‘Bobble heads’ of Placer County
Have you watched Senate or Congressional hearings? They have an air of formality about them: “Yes Senator,” “No Mr. Jones.” It gives the hearings credibility, even if it is a dog-and-pony show. Last Thursday in Kings Beach the hearings over Martis Valley development were anything but credible. The Placer County Planning Commission and its staff were on first-name basis with the developers and their staff. During the hearing for the Siller Ranch development, they even carried on an informal conversation with the environmentalist for Siller Ranch about his daughter’s graduation that night during public record time. This paid consultant (lap dancer), then said that the “State of California Fish and Game’s letter of concern was a joke” and the bobble heads of Placer County went up and down as he stated only his report was correct. Then the letter from the Washoe Indian Tribes requesting a full-time paid consultant was used to line a bird cage. This is a classic case of West Slope people making decisions that affect the East Slope with no concern for the destruction of our lifestyle as long as the “Cash Cow” produced dollars for them. This brings me to my favorite subject: Remember why we incorporated? We wanted control of our destiny, so we took it away from the West Slopers (Nevada County). We wanted to elect people that shared our vision and not to reelect them in November if they did not. The current Truckee Tahoe Airport Board of Directors has five members, four from the North Shore, and they have their partners from the Foothill Land Use Commission (FLUC) that are West Slopers. This November we have an opportunity to replace three of the North Shore members with Truckee people. That would give us the control we will need to protect us from growth of the airport that will destroy our quality of life. Visit http://www.AIRPORTCARE.ORG for more info on how you can help be a part of the needed change.Bryan E. DeVoeTruckeeTrail travailsThe increase in motorized recreation is having a detrimental impact on non-motorized activities. On a recent mountain bike ride on the Emigrant Trail off of Mt. Judah, I and a friend ran into five dirt bikers. This trail and many other mountain biking and hiking trails are damaged by motorized dirt bikes. In several places the trail has turned into a narrow, muddy trough that is unrideable. I believe that these people know that these trails are off limits to motorized vehicles but go ahead and ride them anyway. The same situation is happening in the winter when more and more frequently snowmobilers are highmarking mountain slopes to the point where they become unskiable. I’m not sure what can be done, but the number of conflicts is only increasing. Perhaps what we need is a forum where all interested parties can formulate policies that will work for everyone.Doug ShermanTruckee
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