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Rescue settles, Buckeye declares impasse

Teachers picketed in front of Rolling Hills Middle School during Open House April 14 to draw attention to the impasse the district and teachers have reached due to stalled contract negotiations. Courtesy photos

The Rescue Union Federation of Teachers accepted a 4.5-percent salary increase from the Rescue Union School District last week, while negotiations at the Buckeye Union School District remain stalled. Buckeye Union made its “last, best and final” offer of a 1 percent ongoing salary increase and a 3.5 percent, one-time bonus at an April 7 […]

No Comment / April 19, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rescue teachers say pay not equitable

A sign in the back of a Marina Village Middle School teacher's truck protests the district's pay raise offer. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

As thousands of teachers’ unions nationwide negotiate contracts with school districts this time of year, the Rescue Union Federation of Teachers says its district needs to give an equitable raise to all and not just a few. The teachers have asked for a 7 percent raise. The Rescue Union School District is offering them 2 percent […]

2 Comments / April 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teacher contract negotiations stall

Several of the approximately 50 teachers in the Buckeye Teachers Association who protested ahead of last week's board study session express their frustrations about the current contract negotiations via signs. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Approximately 50 teachers in the Buckeye Teachers Association held signs drawing attention to their stalled contract negotiations with the Buckeye Union School District at a rally at the district office last Wednesday. Teachers in the Rescue Union School District say they are most likely headed in the same direction. “For the current school year, Buckeye […]

2 Comments / March 23, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

My Turn: Broken Windows 2.0

Broken Windows theory was introduced in 1982 by social scientists James Wilson and George Kelling. The theory states that law enforcement targeting minor crimes helps to create an atmosphere of lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes. Kelling was hired as a consultant in New York City in 1985 and the theory was put in practice over the […]

Comments Off / March 20, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Dixon Ranch off the agenda

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors opted 4-0 to indefinitely postpone a hearing on the development plan known as the Dixon Ranch. Board Chairman Ron Mikulaco recused himself from the discussion and the vote, citing a potential conflict of interest because he owns property within 500 feet of the project’s boundaries. Beginning on a quirky […]

1 Comment / March 11, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Dixon Ranch review delayed

Weather and a recusal factored into the El Dorado County Planning Commission putting off a decision regarding the Dixon Ranch planned development in El Dorado Hills. To be located on 280 acres south of Green Valley Road, near its intersection with Malcolm Dixon Road, the proposed project includes 605 single-family residential units, 84 acres of open space, a […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Financial focus: Maximize the benefits of your charitable giving

Iain Marshall

It’s certainly the season for giving — and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive. To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity. That means you’ll need to ask some questions. How does a group measure its effectiveness? […]

Comments Off / November 23, 2015 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »



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