Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Accommodations for the hearing impaired?

When the new Amador County Building was being erected, I reminded the authorities that the American Disability Act required "...amplified hearing" in public buildings.  Mostly, this ADA requirement is either ignored or not known...but I was told it cost $100,000 to equip the main meeting room with the necessary parts, and that this has been done.  Of course, the first question one might ask is why it might have cost so much, but that we will never know.

However, the equipment and the heads sets are there.  They need to be asked for, in advance of a meeting.  While it is unfortunate that the Board of Supervisors never publicize their availability, the many citizens who might otherwise attend meetings but don't because they can't hear, should do so.

You've paid for this significant support.  Please use it, and attend meetings...and, tell others.

Ruth Gottstein

Volcano, CA

Monday, January 20, 2014

Amador Democrats features showing of "Inequality for All" on Feb 1

We are starting Saturday Matinee movies at the Amador Democratic Office (located at 829 Hwy. 49/88).
Our first feature will be "Inequality for All" by Robert Reich on February 1 at 1:00. If you want to stay around for awhile, we will follow the movie with a discussion.
This is the first of what we plan to be a monthly event. Hope you will be able to come and share a couple of hours of interesting and relevant topics with other Democrats.
If you plan on coming, a phone call to our office (257-1397) to let us know will be helpful.
Click here for a view of the trailer:
Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 1.
Amador County Democratic Central Committee

ATTENTION: LOCATION CHANGE - The movie, "Inequality for All" is still on for 1:00 on Saturday. However, the location has changed to Helen Page's home, 304 Court St. in Jackson. You can park in the parking lot of the old Court House (please park in the side nearest her home).
The reason for the change? The Democratic Office was broken into on Monday night and most of our electronic equipment was stolen!
Hopefully, we'll be able to replace most of those items soon and we'll be able to have our monthly movies at the office.
Thanks for you patience!
Amador Democratic Club and Central Committee


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

PUBLIC MEETING: Annual Jackson Valley Irrigation District - Wed Jan 8

In case you want to attend the Jackson Valley Irrigation District meeting at 7pm, Wed, Jan 8th - Jackson Valley Irrigation District, 6755 Lake Amador Drive
Ione, CA 95640

You have the opportunity to object in person to this obvious conflict of interest if the JVID hires Tom Swett as additional legal counsel…this is your money at work here and your water rights are at stake…Here is the item on the agenda:

f) Additional Legal Counsel for JVID – Review, discussion and possible action regarding a resume/rate schedule from Mr. Thomas Swett for matters pertaining to routine District business. 

Ione Valley LAWDA letter below, JVID Agenda attached (below)

From: Sondra West-Moore <>
Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Subject: Tom Swett and JVID - conflict of interest
Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance, LLC (LAWDA)

Jackson Valley Irrigation District
6755 Lake Amador Drive
Ione, CA 95640
Dear Jackson Valley Irrigation District,

It has come to our attention that you are considering hiring Tom Swett as an advising attorney for the District. Tom Swett is one of the public faces of the Rancho Arroyo Seco (RAS.) This group of developers  - RAS - are continually pushing forward projects, which among other issues could divert local water from ranchers and farmers.

One current project, the Newman Ridge strip mine quarry/Edwin Center North Asphalt plant, could displace hundreds of acre feet of water per year from dozens of local ranches and farms in the Ione Valley. Tom Swett has been advising and representing the developers and the County, who are now being sued by the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance, LLC, over California Environment Quality Act (CEQA) violations, and water is a central part of that lawsuit.

Tom Swett has been very visible on these projects every step of the way. To hire him as a consulting attorney for JVID poses a major conflict of interest, and should not be approved.

Best Regards,

Sondra West-Moore
Ione Valley LAWDA, LLC

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mother Lode Harvest member Daniel D'Agostini announces intent to run for District 5 Supervisor

In the new year I am announcing my intent to run for the position of County Supervisor District 5 in the June 5th Primary Election. You may be scratching your head wondering why I would want to do that or be thinking, how could I fit that in with Abbondanza and the photography. (look here to see what's going on: )

Well, I do have abundant energy but I am also feeling these days a growing sense of civic responsibility and an internal feeling of "if not us, who? If not now, when?" 

I will be running as an independent creative thinking person seeking ways to enhance the lives of all members of our community and be wise in our stewardship of these precious rural foothills we call Amador County. I will be running on a campaign of "fresh positive leadership".  

I have scheduled a meeting at Plymouth City Hall on the evening of Wednesday January 8, beginning at 6:30 pm, where I will present and discuss my views and plans and most importantly, seek helpers in the election.  I would sure appreciate you coming to the meeting and bring others with you too.

Again, all the best to you over the holidays,


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year from the Mother Lode Tea Party

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"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."
-Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, 1776 

What Will Happen When (and If) Actually Works 

    Agenda 21 Links


Happy New Year!!!

This is the special time of year to take stock of where we have been and where we plan to go. Ahead lies a very critical election year with its clarion call to America's patriots - it's time to resume active duty!  

Success in any endeavor has rarely been achieved by pretty words alone.   Ironically, we can take inspiration from the American socialist/anarchist Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915): "There is no failure except no longer trying". Our opposition tirelessly promotes their agenda. So what will be your personal role in the coming year to actively reclaim America for future generations?

LAST CALL to join the Common Core Study Group. Meetings will be held both on-line and in person. Take inspiration from many tea parties around the country who are effectively opposing "ObamaCORE" in their communities. Participants will share their research and ideas on ways to support the Amador County School District in improving, not degrading, our educational system here.

Are you ready, willing and eager to assume active duty for your country?! Call Sue Hokana at 245-3806 or email at

For more information on the Common Core State Standards: