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Parker Development contributions

Parker Development recently formed a new political action committee that contributed $34,000 funding to the EID director election campaigns of Richard Englefield and Dale Coco. Parker is spending big money on a small local election to ensure developers continue to receive preferential treatment at the expense of EID ratepayers. EID residential water and sewer rates have been board-approved to increase 102 percent over five years compared to only an 8 percent increase for developer hookup (FCC) fees.

EID expands capacity years in advance of actual need, based on overly optimistic developer forecasts. This results in ratepayers financing debt costs for capacity expansion for developers, in many cases for a decade or more before these costs are repaid by developer fees. This practice saves developers tens of millions of dollars and an enormous unjust cost for debt service is passed on to EID ratepayers.

EID voters would be well advised to ask why so much money is being spent by Parker Development on a small local election. Such a large contribution certainly is not in the best interest of EID ratepayers and is implicit to buying of an election.

CRAIG PETERSEN
El Dorado Hills

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  • Jack PodsedlyOctober 11, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    That says it all !!!! Follow the money

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  • Paul RavelingOctober 12, 2013 - 10:22 am

    P.S. to last comment: My personal concern is that Greg Prada and possibly Jake Flesher could bring to EID the kind of dysfunction that we're watching now in Congress. This could reach all of us, not just big developers.

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  • Kern County Westlands Water for Jake Flesher and Greg PradaOctober 13, 2013 - 6:26 am

    Kern County Westlands Water for Jake Flesher and Greg Prada hope that EID voters are still stupid like they were when they fell for the likes of Bergmeister, Vargas and Kastan. Remember? They were "reformers". They were going to "clean up corruption". They were going to "lower rates". What REALLY HAPPENED - the rest of the story - they screwed up project 184. They lowered rates in a time when state mandates were encumbering EID with mandates. EID went out of compliance. Bergmeister was recalled. Deister was hired. Hundreds of millions of bonds were purchased. Water as forfeited from Folsom. We got our water. You got to raise your rates to pay for the party. We hope that you're still stupid and give us Day, Prada, and Flesher . . . PARTY ON!!!!

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  • Paul RavelingOctober 12, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    There's a logical answer to the question of why Parker is willing to spend so much: It's not likely to be that Parker thinks two candidates can do special favors on its behalf, it's far more likely to be that the other two candidates can seriously foul up EID business for everyone, including the Parker organization but not limited to it. They understand facts, finances, and legal matters, and it looks to me like they recognize serious threats to EID that all of us should recognize. Impacts to EID affect all of us, not just the people in Divisions 2 and 4.

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  • EID voters are not stupidOctober 13, 2013 - 1:19 am

    Darn right there's a reason Parker Development is contributing big time to elect Dale Coco and Richard Englefield. Parker is buying these two guys so they will continue to sell out ratepayers, just like the current EID board does.

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  • Not so fast, Kern imposter!October 13, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Parker Development and Kirk Bone think they can buy every west El Dorado County election and every El Dorado County official. They illicitly rule the EDC Chamber and they now have identified Coco and Englefield as two more prospective elected representatives they can buy.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Jack Podsedlyasserts, "That says it all !!!!" I beg to differ. The implication of Mr. Podsedly's statement, by process of elimination, is that Greg Prada is a good guy. I vigorously disagree. Mr. Prada is quick to inform us that he spent years deep in the minutia of EID finance, rate structure, water rights etc. Greg Prada talks about "excess capacity". In reality EID HAS ZERO EXCESS CAPACITY. The two transmission lines delivering water to Cameron Park and EDH are running beyond design capacity in the summertime peak demand. The governing constraint on capacity is transmission capability. Transmission demand is being met by OPERATING OUT OF SPEC . . . TODAY . . . NOW . . . FOR YEARS NOW. Greg Prada wants to help his constituents by increasing AGRICULTURAL RATES. Greg Prada asserts that agricultural rates are seventeen times cheaper than residential rates. Given Mr. Prada's years deep in EID's rate structure one of two things is true. 1) Greg Prada is incapable of understanding water rates. - Or - 2) Greg Prada consciously and deliberately misrepresents the truth. (I have been advised not to call Greg Prada a liar. So I won't.) Perhaps the rest of the story, Mr. Podsedly, is that Parker and Bone have dim views on the likes of Mr. Prada.

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  • Jack PodsedlyOctober 11, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    more questionable things--hummm http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/10/09/why-are-el-dorado-county-campaign-mailings-coming-from-a-county-owned-address/

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    Greg Prada, please explain to the ratepayers your methodology supporting your assertion that farmers pay water bills based on rates seventeen (17) time lower than residential rates.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Jack Podsedly, is it really your position that the County Chamber of Commerce stepped into legal jeopardy when they published this article? LINK - County chamber endorses Coco, Englefield The Chamber of Commerce rents a county property and therefore must be politically silent? REALLY?

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    FYI - The Chamber of Commerce has been serving El Dorado County out of that building all my life. I was born in 1944. I do not know when the Chamber first began using that building. ANYBODY?

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 11, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    Phil...the commerce has been in that building since 1972. http://tinyurl.com/lf437dp

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Fran, that has been the Chamber of Commerce Building way prior to 1972. West of that used to be Pino Vista Dairy. When I was knee high to a grasshopper Dad hauled the day's production of milk there every night. It was the Chamber of Commerce wayyyyy back in the '40s. Perhaps the County bought the building in 1972.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 11, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    I think your knowledge of your place is wonderful...I just found that self tour guide...which I thought was fun . someday i need to go down and really look at all those buildings.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 11, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    the link...does say the county built the building in 1929...Veteran Memorial Building

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    Evelyn, true or false - The Chamber has been at its current location . . . well . . . for as long as we were getting popsicles at Pino Vista . . . '50s

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  • EvelynOctober 12, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Phil: I think you're correct, but couldn't swear to it. (Forced to choose between your memory and mine, I'd take yours, which is excellent.)

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  • Paul RavelingOctober 12, 2013 - 10:16 am

    My current bet is that the Parker organization is concerned with risks to time available for buildout of its new large projects. In EDH we learned about that in 2005... (Full disclosure: I was a member of the EDH Incorporation Committee and am a current member of the EDH Area Planning Advisory Committee. These comments are mine only as a private citizen.) My initial guess is that the Parker organization is concerned that electing Greg Prada and Jake Flesher could paralyze EID business the way Mr. Prada's actions did on the Cost Of Services Study committee. The combination of attempted EDH incorporation and onset of the "Great Recession" collapse in the housing market made AKT and (I think) Parker as well, VERY sensitive to a high risk of being unable to build out large projects before Development Agreements with the County would expire. The public should also be aware that only the County, not EID, has legal authority to approve or reject new projects.

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  • Kern County Westlands Water for Jake Flesher and Greg PradaOctober 12, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    Jake ol' boy! Are you still whistling that tune we enjoyed so much after your one year of farming down here in Kern - that old SPRR farm? Didn't SPRR buy you a full scholarship to UCLA, UOP and McGeorge? "I've Been Working for the Railroad" . . . Anyway we sure wish you well up there in that county of origin. When you and Greg get elected be sure to hook up with that all-the-live-long DAY fellow. The three of you can surely sew so much discord and kick up enough dust that we can win your water in court. Good luck Jake and Greg. It will be like old times when Bergmeister, Vargas and Kastan lowered rates. Wow!!! They're still feeling the hangover from that party. Luv y'all!

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  • Sue TaylorOctober 15, 2013 - 11:44 pm

    Please explain where you got this Westlands connection?

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  • EvelynOctober 13, 2013 - 9:37 am

    Though not expressing an opinion on any of the candidates or their benefactors, I do think it HIGHLY unlikely that Kirk Bone "illicitly" rules EDC Chamber of Commerce!!!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 13, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Jack Podsedly, you (your posted link) implies that an entity forfeits the right to engage in politics if that entity happens to rent County owned property. I'm highly skeptical. Can you point to supporting law, policy or ordinance? Can citizens residing in county owned facilities engage in political activity? Help me understand your theory, Jack.

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  • the real infoOctober 13, 2013 - 7:45 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 ? Follow the Money trail...

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 13, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    Here's the real info - 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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  • the real infoOctober 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

    Eliminated positions ? Must be new math... The district had an office person and 2 field staff = 3 Since he was there it has a office receptionist, Manager and 3 field staff = 5 employees. Might want to check your facts, not believe everything you hear from him... Working with other in a positive way? I have seen him Yell at people at a fire safe meeting I attended as an outside visitor, I have also seen him schedule meeting so no one that opposed him could attend and when he was questioned about it he stated yes it made the meeting easier... As for his documenting and researching the water rights issues in Grizzly Flats, YES he did a good job on that, But no one is sure how that will help the community yet? No one has challenged those rights yet and his documentation and research has yet to be tested in the courts? So if your ok voting for someone that makes false claims and untested credit for his work, go for it.... At least you will have the information to make an informed vote... Me, I'm going to vote for a candidate that has some INTEGRITY and HONESTY, to me that should be above all else, it's the only real thing in life that a person can control on their own or sell out!!!!!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 13, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    INTEGRITY and HONESTY??? - Then you believe Prada when he asserts that agriculture rates are seventeen times lower than residential rates? (false/lie) Do you believe Prada when he asserts that EID has excess capacity? (false).

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  • the real infoOctober 13, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    No Phil I do not believe him either. Nor do I support him as a candidate. Follow the money trail though? Why would Parker donate to Rich for his election if it was not in there better interest? Why would Rich develop and upgrade the water system that worked in Grizzly Flats that was not needed ? unless more development, where he has a part time house so he could enter politics to get elected to the CSD, that if the area develops he can gain and sell? plus gain political experience? He took the long route to gain the experience since his first thought of running for the county board of supervisors didn't work out... I would rather go for a write in candidate then Rich or anyone on the ballot.... As for Westlands project getting special treatment? Follow the water in California... Those that control it, control the state... Westlands gets better water prices out of the Central Valley Project (FEDS) then any other group in the state... They also get a special power rate fore electricity used to pump water from the FEDS. They make so much profit it funds the repairs and upgrades to Federal Projects like Shasta Dam and Folsom Dam...... Now that's money!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always liked reading your comments and posts Phil, you keep it real and on point... Just trying to give you some real info to look at and think about...... I'm going for the write in on the ballot, can I write you in?

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  • the real infoOctober 13, 2013 - 9:04 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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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 13, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    A dysfunctional board is not in my interest, your interest OR PARKER'S INTEREST. A functional board is in the extreme best interest of Parker. You and I are inconvenienced in board dysfunction. Parker could be ruined through EID Board dysfunction. Prada is poison. Period. A write in vote for me would be flattering but wasted.

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  • the real infoOctober 13, 2013 - 9:21 pm

    Phil as much as I would hate to see Rich voted into office under his false statements and claims, I cannot disagree with you about your choosing of the lesser of the evils for your vote! I'm just really getting tired of the politics getting so bad that we end up voting for a person that has their integrity and honesty in question, they pass on bad info to get elected to their post because they are not the best! They win because they just aren't the worst???? WOW now that's a win to be proud of..... But again I guess your right what do we do with a system that gives us these choices???? just like elect a president or a leader? Look what is happening now in the big picture we have a president but not a leader, because he was the lesser of two evils........

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  • Carol LouisOctober 14, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Evelyn, with all due respect, Chambers and all organizations like them have elected boards. Usually no more than 10 people. These boards make decisions for hundreds of members without polling or surveying any of them. In essence these boards make endorsement decisions in a vacuum. The desire of the leadership is the vote or opinion of the "Chamber". The citizenry should take these "endorsements" with a grain of salt, because that's all they're worth. Having chartered a chamber of commerce, I polled the membership constantly. I have never seen a chamber in this county poll its members nor have I seen the county Real Estate Assoc. ever poll its members. The community should not take these endorsements to heart without thoroughly investigating the boards and their vested interests..

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  • Judith MathatOctober 14, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Unless they have changed their bylaws and are not still following the processes set down in them. The members of the Joint Chambers of Commerce, EDH, EDC, SSCP all take actions for consideration to their boards of directors agendize them and determine if they are opposed or in favor of any question, project, legislation brought before the Joint Chambers and only if there is an unanimous decision for all the boards it is approved. Not to say that separate issues that are within the confines of an individual chambers area, Red Hawk Casino is one issue that their board determined their position individually against most other county chambers and organizations does not occur from time to time and that is their right. Generally the CEO of the chambers will attend BOS and Planing Commission meetings and present the Chambers views on issues. Now that Kirk Bone was the President of the EDC Chamber and on it's board would be an issue of conflicts of interests if he voted to have the Chamber support a project that his organization would benefit from. However, the interaction of most developers with all projects in EDC having representatives and agents at county decision making venues is certainly not new or will it be discontinued. The development community has run EDC and EID for many many years. The last election in District 2 found representatives of then Supervisor Nutting offering "Serano" support of $25,000 for George Turnboo to run for the school board instead of supervisor so there would be no competition. Then there's the little guy with his few acres who wants to build an apartment complex or senior community, they do not pay the BIG fees and they do not have the clout or $$ to buy out meters for development in the future on lands they have speculated planned communities for decades. The only ones I take issue with is those who want to use density transfer agreements from one property to another and use "common space" like tearing out the rail beds to produce 1.5 times more rooftops than the development agreements were originally planned to support and the water meters and infrastructure were originally applied for and EID designed for it's future services. Best measurement of all this is again MPG vs VIP....MoneyPowerGreed vs ValuesIntegrityPrinciples....this hasn't changed in El Dorado County for as long as I can remember and in many other counties as well...

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 14, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Judith, your comment is nicely composed, but in this instance it is over thought. The Bone/Parker money for Englefield has nothing to do with "MPG". Parker/Bone see Prada for what he is. Prada has demonstrated instability, dishonesty(or stunning ignorance), and an inability/unwillingness to absorb data that counters his strange premises. Prada threatens Board dysfunction not because he speaks "truth to power" but because he thinks and speaks gibberish - and he is astonishingly committed to his gibberish. Parker's money is defensive money.

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  • Judith MathatOctober 14, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    Whether Parker and the other development monopolies in West county support or do not support one candidate or the other has not made a difference to me as to who would be a good replacement for existing board members. I do not believe any of the candidates for EID have the ability to continue to develop the quality of decision making that has gone on since after the Vargas, Bergmeister, Kasten meetings, it was like a circus of despots berating staff and each other with unconscionable dictates and an extremely laughable shortsighted group of unprofessional cronyism and presently the board has a history of instilling and then having to deal with a huge looming debit and more infrastructure issues to supply larger than proposed developments in the West end of the county. Do not think either candidate will provide any inspiration for the counties future needs. Credit must be given to the existing board for developing sources and protecting sources for the future of the county that would not have been possible with thWhether Parker and the other development monopolies in West county support or do not support one candidate or the other has not made a difference to me as to who would be a good replacement for existing board members I do not believe any of the candidates for EID have the ability to continue to develop the quality of decision making that has gone on since the "three stooges" group was replaced. Perhaps a write in candidate would be an option though not very likely to win unless they can get the $$ to put the signs up and display a message that will resonate a position the voters will accept.

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  • EvelynOctober 14, 2013 - 6:07 am

    Carol: Good morning, and thank you. Point taken. Totally valid.

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  • EvelynOctober 14, 2013 - 6:10 am

    . . . but technically, "illicitly" perhaps is not exact.

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  • EvelynOctober 14, 2013 - 6:12 am

    Illicit = Not sanctioned by custom or law; unlawful.

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  • EvelynOctober 14, 2013 - 6:17 am

    FINALLY . . . I definitely take Chamber (and similar) endorsements with AT LEAST a grain of salt. Observably, the Chamber is a rubber stamp for whatever comes up at BOS.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 14, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Carol, with all due respect the Chamber did not have to poll its members to know that an endorsement for Prada was an endorsement for EID Board dysfunction. And an endorsement for Flesher would be an endorsement of a Kern County Westlands carpet bagging lawyer who works for the railroad all the live long Day. No salt needed here, Carol.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 14, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Once you follow the developer money and it leads to certain people, if elected, you are sure to loose more of your money for the developer's profits, not to mention the impact to neighborhoods and traffic and their designs on the lands along the county's rail lines being converted to their most profitable sales ideas, like the attempted selling out of our county's rails for a just created developer pay back, the "new trail" from what was county history, the rail lines. These are huge high-density proposals that need EID water. This is an old game here of buying votes and if the developer Pac candidates win, same old results will be seen. This applies to the upcoming BOS races as well. The fight to turn back these high-density projects is on and will be huge soon. I say to vote for the other one if any candidate is found to be taking developer Pac money.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 14, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    1036-Frank's reasoning would have us voting for a candidate who wants farmers to pay more for water. 1036-Frank's reasoning would have us voting for a candidate who asserts that EID has excess capacity. (It does not.) apparently 1036-Frank would prefer EID Board dysfunction. 1036-Frank's needs to understand that to he and I EID Board dysfunction is an inconvenience. Parker is not trying to buy a Board. Parker is trying to preserve a Board. Board dysfunction helps nobody. PRADA IS POISON. PERIOD

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  • VernOctober 15, 2013 - 6:22 am

    Our exclusively republican Chamber rents the building form the county for a dollar. They have an agreement w/the county to rent the old downtown courthouse should a new one be built on part of Briggs property for the same amount. They are funded with a portion of the 2.9 million Transit Occupancy “Tax” Funds which a considerable amount is spent supporting republican candidates and events, which is just wrong.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 15, 2013 - 9:07 am

    These upcoming elections for EID and the BOS will largely be a battle to stop the high-density developers and have them conform to existing zoning in place wherever found. The same ones who want thousands of new homes on new high density lots that are opposed by the people near them. To make an election fair and level the field, there should be a no special interest Pac money campaign on the issues. There are major development issues ahead and some unexpected after the recent "new trail" being declared by the BOS where the rails are without public comment or vote and urged by a suspect story of "noise" from ohv's. This Looks like another huge gift to large developers in the west county. They are now going to be lining up for huge projects along the route of the new "trail" where the rail lines are that will require new high density rezones and infrastructure costs that developers will want paid for and most know there is little water out there now. Must be why the excursion trains aren't using the west end by BOS vote. These are also some of the same developers that told Folsom residents to annex the lands south of 50 against the county line and they, the developers, would pipe water up from Sac. This was a good story and it played well until the costs were found out and now it is gone. They suggest they are going to use Folsom Lake water for new strip malls and high density residential south of 50. These same developers will try to make the area where the county rails are in the south county part of it if they can and connect them. All they will need is the voting public fooled, "new" bike trails as a Bay area sales pitch and the right people in place here and there will soon be a new high-density urban area created.

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  • Judith MathatOctober 16, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    This is all true and the direction that this "trail" designation is going. Furthermost the eventual incorporation of EL Dorado Hills will remove the tax base from the rest of the county that is not paying attention and while EDH gets the bulk of the tax-base everyone else will have reduced services, gravel roads and or have to move out of EDC as they will not be able to afford their properties that are rural and private and become dwellers in the "stack em and pac em" dream of Smart Growth, ICLEI and SACOG social planners who have invaded the culture of this country!!! Maybe in hindsight Measure Y was not a bad thing after all, except it prevents the rest of the county from developing and keeping their growth to the levels that the residents in those areas desire unless they ensure unrealistic infrastructure in place to allow any growth. Oh and to all those EID users, you will get to pay for it and more!!! Putting foxes in the hen houses at EID and the BOS and county employees (particularity in community development) who have "relationships" with developers is still an unhealthy and common occurrence. Business as usual in EDC.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 16, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    Judith, does EDH have a water strategy integrated into its incorporation scheme? The EDH Water Treatment Plant is not up to the task. How does EDH expect to incorporate while remaining dependent on the east county for water?

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 15, 2013 - 9:34 am

    Frank, by any chance do your own "special interests" align with that Kern County carpet bagging I've-been-working-for-the-railroad all-the-live-long-DAY, FLESHER & PRADA EID Board poison pill? The Westlands "special interests" love y'all, Frank.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Don't know him, never met him. My advise in what the developers are after is primary and concerns the history of the rails being threatened now by a sudden "trail" designation being a green light to try to high density the south county. Too many times people have seen influence peddling and vote buying and these Sac developers are after something here called rezone to urban high density of the open space they ran out of in Sac county where they also ran out of water. They are now out in force here and their designs on the land and water will be the major impacts to the future of the county. The question is who will do their bidding and who will oppose them. I say to limit developer Pac money first and full disclosure second of who is financing any candidate. These are the very same reasons I said to vote Nutting and Knight out the last time around. One was voted out and people can see why both should of been now.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 15, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    LINK - Flesher said he understands the importance of water issues after working as a farmer in Kern County for a year before entering law school. Sue, nobody goes into and out of farming for "one year" unless, possibly, one is "interned" say on the ol' Kern County Westlands "Southern Pacific farm" . . . or perhaps Standard Oil Westlands farm.

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  • Sue TaylorOctober 21, 2013 - 6:22 am

    So Phil, I'm left to assume you are making assumptions regarding Flesher and Westlands.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 21, 2013 - 7:35 am

    No, Sue. I was mistaken in my geography. Kern County is not part of Westlands. It is farther south. Our water has to travel a little further south. . . . still . . . one year to learn that plants need water . . .WOW! . . . Today, as a lawyer, Jake may be defining his back yard Bakersfield pumpkin patch as a farm and when he forgot to water it he learned that plants need water. . . . or . . . he was a field hand . . . or he interned for a big corporate land owner . . . lawyers can turn night into day. . . . Cumpston will have fun.

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  • Judith MathatOctober 16, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Well, well, well...perhaps there is another reason for the "Trail" designation and I have not fully investigated it though it stands to reason that density transfer's would be guaranteed for the development community if they could solve EID's long held position that getting water to south county has always been a big problem and the other possibility is in the fact that a rail-bed allows for a gradual gravity flow of providing water from EID facilities above South County. How would using the rail-bed as a utility easement/trail and removing the rail beds work? Could putting someone on the EID board with "rail-road legalese" experience solve a problem of providing water to south county??? Where is the new reservoir being built and in what proximity to the rail-bed and it's continuity through the developments proposed through south county? Go to the county and find out who has development agreements and where they are and view them on a map and then let everyone know what they are in for in losing their water to HUGE developments in south county instead of getting water to agricultural and other community needs first in the rest of the county. Opps!, just another thought from outside looking in...

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 16, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Judith, the answers to most of your questions are here ----> LINK - •2013 Integrated Water Resources Master Plan Thumbnail Summary: Water transferred from SMUD's White Rock Penstock to Bray Reservoir property. (roughly opposite Wal-Mart on Missouri Flat Rd. Treatment plant at Bray. Transmission line roughly parallel to Mother Lode Drive and generally paralleling HWY 50 to EDH south of 50. The RR line is gradual but long and indirect. Direct trumps gradual.

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By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 6 Comments | Gallery

 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

 
CPCSD seat unfilled

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

By News Release | From Page: A14, 2 Comments

 
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Opinion

Something to think about: Teach your children well

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A6

 
Retain Bill Schultz as Recorder-Clerk

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A6, 6 Comments

 
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Letters

Evacuation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 3 Comments

 
District 4 candidate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 4 Comments

Open meetings

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

 
Volunteers and homeless camps

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 9 Comments

Bicycle events and traffic control

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

 
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Sports

Jennings wins national title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

King of the West roars into Placerville

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

 
First and goal: Bunt etiquette

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

 
Roundup: April 17, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

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Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Spring art brightens government center

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: April 18, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Time out: A grand time at Grand China

By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

By News Release | From Page: B3

 
Student art featured for Third Saturday

By News Release | From Page: B3

Promenade in high style

By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

 
Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

 
Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

See what is inside the vault

By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

 
Eggstravaganza

By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

 
Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

By California Stage | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

KVIE calls for artists

By Kvie | From Page: B9

 
A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

 
Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

See wildflowers on train ride

By Railtown | From Page: B15

 
Easter at Northstar is family friendly

By Northstar California | From Page: B15

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Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
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Obituaries

Roy Cluness Chaix

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frederick Wilbur Heymann

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur W. Cornell

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

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Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

 
Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

 
EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

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Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A14

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
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Home Source

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments