Editor's View: Lake makes waves in JFK documentary; El Dorado County tries to play nice; fashion struts stuff at Reunion

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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The warmer weather not only brings out critters on the local trails (beware the rattlesnakes, gang), but also your local newspaper editor. With camera and notepad in hand, I found myself at more than a few area events last week.

Chamber chow

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held at the CSD pavilion, was well attended May 1 and I spotted many regulars such as Scott Draper, CSD Director Billy Vandegrift, County Supervisor Ray Nutting and Librarian Carolyn Brooks. The chamber staff always does a great job with these events.

The subject of the talk was ways in which El Dorado Hills residents can become more involved in the process at the county, particularly regarding the general plan.

Jim Brunello, with the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee, explained “it’s a very open, inclusive process.”

Before the committee, he said, “The reputation with the county was, it’s been terrible.”

Brunello said the 2004 General Plan calls for “32,000 new housing, about 12,000 of those have been built. The goal was to create 1.3 jobs per home, but it’s actually a little less than .5 (jobs per home).”

Brunello said now is the time to get involved.

“There are big decisions about to be made (regarding) land use issues,” he said. “There are a lot of decision to be made and they can’t be made in a back room … so they created a council of communities.”

He said anyone can participate in the council of communities.

“The development of the 2004 General Plan split the community,” he said. “The review process is bringing the community together.”

The next meeting of the group is 6:30 p.m., May 14, at the El Dorado Hills CSD.

They plan to discuss traffic and development.

Fashion plate

Anthony Roberts phoned last week to talk about a fundraiser benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Sacramento.

Sponsored by Von Housen Automotive, Baja Limo and Miss Guided Media, the Seasons of Love Fashion Show is slated for 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Reunion Nightclub in El Dorado Hills Town Center.

Local boutiques will be providing the fashions and models.

Admission is free, but they are accepting donations to benefit the nonprofit.

“We’re really proud of it,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

To make a donation online, visit,

Folsom Lake in the spotlight

Ted Robinson, a World War II veteran who penned a book about saving John F. Kennedy when Kennedy’s P.T. boat was hit in 1943, is again telling his story, only this time to an international audience.

His book, if you’re interested in learning more, is titled “Water in My Veins: The Pauper Who Helped Save a President.”

A documentary film company based in London, England, is working on a film about Kennedy’s life and contacted Robinson.

“They came to my house three weeks ago, on Friday, April 19, and we went to … Folsom Lake,” he said.

“They had three people from London and another from National Geographic. They had me in full uniform and they brought the wagon right down on the sand,” he said. “Anyway, they had me out there pacing up and down and looking out over the water.”

Robinson is a park commissioner in Sacramento County.

“Folsom Lake is going to be shown all over England and America with the National Geographic Channel and other parts of Europe,” he said. “Before they interviewed me, they went to Los Angeles and interviewed Robert Kennedy’s son. He’s sort of the spokesman for the family.”

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