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Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - August 7, 2009, Placerville, California Vol. 158 • No. 101 • 3 Sections 38 Pages • 13 Supplements Mountain Democrat Best of both worlds Inside Leslie Mann, star of “ 40- year- old Virgin” and “ Knocked Up” has two daughters and a long- term marriage. USA Weekend, inside The bite is worse Obituaries A- 7 Read the writing on the wall, says Uncle Matty. Inside, A- 4 Mountain Democrat W E E K E N D E D I T I O N , A U G U S T 7 , 2 0 0 9 47¢ plus tax Bud Schoenbachler Janet Bardin Theodore Imholtz Kelly Carlson Marietta Ormsby Rudolph Limon Gloria Tapia David Morello Richard Smith Caleb Morris Classified ads B- 9 Editorial A- 6 Horoscope B- 10 Comics B- 10 Letters A- 6 Logbook A- 7 Public Notices B- 9 Sports A- 11 Weekend B- 1 TV Guide B- 15 C A L I F O R N I A ’ S O L D E S T N E W S P A P E R – E S T . 1 8 5 1 CANCLINI MOVES ON Breanna Canclini restires her softball cleats. Sports, A- 10 Weekend, B- 1 NEW HANGINGS “ Banners on Parade” are hanging in Placerville. Call ( 530) 344- 5000 for convenient home delivery and FREE online access to www. mtdemocrat. com Democrat photo by Megan Jeremica BULLSEYE, the Target Store mascot, high- fives face- painted Kanyeh Prasad, 4, as his sister Koral, 5, watches. Bullseye was part of the National Night Out celebration at the El Dorado County Library. Target was a sponsor of the event. By Ken Paglia Democrat staff writer A t the very end of Morrene Drive off Mosquito Road Tuesday night Brian James stood in a cul- desac among his neighbors. It was National Night Out — the annual event where thousands of communities nationwide throw parties to bring citizens closer together with their neighbors and law enforcement. James, 40, and his wife “ Jc,” 42, started celebrating NNO in 1983 when they lived in Houston, Texas. They have lived in Placerville since 2004. On Tuesday night James told the Mountain National Night Out brings neighbors together . see NNO, page A- 5 By Chris Daley Democrat staff writer Child Protective Services has come into the crosshairs of a group calling itself Tahoe Victims of CPS within the past several weeks. Speaking before the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors last week, advocate Ernie Claudio again appealed to the board for intervention on behalf of some parents from the South Lake Tahoe area. He also introduced a man named Alondo who told of his child being abused after CPS workers placed him in foster care more than a year ago. Claudio spoke to the board on June 30 as well and introduced a woman named Tina. Tina said that her child had been mistreated in four different foster homes, particularly through food deprivation. She further stated that her child has bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She told supervisors that her court- appointed attorney “ won’t return my calls,” and she added that she has “ no criminal background ... and I’m here for CPS reform.” Claudio presented supervisors with a “ Parents Bill of Rights for Family Court” at their July 21 meeting. That document details 11 different issues, and Claudio asked that the “ county attorney” review for possible adoption by the Tahoe ‘ victims’ group slams CPS . see CPS, page A- 9 B RIDGE O VER R USHING W ATER Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum HELLO FROM BELOW — DOT bridge crew worker Bob Richerson takes measurements following repairs made to the Mosquito Bridge. Last month a delivery truck hit the northeast corner of the bridge, damaging a corner. By Noel Stack Mother Lode News A large delivery truck collided with the Mosquito Bridge last month, prompting the historical bridge’s closure this week. “ We had a delivery van come across the bridge and ( the driver) claimed he had a flat tire. It threw him into the rail and busted up the north side of the bridge,” said Al Kropelnicki, supervisor of the El Dorado County Department of Transportation Bridge Crew. The crew began repairs Monday morning and reopened the bridge during commute hours beginning Wednesday. By 3 p. m. today they planned to have all the repairs done. Mosquito bridge repaired after truck bangs railing . see BRIDGE, page A- 10 Special to the Democrat The 2009- 10 El Dorado County Assessment Roll confirmed what everyone knows: Property values underwent a serious decline in 2008. The $ 27.4 billion roll, which reflects the assessed value as of Jan. 1, 2009 is just about $ 600 million below the 2008- 09 total assessed value of $ 28 billion. Almost the entire decline resulted from more than 22,000 properties whose assessments were reduced under Proposition 8. The assessed value of business equipment also declined due to slower investment and increased economic depreciation, the Assessor’s Office reported. “ This is unprecedented,” said El Dorado County Assessor Tim Holcomb. “ I’ve worked in this Assessor’s Office since 1977 and I’ve never seen a negative roll.” Holcomb went on to say that his office reviewed the assessment on about 30,000 properties. This extensive review included every parcel that had a sale or new construction since Jan. 1, 2003, along with all properties whose owner requested a review. Under California property tax law, a 1978 constitutional amendment ( Proposition 8) Local property tax roll down more than 2% . see ASSESSOR, page A- 10 By Michael Raffety Editor Gold Hill resident Jim Abercrombie will have a shorter commute beginning Sept. 8. Wednesday El Dorado Irrigation District Board President George Wheeldon announced that the Board of Directors picked Jim Abercrombie out of 41 applicants to be the district’s next general manager. Abercrombie has been GM of the Amador County Water Agency for the past 11 years since his retirement from PG& E. At age 54 Abercrombie has the potential to be one of the longest serving GMs at EID since Harry Dunlop, after whom the new building is named. The odds are he will stay longer than the last manager, who came out of retirement, worked a year and decided to return to retirement. “ We’re looking forward to a long relationship,” EID EID taps local water manager JIM ABERCROMBIE . see ABERCROMBIE, page A- 10 Special to the Democrat Dr. Olivia Kasirye has been appointed El Dorado County health officer, according to the El Dorado County Health Services Department. Kasirye will provide medical expertise and oversight on a variety of community- wide public health issues, including communicable disease control. She will also actively work with local doctors and other health care providers on public health clinical, preventive and policy issues. Kasirye is both a physician and an epidemiologist, and is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the University of California at Davis. “ I’m delighted to be here and look forward to working with all of our community and agency partners,” said Kasirye. Before coming to El Dorado County, Kasirye served as the medical director for Sacramento County’s Maternal Child and Adolescent Health, and Child Health and Disability Prevention programs. She also served as the communicable disease controller for the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently an active member of the Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society. California law requires that all health departments maintain a health officer to enforce health and safety codes and to provide medical direction and oversight. According to Kasirye, the field of public health offers unique opportunities for physicians such as herself. New county health officer appointed OLIVIA KASIRYE . see DOCTOR, page A- 10
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