Truckee High School Principal Resigns

Truckee High School Principal Greg Dettinger has announced he will resign at the end of the year. Dettinger shared with staff and students that he has made this difficult decision based on the needs of his family and for personal reasons, according to the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District.

Dettinger has accepted a position as principal of a high school in the Midwest for the 2013-14 school year. He was appointed principal after an extensive search last spring and started work in July. Dr. Leri has prepared a new recruitment process, which began after Dettinger’s announcement.


In addition to Dettinger’s departure, Truckee High’s Assistant Principal Grant Steunenberg had previously announced his resignation to take a position elsewhere. The new principal, in collaboration with staff, will conduct the selection process for a new assistant principal.

Truckee Springs Planning Begins

Preliminary planning for a Truckee River property called Truckee Springs has begun.

The 26-acre parcel at the end of South River Street has a master plan designation that would allow for a maximum of five single-family homes, and either 80 multi-family units or 120 lodging units.

The development could be part of large changes for South River Street and the adjoining area. Hotel Avery, on the corner of Brockway Road and South River Street, has already been approved by the Truckee Town Council, but has yet to begin construction.

The town has also envisioned a pedestrian bridge connecting the Truckee Springs property with the town-owned property across the Truckee River on West River Street. The West River Street property has been planned as a park, with possibly a restaurant on the west end of the parcel, said Jaime LaChance, Town of Truckee senior planner. But the state-mandated dissolution of the town’s redevelopment agency has put those plans in limbo.

The Truckee Springs plan will begin with a summary plan, where the public will be welcomed to provide general feedback on the site. A June 4 meeting with both the Truckee Planning Commission and the Truckee Town Council is planned to collect public comment on the summary plan, which would be used by developers to generate a master plan for the parcel.

One site visit to the property has already been held and was attended by approximately 50 people, said LaChance. Neighbors have already expressed concerns about traffic and whether the development will fit in with the community character of the neighborhood, she said. ~ David Bunker/Moonshine Ink

Efforts Continue on Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update

Placer County Planning Services Department has made progress toward updating the Tahoe Basin Community plans. Primary efforts include consolidating the nine current Tahoe Basin plans with one overarching community plan and four local area plans.

The next steps includes preparation of the actual documents that will be used in the updated community plan. Staff will conduct a three-day public workshop called a charrette in late June in Kings Beach. The charrette will focus on the beach and commercial core area behind it and information gathered will be integrated into the policy document.

Meetings for the North Tahoe West and North Tahoe East planning area teams will be held on Tuesday, May 14. Both meetings will be held at the same location and time, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., in Kings Beach.

The West Shore plan area team will meet on Thurs., May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Placer County Tahoe City Offices, 775 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. The public is invited to attend all team meetings. Info: Supervising Planner Crystal Jacobsen, (530) 745-3000

Cal Neva Has New Owners

As of April 26, real-estate development and management firm Criswell-Radovan became the controlling partner of the Cal Neva Resort in Crystal Bay. The St. Helena- based Criswell-Radovan owns prestigious properties such as the Calistoga Ranch, the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, and the Four Seasons in Dublin, Ireland. According to Cal Neva spokesperson Lee Koch, the development firm plans on remodeling the aging and financially beleaguered resort, “working within the existing footprint and repurposing the existing resort property.” The Cal Neva, built in 1926 and owned for a period by Frank Sinatra, went into foreclosure in 2008. Koch said that the preliminary vision is to retain the resort’s historic character and Tahoe feel. “They don’t have plans to turn it into an overstated Bellagio,” she said. ~ Melissa Siig/Moonshine Ink

TRPA Moves River Restoration Project Forward

Restoring the Upper Truckee River received the green light from the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency last month.

The approval for the Upper Truckee Reach Five Restoration Project, part of the TRPA’s Environmental Improvement Program, marks the continuation of one of the largest ecosystem restoration initiatives in the Sierra Nevada. This project is a high priority for meeting environmental thresholds in the Tahoe Basin. Of all 63 streams that flow into Lake Tahoe, the Upper Truckee River deposits the largest amount of fine sediment.

Located on both U.S. Forest Service and California Tahoe Conservancy land, the Upper Truckee Reach Five Project will restore 7,400 feet of river channel and 120 acres of stream zone to their natural states. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. Info: Kristi Boosman,, (775) 589-5230

League to Save Lake Tahoe Receives $60,000 Grant

The League to Save Lake Tahoe in April received a $60,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company as part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities
grant program, which helps support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach.

“We’ll be using the grant to enhance volunteer programs that engage communities in reducing the impact of storm water runoff and erosion, including storm drain marking, riparian habitat restoration along the Upper Truckee River, and our new storm drain monitoring program, Pipe Keepers,” said Darcie Goodman-Collins, League executive director.

The league was named among 64 recipients of the Wells Fargo grant, part of the bank’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. Info:,

Washoe County Manager Retiring After 15 Years

Washoe County Manager Katy Simon will retire from the position she has held for 15 years on July 1.

The Board of County Commissioners will begin a national search as quickly as possible to replace Simon and will appoint an interim manager as needed until a permanent manager is in place.

New Ombudsman Position in Tahoe to Help Expedite Basin-Area Projects

Placer County has created an ombudsman position in its Community Development Resource Agency’s Tahoe Office to help businesses and builders navigate a complex process.

The ombudsman idea arose from discussion between North Tahoe business leaders and county staff that addressed concerns on how to improve customer service and business development in the Tahoe Basin. The numerous overlapping layers of regulatory authority, at Lake Tahoe, can be difficult to follow for those wishing to start, expand, or change a business.

Steve Buelna, a 13-year county employee and a supervising planner in the Tahoe office, has been named the ombudsman/facilitator for all Tahoe projects. He acts as the county’s single point of contact and communication, and has the authority to work with, and provide direction to, all agency division staff.

In his ombudsman role, Buelna is tasked with working with applicants for all agency disciplines (planning, building, engineering, and surveying) to identify temporary or interim solutions that can help facilitate new development opportunities.

New Cottage Food Law Will Allow Home-Based Businesses to Sell Food

The Placer County Board of Supervisors reviewed plans last month for enforcing a new state law that allows home-based businesses to sell some types of food to the public, restaurants, and stores.

Known as the California Homemade Food Act, the state law seeks to encourage community-based food production commonly known as cottage food operations. The law, Assembly Bill 1616, took effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

“I think it’s a great benefit to our community,” said Environmental Health Director Wesley Nicks.

On its website, the California Department of Public Health will maintain a list of types of food approved for preparation, handling, and packaging at cottage food operations.

In the past, state law generally required all food sold to the public to be prepared at permitted commercial facilities. All cottage food operations in Placer County must go through a review process. Info: Diane Gereke, (530) 745-2311, Click “Consumer Protection” link, then “Cottage Foods” link.


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