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My Turn: Consider the viewpoint of the community

Bob Mortenson

Two items in your newspaper within the last two weeks caught my attention and although not directly related they do pertain to the lack of local political representation on items of concern to those living at the lake but not fully appreciated by our representatives down the hill.First is the Kingswood property favored by Placer County staff for a new government center. They favor this site despite no seemingly community support and even outright opposition. I assume their support is because the property is already owned by the school district who no longer need the site and are willing to sell it to the county at a very reasonable cost. Yet the nearby residents seemed to be opposed because of its location in a residential area and far removed from any commercial center. I personally think the government center should be in Tahoe City, but could understand locating it in the Kings Beach area. But why not locate it near the North Tahoe PUD offices where builders could have nearby access to both agencies when doing business. Or better yet, consider the NTPUD public Conference Center in Kings Beach. I understand the NTPUD is having a difficult time making a go of this center and might be amenable to letting go of this facility. After all there really is no shortage of conference facilities in our area. The Kings Beach Conference Center would seem to be an ideal location if the Kings Beach area was favored by the county. Please think about it, Placer County and NTPUD officials.The second item is the idea in the paper about creation of a separate county around the north and west shore of Tahoe. I think this would be a good idea. Unfortunately because it involves two existing counties, it would be nearly impossible to pulloff. But what if instead we considered creating an incorporated city in Placer County from Homewood to Kings Beach, including Squaw Valley. This would include the communities of Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, Homewood and possibly Tahoma-Meeks Bay-Rubicon from El Dorado County.I don’t care what name you think up for this new city or town, but think that Tahoe City or North Tahoe City best represents the area.The population of this new city probably wouldn’t be much more than 10,000 to 20,000 and while the land area may seem large, it probably isn’t much bigger than the Town of Truckee.In a city or town with local public officials, I think they would consider the viewpoint of the community on items such as the government center location.As an example of this same process, one only has to look at the town of Truckee. Since becoming a city several years ago, I believe it has seen a resurgence of its commercial core as contrasted to the dying (or some say, dead) communities of Tahoe City and Kings Beach.After all, if several community newspapers in our area can be combined to better serve the communities why not the communities themselves?Bob Mortenson is a Tahoma resident.


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