Supervisor race: Candidates tout accomplishments |

Supervisor race: Candidates tout accomplishments

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series highlighting critical issues in the upcoming election for El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor on June 6. The supervisor also serves on the 15-member board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which regulates development here.

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Ted Long is running against incumbent Norma Santiago in the supervisor race next month. In this article, we list what they believe are their most important accomplishments in Tahoe.

Long has served 1 1/2 years of his four-year term on the City Council, while Santiago has served about six months as supervisor after being elected in a special election.

Ted Long:

— Contributed to improving the city’s credit rating from a triple B minus to an A minus to save hundreds of thousands in interest expenses.

— Contributed to getting the city out of $6 million debt, to surplus of $14 million in reserves.

— Got convention center back on the drawing board. Worked closely with lawyer Lew Feldman to get developer Randy Lane interested. Long says the center could break ground this year, next year for certain.

— Worked with Ken Daley of Area Transit Management to get bus service to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

— Brought roundabout at “Y” back to table with Caltrans. City Council recommended it unanimously.

— Highway 50 improvements: Worked with fellow Councilman John Upton and City Manager Dave Jinkens, played “hardball” with Caltrans in Sacramento to encourage them to keep the funding and planning alive.

In the works:

— Working with landlords and residents at Tahoe Verde to cap rent increases at 1 percent to 2 percent per year.

— Advocating for several proposed affordable housing projects.

Norma Santiago:

— Highway 50 improvements: Pledged $3 million of the county’s right-of-way fund to the construction budget, making the project more appealing to Caltrans to start in 2008, instead of 2010. Overall project programming was redone because of the pledge.

— Construction on a newly remodeled and expanded animal control shelter at Shakori Avenue will start in August.

— Demanded higher fine for a man who poisoned trees on his property at Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. The fine was eventually tripled.

— Brought together the county team for the place-based planning process, the community component to devising Tahoe’s next regional plan.

— Went to Washington, D.C., to advocate for funding promised to Tahoe in existing legislation for water quality improvements, totaling $8.8 million. Advocated for additional $3 million for a Lake Tahoe ferry. Sought legislative support for research to diversify Tahoe’s economy.

In the works:

— Meeting with Latino community members and U.S. Forest Service to explore job possibilities.

— Working with county lawyers to move forward with a possible wildlife park and rehabilitation center at the old Meyers landfill.

— Securing the funds to repair roads in the unincorporated county as a result of heavy winter weather.

– To read other articles in this series, go to and search for “supervisor.”

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