I rode my bike to work recently from Glenshire. My life was in danger numerous times. I usually ride across Airport Flats and across the bike trails north of Old Greenwood, but today I figured traffic was low and I’d give Glenshire Drive a try. Bad idea.
In the five years I’ve lived in or around Truckee, I’ve ridden in from Donner Summit, Sierra Meadows and often ride around town to and from business places. The bicycle commute from Glenshire is not only convoluted and difficult; it is down-right unsafe.
Please, Town of Truckee, Our Truckee River Legacy Foundation, Truckee Trails Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, TTSA, Nevada County and Glenshire Homeowners, please find it in your hearts to fund, plan and build the Glenshire connector to the Legacy Trail. Alternative transportation enthusiasts, like me, direly need this amenity and route.
Lastly, the week of May 12-16 is ride-to-work week. Motorists, please yield to these dedicated bicycle commuters, and yield to all bicycle traffic in the Town of Truckee and beyond. During that week, commuters can meet at the Glenshire Market at 7:30 am to ride together along Glenshire Drive, or if equipped with a decent off-road bike, join me across Airport Flats.
This is an open letter to the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees. I need to express my frustration and disbelief as a teacher and a parent of a child in the school district. You are as elected officials; a board of “trustees.” To whom are you trustees? I, as a professional and my child as a student, are suffering as a result of your apathetic actions. If you, as a board, think your actions are acceptable, you are truly detached from “your” district. Your actions are hurting our students and teachers!You admit the teachers of “your” district are paid 3.63 percent below the “state average.” We are not an average district. We are a Basic Aid district, and we have been a Basic Aid district since the 2003-2004 school year, which is not a “few” years. If five is a “few” number, why has the district revoked their 2.5 percent pay increase for the 2007-2008 school year, which is an offer that keeps us below the “state average.” We are not average!
It seems our “trustees” believe our district is below average. “programs” is a term that is used frequently by our “trustees.” I am a science teacher at Truckee High School and our science program at the high school has not seen any change since our district has gone Basic Aid. The only changes in the program have come from the initiation of the science teachers, not the district. The community of Truckee has more influence on our science programs than our district leadership. Measure A supplies us with the funds to run the programs we run. Excellence in Education provides grants we as teachers need to apply for to improve our program. Thank God for the Truckee community.
Your complacency as “trustees” has gone too far for too long. It is time you look at our district as an above-average district and treat our students and teachers with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Slam the door shut on Republican carpetbagger Tom McClintock who feels because he has name recognition he can shuttle up the corridor from Southern California and lay claim to retiring John Doolittle’s 4th District Congressional seat.
McClintock and his anti-immigration buddies are coming to Nevada County this week to sell their immigration spiel, all of which-has been thoroughly debunked by Sac Bees’ Dan Walters. Politician Dan Logue is bringing immigration maverick Chris Simcox and McClintock to Nevada County for an anti-immigration smackdown. Send a clear message to Republican extremists from afar-and vote for Charlie Brown.
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