Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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EID vote

EDITOR:

Greg Prada is running for the EID board from Division 2. Mr. Prada has been holding EID’s feet to the fire for a number of years now. He’s not a Johnny-come-lately. We’ve read many of his letters on these pages of the Mountain Democrat.

The other candidates have endorsements from various organizations and special interest groups from around the county. Mr. Prada doesn’t garner a lot of interest from these groups because his concern is with the ratepayers. He is not in the pockets of Parker Development or any other developer. He’s nobody’s man but his own. The Board of Directors and EID management don’t like him. I think that’s a good thing.

He asks the tough questions and demands accountability from them, and that makes them uncomfortable. Put a voice for the ratepayers on the board and not another puppet for the special interests. Vote for Prada.

PAUL M. KODELJA
El Dorado

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 28, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    PAUL M. KODELJA asserts, "He’s nobody’s man but his own." FALSE. Greg Prada is Bob Luca's man. He is junior on the Luca - Prada "tag team". ~~~ LINK - Luca’s letter is wrong ~~~ You havce been listening to Prada's "siren songs" of lower rates, good ol' boy corruption, excess capacity for years. The Luca Prada agenda is years in the making and more cleverly financed than we know. When Prada was on the Cost of Services Committee he behaved illegally(taping without consent). His Fellow committee members let it slide. In reference to Board member compensation of $1250 his approximate statement was, "You guys are underpaid. Can we raise it?" I cannot divulge my source, but it was from high within EID. Prada is NOT his own man.

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  • Little RickyOctober 30, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    VOTE PRADA!!!!!

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  • Aaron TaylorOctober 31, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    Mr. Kodelja's assessment is correct. Greg Prada is a decent man, and he asks the right questions. EID has an obligation to provide honest budgets and clearly define current debt load to its ratepayers, which it has not done well. EID's management deserves heavy criticism. While Mr. Veerkamp is certainly intelligent and keeps current with El Dorado politics, he is skilled in character assassination. I base this statement on the many comments posts from him I read in Letters to the Editor. Mr. Veerkamp, like many EID management supporters, is clearly in favor of the current direction EID management has taken and has also defended Parker Development's financial involvement in this race. I think the lines have been clearly drawn.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    Aaron, when you asked Greg to explain to you why he repeatedly asserted that residential customers' bills were seventeen times more per cubic foot that agricultural customers' bills WHAT WAS GREG'S ANSWER? Aaron, when you asked Greg why he repeatedly asserts that most EID's employees will be getting a 7% pay raise WHAT WAS GREG'S ANSWER? Aaron you correctly note that, "Ambercrombie is combatitive when asked genuine but serious questions". True. Abercrombie has little patience with false assertions by Prada pertaining to unfunded obligations or Prada's false statements regarding ag water rates or pay raises. Yes. Abercrombie is combative when it comes to Prada's BS. Prada simultaneously claims deep inside knowledge of EID's rates and finances while falsely representing "facts" and "figures" to the public. And the uninformed public follow a Pied Piper Prada" "lower rates" and "clean house" and "reform" tunes. Aaron, do you believe Prada's statements on ag water and employee pay raises? Aaron, it seems that your definition of a hard question is a false allegation. I suspect, Aaron, that you too are combative when faced with false allegations leveled against you, your business or your family.

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  • Fact checkerNovember 01, 2013 - 7:17 am

    Mr. Veerkamp, I just checked EID's rate schedule and find that over 90% of all Agriculture water sold in fact costs just one seventeenth what others pay for like quantities. Here are the numbers: Agriculture pays $0.00107 per cubic foot of EID water while others pay $0.01813 for all water used above 4,500 cubic foot. This ratio comes out to one seventeenth, the very ratio you insist is wrong. In particular, why should the schools and CSD's pay seventeen times what Agriculture customers pay? Mr. Veerkamp, you profess to know what's going on in EID. How can costs for watering crops be just one seventeenth what EID charges for watering grass? If the rates really are based on costs, both Agriculture and grass watering would cost the same. Something stinks to high heaven in EID's rate setting and claims about fair and equitable rates.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Check this fact, fact checker - A farmer with a 2" meter using 10 acre feet of water(435,600 cf) is billed ~$1,047.08 by EID in 2013. A resident with a 3/4 inch meter using 10 acre feet of water(435,600 cf) is billed ~$8,197.02 by EID in 2013. The farmer pays ~7.8 times less than the resident.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Aaron, you are mistaken when you assert, Mr. Veerkamp, like many EID management supporters, is clearly in favor of the current direction EID management has taken . . . "Aaron , I am weighing in with inconvenient information for management and Board alike. I weigh in as EID's Sr. Distribution Operator retired and from a vantage point which gives me a particular, if narrow, field of expertise. EID needed to begin designing and planning over ten years ago for a third transmission line to deliver water to Diamond, Shingle, Cameron and EDH. This third line is not needed for future growth. The third line is needed because the two existing transmission lines are being operated BEYOND DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS. It is needed to ensure water delivery to EXISTING CUSTOMER BASE. My message, Craig, is bad news for developers. EID's estimate of available EDUs is calculated on operating the system at pressures above design spec. The Folsom Lake raw water pump station is precarious at best. Without a third transmission line it is just a matter of time before EDH experiences a water emergency when "Murphy" kills the pumps and breaks a line. Greg Prada has made multiple false statements about EID's rates, capacity, capabilities and staff. Greg Prada behaved illegally on the Cost of Service Committee when he taped meetings without consent. Then when his "tit was in the wringer" he observed how the Board was under paid - a stipend of $1,250 was just so low, don't ya know! His fellow committee members let it slide. Shame!

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  • Fact checkerNovember 01, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Mr. Veerkamp, don't be a weasel, you didn't answer the question. Why do schools and CSD's watering grass pay seventeen times what Agriculture customers pay for watering crops?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 8:20 am

    They do not. You CANNOT produce a water bill from a school or CSD that is seventeen times greater per cf than a farmers. It is true that there IS AN ELEMENT of the rate structure that is ~1/17th. But zero bills are calculated on that one element - zero - zip - nada. For instance consider this metaphor. There is probably an element of your anatomy that, when fully engorged, uses seventeen times more blood than your brain. But that condition is only temporary. And if that condition lasts more than four hours you should consult a physician.

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