PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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District 4 supervisor’s seat

EDITOR:

Dear voters of El Dorado County District 4, I am writing to beg your assistance. Please do not be taken in by the slick packaging of candidate for county supervisor Scott McNeil. I have had the misfortune of watching Scott McNeil operate for the past three and one half years as board member at the Cameron Park CSD. Mr. McNeil has demonstrated that he utterly lacks the intellect and initiative to accomplish anything positive as a board member.

Other than showing up for board meetings obviously unprepared to even discuss the issues on the agenda, his major contribution at most meetings is to continually bicker and denigrate the two female members of the board (Shiva Frentzen and Viki Neibauer) who have obviously spent hours pouring over their board meeting packets and are ready to make substantive recommendations. Mr. McNeil on the other hand seems totally unfamiliar with the issues being discussed and is not even vaguely aware of how to read a financial spreadsheet.

McNeil continually supports the CSD general manager in her deficit spending follies. As revenues at the district fall, McNeil wants to hire more employees. The district’s last budget was only able to be balanced by taking money back from the fire department’s budget, leaving the fire department with almost no money to cover potential capital equipment needs. In spite of this, McNeil continues to vote to hire more full-time, benefited staff. In some respects it is hard to fault Scott McNeil, because it is quite obvious most of the time that he is just a political empty shirt for his handlers who are longtime political hacks in El Dorado County. It was these handlers that encouraged him to get into politics in the first place and they occasionally show up at board meeting to make sure he is staying in line with their agenda. Scott really does not make a move without first checking with the “the good ole boys.”

As far as McNeil’s campaign slogan, “rural and family values,” that is laughable. Would those values include launching a campaign for county supervisor in a district where he is not a resident, as he did several years ago? When he realized that he was not fooling anyone about where his real residence was and that it is in fact a crime to file papers with the county falsifying your residence, he quickly shut down his campaign, stating he wanted to spend more time with his family. Oh, those “rural and family values.”

The only thing that Scott McNeil really values is political opportunity. Don’t be taken in as I was several years ago when I voted for him on the basis of his claim that he only wanted to serve the community. At the very first board meeting at which he was seated I knew I had made a big mistake and the residents of Cameron Park have been paying for it ever since.

I do not live in District 4, but unfortunately the vast majority of issues that county supervisors vote on affect the county residents at large, not just the constituents in their district. That is why the rest of us in the county are concerned with who sit in every seat on the county Board of Supervisors. That is why I would implore the voters in District 4 to go out and vote in June, for anyone but Scott McNeil.

DAVID GELBER
Cameron Park

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