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2010: A year of high profile retirements, gold-plated benefits

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Former El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Neves retired in late 2009, a full year before his term ended. He offered up the tried-and-true but paper-thin “time with family” exculpation to explain his departure. Neves’ CalPERS retirement benefit, a tidy $15,202 per month, might have also factored into the decision. With pension reform in the wind, Neves […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire Chief Veerkamp stepping down

El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Brian Veerkamp has served in the department's top spot for four-and-a-half years. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado County native plans to run for Sweeney’s District 3 supervisor seat El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Brian Veerkamp gave his “90-day notice” during the Dec. 9 fire board meeting, citing tentative plans to run for Jack Sweeney’s District 3 county supervisor seat opening up in 2012. He will leave the department in March. […]

No Comment / December 20, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Supervisors adjust Serrano bond language

The latest chapter in the Serrano Mello Roos refund novella unfolded during the Dec. 14 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting with a decision to make the reserve available only for Serrano infrastructure or, more likely, to either pay off the bond early or reduce future payments. But the plan hinges on Serrano’s next […]

No Comment / December 20, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

CSD directors sworn in

I SWEAR —€” El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors chair Noelle Mattock, far left, officiates the Thursday night swearing-in ceremony for recently elected CSD directors Bill Vandegrift, Tony Rogozinski and Wayne Lowery. The men will each serve a four-year term. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Former El Dorado Hills Community Services District general manager Wayne Lowery takes his place on the CSD Board of Directors with incumbents Bill Vandegrift and Tony Rogozinski reelected in November. The men will each serve a four-year term. Noelle Mattock and Guy Gertsch are the other two CSD directors.

No Comment / December 17, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD offers Christmas tree recycling

The second weekend in January 2011, Christmas trees will be chipped at the El Dorado Hills Community Park during the hours and dates listed below. The park is located along El Dorado Hills Boulevard between Harvard Way and St. Andrews Drive. This two-day program is offered free of charge by the El Dorado Hills Community […]

No Comment / December 17, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

State Senate election set Jan. 4

Two candidates are competing to fill the late Sen. Dave Cox' seat. Ted Gaines is a Repulican; Ken Cooley is a Democrat.

The state Senate District 1 Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Mail ballots have been mailed. Return them as soon as possible either by mailing or dropping off at the Drive-Up Ballot Box in front of Building C at 2850 Fair Lane Court in Placerville; just follow the signs; no postage […]

No Comment / December 17, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Take caution on slick roads, Cal Fire urges

SACRAMENTO — With a major storm system upon California, the chilling winter months bring rain, fog, ice and other hazardous weather conditions that pave the way for a substantial increase in motor vehicle accidents. This winter season Cal Fire advises all drivers to take extra precaution while behind the wheel. Last year Cal Fire responded to more […]

No Comment / December 17, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »