Fortier to serve on TRPA board
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The city council appointed Councilwoman Claire Fortier to serve as the city’s representative on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board. Tom Davis was selected as Fortier’s alternate.
The selections followed a suggestion by Councilman Bruce Grego that the council should leave the seat vacant in protest of TRPA policies.
He said the protest should continue until the TRPA’s eases policies on restrictions on drive through windows at restaurants and pharmacies and exempting coverage restrictions for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.
“These are human issues that people need and we’re not getting them,” Grego said.
Although Fortier said she agreed with some of Grego’s points, she said the timing is not right for a protest, given the ongoing delays with the TRPA’s regional plan update.
Councilman Tom Davis also said he agreed with some of what Grego said, but said changing the board’s’ make up to include more local representation is next to impossible.
“I honestly believe we can make a difference,” Davis said. “And we can’t make a difference if we’re not at the table.”
Grego supported the appointments Tuesday, but said the council should consider leaving the post vacant next year.
“At some point we need to say, ‘we’re not going to play,'” Grego said.
The council made appointments to numerous other commissions and governing bodies Tuesday.
The council is still soliciting applications for the South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission. Appointments will be made at the council’s Feb. 8 meeting.