Updates from the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
June 25th, 2017
July 27, 5:30 pm
"Dirty Girl Gardening"
2313 Helen Avenue

We hope to see you there!
Next Chamber Board Meeting
July 10, 2017 6:30PM
Cantina Restaurant

Important Dates
July 10 - Chamber Meeting
July 27 - Mixer "Dirty Girl"

Executive Director Comment on the Draft EIR/EIS US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project
Below is an excerpt from a letter the Chamber Exective Director wrote to Russ Nygaard at the Tahoe Transportation District regarding the project known as the "Loop Road".

Mr. Nygaard,
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft EIR/EIS US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project, aka-Loop Road. 
  • Your Summary states: "Commercial core revitalization is intended to increase visitor spending and catalyze adjacent private construction investment." However, the Economic Analysis for the project states that the "businesses in the area will realize up to $5.5 million in loss per year during construction and implementation." Although short term in nature, this economic loss could and will destroy a huge number of small, locally-owned businesses in the stateline area. These businesses operate on such a small profit margin that a loss of any kind for any length of time is unsustainable.
  • The businesses in the area have reported that even a short period of interruption would kill them.
  • 24% of the businesses in the area receive 75% of their customers from drive-by traffic.
  • Your economic analysis of the project states that the degree to which a successful outcome is realized depends on good implementation of the project and other external factors such as adequate parking, adoption by pedestrian users and effective signage.  This project has inherent problems with the successful implementation of these items.
    • o   Parking: NO NEW PARKING is proposed.
      • Current parking is inadequate:
        • The Village Center
        • Parking structure at Heavenly Village
        • The casinos
        • Etc.
To continue reading the letter, click here.
Early Bird Special for Golfers Who Sign Up By July 25th
The South Tahoe Chamber is offering an Early Bird special for all golfers who sign up with payment for the Chamber Golf Tournament by July 25th.  All early registrants will be included in a drawing for one of our grand prizes worth over $75.  Golfers can register for $115 which includes green fees, cart, awards luncheon, prizes, and an opportunity to win an automobile on Hole #6 thanks to CardinaleWay Toyota. You can register as a foursome or as an individual and we can help you fill your team.
ARRGGGHHH, Mateys, the Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.  The format is best ball/scramble and we are encouraging you all to dress and decorate your golf carts in the pirate theme.  Cindy Rawlings, owner of CC's Pirate Treasures, across from Freshies Restaurant is even offering a 15% discount for all you that register to golf so you can get into the pirate theme.
In addition to golfers, we are still looking for sponsors and prize donators.  The Sponsorships for the Tournament range from $150 to $1,000 and the net proceeds benefit the South Tahoe Chamber and approximately 20% to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society.  The Humane Society also receives 100% of the proceeds donated by the American Golf Foundation.  A special thanks to our confirmed sponsors - CardinaleWay Toyota, hole in one automobile sponsor; Borges Chiropractic; Lew MarNel's Steak & Spirits; Lake Tahoe Ski Bum; Dynamic Web Design; CC's Pirate Treasures; Meeks Lumber & Hardware; Bruce P. Grego; Dirty Girl Gardening; Transformations Hypnotherapy; Lake Tahoe Pizza; Beachcomber Inn; Sierra Alternators/Battery Bob; and Bert's Café.
And a special thanks to the Golf Committee members who include Buzz Bera, Cindy Rawlings, Sharon Austin, Eric Eymann, Tami Wallace, Dick and Mary Ann Van Buskirk, Chris Cromwell, Jerry Johnson, Robert Kushner, and Julie Garrett-Wright.
To get into this exclusive drawing for early registrations you can sign up at our website:  www.southtahoechamber.com to download the forms or to register online.  Or you can call Tournament Coordinator Jan Hansen at (916) 955-8434.  To ensure your spot in the tournament you will have to register by August 3 as we have to confirm our number of golfers to the course in advance.  Plan to be there on August 17 or plan to walk the plank!

For more information, go to the Golf Tournament page on the Chamber website.
Letter from the President:  City Sales Tax
Duane Wallace, President, South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce

The South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce has some decisions to make. Our roads are in a mess and many of us have had the front end of our cars broken due to deep pot holes all over our community. 

For the last twenty years the need has been brought up especially at election time. My friend Councilman Tom Davis has campaigned for years for snow plowing, pot hole repairs and for economic development. Yet from its inception our Council has for the last forty-five years only spent a total of nine million dollars on our one hundred -thirty miles of asphalt. Other things have come up. The constituents have asked for other things. The employees have wanted raises. In addition in the mid-1980s the Council gave the negotiation point of life time medical insurance upon retirement for their employees and their spouses. Many other cities counties and governmental agencies did the same as that became a part of what the organizations used to compare when their employee groups negotiated. 

I believe that our City has six groups that they bargain with. PERS the Public Employees Retirement System believed the economy was going to do well for a long time although California has always had large up and down swings since it is mainly based upon taxing the wealthy. There was a period where PERS told cities and counties that all was well and in some instances gave refunds. Now the PERS system is saying the opposite. Those organizations that didn't set aside funds or gave away things in bargaining will be hit with heavy amounts as the state fund uses our money to save their bureaucracy. So in order to protect the funds the City now intends to actually set the money aside for repair. It needs to be an act of the voters. That is why the sales tax will be on the next ballot. 

Should the Chamber be for it since it is the result of a long list of councils that have not seen fit to budget properly? That is the decision we need to make.

To continue reading the letter, click here.
South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, 2074 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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