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Soloro ready to get to work

Christina Proctor

Even though his wife tried for two years to talk him out of running for public office Dave Solaro did it anyway.

The voters agreed with him.

“He loves Tahoe,” Margie Solaro said Tuesday night while waiting for the election results of her husband’s race for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 5. “I tried to present the whole picture and the negatives, but he was adamant.”

Once Solaro “wore her down,” Margie said she was behind her husband’s campaign 100 percent.

Solaro took 58.6 percent of the vote, beating South Lake Tahoe City Councilwoman Margo Osti and local postal worker Dan Browne. He will be sworn into his new position in January. Osti announced Tuesday night at the end of the city council meeting, before learning of her loss in the supervisors’ race, that she would not seek re-election to the council.

Solaro has a long career of public service including 28 years with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. He said he plans to retire as police and fire chief in the fall to devote himself full time to the board.

“I’ve never been on the policy side. I’ve always been the one implementing and making the policies work. I find the idea challenging,” Solaro said.

Solaro said he already talked with Supervisor John Upton, who is serving his eighth and final year, about working with him to learn the job so in January he can hit the ground running.

On Wednesday, Solaro said he was in the process of coming through on one of his campaign promises – maintaining a local office. Solaro also discussed some of his areas of concern for the county.

“I think the current level of funding for law enforcement is sufficient, but I don’t want to see it drop,” Solaro said. “I feel it’s imperative that the resident deputy program at Tahoma and Meeks Bay is maintained at the present level. That community can become too isolated for there not to be a resident deputy stationed there.

“Snow removal is another issue I feel strongly about,” Solaro said. “I remember a year ago when there were times that ambulances had to wait for snow plows to reach someone with a medical emergency. That’s unacceptable. It’s a public safety issue up here.”

Solaro said he was well aware of many residents sentiments regarding the differences between the east and west portions of the county.

“I intend to work to bring everything to Tahoe that it deserves, and keep Tahoe’s tax dollars here,” Solaro said. “A cross section of the community has come forward to support me and I won’t let them down.”

After the rush of the campaign Solaro, who is on vacation, said he intends to take the rest of the week and “not do anything special just catch up on some reading.”

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