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Lodging advocate running for City Council

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association board member said Thursday he’ll run for City Council.

Pete MacRoberts, who runs the Viking Lodge, was applauded after announcing his campaign at the group’s monthly meeting.

“I have given much thought to the future of South Lake Tahoe over the past few months,” he told the audience at Mulligan’s. “Now is the time for new leadership. Now is the time to forge new directions for our city.”

MacRoberts has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1993, when he took over the management of the Viking Lodge at Stateline. Besides serving on the Lodging Association board for two terms, he’s been a member of the South Shore Transportation Management Association.

MacRoberts believes his “life experiences, career knowledge and concern for the economic success of the city” will be helpful. He criticized the way the city budget has been handled and singled out the management of retirement funds as being “in a state of confusion.”

Three council seats come up for election in November. They’re held by Mayor Brooke Laine, Hal Cole and Bill Crawford.

Crawford said he has no intention of running again because of his age.

“I’m 68 and too old for this,” he said.

Laine and Cole have not yet announced whether they will seek re-election. “I’m concentrating on the budget process,” Laine said.

The only other candidate to emerge so far is Stephen Reinhard, who advocates raising the city’s transient occupancy tax to 13 percent to help cure a $2 million deficit.

His petition drive to place a TOT hike on the ballot is opposed by Lodging Association members, who fear increasing the tax will impact tourism. The City Council is considering its own revenue-boosting initiative, which could include a smaller room tax increase.

The filing date for the Nov. 5 election opens July 15 and closes in August. The new council will be sworn in Dec. 10.


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