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TRPA begins Tahoe Talks series, sans North Shore locations

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

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Below is the upcoming 2015-16 schedule for the Tahoe Talks Brown Bag Lunch series. All times noon to 1:30 p.m.:

Oct. 21, Transit Series: Journey to the Trailhead — Improving Transit Connections to Recreation Opportunities. Creekside Room, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe.

Nov. 18, Transit Series: What’s in Store for Transit North and South? Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe.

Dec. 16, Uniting Tahoe’s Communities: Addressing Prosperity for Tahoe’s Residents. Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe.

Jan. 20, How-to-City: From Idea to Reality, Making A Community Project Happen. Location TBD.

Feb. 17, How-to-City: Town of Truckee’s Success in Funding Recreation, Location TBD.

March 16, How-to-City: Homeowner’s Handbook. Location TBD.

April 20, Hide Trash Here, Please: Protecting our Shoreline from Trash. Location TBD.

May 18, It All Affects the Lake: Stormwater, Drought, and Other Water Issues at Tahoe. Location TBD.

June 15, Unwanted Visitors: Tackling Invasive Species at Tahoe. Location TBD.

Source: TRPA

LAKE TAHOE — There is the North Shore and the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, and somewhere in the middle, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency asks the community what matters most in each area.

That question lies at the heart of TRPA’s recently released Tahoe Talks Brown Bag Lunch public forum series lineup.

The community-minded forum resumed its monthly gatherings Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe, and last week the bistate agency released a schedule for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.

“We like to bring people from various groups with expertise and knowledge at hand,” said Tom Lotshaw, TRPA spokesman.

Through the rest of 2015, TRPA will hold the brown bag lunches in South Lake Tahoe, which are scheduled to include guest speakers such as Rebecca Bryson, of the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Commission; and Gianna Aveni, of the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative Community Mobility Group.

In its capacity as a planning organization, TRPA created the forums with the intent for people to discuss ways in which to strengthen and improve communities across Lake Tahoe, Lotshaw said.

While no events are scheduled for the North Shore through the end of the year — despite topics in 2015 covering both shores — Lotshaw doesn’t want to preclude the notion.

“We’re actively looking for topics of interest on the North Shore where there would be an audience engaged in those topics,” he said. “We’ll do everything in our power to make that conversation happen.”

The events scheduled for the first half of 2016 haven’t secured locations, Lotshaw added.

Should scheduled talks have a significant relevance within the North Shore community, Lotshaw said he wants to hear from Incline Village, Kings Beach, Tahoe City and other North Shore residents in order to make arrangements.

“That would be a huge help for us to bring the right conversation matter,” he said.

TRPA touts the talks as an opportunity to address issues impacting Lake Tahoe residents.

From making the region safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, to protecting Tahoe’s natural environment, the talks are free and open to the public. Lunches run from noon to 1:30 p.m.

“We encourage everyone who wants to share or discuss new ideas that we can bring to Lake Tahoe to attend a Tahoe Talk,” said Karen Fink, coordinating planner at TRPA. “We would also like to get ideas for specific topics of interest from the community.”