Measure B has promise, D is a roadblock |

Measure B has promise, D is a roadblock

John Upton and Tom Davis

Those of us who live at Lake Tahoe know that economics and the environment are essential partners. We also know that we love to hate planning processes. We also have learned that without planning, environmental improvements and protections will never happen and our environment will suffer.

On the March 8 ballot, Measure B provides for important planning processes and Measure D takes them away.

Measure B represents years of public meetings, and millions of dollars spend to develop the best possible plan for our diverse county. Without this plan, transportation problems cannot be solved, agriculture and open space will not be protected, and opportunities for traffic solutions will be lost.

The thousands supporting Measure B and who are against Measure D include planning and transportation experts, the farm bureau, Apple Hill, wineries, fire chiefs association, education, law enforcement, and the Chambers of Commerce. The represent people who participated in the public meetings and planning processes in Placerville and know in great detail the effects of both measures.

Why should Tahoe care? While the General Plan does not include the Tahoe Basin, it does include our Highway 50 tourism artery. Without Measure B, traffic will increase and Caltrans money will go elsewhere. It will go to communities working together with general plans in place. Measure D literally tells Caltrans to spend their money elsewhere. We can’t afford that!

Additionally, Tahoe taxpayers should be concerned that starting over with yet another General Plan will cost millions more dollars in taxpayer money, and years to develop. This will take money away from the important public services in the Tahoe Basin – money that is better spent on services like law enforcement, senior services, and road maintenance.

Please join us in vote yes on Measure B and absolutely No on Measure D.

– John Upton sits on the South Lake Tahoe City Council and is a former El Dorado County Supervisor.

Tom Davis is former city councilor and mayor for South Lake Tahoe.

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