South Tahoe Mayor/Councilwoman Quits Suddenly, Mid-term
“Today is the first day of a whole new adventure. No more politics. No more mayor. No more Tahoe. I am soon off to Redmond, WA. Better make some room in the closet for my clothes, Maria. I am on my way.”
That is what Claire Fortier wrote on her Facebook page Friday morning.
Ms. Fortier goes to Washington
City Councilwoman Claire Fortier has attended her last meeting as an elected representative of South Lake Tahoe.
The councilwoman, who concluded a one-year stint as mayor on Tuesday, said she plans to leave for Washington state next week.
In June, Fortier said she had plans to move to Redmond, Wash., to join her spouse, Maria Pielaet, who had accepted a position to set up a health clinic for Microsoft.
Fortier quits, but forgets to tell anyone at city hall
Lake Tahoe News first reported in May that Fortier was unlikely to finish her term that expires in December 2014 because her spouse had taken a job in Washington state.
Fortier long held the belief she was the only one on the council who could shepherd the Regional Plan update through the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. With the TRPA approving that plan on Wednesday, Fortier believes she has done her job even though the people elected her to do a job that lasts another two years.
Mayor says goodbye and thank you
Unfortunately, there was no good time to resign from council before my term was completed. I fully appreciate the very tough position that my leaving imposes on my fellow council members, city staff and the community. However, it is imperative that city leaders have the opportunity to decide how they want to handle city business going forward.
Timing also played a critical role in not leaving in July when my spouse relocated to Seattle to serve as medical director for Microsoft's Living Well Clinic. I made a commitment to this community, to the states of California and Nevada, and to the TRPA Governing Board to see the tedious and contentious process of the Regional Plan through to completion. I was proud and elated to cast an affirmative vote on behalf of the city at Wednesday's historic TRPA meeting. It truly is the beginning of a new era of cooperation among Lake Tahoe's stakeholders.
After nearly two decades in this magnificent place that we, the Fortier/Pielaet clan, have called home, it is time for new beginnings for our family. But I leave with a heavy heart. This is community has embraced us with such openness and acceptance. Our boys have benefited immensely from all this wonderful place has to offer. It will always be their hometown.
As for me, South Lake Tahoe will be the place where I learned the true meaning of involvement and service. Thank you for the honor of serving you as mayor and as a councilwoman.
2012 Interview with Claire Fortier, Mayor, City of South Lake Tahoe (2)
How well are investments in the environment performing? Monitoring is conducted in the effort to answer this question. In this interview, Claire Fortier, Mayor of the City of South Lake Tahoe, argues that monitoring is useful when deployed in a targeted context, where the objectives are defined. In this conversation Fortier shares a little bit about the hefty price tag of monitoring and the drive for continual improvement based upon the monitoring results.