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Officials explain Marble Valley by the numbers

Parker Development’s management team defended the proposed Marble Valley project during the June 13 El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting. The proposed specific plan calls for 2,800 to 3,200 homes in the vacant and historic four-plus mile valley located immediately southeast of the Bass Lake freeway interchange. Project Manager Tom Howard […]

2 Comments / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Future of rock performs at the fair

Max, left, and Nick of Haunted by Heroes perform at the El Dorado County Fair. The band from Pacifica could likely be the future of rock and roll. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

It was a gut-punch … loud, uncomplicated rock and roll. The pure stuff the Who and AC/DC cranked out in their prime — soaring guitar solos, follicle-raising power chords, blistering drum solos, bone-shaking bass riffs and spot-on vocals, and it was coming from the skatepark from a band born while George W. Bush was president. […]

Comments Off / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / June 03, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »