Council won’t support Prop. 12 |

Council won’t support Prop. 12

The message was clear – the South Lake Tahoe City Council will not make endorsements in the March election.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission asked the council Tuesday to sign a resolution showing support of Proposition 12 – the largest bond measure proposed in U.S. history. The $2.1 billion bond measure would fund the rehabilitation and development of California park lands.

The resolution of support died when the council unanimously voted against the endorsement.

The action was set in motion when Councilman Bill Crawford said he couldn’t support any measure that he has not read.

“Has anyone here seen it?” he asked. “I haven’t seen it, and I can’t say I support it without having read the initiative.”

Mayor Tom Davis agreed, calling the portions of the measure too vague.

“To approve (the sale of the bonds), without detail on how it is to be spent – I don’t write the check,” Davis said. “If I could see a detailed plan, this very well might make sense.”

Recreation Commission Chairman Dan McLaughlin, who has read the initiative, said the city could qualify for as much as $200,000 if the proposition passes. Still, the city would have to go through the application process and compete with other California cities to get the money, and there is no guarantee the money will be awarded to South Lake Tahoe.

Councilwoman Judy Brown said the characteristics of the initiative aren’t to blame for the council’s lack of support.

“In the past the council has always refrained from political endorsements,” she said. “It gets into personal political views.”

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