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YIMBYs Endorse California Forever


On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

Environmental Groups Appeal Sites Reservoir Ruling


A new round of litigation began when environmental groups opposed to the Sites reservoir in Colusa County filed an appeal on a ruling which dismissed their suit seeking to halt the project from proceeding.

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Donkey Town and El Burro Trails to Close for Cabin Creek Forest Restoration Project

TRUCKEE, Calif. – According to the Truckee Dirt Union the Donkey Town and El Burro trail closures are expected to begin as early as next week, and will remain closed for the remainder of 2024. The trails will remain open …

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Beach Managers and Operators Prepare to Keep Tahoe Blue This Summer

LAKE TAHOE, Nev./Calif. – There is no better place than Lake Tahoe during summer. Clear skies, warm sand, and clean, blue water greet hundreds of thousands of fun-seekers. But it doesn't stay that way all by itself. Nonprofits, public agencies, …

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Truckee, North Tahoe, Meeks Bay Fire Initiate 2024 Burn Ban as Summer Travel Ramps Up

TRUCKEE, CALIF. – The Truckee Fire Protection District, along with North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts have announced that starting June 17, a regional burn ban is in effect for the 2024 wildfire season. The ban is …

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Keep Homewood Public Counters Master Plan With 50+ Issues

HOMEWOOD, Calif. – The picturesque community of Homewood, nestled on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, is currently grappling with the proposed redevelopment plans for the Homewood Mountain Resort (HMR). The small unincorporated town, with a population of just 200 …

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Truckee Fire Urges Residents to Participate in Fire Protection Programs

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Building on the success of 2022 and 2023 wildfire prevention division developments, Truckee Fire is once again launching a robust set of programs and initiatives aimed at reducing wildfire risk and enhancing community resilience. Truckee Fire urges …

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First of Its Kind Defensible Space Software Brings Significant Improvements to the Entire Tahoe Basin

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – With support from the Tahoe Fund and Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, every local fire agency in the Tahoe Basin now has access to Fire Aside, a software platform that makes defensible space and home hardening evaluations …

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TAMBA Expands Roster of Tahoe Mountain Bike Events

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – While the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) has a consistent roster of signature events including the Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival and the impressively grueling Rose to Toads ride, this year it will add more educational …

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Washoe Grassroots Nonprofit, Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu, Launches Fundraising Campaign to Buy Land in Tahoe Basin

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu announced the launch of its groundbreaking fundraising campaign accompanied by a virtual launch event: "Strength in Solidarity: The Power of Collective Action with Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu," scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 from …

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Bridge Installed Connecting West River to Truckee Springs

On Friday, May 17, a new pedestrian bridge was installed, connecting West River to Truckee Springs.

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Tahoe Fund Installs New Donor Engraved Bears in Tahoe City’s Heritage Plaza

TAHOE CITY, Calf. – Twenty-five new engraved bears are now hanging from the railings in Tahoe City's Heritage Plaza through a partnership with the Tahoe Fund, Placer County and the Tahoe City Public Utility District to raise money for trails …


Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society
Zoning is everywhere, but is it a way to regulate development or a tool for social engineering?
How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland
From its earliest days as a state, California has been trying to turn marshes into productive land.
Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does
How a nuclear plant, a real estate development and an oil spill led to a landmark law.
The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land
Starting in 1976, the legislature began creating agencies to buy up open land, and keep it open.
Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law
54-year-old environmental law is often blamed for causing the state’s housing crisis. Is it getting a bad rap?
The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works
More than half of California farmland is under contracts that prevent its development.
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