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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Michael Raffety

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job growth

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 8.1 percent in March 2014, down from a revised 8.2 percent in February 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.4 percent for California and 6.8 percent for the nation during the same period. […]

Belltower: El Nino or el nada?

As El Dorado Irrigation District Director George Osborne noted at the April 14 board meeting an El Niño could go south on us. Osborne, retired as a local commander of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, had a professional interest in the weather. Predictions that we might have an El Niño year in […]

Lake levels 4-17-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 17, 2014 Elevation (feet) 418.69 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 517,300 53% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 2,669 Outflow 529 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 17, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,460.09 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 34,302 84% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 39.4 Outflow […]

Heard over the back fence: Fountain-Tallman Museum reopens

PREVENTING DIETING: John Chapman sent me the following “Aunty Acid” statement: “I have a condition that prevents me from dieting. It’s called being freakin’ hungry.” MUSEUM REOPENED: The Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main St., Placerville, aka the “little museum on Main Street,” has reopened after significant restoration of its masonry. The museum is open Wednesday through […]

EID restricts watering days

Following dueling motions and another tirade against Small Farm customers by Director Greg Prada, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted 4-1 to follow Board President Alan Day’s recommended watering regime. It took three hours to reach that vote. Day’s watering regime, outlined in an April 3 e-mail to General Manager Jim Abercrombie, calls for […]

Weather stats 4-15-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Apr 58 35 0.60 2-Apr 55 34 0.20 3-Apr 65 37 0.00 4-Apr 65 40 0.00 5-Apr 76 42 0.00 6-Apr 76 41 0.00 7-Apr 81 48 0.00 8-Apr 84 42 0.00 9-Apr 91 51 0.00 […]

Lake levels 4-10-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 10, 2014 Elevation (feet) 414.7 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 485,600 50% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 3,540 Outflow 529 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 10, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,459.34 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 33,856 83% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 58.4 Outflow […]

Small farmers attacked by EID duo

For the second time, El Dorado Irrigation Director Greg Prada attacked those on the Small Farm rate, but this time he was joined by Board President Alan Day. At the March 24 meeting, Prada claimed the Small Farm rate was a violation of Proposition 218. Proposition 218 says, “…the amount of the fee or charge […]

Weather stats 4-8-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Apr 58 35 0.60 2-Apr 55 34 0.20 3-Apr 65 37 0.00 4-Apr 65 40 0.00 5-Apr 76 42 0.00 6-Apr 76 41 0.00 7-Apr 81 48 0.00 8-Apr 84 42 0.00 April rainfall to date […]

State officials detail drought grants

Key state officials appeared in Placerville on April 4 to give area water purveyors the keys to the drought grant kingdom. The event was sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and took place in the large downstairs meeting room of the El Dorado Irrigation District headquarters on Mosquito Road. After the morning meeting […]

Belltower: ‘Intimate Impressionism’ at Legion of Honor

Sixty-eight impressionist and Nabi paintings are now on display at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. From the collection on the ground floor of the east wing of the National Gallery of Art, they will remain through Aug. 3 at the Legion of Art on 34th Avenue in Lincoln Park. There is always an […]

Lake levels 3-3-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 3, 2014 Elevation (feet) 410.56 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 454,000 46% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 4,874 Outflow 469 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 3, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,458.41 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 33,303 81% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 38.5 Outflow […]

March weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Mar 55 42 1.10 2-Mar 67 52 0.00 3-Mar 58 43 0.10 4-Mar 58 44 0.75 5-Mar 65 50 0.05 6-Mar 65 41 0.60 7-Mar 65 39 0.63 8-Mar 74 38 0.00 9-Mar 76 58 0.00 […]

Lake levels 3-28-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 28, 2014 Elevation (feet) 405.08 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 414,200 42% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,812 Outflow 528 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 27, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,457.38 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,713 80% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 25 Outflow […]

Main Ditch pipe plan advances

Preliminary studies to pipe the Main Ditch that connects Forebay to Reservoir 1 Water Treatment Plant have been completed, but the lion’s share of studies remain. An update on the project was presented to the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors on March 24. Originally pegged for construction in 2018, it likely will be […]

Serrano cuts water use 30%

Serrano Home Owners Association is reducing its use of recycled water for landscaping by 30 percent and may even reach the 50 percent mark, HOA manager David Sanders told the El Dorado Irrigation District board Monday.

That water use reduction is being achieved by using a …

Weather stats 3-25-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Mar 55 42 1.10 2-Mar 67 52 0.00 3-Mar 58 43 0.10 4-Mar 58 44 0.75 5-Mar 65 50 0.05 6-Mar 65 41 0.60 7-Mar 65 39 0.63 8-Mar 74 38 0.00 9-Mar 76 58 0.00 […]

Area unemployment declines; local rate ticks up

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.2 percent in February 2014, down from a revised 8.3 percent in January 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Lake levels 3-19-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 19, 2014 Elevation (feet) 403.25 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 401,400 41% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,297 Outflow 546 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 19, 2014 Elevation (ft) 6,457.10 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,553 79% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 28 Outflow […]

Weather stats 3-18-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Mar 55 42 1.10 2-Mar 67 52 0.00 3-Mar 58 43 0.10 4-Mar 58 44 0.75 5-Mar 65 50 0.05 6-Mar 65 41 0.60 7-Mar 65 39 0.63 8-Mar 74 38 0.00 9-Mar 76 58 0.00 […]

Lake levels 3-13-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 13, 2014 Elevation (feet) 401.2 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 387,400 40% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 2,300 Outflow 555 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 13, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,456.59 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,238 79% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 48 Outflow […]

EID OKs mini-hydro power deal

On a 3-2 vote Monday, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors just made it under the wire to approve an interconnection agreement with PG&E. The deadline was March 14 and the board acted March 10, after having already heard a presentation Feb. 24.  The two-step process had been ordered by Board President Alan […]

Building permits 3/3-7/2014

Permits issued: 3/3 to 3/7/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $15,315 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $554,416 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $20,774 2 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $8,250 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $42,000 1 ELCTRC – NEW – LNDS-C $5,000 1 ELCTRC […]

EID says no to drought rate

Keep saving water, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors said Monday, but there will be no penalty for excess water consumption. Despite several dueling motions, the board eventually unanimously decided on the following schedule: 1. At the March 24 meeting, the board will review its drought action plan and the effect on all […]

Building permits 2/24-28/14

Permits issued: 2/24 to 2/28/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – WAREHS $27,157 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $95,212 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $955,823 2 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $63,986 1 BUILDG – REMODL – HLTHCR $471,000 5 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $210,000 1 ELCTRC […]

Weather stats 3-11-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Mar 55 42 1.10 2-Mar 67 52 0.00 3-Mar 58 43 0.10 4-Mar 58 44 0.75 5-Mar 65 50 0.05 6-Mar 65 41 0.60 7-Mar 65 39 0.63 8-Mar 74 38 0.00 9-Mar 76 58 0.00 […]

Retail cutbacks led month-over job decline

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.3 percent in January 2014, up from a revised 7.5 percent in December 2013, and below the year-ago estimate of 10 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Lake levels 3-6-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 6, 2014 Elevation (feet) 394.5 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 344,000 35% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 4,922 Outflow 660 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 6, 2014 Elevation (ft) 6,454.78 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 31,255 76% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 210.5 Outflow […]

Weather stats 3-6-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Mar 55 42 1.10 2-Mar 67 52 0.00 3-Mar 58 43 0.10 4-Mar 58 44 0.75 5-Mar 65 50 0.05 6-Mar 65 41 0.60 March rainfall to date 2.60 139-year average rain for month of March […]

Weather stats 3-4-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Mar 55 42 1.10 2-Mar 67 52 0.00 3-Mar 58 43 0.10 4-Mar 58 44 0.75 March rainfall to date 1.95 139-year average rain for month of March 6.18 139-year average cumulative total through March 33.9 […]

EID gets a break on state conservation rule

The El Dorado Irrigation District will get extra credit for using recycled water in meeting the state’s requirement to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020. Legislation passed in 2009 set that 20 percent by 2020 rule. EID is meeting that goal in part by using as its baseline the daily per capita water use […]

January divorces

Dana M. Gleason and John Patrick Gleason, January 31, 2014 Christopher A. Sahm and Michele M. Sahm, January 24, 2014 Stephen Forrest Miller and Carol Ann Miller, January 22, 2014 Alyson A. Huber and Timothy T. Huber, January 21, 2014 Natalie Taylor and Nicholas Gregorio, January 16, 2014 Bernadette N. Hoppe and Howard H. Hoppe, […]

Weather stats February 2014

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Feb 58 31 0.00 2-Feb 45 31 0.00 3-Feb 49 39 0.00 4-Feb 58 31 0.00 5-Feb 58 29 0.00 6-Feb 58 31 0.10 7-Feb 48 38 0.15 8-Feb 64 42 0.95 9-Feb 52 50 4.50 […]

Lake levels 2-27-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014 Elevation (feet) 385.94 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 293,200 30% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 915 Outflow 563 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,452.19 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 29,833 73% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 83 Outflow […]

Drought update from EID

Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park is 70 percent full, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Feb. 24. The lake reached that level primarily because of water transfers from the El Dorado Canal via the Hazel Creek Tunnel. Abercrombie said the current prediction is the 41,000-acre-foot reservoir will be at 20,000 acre-feet by […]

Builiding permits 2/17-21/14

Permits issued: 2/17 to 2/21/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $657,754 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $34,995 10 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $3,367,007 7 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $423,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $23,894 4 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $94,000 4 MECHAN […]

Weather stats 2-25-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Feb 58 31 0.00 2-Feb 45 31 0.00 3-Feb 49 39 0.00 4-Feb 58 31 0.00 5-Feb 58 29 0.00 6-Feb 58 31 0.10 7-Feb 48 38 0.15 8-Feb 64 42 0.95 9-Feb 52 50 4.50 […]

EID seeks to keep more of Deer Creek’s recycled water

“Give us back our water,” the El Dorado Irrigation District will ask of the state water board. On a 4-0 vote, with Director George Osborne absent, the EID board Monday approved a two-pronged plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant to quit sending 1 million gallons of high-quality recycled water down the creek every day. The […]

Lake levels 2-20-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Feb. 20, 2014 Elevation (feet) 384.76 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 286,600 29% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,071 Outflow 610 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Feb. 20, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,450.91 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 29,148 71% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 73.5 Outflow […]

Building permits 2/10-14/2014

Permits issued: 2/10 to: 2/14/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 3 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $2,019,196 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $9,317 2 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $24,900 10 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $248,000 1 GRADNG – NEW – GRADNG $30,000 7 MECHAN – NEW – 1-FMLY $50,597 3 POOLSP […]

Weather stats 2-18-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Feb 58 31 0.00 2-Feb 45 31 0.00 3-Feb 49 39 0.00 4-Feb 58 31 0.00 5-Feb 58 29 0.00 6-Feb 58 31 0.10 7-Feb 48 38 0.15 8-Feb 64 42 0.95 9-Feb 52 50 4.50 […]

Rotten streets

Placerville’s streets are a rotten mess. Everything is falling apart in this town, including 65-year-old sewer pipes made of tar paper and really, really old water pipes. The latter two elements of city infrastructure are due for eventual replacement, financed by some of the highest water rates in the foothills and a sales tax levy. […]

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