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Letter — About Tahoe Tomorrow

I would like to congratulate the Trib on the start of what should be a great series concerning the cost of living in our town. As one of the many who came for a winter and is now enjoying his eighth year, I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to buy a house several years ago before the real-estate boom. I feel for those unable to do the same because this truly is a wonderful place to call home. But, what our town is experiencing is not a new phenomenon. Talk to locals in resort towns throughout the West like Jackson Hole, Crested Butte, or Aspen and you will hear similar stories. Much like those who now commute from the Carson Valley one will hear of long commutes often over mountain passes to work from towns like Driggs, Gunnison, and Glenwood Springs. With the looming California budget crisis, the city of South Lake Tahoe will have more and more difficult decisions to make and redevelopment and tax initiatives will not necessarily save the day. The issue of affordable housing must be brought to the forefront. Incentives need to be created for the owners of low-occupancy motels to convert their space into housing. Ideas must be shared with civic leaders in other towns who have been through the same predicament. On this note, I applaud the members of Tahoe Tomorrow who state this is one of their priorities. My only concern is their constant and loose use of the term middle class. When I look at their newly elected board I see prominent attorneys and heads of major businesses. Where are the schoolteachers, agency employees, firefighters, and ski and bike shop workers? These are the people who need to be included in their board of directors. When I think middle class I think of Meyers, the Y, and Sierra tract — not Montgomery Estates, Golden Bear, and the Tahoe Keys. I understand the group needs to get up and running, but if this town is truly so difficult to make a living wage in then how many middle-class workers will actually fork over $100 to join a club? I value their mission, but urge them to diversify their board to be truly representative of Tahoe’s working, middle class.

John Drum

Christmas Valley

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