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Does excluding real estate offices from downtown provide the answer to the real question of high rents? Rather, let the town seek solutions to the rent rate problem. Could we end up with an empty downtown if we exclude offices and price out retailers?

How exclusive does downtown need to be? Do we exclude the fire district offices, rec center, church and bank? Realtors employ a lot of locals, including contractors from various trades, maintenance people, inspectors, accountants, sign makers, printers, plus local advertising.

Yes, I work in a local real estate office. I spend my paycheck at local grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and retail stores all over town. I would resent spending those hard-earned dollars downtown if I am not welcome there with other employers and employees.

The town is growing, and Realtors provide a service for home buyers and sellers (you or a family member may have used one), but they do not create the growth. That is controlled by the town. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Lillian Richards

Truckee

The mail service in Truckee is only indicative of the mail service throughout the U.S. It takes up to 20 days to get a letter from the Bay Area to Truckee. I feel it is not totally the fault of Truckee postal workers but the postal service in general. I get rental checks from throughout the state and every month at least one is lost. When found, it shows postmarks 20 days earlier and is often returned to the sender simply because they use 96161 instead of 96162. Sometimes they are returned to sender with the correct address on them and no reason for their being returned. After speaking with friends in various parts of the nation, the conclusion is the mail service has deteriorated. Congress should spend more time being concerned with fixing this problem and not worrying about the Internet.

Floyd Valdez Baxter

Truckee

I lived in Truckee for 10 years and moved away three years ago. I visited this past weekend and was surprised to have to pay an additional $4 on top of my room rental at the Truckee Hotel in a lot that I wouldn’t have been able to use if I weren’t a guest of the hotel. One of the more disturbing aspects of the downtown parking policy relates to the fact that there are still three bars downtown, two of which still host live performers. I feel strongly that the downtown parking policy encourages visitors to these bars to drink and drive. Is this intentional? Despite the loss of revenue it would mean to law enforcement and the impound lot with its mandatory one-month vehicle impound period for drunk driving arrests, it would be far more ethical for the town to be encouraging bar and restaurant patrons to be leaving their cars downtown overnight instead of actively encouraging patrons to drive their vehicles away after a night of dining and drinking.

What’s going on here? Is that any way to treat the town’s residents and visitors, by encouraging them to practice what is considered criminal behavior. Who does that benefit?

Mark Adams

San Francisco

Two things: First, the Town of Truckee should consider awarding a plaque of appreciation to the local postmaster for allowing free public parking for residents and tourists for the purpose of shopping on Commercial Row. This past Sunday at 10 a.m., I went to the post office and upon arriving I counted 12 vehicles in the lot, not including the spaces farthest from the facility, knowing that most or all are postal equipment.

I parked right up against the walkway spaces next to the vehicle owned by the Squeeze In owners. Upon entering, one patron was leaving and I expected that the owners of the mentioned establishment would be inside. Wrong. Only one patron was inside. Now I know that I only brought one car and the Squeeze In vehicle made two, therefore the other two patrons I encountered brought five each ” a neat trick.

I believe the owners of the restaurant were advocates and continue to be supporters of paid parking. It is important to note that during the week I have observed the owners’ vehicle parked in a proper employee area. I’m sure it being a Sunday the owners felt that it was not an imposition on Truckee locals, but it is unlawful.

The vehicle being a very high profile one with its signage leaves no doubt who owns it. I believe that no matter how minor this issue may be, the image created is not one that could be considered a very responsible business decision. Hopefully the owners will give thought to this in the future.

I would like to be counted as one of many locals that have not and will not patronize shopkeepers along Commercial Row since the installation of paid parking.

Cliff Gwartney

Truckee


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