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Campaign PAC not what it appears

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From page A5 | November 01, 2013 | 4 Comments

EDITOR:

A leading developer again is putting big campaign contributions into an El Dorado County election. Parker Development recently formed a new political action committee, put in most of the money backing El Dorado Irrigation District candidates Dale Coco and Richard Englefield, and then disingenuously called themselves a “Farmers and Business” consortium. When a single special interest contributor dwarfs the campaign contributions by threefold of others running and hides behind a contrived name, something stinks.

CRAIG PETERSEN
El Dorado Hills

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  • MJPOctober 22, 2013 - 8:27 am

    It seems to be a rare thing to have such wide support for candidates. On one hand, we have the El Dorado County Farm Bureau and on the other, developers - all supporting Dale Coco and Richard Englefield. Having grown up in the County, I find it refreshing to have such great candidates offering to serve. It's an easy choice for EID Division 2 and 4, Coco & Englefield.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 30, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    Mr. PETERSEN, it is in EVERYBODY'S fundamental interest that the EID Board of Directors not return to the conditions experienced under the leadership of Al Vargas, Bergmeister and Kastan. Those three sang a very appealing song to the ratepayers. "lower rates, no 184, staff reductions, reform" Those three Directors did lower rates, cut staff, sabotaged 184, and "reformed" EID. . . . Today we suffer the hangover from that party! WOW! The double digit raises today are still paying for that party. EID was vastly out of State compliance. The employees were near revolt. Project 184 was in chaos. Then EID hired Anne Deister, and the pendulum swung in the other direction. The State was happy. The employees were REALLY HAPPY. And 184 was saved. Today we are centered. . . . except that Greg Prada is the new Al Vargas on steroids. The developers know their history. The developers are desperately trying to preserve a functional Board . . . not a "bought Board" . . . a functional Board.

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  • sunshineNovember 01, 2013 - 8:35 am

    The shift that Anne Deister made was a shift on steroids. She pushed the 15 million Taj Majhal EID building. Now I hear they're looking at a new site. She mastered-minded a golden health care package with gym memberships. She spent thousands of dollars, per month, on lunches with her expense account. She bought herself an alarm system for her house at ratepayers expense. Credit cards were given out with little, if any over-site. An employee filling his home propane tank with his EID credit card. Thousands of dollars were spent on employees bottled water. Salaries and benefits exploded. When this was going on, where was Norris, Fraiser, Wheeldon, George or Osbourn. These board members were negligent in not paying attention to the economy and housing market. They were drinking the cool-aid. I would rather have a conservative board than one that is constantly pandering to moneyed interests. Anne Diester should have been fired. When the board is still giving out 5-7% wage increases with a GDP below 2% and inflation almost flat, there is a huge problem. Phil Veerkamp was lucky he retired when he did, I'm pretty sure he has a pretty good pension with health benefits. Not all of us are as lucky.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Sunshine, they got rid of her. They did! And had Deister been a man they probably would have sacked him sooner. But the board has done an extraordinary job dialing back the excesses. That's just a fact, Sunshine.

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