Letter — Enrollment an indicator
We choose to raise our children here, live here and work here because we love South Lake Tahoe. so what concerns us, as a family and as citizens of this community, is the declining enrollment in our schools. Declining enrollment in our schools is analogous of a canary in a mine. It foretells of greater problems in our city; shrinking middle class, unaffordable housing, low paying employment opportunities and a less family and locals oriented environment.
While giving a face-lift to areas like Stateline and the “Y” are good ideas that certainly have, and will, improve aesthetics, these things are being done only with consideration to tourists. Admittedly we are a tourist town, but we won’t be a successful tourist town without a happy and stable local community. Busing employees from the casinos to Gardnerville and Minden because they aren’t being paid enough to find increasing unaffordable housing is a solution thought of by big business, and its consequences not considered enough by our city government. Creating and abiding by any situation where being employed in a city that is too expensive to live in is just a bad idea. For one, it is contribution to our decreasing middle class.
If people can’t afford to live and raise their families in Lake Tahoe because they are being paid minimum wages, where the market price for a home exceeds its true worth and the only place to catch the newest blockbuster is in a casino then it’s no wonder South Lake Tahoe schools are suffering from declining enrollment. As citizens of this community it’s time we stop accepting that the price we pay for living at beautiful Lake Tahoe is low wages and unaffordable housing. Living, working and recreating in the these beautiful mountains means that we shouldn’t have to give up money and comfort. It means that we should have more of it.
South Lake Tahoe
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