EDITORIAL: Grand jury report says it all
The South Lake Tahoe City Council is dysfunctional, petty, inconsistent and barely functional, according to a recent grand jury report.
While the report encompasses the entire city staff, dealing with the issues begins with the City Council. It’s important that each council member accepts the report’s findings as fact and publically addresses each of the seven recommendations the grand jury made.
This report supports the public perception that this council pursues personal agendas, nitpicks and bickers. After a contentious special meeting April, the Tribune asked its readers if the council’s behavior changed their opinion of the board. Almost 60 percent of respondents said no – because they had “lost faith in the council a long time ago.”
If the city of South Lake Tahoe wants to regain any of that faith, it must begin with swift and decisive action on the recommendations the grand jury made.
Any dawdling or mincing will result in even more public distaste for this crucial governmental agency.
But it’s not only up to the City Council to make our city government productive and effective again.
This community needs to take ownership of its government by running for office, voting and holding public officials accountable.
The first day to file to run for one of the three open city council positions is July 12. We encourage people with fresh ideas and fresh attitudes to put their names on the ballot.
Come election day, every
single person in this community needs to vote.
In the words of the grand jury, “It is up to the citizens to
establish the kind of governance they desire, to exercise their democratic right to vote, and get a city government that works for the common good and in an efficient manner for its citizens.”