Re-districting still on the board
South Tahoe residents said they would like to keep District 5 and keep two county supervisors in the Tahoe Basin.
Creating a plan accommodating both goals may be difficult for the El Dorado County Redistricting Committee. A primary condition the committee must satisfy is maintaining relative population equality among the five county districts.
The committee developed two redistricting proposals, the Strawberry Plan and the Pollock Pines Plan. They submitted the proposals to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors May 8. The board asked the committee to hold three meetings to gather public input because of opposition to both plans.
The committee is expected to submit new proposals to the board by the June 15 deadline for final recommendations. The board will likely adopt a plan by the beginning of July.
“We had the audacity to send some maps to the Board of Supervisors a couple of weeks ago,” committee chairman Jack Sweeney said to the group of about 25 gathered at the Lake Tahoe Senior Center. “After hearing the public input they decided the committee should have some more public meetings and we jumped on it.”
Acquiring the necessary number of residents for District 5 from the Tahoe Basin could move District 2 completely out of the basin. Others were concerned if District 5 was expanded solely within the basin with a small District 2 presence remaining, District 2’s supervisor would have little influence on Tahoe issues.
“If you accept that you think two (supervisors in the basin) is a good idea, then you have to go outside the district to meet the objective (of population equality),” Sweeney said. “If you accept the Strawberry Plan then you have to accept the second supervisor as a token presence.”
South Tahoe resident Joe Pepe said having both would be an asset to Tahoe even if one represented a small portion of basin residents. He said having two basin supervisors on the board would help gain a swing vote on Tahoe issues.
“In my mind, if you have two supervisors in the basin it is easier to convince one person,” Pepe said. “If you only have one supervisor they have to convince two people.”
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