Tahoe’s voting voice muffled
PLACERVILLE – Tahoe and Pollock Pines are in the same boat.
Despite pleas from both areas to maintain their communities of interest the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt the Pollock Pines II Alternative for redistricting. District 5 which traditionally has been entirely in the Tahoe Basin, will stretch west along the U.S. Highway 50 corridor to Pollock Pines.
The dissenting vote on the board was from District 5 Supervisor Dave Solaro.
“I respect any decision the board makes,” Solaro said. “It was not my first decision but I will serve the people in the new district just as I have in the last district.”
During the board’s discussion of the issue Solaro pointed out that by adopting the Pollock Pines II Alternative, Tahoe may lose a resident supervisor because the population on the West Slope is growing at a higher rate than in the basin. He said the patterns of population growth could lead to West Slope residents outvoting those in the basin.
District 2 Supervisor Helen Baumann said maintaining equality among the five districts was the primary argument for the Pollock Pines II proposal. She regrets splitting Tahoe’s community of interest, but said the move was inevitable.
“I tried every different option I could,” Baumann said. “Just the numbers are what’s driving (the Pollock Pines II) map. David Solaro and I are both excellent supervisors. Between the two of us you can’t go wrong. I certainly will need David’s help in the basin. I know David is an admirable man and he is not happy, but I think it will be good.”
Now that a map has been selected, county staff will prepare an ordinance to formally adopt the proposal. The board is expected to present the redistricting ordinance at two public hearings, July 10 and July 17. Thirty days after the second presentation the new district lines are expected to go into effect.
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