Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Where was ‘The General?’

EDITOR:

At a recent Placerville City Council meeting, Council Member Carol Patton bemoans the fact that the same old people show up at the council meetings all the time. Let me replay the last two years for her.

The handful of concerned citizens went door-to-door collecting signatures to put the redevelopment up for a vote. They collected over 1100 signatures.

The judge that let Stockton go into bankruptcy stated that a major factor for their problems was mismanagement of redevelopment.

The head of Placerville redevelopment was David Machado, who is now a convicted felon.

Do I need to say more?

The citizens of Placerville owe these people a big “thank you,” and “well done,” not scorn.

BARRY BATCHELOR
Smith Flat

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Discussion | 16 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJune 19, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    On which side of the dais is Ms. Patton wishing to see new, refreshing faces?

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  • James E.June 19, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Phil, everyone else must be locked out.

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  • James E.June 19, 2013 - 5:04 pm

    Gosh, our very own newspaper site.

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  • James E.June 19, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Phil, looks like the IRS "scandal" is dying on the vine. And, of course, the NSA thing is protected by the Patriot Act. Only leaves Benghazi and that's a debate over talking points. Looks like smooth sailing for President Obama.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 19, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    We must use our special powers with great wisdom, Colonel

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  • James E.June 19, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Phil, true. We now control this world.

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  • James E.June 19, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    Phil, we could talk Army. Where were you in VN? My first tour was in the Delta. Second time was in the Highlands. Would have gone back a third time but was assigned to West Point and that was a stabilized tour. My fav C ration was beans and franks and the worst was pork slices.

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  • James E.June 19, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    Tony Soprano just died in Italy. Stroke or heart attack "they" believe. Just 51 years old.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 21, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Tony Soprano - passed and mourned . . . Vince Flynn - passed and mourned - - - - But nobody seems to give a whit about the loss of Slim Whitman . . . Not even Rush. UNA PALOMA BLANCA

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 21, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Carol Patton - allow me ask again - - - On which side of the dais is Ms. Patton wishing to see new, refreshing faces?

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  • Dee#1June 23, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Phil-Ms Patton only wants supporters of the roundabout to participate in City issues. I think a few new council members might remind them that they are not Czars yet, but just give them a few years .

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 26, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Dee, as a resident of Diamond Springs I will butt out of Ms. Patton's business. But I shill hate roundabouts and I will avoid my hometown as much as possible. I feel sorry for Cousin Wilber. CRAP!

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 26, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Strike shill~~~add still harrr!

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  • EDC RefugeeJune 26, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Mr. Veerkamp, It's highly possible the inept general doesn't know what a "dais" is, hence cannot answer your inquiry. Some things never change in good old EDC. Endless wrangling over a debacle like the roundabout, when weekend traffic piles up for miles behind the only stop lights between the bay area and Tahoe. Last weekend I had the misfortune (my bad, I knew better) of crawling for 45 minutes heading west on 50 through Placersmell. I can tell you, there were no happy faces in all the other cars. No doubt most of them would only stop to urinate in or on the place. About today's SCOTUS ruling: Now maybe the good 'ol boys can all marry each other and rename themselves "The Royal Family". Again, happy to be the Refugee From EDC.

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  • david coleJune 26, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    The council clings to this wasteful roundabout proposal. Its true a few of us take the time to attend the council meetings and give our opinions, this is whats great about Democracy. The council held their neighborhood chats, and the majority of those attending spoke out against this project too. Their just not hearing us again, They bite on any federal handouts, irregardless of the peoples real needs. Keep this Clay st. bridge. the ivy house parking lot, the farmers market and our town, on a scale we love and appreciate. Put this money into fixing our water and sewer lines and streets if possible.

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  • EvelynJuly 26, 2013 - 6:12 am

    "Eminent Domain and the Decline of Detroit" - HERE: The most notorious example was the 1981 Poletown case, in which some 4000 people lost their homes, and numerous businesses were forced to move in order to make way for a General Motors factory. . . . [T]he Poletown takings – like many other similar condemnations – ended up destroying far more development than they ever created. (Placerville's quote/unquote "redevelopment" plan incorporated the use of eminent domain.)

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