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Former EDH man guilty of fraud

SACRAMENTO — Gregory J. Chmielewski, 46, of West Bend, Wisc., and formerly of El Dorado Hills, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud for a scheme where he transferred business funds to his own personal use, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced earlier this month. According to his plea agreement, Chmielewski set up a professional […]

Trio of mail, identity theft suspects caught

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested three people suspected of using stolen credit cards and stealing mail after responding to a theft call at Target last month. At about 12:55 p.m. on June 29 deputies responded to the call at the El Dorado Hills Town Center business. In the parking lot, they approached 38-year-old Heston […]

Fraud workshop scheduled

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors’ Education Committee will host a very informative program in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office on April 25. Robert Leach, criminal investigator in the Real Estate Fraud Division, will address what the DA’s Office is encountering with respect to mortgage and real estate fraud in […]

Foresthill man pleads guilty to Raley’s fraud

A Foresthill man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Jason Allen Smith, 47, schemed to defraud Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced in a press release. A former contract employee, Smith conspired with Raley’s former Director of Advertising David John […]

Former EDH man faces fraud and laundering charges

A former El Dorado Hills man was indicted on charges of mail fraud and money laundering and was scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Sacramento Wednesday morning. Gregory J. Chmielewski, 43, was indicted on 24 counts of mail fraud and money laundering in Feb. 2011, but the indictment was sealed until his Oct. […]

Stracener mailer attacks Hoffman: Allegations ‘much ado about nothing’

A mailer sent out as part of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Warren “Curt” Stracener’s reelection campaign has stirred controversy over opponent Joseph Hoffman. The mailer alleges that “Joseph Hoffman may have aided Daniel Chartraw in the commission of interstate fraud.” As previously reported in the Mountain Democrat, between Jan. 1, 2007, and Nov. […]

State agency warns consumers of forged, fraudulent property deeds

Consumers urged to be proactive to guard against and repair the damage caused by scams  SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Real Estate recently issued a Consumer Alert about the growing number of scams that involve forged or fraudulent property deeds and what consumers can do to protect themselves against such fraud. The DRE is a state […]

Trio accused of $18M fraud against Thunder Valley tribe

An affidavit filed on March 20 by the IRS claims three men committed fraud against the United Auburn Indian Community, totaling $18 million. Gregory Baker, Bart Volen and Darrell Hinz are alleged to have committed crimes including money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, the affidavit, written by Special Agent Daniel M. Norton, states. […]

El Dorado Hills man accused of mortgage fraud in federal case

An El Dorado Hills man and two accomplices were indicted last week by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. Anthony Salcedo, 30, of El Dorado Hills; Sean McClendon, 45, of West Sacramento; and Anthony Williams, 44, of Carmichael; face 30 years in prison and up to $1 million […]

Suspected identity thieves busted; Shingle Springs mail reportedly involved

Two Northern California men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing mail from Shingle Springs residents and then spending more than $100,000 throughout the region. Michael Ross, 27, of Folsom, and Vyacheslav Berezenko, 23, of Sacramento, were booked earlier this week into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and identity theft after […]

Assessor warns against mailers

El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland has announced that county residents are again experiencing a rash of mailers offering to reduce property taxes for a fee. “Property owners can obtain the same tax relief without paying anyone a fee,” Weiland said. “All that is required is to contact our office.” Weiland added that the latest […]

How to avoid census fraud, scams

As census workers fan out into Northern California collecting 2010 Census information from households that did not mail back their form, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to remind people about how to avoid fraud and scams. As of May 1, the Census Bureau launched its door-knocking operation, where census takers personally visit households that didnÕt […]

Academic fraud?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli has started an inquiry about whether global warming scientist and advocate Michael Mann falsely represented himself when he was hired by the University of Virginia from the University of Massachusetts or when he applied for government grants. Mann is the man with the hockey stick. He is prominently mentioned in […]

Heard over the back fence: Random Acts of Kindness

JANUARY LUNCHEON PROGRAM: Placerville Fellowship and Newcomer’s Club’s January lunch program is an important and informational presentation. Attorney Al Hamilton, legal advisor for the Placerville Senior Center, will talk about the latest scams and fraudulent schemes being perpetuated against senior citizens. He’ll share how to avoid these problems and offer help in senior estate planning. All this information will […]

Be on the lookout for the ‘grandparent scam’

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently issued a consumer alert urging older Californians to be on the lookout for the “grandparent scam” and other scams targeting seniors that have been reported to the California Department of Justice. According to estimates from the AARP, fraud costs American seniors billions of dollars a year. “The […]

Stay vigilant and protect yourself from theft

Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, consumers shouldn’t let their guard down. Hackers, identity thieves, burglars and others with ill intentions work 365 days a year. Alexis Moore, founder of the non-profit crime victim advocacy organization Survivors in Action and the author of “Cyber Self-Defense: Expert to Avoid Online Predators, Identity Theft and Cyber […]

DA also on recall list

Efforts to recall El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson are under way. The county Elections Department received and verified  20 signatures supporting the recall. The notice of intent to circulate a recall petition and affidavit of service was given to Elections officials on Nov. 24. The proponents of the petition list the grounds for recall as: “We the voters […]

Local man pleads guilty to theft from tribe

Darrell Patrick Hinz, 48, of Cameron Park pleaded guilty on Friday, Nov. 20, to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiring to launder monetary instruments and filing a false tax return, according to a press release from the Office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of California. He has been ordered to pay restitution […]

Safety tips to keep the holiday shopping season jolly

SAN FRANCISCO — With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued consumer tips for safe shopping this holiday season. The holidays are a festive time of the year that unfortunately leave consumers vulnerable to monetary scams and online hackers. This season’s online holiday sales are predicted to reach a record […]

Charles Krauthammer: Skip the investigations, win the election

At a certain point, you have to realize you can’t hit a fastball.  House Republicans don’t quite get that they are hopeless at oversight hearings. They keep losing — and now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has just introduced articles of impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. I’m sympathetic to the GOP motive, […]

Attorney general warning: ‘Tis the season for Medicare scams

LOS ANGELES — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently issued a consumer alert to Californians regarding potential scams targeting seniors during Medicare’s open enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this time, senior citizens who are 65 years old and older should assess their Medicare plans and consider various plan options. Any Medicare plan changes that […]

Crime Log

Sept. 4 7:45 a.m. An unknown suspect broke into a locked vehicle and stole items inside on Wild Chaparral Drive in Shingle Springs. 8:34 a.m. At a traffic stop, the driver was arrested for obstructing a peace officer and the passenger was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance paraphernalia on Missouri […]

Crime Log

Aug. 28 7:30 a.m. Hoses were stolen from a construction site on Highway 49 in Placerville. 10:51 a.m. A cabin was burglarized on Pomo Road in Spring Creek. 4:14 p.m. Multiple persons reported alleged stolen mail was found in a resident’s mailbox on Bartlett Court in El Dorado Hills. 7:20 p.m. Marijuana was discovered and […]

Crime Log

Aug. 13 1:29 a.m. A male was arrested for possession of narcotics on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. 6:30 p.m. A locally stolen vehicle was recovered on Bucks Bar Road in Somerset. 9:06 a.m. A 43-year-old woman reported petty theft from an unlocked vehicle on Coach Lane in Cameron Park. 1:46 p.m. Unknown suspects […]

Crime Log

Aug. 1 3:39 a.m. A 29-year-old man called in a noise complaint at a vacation rental on High Meadows Trail in Mountain Meadows. 6:37 a.m. Chain saws were stolen from a commercial business on Lotus Road in Rescue. 11 a.m. A 69-year-old man’s cabin along Highway 50 in Twin Bridges was broken into several times […]

Crime Log

July 20 5:55 a.m. A suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a 45-year-old victim on William Way in Camino. 11:13 a.m. A party reported a man on their property with a firearm. When the deputies searched and found no one, the reporting party was found to be under the influence of […]

My Turn: Rate your public services

If you are like me, you are inundated with surveys and questionnaires from service providers or product manufacturers. The inevitable question and the one they most value is: “Will you recommend us to your friends?” I was even sent a two-page questionnaire after a recent colonoscopy. I checked the box “recommending our services to your […]

Crime Log

July 9 5:15 a.m. Suspects forced entry into a residence and stole property on Mother Lode Drive in Placerville. 8:15 a.m. An attempted vehicle burglary occurred on Sophia Parkway in El Dorado Hills. 1 p.m. A 77-year-old woman reported stolen registration from her vehicle on Wilson Boulevard in El Dorado Hills. 1:15 p.m. A 19-year-old […]

Crime Log

July 4 2:19 a.m. Deputies responded to a noise disturbance at a vacation rental on Ormsby Drive in Mountain Meadows. The renter was warned about excessive noise. 3:17 a.m. A 63-year-old man caught an unknown suspect trying to burglarize his garage on Woodleigh Lane in Cameron Park. The suspect got away; nothing was stolen. 6:12 a.m. A 47-year-old […]

Crime log

June 11 8:26 a.m. Deputies contacted four people who they thought were behaving suspiciously on Highway 50 at Silver Fork. An outdoor marijuana garden was subsequently discovered and the four were arrested. 9 a.m. Mail found on Marina Park Drive in El Dorado Hills was returned to its owner. 10:04 a.m. A mailbox cluster on Blue Oak Court was […]

Crime Log: April 18-22

April 18 12:09 p.m. Deputies receive a report of a burglary to multiple storage containers and a dwelling on a remote property on South Shingle Road in Latrobe. 6:13 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to a battery call on Freedom Road in Placerville. Connie Sanford, 60, was arrested for alleged battery. 7:52 p.m. A female subject […]

DMV warns about telephone scams

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that it does not call or e-mail asking for personal information and anyone who receives such inquiries should consider them to be a scam. “DMV employees do not call customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as social security numbers, and anyone who […]

Crime Log: March 17-19

March 17 5:29 a.m. Adam Hull, 35, was arrested for an outstanding warrant on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. Firearms in his possession were booked for safekeeping. 7:06 a.m. A male and female living together with kids present had a verbal argument on Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. The argument got physical when […]

Crime Log: March 14-16

March 14 7:59 a.m. A subject was reportedly under the influence of a controlled substance on South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs. 9:46 a.m. Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills was vandalized. Food and clothing items were stolen from a utility building and a snack bar. 11:00 a.m. Petty theft on Highway 193 […]

Horoscope, Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Moon Prep Tomorrow the sky has “Fresh Start” written in large sparkling letters across it, as the total solar eclipse, the new moon and the spring equinox will occur over the course of the day. Consider this prep time. As in all preparations, think about your ideal end result (which in this case is […]

Protect against identity theft during the tax season

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris alerted Californians to the threat of tax-related identity theft and issued tips on how consumers can protect themselves during the tax filing process. Tax-related identity theft commonly occurs when thieves send phishing emails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) […]

Crime Log: Jan. 15-18

Jan. 15 9:14 a.m. A Cameron Park victim’s mail was fraudulently forwarded to an address. This case was forwarded to the U.S. Postal Inspector for follow-up. 10:25 a.m. An assault with a deadly weapon on Horseshoe Lane in Oak Hill was reported. 11:00 a.m. During an execution of an arrest warrant on Country Club Drive […]

Crime Log: Jan. 13-14

Jan. 13 5:31 a.m. A suspect allegedly delayed an investigation by refusing to follow a lawful order from a peace officer and ran across the roadway and away from deputy. The suspect was contacted on Mother Lode Drive in Diamond Springs and arrested. 8:43 a.m. A 68-year-old male victim reported the winch from his Jeep […]

Columnist seeks help letting go of the tough stuff

Unless you don’t have a soul, and I know some people like that, you probably have what can only be called feelings. While in the feelings line, I got an extra helping, which may explain why some people lack them. Anyway, I get waylaid by feelings often, including when I am confronted with stuff in […]

Crime Log: Jan. 8-12

Jan. 8 8:25 a.m. 
The door to a travel trailer on Mother Lode Drive in Diamond Springs was pried on but the door was not opened. The door jam was bent. 3:39 p.m. An intoxicated male was contacted while screaming profanities along Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Once it was determined that the […]

Crime Log: Jan. 4-6

Jan. 4 7:32 a.m. Suspect(s) forced open an outdoor caged box containing propane tanks on Ellinghouse Road in Cool. The suspect(s) took eight 5-gallon propane tanks valued at $50 each. 9:47 a.m. A deputy was dispatched to Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines for a report of graffiti vandalism. 10:12 a.m.
 Suspect(s) broke a classroom […]

Crime Log: Dec. 2

Dec. 2 7:01 a.m. 
Items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway on Fir Drive in Pollock Pines. 7:04 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to a theft report for stolen rims and tires from a vehicle on Mesa Verdes Drive in El Dorado Hills. 10:11 a.m. A check was mailed to an address […]

Crime Log: Nov 26-27

Nov. 26 8:15 a.m. A 51-year-old female victim in El Dorado Hills reported her 52-year-old ex-husband allegedly accessed her email account, changed her profile information and has possibly been using the account for fraud. 9:55 a.m. During the course of a probation search on Lakewood Drive in Pollock Pines, a female subject on probation, Jenelle […]

Crime Log: Nov. 17-19

Nov. 17 9:23 a.m. A report was made of seeing a spotlight in a field near Highway 193 in Cool and hearing shots fired. Investigations lead to the arrest of a convicted felon for allegedly possessing firearms and ammunition, and several alleged fish and game violations for poaching three deer. 10:40 a.m. Deputies were dispatched […]

Grace Foundation closes its doors indefinitely

After a three-year legal battle over sick horses and mounting debt due to their care, Grace Foundation has bolted the gates to its 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe. As recent as July things seemed to be looking up according to Grace Foundation Executive Director and founder Beth DeCaprio. After a plea […]

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Take the county biz survey

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Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A8

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B1

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

By Julie Samrick | Gallery

Legal services available for seniors

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency

One dead after Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tribes fight over name, land

By Amanda Williams

Water warning near El Dorado Trail

By El Dorado County Community Development | Gallery

Boy dies in Thursday wreck

By Amanda Williams

Sheriff makes pitch for new facility

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

Ponderosa coach arrested

By Amanda Williams

CHP looking for senior volunteers

By California Highway Patrol

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Letters »

Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Denial

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Teacher shortage

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Opinions and facts

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Altshuler’s insults

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Respect other drivers

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Helping the homeless

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Herd immunity doesn’t work either

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Alternative treatments

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Clay Street problems?

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Phony claim

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Lincoln’s railroad ties

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EID general manager responds

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Empty Bowls left our hearts full

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New sheriff’s complex

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Save the turtles

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Sports »

Troy downs Woodcreek

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Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

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Bruins clinch CVC

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D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

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Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

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Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

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Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

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Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

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Cougars upend Lady D’backs

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D’back give-and-take leads to win

By Jerry Heinzer | Gallery

Sports scene: Jan. 28, 2016

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Prospecting »

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

‘Citizenfour’ shows at Cozmic Café

By Coalition For Change | From Page: B3

Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B3

My Time group to meet in Placerville

By Senior Day | From Page: B4

Arts Council presents author reading

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B4

Alice Wallace combines country and Americana

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B4

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Talon R. Green

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

Exhibit brings a new dimension to familiar portraits

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B6

St. Elias Orthodox Church presents special programs

By St. Elias Orthodox Church | From Page: B6

Cabaret skewers and laments commercialized romance

By Capital Stage | From Page: B6

Send a singing Valentine

By Sierra Gold Chorus | From Page: B8

Gold Rush for preschoolers

By Angels Camp | From Page: B8

History museum debuts new exhibit

By The Sacramento History Museum | From Page: B9

Acoustic guitar luminaries return to Harris Center

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

Poets to speak out

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B13

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

By Gold Trail Union School District

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

By Food Bank Of El Dorado County

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Essentials »

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

By Democrat Staff

EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/20

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

By El Dorado County Community Development

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

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Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

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DUI Log

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Obituaries »

Barbara Endersby

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Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

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Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Sandra Anne Wallace shorter obit

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Michael Corner funeral notice

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Joseph Richard Erickson

By Contributor

Philip John Garthe Jr.

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Bell Weaver

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Charlotte Emily Dryden

By Contributor

Donna Louise Ranger

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June Birtwell

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James Carroll Coleman

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F. John Adams

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Donna Wunschel

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Frances Rosa King

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Home Source

Home sales rebound in December after November setback

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HM8

Sellers checked out of current market

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM4

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