Monday, September 22, 2014

Ethics violation charges hurled at Supervisor Ron Briggs

Members of the audience excoriated District 4 Supervisor Ron Briggs during the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting with charges of ethics violations and possibly even corruption. Generally in support of trying to get supervisors to reconsider their July 29 decision not to approve the “Reinstate Measure Y Initiative” for the November ballot, speakers demanded […]

Is the grass really greener on the other side?

The grass in the five city parks is green, maybe greener than your lawn. While this has prompted some residents to express concern about possible conservation violations, Community Services Director Steve Youell said the city is adhering to the statewide Stage 2 Water Alert guidelines as well as watering restrictions by the El Dorado Irrigation District […]

Flume work OK’d after dangerous deterioration

The El Dorado Irrigation District board authorized repair work on several key flumes after a specific structural inspection and physical testing of Flumes 42/43, 44 and 45 revealed them to be in what was described as an alarming state of degradation. Looking as though giant termites had come for dinner, on Monday EID staff showed […]

Employment up locally, regionally

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.7 percent in May 2014, down from a revised 7.1 percent in April 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.3 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for California and 6.1 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

PHS student water savvy

As the drought progresses, it’s important to get everyone on board to conserve water. In the interests of getting the word about water conservation out, almost 80 high school students from the Sacramento region participated in the 2014 Water Spots Video Contest, put on by the Regional Water Authority. Paul Melville, a 16-year-old junior from […]

County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

A county multi-disciplinary task force is putting the lie to the notion that, “It can’t happen here.” Law enforcement, social services, mental health and public health staff have joined in a campaign to reduce and prevent human trafficking of local youth for the purpose of commercial sex exploitation. Although many of the 20 victims identified […]

Spring saunter

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City budget shows recovery from grim recession

The mid-year city budget report was a snoozer — no great highs, no low lows — but slow, steady recovery has its own merit. City Financial Director Dave Warren made his “Warren Report” to the Placerville City Council March 11 and summed up the extensive report with, “We anticipate year-end operating expenditures to be within […]

GDPUD releases Drought Action Plan

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD) Board of Directors acknowledged and recognized that Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an executive order declaring a Drought State of Emergency due to the unprecedented current drought conditions in California, with 2013 proving to be the driest year on record. The executive order […]

Presidents’ Day closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Feb. 17 due to President’s Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Feb. 17. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed on Monday, […]