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I heard four Republican candidates for Supervisor District IV speak Monday night at the April CRA (California Republican Assembly) meeting. All four candidates stressed the need for local jobs and vowed to find ways to attract businesses into El Dorado County if elected. When asked how our current water shortage affected their growth plans, they conceded that more water was needed.
However, they did not address the expense and “red tape” restrictions that face start-up businesses in El Dorado County. A different candidate for Supervisor District V who spoke to the Tea Party crowd in April said her business building repair permit took five years to get approved.
Until we get an adequate water supply and get rid of “red tape,” our likelihood of providing decent jobs in El Dorado County is nil.