Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Facts needed

EDITOR:

Recently Walter Miller showed us a good example of criticism with civility, in a letter to editor to the Mountain Democrat, although he concluded that Greg Prada had substance where I had only form. I disagree, but was pleased that he presented that perspective in a reasonable way: He cited issues, not personalities. His references to Greg Prada and me were needed to convey his point and were done in a a respectful way. He and I followed up by mail and a phone conversation, and we had a good dialog. This is how scientific debate works and succeeds. It’s opposite to the “we’re right they’re wrong” mode that so often drives political debate to failure.

About substance, actual facts and valid analysis: I’m keeping more than a gigabyte on the Web for public access in the directory tree rooted at sierrafoot.org/civics/eid_2013/reference. Most contents are original source documents, especially from EID but also from many other sources. Recent additions included rate documents for more than 400 California water service areas. For analysis, mainly the “excel” and “powerpoint” subdirectories lay open my own mathematical analysis for public inspection.

Mr. Miller’s letter to editor pointed out a problem that needs my response. In July EID’s prime detractor libeled me severely in local media. Public acceptance of his false statements has been growing, and I now conclude that it’s absolutely necessary to remedy that. In part, I need to start a continuing campaign to get the truth out in ways that any reader can check and confirm.

What we need in the public discussion about EID is more science, less opinion, and no nonsense. Carl Sagan wrote in “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark,” “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” With respect to EID, we need to reclaim understanding of facts and their significance, instead of hunting demons or witches to sacrifice.

My next letter to editor will be about the 102 percent rate increase, which is mostly a myth. That claim would have been accurate only for customers with extremely low water consumption — 79 percent of the “Low Usage” case in the 2010-2011 Cost Of Services Study. Currently adopted rates produce a 50.5 percent increase (not 102 percent) for Medium Usage, 27.9 percent for High Usage.

PAUL RAVELING
El Dorado Hills

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 08, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Thank you, Paul. You have been libeled. You deserve a public apology. The voters WERE bamboozled. I look foreword to your next letter.

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  • GeraldNovember 15, 2013 - 7:52 am

    I agree with Mr. Veerkamp the voters were bamboozled. That’s why Mr. Coco was elected. I really appreciate Mr. Veerkamps perspicacity on the subject of the last election.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 15, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Gerald, perspicacity had no play in recognizing the Greg Prada bamboozle. Math, Gerald, Math. If you have even rudimentary math skills, Gerald, you too can read the rate schedule and read the MOU and determine to your own satisfaction that Greg Prada bamboozled his way into office.

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  • rodNovember 15, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Paul, “102 percent rate increase… for customers with extremely low water consumption…” So EID will punish those who conserve water most effectively with the highest rate increase? What kind of logic is that? Sounds like a "demon" to me, please explain.

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  • cookie65November 15, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Rod, the same exact logic the ocommycare mandate is based on. Those who don't need, want or use healthcare insurance will be billed for those who do. From those according to their........ so on and so forth.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 15, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    rod and Paul here is some background on the present rate structure that produces the "penalty" on low usage. It is traceable to the decision coming out of the Cost of Service Committee back in 2011. At issue was the 30-70 split vs the 50-50 split meaning revenue generated from the fixed base charge according to meter size and revenue based on consumption. i.e. Should 30% come from the base charge and 70% come from consumption (30-70) or 50-50. ~~~ LINK - October 28, 2011 - Small turnout for EID workshop ~~~ Paul Raveling is pointing out the factual error in Prada's assertion that EID has raised rates over all by 102%. EID has NOT. What happened is that EID went with the 50-50 rate scheme - AS FAVORED BY GREG PRADA!!!!! The "bamboozle" is that Prada campaigned on the 102% false assertion that is derived from his own favored 50-50 scheme that "punishes" low usage. Water usage in Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills tends to be higher than the rest of the county. Prada has succeeded in getting the rest of the county to subsidize high usage through high base charges. And then he selectively calculates a low usage bill, comes up with 102% and passes it off as an over-all EID rate increase of 102%. Bamboozled! ~~~ Cameron Park resident Greg Prada, who had been a member of the Cost of Services committee, said he favors the 50-50 plan. “For any El Dorado Hills ratepayers it clearly is advantageous. It is not in the customers’ interest to go 70-30,” Prada said.(from the article link above)

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 15, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    can we leave your obammycare comments out of our water issues...for once stay on freakin track...geezzzzz

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  • cookie65November 15, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Can you keep your government out of my life?

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  • Susie O.November 15, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    cookie, cookie, cookie. Can you leave your "ocommycare" comments out of something that has nothing to do with it? Your wacky partisan slip is showing. Hahahaha. Can't take anything you say seriously. You are just waaaayyyy out there. I so appreciate moderate voices. You surely are not one.

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 15, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    cookie is like the nazi that is drill repetitive crap into your head and thinks she/he will make you one of his/her soldiers..freakin weird.

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 15, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    "drilling"

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  • PatriceNovember 16, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    Susie, no he/she can't.....gotta make that money, ya know? Blog, blog, blog, money, money, money. Has to push the anti-government BS.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 16, 2013 - 9:33 am

    rod, I left you and Paul a comment at 11:48 pm last night

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