News briefs: Shoreline plan input, Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day and more |

News briefs: Shoreline plan input, Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day and more


The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is seeking community input at two upcoming workshops to help guide creation of a Shoreline Plan that protects Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline and enhances recreational access to the lake.

The shoreline is where most residents and millions of visitors interact with Lake Tahoe. The Shoreline Plan aims to balance use of structures like piers, buoys, and marinas with protecting the environment and ensuring recreational access to the lake.

Community workshops on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Nov. 3, offer an opportunity for the public to share input for the Shoreline Plan as part of the inclusive, open planning process.

“Our goal is for the Shoreline Plan to reach consensus on complex issues related to shoreline access, diversity of users, and environmental protection,” said Brandy McMahon, principal planner at TRPA who is helping lead the planning process. “We are working with a broad range of agencies and shoreline stakeholder groups and certainly want to hear from the general public as well.”

The Shoreline Plan will be developed over the next two years and will draw on significant community input and rigorous scientific study to create updated standards and regulations for shoreline structures such as piers, buoys, and boat ramps. The plan aims to address recreational access, marinas, boating, permitting processes, low lake water levels, and environmental effects on the lake.

Because the Lake Tahoe Basin has a mix of shoreline ownership and is world-renowned for its water clarity and natural beauty, agreed-upon standards for structures such as piers, buoys, and boat ramps have historically been challenging to attain.

TRPA is working with the public and organizations and agencies around the lake to build consensus on balancing the environment and recreation access, and these upcoming community workshops are an important opportunity for public input. To learn more about the Shoreline Plan or sign up for information about upcoming meetings, visit


South Lake Tahoe’s own classic rock band, Drought Relief, can be heard at Lakeside Inn and Casino’s The Tavern on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 9:45 p.m.

The cover band, influenced by artists from the 1960s and ‘70s, is comprised of vocalist and guitarist Ron Blum, guitarist Torg Hallin, bassist Todd Christensen and AJ Steed on drums.

“With over 100 years of combined musical expertise, these guys aim to make you look at some of the best classic rock in a new light,” states Drought Relief’s Facebook page.

“With dancy jams like ‘Miss You’ by The Rolling Stones, and their version of ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles, to heavy hitters like Led Zeppelin, Billy Idol, Weezer, The Who, Bill Withers, Green Day, and many, many, many more,” according to the Facebook page.

Drought Relief formed in 2011 and often plays at local watering holes such as The Beacon Bar and Grill, Cabo Wabo Cantina and Edgewood Tahoe.

They play The Tavern at Lakeside Inn and Casino on Saturday, Sept. 10.

“Live once again at the place it all started, Drought Relief will be bringing the tunes you love to dance to, and the fun that you love to have,” states the Facebook event page.

“Join us to hear them put their stamp on great classic rock tunes,” states the venue’s website.

For more information, visit or find Drought Relief on Facebook.

Lakeside Inn and Casino is located at 168 Highway 50 in Stateline.

— Lake Tahoe Action


South Lake Tahoe will be the site of the California Association of Public Cemetery (CAPC) annual Education Seminar. CAPC is a statewide association of Public Cemetery Districts whose purpose is to promote the development and governance of Public Cemetery Districts in California.

The seminar will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, and Friday, Oct. 8, at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. Friday’s meeting will begin with a presentation by the Honorable Wendy Davis, Mayor of South Lake Tahoe. Mayor Davis will welcome and introduce attendees to the City of South Lake Tahoe. This will be followed by a featured cemetery, Temecula Public Cemetery District, which will be presented by Joe Sands, Foreman.

Should there be any comments or questions, the CAPC office may be contacted at 888-344-9858.

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