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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 »

EDH Crime Watch: April 26 through May 2

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Thieves at work April 26: Someone stole a generator, air compressor, tools and a quad from a garage at a Carmen Drive home under construction. Jumping in April 27: A 48-year-old, allegedly intoxicated man reportedly jumped into a fountain at a Park Drive shopping […]

No Comment / May 04, 2012 | Posted in Crime Watch | 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 »

Beyonce teams with Dr. Phil to save mom, eight puppies

The Grace Foundation and Dr. Phil saved this Jindo and her puppies. Photo by Lisa Van Dyke, EDDOG

Tiny pup Beyonce’s mission to save the lives of other homeless dogs and cats was put into action when her rescue group, The Grace Foundation of Northern California, received a call from a family friend of Dr Phil. Dr. Phil had received information about a Jindo (Korean breed of dog) with eight puppies that were slated to […]

No Comment / May 02, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sample ballot pamphlets on the way

El Dorado County registered voters should start checking their mailboxes for the June 5 Consolidated Presidential Primary Election Sample Ballot Pamphlet. More than 36,000 pamphlets were recently mailed to polling place voters. The sample ballot pamphlet provides voters with important information about items to be voted on this election. In addition, the voter’s polling place location is printed […]

No Comment / May 02, 2012 | Posted in 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 »