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.



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.]



Street Address
City, CA Zip

EID Employee Benefits Increasing at 10-13-15 Meeting

In both the U.S and in California, average employee portion of family health premium is proximately 30 percent:

EID employee portion of their health premium costs…15 percent for family coverage and 0 percent for employee only coverage… currently is substantially lower than U.S. and California averages

EID employee and retiree health benefits cost EID ratepayers $4.5 million annually; Ratepayer rates are $600,000/1.2 percent higher than they otherwise would be due to past boards granting of substantially more generous than average employee health coverage benefits.

Consent Item 4 on the EID Board Agenda for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 is asking the current EID Board to reaffirm continuation of substantially more generous employee health coverage benefits:

Note: EID employee benefits average more than $50,000 per employee annually with 80 percent attributable to ratepayer-paid employee pension and medical benefits. Fast-escalating debt service and employee benefit costs account for virtually all of EID Management’s proposed rate hikes for 2016-2019.

EID Meeting to transfer Water to Westlands Water District

On Monday, July 27 at 9 am, the El Dorado Irrigation District will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed transfer of 3,100 acre feet of water to a Central Valley water district.

Meeting Details
Monday, July 27, 9:00am
EID headquarters
2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville

The public written comment period ended July 22.  The District has prepared a Negative Declaration with mitigations.

For information, agenda, or Environmental document:
Main Phone: 530-622-4513 or 916-965-0930

Meeting details and documents are available here:

Take Action – EID election cycle on County agenda 4-14-15

The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) Board of Directors has voted to change their election cycle and give themselves an extra year in office.  Whether or not you agree with changing the election cycle, it is unacceptable for any Board to add an extra year to their term in office for any reason.   This was approved with a 3-2 vote of the EID Board of Directors.  The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors must also approve the change, which is why it is on the 4-14-15 agenda.

It is very deceitful that such an important item is on the Supervisors’ Consent calendar.  All items on the Consent calendar are approved without discussion, unless one of the Supervisors pulls it off of Consent and onto the regular agenda.

2014 was a very contentious year for the EID board as it wrestled with drought conditions and various water rate issues. These issues are going to become even more contentious as the drought continues and Governor Brown continues to burden local agencies with new, restrictive regulations.

It’s shameful that the EID board has chosen to prevent voters from exercising their rights at the ballot box in 2015 during this time of water crisis in California.

Please call and email the Board of Supervisors and ask them to deny the request to give each of the EID Directors another year in office without a vote of the ratepayers.

If you are available, please attend the meeting:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at approximately 9:00am (time is uncertain)
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA 95667

Here is a sample email for you to use and customize with your concerns:

To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>

Subject:  4-14-15 BOS Agenda, Item #7, File #15-0406

Dear Board of Supervisors:

Please deny the request to adopt Resolution 062-2015 to change the EID election cycle.  It is unethical for any Board to vote themselves an extra year in office.


[Your name, town or address]

Here is the contact information for making phone calls:

Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. Ron Mikulaco, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650,
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651,
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652,
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513,
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577,
Board of Supervisors’ Agenda Item Comments, Clerk of the Board: