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Bill tries to clear backlog of untested rape kits

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sexual assaults are among the most vexing violent crimes police agencies must solve.

Rape cases quickly can descend can into he-said, she-said disputes, especially when law enforcement lacks physical evidence from rape kits. That evidence needs to be gathered in the first 72 hours after an attack, a period when victims frequently are anguished and unsure of whether to even report the crime.

Then, we've learned in recent years, a number of California police agencies essentially shelved many rape kits, with testing backlogs of thousands of biological samples.

El Dorado Irrigation District Employees Agree to Furloughs to Reduce Operational Costs

El Dorado Irrigation District Employees Agree to Furloughs to Reduce Operational Costs

In an effort to help the District reduce costs, staff agreed to take 40 hours of furloughs between July 2 and December 31, 2011.

District headquarters in Placerville will be closed on the following Fridays: July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18.

Field staff furlough time will be scheduled to ensure that operations continue uninterrupted and so that staff can still respond in an emergency situation.

The furloughs will generate a quarter million dollars in savings and could increase the District’s debt coverage from 1.25 to 1.27.

“I have met with the labor management committee and I am very pleased that they understand the situation for both the rate payers and the agency alike,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie.

Water revenue for the current year is behind plan due to the wet spring and this prompted Abercrombie to impose furloughs.

Please Help - El Dorado Hills Needs Representation

Please Help - El Dorado Hills Needs Representation

URGENT!  Please Take Action by May 17

On May 17th, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will hear comments and take action on a proposal initiated by the El Dorado County Mental Health Division titled the "The Innovation Work Plan".

El Dorado Irrigation District Redistricting Process—Frequently Asked Questions

El Dorado Irrigation District Redistricting Process—Frequently Asked Questions

The following responses were provided by EID General Counsel Tom Cumpston.

Q.1. Why is EID required to redistrict and how frequently must it be done?

EID Redistricting Process Advisory Committee Formed

Placerville, Calif. El Dorado Irrigation District (District) has initiated the process of completing its mandatory legal duty to adjust its division boundaries, using the 2010 census as a basis, to ensure that population is evenly distributed among the District’s five divisions and the other criteria specified by the California Elections Code 22000(a) are considered. On February 28, 2011, the EID Board of Directors authorized General Counsel Tom Cumpston to form an advisory committee made up of members from each of EID’s five divisions to develop recommendations for redistricting. Once recommendations are developed, proactive public outreach will be conducted to help guide the redistricting effort.


Five individuals with diverse backgrounds and strong ties to the community from each of the five divisions were selected to serve on the Redistricting Advisory Committee, along with Cumpston who will serve as staff liaison.

Congressman McClintock to hold El Dorado Hills town hall meeting

Congressman McClintock to hold El Dorado Hills town hall meeting

Congressman Tom McClintock is holding a town hall meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 6:00 p.m.  It will be at Rolling Hills Middle School in the multi-purpose room.  The address is 7141 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills.  

El Dorado Supervisor Nutting rescues kitten

El Dorado Supervisor Nutting is the ultimate cat hero, saving a cat who had been stuck in a tree for 4 days.  Read more...