Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Water rights are critical

EDITOR: This November’s EID election involves questions of judgment and insight, not only for candidates but also for the public. The most recent example is the meaning of support of two candidates by a Political Action Committee, “El Dorado County Farmers, Businesses, and Homebuilders for Responsible Water Policy.”

The PAC member with the most money is Parker Development, which drew lots of attention. Other PAC members that I’m aware of are connected mainly with agriculture, wine, the county Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Realtors. The usual rumbles of “candidates in bed with developers” started circulating, even though development decisions are made by the county, not by EID.

So I called Kirk Bone at Parker and asked some questions. He said very candidly that Parker’s interest was in security of EID water rights. The PAC had interviewed all four candidates for two seats on the EID board, found that two were very attentive to water rights, and two were not so attentive. The PAC decided to support the candidates who were more likely to pursue secure water rights, and the PAC member with the most money (Parker) paid most of the cost for a couple mailers. So far it sounds logical.

Then some public “connected with developers” backlash started. At least in terms of water rights, some suggested something like “Horrors, the better candidates are supported by big developer. Let’s elect the others.” Our county’s populace has a lot of mixed feelings about development, but my opinion is that we should stay logical: If water rights are good, let’s protect them. Let’s handle development issues in county government, where the decisions about it are made, instead of taking a stand that can jeopardize the water supply for all of us.

Not only did this PAC feel that Dr. Dale Coco was the most qualified person for the EID Board in Division 4, but so did the Slow- and No-Growth advocates. Why did both sides choose Dr. Coco? He is the better candidate.

PAUL RAVELING
El Dorado Hills

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Discussion | 9 comments

  • robertdnollOctober 22, 2013 - 2:57 am

    don't look here,look over there

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  • MJPOctober 22, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Very good Paul. I agree with you and see things the same way. It's neat to have great, stand-out candidates offering to serve on the EID Board.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Paul, thank you for the leg work. . . . snip: - "At least in terms of water rights, some suggested something like 'Horrors, the better candidates are supported by big developer. Let’s elect the others.'” Well put! The troubling reality though, Paul, is that I have "conversed" with some on this forum whose take on the loss of water rights is essentially, "It's better to lose water rights than gain 'roof tops' - in other words forfeit water as a form of growth limiting policy". . . . troubling thinking IMHO.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:39 am

    darned italics tags!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:44 am

    intended formatting - Paul, thank you for the leg work. . . . snip: - "At least in terms of water rights, some suggested something like 'Horrors, the better candidates are supported by big developer. Let’s elect the others.' ” Well put! The troubling reality though, Paul, is that I have "conversed" with some on this forum whose take on the loss of water rights is essentially, "It's better to lose water rights than gain 'roof tops'" - in other words they would forfeit water as a form of growth limiting policy. . . .convoluted, troubling thinking IMHO.

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  • cookie65October 23, 2013 - 5:37 am

    Enjoy your water rights while you still have them. The Nazi EPA will soon be assuming water rights nationwide. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/19/gop-accuses-epa-unprecedented-power-grab-with-proposed-water-rule/

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  • Jack PodsedlyOctober 23, 2013 - 7:28 am

    If you believe that Parker is concerned about water rights and not preferential treatment from EID I have a bridge I want to sell you. The public is smarter than that, nice try---

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 23, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Jack, since you seem to "know" Parker's motives perhaps you might give some specifics of expected "special treatment"?

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  • Bill TellOctober 23, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    The fact is that El Dorado County does not control the water disbursement. The State does. Currently the County has 40,000 units planned allocated for growth. Some, who are ignorant, suggest selling water. We can't because it is illegal. If you do not use your allocation someone else will. For instance the Folsom south of HWY 50 is ready to go with 10,000 units. all they need is water. This might explain the Fretzen/Centers no growth stance. Who are they working for? Could the Developers that are paying these two off be from Folsom? That would explain all the false information coming from this group. Sometimes you have a situation so clear and yet you can't see the forest for the trees.

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