Tom Miller

Simply scuttle the county CEO post

I received a promotion flyer for Measure D last week checking for support to make up a $570,000 operations shortfall with the Placer County Fire Department. I think almost half of ...

Our View: CEO search shows county continues to crave our cash

Placer County sure likes to spend taxpayers’ money. Whether it be to close down a department or hire a new CEO, the county is not stingy with our hard-earned cash. The most rec ...

Government great at padding

“Board spends too much,” Jack Podesdly, Reader Input, Journal, Feb. 17: I hear you Jack! It’s the same mentality whether it's city, county, or state government. When our coun ...

County provides new salary figures

Editor’s note: The Journal received new information Wednesday following its front-page story “County hires $199,000-a-year interim leader to close agency.” The nu ...

Placer County Redevelopment Agency winds to a close

Road and shopping center improvements in North Auburn are just two projects that will fall by the wayside as the Placer County Redevelopment Agency gets ready to close its doors. ...

End county top dog’s unreal pension

Hey, county supes, it’s a great opportunity that you have now that (CEO Tom) Miller is retiring (Journal, Dec. 13) End the lifetime health benefits and unreal pension of the inco ...

Jim Ruffalo: Where — and how — can we save taxpayer dollars?

If there is an upside to the continual downward financial spiral most of us are trapped in, it’s that in times such as these, government officials can do things they never could ...

Ruffalo: Recovery imminent if government would get out of way

There are at least three ways to look at how things are going economically these days. Republicans would have us believe the only reason we’re not going to Hell in a hand-basket ...

Placer County property tax revenue drops nearly 3 percent

A report issued Monday reveals decreasing property tax revenues throughout Placer County, but officials say the information is not going to impact the budgets they already have. A ...

Public trough showing strain

Regarding Gus Thomson’s article in Sunday’s Journal (June 12). A top-to-bottom review of salaries, perks, benefits, pensions. The whole enchilada. Safety (cops and fire), acade ...

Ruffalo: Grand Jury directs its gaze on redistricting process

By now, most of the gentle readers know we’re in the midst of the mandated redistricting effort, an exercise which takes place every 10 years. The process, which is driven by the ...

Our View: Brian Jagger deserves his due process

News that Brian Jagger was arrested for allegedly embezzling more than $15,000 in campaign contributions from District Attorney-elect Scott Owens’ campaign came as a shock to man ...

Top aide on leave, no court date yet

A supervisor’s aide arrested on charges of grand theft Friday was placed on paid administrative leave from his $95,200-a-year job. But it’s not yet known when Brian Jagger wil ...

Jim Ruffalo: The Christmas mood seems cheerier this year

Is it just me, or is it getting nicer around here? Well, maybe “nicer” isn’t the correct word, but more about my problem with picking the correct word later in this column. ...

Placer PIO retiring after 20 years of service

Anita Yoder — Placer County’s public information officer — is retiring in mid-December after almost 20 years of telling the county’s story. Yoder, 66, said she’s stepping ...