EDH woman tapped as transportation executive

Placerville City Councilwoman Patty Borelli, chairman of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, announced Dec. 20 that the commission has selected Sharon Scherzinger as their new executive director. “We are especially excited that Sharon has been with California Department of Transportation, which gives her great knowledge about the processes for local agencies to work successfully with the state to obtain funding for local roads and the state highway system” said Borelli. Scherzinger, 51, has 23 years of transportation planning experience.  She was head of the California Department of Transportation’s Planning and Mass Transit Divisions. Prior to her work at the Caltrans, she managed a $2 billion bond program for the California Transportation Commission. Scherzinger has degrees in geography and architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.  A resident of El Dorado Hills, she has lived in El Dorado County with her husband and two sons for 22 years. “I am honored to be selected as the new executive director.  I look forward to working with the commission to plan and implement the transportation program for the benefit of the residents, businesses, and visitors of El Dorado County,” she said. Scherzinger will replace Kathryn Mathews who retired after 30 years of public service and 10 years as executive director of the commission. The El Dorado County Transportation Commission is a state‐authorized agency with a governing commission that includes four members of the Board of Supervisors and three members of the Placerville City Council. It is responsible for the transportation planning, funding, and program management in the western portion of El Dorado County (not including the Lake Tahoe region).

New chief fiscal officer for BOMUSD hits the ground running

Peter Rosenberry, 30, hit the ground running when he accepted the Black Oak Mine Unified School District’s position of chief fiscal officer. He grew up in Pollock Pines and is a 1999 graduate of El Dorado High School. He then attended Concordia University in Irvine and graduated in 2003 with a communications major. “I got […]

Divide schools face $800k deficit

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District board is facing a deficit, it learned at its Dec. 8 meeting. The shortfall was highlighted in a PowerPoint presentation by newly hired Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Rosenberry. For the 2010-11 fiscal year, actual expenses exceeded the district’s actual revenues by nearly $800,000 and, if left unchecked, that […]

Detective retraces Greenberg’s steps

The case involving Morris Greenberg and Anthony Dumont  included a testimony from detective Nolan Tracy during the trial’s morning continuation on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Morris Greenberg, 40, is accused of murdering Anthony Dumont, 26, on July 20, 2008, after he discovered Dumont assisting his estranged wife move out of the couple’s foreclosed home in Somerset. […]

Ponderosa HS student joins Cameron Park’s skate committee

Cameron Park has added a high school student to its Skate Park Committee. At the meeting of the Skate Park Committee of the Board of Directors for the Cameron Park Community Services District, held Oct. 27, Alec Johnson was nominated and unanimously elected as the first committee member who is a skateboarder. The Skate Park […]

Christmas food baskets see increased demand

Hundreds of  families braved the long line Saturday, some waiting over an hour to receive food from the Food Bank of El Dorado County’s Christmas Food Basket Project at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Approximately 400 volunteers were on hand to help the estimated 1,000 to 1,200 families requesting the baskets that included […]

Evening of positive vibes powers El Dorado County Chamber dinner

The 88th annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce was filled with optimism. Vicki Barber, El Dorado County superintendent of schools, welcomed the full house at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House in Placerville announcing the theme for the evening was “Powering Prosperity.” “We are here to recognize those […]

Discounts available for some traffic tickets

The Superior Court of El Dorado County is offering a 50 percent discount on some old, unpaid traffic tickets. It is a limited-time “amnesty program” for certain outstanding court debt. The discount would apply to the total amount due, including the base fine and any assessments, late charges and other fees. The program will run […]

Aerojet leaders build bikes, surprise kids

C.J. Cook put it best. “This is sooooo cool,” said the expressive 10-year-old. He’d just received a new bike, custom fitted to his husky frame, from a group of Aerojet executives he’d never met. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 120 Aerojet managers and lead engineers became overqualified bicycle mechanics for an afternoon, assembling new bikes for […]

TIM fee cuts due

Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees could drop 14.7 percent overall, according to figures discussed Monday by El Dorado County Director of Transportation Jim Ware. That won endorsement from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The total reduction would be $138.6 million compared to the 2008 total traffic improvement program of $942.8 million. The 2010 adopted […]

Divide construction team helps Navajo woman

GARDEN VALLEY — The ROP construction team at Golden Sierra High School has taken on a new project, with a slightly different twist than the typical projects they’ve tackled in the past. Last summer Ed Kennedy took a group of students on “The Shonto Trip” (for the past 14 years they’ve made this trek) down […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

El Dorado Transit announces route changes

El Dorado Transit will implement the following changes to its local fixed route services effective Tuesday, Jan. 3.   The new Diamond Springs route will merge with the Folsom Lake College Shuttle and add service to eastbound Pleasant Valley Road and northbound Missouri Flat Road, including a request stop at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. The Cameron Park route […]

Wherever you go there will be a DUI crackdown

SACRAMENTO — The 2011 statewide DUI Crackdown kicked off Dec. 16 and continues through Jan. 2, just as many Californians are expected to hit the roads for the holidays. The effort includes increased enforcement and a new campaign aimed at drinkers in bars, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Receiving a DUI is an awful […]

UNR using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temps

RENO, Nev. — Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. The study based at the University of Nevada, Reno, is funded by the […]

Heard over the back fence: Great paint job at Cameron Park Library

 The following “Modest” T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “TO SAVE TIME, let’s assume I know everything.” • • • LOCAL PAINTERS SHINE:
 Kathe and Bill Hughes spruced up the Cameron Park Library with uplifting, brightly painted walls in the Quiet Room, the computer wall, and in the Honor’s Book Sale area. Thank you, […]

Democrat starts its 161st year in January

Now beginning its 161st year of publication, the Mountain Democrat is one of 19 newspapers published in El Dorado County before 1858, according to the 1949 reminiscences of former Democrat Publisher Clarence Barker. It is the lone survivor of that remarkable period, and is now the oldest newspaper in California in continuous publication. By its […]

Soles jam to Haiti

What do a cruise ship full of musicians, Labadee,Haiti, and 10,000 pairs of shoes have to do with one another? The cruise ship is the method of transportation, the shoes are the treasure and the residents of Haiti are the recipients. “Seventy percent of the people in Haiti live on less than a dollar a […]

County overhauls mental health facility, programs

Spurred by negative revelations regarding the El Dorado County Psychiatric Health Facility, the county Board of Supervisors ordered “an immediate management audit” back on July 26. Tuesday, the board received an update on that project. Of particular concern at the time was that the facility staff routinely called the Placerville Police Department for assistance with difficult […]

Beating leads to arrests

Three suspects were arrested early Tuesday morning after they allegedly beat up a person who had marijuana in his possession. According to Capt. Mike Scott of the Placerville Police Department, Anthony Stott, 22, of Folsom; James Teahan, 21, of El Dorado Hills; and Dylan Morton, 18, of Pollock Pines were taken into custody on various […]

Sheriff’s CERT teams ready for action

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services sponsors Community Emergency Response Teams in our county. CERT is a group of local residents who have volunteered many hours attending training to learn basic skills to save lives and protect property in the aftermath of a major disaster. The El Dorado County CERT program was developed […]

USFS extends Meyers Landfill closure

MEYERS — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reminds snowmobilers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, off-highway vehicle users and other recreationists that the Meyers Landfill site off Pioneer Trail near South Lake Tahoe remains closed due to safety hazards. Construction at the site will continue next summer. The site has been winterized, […]

Backflow prevention inspection bid OK’d

Inspecting backflow prevention assemblies in areas served by recycled water is being contracted out for the third year. The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors Dec. 12 approved a bid of $61,787 for inspection services for the year 2012. The low bidder, AAA Backflow Prevention Services, was one of six bidders. The next highest […]

EID OKs computer upgrade

The Information Technology Division of the El Dorado Irrigation District will get new servers following approval Dec. 12 by the Board of Directors. The $110,400 bid is being piggy-backed onto a competitive bid by the city of Tuscon, Ariz. Another $15,000 was part of the approval to include cabling and software. It replaces a server […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa to visit Welcome Center in EDH

 John Chapman gave me the following doormat statement: “Ring Doorbell and Run. The Dog Needs Exercise.” • • • SANTA SNAPSHOTS:
 The California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, (Town Center), El Dorado Hills, is presenting a “Picture with Santa” event through Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $22.99. Stop by for goody bags, […]

Area employment stats improve

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 10.9 percent in November 2011, down from a revised 11.4 percent in October 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent for California and 8.2 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Five local foster youth receive holiday stockings

SACRAMENTO – United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members and people across the region donated stockings for five El Dorado County foster youth in New Morning Youth and Family Services’ programs through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. The donation was part of the group’s annual gift and stocking drive that this year raised 133 stockings and […]

City Council wraps up 2011 in holiday mood

Tuesday night saw the Placerville City Council closing out a year that included a lawsuit over the roundabout, a referendum that shut down redevelopment, the removal of a mayor indicted by the Grand Jury and Neighborhood Chats. Tuesday’s meeting was a “goodwill to all, peace on earth” type of City Council meeting as 22 city […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Christmas closures vary

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Friday, Dec. 23 or Dec.26, due to Christmas, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed both Dec.23 and Dec.26 as well a Placerville City Hall. The offices of the police and fire […]

Planning panel studies Creekside Plaza 3rd time

The discussion to combine three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northwest corner of the intersection of Forni and Missouri Flat Roads continued during the County of El Dorado Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 and will be back on its agenda next month. When this plan was discussed during the Oct. […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Greenberg murder trial reviews Dumont’s autopsy, sees photos

The forensic pathologist who conducted Anthony Dumont’s 2008 autopsy was called to testify Wednesday by prosecutors in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg. Greenberg, 40, is accused shooting Dumont, 26, on July 20, 2008, after finding him helping his estranged wife move out of the couple’s foreclosed Somerset home. Barrie Greenberg, the defendant’s wife, separated […]

Search warrant was much broader than Poor Red’s

The search warrant that brought California Highway Patrol officers and agents from the state’s Board of Equalization to Poor Red’s restaurant last week targeted three additional locations currently or previously owned or leased by Mike and Brenda Adams. The couple evidently moved from Camino to Placerville in August of this year, and both homes were […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 31 Replies

School bus funds halved

Tuesday Gov. Jerry Brown ordered $1 billion in mid-year budget cuts and $248 million in home-to-school transportation cuts, which will reduce the pupil transportation budget in El Dorado County schools by 50 percent. “This is a very significant reduction on top of the $20 million cuts in our budget that we’ve already suffered,” said El […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Huber foregoes third term

El Dorado Hills Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, 39, placed what previously appeared to be a promising political career on indefinite hold Tuesday, announcing that she will not seek a third term in the Assembly. Facing a self-described “nasty, ugly” divorce, foreclosure of a home in Serrano and the prospect of moving to a more politically moderate […]

Criminal Annals, Part 133: Capt. Taylor plays William Tell, gets scalp groove

Continuing with the Oct. 2, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we again find the most interesting of the articles listed under the doings in the Recorder’s Court, where minor criminals, many of whom seem to be there most of the time for various and continuing incidents, face Judge McGrew. “RECORDER’S COURT. – Before […]

G’town water district loses key employees

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District will start the new year without two of its management employees. Planner and Operations Manager for Water Distribution Steven Gau and Operations Manager for Water Quality Rebecca Siren each submitted their resignations to General Manager Hank White effective Dec. 30. White read their letters to the board at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Reading going to the dogs

 The following T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?” • • • PATIENT CANINE LISTENERS:
 Canine listeners are available at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Kids can learn how to read out loud to the […]

Greenberg trial: No gun found in Romanko truck

Morris Greenberg, according to his defense attorney, shot Anthony Dumont three times in 2008 in self-defense. During his opening statement last week, Erik Schlueter told jurors that Greenberg, a retired Bay Area police officer, thought Dumont, 26, was reaching for a gun inside of his sister’s truck. But on Wednesday, jurors learned that the vehicle […]

PG&E urges customers to beware of carbon monoxide

As temperatures begin to drop, PG&E urges customers to be mindful of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide. Several tragic cases of carbon monoxide poisoning take place each year during the winter months as people try to stay warm. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is created by the incomplete combustion […]

Dealing with holidays and heartache

Grief experts offer tips for getting through the holidays after suffering the loss of a loved one. Instead of looking toward this time with a heavy heart, try to find some semblance of joy at this special time of year. It’s OK to cry. Work through your grief and then try to let it go. […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Friends for Survival is here to help

Friends for Survival was founded in February 1983 by Marilyn Koenig of Sacramento, after she suffered the loss of her son to suicide in 1977. Co-founder was Chris Moon of Lincoln, who also lost a son. Local volunteer Susan Salluce, 44, of Shingle Springs helped establish the Cameron Park meetings, which have been held for […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Couple shares pain — and hope — of holidays in shadow of son’s suicide

POLLOCK PINES — The pain that etches the faces of Kevin and Karen Carlson likely will shape their countenances for a lifetime. It’s the pain that shattered their lives two-and-a-half years ago with the gunshot that left their son, Kelly, dead — a suicide committed in a room of the house where they’ve lived for […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Final moments of Dumont’s life recounted

Testimony in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg continued Tuesday, one week after opening statements were delivered. Greenberg, 40, is charged with the 2008 murder of 26-year-old Anthony Dumont. At the time of his death, Dumont was dating Greenberg’s estranged wife, Barrie, and was helping her move out of the Somerset home she once shared […]

Rape suspect captured in New Jersey

Pasquale Patrick Senatore has evaded the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department since 2002. He is now in custody. Senatore was under investigation for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in 1998. Investigators attempted to question him about allegations he raped the girl many times during a three-month span. But Senatore fled before investigators could reach […]

Day finds chair squeaky

New Division 5 Director Alan Day found his chair a little squeaky after he was sworn in Dec. 12 along with Directors George Osborne and Bill George. At the public forum at the start of Monday’s meeting El Dorado Hills resident Paul Raveling criticized Day for having an “anti-EID Website”  and said his “campaign arguments […]

Kane retires; Heinzer promoted

Liz Kane, 70, retired Dec. 13 after 11 years as the Mountain Democrat’s fourth sports editor. Working with Kane for the past 11 years is sports writer Jerry Heinzer, who takes over as sports editor Dec. 14, announced Editor Michael Raffety. Liz Kane began as a sports correspondent in January 1994 and five years later was […]