Opinion: Who speaks for Lake Tahoe? We must incorporate
Two contentious mega projects — Martis Valley West and Squaw Valley — just got approved by the Placer County Supervisors despite raucous public outcry, objections by all area conservation groups and the California Attorney General.
In the case of Martis Valley West, even objections by the County Planning Commission couldn’t stop the money train. Any kindergartner would know that the Squaw developer’s claims of reducing traffic by 10% makes no sense.
Projects of this complexity are the devil’s playground, and even with huge groups of local citizens objecting, the governance structure in place for Tahoe doesn’t represent local interest.
What’s really insulting is the California Attorney got bought off for the mere price of $440,000. The AG’s office backed off its criticism on impacts to Lake Tahoe if TRPA got the money. What a joke. Is this the new version of pay to play?
How does this pittance mitigate any of the valid concerns regarding traffic, wildfires and environmental stewardship? There is no specificity about what exactly the monies are supposed to pay for, and all we know is that the money will be sucked into the TRPA black hole. Sadly, it will probably fund more TRPA public relations personnel.
All of this is a pathetic reminder of how out of control our train wreck local government has become. No one is willing to make the tough decisions, and the decision-makers don’t even live in the basin.
Aspen, Colo., has awoken and instituted a moratorium on building in areas of town until a master plan can be brought forth. The public can’t trust anyone except for ourselves. We must build a local framework. North Lake Tahoe must incorporate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help.
North Tahoe Preservation Alliance
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
I just read Tom McClintock’s piece about inflation, and I can’t imagine he lives in the same world as I do. In his mind, sustainable (“green”) energy that offsets climate change is “bad policy.” He…