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Solaro a presence at South Shore

Rick Chandler

Dave Solaro’s new South Lake Tahoe county office is open for business, so stop on by!

That is, if you don’t mind jockeying around telephone installers, furniture movers, painters and other assorted guests.

“One of the big issues in my campaign was the idea of having a local office,” said Solaro, South Lake Tahoe’s former chief of police, who is now one of two new members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

“I think it’s very important to have a physical presence in the community, to be visible and accessible to the citizens I represent,” he said. “We live in an area that is subject to road closures, and sometimes Lake Tahoe residents can’t make it all the way down to Placerville to find out what’s going on. So having this office here is user friendly to the community, and it’s also symbolic.”

What good is saying that your door is always open if people can’t get to the door? Well, now you can. Solaro’s office is located in the El Dorado Center on Takela Drive, in the old Veteran’s Services office. Eventually the office will be staffed five days a week, with Solaro on hand most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with Mondays and Tuesdays spent in the county offices in Placerville.

Solaro has been chomping at the bit to get started ever since he was elected to the board in June. He replaces John Upton, whose term of office expired, as the District 5 representative.

“One of my highest priorities will be to work to establish a juvenile hall in South Lake Tahoe,” Solaro said. “When a youngster is in trouble, I think it’s important that his family be on hand during the entire process. As it is now, the only juvenile facility is in Placerville, and again, it can be a tough task to get over the mountain sometimes. You need the family to bond in these cases.

“Right now, we’re looking at ways to get some funding. I supported this idea as chief of police and I’m still dedicated to it.”

Solaro also considers issues such as snow removal, road improvement and general transportation as preeminent.

“I’m also very interested in improving and expanding our recreational facilities for the youth of the community,” he said. “That will be one of the first things I look into.”

Solaro will also serve as county representative to the TRPA, the Tahoe Conservancy and the Tahoe Transportation District.

Joining Solaro as a new member of the Board of Supervisors will be Penny Humphreys, who defeated Walt Shultz in the race to represent District 4 in June. Humphreys’ district is a large rural expanse north of U.S. Highway 50, which is bisected by Highway 49 and the town of Coloma.

“It’s sort of frightening being on the other side of the audience (in the board chambers),” said Humphreys, who is just moving into her office in Placerville. “Right now I’m still scrounging around for furniture and getting the place painted. After that we can get to the fun part.”

What will be Humphreys’ first order of business?

“There are so many issues, I can’t tell you where I’ll begin,” she said. “But I’m looking forward to working with the other board members to get some important things done.”

One thing that has already been done – and qualifies as a bit of a surprise – is the installation of Third District Supervisor Mark Nielsen as board chairman. Nielsen was nominated for the post by First District Supervisor Sam Bradley, whom many thought would be the successor to Upton as chairman.

“Apparently, however, he didn’t want it,” Humphreys said of Bradley.

The next county board meeting will be held on Tuesday in Placerville.

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