LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TRPA: ‘Enough!’
It’s likely that many recognize we haven’t government “of the people,” but government of money from corporations, from the very wealthy. We see the public’s fury frequently, and feel our helplessness. Some of those feelings are generated by TRPA. But here we can say, “whoa!” Are we really helpless in the face of TRPA’s ignorance of its legal mission, its detachment from what Tahoe is and what it needs, its acceptance of control by developers and the very wealthy?
Suppose we, the public, collectively, say “enough!” “We’ve had enough, and we’re not sheep.” We all see property built on land that shouldn’t have been built on because someone’s money influenced TRPA. Many know that TRPA has no ear for the public’s voice; TRPA allows citizens three minutes to speak to the Governing Board, but nothing changes the board’s intent. There are no eyes for written requests: not for records of meetings, not even under the FOIA. And citizens who review TRPA proposals see overwhelming bias for economic development, not proposals for environmental improvement, absolutely necessary for economic improvement. Consultants very closely associate with TRPA, hardly free to do what is best for Tahoe. Again “we aren’t blind!”
So shall we, the public, now make a move? Shall we decide that all cannot be left to the League to Save Lake Tahoe to file suits against TRPA? Collectively, shall we say “No! We’re not doing any more BMP’s because they’re useless in the face of the destruction TRPA is allowing developers.” Collectively, can’t we say “No! Don’t tell me I can’t extend my porch/deck/steps six inches because I’d be exceeding coverage, not when you are allowing developers to tear up more Tahoe turf!”
We do have power after all. Let’s not leave it in storage, because Lake Tahoe cannot wait.