Letter: ‘Most elected and appointed officials want to do good for the community’
In early February 2016 the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors held a strategic and legislative planning session that focused on organizational and legislative goals.
As a workshop facilitator, I offered the following advice to them on things they should expect from government leaders and staffs at all levels.
• Listen to our interests and concerns and let us know that you care about our future.
• Respond to our questions and comments when we contact you.
• Evaluate fairly what we have to say — give us “the time of day.”
• Evaluate community development proposals on how they will impact the existing business community and the people who live and work here. Get all the facts before deciding.
• Don’t unintentionally play favorites by creating rules and regulations that only the wealthy and influential can comply to.
• Don’t be angry with us because we may not always agree with you.
• Help us with programs and policies that allow us to grow our businesses, employment, and local economy so that opportunity is created for all.
• Keep us informed and ask us to do the same with you.
• Remember that no matter how good you think an idea may be, the people of community may disagree. Even if we disagree, we do not have to be disagreeable.
• Partner with us when it is in the best interest of the general public and community good.
In return, the people who live and work here should show government leaders respect when addressing them at meetings or in private and appreciate the fact that they give a lot of their time and energy in service to us.
In my experience most elected and appointed officials want to do good for the community and care greatly about its future. The people who live and work here do, too.
President, Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe
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