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Last Login: Sun Aug 11 17:34:39 2013

Measure Y guys launch no growth campaign

Battle lines are being drawn on the proposed Marble Valley and Lime Rock Valley projects, which would eventually put 4,368 dwellings in four-plus miles running southeast from the Bass Lake Road freeway interchange. Parker Development, which also faces domestic unrest over plans to develop the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course, faces attack on […]

No Comment / June 10, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Sports leaders call for playing fields, not houses on former golf course

Two years into Parker Development’s careful unveiling of the Marble Valley and Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plans, the grass-roots opposition they might have expected early on has finally arrived. The Serrano developer now face problems on the home front, where youth sports leaders say the community needs playing fields, not houses on the former […]

No Comment / June 10, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

What is Measure Y?

The Control Traffic Congestion Initiative, aka Measure Y, was passed by voters in 1998 and again in 2008. It requires developers of five or more dwellings to pay the cost of traffic mitigation if the new homes cause roadways to reach “Level of Service F” — bumper-to-bumper traffic during peak hours. It also applies to […]

No Comment / June 10, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Life after Life

Is there life after Life? I’m about to find out. I write this on my 59th birthday, but it’s not a retirement. It’s a stepping back. And yes, I’m going to spend some time with my family. Julie Samrick will take my place. She’s an El Dorado Hills mom and a good journalist who’s been […]

32 Comments / June 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Oak Ridge gym to grow

Oak Ridge High School’s last piece of the 2008 Measure Q bond measure, which pumped $50 million into district infrastructure projects, is a $5 million gym expansion currently under way. The north wall of the gym will be pushed back 15 feet, so that 500 additional seats can be added. Plans call for the weight […]

No Comment / June 03, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Wehr’s Oak Ridge legacy: Nine years of academic gains and much more

ONE LAST TIME — Principal Steve Wehr mingles with students on Senior Day at Oak Ridge High School. Wehr's trading in his principal hat for a job at the El Dorado Union High School District's administration office. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Senior Day, the traditional day-before-graduation mingle at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, took place in the school’s quad after the last final exams were turned in May 30. This year’s edition was particularly bittersweet when Principal Steve Wehr and Assistant Principal Pam Bartlett showed up. Band Leader Paul Varnoff and Choir Director […]

No Comment / June 03, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Secret to great barbecue? Just listen

Sibling barbecue team Nicole Burton, left and Brandon Ivey own and operate Boucane in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Where I come from, the best barbecue is found in the worst neighborhoods. I’ve savored soul food on the south side of Chicago and shouted for ribs through bullet-proof Plexiglas in the Fillmore District. So I was unprepared for Boucane’s Smokehouse and Sweetery, opened in March by brother-sister act Nicole Burton and Brandon Ivey. Their […]

6 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »