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November 8, 2016 —California General Election

City of South Lake Tahoe
Measure T Initiative Statute - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,879 votes yes (59.94%)

2,592 votes no (40.06%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (20/20).
  • 6,471 ballots counted.

Shall the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe be prohibited from "approving or supporting" the Tahoe Transportation District project known as "the US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

AN INITITIATIVE PROHIBITING THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE FROM “APPROVING OR

SUPPORTING” THE TAHOE TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT PROJECT KNOWN AS “THE US 50/SOUTH SHORE

COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROJECT.”

Measure T has been placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters. The initiative seeks to prohibit the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe from taking any action that “approves” or “supports” the Tahoe Transportation District (“TTD”) project known as “The US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project” (hereinafter “the Project”). The Project is not a project of the City and requires no discretionary act of the City Council to proceed. The City Council cannot prevent TTD from proceeding with the Project within the City of South Lake Tahoe, even if the voters enact this initiative. The Project is in its initial stages at this time and therefore an analysis of the impact of the proposed initiative is based upon information that exists as of today’s date. 

The initiative seeks to restrict the authority of the City Council from “approving” or “supporting” the Project, unless the “specific proposal for realignment” is “approved by the voters within the City of South Lake in an election held for such purpose.” The terms “approval” and “support” are undefined and therefore subject to judicial interpretation. Court clarification will likely be necessary to identify the scope of items that may not be “approved” or “supported.” No legislative action by the City can either prevent or authorize the TTD Project.

The initiative states that if enacted, it would be effective in a retroactive manner to the date the Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition was received by the City Clerk (February 26, 2016) and would be considered an “amendment to the general plan.” The legal effect of retroactivity is questionable because by the time that this election takes place, the City Council may have taken some action regarding the Project. It is uncertain whether the initiative could nullify any action that occurred prior to enactment. The effect of a proposed amendment to the City’s General Plan is unclear and would require environmental review. The realignment of US 50 is already contained in the City’s General Plan.

Litigation has been filed challenging the validity of the initiative. 

Financial Impact

There is no ability to measure the fiscal impact to the City. The City is not responsible for any funding of the Project. 

Effect of the Measure

A “Yes” vote will require a separate election held for the “approval” of the “specific proposal for realignment” before the City Council is allowed to “approve” or “support” the Project. A “No” vote will allow the City Council to “approve” or “support” the Project without a second election. If the measure receives a majority of “Yes” votes, it will be approved. 

Full Text of the Initiative

“Shall the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe be Prohibited from “Approving or Supporting” the Tahoe Transportation District Project known as “the US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project”?” 

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas T. Watson, City Attorney

— Thomas T. Watson, City Attorney

YES vote means

A “Yes” vote will require a separate election held for the “approval” of the “specific proposal for realignment” before the City Council is allowed to “approve” or “support” the Project.

NO vote means

A “No” vote will allow the City Council to “approve” or “support” the Project without a second election. If the measure receives a majority of “Yes” votes, it will be approved.

Arguments FOR

Vote YES to let the voters decide the fate of the LOOP ROAD.

Local voters should decide the fate of the Loop Road NOT the City Council. 

The official name is US 50 / South Shore Community Revitalization Project.

Either way it is very controversial because the most recent plan for the Loop Road will re-route Hwy 50 through a densely populated residential and business neighborhood destroying almost a hundred existing housing units and business properties. The cost to tax payers is estimated between $70 and $100 million dollars.

MEASURE ‘T’ appears on the November ballot because local citizens gathered almost 1500 signatures. Those signing the petition want South Lake Tahoe’s 9,000 voters to decide the future approval or denial of the Loop Road.

South Lake Tahoe became a city in 1965 because local citizens gathered signatures using the petition process to give the voters the right to make that decision. 

South Lake Tahoe belongs to the people that live here and we have the right and obligation to defend what we want for our community at the ballot box.

All five members of the city council voted to put this measure on the ballot. 

If you believe in democracy and the right of the citizens to decide controversial issues by a majority vote, vote YES on Measure T.

LET TAHOE DECIDE” …………. VOTE YES ON MEASURE ‘T’ 

Laurel Ames

John N. Cefalu

Billy Crawford

Bruce Grego

Duane Wallace

Replies to Arguments FOR

The residents of South Lake Tahoe should not allow an important community development project to be hijacked by a loud but small minority.

This ballot question attempts to divide our community and stop environmental and economic change that will benefit businesses, employees, and our neighbors. The US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project (“the Loop Road Project”) has been in development for many years, with ample public input throughout the planning process.

Expanded and updated work force housing is an important piece of our community and the Loop Road Project will help improve the availability of workforce housing. The Tahoe Transportation District has committed to begin demolition of existing housing only after new housing is constructed, and relocation assistance will be provided to those affected. 

In addition, the Loop Road will keep the community of South Lake Tahoe safer by making it quicker and easier for first responders to arrive at and assist with an emergency with less congestion.

Tourism is a crucial piece of our local economy, accounting for more than half of the jobs in our basin and creating tax revenue that funds our critical government services. People travel from all over the world to see Lake Tahoe’s waters, but pollution from current traffic patterns on US-50 threatens the Lake’s clarity. Re-routing thru traffic away from the Lake via the Loop Road will help keep Tahoe blue, draw visitors to our city and ensure the improved health of our community. 

VOTE NO ON MEASURE T.

Steve Teshara, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce Interim CEO

Sharon Kerrigan, South Lake Tahoe Board of Realtors Executive Director

Proposed legislation

CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

RESOLUTION NO. 2016-50

Resolution of the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe, California, Requesting the Board

of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado, California, to Consolidate a General Municipal

Election with the General Presidential Election to be Held on November 8, 2016 for the Purpose

of Submitting to the Voters a Ballot Measure: “Shall the City Council of the

City of South Lake Tahoe be Prohibited from “Approving or Supporting” the Tahoe Transportation District

Project known as “the US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project”?”

 

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe has called a General Municipal Election and is requesting that it be consolidated with the November 8, 2016 General Presidential Election, for the purpose of adding one (1) Citizen initiated ballot measure.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe does hereby resolve, declare, determine, and order as follows: 

Section 1. Pursuant to the laws of the State of California relating to General Law Cities, there is called and ordered to be held in the City of South Lake Tahoe, County of El Dorado, a General Municipal Election to be consolidated with the General Presidential Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 for the purpose of adding the ballot measure as follows:

1. “Shall the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe be Prohibited from “Approving or Supporting” the Tahoe Transportation District Project known as “the US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project”?” 

Section 2. The Measure referenced-above shall be effective if approved by a simple majority of the electorate.

Section 3. The Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado is hereby requested to approve consolidation of said election with the General Presidential Election to be held on November 8, 2016. 

Section 4. Upon adoption, the City Clerk is hereby directed to file a certified copy of this resolution with the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Recorder Clerk-Elections Division.

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