Ratepayer Advocate George Osborne To Seek EID Board Re-Election

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 13, 2016 / comments

Camino, CA – Respected ratepayer advocate George Osborne announced today that he will seek re-election to the EID Board of Directors in November.  Osborne is widely credited for saving boating and swimming at Sly Park and his announcement came while speaking to a group of prominent growers and vintners in Apple Hill.  
    
“When I asked you to entrust me with your vote on EID’s Board of Directors, I promised you and our fellow ratepayers that I would protect our water rights and expand our supply to ensure our water security,” announced Osborne, “well I am proud to report that I kept that promise, and saved swimming and boating at Sly Park as well”.
    
“I am also proud of many other accomplishments like replacing miles of  old leaking pipelines and modernizing our aging water treatment facilities to provide safer, healthier, and more reliable drinking water to our community,” reported Osborne, “while reducing costly staffing by 30% in the process”.
     
“Today EID faces a new set of problems and challenges,” explained Osborne, “such as, fighting costly unfunded Federal and State Mandates, protecting our agricultural open space, maintaining our recreational opportunities, preserving our rural lifestyle, and preventing other special interests from grabbing our water in future droughts, so I have decided to ask for your support in seeking another term on the Board”.
       
Osborne went on to discuss his successful efforts that lead to EID’s purchase of Sly Park, including all of Jenkinsen Lake’s water, from the Federal Government along with the successful passage of State legislation to protect and preserve swimming and boating at Sly Park, sharing with the audience that these are the two accomplishments for which he is most proud of.  Osborne also explained the details of his money-saving efforts that improved customer service to ratepayers, streamlined District management and operations, resuscitated EID’s bond rating from near junk bond status to today’s coveted A+, and acquisition of new water rights to ensure water security in future droughts.  Osborne concluded by detailing several innovative policy changes and engineering efforts EID utilized to overcome the unique problems it encountered while providing clean water to 39,000 customers during our persistent drought.
    
Osborne retired as the Chief of the Amador/El Dorado/Alpine unit of CDF (CALFIRE).