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A Reader Writes

I must take issue with your editorial (“Judging a local issue from Sacramento” Sierra Sun March 5 2007) on the transit center at 64 acres for the following reasons.

Regarding your statement that the Placer County supervisors are “locally elected officials,” although technically true, there has been a long-standing belief that the supervisors live and work on the “eastern slopes” and are out of touch with local concerns. Consider the Martis Valley plan, which was objected to by not only the local community but the Army Corps of Engineers and numerous environmental groups.

Your comment that the judge will not vote on the “merits of local decision making” begs the question what is local decision making? Two thousand local residents and property owners expressed opposition to the site for the transit center. This extends to a much larger group than the “Tahoe Taverns and Tahoe Shores homeowners.”

I believe that no one argues that we need to find a way to get folks out of their cars to help solve the traffic problems we face. There has been much objection to the chosen site and the plan. 64 acres is in the most congested area of Tahoe City. The plan is to add 130 parking spaces at the transit center. Do more parking spaces encourage people to take public transportation?

As decision making rests in the hands of a few who seem not to represent local views but take it upon themselves to decide what is best for our community, I welcome a lawsuit that forces a legal opinion.

Carolyn Willette

Tahoe City


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