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.

October 13, 2014 Minutes

  1. 1:00pm WelcomeReview and approve the minutes from the September 8, 2014 meeting.
  1. Introductions and Announcements from AgenciesMembers are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.a. Hector Ochoa, University of California Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Educator: He is new nutrition educator for the area.b. Liz Barnekoff, El Dorado County Office of Education: All their positions are filled. They are in the process of doing a Family Development Matrix with each family with 21 core indicators to see the needs in community as a method to collect data. c. Koko Green, El Dorado County Health and Human Services. Health care options are available with Maximus, to help folks select a plan either through Blue Anthem or California Wellness, and housed at Lake Tahoe Blvd.d. Melody Easton, South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition: Had another prescription drug take back day, last one the DEA and Police Dept. will host. They are transitioning to a permanent disposal bin at the Police Department and hospitals. Implemented an alternative suspension program for drug infractions at South Tahoe High School. Students can do 3 day intensive tutoring and intervention with a service provider to learn about addiction and the brain. So far, 8 high school and 1 middle school student have participated. October 30 and 31, “Breaking Down Walls” workshop will be held at the middle school from 7 am – 2pm. They need volunteers to help in breakout sessions.e. Christopher Croft, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: They had a fun “Color Blast” event at Lake Tahoe Community College on Saturday.  They colored the campus and had a good time and are looking forward to doing it again next summer. They have had some open positions that were recently filled; most specifically they have a licensed counselor, Jennifer, starting at the end of October. Have full staffing again at Juvenile Treatment Center.f. Tanya Fontenot, Lilliput Children’s Services, Kinship Program: Over the summer they were on hold with their contract with El Dorado Co. They also lost Coleen as their employee.  Lucia starts this week and is Spanish speaking.  Their kinship program assists any relatives raising family members by helping them navigate they system, obtain guardianship, offer support groups at Tahoe Turning Point (Second Wednesday of the month from 10:30am-11:30am) , and do case management in Tahoe.  ::g. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: Just had a cocktail contest fundraiser at Riva, and raised $3800. Festival of Trees and Lights is December 3-6th and the Gala is December 6th at Harrah’s. h. Molly Hucklebridge, Barton Health: They do a lot of wellness output. The “We Can” program was at all elementary schools and every elementary student did a wellness and nutrition curriculum.  They hope to bring it back in the spring. The next Wellness Lecture is Tuesday October 21, 6-7pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Board Room. The topic is Women’s Health Screenings and Q&A with two female physicians. The hospital is feeling confident they are prepared if Ebola comes through. It’s not spreadable until symptoms show: flu like symptoms. The Community Health Needs Assessment is coming up.i. Nicole Zaborsky, Warm Room update: The subcommittee met, created an outline for the South Tahoe Warm Room. Salvation Army, Del Oro Division will serve as the fiscal agent.  We are collaborating with Barton Foundation to generate a proposal for Salvation Army to review. The goal is to have a 6 month facility in town, on the bus line beginning this winter.
  1. Marisa Wishart, Covered Sacramento: Open enrollment for Covered CA begins November 15th– only about a month away. Her position has shifted to “Lead Navigator” as of October 1st – she probably won’t be able to attend meetings in person as often as before, but I will still keep everyone updated via email. She can always be reached by phone or email (530-488-0836, if anyone has questions regarding Covered CA or the ACA. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

She am still available for events/trainings/presentations but in a more limited capacity than before.

  1. Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Prosperity Center: They are an economic vitality non-profit, that focus on the three “p’s:” people, planet, prosperity. Have about two weeks left to complete the internet speed test. Trying to get high speed internet and cell service around the lake to attract businesses here. The more data they get, the better their data set will be to make the case we are an underserved area. Then they talk to the state to get a grant for infrastructure. If you do the test, you are entered to win an iPad mini. Their next project is Socio Economic Prosperity Plan Indicators. They will work with the Lake Tahoe Collaborative to ensure we track the right data.
  1. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announcement: The Regional Transportation “Unmet Needs Workshop”, is on November 20th at 2:30pm at 128 Market Street.
  1. Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: Currently training 5 new advocates. Their seasonal Chevy’s Fundraiser is October 30th, 5:30-7:30pm. CASA volunteers are court appointed special advocates. They serve two types of cases: CPS/ Foster Care, and juvenile delinquency. They host trainings each year for volunteer advocates to help kids advocate their way through the court system.
  1. Theresa Papandrea, SOS Outreach: They are an outdoor adventure sports outreach program serving 8-18 year olds. They are enrolling now for the first session at Heavenly, 5 days of instructor, gear, clothing, $75 for 5 days. Have scholarships available. First session, elementary and middle school, contact her to enroll. Registrations are: Oct 16 South Tahoe Middle School 5:30pm; Oct 22, Sierra House elementary registration. Second session registration will be next month. They are hiring mentors for long term, University Program, keeping the youth involved with snow sport. They give them gear, the youth engage in community service days, events, life skills workshop, resume building, job skills. They need mentors for 150 kids in the long term program. They serve the Reno-Sparks and Bay Area kids and can support 650 kids this year.
  1. Emily Winter, Firefly Yoga International: They offer yoga as public health intervention. They are partnering with Tahoe Turning Point to pilot their first program a week from today. They will be running continuous programs in Feb. if you work with trauma survivors, contact her. Their programs are trauma informed.
  1. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: They offer peer counseling, parent support groups, clothes closet, food distribution program (no discrimination for these last two programs), and a food commodity distribution. No questions asked, clients self-report their income levels. They serve all age groups, all ethnicities. Have a bus going to tree planting with Sugar Pine Foundation this Saturday. The bus will leave Bijou School 9:30am and return at 12:30. Wendy David’s birthday is today, so we celebrate her.
  1. Francie Alling, St Joseph’s Community Land Trust: Their mission to raise money to build housing to keep people  living in Tahoe. Their next meeting is Oct. 20, to talk about refinancing their two housing units. The Chevy’s fundraiser raised $1000, which is being put into the housing fund with the ultimate goal of building another house in South Shore.
  1. Francie Alling, Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church, They service 68 families each month with food. One member asked what do we do with homeless folks each year, (send Francie info on Warm Room). Tahoe Care Coalition went away, talking about bringing this back with folks providing food.
  1. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: Numbers are down so there is time to focus on other things. They are working bringing on substance abuse treatment with Matrix. Working with California Conservation Corps to take kids who are 18. They are in need of partnering with agencies that have volunteer hours for their youth to work on in-house, such as: envelope stuffing, book graffiti erasing, and other safe activities.
  1. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: They are in the fall quarter, and are working hard on Measure F.
  1. Roberta Mason, Soroptimist: They have two award applications. The Violet Richardson Award is for $100 for a 14-17 year old young woman who volunteers.  The second is, Live Your Dream, an award for a woman who is the head of household and wants to further her education, $2,000. Visit   for details.
  1. Diana Lozano, South Tahoe Library: They have early child literacy programs for kids 0-5. They focus on reducing social isolation and reading to your child every day. Have public computers. Have free Wi-Fi. Have laptops for teens, can check them out. Have iPads to check out. Have e-books, audiobooks, and e-library. Visions of libraries are changing.
  1. Amanda Morozumi, Tahoe Turning Point: Good news, beds are full. Accepting applications for transitional housing.
  1. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health: They serve the chronic and severely mental ill.
  1. Betsy Glass, Clinical Social Worker, Community Health Center: Working over last month to reach out to community . Currently assessing what community can benefit from. Discovered mild to moderate adult population has largest gap in services in addition to care management. Fulfilling this role, Patient to Center Home Model, allows more specialties in care management in clinics, more hours, access to resources, links in community. Working with Sabrina on referral process.
  1. Lindsay Simon, A Balanced Life, new owner. Accept almost all insurances, except Medi-Cal. They are growing, just recruited four new interns.

aa.Kim Stadtlander, Together We Grow, High Five For Quality: TWG: throughout October talking with Cafecitos regarding the link between vocabulary and school readiness. H5FQ: Inclusion workshop Oct 21, LTCC evening. Kim is going to be out the next few months as she is having a knee replacement.

  1. Lindsey Esser, A Balanced Life: She is Lindsay’s business partner, adding more programs, new interns, play and music therapy, equine therapy. She also owns a private growth equity firm, specializes in finding funding for non-profits.
  1. Wendy West, University of California Cooperative Extension: The nutrition education program is happy to have Hector onboard.
  1. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health: In middle of flu season shots. The upcoming flu shot schedule is: Wed  15th at Bijou school; Senior Center Wed 22 and 29 9:30-12:30; November 5th 3-6 at Airport. Last week did a community health clinic and had 150 people at Bijou. WIC program moving into their suite, 1360 Johnson, at the end of the month.
  1. John Pillsbury, California Department of Rehabilitation: They exist and serve lots of people at the lake with disabilities, by offering training so they can get back to work. They collaborate with folks around the lake. They serve adults and start right before they begin to transition from high school. They are placing people into jobs, closing cases successfully. They help some folks in Nevada. They are a source of information on disability law, Americans with Disabilities Act.
  1. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District: They have such a great administrative staff from the new high school principal, director of technology, and the principal at Mt. Tallac. The facility projects are completed.
  1. Discussion:

The Stuff That Agendas Are Made Of

El Dorado County Clerk of the Board to Present on the Life-Cycle of an Agenda Item

Jim Mitrisin (530) 621-5592

Ever wonder how the Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda is developed?

Topics to be discussed will include Brown Act requirements; agenda development, from agenda item inception to conclusion; and public comment procedures. Mitrisin will also explain how and where to access videos and minutes real-time or after the conclusion of a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Does the LTC have interest in bringing this presentation to South Lake Tahoe or an abbreviated presentation to the LTC?

Josefina had seen this update. They did this presentation on the West Slope on how to get an agenda item on the Board of Supervisors.  What about Tahoe? She thought this would be a great forum, we might be interested in doing this presentation. Asking the whole group, what do you think?

Nicole will contact Jim to see about getting a tailored 30 minute presentation. Schedule the monthly meeting in the Aspen room at LTCC, so there is capacity for the community to join at 1:45pm.Contact De-Anne re: LTCC space and fee waiver.

  1. Discussion: Meeting Facilitator(s)/Advisory Group for 2015-

Wendy may not be the facilitator for LTC as of January.  Start thinking about how to facilitate from this point forward. One person for a year? rotating facilitators?—latter may not as effective b/c new style each month.

  1. 2:30 pm Adjourn
  1. Next LTC meeting November 10, 2014, 1100 Lyons Avenue, Boys and Girls Club Meeting Room, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 1-2:30pm