CABPRO’s Urke steps down
Margaret Urke has resigned as executive director of the property-rights group CABPRO, but she will stay on as a member of the board of directors.
Urke said Friday she is leaving the day-to-day business of the organization to devote more time to her family and their businesses.
“I’m going to be on the board and have an active part in the issues,” Urke said. Her resignation will be effective Aug. 15 from the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners, where she served for nine years.
Urke and fellow board members will be looking for her replacement in the coming weeks. Urke said she expected that person to be more
of an administrator and marketing person than she was.
Truckee resident Pat Davison will be relied on more to deal with issues in the new lineup, Urke said. Davison said she will continue to work on the county fire plan and housing element issues and will do whatever the board asks of her.
Urke said stopping the scenic highway status for Highway 174 (The Colfax Highway) was an early victory for CABPRO and a rallying point for conservatives along the route. Although she gave former Supervisor Drew Bedwell credit for starting the push against the National Heritage 2020, Urke acknowledged that CABPRO had a large say in the battle.
“The crazy thing about NH2020 wasn’t what it was going to do,” Urke said, which was to plan growth for the future using a controversial habitat protection stance. “It was how it was handled. Everyone felt used.”
“We’re very disappointed that Margaret resigned because she did such a wonderful job,” said CABPRO Chairman Simi Lyss.
“I don’t see CABPRO going in any other direction,” Lyss said. “We are going to look for a new executive director and Margaret is an important part of that.”
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