Ex-Calif. Lawmaker Resigns from TRPA

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A former California state legislator has resigned from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, citing philosophical conflicts with some board members and schedule conflicts with board meetings.

"I see storm clouds on the horizon," Tim Leslie wrote in an e-mail to TRPA Executive Director John Singlaub dated Jan. 21.

"When the remaining North Shore projects are brought in for final determination, millions of dollars will have been spent and I have no confidence that they will be fairly judged, particularly by the California members," he said in a copy of the e-mail obtained by the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

Leslie, a Republican with a home in the north Tahoe area, also appeared to single out the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Sierra
Club for criticism.

"Hopefully I will be wrong; but when they are confronted by the
"League," the "Club" and a room full of angry members, who for the most part are concerned with their narrow interests rather than sustaining the benefit of our international treasure, they will be unable to approve an economically viable project. That is something I do not wish to be a part of," Leslie wrote.

"Even if they are approved you will face years of litigation while progress is brought to a halt," he said. He closed the e-mail by saying that he had several activities scheduled for the year that would "significantly enhance" his retirement but conflict with scheduled board meetings.

Leslie was appointed to the board by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in March of 2008. He replaced former board member
and chair Julie Motamedi after she resigned from the board in December 2007.

TRPA spokesman Dennis Oliver said a strongly worded resignation letter from Leslie was no surprise.

"He is a fairly outspoken person and I think his resignation letter speaks for itself," Oliver said. "In Lake Tahoe there are a lot of side arguments going on and not enough higher conversation about the lake itself and that can get frustrating."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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