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:



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 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:

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