Monday, September 16, 2013

In Lake Tahoe development struggle, California blinks, Nevada wins

Wow.  So it is possible to force CA to back down from their whacko environmental crap.

The maneuver was political brinkmanship, playing on California's fears about what would happen on the Nevada side of the lake without the planning compact. It worked.

"If we lost the compact, the permitting authority will go to the local jurisdictions," said Darcie Goodman Collins, executive director of the California-based League to Save Lake Tahoe. "I'm afraid that the end result is that decisions would be made without having that bigger picture regional puzzle in mind. There would be no limit."

Other environmental organizations have a different view.

"We got rolled," said Trent W. Orr, an attorney with Earthjustice, which is representing the Sierra Club in a lawsuit challenging the regional plan.

"California should be in the driver's seat," Orr said, noting that the state contributes six times more funding to lake restoration projects than Nevada does. "Why is the one holding most of the chips saying 'Uncle'?"
CA in the driver's seat?  If that should happen, Lake Tahoe might as well shut down and everyone go home.

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