Twelfth Annual Lake Tahoe Summit on South Shore draws politicos |

Twelfth Annual Lake Tahoe Summit on South Shore draws politicos

Senator Dianne Feinstein was casually dressed in khaki pants and a fleece vest.

Arnold was M.I.A. with a torn meniscus injury, Dianne could barely walk, but the 12th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit offered up a healthy financial dose for the restoration of Lake Tahoe. What was billed as a co-hosted event at the Valhalla Estate by Feinstein and Schwarzenegger turned out to be hosted by United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), as Arnold called to cancel early Saturday morning on his way to see the doctor.

Feinstein was also a member of the walking wounded, as she told the audience she had twisted her ankle hiking the picturesque Rubicon Trail the day before and was hobbling around (the following Monday after a doctors exam she learned she had in fact broken her ankle). She still managed in true fighter form to conduct the summit with opening remarks as well as introducing the speakers. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada was on hand as was the recently in the news Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons. Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne flew in to ceremoniously sign the $140 million bill under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act Round Nine. The bill gives the proceeds from the federal land sales around Las Vegas to projects throughout the state of Nevada, as well as to the entire Lake Tahoe Basin. After a short intermission six speakers addressed issues that pose a threat to the overall health of Lake Tahoe: the need for hazardous fuel reduction, global warming, and the most recent: detrimental invasive and introduced species at Lake Tahoe.

The good news is that our politicians realize what a jewel Lake Tahoe is, and they are committed to keeping the Lakes clarity and environmental health a top priority. Many from Truckee and the North Shore made the trip down to the other side of the Lake to participate in the summit. Some of those seen hob knobbing with other politicos included Larry Sevison, Jan Brisco representing The Lakefront Homeowners Association, Theresa May Duggan, TRPAs Julie Regan and John Singlaub, League to Save Lake Tahoe Executive Director Rochelle Nason, NLTRA CEO Steve Teshara and wife Penny, Jan Colyer, Lisa Dobey, Truckee mayor Barbara Green, Truckee Town Council members Josh Susman and Carolyn Wallace Dee, Colleen and Art Chapman, League to Save Lake Tahoe Board chair Anne Harper, Ron Parson, Dave Antonucci, Kranz field deputy Collier Cook, 5th District Supervisor candidate Jennifer Montgomery, TCPUD GM Cindy Gustafson, Ralph Coppola of Chinquapin, Ed Miller, JMA Exec Vice President David Tirman, TRPA board chair Mara Bresnick, and Betty and Rick Brown.

In her spare time Vicki Kahn sells real estate with Prudential CA Realty in Tahoe City. She can be emailed at

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