Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter

January 24, 2020                                                                                Edition #27

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

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What is Measure M?


Meyers/South Lake Tahoe
Snow Removal Benefit Protection


  • Snow removal assessment has not been increased since 1983 while equipment costs have increased 400%
  • 5 of 7 blowers are more than 40-years old
  • Current equipment deemed “gross polluters” due to GHG emission
  • Lack of timely snow removal creates difficulty for emergency services


  • A $60 annual per parcel increase to fund outdated and broken snow removal equipment
  • No salary or benefit/pension increase



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The Census is mandated in Article 1 of the US Constitution that every 10 years there be a count of the entire population of the US and its territories. This count sets congressional representation and federal funding for the county for the next 10 years and is very important that we have accurate data for fair funding.

Census forms will be hitting the mail March of 2020 and people need to fill out their forms as of the date of April 1, 2020. They will have the option to fill out the packet sent to them, go online (link will be in packet) or call a secure phone line listed in the packet.

2020 Census Jobs Available

The 2020 Census is seeking part time census takers in El Dorado County. Anyone over 18 year old with a valid social security number or work authorization and an email may apply online at Positions are temporary part time with employee setting their own schedule based on availability. These jobs are paying. $18/hr with a 58 cents/mile mileage reimbursement. Applicants need reliable transportation to get to work.

Committee/Commission Vacancies

I have vacancies on the following District 5 specific Committee/Commissions:

  • Commission on Aging
  • Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Veterans Affairs Commission

Information on each of these Committee/Commissions can be found at

If you are interested in serving on any of these Committee/Commissions, please complete an online application located here.  If you prefer, you may call (530) 621-5654 or visit the Board of Supervisors office at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, to receive a paper application.

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El Dorado County Business Owner Survey

Elevate to El Dorado would like to hear from you about your successes and challenges on doing business in El Dorado County. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete a survey and let them know what you think. Click here for survey.


Voting Has Changed in El Dorado County

Starting 2020, all registered voters in El Dorado County will receive their ballot in the mail weeks before the election. You have three choices for how to vote:

  • You can mail your ballot starting as soon as you receive it.
  • You can drop off you ballot at any secure Drop Box starting as soon as you receive it. No postage required.
  • You can go to any Vote Center in the county in person. Vote Centers will be open for up to 11 days in a row. At every Vote Center you can:

    ♦  Vote
    ♦  Register and vote the same day
    ♦  Drop off your ballot
    ♦  Vote with an accessible voting machine
    ♦  Get help and voting materials in multiple languages

The California Voter’s Choice Act became law in 2016 to make voting more convenient and accessible.

You choose HOW you vote: Whether using the mail, a drop box or a vote center, you choose the method that works best for you.

You choose WHEN you vote: Instead of just one day to vote, you can vote in person during an 11-day period — including weekends — ending on Election Day.

You choose WHERE you vote: You can vote in person at any Vote Center in your county.

You get the SUPPORT you need: Vote Center staff will be there to help you have a great voting experience, including providing assistance in multiple languages and helping voters with disabilities. Vote Register and vote the same day Drop off your ballot Vote with an accessible voting machine Get help and voting materials in multiple languages.

For more information, visit


El Dorado County Processing More TRPA Permits

Starting January 28, 2020, El Dorado County will begin processing additional permits on behalf of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), saving property and business owners money and time.

Protecting Lake Tahoe’s environment is the paramount goal of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). A TRPA permit is required for most construction projects inside the Lake Tahoe Basin. This runs the gamut
from the addition of a new deck to a sign for a new business. In addition to the residential permitting that El Dorado County already performs on TRPA’s behalf, the county’s Community Development Services Department will now offer a one-stop shop for customers requiring TRPA permits for certain commercial and multifamily projects located in the county.

Services will include TRPA verifications to determine a property’s development potential, qualified exempt activity permits for minor exterior and interior improvements, and permits for new signs and temporary activities. El Dorado County staff are available to shepherd projects through the entire project review process, ranging from conceptual project design to permitting and inspections.

“Streamlining more TPRA permits is a huge time saver for our property and business owners,” said Sue Novasel, El Dorado County District V Supervisor. “Our staff is trained and ready to help customers process their projects.”

“A core principle of the 2012 TRPA Regional Plan was to streamline permitting at Lake Tahoe, while still protecting the environment,” said Joanne Marchetta, TRPA’s Executive Director. “This is an important step in
support of the local economy and public service.”

TRPA will continue to process all permitting for lakefront developments, as well as large commercial, 
recreation, and tourism development projects. All projects, regardless of size, requiring an environmental impact statement will continue to be permitted by TRPA.

El Dorado County Community Development Services is located at 924 B Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe and at 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville, California. For more information, please call (530) 573-3330 or go to

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s
interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Chris Larson, Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.



  • Measure M
  • 2020 Census
  • Committee Vacancies
  • Business Survey
  • Voting in EDC
  • EDC Processing More TRPA Permits


For current information on road conditions countywide follow the
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