Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

County’s $100,000 Website

EDITOR:

I absolutely agree with Sue Taylor and the Mountain Democrat editorial; the proposed expenditure of $100,000 for a new Website is totally outside of the scope of what the county needs to do. If the county supervisors have $100,000 they don’t know what to do with, may I suggest the county library would be a far better investment?

The county library has been neglected by the Board of Supervisors for far too long. To waste $100,000 on a duplicative Website when they cannot even get it together and save $300,000 on the Western Placerville Interchange project is another slap in the face to county taxpayers from a Board of Supervisors with a disappointing record for setting priorities where they are needed most.

A disgruntled taxpayer,

SUSAN RODMAN
Placerville

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Discussion | 28 comments

  • cookie65July 26, 2013 - 6:58 am

    A hundred grand? Sounds like one years legacy cost for one county retiree.

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  • EvelynJuly 26, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Depends on the retiree, cookie. The most recent CalPERS info I can find shows 22 El Dorado County (including EID and El Dorado Hills Fire) receiving well in excess of $100K, with the sweepstakes winner coming in at nearly $200K.

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  • EvelynJuly 26, 2013 - 7:36 am

    oops. ........... El Dorado County retirees ..........

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  • FranJuly 26, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Susan...The libraries are already aware of the site...broadband meetings...net hook up...The director is part of this circle. Libraries will get the funding to become the next generation of tech hubs. Paper books are out--e-readers are in (check out the grant the libraries just got to promote e-reader teaching for a download on-line library)--the only thing saving libraries right now are the little ones--parents (bless them) still believe in human interaction when it comes to reading. Pay attention to where donations are going...gardens are the big thing--to capture kid programs and to create what is being called WiFi gardens. Eventually the libraries will really compete with the concept of distance learning. The director knows...Friends of the libraries know the economic advisory broads know...the only people who do not know--are the regular people. If you are worried about "books" give your money to a school librarian...while schools still exist. Read. Follow donations. I say do not give any more money at all to the libraries--give it to education--or just save it for your young person--or a friends young person that you can sponsor to learn how to read. Give the money to your favorite church to set up reading classes. I was one of the libraries biggest supporters for years..as was my family. I no longer support their ideas. I support learning...not remodeling and "gardens"--if they can afford a garden--they do not need money for books.

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  • FranJuly 26, 2013 - 8:16 am

    http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/10-great-technology-initiatives-your-library

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  • FranJuly 26, 2013 - 8:18 am

    http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/05/01/part-4-parents-and-libraries/

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  • FranJuly 26, 2013 - 8:19 am

    http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/whatparentsshould

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  • FranJuly 26, 2013 - 8:30 am

    As for the web portal...I do not need big words and reference links. The idea is stupid. Kids can do the portal links. Leave advertising to the MD and other papers.

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  • cookie65July 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

    LOL!!! OK, 9 months legacy cost for one county retiree.

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  • StanSmithJuly 26, 2013 - 9:49 am

    $100,000 !!!!!! That's Nothing! The County is Wasting this amount on every lease they renew, when they don't need to be paying real estate commissions at all. Question: how far up does the kickback money go??

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  • EvelynJuly 26, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Stan: The money probably comes back as campaign contributions. (Or some such.)

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  • DarrinJuly 26, 2013 - 11:36 am

    I worked in a corporation as a web designer for 9 years. I would redo the county site for 20 grand! I might even throw in free hosting...

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  • LaughingJuly 26, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Slush fund for the IT department

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  • Not LaughingJuly 26, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    Slush fund for the IT department

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  • cookie65July 27, 2013 - 5:41 am

    Laughing/Not Laughing, perhaps they will use it for a training conference in Vegas like so many Federal agencies. Complete with clowns a magician, balloons, souvenirs, line dancing class and some home videos. They can take a cue from obama and call the squandering of other peoples money a "phony" scandal.

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  • cookie65July 27, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Reality is hitting the fan. obamacare is opening call centers around the country (democrat registration centers) to assist people navigate the 32 page qualification questionnaire. In a sign of the times of this obamaeconomy the one in Contra Costa county had over 7,000 people apply for the 204 available leftist activists positions. In a stunning (to anyone who believes leftists) disclosure it was revealed that half of the positions will be part-time (a nationwide phenomenon of our obamarecovery LOL!!) and will not receive healthcare benefits. Thankfully the left has not made villains out of other employers such as walmart who don't provide full medical benefits to part time workers. Awaiting an obama speech to blame the House repubs and call it a phony scandal. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354556/obamacare-call-center-will-not-offer-health-care-benefits-employees-eliana-johnson

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  • cookie65July 27, 2013 - 8:10 am

    obamacare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HgijA7zz-c

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  • Sue TaylorJuly 27, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Actually Cookie they just got back from British Colombia.. From the Next Economy's E-newsletter: "Economic Growth Insights: Vancouver & Victoria, BC The Folsom and El Dorado County chambers combined forces for their 7th Annual Study Mission program, going international again this year to British Columbia and the cities of Vancouver and Victoria to learn about their economic and tourism strategies that have helped them prosper. Twenty-nine business and government leaders participated on the 4-day trip in July."

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  • EvelynJuly 27, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    "Twenty-nine business and government leaders participated on the 4-day trip in July." Was that a taxpayer-financed all expenses paid 4-day trip for 29 people?

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  • cookie65July 28, 2013 - 6:34 am

    Sue Taylor, the tourism and economic strategies of British Columbia, Victoria and Vancouver that have helped them prosper don't require any travel to figure out. They don't have obama. They don't have the crime infested cities created by leftists ideology. They don't have massive illegal immigration criminal activity. People are not attracted to the results of leftism which is why in this country it has to be forced on people against their will. This is nothing more than people voting with their wallets. They are simply benefiting from our elections.

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  • FranJuly 28, 2013 - 7:17 am

    Chambers from all over the world are becoming part of some of the major problems...they talk about "business"--yet forget the consumer...who do they think is going to buy their product? Up here in Pollock... a few are now shying away from CEDAPP and Chamber.

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  • cookie65July 28, 2013 - 11:03 am

    How is this for an alternate reality? The queen of taxpayer funded vacations and extravagance says, "barack is working to free Americans from any form of public assistance." She knows the left is dependent on making even more people dependent on government, not less, but she also knows that the typical obama voter will believe anything they are told from those who do their thinking for them. They are the same people who got sold hope and change. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/07/68889-mishy-barack-is-working-to-free-americans-from-any-form-of-public-assistance/

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  • StanSmithJuly 29, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Evelyn, is the winner of the Pension Contest non other than the EX-Fire Chief and now current Board of Supervisors member Brian Veerkamp???

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  • EvelynJuly 29, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Stan: My lips are sealed. But the database is HERE. See the "Employer" drop-down list (alphabetical) for - El Dorado County; - El Dorado Hills; - El Dorado Irrigation.

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  • EvelynJuly 29, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Stan, regarding your July 26, 2013 - 9:49 am comment about commissions on leases: It appears commissions are being paid by lessors. Unusually (and perhaps a recent county practice) commissions are being paid even for what amounts to the virtual rubber-stamping of routine lease renewals. Who the h*ll is Scott Kingston? Regularly his name is identified with much of what is going down. Some people are commenting (most uncharitably!) about what might be involved. See tomorrow’s Item #9 on Consent HERE (pg. 14) regarding a Durock Road lease for the Probation Dept.: "Both Lessor and Lessee acknowledge that Scott Kingston with Ethan Conrad Properties, Inc. ("Lessee's Broker") represents Lessee in this transaction and that all brokerage fees shall be the obligation of the Lessor>/b>. Lessee's Broker shall be paid a commission equal to four percent (4.0%) for months one (1) through seventy (70) and two and one-half percent (2.5%) for months seventy-one (71) through end of the initial Term."

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  • EvelynJuly 29, 2013 - 3:07 pm

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  • EvelynJuly 29, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    Apologies for the above BOLD muck-up. I HATE IT when that happens!!!

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  • EvelynJuly 29, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    SOME RECENT COUNTY LEASE COMMISSIONS: • Probation on Durock Road $61,260 (lease renewal) • CPS, Carlton Bldg, Ponderosa Road $111,710 • D.A. Office Main Street, $14,971 • Mental Health, Logan Building $83,033 • Animal Shelter, Capitol Ave, $90,520

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