It Doesn’t Add up to Incorporate Olympic Valley Read more

It Doesn’t Add up to Incorporate Olympic Valley

In a recent article published in the Sacramento Business Journal, the merits of incorporation for the small Olympic Valley community were found lacking. The Olympic Winter games were held in this beautiful valley but unfortunately, though an amazing claim to fame, it doesn’t support a city. A financial analysis by the Placar County Local Agency Formation Commission states that a city would be unable to be supported by such a small permanent population. The permenant population of Olympic Valley is less than 1000 people. RSG a land use firm hired by the commission for the analysis indicates that incorporation isn’t feasible.

The main revenue source of the town would be gained from hotel fees from tourists. The flux and seasonality of tourism would not provide a steady and reliable source of income. In fact, the prediction is that is if incorporated in the next year the deficit would be as much as $1.8 million by 2017-18, not a good way to start off a new city. This plan already includes a limited number of city employees as well as contracting many services out to the county. Alternative plans are being considered that more closely model the current structure of the community with the county. Unfortunately for incorporation supporters they have not been found to be sustainable either.
The push for incorporation was started by some residents a few years ago when a large hotel project was proposed by Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth, who you may have seen on the CBS show Undercover Boss. The hope was that incorporation would give the community members more say in these types of projects. Some of those opposed to the incorporation have formed a group called Save Our Valley. This group hopes the financial analysis will help all residents to see what is in the best interest of all the members of the community and their scenic home.
Congressman Disputes Claim by Washington Post Regarding Freddie Gray Read more

Congressman Disputes Claim by Washington Post Regarding Freddie Gray

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison has taken issue with a story out in the Washington Post that Freddie Gray’s injuries were self-inflicted. The bombshell revelation was recently broken by the Washington Post and is based on the testimony of another man taken into police custody. Susan McGalla treads lightly on this subject and is looking for facts, not rumors. The prisoner making the claim is believed to have been in the same transport van as Gray, but the men were in separate chambers behind a metal divider. This means that the prisoner was not able to see Gray at all during the time they were in the patty wagon. Still, the prisoner told the Washington Post that he could hear Gray thrusting against the wall of the van. In his opinion, this was being done to give the appearance of being physically mistreated while in police custody.

Still, Congressman Ellison reacted to the report with derision. Ellison is by trade a criminal defense attorney and believes the inmate has been coerced into making this statement by law enforcement officials. He believes this is the sort of intimidation tactic often used by law enforcement and prison officials on vulnerable inmates. Thus far, it is unclear when the injuries to Gray were sustained. However, one officer involved in the matter believes the injuries occurred prior to Gray being placed in the transport van. The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes fellow police officers were responsible for the trauma caused to Gray.