Aaron Katz Ordered by Judge to Pay $225,000 to IVGID


In July, Washoe County Judge Patrick Flanagan ordered Incline Village resident Aaron Katz — who has been suing IVGID repeatedly over the course of five years — to cover the cost of attorney fees spent by IVGID, calling it “frivolous litigation.” Katz began his legal action in summer 2011, alleging that IVGID had violated state law for years by offering free and discounted services to non-residents and private parties. All his allegations were thrown out before trial, and in a nine-page ruling issued, Judge Flanagan said that “neither courts nor the laws of Nevada exist so that those who detest their local governments can bully them into submission. At some point, these actions must come to an end. That point has now been reached.”


Housing Study Released with Two Key Solutions


The final Truckee/North Tahoe Regional Housing Study was released in early August. This in-depth document, performed by BAE Urban Economics, was commissioned by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, and a group of key stakeholders to delve into the complex housing issue of the region. The 400-page study looks at workforce and tourism trends, the current housing market, as well as proposed housing projects, and concludes with policy and program recommendations. Two key solutions include: 1) A Regional Housing Council of Tahoe/Truckee made up of a broad network of stakeholders; and 2) A Field of Interest Fund that deploys dollars in an integrated capital way, called the Housing Solutions Fund, managed by TTCF. Info: ttcf.net/impact/regional-housing-study

Kings Beach Wins National Construction Award


The first phase of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is nearing completion after three years of construction and more than a decade of planning. Those efforts were recently recognized by the American Public Works Association as it earned the Public Works Project of the Year in the transportation category for projects costing between $5 million and $25 million. In awarding the project the association also noted the project progressed on time, despite the shortened construction season and with crews having to deal with inclement weather throughout the building season. Info: kingsbeachcore.info

SNC and LTCC Partner to Offer 4-year Degree at South Lake Campus


Starting this fall, qualified Lake Tahoe Community College transfer students, South Shore working professionals, and anyone else can enroll in Sierra Nevada College Tahoe’s Global Business Management program. The program promotes affordability, at less than $20,000 for the bachelor’s degree, as well as accessibility and flexibility, with evening classes and other scheduling options. In addition to Global Business Management, the partnership includes plans to roll out undergraduate bachelor degrees in education and psychology in the spring semester. Info: sierranevada.edu/LTCC

Placer County Joins the Statewide Communities Infrastructure Program


Community development and public works projects in Placer County will soon be cheaper and faster after the county board of supervisors voted unanimously to join the Statewide Communities Infrastructure Program in late July. SCIP, administered by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, offers a number of features to reduce the time and cost of project financing to developers, and benefits local government agencies by more quickly making development fees available for their use. Info: placer.ca.gov

District Attorney Closes Bob Schapper Investigation


The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office announced July 19 that it has closed its investigation into the alleged conflict of interest violations of former District CEO Bob Schapper. No prosecution or further action will result as a result of the DA’s investigation. Schapper ended his employment by mutual agreement with the District Board of Directors in January 2015. A Moonshine Ink review of Schapper’s statements of economic interests between 2005 and 2013 indicated Schapper did not adequately disclose his wife’s income from Medical Practice Solutions, a company that contracted with Tahoe Forest Hospital for nearly $1 million between 2003 and 2010.

TDPUD Unveils New Clean Energy Project


The Veyo Heat Recovery Project in southwestern Utah, a carbon-free energy source that converts heat from an existing natural gas pipeline into electricity, is now online. The Truckee Donner Public Utility District is a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), which built the $22.3 million project, and is expected to receive part of the approximately 7.8 megawatts generated which is estimated to power about 7,800 homes. “This project requires no fossil fuels or water and takes waste heat that would be vented to the atmosphere and converts it to carbon-free electricity,” said Stephen Hollabaugh, TDPUD electric utility and assistant general manager. Info: tdpud.org

State Water Conservation Drops to 21.5 percent in June


Water conservation in California has fallen to a 21.5 percent savings in June 2016 — down from 27.5 percent a year ago — the State Water Resources Control Board announced. The board will be closely monitoring conservation levels, and will scrutinize actions by water suppliers where use has risen dramatically. “Californians have continued to conserve without top-down mandates, but the question is whether we can save enough and keep it up for the long haul,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus in a press release. Cumulatively, local water suppliers have saved 1.75 million acre feet in the 13 months since mandatory conservation goals began — enough water to supply 8.8 million people for a year. For more info on the drought visit drought.ca.gov.

Board Votes to Remove Building Permit Fees for Secondary Dwelling Units


As an incentive for property owners to construct more affordable secondary dwelling units, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to remove building permit fees for deed-restricted secondary dwelling units. According to Placer County documents, “In the case where a property owner voluntarily opts to deed restrict a secondary dwelling unit for affordability, said unit is exempt from payment of processing, plan check, inspection, and building permit fees.” A report estimated that such fees average $14,510 per secondary dwelling unit permit.  ~ DZ

Band of the Year to be Crowned in September


The 101.5 Music Awards presented by North Lake Tahoe High Notes gives concert attendees and band fans the opportunity to vote weekly via the Truckee Tahoe Radio website for the best show in the area. Voting will continue through Sept. 5 and the weekly winners, chosen from bands performing at venues offering free outdoor music in the Truckee and North Tahoe area, will go head-to-head in mid-September and one will be crowned the “Band of the Year.” The winning band prize package includes a live performance in the 101.5 studios, a custom 2016 guitar presented publicly, and a spotlight on the KTKE Facebook page throughout the year.


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