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‘Planning’ is taking too long in Kings Beach

Steve B. McCollough
My Turn

Before I say anything, I will admit to being angry at losing my business. And no, I do not believe that Placer County is the cause of all of my financial difficulties. Neither did I go to the annual community meetings to voice the following issues because I was busy working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week trying to keep my store viable.

But I will say that in the five years I’ve owned my business that Placer County has done nothing to support the economic viability of my business, and I have seen several instances of where the county has been an obstruction to businesses wanting to improve their own properties.

It is my understanding that these annual “planning” meetings have gone on for more than 12 years now, and at least in the five years I’ve been in business, we’ve been told work would start in yet another year or two. I’d like to point out that the Oakland Bay Bridge has been planned, designed, approved by two large metropolitan cites, passed all environmental reports, been funded, and is being built by Caltrans in the same amount of time as seven blocks of curbs and sidewalks have been “planned” for in Kings Beach.

And correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand there is even federal money allocated to curb the roads around the lake to prevent pollution. I could be wrong, but I’ve seen a lot of activity on the Nevada side of the lake and nothing in California.

When I lived in the Bay Area, I remember how proud Sacramento was of the speed and efficiency they had employed in putting in the light rail system there over the one in San Jose. Did I try to start a business in the wrong part of the county?

Does Placer County need to be reminded that sales, city, property, county, and many state taxes are collected to provide for each community’s infrastructure? Is it because we are out here on the fringe of the county that we can be easily ignored? Or is there some unspoken agenda at work?

I don’t know, but I do know that I’m pretty fed up in general with politicians that provide all sorts of rhetoric to get elected and then walk to the beat of a different drummer once in office. When I was a boy, I was taught to ignore the arms and legs and focus on the center of the body to tackle effectively. As I grew up, I’ve translated that to watching the walk and not the talk.

But don’t worry about me. I’m just one ex-business man and soon to be ex-constituent of this state. I’m sending this letter in the hopes that some good may come of it for the friends I’ve made in the community I slaved to be a part of.

Steve B. McCollough is a Kings Beach resident.


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