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What has our governor done for the middle class?

I worry about our Governor. Really, pardoning convicts after jail time??? I also wonder why governors can stay in office longer than our presidents. Maybe the governor should invite all these men to his home for relaxing and entertainment.

What has our governor done for the people living here in this lovely state? I can not speak for others, but I am sick and tired of supporting people here illegally through welfare and other systems. That system was for the middle class working Americans that got laid off, to help them get by until another job was found.

I have worked most of my life trying to save for retirement. But can anyone tell me what our governor has done for the middle class? I have no idea. I worry for the children growing up now when things are uncertain. I pray that their lives will be good, and memorable. 

Kathleen Vogel


Oak Hill Cemetery facing steep water rate increase

In November 2017 Oak Hill Cemetery received a letter from Santa Ynez Water District ID1 informing us that they would no longer honor our ag water designation that had been grandfathered into the cemetery operation for nearly 100 years.

Effective Jan. 1, our water usage rate would be raised by 560 percent. Our meter charge would also go up from $289 to $797 per month. After meeting with the ID1 Water Board, it became clear that there would be no reconsideration or special exemption granted to the cemetery. (However, they did grant us a one month grace period to make the new rates effective in February).

Fortunately, in anticipation of the water rate increase, the Oak Hill Cemetery board of trustees voted to pursue the installation of a well. After careful planning and budgeting, we acquired the necessary county permits and began drilling in late January. After striking a good water deposit on Feb. 7, we are now waiting on PG&E for the electrical pump meter installation. Our January 2018 water bill was $946. Our February water bill went up to $5,213, even though we had substantially cut back our watering.

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The cemetery cannot afford the cost of ID1 water, so we have shut down the irrigation system perhaps until May or June until the well is online. In the meantime, we ask for your patience and understanding.

The total cost for the well will probably exceed $100,000. A "Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery" nonprofit charity is being set up to help us through this difficult time. We ask for the community's support. Please contact Allan Jones at 805-688-5717, get information at the cemetery, or call us at 805-688-4035. 

David Jakkola

District Manager

Oak Hill Cemetery