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Squaw Valley Has Spent $500K Fighting Incorporation

We've been following the drama in Squaw Valley these days, whether it's the debate over a controversial new gondola connecting Squaw to Alpine Meadows or the fight over the proposed base village. But no battle is bigger than the effort by some residents of Olympic Valley to incorporate into a new town. A recent (and some say flawed) report questioned the economic viability of an incorporated Olympic Valley, but that report is currently being reviewed. And while the battle rages, new figures are out showing just how much money has been spent on this fight. According to the Sacramento Bee, in a 12-month period ending in April, a Squaw-backed political action committee spend about $570,000 in its effort to derail the incorporation bid. That money has mostly gone towards attorneys and consultants. In contrast, the group Incorporate Olympic Valley has spent about $70,000 on planners and attorneys for its cause. David and Goliath, anyone?