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South Tahoe councilman calls for resignation of League to Save Lake Tahoe director

Adam Jensen
Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; The League to Save Lake Tahoe has become an obstructionist force that needs to dramatically reassess its tactics and leadership, according to South Lake Tahoe City Council members.

Councilman Tom Davis called for the resignation of the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s Executive Director Rochelle Nason Tuesday, saying the environmental advocacy group has become a and#8220;surrogate governmentand#8221; and uses litigation to bend the will of Lake Tahoe Basin regulators.

and#8220;I think its current leadership, it’s time it be replaced,and#8221; Davis said near the end of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The councilman said he was particularly frustrated that the city has been working on a general plan update for four years and only received comments from the League criticizing the plan and#8220;at the 11th hour.and#8221;

and#8220;They need to be a facilitator, not an obstacle,and#8221; Davis said.

Nason was unavailable for comment late Tuesday afternoon.

League to Save Lake Tahoe program advocate Carl Young did not address the call for Nason’s resignation directly, but said the group is willing to talk to the city about any perceived problems.

and#8220;We welcome any dialogue or correspondence from the City Council on the general plan update or other issues,and#8221; Young said.

According to documents provided by League, the environmental group has submitted comments on the city’s general plan update since October 2009.

Four council members said they would like to discuss sending a letter to the League’s board of directors asking the group to change strategy at a future meeting. Asking the board to consider changing it’s senior leadership may also be included in the letter.

The discussion followed council comments on a recent bill introduced by Nevada legislators to pull the state out of the TRPA.

Councilwoman and TRPA Governing Board Member Claire Fortier said she does not support the bill, but said Nevada legislators deserve to keep the agency on a and#8220;short leashand#8221; because of the frustration many Lake Tahoe Basin residents have with the agency.

She also said many of people’s problems with the TRPA are actually the work of and#8220;NIMBYsand#8221; disguised as environmentalists, pointing to the League specifically. and#8220;NIMBYand#8221; is an acronym for and#8220;not in my backyard.and#8221;

The League’s influence on the recent appointment of E. Clement Shute, Jr. to the TRPA Governing Board by California Governor Jerry Brown represented a and#8220;tactical moveand#8221; by the environmental group to prevent progress at the lake, Fortier added.

Young deferred comment on the appointment to Nason Tuesday evening.


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