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Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You’re undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new place, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any major life change…

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So why should Californians care about a runoff election for two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia occurring Jan. 5? The answer is simple. The outcome of that election will have major implications for national politics and that includes profound impacts on California. Unlike Las Vegas, what happen…

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What good are tax dollars if our elected leaders don’t use them to provide citizens with basic and necessary government services? California is about to learn the hard way that all the money in the world means nothing if its leaders abandon reason and responsibility.

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Many Americans still have serious concerns about the integrity of the vote in this election, and rightly so.  In-person Election Day voting, with all the safeguards inherent in that system, has been replaced with mass mailing of ballots to every name on voter rolls that may be deceased or ha…

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This is an update on the progress of the Recall of the Foresthill Public Utilities District (FPUD) Directors Neil Cochran, Patty Wade and Mark Bell.  Our valid signatures are still in play as they work their way through the court system at snail’s pace.  

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Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are five keys to success for this important stag…

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 The year was 1950. The place was rural Kansas. “Neil, you and Donald are to report to Mr. Lowe’s office. Right away.” I froze as I clomped through the cloakroom and into the seventh grade classroom. The teacher, Miss Slayton, wore a serious look. A sinking feeling pierced my stomach and the…

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A popular meme making the rounds shows a row of Porta-Potties engulfed in flames. Underneath is written, “If 2020 Were a Scented Candle.”

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For those reading this article, are you expecting to get a gift for Christmas?  I would imagine everyone would say yes.  Does anyone have any idea about what they are going to get for Christmas? For most of my life, I’ve known what I was going to get.  It is predictable as the weather in Cal…

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In addition to positive relationships, health, and access to multitudes of opportunity, I have always believed that appreciation for “what one has” is the final key to happiness. Equally, I also believe that dwelling on “what one does not have” or “how things should be” runs counter and prov…

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As most of you already know, Placer County, along with our surrounding counties and 94% of the State’s population, has been moved back into the most restrictive tier - Purple (“Widespread” risk level) in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and just this afternoon the California Depart…

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Through all the challenges of 2020, the real estate market has done very well, and purchasers are continuing to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. Realtor Magazine just explained:

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This column has previously described Prop. 19, which barely passed with 51 percent% of the vote, as a steak laced with cyanide. It may look good, but you don’t want to eat it.

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We’ve all made decisions that changed the course of our lives, cost us money or saved us money.  Did you ever think about what your realtor may bring to the table?  We have stories, just ask us.  

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I know, you are used to seeing a column on the health benefits of essential oils in this spot, but my other passion is great coffee! That is why I started roasting my own beans and later, how Coffee Snob Roasters came in to bean (lol, you know I meant being).

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At a special Board of Supervisors meeting held on November 10 county staff from the CEO’s fiscal team provided an overview of the development of the 2021/2022 Placer County Budget, and staff from the Facilities Management Division provided an overview of several large-scale facilities projects.

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2020 was supposed to be the year – the year when Proposition 13’s enemies finally inflicted a near fatal wound on the iconic property tax reduction initiative adopted by voters more than 40 years ago. As of this writing it appears that they have come up short.

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If you’re considering a job or career change, it’s important to do some homework before you make the leap. Many benefits from your current position could be tied to specific dates and time frames. Gathering the right information can help you strategically time your exit and set yourself up f…

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As the media focuses overwhelmingly on the drawn-out presidential election, we shouldn’t ignore the defeat of Prop. 15, a massively consequential outcome for Californians. Even in this most liberal state, where sales taxes, income taxes and gas taxes march ever upward, Prop. 15’s loss shows …

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Happy New Year to all!.  That may sound odd since it is still November, but for the church, Advent is the celebration of the New Year for Christians.

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The number of houses for sale today is significantly lower than the high buyer activity in the current housing market. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

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Let’s face it, we all have a God given talent or two don’t we?  I can think specifically about a person I know who is an absolute whiz at pretty much any task he undertakes.  For instance, he can rebuild a car engine in no time flat.  He kept his wife’s 1975 four cylinder Mustang running unt…

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We did it again…again! In my last article, I wrote about the successes of our school returning 85 of our 390 students back to campus for in-person instruction on September 25. I am pleased once more to announce that we returned over 100 additional students back to Foresthill Divide School (F…

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Thank you for your response to my letter in the last Messenger Ms Cholcher. We seem to have a difference of opinion here – my statements and numbers are based on rate payers or customers. There are 2034 water customers of which over 1200 signed petitions for each of the four candidates for a…

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Our family just moved to Foresthill and I picked up a copy of the Messenger. And I was shocked to see the totally biased and one-sided column by Jon Coupal on page 9. To have a full column devoted to one of the most totally partisan figures in the state today without the slighest effort to g…

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Robert Palmeri is for 40 years a Foresthill resident, he is married for 41 years and they successfully raised two daughters, Stephanie, a principal of a bi-lingual school in San Jose, and Angela, a Child Protection Services worker in Auburn. He is a retired Commercial Construction Superinten…

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Linda Cholcher is running for the FPUD Water Board again even though there was a massive effort by the Community to recall her and the other 3 incumbent Board Members. 1200 signatures were submitted to elections to recall her. 964 signatures were required to recall her. 236 signatures were d…

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Although we tend to look at trends from other areas as an indicator of what’s coming, real estate markets are localized. In August, Foresthill showed as a neutral market with 3.1 months of inventory. A neutral market is between 3 and 6 months of inventory, based on closed sales.

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We did it…again! In my last article, I wrote about the successes of our Distance Learning at Home (DL@H) Materials Pick-up Day and our first day of school on August 20. As required by law, we were mandated to start our school year with DL@H only. Due to Placer County exiting the Monitoring L…

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Voter interest in the 12 measures appearing on the November ballot is growing as election day gets closer. This is particularly true with Proposition 15, driven, no doubt, by the media attention and the amount of spending by both sides on political advertising.

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The first chapter of this tale in the last issue of the Messenger told about my diagnosis of a heart attack on a fine day in September . . .

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Without our immune system, we would quickly be overwhelmed by pathogens and die.  Did that get your attention?  We are bombarded by thousands of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens every single day, and our immune system is quickly and silently fending them off for us.  So it makes sense t…

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We continue to monitor the county’s status on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which places counties in different tiers that determine their ability to reopen based on their COVID-19 case numbers and positivity rate. Placer County was initially placed in the Purple Tier (Widespread…

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Last week, President Trump came to California to be briefed on the horrific fires now raging in California.     

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It begins with a nagging ache somewhere in my chest. A burning, tearing sensation in the lung. I’m in the car, reading the day’s news on an iPad. My spouse is driving, chatting away on a fine fall day. We’re headed down to breakfast, then errands. Typical Friday.

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The FPUD Board’s seriously flawed rate study plan was protested and the Board was served with a Recall. These actions took a lot of passion and hard work from the Community to stop the rate increase and attempt to seat a new Board. A new Board, who will work for and with the Community, a Boa…

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Our recall efforts are still in play.    Our 1,200  signatures signed by Foresthill residents asking for a special election to recall Mark Bell, Neil Cochran, Patty Wade and Linda Cholcher as  FPUD Directors is currently in litigation.  An Appeal has been filed, and we wait for the courts to…

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Mother Nature certainly has grabbed her fair share of headlines the past few years. From blazing wildfires in California to devastating floods in the Midwest, from massive hurricanes along the coasts to sweeping tornadoes across the Plains—millions have been affected by the recent natural di…

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At our September 8 meeting the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring the current end of Placer County’s local health emergency, and re-stating the ability for the County to quickly declare an emergency if conditions change and “emergency” status is again wa…

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The California Legislature either didn’t read or ignored my column from last week on the toxic effects of one-party rule because, shortly thereafter, it held what can only be described as a dumpster fire of a last day of session. Then again, that would be an insult to dumpster fires. Or, as …

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A ruling was handed down on September 10, by Judge Charles D. Wachob from Placer County Superior Court, dismissing Foresthill water rate payers petition to accept approximately 50 signatures submitted to the Election Department which were rejected for a variety of reasons.  We argued that du…

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