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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 […]

Comments Off / May 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Response to Mik’s statements

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Supervisor Mikulaco’s comments published on Nov. 15 in “Mik responds to recall notice.” I have been the owner of Lot 72 on Clarksville Road in Green Springs Ranch since 1986. This property is not only adjacent to the Dixon Ranch proposed project, it also happens to share a […]

3 Comments / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

BOS to revisit oak tree removal policies

On June 22 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will hear county staff’s updated recommendations for oak woodland preservation. Already, some local groups are worried. “As proposed by staff, the new policies will remove oak canopy retention requirements, allowing 100-percent tree removal if fees are paid for off-site conservation,” Ellen Van Dyke of The Green […]

Comments Off / June 16, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

EID keeps water rights discussions flowing

Residents urged the El Dorado Irrigation District board to “stay the course” in pursuing additional water rights at its March 23 meeting. At issue is an El Dorado County Water and Power Authority project that could gain the right to an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water currently stored in Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District reservoirs. Recently, some El Dorado County supervisors and […]

Comments Off / March 30, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

You can’t trust the process

EDITOR: The county’s approval of high-density apartments in Town Center (Nov. 4) was a slap in the face to El Dorado Hills residents. Loss of county revenues and jobs potential were not enough to stop the supervisors in their mission to approve it. With zero discussion they chose to overrule the Planning Commission recommendations, disregard the […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The residents and history behind ballot initiatives M and O

Since 2008, numerous El Dorado county residents have become actively involved in educating El Dorado County staff about how we want our community to look and feel. Many of us moved out of the Bay Area, Southern California and other congested areas to escape the high-density development that occurred there, along with the corresponding challenges […]

8 Comments / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

We need the RCU initiative

EDITOR: Why is the RCU “Fix Highway 50 First” Initiative necessary? Why, indeed! Because the balance of power determining how the El Dorado County General Plan is implemented is weighted on the side of residential development. You experience the results of this imbalance in deteriorating traffic patterns, countywide. In a fair and balanced world, the […]

Comments Off / February 27, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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