Community Planning/TOT Workshop Update, Lotus Rd Roundabout Update, Forest Road Condition, PG&E Webinar, Cronan and Magnolia Ranch Tips, Commission Vacancies

El Dorado County


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Community Planning
TOT Workshop Update 
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Thank you to everyone who sent in an email or made a phone call to support allocating TOT (Transient Occupancy/Hotel Tax) to create design standards to protect the unique character of our rural communities.

Included in the minutes below is a $350,000 allocation for Community Planning that will be used to give our rural communities a voice in the character of their community.

March 30, 2021 MINUTES
Item 3. 21-0484

The Board received a report from County staff relative to the use of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funding. A motion was made by Supervisor Parlin, seconded by Supervisor Novasel to use the additional TOT funding received during Fiscal Year 2021-22 to fund the following: $1,300,000: Road Maintenance $500,000: Snow Plow (Snow Removal Equipment) $142,500: Code Enforcement (Additional Code Enforcement Officer and vehicle) $85,500: Additional Senior Development Tech $68,000: El Dorado County Fire (Search and Rescue 2020 Impacts) $5,800: Georgetown Fire (Rescue Equipment) $222,000: Lake Valley Fire District Request (Visitor Calls for Service 2020 Impacts) $350,000 (not to exceed): Lake Valley Fire District Request (Squad/Quick Attack fire apparatus) funding to be received after actual cost is determined. Any amount in excess of $5,000,000 use existing designated reserves to fund including: $350,000 for staffing for Community Planning including Rural Centers.

Video of item:

Mountain Democrat/Georgetown Gazette article:

Next Steps:   Further information will be distributed via this newsletter and on Facebook as soon as it is available.

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 Lotus Road Roundabout Update

Caltrans denied our Highway Safety Improvement Program grant application to fund the Lotus Road Roundabout project. DOT will apply for other grants as they become available. In the meantime, DOT will work toward improved signage to alert motorists to cross traffic at the Lotus Road/Luneman Road/Gold Hill Road intersection.

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Eldorado National Forest Dirt Roads
Open April 1, but Damage Still Possible
EDC FS Roads 

The seasonal closure of native surface roads (also known as dirt roads) in the Eldorado National Forest has been lifted. However, damage could still occur from using dirt roads in wet areas and visitors will be responsible for any damage caused by inappropriate use.

Due to melting snow, wet areas will be present in the forest for some time, especially at higher elevations. Many routes change in elevation over several miles. Visitors are encouraged to be aware of changes in the conditions of the roads they are using, and to adjust travel plans if they reach a wet section.

The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek Area near Georgetown, which has its own wet weather route closure process.

Roads and Trail Status are posted here:

For all other current conditions:

For more information, contact our Visitor Services team from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday:

Forest Supervisor's Office: 530-303-2412
Placerville and Pacific Ranger Districts: 916-500-4712
Amador Ranger District: 209-259-3774
Georgetown Ranger District: 530-334-6477


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PG&E Wildfire Safety Regional Webinar
4/22/21 @ 6 pm
PGE Webinar 

For those who have not had an opportunity to hear about PG&E’s wildfire safety plans for the coming PSPS season. Join the regional webinar on Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. where we will discuss wildfire safety plans in El Dorado County. During the event, customers will have an opportunity to ask questions of PG&E subject matter experts and share feedback.

PG&E teams will be available to discuss:

  • PG&E’s wildfire prevention efforts
  • Resources to help our customers and communities before, during and after PSPS events
  • Our improved technology and tools focused on safety

6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22
Click this link to join:

Attendee Dial-In: (866) 501-6088
Conference ID: 7466115

To see alternate ways of joining, view past event recordings and find presentation materials, please visit

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Cronan and Magnolia Ranches

BLM tips for planning your next trip
Pedro Hill Parking weekday

As spring approaches and we all want to get outside to enjoy the warm weather, the Bureau of Land Management is offering tips to help people plan their next trip to Cronan and Magnolia ranches along the South Fork of the American River in El Dorado County.

Or visit:

Additional information:

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NOV Youth

Two vacancies were posted on 3-31-21 for the El Dorado County Commission for Youth and Families for public members.
The Commission aims to improve outcomes for youth and families by providing coherent and effective support within the County. The Commission will coordinate an integrated, transparent, and data-driven system of services so that all young people have access to the social, emotional, educational and/or health services they need in order to thrive.

For additional information:

An online application for appointment is available at the website below:

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NOV 1st 5

Two vacancies were posted on 4-1-21 for First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission community representatives.
First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission is committed to improving the lives of children 0 through 5 and their families by promoting, enhancing, and developing comprehensive early childhood systems through collaborative partnerships, early care and education, health and community services. (Non-District
Specific Appointments)
Current members may reapply. Other interested parties that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Term begins 5/31/2021. This is a three-year term.

For additional information:

An online application for appointment is available at the website below:

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