Santiago elected chair of El Dorado County Supervisors |

Santiago elected chair of El Dorado County Supervisors

Annie Flanzraich
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – For her year-long term as chair of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Norma Santiago wants to focus on ensuring the future for children.

“El Dorado County is a very rich county in heritage, agriculture and natural resources and we have a responsibility to keep that going,” Santiago said in a phone interview Thursday. “To be respectful and mindful of that, I’ve looked at declaring 2010 as the year of the child.”

A county supervisor since 2005, Santiago was elected as chair at the board’s Tuesday meeting.

The upcoming year will be filled with challenges and opportunities, Santiago said.

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“Its very important for us as a county to work together in these difficult times toward some common goals that will help our community,” she said. “I am very mindful to looking at things we can do and partnerships we can create and resources we can bring to our communities to create jobs and to provide services to those who are in need of those services.”

As chair, Santiago said she will be able to bring more light to South Lake Tahoe’s issues and commonalties with the rest of the county.

“There is more of a face to it because there are a lot of things the chair does as a political figure and a spokesperson for the entire board,” she said.

Santiago, a South Lake Tahoe resident since 1982, still plans to spend Mondays and Tuesdays in Placerville, Calif. and Thursdays and Fridays in South Lake Tahoe, Santiago said. Wednesdays are a flexible day as far as location, she added.

In addition to chairing the El Dorado board, Santiago also serves as vice chair of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

“I will stay as engaged as I am and it shouldn’t impact that at all,” she said.

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