April 10, 2008
I’d like to applaud the My Turn guest column (“There are no NIMBYs in Tahoe Vista” April 2 Sierra Sun) for factually, tactfully and educationally explaining the difference between NIMBYs and those of us that diligently attend meetings, research codes and ordinances, take on the cumbersome task of reading environmental assessments, environmental impact studies and reports, seek out the facts from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Placer County staff, all in the attempt not to stop growth but to be a part of the revitalization of our communities that are in much need of infrastructure improvements and upgrades while maintaining our quality of life. We want a harmonious balance. One last comment: We do this painstakingly on our own time without compensation.
Former California state Senator and Assemblyman Tim Leslie’s timely appointment to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board by Gov. Schwarzenegger must definitely please the residents and businessmen of the Tahoe Basin. Primarily, in 2003, long before catastrophic wildfire prevention was popular, Tim Leslie teamed up with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and held the Basin’s first forum on removal of forest fuels and healthy forests at the community college.
Secondly, the fact that Tim Leslie lived in the Basin for a number of years gives him tremendous insight on the everyday problems of the residents and businesses and how they relate to the bureaucracy of the TRPA.
And thirdly, being a former state senator and assemblyman gives him the knowledge and experience of dealing with the California legislature and governor.
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As a TRPA board member, I welcome Tim Leslie with open arms as he can certainly help implement the fire prevention findings and recommendations of the Bi-state Fire Commission, help local residents and businesses understand and resolve development and shorezone issues, and help streamline the operation of the TRPA to render it more effective.
I’m writing in response to the “Frustration increases over Truckee post office” article (April 7 Sierra Sun). I could write a novel with all the complaints going around lately about the downtown branch, but instead will focus on the 20 minute parking limit.
I can understand enforcing this rule during their normal business hours, even though I’ve waited in line many times for over 20 minutes before being helped. What I don’t understand is Postmaster Terry James having cars towed after hours and on Sundays at $300 a pop. I’ve heard of locals and tourists alike who have been unlucky enough to park at the post office after hours to go out for dinner and when finished with their meal find that their vehicle is gone, towed from a closed business.
Needless to say, the local closed their PO box and the visitor vowed never to come to Truckee again. Talk about a bad image for our little tourist town. The one positive thing I can say about the post office deals with the woman who delivers mail to the downtown Truckee businesses with promptness and a smile no matter what. If they would employ more workers with her great customer service skills maybe then Terry James wouldn’t have to meet with distraught and irate customers on April 22, 23 and the 24.
I strongly encourage everyone with a complaint or problem to show up to voice their concerns, otherwise who knows how much longer these service problems will continue.
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