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— South Lake Tahoe

Supe wants input on Internet access

El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago is requesting residents of Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County wanting DSL service to contact her with specific reasons why they want the high-speed Internet option.

Santiago wants to use the information to help bargain with AT&T officials when she meets with them later this month. The county board of supervisors is not meeting with AT&T officials in a closed session as previously reported.

Specifics are requested, such as if DSL service will help those who are visually or hearing impaired, run a home-based business or to upload certain reports or videos for work.

A campaign to bring the high-speed Internet service to county areas has been started by Patti Handal, a resident of Mountain View Estates near North Upper Truckee Road.

Santiago can be contacted via e-mail at bosfive@co.el-dorado.ca.us. She requested those who do send e-mails include their physical address. The deadline for the e-mails is Aug. 18.

— South Lake Tahoe

Web site to help with recovered property

A Web site announced a deal with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department in auctioning unreturned, found, seized and other personal property recovered by the department.

Propertyroom.com auctions off seized and forfeited goods from more than 700 law enforcement agencies. “The task of any police room is to move items as quickly as possible,” said Tom Lane, founder and chairman of the site. “Propertyroom.com will enable the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to better manage their storage space and consolidate resources.”

— Sacramento

License plate clears another hurdle

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is one step closer toward having the authority to seek its own license plate after the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill on Monday.

Assembly Bill 84 is authored by Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City.

“The Sierra Conservancy plate – much like the Tahoe, Yosemite and Whale Tale plates – will allow Californians to support and celebrate another of the Golden State’s magnificent and prized natural resources – the Sierra Nevada,” said Leslie. “It will also provide much needed funding for the Sierra without costing taxpayers a dime.”

If the special plates receive full approval, California drivers will be able to acquire them for an additional $50 initially, and then $40 per year for renewal. Funds generated by the plates will go to Sierra projects via the new Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Leslie created the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in 2004 with Assemblyman John Laird, who is joint-author of AB 84.

If the Sierra Nevada license plate is approved, the Department of Motor Vehicles would begin issuing plates only after 7,500 plates are reserved. Numerous Sierra based organizations are already working to sign up potential buyers. Those who desire to pre-register for the plate can do so at http://www.sierraconservancy.org or http://www.sierrafund.org.

AB 84 now needs to be approved by the full Senate and Assembly before being sent to the Governor for final approval, Leslie said.

In 1993, Leslie authored the bill that created the special Lake Tahoe license plate. In addition to highlighting Lake Tahoe, sales of the plate have generated $6 million for Tahoe-related projects over the past decade.