Letters to the editor for week of June 10-11, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for week of June 10-11, 2009

I am responding to the letter Michael Adams wrote on May 28: “Where do BlueGO taxes go?” The letter questioned why BlueGO has begun licensing its vehicles in Nevada instead of California.

The answer comes down to economics. California charges the full 8.5 percent sales tax on the price of each vehicle we purchase. In Nevada, public transportation agencies are exempt from such a charge. By registering new vehicles in Nevada, we save tens of thousands of dollars on each new bus – money that can then be used to improve public transportation at Lake Tahoe.

In these uncertain economic times, it is critical that we spend the public’s money efficiently, effectively and wisely. This is the reason new BlueGO buses have Nevada plates.

Further, it is important to note that because the state of California has eliminated the State Transit Assistance Fund, BlueGO has had to reduce its operating budget by $180,000 in the current fiscal year and another $330,000 in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Considering this, we must make wise choices with the limited funding we have available to us.

Dennis Oliver

South Tahoe Area Transit Authority

So now Lake Tahoe Development Co. and its principal Randy Lane need a bond issue to pay whom? I agree with the proposal to require Lane to divulge how much his company, attorney, and other principals have made on this ill-fated project. In addition, he should be required to divulge who is owed what, and who will get paid from the bonds if approved and sold; for example who earns the $1.2 million cost (seriously?) to issue the bonds? Isn’t it time that these people quit playing the city, and time that the city quit being played by them?

Michael Roeser

Zephyr Cove

Editor’s note: Roeser’s letter was submitted before the City Council’s vote on Thursday to reject the bond proposal.

I would like to congratulate and thank the City Council for its prudent and wise vote to deny the bond to bail out the developer of the convention center.

Many times the City Council has been criticized for its actions. On this action, they should be commended by the whole community.

With my sincere thanks to each and every one of you.

Minette L. Flynn

South Lake Tahoe

Ten years ago, the TRPA Governing Board defeated a 26-unit subdivision slated for development near Burke Creek. Later this month, on June 25, they will again vote on whether to develop this same parcel of land.

Is there any good reason to support this new project? I don’t think any rational local would say “yes.” You hear local conservation groups talk about TRPA threshold attainment all the time, and guess what? Their concerns won’t be going away anytime soon when projects like this are proposed.

Why would TRPA vote to further increase urbanization or develop raw land in the basin? Well, they voted for their Shorezone plan, but they’re involved in litigation because of their erroneous stance, so … What TRPA should focus on is redevelopment of already existing urbanized areas, so you can weed out elitist environmental arguments. That is sustainability.

Developing raw land, near one of the only healthy creeks in the basin, increasing runoff, adding new impervious surfaces, disrupting soil, riparian area and wildlife habitat is environmentally sound development? This is why affordable housing gets a bad name in Tahoe. Let me make no mistake, we need affordable housing, but we need environmentally sound affordable housing that is actually affordable.

With the housing market the way it is, do we need to build on raw land? No way. For these concerns, we need to focus on redeveloping areas that have already been impacted and reuse them to foster truly affordable housing – not units that are at or near $300,000. That’s not affordable for a majority of full-time residents, especially those with families and those who work in the service industry. I hope the only thing the TRPA Governing Board considers on June 25 is how to best articulate why they’ve chosen to not allow implementation of this project.

Brennan Lagasse

South Lake Tahoe

This morning I was walking my dogs on their leashes, and as I rounded a corner, a young man had his beautiful shepherd mix off a leash; it ran into the street and was hit by a car! I don’t know the outcome, but I am sure it was not good. Not only is this emotional trauma for all, including me, but the vet bills are enormous. How can we get people to understand they need to protect their animals? Cars, coyotes and other dogs are prevalent and dangerous. Please remind everybody to leash their dogs. Thank you from an animal lover.

Linda Bertinelli

South Lake Tahoe

I agree with the letter sent in from Melissa Odlin (Tribune, June 6), because last Sunday I was outside with my 10-month-old male kitten, when all of a sudden this long-haired black cat came over the fence and chased my kitten under my car and attacked him! He bit his side and caused a deep bite wound. I called my vet, Kelly Doria, on Monday and she was able to come over and treat my kitten. It cost us a whopping $171. I was so grateful for the care Kelly provided, too. But I would love to know who owns this black cat. They let him run all over the neighborhood attacking other animals I am sure. So like Melissa said, keep your pets in your own yard because not doing so is against the law. Also keep them spayed and neutered like I did for my kittens.

Kathy Zduniak

South Lake Tahoe

Coach Matt Tillson: When I think of that name, I don’t think of Matt Tillson as just a coach. What I think of when I hear the name Matt Tillson is not coach, not leader, but a true red-blooded American who doesn’t care for money, doesn’t care for fame, doesn’t care for how many win tallies he has in his win column. When I hear the name Matt Tillson, I think of a man who cares for the youth of our society, and is that not what we need in today’s economy? Matt Tillson is not just a coach, but a man who cares for the children of the future. He teaches through a sport that he loves, not the value of winning, but the values that a young man needs to succeed in life.

I was once a player on Matt Tillson’s baseball team, and I can honestly say that if not for Matt Tillson I don’t know where I would have ended up. But I am not the story in this letter – Matt Tillson is. For Matt Tillson to lose his job is a complete and utter outrage; there are no other coaches out there who care for their players more than coach Matt Tillson; speaking personally speaking and for my fellow South Lake Tahoe baseball players, he was not just a coach, but was a hero to look up to. Every time he walked onto that field, he inspired the young men he coached to work hard to achieve their goals, and that’s what we all need today. We don’t need championship rings, or a banner that says champions, because those will only fade as memories. What we need is a man who can instill the values through a sport that everybody loves. What we need is a hero; what we need is Matt Tillson.

For Matt Tillson to lose his job, in my opinion, is terrible for the South Tahoe baseball program and South Tahoe as a community.

Kyle Dalton Lipscombe

South Lake Tahoe

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