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Mountain Times: Step up and be involved/

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

It will be interesting to see who and#8220;steps up to the plateand#8221; to run for the open board seats for all our different special districts for November’s election.

Despite the outcry of public comment and the threat of the recall of three school board members earlier this year, there are no new takers to run for the board’s open positions as of Friday’s newspaper article. Where are the naysayers now?

Despite the near lynching of the board of directors of the Truckee Fire Protection District only a couple of potential candidates have said they and#8220;mayand#8221; run for open seats, but had not filed as of last Friday. Several months ago, the word on the street was that several and#8220;Who’s Who in Truckeeand#8221; locals were going to join forces and run a campaign similar to the threesome that changed the balance of power on the airport district board several years ago. Where did they go?

No one for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District’s four seats? Unbelievable! I could go on, but these three are examples of what is going on.

I hope that and#8220;last minuteand#8221; filing is normal, and that there will be good, qualified candidates who step up to run for these important positions. We are living in a period of uncertainty and apathy about a lot of things. It is rather dismal to think that the spirit of community and responsible leadership has apparently fallen off so much.

Hopefully some of you readers will consider running or will take some time to think of friends who might be great candidates and encourage them to run. It is time to get in the game, not to sit on the bench. Our communities need strong leadership, direction and a diversity of ideas. Now go do it!

Confusion? I was somewhat confused with last week’s article about Measure A … especially the headline. To the reader who only reads headlines, one might think that the renewing of Measure A and#8220;could jeopardize school programs.and#8221; On the contrary, not renewing some version of Measure A would pretty much guarantee a cut in school programs and personnel.

I (Norm, the old guy in our picture) have just about had it with bonds, overrides, etc. but I do support our schools. The children of our community are our most important assets and they deserve a quality education.

I will definitely support the new Measure A as long as the amount requested and#8220;makes senseand#8221; and is justified, and that the following three items continue to be incorporated in the measure:

and#8226; A definitive ending date and#8230; i.e. 5 years, 7 years, 10 years and#8230; not into perpetuity. (At the end of the time period, a new Measure A can be put together and voted on again).

and#8226; A and#8220;per parceland#8221; tax versus a and#8220;charge per $100,000 of assessed valuation.and#8221;

and#8226; That the guidelines for the usage of the funds are very clear and that there is third party oversight.

Support our schools this Saturday by attending the 2010 Martis Camp Home Tour from 10 am to 4 p.m. The and#8220;Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundationand#8221; in partnership with the and#8220;Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtorsand#8221; and and#8220;Martis Campand#8221; are sponsoring the home tour, which includes touring six remarkable and#8220;one of a kindand#8221; custom homes at Martis Camp. It promises to be a great time and all proceeds go to the schools. I also hear there are some fabulous raffle prizes!

Tickets for the tour are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event. Ticket outlets include Dickson Realty, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Prudential and Tahoe Mountain Resorts. For more information go to http://www.martiscamp.com.

Downtown Parking … I did receive several comments in response to my mention of a new ad hoc committee for downtown parking in our last column. Joanne Zahn pretty much summarized the comments I did receive: and#8220;Pretty pathetic that so much money and time is put into this ridiculous paid parking scam. Having lived here since and#8216;85, I haven’t parked downtown since they initiated this. The Town should be looking at the City of Calistoga and#8230; same size as Truckee. They don’t have paid parking and as a result don’t alienate the locals and visitors.and#8221;

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.