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Parker Development unveils new projects

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Projects include Marble Valley, Serrano Westside, Pedregal and Lime Rock Parker Development officials unveiled proposals for four large residential projects this week. If approved and built, the projects will further shape the community Bill Parker helped define, pumping more than $1 billion into the local economy, bringing jobs and providing rooftops local business owners say […]

Comments Off / November 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Foothills Moving Forward celebration


Comments Off / November 12, 2012 | Posted in Gallery Posts | Read More »

Obama’s ground game in El Dorado Hills

“We did it” – Members of Foothills Moving Forward celebrate on election night. They made an estimated 10,000 calls to battleground states from their headquarters in the El Dorado Hills Business Park Tuesday, part of the Obama campaign’s sophisticated “ground game,” deftly executed by thousands of volunteers across the country. The local organization was led by Joni Remer, center-left, hands folded and mouth open. Other celebrants include Robin Carter at left, Lynn Hadjian, seated with mouth agape, Sam Phelan at far right and Daniel Stephenson, right front. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

In the days following last week’s election, pundits on both sides, including the respective campaign managers, cited the Obama campaign’s ground game strategy as a huge reason the president did so well in critical battleground states. The business end of that strategy was executed by a couple hundred enthusiastic volunteers in an El Dorado Hills […]

6 Comments / November 12, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Incumbents hold fire board seats

John Hidahl Jim Hartley

Incumbent fire board members Jim Hartley and John Hidahl retained their board seats in the Nov. 6 general election. As of Friday, Nov. 9, Hartley had 27.97 percent of the vote, a total of 7,839 votes. Hidahl followed with 6,788 votes for 24.22 percent of the total. Challenger Sherry Petersen mustered 5,035 votes: 17.96 percent, […]

Comments Off / November 07, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Gertsch bows out with dignity

Guy Gertsch

At 10:10 pm on election night Guy Gertsch submitted the following concession statement to Village Life. Earlier in the day he’d been spotted on the side of the road, delivering encouragement by way of a bearhug to challenger Terry Crumpley, who defeated him that evening, an irony that wouldn’t bother him in the least. Genuine […]

2 Comments / November 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Mattock and Crumpley win CSD board seats

John Hidahl, Jay Lensch, Terry Crumpley

Noelle Mattock and Terry Crumpley survived a polite but crowded contest for the two El Dorado Hills Community Services District board seats contested on Nov. 6. Crumpley held a narrow lead on the day after the election, but when the Nov. 11 results were posted Mattock was on top with 5,295 votes: 21.06 percent, followed […]

3 Comments / November 07, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Huge flag touched post-9/11 El Dorado Hills

During the turbulent days following Sept. 11 attacks Mike Murray, left, fabricated a makeshift, over-sized flagpole and raised a giant American flag on the hill above Blue Shield in El Dorado Hills. Town Center magnate Tony Mansour, center, and Louis Mansour, right, encouraged the project, which stopped traffic on U.S. 50 and stood for more than a year before being replaced with the smaller, properly anchored, county-compliant pole and flag that stands today. Murray recently donated one of the original over-sized flags to the Mansours, who plan to display it in the California Welcome Center. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Local icon inspired by Iwo Jima photo Heavy construction contractor Mike Murray wants no credit for the prominent American flag standing sentry at the westerly entrance to El Dorado Hills — a symbol of community patriotism that’s visible for miles in each direction. We can allow that modesty for the current, properly anchored and regulation-compliant […]

1 Comment / November 05, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »