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CSD turns 50

Fifty years ago developer Alan Lindsey launched a plan for a place called El Dorado Hills — “a new community with a noble purpose.” A Community Services District was formed in 1962 to help deliver that purpose, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Lindsey’s master plan was designed by Viennese architect Victor Gruen, who Malcolm Gladwell, […]

No Comment / May 07, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

The rise and fall of the Walker Ranch

Following is a reprint of a 2009 Village Life story Charismatic frontier women defined Serrano’s predecessor Most of Serrano was once 2,800-acre Walker family ranch. It rose to prominence early in the century on the backs of colorful western characters that could be torn from the pages of Steinbeck or Stegner, strong-willed men and especially […]

No Comment / May 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

‘Uppal’ battle to unseat McClintock

Democrat Jack Uppal is running for California’s 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. His wife Kate Uppal is his campaign manager. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

“Moderate is not a dirty word,” said upstart Democrat Jack Uppal, 57, who faces an uphill battle against incumbent Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, for California’s 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Uppal’s economic policy is a mix of “trickle up” relief for a beleaguered middle class, which he sees as the […]

7 Comments / May 04, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Run It Forward

Granite Bay Soccer mom and Run It Forward founder Erika Small, left, was inspired by El Dorado Hills dad Jason Harper, center, and his Be Change program. Both are part of a non-stop, eight-runner relay the length of historic Route 66 to benefit underprivileged kids along the route. El Dorado Hills soccer mom Kelly Shaddix will manage logistics. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Think cheerleaders are airheads, or soccer moms don’t think outside the universe of their school district? You haven’t met former Oakland Raiderette Erika Small, who envisioned Run It Forward, a grand “pay it forward” to benefit underprivileged kids in the nation’s heartland. “People talk … they complain about the economy, their school systems, lost opportunities […]

2 Comments / May 02, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New lawyers for CSD?

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District is entertaining proposals for legal counsel through May 8, and will interview candidate law firms in May and June. The board has adopted a new professional services policy, to “make sure we do not get too comfortable with our relationships and fail to recognize a new ‘best practice’ […]

No Comment / April 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

People Talk:Who inspired you to be who you are? (other than your parents)

   

No Comment / April 30, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Clarksville Day bigger than ever this year

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

You know about the ghost town of Clarksville, right? It’s still standing … barely … just a half-mile as the crow flies east of El Dorado Hills Town Center, visible from the Bass Lake Grade on Highway 50, but hidden behind a locked gate for years. The gate opens to the public once each year, […]

No Comment / April 30, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »