At Lake Level November/December 2021 The official newsletter of the City of South Lake Tahoe

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South Lake Tahoe Police Department Promoting "MOVEMBER"

You may see SLTPD Officers with mustaches and beards through the month of November (and possibly through Decembeard). This is to promote awareness around men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. It’s also an opportunity for our employees to donate and raise money for local non-profits.

Along with the SLTPD, you will see Movember donations buckets throughout all of our city departments supporting this event as well. Anyone can donate to this great cause! All donations received will go to a local charity or non-profit in support of men’s health, mental health issues, or suicide prevention.

By the way, for those of you that can't grow a beard or mustache, there are other ways you can participate. The City has also been promoting Move for Movember where you can commit to running or walking 60 miles over the month at your own pace. If you don't meet your daily or monthly goal, then you can donate money to the donation bucket. To learn more about Movember, go here.

Are you looking for a way to participate in Local Government?

Join local government! The City Council is currently soliciting applications for appointments to the following Board and Commission:

Planning Commission: The City Council will be appointing two (2) members to serve two-year terms on the Planning Commission. Applicants must reside within the city limits. The Planning Commission meets monthly assuming there is business to conduct.

Building Board of Appeals: The City Council will be appointing at least two (2) members, but no more than four (4) members to fill a one-year vacancy on the Building Board of Appeals. Applicants must reside and be domiciled within the Tahoe Basin portion of El Dorado County. The Building Board of Appeals meets on an as-needed basis.

Parks & Recreation Commission: The City Council will be appointing three (3) members to serve two-year terms on the Parks & Recreation Commission and one (1) member to fill a one-year vacancy. Applicants must reside within the Tahoe Basin portion of El Dorado County. The Parks and Recreation Commission meets at least quarterly.

Arts, Culture and Tourism Commission: The City Council will be appointing two (2) members to serve two-year terms on the Arts, Culture and Tourism Commission. Applicants must reside and be domiciled within the Tahoe Basin portion of El Dorado County. The Arts, Culture and Tourism Commission will meet every other month.

Police Advisory Commission: City Council will be appointing two (2) members to serve two-year terms. The Applicants shall reside within the Tahoe Basin portion of El Dorado County. The Police Advisory Commission will meet monthly or quarterly as needed.

Applications: Applications may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office located at 1901 Lisa Maloff Way, South Lake Tahoe, California between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications can also be downloaded from the City's website at www.cityofslt.us, mailed, faxed, or emailed to interested parties upon request to the City Clerk's Office. Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk's Office (email preferred sblankenship@cityofslt.us) no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

The City Council will be making appointments at a regularly scheduled meeting on January 18, 2022. For questions, please contact Susan Blankenship, City Clerk at (530) 542-6005 or via email at sblankenship@cityofslt.us

Parks and Recreation Department Partner with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society to kick off family-friendly winter celebration

The challenges we faced as a department and community this past summer in the face of smoke, fires, labor shortages, and the ongoing pandemic inspired the Parks and Recreation Department to be more innovative with service delivery. The mission statement for the Parks and Recreation Department is to create safe, fun, and memorable experiences for residents and visitors to South Lake Tahoe. As the holiday season approaches, we are grateful to our community for their collective resilience, support, and perseverance during the challenging times we have faced over the past couple of years. To celebrate our community the Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society will be hosting the Festival of Winter Lights.

Please join us to celebrate our community and local history along with welcoming winter and shopping for the holidays! This family-friendly event will take place on Friday, December 10 thru Sunday, December 12, and will be staged in the parking lot of the Lake Tahoe Historical Museum located at 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The following activities are planned for the event:

  • Holiday lights to enjoy throughout the month
  • Outdoor marketplace featuring local artisans and locally made gifts
  • Food trucks and hot beverages to enjoy by the fire
  • Santa Clause on the porch of the historic toll house building
  • Self-guided tours in the historic cabin and museum
  • Winter carriage rides through the park
  • Carolers and live performances on an outdoor stage
  • Holiday movie and skate at the South Tahoe Ice Arena
  • Toy drive for Toys for Tots

For a detailed event schedule, see below:

If you are a local business who would like to participate as a vendor click here for the vendor application.

New Organic Waste Recycling Law: One Way to Do Our Part to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas

On November 2, the City Council adopted a new organic waste recycling ordinance applicable in South Lake Tahoe city limits, which will become effective on January 1.

What is organic waste, you might ask? Organic waste comes from living things, and includes food, green yard waste, and landscape and pruning waste. When organic waste decomposes in a landfill, it releases a lot of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas that causes climate change. Methane can trap heat close to the Earth’s surface 80 times more than carbon dioxide in a 20-year period!

The new ordinance is one of the actions required by state law under California Assembly Bill 1826 and Senate Bill 1383. These laws are intended to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills by 75 percent and reduce the amount of methane coming from landfills. The state anticipates that these requirements will reduce at least 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually by 2030. The ordinance also helps to implement one of the actions in the City’s Climate Action Plan: to promote reductions in organic waste and landfill diversion.

There are different requirements that apply to South Tahoe Refuse’s residential and commercial customers. Residential customers must separate their organic waste, except for food waste and food-soiled paper, from other trash for collection. Non-food organic waste needs to be placed in a separate container for trash pickup day. At this time, a brown yard waste bag like those used for yard-waste pickup is an acceptable container for organic waste. While food waste can be thrown out with your regular trash at this time, residents wanting to separate out their food waste are able to drop it off at the South Tahoe Refuse facility at 2121 Eloise Avenue on Wednesdays between 8am-5pm.

Under most circumstances, commercial customers and multi-family residential properties of five or more units must subscribe to South Tahoe Refuse’s weekly collection services to include organic waste recycling pickup. Commercial customers are required to separate out organic waste, except for food and food-soiled paper. Larger commercial customers who have already been separating out food waste for weekly collection as required by AB 1826 will continue to receive on-site collection services on Thursdays. The commercial requirements are a little more complicated than residential, and there are some exceptions that may apply depending on how much waste a business generates and for authorized self-haulers. More information for commercial customers is available at South Tahoe Refuse’s website.  .

Over the first year of implementation, the City and South Tahoe Refuse will focus on education and outreach to customers. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the new requirements and to support everyone’s compliance efforts to achieve a successful organics recycling program in our community.

City Employee improvises air filtration units during caldor fire

"In May of 2021, I felt pretty good about quitting cigarettes. It would be a rather brief respite for my poor lungs! No, I did not take up smoking again. Little did I know that two months later I would be breathing some of the worst air on planet Earth. Collectively, Tahoe managed poor air quality from the Dixie, Tamarack, and Caldor Fires. While some people left Tahoe for cleaner air, the City had to maintain essential City operations, while responding to a wild, wildland fire season. " Mark Gibbs, Supply Branch Manager (Logistics)/Airport Manager during the Caldor Fire

One of the City’s employees made dealing with the wildfire smoke a lot easier. His approach was innovative, timely and saved the public money. Yes, all three from your local government! Milan Jevic, Maintenance Supervisor from the Public Works Department improvised 18 effective air purifiers at 1/26th the cost of shelf ready models the City had procured previously.

When supply lines were stretched thin and demand for workplace air purification outstripped the ability to get the product, Milan created a do-it-yourself solution. A box fan, box fan packaging, duct tape, and 2 -Inch thick high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters were all that was needed to create air purifiers. All of these components were locally sourced from Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart; readily available during emergency conditions this summer.

Filter Queen Defender Air Purifiers cost $799/each. Milan’s do-it-yourself purifiers cost $30/each. Using a HEPA pleated mechanical air filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 14 provided 0.3 micron screening at 75%, 84%, screening at 1.0 micron and 3.0 micron screening at 90%. This protected the lungs of first responders, the public and City employees alike. Milan provided an innovative solution for this fire season and it worked (filters turned a putrid green brown). Great thinking Milan!

Milan Jevic, Maintenance Supervisor


The Police Department is following up on expired Vacation Home Rental (VHR) permits to ensure compliance. VHR phase-out data for October 2021:

  • 82 VHR permits expired in October and were closed
  • 25 are now changed to long-term rentals (>30 days)
  • 52 removed all ads
  • 3 received $1,000 citations for unpermitted VHR ads
  • 1 is a qualified Qualified Home Vacation Rental (QHVR)
  • 1 is for sale

Our CSO division continues to follow up on VHR enforcement calls for service and all recently expired permits.

As of November 17, 2021 there are 155 VHRs remaining in residential areas in the city (including 17 QHVRs). Year-to-date monthly data on VHR phase-out statistics can be found on the City of South Lake Tahoe’s web page under “City Services” and “Police Department”. For more information go here.

California office of the Small Business advocate announces Upcoming Relief Programs for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (MCRGP): The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is a one-time $50 million grant program that will provide $2,500 grants to eligible microbusinesses in California. These grants will be distributed by county agencies or non-profits that respond successfully to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by CalOSBA. Check the Grant and Funding link below for the complete RFP. Subscribe to our newsletter for announcements of selected grant-makers for your area. Round 1 RFP Application Due: November 30, 2021

California Venues Grant Program (CVGP): The California Venues Grants Program is a one-time $150 million grant program for eligible independent live events that have been affected by COVID-19. The program will be open for applications from small businesses and non-profits. For more information, click here. Application Due: November 30, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Inclusive Innovation Hubs (iHubs2): The Inclusive Innovation Hubs is a program created within CalOSBA to stimulate partnerships, economic development, and job creation for underserved geographic areas, industry sectors, and diverse business founders by leveraging assets to provide an innovation platform for startup businesses, research institutions, economic development organizations, business groups and venture capitalists. CalOSBA will be designating 10 iHub2 throughout California through a competitive RFP, with a one-time $2.5 million investment into the program. Check the Grant and Funding link below for the complete RFP. Subscribe to our newsletter for announcements of selected iHubs2 in your area. RFP Application Due: December 16, 2021

Dream Fund: The California Dream Fund Program is a one-time $35 million grant program that will provide microgrants up to $10,000 to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation in California. This program will be administered by CalOSBA and disbursed through the California Small Business Technical Assistance Expansion Program network of small business centers. To find the best center to support your business needs, click here.

California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grants Program (NPAGP): The California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grants Program is a one-time $50 million grant program that will provide grants up to $75,000 to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations to encourage workforce development. Subscribe to the CalOSBA newsletter for critical program updates, eligibility, and timelines.

Current CalOSBA Grant and Funding Opportunities: Go here.

Don’t miss a deadline! Sign up for our newsletter for program updates, eligibility, and timelines: Subscribe to CalOSBA News

Staying safe on the roads during winter

As winter approaches, our Chief of Police-David Stevenson provides us with a few reminders on how to stay safe while driving on icy roads as well as during wintery conditions.

  • Slow Down
  • Provide extra stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Make sure your tires are in good shape
  • Don’t park on the roadway or in the city’s easement during “Snow Removal Conditions”
  • Clear all snow/ice from your vehicle windows PRIOR to driving
  • Make sure your vehicle defrost/heater are working
  • Watch for pedestrians
  • Be patient and kind
  • Slow Down! (I know I said that twice, but this is one of the most important things to remember)

Did you know?

You can easily view all current bid projects for the City of South Lake Tahoe by going to PlanetBids. To access the link for the City of South Lake Tahoe, just click here. Once at the website, you will see a list of all open and closed bids for each city department. You can also filter bids by project type, due date, department, bid type, status, etc.

Stay connected for current and future bid opportunities for the City of South Lake Tahoe through PlanetBids.

The City of SOUTH lake Tahoe is now hiring

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career with the City of South Lake Tahoe, you can view opportunities at the NEOGOV website. All open job positions are listed at the site and you can also set up alerts to be notified of upcoming job opportunities. If you are ready to apply for a position, this can also be done at the NEOGOV website.

The City currently has the following positions open:

  • GIS Intern
  • Police Officer-Lateral/Pre-trained
  • Recreational Seasonal/Temporary Positions
  • Snow Removal Equipment Operator (Seasonal)
  • Public Safety Dispatchers

Holiday Closures for the City of South Lake Tahoe

The City of South Lake Tahoe wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!

The City of South Lake Tahoe Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 and Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27.


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