El Dorado County California


El Dorado County California Superior Court is held at El Dorado County Court House, just down the street from many historic buildings in Placerville such as The Bell Tower.  Placed in the plaza in 1865, it was used as an alarm system to call out the firefighters. The bell was cast in England and was used as a fire alarm. The present steel structure replaced a former wooden tower in 1898.

 

El Dorado County slogan is beautiful El Dorado, the county of choice for a better tomorrow.  EL DORADO. County seat, Placerville. Created February 18, 1850. El Dorado -- the far-famed fabulous region of genial clime and never-fading verdure, where gold and precious stones are as common as rocks and pebbles, where wines gently flow from fountains. The name, meaning "the gilded one" in Spanish, appears at the beginning of the 16th century as that of a mythical Indian chief who was said to have been covered with gold dust during the performance of religious rites. When the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall at Coloma in January 1848 became known to the world, California, and particularly that section where gold was discovered, was called "El Dorado." From this fact the county received its name.


El Dorado County
330 Fair Ln., Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5567
www.co.el-dorado.ca.us


POPULATION: Under 200,000
INCORPORATION DATE: 1850
FORM OF
GOVERNMENT: Charter

County
Cities


El Dorado County
Placerville
South Lake Tahoe

 

Types of Counties

 

The California Constitution recognizes two types of counties: general law counties and charter counties. General law counties adhere to state law as to the number and duties of county elected officials. Charter counties, on the other hand, have a limited degree of "home rule" authority that may provide for the election, compensation, terms, removal, and salary of the governing board; for the election or appointment (except the sheriff, district attorney, and assessor who must be elected), compensation, terms, and removal of all county officers; for the powers and duties of all officers; and for consolidation and segregation of county offices. A charter does not give county officials extra authority over local regulations, revenue-raising abilities, budgetary decisions, or intergovernmental relations.

 

A county may adopt, amend, or repeal a charter with majority vote approval. A new charter or the amendment or repeal of an existing charter may be proposed by the Board of Supervisors, a charter commission, or an initiative petition. The provisions of a charter are the law of the state and have the force and effect of legislative enactments. There are currently 45 general law counties and 13 charter counties El Dorado County is on of the charter counties.

 

Charter Counties: Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Tehama

California's Original 27 Counties in 1850 were: Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

 

For Tourism and Travel Purposes, the State of California is also divided into 12 regions that conveniently represent geographic bounds of either counties or natural features such as deserts, mountains and bays.  See the California Regions Map

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