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Placerville PD testing out body cams

Placerville police officers will soon have another tool to assist with police-citizen encounters — body cameras. At the Jan. 27 Placerville City Council meeting, the council approved the acceptance of $1,515 in grant funding from Northern California Cities Self-Insurance Fund to purchase two body-worn cameras. “The current technology of in-car video systems is good technology,” […]

Discover Ecstatic Dance in Placerville

Ecstatic Dance Placerville will host its first Friday night event Jan. 30 from 7:30-10 at the Odd Fellows Hall on 467 Main St. in Placerville. Attendees can move and be moved at this alcohol-free community event. Ecstatic Dance is a gathering for people of all ages and abilities to dance freely, move however they wish […]

Placerville Main Street Rehabilitation Project

EDITOR: Our downtown is a rich, eclectic blend of our historic past from many eras as well as current craft and creativity. Any design effort in Placerville’s Main Street historic district should honor and highlight our historic past, while holding true to our present and looking into the future. Adding new street furnishings that mimic […]

Strategic plan for Placerville PD

Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller rolled out a new two-year conceptual strategic plan for the Police Department at the Jan.13 Placerville City Council meeting. The 2015-2017 plan, designed to provide better service to city residents, has four focus areas: community service; professional development; internal operations and capital improvement. Targeted areas for community service includes developing […]

My turn: A day at the Placerville helitack firebase

On Sunday, Sept. 20, 2014, I was admitted and was given a fabulous personal tour of the King’s Fire helicopter Air-Attack heli-base that was located during the horrendous fire at our own Placerville airport. I counted 12 helicopters stationed at our heli-base, each with their own crew, support personnel and equipment. Each “team” was spaced […]

No. 10: Roundabouts and roads hot topic in Placerville

The contentious roundabout issue was killed twice, once by Placerville City Council in July and for the second time by the voters in November, as Measure K made sure roundabouts were truly dead, not just mostly dead. In July, City Council removed a roundabout from the list of options for the intersection of Clay Street, […]

Placerville Webcam

EDITOR: We are privileged to have to enjoy and view the happenings at the Belltower 24/7. It is a pleasure to see the decorations change from season to season. I check in often to see what the weather is like downtown compared to the action at my home. It’s interesting to see what the […]

Heyday remains Placerville’s most popular restaurant

Nina Monroe of El Dorado Hills has been coming to the Heyday Cafe in Placerville ever since the cozy restaurant opened nearly eight years ago — including when she was Nina Gibson and lived in another county. “I’ve been coming to Heyday probably once a week, at least twice a month, since it opened, all […]

Giant Hanukkah menorah lit in Placerville

Have you seen the giant Hanukkah Menorah near the Welcome to Placerville sign on Highway 50? Every year members of Temple Kol Shalom — of the Western Foothills — place it there to commemorate Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Jewish people worldwide will observe Hanukkah, beginning on the evening […]

Placerville Friends of Tibet present film

Placerville Friends of Tibet presents “When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West” on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The film showing is a benefit for the Jan. 2-15, 2015 residence in Placerville by six Tibetan monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery in […]

Thankful for Placerville Raley’s

EDITOR: As I make my list of what I’m thankful for I want to publicly express appreciation for our Placerville Raley’s and Director John Phillips. Raley’s was so generous to our community and firefighters during the King Fire. It was heartwarming to walk into Raley’s and see the tables of information and banners of appreciation […]

12 Days of Christmas in Placerville

There is no partridge in a pear tree on Main Street and probably not eight maids a-milking, but the 12 days of Christmas are alive and well in downtown Placerville. From Dec. 5-17, shoppers with purchases of more than $15 will receive tickets for a drawing to win one of three gift baskets with $250 worth of Main […]

Placerville PD’s new commander sworn in

The Placerville Police Department swore in a new Commander on Nov. 17. Commander Kay Iida assumed command of PPD Support Services Division, including records, communications, investigations, volunteer organizations connected to PPD and fleet services. Growing up in a law enforcement family, Iida heard stories from his cousins and uncles that made him want to join […]

Light up the night in Placerville

What: Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association and El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Friday, Nov. 28, 5 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: or call 530-672-3436 Main Street will be closed and filled with expectant faces — waiting for Santa, waiting for hot chocolate, […]

String of burglaries in Placerville

When Jeannia Thomas’ daughter and another employee of The Look Salon in Placerville arrived at work the morning of Oct. 4, they discovered the lock to the door had been jammed open, possibly with a screwdriver. Inside, Thomas said, her salon was “ransacked.” Files were strewn about, broken items littered the floor andtowels were flung […]

Thank you, Placerville

EDITOR: It is truly a privilege to serve you on the City Council, and I am humbled that you re-elected me to represent you alongside Patty, Carol, Trisha and John. I will strive to give you my best, and I will continue to seek out wisdom and inspiration as we look for appropriate answers to […]

Pedestrian hit in Placerville

An 18-year-old was hit by a car and two other pedestrians were narrowly missed when the car veered onto the right shoulder of the road near China Garden Road in Placerville. Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning when a 1996 Jeep Cherokee […]

Placerville City Council: Clerici, incumbents win

Shortly after 8 p.m., on Election Night, supporters and Placerville City Council candidates gathered around laptops to check the incoming results. With 33 percent of the vote counted, incumbents Patty Borelli and Wendy Thomas and candidate John Clerici, waiting at the Pizza Factory, held an early lead, one which they kept throughout the rest of the evening. […]

City Council weighs funding Placerville’s pavement problems

An update to the city of Placerville’s Pavement Management System was presented to the City Council at the Oct. 28 meeting and the results were sobering. “There is some good news and some bad news,” began Margot Yapp, pavement engineer and vice-president of Nichols Consulting Engineers, the firm employed to prepare the update. The good […]

Best Hardware Store: Placerville Hardware

Continuing an unbroken line of 56 years of ownership by the Fausel family, Albert Fausel is the latest proprietor of the 150-year-old Placerville Hardware Store. It just makes you want to start singing, “You can get anything you want at Albert’s hardware store.” Excuse the spoofing of Arlo Guthrie’s lyrics, but it’s true, you can get […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Glass Replacement (Commercial): Placerville Glass

With success comes tenure, and with tenure comes reliability and trust. That’s why Placerville Glass continues to draw in customers in El Dorado County after more than 30 years of service in the area. Opened in 1977 and still owned and operated by the original owners, with a combined experience of over 60 years in […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Appliance Store: Sears Placerville and Cameron Park

If you are in the market for a new appliance, the Sears Hometown Stores in Placerville and Cameron Park have you covered. From kitchen appliances, including refrigerators and dishwashers, to dryers or exercise equipment, Sears is a one-stop shop. Kenmore, Bosch, LG, Kitchen Aid, DeWalt and Dyson are just some of the brands represented. Get […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Brewery: Placerville Brewing Company

Voted best brewery is Placerville Brewing Company & Restaurant, a family run restaurant and brewpub located at 155 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Well known for its prize-winning microbrews made on site such as Strong Blonde and Copper Ale, don’t forget to accompany that beer with a delicious appetizer like coconut shrimp before chowing down on one of […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Antique Store: Placerville Antiques

For more than 25 years, antique shoppers have found exceptional treasures at Placerville Antiques, where owner Bev Fraga has brought together the most experienced group of antique and collectible dealers in the area. The shop offers a fabulous variety of collectibles and antiques, including furniture, jewelry, art, glassware, pottery, trains, vinyl records, coins, toys, books, […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Health Food Store: Placerville Food Co-op

Placerville Natural Food Coop is celebrating three years of supplying the community with local and sustainably produced food. Healthy meals on the go; a great deli with breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings; a huge selection of beverages including organic wines and coffee and many gluten-free products — Placerville Natural Foods Coop has become a welcome addition […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Bike Shop: Placerville Bike Shop

Owned and operated by Bob Molinari and his family since 1977, Placerville Bike Shop is nothing short of full service. The shop carries top-of-the-line bicycles and accessories from well-know manufacturers like Trek, Mirraco, Shimano and Yakima, among others. For those who already have a ride, the shop’s experienced team of mechanics will make sure its is […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Lawnmower Sales and Repair: Sears Placerville and Cameron Park

Did your trusty lawnmower break down over the summer and is in dire need of repairs? Or maybe it’s just time to get a new lawnmower, or upgrade to the comfort of a riding lawnmower. Sears Hometown Stores in Placerville and Cameron Park have you covered. Let owner Malcolm Dean and his teams help you […]

October 11, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Placerville City Council race

EDITOR: After having the honor of serving on the Placerville City Council from 1988-2004, I know what a tremendous responsibility it is, and how many tough decisions there are to make. It is not only important to make good decisions for today but to have vision for the future. As a city council member, I […]

My turn: The history behind why Placerville business and property owners, along with local residents, support Measure K

A little background information may shed some light on the current controversy surrounding Measure K and why Placerville residents should care. The initial public meeting for the Cedar Ravine/Main Street Roundabout project was held in November 2007, and was well attended by community members, the majority of whom were strongly opposed to the roundabout project. […]

Placerville can’t afford Measure K

EDITOR: Measure K, authored by the Friends of Historic Hangtown (FOHH), was known as Measure U and adopted by the Sonoma County community of Cotati in 2012 outlawing roundabouts. FOHH’s Measure K for Placerville goes far beyond an attempt to restrict roundabouts. The actual initiative wording contains restrictions on approval of private projects, infringement on […]

New CD celebrates a life in Placerville

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease first strummed guitar on a Placerville stage in 1962 and went on to become a central figure in what was once a lively local music scene. With a little help from some long-time […]

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