Bruce Grego: Voting ‘Yes’ on Measure T (opinion)
Tribune Guest Columnist
Last Saturday, in the Tribune’s opinion section, Progress For Tahoe wrote a column addressing the local measures, including Measure T.
Progress For Tahoe’s article is inaccurate and misstates Measure T. The purpose of Measure T is to require the South Lake Tahoe City Council to submit the actual proposal for a Loop Road Project to the voters of South Lake Tahoe for approval.
While Progress For Tahoe states that the city has no role in this project, the role of the City of South Lake Tahoe is essential to the project. No matter what TTD decides, the City of South Lake Tahoe must approve the project, must adopt the project in their general plan, must change or modify zoning to permit a highway to be built through a residential neighborhood, and may have to use its condemnation powers to acquire properties. The TTD does not have the power of eminent domain.
If the city has no role in this highway project as Progress for Tahoe states, then the TTD can build roads throughout our town anywhere they want. That’s Insane! More importantly, if Measure T will not give the voters a say in the possible future Loop Road, then why are the Nevada Chamber [Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce] and city officials working overtime to defeat Measure T?
I am the attorney who opposed Jason Collin’s attempt to prevent Measure T from being placed on the ballot. Mr. Collin’s attorney argued that the measure was unconstitutional on its face, and had other serious defects that justified it not proceeding to ballot. The reality is the court did not agree with Mr. Collin’s attorney and allowed the measure to proceed to ballot.
If nothing else, Measure T represents a clear expression of the feelings of the voters of South Lake Tahoe in regard to the Loop Road. The City of South Lake Tahoe, over and over again, has developed policies based on input from citizens through polls and surveys. Measure T obtained over 1,500 signatures. It qualified for the ballot. What clearer survey does the city council require to recognize the concerns of its citizens?
Unfortunately, the majority of the council refuses to recognize the citizens attempt to have a role concerning the Loop Road. They appear bent on its approval. Instead of engaging the proponents of Measure T to reach a legal stipulation addressing some of the concerns of the council, the city is joining Jason Collin in trying to defeat the will of the voters.
A “Yes” Vote on Measure T preserves our right to make important decisions by ballot initiative.
Bruce Grego is a member of the Let Tahoe Decide Committee.