Incorporating Olympic Valley Is A Bad Idea

It seems like the people of Olympic Valley would like to have their say when it comes to the idea of possibly incorporating their small town. As it turns out though, there may be more resistance to the idea than support for it. 

The Sacramento Business Journal reports that the problem for Olympic Valley is just how small it is. There are fewer than 1,000 people who are permanent residents of the area. That hurts the case for incorporation because it is unlikely that so few people could generate enough tax revenue to keep things up and running. 

Olympic Valley of course once hosted the Olympics and is a popular tourist spot, mostly because of Squaw Valley Ski and its CEO Andy Wirth. The bulk of the tax revenue that it currently makes are from taxes levied on hotels and entertainment for outsiders who are visiting. It is a cash cow for the little area, but likely would still not be enough to justify making this place a standalone city. 

Residents of Olympic Valley have been pushing for it to become incorporated for a number of years. Many of them feel that it is their right to have a city that they can call their own, and they do not like feeling as though they have to be dictated to as to what to do on various matters. 

The fact is that Olympic Valley residents are pushing for incorporation while people in the surrounding areas are saying it is probably not a good idea. The battle between the two is something that has risen to epic proportions in some cases. 

Many have the feeling that this area ought to remain a part of the larger surrounding Tahoe community. If it does, at least then it will have the support system that it requires to stay around and remain vibrant. 

For those hoping that Olympic Valley may one day be its own little incorporated city, they probably have to hold off on those dreams for a while longer. There is just no use in pretending that this place is going to sustain itself for the long run. There are too many ways in which the plan is not feasible

The Quietest Voices Make the Most Sound

TD Jakes is widely known for his inspiring books, world-renowned sermons, record-breaking televangelist shows, and most famously, for his annual Mega Fest. With such a platform, critics condemn Jakes for not being more involved in the African American community. They wrangle him in the same group as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Don King, and others who were accused of only supporting the African American community if they were slated to make money from it. However, Jakes seems to be more than just words. A reporter told Jakes that a black pastor was surprised that the Bishop even made mention of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jakes responded humbly by saying well ‘he must not know me’. The Bishop used his platform at one of his events to symbolize the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jakes also led a heart-wrenching prayer for the lost souls of the Black Lives Matter movement, the communities affected, and the families affected. TD Jakes and others who are often silent in the public eye, are taking a more behind-the-scenes approach when it comes to situations such as this. Brian Torchin has learned that the Bishop went on to further to say that this isn’t a religious problem, it is a moral, communal, and national problem. Jakes also offered his insight among panels who would like to discuss the topics behind the Black Lives Matter movement. All in all, TD Jakes is proving that he is indeed a man of the people.