Group seeking diversity |

Group seeking diversity

A group that aims to breathe new life into South Shore’s middle class says it plans to diversify itself by offering memberships that don’t require a $100 fee.

Tahoe Tomorrow, formed in May by a group of longtime residents, plans to make memberships available through scholarships and to people who commit a certain amount of time to the organization.

The organization wants to be a group of action that helps diversify South Shore’s tourist-dependent economy. A more diverse economy, its says, will create more high-paying jobs and invigorate the middle class.

“Overwhelmingly positive are the words I’m getting back from the community,” said Dennis Crabb, 55, an attorney and member of the group’s steering committee. “But they also have concerns about inclusiveness and diversity. They aren’t saying ‘Don’t do this,’ they’re saying ‘Make sure you get a board representative of the community.'”

The $100 membership fee provided the money necessary to start the nonprofit group, Crabb said. The group has about 60 paid members.

Tomorrow met earlier this month for dinner at Lake Tahoe Community College to submit nominations for its board of directors. Ballots will be mailed out this week and are due by Dec. 24.

Crabb said he expects a board will be chosen after the new year and serve for one year to get the group going. Board members will choose five additional board members to serve alongside them to increase the diversity of the initial board.

“It’s very difficult to get a diversity with folks who want to reach out,” Crabb said. “The initial set of folks were already involved in the community.”

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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