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Our View: Saluting a North Shore leader

Kings Beach is on the verge of something big.

The community has big main street redevelopment plans, businesses are mulling over the creation of a business improvement district and a large collection of downtown properties involved in a bankruptcy case have been purchased by an owner eyeing redevelopment.

And now, the community will have another big transition to deal with ” the change in leadership at the North Tahoe Business Association.

As executive director Pam Jahnke steps down from the group we applaud the energy she has put into building the business group. From the NTBA’s budget to bringing the national “Main Street Program” to the North Shore and the tireless work she has put into the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project over the last four years, Jahnke has been a singular force.

Her efforts will be evident in the reshaping of the Kings Beach downtown for years to come.

But Jahnke’s ” and the association board’s ” accomplishments are not only measured in street widths, downtown intersection changes and sidewalks that are slated for the community. Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and nearby towns are a community, and Jahnke can be proud of the group’s emphasis on keeping the communities east of Tahoe City vital.

But that brings us to today ” a time of transition for the area the North Tahoe Business Association serves.

The association needs a new leader and strong involvement from a diverse membership to carry it through a period where important decisions on the long term look and feel of North Tahoe communities will be made.

Leaders ” whether they be the new director of the business association or ordinary residents who invest the time in community matters ” will be the ones that form the future of these towns.

Kings Beach has been brought to the verge of large, progressive change by a group of leaders including Jahnke. Now it’s up to a new group of residents to step up and carry the communities through that change.