Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
January 28, 2010
CHEERS: To the passage of the three-lane alternative along with the Kings Beach Redevelopment Project by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Dozens of locals spoke to the pros and cons of the $48 million plan to redevelop Kings Beach and provide for better walkability, and although we know some residents were unhappy about the approval, we hope everyone sees the long-term benefits for our entire region.
JEERS: To more vague threats of teachers layoffs due to a communication snafu, which is really as much evidence against state funding mechanisms and the lack of local control, as it is with any local authority figures. While this complaint and#8212; which said decisions were made to change EL programs without the proper input and#8212; may not lead to more layoffs, the announcement came as a big blow to those in our community who have worked hard to put the last two years of financial warfare in the past. We hope the district can take its lumps, apologize if it needs to, and repair any relationships with the state department of education, before teachers lose their jobs.
CHEERS: To the removal of an illegal fence at Speedboat Beach in Kings Beach, which will return a large portion of public beach to our local residents and visitors. The neighborhood will celebrate Sunday at 2 p.m. on the beach, where the message will be celebratory but humbling: It is a public beach, which means we must protect it from trash, dogs and other clutter that often spoils our public spaces, and makes it easy for private entities to take them from us.