When I was growing up my dad introduced me to the phrase “fuller overhaul.” It was in reference to the practice of giving an old worn out truck a new paint job, without fixing the underlying mechanical problems. A potential buyer might be influenced by the new Fuller Paint job and over look the underlying problems.
Our local lefty blogger just gave Truckee’s economic development a “fuller overhaul,” painting rosy picture of an economy with an underlying problem.
We shuttle back and forth a lot between our western and eastern county, and the gap — politically, economically and culturally — is growing. In short, the western county is stuck in the tar pits while the eastern county is on a roll.
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There is more economic vitality and vibrance in the eastern county that you don’t see around Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Then the article goes on to say that:
“Truckee is gearing up to spend $2.75 million on economic development — yep, $2.75 million. A workshop is scheduled on November 12 for the public to provide input to help foster a ‘healthy, year-round economy.’”
Now we get to the core of the economic issue:
Truckee needs to develop a year round economy. Truckee’s economy is highly dependent on the ski season. There is a lot of seasonal hiring in Truckee. The longer the winter and the more snow in the Sierra the stronger Truckee’s economy. More diversity is need. Depending on recreation can have some down sides.
Now Let’s bring Obama Care to the table. Are those seasonal employees going to health care from the ski resorts and business in Truckee, or are they going to be limited to 29 hours of part-time work, forcing them to get their own medical insurance? Having a lot of part timers with little uncommitted money in their pockets could be an economic downer for Truckee. We will have to see how this year turns our for Truckee. The forecast is for an average winter in the Sierra. perhaps a little colder than normal, but average precipitation.
Perhaps our liberal blogger needs to move to the Eastern County and he can help them develop a year round economy with his insightful reporting. His article appears to be more an opportunity to bash Western County political leaders than it was about Truckee’s economic development.