Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020                                                                              Edition #34

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

Upcoming Virtual VHR Meetings

I have scheduled two virtual meetings to discuss VHR issues in the county. The meetings will be held at 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 13th and Wednesday, June 10th.

The first meeting we will be discussing:
-- TRPA Guidelines & Requirements for VHRs
-- Potential changes to the county Ordinance in order to be in-line with TRPA
-- Options to reduce the number of VHRs in the basin.

The second meeting will be dealing with the feedback from the first meeting.

Temporary Closure of Barbara Ave. for Road Work to Begin April 27, 2020

El Dorado County's Department of Transportation today announced that its contractor will require a temporary closure of Barbara Avenue, from Lodi Avenue to Sierra Boulevard, beginning Monday April 27th, 2020 and continuing through Thursday, October 15th, 2020 as it begins work on the South Tahoe Greenway Shared Use Trail Phase 1B and 2 Project.

Barbara Avenue in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, between Lodi Avenue and Sierra Boulevard, will be closed to thru traffic for construction.  The closure is necessary to ensure motorist and worker safety while the County's contractor utilizes Barbara Avenue for construction staging and material storage.

A section of Barbara Ave, between Sierra Blvd and Martin Ave, may also be impacted as a result of the construction activity and subject to daily closures.  Advanced warning and/or detour signs along with message boards will be installed by the contractor to inform the public.

Access for local residents and visitors, as well as emergency personnel and law enforcement to streets on either side of the closure will be via Fountain Avenue and Sierra Boulevard.  Appropriate signage will be installed to notify of the temporary closure.  Motorists are also advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area in order to arrive at their destinations on time.

The County sincerely appreciates the cooperation and patience of motorists that use these roadways and we apologize for any inconvenience as a result of this road closure.

For questions regarding this construction, please contact the County's Tahoe Engineering main line at (530) 573-7900.


Work Resumes on U.S. Highway 50 Echo Summit Project

Caltrans and its contractor have resumed work on the U.S. Highway 50 Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct Replacement Project after lifting winter suspension.

The $14.1 million project is replacing the existing bridge, which was built in 1939, with a structure that meets current seismic and safety standards. Construction started in May 2019 and is scheduled to be completed this year. This week daytime work is scheduled from 7.a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to noon Friday with one-way reversing traffic control to prepare the work site.

Around-the-clock one-way traffic control is currently scheduled to start after Memorial Day weekend on Tuesday, May 26 and continue until May 31, after which Highway 50 is scheduled to be fully closed for up to two weeks until June 14 for bridge girder replacement work. Local residents and those with local business or employment needs can apply for an application to use Johnson Pass Road to detour around the work site during the full closure. Proof of residency or local employment is required. To apply, visit:

Currently, traffic into South Lake Tahoe is restricted to only essential needs due to COVID-19. Should the travel ordinance by El Dorado County be lifted, a detour route will be advertised. The detour route is via Highway 16 in Sacramento or Highway 49 in Placerville, to Highway 88 and Highway 89 back to Highway 50. An alternate route is Interstate 80 (see map).

Due to travel volumes during the peak summer months, if this schedule can’t be met, the work will need to take place after Labor Day. Weather or other unexpected events may delay or prolong this work schedule. For more information on the project, visit on Twitter @way2Tahoe or on Facebook/Way2Tahoe.


Emergency Ordinance Allows County to Fine Nonessential Travelers to Lake Tahoe Basin

In an effort to keep nonessential travel to a minimum, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve an emergency ordinance to issue administrative fines for those who violate the County’s Order regarding travel into the El Dorado County portion of Lake Tahoe.

“The April 3, 2020 Order prohibiting nonessential travel into the Lake Tahoe Basin is punishable as a
misdemeanor, yet because inappropriate travel continues to occur, the Board must take more  aggressive measures to stem the tide of visitors and others who are traveling to Lake Tahoe in order to protect the low numbers of confirmed cases in El Dorado County and prevent needless impact on local health care and other resources,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Brian Veerkamp.

The emergency ordinance, which took effect April 14th, allows code enforcement and law enforcement
officials and the Public Health Officer or her designee to issue a $1,000 a day administrative citation in
violation of the travel Order. The enforcement officer must notify the responsible party in writing or by phone. The ordinance gives the responsible party 48 hours to provide written verification of their essential
travel need. The responsible party can appeal the citation by requesting a hearing within ten calendar days of service of the citation.

The ordinance is only applicable in the unincorporated El Dorado County portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin
and will sunset on April 30, 2020. It does not apply to those who are traveling to property they own.

Fact Sheet

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 by Protecting Vulnerable Populations

Q: Why Are Homeless Folk Being Placed in Motels?

A: COVID-19 can impact anyone and everyone, but those who are older or have a pre-existing condition are more likely to become infected and if they do are more likely to become seriously ill which puts a burden on our hospitals. The homeless are just one of our "at risk" populations along with seniors and those with chronic conditions that the County is working to support. The best way to reduce the risk of infections in these high risk groups, as well as prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the community, is to ensure they are sheltered, and for the homeless, the Governor's direction is that we place these folk in selected motels.

Q: Who Will Be Placed?

The plan for sheltering the homeless in motels, presented to and approved by the Board of Supervisors, focuses on placing only the most vulnerable, i.e., those who are seniors, or have pre-
existing medical conditions. The County's main strategy is to promote sheltering in place, encouraging the homeless to stay in their existing camps, and to provide outreach and support to help them stay in their current locations. As a result, it's only a smaller number of carefully selected individuals who will be placed in motels, and each person will be carefully screened before placement.

Q: How Will Placed Individuals Be Supported?

The County team, in partnership with the Sheriff's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), has a detailed plan to provide a range of services to meet basic needs. The aim is to provide sufficient services so individuals placed in motels have no need to wander locally. Food will be brought in daily from the Upper Room, laundry services and clothing will be provided, each individual will get a daily health
check and physicians and staff from Marshall will be visiting to support any medical needs. In addition, overnight security is being put in place to keep an eye on the residents and to discourage
visitors who carry the risk of spread of infection.

Q: What is the Board of Supervisors Oversight?

A: The Board of Supervisors has been presented with and approved a three-phase plan for supporting the homeless in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, and of which motel placement is a part. This recognizes that while the long-term challenge for homelessness focuses on housing and employment, our immediate challenge is the public health of risk of infection, which the homeless COVID-19 crisis plan is designed to address. The three phases are as follows:

• Phase 1 - Active outreach, education and support to keep the homeless folk in place in their camps. A community action team led by HOT and including Marshall healthcare staff, and volunteers got this work underway two weeks ago
• Phase 2 - Placing the vulnerable in motels. This work is underway use of motel space in Pollock Pines is one of a number of motels in different communities that we are working to secure
• Phase 3 - Planning for a surge. This is a contingency plan being worked on with the County
Emergency Operations Center that is identifying Alternate Care Sites that can be ready should infection spread in El Dorado County and we need to shelter larger numbers of people. In this situation, we will need to shelter seniors, families and others in addition to some homeless folk.

Q: What Happens When the Health Crisis is Over?

A: The focus of the homeless strategy approved by the Board of Supervisors is for short term support of
the homeless through the COVID-19 crisis. There is no plan within El Dorado County to continue motel placement, although in their Board Meeting of 4/14 the Board of Supervisors did agree on a joint statement with the City of Placerville to seek review, along with the Sheriff's HOT team, of options for longer term management of the homeless. At this time there is no commitment to any particular solution or use of existing property.

Q: What is the Governors Directive and Project Roomkey?

A: People may have heard through the media of the Governors directive to County's to move quickly to
shelter the homeless, and many counties are now ahead of us in securing motel room access. Some
Counties are planning to shelter larger numbers of homeless, but that is not the case for El Dorado
County. Our plan is to only shelter the smaller number of folk who face the most significant health
risks. Funding is being made available from the State of California and the Federal Government to
support this process. You may hear of "Project Roomkey" which is the name being used by the Federal Government for this program.

El Dorado County COVID-19 Update

Update on COVID-19 cases in El Dorado County as of April 24, 2020.

-- Two new cases, both female in the 50-64 age group. One from EDH and one from Cameron Park, Shingle Springs/Rescue region (42)

-- Tested 40 more people (1740)

-- Two more recovered person (37)


Census 2020 Update

El Dorado County's response rate to the 2020 census is below the state average, with some census tracts in the South Tahoe region below 5%. The current response rate in California is 53.2 and El Dorado County is 47.2. I want to make sure El Dorado County gets the federal resources and representation it deserves. When people are not counted on the census, our communities suffer. If you haven't completed your census yet, you can fill it out on-line at

Help get the word out about the importance of the 2020 Census. Click HERE for information on how you can help get the word out.




Tahoe Fun Facts

fun facts


Upcoming VHR Meeting

Road Closure-Barbara Ave.

Echo Summit Road Work

Emergency Ordinance

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

Census 2020 Update

Below are links to Federal Guidance issued on 3.20.20:

White House

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States Food and Drug Administration

Department of Homeland Security

United States Treasury

United States Department of Defense

United States Department of Agriculture

Department of Education

United States Environmental Protection Agency

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

United States Department of Transportation

United States Department of Veterans Affairs



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