Our View: Working together on Kings Beach’s future
Placer County and other state and federal agencies have $40 million burning a hole in their pocket, and it looks like they are going to have a more difficult time than expected spending it in Kings Beach.
The problem comes down to community consensus ” a goal that Placer County hired the Sierra Business Council to attain. Yet, as each new public meeting comes to a close, the community seems more fractured than the last.
Which gets us back to the $40 million “-money desperately needed by Kings Beach for important things like sidewalks, pedestrian safety and updating of the road system.
Lately, the talk over the Kings Beach Commercial Core plan has been negative ” focusing on divisive differences of opinion within the community.
What the community needs to keep in mind is the incredible positives the project will bring to the community. It’s not every day that a community has the opportunity to land $40 million just with the simple act of agreeing how they want their community to be redeveloped.
The worst possible thing that could happen to Kings Beach, and one of the alternatives still in play in the commercial core plan, is that no redevelopment take place.
Bruce Kranz, the Placer County supervisor who represents North Tahoe, warned citizens last week not to dissolve into a divisiveness, because the redevelopment money is not guaranteed and could be pulled if the community can’t reach an agreement.
The warning is significant, because Kranz is one of the decision makers who will vote to approve or deny the project.
So rather than complaining and inflaming differences, we urge the Kings Beach community to remember the good that can come from bike lanes, sidewalks, improved roads and landscaping.
There may be differences of opinion along the way, but those differences must be worked out in a way that doesn’t derail Kings Beach’s future.
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