Opinion: Why I support the Squaw Valley development project
This letter was submitted for publication prior to Tuesday’s Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting, in which the project was approved by a 4-1 vote. Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery was opposed.
Dear Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery: I wanted to voice my opinion in support of the proposed Squaw Valley development.
I’m a retired PCSO Sergeant after 28 years of service. Nineteen of those 28 years where in North Lake Tahoe. The Keep Squaw True folks seem to believe keeping the valley “true” means leaving it as it is now.
Some of my co-workers at PCSO felt I was a tree hugger at times. Perhaps true — if it were my way, I’d pull out all the lifts, remove all the houses, cars and boot all the people. Not reality, I know!
Squaw was built on the shoulders of “pioneers” who were more like pirates. These pioneers did things on their terms while telling the county, state and neighboring organizations to get lost while they raped the land.
I can point to several environmental disasters that exist today — buried by the pioneers in several cases, still entombed to this day. KSL Capital Partners and Andy Wirth took over these disasters and have been working to correct many of them while mending relationships with the community, government and the environment, not to mention building an economic stream to support their stewardship.
KSL has been a much more responsible steward of Squaw Valley, and it shows in many ways, if you know where to look, and have true understanding of the valley’s ownership history.
This is demonstrated by the reduction of the project by 50 percent, in part, due to community voice. This stewardship is not sustainable on the pioneers’ vision, methods and infrastructure. The preposed project makes sense and I support it.
Not everybody can be made happy, but the cooperation with your board, local government agencies, and their staff is night and day to how things were done in the past.