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Tahoe’s Martis Valley in Court December 17

Sierra Watch and our conservation allies will stand up in court next week when California’s Third District Court of Appeal hears oral arguments in our case against the proposed Martis Valley West development project, located on the rim of North Lake Tahoe.

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The hearing on December 17 is a milestone event in the 20-year effort to Save Martis Valley and commitment to Keep Tahoe Blue.

Sierra Watch, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and Mountain Area Preservation are in a long-running legal challenge opposing Placer County’s 2016 approvals. Conservation stakeholders contend that decision-makers failed to meet state laws by downplaying impacts on fire safety, traffic, and the clarity of Lake Tahoe.

In the first round, the trial court agreed – but on narrow grounds. Now we’re working together to further that victory and defend North Tahoe from reckless development.

WHAT: Oral arguments over Martis Valley West development approvals before the Third District Court of Appeal

WHEN: Oral arguments are expected to start at 9:30 am on Friday, December 17, 2021, but could be delayed until 10:00 am, due to another case prior to Martis Valley West.

HOW: The court is conducting oral arguments by videoconference; the public is invited to observe the proceedings by telephone, or online through a web browser, or the BlueJeans Events app (about viewing via the app):

OR via phone — Dial the following number, enter the participant PIN followed by # to confirm — +1 (415) 466-7000 (US) PIN: 6226778 #

After holding one hour of oral arguments on December 17, the court will have 90 days to render its decision. We’ll keep you posted!

For more information on our 20-year commitment to Save Martis Valley, visit:

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