Editor's View: Crazy election for locals

By: Don Chaddock
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As the post-election dust settles, it’s time to look at how that night went. In El Dorado Hills, I stopped by Roger Niello’s party at Sienna Restaurant. Niello was unsuccessful in his bid to garner the GOP nomination in January’s race to replace the late 1st District state Sen. Dave Cox. The place was packed with supporters and campaign workers. The Secretary of State’s website was down at the time and Niello joked with the crowd while they awaited some numbers. After that, Telegraph reporter Laura Newell and I stopped by The Purple Place where we ran into El Dorado Hills Community Services District incumbents Billy Vandegrift and Tony Rogozinski. The outcome of that race is still pending as Billy V. is only 20 votes shy of winning re-election as El Dorado County sorts through all the absentee and vote-by-mail ballots. We’re told there are still thousands to count and they have no way of knowing just how many of those votes are relevant to the El Dorado Hills race. See this week’s story on our front page for more. Vandegrift told me he did everything one should do to win an election, so we’ll just have to see how it all pans out. Since our printed edition was already starting to hit the streets at that same time, we made use of technology. Our Facebook fans were able to see real-time updates and offer feedback throughout the evening. Follow us online at Odds and ends The new pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing East Bidwell Street officially opened Saturday with speeches and dedication ceremony. The bridge links a trail system allowing pedestrians and cyclists to get from the El Dorado County line over to Folsom Boulevard. ... If you’re a fan of the TV show “Glee,” you may be interested to learn that a group of educators from neighboring Folsom will be performing some song and dance numbers today from 4 to 8 p.m. as a fundraiser at McTeacher’s Glee Fest at McDonald’s restaurant at 170 Iron Point Road in Folsom. ... If your club or group is doing anything special for the holidays, let me know. Send the details to me at the e-mail address printed at the bottom of this column. We’ll be printing plenty of regional happenings pertaining to holiday parties, tree lightings and the like starting just after Thanksgiving. Telegraph managing editor Don Chaddock can be reached at