Reviewed at Board Strategic Planning session on February 6, 2016
Helping Business is our Business!
“We are the Representatives and the voice of South Tahoe businesses and residents. We solve political and community problems. We are the positive voice of all businesses (big and small) through consistent networking, mixers and events that educate and inform our businesses. We resolve to do the right things for the right reasons and to make it clear what we are doing and why we are doing it.”
- AIRPORT: Support efforts that recognize the South Lake Tahoe Airport as a vital regional and local transportation resource. It is a connector between the Tahoe Basin and the U.S. Transportation System. It is an economic engine for the South Sore and non-aviation lands at the airport should be made available for economic growth opportunities to help our local economy, promote job growth and diversification and broaden the City’s tax base.
- Recognize as well that the airport provides very high safety and emergency value to our community in a crisis situation.
- Support the idea of the return of commercial air service to South Lake Tahoe without burdening local taxpayers or businesses.
- ARTS COMMITTEE: Form and organize an “Arts Committee” and develop an arts plan. Seek City Council support for plan implementation.
- BUILDING AND PERMITTING: Urge the adoption of regulations, policies, and fee structures that encourage and make it easier and less expensive for people to remodel and repair their homes and businesses. Streamline and expedite the processing of building permits and plan checks.
- BUSINESS FRIENDLY RULES: Encourage and support timely City government initiatives and processes that update and streamline City codes and policies to promote the success and expansion of existing businesses Citywide and protect existing City businesses. Ask that City and County governments weigh new rules and regulations against their impact on the success of the existing business community.
- CALTRANS ROAD REPAIRS/CLOSURES: Encourage and support continued work by Caltrans to repair and improve highways serving the Lake Tahoe Basin and the South Shore. Ensure that any proposed highway closures needed provide adequate alternate routes to minimize negative impacts on the business community.
- CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO CITY ELECTIONS / FULL DISCLOSURE: Urge adoption by City government or by the public of full and complete campaign disclosure information and donation from all sources to candidates for city council whether made by individuals, political action committees or businesses in state or out-of-state in order to create an open and transparent municipal election process.
- CHARITABLE RAFFLE: Support changes in state law to allow a 50/50 formula for the operation of charitable raffles to encourage local charitable giving as was provided to professional sports teams in 2015 (i.e by SB549).
- COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: Endeavor and work toward ways to support and cooperate with other business and charitable organizations that are working for the betterment of the entire community and in ways consistent with adopted South Tahoe Chamber goals and strategies.
- CROSS-LAKE FERRY: Support in “concept” the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) to develop a cross-lake year-round ferry system between the North and South shore. The ferry would be an alternative to the vehicle to move people around the Lake throughout the entire year. examine the option of creating an auto-carrying ferry. Support funding from Federal and State sources for capital costs and operations with no burden to the local taxpayer.
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPEMENT CORPORATION: Evaluate the feasibility of forming a local economic development and/or community development corporation to assist local businesses and grow the local economy and promote the creation of quality and attractive work-force housing using state and federal grant seed monies and private-sector donations.
- FEES, CHARGES AND TAXES: Oppose increases in fees, charges, and taxes by any governmental agency during these times that are found to be detrimental to business owners and operators and the general public. Grow the tax base instead of the tax burden. Advocate for policy makers to have prepared an unbiased economic impact statement be made before new fees, taxes, and charges are proposed. Ensure that fees assessed by local governments do not exceed the cost to provide the service.
- HOUSING: Support initiatives to encourage the availability of safe, sanitary, and quality workforce housing in the City limits without burdening local taxpayers and identify Federal and State resources to preserve and upgrade existing housing. Urge all permitting agencies to come together around the goal of significantly streamlining the process for affordable rental housing including finding ways to turn older motels into nice conversions of two bedroom units.
- LIGHTING: Support in “concept” the installation of City street lighting in the “Y” Area to promote the safe passage of pedestrians, encourage walking and biking, and promoting local businesses;
- LOOP ROAD: Advocate for and insist on a complete and unbiased disclosure of all environmental, housing, resident and economic impacts of the proposed Loop Road Project on the City of South Lake Tahoe before decisions are made to give project approval. Determine if the proposed Project is consistent with the City General Plan and adopted Housing Element. Provide specific and complete written answers to questions posed on behalf of the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the community in regard to project impacts.
- MEYERS AREA PLAN: Advocate for a complete, scientifically sound, transparent, and unbiased survey of all Meyers residents and parties before adoption of Meyers Area Plan by local and regional governments.
- SOUTH “Y” COMMUNITY PLAN: Support efforts to identify reasonably and responsible and economically sound ways to implement improvements to the “Y” Area in a business-friendly manner. Don’t let the new “Y” Plan sit on a shelf.