Supervisors choose Web over newspapers
From now on, readers wanting to see the reports of a panel that scrutinizes local government will have to look somewhere other than this newspaper.
County officials decided to stop printing reports of the El Dorado County Grand Jury in the newspaper as a way to save money.
For the 2003-04 report, the county published the document over the Internet and ran advertisements in the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Placerville Mountain Democrat telling interested parties where they could read it.
“There was a sense people who were interested could go online. The printed ones were thrown away,” county counsel Lou Green said Monday.
Chief Administrative Officer Laura Gill was unavailable Monday.
The county’s civil grand jury monitors local government and releases its findings in a report. The latest report criticized South Lake Tahoe government for a lack of oversight in a transfer of $7 million in funds from the general fund to a redevelopment project.
The new policy put into place last September didn’t sit well with Placerville resident Clarence Dilts. He wrote a letter last week to the Board of Supervisors in opposition to the policy.
“I’m sure I’m not the only one entitled to see what the grand jury did,” he said.
Although he has one, Dilts contends that “not everyone has a computer.” He called the policy “ridiculous.”
“They’re missing the boat. The money spent on communicating with their constituency is well spent,” he said.
But Supervisor Dave Solaro countered that it’s not like there’s no access to the report. Those interested in reading up on the county business may do so by going to the Tahoe branch of the library on Rufus Allen Boulevard or his office on Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
“We figured we save almost $7,000 by doing it this way, ” Solaro said, adding the ads cost $400 each in both Sierra-area papers.
“It’s not like we’re hiding anything. It’s been on the agenda three times. The average person is not going to read the fine print,” he said.
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