Lake Tahoe governing agency lays off eight |

Lake Tahoe governing agency lays off eight

LAKE TAHOE – Eight people lost their jobs with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Friday and 12 others will see their positions change in an effort to avoid a $1.3 million deficit.

“While losing our valued colleagues is difficult, we are facing a perfect budget storm of reduced revenues, state cuts, and increased legal expenses,” TRPA executive director Joanne Marchetta said, according to a statement. “We must position the agency for survival and ultimately success in today’s challenging economic climate.”

The changes include reducing the number of planners due to a decline in permit fee revenues, restructuring the Regional Plan Update team and eliminating the shorezone program implementation team because of a recent court decision which invalidated the agency’s 2008 ordinances.

While cost savings is a major factor in this second reorganization phase, the agency also needs to streamline operations, flatten management structure and adjust priorities to reflect key goals, according to TRPA.

Another five people lost their jobs with the agency in June. At the time, the people cut were the remaining employees in the TRPA’s planning and evaluation branch, Spokeswoman Julie Regan told the Tribune in June.

Over the last three years, the agency has also implemented salary freezes, work furloughs, travel and training cuts and the closure of its north shore office location.

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