City: Council candidate owes South Lake Tahoe money |

City: Council candidate owes South Lake Tahoe money

Susan Wood

Restaurant owner Mike Weber, who is running for South Lake Tahoe City Council, will take up government business as early as today.

At issue is Weber’s lease between the city and Chase’s Bar & Grill, an eatery at the city-run Lake Tahoe Airport that Weber plans to sell to a Granite Bay couple.

The sale, which is in escrow, requires written city approval and resolution on back rent and utilities before the lease is reassigned to another party. The proposed lessees, Samuel and Esther Ahn, want to expand the menu into fish and chips.

“A further condition of the assignment of the lease is the payment in full of all outstanding monies owed by Mr. Weber to the city of South Lake Tahoe,” City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo wrote in the council report. The matter has made the council agenda, which starts at 9 a.m.

Weber said Monday that he believes the alleged $14,500 the city is asking for could end up being a quarter of that amount. He declined to elaborate.

The businessman rents the space for $500 a month.

The city acknowledged in its report that it owns $12,245 in restaurant equipment Weber is now using. Items range from bar stools and tables to toasters and a coffee maker.

Before the transfer of the lease can go forward, the city seeks a listing of assets from the Ahns, proof of liability insurance, a financial statement, credit references and a proposed business plan. The Ahns estimate their restaurant will bring in about $50,000 in the first year of operation, the city report reads. They have operated restaurants in Stockton, Fullerton and Granite Bay.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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