resolution guaranteeing that […]

Supervisors update planning documents

After two-and-a-half days deep in the weeds, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 voted tentatively to adopt a range of recommendations that will lead to General Plan amendments and a change in the county’s Zoning Ordinance. The project titled the Targeted General Plan Amendments and  Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) required an extensive […]

General Plan update dominates board agendas

It’s all alphabet hash at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ chambers next week. Following a truncated regular meeting on Tuesday morning, supervisors will begin a two-day examination of the county’s proposed Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update, familiarly known as the TGPA/ZOU. Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division staff will present […]

The Weekly Daley: Good-bye

Mike Daley (aka “my brother the conservative”) died last week in a Redding hospital. Stage 4 liver cancer, failed kidneys and a perforated colon did him in. He was 72. If you’ve been around this space for any length of time, you’ll know him as the foil for many of my columns over the years. […]

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