Juvenile hall meeting tonight
El Dorado County Supervisor Dave Solaro, representing Lake Tahoe District V, invites the public to a community meeting to discuss the proposed juvenile hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 30 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
El Dorado County has won a $4 million grant from the Board of Corrections and the Board of Supervisors has pledged $5 million to see the $9 million project completed. Solaro has been working with Judge Suzanne Kingsbury on the project and will co-host the meeting.
The South Lake Tahoe Juvenile Hall is slated to be built at the current Government Center on Johnson and Al Tahoe boulevards. Two sites have been identified as required by state and federal environmental documents completed through comprehensive studies of the properties.
A “needs assessment” contracted by the county indicated alarming statistics about juvenile crime and accountability on the South Shore. Youth who commit serious crimes are often not incarcerated; several reasons range from no space available at the current juvenile facility in Placerville to the time it takes an officer to transport the offender to Placerville equals four or ore hours they are not on duty at the lake. Other reasons like transportation safety, road conditions, counseling and a family visitation program have also compelled Solaro and Kingsbury to ambitiously pursue bringing a juvenile facility to South Lake Tahoe.
“When a young person is in serious trouble it’s a time when they need family and counseling the most,” Solaro said. “It’s possibly the one time in their life, this moment of crisis, when we can reach them and provide direction that can change their lives forever.”
The county also is working with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District on concepts that include a day school. Like the Placerville facility, a teacher would keep students on course as they would have been in school while they are facing charges and incarcerated.
The two locations identified at the Government Center are a four-acre area adjacent to the El Dorado County Jail owned by the school district and an area of the parking lot across from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department owned by the city with an easement to the county.
For more information contact Solaro’s office at (530) 573-3411 or 1-800-491-6642 or write Supervisor Dave Solaro, El Dorado Center, 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 102, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Comments also may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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