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Readers write: Dismissed

Rick Papaleo
Kings Beach

To the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board: I’d like to share a story that took place in Kings Beach a few years ago when my family was in town visiting for the Fourth of July holiday. One evening they left our house in the Kings Beach grid to take a walk for some ice cream. Some time later, when they returned to our house, my father told me they had seen a woman hit by a car. He said that she was crossing in a crosswalk and a car flew by in the second lane and hit her. Many people were nearby to watch as she was bleeding in the street and was eventually flown out by helicopter. I asked if she was going to make it, and he said he did not know but it did not look good.

He then said, “They really need to do something about that road.” I told him that I agreed, and that many people were working on it, and we were hopeful that a solution was coming.

At the last TRPA meeting, Bruce Kranz and several other TRPA board members effectively killed that solution ” a solution built on years of work by experts and hundreds of volunteers. We’re left with another four-lane highway proposal that will do little to address speeding traffic. The proposal cannot place a stoplight everywhere people try to cross the road, and pedestrians will continue to be killed and maimed by cars as they speed through town passing each other.

There are 365 days of pedestrian danger in Kings Beach each year. We had a good solution that addressed this problem and many other issues in return for the possibility of a few days of traffic queues during summer. It was a far better solution than the four-lane proposal.

Bruce Kranz and several others put on a shameful display when the TRPA board flippantly dismissed the three-lane opportunity for Kings Beach and opted for a highway at the expense of safety, the economy, the environment, and the well being of a town that was once full of hope.