Letter to the Editor: Paid parking petition is about views being considered
January 31, 2014
As a member of the Tahoe 4 Tahoe Committee, I can report that the petition that was circulated in December and January and signed by more than 1,400 residents has qualified for the ballot, after being verified by the El Dorado County Elections Department. Some members of our Community are now questioning the initiative's validity allegedly based upon their interpretation of prior case law and statutes. Anyone who has ever litigated in State Court will tell you there are many variables and issues that would have to be considered by a Judge prior to making a decision as to whether an initiative can proceed to the ballot … but this assumes the City Council would choose to make a legal challenge against the Voters. How our Council will choose to proceed is unknown, and how a judge would rule is also unknown. Both fall into the category of speculation.
The Tahoe 4 Tahoe Committee, after considerable effort, and with input from the city attorney, city clerk and the EDC Elections Department, prepared and processed the petitions, consistent with California Election Code, for this initiative to be placed on the ballot and provide the opportunity for the voters to decide whether there should be paid parking in our community.
The petitions were circulated in our community because the opposition felt their views were not being considered by the council. The initiative is straightforward in its primary intent: it prohibits paid parking on our public streets and public parking lots and preserves the city's power to fine and assess penalties for unlawful vehicle parking.
Regardless of your position on paid parking, the idea of voters deciding controversial issues speaks to the democratic process where in the end the minority must yield to the majority view.
South Lake Tahoe
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