In response to the letter to the editor about paving paradise (Paving Paradise, Sierra Sun Oct. 27, 2006), nobody from out of the area is trying to pave anything. It is actually people from within the area who are interested in creating more vibrant downtown experiences, providing safe walking and biking opportunities for locals and visitors alike, and improving the circulation of our quaint, small, beach town and larger region as a whole.
I am a member of the North Lake Tahoe Main Street Design Committee, the group that brought the Livable/ Walkable workshop series to the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. Our completely volunteer-based committee worked many hours to put together that series of workshops. Not a single one of us is from outside the area and, as a matter of fact, we probably have a combined 100-plus years of experience with living in this region. Thank you to those who took the time to attend the series.
The goal of the Livable-Walkable workshop series was to educate the general public as to what is possible and financially achievable within a given project. All too often, we are told this is how it must be. Our goal is to educate our community so we have a clearer picture of what we want, and then can articulate that vision to our local government agencies, private developers, and neighbors.
As the Kings Beach Core Improvement Project begins public outreach in January, we should all strive to bring meaningful, non-derogatory, forward-thinking comments to the table. This is a time for positive change that will affect the residents, businesses and visitors to our beautiful area for the next 25 years. Yes, businesses will be impacted for a short time, until the improvement project is complete.
This project will address many of the issues impacting our community and we need to keep that in mind. With a positive and educated dialogue, issues around lake clarity, scenic beauty, pedestrian safety and overall appearance of the Kings Beach core can be resolved. We are a passionate community, but that passion must be focused on reasonable solutions, not negativity.
We were fortunate to receive a copy of the Sierra Sun’s Locals 2006-07 from our niece, and read with tears in our eyes the article on my sister-in-law, Robin Dworkin. Robin and the Tahoe community were an incredible comfort when my brother, Jeff, was sick. During visits to Tahoe, I was the one truly blessed by the outpouring of love from Robin, Jake, Jenny, Dave and Jeff’s many friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely article. We miss Jeff, but continue to be blessed by his loving family and friends. Tahoe truly holds a very special place in our hearts.
In response to an anonymous (Nov. 23, “E-Readers Respond,” Sierra Sun) online comment, someone has been killed at [the Hwy 89 north-Prosser Dam Road-Alder Drive] intersection. And there have been quite a few accidents and many near misses. On a daily basis people continue to pass on the right infringing on the fog line, and continue to pass on the left over the double yellow line. Just last week a driver crossed the fog line with his indicator on for a right turn. He changed his mind and continued through the intersection illegally. This happens a lot.
Don’t get me started on the traffic during and after school. I am completely disappointed that a left turn lane was not installed as promised at a town council meeting. It is a complete and total failure as an intersection in a school zone.
Roundabouts are not the be-all-end-all. They are not safe, people don’t know how to use them and in the East they are being removed and replaced with lights. The one on Prosser Dam Road is not very visible, and the signage is very poor and too close to the structure; it has been driven through more than once. The speed limit on Prosser Dam Road is 45 mph at one point, and within one-10th of a mile it drops to 15 mph at the roundabout. Now that’s what I call safe.
As a side note, be aware that on Prosser Dam Road there are no turnouts for slow-moving traffic and the ditches are seriously deep and narrow. The speed limit should be no more than 35 mph through Gray’s Crossing and 25 mph through the current residential area.
I find it hard to believe that roundabouts cost less to install than a traffic light. How on earth is this possible? I can’t wait to see these two in action.