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Tahoe Tomorrow board set

A group that aims to expand the middle class at South Shore while injecting life into its economy has elected its final five members to its board.

Tahoe Tomorrow’s 15-member board of directors will be rounded out by Blaise Carrig, Heavenly Ski Resort’s chief operating officer; Cristi Creegan, an attorney who is a specialist in nonprofit environmental work; Coleen Shade, a shorezone planner at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Delicia Spees, executive director at the Family Resource Center; and Melodie Ulman, co-owner of Freshies restaurant.

Five of the 15 seats on the board were temporarily left unfilled in an effort to create a more diverse group of leaders for Tomorrow. The 10 board members nominated and then elected people to fill the remaining seats. The nominees were chosen from the membership of Tomorrow, which is about 90 people.

Spees is a Latino who has lived at South Shore for 29 years. She has raised three children here.

“They’ve got to represent the Latino community, since we are one-third of the community. I would figure that’s the reason I’m (on the board),” Spees said.

Years ago, Spees said, it was reasonable to raise a family here. Today it’s not.

“I thought it was one of the best places to bring up a family. I think that’s changing,” Spees said. “I think we’re losing the middle class and it’s sad.”

As a member of Tomorrow’s board, Spees said she hopes to act as a bridge between the Latino and Anglo communities.

“Part of the reason this group is so important is that we don’t want to lose the Latino community,” Spees said. “I’m hoping they will be able to educate me and I will be able to educate them how to best to connect those two (communities).”

The next board meeting will be in early February to discuss how to organize four task force committees. The committees will work to “maintain a healthy environment; improve our tourist economy; develop a diversified economy; and become an all-American city.”

The board also is scheduled to meet March 1 at the Lake Tahoe Community College to discuss its action plan for the next 18 months. Soon after the March meeting, the entire membership of Tomorrow, which by then is expected to be more than 100, will meet and be asked to choose which task force they want to work on.

“I was very excited when Dave Childs called me to tell me I was accepted to the board,” Creegan said. “This organization is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

Creegan said South Shore needs to figure out ways to sustain its community.

“Tahoe is lucky,” Creegan said. “It has Carson, Minden and Gardnerville, so the working class can go down there. But no one should have to do that.”

It costs $100 to join Tahoe Tomorrow, but the fee could be waived if it is not affordable or if someone agrees to commit a certain amount of time to the organization. The fee is used as start-up money for the nonprofit group.

For more information, call Jeff Tillman at (530) 542-8300.

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