We enjoy many freedoms in this country, not least of which is access to information and the right to speak our thoughts. So here’s us, sharing our thoughts: We need more transparency from our local agencies, and more so than ever as we enter year number three of a global pandemic. While media outlets across the U.S. gained access to hospitals to show the realities of a battle against Covid-19, North Tahoe and Truckee’s own Tahoe Forest Health System denied the Ink’s requests for on-site access. We found and still find ourselves having to take executive staff at their word regarding conditions within public agency campuses. Let us sound the horn on behalf of all news entities across the globe: The public deserves to know and see what’s going on behind the doors of our critical service providers.
Transparency from our special districts extends into how money is being spent. We took a dive into the Truckee Tahoe Airport District’s community funding in 2021, but that was a small bite of a very large apple. How is money funneled around the 20-plus districts guiding our region? What’s the cost of these many tiny governments to taxpayers? Who’s making what, where? To put an oft-used journalism term to use, in 2022, we’re looking to follow the money.