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Six vying for three El Dorado Hills CSD seats

By: Eric Laughlin, Telegraph Correspondent
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A race to fill three seats on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board features three challengers and three incumbents, all whom of boast impressive resumes and local ties. The incumbents include local businessman Bill “Billy V” Vandegrift, U.S. Air Force veteran and information security officer Justin Masters, and business manager Tony Rogozinski. Challengers are former Fairfield mayor and local athletic coach Chuck Hammond, former San Jose Police Captain Dave Keneller and Wayne Lowery, who served as the district’s general manager for two decades before retiring this fall. Vandegrift said he wants to continue to reduce wasteful spending and invest in community parks and recreation. He also wants to work to improve communication among district employees. “They paid $100,000 of taxpayer money to bring in a consultant to tell me I have a type-A personality,” he said. “I would have rather seen that money go to fix up some of the parks that have been sitting for years and years.” Masters, a two-term incumbent, wants to work toward getting good volunteer organizations going and keeping some of the old public golf course maintained for community use. “It’s zoned recreational, but they’re trying to build 450 units of senior housing and space for small businesses,” he said. “I’d like to get at least some of that land for another community park.” Rogozinski wants continue maintaining a responsible budget and expand private partnerships, such as the one forged with Bank of America and Waste Connections that resulted in Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field. “We really have to live within our means,” Rogozinski said. “I look at it like a personal checking account; you can only spend what you have.” Hammond wants to work toward keeping the community the safe and desirable place it is, by improving recreation and youth sports programs. “As a coach, I’ve seen how you can have an impact on these kids,” he said. “This community is the way it is because of these youth programs and we’ve got to keep them and make them better.” Keneller said he’ll bring to the district his decades of experience on the administrative side of law enforcement. “I can see some areas where the district needs organizational change,” he said. “We’ve got to chose to right departmental directors and establish a solid framework for them to operate under.” Lowery said he will bring his two decades of experience in the district management seat to his position as board member. “The district has historically been fiscally conservative and I would like to see that continue,” he said. “That way we can prepare for the day when the economy starts letting us do stuff.”