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My Turn: Seeing and hearing what we want to see and hear

Rusty Pauli

They say the if ten people witness an event, you will get ten different descriptions of what happened. I wish to offer another version of what took place at t he Feb. 8 meeting of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, contrary to the versions offered in two earlier letters to the editor.I was at that meeting because a group of Mexican business owners in Truckee had asked me to help them rent the McIver Arena this summer to put on a charreada, a festival of music, dancing, riding and roping that dates back to sixteenth century charros. After reading my letter to the board and asking a number of questions, three of the four board members present indicated that they were in favor of the idea and asked if the Truckee Donner Horsemens Association (the Horesmen) could possibly find a date that summer for the event, as they felt it would not only benefit the Hispanic population in Truckee, but the entire community of Truckee as well.The issue, which seems to have inflamed both letter writers the most, was the bulldozing of the arena. The board member was reminding everyone that an individual who used to regularly attend board meetings had suggested this, and that there were others in town that may wish for the same thing. The board member indicated that filling the arena calendar with more diverse events would ensure that the arena will remain for the use of the Horsemen and others in the community.What I saw at the Feb. 8 meeting was a board which wanted something good for the entire community, not just a select group; not the backhanded side of politics, but rather the upside of diverse community activities. Although the contract with the Horesmen does provide for the Horsemen to get first priority under normal circumstances to events sponsored by the Horsemen, it also states Park District has the legal responsibility of managing and supervising all facilities and activities on real property owned and/or leased by Park District. Park District must, therefore, retain complete jurisdiction and authority over the development and use of park areas, and the scheduling of activities on these area so that maximum use may be had by the general public.I missed the threats and innuendos, but I guess we all see and hear what we want to see and hear.Rusty Pauli for:Andres Baeza, Casa BaezaRigoberto Uribe, Tacos JaliscosJose Gonzales, Gonzales ConcreteRafael Nuez, Let it snowTruckee