Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Prada will destroy Apple Hill

EDITOR: To the great dismay of the agricultural and business communities, ratepayers, and longtime informed, rational observers of EID, the Mountain Democrat has endorsed Greg Prada for the EID Board. Mr. Prada has made it clear the last few years with statements during public and private meetings, and on his Website, that his primary goals are to eliminate the Agricultural Water Rate Classification, divest the District of Project 184, and find a new general manager who will collaborate with his destructive agenda. During the campaign, Mr. Prada has moderated his rhetoric, and for the sake of political expediency, modified some of his positions. A one-hour face-to-face meeting for the purposes of obtaining an endorsement from the Mountain Democrat Editorial Board does not cleanse or expunge Mr. Prada’s multi-year track record relative to the El Dorado Irrigation District.

The Prada agenda outlined above is problematic enough, but if we are in the unfortunate position of having other like-minded individuals elected to the EID board, the board will devolve into a GPUD-like dysfunctional circus, and the Prada agenda may be realized. A wonderful opportunity to sell newspapers, a calamity for EID ratepayers. We will lose, in my observation, the finest GM in EID’s history.

Starting in 1987, I served for five years on the El Dorado County Chamber Board, and on the Economic Development Corporation Board, with Jim Abercrombie. Mr. Abercrombie is a licensed Profession Civil Engineer with a marketing MBA. With his education and experience in the water and electric utility businesses, Jim Abercrombie is the most qualified individual ever to serve as the GM of EID. Witness GPUD as an excellent example of a highly qualified GM being forced out of the agency by a misguided board. Regarding the Ag Water rate, if Mr. Prada is successful, that will effectively end a substantial percentage of commercial agricultural activity within the District. Only the largest scale wineries within the District may survive, and the rest, along with the Apple Hill program that’s taken 50 years to build, will be gone. Let’s be clear, Mr. Prada’s goal is to kill my family’s farming business that has operated since 1951, along with other neighbors such as the Larsen family who have operated their farming business in Camino since 1867. The loss of Project 184 would not only exacerbate the effects of losing the ag rate class, it would have far reaching implications to the entire district and its ratepayers. Not only is there 15,000 acre feet of water associated with the project, but valuable water rights as well.

Regarding rates and debt service, we all, including Richard Englefield, prefer to see the district’s rate increases either leveled off, or rolled back, and debt service pared, if the financial condition of the district warrants.  The distinction between the District 2 candidates is that Richard Englefield has a demonstrated track record of problem solving and rational contribution relative to the water-related community entities that he has served. Conversely, Mr. Englefield’s opponent advocates a corrosive and destructive path that will endanger our water rights, water availability, and lead ultimately to ever higher water rates for the district’s rate payers. I urge the voters of EID District 2 to vote for Richard Englefield.

DAVID BOLSTER

Camino

 

 

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    BRAVO, David! What a level headed, calm, honest and logical framing of the issues. You do Gene proud. . . . Prayers.

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  • MJPNovember 01, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Here here!!! Richard Englefield for EID District 2!!!

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  • Charlie BrownNovember 01, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Just a question. If agriculture is a commercial enterprise, then isn't the cost of water a tax write off as a direct cost of business, so it doesn't really matter what their rate is, does it? The rest of us rate payers can't write it off and it does matter.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    I'd never thought of that, Charlie Brown. Thanks! What a concept!!! If an item is tax deductible then its cost is irrelevant. MAKE NOTE TO SELF - tax deductible = free stuff - FILE NOTE

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  • Charlie BrownNovember 01, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Good for you Phil, don't break your crayon while making that note!

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  • SparkyNovember 02, 2013 - 8:14 am

    With all of the rhetoric about increased cost of water, I have yet to see anyone provide an example within this state of water rates going down. None. Selling off water rights is exactly what happened 100 years ago in this county. Seemed like a good idea at the time, huh. Learn from history, kids. A decade ago, the state passed their regulatory buck down to the lowest common denominator - the water purveyor - deferring any accountability. The chance of a regulatory roll back or relief is non-existent. End of discussion. Get mad about the source of the problem - the urban run state legislature, not the messenger - the small, rural water purveyor. Penny wise and pound foolish comes to mind when listening to Prada's "solutions". Psst MD editorial panel - I think Ag is more than a little "wary" about Prada and your endorsement.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 02, 2013 - 8:41 am

    I can't make any factual connection. But my nose smells, my gut senses, my intuition says that pockets vastly deeper than Parker, Bone et al are the "Prada Puppet Masters". On the other hand the MD editorial panel may be the secret owners of that establishment advertised on that pink billboard up the hill.

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  • muffinNovember 04, 2013 - 7:25 am

    careful guys cookie likes to pretend she is someone else. That way she doesn't have to always own what is said!

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  • muffinNovember 04, 2013 - 7:44 am

    I know. when she didn't like what I had to say she just started posting crazy stuff as me! Cookie we cant have a rational debate that way honey. you need to own EVERYTHING u say!

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  • muffinNovember 05, 2013 - 10:32 am

    cookie????????????????? dang it always works!

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  • kggNovember 05, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    it is a fact that agricultural businesses here in el dorado country are the reason tourists come here. why on earth would voters elect a member to the board of sups that has a vendetta against agricultural businesses?

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  • SparkyNovember 06, 2013 - 6:40 am

    kgg, the answer is quite simple, the "it is all about me" syndrome has kicked in again. MY bill is too high, so it is all about me. MY family moved here from Sac to prevent more growth in the county, so it is all about me. MY vision for my neighbors property is not the same as their's, so it is all about me. Bottom line, say the lie often enough and it becomes the truth. After all, it IS all about me.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Occasionally we remember and lament the draining of the Owens Valley. But the draining of El Dorado County Agriculture will be written down as "fair".

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  • EvelynNovember 06, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Phil: I hope to heck you're wrong. But we should NEVER think it can't happen here. THIS is Owen's Lake today. ********** "Before the diversion of the Owens River, Owens Lake was up to 12 miles (19 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) wide, covering an area of up to 108 square miles (280 km2). In the last few hundred years the lake had an average depth of 23 to 50 feet (7.0 to 15 m), and sometimes overflowed to the south after which the water would flow into the Mojave Desert." (from Wikipedia)

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 05, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    RICHARD ENGLEFIELD 1536 39.49% ~~~ GREG PRADA 2293 58.95% ------------------------------------- DALE E COCO 2007 57.67% ~~~ JAKE FLESHER 1450 41.67%

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 7:05 am

    Sparky, your simple answer is likely to realize some happy unexpected consequences. The Apple Hill weekend traffic jams will fade(happy). Orchards can one by one return to native species as God intended.(happy) Eastern El Dorado County can return to it's "intended" rural, natural beauty.(happy) ~~~ happy lies ~~~

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  • SparkyNovember 06, 2013 - 7:50 am

    The MD editorial "board" got their man. Could it be that they picked the guy that will give them the most to write about at any given deadline? After all, it IS all about me.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 8:34 am

    Pardon the plagiarism. I hope he fails.

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  • EvelynNovember 06, 2013 - 9:26 am

    VIDEO: Cadillac Desert ********** Water, more precious than gold. We have it; "they" want it.

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  • EvelynNovember 06, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Owens Lake has been transformed into the single largest source of dust pollution in the nation. Imagine El Dorado County in fire season with no water.

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