In response to Complications in IVGID’s Quasi-Public Finances
What does IVGID mean by “quasi-public”? If it means “not exactly public,” then the term is a gross exaggeration when it comes to IVGID’s convoluted finances. Determining how much money each venue/program loses is impossible. That should be readily available public information, but since IVGID separated out its debt service and capital expenses when it abandoned enterprise funds, it’s like trying to budget for your household expenses and forgetting about the mortgage and the car payments (IVGID’s idea of transparency).
IVGID calling itself a quasi-public agency is an outright lie. It is a public agency; a political subdivision of the state of Nevada subject to the same ethics, public records, and purchasing laws as other local governments. Someone took the phrase “quasi-municipal corporation” from NRS 318 and mistakenly translated that to quasi-public. IVGID calls itself “quasi-public” to convince us it can ignore laws designed to protect the public interest.
~ Judith Miller, Incline Village, via letter
In response to Lost and Found
What the World Needs Now
Frances Hamilton’s piece in the January edition about losing her lapdog, Albus, was wonderful. Writing about the local people who found him brought it home for readers like me. She could have focused on her own anguish, but she made it a positive story by telling us what she learned from this experience, as well as how caring and determined professionals were the key to making it a happy ending. Asking the police officers about themselves and each other was a powerful approach. Thank you for giving her the opportunity to share her compelling story with us. It was truly inspiring and hopeful — feelings we need more of these days.
~ Laurel Lippert, Truckee, via letter
In response to My Life Is Your Vacation … Rental
SF’s Tough Rules on Short Term Rentals
Reading this article about the Tahoe housing crisis and how it’s being exacerbated by short-term rentals brought to mind San Francisco. The city has been dealing with the same problem and finally put some pretty tough rules together to help deal with it, including requirements for primary residency and liability insurance, among other things, see airbnb.com/help/article/871/san-francisco—ca online.
I’m thinking something along these lines might force second homeowners up in Tahoe to look for longer term tenants. And if so, it might create more rental availability, which might stabilize or lower rents even just a bit. That plus a $15 per hour minimum wage might actually make Tahoe livable again.
Just wondering if anyone up here has looked into these kinds of strict guidelines yet?
~ Jason Schripsema, Tahoe Donner, via letter
In response to Gunshots on the Truckee; Leapfrogging on Brockway Road
Hunting Close to the Legacy Trail
I am an employee for a company that sits just above the Truckee River along the Polaris Unit. Several of my co-workers and I have been dealing with the duck hunters in that zone for the last five years. Shots routinely have been fired over our heads and we have collected the shot pellets that have fallen around us or have hit the buildings where we work. One would have to assume that the regulations prohibiting the discharge of a firearm within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling are either little known to these hunters or they just don’t care. Last fall, during a hail storm of buckshot, I tried to yell to the hunters to advise them that people were working up here and the reply was a plethora of obscenities. I can also attest to the fact that there have been gunshots prior to and after the legal hunting season. My main concern is that not many people know that the Polaris Unit runs parallel to the Legacy trail and if hunters are shooting in that direction someone is going to get hurt or worse. I think the community should not only be aware of this but should be concerned.
~ Alan Farrant, Truckee, via letter