Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday’s election

From page A5 | November 08, 2013 | 7 Comments


Tuesday night was a good night.

Two good-government candidates for the EID Board, Dr. Dale Coco and Greg Prada, prevailed over two opponents favored by the good ole boy and big-developer interests.

The EID board is the second most-powerful governing body in our county, second only to the Board of Supervisors.

And now the five-member EID Board of Directors will be taken over Dec. 9 by a new good-government majority of three, (last night’s winners plus existing board member Alan Day).

In my phone conversations with both winners last night, the same perception emerged: that there is a new spirit emerging in El Dorado County, a spirit of coalition-building among moderate progressives who value good government as more important than mere labels — and who favor clean government and reject the politics of hate.

We need to keep this spirit alive and growing as we look forward to the prospect of 2014 elections.

These include: two supervisors, Districts 4 (to replace Ron Briggs) and 5 (to replace Norma Santiago); five Superior Court judge positions; an Assemblymember (District 5 and 6); county superintendent of schools; sheriff; district attorney; auditor-controller; county treasurer-tax collector; recorder-clerk — elections officer; and surveyor (an office crying for elimination/consolidation).

Some of the incumbents in the above positions are part of the good ole boy coalition that has run this county (badly) for many decades. It’s time for house-cleaning.

In a little over six months (June 3), we can continue the drive to replace good ole boys with good-government progressives.

I urge you to pitch in and become part of the new coalition wave that is continuing to build.

Diamond Springs

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Discussion | 7 comments

  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Dr. Boylan, look again. The " Good Ole Boy and big-developer interests"(Your paradigm ) backed Dr. Coco. So your "Board takeover" is not quite fait accompli. You have to keep in mind that the Editorial Board of the Mountain Democrat will be keeping a close eye on Mr. Prada who won their endorsement in spite of a few . . . uh . . . "blemishes". Thanks for the "heads-up", Richard.

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  • Foaming at the MouthNovember 06, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    But are they aliens? Nothing less will do.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Dr. Boylan, I was looking foreword to an appearance of you on ART BELL's "Dark Matter" on SiriusXM. Sadly Art went dark - again. Were you ever on any of his old AM shows?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    . . . forward . . . damn spell checker!

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  • SparkyNovember 07, 2013 - 7:39 am

    For those of us not driven by hyperbole, a couple definitions are needed: "Good Ole Boy" and "good-government candidates". Frankly, two different types of candidates won their respective districts which makes it less clear as to any "new coalition". Coco went big tent building some non-traditional alliances and Prada lead with the Tea Party-esque of cut, cut, cut and then cut some more. Both have made promises that they will be unable to fulfill, but that is old school politics, not "progressive". Research of voting patterns at EID meetings will find Alan Day agreeing more with his peers than disagreeing with them. Incumbents stepped down and new people stepped up, but that is not a new coalition. Now the newly elected are on the inside never to be outsiders again.

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  • EvelynNovember 07, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Thanks, Sparky. Time will tell what it means, in the context of EID, to be a "good-government progressive". Will Ag water rates be taking a hit?

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 09, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Upcoming campaigns, by any measure, should be about ideas and what someone wants to do for the benefit of people in this county and not for their or their financers personal gain. There will be those, as in this past election, who will be judged by who is financing them and this time the Pac was 50/50 so they will be back again with checkbook in hand. This election doesn't suggest, to me, any new "progressive" movement, it was split, and the word is often associated with liberal faux ideals and "good-government" is not a term often encountered in reality. if utopian dreaming accomplished anything outside of liberal groupthink bastions, I have yet to see it. Reality is each campaign is a separate event for separate people with different backgrounds and ideas and there will be change because of circumstances which have been overdue for years at least regarding the BOS. It has been a long time coming to have this many seats open and this will be a rare time to have a correction and redefine the direction of the county.

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