As an 18-year, full-time resident of North Tahoe, I urge residents of District 5 to vote for Jennifer Montgomery as county supervisor on June 3. I’ve discussed with her the issues I feel are important to District 5 and Placer County. Among these are sustaining the semi-rural quality of life for both residents and visitors, maintaining and restoring a year-around economic climate vital to businesses, reestablishing a cohesive community social structure that encourages full-time residents, and the need for the Board of Supervisors to become more proactive in the management of Placer County. I’m convinced that as a full-time resident of the Tahoe region, Montgomery truly understands the problems of District 5 and in particular those of North Tahoe.
This hasn’t always been the case with incumbent Bruce Kranz. For example, his support of the 64-Acre Recreational Area as a site for the Transit Center ran contrary to the desires of hundreds of local residents. People spoke out passionately about the need to preserve the 64-Acres as open space for recreation, and more than 2,000 signed petitions against the encroachment. My personal concern was based, in part, on the knowledge that the report that justified the selection of the 64-Acre site was grossly and technically flawed and improperly biased. Nevertheless, Bruce voted for the project site, citing his opinion that “the recommendations of the ‘experts’ in Auburn” were more important than the concerns of his local constituents.
Bruce’s continued acceptance of financial support from the development and tourism industries (see http://www.placerco.ca and the Sierra Sun’s My Turn column of April 30) undoubtedly places him in the uncomfortable position of trying to keep his principal financial supporters happy at the expense of his constituents in District 5.
I believe Jennifer Montgomery will have the independence to truly support our interests. She has the vibrancy and enthusiasm that seems to be missing on our local political scene. With Jennifer as our supervisor we stand a much better chance of retaining and recovering some aspects of the life style we came here to enjoy.
My daughter currently attends Truckee High. She has consistently had great teachers, and has a life filled with academics, athletics and a social life that together add up to a wonderful high school experience. However, I have been amazed at the “work arounds” teachers have to go through to provide a mixed-media learning environment. From hanging sheets on windows so kids can read projector screens, to unplugging electrical items, so they don’t blow a fuse when they want to run an extra computer ” the campus is not physically wired for success.
It is even more notable when the kids have experienced sunlit, “green” classrooms with all the best facilities in Alder Creek Middle School and then transition to our 1950 high school. Knowing that my daughter will have long graduated before improvements can be made in classroom wiring and improved technologies, I am volunteering with Measure L because I believe Truckee can provide an even better environment for the next generation of kids.
While the bricks and mortar foundation built in 1950 can serve Truckee going forward, the wiring and lack of multimedia technology cannot adequately prepare our kids for 21st century working environments. We will only slip further behind if we don’t invest now. We can continue the commitment we made of $48 per $100,000 of assessed home value that led to Alder Creek and other great upgrades, to ensure we have ongoing improved school facilities into the future. Thanks for joining me on June 3 to vote yes on Measure L.
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