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Neighbors battle over beaver

Beaver lovers Dick Parsons and Jerry Baldo, left and center, jokingly square off with fellow Four Seasons resident Ross Johnson, right, who feels that the so-called Grassy Creek beaver is destroying young Oaks and Sycamore trees growing behind his home in the popular El Dorado Hills active adult community. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

A homeowners association decision to remove and destroy the beaver that’s set up shop in the Four Seasons Active Adult Community in El Dorado Hills has residents collecting signatures to save the creature while an intransigent HOA general manager insists the beaver’s fate is sealed. The beaver lives in Grassy Creek, a headwaters tributary of […]

1 Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EID by the numbers: EID proposes 4 years of rate increases

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series that examines El Dorado Irrigation District rates, spending and debt. Two public hearings on EID’s proposed rate restructuring will be held at 6 p.m. on March 26 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. El Dorado Irrigation District’s proposed new rate structure […]

1 Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Watchdogs knock EID’s proposed rates, GM defends increases

They'’ve been called “gadflies” and even “EDH Yahoos,” but Greg Prada, left, a retired health care chief executive officer and Jon Jakowatz, a retired systems analyst, consider themselves “concerned ratepayers,” and students of EID’s financial practices, which they have criticized extensively in a series of e-mail blasts and on their website, fixeid.org.

In a Feb. 6 interview El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie cautiously predicted that the proposed 2012 rate increases are spread out enough to avoid the vitriol of the 2010 rate increase package, when sheriff’s deputies rushed the stage with hands on holsters to maintain order at one meeting. But ratepayer watchdogs Greg […]

No Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk – Most interesting job?

Your most interesting job? Asked at the Rotary Crab Feed Martha Roberts Placerville “My sisters and I opened a café, ‘The Hopkins Twins Café’ in Paris TN, after the war. We had war jobs in Chicago and were used to a few things by then. We were young and wanted to have fun and it […]

No Comment / February 26, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Latrobe/EDH fire agreement is a done deal

The El Dorado Hills Fire District will share initial dispatch responsibility for an estimated 60 emergency calls in Latrobe each year with the Latrobe Fire Protection District under the terms of a agrrement that both district boards approved last week. The annual cost to Latrobe is $25,000. The agreement formalizes and strengthens a role that […]

No Comment / February 19, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Did you know …

Maybe it’s bottomed out The El Dorado Hills Community Services District chief bean-counter Sherry Shannon brings us the follow good news: El Dorado County officials are now projecting that overall property tax revenues for El Dorado Hills will decrease 1 percent for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ends on June 30. Prior estimates were a […]

No Comment / February 13, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

CSD water rates bubbling up

It’s going to cost more to water the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s lawn in 2013. El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie told the EDHCSD Board of Directors last Thursday that the proposed new water rate structure roughly doubles “Recreation Turf” rates to residential levels, starting in 2013. He blamed the increase […]

1 Comment / February 13, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »