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New TRPA Director has a Vision for Change

TitleNew TRPA Director has a Vision for Change
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-03-20
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #61 - "New Day at TRPA" (Air Date: March 30, 2004). John Singlaub and Julie Regan from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discuss that agency's new leadership and plans to correct long-standing public-image problems.
SubjectTahoe Regional Planning Agency
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 61 - New Day at TRPA Air Date: March 30, 2004 ((Ancor Intro)) There are two new people in key positions at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. And they say change is coming. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take PKG)) ((Track 1)) The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has been regulating growth and development at Lake Tahoe for more than 30 years. The agency has long struggled with a negative public image despite the positive work that has been accomplished on behalf of Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 4:58 John Singlaub, TRPA Executive Director)) "There's a reason that we're still beautiful up here and the reason's because we have these regulations...the focus becomes for some reason on the development part of things and until we can overcome the challenges: the delays, the fairness, are we treating people consistently when they come in, those issues very loudly people in the basin are saying are their concerns." ((sot @ 28:23 Julie Regan, TRPA Communications Director)) "It's a new day at TRPA. We have a lot of work to do. We have a history at TRPA certainly. Tahoe has a lot of history, a lot of controversy and we're at an exciting time in the agency's history. ((track 2)) Exciting because measurable progress is being made. Millions of dollars are being spent on environmental improvement projects throughout the Tahoe Basin. Scientists are learning more about the lake and specific steps they can take to keep the water clean and clear. And it's the job of the TRPA to make sure that happens. ((sot @ 30:15 Julie)) "Because at the end of the day that's what makes us feel good. That we are working to save Lake Tahoe. But you can't do that in a vacuum. The people that live here and the people that support us outside the basin are so important to that process. And keeping them in the loop, informed and getting their ideas about how to move ahead is so critical." ((sot @ 7:39 John)) "the good news is the employees don't want to work for an agency that's hated. They don't have any desire to be in that position and they're all open and ready for change." ((track 3)) Positive change that will benefit not only how the TRPA operates, but the lake itself. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) New Executive Director John Singlaub asks that the public be patient with the TRPA. He says the problems it took 30-some years to create won't be changed overnight...but he's working on it.

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