News Briefs: Rent control; chamber meetings; business expo; city budget meeting |

News Briefs: Rent control; chamber meetings; business expo; city budget meeting

Staff reports

After negotiations Thursday, Newport Pacific Capital Co. and residents of the Tahoe Verde mobile home park verbally agreed to a limit on rent control. The company owns the mobile home park.

Tahoe Verde Community Council spokesman Mike Gwin said both parties verbally agreed to a rent-increase limit of between 2 percent and 5 percent.

The agreement will be in place until Dec. 31, 2009, or until the property is subdivided. Newport Pacific is proposing a subdivision of the property into parcels so mobile home owners may choose to purchase the land they now occupy. For residents who want to continue renting their lots, California rental laws then would control rent.

“It’s a hollow victory, because it won’t affect us when the subdivision goes through,” Gwin said. “The agreement does offer residents a form of protection for a little while.”

Gwin said the rental paperwork will be worked out in the next few days. The agreement will be discussed Tuesday at the South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting.

The South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce will host a board meeting featuring two guest speakers today.

The speakers include Doug Ose, who is running for the 4th District congressional seat, and Steve Bailey, who is running to replace retiring South Lake Tahoe Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpine Room at the Horizon Casino Resort.

For more information, call (530) 542-5060, or visit the chamber’s new office at 2572 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 3.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce will host a town forum for all South Shore businesses.

The forum will allow business representatives to talk to government officials. Attendees will include El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago and county Economic Development Officer Sam Driggers, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Mike Weber, City Manager David Jinkens, city Economic Development Coordinator Camden Collins and TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan.

Officials and business representatives will form small groups to inform government representatives about business conditions and suggest improvements.

The town forum will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tahoe Seasons, 3901 Saddle Road.

For more information, visit, or call (530) 544-5050, ext. 229, or (775) 588-1728, ext. 301.

A second forum with Douglas County officials will occur later in the year.

Local businesses will have a chance to learn about green products and services available in the region at the Tahoe Business Expo, scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. March 21 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

In addition to providing an opportunity to mingle with other businesspeople, the expo will feature a Green University, with presentations on topics related to environment and business.

Admission is $10; members of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce will receive two free tickets to the event.

Those wishing to reserve a booth should contact the chamber at (775) 588-1728. The deadline for booth registration is Friday; booths are assigned on a first-paid basis.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to share information with the public on the city’s budget. The meeting will include the showing of a video, “South Lake Tahoe Budget 101,” followed by a presentation by the city finance director and a question-and-answer session.

The meeting will take place in the council chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

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