DECISIONMAKERS: Jeff Lanini
When Jeff Lanini moved up to Tahoe in 1976, he came here to ski, and 31 years later he’s deeply involved in the North Tahoe community.
The Bay Area native grew up vacationing in the Basin, and skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in the early 1960s. After graduating from Michigan State with a social science major, a math minor and a teaching credential, the mountains called him back to the lake, and he hasn’t left since.
Lanini is now well-established in the community with his wife and two daughters, one of whom recently graduated from UC Berkeley and the other a sophomore at San Francisco State. Lanini owns a real estate company with his wife, as well as an industrial engineering and supply company.
It was his background in infrastructure development that led to his appointment to the North Tahoe Public Utility District’s board of directors.
“I wanted to see that the money was spent appropriately on infrastructure,” said Lanini, who has served three four-year terms on the board, and is currently serving his fourth term.
“I view the job as if someone asks me to watch their purse,” he said.
Every time Lanini votes on an issue, he said he makes sure this is the best value for the ratepayers’ dollars.
“We scrutinze our expenditures beyond diligence,” Lanini said. “We do a lot with a little.”
The district oversees three seperate budgets for water, sewer and recreation. The recreation department is underfunded, but the staff is disciplined to stretch every dollar as far as it will go, he said.
Lanini said he hopes to have a master plan implemented by the end of his term that would maintain and regulate the pump stations and the water and sewer transport lines in the district.
The ultraviolet water treatment plant in Tahoe Vista is one project that achieves his goal. The plant offered the best available technology that met federal standards, and was the most environmentally sound, he said.
“The community should be more aware of the technology there, because it’s cutting edge,” Lanini said.
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