Editor's View: Death and elections are life's only certainties

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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It was shocking to hear about the passing of Jeff John, one of Folsom’s code enforcement officers.

Considering he was only 42 (my age), with a small child, it made his death even more difficult to fathom.

Jeff was a genuinely nice guy. Sometimes, he would stop by the office to ask me about stories in the paper or pick my brain on ideas to help someone he had recently met — usually a homeless veteran or another down-on-his-luck person.

I offer my personal condolences to the family. They should know he will be missed by many, and not just those he worked with at the city.

History in the hills

Clarksville, that little ghost town located on the outskirts of El Dorado Hills on White Rock Road (near Highway 50), will get very lively May 5 with the annual Clarksville Day celebration.

Admission is free to the family friendly event. I remember back in 2009, just prior to the first time the event was to be held at the town site, my kids and I donned gloves and volunteered to help clean up the area prior to the bash.
It is located on private property, but the owners opened it up that first year (and each year since) for the celebration of the town’s heritage.

Families who once lived there return for a picnic and there is plenty to do. From Pony Express demonstrations, Mormon Battalion re-enactments, gold panning, wagon rides and much more are available.

For more details, visit or To learn more about the town’s history, visit

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

If you’ve seen some election campaign signs in Folsom recently for an unfamiliar name, it might be because the candidate is running for a seat in El Dorado County, not Sacramento County.

At intersection of Iron Point Road and Cavitt Drive, where people enter the Costco parking lot, Judge Warren Stracener (incumbent) has placed election signage.

The signs are located more than a mile outside El Dorado County.
According to those in the know, candidates can post signs only in the counties or districts in which they are running.

I’m sure the sign was placed there by an enthusiastic supporter.

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