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.

May 12, 2014 Minutes

  1. 1:00pm Welcome Review and approve the minutes from the April 14, 2014 meeting.
  1. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.Amanda Hammond, McKinney Vento Liaison, Lake Tahoe Unified School District: McKinney Vento is a federal law that protects homeless students. She works with students day to day and sees what they need for school related matters (tutoring, clothing, bicycles, jobs). There are ~270 students on the school homelessness list. The school defines homelessness as living in hotels, motels, trailers, doubled up with relatives, couch surfing.Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: Regional Coordinating Council meeting, May 15th, 2:00pm, 128 Market St., Stateline, NV in the Tahoe Room.The Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) identifies ways to coordinate transportation services and promote independence and mobility for the most vulnerable populations in the Region.  The focus of the RCC is inter- and intra-regional collaboration with participation requested from medical groups, social service agencies, faith-based institutions, school districts, non-profit organizations, colleges, general improvement districts, local government, resort associations, transportation providers, and affiliated groups. Transportation is integral to most community programs, so the achievement of goals identified through the RCC and the regional coordinating process will contribute to the mission and success of individual member agencies.Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: Barton Health Grants are open until June 27th. The Tiki Tee Off Gold Tournament June 26th, tickets are on sale now.Marleen Ames, National Alliance on Mental Illness: May is Mental Health Awareness month. May 13th NAMI will recognize Deputy Yarborough who has helped tirelessly for the mental health cause, has 40 year’s experience in the field, and knows how to talk to those in crisis. He is a CIT officer, recognized at Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow and NAMI meeting tomorrow too.Marisa Wishart, Sacramento Covered: She is doing outreach and education working in El Dorado and Placer Counties.  Available to do 1:1 and presentations to organizations and community events.  Not in the open enrollment season, and can prepare folks for next enrollment event, or special enrollment (have a child, get married), Medi-Cal enrollment is open year round. 530-488-0836, Kathy Ide, Together We Grow: She does outreach to families on child development, both 1:1 and group presentations/ evaluations. Have an event at Tahoe Tot Spot, May 19, 11am-12pm, “Effects of Arguing in Front of Children,” bring your children for open play. 530-295-2456Lorrie Pond, Community Member: No updates.Erica Eng, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Hoping to get a new Executive Director next month and are preparing a welcoming ceremony. Still hiring for Part Time Alcohol and Drug Counselor/Therapist. Melody Easton, Drug Free Coalition Coordinator, and community had a successful Drug Take back Day, took over 57 pounds of drugs. There were over 20 some deaths from drug overdose in the last year and one half.  Working with Lake Tahoe Unified School District to provide additional counseling at schools on prevention. Big epidemic in kids cutting themselves. Penny Smart & Veronica Strauss, Children’s Health Initiative: They talk to parents about bringing kids to the doctor/dentist/eye doctor. They are setting up outreach event at Bijou Apartments playground, Tuesday mornings in June. There will be booth and activities for kids to target stay at home moms, cooperating with different agencies. Contact them to join, plan an activity for child to engage in, no soliciting.  Did this event in Camino and was “happening.” 800-388-8690Julie Day & Sarah Lanni, Tooth Travelers: Manage Children’s Dental Van, El Dorado County. Made an effort to have a permanent facility in South Lake Tahoe. Have secured a clinic in Placerville. Acquiring things they need to get Placerville clinic up and running. Hope to have it up by July. Have been coming up to Tahoe once a week every month. Just got approval to see children client’s parents, call: 530-626-8626 for appointment. Scheduling for June now. Barton Hospital Foundation gave permission to park at the clinic location for Medi-Cal clients. Like to see 15-20 patients/day.Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: Wellness Lectures coming up: “Running: It’s Your Journey,” Tuesday May 20th, 6-7pm Lake Tahoe Community College and “The Healthier You: 10 Simple Steps to Better Living,” Wednesday June 4, 6-7pm, Lake Tahoe Community College.Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension (not in attendance, update read by Nicole): Invited teachers and their classes to be a scientist for a day by participating in the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension, a Day of Science and Service. 30 teachers from Bijou, Sierra House, Tahoe Valley and Lake Tahoe CDC participated in the Day of Science and Service. They received a Sugar Sweetened Beverage Kit with mini lessons so that students could count out tsp of sugar in several different sugary beverages (sports drink, fruit drinks, soda, etc.). Goal: students can better choose a healthier beverage. They were then able to taste a healthier drink juice spritzer. A total of 665 youth participated in South Lake Tahoe.3 adult classes that will start at the Senior Plaza, Kelly Ridge and Hope Lutheran Church this week.Emily Winter, Firefly Yoga International (not in attendance, update read by Nicole):  As a reminder, they are a non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed yoga programs to survivors of trauma (populations include those who have survived sexual and domestic violence, people living with HIV and chronic STIs,at-risk youth/institutionalized youth, vets with PTSD, etc.)- They are on track with our timeline and fundraising goals to pilot this fall (Sept-Nov)- She is available to meet or present on our programs in the area for anyone who is interested –, 857-208-0496.Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education: Gearing up for recruitment and enrollment for Fall. Some confusion on school calendar and transitional kindergarten. 4 year olds have a choice on where to go. See handout. Recruitment schedule is in English and Spanish. June 9 & 10, 9am-3pm, Al Tahoe School; Thursday June 12, 8am-5pm Child Development Office; Friday June 13, 2014, 9am-3pm Family Resource Center. 530-543-8200Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: Gearing up for July training, July 7, 10, 14, 21, 28 5pm-8pm and July 16 all day and July 24 half day at Lake Tahoe Community College, call 530-573-3093, See flyer. Chevy’s Fundraiser sold out and was very successful.Tina Barna, Choices for Children: Emergency Diapers and Formula still available. The program welcomes those in need of diapers, then go through toy lending library, clothes, and parenting resources. For help finding a preschool program contact: 530-676-0707 or Passed out all extra grocery and gas cards from El Dorado Community  Foundation through Tahoe Magic.  Finished Childcare Provider Brunch, parents played with giant parachute. Day of the Young Child, we have 36 groups signed up, fill out a registration form to participate, June 14. Get the word out to parents/families to join the festivities.Colleen Cadaret, Lilliput: See handout for workshops, groups, case management, social events, special classes, referral form.  This month the support group meets with Kathy Ide. If any of you would like to attend as a presenter, contact her. First official Tahoe event, June 7 at Tahoe Bowl, 11:30-1:30 with pizza with soda. Next parenting Second Time Around meeting June 3. Contact 530-314-5998, Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe: Construction season has begun. There are many commercial, residential, and public projects which are all a barometer for job stability and economics. The Parks and Recreation schedule is out for summer. Live at Lakeview will be back.Kristen Hunt & Anna Njoten, Tahoe Turning Point: Kristen is going to manage new outpatient office, they are growing. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: Measure L will appear on the June 3 ballot. The measure will keep the library open at current levels. If does not pass, reduced hours, and staff, and resources. El Dorado County won the best Early Literacy award in the state. They will celebrate Thursday May 22, 10am, Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In the process of hiring front desk position, clinical positions (Intensive Case mgmt.. On Call Clinician). “Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness” film will present next month, June 11, 6-8:30pm, Lake Tahoe Community College. Plugging away at remodel to their new old location. Steve Heggen, El Dorado County Probation: No news.Kristin Mozzochi, Live Violence Free: No news. Janna, the interim Executive Director, will stay on until end of June. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services: Focused on “Project 44,” to have 44 foster homes in Tahoe. Started with 6 families, now have 9 families. The most productive way for getting the word out are their radio ads. Donate $6/ad to keep the ad on the radio. Need 4 more ads/day to be sponsored, see flyer, contact Steve Harness 775-580-7130 x18; . They are in need of a bike for a female teen, contact Wendy David, Tahoe Magic: Still handing out help for folks with cut hours to aid their rent/food needs. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District: Lake Tahoe Education Foundation is having an event Wednesday afternoon to see the projects supported throughout the year, held at Lakeland Village. Board meeting tomorrow evening, will discuss counseling, behavioral needs of the kids with the community.
  2. Tahoe Mountain Lab is a small space on Ski Run to foster start up, 1148 Ski Run Blvd.,
  3. Kiwanis Community Fair: This year the event will be held in the parking lot at library, Labor Day weekend, run by service clubs and money raised goes towards programs in the community. Contact Kristin Hunt,
  4. First 5 meets this afternoon.
  5. – They have been actively meeting with potential partners in the Tahoe/El Dorado Co/Placerville areas and are close to confirming our first two pilot sites in this area.
  6. – As of last week, Firefly Yoga International is officially incorporated as a non-profit organization!
  7. Still working with Sustainability Collaborative to deliver Nutrition Ed classes to 9 kindergarten classes. We have 8 volunteers.
  8. Policy & Legislative Updates on Family IssuesAngela Swanson, City Council Member Women’s Caucus in Legislature: There are only 32 women in legislature right now. Women don’t want to be seen as supporting home and hearth issues. If we don’t have women standing up for us, then who? Women need to support women and families and support legislature. Current hot topics in legislature: water issues, legal issues. Budget equality is what domestic violence, family issues fall under. Right now women only account for 26% in the legislature. Why is this important? District 4 women make 72% of what men make. $16,000 disparity. If women in poverty, children are in poverty. Children under 18 are largest sector in poverty.  Other issues: Transitional Kindergarten, Adult Daycare.Department of Corrections: When see a woman with health issues, they get a woman to agree to full sterilization. Not good education and advocacy for woman prior to sterilization. This is a narrow group of the population.Bills that Got Killed: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Bill, Accessible Housing, Adult Daycare, Maternal Healthcare Act and Postpartum Care.Things to look at: More women in California in poverty, women underrepresented in legislature, 40% of California adult females report having been in violent relationships.
  9. Call to Action: Women stay active and strong. Call to knowledge. Apply to Board appointments?
  10. Second Degree Rape: SB991, creates a second degree rape charge. With release of prisoners there are a lot of sex offenders released and bill provides for better tracking of sex offenders.
  11. Women’s Veteran’s Report: Women who go into military are 12x more likely to report homelessness, they will be of ethnic minority, make less money, be more poorly educated. They are 2.5x and up to 4x more likely to have encountered domestic violence both in service and out. This group is hard to reach because of victimization issues they face.
  12. Emerging issues in State Women’s Politics: Veterans issues, Rape, Illegal sterilization in women prisoners.
  13. Governor has 2000 seats to appoint each year, and don’t have enough applications to fill the seats each year.
  14. California Women Lead: Their whole theory is about empowering women to run for office.
  15. Two thoughts: “Men get hired for their potential, women get hired on their experience and this holds us back.”  “If it’s now you then who?”
  17. Tahoe Prosperity Center Presentation on Broadband IssuesHeidi Hill Drum, Executive Director
  18. See handout (attached).
  20. 2:30 pm Adjourn
  1. Next LTC meeting June 9, 2014, South Tahoe High School, 12pm-2pm, Annual Forum