Placer County honors former Rep. John Doolittle

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Former U.S. Rep. John Doolittle was lauded Tuesday in a resolution presented by the Placer County Board of Supervisors for his 28 years of service in both state and federal government. Doolittle, visiting the area from his Virginia home, reminded supervisors of work on projects like the Highway 65 bypass that had yet to be completed but were helped along by him during his time as 4th District congressman. “Nothing worthwhile is easily achieved,” Doolittle said. Doolittle stepped down from Congress this past year after deciding not to seek a ninth term. His final years had been dogged by a Justice Department corruption investigation into the Republican lawmaker’s ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle has denied any wrongdoing and no charges have been laid during the lengthy investigation. Doolittle also told supervisors that he’s determining his next step after stepping down. “While I’m retired, I’m not sitting on the porch,” he said. “I’m figuring that out right now. I’ll be doing things.” Doolittle also recommended that, since the money is going to be available, they aggressively pursue economic recovery funding advocated by President Barack Obama. “If they’re going to spend millions of dollars on economic stimulus, I hope you figure out how to get some of that,” he said. “Make lemonade out of lemons.” Doolittle served as Auburn-area state senator from 1980 to 1990. He then served as congressman for the area’s District 14 before redistricting put him in District 4, which includes all of El Dorado, Placer and Nevada Counties. The resolution honored Doolittle for “his commitment to his constituents and his unwavering policy and financial support throughout his career to secure funding and support for the great State of California and for benefiting residents and visitors in Placer County through his public service.” “Philosophically, we might have had different approaches but when we found common ground, you and your staff were incredible to work with,” said Supervisor Robert Weygandt. In other board action: - Supervisors approved an extension of a hazardous vegetation abatement pilot program for unimproved parcels in the Tahoe area. The program, due to end this month, will now run through the end of April 2010. - Resolutions were made commending Lt. Chal DeCecco for more than 33 years of service with the sheriff’s department and to Auburn’s Annabell McCord on her 90th birthday for achievements in government service. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at