News briefs: School board elections and road safety issues in Meyers
THREE SEATS UP FOR ELECTION ON THE LTUSD SCHOOL BOARD IN 2016
Lake Tahoe Unified School District is governed by five members of the Board of Education who serve staggered four-year terms. School board members are locally elected public officials entrusted with governing our community’s public schools.
On Nov. 8, three seats on the Board of Education will be up for election. A new system of “Elections by-Trustee-Areas” was approved in 2013. This means that board members have specific geographic trustee areas in which they must live and are elected only by the residents of that area.
The incumbents, whose terms expire this year, are as follows:
Trustee Area No. 1: Adam Jones, appointed to the Board in March 2015 following the resignation of Sue Novasel.
Trustee Area No. 3: Dr. Michael Doyle, elected in 2007 and has served two terms.
Trustee Area No. 4: Dr. Larry Green, elected in 2007 and has served two terms.
To be eligible for election, board candidates must be 18 years of age or older; a citizen of the state; a resident of the school district; a registered voter; and not disqualified by the constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office.
It is vitally important that voters pay attention to the citizens they select to oversee their schools — the lay governing board members to whom they entrust their children and tax dollars. It is equally important that school board candidates understand the depth of commitment required to effectively fulfill the school board role.
More information on how to file for election will be issued by the El Dorado County Elections Department in the coming months. Trustee Area Maps may be viewed online at http://www.ltusd.org.
NEW REPORT DOCUMENTS ROAD SAFETY ISSUES IN MEYERS
A road safety audit that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released this week for U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers, California, documents safety concerns for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians that agencies are now working together and with the public to improve through the Meyers Corridor Project.
FHWA, Caltrans, El Dorado County, California Highway Patrol, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Meyers Community Foundation helped organize and complete the road safety audit in February. Road safety audits are formal examinations of safety issues affecting all road users and are prepared according to federal guidelines.
“Residents of Meyers and their children deserve to be able to safely cross and walk and bike along Highway 50,” said David Reichel, a board member of the Meyers Community Foundation. “It was encouraging to see representatives from nearly every relevant agency closely examine Highway 50 as it currently exists and discuss options for making it work better for the Meyers community.”
The road safety audit examined approximately 1.3 miles of Highway 50 between the intersections of North Upper Truckee and Pioneer Trail, a stretch of road that sees about two million drivers per year. In particular, the audit looked at existing infrastructure conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists; adequacy of pedestrian crossings; safety of chain installation areas; local access and challenges during peak traffic periods; opportunities to better use extensive public right-of-way in the area; impacts of the California agricultural inspection station; and potential improvements to enhance safety for all roadway users, accommodate transit service and improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.
Highway 50 must serve as both a state highway and a main street for the Meyers community. The road must continue to function during major snow events and, as one of only three California entrances to the Tahoe Basin, must be able to handle significant traffic loads during holidays and weekends while also serving local residents, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The full road safety audit and more information about possible transportation improvements for the Meyers Corridor Project are available at http://www.tahoempo.org/onourway.
People can submit comments to Brendan Ferry, lead planner on the project for El Dorado County, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.