Letter (Jason Drew): Key misstatement in Measure T story
Thank you for your efforts to provide factual information on Measure T, most recently in the Tribune’s Oct. 26 article. However, there was one key misstatement.
The article stated that the lawsuit against Measure T was dismissed. It was not dismissed. The expedited relief to have the Measure pulled from the ballot was not granted. In announcing that part of his decision, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Robert Wagoner also set a Dec. 5 status conference in the case. This would not be possible if the case had been dismissed.
If City voters adopt Measure T on Nov. 8, the Court will consider whether the substance of the measure was a permissible use of the local initiative process. It is the considered view of our organization and others in our community that it was not. It is also important to note, as you accurately reflected in your article, Measure T is not a vote on the “Loop Road” as the project is not a City project. For those truly concerned about the actual project elements or design, there will be multiple formal public hearings to provide interested parties and the public the opportunity to participate and comment on specifics.
We commend Mr. Jason Collin for recognizing that Measure T seeks to disenfranchise the elected City Council from exercising its lawful legislative powers to make land use and other decisions within its jurisdiction. Mr. Collin’s decision to challenge the measure in court took great courage and demonstrated the fresh perspectives and leadership we need in our community.
Chair, Tahoe Chamber Board of Directors