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Community unites to patch up historic barn

El Dorado County is a place defined by its history. We embrace the past and nearly anything that reflects it. Don’t believe it? Take a drive. Our backroads are altars to the past. We revere old stone buildings. Rusty farm implements are proudly displayed for passersby. Sepia-toned hay barns topped with corrugated steel roofs glow […]

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Collie gets a shot with the Niners

Austin Collie is fighting for his professional football life, vying for a spot on a San Francisco 49ers team that many believe will return to the Super Bowl next January. The former Oak Ridge standout is now 27. He gained a reputation for hard work, dependability and intelligence with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, a […]

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Housing projections questioned

The largest implementation measure of the 2004 General Plan will soon enter the hearing process alongside four major western El Dorado County residential development projects. County supervisors hint that they want a “time-out,” but don’t want to deny anyone’s due process. With that backdrop, the number of approved parcels in the 2004 General Plan and […]

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Measure Y guys: Lower growth projections will lower road fees

Measure Y authors Bill Center and Jim Moore argue that large residential developments currently in the approval process fail to create jobs, which is reason-enough to oppose them. In fact, the Marble Valley proposal has 42 freeway-adjacent acres set aside for a possible corporate campus. Center blames the large residential developers for forcing commercial buildings […]

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Anti-growth attitudes nothing new

Raft resort owner, former supervisor and slow-growth superhero Bill Center blames El Dorado County’s exurban sprawl on 40 years on pro-growth supervisors and weak planning. He points to the 1996 General Plan as an example. “Right in the preamble … it said that gridlock traffic was an acceptable tradeoff for economic growth,” he said, shaking […]

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Center, Moore hoping for repeat ‘slow-growth’ success

Bill Center and Jim Moore became household names in El Dorado County politics during the decade straddling the millennium, shaping public opinion and policy with a growth-inhibiting ballot initiative, lawsuits both real and threatened, all executed with deft and sometimes ruthless political moxie. Recently the former El Dorado County supervisor and a Democratic pollster have […]

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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 »