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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 »

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 […]

No Comment / 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 »

Cal Stage premiers ‘Learning Spanish’

In Los Angeles the African-American Ghetto runs right into the Latino Barrio. Watts, one of the densest populated areas in Southern California rife with crime, meets the Barrio, “East-Los,” where gangs hold turf and the night air rings with sirens. This is where playwright Leslie David Perry has set his new play, “Learning Spanish.” “Mr. […]

Comments Off / February 13, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

It’s time to sign up for the 2013 Citizens Academy

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini announced the scheduling of the 2013 Citizens Academy for county residents. The academy is a great way to learn the many facets of the Sheriff’s Office. The courses provided during the academy are presented by sheriff’s personnel who carry out the duties outlined in the course content: •Criminal investigations […]

Comments Off / February 05, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Publisher’s ink: ‘Big Mitt’ feeling Chicago-style heat

With calls for presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns one might suspect the candidate has more to hide behind his wealth. Just how much is this Republican contender worth? And how much does (did) he pay in income taxes? The clamoring from the left would lead one to believe Mitt […]

Comments Off / August 31, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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