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Opinion - We Republicans must all speak out to protect the Mueller investigation

[Dick Thornburgh, Washington Post]

(Dick Thornburgh was U.S. attorney general from 1988 to 1991.)

As a lifelong Republican, I am proud that my party has consistently revered the rule of law as a central tenet of our country’s values. I have been honored to serve under seven presidents, including as U.S. attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. I know from experience that the Justice Department effectively performs the awesome responsibility of enforcing our laws and assuring that justice is provided equally and fairly to all.

Many recent comments about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his investigation have been regrettable and undeserved. I was surprised to see President Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, a respected former U.S. attorney, suggest this week that Mueller is “trying very, very hard to frame” the president, echoing comments made by the president himself that the investigation is “a Witch Hunt.” Those comments are the antithesis of who Mueller is and how he operates.

I know Bob Mueller as a colleague in law enforcement and as a friend, and I highly respect his judgment and moral compass. Mueller is the right person to investigate Russia’s apparent assault on our democracy. He possesses the skills and discipline necessary to perform his role, and his past leadership as head of the Justice Department’s criminal division and as director of the FBI leave no doubt as to his ability to evenhandedly conduct significant investigations. He is serious but not sensational and loyal to the rule of law.

Mueller must put ...




Dirk Brazil Hired as Interim City of South Lake Tahoe Manager

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 07, 2018 / comments

[Tracy Sheldon. Img: Interim City Manager Dirk Brazil]

South Lake Tahoe, CA (June 5, 2018) – At today’s City Council meeting, City Council approved the employment contract for Dirk Brazil as the City’s Interim City Manager. 

Brazil recently retired as the City Manager from the City of Davis, California and has extensive experience with policies in regards to cannabis, affordable housing/rental housing, homelessness, economic development, sustainability, finance, public art and labor negotiations which are all issues at the forefront of the City Council.

Opinion - A serious mistake to not reelect two County Supervisors' second terms in office

by Placerville Newswire / May 22, 2018 / comments

[Opinion - TERRY KAYES]

As a native of Northern California whose memories of El Dorado County go back to the 1950s, I strongly encourage the voters of District 4 and 5 to keep the present county Board of Supervisors intact by reelecting both Supervisor Michael Ranalli and Supervisor Sue Novasel to second terms.

California ballot measures could send $127 million to Lake Tahoe

[Merced Sun-Star. Rich Pedroncelli, File AP Photo]

Voters in California could approve spending $127 million for projects in Lake Tahoe through a series of ballot measures this year.

A portion of the money from the two ballot measures totaling $13 billion could go toward helping make Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range more resilient to climate change and other environmental stressors, said Chris Mertens, government affairs director for the Sierra Business Council in Truckee.

Other projects eligible for funding would include bike trails and restoration projects on the Upper Truckee River ...




El Dorado County to ask voters for input on cannabis regulations in November

[Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune]

At the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals' forum for El Dorado County Supervisor District 5, candidates weigh in on the topic of commercial cannabis.

Voters may have the chance to provide input on El Dorado County's commercial cannabis industry this November.

At a candidate forum for El Dorado County District 5 supervisor on Wednesday, incumbent Sue Novasel said the county is in the process of formulating a series of ballot questions on cannabis.

"We want to go back to the voter and ask what about Prop. 64 do you want?" said Novasel. "Do you want taxation? … Should there be indoor or outdoor grows? Manufacturing? Prop. 64 was so generic we don't have a handle on what our voters were trying to tell us."

Novasel said she would not be in support of the industry without a tax measure generating funds for youth education and enforcement.

In El Dorado County, 49.7 percent voted in favor of Prop. 64. Across California, the measure passed with 57.1 percent of votes.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in December to approve a ...