Tahoe to keep Solaro as sole representative
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors reversed course Tuesday, adopting a new redistricting plan that maintains Dave Solaro as the Tahoe Basin’s sole representative.
“What is significant is the community expressed their concerns and the board listened,” Solaro said.
According to the new plan, District 5 will include the El Dorado County portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin as defined by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The move insures representation by someone who lives in the basin until 2011, when the board must again redraw districts to adjust for population.
The so-called “Tahoe Compromise” was adopted unanimously at a special meeting held at the South Lake Tahoe City Council chambers. It replaces the “Pollock Pines II” plan, which the board adopted June 26.
The Pollock Pines plan extended District 5 to include a portion of the West Slope community. It also passed a small portion of the district to District 2 Supervisor Helen Baumann.
South Shore opponents of the Pollock Pines plan feared it could lessen representation on issues such as snow removal and the TRPA that are unique to the basin. The Tahoe plan, which was presented for the first time Tuesday, was drafted by District 3 Supervisor Carl Borelli and county Assessor Joe Harn.
“Not every county has a Board of Supervisors that will react and respond to their constituents, but this is proof that we do,” said Duane Wallace, executive director for the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce.
Baumann, who was slated to pick up a substantial amount of basin residents, instead lost about 6,000 constituents. She keeps the section of Pollock Pines where voters gave her less than a majority in the last election, while losing a small section of the Tahoe Basin where she won 58 percent of the vote.
“I feel bad, but I think it is healthier for the basin,” Baumann said.
Solaro acknowledged that supervisors were not completely satisfied with the plan.
“It is not 100 percent desirable by anyone, but it will guarantee a supervisor will always be in the basin,” Solaro said.
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