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Budget, BMPs on Santiago’s to-do list

Amanda Fehd
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Realizing she won the election for county supervisor, Norma Santiago was all smiles Tuesday night.

El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago said she’s getting right to work after earning 78 percent of votes in Tuesday’s election.

Her top priorities in the next couple of months will include revamping South Shore’s program to implement erosion control best management practices, which are required of all residents.

She will also focus on the county budget. Proceedings begin next week.

“We’ll be seeing if the money equates with the goals of each department,” she said. “All those goals should be integrated with goals of the county.”

She’s looking to expand the veterans services position to full-time. Right now, there is only a part-time position. She’d also like to see the county health department expand its services.

Road maintenance is another thing that tops the list.

“We need to focus on getting a good percentage of the funds because of the hits our roads take up here,” she said.

Her overwhelming majority in the vote is a message to her that people are ready for change.

“People are looking for individuals in public service that are committed to working together,” she said. “It was a very clear message.”

South Lake Tahoe City Councilmember Ted Long said he will move on to several projects he’s targeting with the city now.

“I’ll start with going after Runnel’s lot and see if I can’t get those cars out of there and that intersection cleaned up,” Long said.

He’s working on the Tahoe “Y” plan to bring in indoor tennis courts. He’ll be looking next week at a major residential project on Sierra Boulevard to see if there is potential for 200 workforce townhouses.

Other priorities include the convention center and bringing commercial service to the airport.

“And of course, I’m going to be looking over Norma’s shoulder,” he said. “I got a big promise from her in a note from the Sierra Club promising more jobs, new housing, no more piers. I’m going to have that note with me and checking off the accomplishments as she makes them.”

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