Another look at Pollock Pines plan
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be presenting their final product for county redistricting to the public at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
After selecting the controversial Pollock Pines II map June 26, the county surveyor’s office has been making minor adjustments to the plan to make the implementation possible on a practical level.
“What we’re doing is taking that map that is based on census track boundaries and essentially fitting it to a parcel based version of the same map,” said Jose Crummett of the county surveyor’s office. “It will follow property boundary lines and natural features. It makes it easier not only to describe legally but it makes more sense for people to see there is actually a boundary there, but essential there is no change.”
The surveyor’s office submitted the finalized map to the Board on Friday and it is are expected to hold public readings of the redistricting ordinance map tomorrow and July 17 before formal adoption.
While the board accepted the map by a 4 to 1 vote, it still faces active opposition. The Pollock Pines II plan extends District 5 west to Pollock Pines. With the population growing at a much higher rate on the west slope, many in Tahoe fear that West Slope constituents of District 5 could outvote Tahoe and the basin would be left without a resident supervisor.
District 5 Supervisor Dave Solaro was the only vote against the adoption of the Pollock Pines II alternative. He argued that the Board was ignoring the will of the people by accepting the Pollock Pines II alternative. He organized a special public meeting tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council chambers with the Board of Supervisors.
“Basically my concern is the people at Tahoe spoke, the organizations at Tahoe spoke however they were not listened to,” Solaro said. “That is my concern that they fell on deaf ears or on persons who had made up their mind. They were not listened to and we need to take a strong stand as a district and I need to represent the constituents up here and that’s how they feel.”
While the board has formally accepted a proposal, they can still legally change their decision. However if the Board of Supervisors does not adopt a map by their second ordinance reading scheduled for next week, they run a risk of disrupting the election process for the March 2002 primaries.
“If the Board of Supervisors doesn’t decide on a map by July 17 then the county won’t be able to adopt the map to have it be effective for this election cycle,” said Ed Knapp, county council. “The idea is to adjust the boundaries so they are effective by this election cycle.”
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