Bill Crawford in SLT wrote about the bankruptcy of a regional transit system, and I see that Hyatt@Incline aren't contributing and Washoe Co. are rethinking if this bus idea is worth the $. I hope Placer Co. ratepayers are willing to pick up the tab if things go awry.
Wtf is Nstar/VR people doing helping Squaw get richer. Or are they hoping that SV falls into their lap?
It's a green initiative with bikes and buses ....but they'll still ship waste to some place - built in 1978 to now antient standards - at Martis rather than build a UN-awarded recycling plant for snowmaking/fire?
It's green ...but they want to 'light up' towns like Vegas ....and have a helipad ...and attract lots more people on smoggy airplanes? Hmmm.
Its a "solution" ...that allows SV to build out over the carpark while forcing other hotels to contribute to the costs of running buses.
There's some land agreement that wasn't ready to sign, ....but 'trust us, we know what we're doing'?
The masterplan is to take account of Culture ....with lighting like Vegas? How about a few stripper bars and a Hooters?
Its good for the community ...but Only 35% of locals will supposedly benefit with buses?
tourists will benefit, and they want Squaw made into a destination resort used by bus travellers. Hello, who wants to drag the family from a rental home to a bus stop, wait 'ages', and travel on a bus with a family's ski gear. Will rentals on vrbo fall, and will property taxes fall?
The lobbyist thing is interesting if the lobbyist is the facilitator of meetings. Did the facilitator tell the meeting that he was a lobbyist for Squaw Valley? I wonder what that Political Fairness Reform Commission would think.
I'd also like to see Political Reform Act forms for these Northstar and Squaw people because I can't see any declarations of interest in the minutes but I do see a para that says Squaw will be the main winner in this deal. http://nltra.org/docs/public/September%202013%20JIT%20Packet.pdf
. Do you think the Political Reform Act commission law applies to people on community boards who are pushing for great ideas so they can build out 70 acres?
There's instructions on how to talk to the public "it's ok to disagree and listen to comments but don't repeat comments". Hello, is that 'in one ear and out the other', or genuine community consultation?
Why are Squaw and Northstar officials on a board when the report says Olypmic Valley is the big winner in this. Can Vail Resorts executives make Squaw richer?
And are Placer County ratepayers footing the bill for these buses ...but then they are forced onto those buses because only tpurists can afford the condos
And they say big box hardware stores want to move in. Of course they do - they see a market for selling lots and lots of pitchforks
Meanwhile it looks like there's a push to make Tahoe blue for more people ...by being anti-car???
"However, we cannot break out the Champagne yet. A fly in the ointment in the form of a legal challenge by the Sierra Club must be overcome. That organization has done much to protect the environment over the decades. But, due to apparent misunderstandings on its part of what is in the plan, coupled with an attitude of full opposition unless it gets all of what it wants, the lawsuit is an obstacle to complete implementation of the Tahoe plan. I have urged the Sierra Club and anyone interested to look at the facts.
The strict growth controls that have been in effect since 1987 remain. Science has shown us that small particles released from pavement, old buildings and highways are a large cause for loss of lake clarity. The new plan emphasizes replacement of that infrastructure thereby improving lake clarity. Some 1,200 parcels are expected to be protected or restored. The number of new homes that can be built is reduced from 300 per year to 130. The plan will reduce reliance on the automobile and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as required by California’s SB375. There is an emphasis on removing development from environmentally sensitive areas. The new plan is not perfect but will achieve the environmental thresholds established by TRPA. It deserves the unfettered chance to be implemented without the cloud of litigation.
Now that Nevada and California have made an unqualified commitment to help TRPA, we at TRPA are poised to work together toward the common goal of a Lake Tahoe that remains as Mark Twain observed, “the fairest picture the whole Earth affords.”
Clem Shute is an appointee of California Gov. Jerry Brown to the TRPA Governing Board, was chair of the Regional Plan Update Committee, and is current chair of the Regional Plan Implementation Committee.Edited by veteran - 9/22/13 at 9:38am