Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Jake Flesher for EID

EDITOR:

It is very rare that I recommend candidates for office since so often soon after election these candidates seem to turn against the public. But after many interviews of the candidates for EID, I would like to endorse Jake Flesher for the EID Board. He is really a breath of fresh air.

His three main pluses for me is that he is not connected with any special interests, his genuine desire to represent the general ratepayer and his main concern of reducing EID’s debt. The current board appears to be planning to continue working with developers in order to again build out infrastructure on the back of the current rate payers. Instead of blindly following counsel, Jake is committed to ask questions and push back.

I’ve been amazed by the amount of untrue rumors being told about Mr. Flesher which makes me wonder as to why he is such a threat to the establishment. Most of those spreading rumors have not even talked to him. Another concern that makes Jake a plus is that we are about to be in the fight of our lives with the state in order to keep the water rights we now have in this county. Who better to represent that battle than a lawyer that is on our side?

The public would be well served by Jake Flesher. If you have any questions from my interviews of all 4 candidates, please feel free to call me … 530-391-2190.

SUE TAYLOR
Camino

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Sue, here is a sample of your man’s “breath of fresh air” ~~~ “Something I’m learning in this whole process is that there are several counties here. There’s the ag community, there’s Placerville — and it’s different from Cameron Park and Tahoe. . . . TAHOE part of EID??? And then there is this. ~~~ “. . . he understands the importance of water issues after working as a farmer in Kern County for a year . . .” - It took him a YEAR to learn that plants need water?, Kern County needs OUR WATER so therefore Jake Flesher says, ~~~ ” . . . let’s use Folsom Lake water to the extent we can and think about options for Project 184 water to create some revenue.” - Hmmmm . . . I wonder if Kern County . . . . might . . . uh . . . be interested . . . I’ll check at my law office with my Rail Road clients . . . Rail Roads are some of the biggest “farmers” in the Central Valley . . . especially Kern. Sue, I appreciate that we differ on County rowth issues. But forfeiting water to the California Aqueduct and Kern County and SoCal. is the WRONG STRATEGY in controlling growth. Never, ever, ever forfeit water. Tom Cumpston does not need a lawyer on the Board. Mr. Cumpston is doing well enough without Jake.

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  • Craig PetersenOctober 31, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    It's good to know that Phil Veerkamp can always be counted on to weigh in on the side of business as usual at EID and claim that everything there is being managed perfectly. His disparaging remarks regarding anyone who feels otherwise ignores the fact that over a 5 year period, ratepayers will experience over a 100% increase in their rates. Meanwhile, EID debt continues to rise to nearly half a billion dollars, significantly more than some large cities currently considering bankruptcy filings. These facts attest to a need for a change in EID planning and operations that can be best achieved by someone whose sole motivation is to serve his fellow citizens and isn't supported and financed by special interests like Parker Development. By the way Phil, I am sure Mr. Flesher is aware that EID does not serve the Tahoe area, but he is astute enough to recognize that the county supervisor representing Tahoe does vote on matters effecting EID.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Craig, I am weighing in on the side of the business (EID's Sr. Distribution Operator) from which I retired and from which I possess 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. I trust Dr.Coco more than I trust the lawyer Flesher.

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  • Craig PetersenOctober 31, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Phil, thank you for your input and insights. However, I feel your mistrust of Jake Flesher is misguided. I have spoken extensively with him and know him to be thoughtful and intelligent, with the only motivation being to serve his community. I would like to think that Dale Coco has best intentions also, but the large sum of money that he has accepted from Parker development is extremely concerning. At the very least, Parker Development will be expecting a return on their $75 K (and continually rising) investment in candidates Coco and Englefield. This expectation will surely include decisions that favor Parker Development over the welfare of the ratepayers.

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  • The County Auditor Says Thank You, SueOctober 31, 2013 - 10:36 am

    Thank you, Sue

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 01, 2013 - 8:50 am

    I doubt that the real County Auditor would be thanking me for much of anything.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    By the way, Sue, Jake is going to save the rate payer money by pumping out of the crippled Folsom Lake raw water pump station struggling to remain on line . . . you know that pump station that has had 9 - 10 pumps burn up in the last couple years - that same pump station that today has 3 - 4 dead pumps at the bottom of Folsom Lake? Jake thinks that PG&E is cheaper than gravity? That nice young "breath of fresh air", Jake? Sue, you were talking to a LAWYER.

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 01, 2013 - 8:45 am

    Phil, I would suggest you get off the couch and go talk to these people instead of just assuming. You mention major problems at EID, but yet you think the best people to fix the problems are the ones that created them in the first place.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Thank you sue. Within the past week I have communicated directly with "these people". And for your information, Sue, my communication center is not the couch. I love my recliner. "These people" = 2 EID's highest, 2 EID mid level, 1 EID low level, a candidate and my own archive of EID transmission data.

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 02, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Phil, I was talking about the candidates.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Craig, the "pay off" will be a functional board. "Functional" does not translate to "bought". Parker & Bone as well as you and I will be well served by a fun functional board. I don't trust the lowyer.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Scratch "fun" as a modifier to "functional". Though It does bring to mind an element of hypocrisy from Greg Prada. It happened while the Cost of Services Committee was active. After he was caught illegally taping committee meetings he mused about raising the Board stipend of $1,250/month. Craig's "suck-up" was probably motivated by having been caught in an illegal activity - taping without permission.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    yes. "Greg's suck-up" or per MD - "Gred's suck-up" or per mine - "Dred's suck-up"

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  • oops . . .October 31, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    You meant "Greg's suck-up"?????????????????

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 01, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    I think dysfunction can be summed up on a board if a Democrat appears on one at EID. Although his party is well hidden, Coco, I am informed is a Democrat, and if he is elected to a board of EID people that are all from the GOP then there will be problems instantly. A hospital administrator is fine for managing hospitals, seems to me it doesn't transfer to water. The fact that Coco is a member of the party bringing us gigantic social and economic problems including massive govt. dysfunction, record debt and unemployment and a nearly destroyed health care and immigration system, should automatically be a vote for the other guy, although he is somewhat unknown, I like what I read and it comes down to what rural values are and what party represents these values which are not what the liberals are about, the liberals seek their radical big govt. inner-city agenda wherever found, and the GOP have opposite values and they match the majority in the county and this to me is primary for many reasons. If Coco disagreed with the liberal agenda, he would of left their party long ago. I say, vote for the other guy, we don't want or need the liberal agenda being encouraged here in any way, especially in an elected local board that manages a majority of our water.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    Frank, name the party affiliation of the existing Board members.

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 01, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    I can't recall any EID Board member running as a Democrat for EID, in fact, if they did, they would be likely to lose. It is a well kept secret as shown by Coco who has hid his party for this campaign. There is no such politician as a "non-partisan."

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  • muffinNovember 03, 2013 - 8:49 am

    wow it is fun to see cookie and Phil fight or disagree. whatever

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  • doughboyNovember 03, 2013 - 8:58 am

    muffin, you ain't even half baked

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