Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Remember EID’s 2009 holiday greetings?

EDITOR:

As the El Dorado Irrigation District closes its first six months of 2013, an activist friend from Bass Lake asked for a copy of EID’s Dec. 17, 2009 Proposition 218 Notice … the one that was overlooked in many people’s holiday mail but announced EID’s intention to raise rates 80 percent over five years.

Looking back on that unwelcome and shocking Proposition 218 Notice awakens vivid memories.

Who can forget the angry ratepayers overflowing the January 2010 hearing at the El Dorado Hills fire hall on Wilson with those outside banging on the windows clamoring for a chance to get in and have a piece of EID’s board?

Or how about the livid February 2010 crowd at the Placerville school house demanding that fiscally concerned former EID Director Bill Bergmeister be allowed to finish his public comment objections against EID’s mushrooming debt? Especially heart-thumping was when then-EID Board President John Fraser screamed his threat to shut down that special EID board meeting as two El Dorado County deputies with hands on holsters rushed to protect the dais.

Ah yes! Those were days of memorable EID ratepayer outcry.

Regrettably for ratepayer wallets, that ratepayer uproar proved to be fleeting and for naught. While EID trimmed those 80 percent of rate hikes (mostly through “smoke and mirrors” debt refinancing gimmicks), the next Proposition 218 Notice in early 2012 subsequently traded in that 80 percent of five-year rate hikes and changed it into 102 percent of rate hikes over six years.

This Nov. 5, EID ratepayers in two EID divisions will have opportunity for less raucous, but far more results-effective outcry. If ratepayers in EID’s Divisions 2 and 4 darken their ballot circles for two fiscal reform director candidates, EID’s runaway spending and rate hikes can start being reined in.

Wouldn’t election of directors who care about ratepayers instead of unabated spending and rate hiking be a breath of fresh air and be far more welcome holiday greetings in 2013 for the 39,000 ratepayers of the El Dorado Irrigation District?

GREG PRADA
Ratepayer Advocate, Cameron Park

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 09, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Are you running Greg? Are you shilling for somebody? How about this guy, Greg? - Reginald Bronner - His style reminds me of yours. LINK - Reginald Bronner says - July 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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  • Dink LaneJuly 12, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Yeah, I remember. George Osborn swore there were no rate hikes planned ...and then the Pollock Pines voters voted him back in....and the BAM first rate hike...more to come..... Old George got MAD when the new board member, Alan Day, questioned the Good-Ol'-boys.... they ranted and raved.... If voters continue to VOTE the old Boys back in... You know the one who LIES to your face (They say: Who you going to believe me or your lying eyes?) ... EID will stay in a mess...

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 12, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    Prada Piper blows his pipe and Dink falls in line.

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  • sunshineJuly 13, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Increased rates is not the only consideration before ratepayers of EID. With more growth pressure in El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park there will be a stand off with the county Ag community. This county needs Ag. I do not want more subdivisions east and in south county. El dorado Hills and Cameron Park do not want more houses. It will cost us to stay more rural, we may have a choice, pay it in water and sewer rates or taxes for ever increasing social services. This will be the choice, pay more to save our environment or pay much more for crime, more people, crowded schools packed freeways. New EID Directors will play a pivotal role in saving Ag. Make sure you know where the candidates stand.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 13, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    Sunshine reminds us, " New EID Directors will play a pivotal role in saving Ag. Make sure you know where the candidates stand." Greg Prada believes that Ag. rates are too low. He believes that ratepayers are "subsidizing" agriculture. As a member of the Cost of Services he advocated for higher ag. rates. Expect Greg or any candidate supported by Prada to mimic his views on Agricultural water rates.

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  • NancyJuly 14, 2013 - 3:56 am

    Aren't the officials at the EID elected? Recall all of them and start over.

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