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UPDATE 2: ‘A tragedy for Placerville': Principal shot dead; janitor in custody

THE SUSPECT in the Wednesday morning shooting of Schnell School Prinicipal Sam LaCara is taken into custody outside his home in El Dorado shortly after noon Wednesday. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

Elementary school Principal Sam LaCara was shot to death Wednesday morning in his office at Placerville’s Louisiana Schnell School campus. School janitor John Luebbers is believed to have mortally wounded LaCara, 50, with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen shortly before 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities believe Luebbers targeted LaCara. The 44-year-old suspect was arrested about […]

No Comment / February 02, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom suffers from ‘fiscal fatigue,’ mayor says

Mayor Andy Morin

In his third State of the City speech Folsom Mayor Andy Morin found the city facing a completely different future than he did when he gave similar speeches in 2006 and 2007. In January of those years the outlook was brighter, though fiscal storm clouds were gathering. This year is more problematic, following a couple […]

No Comment / February 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Waterford HOA board recalled

Waterford residents have recalled their homeowners association board for allowing a dimensional composition roof in the otherwise tile, stone-covered metal and shake-shingled upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Waterford’s Covenants Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), written in 1989 before the current generation of composition roof materials existed, prohibit all composition roofs. The now-former board allowed a variance […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: What legislative change would you like to see to improve the local economy?

JOHN ZEZINI, El Dorado Hills — "The simple answer is that we overburden businesses with tax in this state. There's also problems with the way FICA is calculated."

ALYSON HUBER, El Dorado Hills — “We need incentives to attract business to California. In this economy, lifestyle’s not enough.” JAN WILCOX, El Dorado Hills — “How about some sort of penalties for outsourcing?” JOHN ZEZINI, El Dorado Hills — “The simple answer is that we overburden businesses with tax in this state. There’s also […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Get ready to crack some crab

Moutain Democrat and Life Newspapers Publisher Richard Esposito has a big smile on his face after he and his wife Janie chowed down on delicious crab at the 2010 Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills' Crab Feed. Village Life photo by Noel Stack.

Strap on your bib and get ready for some good eating at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Crab Feed on Feb. 19. The mouth-watering event at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way, includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, fresh garden salad, pasta and red plum tomato sauce topped with basil […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

El Dorado Savings boasts strong 2010

El Dorado Savings Bank based in Placerville reported $10.9 million in after-tax earnings for 2010, representing a 2 percent increase over 2009. In addition, El Dorado completed its 22nd consecutive year without any foreclosed property on the books. “We are very pleased with the strong performance of the bank, especially considering the challenging economic environment and […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Business,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Jewish Center offers ‘soul searching’ session

The Chabad Jewish Community Center will present Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey for Every Jew, a fascinating and empowering six-session course that begins Thursday, Feb 10. Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum will conduct the six course sessions at 7:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays at the Chabad Jewish Community Center, 302 South Lexington Drive in […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »