Guest Column: Concerned about takeover of KB Rec Area
Ryan Summerlin April 17, 2014
Dear Community members,
This is urgent and you must act — please use this letter and contact all listed.
Takeover is imminent. California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy are stealing our community center, the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.
This isn’t just about the management of the parking — it’s about future visioning of Kings Beach.
As a member of the North Lake Tahoe community for 12 years, I can attest to popularity of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. It isn’t just the centerpiece of the community; it is where many local residents and regional visitors spend time recreating during all seasons.
It provides access to an incredible stretch of beach that is unmatched at the lake, and has become one of the most popular places to experience Lake Tahoe during all times of year.
The parking associated with the Kings Beach State Recreation Area provides access not only to the beach and park, but also to the North Tahoe Event Center, an economic driver in the community. The Event Center is utilized year-round for meetings, community and private events, fitness classes, and much more, both by members of our community and visitors.
Although California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy have indicated they plan to keep the area open year-round, I am concerned about the level of service that will be provided, and that it will not match what has been offered by the North Tahoe Public Utility District for the past 36 years.
I am in support of the bill Senator Gaines has put forward (SB 832) which would deed Kings Beach State Recreation Area to the North Tahoe Public Utility District to operate, maintain and improve for public recreation purposes.
I also in support continued dialog and proposal of the NTPUD’s desire to re-enter management agreement negotiations with the State should California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy not be able to fulfill their commitment with regard to the year-round management and operations of KBSRA.
I believe this public treasure and access to Lake Tahoe for all to enjoy should be preserved in perpetuity, protected from future state budget deficits and cared for by the local custodians represented by the North Tahoe Public Utility District.
Locals care. Please contact your local representatives and let them know how you feel, including SB832 supporters and sponsors:
Senator Ted Gaines
4359 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 112
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Assemblyman Brian Dahle
State Capital, Suite #2174
Sacramento, CA 94249
Assemblymember Beth Gaines
Sacramento, CA 94249
Ellie Waller is a Tahoe Vista resident.