At Lake Level August 2021 The official newsletter of the City of South Lake Tahoe

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The City of South Lake Tahoe is pleased to publish its monthly newsletter - "At Lake Level". You can sign up for the newsletter, and other City News, by texting JOIN NEWS to 30890 or clicking here. The monthly newsletter is prepared by the City Manager's Office in an effort to keep our community well-informed about City issues and initiatives.

Your Input Matters! There is still time to Take the Participatory Budget Survey

You can easily take the survey by scanning the QR code from the image above or by going to the following website.

The results from the Participatory Budget Survey will be presented at our City Council Meeting and Budget Workshop on Tuesday, August 17. To learn more on how to attend, go here.

Don't Miss Out on National Night Out 2021!

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is partnering with area first responders to host the National Night Out 2021 event! This year’s event will be held at the Blue Zone Sports parking lot at the “Y” on Tuesday, August 3 from 4-7 pm. There will be food, games, activities, a mobile vaccine clinic, resources, and various first responder vehicles. This is a family-friendly event and a great chance to connect with our local first responders!


Did you know that renters in California are protected under a statewide “just cause” eviction law? The Tenant Protection Act of 2019 prevents a landlord from evicting a residential tenant who has lawfully resided in certain types of rental property for at least 12 months at the end of the lease without one of the following reasons:

  • Failure to pay rent
  • Material breach of lease
  • Criminal activity
  • Unlawful nuisance
  • Refusal to allow landlord to enter property
  • Tenant committed “waste” on property
  • Refusal of tenant to renew lease
  • Assignment or subletting in violation of the lease

Additionally, the following “no fault” evictions of a tenant require the landlord to pay relocation assistance equal to one month’s rent to the tenant:

  • Owner and/or certain specified family members’ intent to occupy the residence
  • Owner withdrawal from the rental market
  • Owner intent to substantially remodel or demolish
  • Court or government agency order

It is important to note that the Tenant Protection Act does not apply to certain types of residential rental property, including single-family residences occupied by the owner who rents out no more than two bedrooms, duplexes where the owner occupies one unit as their principal place of residence, newer housing that received a certificate of occupancy within the previous 15 years, and single-family residences where the owner is not a corporation and the tenants have been provided notice of exemption.

For more information about housing resources in South Lake Tahoe, please visit the Housing website.


The City Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank our local sponsors for supporting the California Parks and Recreation Society statewide campaign celebrating the month of July as “Parks Make Life Better” month. City Council issued a Proclamation recognizing July as "Parks Make Life Better Month" to celebrate the importance of access to local parks, recreation, trails, open space, and facilities as a respite for all people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the month of July, the City partnered with several local organizations to provide a variety of free programs for all ages to promote physical, emotional, and mental health and wellness, and create social and cultural connections. On behalf of all those who participated, the City Parks and Recreation team would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the following partners for joining with us to create fun and memorable experiences through the Parks Make Life Better campaign: Lake Tahoe Historical Society, South Tahoe Disc Golf Association, The Parks Foundation, Felix Brosch/Earthkraft.org, Bijou Bike Park Association, and TAMBA.

The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to seek future community partners to collaborate on innovative programs to share the value of parks in improving the quality of life for residents and creating memorable experiences for visitors. For more information about current programs please visit here.

How to stay safe while boating on the lake

Summer is here and can be a great time of year. Unfortunately, several people have drowned or have been seriously injured on Lake Tahoe. A common cause for drowning in Lake Tahoe is jumping or falling in the water from a boat or kayak without a life jacket. Jumping in the water combined with other factors can quickly lead to tragedy.

Some associated factors are:

  • No life jacket
  • Cold water shock
  • Poor or no swimming skills
  • Boat drifting away or driving away
  • Inexperienced boat operator

In addition to drowning, people are seriously injured every year from the boat propeller or “prop”. The prop is the metal blade that spins very fast in the water near the back of the boat that makes it go forward or backward. Don’t ever allow anyone in the water around the boat (especially near the back!) without turning the engine completely off. The prop will cause serious trauma in a fraction of a second.

Please take time to understand the laws and how to safely operate whatever vessel you plan to enjoy on beautiful Lake Tahoe.

VHR Enforcement Update

The Police Department is following up on expired Vacation Home Rental (VHR) permits to ensure compliance.

VHR phase-out data for July of 2021 is:

  • 134 VHR permits expired in June and were closed
  • 32 are now changed to long-term rentals (>30 days)
  • 62 removed all ads
  • 22 were advised to remove ads that show no availability
  • 4 received $1,000 citations for unpermitted VHR ads
  • 3 now QVHR/Hosted Rental
  • 11 sold

As of July 1, there are 492 VHRs remaining in residential areas. 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.


Everyone knows about Lake Tahoe’s popular public beaches, but you may not know that the public has a right to access the shoreline of Lake Tahoe all around the lake, even where the underlying land is under private ownership. That is because the State of California holds a public trust easement between the historic high watermark and low watermark of Lake Tahoe which gives the public the right to walk along the lake and use this area for passive recreational use such as fishing, swimming, and picnicking.

In 1986, the California Supreme Court determined in Fogerty v. California that the high watermark for Lake Tahoe is 6,228.75 feet above sea level, and the low watermark, or “rim,” is 6,223 feet above sea level. In some years, the water level in Lake Tahoe is so high that the entire public trust easement is under water, but not this year, as the lake is expected to drop below the rim. When enjoying the public trust area, please leave the beach as you found it and pack out your trash, as services such as public restrooms and trash bins are generally not available.

How to Avoid Fatigue and Dehydration while Outdoors

As August approaches, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue prepares for another busy month filled with visitors and hot temperatures. In the month of July, we experienced an increase in medical emergencies directly related to fatigue and dehydration. With consistent record highs expected to continue, we at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue will continue to be vigilant in closely monitoring these trends, and taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our community. With that said, we thought it would be appropriate to focus this month’s newsletter on safety tips for staying hydrated, and safe during these hot summer days.

It is no secret that South Lake Tahoe has an abundance of fun activities located just minutes from anywhere in the basin. You do not have to travel far to find the next hiking trail, biking trail, rivers, and ponds. Not to mention the big, beautiful lake to boat, paddleboard, or swim in! With so many great activities to fill your day, it is easy to lose track of your own well-being. Did you know that health experts recommend that you consume at least 2 liters of water a day? Water is the best and cheapest way to stay hydrated and rehydrate.

The most common causes of dehydration are heat, excessive activity, insufficient fluid consumption, and excessive sweating. All these causes come as a package deal when overexerting yourself. More than half of adults in the United States do not drink enough water because they are too busy, forget, or do not track it. A study of 2,000 people from the US found just 22 percent drink the USDA recommended eight to 10 glasses a day. There are even other collateral issues associated with dehydration, including the extremely painful condition of kidney stones. You can save a lot of pain and anguish (and medical bills) if you take the time and discipline to drink water throughout the day. Here are some easy tips to help with daily water requirements that so many of us fail to meet.

  • Drink a glass after every bathroom break. Start a habit by linking drinking water with one of your most common daily activities—going to the bathroom. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water. It's just another way to build the habit into your daily routine.
  • Sip before every meal. If you are making dinner at home, sip while you cook and prep. If you're out at a restaurant, ask for water when the server comes around to take drink orders. If you're waiting for your lunch to heat up or your toast to pop, drink water while doing it. Even if you're putting together a snack, drink that water. It's just a simple rule that will help you drink more water.
  • Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice. If you're drinking something extra sweet like juice, lemonade, or iced tea, water down your beverage by adding ice or even diluting a cup with some water. You’ll still get the sweetness you’re craving and have some extra water at the same time.

As always, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue encourages our community and visitors to have a safe and happy summer.


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