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Gangs have tough presence in El Dorado County

Several gangs have made a home in El Dorado County. Gang members often sport clothing that makes them easily identifiable. Cameron Park Life photo by Cole Mayer

When Carol Edwards began developing the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office gang unit 23 years ago, the agency was unaware that gangs were already here. As they did not know how to validate gang members, they had no list of suspects. “We had no clue,” the gang officer told a group gathered at the Cameron Park Elks […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sac State exhibit traces global reach of hip-hop

Celebrate the history and global success of hip-hop with Pump Up the Volume!, a free art exhibit featuring works by Jane Dickson, above, and Joe Lewis in California State University, Sacramento’s Robert Else Gallery through Feb. 26. Works range from paintings to photos to text.

Since its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop has not only influenced music, poetry and dance, it’s had an impact on art as well. “Pump Up the Volume!,” a free exhibit running through Feb. 26 in California State University, Sacramento’s Robert Else Gallery, features the art of Jane Dickson and Joe Lewis, who […]

No Comment / January 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Crib Notes: Time trumps money

With back to school on many parents’ minds, a PTA note written by a mom of three from Texas has gone viral. In the note to school families, she bucks the traditional fundraisers for cash. She asks parents to check off how much money they’ll give for the year instead of time, including: I don’t […]

1 Comment / September 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Slain deputy’s wife supports immigration reform, creates foundation

The Oliver family continues to grieve the loss of Danny, seen here with wife Susan and daughters Melissa and Jennie. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County resident Susan Oliver has joined the illegal immigration debate, speaking up about the Davis-Oliver Act, an immigration enforcement bill named after her husband Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Det. Michael Davis Jr. who were killed in the line of duty last year. Accused murderer Luis Bracamontes, AKA Marcelo Marquez, an […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

My Turn: Protecting privacy rights

Technology’s miraculous leaps forward bring unimaginable benefits to us all.  Life-saving medical procedures, limitless entertainment options, wealth building productivity tools and more change our lives for the better.  But as with all tools, their benefit — or harm — depends on the intent of the user. That is why this legislative session I’m paying special attention to […]

Comments Off / June 25, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

EDH academy helps college boxers

BOXING COACH Norm Tavalero, center, stands with his students Manuel Ballestero, right, and Gabriel Mejorado at Urban Sprawl in El Dorado Hills. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The track record of El Dorado County student-athletes going to four-year colleges to continue their careers is impressive. Most, if not all of the major sports are covered: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, cross country, tennis and swimming. But has an area athlete ever gone for boxing? Ever? Thanks to trainer […]

Comments Off / August 21, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Show up or go down

Woody Allen said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” Showing up means I have not given up. I am willing to do whatever I can do to succeed or to help you succeed. • When people show up for you, it means you are not alone. Someone is willing to stand shoulder to shoulder […]

Comments Off / September 26, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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