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6 will run for 2 council seats

Susan Wood

The race for South Lake Tahoe City Council is set.

The deadline to file for candidacy came and went Wednesday – with at least one last-minute surprise to go along with those known to be interested in running in the Nov. 2 election.

Six candidates are vying for the two, 4-year seats to be vacated by Mayor Tom Davis and Councilwoman Judy Brown.

South Shore attorney Bruce Grego joins Harveys Resort Casino table games supervisor Pat Frega and restaurateur Mike Weber in filing to run.

The three men will enter the race with recreational enthusiast Stephen Reinhard, El Dorado County boat patrol officer Jeff Williams and retired lawyer Ted Long.

“I think it’s been a good turnout,” City Clerk Susan Alessi said Wednesday.

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Candidate filings appear to follow a trend that match the number of seats with candidates running.

In 2002 and 1998, nine candidates ran for three seats.

When Davis and Brown ran in 2000, six candidates ran for two seats – like this year.

Voters have until Oct. 18 to register. Forms are available at the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Among items on this year’s candidate platforms – Reinhard wants to focus on parks programs, and Williams vows for fiscal responsibility in the city. Long has pledged to go back to the basics of government in restoring citizens’ confidence in it.

Beyond the budget, numerous issues that affect the city will face the two incoming council members.

They must balance the budget every year. They will make critical decisions on how to address the future of redevelopment – which may or may not include building a convention center on a 17-acre parcel near Stateline.

They will need to tackle the perplexing situation of traffic, which worsens with the explosive growth occurring between Sacramento and the West Slope of El Dorado County. Incoming council members will also decide on the role of the Lake Tahoe Airport.

Looking over the next four years, council members are sure to see items affecting the development of the “Y” area – also known as Tahoe Valley.

The city may also address ways to convert motels to affordable housing complexes.

Moreover, the recently released South Lake Tahoe Fire Safe Plan will require workshops, education and changes for property owners.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com