Ron Carruth resigns Whittier City schools Superintendent to take job back home in Placerville

[MIKE SPRAGUE, The Whittier Daily News. Photo courtesy Whittier City School District]

Carruth, 55, of Whittier is returning to Placerville, where he grew up, to become superintendent of El Dorado Unified School District.

Whittier City School District Superintendent Ron Carruth has resigned, effective June 30, to become superintendent of El Dorado Unified School District. 

He’s been in Whittier for 22 years: six years as principal at California High; six years as assistant superintendent at Whittier Union High School District; and 10 as superintendent for Whittier City, Carruth said.

Both his family and his wife’s are in the Placerville area. The opportunity to return home presented itself, and he took it, Carruth said. “Laurie and I have been going back and forth as our parents have aged.”

Proximity is so important, he’s even taking a pay cut to make the move, from about $254,000 to $233,000 annually. The two districts serve about the same number of students, around 7,000, although Whittier City is a K-8 district, while El Dorado is a K-12.

School board President Cecilia Perez understands Carruth’s desire to go home but is sorry to see him leave, she said.

“We’re happy for him,” Perez said. “He’s going home.” She touted progress made during his tenure: “We’ve done a great job with technology. Every child in our district has an iPad. We’ve been doing a lot of training with our teachers.”

Work already is underway to find a successor, Perez said. The board hired Leadership Institutes as its search firm. The goal is to hire someone before school starts in early August, she said.

Whittier activist Joann Travers believes the board should take its time. “They need to do a large search to find someone,” she said. “It seems like they’re rushing it.”...



EDH education icon killed in crash

[Bill Sullivan, Folsom Telegraph]

A well-known educational leader who spent much of his career as a school principal in El Dorado Hills was killed Saturday night, March 31, in a single-vehicle accident in El Dorado County. 

According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, Tony Deville Sr., 83, was travelling eastbound on Green Valley Road at approximately 6:25 p.m. Saturday night near Ulenkamp Road. 

As Deville approached a slowing car, he reportedly swerved to avoid a collision and travelled off the roadway where he collided ...



"Angel of Tahoe" donates $35 million in the past four years

[Paula Peterson, South Tahoe Now]

In South Lake Tahoe, the name Lisa Maloff is synonymous with philanthropy. She has earned the name "Angel of Tahoe" through her large donations, including $10 million to Barton Memorial Hospital for their new Robert Maloff Center of Excellence (Wellness and Sports Performance Center) and $5.8 million to Lake Tahoe Community College for the Lisa Maloff University Center. To date, Mrs. Maloff has donated $35 million in the past four years.

Her donations can be seen throughout the community, including the purchase and care of South Lake Tahoe Police K-9s, helping with a new fire boat for the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department, paying for a new football field at Whittell High School, buying Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe two vehicles, a donation to Tahoe Youth & Family Services and purchase of toys given to 100 local children during their Christmas Party.

Now one can add to that list a new $390,000 fire boat for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue (SLTFR) ...



To Try to Save Client's Life, a Lawyer Ignored His Wishes. Can He Do That?

[JEFFERY C. MAYS, New York Times]

“As a kid, Larry was looking out for his community, even though I was a total stranger,” Mr. Collier, a retired Ford Motor Company executive, said in a phone interview from his home in El Dorado Hills, Calif. The two enrolled in the Army together after graduating from high school to escape what they were ...

Larry English left the Louisiana courtroom knowing that he had tried his last criminal case.

His attempt to save his client’s life had failed. Over repeated objections from his client, Robert McCoy, who insisted on his innocence, Mr. English had told the jury that Mr. McCoy was “crazy” and had killed three people. The jury’s verdict was death.

“I walked out of that courtroom saying I could never put myself through that again, emotionally,” Mr. English said during ...



Democratic Pollster Jim Moore died Jan 1st at his home in Camino

[CATHY LOCKE, Sacramento Bee.]

Img: Jim Moore Courtesy Jan Mathews

For pollster Jim Moore, politics was all about numbers, and his firm J. Moore Methods supplied the statistics that guided local and statewide campaigns in California for three decades.

Moore died Jan. 1 at his home in the El Dorado County community of Camino. He was 66.  Moore suffered from heart problems and had been in declining health for some time ...

Moore founded J. Moore Methods Inc. in Sacramento in 1983 and served as a primary pollster for the Democratic Party, working with Gov. Jerry Brown, former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, former California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, former State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and others...

During the 2008 campaign for Proposition 1A, the bond measure to develop a high-speed rail system, Moore’s polling picked up on voters’ concerns at the beginning of the recession.

As a result, Townsend said, the campaign shifted from an emphasis on high-speed rail’s environmental benefits and focused instead on its economic benefits and potential job creation. The measure passed by 4 points.

Moore was born March 28, 1951, in Humboldt County and grew up in Arcata, Mathews said. He attended Humboldt State University and UC Berkeley ...

Mathews said a memorial for Moore is planned, but the date has yet to be ...