Solaro wants more representation for South Shore |

Solaro wants more representation for South Shore

Rick Chandler

Fifth District Supervisor Dave Solaro wants to make it clear that he supports the idea of having two El Dorado County Supervisors representing Lake Tahoe.

That is the current state of affairs – with Solaro, the former South Lake Tahoe Police Chief – representing South Shore, and Ray Nutting representing District 2, which includes Meyers and Tahoe Paradise.

But confusion ensued at the latest El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. That is when Board Chairman Mark Nielsen introduced an agenda item which proposed to redraw district boundaries to even out the county’s population for the next election cycle.

A pointed debate ensued, which resulted in Nielsen withdrawing the agenda item without a vote. So the idea is basically dead on arrival.

“My primary concern is that we continue to have two supervisors representing the Tahoe area,” Solaro said. “That is very important to me. I took a straw poll in the (Tahoe) community recently on this issue, and it was very clear that (Tahoe) wants to maintain its representation. I know that some people are upset already, because it doesn’t look like I support two supervisors in Tahoe. But in fact, I’m the one who brought it up.”

Solaro said that he encouraged discussion on the redistricting issue, but that should not be interpreted the wrong way. No vote was actually taken on the matter.

“We have the census coming up (in 2000) anyway, and redistricting will be enacted then,” he said.

Adjusting district boundaries within a county is done periodically to ensure that no one district has a distinct advantage in population over another.

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