Sierra Watch will be arguing in court on July 21st to stop Alterra’s Squaw Valley development – and you can watch along.
The court is conducting oral arguments by video conference, and they’ve shared instructions on how to log on to their BlueJeans Events conferencing application.
Oral arguments before the Third District Court of Appeals in Sierra Watch’s two challenges of Alterra Mountain Company’s proposed development in Tahoe’s Squaw Valley
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
The public is invited to join the proceedings online through a web browser on the BlueJeans Events app – https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/sgtbqesh
Or by phone – +1 (415) 466-7000 (US) / PIN: 4619394 #
This is an important milestone in the ongoing effort — ten years and counting — to keep Tahoe Truckee True.
The project, originally submitted to Placer County in May 2012, involves developing up to 850 hotels, condominiums and residential units and a 90,000 square-foot indoor adventure center.
After the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved Alterra’s proposed development in 2016, Sierra Watch initiated two public interest court challenges: one based on state planning law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the other based on violations of California’s Brown Act.
Sierra Watch’s CEQA challenge is based on decision-makers’ failure to assess the proposed development’s impact on key Tahoe issues like the lake’s clarity, fire safety, and traffic.
Sierra Watch’s second case is based on the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, challenging Placer County’s lack of public notice for a last-minute deal to avoid a lawsuit by the California Attorney General, negotiated in secret and announced the same day the project was approved.
The Brown Act challenge is first on the docket, to be followed by the CEQA challenge. The court will release its decisions within 90 days of the close of the hearings.
The arguments will be brief and, likely, shaped by questions from the bench.
For more detailed arguments, including the Sierra Watch legal briefs, visit: https://www.sierrawatch.org/courts/.