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Readers write

Why Support Measure L in our current economy? It may appear to be a tough decision to support a school bond when housing prices are down and the economy is not doing so well, but these are actually two very strong reasons for voting yes on Measure L. Measure L will bring $93 million, and likely additional state matching funds, into our local economy. Think of it as a local economic stimulus package.

Measure L funds are projected to create 1,000 new jobs, many in our local construction industry. Spending also brings business to our local building-supply industry as well as restaurants, lodging and other goods and services required by and for the people on the job site.

An additional benefit of building in a poor economic climate is cost savings. The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District just saved $6.2 million on their current project, a 32 percent savings over their budget projections. If the schools are able to capture similar cost savings, we will be able to fund additional school improvements (general obligation bond funds are regulated and can only be used for certain types of infrastructure improvements). A citizen oversight committee will monitor all spending of Measure L funds.

There is a price to voting yes on Measure L. The additional tax paid by homeowners is projected to be $14 per $100,000 of assessed home value. Based on the current average assessed value of $300,000, the average homeowner would pay an additional $42 per year. That’s $3.50 per month to bring $93 million into the local community.

Support your local students, teachers, and community, vote yes on measure L.

Sidney Scott


Thank you for the wonderful article about David Green, the Truckee High School band director. As a parent of two band students, I can’t say enough about how much Mr. Green gives and does for these students. He is one of those rare individuals who knows how to let the kids just be kids, and yet at the same time, he has very clear expectations and standards for his students. It shows. If you have never heard our high school band perform, you are really missing a treat. The next concert is on May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Truckee High School theatre and it is free to anyone who would care to attend. Mr. Green’s program is a testament to keeping band programs alive.

The article focuses on band tour, which is a unique opportunity for our kids ” to whom so much is given ” to give back. Although both the band parents and band students raise funds to support this trip, there is never enough money ” especially with rising gas costs. In fact, this year’s cost was in excess of $8,000. Members of the community can support our band via donation to the Truckee Excellence in Music Parents Organization (TEMPO) by sending a check to: TEMPO High, P.O. Box 1374, Truckee, CA 96160. Donations can also be made to the band at our website: TEMPO is a tax exempt non-profit organization. Please consider supporting the THS Band. While on tour these kids are ambassadors for the Town of Truckee. The whole town should be very proud of them.

Pati Johnson


So greed takes over and O.B.’s restaurant closes after 39 years. What a loss for the entire town. On behalf of every employee that has ever been lucky enough to be part of O.B.’s existence, we are forever grateful for the memories, the friendships, the laughs and the bonds that have formed between us. That cannot be bought, sold or replaced. Simply put, downtown Truckee will never be the same.

Heidi Blide


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