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El Dorado County Adopts 2022-23 Budget

The Board of Supervisors on Sept. 27 approved a $952.3 million budget for the new fiscal year. Chief Administrative Officer Don Ashton says it balances “the needs to be prepared for a recession, while also investing in much-needed compensation increases ... as well as critical services.”

(Oct. 3, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
County Addressing Permit Backlog

The El Dorado County Planning and Building Department is making changes to cope with a backlog in approving building permits, including hiring more staff. More than 13,800 new building permit applications were sent to the building division in 2021-22, a 30% increase from last fiscal year.

(Sept. 30, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
District 5 Candidates Field Voters’ Questions in Pollock Pines

The El Dorado County League of Women Voters hosted District 5 supervisor candidates Brooke Laine and Kenny Curtzwiler for a Q&A forum at Pinewood Elementary School in Pollock Pines. Both were given a chance to address some of the district’s biggest issues.

(Sept. 28, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Diamond Springs Park Impacts Considered

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has approved a preliminary design for a community park in Diamond Springs. Concerns from residents and county leaders include traffic congestion and noise.

(Sept. 28, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
El Dorado County Buys Property for Government Center

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the $7.5 million purchase of four buildings in South Lake Tahoe owned by Barton Health. Supervisor Sue Novasel, who represents the Tahoe Basin, called the purchase the “cherry on top” of her final term.

(Sept. 27, 2022) → Read the full Tahoe Daily Tribune report
County Pitching In for El Dorado Hills Fire Boat

El Dorado County will contribute $204,000 toward the purchase of a rescue boat for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. “The boat will be a 23-foot, open-bow lake rescue boat with firefighting capability,” EDH Fire Chief Maurice Johnson said.

(Sept. 26, 2022) → Read the full Village Life report
County Coordinating Community Wildfire Resilience Strategy

Recognizing the ongoing threat from wildfire, El Dorado County and its partners are engaging in a community-based wildfire resilience and vegetation management strategy that prioritizes fire prevention and hazardous fuels reduction.

(Sept. 26, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Work Begins to Freshen Up El Dorado Hills Boulevard

The first phase of maintenance gets under way this week as crews clear and clean the road, as well as fix potholes to prepare for treatment. “The major repair and resurfacing won’t happen till the first week of October,” shared County Director of Transportation Rafael Martinez.

(Sept. 25, 2022) → Read the full Village Life report
FPPC Rejects Conflict Complaint

The Fair Political Practices Commission has dropped a conflict of interest inquiry aimed at District 3 Supervisor Wendy Thomas, who claims the anonymous complaint that sparked it was “a nasty political hit piece meant to discredit me and derail plans for a [homeless] navigation center.”

(Sept. 23, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Supervisors Finally OK Homeless Shelter

El Dorado County supervisors voted to implement a temporary homeless shelter/navigation center at the former juvenile detention facility in Placerville, which includes ending an agreement between the county and Cal Fire for use of the building in seasonal operations.

(Sept. 22, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Hemp Program Could Take Root in 2023

El Dorado County leaders are again attempting to incorporate legal cultivation of hemp through a pilot program. As discussed during the Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 13 meeting, the program would consist of at most five hemp producers for the 2023 and 2024 growing seasons.

(Sept. 20, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
El Dorado Supervisors Respond to Grand Jury Report

Praising the efforts of El Dorado County Grand Jury members while criticizing some of the latest report’s findings, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a draft response to the 2021-22 document. The board addressed the four topics investigated: county employee time keeping, county staffing challenges, using local motels for emergency housing, and vegetation management/defensible space.

(Sept. 16, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
EDHCSD at Odds with Grand Jury

El Dorado Hills Community Services District board members accused the El Dorado County Grand Jury of subpar performance in a draft of its formal response to an investigation regarding the CSD’s management of Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts.

(Sept. 15, 2022) → Read the full Village Life report
Tiny Homes a Possible Solution for Grizzly Flat Residents

At the direction of the Board of Supervisors, county staff will look into temporary housing options for Grizzly Flat residents who lost their homes. “Winter is upon us and we are going to be shoveling snow off the top of our trailers,” said Candace Tyler.

(Aug. 26, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Supervisors Stall Placerville Homeless Shelter Plan

It appears El Dorado County’s proposed homeless shelter/navigation center will not break ground this fall. A motion to award a construction contract and transfer funds failed to get a necessary four-fifths vote, with Lori Parlin and George Turnboo voting no.

(Aug. 25, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Sales Tax Report Released

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has posted the El Dorado County sales tax update to the county’s website. The report, which covers the quarter ending March 2022, indicates the county’s sales tax revenues increased by 12.9%—largely due to higher gasoline prices, Harn noted.

(Aug. 22, 2022) → Read the full Village Life report
El Dorado County Names New HHSA Director

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to hire Evelyn Schaeffer as Health and Human Services director. The new hire, who has more than a decade of experience in governmental health services, will officially begin Sept. 24.

(Aug. 19, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Sheriff’s Office to Add Tactical Tool

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has gotten approval to buy a $520,000 ballistic-resistant Rook Armored Critical Incident Vehicle. Accessories include a breaching ram, a grapple claw, a vehicle extraction tool, and an armored personnel platform.

(Aug. 19, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Bevy of Candidate Vie for Three Seats on SLC City Council

Election filings has closed for several El Dorado County races, including South Lake Tahoe City Council. Eleven candidates are vying for three seats, including incumbents Cody Bass and Tamara Wallace.

(Aug. 18, 2022) → Read the full Tahoe Daily Tribune report
Public Health Outlines Actions to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

El Dorado County Public Health officials are reminding residents and visitors to remain vigilant against COVID-19 exposure. Although infection levels are finally on the decline, ongoing virus transmission is likely to continue.

(Aug. 18, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Bridlewood Roundabout Secures Preliminary Funding

The proposed roundabout at the Bridlewood Drive and Bass Lake Road intersection has been allocated $744,400 by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, which will just cover environmental studies and the design. The project has yet to be approved.

(Aug. 15, 2022) → Read the full Village Life report
Input Sought on El Dorado County Community Health Survey

El Dorado County Public Health is seeking the public’s input on a Countywide Community Health Assessment survey. “The data we collect from this survey will be very helpful to determine which health issues are most important to residents,” said Olivia Byron Cooper, public health director.

(Aug. 9, 2022) → Read the full Tahoe Daily Tribune report
Grand Jury Critiques Wildfire Resilience Efforts

The El Dorado County Grand Jury examined the county’s wildfire resiliency, specifically weighing in on County Ordinance 5101—the vegetation management ordinance. The Grand Jury found the Vegetation Management Office “lacked expertise and adequate resources to meet the objectives of the ordinance.”

(Aug. 5, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Homeless Navigation Center Project Put on Hold

A California Fair Political Practices Commission complaint has postponed the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ plans to build a homeless navigation center and shelter in Placerville. District 3 Supervisor Wendy Thomas recused herself from a July 27 vote on the center, pending clearance from the FPPC. The supervisors continued the matter to Aug. 23.

(Aug. 1, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Grand Jury Report Sheds Light on EDH Assessment Districts

The El Dorado County Grand Jury released the results of an investigation into the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s management of Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts. Among its recommendations: an itemized list of improvements, more readable boundary maps, and usage surveys.

(Aug. 1, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
County Hears Concerns Over Dorado Oaks Development

Diamond Springs-El Dorado residents, housing developer Stonehenge LLC and El Dorado County staff met to discuss two proposed area projects. Citizens cited worries about traffic impacts, fire danger and evacuations and water usage. Stonehenge wants to build 156 single-family homes and 225 multi-family units south of the Highway 49 and Faith Lane intersection.

(July 29, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Water Supply Protected Through Grant

After experiencing extensive damage from the Caldor Fire, the Grizzly Flat Watershed will be restored and preserved, thanks to a new federally funded grant that will provide over $1 million in repairs and improvements.

(July 14, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Winter Shelter Doubled Its Filled Beds

Placer County and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors partnered for the second year in a row to provide a nomadic winter housing program. Operations expanded beyond last year’s 90 days, and the number of filled beds doubled.

(July 7, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Highway 49 Project Invites Community Feedback

Another opportunity for the public to learn about Highway 49 corridor plans is coming up on July 14. The El Dorado County Transportation Commission, in partnership with Caltrans and the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, is examining everything from infrastructure, parking access, and everything in between.

(July 7, 2022) → Read the full Georgetown Gazette report
Summer Wellness Resources Available in El Dorado County

Just because school is out doesn’t mean students don’t need essential social and emotional resources. Black Oak Mine Unified School District has a partnership with Sierra Child & Family Services to provide 24-hour help for families who struggle.

(July 7, 2022) → Read the full Georgetown Gazette report