My Turn: The identity of Pollock Pines

By From page A4 | June 21, 2013

What is Pollock Pines? It is a postal zip code; a census tract designation; a spot on the weather maps of the local TV stations; where the Jenkinson’s Lake recreation area is located; the last opportunity to buy groceries and fuel, etc. before entering the Eldorado National Forest on the way to South Lake Tahoe; and a key part of the historical richness of the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas, e.g. the Pony Express, immigrant and emigrant wagon trails, gold mining, lumber, water management and more. It is not a city or a town and is readily apparent to be rural in character. It at present does not have a political boundary. Its representation is, in fact, apportioned among three of the five members of the Board of Supervisors. But is it a community?

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