Newsom to deliver keynote at ‘s Lake Tahoe Summit

The 2019 Lake Tahoe Summit starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Valhalla Tahoe’s Tallac Historic Site.
Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will host Tuesday’s 23rd annual Lake Tahoe Summit Valhalla Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe. California Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver the keynote address.

“I’m constantly inspired by the Tahoe community’s passion and dedication to saving the lake,” Feinstein said. “Since the first summit in 1997, we’ve made tremendous progress toward restoring and protecting Lake Tahoe. We’ll join together again to celebrate that success while discussing ways to confront new challenges presented by climate change. I’m delighted that Gov. Newsom will deliver this year’s keynote address and hope everyone who shares our commitment to saving Lake Tahoe will join us.”

The Lake Tahoe Summit is free and open to the public. Attendees should register in advance through the Lake Tahoe Fund’s website, otherwise attendees can register starting at 8:30 a.m.

Due to limited on-site parking, attendees are encouraged to use public transportation or the complimentary shuttle service to get to and from the summit. There will also be a bicycle valet service courtesy of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition.

The shuttle will depart every 20 minutes from Taylor Creek Sno-Park and South Tahoe High School beginning at 8:30 a.m., according to information from the Tahoe Fund. Shuttles will return to the parking lots when the summit concludes around 12:15 p.m.

The first Lake Tahoe Summit was held in 1997 when President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore held a presidential forum at Lake Tahoe. The forum signaled a renewed federal commitment to the lake and helped launch a public-private sponsorship that has since invested more than $2 billion in restoration projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

In 2000, Sen. Feinstein, along with Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Richard Bryan (D-Nev.), passed the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which authorized $300 million over 10 years to restore the lake.

In 2016, Sen. Feinstein joined with Senators Reid, Boxer and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to pass a 10-year extension of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, authorizing an additional $415 million for projects to improve Lake Tahoe’s water clarity, reduce risks for catastrophic wildfires, combat invasive species and protect threatened species and wildlands.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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