Primary election is Tuesday in California |

Primary election is Tuesday in California

Tom Lotshaw
Two visitors from Reno pay for parking at the Lakeview Commons parking lot in South Lake Tahoe Friday, May 31. Measure P asks voters to repeal or uphold the city's paid parking program in Tuesday's primary election. The city put up signs at its paid parking kiosks to remind people that revenue is used to maintain facilities like Lakeview Commons where paid parking is in effect.
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The city of South Lake Tahoe has prepared a frequently asked questions page about Measure P. It is available online at

California’s primary election is Tuesday.

South Lake Tahoe voters will weigh in on several contested local races as well as Measure L, a tax renewal for the South Lake Tahoe Public Library, and Measure P, which asks people to repeal or uphold the city’s paid parking program.

Six candidates are running for El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor. The district includes South Shore communities and extends west over Echo Summit and down to Pollock Pines.

The list of candidates running to replace incumbent Supervisor Norma Santiago, who is not running for reelection, includes Kevin Brown, of Pollock Pines; Kenny Curtzwiler, of Meyers; Gerri Grego, of South Lake Tahoe; Sue Novasel, of Meyers; Teresa Piper, of Pollock Pines; and Angela Swanson, of South Lake Tahoe.

The two supervisor candidates receiving the most votes in the June primary will advance to the November general election, unless one candidate receives a majority of the vote.

There are two contested judicial races for El Dorado County Superior Court. Joseph Hoffman and Dylan Mary Sullivan are running for Office 5 and Vicki Ashworth, David Combellack and Joe Weinberger are running for Office 1.

Mike Owen is running against incumbent Joe Harn for El Dorado County Auditor-Controller; Chris Amaral is running against incumbent William “Bill” Schultz for El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk; and Ron Briggs is running against incumbent C.L. Raffety for El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector.

In broader elections, Arthur “Art” Moore and Jeffery Gerlach are running against Republican incumbent Tom McClintock for California’s fourth district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Like the rest of California, voters in South Lake Tahoe are being asked to weigh in on a variety of races for state offices including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general and insurance commissioner.

Under California’s “top-two” primary law for its top constitutional offices, the two candidates receiving the most votes will advance to November’s general election.

South Tahoe Public Library supporters are asking voters to vote “yes” to Measure L and continue an existing special tax assessment that provides funding for the library branch.

With Measure P, voters in the city of South Lake Tahoe are being asked to decide the fate of the city’s paid parking program.

South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed to put the question on the primary ballot after residents successfully collected and certified signatures for a ballot initiative to repeal paid parking, only to learn they had no legal standing to do so.

Opponents of the paid parking program want people to vote “yes” to repeal the program, arguing the city’s parking meters create more problems than they are worth. Supporters of the paid parking program want people to vote “no” to repeal. They argue the meters are needed as a revenue source to help pay for upkeep of popular facilities such as Lakeview Commons.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As of this week, El Dorado County had about 107,944 registered voters. The election department has issued about 72,000 vote-by-mail ballots, of which nearly 14,000 have been returned.

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