California’s city leaders in South Lake Tahoe |

California’s city leaders in South Lake Tahoe

Susan Wood

The League of California Cities will get a glimpse of life at Lake Tahoe’s only incorporated city tonight and Friday.

South Lake Tahoe hosts the Sacramento-based government advocacy group at Embassy Suites. The reception starts at 6 p.m.

The conference opens with a welcoming from Mayor Kathay Lovell to be followed by the narrative history “Tales of Tahoe” by longtime U.S. Forest Service ranger Don Lane. Attendees can expect a bit of whimsy. The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit forester, historian and author is known to spin a tale or two about living in paradise.

As for the hard line of issues, the League will cover the emerging culture of the telecommunications industry and its impact on local governments on Friday. The telecom world – including hard-line phone companies, cellular firms, Internet purveyors and cable providers – is undergoing a battle over the control of those access lines to millions of prospective customers.

City governments have to consider the franchise agreements they have with those entities to maintain public access channels and public rights-of-way.

“We have to make sure the public interest is protected,” League spokeswoman Megan Taylor said.

During lunch, 35 representatives from cities around the state will get an education on the role of the California Tahoe and Sierra Nevada conservancies.

Afterward, they’ll ride the Heavenly Gondola and hear a presentation about redevelopment efforts by manager Gene Palazzo.

“That’s something we certainly want to show off,” Mayor Kathay Lovell said of redevelopment Wednesday. “I think we can tell a story that, of course these projects have their challenges, but in the end, there’s a success story at the end of the tunnel.”

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