Lake Tahoe Collaborative

April 8, 2013

Minutes

 

 

  1. 1.  Welcome
  2. Approve March Minutes

 

2.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library. Storytimes have been great. They are gearing up for summer reading club.

b. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado. Tentative information on Dental Van: MOUs have gone through with LTUSD. The first 2 weeks the van will be at the Al Tahoe Child Development Center, then other elementary school sites, see Item “x,” below for Dental Van schedule and contact information.

c. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. She brought a box of “Health and Wellness Directories”. She handed out the “Moms Morning Out” postcards. There will be a 50th anniversary Community Celebration on June 29th, see flyer.

d. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates El Dorado. CASA will have a spring training on May 2 at the court house, see flyer.

e. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center. JTC is still recruiting and hiring. They have had a couple new people start.

f. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. They are wrapping up their winter snowboard programs and planning summer activities. They are currently recruiting for volunteers, tpapandrea@sosoutreach.org.

g. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are now mentoring in Douglas County which will officially start July 1. The Drug Store project was successful. Commissioner Sullivan joined the Child Abuse Prevention Council. The Champions for Children event is to honor champions, there will be a social worker appreciation luncheon, and David Love  will be the keynote speaker, “Parenting in 2013” on April 25th 12-4pm at Blue Angel Cafe. Leadership Lake Tahoe is taking applications, due in June. The Drug Free Coalition has submitted their grant application.

h. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health. No updates.

i. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health. No updates.

j. Kristin Hunt, Tahoe Turning Point. They will host an open house with a tour of their drug lab and Q&A, April 25th 5:30pm-7pm, 2400 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Ste B2, see flyer.

k. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. April is Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention month. They have partnered with Escobar Training and City South Lake Tahoe for free self-defense classes, see: http://liveviolencefree.org/ . The annual Bowl a Thon is coming up. Clothesline Project, where everyone makes a t-shirt and then there are three seminars for people to draw on them then they hang outside the office. Schedule: T-shirt making: April 11 9a-12p, Workshops: April 19 9a-2p and April 24 9a-3p at 2941 Lake Tahoe Bl. CAP-C is engaging more men in the community and as the voices of the community.

l. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. They are closing out their fiscal year. Sequestration has the potential to affect childcare, so they’re holding on for more information.  “Day of The Young Child” needs sponsors, see sponsorship forms and participant forms. The event is June 15.

m. Tara Styer, Mobility Manager with Tahoe Transportation District. Her focus is on promoting access to transportation to those with disabilities and low income. She will be recruiting for the general public to join her in this effort.

n. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. Today is the first day of the spring quarter, so registration is this entire week. There have been state financial problems and regulations that are affecting us. June 1 there will be a community visioning to evaluate all LTCC programs and see where they need to keep programs and where they can cut back.  She’ll have more details next month. SB 329, the “Good Neighbor Policy” may be restored to extend the CA tuition rates to Nevada residents.

o. Kristi Boosman, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Continue to implement RPU and working on Area Plans with local communities. Earth Day Event April 30th, TRPA Staff family, friends, planting 500 sugar pine saplings at Zephyr cove Park 2-5pm.

p. Cory Ritchie, volunteer coach with Girls on the Run. They strive to instill joy, health, and confidence in their members. “Girls on the Run” has programs at Tahoe Valley Elementary, Sierra House Elementary, and Bijou Elementary. They have 38 girls attending and training.

q. Peter Bostic, Director of Institutional Planning and Advancement, Lake Tahoe Community College, bostic@ltcc.edu . No updates

r. Karen Houser, Boys and Girls Club. BGC is giving out two scholarships to graduating members. They will start taking registration for summer programs and next school year beginning Monday April 15th. They will be open for summer programs for 10 weeks. They will host a “Spaghetti Feed” fundraiser on April 18th, cost is $5. You may purchase in advance and at the door. The “Spirit of Spring” fundraiser with Southern Wine and Spirits will be at Edgewood 7p-9:30p Tues May 14th, the cost is $40.

s. Laurie Limas, El Dorado County Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Programs. Her office is in Placerville and she also serves South Lake Tahoe. She is working with post-partum women, women with children up to age 17, and women who want to reunify with their children. She is working with public health nursing staff for referrals, see handouts. She works with women on case managing, transportation, taking them to doctor’s appointments, taking women to see their children—-anything that adds extra support to women who are serious about their recovery. She primarily works with women who are in transition between support services.

t. Veronica Strauss, Children’s Health Initiative. We help families find a provider (vision, medical, dental). We are in changing times of health care now. MediCal is taking over previous programs. People are scared they are losing “Healthy Families”. Parents will have health insurance along with their children. There will be a lot more paperwork to fill out. And, income and family size determines out of pocket costs per month. Our goal is to help people feel empowered.

u. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension (not in attendance, emailed in the update).  She is attending the UC Agricultural and Natural Resources State Conference this week where she will learn more about their vision. Next week she will be done with the first round of youth education at Tahoe Valley (total of 5 teachers grades K-5). She will start a new round on the 22nd with 5 new teachers grade K-3. She graduated 5 adult participants at Live Violence Free. She started 3 new adult classes last week, 1 at FRC on Fridays (total of 20 new adult students). She finished youth education K-5 grades at FRC (Cristina Luquin teaches K-3 and she does 4-5). They are planning to continue youth education in the summer as well as a 6-8 year old and an adult buddy workshop (6 workshops total English and Spanish). She has finished 2-3 grade classes at Boys and Girls Al Tahoe site and will be done with 2nd grade at Bijou after vacation. Next she will be working with 4-5 grade Al Tahoe site and 3rd grade at the Bijou site.

v. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. “Community Service Team” meetings will be held April 25th in Al Tahoe, Bijou Pines, and Pioneer Village at the Recreation Center. The “Citizens Academy” starts on Tuesday. They are two hour sessions for six weeks in a row. The goal is to create a more informed and active citizenry. Contact Tina Shannon at: 542-6016 to enroll. They are in the middle of hiring for senior management staff. They are looking to hire a Public Works Director, Administrative Services Director, and Attorney. They have been able to bring in new firefighters and police officers, so those departments have more staffing. Next month, she’d like you all to get the City App on your Smartphones. It will be helpful for you during construction season. Public Works will attend next month’s meeting to share a construction news for the summer. The City has new policies for facilities rentals at Bijou Park, Lakeview Commons, and Regan Beach. Call Lauren Thomaselli at 542-6058 for more information. City Council will be in force in Sacramento tomorrow on SB630.

w. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District & Tahoe Magic. Susan Baker is retiring and Karen Tinlin will be the Mt. Tallac High School principal. Marilyn Pawling retiring at South Tahoe High School and Pat Harnett will be taking her place. Mark Romagnolo is retiring at Tahoe Valley. New principals will be hired for Bijou, Tahoe Valley, and the Environmental Science Magnet School.

Tahoe Magic provides crisis funding for families (rent, electricity, etc.). Contact Wendy, davidwendylou@aol.com

x. Rick Alford, First 5 El Dorado (not in attendance, emailed in the update). The Dental Van will be in Tahoe from April 29 to at least June 15th (Day of the Young Child).
From April 29 – May 10 it will be at Al Tahoe and will be providing services to children 0-5.
Julie Day will be working with the District’s School Nurse, Margaret McKean to put together a plan to take the Dental Van to the Elementary Schools in the District.  If anyone has questions about how to schedule an appointment for a child at the Dental Van, please call (855) 341-3330.

 

3. Special Update: Special Update: Law Enforcement Panel, “Issues Confronting Youth”

Steve Heggen, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, El Dorado County, (530) 573-3081,   

     steve.heggen@edcgov.us

Lt. Pete Van Arnum, El Dorado County Sheriff, (530) 573-3000, vanarnup@edso.org

Chief Brian Uhler, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, (530) 542-6100,

     buhler@cityofslt.us

 

INTRODUCTIONS:

Chief Brian Uhler, South Lake Tahoe Police Department. He is happy to have been in South Lake Tahoe for over two years. Today, he has a better sense of what’s happening in community than the last time he was at the LTC.

 

Lt. Pete Van Arnum, El Dorado County Sheriff. They have been working with the school district on security. They have hired a security consultant to look at ways to improve safety/security and for the schools to coordinate with the fire department, Barton, the police department so they can improve event response. This is a long range plan and they realize society is different now, so all parties need to be prepared.

 

Steve Heggen, El Dorado County Probation. Probation has been using evidence based practices, which means they need to prove their worth to the community. Sally Williams has been hired to provide direct educational services to the kids. He doesn’t see the good kids in the community.

 

ISSUES CONFRONTING YOUTH:

Chief Brian Uhler:

  • The South Lake Tahoe Police      Department Officers are seeing designer drugs: bath salts, spice, molly      (derivative of ecstasy) in South Lake Tahoe. Some kids have been taken to the      hospital from using them.
  • City Council has made it illegal      to possess these drugs. There will be a “Prescription Drug Takeback      Program,” for the proper disposal of expired, unused, unwanted      prescriptions on April 27th 10-2pm at Safeway, 1020 Johnson      Blvd.
  • Marijuana continues to be most commonly      abused drug in our city.
  • The South Lake Tahoe Police Department      and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District have strengthened their partnership      to conduct unannounced administrative searches with officers and canines.  The searches are meant to be a deterrent.      This has been successful and they’ve made some cases and arrests as a      result.
  • The Drug Store Project, completed      last Tuesday, is a partnership which builds awareness and prevention in an      effort to teach 6th graders about choices.
  • They are working on truancy. It      now includes daytime accountability and evening curfews. Many citations      are being issued and parents and children are noting this added enforcement      tool. This effort particularly targets kids found in the street and on repeat      offenders.
  • On the gangs and violence front,      they continue to see the presence of Norteños and      Sureños gangs in      schools. Some of gangbangers are recruiting mentally challenged kids in the      middle school.  The police      department is not fully knowledgeable about the motives behind this.
  • April 12, there will be a drill      at the South Tahoe High School to mimic a school shooting.
  • On a side note, there are some      common threads in the community as a whole. They are trying to figure out      new funding for the police department. They conducted community surveys to      ask how the community should shoulder new costs. The community perceives      that the tourists should shoulder the costs, as they are the ones that      come here and rely more heavily on the police department’s services and      since they are the ones being arrested. Chief Uhler looked up “Who do we      arrest?” He asked the records supervisor to query all 2012 arrests and where      people live. He learned that 90% of the 2012 arrests were locals!

 

Lt. Pete Van Arnum:

  • School safety is a concern for      the county. In the school safety planning meetings, they have involved      kids in the planning and they’re gleaning great information from them. They      are building relationships with youth and gleaning information on what’s      happening with them and their peers. They are meeting every week with law      enforcement agencies and the planner. They will conduct a tour of each      school site to understand how to improve safety and security (including      installing cameras) and conducting dialogue with each teacher on how to      respond to a potential school shooting. They are trying to change the mindset      of teachers and administrators on how to react to an emergency, how to be      responsive to the alerts people give them, and to be more proactive.
  • They see the recruiting grounds for      gangs in the middle school.

 

Steve Heggen:

  • A topic he has pondered in the      last few days is, “What does it take for the kids to get to the Juvenile      Treatment Center?”
  • Recently, the police queried a      kid with a shaved head, tattoos, wife beater shirt, steel toed shoes and      not wearing a helmet. This child’s parent complained by coming to the office.      The police officer explained the situation from their perspective, that      the child is putting out signs out to the community that they represent “skin      head” values. The officer’s supervisor told the youth that he is      presenting himself to the community as a “skin head” and the kid did not      have a very supportive answer as to “Why?” The point is that the parent      is angry at the police.
  • A second incident happened as he      was walking through JC Penney’s. There was a kid in the shoe department      looking at red shoes. The parent said, “I don’t want you wearing red      tennis shoes”. The kid asked, “Why?”  The mom said, “I think this it is gang      related.” The parent spoke up and enforced the rules. Note: JC Penney’s      had two major shoe colors, red and blue.  23 pairs out of 50 shoes are gang related      and market to gangs. He was very pleased that the parent spoke up.
  • When he looks at kids, he asks,      “How do they get to be responsible?” and “How do they end up in the JTC?” The      JTC has a real problem with impacting kids with regard to where they come      from and where they are going. JTC takes a kid, put him in a 6 month      program and one month after leaving JTC they return. When JTC asks the      kid, “What happened?” the youth says they went back home and nothing      changed. He feels that the schools and community prevention have a pretty      good handle on things. But, societally, we need to make sure we are modeling      positive behavior and messages to kids. “What do adults present to them      and how do we expect them to behave?”

 

QUESTIONS:

Peter Bostic: There has been pressure to put more responsibility on administrators to be first responders, how do you feel?

Steve Heggen likes having a trained professional on campus. The students can interact with them and they act as positive role models. This also puts a first responder on site. It’s preventive and doesn’t allow a lot of issues to take place at the school.  

Lt. Pete Van Arnum: Concern he has is that the first responder will go toward the threat. If there is a person not in uniform walking around with a gun it will be problematic as a person may inadvertently hurt an innocent person.

Chief Brian Uhler: He doesn’t think more guns are the answer. Some things are uncontrollable.  The large number of potential victims is a concern at a school, so mobility and access to large numbers of kids are being looked at.

 

Wendy David: Are the raw amount of raw arrests increasing?

Chief Brian Uhler:  This year, the total number of arrests is down; but they are seeing an increase in crime. One reason could be that there are less arresting officers.

 

Angela Swanson: What types of crime?

Chief Brian Uhler: He thinks it’s across the board, especially UCR Part One crimes. Sexual and aggravated assaults are up. Statistically, for every increase in thefts, this equates to a homicide. They have implemented online reporting.

 

Tina Barna: As community members we are responsible to report what we see. Is the system changing to listen to these reports? After 9-11 at the parking lot at our office there was an interesting V-W that pulled up and put a reception disc on top of the vehicle. The staff called dispatch and were told not to worry about it. Was this the right place to report such a concern?

Lt. Pete Van Arnum: One of most common calls is a suspicious circumstance. In today’s world, dispatch should be sensitive to this. When it doesn’t feel right, it may not be, so call law enforcement. It’s their job to check it out.

 

Kathi Guerrero: A few issues struck her. She listened to a conservative talk radio segment this morning titled “Outrageous Comments.” One comment was, “Children should be the responsibility of the community.” The caller thought they’re the responsibility of the parents. So, as a community collaborative, how do we educate the parents and the community? How do we prepare people to trust their gut? How do we support our youth who have challenging mental health issues? If these kids are at risk and may not speak out, how do we provide support for the children? These are some community conversations LTC has the opportunities to talk about in the future.

Wendy David:  The Drug Free Communities Grant addresses these things.

Alissa Nourse: This (DFC) is a great forum and it’s growing and building momentum in South Lake Tahoe because these things are issues. Regarding how to intervene and be positive role models and fill the void for parents who don’t have these skills and won’t have these conversations, this is why we need PAL, mentoring programs-stationed at middle school and high school, etc. Should students have issues at the middle school, the presence of the mentor may open up conversation to inform an adult that things are happening there.

Steve Heggen: The middle school being a recruiting grounds for gangs is not new. We need to work with the parents to help them with information and trends.

Wendy David: If a kid gets caught with drugs at LTUSD, it’s an issue that the parent says, “No, not my kid.” Too many parents don’t want to acknowledge their children’s issues.

Lt. Pete Van Arnum: Kids see gangs as attractive if their older siblings or family members are involved.  Many youth who do not have relatives at home (after school or on weekends) attach to gangs as role models.

Chief Brian Uhler: Any adult that knows what is happening in a particular family should try to intervene.

Wendy David: We should talk more with LTUSD about the list of kids that could use support.

Steve Heggen: Most kids have had intervention prior to going to juvenile treatment. Most kids have had multiple connections with a School Resource Officer and an agency. For the kids that get through to juvenile treatment—these are the kids that need more services, time, and programs. Middle schoolers are impressionable and the gangs recruit there.

 

Wendy: Thank you for having his conversation with us today.

 

  1. 4.    2:30 PM Adjourn

 

  1. 5.    2:30PM Drug Free Communities Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue

 

  1. 6.    Next Lake Tahoe Collaborative meeting May 13 , 2013

     1-2:30pm 1100 Lyons Avenue

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