Senator Feinstein to make two appearances in area this weekend |

Senator Feinstein to make two appearances in area this weekend

Fresh from her appearances at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles this week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will be appearing at two events in the Truckee-Tahoe area this weekend.

Feinstein is expected to talk about current issues relevant to North Shore residents at Saturday’s Tahoe Forum.

The Sierra Nevada College event invites nationally renowned public figures to address the public. Speakers in the past have included President Gerald Ford, presidential candidate Steven Forbes and Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“I think her comments will be right on target for the community,” said William Stepp, vice president of institutional advancement at the college.

Once again the Sierra Nevada Associates have sponsored the event, free to the public.

“The college believes in promoting intellectual curiosity at all levels,” Stepp said about the forums.

Feinstein will be addressing the public at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort’s Lakeside Ballroom at 2 p.m. Saturday. The doors open at 1:40 p.m., and seating is very limited.

Feinstein is sandwiching the North Shore visit between the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles and campaigning for re-election.

“This will not be a campaign speech or a fund-raiser,” said Susan Ritter, college spokeswoman. “She will be talking about the environment, the economy and quality of life issues.”

Feinstein led the state’s effort to pass the California Desert Protection Act. She also has helped bring agencies together to preserve 7,500 acres of redwoods in California’s Headwaters Forest.

Ritter added that Feinstein has a lot of bipartisan support.

“When I tell people she’s going to be here people might say they’re Republican but they like what she stands for,” said Ritter.

For information on the Tahoe Forum, call (775) 831-1314.

Feinstein will also be the keynote speaker at the League to Save Lake Tahoe Awards Dinner Saturday at Plumpjack Inn, Squaw Valley.

“We are delighted that our members will have an opportunity to hear Senator Feinstein speak since she is such a strong advocate for the protection of Lake Tahoe,” said Rochelle Nason, executive director of the League.

The Annual Meeting of the League starts at 4 p.m. and the guest speaker is Dr. Charles Goldman, Director of the UC Davis Tahoe Research Group. This presentation is free to the public.

Sen. Feinstein will be speaking during dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $55, payable to the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

For more information, call the League office at (530) 541-5388.

On Nov. 16, 1999, Sen. Feinstein introduced the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which would authorize $200 million over 10 years to implement restoration projects on federal lands. The bill also provides an additional authorization of $100 million over 10 years as payments to local governments for erosion control activities. State and local governments have already pledged to spend $300 million each to restore the basin.

The U.S. Senate will consider the bill in September.

Feinstein was first elected to the U.S. Senate on Nov. 4, 1992, and has served on three Senate committees. This year Feinstein returned to the Appropriations Committee after a four-year absence.

She also serves as chair of the Senate Cancer Coalition and vice chair of the National Dialogue on Cancer, and was instrumental in promoting the Breast Cancer postage stamp.

Feinstein was the first woman to be San Francisco’s mayor and the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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