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George Runner
7 days ago

Democrats in the California Legislature seem to be facing the reality that the fire tax they passed with the Governor’s help in 2011 is unfair. Californians who live in rural areas rely on a range of public services from multiple levels of government to combat fires. These residents already pay taxes to fund essential fire services.

The original fire fee was a scheme Governor Brown came up with after diverting about $90 million a year in fire prevention funds to help “balance” the state budget. Residents have gained nothing...

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Terry Sanders
7 days ago
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The VA Fiduciary Program provides oversight of VA’s most vulnerable beneficiaries who are unable to manage their VA benefits because of injury, disease, advanced age or are under 18 years of age. This most commonly happens when the VA approves NSC Pension with Aid and Attendance. A fiduciary is an individual or entity who has been appointed by the VA to receive VA benefits on behalf of a beneficiary for the use and benefit of the beneficiary and the beneficiary’s dependents. The VA appoints fiduciaries who manage VA benefits for... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 days ago
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California is now in its fourth year of the worst drought on record. Hydrologists estimate it is the worst drought in 1,200 years. The Sierra Snowpack today is just six percent of normal. Many of our reservoirs are nearly empty. One of our largest, the New Melones Reservoir on the Stanislaus River, is at just 22 percent of its capacity – with the rainy season now officially over.

Water rationing is now in effect in many communities. Many Californians face $500 fines if they take too long in the shower or spill a gallon of water on...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
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The long history of California is embattled with disputes over water diversions for export to other regions. The US Army ran out the Paiutes from the Owens Valley in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region that destroyed the Paiutes quality of life and largely destroyed the environment. The battle over the O’Shaughnessy Dam that flooded the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park facilitated water conveyance transportation from Yosemite to San Francisco and its suburbs. This came after a failed attempt at the targeted Lake Tahoe.... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

I was really surprised that recreation releases from our rivers were not included in your recent mandated water cut back orders of 25 percent along with the curtailment notices for Jr. Water Rights and some possible Senior Water Right users.

Perhaps you are unaware of how much water is released for the pleasure of whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Mokelumne River FERC License 137 for PG&E. requires a minimum of 700cfs units of recreation water for boating flows to be released 9 times a year. All this recreational water is let...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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Federal programs rarely come in under budget. Consider Medicare, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1967, lawmakers projected annual spending in the program would reach $12 billion in 1990. The actual tab that year? A cool $110 billion.

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says that Obamacare will buck the trend.

The CBO has lowered its projections for the cost of the president’s healthcare law by $142 billion over the coming decade, from $1.35 trillion to $1.2 trillion.

Obamacare may cost the feds...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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John Tuttle’s article regarding the fire fee in last Friday’s edition coincided with an article in Sacramento Bee the same day about almond growers planting more water thirsty trees during a drought. The Bee article stated that 40 to 80 percent of potable water is used by agriculture. To understand the connection between these two articles, one must understand the fundamental mission of CAL FIRE. Public Resources Code 4126 states CAL FIRE’s mission is to protect forests and trees capable of producing forest products, “...if such... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Signature Gatherers Annoy Another Ionian

Trying to stop the Newman Ridge mining project by delivering misinformation just isn’t right. Opponents to the project are hoping that folks all over Amador County will side with one family against a business venture in Ione by signing their name to a petition that will force a special election, at great expense to local taxpayers.

There have been many public hearings over the past few years and the community has been fully engaged with the developer of Newman Ridge. I wouldn’t stand up for...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
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It may seem hard to believe that an underground utility line—such as a gas pipe or a water line— is damaged every six minutes in America because someone didn’t take the time to call 8-1-1. Last year, there were 67 instances of such damage to PG&E facilities throughout the Stockton Division, which includes San Joaquin, Amador, Calaveras and Alpine Counties. And with spring well upon us and green thumbs around the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills mapping out their flower beds, we want to remind our customers of the importance of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

One Amador County High School?

Fine article by Craig Barraco, but before the school board makes a final decision regarding consolidation of Argonaut and Amador High Schools, shouldn’t the relocation committee, the school board and the superintendent show proof that this is the right move?

Reasons given are: Cailfornia increasing school standards ,declining enrollment and larger schools make for “better schools.” These were also some of the same reasons given back in 1983 when unification was passed after stating in print the...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
Students at the Amador Learning Center. Photo by Wyman Dickerson

Part 3. Choose From Dozens of Degrees

Getting a college degree no longer takes a trip out of the county, thanks to a high technology and a lot of hard work on the part of the Amador County College Foundation. The ACCF was founded in 2009 to “advocate, facilitate, and support sustainable higher education in Amador County,” according the ACCF Board of Directors’ mission statement. In 2013, the Learning Center was finally opened to fulfill and further that mission. Local residents, who would otherwise have to commute for over an...

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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
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My “Too Old to Die Young” column a couple of weeks ago contained little to smile about. I apologize, especially to those who feel like life has become a series of pummeling interrupted less frequently by shorter respites. I do not hear from readers very often, but a few after that one expressed there were enough “Debbie Downers” knocking at the door without one sneaking in via the newspaper. That column was stimulated by a recent Alzheimer diagnosis. Not on me, but a sibling. The disease took my mom five years ago. The similarities... [Read more]
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Wendell Peart
3 weeks ago
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The current drought has brought into focus the roles of the environmentalists and senior water rights holders and the impact their respective interests are having on the diminished water supply.

So what do both have in common? Each of them feel they have a prior right to water over the rest of us. Environmentalists, for instance, would put animal needs for water, like fish, ahead of human needs. Senior water right holders, on the other hand, declare their senior water rights trump every body else’s needs for water because they...

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John Kingsbury
3 weeks ago

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed framework for meeting the statewide 25 percent water conservation target announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1. The state board identified specific reduction standards for water agencies across California.

Under the proposal, water purveyor members in the 15 counties represented by Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) were given water-use reduction targets of 25 percent or 35 percent without consideration for past conservation...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
As a long-time resident of Ione, I have been quite interested in the proposed Newman Ridge Project. I have attended two Amador County Board of Supervisor’s meetings and one City of Ione City Council meeting in which the project, after extensive scrutiny, was soundly approved by the respective county/city representatives of the people. In each instance, those opposed railed on about a myriad of possible consequences utilizing every negative superlative they could. The opposition was so overboard with their presentation of negativity... [Read more]
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George Runner
4 weeks ago

If high taxes guaranteed results, then California should have some of the best roads in the nation. For years we’ve had one of the highest gas taxes, yet our freeways consistently receive failing grades.

It makes no sense unless you admit that high taxes don’t guarantee good roads. That’s one of many reasons I had no trouble voting with my State Board of Equalization colleagues to approve a 6 cent cut to the state’s gas tax. Under a confusing and complicated law commonly known as the “gas tax swap,” the state has been overcollect...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

Mr. Atlan, as someone who campaigned for a seat on the Ione City Council on a platform which included fighting misinformation, I was surprised at some of the many allegations which you leveled against various governmental leaders in your Amador Ledger Dispatch guest commentary of April 3.

Let’s address a few of these canards. For starters, you say “The Amador Regional Sanitation Authority (ARSA) in a closed session meeting ordered their staff to shut off the water supply.” Quite the contrary Mr. Atlan, the issue was both...

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William Peterson
4 weeks ago
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There are many different types of effective trusts to accomplish specific things in retirement and estate planning. Unfortunately though, many people don’t ever consider the use of trusts because of the perception that they are only for the ultra wealthy. Actually, trusts are used by millions of people who just simply care about what happens to their wealth once they pass away.

The fact is that simple wills are highly exposed to contest. That leads to probate and, typically, large amounts of time and expense. Quite often, taking...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
I can’t believe for the life of me that the cities of Ione, Sutter Creek and ARSA are fighting over an issue that was solved for the better good of all parties over 20 years ago. It seems that ARSA and Sutter Creek have chosen to attack a private multi million-dollar business in Ione to break an agreement and benefit themselves. Castle Oaks Golf Course is the gem of Amador County and creates jobs, revenue and benefits for every person who lives in this county. What gives government entities the right to interfere with the running of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

Bad Law?

Executive order B-29-15 by Governor Jerry Brown concerning the water shortage seems extensive and onerous.

Some questions: (1) Why has water retention planning in California ignored the 100 year drought cycle for the last 40 years and stopped building reservoirs? (2) Is this executive order more about reacting to the drought or changing the form of California government? (3) Why is there no Sunset Clause? (4) Does the last Whereas mean what it says: “ I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations...

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