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 ...




40 Under 40: Brig Taylor, founder and CEO, SlideBelts

[Sacramento Business Journal]

Brig Taylor founded SlideBelts in 2008, while still in college. The company, which makes a ratchet belt without holes, has grown rapidly over the past few years, landing on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies in both 2016 and 2017.

With $6.18 million in 2016 revenue, the El Dorado Hills company ranked No. 4 this year on the Business Journal’s list of fastest-growing companies. The company has raised $1.07 million using StartEngine CrowdFunding, garnering one of the highest rankings on Wefunder, a crowdfunding platform. 

Age: 34

Education: B.A. in history, Brigham Young University 

Community service: ...




New Executive Chef for Edgewood Tahoe's three lakefront restaurants

Charles Wilson

[South Tahoe Now]

There is a new chef at the helm of Edgewood Tahoe's three restaurants after the retirement of Frank Stagnaro, the resort’s executive chef for over 25 years.

Executive Chef Charles Wilson was amazed at the view from the resort that sits on the shore of Lake Tahoe.

“One of the reasons I’m here is this property,” Wilson said. “Walking into the Great Room and looking out the windows was the moment. 

The culinary team’s job is to match the ambiance of the resort, and this setting is truly spectacular.”

A native of Austin, Texas, Wilson said his passion for the culinary arts was formed early on with the tutelage of his mother and grandmother ...





KCRA meteorologist Eileen Javora signs off

[Modesto Bee]

Javora is leaving news television to spend more time with her family, she announced prior to her final broadcast on New Year's Eve. 

She and her husband, Justin Boeger, a winemaker at Boeger Winery in Placerville, have two daughters under the age of 6.

Javora joined KCRA in March 2005 after covering hurricanes with NBC affiliate WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla. She made her on-camera debut as an associate weather producer for “Good Morning America,” including ...