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April 5, 2014
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Students ask for yes on Measure L

As library users, we ask the community of voters to support Measure L to keep our SLT library open as many hours as possible during the week. We really enjoy borrowing many books from the young adult and graphic novel section. Some of us who are homeschooled use the library for research for history projects. We also have enjoyed Nanowrimo Writing Club. All of us have enjoyed the seasonal reading clubs and especially the summer programs, music, magic, wild animals and the Mexican culture.

Even as teens, we still come to the Lego Block Parties. We are all members of the World Explorers Pen Pal Club and we use the library for our meetings where we learn about different cultures, world geography and share our pen pal letters.

Anthony Pedigo, Jessie Turnbull, Christian DeMichiel, Dylan DeMichiel, Jestina Pirhofer, Nick Fiegel, Alex James

World Explorers Pen Pal Club

4-Year degrees at LTCC a possibility

In just a few months, my husband Michael and I will be celebrating our third anniversary in South Lake Tahoe. By some definitions I am still an outsider, and by others I have earned “local” status. Either way, I love the Tahoe area and the incredible potential this community holds. Not only is it a world-class environment, but the residents are resilient, nice, and overall, very caring.

When I first arrived here I was amazed that such a small community could have so many divisive issues. But over the last three years, I have witnessed a strengthened commitment from organizations and community leaders to work together for the betterment of our environment and community. There appears to be strong consensus around protecting Lake Tahoe and our environment, and building a sustainable economy with jobs that provide living wages. What is also clear is that we each have owned our way of how we can accomplish these goals. Naturally that comes with the “rugged individualism” that characterizes western rural communities.

At LTCC, we continue to do our part by developing a vision of our future in the South Lake Tahoe community, and by making changes on campus that will ensure our sustainability. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary at LTCC, we hope you will continue to work with the college faculty, staff, board, and leadership to ensure access to affordable higher education for all South Tahoe residents, no matter what side of the state border they’re on.

Thanks to new legislation moving through the California State Senate, part of our vision for the college is closer at hand than ever before. Based on the hard work of many at the state level, we may have an opportunity to offer students baccalaureate degrees at LTCC, thanks to Senate Bill (SB) 850 (Block). SB 850 is moving through the legislature and will come up for hearing on April 23. I firmly believe this is one of the most important pieces of legislation in recent years to help students access and attain quality four-year degrees at an affordable price. Those of us at LTCC hope our community will support the efforts of this bill, and join us in helping to provide affordable higher education in rural communities.

Kindred Murillo

Superintendent/President of Lake Tahoe Community College

Library is an important resource to protect

Before moving to Tahoe 30 years ago I lived in a truly remote mountain town, with no library, for many years. When I wanted to move I looked for a town with a library and sidewalks, but decided that the library and beautiful lake were most important. Lake Tahoe sparkled and the library was open five-days a week. About 10 years later the library fell on hard times and was open only two days a week. This was extremely tough if it wasn’t the two days I was off work ­-- that was around 1990. Fortunately, the voters rallied and saved our library, something that is easy to take for granted, but is again in jeopardy.

Now our library offers best sellers, audio books, magazines, bi-lingual programs, daily programs to encourage children’s reading improvement for fun and success in school, book clubs for kids, teens, and adults, tablet and smart phone help, free computer use and WiFi. This amazing resource is free and open to everyone in the community, living here or just passing through.

If we vote Yes on Measure L we home and parcel owners agree to continue paying the already existing $20 a year to support the library that offers so much to us. Many of us will spend $5 on a glass of wine, a good beer, or a fancy coffee - that’s four bottles of beer – not in a week, a year! For that a student who doesn’t have a computer or Internet at home can get professional help at the library! A new user of a reader, a smarter-than-me phone, or iPad can get free help! Please vote Yes on Measure L.

Diana Hamilton

South Lake Tahoe

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