D3 Newsletter

January 21, 2021                                                                                         

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On January 11, a week after being sworn in, the Board of Supervisors got off to a good start with a Good Governance Workshop.  It was an especially valuable time to gain a deeper understanding of the difference between governance (the board's role) and management/administration (staff's role).   

Among the key learnings, governance entails...

  • Systems Thinking:  Understanding that issues, goals, problems and expenditures are not isolated events. They are part of a larger whole.
  • Strategic Focus:  The role of the BOS is to provide strategic oversight to the daily operations of county government, making sure that actions and policies align with our mission, values and goals.
  • Moral Imperative: This is the drive that bridges individual differences through a shared commitment to a unifying purpose.  A moral imperative also enables individual bias' to be set aside in order to achieve a stronger level of collaboration, productive disagreement, trust, respect and cooperative leadership.
  • Deep Learning:  Committing to making decisions based on knowledge, data, and a firm understanding of issues and community. 

Our next steps will be to review our Strategic Goals, ensuring that our actions and policies are in alignment with where we want to goStay tuned!

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On Tuesday, January 26th, there will be a Public Hearing on the Board's agenda to consider adopting a Resolution of Necessity related to the Diamond Springs Parkway Phase 1B Project authorizing the commencement of eminent domain proceedings.  This will be a 2:00 p.m. time allocated agenda item.  What this means is the item will not be called before 2 p.m.  To access the full details, click on the link below:

Agenda Item 20-1460


Vaccine Rollout

This will undoubtedly be a fluid process.  That said, Carla Hass, EDC's Director of Communication and Outreach, does a very effective job in keeping accurate information up-to-date on the county's website.  Click on this link for the latest news:  Vaccine Information


It is my pleasure to welcome two new appointees to the District III team.

MARIAN WASHBURN has accepted an appointment to the Commission on Aging, and KATHLEEN JERMSTAD will serve as the District III representative on the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Marian and Kathleen both have the knowledge, experience and commitment to our community to make a meaningful contribution on these two committees.  

"It's easy to make a buck. 

It's a lot harder to make a difference."


Here's to all those who make a difference in EDC!


  • Governance Workshop
  • DS Parkway Public Hearing
  • Vaccine Rollout
  • D3 Appointees
  • Proclamation for Mark Acuna
  • Coffee with Lori Warden





It is my privilege to recognize outgoing Councilmember and former Mayor Mark Acuna in a proclamation by the BOS on January 26th.  Mark served on the Placerville City Council in District 3 from 2002 to 2012.  In 2015, he was appointed again to fill a vacancy, and was then elected to a third term until December 2020.

Mark's dedication to the community is evidenced by his vast list of accomplishments during his tenure on the City Council.  Additionally, his knowledge of systems and emergency operations proved invaluable to Placerville's ability to navigate and reduce crippling power outages.

Personally, it was an honor to serve with Mark on the Placerville City Council.  With immense gratitude for his decades of service, I wish him all the best as he retires from public service, knowing that his staunch commitment to our community will undoubtedly continue.

Link to Proclamation




I will be holding regular Coffees with Wendy at various coffee shops in District 3.  The goal is to have a chance to speak one-on-one about issues and opportunities in our county. 

Recently, I met with LORI WARDEN who is my District 3 appointee to the Fair Board.  We had a great discussion about how impressed she is that the EDC Fair Association has been able to navigate the Covid crisis while having to cancel the 2020 Fair, all the community events and postponing the 2021 Fair.  This certainly presents a challenge, but Lori is also excited about new possibilities for revenue.  Lori joins a dedicated board who is passionate about the value of the fairgrounds in our community.




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