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Letter to the Editor: Kings Beach will be improved

Curt Wegener
Incline Village, Nev.

Interesting how Jim Galloway is so adamantly opposed to the three-lane alternative in Kings Beach, yet I do not remember seeing Jim at the first Kings Beach Sidewalk Committee meeting in 1997, nor any subsequent meetings. I also do not recall seeing Mr. Galloway in 2004 when the North Tahoe Business Association was asked by Placer County to implement the Main Street program.

This program included four committees and tens of thousands of volunteer hours during the following five years, when we explored all options for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project. The process involved gathering community input, surveys, forums with renowned traffic and walkable community experts and resulted in making a recommendation for the best alternative for Kings Beach and#8212; three lanes.

I am also quite certain Mr. Galloway was not trying to get from Incline Village to Tahoe Vista during the first New Years flood in 1997 as I was. If he had, he would stop the fear mongering of anything less than four lanes through Kings Beach would lead to loss of life in the Tahoe basin.

The only thing four lanes provided when people were trying to exit the basin via route 267 was two lanes of bumper to bumper traffic instead of one. We had a genuine emergency in Kings Beach and four lanes did not result in moving traffic out of the basin any faster than if it had two lanes.

Mr. Galloway also praised former Supervisor Bruce Kranz. Four of five Placer County Supervisors supported the three-lane, hybrid alternative. Mr. Kranz did not support three lanes.

Not only was Mr. Kranz removed from representing Placer County on the TRPA Governing Board, he was voted out of office largely because he refused to represent the 70 percent of the community who supported the three-lane alternative. Mr. Kranz chose to support the 30 percent vocal minority in favor of four lanes, many who financially supported his campaign.

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Mr. Galloway, you served Incline Village well during your tenure as county commissioner. Your support of four lanes in Kings Beach is incomprehensible based on your limited or perhaps nonexistent involvement in the process of selecting the preferred alternative.

Remember, the project is for the improvement of the commercial core, not a Caltrans sponsored freeway project.