South Lake Tahoe City Candidate Profile: Hal Cole
Why are you running for council?
I really love this community and I really feel that my experience and institutional knowledge can be a great benefit. There's been a lot of turnover in the city. There's new people — city managers, finance directors — all the way down the line. We've had a great turnover here. So, I think the council should have a good balance of new faces willing to try new things and some experienced people to say, “We've tried that before and here's been the pitfalls.” I think it's good balance. I don't think you'd want five council members that have been here for three or four terms or five council members that this is their first term.
What are your priorities for the city if you're reelected?
Well, my biggest priority for this city is for us to truly become a world-class destination resort. And that requires a lot of things. It requires rebuilding an infrastructure. We've started with Lakeview Commons and our paving program and Bonanza Park. We've been doing that, but the real way you're going to get our infrastructure rebuilt is encourage private development. And this RPU, the Regional Plan Update that the TRPA has done, is a start. It's not the panacea. We still have some hurdles. If we want to do anything that's not allowed in the code — and pretty much the code is the same as it used to be — we have to go to the Governing Board and ask for permission. Let's say at the “Y” we want to take motels that are up and down the strip like the Trout Creek Motel and we want to take that and development and take it out of that area and move it to the “Y”. The only thing that we can do with existing development — like these old motels which I think are our biggest problem — is either ...