Readers Reflect | Election Edition


Phil Fay for Truckee Sanitary District

When I started to do research on running for the Truckee Sanitary District board I started in my own home. I asked my wife if she was aware that we pay two sewer fees. Like so many Truckee residents, she was unaware. Those fees for TSD (sewer collection) and TTSA (Sewer Processing) are added to residents’ property taxes and typically paid without a second glance.

Further research to the local candidate forum in the last midterm elections (2018) led me to footage of current TSD board members exclaiming that any talk of consolidation of the local sewer districts was a “red herring” and “been tried in Alaska and did not work.”  Further research concluded otherwise, I found many examples of sewer districts consolidating so that they could share the burden of improvements to comply with the state and federal regulations, reduce costs, and pass that cost onto the end user (you!).

It was then that I learned a new word that I thought was very relevant, “parochialism:” a limited or narrow outlook, especially focused on a local area. 


I commend the current TSD board for their decades long service to the community but believe it is time for a fresh perspective.

There are indeed many improvements to make.  A recent masterplan was presented regarding the aging TTSA plant that will require $144 million of improvements over the next 25 years.

I am running for Truckee Sanitary District because I wish to apply my experience in wastewater for the greater public interest and Truckee community by serving on the TSD Board.

I will bring the power of fresh eyes and a new perspective to the table and am the right candidate to represent you on the TSD board; your support is greatly appreciated. More Information at:

~ Phil Fay, Truckee 

Kat Rohlf for Truckee Tahoe Airport Board

We are writing to voice our strong support for Kat Rohlf for the Truckee Tahoe Airport Board. Kat has lived here for a long time and is extremely passionate about our community. Kat has gone above and beyond by giving her time to many local nonprofits to make sure our slice of heaven that we call home is as great as it can be. She works tirelessly to study airport issues and make knowledgeable decisions. She has the right demeanor to act on our behalf. Please join me in voting for Kat Rohlf for airport board on November 8.

~ Hawley and Russell Kobayashi, Truckee

Truckee Dirt Union Takes no Candidate Positions

Truckee Dirt Union (TDU) is a dynamic and thriving community organization established in April 2020 and dedicated to creating positive outcomes for mountain biking. You may already know TDU’s impact from our work on the Donkey Town Trail network (formerly known as Jackass Ridge). To help us achieve our goals, TDU obtained federal charitable non-profit status as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Recently, Friends of the Tahoe Truckee Airport mistakenly mailed a postcard suggesting that TDU supports certain candidates in the Truckee Airport Board election. That mailer was incorrect and was sent without notice to or approval from TDU. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, TDU cannot and does not endorse any political candidate or campaign, and takes no position on any candidates in the Airport Board election or any other election. We regret any public misunderstanding to the contrary, and issued this press release to correct the public record.

What does TDU stand for? Singletrack Radness, buffed trail, perfect take-offs, high fives, diverse trail and riding opportunities, big smiles, beautiful bermed turns, bathing in Sierra sunshine, and promoting positive outdoor experiences on bikes for everyone.

Please join Truckee Dirt Union in our mission to promote mountain biking throughout the greater Truckee area. We look forward to your support:

~ Matt Chappell, Truckee


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