Letter to TRPA questions transparency
TAHOE BASIN “-A kink in the process to name the new leader of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency occurred this week after a letter sent by the League to Save Lake Tahoe questioned the openness of how an internal committee arrived at its recommendations.
In an e-mail sent Sunday, the League to Save Lake Tahoe questioned that the committee charged with finding John Singlaub’s replacement of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency did not tell the public about its meetings.
According to the e-mail, “There are rumors circulating in the Lake Tahoe Basin that the committee … has met in private and not only decided not to recommended that a search be conducted for the next Executive Director, but has further decided to recommended a particular candidate from the TRPA staff as the next ” not acting or interim ” Executive Director.”
Whether or not the TRPA Board takes into account the recommendations made by a committee formed last month is still being considered, board chair Allen Biaggi said.
The League sent the letter to the TRPA to encourage an open process, said Executive Director Rochelle Nason.
“We felt it was important that the public have an opportunity to understand the process and offer input,” she said.
The e-mail also cited the TRPA’s rule that “notices of committee meetings shall conform to the rules for notices of Board meetings.”
TRPA legal counsel is looking into the League’s concerns for today’s meeting, Biaggi said.
“I take Rochelle’s concerns very seriously, and I need to talk to our attorney to find out what it all means and what liabilities and concerns might be present,” Biaggi said.
Biaggi would not confirm if the committee, which he was a member of, came to a recommendation of an individual.
The committee is comprised of seven members, four who are already members of the executive review committee. Those four are Biaggi, Norma Santiago, board vice chair and El Dorado County Supervisor; Shelly Aldean, Carson City Board of Supervisors member and Mara Bresnick, California Assembly Speaker appointee to the TRPA Governing Board.
Additional members appointed are Steven Merrill, governor of California appointee; Nancy McDermid, Douglas County commissioner and Stuart Yount, presidential appointee.
The interest in finding Singlaub’s replaced is representative of the importance of the role of the executive director, Biaggi said.
“People recognize the executive director of TRPA is a critical position and people are concerned that the right person is picked to lead this agency,” Biaggi said. “I respect people’s need to have a transparent process.”
The discussion is scheduled during the “administrative matters” portion of the meeting, and is not time sensitive. Biaggi said he expected the discussion to take place in the later afternoon.
Singlaub resigned from his post Jan. 23 after five years on the job. In his resignation letter, he called the job “relentlessly grinding.”
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board will discuss the replacement for Executive Director John Singlaub at its meeting today.
Today’s meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the TRPA offices at 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nev.
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