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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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Originally, some housing industry analysts were concerned that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families to delay payments to a later date) could lead to an increase in foreclosures when forbearances end. Some even worried that we might relive the 2006-2008 housing crash all ov…

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Last Thursday, the Fair Political Practices Commission imposed one of the largest fines ever against Los Angeles County for using taxpayer funds for political ads touting Measure H, a sales tax increase on the ballot in 2017.

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For the first time since March the board chambers will be open to in person attendance at the Board of Supervisors September 1st meeting. To remain in compliance with the state’s public health guidance, the county will limit attendance to 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6 feet of…

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Market volatility this year may have prompted you to review your investment plans, including your retirement goals. As you look at them, you may want to consider converting from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.

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Experts in the medical field and those in positions to make decisions over our lives frequently use the word “science” in reference to the pandemic. Sometimes, though, scientific facts intersect with politics, leading to arbitrary and detrimental sets of restrictive government guidelines.

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Former Gov. Jerry Brown often said that he subscribed to the “canoe theory of politics” — paddle a little to the left, a little to the right and then glide down the middle. He deployed that strategy through many of the crises he had to manage. From this conservative’s perspective, he did a l…

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 California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Ted Gaines today announced a pro-taxpayer deadline extension for property tax appeals that will help Californians cope with pandemic-related delays in tax administration.

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I have been thinking lately, what if I all of a sudden could no longer get essential oils, what oils would I stock up on now?  It was agonizingly hard to do, but I have pared my list of must-have oils down to my top 5, in no particular order:

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On August 10, 1901, my grandfather, Carl H. Caples was born to Sanford Scott Caples and Ella Amelia Williams Caples at Henning's Camp in Placer County. I have been unable to ascertain just where Henning's Camp was located. I believe this may be somewhere near Michigan Bluff or Todd's Valley.…

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Concerned FPUD Customers Recall lawsuit filed against the CA Secretary of State was vacated and refiled against Placer Elections Department on August 10.  A hearing date has yet to be assigned.  Due to the Corona virus, the courts are functioning at snail pace.  

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At the July 21st Foresthill Divide School Board Meeting, Board Trustee Sean Salveson stated that he was now a permanent resident of Arizona. As required, he offered his resignation to the Board to be effective as soon as they wished. The pending resignation created a flurry of conversation a…

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For months now the vast majority of Americans have been asking the same question: When will the economy turn around? Many experts have been saying the housing market will lead the way to a recovery, and today we’re seeing signs of that coming to light. With record-low mortgage rates driving …

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Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Ted Gaines held an informational hearing that considered both the pros and cons of Proposition 15, California’s “Split Roll” initiative that will appear on the November ballot. Following the hearing, Member Gaines came out in forceful opposition to the measure.

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Anyone who’s ever managed a household knows that it’s not only how much money you make that matters. It’s also how much you spend.

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Over the previous columns we have covered the basics of what essential oils are, the three different ways to use them and why purity and quality make a huge difference when we are looking for therapeutic benefit.  At this point in our class, I typically work with people to help them get esse…

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 One of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds these days is: What’s going to happen to the housing market in the second half of the year? Based on recent data on the economy, unemployment, real estate, and more, many economists are revising their forecasts for the remainder of 2020 – and…

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The assaults on California property owners and taxpayers never stop. And once again the California Legislature has advanced a massive tax increase at the last possible moment when they thought no one was paying attention.

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I know that the last four months have felt more like the glass is half empty, but we have to remain positive and keep trying.  Fighting the spread of this virus and providing our community with a way to continue their livelihoods are both critical to our health, safety and security.  Finding…

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Rumors have it that the recent petitions to recall four FPUD Directors did not have enough signatures to qualify for an election. The proponents of this controversial ballot initiative have been strangely silent on this topic, even though the counting period ended on June 30.

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 A recent survey by Lending Tree tapped into behaviors of over 1,000 prospective buyers. The results indicated 53% of all homebuyers are more likely to buy a home in the next year, even amid the current health crisis. The survey further revealed why, naming several reasons buyers are more li…

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Times are strange indeed when the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association finds itself fighting on the same side as left-leaning organizations such as Voices for Progress, Common Cause and the ACLU. The saying that politics makes for strange bedfellows is never more true than in times of crisis …

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There are three ways to use essential oils, but which way to use depends on your desired outcome.  So let’s get started with the one most people are familiar with:

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Speech in Opposition to H.R. 7120 - "I Cannot Support The Attempt To Federalize Local Police Departments, Which Moves Us Further Down A Slippery Slope I Fear We are Already On"

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This week marks a new phase in our reopening with additional businesses welcoming customers. I know many people were excited to return to various outdoor recreation businesses, campgrounds, gyms, bars, and wineries- among others.

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