In response to It Rolls Downhill

TTSA Employee Says Coverage Important

I wanted to thank you for your media coverage of the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency as employees struggle to seek IBEW local 1245 union representation. It is well known that special districts such as TTSA have a history of corruption and violations of employees’ rights due to a lack of internal oversight. Without your exposure, the TTSA board of directors and general manager hold little accountability.

It is interesting that very few public agencies are not represented by a union. I have found there are literally only a handful in the entire state of California. These employees are always vulnerable to mistreatment, intimidation, and retaliation.


Despite the denial of our petition, we will continue to work to seek representation. It is extremely troubling that the board and general manager have challenged employees to such a high level. We are simply asking for a legally binding contract with the terms of our employment. Why would they refuse us this and a process of fair negotiation? I do not understand their reasoning or logic.

The board is voted in by residents of Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Truckee. The public deserves to know what these public officials do in these monthly board meetings.

~ Bill Pindar, TTSA Senior Chemist, Truckee, via letter

Did Ya Now?

Though I’m sure the “Green Bucks” program is well meaning, the full page ad (p. 2) in the Nov. 9 issue is misleading and needs some clarification. Being a “river rat” living on the upper section of the Truckee River for the past 70 years, I have seen no efforts by anyone associated with Squaw Valley helping to restore the “first four miles of the Truckee River.” If resort guests are willing to pull the invasive milfoil grasses out of the bottom of the river for even 100 yards, we would welcome them with open arms.

~ Paul Patton. Tahoe City, via letter

Keep Squaw True

I am a junior at Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning in Grass Valley. Our community needs to get involved in the actions to Keep Squaw True and protest the development proposed in Squaw Valley. KSL Capital Partners and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings President Andy Wirth are creating something that has no place in Tahoe. The nonprofit Sierra Watch breaks it down: “This development entails six city blocks of 10-story tall high-rises, 21 mansions in Shirley Canyon, and a massive indoor water park. Adding 206,000 square feet of new commercial space, 1,500 new bedrooms, 8,400 cars on the road, and the waterpark would use 78,263,299 gallons of water per year. As Sierra Watch says, “Overdevelopment in Squaw Valley threatens everything we love about North Lake Tahoe.” Tahoe isn’t a theme park. Allowing this development would completely change the community of mountain people. We need to be proactive. Get involved — the first step is signing the petition at Help the mountains stay pristine for future generations.

~ Kialey DeRock, Grass Valley, via letter

No Power … No Problem!

A widespread power outage did not stop 400-plus people from attending North Tahoe Business Association’s annual fundraiser, Passport to Dining, on Nov. 9. I am deeply grateful to all event attendees; to 30 restaurants, breweries, and wineries that provided delicious tastings; to many volunteers including NTBA board members; to our IT crew; Katie Korpi and Ashley White (NTBA staff members); and the Tahoe Biltmore staff. You all contributed to making this event truly remarkable, memorable, and highly successful against inconceivable odds. No power . . .  no problem! 2017 is the most successful Passport to Dining on record! NTBA sincerely thanks everyone for standing beside us when the power went out and not giving up. Only in Tahoe could something like this happen — our community is resilient and generous beyond belief. And, congratulations to Brewforia, winner of the coveted “People’s Choice” award!

~ Joy Doyle, executive director, North Tahoe Business Association, via letter

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