Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Veerkamp taking second vacation on taxpayers

EDITOR: Brian Veerkamp is taking yet another vacation on taxpayers, attending the California School Board Association (CSBA) conference at the San Diego Convention Center on Dec. 5-7th.

Nope, it’s not Fresno, but Sunny San Diego. I understand the need for Mr. Veerkamp to escape off to sandy beachfront locals during the cold winter months, but why are taxpayers paying for Mr. Veerkamp to be a guest of his wife at this school conference?



Letters to the Editor


Discussion | 33 comments

  • Now, -"What's REALLY happening in San Diego?"December 30, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    "Sea Lions"…Stinking Up the San Diego Coast.

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  • Robert Van GilderDecember 30, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Isn't his wife a school board member?

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  • MorrisDecember 30, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Petty and ignorant letter. Gladys Kravitz lives.

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  • Courtney StoddenDecember 30, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Oh Moe! Does this mean that you are done with that tart, Patty. Moe, I miss you so . . . even though . . . you so . . . so . . . uh . . . Moe.

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  • Smelly?! Or Not!!…Happy New Years, -Filled With Health, Happiness, Wealth, & Joy Sent Out To You & Everyone & To All-May We All Be Blessed In 2014!!!December 31, 2013 - 8:50 am

    "Have A Safe & Happy Vacation!"

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  • amen &~December 31, 2013 - 8:55 am


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  • KimberlyDecember 31, 2013 - 8:57 am

    I agree.

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  • DA and Controller now taking aim at Veerkamp - WHY???December 31, 2013 - 9:15 am

    click to read - C.O.V.A.C.

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  • suzanneDecember 31, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Cut Brian a break. He helps others on his own time with problems they have. On his own time he came to our house and repaired an easement that was not covered by the county department. How many officials would do that?

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 5:45 am

    To me the more important question is what is the objective of the California School Board Association? What is its purpose? What does this junket to San Diego do to help little Johnny learn how to read? I see all of these "titles" the same way.... $$$$California$$$$ $$$$chool$$$ $$$$Board$$$ $$$A$$ociation$$$$. And little Johnny still can't read. The beauty of the public sector is nothing needs to be accomplished to justify the expense. And they have built an empire around that fact. Wiping their collective derrieres with hard earned taxpayer money.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 5:58 am

    Masters in governance.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Governance U.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 6:03 am

    CA council of school attorneys.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 6:13 am

    CSBA is made up of approximately 1,000 California school districts and county offices of education, and more than 6,000 board members. No wonder they are always out of money. With so many mouths to feed nothing is left over to buy books. It is kinda like our roads, billions and billions spent keeping the agencies fat and happy and not a dime to fix a pothole. This is where so many people confuse themselves with being pro-education, they are not pro-education they are pro-administrative and bureaucratic minutiae.

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  • kggJanuary 01, 2014 - 9:15 am

    complaining about veerkamp spending tax payer dollars is ironic. isn't he the one sup who does not take a salary?

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  • Much ado about nothing...January 01, 2014 - 9:51 am

    If memory serves me correctly, Brian Veerkamp is NOT COLLECTING A SALARY FROM THE COUNTY for his work as District 3 Supervisor. If this is so, it seems silly and petty to begrudge an occasional travel reimbursement payment that amounts to a small fraction of the salary he would otherwise receive -- amounts willingly collected by the other board members. ...In fact, travel reimbursement could be a solution to other problems, like the embarrassing shenanigans of Ron Briggs detailed in today's Editorial "Goofy Gavel". Briggs' conduct should earn him a ticket to some exotic way, of course.

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  • jack mehoffJanuary 01, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Veerkamp. Hummm.....

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  • Carson ClemensJanuary 01, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    Patricia Whittier – You’re an ill-informed coward and obviously have way too much time on your hands. I find it to be quite funny that you continue to ignore ALL of the facts. Instead of formulating ridiculous, uninspiring arguments, why don’t you tell all of us what your true motives are here? (Unfortunately, we all know that this won’t happen. Cowards like you simply don’t have the courage to take things head on.) Let’s take a moment to highlight Mr. Veerkamps distinguished background: 1. Retired fire chief 2. Life-long participation in local philanthropic organizations 3. He serves our local government for FREE! The first move he made when elected was to waive his salary. (Pretty noble move if you ask me.) All of this just so he can help our community prosper. Your lackluster approach attempting to defame his character only shows the community how big of an idiot you are while also highlighting Mr. Veerkamps extra-ordinary service to our great town of Placerville. We all thank you for this… Happy 2014 to you!

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 01, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Clemens.

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  • ElDoradanJanuary 01, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Carson Clemens = Saint Petersburg, FL = formerly District 3?

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  • Carson ClemensJanuary 01, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Negative - Born and raised here in Placerville.

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  • Kathy SJanuary 01, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    I read the link and found nothing on your site that mentions Mr Veerkamp at all. I read something by a Ty Robben and then went to his sites. I read something from a R Smith and I read something in regards to a Chris Alarcon and a Dan Dillinger. I can find nothing in any other media that corroborates COVACS allegations. I'm not saying they are not true but could you show me where specifically these two are taking aim and Supervisor Veerkamp?

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  • Galations 5:26January 02, 2014 - 12:33 am

    "Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another."…People of selfless dedication are mainly... -available. That's Plenty!

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  • Message From:Galatians 5:26January 02, 2014 - 12:35 am

    Galatians 5:26- "Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another."…People of selfless dedication are mainly... -available. That's Plenty!

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  • Speak The Truth, In Love…Happy Trails! & Happy New Year!January 02, 2014 - 12:37 am

    Some Things Are Worth Repeating :)

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:02 am

    From my understanding of what Governor Moonbeam did, people with a previous PERS retirement like a retired fire chief aren't able to collect or double-dip pay in another local or state govt. position which may be the case here and this has caused a lot of double-dippers to either choose to work in the private industry or if they want to work back in govt. they have to take the new salary if they want that job and suspend their retiree pay or go back to being retired. These kind of "working" vacation destinations are nothing new and are required to be disclosed if in an elected position.

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  • Judith MathatJanuary 02, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    1036Frank, check out Rusty DuPray, Charlie "Pain"e, probably a few others who had Federal and State income while sitting on the BOS seats. Seems to me that anyone who wants to work for their community for "free" or in this case fore-go a COUNTY government elected salary which is nothing to scoff at is tipping the side of the scale that says VIP instead of MPG. Veerkamp is showing what Values, Integrity and Principles mean, not Money Power and Greed like some of the other electeds who have a hard time Hiding their true aspirations instead of Helping their constituents. If there were only more citizens who would do the same, they would need strong shoulders to allow the garbage thrown at them to slide off and make sure they can ignore those who do not understand that civic duty was once an admirable trait and accepted by many as such. This shows huge amounts of selflessness and integrity, instead of being used for personal gain, not a means to a politically secure future or setting up of ones DyNasty providing huge benefits and opportunities for oneself or their families. Greed does not allow Principles a seat at the table. Thank you Supervisor Veerkamp for you are showing what Principles and Integrity mean, doubt that it will rub off. The Value is transferred to your constituents.

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  • ElDoradanJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Carson Clemens is a pseudonym.

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  • Jonah 2:8January 02, 2014 - 10:56 am

    "They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."

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  • Rosco_P_ColtrainJanuary 02, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    This hear lettur to the edtor is pretty durn petty un silley to boot. I dun knoe why peeple git themsulves al ryled up on such minuschia ( minuschia is a fibe dollur werd ) I kan't belibe I ussed it.

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  • SHERIFF ROSCO COLTRANEJanuary 04, 2014 - 2:48 am

    Boss, listen here, the name is not Rosco, it's the Great Coltrano. And this is Flasho, and you interrupted my prestidigitation here.

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  • Lamentations 3:22-23January 04, 2014 - 2:52 am

    "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

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  • JimBoJanuary 05, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Brian Veerkamp is receiving a $200,000 a year pension on the backs of Taxpayers! He does not need the Taxpayers of El Dorado County to pay for him to Tag Along on Vacation at his wife's school board conference.

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