The Reno-Gazette Journal just released an article highlighting the causes of the recent economic slump in Lake Tahoe, and it also covered the battle between Andy Wirth and the backers of incorporation attempting to place the businesses of the community under their thumb and watchful eye. This article was an eye-opener to say the least. Apparently Lake Tahoe has been struggling economically for around four years now due to a slump in tourism, and there has been a long, hard-fought political skirmish between backers of incorporation and owners and CEOs of local businesses and resorts. Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which owns Squaw Valley Ski Resort, has stood firmly against the incorporation of the resorts and businesses in Olympic Valley.
The battle ultimately boils down to land use decisions by the businesses and who will make them. The backers of incorporation claim it is all about trying to avoid answering to a local council made up of future residents, and they also state Squaw Valley Ski Holdings threw so much money at the prevention of the incorporation because it would prefer to handle any land issues with Placer County and its Supervisors. Dealing with Pacer County Supervisors is the proper channel since land use is a county issue, but the backers of incorporation seemed to imply corruption, while a member alleged there was influencing on the county level.
Andy Wirth dismissed the allegations, and he pointed out the backers of incorporation had spent more than their fair share of money to try and incorporate the town. The backers of incorporation wasted their money because a California commission determined the proposed town wouldn’t be viable financially. The decision shut the door on the proposed incorporation, and now the resorts, businesses and residents of the community have a chance to come together and heal. The legal battle resulted in a lot of division in the area, and Andy Wirth has proposed the community come together to work on projects to improve the area.
According to Andy Wirth’s About Me site, he cares very much for Lake Tahoe, and he’s dedicated to improving the area and having a close community. He donates a lot of his time and money to many local service organizations in Lake Tahoe, and he is just as dedicated to improving the environment by donating his time and money to various causes. Andy Wirth is a successful business man and a pillar of the Lake Tahoe community.