Vote local on November 8, 2016

Save Our County has worked with communities throughout El Dorado County to protect our picturesque landscapes and quality of life.  Efforts include organizing and collaborating with:

  • Friends of Historic Hangtown – Stop the roundabout in Placerville
  • Shingle Springs Community Alliance
  • No San Stino
  • Stop Tilden Park
  • RIPP – Residents Involved in Positive Planning
  • GPS – Georgetown Preservation Society
  • Rural Communities United
  • Green Valley Alliance
  • Save the El Dorado Canal
  • SHRED – Save Hangtown from Redevelopment and Eminent Domain
  • Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills
  • Placerville Historic Preservation League – Save the Courthouse
  • Land Use Ballot Measures O, E and G.

As such, we endorse the following candidates who will stand up against special interests and represent constituents.

Please vote for the following candidates on November 8, 2016:

John Hidahl, candidate for El Dorado County Supervisor, District 1:

Alan Day, candidate for El Dorado Irrigation District Director, Division 5:

Craig Schmidt, candidate for El Dorado Irrigation District Director, Division 3:

Watch this video to see why we need better representation than Bill George on the EID board:


Show Your Support with a Schmidt Campaign Sign

schmidt-signageTired of EID putting the cost of new development on existing ratepayers?   How about voting for someone that is truly fiscally responsible and has the past to prove it, unlike the other 2 candidates.  Big spender, incumbent Bill George has served long enough.  Don’t expect much different from Mike Rafferty.

Craig has been a watchdog for ratepayers, being the author of the webpage to keep the public informed regarding irresponsible spending habits by the Board majority.  Craig is also a defender of agriculture and will protect their historic rights to affordable water.

Check out and Vote for Craig Schmidt El Dorado Irrigation District 3.

Help Craig win the District 3 EID seat by posting a campaign sign.  Send an email to to get a sign.



Support Craig Schmidt for EID Board, District 3

Finally! Someone who wants to be fiscally responsible running for EID and not give away all our resources to large developers.  He has our support.

Sue Taylor
Save Our County

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Craig A. Schmidt <>
Sent: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:11:23 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: tops 25,000 visits!

Hello Friends;

Two quick items:

1. Our web site has just topped 25,000 visits. Wow!

2. If you haven’t read the “One Minute News” summaries for June/July, August and September 2016 at (i.e. just under my candidate statement), I would like to encourage you to do so. These past four months of EID board meetings have revealed a lot of new/critical information. It will probably take you 3 or 4 minutes (only).

Thanks for all of your support, encouragement and campaign funding. It is truly appreciated 🙂

Please SHARE with your friends and neighbors!

Best wishes,

Craig A. Schmidt
Candidate: EID Board, Div. 3
Putting ratepayers first!

New EDWPA water rights are a mirage

My Turn: New EDWPA water rights are a mirage

By Greg Prada – Special to the Mountain Democrat
From page A4 | July 06, 2016

All of us who have driven across the desert or the Great Plains on a hot summer day often have experienced certainty that we have seen water on the highway ahead only to see that water magically disappear when driving closer.

Well, at $11 million of taxpayer expense, the El Dorado Water and Power Authority is chasing 40,000 acre-feet of new water rights that are as real as that mirage on the highway.

At the El Dorado Irrigation District’s June 27 board meeting EID staff presented a 30-year water demand forecast through the year 2045 that demonstrates that even in the third year of a drought, EID already has more than enough water rights to: a) serve its existing 40,000 customers even if they use 48 percent more water, b) serve 17,000 new residential customers, and c) triple agricultural use.

Even if the State Water Resources Control Board inexplicably was to have a brain meltdown and somehow award EDWPA more water rights when water rights statewide already are substantially over-subscribed and not backed by real water, there is no plausible way for EID or El Dorad County to put more water rights to legally required, beneficial consumptive use until well after the year 2045.

So, who in their right mind thinks that future residents of El Dorado County will ever gain any real water by current county taxpayers and current EID ratepayers spending $11 million to pursue a new water rights mirage?

The next problem is that for El Dorado County to put the additional water rights to legally required beneficial use would require $200 million of new transmission and other capital infrastructure to bring that 40,000 acre-feet of new water to South County and the Divide. But would new water users in South County and the Divide pay $200,000 or more up front to hook up to the new water supply? By Article 13d of the California Constitution, neither existing EID ratepayers nor developers can be forced to pay for $200 million of new water infrastructure that is of absolutely no benefit to their property.

EDWPA’s 10-member board is comprised of five county supervisors and five EID directors. At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at the El Dorado County Water Agency, 4110 Business Drive in Shingle Springs, these 10 elected officials will vote on EDWPA’s 2016-17 budget, which includes continuing to spend millions of dollars on this water rights mirage.

Greg Prada is a member of the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors, serving Division 2.

Stop EID Rate Increases – Write Letter to EID Today AND Attend January 11, 2016 EID Meeting

EID Customers:

Water rates are going up 20%!

Sewer rates are going up 15%!

Small farm rates are going up 60%!

You have a “say” if you act today!

It’s your money and your choice!  Protest the rate increases by sending a Protest Letter AND attending the January 11, 2016 meeting.

A majority (50% + 1) of the more than 40,000 ratepayers MUST send in a Protest Letter before January 11, 2016 to stop the rate increases.  

These rate increases come on the heels of pay raises for EID General Manager Jim Ambercrombie and EID Attorney Tom Cumpston – see Village Life article for more information:

Attend the EID meeting:
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

EID Headquarters – Board Room
2890 Mosquito Rd.
Placerville, California 95667

SAMPLE Protest Letter
Below is a sample protest letter.  Please copy/paste the letter below into your word processing software, print, sign and mail your letter to EID today.  Remember to include your Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) from your latest property tax statement into your letter. Thank you!

IMPORTANT: Only include the EID services that are specific to your parcel (i.e. water, wastewater and/or recycled water) in the first sentence below. Only small farmers should include the second sentence (below).

January XX, 2016

El Dorado Irrigation District (EID)
c/o Clerk to the Board
2890 Mosquito Road
Placerville, CA 95667

Dear EID Representative;

I object to EID’s proposed [choose your service(s):  water / wastewater recycled /  water] rate increases per your recent Proposition 218 Notice.   [only small farmers use this sentence: I object to EID’s proposed rate changes to the “Small Farm Irrigation Rate” water program per your recent Proposition 218 Notice.]



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