With the recent evolutions in community standards regarding transgender citizens, South Lake could benefit greatly by creating a positive awareness of this very cool and dynamic population of folks who bring creativity and personal strength to most professional situations. There are many misconceptions floating around that could be clarified here in SLT before they arrive as the trans population continues to grow. Dispelling the images of gutter punks and rocky horrors, fears and judgements of orientations and deviancies. By replacing them with notions of strong, willing and grateful workers, genuine character attributes and overall positive additions to our vibrant and wickedly diverse community, preparing as a community, leaders and business owners would be positioned ahead of these changes with positive awareness and some sort of understanding. Trans employees in many ways, should be sought after. With the entire scope of humanity here in town, the devil down the street at the casinos or god up on the hill or by the lake, SLT could position itself as a viable destination for both residence and recreation to the transgender community. As an advocate and member of BOTH communities, I would be happy to create the foundation for this kind of initiative and act as speaker or representative or liaison to any/all involved parties.
It would be great if we could make more pedestrian only areas and further dense up downtown SLT so that for more people everything is walkable. Once you take the loud, dirty, dangerous cars off the road all the sudden the area becomes more enjoyable to spend lots of time in.
On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously voted in an unnecessary and overreaching new permit process for vacation rentals without regard to the impact on the local economy. The passing of this new process was irresponsible by the current City Council who proceeded with a highly controversial ordinance without doing a study to fully understand the impacts this would have on tourism and the local economy. Had the City Council simply enforced their existing ordinance regarding noise, trash, and nuisance issues, the majority of the problems with vacation rentals would have gone away. The new permit process was a knee jerk reaction, and not needed. The Council was repeatedly asked to table the new permit process for at least a year, and simply enforce the existing ordinance, to see if there would be necessary changes at that time. But instead proceeded with their own agenda, ignoring a large portion of their voting constituents. The argument by some Council members that impact on the economy would be minimal is completely inaccurate. I have personally just lost a home sale, today, due to this onerous unnecessary ordinance and the concerns it has brought for a potential buyer/investor in our town. How's that for no effect on the economy and tourism?
Our cabin has been in the family for over 40 years and three generations. We have also upgraded the cabin three different times, with the last one being a complete remodel to help keep it up to date. To help defray some of the costs of the remodel, we chose to temporarily rent our cabin to the vacationers that love to visit South Lake Tahoe.
Our cabin is surrounded by National Forest System Land with only one neighbor. We are family operated, hire a local cleaning service as well as the local contact. Of the three years we have had our permit, we have only had one complaint by our neighbor in which we immediately took action to correct the situation.
All the vacationers that visit our cabin spend money in town. Most are families or couples that want to experience the lake and its many treasures. We also have return guests that want to come to the lake every year.
Anything you do to change the current regulations, without enforcing the existing ones, will detract from city and local company revenue! We hope you consider the burden you will be placing on us, as well as the loss of visitors that the city relies on. Don't create new regulaitons without enforcing the current ones.
In regards to the proposal to severely restrict permits for vacation rentals and the town council vote on June 16, I would like to raise a few points to 3 distinct local groups. Homeowners- This proposal will stomp the value of homes in this town as out-of-towners will immediately cease purchasing homes here and a selloff will immediately ensue in the local housing market as homeowners try to sell before the inevitable crash. A 30-40% plunge in value, at minimum, should be expected. Most local residents who have bought a home here in the past fifteen years will be left in a mountain of debt with no recourse. Neighbors of Noisy Vacation Rentals- Yes, it's a nuisance when renters throw late-night parties and disturb the sleep of their neighbors. However, there are other ways to combat this than simply eliminating the entire industry from our local economy. Why not establish a "3 strikes" policy? If a particular homeowner's rental property receives complaints from three separate neighbors within a specified time frame, they will lose their permit to rent. The homeowners will become responsible for weeding out bachelor parties and other obnoxious renters. They will do this by obtaining references on airbnb, vrbo etc. and by actually interviewing the people who wish to rent their homes. It's not fair to punish the responsible vacation rental homeowners who already do business this way and thus have never received noise complaints from neighbors. Better Business Bureau and anyone who cares about the economy of this town- Blindly refusing to issue new permits and clogging the market with red tape, as has been suggested, reeks of corruption and communism. Why should we allow some local governing elite the power to reward what amounts to tens of thousands of dollars in contracts? Bribery in exchange for permits will inevitably corrupt the behind-closed-door deals for permits. Also consider all the other local businesses which will need to eliminate jobs or close down for good. Cleaning services, construction workers, restaurants, bike rental shops etc will all be adversely affected by a lack of tourist families who wish to vacation in homes. People need to recognize that struggling motel owners with dwindling occupancy rates have heavily lobbied for this vote, in hopes of eliminating their competition. They feel understandably threatened by the emergence of the vacation rental industry. Many families simply prefer a house with a yard for their kids to play while they barbeque over a dark, dirty motel room. Additionally, the severe drought has put a serious squeeze on the market for anyone offering lodging. The question is how do we determine who must go out of business, the worst motels or nearly everyone who rents out their homes? History and economics have proven that brute capitalism and survival of the fittest are the best ways to solve these difficult problems. Is anyone really that sad that Blockbuster Video is gone? No, because we have Netflix. Unfortunately, the demand for lodging has decreased and so the supply of lodging needs to scale down to a new equilibrium. Tax short-term rentals more if you must but if we just quit interfering and allow this process to run its course, it will bring South Lake Tahoe its most optimal future economy. Please keep these issues in mind while forming your opinions.
Nick Gorman Local Resident
I've lived in South Lake Tahoe for a year now. I work full time, 40 hours a week, and yet I can't afford an apartment here. I've been living in a motel the entire time I've been here. Can someone please do something about the awful housing situation in this town? The deposits are too high!
Do you want to see movies at Lakeview Commons during the Summer? The movie could not start until 9pm due to the sun setting; would you prefer to have a movie night on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday? What movies do you want to see? Movies filmed at Lake Tahoe, family classics, children’s movies?
The City has put out a "Request for Proposal" to artists for the artwork at Champions Plaza at Lakeview Commons. What kind of art elements do you envision?
Do you think the City construct an event center in town ? Do you think the City partner with Stateline area for an event center in the community? Where do you think a South Shore Event Center should be ?