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What could be worse than having to pay for parking in downtown Truckee? Purchasing an in-car parking meter, the latest revenue-making “innovation” brought to you by the town of Truckee.

Do Truckee officials have a clue about how much resentment has been created among locals and tourists as a result of downtown parking meters?

Have they done the math on the large cost of the meters versus the revenue generated from the machines and parking tickets? Are the merchants making more money now that some people choose to leave downtown as soon as possible (or avoid it entirely now), so they don’t have to keep paying to park?

Instead of examining the downtown parking problem and involving the community in thoughtful solutions, parking officials have now come up with an even dumber idea: in-car parking meters, the perfect “stocking stuffer.”

What’s next? How about dogometers, so people can park their dogs downtown, too?

This letter is to acknowledge the members of the Truckee Donner PUD board for listening to the rate payers, as well as facts and figures, and voting against the coal-fired 50-year electric contract. It is clear that there was a great deal of pressure from PUD staff to approve the contract. It is clear that lots of factors had to be considered by board members and that it was a difficult decision to make.

I also want to acknowledge the board for their willingness to hold those marathon public hearings and listen to endless input from interested residents. I was deeply impressed by not only the high degree of public participation in this matter, but also the level of knowledge and research which was presented. It is clear that our community possesses such an amazing fund of knowledge and passion. My strong hope and desire is that the board will seize this opportunity to promote energy conservation and use of alternatives locally and, to aide in that focus, to create a citizens advisory committee composed of knowledgeable and interested members of the community.

My further hope is that the board will consider data and input other than that of staff when the broadband issue is once again agendized. The indicators seem to point to the fact that this is no longer a project which would serve us rate payers and thus needs to be put “to bed” quickly so that we can move forward on the aforementioned projects.

We would like to thank all five board members of the Truckee Donner PUD for the time and effort they invested in the contract decision. And we would like to especially thank the four members who voted against signing the contract. Thank you for taking us all into a better future.


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