Sun editorial: Unity, not ultimatums, will help the lake
June 1, 2011
LAKE TAHOE andamp;#8212; Nevadaandamp;#8217;s latest iteration of a bill that threatens the stateandamp;#8217;s withdrawal from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency does little to build the consensus and community needed to truly improve the lakeandamp;#8217;s quality or the quality of life for those who live and play here.Although the current bill is more well thought-out than the previous version, it still continues to perpetuate a perceived divide at Lake Tahoe. The new bill pits Nevada against California, and Nevada against Congress, in a political move with unknown results.Itandamp;#8217;s not that the bistate compact that brought California and Nevada together to protect Lake Tahoe doesnandamp;#8217;t need a once-over andamp;#8212; or that the agency that was created by that compact doesnandamp;#8217;t need some overhauling. Itandamp;#8217;s that both of those goals could be accomplished more successfully with Nevada and Californiaandamp;#8217;s lawmakers working together.The Nevada Assembly should reject Senate Bill 271. Nevada has made its point that Lake Tahoeandamp;#8217;s regulatory structure needs to be re-examined, but that process will be more productive if it is done without ultimatums.