Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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EID director for District 2

EDITOR:

Concern was expressed on Oct. 7 about the impact of development on our county’s roads, water and quality of life. The writer, Ms. Hepplewhite, wondered if a Chamber of Commerce endorsement of an EID candidate means that candidate is in the pockets of large developers. She made this connection because the current Chamber president is a developer.

EID does not control development in the county. EID is not a land planning agency, and does not decide who does or does not get water. Water is allocated to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, and then only if the water supply is sufficient. It is illegal to approve new development unless water and other infrastructure can support the project.

I agree with Ms. Hepplewhite that continued development without apparent concern for infrastructure will diminish our quality of life. I also agree that we need to know where our candidates stand on water allocation and rate structures for current and future users. We need leaders who will be good custodians of our resources, with the knowledge and experience to protect our interests.

I am supporting Richard Englefield for EID director in District 2. He is not a “developer’s” candidate. In fact he is supported by local small business, ratepayers and members of the agriculture community. He has served on local water district boards, the Water and Power Authority, and chaired the County Water Agency. His experience and knowledge of water issues, and his record of service to the community make him the best candidate to address current and emerging water issues.

A vote for Richard Englefiend is a vote for experience and proven leadership. But no matter who you plan to vote for, just vote. Don’t lose your chance to have a voice in our county’s future.

AUDREY KEEBLER
El Dorado

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • MJPOctober 11, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Audrey, you are spot on!!! Rich Englefield will make a great EID Director.

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  • the real infoOctober 13, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Lets see this is the same person that was on The Grizzly Flats CSD and the water prices for residents went from $23 a month to $67 a month ? The same person that likes to schedule meeting's, when people that appose him are busy so they can't make it ? Nothing Rich has accomplished has helped anyone in Grizzly Flats ! He failed on the Community Center project, he Raised water prices to support increased water flow to enable more development, He was on the Grizzly Flats Fire Safe Council, but never participated in any of the projects. Are you sure this is the best you can do for the community? Do innocent people hide when accused of illegal activities or associated with them ?

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  • MJPOctober 15, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Yes, I'm sure. :)

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 13, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Isn't the current president of the chamber Mark Luster of SPI? Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation, family owned and operated forest products company...just asking. I know that Kirk Bone is a member...he is from Parker development....and the VP is MD very own Richard Esposito....well...the lumber people would need water...interesting...elections.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 13, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    LINK - Englefield said at the time he was asked to serve on the board at Grizzly Flat, the water district was only a couple of years away from closing its doors. “The board disintegrated before my eyes and at the same time there was a big turnover in staff.” But after getting organized, he said they redid the accounting system, raised rates and cut expenses, which included eliminating one position. “Our five-year plan only took three years to accomplish by working smarter.” Englefield said it was during his time on the board that he also gained experience in infrastructure improvements and water rights when the Grizzly Flat board undertook a $1.7 million infrastructure project that not only helped preserve its water but also its water rights. He then assumed the job of documenting those water rights all the way back to the 1880s, adding it took him seven years to accumulate the 4,700 documents now on file in the office. He said that experience helped him understand EID’s water rights as well. Asked why he is running, Englefield said he wants to help, but also acknowledged that serving on EID’s board would be a fantastic challenge for him given EID’s size and complexity. As far as what distinguishes him from his opponent, Englefield said it is his ability to work with people in a positive fashion. “I’m not saddled with three years of negativity. I’m coming in at a neutral point. That will get me further with employees, the general manager and the rest of the board … That’s one of the biggest differences between me and Greg Prada. I looked on his Website and there was nothing positive on it. I’m the positive candidate. “At the last board meeting I attended, the presentation was destroyed over a shouting match between Prada and the general manager … Finally Prada got up to leave, bursting out the door. He didn’t stick around for the answer. You can’t conduct yourself like that. I don’t do that. If I can’t get my point across and a measure passes anyway, I will support it as a member of the board of directors.”

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  • NancyOctober 15, 2013 - 11:06 am

    I agree. He is the best candidate, IMO.

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