Lake Tahoe Collaborative


Our Mission: The Lake Tahoe Collaborative (LTC) is a community strengthening group focused on building stability and resilience in our children and families.

June 9, 2014  Minutes

Annual Forum, South Tahoe High School

1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Fallen Leaf Room

12:00pm – 2:00pm

  1. 12:00pm Lunch Potluck lunch. Attendees will bring a potluck lunch item to share. Plates, napkins, utensils, cups and drinks will be provided.
  1. 12:30pm Welcome and Introductions
  2. 12:40pm Tahoe Prosperity Center Presentation“Community and Economic Prosperity Indicators”Jesse Walker,“B” Gorman: We can be doing better. How do we do this? How do we measure better? In 2006, the North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe Chambers worked on prosperity.  In our community, this is very challenging as there are 5 counties and 1 city. There was a struggle to find data. Even government entities and economic developers struggled.  They worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers and funded the Lake Tahoe Basin Sustainability Indicators Project. This was a lengthy process. They formed a steering committee from all sectors around the basin. Two consultants worked for two years. They engaged the community in workshops and asked them what data they wanted to collect. There were approximately 143 indicators to work through. Was the desired data accessible? Was it accessible at state level? Zip code level? One obstacle was that crimes are not reported the same in both states. A report was published at the end of 2010. By 2015 it will need to be updated.  Who will do the update?  The Tahoe Prosperity Center has taken on this project. They will be responsible to raise funds to update the plan. There is a small committee working on how to go forward.  There are new things going on that indicate new information will need to be collected.Jesse: He was born and raised in Tahoe. He is an alumnus of South Tahoe High. Currently, he is on the Board of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, involved in the Tahoe Mountain Lab, and he is an economist.  He looks at data in his daily work—trajectories of trends in the Tahoe Basin. It is challenging to collect uniform data. From the large list of ~143 potential indicators, the indicators list needed to be narrowed so the data is manageable, updateable, and the information collected can be benchmarked (collect the same data at set intervals so they are able to be compared).  The Community Indicators tell the story of the community.  See handout. He would suspect that grant writers will need this information.  Are there other indicators to include?“B”:  Are there things missing off the list?Theresa: Would like to see the graduation rate.“B”: Sustainability. Access to healthy food. Distance from convenience store vs. grocery store. What are the benefits of living here? We would expect to see a decrease in health issues here. What are the lung cancer rates? What does radon exposure look like?“B”: Payers for hospital services gets at this issue. This tells the story of private payers.Jesse: Yes, the base of the data will be ACS and census.  Unfortunately, issues aren’t consistent across geographic areas. This is a concern. While the answer is “Yes,” there are alternative things to look at, such as the limitations on sources of data.Wendy: The indicators list accounts for total employed and unemployed. How do we reflect underemployed? Those with cut hours certain times of year? How can we tell this story?Erica: If you broke down school enrollment by ethnicity, this might give insight into ethnicity composition in the community. Other community indicators are mental health and unemployment.Kathy: In home visitation in South Lake Tahoe vs. the Western Slope, there are different ethnicities. She would like to see breakdown of different indicators by ethnicity.De-Anne: Food security and homelessness are issues in our community.De-Anne: The Food Bank surveys (El Dorado County and Nevada County) their clients and would have data. She sees a great need here as we have two counties contributing to food needs in our community. Homelessness is also an indicator. One other thing as a non-profit that would be helpful are crime rates by pocket neighborhood. Where are the biggest crime rates?Jesse: He does not know and will need to look this up.Next Steps: This project is in the early stages. They are wrapping their arms around the indicators right now and how often to update them. The project will cost money and it is a balancing act with needs and funds. In the next few months, they will vet this out, hire someone to collect the information, create a hardcopy report that is easy to follow and be used by various folks in the community. The goal is to complete this process in twelve months.
  3. Tina: She sees that clients need to know availability in Childcare, Early Care and Education, yet there is an emphasis on quality, too.
  4. Tara: Are there subcategories in “Population Growth/Decline”?
  5. “B”: How do you get at food security data?
  6. Jesse: Subcategories will be included in each indicator.
  7. Jesse: Thanks. We will be meeting with Barton soon.
  8. Jesse: We can easily evaluate these two extremes.  It is more costly to break this down to looking at part time employed, but it is possible.
  9. “B”: We can’t change the data. It’s not under reported; some data simply is not reported or collected. What the report can do is tell the story around the data. Ex: An archaeologist collects data and a historian interprets that data, from which conclusions can be drawn.
  10. Elizabeth: Issue of population growth decline. She sees certain ethnic groups get undercounted (ex: Latino population in South Lake Tahoe). Will Tahoe Prosperity Center use ACS as a data source?
  11. Kathi: If you want to move and relocate your family here, what type of information is relevant to that person? The data could quantify “Do the children see a doctor on a regular basis?” What are the draws for the employee?
  12. Question: What is “Diagnosis Groups of Concern”?
  13. Melody: She is interested in seeing a breakdown of crime by type of crime (ex: property) and age of person (ex: juvenile).
  14. “B” Gorman,
  15. 1:15pm Reflections on FY13/14 & Projections for FY 14/15 DiscussionWhere have we been?• Began warm room discussions• The child abuse/mandated reporter presentation• Developing stronger connections with transportation and government   inclusive of everyone• Better collaboration with First 5 contractors• Networking/issue solving abilities• Centralized meeting place Where are we going?• Allow for discussion/questions in meeting presentations• Advocate on behalf of the Collaborative’s issues—formalize the roles and positions  form a sub-group to meet prior to August 14 Collaborative meeting then meet with • Faith panel presentation and outreach• Literacy development (3rd grade reading level, early literacy)–Diana  Dorado Community Foundation, etc.)• Achievement Gap–Liz  Elementary, middle and high school outbreaks have been reported from counties all over CaliforniaThe most important prevention strategies remain vaccination of pregnant women and young infants. Everyone else should have a 1 time booster of Tdap, especially those who are in close contact with young infants.
  16. Pregnant women should be vaccinated each pregnancy in the 3rd trimester to provide maternal antibodies against pertussis to their newborns who are too young to be fully vaccinated until 6 months of age.
  17. In EDC, we have had 3 confirmed cases on the Western Slope (this includes one newborn) and 3 probable cases in SLT.
  18. 1. El Dorado County Public Health: As of May 28th, 2,649 cases of pertussis have been reported to CDPH for 2014, more cases than were reported in all of 2013; 104 of these were hospitalized and one was fatal
  19. Announcements:
  20. • Dental issues (access, uninsured/underinsured, consent form count)
  21. • Parent support strategies/outreach
  22. • Connect with North Tahoe Collaborative and local foundations/funders (Parasol, El
  23. • Early childhood education future with (4 year olds, capacity, affordability)
  24.   food bank and faith community on impacts to services
  25. • Food Security topic and stakeholder discussion (Wendy, De-Anne, Nicole, others to
  26. • Take a leadership role in mental health issues
  27. • Dedicate a meeting to members and their work in the community
  29. • Expand access to and utilization of community resources
  30. • Bring issues to light in the community
  31. • Developed the Collaborative MOU
  32. • The agenda changes to include speakers
  33. • Membership has increased in numbers and diversity of partners…membership is
  34. • Mental health forum
  35. • Connecting the non-profits with the community
  36. • Streamlined communication
  1. Angela Swanson (emailed in her announcements):

Mental health.  In her travels these past months, this is THE issue – at least on the public’s mind. There seems to be no specific ‘fix’ called for.  The concerns are many – inadequate service levels, lack of transportation to agency providers, HEPA, local access, integration across age levels and circumstance, homelessness, early intervention for teens, children, family to prevent long-term problems.

City of SLT update:  On June 17th,  (council starts at 9, this issue likely to start after 10) the Council will be discussing its mid-year budget and doing planning for coming year.  We are urging public to attend and provide input.  The big question is, “how do we grow our economy?”

  1. Jamie Orr is providing Science Outreach to local agencies/non-profits, contact her at
  1. The Tahoe Youth and Family Services new Executive Director reception is Thursday June 12, 2014 from 12-2pm, 1021 Fremont Avenue.

The Color Blast! Fun run is July 26, 2014 9am, Genoa Town Park, visit:

  1. SOS Outreach has a few spots left in their two week summer camp as well as a few opportunities to work on activities/projects with youth, contact: Theresa Papandrea
  1. Covered California Special Enrollment is open, visit:, or call: 800-300-1506, see attached flier.
  1. Together We Grow presents “Taming the Media Monster” Monday June 16, 2014, 11am-12pm, Tahoe Tot Spot, bring your children for open play, see attached flier.
  1. CASA Child Advocate training begins July 7, 2014. To register for classes, fill out an online application at: and contact Alexis: 530-573-3093,, see attached flier.
  1. El Dorado Children’s Dental Van has mobile clinics in South Lake Tahoe. Call 530-626-8626 to schedule an appointment, see attached fliers.
  1. 2:00 pm Adjourn
  1. Next LTC meeting August 11, 2014, 1100 Lyons Avenue, Boys and Girls Club Meeting Room, 1100 Lyons Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 1-2:30pm.