Austin Sass, Ted Long receive lodging endorsement |

Austin Sass, Ted Long receive lodging endorsement

Elaine Goodman

The South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association last week endorsed Austin Sass and Ted Long in the race for two City Council seats.

Of the six candidates, Sass and Long were the two who best understood the South Shore’s tourism-based economy as well as other key issues such as affordable housing, said Jerry Bindel, lodging association president.

Other candidates did not display the same understanding of the community’s dependence on tourism, which makes up 80 percent of the local economy, Bindel said.

Sass and Long “across the board, kept the balance that the lodging association is looking for,” Bindel said.

Also at last week’s meeting, the lodging association agreed to donate $1,000 each to the two candidates’ campaigns.

The lodging association doesn’t always make an endorsement in City Council races, Bindel said, but felt it was critical to do so this year with the economy in a downturn.