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Letter — Color police are watching us


It will be a GROSS TRAGEDY OF ERRORS should the TRPA Governing Board adopt its staff recommendations on shoreline scenic qualities.

For now, they have targeted lakefront homes, while admitting they intend to carry their restrictions to the upland ridgelines.

Thus, lakefront and lakeview homes are their scapegoats for failure to attain scenic thresholds. This outrageous, selective attack on private residences must be stopped. White is the lowest scoring color on the Munsell Color Chart.

They do not want to see white homes.

Ironically, when lakefront owners sit quietly in their abodes (which emit no annoying or deafening sounds) they view (as does the public on the shore) the COLOR WHITE all along the lakeshore. The majority of boats are WHITE. This includes the sails of sailboats and the large sternwheelers, one of which even sports a red trim.

The lakefront owners and public on the shore, are also treated to colorful displays, ranging from the bright yellow of a TRPA-approved transit shuttle, to multicolored hot air balloons, parasails, and Jet Skis.

It is time for all of the Tahoe Basin occupants to voice their opinions on this madness. WHY SHOULD THE COLOR COPS GET THEIR WAY? Six months out of the year there is hardly ever anyone on the lake.

In the height of summer we see hundreds of boaters noisily racing around, recreating in their colorful vessels, all over the lake. Do they really care if they see a white house, or a house without a tree in front?

Many of these boaters actually come out to look at the shoreline homes. In fact, the sternwheelers even schedule shoreline cruises. Now, why would they expect people to pay for such a cruise if the sights were so obnoxious? Simply, they are not.

This is one more example of the TRPA dictating to the residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Should we allow the COLOR COPS to get away with this one?

Let’s not forget, the most famous house in the country is WHITE.

Anne Gerken

South Lake Tahoe

Member of the Elk Point Community Awareness Committee

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