Effort to Incorporate Olympic Valley Not Worth It

Ben van der Meer of the Sacramento Business Journal recently reported on the ongoing effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley area of Lake Tahoe into a city and came to the conclusion that the effort would be unsustainable and be bad for the residents of the Olympic Valley as well as the Lake Tahoe Community as a whole. 

The first issue is the size of the Olympic Valley. Many of the people that live in the Valley are not full time residents since many own vacation homes in the area. This means that the tax base to sustain the entire valley would be roughly 1,000 residents and that is not nearly enough tax revenue to fund the sort of projects that the campaign to incorporate Olympic Valley is looking for.

Moving forward with the city hood would essentially create a giant debt for the residents of the area at the latest by 2018. Once that happens the budget will essentially be running in the negative due to massive shortfalls in tax revenue. This deficit spending is predicted to start around 1 million dollars per year and grow to as high as 1.8 million within a ten year period. 

A prominent land use development firm determined that it is not a good fiscal plan to move forward with the new developments. RSG or Resources System Group found that the proposed new hotels and vacation properties alongside retail properties could not be sustained without significant revenue shortfalls. The massive increase in commercial property will be a very high cost on the city and all of it’s residents while not necessarily providing adequate revenue outside of the tourist season.

For anyone not directly benefiting from the new land use plans it makes absolutely no sense to turn Olympic Valley as a single city. They should remain under the arrangement that they have now in order to save money for now and the future. The population of the valley simply cannot sustain forced growth and the entire area will become economically depressed as taxes increase and jobs and productivity decrease due to residents leaving.

Luther, Obama’s Anger Translator Makes an Appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner

This past weekend, the White House held their annual correspondents dinner. As it always does, this year’s festivities included a few special surprises, including a visit from Obama’s anger translator, Luther. Luther is best known as a part of a recurring Key and Peele sketch where Jordan Peele plays President Obama, exaggerating his calm demeanor and character, and Keegan-Micheal Key is Luther, an anger translator, who expresses the inner turmoil and anger that President Obama feels.

The White House Correspondents Dinner, which was originally created to honor and give awards to members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, has become a bit of a roast of the president and his administration. Since 1983, the featured speaker has been a comedian, and addition to roasting the president and his administration, there has been a skit that featured the president. This year’s host was Cecily Strong, who is known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Not in attendance this year was best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen.

The dinner has been criticized by certain members of the media, who say that it is an example of how close the media can get to the administration and that it symbolizes a lack of integrity by certain members of the news organizations.

Senate Takes Up Iran Nuclear Bill – Lawmakers Hope No Amendments Get Tacked On to Threaten the Bill’s Bipartisan Support

The United States Senate will be soon have an open floor debate on the Iran Nuclear bill. The United States Constitution mandates that any treaty negotiated by the president receive 2/3rds support of the congress in order to pass. Folks like Christian Broda know that there is no time limit on the how long the senate is allowed to review the treaty. By contrast, the Iran Nuclear deal nearly flips the constitutional mandate around requiring only 41 senators to support the president’s final bill before it takes effect. All constitutionality issues aside, the Iran Nuclear bill currently enjoys broad support from all 54 Republican Senators and 8 Democrat Senators . In fact, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 to advance the bill to a floor debate. It was this act which forced President Obama to remove his veto threat against the bill.

At this time, 62 senators are believed to support the bill. The support is sufficient to break a Democrat filibuster, but still short of what is needed to override a veto. Supporters of the bill are asking that no senator attempt to add an amendment to the bill which will end the backing it enjoys from both parties. Some senators want to require Iran to cease its subversive tactics in the Middle East and formally acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

Clinton Rubio Are Early Leaders in Race to 1600 Penn

Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio lead their respective parties for the nominations for the White House in 2016. While Clinton’s lead was no surprised in light of a weak field of democratic contenders, Rubio’s poll numbers have shocked the Republican core who many believe would simply rally around Jeb Bush.  Google Play suggests that Marco Rubio presents a young face for the republicans that the party simply has never had before. His candidacy is gaining traction as it runs hard against a Clinton nomination, while at the same time presenting an tempting alternative to the stogie standard republican party candidates that have dominated the party for the past several elections. Clinton and Rubio Take early Leads in Their Races

As the republican nomination proceeds on, the race will inevitably become nasty and bloody as all of the republican candidates fight for each primary and caucus as well as for campaign dollars. With only a couple of points separating Rubio and Bush, the potential for the lead candidates to damage each other before a general election run against Hilary wis great. To the contrary, Rubio would gain much needed credibility regarding his political toughness which would serve him well if he were to win the nomination outright.

Hilary Clinton: Marriage Bans

Hilary Clinton wants to take the bans off of same sex marriages. She states that she supports same sex marriages and supports equal rights to those same sex couples. Hilary hopes to get the Supreme Court on board, too.

In a couple of weeks, the Supreme Court will decide the ruling of whether same sex marriage violates the Constitution of the US. People in same sex relationships have the same citizenship and rights that include marriages states Hilary.

People are still concerned that states can ban same sex couples from being married. If the states can do this regardless of what the Supreme Court says will that be deemed as unconstitutional? There are many questions that remain. Michigan, Tennessee, and Ohio are a few of the states that will have arguments presented in Supreme Court.