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From page A5 | November 01, 2013 | 7 Comments

EDITOR:

I grew up in Apple Hill and have owned a business here for 15 years. Pear blight ruined agriculture in this county, and it took many years to fully recover. My father helped establish Apple Hill Growers Association to ensure a viable agricultural business community following the pear blight.

Now, we are threatened by another type of blight. A blight of ignorance. Greg Prada, candidate for the EID board, wants to increase water rates for agriculture. Uncompetitive water rates today could be just as devastating to agriculture as the pear blight was 60 years ago.

Prada moved to western El Dorado County from out of state about six years ago, and now purports to be an expert on all things EID, including agricultural water rates. He may have memorized a bunch of EID financial figures, but he hasn’t a clue about agriculture or about our county’s culture. We don’t need a recent emigrant to tell us how to run our business.

I support Richard Englefield for EID because he understands that a viable agriculture industry depends on abundant, competitively priced water. He’s also proven that he works well with others to get things done when he’s served on several local boards. Richard has been endorsed by the County Farm Bureau, El Dorado County Board of Realtors, and a number of other business groups, because he has a record of fighting for our county’s water rights while holding down water rates.

Vote Tuesday, Nov. 5, or turn in your ballot for Richard Englefield.

EDIO DELFINO JR.
Placerville

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 30, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    Any candidate who has a slogan like "rates are too low" should be shown the door. The only thing that will replace ranching and agriculture is housing and strip mall developments and people live here to escape from them. Protecting rural heritage is finding ways to lower water rates across the board for all.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 30, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Delfino. Well stated. Every single rate payer who says yes to, "Keep El Dorado County rural", needs to also say, "Yes to Richard Englefield". We cannot keep it rural by raising rates on farmers.

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  • JimBoNovember 01, 2013 - 8:02 am

    It's kind of a funny thing. Farmers aligned to get behind Bill Center's poorly crafted Measure Y to make developers pay their "fair share" of needed road improvements - past, present and future. But when it's time to talk about Fair & Equitable water rates, farmes still want to be subsidized and get a "free ride" on the backs of developers, homeowners, commercial and industrial users.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 8:28 am

    Jimbo, try this experiment. Get two dinner plates. On one plate pile on a load of landscape and recreational turf grass clippings. On the other plate load it up with, apple pie. The price of the grass clippings is $17.00. The price of the apple pie is $1.00. Choose.

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 01, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Here is where I agree with Phil. The farmers, after the miners left, built the existing water system in the first place, thus as to why it's called an irrigation district. The farmers pay the same base rates as houses if not more during the off season when they are not even using the water. They have also bent over backwards to not limit the ability for more growth in this county even when it has turned around and bit them in the rear by people like Jimbo. In order to retain and sustain Agriculture and our rural nature as we know it, I ditto what Edio has stated.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Be still, my heart! - ♡♥♡♥♡♥

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  • Michael J. PreszlerNovember 01, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Edio, I too support Richard Englefield for EID. I also grew up in Apple Hill. My first job at 14 year old was picking apples! Richard Englefield understands the rural and agricultural identity of the El Dorado County, as well as the great financial and social advantages of our current and historical agricultural "system". He also understands the importance of protecting our existing water supply. I fully support Englefield for EID.

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