Special to the Sun
If you know history at all, when the economics of an area fail, so does the area. In past California history, look at our amazing, instant gold mine cities/communities that no longer exist … because the economics failed. In today’s world, look at Detroit and other industry-focused cities that have seriously deteriorated because manufacturing went to another country. Have you seen that email that shows what Hiroshima looks like today after we destroyed it compared to what Detroit looks like today because we discarded it?
No one wants the destruction of Lake Tahoe and our beautiful Sierra. However, people are the most important part of the equation … and they won’t stay here if we allow our communities to deteriorate. We need to come together with a realistic vision and plan so we can all continue to live here and visit here with pleasure.
There are a lot of us that have been here for quite a long time. I’m a newcomer for many, but I moved here from San Francisco in 1966 to live in Squaw Valley … from there to Truckee, to Incline Village and back to Truckee where I’ve been for 23 years. I also have participated in the ‘swells’ event — the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s wonderful Oscar de la Renta (formerly Bill Blass) lunch-fashion show. I am no longer participating because I do not support the league’s continuing use of raised funds to sue every project that’s been vetted for at least three years and approved by all the agencies.
Unfortunately, the negative voice seems to garner most media and agency attention, and that’s because those of us that support a balanced environmental and economic solution don’t jump in when we see that the public feedback is supporting the hearings and decisions of the respective agencies that have approved it. It’s after-the-fact that the naysayers jump in and sue. And, it ends up costing us all a lot of money.
As a Realtor, there’s no question that the escalating values caused many to flee … but they sold at the high and moved to other areas that didn’t cost so much. Today, prices have come down at least 30 percent, enabling more to move in and enjoy our communities, whether permanent or vacation owners. We are a resort area and we depend on our visitors and vacation-home buyers to support all of us in business.
The “Friends of whatever” want no growth and want everything to stay as it is, and that’s not practical or realistic. I love where I live and know that to continue to enjoy the true benefits of our glorious communities, we need to envision the future and support all the great volunteers (our elected representatives included) and agency employees that work very hard to consider all the variables that are included in every project that comes to the table.
Katrine “Trinkie” Breuner Watson is a a long-time broker with Chase International, in both California and Nevada.