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October 24, 2012
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Letter to the editor: Small businesses should be supported

I have a small business in the Alta Mira building. I feel that small businesses are being overlooked and their value is underestimated in this community. I have the option to relocate my business to Nevada if the California Tahoe Conservancy buys this building. While the conservancy is pursuing the purchase of this property and others in our community, I find it hard to believe that the conservancy board never once mentioned the small businesses that it could affect. The City Council member who sits on the conservancy board representing our community is Angela Swanson. I understand the proposed purchase is not based on the use of eminent domain. There are multiple owners of this building and I have heard most are willing to sell.

However, in my opinion, it would have been appropriate for Ms. Swanson to speak up on behalf of small business when the conservancy considered approving a purchase option. The Alta Mira is home to four local owner-operated businesses. We all should support small businesses in our community.

Shirlee Giacomelli

Shirlee's Hair Studio

South Lake Tahoe

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 24, 2012 05:48PM Published Oct 24, 2012 05:47PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.