Solaro calls public hearing
El Dorado County Supervisor Dave Solaro has called a public hearing in South Lake Tahoe to discuss district boundary changes opposed by many South Shore residents.
The hearing is scheduled only hours after the Board of Supervisors meets in Placerville to approve final drawings of the county map. Two readings of the ordinance are needed before the map becomes official, however, with the second reading scheduled a week from Tuesday.
Solaro said he does not think opinions voiced during three months of public hearings were taken into account by the Board of Supervisors, which voted 4-1 to approve the Pollock Pines II alternative plan. Solaro was the dissenting vote.
“I don’t feel the voices of District 5 were heard,” Solaro said.
The redistricting is mandatory every 10 years, according to California state law. The goal is for each district to have equal representation based on 2000 census figures.
Since the population in the Tahoe Basin is growing more slowly than the rest of the county, District 5 needed to pick up about 4,000 constituents to remain balanced with other districts.
“When you look at the way the population is distributed in El Dorado County, there is no consistency in the growth,” said District 2 Supervisor Helen Baumann.
In order to even out the numbers, the Board of Supervisors voted for a plan that would take away a small portion of Solaro’s district in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County, including Montgomery Estates and Golden Bear, and assign it to Baumann’s district.
Solaro, who now represents the city of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoma, Meeks Bay and a small section of El Dorado County, would gain a portion of Pollock Pines, now represented entirely by Baumann.
Under the new map, the South Shore’s next supervisor might live on the West Slope and not be as familiar with the Tahoe Basin, Solaro said.
“There are so many issues specific to Lake Tahoe,” Solaro said.
But Jerome Waldie, who was appointed to the redistricting committee by Baumann, said he feels it is in Tahoe’s best interest to have two representatives instead of one.
“Keeping a presence of two supervisors in the Tahoe Basin is the best thing that could happen for the basin,” Waldie said.
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