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As with Mr. Garon, I do not live in District 4. I am however, a previous longtime resident of the Georgetown Divide, involved in county events and politics for many years. This year, I have attended numerous candidate forums, throughout the county, recognizing the importance of each district supervisor, because in reality, they are one of five who represents the entire county.
There is only one candidate, who has been working, for a number of months with district citizens to bring expanded broadband to El Dorado County; that is Mike Ranalli. He is a member of the Divide Chamber, as well as the El Dorado Economic Development Committee. He has the support of a wide number of agricultural people, as with many of the county Taxpayers Association.
For months, Mr. Ranalli has been actively working with Georgetown constituents, to resolve the longtime problem of funding the lighting district in the core area of Georgetown. The street lights have been off in Georgetown, for far too long. Mike also worked on a county committee to successfully, streamline the permit process for small business and homeowners.
Because I attend board meetings on occasion, and as reported by others, Mr. Ranalli has been observed as a regular attendee for a number of years. At a recent meeting, Howard Penn and Lori Parlin showed up for the agenda item, regarding the five-year CIP (Capital Improvement Plan), with the board voting unanimously to support the current General Plan scenario. Obviously, not supported by the petitioners, for the growth initiatives now being circulated for signatures. Penn, Parlin and Sue Taylor, are petitioners for one or more of the proposed initiatives. They are allies with individuals and groups, who have filed lawsuits or initiatives in this county halting road and water projects, business development, as well as the 1982, 1996 and current general plan. Those who have sent water storage facilities down the river and jobs and sales tax dollars down the hill.
Mike Ranalli was there before and after the regular board meeting. Penn and Parlin, had been absent from the regular BOS meeting, prior to the agenda item, and left immediately following the board’s vote of approval, afterwards gathering in the lobby with other supporters.
The following agenda item was Sheriff D’Agostini’s presentation and request, to begin the process to select one of four sites for a new Sheriff’s Office. This is an important issue, that the newly elected District 4 and District 5 supervisors will be addressing for a long time. At one point, candidate Parlin returned. Penn never returned, nor have I seen him at other BOS meetings.
Mike Ranalli is an advocate of good planning, as opposed to those who continue to put up road blocks. That which is counterproductive and costly. He is a fair man and for years has served freely, for the betterment and financial stability for El Dorado County citizens. Mike will be a breath of fresh air, whose business background, I believe, offers the expertise to instill a more professional, work force, while streamlining county business operations, cutting to the chase, giving county taxpayers the biggest bang for their bucks.
Please remember to vote on June 3, and please vote for Mike Ranalli, District 4 Supervisor.
Let me stop some of you, who wish to take me to task again, because I was administrative assistant to supervisor Ron Briggs, as well as Walt Shultz, also District 4, in the late 1990s. Neither has ever dictated how I should think or vote. At times, we still have healthy debates. Also, I have not been a representative on the Republican Central Committee, for many years, having resigned when working for Supervisor Briggs, because I felt some would find there could be a conflict.